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WHV Press Release: TCM Greatest Classics Film Collection


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#1 of 31 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted November 10 2008 - 02:08 AM

Warner Home Video and Turner Classic Movies Partner for TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection


Burbank, Calif., November 10, 2008 – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, the studio with the world’s largest film library, is beginning an exciting new partnership with the authority in classic film, Turner Classic Movies. The two companies – sister divisions of Time Warner – plan to introduce the TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection, starting in early 2009. The partners will release a collection of 60 top films in 15 themed groups. The films will be available on DVD and promoted on TCM, starting February 3 with the first of four waves.

The launch of the TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection stands as the largest-ever partnership between Warner Home Video and TCM. The initiative combines the strengths of the companies in serving both serious film buffs and a new generation of movie lovers. The TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection is meant to whet the appetite of a wide range of film fans, giving them an easy way to build a personal library of classic films.

For the TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection, Warner Home Video has selected some of the greatest American films from the past 85 years and grouped them by themes. The films are packaged in four-title sets with each set affordably priced at $27.92 SRP.

The first installments in the collection arrive February 3, 2009, with three genres timed to coincide with Valentine’s Day and the Oscar® season. They are Romantic Dramas (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Named Desire, Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden); Romantic Comedies (A Philadelphia Story, Bringing Up Baby, Adam’s Rib, Woman of the Year); and Best Picture Winners (Casablanca, An American in Paris, Gigi, Mrs. Miniver).

The 12 films in these three debut sets have been honored with 32 Oscar wins. Featured stars include James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, Paul Newman, Marlon Brando, Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Ingrid Bergman and Leslie Caron. The films are bundled in premium keepcase packaging.

Later in 2009, the TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection will grow to include many other genres, including musicals, westerns, war films, mysteries, science fiction, horror, holiday and family films. A complete listing is included below.

Warner Home Video, which owns the world’s largest film library, is the market leader in classic DVD sales, with a 24% average market share. Warner has more Best Picture Oscar® wins (22) than any other studio and its films have garnered more than 300 Academy Awards®.

The TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection builds on the success of previous joint initiatives between TCM and Warner Home Video, including the TCM Archives series and the TCM Spotlight series. The launch of TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection promises to be successful, thanks to the considerable resources offered by both partners.




WAVE ONE -- Release Date: February 3, 2009
Pricing: $27.92 SRP
TCM Greatest Classics: Romantic Dramas
Catalog #: 1000045330
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
A Streetcar Named Desire
Rebel Without a Cause
East of Eden

TCM Greatest Classics: Best Picture Winners
Catalog #: 1000045343
Casablanca
An American in Paris
Gigi
Mrs. Miniver

TCM Greatest Classics: Romantic Comedies
Catalog #: 1000045298
A Philadelphia Story
Bringing Up Baby
Adam’s Rib
Woman of the Year



WAVE TWO -- Release Date: May 5, 2009*
TCM Greatest Classics: Musicals
Singin’ in the Rain
Easter Parade
The Band Wagon
Meet Me in St. Louis

TCM Greatest Classics: Musicals 2
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Annie Get Your Gun
Show Boat
Kiss Me Kate

TCM Greatest Classics: Westerns
Jeremiah Johnson
Train Robbers
The Wild Bunch
McCabe & Mrs. Miller

TCM Greatest Classics: Westerns 2
The Searchers
Stagecoach
Rio Bravo
Cowboys
TCM Greatest Classics: War 1
Kelly’s Heroes
The Dirty Dozen
Where Eagles Dare
Battleground

TCM Greatest Classics: War 2
The Green Berets
Destination Tokyo
Battan
Back to Battan



WAVE THREE -- Release Date: September 1, 2009*
TCM Greatest Classics: Mystery
The Big Sleep
Dial M For Murder
The Maltese Falcon
The Postman Always Rings Twice
TCM Greatest Classics: Horror
Freaks
House of Wax
The Haunting
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

TCM Greatest Classics: Sci-Fi (4FE)
2001: Space Odyssey
Forbidden Planet
Soylent Green
Time Machine



WAVE FOUR -- Release Date: November 3, 2009*

TCM Greatest Classics: Holiday
A Christmas Story
Christmas Carol
Christmas in Connecticut
Shop Around the Corner

TCM Greatest Classics: Comedy
Arsenic and Old Lace
A Night at the Opera
The Long, Long Trailer
Father of the Bride

TCM Greatest Classics: Family
National Velvet
Lassie Come Home
Flipper
Incredible Mr. Limpet



*Scheduled date and titles subject to change

 

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#2 of 31 OFFLINE   Charles H

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Posted November 10 2008 - 02:30 AM

As Nero might say, "Let the repackagings begin!"
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#3 of 31 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted November 10 2008 - 02:36 AM

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As Nero might say, "Let the repackagings begin!"
Yup, next time I buy any of these titles it will be on BRD or whatever HD format is available then.





