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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Really? That's what you would want?
    Do you think MGM would give as much care to that library

    as Warner has?


    Say what you will about the way this Anniversary set has

    been put together or the multiple dips on some of the MGM

    titles....



    ...however I am quite thankful that WB owns the MGM

    property. I wish WB owned the rest of the MGM property

    so we could see a proper roadshow restoration of

    It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World and The Alamo.



    Warner has done some incredible things with the

    MGM library and I don't believe such care would have

    been given to it if MGM actually still owned it.
     
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    Totally agree.
    The original M-G-M / Turner library has been treated with great care and consummate respect by WB.
     
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    From The Digital Bits:
    Entire Article removed by ownership due to reprinting without permission from author
     
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    Thanks for the information. I was pretty sure that the Warner announcement was just the tip of the iceberg, for what they plan to do. I expect more announcements to come as "time goes by", for some titles that I heard from an inside person have not been announced.
     
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    Here is a commercial for the two mega box sets on youtube.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_7-RjaSc54&noredirect=1
    Are the same films in the 5 Best of Warner Bros 20 movie sets as are in the 100 movie mega set ?
     
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    And since Bill Hunt officially announced this...




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    The very reason I tried to squelch complaints in another
    thread. I knew that this would be coming and promised
    the studio had something worth reinvesting for. Of course,
    some fans will find no value in it. Others, like myself, will.
     
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    Blech. Looks like a pass on the animation front.

    since they're bringing back the gangster sets (the ones they discontinued since cataloge titles don't sell at retail anymore, blah blah blah) in bluray. how about a Controversial Classics Volume 3 featuring "The Devils", The Looney Tunes Censored 11, and some other title that would be cool?

    I'm in for some more silents too. I'd love to see "Greed" on bluray with the original (for lack of a better word) cut and the 4 hour restoration that sounds unwatchable since it's all still pictures.
     
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    Folks,
    Nothing but nothing will show that special person in your life the true meaning of love more than buying these bloated DVD/Blu-Ray box-sets for them next year. Sure, it may seem as impersonal as giving them a tie and certainly takes not even a whiff of creativity .... but c'mon ... when you drop one (or both) of these babies in his lap on Christmas day ... he'll know two (2) things for certain. (1) You spent some cash on that sucker and (2) he won't be coming 'round for any sex that night while you're exhausted having made dinner and making polite mindless small talk with his family. And isn't that what the holidays are about?
     
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    Especially Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz. And Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz again. And Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz again. Again.
     
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    I don't understand why you people keep calling it the WB 90th Anniversary Set.
    We all know its just the 2013 Casablanca Box (with 49 extras) :D
    David
     
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    Even at a 50% discount, I can't see many casual fans splurging on these sets when most of the already released titles can be had under $10 with a little patience.
    I hope Bridges of Madison County gets added to the Blu list along with the not mentioned Wind and the Lion (I know, not WB). The rest? Well...
     
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    For myself, I am waiting for the following Blu-Rays from WB.
    Dancing Lady
    Flying Down To Rio
    The Gay Divorcee
    Roberta
    Top Hat
    Follow The Fleet
    Swing Time
    Shall We Dance
    A Damsel In Distress
    Carefree
    The Story Of Vernon And Irene Castle
    Broadway Melody Of 1940
    The Sky's The Limit
    Ziegfeld Follies
    Yolanda And The Thief
    Easter Parade
    The Barkleys Of Broadway
    Three Little Words
    Royal Wedding
    The Belle Of New York
    The Band Wagon
    Silk Stockings
    Finian's Rainbow
    I've bolded the titles I feel are likely to get an upgrade (based on either prior WB chats or having gone through Ultra-Resolution).
    As of now, none of Fred Astaire's 31 musicals have been released on Blu-Ray in the US (Funny Face and Daddy Long Legs have been released in Europe). 29 have had an official DVD release (3 from the WB Archives). Of the other two, one is PD (Second Chorus) and one just hasn't shown up (Let's Dance). WB owns 21 of his films.
    I'm hoping, since this is an anniversary, that things improve for Astaire fans.
    (and for the record, I do own the That's Entertainment Trilogy, The Towering Inferno, and Santa Claus Is Coming To Town on Blu - his only Hi-Def representation so far)
    David
     
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    Anyone else notice that the blue sticker in the BD box set ad says "Blu-Ray" in tiny dim letters and "ULTRAVIOLET" in big bright ones?
     
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    Well nothing sells catalog releases like a piss poor digital copy. that's the world we live in right? Convenience over quality and all that?
     
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    Why the hell ROARING 20'S and ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES aren't included in Original Gangsters collection???Wtf Warner?
     
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    Excited for the Mad Max set! I've held off on getting those films on Blu until Beyond Thunderdome was released. Hopefully there will be some new bonus material as well.
     
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    I was really hoping for GYPSY on blu-ray in 2013.
     
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    I just picked up Mad Max this weekend to go with my copy of Road Warrior, so you're welcome! :P
     
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    The Big Parade!!!!!

    Most exciting news (amongst a lot of exciting news) here, IMO.
     
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    I just read the Digital Bits full story, and it does say 'part of', so possibly the other two films from the original DVD set are included (just not called out).
    David
    Also, I noticed that Easter Parade is at least listed as TBA, so for me, that is a tiny step in the right direction. (missed that in my first read through)
     

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