Originally Posted by John Morgan
I believe these four Hope films reverted to Hope Enterprises, so Universal and Paramount don't own them. For some reason, Hope didn't renew copyrights and they fell into PD. I believe they were released in HD sometime back and this package includes those updated transfers, and they do look better than I have ever seen them. They are supposed to come out on BluRay, but I guess that depends how well they did on HD. Didn't they offer those four restored films without the big box set with all the lousy transfers of the other films? I got the big box set and promptly put these four on DVD-R.
Here is what I understood about the films. Hope Enterprises initially licensed the ten films to Columbia Pictures, which put them out on VHS and in TV syndication. Later on, Columbia started a short-lived syndication outfit with Lexington Broadcast Systems called "Colex" and part of the deal involved relicensing the movies to BCI's budget label predecessor, Brentwood. LBS went out of business shortly afterward, and after a few acquisitions their assets are now owned by Fremantle Media, who also made a separate deal with BCI for things like the Mark Goodson game shows ("THE MATCH GAME," "THE PRICE IS RIGHT"), so it must have been a long-term license.
Now I don't know what this means for the films, whether they fully belong to Fremantle, or Sony Pictures, or if everything will eventually go back to Hope's heirs. I guess for now everybody just wants to maintain the status quo.