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If reports that Paramount isn't relasing any catalog titles on Blu-ray are true, are they licensing


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#1 of 21 GMpasqua

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Posted August 02 2010 - 11:38 AM

any titles out? Paramount has about 20 catalog titles I would like to see released on Blu-ray at some point, have any deals been struck with Criterion or Lionsgate on any other titles besides "Apocalypse Now"?



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Posted August 02 2010 - 11:57 AM

I doubt they would have recently released The African Queen on Blu-ray if they weren't going to release any catalogue titles at all.



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Posted August 02 2010 - 12:13 PM

Yeah,  But They released The African Queen back in March.  Since then Paramount (not Dreamworks) has only released 2 catalog titles, Escape From L.A. and K19 The Widowmaker back in May.   Dreamworks (which Paramount distributes) has released some catalog titles and has a few more announced.  But Paramount as a studio only has Stardust announced for Sept.  And Nothing else. 


#4 of 21 GMpasqua

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Posted August 02 2010 - 01:54 PM

Paramount had a bunch of films rumored for blu-ray but they seem to have disappeared:

Chinatown

Raiders of the Lost Ark

The Ten Commandments

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Sunset Blvd

Once Upon a Time in the West (I really want this one, but I keep seeing the DVD in the $7.99 bin at Frys - not an encouraging sign)


and yes March was then (plus it was announced last year), this is now....and the "no catalog" rumors have just started/img/vbsmilies/htf/frown.gif



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Posted August 02 2010 - 06:43 PM

Apocalypse Now was not licensed to Lionsgate by Paramount, but rather by American Zoetrope. However, Hearts of Darkness seems to be licensed to Lionsgate by Paramount.


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Posted August 03 2010 - 04:58 AM




Originally Posted by GMpasqua 

Paramount had a bunch of films rumored for blu-ray but they seem to have disappeared:

Chinatown

Raiders of the Lost Ark

The Ten Commandments

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Sunset Blvd

Once Upon a Time in the West (I really want this one, but I keep seeing the DVD in the $7.99 bin at Frys - not an encouraging sign)


and yes March was then (plus it was announced last year), this is now....and the "no catalog" rumors have just started/img/vbsmilies/htf/frown.gif


Also The Elephant Man was talked about.  White Christmas was something I thought they would release on Blu ray by now.  It has always been a good seller for the studio.  It would be a shame if these films never made it to Blu ray.  Either Paramount needs to start producing them or licensing them out.


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Posted August 03 2010 - 08:16 AM

I'm fairly certain that LucasFilm dictates when the "Indiana Jones" movies are released and Paramount will oblige them whenever they're ready.  They have similar control over "Star Wars", Fox manufactures and distributes but everything else is done in-house by LucasFilm, including pulling the trigger on the projects in the first place.

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Posted August 03 2010 - 08:44 AM

I would almost bet my Blu-ray collection and mean almost, that Paramount has some the Audrey Hepburn titles out on Blu-ray in 2011.  She is a huge seller for them and I am not sure it they can go to the DVD well again with another release.  I guess they will start with bare bones Blu-rays and by the third release we get what we wanted in the first place.

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Posted August 03 2010 - 09:51 AM

Paramount is really doing a poor job in terms of  releasing 1950's, 1960's, and 1970's movies on BLU-Ray.  Besides The African Queen, has Paramount released in from these decades on BLU-Ray this Year?  I hope you get your wish about Audrey Hepburns movies on Blu-Ray.  However, John Wayne movies are also big sellers, more than Audrey Hepburn's I would say.  Paramount owns lots of John Wayne Movies such as Rio Lobo, Big Jake, Hatari, True Grit, El Dorado and many others.  Paramount has not released a single John Wayne movie on Blu-Ray yet!  I hope Paramount will change their operation and start releasing John Wayne films and other films from the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's on Blu-Ray!  As bad a job as Paramount is doing they have no where to go but up in terms of 1950's, 1960's and 1970's movies on Blu-Ray!


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Posted August 03 2010 - 10:07 AM




Originally Posted by MCCLOUD 

Paramount is really doing a poor job in terms of  releasing 1950's, 1960's, and 1970's movies on BLU-Ray.  Besides The African Queen, has Paramount released in from these decades on BLU-Ray this Year?  I hope you get your wish about Audrey Hepburns movies on Blu-Ray.  However, John Wayne movies are also big sellers, more than Audrey Hepburn's I would say.  Paramount owns lots of John Wayne Movies such as Rio Lobo, Big Jake, Hatari, True Grit, El Dorado and many others.  Paramount has not released a single John Wayne movie on Blu-Ray yet!  I hope Paramount will change their operation and start releasing John Wayne films and other films from the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's on Blu-Ray!  As bad a job as Paramount is doing they have no where to go but up in terms of 1950's, 1960's and 1970's movies on Blu-Ray!


