Warner's 2008 Blu-Ray lineup

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  1. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    There's a sneak peek at Warner's 2008 Blu-ray slate on the bits.

    The article covers Warner's 85th Anniversary plans (mostly SD) so more specific Warner Blu-Ray catalog announcements are forthcoming.

    Courtesy of thedigitalbits:

    The Digital Bits - Celebrating Film in the Digital Age

    Confirmed for BD

    Batman Anthology (all 6 films) Q4
    Dirty Harry set (all 5 films) Q2
    and the usual day/date new films

    and lots of BD possibilities on the list such as Heat, Once Upon a Time in America, Cool Hand Luke, True Romance, etc (I'll have to keep my fingers crossed).

    The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Woodstock and North by Northwest won't be until 2009
     
  2. Patrick.C

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    I'm glad to see that the SE of Risky Business is still in the works. It was first mentioned here in a Warner HTF chat back in '06. I wonder if Cruise will participate...
     
  3. Paul Arnette

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    That article was frustratingly short on specifics, but it does sound like we may get a better picture of what's in store on BD from WB shortly:

     
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    So far I'm not impressed with what was actually announced for 2008. North By Northwest in 2009 is something to look forward (to).

    -Reagan
     
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    Nice list! Looking forward to most of those!

    Doesn't look like the Sinatra films are coming to Blu which is a shame, but I'll pick them all up on standard def.

    Looking forward to American in Paris, How the West was Won, Dirty Harry Series and the Batman releases
    (fingers crossed they're multi-regional or else I cannot buy them) on Blu.

    Oh, and all of those 2009 releases will be mine. North by Northwest in HD!? I can't wait !!!!
     
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    Eventhough I don't think Sudden Impact or The Dead Pool are that great, I'll pick up the Dirty Harry set.
     
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    I've been waiting for a descent set of Dirty Harry for a long time.
     
  8. MatthewA

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    It's looking to be a good... and expensive year.
     
  9. Brandon Conway

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    Dale - Warner does not region code their BDs, so no worries there.

    I know the Bits says that the Dirty Harry films are coming in both BD and HD-DVD in Q2, but let's not forget that June is part of Q2, and by then Warner will have stopped releasing HD-DVD.
     
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    Are we getting BD double-dips of 'A Christmas Story' and 'The Searchers' already? You think we're gonna get new transfers/encodes (e.g. 'Xmas' less red and 'Searchers' more red, in addition to higher bitrates)?
     
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    How the West Was Won - awesome...
     
  12. Paul Arnette

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    Unfortunately, I haven't been able to read any reports of this event and walk away with a good sense of what is and what isn't coming to Blu-ray Disc. I think the main reason for this is that the press event itself wasn't geared specifically to promote Blu-ray Disc, but Warner Bros. anniversary instead. Therefore, I am considering it to be a non-event as far as BD is concerned. I'd rather not get my hopes up or waste too much time speculating what will and won't be on BD. I'm sure it will all become clear soon anyway.
     
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    IF (note...IF) the Blu-ray is released earlier (as is the new Warner policy), the HD DVD set should be along three weeks later, provided the Blu-ray release is not IN June. But I have no expectations either way.
     
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    I'm crossing my fingers that Contact will be one that will be announced.
     
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    Now that Warner is down to only one Hi Def format maybe they will get more aggresive with Catalog Titles. Last year they were slacking with mediocore titles like Purple Rain and Out for Justice. I'd like a 25th of THE RIGHT STUFF on BD. Hopefully that will be on its way this year.
     
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    I am skeptical about the release of North by Northwest in 2009. Doesn't the film need a full restoration? Remember, North by Northwest was filmed in VistaVision. Does anyone have any information about a restoration of North by Northwest by Warner?
     
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    Bill Hunt's latest Bits update says he just had long conversations with Warner reps regarding more titles and should be updating again by early tomorrow morning.
     
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    So far, I'm very pleased with some of the titles announced.........Batman, GoodFellas, Heat, True Romance, etc. [​IMG]
     
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    North by Northwest was restored and released in a 16:9 remastered transfer on dvd in 2004. I own this title and it is nearly flawless. I can only hope the Bluray will knock my socks off to this degree.
     

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