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Paramount releases (Gasp!) a 1950's film on Blu-ray


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#1 of 26 GMpasqua

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Posted August 23 2010 - 04:07 AM

Paramount (who stopped releasing films made during the last century) is releasing "White Christmas" on Nov 2nd

 

"The Gods must be crazy"

 

well, I for one, hope "Once Upon a Time in the West" finally gets a blu-ray release if Paramount is listening, what are they waiting for???



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Posted August 25 2010 - 11:33 AM



Originally Posted by GMpasqua 

Paramount (who stopped releasing films made during the last century) is releasing "White Christmas" on Nov 2nd

 .

"The Gods must be crazy"

 

well, I for one, hope "Once Upon a Time in the West" finally gets a blu-ray release if Paramount is listening, what are they waiting for???



...The confidence that a Blu-ray release would sell well enough to make it commercially viable. Here's a potential title for licensing to Criterion, along with DON'T LOOK NOW and ROMEO AND JULIET and SUNSET BLVD and THE DUELLISTS and ...well, the list goes on.



#3 of 26 Adam Gregorich

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Posted August 29 2010 - 08:30 PM

White Christmas Blu-ray will be a blind buy for me.



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Posted August 29 2010 - 09:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Adam Gregorich 

White Christmas Blu-ray will be a blind buy for me.



I won't buy "blind" but if this turns out to be a high quality BRD, I'll certainly buy it.



#5 of 26 Matt Hough

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Posted August 30 2010 - 12:22 AM



Originally Posted by Adam Gregorich 

White Christmas Blu-ray will be a blind buy for me.



Me, too. White Christmas and Scrooge are the first two holiday-themed films I pull off the shelf during the season to get myself in the holiday mood. I watched just a bit of AMC's HD presentation of White Christmas last year and was not impressed, but then I'm not sure they were airing an actual HD transfer.



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Posted October 29 2010 - 01:54 AM

According to the Blu-ray.com review, it's a VistaVision of loveliness...


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Posted October 29 2010 - 04:14 AM

According to a european site Once Upon a Time in the West is supposed to be released in Jan. of 2011 on bluray.  


#8 of 26 Ronald Epstein

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Posted October 29 2010 - 04:23 AM

OH - MY - GOD!


My favorite western coming to Blu-ray.


If it's anything like the DVD it will be a

absolute pleasure to watch.


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#9 of 26 John Hodson

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Posted October 29 2010 - 04:31 AM

It's been rumoured as coming for more than a year now; that European site listing has been there since June (at least).


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Posted October 29 2010 - 06:42 AM



Originally Posted by Adam Gregorich 

White Christmas Blu-ray will be a blind buy for me.



After African Queen I have faith....



#11 of 26 John Hodson

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Posted October 29 2010 - 10:02 AM

The Beaver on White Christmas


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#12 of 26 Matt Hough

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Posted October 29 2010 - 02:14 PM

I really can't wait to see this on my own system. We've had to endure such a mediocre DVD transfer for SO many years.



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Posted October 29 2010 - 02:32 PM



Originally Posted by John Hodson 

The Beaver on White Christmas


You know, i had something funny to say. Takin' the high road...just once!



PS. I would be so happy to see Paramount get into some classic Blu-ray releases...War of the Worlds...please!



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Posted October 29 2010 - 02:39 PM

I just hope this is not the beginning of them releasing, rereleasing, and rerereleasing White Christmas, Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Ten Commandments, and Funny Face, and NOTHING ELSE, for the next decade...



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Posted October 29 2010 - 11:28 PM

Is Paramount finally going to ramp up their Blu-Ray catalog releases?  I heard that they didn't think the stuff they've put out so far sold well enough.  In fact a VERY large number of their older DVD titles are now out of print, so I've been panic-buying the ones I really want- with my luck they'll end up being put on Blu-Ray after all.


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Posted October 30 2010 - 03:50 AM



Originally Posted by MattH. 

I really can't wait to see this on my own system. We've had to endure such a mediocre DVD transfer for SO many years.



Tell me about it. I own the DVD but have been unable to watch it all the way through because it looks so bad. Finally the situation is rectified.



Originally Posted by RCinOttawa 

I just hope this is not the beginning of them releasing, rereleasing, and rerereleasing White Christmas, Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Ten Commandments, and Funny Face, and NOTHING ELSE, for the next decade...



It won't be just that. There'll also be some John Wayne and Elvis movies and Sunset Blvd. And the other Audrey Hepburn films they own. Posted Image


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Posted October 31 2010 - 04:29 AM

Where's the love for To Catch A Thief?

Perhaps that will be part of a Hitchcock push, or Cary Grant set. But I believe this is the only Hitchcock done at Paramount, so maybe it will be a stand alone release.

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Posted October 31 2010 - 07:38 AM



Originally Posted by Nelson Au 

Where's the love for To Catch A Thief?

Perhaps that will be part of a Hitchcock push, or Cary Grant set. But I believe this is the only Hitchcock done at Paramount, so maybe it will be a stand alone release.



Not only TO CATCH A THIEF but also REAR WINDOW, THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY, THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, VERTIGO and PSYCHO  were all made for Paramount. Apart from TO CATCH A THIEF, the rights for the other titles went to Hitchcock (as well as Warner's ROPE), following on from which, apart from PSYCHO, Hitchcock withheld from public showings for very many years until Universal obtained the rights from the Hitchcock estate and gave them all theatrical showings. I've never understood why TO CATCH A THIEF was retained by Paramount - maybe Hitchcock wasn't that keen on the film itself to make him want to buy the rights.


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Posted October 31 2010 - 10:06 AM

I stand corrected Doug! I forgot those other Hitchcock's were Paramount films that went to Universal.


I always thought that To Catch a Thief, while atypical, was well loved. We know Mr. Hitchcock very much liked Grace Kelly and Cary Grant too. So you have a good question as to why Paramount retained To Catch a Thief. I just hope it comes out. Posted Image



#20 of 26 Ronald Epstein

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Posted November 01 2010 - 10:07 AM

I don't want to sound a false alarm, and I am
working on getting definitive confirmation....


I don't think Once Upon A Time In The West

is being released domestically next year on

Blu-ray.


As for Scrooge, I have planted the seed with

the powers that be at Paramount while I was

there today.


I should be back soon with a final answer.


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