Take Care!


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By this time in the early years of DVD Paramount had released many John Wayne films and many, many classic titles including Breakfast at Tiffany's , The Ten Commandments, The Court Jester, War of the Worlds and White Christmas.  If they are not planning on releasing any classic titles on Blu ray, then I wish they would let someone else do it instead.  Both Paramount and Disney have been terrible about releasing catalog titles on Blu ray.



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Posted August 03 2010 - 10:45 AM

Paramount only distributes those Wayne films on behalf of the Wayne Estate. Like Lucasfilm, they'll dictate the release schedule on Blu.


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Posted August 03 2010 - 11:59 AM

Paramount is distributing a bunch of Wayne Est owned films like Hondo and the High & The Mighty.  But they do outright own True Grit, El Dorado, The Man who Shot Liberty Valance and others.


True Grift would seem like a good choice for Blu ray with the remake coming out later this year.



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Posted August 03 2010 - 04:07 PM

Paramount does own the following John Wayne films:


Hatari!

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Donovan's Reef

In Harm's Way

The Sons Of Katie Elder

El Dorado

True Grit

Rio Lobo

Big Jake

The Shootist


Paramount is responsible for these John Wane movies NOT BEING AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY.  Hopefully, Paramount will soon decide to release all of these John Wayne movies on Blue-Ray.  Hopefully Paramount will also decide to release many other 1950's, 1960's, and 1970/s films they own on Blu-Ray.


Take Care!


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Posted August 03 2010 - 04:13 PM

This is really annoying I wish Paramount would release some titles. They brought out three of the Friday the 13th movies and then stopped and just re-issued them on DVD, I'd really like to get the rest of them but I'm not buying them again on DVD



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Posted August 03 2010 - 05:27 PM

Ah. For some reason I thought they were all Wayne Estate owned. I stand corrected.


"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 04 2010 - 12:25 AM

Sure would be GREAT to get The 10 Commandments on Blu-ray (Heston version)....



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Posted August 04 2010 - 04:45 AM

I assume that at some stage Paramount will release Shane on BRD. I think that movie would look superb in high definition.



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Posted August 04 2010 - 07:51 AM




Originally Posted by Brandon Conway 

Ah. For some reason I thought they were all Wayne Estate owned. I stand corrected.



Because of a production/distribution deal with Warner Bros. and United Artists, Batjac was allowed to retain all rights to four Wayne films: the WB-distributed The High and the Mighty, Hondo, and Island in the Sky, and the UA-distributed McLintock!. It also held full copyright ownership in several non-John Wayne movies, Seven Men From Now, Man in the Vault, Ring of Fear, Plunder of the Sun, Track of the Cat, China Doll, Escort West and Gun the Man Down.

After Wayne's death, his son Michael assumed full ownership and managed the company for over 30 years. He meticulously managed the release pattern of his films and restored Hondo and McLintock! in the early 1990s for release on VHS and television. His passion was to restore the other two films, but water damage to the original elements made it impossible during his lifetime. Taking advantage of the new digital restoration processes, Michael's widow Gretchen restored these films in 2004 and released them through a distribution deal with Paramount Pictures in 2005.

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Posted August 04 2010 - 10:51 AM

It's too bad that Paramount and other studios are so quiet about upcoming releases.  I remember when Martin Blythe used to post on this forum about upcoming releases, etc.  There used to be so many chats with most studios, etc.  It seems with hi-def/Blu-ray, everything is a mystery and a super secret.  Weird.



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Posted August 04 2010 - 11:23 AM


MGM still has rights to China Doll, Escort West and Gun The Man Down.  They released DVD's of these three film around 2007.

Originally Posted by Bradley-E 
Because of a production/distribution deal with Warner Bros. and United Artists, Batjac was allowed to retain all rights to four Wayne films: the WB-distributed The High and the Mighty, Hondo, and Island in the Sky, and the UA-distributed McLintock!. It also held full copyright ownership in several non-John Wayne movies, Seven Men From Now, Man in the Vault, Ring of Fear, Plunder of the Sun, Track of the Cat, China Doll, Escort West and Gun the Man Down


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