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#1 of 22 Jim_K

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Posted April 22 2007 - 04:03 AM

Maybe it's just me but I’m a little tired of reading the endless analytical discussions about the format war which just go around and around in circles. I don’t know about anybody else but I didn’t buy into this format(s) so I could review sales figures Posted Image , read PR spin Posted Image , strategize the next moves by the BDA or HD Group Posted Image and cheerlead for my format of choice. Posted Image What gets me excited is CONTENT! Posted Image

Many are predicting an no hold barred onslaught of A-list and B-list catalog titles to be unleashed in Q3 and Q4 on both HD and BD formats. If this scenario pans out it could get very interesting and expensive (which is fine by me).Posted Image


Q3/Q4 Catalog Title Predictions:


Neutral studios


Warner
Dirty Harry Collection
True Romance
Harry Potter Collection
Wizard of Oz
Ben-Hur
The Man Who Would Be King
Poltergeist
Exorcist
Kubrick Collection (2001 ASO, The Shining, Clockwork Orange)

Blade Runner
Deliverance
The Wild Bunch
Bonnie and Clyde
Cool Hand Luke
Hammer Horror Collection


New Line
LOTR Trilogy – theatrical versions (will hold back extended cuts for future double dip) Posted Image
Se7en
Blade Trilogy
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Paramount
Star Trek TOS (will be a $199 MSRP per season set) Posted Image
Star Trek Nemesis (ST movies will start with the most recent working back in descending order every 3 months) Posted Image
Braveheart (FREEEDOM!) Posted Image
Apocalypse Now (Both cuts – still no theatrical OAR)Posted Image


Dreamworks
Gladiator
Road To Perdition


Blu-Ray Exclusives


Disney
Kill Bill Vol 1 and 2
Pulp Fiction
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Sixth Sense
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Tombstone
The Incredibles
Toy Story set
Peter Pan
Princess Mononoke


Fox (Bare bones, high MSRP, these will be cancelled/delayed once AACS is cracked again and we will have to wait until early 08 for when BD+ is ready) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Die Hard Collection
X-Men set
Last of the Mohicans
Master and Commander
The Fly
Predator
Patton
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Alien Collection


MGM (see comments on Fox)
Silence of the Lambs
Carrie
Escape From New York
Invasion of the Body Snatchers ‘78
Mad Max
Robocop
Sergio Leone Collection
Magnificent Seven
The Great Escape



Columbia
Lawrence of Arabia
Bridge on the River Kwai (wishful thinking) Posted Image
The Professionals
The Professional (the extended cut of Leon will be held back for a future double dip) Posted Image
Spider-Man Trilogy
Dracula ‘92
Starship Troopers
Ghostbusters


HD-DVD exclusives


Universal
Vertigo
Psycho
Rear Window
The Birds
Scarface
Carlito’s Way
Conan the Barbarian
Dawn of the Dead ‘04
Brotherhood of the Wolf
High Plains Drifter


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Halloween
Near Dark
Dawn of the Dead
Day of the Dead


Criterion (see Posted ImageAnchor Posted ImageBayPosted Image comments and add the astronomical MSRP of $60 Posted Image per title)
Seven Samurai
Seventh Seal
Brazil ($100 MSRP)
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I have no insider knowledge so my predictions are based on known rumored releases, some educated guesses and some very wishful thinking. I can’t see any Spielberg/Lucas titles coming out this early in the game and I’ve limited my pre-70’s selections as I don’t think we’ll see that many until the adoption rates get a bit higher, same with favorites that I know won’t come out this year (Heat, etc.).

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#2 of 22 Paul_Scott

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Posted April 22 2007 - 05:07 AM

these have been more or less confirmed in chats or from insiders, though remain unannounced for now

Warner
Deliverance
Cool Hand Luke
LA Confidential
The Shinning
Clockwork Orange
2001: A Space Odyessy
Dirty Harry series
Poltergiest
Blade Runner
Bonnie & Clyde(?)

Paramount
Chinatown
The Jack Ryan series
Star Trek (in some form or fashion)
possibly Top Gun (but most likely '08)

I'm holding out hope that we will also see the following at some point in 07

Contact (anniversary)
Ben-Hur
Wizard Of Oz
Flash Gordon (to tie in with the new SE DVD release in Aug)
Some kind of Hitchcock presence by Universal seems a good bet, with Vertigo or Pyscho seeming to be the most likely choices

I would think 2008 would be more likely for the Exorcist (anniversary release)

I would be surprised to see Apocolypse Now release this soon...and especially if they released both versions. Maybe someone can convice the DP that with the ubiquity of 16:9 displays now, that there is no need whatsoever to crop the film anymore, but of course you would need a newer master anyway which I don't see happening anytime soon.

For a wildcard release, I would love to see Outland.


