Breaking News: Paramount and Warner Bros. Announce Home Media Distribution Deal

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  1. lukejosephchung

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    You're in for an even BIGGER disappointment as that part of Paramount's classic catalog is currently owned by Universal...Paramount sold it to them 3 decades ago!!!
     
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    CBS owns the rights to everything TV, where Paramount owns the theatrical. The perfect example is Star Trek. CBS owns all the TV shows, where as Paramount owns the feature films. This deal seems to be only with Paramount, so I imagine it will not include any TV product.
    Doug
     
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    Well, at least Universal is finally getting some of those movies out on Blu. But that may be the reason Paramount's centennial celebration has been such a bust with just one classic, Wings, getting out on Blu. Ah well.
     
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    They have licensed several notable films to Criterion, both from the silent era (Von Sternberg) and 50s-70s (Rosemary's Baby, Harold & Maude, etc.)
     
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    You all realize the real reason Warner Brothers is releasing Paramounts library? To have a monopoly on Christopher Columbus themed films:
    HARE WE GO: A great Bugs Bunny short with Bugs as a shipmate of Columbus
    THE STORY OF MANKIND: thhere is a Columbus segment
    CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: a 1985 Lorimar miniseries
    THE MAGIC VOYAGE: an animated movie on Warner Home video
    "True Adventures of Christopher Columbus"- A BBc series
    CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: THE DISCOVERY - a WB film from 1992
    and Paramounts wondrous 1492: CONQUEST OF PARADISE-the true reason behind this deal-and a great reason
    And dont forget....Director Christopher Columbus of GREMLINS, GOONIES and HARRY POTTER fame...all WB films!
     
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    Actually more like five almost six decades ago in the 1950's . The films were sold to MCA before MCA purchased Universal . The films were sold by Paramount to raise money and purchased by MCA to lease to TV. I don't think one studio would knowingly sell their older films to another studio at least not in the 1950's. It was the company that purchased the films that later acquired another studio as was this case or purchaser itself was acquired by another studio as was the case with Associated Artist Productions which purchased most of the pre 1950 Warner Bros films before being purchased by United Artists. UA was later purchased by MGM to form MGM/UA which was purchased by Ted Turner, who sold the studio but kept the Warner Bros, MGM and RKO films that were part of the MGM/UA library . Ted Turner did sell the United Artist films like James Bond with the studio. Then of course Warner bought Turner Broadcasting and the pre 1950 Warner films were at last reunited with post 1950 films and there was much joy in Burbank . We get some great blu rays of 1930 and 1940 Warner Bros films and cartoons.
     
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    Good one, haha. I have seen Christopher Columbus: The Discovery and it's average, they tried hard but it seemed so Hollywood and phony. Now 1492: Conquest Of Paradise is probably the best Columbus film ever made imo, it's very realistic, scenic and convincing enough for me. My only complaint is the actual first voyage isn't long enough in the film and it leaves out the return voyage back to Spain.
    I think if Warner got Scott's 1492 it would be ashame to not release it in the USA on DVD, Blu like Paramount did. Releasing both 1992 Columbus films as a Blu-ray double-feature would be interesting. I saw CC:TD on VHS awhile back, I would give it another shot.
     
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    There are literally hundreds of Paramount titles available for pre-order on Amazon. Do an Amazon search of "paramount catalog" under "movies and tv" and you will see then, A good chunk are blu-ray (most reissues) and then some DVDs. Almost all of the titles have a release date of 1/1/13. Also, most of them are in the $10-$15 range.
    Now is this case of sloppy listings on Amazon's part, or is Warner Bros. really planning to dump hundreds of films into the marketplace on January 13th? If so, I will be interested to see how it turns out, especially at those prices.
     
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    The Bits says the following (as of last week):

    Warner has also begun soliciting many of those catalog titles recently licensed for BD and DVD release from Paramount. Watch for a huge list of them to start arriving in stores on 1/1 on both formats. It doesn't appear to include anything new yet - it look to all be titles that have been previously available.
     
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    Any notable OOP titles in those new listings?
    One so far: Paint Your Wagon (DVD)
    Edit: A few others of note
    The Desperate Hours
    The Parallax View
    We're No Angels (best deal at $5.95--completely smashes the current OOP prices)
    Atlantic City
    Sorry, Wrong Number
    The DVD prices range from $5.95 - $12.95
    Of course the ultra-rare Funeral in Berlin remains ultra rare (in R1)
     
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    Isn't a bluray release of The Great Gatsby, new?
     
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    I have no clue. I didn't go title by title to see what was coming.
     
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    Yes, The Great Gatsby is new, but a lot of catalog titles released beforehand are coming out again in January. Those waiting on Zodiac on BRD again have their chance next month.
     
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    How sure are we that the new ZODIAC release will be identical to the old one? I know that the Amazon listing says almost nothing, but the ultra paranoid, Joe-Pesci-in-JFK part of my personality can't help but notice it doesn't say "Director's Cut" like all the other DC releases do.
     
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    Plus, Zodiac could be the single disc release (that you can currently get from Amazon.co.uk) instead of the original double-disc release. (I don't know how the content compares, but the single disc seemed to have all the documentaries of the double disc set.)
     
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    I think the original double-disc release had the movie on a disc to itself, and the single disc release has movie and features all on the same disc.
     
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    What have we seen since this deal? I'm still waiting for--ORDINARY PEOPLE--RAGTIME---PLAY IT AGAIN SAM--CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD----YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES--DAY OF THE LOCUST--NOBODYS FOOL.
     
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    At this point, it appears the most "visible" output of this Paramount deal with Warner, is Warner releasing a bunch of multi-movie packs (both dvd and bluray) which might include catalog movies from Warner, Paramount, New Line, etc ...


    Something disappointing, but not surprising that a lot of it was just straight re-packagings/re-releases.
     
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    "The Odd Couple" on Blu!
     
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    Specifically, the following were released new-to-Blu in the US via Warner:


    The Addams Family (1991)

    Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)

    Congo (1995)

    Death Wish (1974)

    El Dorado (1966)

    Eurotrip (2004)

    Flashdance (1983)

    Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

    Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

    Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)

    Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)

    Funny Face (1957)

    The Great Gatsby (1974)

    Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)

    Hatari! (1962)

    Internal Affairs (1990)

    Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986)

    Jennifer 8 (1992)

    Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)

    Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

    Marathon Man (1976)

    The Nutty Professor (1963)

    The Odd Couple (1968)

    An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

    The Presidio (1988)

    Runaway Bride (1999)

    Sabrina (1954)

    Serpico (1973)

    Shaft (2000)

    Shane (1953)

    Sliver (1993)

    Snake Eyes (1998)

    Stalag 17 (1953)

    Stop-Loss (2008)

    Surviving Christmas (2004)

    The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

    Terms of Endearment (1983)

    War and Peace (1956)

    Zoolander (2001)



    Confirmed to be upcoming:


    American Gigolo (1980)

    Vanilla Sky (2001)



    Also during this time we continued to get many of the Paramount owned Republic library from Olive, and a few more Paramount titles from Criterion.
     

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