Studio Trailer Only DVDs

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  1. MatS

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    personally I don't usually spend the time watching trailers on dvds

    but......

    with the disappointment by many that the new Jaws and Casino sets don't include their respective movie's trailers I was wondering why the studios haven't to date (as far as I know) released dvds that contain nothing more than all their classic movie trailers from throughout the years?!

    you know you'd buy it
     
  2. James Luckard

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    I really don't understand the phobia the studios have developed towards trailers. I get that they're leaving many current trailers off because of licensing fees for songs, but that only explains a fraction of the trailers.

    But Jaws? Why on earth remove those trailers from the new DVD.

    And Black Sunday, one of my favorite movies. Quentin Tarantino said in a number of interviews that the split-screen sequence of Marthe Keller as the terrorist posing as a nurse, beside closeups of the syringe she's filling, were a direct inspiration for a similar scene in Kill Bill. He also described how it played to John Williams's driving theme from the film's finale.

    This splitscreen exists only in the trailer, in the film it's all played out normally and chronologically, and with different music. I'd love to see the trailer to experience this, but Paramount left it off, like so many others. Aargh. They already own these things, how much time would it take to stick it on.
     
  3. Jesse Skeen

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    I would totally go for something like this, both for old and new trailers. The discs that came with Total Movie magazine were great for those, although I would appreciate trailers from better source material- that means 16x9 enhanced with the 5.1 digital soundtracks (most trailers have only dialogue in the center channel, no music and very little sound effects, so that's fun to play around with.) When I worked at a theater I once put together about 3 hours of trailers and played them all after hours, and when it was done I still wanted more!
     
  4. Stephen Ford

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    Both those films have already had the trailers released on the previous release.

    Buy the old one if you want to see the trailer.

    They are still available so I dont see the big problem.
     
  5. SteveJKo

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    Anyone remember "Trailer Camp". It was a 30 minute program on one of the cable stations, about 13 or 14 years ago. It was nothing but trailers of movies from the '30's through the early '70's. It was great fun and it also showed Hollywood really knew how to make a trailer years ago, instead of giving away the whole story the way they often do today.
     
  6. Sean A

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    WB had a sampler disc a few years back ( I got mine in Tower records; it wasn't for sale but instead was given out with purchase) that advertised DVDs in their catalog by showing the trailer for the film . I recall it had the "Gone With the Wind" trailer and maybe about 15 others
     
  7. Ken_K

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    There is a DVD from Image Entertainment called "All Monsters Attack!" that is simply a collection of trailers of "giant" monster films, mostly from the 50's and 60's. It is great fun, and sometimes frustrating (when you see a great trailer for a film that's unavailable!).
     
  8. Charles Ellis

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    I wish all the major studios would release trailer DVDs at a cut-rate price, say in the $5.00 - $10.00 range. This would be ideal way to lure prospective buyers to titles they'd never even heard of. There are a lot of classic films that people under 30 have yet to see (did I ever tell you about the time that my teenage niece said "I didn't know that Sean Connery used to play James Bond"? Sad but true. I don't think she's seen a Hitchcock film either....), along with cult films awaiting to be discovered. It's a win-win proposition, so why isn't it being done?
     
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    Though they have some appeal for collectors, trailers are ultimately just advertisements. I've always been a little surprised that studios don't put out a disc of trailers every couple of months, and pack them as freebies with their commercial titles or give them away at store counters. Collectors would eat that sort of thing up and it would be free advertising for them.
     
  10. Damin J Toell

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    Something Weird has a trailer collection disc available. Anchor Bay did a bonus disc for one of their Hammer titles that included a slew of Hammer Studios trailers. There have also been DVDs released by companies that don't actually release films, but where they put together trailer compilations on a given theme (usually exploitation or adult).

    DJ
     
  11. Amy Mormino

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    There's also a DVD called The Horror of Hammer that has 107 minutes of Hammer trailers. Picture quality isn't great, but it is fun and it has a great commentary.

    Unfortunately, the major studios don't seem to be interested in doing compilations of trailers. Perhaps we at HTF could lobby Warners to put out one (the possible themes of endless- musicals, 1930s, horror/sci fi) and the other studios might follow suit.
     
  12. Jesse Skeen

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    AVOID the Something Weird trailer disc at all costs- EVERY trailer has "SWV" onscreen in blocky letters!
     
  13. Charles Ellis

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    Jesse, the "SVW" is in the lower right corner- it's merely their way of copyright protection- kinda like the newtork logos we always see on the lower right corner of the TV screen (ABC, CBS, MTV, etc.) I have the Something Weird trailer disc, and it's a hoot! It brings back memories of all the lousy "B' films that populated the local theaters and drive-ins (remember those?) in the 60s and 70s. There were some really bad "auteurs" like Doris Wishman (queen of sexploitation) and K. Gordon Murray (whose motto was apparently "If it's from abroad and cheap, I'll buy the U.S. rights, hire voiceover actors to redub the dialogue, and make millions!"), and if I'm not mistaken, trailers for some of their work is included here. If only there was one for Russ Meyer.....
     
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    For the $4 or whatever it was I spent on it, the SWV bug means nothing to me.

    DJ
     
  15. Jesse Skeen

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    The 4 hours or whatever it was I spent looking at it does. Do we really want to tell video companies that this is acceptable?
     

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