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Now that Warner in handling Paramount titles...very disappointing

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#1 of 35 OFFLINE   kagemusha98

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Posted February 26 2013 - 08:59 AM

I used to look forward to Olive Films releasing rare Paramount titles that were classic catalog titles. Now Olive is focusing on Republic titles. Other that a double feature Blu of Ben Hur and Ten Comm..andments. There has been an ominous silence...nada...very sad. No new catalog at all....of Paramount films. Why Warner's?

#2 of 35 OFFLINE   Didier R

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Posted February 26 2013 - 09:03 AM

I used to look forward to Olive Films releasing rare Paramount titles that were classic catalog titles. Now Olive is focusing on Republic titles. Other that a double feature Blu of Ben Hur and Ten Comm..andments. There has been an ominous silence...nada...very sad. No new catalog at all....of Paramount films. Why Warner's?
The Great Gatsby (1974) - April 23rd Runaway Bride (1999) - May 17th An Officer and a Gentleman (1981) - May 17th

#3 of 35 OFFLINE   Didier R

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Posted February 26 2013 - 09:03 AM

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#4 of 35 OFFLINE   Brandon Conway

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Posted February 26 2013 - 09:44 AM

Olive may still have rights to several Paramount titles. They stated that the deal with Warner did not effect their own deal with Paramount. In any case, Warner just made the agreement. It probably takes a few months to get things reviewed, discussed, scheduled, etc. And I would think they would have to work through discovering which titles were still with Paramount, Olive or Criterion. The fact that we're getting the first new titles in April/May from the Warner/Paramount deal is pretty impressive, IMO.

"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


#5 of 35 OFFLINE   kagemusha98

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Posted February 26 2013 - 09:56 AM

Gatsby was originally to be released by Paramount last year but was postponed because the new version was also delayed. Olive released....the Preminger films on Blu..Jerry Lewis films on Blu...Sterile Cuckoo...Slender Thread...Crack in the World..Who's Got the Action? Come Blow Your Horn..A New Leaf all on Blu Ray. Warner relegates these type of catalog titles to their MOD Archives....... Hence my concern...

#6 of 35 ONLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted February 26 2013 - 09:59 AM

Originally Posted by kagemusha98  Gatsby was originally to be released by Paramount last year but was postponed because the new version was also delayed. Olive released....the Preminger films on Blu..Jerry Lewis films on Blu...Sterile Cuckoo...Slender Thread...Crack in the World..Who's Got the Action? Come Blow Your Horn..A New Leaf all on Blu Ray. Warner relegates these type of catalog titles to their MOD Archives....... Hence my concern...
Are you really concern or just impatient with the slow pace of releases?

#7 of 35 OFFLINE   kagemusha98

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Posted February 26 2013 - 10:07 AM

Yes Robert...I'm impatient. I guess I want the first group announced.... When the first Blu Rays from the archive GYPSY and DEATHTRAP were released I was excited....but now 2 months later one title..Hudsucker Proxy. In the meanwhile FOX has picked up the gauntlet has been very prolific of late in releasing classics on Blu.

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Posted February 26 2013 - 10:12 AM

Originally Posted by kagemusha98  Yes Robert...I'm impatient. I guess I want the first group announced.... When the first Blu Rays from the archive GYPSY and DEATHTRAP were released I was excited....but now 2 months later one title..Hudsucker Proxy. In the meanwhile FOX has picked up the gauntlet has been very prolific of late in releasing classics on Blu.
I can understand your impatience as I share some of it with you.  However, don't expect Warner to release Paramount titles at the pace Olive is currently doing so.  Warner has different standards PQ-wise and a much different business/marketing strategy than Olive.  Hopefully, the release pace will pick up as the weather gets warmer.

