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The Way Ahead, to do or not to do on Blu-ray

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#1 of 12 OFFLINE   bcurly9



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Posted June 22 2012 - 01:31 PM

What is your opinion as to whether or not VCI Entertainment should produce a blu-ray edition of The Way Ahead. Please let us know your pros and cons.

#2 of 12 OFFLINE   Stephen_J_H


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Posted June 22 2012 - 02:15 PM

I'd want to know what elements they'd be using before voting.
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Posted June 22 2012 - 03:15 PM

And what would possibly be the reason not to do it?

#4 of 12 OFFLINE   Ethan Riley

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Posted June 23 2012 - 11:31 AM

I hope they do it...I never miss a good Stanley Holloway movie...


#5 of 12 OFFLINE   TonyD


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Posted June 23 2012 - 08:11 PM

Don welcome to HTF. Are you employed at VCI? As Schuyler asked already why not? I never heard of it and may not even buy it but why keep it from those who would

#6 of 12 OFFLINE   bcurly9



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Posted June 25 2012 - 12:51 PM

Stephen_J_H, Hello. The elements being used for The Way Ahead were from a 35mm print transferred HD by ITV and provided to VCI on digital HD.

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Posted June 25 2012 - 01:14 PM

The primary reason that most independents have not gone deeper into blu-ray production is the lack of retail space to present their product. It is also still an expensive venture to produce catelog BD product to compete with the major studio pricing. The Wal-Marts of the world demand very low pricing which I'm sure you have seen. I just purchased several Warner BD discs for under $6.00 at Wal-Mart. We're constantly re-addressing our strategy for BD but need to know that at the internet level of availability our product will have the visibility to sell enough units. Thus far we have not experienced decent sales except for a few evergreen titles.

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Posted June 25 2012 - 01:16 PM

We want to release it on BD. It's such a wonderful film and has not been seen in the quality or the length that we will be releasing it. It's a hard decision that we simply need more evidence of consumer demand.

#9 of 12 OFFLINE   bcurly9



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Posted June 25 2012 - 01:25 PM

Hello TonyD, Yes. My brothers, Sister and I are from the founding family and VCI is our passion. We don't honestly want to keep this from anyone who would buy it on BD. We just haven't seen the support for our catalog on BD. A lot of that may simply be that it is nearly impossible to displace enough space from the major studios at the retail level to give them a chance. Internet is where we have a home and most of our sales are derived. It simply takes a lot longer to recoup your investment from Internet sales. We are continuing to make strides in our products representation into the consumer market and believe that this year will be a strong break out year for VCI. We are just being cautious and trying to build our visibility.

#10 of 12 OFFLINE   John Hodson

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Posted June 25 2012 - 01:30 PM

The trouble is that since the days when they were Granada Ventures, ITV Global have been ploughing through their extensive catalogue, creating HD masters and they have shed loads at their disposal, yet they seem loath to commit to Blu-ray themselves for all but a handful of titles. Fans can only depend on licensing deals from the likes of VCI (and Criterion, and, in the UK, Network - there are titles available in Germany and France too) but they need us to buy them. Obviously. I have Hot Enough For June and it's a beautiful job, both Genevieve and Campbell's Kingdom are somewhere over the Atlantic, and I'm looking forward to North West Frontier; ironic isn't it that British film fans have to look to the US to feed their obsession? Short answer to VCI; you put 'em out, I'll buy.
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Posted June 25 2012 - 02:30 PM

The Way Ahead is one of the great British films. It merits a BD release. It was treated poorly in its US release, and it is a movie that deserves respect.

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Posted June 25 2012 - 02:39 PM

If the transfer is up to snuff go for it. I'll pick it up.

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