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HD/BD Catalog title predictions for Q3/Q4

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Jim_K, Apr 22, 2007.

  1. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    Maybe it's just me but I’m a little tired of reading the endless analytical discussions about the format war which just go around and around in circles. I don’t know about anybody else but I didn’t buy into this format(s) so I could review sales figures [​IMG] , read PR spin [​IMG] , strategize the next moves by the BDA or HD Group [​IMG] and cheerlead for my format of choice. [​IMG] What gets me excited is CONTENT! [​IMG]
    ASO, The Shining, Clockwork Orange)[/SIZE]
     
  2. Paul_Scott

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    these have been more or less confirmed in chats or from insiders, though remain unannounced for now

    Warner
    Deliverance
    Cool Hand Luke
    LA Confidential
    The Shinning
    Clockwork Orange
    2001: A Space Odyessy
    Dirty Harry series
    Poltergiest
    Blade Runner
    Bonnie & Clyde(?)

    Paramount
    Chinatown
    The Jack Ryan series
    Star Trek (in some form or fashion)
    possibly Top Gun (but most likely '08)

    I'm holding out hope that we will also see the following at some point in 07

    Contact (anniversary)
    Ben-Hur
    Wizard Of Oz
    Flash Gordon (to tie in with the new SE DVD release in Aug)
    Some kind of Hitchcock presence by Universal seems a good bet, with Vertigo or Pyscho seeming to be the most likely choices

    I would think 2008 would be more likely for the Exorcist (anniversary release)

    I would be surprised to see Apocolypse Now release this soon...and especially if they released both versions. Maybe someone can convice the DP that with the ubiquity of 16:9 displays now, that there is no need whatsoever to crop the film anymore, but of course you would need a newer master anyway which I don't see happening anytime soon.

    For a wildcard release, I would love to see Outland.


    I would also love to see Anchor Bay release Halloween, Dawn Of The Dead, etc But I think 2007 might be too early. I do agree they would most likely release first on HD DVD given the cost of production/replication, etc
     
  3. Ali B

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    Assuming the Leone titles hit Blu-Ray (and actually sell) I think we could Once Upon a Time in the West from Paramount before the end of the year, but it does rest on the more popular Leone titles coming out first. That is very wishful thinking on my part, and looking over those lists just makes me realise how truly stupid this war is (but enough of that talk here!)
     
  4. Dave H

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    American Pie should probably be added on the Universal list.
     
  5. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    Good catch, [​IMG] I forgot about LA Confidential, Contact and The Jack Ryan series which I'd be surpised if they didn't get a release this year.

    Chinatown, OUATITW and Outland would be fantastic though my hopes are slim.

    I'll admit my Criterion and Anchor Bay speculations are way optimistic but you never know. [​IMG]

    So only 3 other people in the HD Software area are interested in upcoming catalog titles?! [​IMG]

    Cheap Chinese HD players from Hillbilly World Walmart and Amazon sales figures are more intersting? [​IMG] That's sad.
     
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    PotC: AWE is coming out Dec. (Possible box set of all 3?)

    And considering the marketing thus far I would expect Finding Nemo before The Incredibles.
     
  7. Rob Young

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    Isn't The Shawshank Redemption supposed to be out this year?

    I'm hoping those Hitchcock titles rumoured get released and would love North by Northwest to be out.

    A title I would LOVE to see released would be Grosse Pointe Blank especially since the dvd is old and non-anamorphic. That movie is awesome.
     
  8. Tim Glover

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    Warner confirmed a 2008 or even 09 for North by Northwest saying it needed some work. We need some Universal Hitchcocks for sure.
     
  9. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    I wouldn't pass up Finding Nemo if it gets released.

    I think Warner stated in the last chat that they were re-doing the HD transfer for NBNW and it was expected in 08 or 09 can't remember which.

    Edit - Tim beat me to it.
     
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    Great minds think alike Jim. [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks guys for the info on NBNW. One of my all time favs.
     
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    I thought Gladiator was Universal, no?
     
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    It's a DreamWorks film, meaning that Paramount now distributes it rather than Universal.
     
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    I'd love it if Criterion jumped in, but I bet we see a Universal release of Brazil before we do. And Seven Samurai looks great on the HD A1. So does Brazil really. But I guess I would purchase again. LOL
     
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    I thought Brazil showed up on a Universal release list sometime earlier this year?
     
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    I think the list makers were confused and it was a Discovery Channel Doc.
     
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    Actually, the Jack Ryan movies and Chinatown are said to be a 'lock' for this year (Q4, I presume). This comes from a Paramount insider on another forum.
    This same person says that Team America is still not on the radar (though it is highly prominent in Paramounts pre feature trailers).

    I wish we were getting Grease from them soon, as it was on the initial HD DVD release lists, but it doesn't look like that will be the case, and since its 30th ann is next year, seems like thats a stronger guess.

    Braveheart should be showing up this year (though it wasn't mentioned by the aforementioned insider).

    Another title I forgot but was mentioned as being in the pipe is Cat People (Schrader/Kinski) from Universal- which I guess will show up in Sept/Oct.
     
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    That is great news about Chinatown. [​IMG] Can't have enough classic 70's cinema on HD. Any rumors floating around about Taxi Driver or The Conversation? The Godfather films would probably be too much to ask this early in the game but man oh man the thought gets me drooling.
     
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    Wonderful to hear about the Jack Ryan films. Although I will easily pass on the Affleck pic. [​IMG]

    Red October remains one of my favorite films and having it on HD would be awesome.
     
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    I was specifically told Braveheart is not happening this year. Though at the same time, another movie in a similar genre which was previously not on the schedule is now "possible".

    Let's just hope they go with the 24 bit lossless for that one if it comes to pass. [​IMG]

    Regards,
    Dan
     

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