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Warner Archive Discussion Thread (The Announcements/The Films)

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#4461 of 4699 JoHud

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Posted February 11 2014 - 01:15 PM

Makes me wish the movie wasn't so outright terrible...

 

Yeah, certainly far from his best and personally my least favorite of his MGM period.  However, I'm also interested to see if the Spanish version improves on it in some facets


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Posted February 13 2014 - 06:24 AM

A bit disappointed to see The Year of Living Dangerously here - I was hoping for a blu-ray release.


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Posted February 14 2014 - 12:00 PM

Here's a thought, if Comcast buys TimeWarner, assuming that there are no forced divestments, both Universal and Warner would be under the same corporate umbrella.  Could Universal films and tv shows come to the Warner Archive?



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Posted February 14 2014 - 12:54 PM

Comcast is only buying the Time Warner Cable, not Time Warner Inc.  Since 2009, Time Warner Cable has been completely independent of the parent company with the only link being the licensing of the brand name, so there will be no change in TV show and film ownership.


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Posted February 14 2014 - 04:45 PM

Comcast is only buying the Time Warner Cable, not Time Warner Inc.  Since 2009, Time Warner Cable has been completely independent of the parent company with the only link being the licensing of the brand name, so there will be no change in TV show and film ownership.

Thanks.  bummer.



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Posted February 17 2014 - 07:48 AM

That's not a bummer, that's a good thing WB films isn't attached to this (since it's only TW cable that is being bought). It's ridiculous that this deal is happening from a cable stand point.



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Posted February 21 2014 - 08:36 AM

Three more films up for preorder.

 

In addition to I Live My Life and Our Blushing Brides, a third Joan Crawford film, The Bride Wore Red (1937) has just been listed for 3/04/2014

 

Furthermore, there's a Richard Dix wave slated for 3/25/2014 with Public Defender (1931) and Reno (1939) just recently available for preorder.

 

Lastly the TNT 1992 telefilm Duel of Hearts is also available.



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Posted February 24 2014 - 07:07 PM

I went to twitter to see if they did an early newsletter, and apparently this just happened

 


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Posted February 24 2014 - 07:24 PM

I went to twitter to see if they did an early newsletter, and apparently this just happened

 

YES!!

 

 

Although I wish it were Blu (combo with the MGM).



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Posted February 24 2014 - 07:26 PM

I will be devastated if there isn't a Blu-ray release. After all these years, a DVD set is just not worthy enough of these films.


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Posted February 24 2014 - 07:33 PM

In one of the podcasts they talked about plans for Show Boat on Blu-ray. They wanted to to a Blu-ray box that contains all three Show Boat films, but things were moving so slowly on the the restoration of the 1951 version that they said they might just go ahead and let the 1936 and 1929 versions fall to the archive rather than wait. Looks like that is what is happening.


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Posted February 24 2014 - 07:42 PM

I will be devastated if there isn't a Blu-ray release. After all these years, a DVD set is just not worthy enough of these films.


Yes I am very disappointed also. My hopes for a Blu-ray set is now dashed.

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Posted February 24 2014 - 08:47 PM

A color teaser trailer is also up.  Clearly the 1936 film.  I suspect it will be paired with the 1929 film.

 

 

In one of the podcasts they talked about plans for Show Boat on Blu-ray. They wanted to to a Blu-ray box that contains all three Show Boat films, but things were moving so slowly on the the restoration of the 1951 version that they said they might just go ahead and let the 1936 and 1929 versions fall to the archive rather than wait. Looks like that is what is happening.

 

Yep, that's about the size of it.  Blu-ray/DVD plans for a trilogy boxed set had been put on the backburner for so long (at least 10 years) that I'm glad something has finally emerged newly remastered, MOD or not.  I also heard official word that the 1951 film had been holding it up and there had been absolutely nothing encouraging since.  I figure if a blu-ray does happen, it will be for the 1951 film.

 

Of course there is also a very strong possibility that the 1936 and 1929 films are a little too, uh, "Old South" to risk offending on the wide retail market so they opted for the Warner Archive.



