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Discussion in 'DVD' started by Ronald Epstein, Feb 6, 2008.
I hope Warner is willing to do a chat this year so we can hear more details about their 2008 releases. I must be honest, that many people are disappointed to what they've heard so far as we see little or no mention of any John Garfield, Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor and Jean Harlow films which are some of the stars that have been requested here for years.
In fairness to Warner, I see How the West Was Won and some other westerns mentioned in the release along with some musicals that I think includes An American in Paris and Gigi. If you're a big Frank Sinatra fan then you must be very happy on those releases.
As others have said in other threads, as much as I'm looking forward to the titles announced, I can't help feeling slightly underwhelmed at the news that 'more than 50' classics are to make their debut.
An 'anniversary' year with far fewer classic releases than in previous years? Doesn't make any kind of sense.
I must say that I'm disappointed too, but if these classic releases are not selling enough units to justify their releases then I can understand why Warner is cutting back.
I really hope more information will follow, but it's no secret that the dvd market has become stagnant and these movie studios are still companies trying to make a profit.
I, too, am a little disappointed. I was looking forward to some silent films (Big Parade, Greed) and maybe some early talkies (Warner Bros was the vitaphone pioneer after all)
That I fully understand (and I've felt for a while that Warner was overstretching itself); it's the oddity of the somewhat dubious anniversary celebrations coupled with this slightly deflating news. It's like telling me I'd just won the lottery...and then getting a call saying my cheque for $1 is in the post.
Better to have left the whole 85th Anniversary bruhaha alone IMHO.
It's a bit of a facer, though, to think that we've see the best of DVD from Warner? It's a possibility I suppose.
Great about How the West Was Won. And I'm very keen to find out what's in amongst the Warner Westerns collection.
But should we be worried that there's no mention of Quo Vadis and Raintree County?
If both of those titles have undergone the restoration work we've being hearing then eventually Warner will release both of them to recoup some of the costs.
I would hope that WB has not abandoned their "Controversial Classics" Collection. Probably the "ControversiaL" label characterizes the WB film more than any other film studio, and there are plenty of titles that merit inclusion: WILD BOYS OF THE ROAD, A MODERN HERO, HEROES FOR SALE, CONFESSIONS OF A NAZI SPY, THEY WON'T FORGET, MISSION TO MOSCOW, and I WAS A COMMUNIST FOR THE FBI--which incredibly enough was nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar. It is great to see BLACK LEGION coming out on dvd, although it more comfortably belongs in a "Controversial" box than a "Tough Guy" collection. And a serious commentator would have a field day with WONDER BAR, which is so controversial today that it will probably never see the light of a dvd release.
I'm looking forward to more info to, particualrly on a new Noir set, and the bowery boys. That said, lots of title announced to sneak my money away!
I find it strange that they've put so much emphasis on a list of special editions, some of which have already been announced and most of which have previously appeared as special editions anyway. This seems to be more about Blu-ray releases than enhancing the regular DVD catalogue. On the other hand, there is no mention of titles such as 'Far From The Madding Crowd, 'Cabaret', 'The Man Who Would Be King' and 'The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), all of which are badly needed in new or re-mastered editions. And still no mention of the previously promised special edition of 'LA Confidential'.
I share other people's disappointment over this announcement, especially after it had been built up so much.
Where is O'Toole's GOODBYE MR CHIPS?
Maybe it's all in the point of view, but I am not disappointed a bit. I am very thrilled with the news we have gotten and the hints via some titles of other forthcoming collections.
50 new to DVD titles does not seem very plausible though. Just add up the new titles from the already announced collections (Sinatra, Davis, Crawford, Musicals, Gangsters, Pre-Codes) and you have around 50 already!!!!
So once you add Lorre and Karloff, Busby Berkeley vol. 2 (surely Warner will not release Gold Diggers of 1937 as a single release, it has to be a collection!), Errol Flynn Westerns, Classic Westerns (not counting previously released titles), Natalie Wood (not counting previously released), any way you look at it, that makes MANY, MANY more than 50 new to DVD titles!!!
Pete Kelly's Blues and Thank Your Lucky Stars will also be part of some kind of collections I am sure, so that still adds more yet. And the Holiday Collection may or may not be new to DVD titles as well
I am one of those eagerly waiting for the Harlow films, the Show Boat "trilogy", Waterloo Bridge, etc. too, but I find much to be enthusiastic about in today's news!
Maybe I'm being a pollyanna, but I never expected this to be the WHV business plan for 2008 in toto. Does anyone think these 8 sets and change are all they're releasing re classics all year? Surely there are myriad reasons why some stuff can and others can't be announced. There's a good point made in the 'speculation' thread, these are only WB films being talked about. Then again, if Crawdaddy and Hodson are bummed...
I suppose the chat will tell all and if there isn't a chat, that will tell even more!
I posted this in the other thread, but would like to post it again here:
The one glimmer of hope I have is that the 50 are films that were made originally made at Warner Bros. I hope they wouldn't release just 50 catalog titles in total.
This is all getting a bit "Waaaaah! My favorite titel wasn't announced AGAIN!"
Really, how many companies shoot their announcement wad all at once in Febuary? I'm sure way more things are getting announced, these are probably the sure things, with many more details to follow. The main reason for that press release I think is for that documentary, with everything else being "Look! Look at our legacy and the tie ins we have!" as opposed to an actual "Here's what you get this year." thing.
I'm not sure. The majority of the "big" Warner titles are out there. A lot of the big titles people are still waiting on are from RKO and MGM.
Both of those are my POV too. I can't imagine that they've just announced everything that they're doing for the next 11 months already.
I was just thinking there might be some misinterpretation? In the paragraph below from the press release, the classics listed are original WB films ONLY (no RKO, MGM or Monogram), which makes sense considering this is what they are celebrating! The way I see it, the 50 classics are those of WB only, not counting other studio libraries.
But fill up the boxsets with titles from the other studios or add collections with MGM and RKO films and that's how it amounts to much more than 50 any way we look at it!