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    What was your very first movie on physical media purchase?

    MGM/UA began distributing films on VHS from their "Diamond Jubilee Collections" in 1985. These films were presented in clamshell cases and started to show up at Walden Book Stores near Christmas of that year. San Francisco (1936) and Dinner at Eight (1933) were two titles that I purchased in...
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    Oscar Nominations That Should Have Been

    Julia Phillips, in her book "You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again", seemed to suggest that Robert Shaw's insistence on co-equal billing with his costars (Newman and Redford) hurt his chances of getting a supporting nomination. I would suspect that was his problem with Jaws as well. He...
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    Movies with multiple titles

    When films aired regularly on network television, original titles were often changed. Warner Brother's 1980 disaster epic When Time Ran Out - which Warner Brothers was originally going to title The Day the World Ended (the films was barely released anyway) - was retitled Earth's Final Fury...
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    Warner Bros. to Debut Entire 2021 Film Slate, Including ‘Dune’ and ‘Matrix 4,’ Both on HBO Max and In Theaters

    It would be somewhat ironic if in a year from now, physical media might actually have a healthier outlook than the traditional theatrical cinematic experience.
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    Pre-Order Barefoot In The Park (1967) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    I just received my copy yesterday. I can't imagine it's a full-blown restoration but it is a very nice looking Blu ray; comparable to Paramount's BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S and TRUE GRIT. It is perhaps a notch down from THE ODD COUPLE but at only ten dollars, it's a steal. And that's another...
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    The War of the Worlds (1953) possible Blu-ray release?

    I remember that Paramount - quite unexpectedly - is releasing KING CREOLE (1958) in a few weeks. This is their first catalog release in I don't know how long. Maybe, just maybe, Paramount is testing the waters for future releases.
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    My Yearly WAC Predictions

    Any of these films would be welcome additions to Warner Archives. What's worrying me a little is that I haven't seen any new announcements since October. Is this common?
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    A trip back to the Summer of 1976 at the movies...

    Swashbuckler came out that summer. I remember seeing it the same week I saw Gator. These were the first two non-Disney movies I saw in the theater.
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Earthquake -- in Blu-ray

    I watched Shout's EARTHQUAKE last night and noticed a definite uptick in quality and clarity. The Shout version doesn't seem to struggle with the same "noise" issues that the Universal version did. If the Universal version rated about three stars I would say this version is about 4 and 1/4...
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    Criterion Releases for 2019-2020

    Diamonds in the Night is a possibility. Criterion might also like to "spiff up" The Shining (1980).
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    Overtures, intermission, entr'acte, exit music on Blu-ray

    Reds (1981), Fanny and Alexander (1983), and A Star is Born (1954) all have intermission cards. I believe the roadshow of Kingdom of Heaven was also released on Blu-ray. Becket (1964) is interesting in that there is no overture or intermission. It's actually discussed on the commentary...
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    RIP Margot Kidder

    I think she probably could have received an Oscar nomination for Willie and Phil in 1981 if the Academy had more of an independent spirit back then - or if she had a better publicist.
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