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WHV Press Release: Gone With The Wind 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition (Blu-ray)


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#1 of 77 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted August 10 2009 - 01:16 AM


 

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#2 of 77 OFFLINE   Dennis Nicholls

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Posted August 10 2009 - 08:00 AM


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 A Two Disc Special Edition will also be offered with the film and commentary for $24.98 SRP


 
Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn....about the extra stuff. Will the Two Disc SE be available in both Blu-ray and std. DVD?  The statement above is somewhat vague about this.
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Posted August 10 2009 - 08:29 AM



Originally Posted by Dennis Nicholls 



Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn....about the extra stuff. Will the Two Disc SE be available in both Blu-ray and std. DVD?  The statement above is somewhat vague about this.
As with the Wizard of Oz the only blu-ray is the collector's edition with the high price tag.

Like Casablanca I am guessing a movie only blu-ray edition will be released about a year after this release. At least I hope so. The press release does not say if the extra content is upgraded to blu-ray or not. MGM: When The Lion Roars, was produced in 480i so that wouldn't look much better if upgraded.



#4 of 77 OFFLINE   Dennis Nicholls

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Posted August 10 2009 - 08:45 AM

I'm curious about why WB would now release a two-disc std. DVD edition....when they released a FOUR disc SE several years ago (which I own).
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Posted August 10 2009 - 09:04 AM

I bought the 4 disc collector's edition for about $20.  (I waited for a sale).  I don't need another collector's edition on blu-ray.  Just give me the option to buy a scaled down edition on Blu-ray.  I would like to upgrade to Blu-ray, but I guess I'll have to wait a year before I can, if they do it like they did Casablanca.
 

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Posted August 10 2009 - 12:41 PM

Amazon has it for pre order for $59.49.

www.amazon.com/Gone-Anniversary-Ultimate-Collectors-Blu-ray/dp/B0013N7FZ6/ref=sr_1_1

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Posted August 10 2009 - 01:23 PM

Quite an extensive package, but it would be nice to have a movie only option.  I find I have less time to watch all of the additional material.  Shouldn't some of that be available from the BD Live option?


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Posted August 10 2009 - 01:30 PM

The PR is unclear:

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TWO DISC DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
Disc 1 The Movie, Part 1

·         Remastered feature with Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio

·         Commentary by historian Rudy Behlmer

 

DISC 2 The Movie, Part 2

·         Remastered feature

·         Commentary by historian Rudy Behlmer

·         Offer for a numbered Limited Edition copy of the Original 1939 Poster

 

 

DVD & BLU-RAY ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITIONS

  Includes everything listed in the Two Disc SE


So the Blu Ray only has DD??   Elsewhere in the text it says it has TrueHD.



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Posted August 10 2009 - 01:36 PM

Is it just me or does the pic give one the impression that this will be a hacked-up widescreen release?

Yeah, I too will pass on the big box of extras at that price.  I can definitely wait for the eventual standard BD release.

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Posted August 10 2009 - 03:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Man-Fai Wong ">

Is it just me or does the pic give one the impression that this will be a hacked-up widescreen release? <br /></span>
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I know you're kidding but there would be riots in the streets if that happened.<br />
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Did they do a new 4k restoration or have they just used the existing 2k one from 2004?<br type=

Enough is enough, Disney. No more evasions or excuses. We DEMAND the release Song of the South on Blu-ray along with the uncut version of Bedknobs and Broomsticks on Blu-ray. I am going to boycott The Walt Disney Company until then. And while you're at it, PLEASE stop dropping DVD/laserdisc extras from Blu-ray releases of other films.


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Posted August 10 2009 - 04:03 PM



Originally Posted by MatthewA 

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I know you're kidding but there would be riots in the streets if that happened.

Did they do a new 4k restoration or have they just used the existing 2k one from 2004?

Well, they advertised an 8k transfer for North by Northwest, so maybe...


