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Citizen Kane pre-order on Amazon... with Ambersons?


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#1 of 16 OFFLINE   JoeDoakes

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Posted July 13 2012 - 09:51 AM

WHV recently discontinued the DVD release of The Magnificent Ambersons. Its unusual to get a discontinuance only a year after release. The question is why? I can think of the following explanations: 1. WHV will release a 70th Anniversary blu/dvd combo 2. Repackage the DVD as a 70th Anniversary release 3. They only printed a limited number of DVDs to promote Citizen Kane; copies all gone from the warehouse and no further releases planned

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Posted July 13 2012 - 10:01 AM

Are you sure about it being discontinued?  It seems to be alive and well on Amazon right now, presently priced at $10.97, sold directly by Amazon.   http://tinyurl.com/brmj2wg   Maybe it was temporarily out of stock.  I've had that happen with things I'm looking at.

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Posted July 13 2012 - 11:58 AM

'The Magnificent Ambersons' is (still?) available on WBShop --


http://www.wbshop.co...cks&from=Search


 


Yet, there are no results for 'Ambersons' on WarnerBros.com --


http://www.warnerbro...t=0&q=ambersons


 


This may be the cheapest price shipped --


http://www.deepdisco...ICENT-AMBERSONS


 


Hopefully a Blu-Ray version is imminent as Warner Bros has supposedly been working on this since 2003.


http://www.digitalbi...303htfchat.html


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http://www.thedigita...106htfchat.html


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http://www.thedigita...409htfchat.html


 


With bonus materials surpassing the ones on the Laser-Disc edition


http://www.lddb.com/...-Edition-(1942)


 


Sadly, a Blu-Ray edition with bonus features wasn't released for the 70th anniversary of the release date of 'The Magnificent Ambersons': July 10, 1942


 


Hopefully Warner Bros doesn't wait until the 75th anniversary for a Blu-Ray edition.

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Posted July 14 2012 - 10:55 AM

'The Magnificent Ambersons' is (still?) available on WBShop --
http://www.wbshop.co...cks&from=Search

Yet, there are no results for 'Ambersons' on WarnerBros.com --
http://www.warnerbro...t=0&q=ambersons

This may be the cheapest price shipped --
http://www.deepdisco...ICENT-AMBERSONS

Hopefully a Blu-Ray version is imminent as Warner Bros has supposedly been working on this since 2003.
http://www.digitalbi...303htfchat.html
http://www.digitalbi...005htfchat.html
http://www.thedigita...106htfchat.html
http://www.thedigita...607htfchat.html
http://www.thedigita...409htfchat.html

With bonus materials surpassing the ones on the Laser-Disc edition
http://www.lddb.com/...-Edition-(1942)

Sadly, a Blu-Ray edition with bonus features wasn't released for the 70th anniversary of the release date of 'The Magnificent Ambersons': July 10, 1942


Hopefully Warner Bros doesn't wait until the 75th anniversary for a Blu-Ray edition.



There still may be an announcement. There's 6 months left.

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Posted July 14 2012 - 11:11 AM

Warner's just needs to license it to someone like Criterion. Their treatment of Ambersons up to now has been abysmal.

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Posted July 16 2012 - 07:53 AM

Are you sure about it being discontinued?  It seems to be alive and well on Amazon right now, presently priced at $10.97, sold directly by Amazon.

http://tinyurl.com/brmj2wg


Maybe it was temporarily out of stock.  I've had that happen with things I'm looking at.


Yes, it was discontinued. A guy named mcarver has a list on DVDTalk (http://forum.dvdtalk...-thread-36.html), and Magnificent Ambersons was listed last week. I am not sure where he gets his information from, but he's quite accurate. He picked up on the canceled release of the 1953 Titanic while Amazon was still taking preorders. Being discontinued does not mean that there is not still stock out there somewhere. I think it just means that the distributer is no longer accepting general wholesale orders. Sometimes studios discontinue releases, then rerelease them later. I have held off buying Ambersons hoping that a blu would be issued at some point, but I am not sure what to do now. I suppose, that if Ambersons is not announced before the end of September, it won't come out at all.

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Posted July 16 2012 - 07:56 AM

I didn't buy it either because I have the Criterion laserdisc which I still find eminently watchable, and I, too, wanted to wait for a better release.

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Posted July 16 2012 - 07:58 AM

Oh, and thanks for the reminder about the 1953 Titanic.  Hate to say it, but I'd forgotten all about it.  Whatever happened with that??

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Posted July 16 2012 - 08:02 AM

I didn't buy it either because I have the Criterion laserdisc which I still find eminently watchable, and I, too, wanted to wait for a better release.
Better than what? I'm sure the DVD is better than the laserdisc.
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Posted July 16 2012 - 08:03 AM

Better than what? I'm sure the DVD is better than the laserdisc.
And the Blu-ray that should've accompanied the DVD's release would surely be better still.

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Posted July 16 2012 - 08:13 AM

Hopefully a BLU.  But yes, the DVD should look better than the LD.

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Posted July 16 2012 - 08:30 AM

Better than what? I'm sure the DVD is better than the laserdisc.
The DVD was only a hair better than the laserdisc, IMO. And the laserdisc had the superb commentary by Robert Carringer. I remember a couple of years ago that there were internet rumors about the "missing footage" possibly turning up, and Warner producing a new remastered version of Ambersons. The missing footage rumors were scotched pretty quickly; but I could swear that there were reports of a new "deluxe" version of the regular cut. I guess the barely-better-than-laserdisc barbones DVD was it.

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Posted July 16 2012 - 08:39 AM

Oh, and thanks for the reminder about the 1953 Titanic.  Hate to say it, but I'd forgotten all about it.  Whatever happened with that??
Titanic is supposed to be released later this year to coincide with the release of the 1997 Titanic.

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Posted July 16 2012 - 08:41 AM

Ah, that's right.  Thanks!

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Posted July 26 2012 - 09:27 PM

This link suggests that 'The Magnificent Ambersons' will still be released on Blu-ray in 2012 --


http://www.nypost.co...Js4SxsVZzmGfECI


 


Still, one would think that it would be noted on one of these sites, but it's not --


http://www.movieinsider.com/blu-rays/


http://www.comingsoon.net


http://www.dvdsreleasedates.com


http://videoeta.com/blu-ray/

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Posted July 27 2012 - 04:14 AM

Steve:


 


You might ask Lou (who wrote that column for the NY Post) himself for an update on the situation in this thread


 



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