WHV Press Release: TCM Gangsters and Hammer Horror

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    TCM GREATEST CLASSIC FILMS COLLECTION WARNER HOME VIDEO AND TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES TO RELEASE TWO NEW COLLECTIONS GANGSTERS AND HAMMER HORROR FOUR CLASSIC FILMS IN EACH VALUE-PACKED COLLECTION Burbank, Calif., May 10, 2010 – Warner Home Video and Turner Classic Movies introduce two new four-title sets from the TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection on September 7, 2010. Since February 2009, the collections have been made available in separate waves and promoted throughout the year on TCM (a complete listing of all collections is included below). This latest installment consists of TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Gangsters High Sierra, Little Caesar, The Public Enemy andWhite Heat; and TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Hammer Horror – Horror of Dracula, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, The Curse of Frankenstein and Frankenstein Must be Destroyed! Each collection is affordably priced at $27.92 SRP. Orders are due August 3, 2010. The four films featured in TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Gangsters showcase the talents of unforgettable Hollywood icons such as Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Jean Harlow and more, all struggling to survive in the treacherous underworld of crime. TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Hammer Horror features four classic Hammer films that are sure to satisfy the most devoted horror enthusiasts. Founded in 1934, Hammer Film Productions is best known for a series of Gothic "Hammer Horror" films made from the mid-1950s until the 1970s. During its most successful years, Hammer dominated the horror film market, enjoying worldwide distribution and considerable financial success. MARKETING SUPPORT TCM promotional support includes TV programming, on-air promotional spots on Turner Networks and print advertising in the “Now Playing” guide. ABOUT THE FILMS TCM Greatest Classic Films: Gangsters HIGH SIERRA (1941) Humphrey Bogart and Ida Lupino star in this soulful study of a gangster whose hard-boiled persona finds itself at war with his compassionate side – a side that will ultimately be his downfall. LITTLE CAESAR (1930) Loosely based on Al Capone, Edward G. Robinson rocketed to stardom as a pugnacious hoodlum who murderously rises to the top ranks of the underworld. THE PUBLIC ENEMY (1931) A taut, realistic time capsule of the Prohibition Era, showcasing James Cagney’s powerhouse breakthrough as a streetwise tough guy who rises high in the bootleg racket. WHITE HEAT (1949) “Made it, Ma! Top of the world!” Cagney’s Cody Jarrett – a psychotic thug devoted to his tough-as-nails mother – is the searing centerpiece of this blazing, fast-paced thriller. TCM Greatest Classic Films: Hammer Horror HORROR OF DRACULA (1958) Christopher Lee as the centuries-old vampire Dracula and Peter Cushing as his implacable foe Van Helsing battle for the souls of Londoners in this retelling of Bram Stoker’s spellbinding novel of the undead. DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE (1969) A village trembles in fear. A priest forsakes his vows to serve evil. Young beauties fall victim to a mysterious seducer. Christopher Lee returns for the third time in his signature role. THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1957) Baron Victor Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) has discovered life’s secret and unleashed a blood-curdling chain of events resulting from his creation: a cursed creature (Christopher Lee) with a horrid face – and a tendency to kill. FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED! (1970) More monstrous than the monsters he created! Baron Frankenstein’s attempts to perfect his new technique of brain transplant surgery trigger more tragedy and horror. Peter Cushing stars. Street Date: September 7, 2010 Order Due Date: August 3, 2009 MSRP: $27.92 TCM Greatest Classic Films: Gangsters MAT: 1000095761 UPC # 883929068791 TCM Greatest Classic Films: Hammer Horror MAT: 1000095762 UPC: 883929068807 About TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection stands as the largest-ever partnership between Warner Home Video and Turner Classic Movies. The initiative combines the strengths of the companies in serving both serious film buffs and a new generation of movie lovers. The TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection builds on the success of previous joint initiatives between Turner Classic Movies and Warner Home Video, including the TCM Archives series and the TCM Spotlight series. Warner Home Video, which owns the world’s largest film library, has more Best Picture Oscar® wins than any other studio and its films have garnered more than 300 Academy Awards®. Turner Classic Movies is currently seen in more than 85 million homes and will support Warner Home Video and the new collection with extensive marketing. TCM’s marketing plan includes print ads in TCM’s popular Now Playing guide, banners on tcm.com, and on-air mentions by the network’s renowned primetime host, Robert Osborne.
     
