Warner Archive Discussion Thread (The Announcements/The Films)

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  1. David Weicker

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    Why do you think it will be this week (as opposed to some future week) ?And where does it mention 'pressed'?While I would love both to be true, I didn't see that information listed.
     
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    The discs are visibly pressed in the posted sneak peak video when the DVD case is opened, silvery as opposed to black/purplish. The banner ad for Search is now posted on the front page of the Warner Archive site and is included as the feature attraction with a new uploaded preview.

    Found the order page. Price is $49.99
     
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    Have not all the Archive TV series releases been pressed for the last year and a half? (Except for those ordered and duplicated on DVD-R from Amazon.)Have there been exceptions where the Archive has recently released any TV series on DVD-R? I think someone at HTF said the Jimmy Stewart Show was DVD-R?Have any of the Archive TV series released on pressed Discs actually gone off the replicated list, and are now only available as DVD-Rs?
     
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    Thanks for the link. I wasn't doubting you - I just mused the info you saw.I have posted a question on the Archives FB page asking if Probe (the previously released pilot) would be included in this 'complete series' release. The posting, at this time, is unclear.
     
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    My copy of The Jimmy Stewart Show was DVD-R.
     
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    Thanks Rob, and you purchased Jimmy Stewart directly from the Warner Archive?
     
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    And their response was;"Probe is available as a separate release - as such it was not included in order to contain costs and maximize quality."
     
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    False alarm on Race Street. Seems they leaked the cover art prematurely and its actual date of availability remains unknown.

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    It'll probably be out in the near future.
     
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    Always happy to see more Cagney films!
     
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    Yes, I purchased it directly from Warner Archive on release day.
     
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    SO HAPPY ABOUT "smiling through" and "Barrets of Wimpole"! Two new best picture nominees!!!! So greatfull I sent a heartfelt message to warner archives on their Facebook page asking about "test pilot", "Disraeli", "trader Horn", and other best pic Noms. I got a generic reply, but they said "more of my favorites are on the way!"Best pic Noms aren't my favorites, I just collect them, but... I hope they do release more of them soon.
     
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    I'm annoyed by the months-long desert of animation releases. If these were truly among the most profitable and popular of WAC releases, you'd think we would have seen or heard something, ANYTHING by now.

    They hate cartoons.
     
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    Dear Ken ... "They hate cartoons." Isn't that going a bit overboard? They seem to go in cycles, and right now we're seeing more old classics released. I've been called out for posting "Yawn" after a dearth of films in which I was interested, and rightly so. I'd be very surprised if more cartoons aren't in the offing. Good things do come to those who wait ...
     
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    The films noir are all pretty good, esp. if you are a George Raft fan. Nocturne has a particularly noirish opening, reminiscent of the opening shot of Black Angel.
     
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    Vitaphone Shorts, Warner Brothers Shorts, MGM Shorts, RKO Radio Shorts.
     
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    Unfortunantly Warner does not own the RKO shorts. They were sold off to a company named Guild Films in the 50's and were then licensed to local TV stations. Guild has been absorbed over the years and the films that are not in public domain reside in some family trust. That does not know what they own or care.
     
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    Thanks Allen,
    That is indeed disappointing news.

    RKO did make some really entertaining shorts.
    They used directors such as George Stevens, Mark Sandrich and Jean Yarbrough.
    Stars included Betty Grable, Ruth Etting and Tony Martin among others.
    Of course the Edgar Kennedy and the Leon Errol comedies were gems.

    I've a feeling that some of the Leon Errol shorts were released on DVD a while back.

    Maybe the RKO Shorts will emerge at some time.
    One can only hope.

    Doug.
     
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    Thanks Brandon.

    "I've a feeling that some of the Leon Errol shorts were released on DVD a while back"

    You know you have too many DVDs when you forget what you already have.
    A quick search found The Leon Errol Two-Reeler Comedy Collection already in my DVD collection.

    Being public Domain the shorts are generally very soft with less than perfect sound.
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    It would be terrific if Warner Archives could obtain and release these shorts using pristine source material.

    Doug.
     
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    Yes, most of the RKO shorts that get released do so by being (presumably) PD. Unlike some other PD content most of the RKO short DVD offerings are almost always of poor quality. However, this is likely all we'll ever get barring some massive collectors' effort.

    It would be great if WB managed to buy out the license holders. At least then there would be some hope of getting definitive releases of these from their source elements. But that will probably never happen.
     

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