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Posted August 10 2009 - 11:43 PM



Originally Posted by Douglas Monce 

Amazon has it for pre order for $59.49.

www.amazon.com/Gone-Anniversary-Ultimate-Collectors-Blu-ray/dp/B0013N7FZ6/ref=sr_1_1
You can buy both Gone With The Wind and The Wizard of Oz Blu-ray from http://www.amazon.co.uk/ for $54 including shipping to the US. I think they are region free.


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Posted August 11 2009 - 08:17 AM



Originally Posted by RolandL 




You can buy both Gone With The Wind and The Wizard of Oz Blu-ray from http://www.amazon.co.uk/ for $54 including shipping to the US. I think they are region free.
 
The only question is, are the extras the same (sans trinkets), and are they all playable on U.S. players?


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Posted August 11 2009 - 10:58 AM

 I would have preferred a simple 2 disc release for multiple reasons, but after seeing the full feature list and photos of the collector's package, I'm feeling better about pulling the trigger on this (assuming the order at wbshop goes through). For me, this is an absolute essential library title. It was one of the discs I most treasured on LD, and I dipped twice on dvd. Since this should be the last time I purchase it on an optical disc format, I don't mind splurging a little bit.

BTW- the bare bones 2 disc 50th anniversary LD set me back $50 retail (in 1991 dollars). That's $10 more than I'm paying for the deluxe Bd set (again assuming the order still goes through). Hard to get to worked up when I put it in that context. 

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Posted August 11 2009 - 12:59 PM



Originally Posted by RobertR 




The only question is, are the extras the same (sans trinkets), and are they all playable on U.S. players?
In regards to playback, all Warner titles are region free, so yes they are playable on US players.

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Posted August 11 2009 - 02:02 PM



Originally Posted by Brandon Conway 




In regards to playback, all Warner titles are region free, so yes they are playable on US players.
I didn't make myself clear.  I was also referring to the PAL vs. NTSC issue.


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Posted August 11 2009 - 07:09 PM

All Warner titles are authored in the US, and all standard definition extras are in NTSC, regardless of which territory they are released in.

"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


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Posted August 12 2009 - 01:32 AM



Originally Posted by RolandL 




You can buy both Gone With The Wind and The Wizard of Oz Blu-ray from http://www.amazon.co.uk/ for $54 including shipping to the US. I think they are region free.
 
You can add North By Northwest for about 12 pounds. The UK gets this film in a standard blu-ray case instead of the book that many on this board dislike.



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Posted August 12 2009 - 02:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Paul_Scott 

 I would have preferred a simple 2 disc release for multiple reasons, but after seeing the full feature list and photos of the collector's package, I'm feeling better about pulling the trigger on this (assuming the order at wbshop goes through). For me, this is an absolute essential library title. It was one of the discs I most treasured on LD, and I dipped twice on dvd. Since this should be the last time I purchase it on an optical disc format, I don't mind splurging a little bit.

BTW- the bare bones 2 disc 50th anniversary LD set me back $50 retail (in 1991 dollars). That's $10 more than I'm paying for the deluxe Bd set (again assuming the order still goes through). Hard to get to worked up when I put it in that context. 
Remember, they used to charge more than what they're charging now on VHS! Were those clunky boxes it came in so expensive to make?

Enough is enough, Disney. No more evasions or excuses. We DEMAND the release Song of the South on Blu-ray along with the uncut version of Bedknobs and Broomsticks on Blu-ray. I am going to boycott The Walt Disney Company until then. And while you're at it, PLEASE stop dropping DVD/laserdisc extras from Blu-ray releases of other films.


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Posted August 12 2009 - 02:26 PM

On the Amazon UK site the Gone With The Wind  blu ray is listed as having 5 discs. The Wizard of Oz blu ray is listed as having 3 discs and North By Northwest is listed as 1 disc. Could be the disc count is the standard DVD count.





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