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Discussion in 'DVD' started by CineKarine, Mar 21, 2009.

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  1. CineKarine

    CineKarine Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG] I received an email from Warner about their new WBshop website yesterday. I just happened to check it out to find some 140 classics offered exclusively from their store! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] All titles are $20 and all ship only to the U.S.
    Check it out here without wasting a single moment:
    WBShop
    Titles include:
    All the Gable and Turner pairings
    Most of the Gable and Crawford pairings
    Several Norma Shearer films
    Several early Garbo films
    Several Crawford films
    Several westerns
    Most of the remaining Cary Grant films owned by WB
    Some rare musicals (including 2 of my very favorites; Painting the Clouds with Sunshine and Three Sailors and a Girl!)
    Some silents
    All kinds of well-known titles of all kinds:
    Made in Paris
    Three Comrades
    Sunrise at Campobello
    The Beast of the City
    The Money Trap
    Lepke
    Carbine Williams
    Rare titles like:
    I Was an American Spy (out of circulation for years)
    Close to My Heart
    So This Is Love
    There are previews of most of the titles on the page for each.
    A BIG, HEARTFELT THANK YOU to Warner's for this terrific opportunity. Prepare for my BIG order! [​IMG]
    If anyone can find ANYTHING to complain about this, they can only be absolute killjoys !!![​IMG]
     
  2. mdnitoil

    mdnitoil Well-Known Member

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    Any word on whether these are DVD-R's? While something is certainly better than nothing, this would be a half measure in my opinion. If they're actual manufactured DVDs, then I'm all in!
     
  3. WadeM

    WadeM Well-Known Member

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    This is INCREDIBLE!!!

    Several titles that I've been wanting.
     
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    Well, they don't ship outside the US, therefore nothing of interest for me. [​IMG]
     
  5. WadeM

    WadeM Well-Known Member

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    Now it's gone up to 150 movies.
     
  6. Andrew Budgell

    Andrew Budgell Well-Known Member

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    This is a great idea. Although there's nothing in this list that is a must buy at the moment, I look forward to keeping an eye on what titles they add. Hopefully some Elizabeth Taylor films.
     
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    If you live in the US. Otherwise, it's crap.
    Hopefuly, these "exclusives" will go on a general release sooner or later.
    They just don't learn, do they. Non-US-buyers aside, sticking discs in a niche like this never sells as many units as putting them in every online store, and some highstreet stores, ever does.
    What's with the studios and all this "exclusive" bull? You'd think they sat down and discussed how to sell as few of them as possible.
    "Hey, lets put them up for sale on a website most people never visit, refuse to ship them outside of the USA, and charge $20 a disc for obscure titles"
    Yep, that should do it, alright.
     
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    Nebiroth Well-Known Member

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    Or find that they can't actually buy the ones they would love to get hold of.
    [​IMG]
     
  9. Charles Ellis

    Charles Ellis Well-Known Member

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    Some nice surprises! Obviously this is a limited edition on some rare titles. Two of my 'most wanted', the 1927 Garbo-Gilbert silent romance Love and the original (and superior) 1968 version of Sweet November starring Sandy Dennis and Anthony Newley are there too. A big suprise was the 1965 Brainstorm with Jeffrey Hunter and Anne Francis (I think I'm the only person who's seen it!). Wonder if Girl of the Night is coming up soon. A lot of Ann-Margret fans will love seeing Made in Paris on DVD at last, and a lot of Gable, Crawford, and Shearer! I just love Idiot's Delight.
    Still no word on:
    You're A Big Boy Now
    Last Summer
    A Man Called Dagger
    Youngblood Hawke
    Claudelle Inglish
    Party Girl
    Between Two Worlds
    The Hard Way
    Marlowe or How Sweet It Is!, yet They Only Kill Their Masters is in the collection. I'd love a James Garner boxed set!
     
