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Criterion Press Release: Badlands (Blu-ray)

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. Ronald Epstein

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  2. Mark Edward Heuck

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    I noticed there is no mention of WB in this press release, and they're not listed in the copyright line nor their logo featured among the other credits. Thus, contrary to what was thought previously, which was that WB was finally letting Criterion have an entry to their library, it would appear that in fact WB's rights to BADLANDS have expired and reverted back to producer Edward Pressman, much in the same manner that SISTERS, previously handled by Orion and (briefly) MGM, returned to him and was in turn directly licensed to Criterion.
    No matter: just glad to see another Malick classic get the Criterion treatment!
     
  3. Eerik

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    Absense of Warner's logo is interesting because in a recent Q&A Criterion confirmed their licensing deal with Warner (including Badlands). See this video at 36:40.
     
  4. Charles Smith

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    Finally! I have yet to see this film, period, and have been looking forward to this release for what seems like years. Whoever's logo is on it, it shall be mine!
     
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    I will happily upgrade my DVD copy for this one. Now we need Criterion' of Mallick's last couple pictures and we're all set!
     
  6. Moe Dickstein

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    I'm definitely interested to learn more about the situation, since the WB logo missing was the first thing I noticed in that press release lol
     
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    Great Movie. It will be mine.
     
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    Can anyone confirm if Badlands opened theatrically with a WB logo and if so was it the Saul Bass creation i love so much? I've never ever seen the film. Not sure what logo if any the VHS and DVD releases contained.

    If Badlands is being licensed from WB's like we believe it is, I wonder if they will force Criterion to use that new updated CGI logo preceding the film?
     
  9. Mark Edward Heuck

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    I saw BADLANDS in a revival screening, and I'm 95% sure it opened with the '70's Bass logo. If it did not, it would have been a '70's version of the shield, not the '90's one or the current CGI version.
     
  10. Ronald Epstein

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    NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER
     
  11. Moe Dickstein

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    Saw a copy of the current DVD out tonight shopping, and the copyright is not WB, it's Pressman something, so it definitely seems like WB might be licensing things they control distribution on (or the rights have expired) but not WB Studio / New Line / Turner items. (I believe all the New Line titles are OOP since Warner bought them - I know there were some on DVD and all the John Waters titles from the LD days)
     
  12. Jon Hertzberg

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    And, as I'm sure you're aware SISTERS was on VHS via WB thru their one-time home video deal with Orion (covering AIP titles).
     
  13. Derrick King

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    It seems that WB/New Line let the rights to NAKED, HOOP DREAMS, and AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE lapse and Criterion has licensed them from their respective owners (the last two are on Criterion's Hulu channel and NAKED's Blu-ray is licensed from Film 4.) The other two, MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO and SHORT CUTS are still in print (though the in print version of SHORT CUTS no longer has the book) and seem to still be with WB/New Line.
     
  14. Moe Dickstein

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    Also, those are all Fine Line titles, no?
     
  15. Derrick King

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    I'm pretty sure that they were all Fine Line titles.
     
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    We could do a film version of "What's My Line". There is also Yellow Line Films and City Line Studios.
     

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