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Some brief DVD news from our trip out to L.A. - FOX/PARAMOUNT: UPDATE & APOLOGY JUST ADDED Pg.

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Ronald Epstein, Sep 27, 2003.

  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Administrator
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    Hey Gang!

    Just got back from Los Angeles where I had the
    opportunity to go out to Paramount and Fox studios
    to talk with the Home Video department heads.

    Not a whole bunch of stuff to report to you (some
    of my fellow colleagues who also attended may
    have something extra to report), but this is what
    I can tell you....

    Most likely, there will be no Jerry Lewis DVDs
    released by Paramount in 2004. I can't post
    specific reasons to the problem other than that
    the fault does not lie with Paramount, a studio
    that really wishes to give these releases
    the attention they deserve.

    We are working with Paramount to arrange a special
    HTF Member screening of their upcoming DVD, Once
    Upon A Time In The West
    . The studio is anxious
    to do something nice for our members, and we hope
    to have some details on this posted for you shortly.

    Don't expect the Batman TV series on DVD
    anytime soon from Fox Home Video. There are huge
    unresolved rights issues with licensing and Warner
    Brothers that will probably keep this show off
    video shelves for quite a long time. Fox would
    really like to get this show out on DVD, if they
    could.

    In related news, we spent the last couple of
    days having drinks and cigars a few feet away
    from Frank Gorshin, the original "Riddler" on
    Batman. He was staying at our hotel and was
    very visible enjoying cocktails with his woman
    friend.

    Despite all the posted release dates for Lost
    In Space
    , Fox has indicated that there is no
    release date presently for this TV series. It
    seems the discs are still in production and that
    a release has been slated for an unspecified 2004
    date.

    Fox has just received their check discs for the
    Alien Quadrilogy set. The studio should
    be announcing news about this set shortly with a
    possible new release date (as the original film
    is to be released theatrically first).

    Fox Home Video has agreed to do a live chat with
    the forum membership. We hope to schedule this
    chat in the next few weeks.

    That's all I can report here. My colleagues may
    follow up with other news from those meetings.



    Update and Apology


    (posted almost two weeks later 10/8)

    I want to post a public apology here....

    I always attempt to try to be honest about
    all the information I post to this forum. I
    don't like to post what I feel to be factual
    information about an upcoming release without
    having facts to back it up.

    In the case of LOST IN SPACE to DVD....

    I'm a huge fan of this show. In fact, I have
    been politely asking Fox for the past two years
    to put this show into production. In a small
    way, I think my efforts (and those of the fans
    within this forum) are the reason why the show
    is finally being released in January.

    You noticed that I have finally come to the
    conclusion that the show is in fact going to be
    released this upcoming January 13th, 2004.

    This comes after a little more than a week
    after I told all of you that there will be a
    delay in the release. This was, from what I
    had gathered, to be the situation regarding
    Lost In Space when I asked Fox's
    Peter Staddon directly about it during a
    meeting at the studio in September.

    Perhaps something was misunderstood in our
    conversation? I don't think so, as there
    were 4 other people in the room with me
    who all heard the same conversation and can
    confirm exactly what was told to me.

    This is my opinion on why we were not
    given confirmed information....

    Fox was obviously days away from making a Press
    Release announcement on Lost In Space and
    My Darling Clementine. Obviously, Fox
    did not want us breaking the news on the net early.

    However....

    If Fox would have confidentially told us the
    information and asked us not to print it, we
    would have heeded their request. We have been
    told many private things that we have never posted
    without authorization. It's a trust that we have
    never broken.

    Meanwhile, I am given false information and I
    end up looking like a fool.

    I apologize that I reported information that
    I had thought to be correct. Be assured that it
    did come straight from Fox and that there were
    four others that confirm exactly what I originally
    posted.

    I'm a little embarrassed. The information I posted
    was taken as FACT and passed along to Lost In Space
    fan sites and other TV forums as factual. I ended up
    with egg in my face as a result.