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#4 of 31 OFFLINE   Andrew Budgell

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Posted November 10 2008 - 02:38 AM

I was really excited until I opened up the thread and discovered they are all previously released titles.

Sigh.

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Posted November 10 2008 - 02:40 AM

I hope these repackagings won't get in the way of never-before-released-on-DVD titles from Warner!
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#6 of 31 OFFLINE   Joe Caps

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Posted November 10 2008 - 02:41 AM

Warners plans for the year seems clear now.

release classics in two ways

1. unreleased titles with almost no extras at all (goodbye, Mr. chips, Far from the Madding crowd, Warner Romance Collection, Natalie Wood, Paul Newman - silver chalice etc)

2. relese previously released titles with incresingly ugly packaging.

great.

#7 of 31 OFFLINE   Mike*HTF

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Posted November 10 2008 - 03:08 AM

A non-announcement this.

And with Greed still unreleased...

#8 of 31 OFFLINE   Ken_McAlinden

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Posted November 10 2008 - 03:51 AM

Warner is still putting out a lot of unreleased stuff, so I do not have a problem with bargain bundles. This just seems like an extension of their "Essential Classics" concept from last year. The only problem I had with that series is that they sometimes mixed in titles that were noticeably deficient in terms of presentation quality and badly in need of remastering such as "The Music Man".

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#9 of 31 OFFLINE   Greg_M

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Posted November 10 2008 - 04:41 AM

Too Bad they're not Blu-Ray, then I might be interested

#10 of 31 OFFLINE   KellyVO

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Posted November 10 2008 - 04:47 AM

LAME! Who doesn't own these movies already?
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#11 of 31 OFFLINE   Billy Batson

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Posted November 10 2008 - 04:57 AM

Yes, I would have thought anyone who likes these movies enough to buy these box sets, would have liked them enough to have bought them when they first came out. But what what do I know, I'm not a marketing man.

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Posted November 10 2008 - 05:59 AM

i have most of these movies...i was so excited when i saw this thread. i was hoping for jean harlow, forbidden hollywood, etc.
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Posted November 10 2008 - 06:16 AM

Looks like it's time to get rid of some dusty inventory in the warehouse. It's a nice idea for those who have not yet purchased any of them.

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Posted November 10 2008 - 06:38 AM

Man, I thought this was going to be their long awaited silent collection. Posted Image

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Posted November 10 2008 - 07:21 AM

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i have most of these movies...i was so excited when i saw this thread. i was hoping for jean harlow, forbidden hollywood, etc.

Yeah I was kind of hoping for the same thing! They could have done so much with this release like Jean Harlow, more Forbidden Hollywood, Esther Williams vol.2 , musicals like the Jeanette MacDonald/Nelson Eddy movies, silents and I'm still waiting for a Ginger Rogers set but no......
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Posted November 10 2008 - 07:31 AM

They should have done this release quietly...all the big splash does is tick off people who were expecting new titles.
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#17 of 31 OFFLINE   Ethan Riley

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Posted November 10 2008 - 07:39 AM

What a big yawn. Only good thing about it is that the sets are pretty cheap. They'd make for good gift-giving--but to whom? Everyone already has these flicks on SD!
 

 


#18 of 31 OFFLINE   Ken_McAlinden

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Posted November 10 2008 - 08:17 AM

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...Everyone already has these flicks on SD!
I do not speak for Warner Brothers, but I imagine their response to this would be a dreamy eyed "Ahh. If only..." Posted Image

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#19 of 31 OFFLINE   Simon Howson

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Posted November 10 2008 - 09:32 AM

At least they haven't decided to mix old titles with new, that would really drive most of us crazy. To me this looks like "The Accounts Department Collection", WHV have invested millions preserving and transferring so many of these films, that now the bean counters want a return on that investment, even if that means returning to these same titles again.

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Posted November 10 2008 - 12:35 PM

Are we sure at this late stage that there'll even be an MGM promotion, or is this assumption simply based on this past years Warner Brothers promo?

The press release listed above is "splashy" which has me kind of worried. I mean, if there was going to be an MGM promotion for all of 2009, shouldn't we be hearing something about this now? Could it be possible that the MGM promotion has become a casualty of the worsening economy?

I've got a sneaking suspicion that we won't be seeing the long awaited Silents Collection, Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, MacDonald/Eddy or anything of this caliber in 2009. As a few others have stated, I think WHV's big push will be to sell these sets most of us already have.
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