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  1. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    Reminds me of an Onion's edition on movie synopses I once read. It was a joke edition. For Giant the description read thus, "Two bucking broncos, thrash and whinny over one fine filly." Some others to consider: Little Women - "Sisters. Sisters. There were never such devoted sisters." War and...
  2. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    Clearly, the studio had taken custodianship of the MGM catalog for the 90th anniversary release. The 75th was exclusively WB product. Curiously, no RKO titles in either spate. I guess that's what the 100th anniversary release is for! We'll see.
  3. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    This is Warner's 100th year in operation. I cannot imagine they aren't planning some major Blu releases to coincide with that milestone. Hopefully, WAC will be in line with these aspirations. I think Giant - having had a new master - is pretty much a guaranteed re-issue somewhere between now...
  4. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    The change over at Warners, bringing Mr. Feltenstein back, is going to take a little time to cement in place. When he left, the pin was pretty much pulled to stop the conveyor of product coming down the pike. I suspect part of the flourish of deep catalog we had last year was done by management...
  5. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    Doctor Zhivago, Driving Miss Daisy and Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet are 3 titles that could definitely use a new 4K scan. They look pretty lousy on Blur-ray currently, for different reasons. Zhivago has edge enhancement and image flicker, Daisy has an intermittent strobe effect (akin to watching a...
  6. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    Almost anything Jane Powell would be a day one purchase for me: Holiday in Mexico, A Date With Judy, Rich Young and Pretty, Two Weeks With Love, Small Town Girl. Would really like to see more Esther Williams coming down the pike too - especially, Bathing Beauty and Easy to Love! Mario Lanza...
  7. Nick*Z

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    Yeah, I've never felt it's reputation as a stinker was warranted either. Lots to admire, chiefly, the sublime production values and the exquisite cinematography. Casting on the whole was solid. Rooney's Puck is a wee too 'puckish' for my tastes, but even it has its manic charm.
  8. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    Too many Technicolor goodies to list, but definitely would love to see complete restorations of Holiday in Mexico Yolanda and the Thief Till the Clouds Roll By That Midnight Kiss Scaramouche Bathing Beauty Best Foot Forward Luxury Liner Anchors Aweigh (newly remastered) Thousands Cheer Lassie...
  9. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    High Society would be one of those 'holy grail' titles for me. Absolutely adore this movie from top to bottom a 'swellagant' affair. In addition to High Society, my top 5 musicals I'd like to see WAC attack before I die... The Great Ziegfeld Holiday in Mexico The Student Prince Words & Music...
  10. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    Actually, there's a lot wrong with that disc. The main titles are riddled in artifacts. The soundtrack is mono, not stereo. And there's severe vinegar syndrome, especially in reels 2-4 where the colors lean much too heavily towards a red/orange skew, suggesting the blue emulsion is pretty much...
  11. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    My wish list has been greatly satisfied this past year by the outpouring of deep catalog releases from WAC. Yes, there are still plenty more on that list, my absolute highlights: Marie Antoinette, Romeo & Juliet, Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939), The Prisoner of Zenda (1937), National Velvet...
  12. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    I think the age of 'hints' died with George Feltenstein's departure from the studio. The sell-off yet again of Warner and its merger still does not bode well for the future of the archive. It always amazes me that all the bean counters can think of in times of financial challenges is to purge...
  13. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    Make no mistake. Original elements are always preferred to print masters and dupes for all of the obvious reasons one might consider. There's just more to work with on a OCN. That said, I totally agree that when OCN's have NOT been available, WAC has maintained an enviable level of quality...
  14. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    The lists keep getting longer rather than shorter. This weekend my family gathered round to watch National Velvet which, despite getting a Technicolor analogue restoration for laserdisc in the early 1990's, when viewed on my MGM/UA DVD from 1997 looked quite deplorable. This one needs to be on...
  15. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    Agreed. WAC has done an exceptional job of offering up a diverse palette from their formidable holdings. Even when the elements have been problematic, as in say It's Always Fair Weather or Silk Stockings, the studio has shown due diligence to do their utmost to remaster these titles in optimal...
  16. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    Because all previous masters of this oddly assembled claptrap of Metro's finest have hailed from spotty elements that at times have been severely faded, and, at others, have exhibited other careworn anomalies, like 3-strip shrinkage, that has made for a pretty abysmal home video presentation...
  17. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    Actually, that list is just the tip of the iceberg. Warner's holdings are a very deep wellspring indeed.
  18. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    I'm still holding out for The Great Ziegfeld, Marie Antoinette, Random Harvest, National Velvet, High Society, Scaramouche, The Student Prince, Easy to Love, Bathing Beauty, Holiday in Mexico, Lassie Come Home, The White Cliffs of Dover, Week-end at the Waldorf, For Me and My Gal, Ziegfeld Girl...
  19. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    You can always find people who share a love and a passion for classic film. In this, Mr. Feltenstein was not unique, though, as his years of service has shown time and again, he was quite genuine, and devoted to the cause. But I don't think the studio's ambition at present is to hire another...
  20. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    I'll second your Ryan's Daughter and raise you a Brothers Karamazov, National Velvet, Ivanhoe, Scaramouche and Red Dust. Toss in a 'Student Prince' (the 'remastered' MOD-DVD is an atrocity) and you'll have me doing the happy dance. I'd be positively over the moon for a 'Great Ziegfeld' or a...
  21. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    Astaire's Criterion Swing Time is licensed from WB to Criterion. Same as Mildred Pierce, Now, Voyager, and others. No harm, and no shame in mentioning it.
  22. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    Agreed. There were some I left out - not intentionally, but only because I sincerely forgot to list them. Thanks for pointing it out. PS - yep, I intentionally left out the titles of movies made by some of the aforementioned stars that were released outside of the Warner Archive banner. We...
  23. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    Uh, okay. I was neither haughty nor upset, nor criticizing you for making your list. I was merely making a few observations of my own. I certainly didn't intend you to take it personally.
  24. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    Sorry, but Lucky Me is a total snore. And as others have pointed out, a lot of 'other' stars are barely represented in hi-def while Doris has, to date, a fairly good representation; Calamity Jane, Love Me Or Leave Me, The Glass Bottom Boat, My Dream Is Yours, Romance on the High Seas, Young Man...
  25. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    An epic loss with no viable replacement on the horizon. Is WAC officially sounding the death knell for the Archive too or are they planning future appointments to maintain their current high level of quality. Ugh. What a terrible way to kick-start 2021 - with a genuine kick in the head!
  26. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    It isn't even 2021 yet and WAC is already hitting them out of the park. Here's to hoping for a phenomenal year of remastered classics. Tops on my list would be Wife Vs. Secretary and Lubtisch's The Merry Widow - both of which were restored a little over two years ago, received a summer...
  27. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    No, I have major aliasing issues going on. Fine detail and spectral highlights are just vibrating. Lapels on the coats of the the two brothers when they find out Freya's dead is just one moment where the offending edges are downright ugly. Suggest a setting? I'll check it on my projector later...
  28. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    Folks, I have just received my shipment of WAC titles for November and have to say that the results on at least 2 were not what I had hoped. First, the good news, The Pirate has been given a major and near perfect upgrade well worth your coin. Color saturation is extraordinary and fine detail...
  29. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    I'm getting them all - wow! What a line up!!!!
  30. Nick*Z

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    In the liner notes to that LaserDisc release, Scott McQueen (who did the audio restoration) explains that the overture was recorded but never used - just one of those 'whoops' moments for Metro as it steadily imploded throughout the mid-50's, hoping for a miracle of new management to occur. The...
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