Warner Archive Discussion Thread (The Announcements/The Films)

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  1. Mark Edward Heuck

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    In the mid-'80's, Orion Television was trying to sell a syndicated family series called "THAT'S FUNNY," which was conceived around a package of RKO comedy shorts. As such, I am inclined to believe that they are now in MGM's hands.
     
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    I have heard that, and you are probably correct. The shorts changed many hands over the years since RKO sold them. But MGM having control is not a comforting thought.
     
  3. Ronald Epstein

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    AHEAD OF TODAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT...

    Warner Archive Collection: New Releases for 4/2/2013http://l.email-warnerbros.com/1x1.dyn?0rkGgqr-C_gNmh23N0a15egxU=0 [​IMG] [​IMG] WARNER ARCHIVE HOMENEW RELEASESBESTSELLING DVDsFORWARD TO A FRIEND [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] FREE AND EASY/ESTRELLADOS BUSTER KEATON DUAL LANGUAGE DOUBLE FEATURE(1930) It’s Buster’s Talkie debut with a special “as you’ve never heard it before” bonus! Keaton skewers Hollywood itself with the tale of a wannabe starlet (Anita Page) that arrives in Tinseltown with some extra baggage — an over-protective mother (Trixie Friganza) and an even more over-protective gas station attendant (Keaton). A coterie of star cameos make an appearance, and co-starring Robert Montgomery who plays a “Latin lover,” no less! BONUS FEATURE: Free and Easy is now paired with its Spanish language version, Estrellados (1930) complete with English captions. Rarely seen since its initial overseas release, Estrellados is a prime example of the once customary practice of “parallel production” that helped Hollywood market their fare overseas during the silent-to-sound transition. It’s a fully alternative version of the film, shot simultaneously with Free and Easy on the same sets but with Buster alongside a totally different Spanish speaking cast. ¡Viva la Comedia! [​IMG] [​IMG] MARINE BOY: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON (1966-67) Marine Boy returns for a second volume of classic ’American anime’ adventures! Operating out of the Ocean Patrol Marine Headquarters, superscientist Dr. Mariner outfits his stalwart son with all the aquatic accoutrements needed to keep the seas safe for all mankind. From Oxy-Gum and bulletproof wet suit, to flying subs and propeller shoes, Marine Boy has what it takes to face a variety of fearsome foes above and below the ocean’s surface. Dive deep into this 3-Disc, 26-Episode Collection with villains like Skwid, Stormbrane, Count Shark, Professor Beelzebub and Captain Wraith and more who must learn to beware the boomerang of Marine Boy as he cruises the sea aboard the submarine P-1 alongside little Clicli, Professor Fumble, mermaid Neptina, dolphin best friend Splasher, and Ocean Patrol agents Bullton and Piper.As the title song tells you, “he’s a very special boy!” [​IMG] BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940 (1940) Norman Taurog and MGM nabbed the unpartnered Fred Astaire and paired him up with terpsichorean titaness Eleanor Powell to end up with the most sublime piece of tap ever recorded on celluloid. Astaire plays ace hoofer Johnny Brett whose best pal King Shaw (George Murphy) accidentally hones in on Johnny’s big break and gets to dance alongside Broadway star Clare Bennett (Powell). The film is iridescent with sparkling Cole Porter tunes including “Begin the Beguine’s” moment of tap transcendence. Also includes featurette“Hollywood: Begin the Beguine” and the Our Gang short “The Big Premiere”. [​IMG] I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS (1951) Doris Day and Danny Thomas play Gus and Grace LeBoy Kahn in this affectionate, human and humane musical biopic about the man behind the pop songs that defined a generation. “It Had to Be You,” “Makin’ Whoopee” and “Love Me or Leave Me” are among the 23 song Kahn cavalcade that depicts Kahn’s meteoric rise to the top of the charts and his crashing fall, along with Wall Street, in 1929. Directed with the pitch-perfect precision from the great Michael Curtiz. Also includes a vintage short, The Screen Director and the Looney Tunes classic, Lovelorn Leghorn. THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY (1982) Peter Weir’s adventure romance, set against the Indonesian revolution of 1965, made a superstar out of Mel Gibson and brought the world’s attention to the astonishing talent of Linda Hunt. Gibson plays Guy Hamilton, a rather sallow and shallow foreign correspondent covering the chaos while Hunt plays his translator and guide, Billy Kwan. Kwan acts as a Virgil to Hamilton’s Dante, leading him from the hell of journalistic indifference to compassion and his Beatrice, diplomatic attache Jill Bryant (Sigourney Weaver). THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP (1982) Robin Williams proved his brilliance extended beyond improvisation with his leading dramatic role in this adaptation of the beloved John Irving classic, “The World According to Garp.” Williams plays T.S. Garp, novelist son of strident feminist Jenny Fields (Glenn Close), who must wrestle his way through a life full of gender politics, parenthood, adultery, tragedy and recovery as he searches for his place. John Lithgow’s performance as Roberta Muldoon, a transgender NFL Pro, cemented his place as one of the character greats. [​IMG] Check out the 15th Annual Telluride Comedy Fest featuring an assortment of stars from our favorite comedy series OF ALL EXISTENCE, Childrens Hospital! And this year we’re punch pleased to sponsor the improv on the icy slopes! How? VIP Table tickets and assorted DVD giveaways including Childrens Hospital S4 and The Unsinkable Molly Brown will be awarded to lucky Telluride residents and visitors! As Rob Corddry (The Daily Show, Hot Tub Time Machine) said, “I will continue to attend [Telluride Comedy Festival] until I die.” And since he’s not dead, see him there along with Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Wyatt Cenac, Nick Kroll, Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin aka Ronna and Beverly, Brian Huskey, Jason Mantzoukas, and Seth Morris. For info click here or tune into KOTO! [​IMG] This President’s Day Weekend, we’re happy to co-sponsor Boston’s 39th annual Sci-Fi Film Festival at the Somerville Theatre that concludes 24 hour marathon of out of this world cinema — including several films you can find on Warner Archive like The World, the Flesh and the Devil and The Power. Check the site for a full schedule of events and tickets! [​IMG] We just updated our Warner Archive Instant Roku app to include a Watch List which helps keep track of what films and TV shows among the hundreds available that you'd like to see in a very easy way. And if you use a PC/Mac or iPad, hold on — forthcoming updates will include a Watch List that will help coordinate viewing among different devices. And if you don’t have Warner Archive Instant yet, and you like the kinds of stuff in this newsletter, why don’t you try it FREE for 2 weeks and see what we’re talking about? 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  4. JoHud