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Posted February 24 2014 - 10:32 PM

Too bad if we don't get a blu of the '36 version. Not only is it a great James Whale film, it is also the best of the film versions. I saw all 3 versions in 35mm prints in one day at MoMA, and the '51 was, at least to me, except for gorgeous Ava Gardner and Howard Keel's singing, hard to sit through. Ava's final close-up is heartbreaking.

The '36 Show Boat was Whale's last great film. He needs more recognition aside from his monster movies.

BTW, all 3 films were shown on 27 December, 1977, to commemorate the exact 50th anniversary of the opening night of the Broadway musical in 1927.



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Posted February 25 2014 - 05:24 AM

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I still have the old laserdisc set of the three films (that box set offers the 1951 Show Boat in stereo; the DVD does not), and I routinely watch the 1936 and 1951 versions often. I'm not sure I've ever sat through the entire 1929 one. Might be a good idea to do that one of my off days.


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Posted February 25 2014 - 05:56 AM

I still have the old laserdisc set of the three films (that box set offers the 1951 Show Boat in stereo; the DVD does not), and I routinely watch the 1936 and 1951 versions often. I'm not sure I've ever sat through the entire 1929 one. Might be a good idea to do that one of my off days.


Only a Blu-ray collection of all three films would cause me to give up the Laserdisc set. It is truly a beauty to behold. This collection along with the roadshow laserdiscs of THE ALAMO, HAWAII and the Pioneer disc of 1776 forces me to keep the laser player running.
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Posted February 25 2014 - 07:02 AM

Okay, so it looks like were only getting the 1936 Show Boat this week.  I suspect we'll get news of the 1929 film shortly and word of the current WHV status of the three films.

 

In addition to Winner Take All (1932), there will be two more James Cagney films this week:  The Oklahoma Kid (1939) and Here Comes the Navy (1934)The Oklahoma Kid is also one of the very few Humphrey Bogart vehicles not available on DVD.

 

The FBI: The Complete Seventh Season is also up for order.

 

Lastly there is a fourth Joan Crawford film slated for 3/4/2014, Montana Moon (1930), now up for preorder.



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Posted February 25 2014 - 07:57 AM

Three new Cagney titles! Woo-hoo!


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Posted February 25 2014 - 09:10 AM

The Show Boat news is rather disappointing, as I was hoping for a box set of all three versions as a set, even if it was just through the archives.  By the way, I must say that my copy of What Price Hollywood arrived yesterday and the picture and sound are both far, far superior to anything I have ever seen on this title in the past.  Considering how poor this has always looked and sounded before, it's absolutely stunning and highly recommended, even with no extras.



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Posted February 25 2014 - 10:25 AM

Despite the disappointment of the lack of a set, there is some good news about the 1936 Show Boat release.  It will be pressed making it the first non-Paramount Warner Archive single film disc given such treatment.

 

Just recently advertised as such on the press release

 

SHOW BOAT (1936) James Whale’s extremely faithful adaptation of the Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein musical sensation makes its DVD debut at last! Based on an Edna Ferber novel, Show Boat denotes the romantic misadventures of a central star-crossed pair of river boat performers (Irene Dunne and Allan Jones) and the lives of the river show boat folk on both sides of the racial divide. With Hammerstein enlisted as scripter as well as the stage show’s orchestrator and conductor (Robert Russell Bennett and Victor Baravalle), not to mention a star-studded cast of vets of various stage incarnations (Paul Robeson, Helen Morgan, Charles Winninger, Sammy White, Francis X. Mahoney, Irene Dunne, Allan Jones), Show Boat is as close as you can come to a 1932 ticket to the Great White Way. Out of home video circulation for years, this boat comes to port at last in a sparkling new edition. Newly Remastered Shop Exclusive! Initial quantities of this release will be traditionally replicated (pressed) in anticipation of high consumer demand.

 

Also, it does look like the Warner Archive is cooking up something special for its 5 year anniversary this coming March.  At the very least, we'll see a nice sale.







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