This is not the place to be posting conspiracy theories about people who work in the video industry. Your opinion about how the quality of one master is compared to another matters, but don't go start spreading rumors about boutique labels doing shady business practices like that.
Zephyr Productions was Gary Coleman's production company. On the Right Track was a Zephyr production, so it's possible it's in the same legal situation that has kept the TV movies out-of-print. Maybe the rights reverted back to Coleman's estate and they haven't ironed out new deals?
Yes, I know that. I never said it isn't owned by WB. MGM released the video during that brief period they were owned by Ted Turner, before he divested all of MGM's assets save for the library, currently owned by Warner Bros.
I hope you find someone willing to take the plunge. I don't think Criterion will take it though, nor does it seem like a Shout! Factory title, either.
And that WaPo article is the same one I linked to this thread a year ago. Long story short, someone at MGM/UA Home Video wanted to make a master...
The RKO catalog is hit or miss. The multitude of companies that had acquired the library before they ended up at Turner did horrible jobs maintaining the negatives. That's why they're still so many titles that aren't available in HD let alone Blu-Ray. I don't know in what kind of shape "Sylvia...
While I'm not holding my breath, a part of me hopes that Grossberg and TCM succeed in their quest. Given the hell we've been going through for over a year, we all need to hope for miracles, even for something with insurmountable odds like finding the lost reels of Ambersons.
Sometimes They Come Back initially debuted on CBS in 1991 and was shot in Super 35 with the intention of releasing it theatrically overseas. DVD and Blu-Ray releases tend to present it in the theatrical aspect ratio.
And even if Criterion does pick it up, I doubt they would be able to do a restored version of the roadshow. Even the Criterion roadshow of "Mad Mad World" was a reconstruction that took the best of the existing elements and did what they could. Is it possible to do this for "The Alamo?" Who knows?