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Sony's Mike Schlesinger talks; Boetticher/Scott, Toho, Hammer, Peter Lorre, more...

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#21 of 157 OFFLINE   Simon Howson

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Posted July 02 2008 - 12:19 AM

I hope you send all these recommendations to the email address! The Boetticher and Noir sets appeal to me the most. I just hope they price they boxes reasonably. I consider under US$10 including postage fair. Warner are usually around US$8 per film once you include postage. Fox are about to set a new value for money benchmark with the Power 2 and Chan 5 sets (about $4 - 5 per film). Columbia has a history of way over priced classic films on single DVDs. I hope they take a close look at what Warner and Fox have been doing. If they provide good value on the boxes they will probably shift more units, which will enable them to release more.

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Posted July 02 2008 - 12:45 AM

I'm not worried about pricing with these upcoming sets. The Hammer Adventure set cost me $20 ($5 per film) and I've got the Hammer Horror set pre-ordered for $17 ($4.25 per film). I'd expect the other sets to be along the same lines. Plus given the excellent transfers on the Adventure set I think we're in for a treat with these.
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#23 of 157 OFFLINE   Mark VH

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Posted July 02 2008 - 01:16 AM

Wonderful news about the Boetticher/Scott and Noir sets, but no questions about the impending A Matter of Life and Death release? Glenn Erickson recently pointed out that the R1 release showed up on Amazon and was almost immediately pulled, leading to me believe that it's on the way sooner rather than later. I'm DYING to know when this is coming.

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Posted July 02 2008 - 05:18 AM

Take it easy, Mark. A Matter of Life and Death is not a matter of life and death. Posted Image

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#25 of 157 OFFLINE   Eric Peterson

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Posted July 02 2008 - 05:25 AM

Great stuff! I was one of the few optimistic people around here regarding Sony's takeover of the MGM catalog (which is strange because I'm normally a pessimist). I knew that it couldn't get any worse though. I'll definitely be picking up the Boetticher and Noir sets and others will be on a case-by-case basis.

#26 of 157 OFFLINE   Dave B Ferris

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Posted July 02 2008 - 06:03 AM

Indeed, great news about the Boetticher/Scott westerns, which have long been my 'holy grail' on DVD. Thanks to John for posting the link to the HK AND CULT FILM DVD NEWS site. With the comments at the HK ... site following on the heels of Mr. Crisp's recent comments (in a link posted by Simon H.), I am truly encouraged the Boetticher/Scott westerns will in fact be released. I just wish we had an official release date.

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Posted July 02 2008 - 06:38 AM

If Columbia/Sony owns the right, will Scott's "Tall T" be included in this fall's releases and if so, will it be in a box set like the recently released Stanley Kramer Collection?

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Posted July 02 2008 - 06:42 AM

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Posted July 02 2008 - 11:06 AM

THIS IS THE BEST DVD NEWS ALL YEAR! I'm so happy that Sony is finally exploiting their vaults! There's so many unreleased classics in all genres, but I'm especially looking forward to the noir and western releases!!

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Posted July 02 2008 - 11:18 AM

Great to hear about the Westerns and specially about the noirs. And I would another one to add my wishes to the remaining titles from the Rita Hayworth Llbray. Also I would like to Columbia to release some of its classic comedies starred by Irene Dunne, Barbara Stanwyck, Jean Arthur Loretta Young and Rosalind Russell. Also the Joan Crawford vehicle "They All Kissed the Bride" and Ginger Roger's "It had to be you".

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Posted July 02 2008 - 12:29 PM

Glad to see Sony opening up... I hope it all works out so that we can get a lot more classics out of them

#32 of 157 OFFLINE   Peter M Fitzgerald

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Posted July 02 2008 - 12:53 PM

As has been mentioned, Sony's Mike S also posts regularly on another forum, and recently mentioned that A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH is coming later this year (no specific date given yet, though), with an intro by Martin Scorsese and commentary by Thelma Schoonmaker, along with Michael Powell's director's cut of AGE OF CONSENT.

Great, great news all around coming from Sony. They're releasing the kind of stuff that I (and apparently many others here) really want (Stooges, noir, Peter Lorre, classic sci-fi/horror, superior westerns...). If only this was the consistent guiding philosophy of some of the other studios' DVD divisions...

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Posted July 02 2008 - 02:36 PM

Cheers for that! Yes, there are some great comedies hiding in those vaults. And I'm so much of an optimist that I will even wish for Columbia musicals...Ah, to see Rainbow Round My Shoulder, the Grace Moore musicals and all those wonderful Ann Miller wartime B-movies.....
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Posted July 02 2008 - 03:11 PM

Mothra, Battle in Outer Space, Rebirth of Mothra 3 are as good as bought as far as I am concerned. Posted Image

BTW.....any chance they may be released on Blu-Ray? Posted Image

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Posted July 02 2008 - 10:10 PM

Well I'm asking for a second Hammer adventure set (Sword of Sherwood Forest, Scarlet Blade, Brigand of Kandahar and perhaps Creatures that Time Forgot) and a war set (Camp on Blood Island and Yesterday's Enemy). Lets just hope the sales of the current set and the horror set are enough to keep the management interested!
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Posted July 03 2008 - 02:27 AM

I'll 2nd and 3rd that. Camp on Blood Island or Yesterday's enemy could possible be a better fit for the adventure set than Creatures the World forgot. A WW2 set seems unlikely since they don't have 4 films available to make a set.
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Posted July 03 2008 - 03:08 AM

I've been hoping for the two Columbia von Sternberg films (CRIME AND PUNISHMENT and THE KING STEPS OUT), and asked Mike about these a few weeks ago. I don't think he would mind my sharing a bit more info, since so much has come out in the interview....as has been mentioned here, C&P will come out as part of a Peter Lorre set. But the bigger surprise is that there will indeed be a Grace Moore set (!) including KSO! Mike says that this won't be for a few years, however, but it's in the works.

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Posted July 03 2008 - 05:09 AM

Glorious news, thanks for sharing this Danny!!! Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
A Grace Moore set, who would have ever thought! Her films were so lovely and the lady herself was Oscar-nominated for her first Columbia musical. And The King Steps Out is such a glorious operetta Posted Image
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Posted July 03 2008 - 06:48 AM

As Mike mentioned in the interview that 2009 will be the Losey centenary, I hope Sony will at last release 'The Go-Between' at least on DVD (and a BD would be nice). I've e-mailed Mike to suggest this, but it might help if any other lovers of this classic film could do the same.
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Posted July 03 2008 - 10:33 AM

Some updates from Mike on emails to him and Toho hkfilmnews.blogspot.com/2008/07/sony-updates-from-mike.html

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