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Old 10-23-20, 08:29 PM
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Why doesn’t Poltergeist have a Special Edition Blu or 4K?

Why the hell does Scream have an SE for Part 2, which I hated, but not the original? P3 is kinda guilty pleasure and Lara Flynn Boyle when she looked normal, which I don’t mind no SE bc I have on digital, but not the classic first? I think that is one of the biggest injustices on these mediums.
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Re: Why doesn’t Poltergeist have a Special Edition Blu or 4K?

There's this edition.


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Re: Why doesn’t Poltergeist have a Special Edition Blu or 4K?

Yes, I have that. Only one available. It’s just the movie. There’s no extras. Just good, for 2008 standards, transfer and audio.

Doesn’t one of the most iconic horror films in history deserve a greater edition? Anywhere? I don’t care. I want extras.

Hell I’m watching this Cursed Films special from AMC right now on the Poltergeist series. I didn’t remember Heather O’Rourke died before ending of P3 and they talked, very emotionally of how she passed and thought P3 should never have been released and especially using a double which never showed her face at end, which writers hated that ending bc it wasn’t theirs and thought it was insult to both Heather and Dominique Dunn, which prompted thread btw.

There’s got to be a great edition sometime. This is so deserving and still have Jo Beth and Craig who I think even though tragedy think it bolstered their careers at time...

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Re: Why doesn’t Poltergeist have a Special Edition Blu or 4K?

Eh, Poltergeist is overrated anyway. I wouldn't buy it, but there may be something involving the rights with it. Doesn't Spielberg own it?
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Re: Why doesn’t Poltergeist have a Special Edition Blu or 4K?

So? Spielberg had some great editions of his directed movies out. BttF, Indy, Close Encounters with few cuts. EP on BttF, so many others are packed. I’m sure it’s not him. Some of his physical releases are packed...

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Re: Why doesn’t Poltergeist have a Special Edition Blu or 4K?

And great quality on all. And now many coming out in 4K with Blu extras, so why not one of his written classics?

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Re: Why doesn’t Poltergeist have a Special Edition Blu or 4K?

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So? Spielberg had some great editions of his directed movies out. BttF, Indy, Close Encounters with few cuts. EP on BttF, so many others are packed. I’m sure it’s not him. Some of his physical releases are packed...
Right, but that's the home studios putting those editions out. You mentioned Scream Factory releasing their edition of it. If the actual home studio won't put out a packed edition then there's even less chance of a release from SF, especially of the first one.
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Re: Why doesn’t Poltergeist have a Special Edition Blu or 4K?

But then why wouldn’t original studio put out or sell rights and make money?
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Re: Why doesn’t Poltergeist have a Special Edition Blu or 4K?

Warner Bros. is comfortable licensing out the sequels, but wants to keep the original in-house. Unfortunately, doing so means that it gets added to the huge backlog of Warner titles waiting for remasters.
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Re: Why doesn’t Poltergeist have a Special Edition Blu or 4K?

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Warner Bros. is comfortable licensing out the sequels
I could be wrong, but I don’t think Warner is involved in the licensing of the sequels. Poltergeist 2 just barely missed the cutoff for Turner’s acquisition of MGM’s library.
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Re: Why doesn’t Poltergeist have a Special Edition Blu or 4K?

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But then why wouldn’t original studio put out or sell rights and make money?
Sounds like you need to send a sternly worded email to Warner Brothers.
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Re: Why doesn’t Poltergeist have a Special Edition Blu or 4K?

Spielberg films don't seem to get licensed out to third-party companies like Shout/Scream or Criterion, do they? I think CE3K had a Criterion LD, but that was back in the day.

Is it possible that Spielberg has some control over how his films are presented, since I'm sure that any boutique label would jump at the chance to release SEs of anything he directed, and doesn't want third parties producing SEs of his films?

And, as to why Warners won't do a SE of Poltergeist, that particular movie has an aura of controversy around it wrt to who actually directed it, so they might not want to delve behind the scenes.
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Re: Why doesn’t Poltergeist have a Special Edition Blu or 4K?

If you read the back of that particular release mentioned above, it does have a documentary (which is the same one from the DVD release) But, nothing really to do with the making of or production of this movie.

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Re: Why doesn’t Poltergeist have a Special Edition Blu or 4K?

Warner Brothers has only very recently started to license catalog titles to boutique labels. They used to have a hard and fast rule of no licensing. And reports are that now that they do, they are not cheap.
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Re: Why doesn’t Poltergeist have a Special Edition Blu or 4K?

Originally Posted by clckworang View Post
Sounds like you need to send a sternly worded email to Warner Brothers.
“Dear Mr. Warner Brother, Why you no want to make money?”
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Re: Why doesn’t Poltergeist have a Special Edition Blu or 4K?

Warner Brothers created a new 4K DCP for sourced from the original cut negative. Theatres will be able to start booking the new 4K DCP for playdates beginning Friday 10/30. Potentially signs of something forthcoming.

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Re: Why doesn’t Poltergeist have a Special Edition Blu or 4K?

Originally Posted by Adam Tyner View Post
I could be wrong, but I don’t think Warner is involved in the licensing of the sequels. Poltergeist 2 just barely missed the cutoff for Turner’s acquisition of MGM’s library.
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And, as to why Warners won't do a SE of Poltergeist, that particular movie has an aura of controversy around it wrt to who actually directed it, so they might not want to delve behind the scenes.
You're both right.

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“Dear Mr. Warner Brother, Why you no want to make money?”
LOL!
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Re: Why doesn’t Poltergeist have a Special Edition Blu or 4K?

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Warner Brothers created a new 4K DCP for sourced from the original cut negative. Theatres will be able to start booking the new 4K DCP for playdates beginning Friday 10/30. Potentially signs of something forthcoming.
How many years ago did Warner create a restored 4K DCP for A Clockwork Orange? Yet that new master has never made its way to home video. Subsequent Blu-ray releases have continued to use the old master.
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How many years ago did Warner create a restored 4K DCP for A Clockwork Orange? Yet that new master has never made its way to home video. Subsequent Blu-ray releases have continued to use the old master.
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