  10. WadeM

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    Charles H Well-Known Member

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    How do you get the 20% discount? Apparently it's not automatic.
     
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    walter o Well-Known Member

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    D.I, DOC SAVAGE, and CRESCENDO? Yes! Suprised they didnt do a regular release of RAIN PEOPLE and COUNTDOWN as a Altman set. I do hope these are in it's OAR, and they are not DVD-R's.
     
  13. Ronald Epstein

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    This story was not supposed to break until Monday, however I am
    not surprised by the manner that it was and the fact that we ended
    up not being able to break it to you in the manner we were promised...
    That being said, this is something that had been in the planning for
    quite some time.
    For years Warner has resisted releasing small catalog titles in
    fear that they would not sell. There are too many obscure titles
    in studio libraries that never see the light of day simply because it
    costs too much to replicate them on a large scale only to see a small
    percentage of purchases.
    All that is about to change in a huge way.
    Warner is going to roll out a "made to order" program where they
    will be offering very rare and obscure catalog titles to the public
    that can be ordered online and will be replicated according to demand.
    Let me explain further....
    Every few months Warner will release a "wave" of new titles for this
    program. They will range from silent films, forgotten classics and
    even small films from the 70s-90s. They will not be mass replicated
    to be sold in stores. Instead, anyone that wants a title will go to
    Warner's website, order it, and have it sent to their mailbox within
    three days. The titles will only be replicated according to the amount
    of orders received.
    The titles will arrive in regular packaging with artwork and a printed
    label on the DVD.
    The quality of these DVDs (and I forgot to mention these are only DVDs)
    are as good as anything you would expect the studio to release. They
    will be in their proper aspect ratio, 16x9, and with the necessary audio
    codecs. Nothing will suffer when it comes to presentation quality.
    The DVDs will cost $19.95 each
    What this program will allow the studio to do is to release films it
    never was able to make previously available to the public.
     
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    I'm disappointed; obviously that I can't get at them, but also at the price point. For the marketing boys, this probably makes eminent sense - low quantity runs, top dollar, no competition, seemingly no DVD extras to shell out for.

    I'll be very interested to see if these are on DVD-Rs, and if any effort has gone into the transfers.
     
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    This is the way to go, selling direct. Warner gets all the money, so small runs of little known films still make money for them. Other studios should follow.
     
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    Thanks for the clarification and info! I was suspecting that that may be the case that they would be replicated on demand, thus cutting out all the mass manufactuing costs and tons of unsold product laying around. This is really exciting news and could change how the industry handles classic or niche library titles.
    Out of this first 150, there are about 15 that I definitely want. A bunch of these never had a VHS release. I'll be placing that order this weekend. At $20 each, that's going to cost me about $300, but considering if these ever got pulled from WB's site, think how few copies of some of these titles will exist! Totally worth it.
     
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    I'm a little uncomfortable with this on-demand concept because it sure smells like DVD-R. There are already reports of some of the Amazon on-demand products misbehaving in some consumer players so I'm pretty leary of discs that haven't actually been pressed. Guess I'll play "wait and see" because there are certainly a number of titles I'd be willing to jump on. Been waiting for a release of "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" for a while now.
     
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    Too Hot to Handle -- finally! Thank you, Warners.
     
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    I just dipped my toe in the water and ordered The Crowded Sky. If I'm happy with the disc then Warners is going to see a lot of my money in the coming year.
     
  20. CineKarine

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    Unless I am mistaken, there is nothing wrong with having the titles sent to a US address to a friend or relative who can just send them back to you. I am in Quebec, Canada. Several major companies which did no ship to Canada in the past (but do now) told me themselves there was nothing wrong with doing this in the meantime. They simply do not want to have to deal with time-consuming forms to fill out for foreign countries and shipping charges that are different everywhere. If this is accurate, there is absolutely nothing stopping anyone from ordering those titles. You pay your duty fees/taxes when the parcel reaches you so it complies to the laws of your country.
     

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