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    Whaaaat? They actually released the Spanish version of Free and Easy? Now there's a rarely seen Keaton film, and a real reason to double dip.
     
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    Same here. Keaton in Spanish. What a treat for me! Double dip indeed!
     
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    Coming on February 18. Up for pre-ordering...
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    Makes me wish the movie wasn't so outright terrible...
     
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    Yeah, certainly far from his best and personally my least favorite of his MGM period. However, I'm also interested to see if the Spanish version improves on it in some facets
     
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    A bit disappointed to see The Year of Living Dangerously here - I was hoping for a blu-ray release.
     
  11. JoeDoakes

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    Here's a thought, if Comcast buys TimeWarner, assuming that there are no forced divestments, both Universal and Warner would be under the same corporate umbrella. Could Universal films and tv shows come to the Warner Archive?
     
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    Comcast is only buying the Time Warner Cable, not Time Warner Inc. Since 2009, Time Warner Cable has been completely independent of the parent company with the only link being the licensing of the brand name, so there will be no change in TV show and film ownership.
     
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    Thanks. bummer.
     
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    That's not a bummer, that's a good thing WB films isn't attached to this (since it's only TW cable that is being bought). It's ridiculous that this deal is happening from a cable stand point.
     
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    Three more films up for preorder.

    In addition to I Live My Life and Our Blushing Brides, a third Joan Crawford film, The Bride Wore Red (1937) has just been listed for 3/04/2014

    Furthermore, there's a Richard Dix wave slated for 3/25/2014 with Public Defender (1931) and Reno (1939) just recently available for preorder.

    Lastly the TNT 1992 telefilm Duel of Hearts is also available.
     
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    I went to twitter to see if they did an early newsletter, and apparently this just happened

     
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    YES!!


    Although I wish it were Blu (combo with the MGM).
     
  18. Matt Hough

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    I will be devastated if there isn't a Blu-ray release. After all these years, a DVD set is just not worthy enough of these films.
     
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    In one of the podcasts they talked about plans for Show Boat on Blu-ray. They wanted to to a Blu-ray box that contains all three Show Boat films, but things were moving so slowly on the the restoration of the 1951 version that they said they might just go ahead and let the 1936 and 1929 versions fall to the archive rather than wait. Looks like that is what is happening.
     
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    Yes I am very disappointed also. My hopes for a Blu-ray set is now dashed.
     

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