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Old 03-31-03, 06:12 AM
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The Living Daylights Region 2 UK

Why is it so diffcult to get this SE disk in Region2 as I need it to complete the James Bond set!
Old 03-31-03, 11:27 AM
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The Living Daylights is hard to find, period, because of a licensing issue. the fifteen-year-license ran out in 2002 and was not renegotiated (a temporary deal allowed it to be put out in the box set). I wouldn't worry, it'll get re-released.
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Sam Neill actually did give permission for the screen test to be used. The urban legend that he's holding up the release of The Living Daylights is quite false, perpetuated by the misinformed and eBayers trying to jack up the selling cost of their OOP DVDs.
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It wasn't a special deal to release the box set.

The license experiation means no new copies can be printed, they still have(or possible had now) a window of time (known as a "period of grace") to sell the title - MGM chose to put their existing stocks of the title into the boxset, because otherwise, they couldn't sell the "complete collection" boxset at all.
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Originally posted by 2099net
It wasn't a special deal to release the box set.
An interim agreement to release the film was indeed implemented.

From commanderbond.net:

However, Sam Neill has nothing to do with the DVD’s lack of availability. In truth, contractual negotiations meant that MGM did not own the rights to distribute the film on DVD or VHS.

The rights to distribute the official James Bond films are owned by Danjaq LLC who, in turn, sell a fifteen year distribution licence to MGM. The licence for the distribution of The Living Daylights expired in 2002, fifteen years after the initial release of the film.

Hence, with the contract in negotiation during 2002 The Living Daylights could not be re-released on DVD by MGM or Fox. For a short while it was made available in the full box set edition, however, these have now been recalled because of the inclusion.

To date, the only official statement about the films exclusion from re-release was sent in to UK television program 'Watchdog'. It read;

The reason the James Bond DVD “The Living Daylights” is not available to purchase as a single disc, yet is available in the James Bond Collection box set, is due to a pending rights issue that we had anticipated would have been resolved before our November DVD release.
However, production timelines meant that we had assembled and packaged the Box Set including “The Living Daylights” in advance of the release, and an interim agreement was reached that we could sell “The Living Daylights” in the Box Set.

We hope to resolve the issue soon and will make “The Living Daylights” available as a single product again as soon as possible.

John Cork who directed and produced ‘Inside The Living Daylights’, the DVD documentary that features Neill’s screen test, told CommanderBond.Net that news of Neill’s injunction could not be true as “a signed release [had been obtained] from Sam Neill for the inclusion of his screen test during the production of 'Inside The Living Daylights'.”

Furthermore, both MGM and Danjaq have confirmed that there are no plans to delete the screentest from future releases of the special edition DVD of The Living Daylights.

While currently unavailable, just like James Bond, The Living Daylights will return. At present it exists is not in production in any distribution regions, however, it is expect to be released within the near future.

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