MGM/(WB)-Time to dig in and get the Marx Brothers out!

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  1. Chuck L

    Chuck L Screenwriter

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    Too many of their classics are being kept in the vault and they should be out along side the Paramount/Image releases!
    Night at the Opera
    Day at the Races
    Go West
    The Big Store....
    you know the rest....
    Come on!
     
  2. Zack Scott

    Zack Scott Stunt Coordinator

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    I too would love to have at least the good Marx Bros. MGM titles (Night at the opera, Day at the Races).
    Weren't these on some sort of AFI list as the funniest movies or the best american movies or something like that?
    What's the hold up?
     
  3. Jay E

    Jay E Cinematographer

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    The Hold up is that Warner has the rights to these titles and they aren't exactly in a rush to release any older films. Expect a long wait.
    [Edited last by Jay E on August 01, 2001 at 03:52 PM]
     
  4. Dick

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    Warners Schmarners - and more eBay fodder, I think, as I plan to pick up the lasers of these Marx Bros. classics, which when initially purchased provided a sale for MGM Home Video, a much worthier recipient of someone's money than the AOL/TIME/WB, the conglomerate from hell.
     
  5. Chuck L

    Chuck L Screenwriter

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    The biggest part of the problem and I understand that WB/MGM are slow about catalog titles, is that the fact their vaults hold some of the most beloved films in movie history.
    I could understand during the early days of DVD, when there weren't that many production houses to process the material, but not any longer.
    DVD has come, and will remain for sometime, THE home video format. More money needs to be simply invested in more production houses, for all the companies.
    Granted, there was a lot more time allowed for VHS, but when you compare how many titles there are on DVD, when it stands as the current state of the art format, the number of films available is simply a shame. And it is all due to cost.
    In the long run, like the old saying, you have to spend money to make money. When we are willing, and the sales figures show, that we buy a $20 to $30 title at the drop of a hat, leaving classics locked in the vaults is not in the best interest of the public nor in the history of cinema.
    WB has more than their fair share of classic films that the public are waiting on for release. Some may never show, like the film "Caged" which has never seen the light of day on home video, but that doesn't mean to stop trying and wishing and hoping.
    The Marx Brothers films are some of the best in the history of film according to the AFI. To sit on them is robbing a new generation of the magic of the Marx Brothers and would show many what true comedy is. Smart, somewhat risky, and mad-cap entertainment.
     
  6. BarryR

    BarryR Supporting Actor

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    I'd like to think inevitably the bean counters at WB will finally see the light and realize that a nicely run "WB CLassics" or whatever division can be created as a steady if relatively unspectacular $$$$$ machine, and at the same time let 60 years worth of movies available once more. It's an absolutely ludicrous situation that they are ignoring such obvious revenue, and to dismiss so many worthwhile releases. Crank 'em out at $9.99 each (we don't need expensive restoration on all of 'em), and watch the market create itself.
    I heard rumors that WB might be prepping more oldies for next year. Any update on that? This autumn's chat with WB could be interesting and/or very ugly. [​IMG]
     
  7. MikeyW

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    Huge Marx Bros. fan here. I need these on DVD.
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  8. Scott D S

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    Me too!
    "There is no sanity clause."
     

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