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Warner Bros Vindicated...

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Dick, Apr 5, 2002.

  1. Dick

    Dick Well-Known Member

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    With so many catalog titles being announced by Warner Bros. lately, I'd say they are aquitting themselves rather nicely. I really think they have heard and are responding to our years of outcry and frustration. Obviously we all have titles we wish the studio would put out next, or this year, but if they continue to release as they are doing so now, I am incredibly encouraged, and I think we should give them a big THANK YOU...I mean, let's give credit where credit's due:

    Meet Me In St. Louis

    Singin' in the Rain (Special)

    American In Paris (Special)

    Harvey Girls

    Clash of the Titans

    McCabe and Mrs. Miller

    Now Voyager

    Time After Time

    Bringing Up Baby

    King Kong

    She Wore A Yellow Ribbon

    Curse of Frankenstein (in production)

    Horror of Dracula (in production)

    to name just a few titles recently announced.
     
  2. Rain

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    Well, I've also been very happy with what Warner has been doing lately, but I suspect we are still in the minority on that one around here.

    But, um...I haven't heard that Bringing Up Baby and King Kong have been officially announced (though I heard there was some restoration work being done on the latter).
     
  3. Beau

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    Don't forget that Gremlins SE is siupposed to come out this year.[​IMG]
     
  4. Ken Situ

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    Is any of these in widescreen (OAR) or are they pan & scanned to fill your screen?
     
  5. Tim RH

    Tim RH Well-Known Member

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    And don't forget AMADEUS: Director's Cut, THE COLOR PURPLE: SE, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST: SE, POLTERGEIST: SE and VICTOR/VICTORIA: SE, etc.!
     
  6. Robert Crawford

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    I want to see more official release announcements before I give them credit for stepping up the pace.

    Crawdaddy
     
  7. Darren Gross

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    These kinds of decisions are usually made at least a year or two before release. Sadly, I doubt that Warners has listened to any of the fan polls or websites. They usually just laugh or roll their eyes at such things, regardless of how big the website. If anything, sales on certain catalog titles of theirs (and from competitor studios) have been fairly strong and they don't want to seem the dinosaur of DVD.

    As far as listening to consumers, Warners is a closed door.
     
  8. Ken_McAlinden

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    They projected a Bringing Up Baby release by the first half of this year in our most recent chat. It is the only title for which their estimation was not met, so unless some huge SNAFU develops, I expect to see it by the end of the year.
    Based on what they said in the chat and what they have delivered, they at least deserve credit for being forthright with us.
    BTW, a Warner Brothers distributed James Cagney gangster film was released this week...
    ...by Artisan. It's "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye". [​IMG]
    Regards,
     
  9. Josh Simpson

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    Until they get rid of their cheap snappers, I refuse to give them too much credit.
     
  10. Robert Crawford

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  11. Jay E

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    Yes, I will give credit to Warner. They have improved their release schedule, although at their present rate it will still be many, many years before they make a sizable dent in their film library. And why don't they release any Film Noirs, or 1930's Horror films, or James Cagney films, or The Haunting, or Errol Flynn films, or Greta Garbo films, or The Thing, or Marx Brothers films, or Looney Tunes, or Val Lewton films...
     
  12. Ken_McAlinden

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  13. George_Reis

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    Wow, Warner is really on the job with those 12 or 13 titles. Now Hopefully they'll consider the THOUSANDS of other titles they own like:

    THE CAT PEOPLE

    CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE

    THE BODY SNATCHER

    SON OF KONG

    MIGHTY JOE YOUNG

    ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN

    FRANKENSTEIN 1970

    MARK OF THE VAMPIRE

    BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS

    BEAST FROM 20,OOO FATHOMS

    BEDLAM (Karloff)

    VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED

    CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED

    WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH

    BOWERY BOYS (series)

    THE BAD SEED

    DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (both March and Tracy verions)

    FREAKS

    QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE

    HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS

    NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS

    THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS

    THE LEOPARD MAN

    ISLE OF THE DEAD

    ILLUSTRATED MAN

    PRIVATE PARTS (Paul Bartel)

    MACABRE (William Castle)

    MAD LOVE (Lorre)

    MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM

    PHANTOM OF THE RUE MORGUE

    THE POWER (George Pal)

    NO BLADE OF GRASS

    FACE OF FU MANCHU

    BRIDES OF FU MANCHU

    VENGEANCE OF FU MANCHU

    MASK OF FU MANCHU

    DRACULA A.D. 1972

    DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE

    TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA

    FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED

    FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

    MOON ZERO TWO

    SHE (1965)

    TROG

    THE SHUTTERED ROOM

    THE FROZEN DEAD

    IT! (Roddy McDowall)

    THE WALKING DEAD (Karloff)

    IT'S ALIVE

    IT LIVES AGAIN

    WILD, WILD PLANET

    WICKED, WICKED

    THE OMEGA MAN

    SOYLENT GREEN

    THE GREEN SLIME

    THE PICURE OF DORIAN GREY

    THE BLACK SCORPION

    THE GIANT BEHEMOTH

    THEM

    THE SEVENTH VICTIM

    THE INVISIBLE BOY

    ...this is just to name a few!
     
  14. Ken_McAlinden

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    I get a kick out of the fact that the more WB releases, the more people complain about what they have not yet released. So much for constructive encouragement. I will repeat my list of titles that Warner has released or firmly announced between October of last year and June of this year:
     
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    Three words since we are on the classic route:

    HOUSE OF WAX
     
  16. Jay E

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    I agree that Warners has been terribly lax about dipping into their huge Warners/MGM/RKO library but still, it's nice to see some token classic releases seeing the light of day even if it is at a snail's pace.
    I suspect Warners will never win around here though. Their catalogue is so vast that whatever classic they release there will inevitably be someone who complains "Yeah, they released "Fill In The Blank" but what about "Put Your Favorite Title In This Space" or "I Want This Movie Now"?"
    For everyone who is thrilled that Designing Woman was released, there is someone who couldn't care less and wants to know why House Of Wax isn't being released and when House Of Wax sees the light of day there will be someone with no interest in that title who bemoans the fact that Warners still hasn't released The Magnificent Ambersons and someone who doesn't care about the Ambersons but wants ..... well, you get the picture.
    Warners can't seem to win for losing.
     
  18. Carlo Medina

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    I've never been unhappy with the pace of WB's releases. What I have been unhappy about is the seemingly random non-OAR releases they put out.

    If all their future releases are OAR, they won't hear a peep from me.
     
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    One title:
    Michelangelo Antonioni's Blowup.
    That needs to be out, yesterday.
    Carrol
     
  20. Jack Briggs

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    I'll be happy when the original 1963 version of The Haunting is announced.

    (I was almost tempted to move this to "Studio Feedback," but perhaps the thread deserves exposure to the higher traffic volume in this forum.)
     

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