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Airplane SE coming/ Viacom to tap Paramount library

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#1 of 49 OFFLINE   Sam Favate

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Posted February 24 2005 - 02:05 AM

According to the Wall Street Journal, Viacom plans to release a special edition of Airplane in 2005, as part of "an aggressive slate of special editions for newer movies, from "Titanic" to "Airplane." Other titles mentioned: The African Queen, and a "slug of Westerns." Paramount is "readying a big gambit on John Wayne movies" for DVD, and has acquired a library called Batjac. The article focuses on how Viacom co-President Tom Freston and new Paramount chief Brad Grey are looking for ways to revive the studio's fortunes, and selling DVDs is one quick and ready strategy. There are a number of TV shows mentioned in the release too, which I will post in the TV section.

#2 of 49 OFFLINE   Bryan Ri

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Posted February 24 2005 - 02:11 AM

Great news, thanks Sam!

#3 of 49 OFFLINE   Eric Peterson

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Posted February 24 2005 - 02:18 AM

The current Airplane DVD is pretty good to me. I really enjoyed the commentary track on it. I hope they spend more time releasing back catalog than re-releasing titles. Please give me "Ace in the Hole"

#4 of 49 OFFLINE   Sam Favate

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Posted February 24 2005 - 02:18 AM

Left one out: The article also says "The High and Mighty" is among the titles Paramount plans to market on DVD. BTW, the article appeared in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, Feb. 23.

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Posted February 24 2005 - 04:00 AM

same here. looking over their catalog, there just aren't that many early titles that i either need to see re-mastered and/or given a deluxe SE. going back and releasing something with an anamorphic transfer when it was previously non-a, i can kind of understand- but here we are in 2005 and i'm still waiting to see the same three titles i was asking for back in 2001. intresting comment in the other thread about them possibly lowering the msrps (although i think this was more in connection with TV sets). in that area i can honestly say i'm very satisfied with Paramount. now just bust out some stuff that i'm actually waiting to buy and i'll be an all around happy camper.

#6 of 49 OFFLINE   Chris Stainton

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Posted February 24 2005 - 04:04 AM

I just hope they finally release Robinson Crusoe On Mars.

#7 of 49 OFFLINE   Scott Kimball

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Posted February 24 2005 - 04:25 AM

The John Wayne Batjac deal was actually struck last fall.

Here is an excerpt from the Paramount press release, posted at HTF in September:

Beginning in Spring 2005, Paramount will distribute a number of beloved but rarely seen John Wayne vehicles from the 1950s and 1960s, including a newly restored The High and the Mighty (1954) and Island in the Sky (1953), neither of which has previously been released on VHS or DVD. The restoration of The High and the Mighty, by Gretchen Wayne, will see the film returned to its glorious original 35mm film and presented in Stereo 5.1. Other Wayne classics making their DVD debut under the distribution pact include Hondo (1953) and “McLintock!” (1962), neither of which has been released on DVD domestically or home video internationally by Batjac. These classic films will include bonus features from Batjac’s extensive library of never-before-seen film memorabilia once they debut on DVD, including commentaries with the filmmakers and cast and featurettes on the making of the films, their subjects and their eras, incorporating new interviews and archival materials.

Discussion of this topic (more as it relates to TV product) was seen in this thread last month:


#8 of 49 OFFLINE   Andrew Radke

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Posted February 24 2005 - 04:46 AM

I hope this new edition of 'Airplane' features a scene which was only used in the TV broadcast version. A man standing at the airport starts waving and hollers, "Hi Jack!!!". Just then, the airport police drag him away, and we see a sign which reads "NO HIJACKING". lol, it's priceless and by far one of the funniest jokes in the film. It's a shame it wasn't incorporated into the theatrical version. I hope at the very least, they include it as a deleted scene.
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#9 of 49 OFFLINE   WillG



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Posted February 24 2005 - 05:02 AM

There are actually quite a few extra scenes that appear on television versions of "Airplane". They all need to be included.
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#10 of 49 OFFLINE   Colin Jacobson

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Posted February 24 2005 - 05:09 AM

Airplane is a "newer movie"? It's 25 years old!
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#11 of 49 OFFLINE   Shane Martin

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Posted February 24 2005 - 05:16 AM

I'll buy Airplane when it arrives. African Queen looks nice too.

#12 of 49 OFFLINE   Joel Vardy

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Posted February 24 2005 - 05:17 AM

This is certainly good news Posted Image . Finally some word about this long neglected classic in R1. I assume this will provide a push for a release in '05 yet. Posted Image


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Posted February 24 2005 - 05:46 AM

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#14 of 49 OFFLINE   Bradley-E



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Posted February 24 2005 - 05:48 AM

anybody have the link to this article?

#15 of 49 OFFLINE   Russell G

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Posted February 24 2005 - 06:21 AM

I thought African Queen was 20th century fox. I'm sure my VHS is. Doesn't matter, as long as it comes out!!

#16 of 49 OFFLINE   Dave H

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Posted February 24 2005 - 06:34 AM

I would like to see Private Parts and Escape from Alcatraz released anamorphically.

#17 of 49 OFFLINE   Chris Stainton

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Posted February 24 2005 - 06:55 AM

Mark, Is Robinson Crusoe On Mars confirmed in the article?

#18 of 49 OFFLINE   James L White

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Posted February 24 2005 - 07:04 AM

I'd love an SE of 48 Hrs as well as Coming To America Posted Image
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#19 of 49 OFFLINE   Sam Favate

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Posted February 24 2005 - 07:45 AM

Here's a link but you must be a paid subscriber to see it. It's in yesterday's paper too - Section B.

http://online.wsj.co....._mark etplace


#20 of 49 OFFLINE   Gordon McMurphy

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Posted February 24 2005 - 07:55 AM

So... what are the FULL list of titles?

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