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    So we get the early Hammer stuff for a third or fourth time without even a smidgen of image improvement? Warners, not to seem ungrateful for all the great work you have done for so many other films, we are awaiting a transfer of the restored HORROR OF DRACULA that was theatrically released (perhaps only in the UK) a couple of years ago. Your original of that, CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN and THE MUMMY are no longer up to par.
     
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    Well, the real problem here is that you just don't know what you're going to get. For example, the set with The Green Berets has 3 recycled transfers but then a whole new anamorphic transfer for The Green Berets. At no point was it obvious that would be the case which is a shame because there are plenty of folks who would gladly trade in their non-anamorphic flipper had they but known.
     
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    Dear WB,


    You will sell more copies of the Hammer set if you made it clear now whether any of the transfers will be improvements over the older/original individual releases. If there are no changes between the original releases and the features in this set, we will have to assume your silence on this issue confirms this.


    Thank you for listening.
     
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    if the hammer films have been remastered i'll buy that set in a heartbeat!!
     
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    "TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Hammer Horror features four classic Hammer films that are sure to satisfy the most devoted horror enthusiasts."


    Who will have bought the films in question when they first came out years ago


    The only conceivable reason I can see for buying these would be if they were a significant improvement, and I can't see that happening.


    So this is just a "lets see if we can squeeze a few more sales out of the same old films that have sat on the shelves for years by sticking them in a box, lowering the price a tad and advertising it as something 'new'..." type exercise.
     
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    I'm not sure if anyone has been into Wal-Mart or Target lately but it's obvious that $15-$20 titles are on their way out. They're being replaced by $5 single titles or collections like the one listed above. No one wants to pay $20 for a movie anymore. I'm sure bundling them up in packs like these are going to get them on store shelves, which might not happen if they were released as singles at $15 or so. Heck, even a five disc set of Bruce Lee films are just $13. You have countless 4-packs from Warner for $10. You can get four classic Eastwood titles for $9.

    Perhaps whatever money the studio makes out of these they can in return get items out there that the fans want to buy and stuff that fans are willing to pay more money for.
     
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    Anyone heard anything about the Hammer set, yet? Should be mentioned that every Friday in October, TCM will be airing multiple Hammer flicks!
     
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    Someone posted caps from the version of Horror Of Dracula you can download from Amazon, and it does not the huge aspect ratio flaw that the old DVD has.


    So here's hoping!
     
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    When can we expect to start seeing reviews for these sets? Within the next couple of weeks or not until the release date (plus)?
     
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    Warner embargoes reviews until two weeks before street date. That's not an issue until they actually send the titles out for review, though, which has not happened yet. If I receive a screener, I will post an update in this thread on the HoD aspect ratio before I post the full review, which will take a bit longer. It will not happen before the two week before street date Tuesday, though.
     
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    Thanks, Ken! Much appreciated.
     
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    Not to be a pain, but...anyone here receive preview copies of the Hammer set? Thanks in advance!
     
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    I was unaware that any of these TCM Greatest Collections were different from the existing releases. Is it more a hope than a fact that the Hammer set will be an improvement?
     
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    No review copies have been sent to HTF as of today. Chances are we will not be getting them.
     


    They are usually just repurposed existing presentations on double sided media, but there has been at least one exception. The "War - Battlefront Asia" set had a remastered double-layered version of "The Green Berets" not previously released in R1.

     

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