I would also love to see Anchor Bay release Halloween, Dawn Of The Dead, etc But I think 2007 might be too early. I do agree they would most likely release first on HD DVD given the cost of production/replication, etc

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Posted April 22 2007 - 08:35 AM

Assuming the Leone titles hit Blu-Ray (and actually sell) I think we could Once Upon a Time in the West from Paramount before the end of the year, but it does rest on the more popular Leone titles coming out first. That is very wishful thinking on my part, and looking over those lists just makes me realise how truly stupid this war is (but enough of that talk here!)

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Posted April 22 2007 - 02:51 PM

American Pie should probably be added on the Universal list.

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Posted April 23 2007 - 03:21 AM

Good catch, Posted Image I forgot about LA Confidential, Contact and The Jack Ryan series which I'd be surpised if they didn't get a release this year.

Chinatown, OUATITW and Outland would be fantastic though my hopes are slim.

I'll admit my Criterion and Anchor Bay speculations are way optimistic but you never know. Posted Image

So only 3 other people in the HD Software area are interested in upcoming catalog titles?! Posted Image

Cheap Chinese HD players from Hillbilly World Walmart and Amazon sales figures are more intersting? Posted Image That's sad.
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Posted April 23 2007 - 04:45 AM

PotC: AWE is coming out Dec. (Possible box set of all 3?)

And considering the marketing thus far I would expect Finding Nemo before The Incredibles.

#7 of 22 Rob Young

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Posted April 23 2007 - 04:59 AM

Isn't The Shawshank Redemption supposed to be out this year?

I'm hoping those Hitchcock titles rumoured get released and would love North by Northwest to be out.

A title I would LOVE to see released would be Grosse Pointe Blank especially since the dvd is old and non-anamorphic. That movie is awesome.

#8 of 22 Tim Glover

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Posted April 23 2007 - 05:02 AM

Warner confirmed a 2008 or even 09 for North by Northwest saying it needed some work. We need some Universal Hitchcocks for sure.

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Posted April 23 2007 - 05:03 AM

I wouldn't pass up Finding Nemo if it gets released.

I think Warner stated in the last chat that they were re-doing the HD transfer for NBNW and it was expected in 08 or 09 can't remember which.

Edit - Tim beat me to it.
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#10 of 22 Tim Glover

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Posted April 23 2007 - 05:09 AM

Great minds think alike Jim. Posted Image

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Posted April 23 2007 - 05:20 AM

Thanks guys for the info on NBNW. One of my all time favs.

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Posted April 23 2007 - 05:22 AM

I thought Gladiator was Universal, no?

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Posted April 23 2007 - 01:15 PM

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I thought Gladiator was Universal, no?

It's a DreamWorks film, meaning that Paramount now distributes it rather than Universal.

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#14 of 22 Michael Boyd

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Posted April 23 2007 - 01:22 PM

I'd love it if Criterion jumped in, but I bet we see a Universal release of Brazil before we do. And Seven Samurai looks great on the HD A1. So does Brazil really. But I guess I would purchase again. LOL
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Posted April 23 2007 - 02:34 PM

I thought Brazil showed up on a Universal release list sometime earlier this year?
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#16 of 22 Michael Boyd

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Posted April 24 2007 - 04:51 AM

I think the list makers were confused and it was a Discovery Channel Doc.
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Posted April 24 2007 - 08:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Jim_K
Good catch, Posted Image I forgot about LA Confidential, Contact and The Jack Ryan series which I'd be surpised if they didn't get a release this year.

Chinatown, OUATITW and Outland would be fantastic though my hopes are slim.


Actually, the Jack Ryan movies and Chinatown are said to be a 'lock' for this year (Q4, I presume). This comes from a Paramount insider on another forum.
This same person says that Team America is still not on the radar (though it is highly prominent in Paramounts pre feature trailers).

I wish we were getting Grease from them soon, as it was on the initial HD DVD release lists, but it doesn't look like that will be the case, and since its 30th ann is next year, seems like thats a stronger guess.

Braveheart should be showing up this year (though it wasn't mentioned by the aforementioned insider).

Another title I forgot but was mentioned as being in the pipe is Cat People (Schrader/Kinski) from Universal- which I guess will show up in Sept/Oct.

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Posted April 25 2007 - 01:41 AM

That is great news about Chinatown. Posted Image Can't have enough classic 70's cinema on HD. Any rumors floating around about Taxi Driver or The Conversation? The Godfather films would probably be too much to ask this early in the game but man oh man the thought gets me drooling.
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Posted April 25 2007 - 01:47 AM

Wonderful to hear about the Jack Ryan films. Although I will easily pass on the Affleck pic. Posted Image

Red October remains one of my favorite films and having it on HD would be awesome.

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Posted April 25 2007 - 12:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Paul_Scott
Braveheart should be showing up this year (though it wasn't mentioned by the aforementioned insider).
I was specifically told Braveheart is not happening this year. Though at the same time, another movie in a similar genre which was previously not on the schedule is now "possible".

Let's just hope they go with the 24 bit lossless for that one if it comes to pass. Posted Image

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