Universal To Celebrate 100 Years in 2012

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  1. ahollis

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    The so-called "MOD" releases listed in the leaked schedule were the TCM Vault exclusive titles. I suppose they called them MOD out of confusion, or that they would eventually be incorporated in the MOD line.
     
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    Anyone been entering codes inside the 2012 releases to redeem "rewards"? I've gotten a few $3-off coupons which actually came in handy, but I just brought home two brand new sealed Blu-rays, logged into the rewards website, and was promptly told I had already redeemed a reward today -- when in fact it's been a good several weeks since the last one. Then I tried another email address, and got in. BUT... after entering the first code, was told that that coupon had already been used. Tried the second code, same thing.

    Okay, no big whoop -- it's not like I expected to win the TV or the million bucks -- but GEEZ, Universal. Who programmed THIS sweepstakes?
     
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    Limited to two per computer for the year-long promotion.
    Just for giggles, I tried printing two more some time after updating my (Mac) operating system, and it worked!
     
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    Two per computer for the year!!?

    Well, that certainly explains it. But...wow.
     
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    The Road Movies would be great on Blu. Not sure how much could be done with the Marx Brothers. I would love Ladd and Lake and W.C. Fields s on Blu or DVD. Personally, the biggest mystery to me is why Universal did not include any John Wayne titles in their 100th celebration, especially given that Universal owns a lot of them (especially Reap the Wild Wind, The Spoilers, The Train Robbers, Rooster Cogburn), and John Wayne titles are one of the biggest sellers in the classic market. Universal also has never released and rarely seen John Wayne titles from the mid-1930s that would make a good TCM release.
     
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    Not to taddle on myself... but the 2 "per computer" may be in doubt. I received my two in the initial wave back in January and two more recently that are set to expire end July. I have the feeling they are releasing in "waves" ... I just hope I have a viable one for the Jaws release.
     
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    This is the leaked list of Universals 2012 Plans (taken from John Hodson's post on page 3 of this thread):
    Feb.
    M.O.D.: Marlene Dietrich double feature
    Standard blu:
    2/14 - Johnny English
    2/21 - Honey
    March
    Blu combo (all 3/6): The Deer Hunter, Harvey, The Nutty Professor, Parenthood, Out of Africa
    DVD (all 3/6): Charade, The Egg and I, Francis the Talking Mule, The Last Temptation of Christ, My Man Godfrey, Sullivan's Travels, Three Smart Girls
    repackaged blu combo & dvd (3/6): The Blues Brothers, Despicable Me, Meet the Parents
    Repackaged dvd (3/6): Car Wash, The Deer Hunter*, Destry Rides Again, Duck Soup, Harvey, The Jerk, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, The Nutty Professor, Parenthood
    Standard blu:
    3/6 - Dr. Seuss' Cat in the Hat, Dragonheart, The Quest (all bd)
    3/20 - American Pie, American Pie 2, American Wedding (all bd combo)
    April
    Blu combo (4/17): Buck Privates
    M.O.D.: Joel Mccrea westerns
    Standard blu:
    4/3 - Evan Almighty, Life, Nutty Professor II (all bd)
    4/10 - Definitely Maybe, Meet Joe Black (int'l. bd)
    May: 5/1
    Blu combo: Pillow Talk
    Standard blu: About a Boy, Mystery Men, Sea of Love (all bd)
    June
    M.O.D.: 1950's melodrama
    Blu combo (6/5): Back to the Future, Erin Brockovich, Sixteen Candles, Smokey and the Bandit, The Sting
    Repackaged blu combo & dvd (6/5): American Pie, The Big Lebowski, Casino, The Fast and the Furious, King Kong, The Mummy '99, Animal House, Spartacus, United 93
    Repackaged dvd (6/5): Back to the Future, Earthquake, Erin Brockovich, High Plains Drifter, Sixteen Candles, Smokey and the Bandit, The Sting, Winchester '73
    Standard blu (6/5): Blues Brothers 2000 (int'l), Liar Liar (bd), Scent of a Woman (bd/dvd)
    July
    Blu combo (7/3): Born on the Fourth of July
    Repackaged dvd (7/3): Born on the Fourth of July
    Aug.
    Blu combo & dvd (8/14): Jaws
    M.O.D.: Universal rarities
    Standard blu (8/7): Andromeda Strain, Jaws 3 3d (both bd)
    Sept.
    Blu combo (9/4): Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein, Airport (also dvd), Double Indemnity, Jurassic Park (also dvd)
    Repackaged blu combo + dvd (9/4): Atonement, Bridesmaids, Dr. Seuss' The Grinch, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Out of Africa, Scarface '83
    Repackaged dvd (9/4): The Birds*, Double Indemnity*, The Incredible Shrinking Man, It Came From Outer Space, Psycho*, Scarface '32, Vertigo*
    Blu-ray Alfred Hitchcock set (9/4): Not certain, but thinking this will contain The Birds, Psycho, and Vertigo
    Standard blu (9/4): Rumble Fish, Slap Shot, Streets of Fire (all bd)
    Oct.
    Blu combo & dvd (10/23): E.T. 30th
    Blu & dvd classic monsters set (10/23): Not sure, but think this will have Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy '32, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Creature From The Black Lagoon and possibly The Hunchback of Notre Dame '23 and The Phantom of the Opera '25 & '43
    M.O.D.: Billy Wilder collection
    Standard blu (10/2): The Bone Collector, Bride of Chucky, Fear, Holiday Inn 70th anniversary (all bd)
    Nov.
    Blu & dvd 100th anniversary set (11/6)
    Dec.
    M.O.D.: film noir
    * = new 1-disc dvd
    According to the leaked list, which generally seems accurate (except for the bit about the silent classics), a 70th Anniversary bd of Holiday Inn was supposed to be out by now. Does anyone have an idea as to what is going on with that? thanks
     
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    And where is THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN?
     
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    Pretty low-rent 100th, wasn't it?
     
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    Yes. I guess it was naive of me to expect them to turn a corner in such a short time.
     
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    Any idea on the specific titles?
     
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    I believe this was a better year for them overall, including several extremely good releases.

    I was quite pleased with:

    To Kill A Mockingbird
    All Quiet on the Western Front
    Out of Africa
    Pillow Talk
    Jaws
    Born on the Fourth of July
    Harvey
    6 out of 8 of the Universal Monsters Collection, including Dracula, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Wolfman
    Several of the Hitchcocks in the set, including Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, The Trouble with Harry, Rear Window, Vertigo, The Birds, Topaz and Frenzy

    So I wouldn't call it low-rent. I agree that several titles could have and should have been handled better, most particularly:

    The Sting
    The Man Who Knew Too Much
    Marnie
    Rope
    Family Plot
    Torn Curtain

    And there were several catalogue releases that just got cursory treatment.

    But to dismiss the entire year out of hand would be mistaken, in my opininon.
     
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    The sets you refer to are the Universal/TCM titles, a Marlene double feature (Scarlet Emperess and something), Women in Danger, 1930s Rarities (including Million Dollar Legs with W.C. Fields and the upcoming film noir set with the Blue Dahlia and two other films. Universal/TCM also released two Billy Wilder films including Five Graves to Cairo. See the TCM shop.
     

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