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BREAKING NEWS: Warner Archive Collection Announces First Blu-Ray Releases

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#261 of 286 Keith Cobby

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Posted September 17 2013 - 10:23 AM

Still very quiet isn't it?



#262 of 286 Matt Hough

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Posted September 17 2013 - 12:23 PM

Yep, I hear crickets, but that's it.

 

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#263 of 286 Ken Koc

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Posted September 17 2013 - 08:34 PM

Abandoned by George and Warners......I'm in mourning for the blu rays of classic films that might have been...:-(


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#264 of 286 Matt Hough

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Posted September 18 2013 - 04:26 AM

The program started with such promise: two wonderful entries, one of which had never been on home video in its correct aspect ratio, and both looking smashing on Blu-ray. I had dreams about all the wonderful Warner films which would surely be upcoming. It's just been a very embittering letdown for me.



#265 of 286 JediFonger

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Posted September 18 2013 - 04:28 AM

is it because they want users to use archive stream? sadly the way of streaming has priority over discs...



#266 of 286 Brandon Conway

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Posted September 18 2013 - 09:50 AM

It's because they enjoy torturing you guys. :P

 

Seriously, though, obviously something threw a wrench in their plan. I don't think it was sales because IIRC there was some indication that the first titles sold very well.


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#267 of 286 Paul Penna

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Posted September 18 2013 - 10:45 AM

Posted on their Facebook page yesterday; it was in response to a question from a user in the "Recent posts by others" section, not a specific announcement:

 

WAC has several Blu-ray releases in the works at the moment...


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#268 of 286 Keith Cobby

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Posted September 18 2013 - 10:56 AM

Hopefully to include High Society, Gunfight at the OK Corral, The Court Jester, Artists & Models. The top 4 from my VistaVision list.


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Posted September 18 2013 - 10:59 AM

Or, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Princess & The Pirate, Wonder Man, The Kid from Brooklyn. The top 4 from my Goldwyn list.


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Posted September 18 2013 - 11:02 AM

Or, The Narrow Margin, Armored Car Robbery, Roadblock, His Kind of Woman. The top 4 from my Charles McGraw list.



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Posted September 18 2013 - 11:09 AM

I just noticed on the Warner Archive site that the audio for Gypsy is DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0. I hope that's a misprint! The DVD is 5.1.

 

In 1962 i would have thought magnetic 6 track was used for the 70mm showings so that would account for a 5.1 mix ( perhaps ) but anyways if the DVD has 5.1 they should present a 5.1 lossless track and the original 4 track stereo. ( on the disc as 2.0 )


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Posted September 18 2013 - 11:37 AM

A few months ago, they tweeted a picture from Blow up.  That's a title I would go for in a minute.  I have had no interest in any of the titles they have released so far, but I too would like some Goldwyn technicolor.



#273 of 286 Timothy E

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Posted September 18 2013 - 03:07 PM

Hopefully to include High Society, Gunfight at the OK Corral, The Court Jester, Artists & Models. The top 4 from my VistaVision list.

 

The VistaVision titles are definitely overdue for release in 1080p.  I would buy any one of these on Blu-ray.


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Posted October 07 2013 - 01:46 PM

Looks like Fearless is (finally) right around the corner.

 



#275 of 286 Bob Cashill

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Posted October 07 2013 - 02:08 PM

A JUMBO (62) Blu-ray is also up for preorder.



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Posted October 07 2013 - 02:54 PM

With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video’s film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.

 

Operations in 90 international territories, and yet their Warner Archive won't ship orders outside the U.S! :(


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#277 of 286 Keith Cobby

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Posted October 08 2013 - 09:35 AM

Yes it is very annoying as those of us in the UK (and elsewhere) are unable to take advantage of special offers. I import mine using Amazon marketplace sellers and Importcds.



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Posted October 08 2013 - 09:55 AM

Operations in 90 international territories, and yet their Warner Archive won't ship orders outside the U.S! :(

Legal compliance in 90 territories is incredibly onerous and expensive.


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Posted October 08 2013 - 12:20 PM

Seems a bit doubtful that everyone except for Warner Archive is acting illegally.



#280 of 286 Adam_S

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Posted October 08 2013 - 05:09 PM

nothing about acting illegally, it's more of a CYA situation.  You have to make sure first of all that you have international rights for that title for that territory, considering the jumble of libraries that Warner has possession of, and each library has it's own unique history and exception, and many titles might have international distribution agreements that are shared with other companies, it can get pretty huge pretty quick.  Also, there are copyright issues that vary from territory to territory.  It's a Wonderful Life famously fell out of copyright here in the USA, but the copyright was restored through a music rights loophole, so is a similar music rights loophole going to bite you in the ass in another territory?  Are you sure that the songs for that film are licensed for all territories?  Do have to pay royalties for some things but not others?  What about actors contracts, how and who goes on the advertising or covers for various releases, a lot of this stuff is stipulated and can delay or impair releases and ties up a legal department in compliance issues for ages.  and so on and so forth.


 





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