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Warner Brother's 2-Disc Special Edition Series


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#1 of 274 OFFLINE   Nils Luehrmann

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#2 of 274 OFFLINE   Patrick McCart

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Posted November 21 2003 - 05:18 PM

Warner's first release through the "TCM Archives" label, The Lon Chaney Collection, is one of their 2-disc releases. My Fair Lady will be re-released in Feb. as a 2-disc edition. Of course, there is also Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and The Matrix Reloaded. It's also worth counting the Looney Tunes 4-disc set... it's really in its own category, but it's the same excellent quality as their 2-disc releases.

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Posted November 21 2003 - 09:39 PM

simply love these releases and thanks for listing all of them
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Posted November 21 2003 - 10:17 PM

The amount of care that Warner Brothers puts into these releases is amazing. Both Warner and Fox seem to be at the top of the list of studios that have the most coveted "classic" film library. Fortunately for all of us, these studios put the most elbow grease into both restoration and production of some of the most outstanding Collector Editions available on the market. I would pretty much estimate that I speak for just about everyone here when I say that we are very proud of Warner's contributions to the DVD format. They got this format rolling in '97 and have never stopped since.

 

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#5 of 274 OFFLINE   Jon Robertson

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Posted November 21 2003 - 11:54 PM

I must reiterate the sentiments already expressed. As far as I'm concerned, Fox, Warner and Criterion are the golden trio of DVD studios releasing their great classics with the lavish care and attention they deserve and truly living up to the phrase "excellence as standard".

#6 of 274 OFFLINE   Brian Knolhoff

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Posted November 22 2003 - 01:56 AM

I agree; these things are great!

There's a pretty comprehensive list at www.two-disc.com, Warner's web site advertising these discs.

Actually, there's a buy 2 get 1 free (by mail) special going on, so y'all might want to boogie over there. The free disc isn't some chinsy throwaway -- you get to choose another one of the 2 disc SEs! Posted Image

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#7 of 274 OFFLINE   John Hodson

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Posted November 22 2003 - 02:06 AM

Got most of these and I can't heap any more praise on Warners than has already been done, except to say that I'm looking forward to Warner Legends - Box 2 - (The Sea Hawk SE, The Maltese Falcon SE, The Roaring Twenties SE - well I can hope... Posted Image )

But, I haven't even seen The Cardinal, let alone got the SE; anyone got an opinion on either (or both)?

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Posted November 22 2003 - 02:07 AM

Of course I'd add my voice to your praise of these companies, Warner Brothers in particular. Unfortunately, I can't join with your praise of Fox given their contemptuous behaviour to regions outside the U.S. Their recent mystifying decision to deny R2 the commentaries on the extended versions of the Alien films is bad enough, but par for the course. However, the SUNRISE debacle has been simply outrageous. Firstly they make it available only to US customers by mail-order. This inspires a slew of complaints from all other regions and Canada in particular. In what seemed like a concession, they then announced their intention to include SUNRISE in box-set releases of the Studio Classics collection. Not so great for those who'd already bought these discs but again, par for the course. But now the devious masterstroke - despite packaging, press releases an advertising to the contrary, the boxsets that are released to Canada all contain the old version of HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY. Now anyone who's seen this disc will know that that's a hard mistake to make - the two versions look completely different. Fox finally admitted they had made a mistake - in the packaging ! So the Studio Classics collection should actually have been billed as . . . what ? The Studio Classics Collection Except For One ? I don't think so. The only conclusion that can be drawn from this is that Fox cynically decided to offload old (and now unattractive )stock on Canada by means of fraudulent - yes, fraudulent - advertising. As a lot of R2 importation companies source their product from there, many of us were affected too. Now I know that there's no reason anyone in R1 US should care, and I don't see much evidence that anyone does. But this kind of petty Corporate swindling has a habit of spreading when it goes unchallenged. And it takes more than simply producing good editions of DVDs to make a good company. Nobody's expecting altruism here - everyone understands (or at least accepts) the need to make profitable product ; but a good company is one that cares about ALL its customers, and not just the ones in the largest market.
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Posted November 22 2003 - 02:50 AM

It's very unfortunate that we haven't had any word from Fox on this; surely they monitor these fora and one would have expected them to chip in with a defence, and/or an explanation. I agree with you Anthony, and I said in another thread it was nigh on scandalous - surely Fox realise that their silence on this issue is only allowing us to draw our own conclusions? I understand the need to be creative in marketing situations, but creative (the FSC boxset that allowed anyone to purchase Sunrise) is one thing, deception (chucking in old stock) is another. Come on Fox; tell is we're wrong here and I'll gladly apologise. --- So many films, so little time...
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Posted November 22 2003 - 03:07 AM

Some of the Fox Studio Classics sets in Canada did have the correct HGWMV, when the sets first came out, so my assumption is they ran out...which doesn't excuse the packaging. Sunrise has always been available to Canada, same offer as in the U.S., just seems to take lots longer to get it. Anyway, these Warner and Fox SC movies are very reliable good viewing. This continual unoriginal cgi blockbuster stuff is sure getting tired really fast, nice to have some movies with content and acting to watch...

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Posted November 22 2003 - 03:44 AM

"Firstly they make it available only to US customers by mail-order. This inspires a slew of complaints from all other regions and Canada in particular."

Fox Canada has set up their own office to deal with Canadian mail-orders of Sunrise. I got mine in a matter of weeks Posted Image

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Posted November 22 2003 - 05:45 AM

WB 2 discs are great. It really gets me excited to know that KING KONG will recieve similar treatment. If anybody at Warner is listening... ROAD WARRIOR.... please.

#13 of 274 OFFLINE   Eric DiPiazza

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Posted November 22 2003 - 07:02 AM

I wonder why the 2-disc Harry Potter films are not under this label?

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Posted November 22 2003 - 07:09 AM

They are.
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Posted November 22 2003 - 08:09 AM

Warner has pretty much always been at, or near, the top of my favorite studios list when it comes to DVD releases. These two disc sets are perfect examples of why.

Add to this the recent near perfect reference quality releases of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and The Matrix: Reloaded, they are definitely the studio to beat when it comes to quality DVD releases.

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Posted November 22 2003 - 12:09 PM

While im thinking of it... ROAD WARRIOR HEAT GOODFELLAS SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION HORROR OF DRACULA 2001 THE EXORCIST (both versions, Fear of God doc) All of these are prime canidates for WB 2 disc treatment.

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Posted November 22 2003 - 12:29 PM

^ I believe there was already an announcement of Shawshank some time ago...no?

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Posted November 22 2003 - 12:44 PM

Oh yeah... Let us not forget the upcoming Forbidden Planet 2-disc SE coming in August.

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Posted November 22 2003 - 02:15 PM

ANY GIVEN SUNDAY should be considered as part of the Warner 2-Disc SE's.

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Posted November 22 2003 - 03:44 PM

I own several of those and agree that they are great. I hope that Warner keeps releasing catalog titles with this level of quality. I look forward to special edition releases of Goodfellas, The Maltese Falcon, Blazing Saddles and Batman, just to name a few.




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