    My apologies again.

     
  2. TheBat

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    any news regarding the se of the fly? what the progress is so far?

    JACOB
     
  3. Robert Crawford

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    We didn't ask about this title.

    The Studio Classic line will continue in 2004. Expect more westerns and war film releases in 2004.
     
  4. george kaplan

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    I don't suppose you got the scoop on what's up with Laura?
     
  5. Robert Crawford

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    It's coming, but I can use some help in letting Fox know how much the membership would like "Leave Her to Heaven" on dvd.

    Also, if you want some more film noir releases then you need to let Fox hear from you. They need to be convinced that such titles will sell enough units to justify their ROI.




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  6. george kaplan

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    Any idea of when, or why the delay? I'm glad to hear it's only a delay and not a cancellation.
     
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  8. Ronald Epstein

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    Actually, the film does look cool.

    I like the premise.
     
  9. Joshua Clinard

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    Did you happen to ask about the rumored Home Alone Special Edition releases they hinted at in the last chat?
     
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    Any news at all of these announced/alluded to, but in limbo titles:

    ONE MILLION BC
    VANISHING POINT
    THREE WOMEN
    EMPEROR OF THE NORTH
    ?
     
  11. Quint van der Vaart

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    Some news about a Titanic Special Edition maybe ?? [​IMG]
     
  12. Osato

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    Thanks for the update on Batman! I appreciate it. Hopefully things will get worked out and it can be released.
     
  13. Qui-Gon John

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    I have several Fox & Paramount titles I wonder about too. But instead of each of us asknig about our own favs, is there anyway you can put up a comprehensive list of every title that was asked about (and the response), or that the execs just told you something about. I think if you do this and state this is a complete listing of every title discussed, it will save the countless, "but what about ..." questions you'd get. Thanks.
     
  14. Ronald Epstein

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    Guys,

    Really....all that is reported here is basically
    what was discussed.

    We did talk about a few CLASSIC title releases,
    but I'll leave that in the hands of our resident
    expert, Robert Crawford.

    Wait for him to post the titles he asked about.

    Otherwise, nothing more was discussed.

    Look for an upcoming Fox chat soon. Hopefully
    Paramount will opt to do a chat as well, though
    doubtful.
     
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  16. george kaplan

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    Also, if there's a list or a link to a list of which noir films they own, that would be great. It probably wouldn't do much good to beg them for This Gun For Hire, if that's not their title. [​IMG]
     
  17. Robert Crawford

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    George,
    The list of film noir films that belong to Fox is long and distinguished and I'll post a listing of them when I have a little more time. Also, "This Gun For Hire" was originally a Paramount release that now belongs to Universal under the same rights arrangement that "Double Indemnity" became a Universal title.




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  18. Walter Kittel

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    As someone who posts fairly regularly in the noir threads and lists noir titles in the Fox 'wishlist' threads in Studio Feedback, I would like to know what other avenues should be pursued. ( And I'll be happy to post my wishlist of Fox noirs again. [​IMG] )

    - Walter.
     
  19. AlanP

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    How do we let FOX know about "LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN"?
    Where can we email?
    Or contact them ??
     
  20. Robert Crawford

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    Okay, here we go with some of those Fox Film Noir titles:
    • House on 92nd Street
    • Leave Her to Heaven
    • The Dark Corner
    • Fallen Angel
    • Somewhere in the Night
    • Kiss of Death
    • Nightmare Alley
    • Call Northside 777
    • Cry of the City
    • Road House
    • The Street With No Name
    • House of Strangers
    • Night and the City
    • Panic in the Streets
    • Where the Sidewalk Ends
    • House on Telegraph Hill
    • Pickup on South Street
    • House of Bamboo
    Also, there are still several more titles that I didn't mentioned in this post. I didn't mentioned "Laura" because it's already in the release pipeline.






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