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Posted February 26 2013 - 10:18 AM

Originally Posted by Robert Crawford  I can understand your impatience as I share some of it with you.  However, don't expect Warner to release Paramount titles at the pace Olive is currently doing so.  Warner has different standards PQ-wise and a much different business/marketing strategy than Olive.  Hopefully, the release pace will pick up as the weather gets warmer.
Ain't that the truth. I watched "Union Station" out of Olives Film Noir collection last night. It was watchable, but it was far from what we've seen transfer wise from Warner or Criterion. Forget about inky blacks in the night scenes. Has any Olive release been a knock out of the park? They all seem simply "fine" as opposed to "stunning".

#10 of 35 OFFLINE   kagemusha98

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Posted February 26 2013 - 10:32 AM

I hope so Robert on all counts.

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Posted February 26 2013 - 10:33 AM

Twilight's Last Gleaming was stunning, but that's because Bavaria restored it themselves Some of the Paramount films Olive released looked great (i.e. some of the Jerry Lewis's like It's Only Money and Rock-a-Bye Baby), which isn't too surprising given Paramount may have prepped some for blu-ray. However, few of the Republic releases can be considered benchmark in comparison.

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Posted March 22 2013 - 08:46 AM

I too am a bit disappointed with the slow pace of Paramount releases particularly their VistaVision titles.The best Olive title I have is Geisha Boy and I was hoping that they would release more of their VistaVision titles that have not previously been released on home video (eg Hells Island).

 

Presumably Warners now have the higher profile titles and I am hoping for quality releases of High Society (MGM), The Court Jester, Gunfight at the OK Corral, Artists & Models and Pardners.



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Posted March 22 2013 - 10:18 AM

I'm hoping Warner finds a way to release Hondo in 3D Blu as well as Friday the 13th Part 3-D in real 3D and not the red/blu glasses that we currently have. Those are my top two Warner wish list blu. Otherwise I simply want 16:9 upgrades for these films. I truly don't care if they are MOD dvd or blu. I just want a region 1 16:9. I have purchased many of these in other regions but really am not a fan of pal speedup.

 

Warner, please consider 16:9 upgrades for these titles....

Breakdown, Golden Child, Snake Eyes, Ghost and the Darkness, Private Parts, Sliding Doors, and any other non-anamorphic disc that Paramount previously issued.



#14 of 35 ONLINE   davidHartzog

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Posted March 22 2013 - 10:41 AM

I like Olive, i think they have done a great job with film noir releases.
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Posted March 23 2013 - 09:43 AM

Mark,do you mean the 1972 Paul Bartel film PRIVATE PARTS?  I'd love to buy that one in Blu-ray!



#16 of 35 OFFLINE   Moe Dickstein

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Posted March 24 2013 - 06:41 PM

I'm sure he means the Howard Stern "Private Parts" which I would buy in a heartbeat!
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Posted March 25 2013 - 09:57 AM

Paramount has added TWO classic titles for release on June 4th via their Warner distribution deal announced today..."Shane" AND "The Odd Couple"...there are separate threads for both the release announcement and the controversy regarding the planned release of "Shane" in 1.66:1 aspect ratio elsewhere on this subforum...just thought everyone would like to know!!! ;)



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Posted April 09 2013 - 08:19 PM

Does anyone know if Warner will be releasing "Funny Face" (1957) on Blu-ray now that they've acquired some of Paramount's catalog titles? Paramount already released the Blu-ray in Region 2, but those of us in Region 1 are still waiting.



#19 of 35 OFFLINE   Doug Bull

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Posted April 09 2013 - 09:20 PM

Anybody else for the wonderful [font="'lucida sans unicode', 'lucida grande', sans-serif;"]"[color=#0000ff;]HALF A SIXPENCE"[/color][/font] on Blu-Ray?

 

Paramount, Warners or Olive, please, please. please.!!!

 

 

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Posted April 10 2013 - 05:55 AM

I enjoyed Half a Sixpence, but there are others I'd rather have. Finian's Rainbow and Bells Are Ringing are among the Warners, and in others we still are awaiting the remaining Rodgers & Hammerstein shows (all Fox except for Flower Drum Song at Universal), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Oliver!, and Sweet Charity.







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