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  1. Josh Steinberg

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    It’s funny how slipcovers have taken on a whole new meaning beyond their original intent. They were originally developed as a theft deterrent. When in store purchases reigned supreme, new releases of popular titles were easy theft targets - just a quick razor blade to slice a slit into the...
  2. Josh Steinberg

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    I love that book!
  3. Josh Steinberg

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    I figured when the remake came out and the original didn’t, that the moment to get it out there had passed - what a surprise!
  4. Josh Steinberg

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    WBShop wasn’t actually owned or operated by WB. That was outsourced to a third party company with a name something like Boulder Road. That partnership ended earlier this year, and Warner chose Amazon to be the new storefront.
  5. Josh Steinberg

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    I think Matt Hough reviewed those and I was fortunate enough to get the Christmas titles - that was a good slate!
  6. Josh Steinberg

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    Last year, they put out a bunch of remastered Christmas classics in December - I wouldn’t be upset if they did that again.
  7. Josh Steinberg

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    I remember hearing (maybe from the podcast?) at some point late last year, as he was preparing to transition into his then-new role of consultant, that the 2021 and 2022 slates were essentially done - that was apparently a big part of the reason for keeping him on board as a consultant, so that...
  8. Josh Steinberg

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    At some point in the film’s history, they would have had to have failed to renew its copyright. Copyright terms used to be shorter and more stringent than they are now and sometimes things fell through the cracks. In some other cases, studios made deals with the talent that rights to the films...
  9. Josh Steinberg

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    Pretty much. The studio can try to copyright it but that doesn’t necessarily work. And the burden is still on the studio to prove theft so it can become like a game of whack-a-mole knocking back the pirates. On the other hand, it’s a 70 or 80 year old movie, not a category that sells...
  10. Josh Steinberg

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    Warner did a brilliant new restoration of Life With Father that’s available on HBO Max. I believe HBO Max contributed funding for the work which may be why it’s currently their exclusive. The other reason it may not yet be on disc is that the film is in the public domain. As soon as Warner...
  11. Josh Steinberg

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    Stephen, that was a good summation of the facts that we do know. The only thing I’d add is regarding the above, although what I’m about to say might be more of a difference without a distinction. Warner didn’t shut down WBShop. Warner hasn’t controlled WBShop for years. They had licensed that...
  12. Josh Steinberg

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    Agreed, and it seems quite likely that they’ll get around to putting it on disc eventually now that the work is done. No plans yet doesn’t mean it’ll never happen, just means it hasn’t been announced yet.
  13. Josh Steinberg

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    The thing that I think about in terms of releases and sources is that if Warner Archive is putting out the Blu-ray, we’re pretty much at the “take it or leave it, that’s all folks” part of the release cycle on that title. That’s why they take such a technically perfectionist approach to what...
  14. Josh Steinberg

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    The seeming randomness of the choices at times just adds to the fun for me. I’m thrilled to get any Bogart but I’d have never guessed Chain Lightning when they have other bigger Bogarts they could have picked. But that’s the thing I love because instead of watching one I’ve seen a thousand times...
  15. Josh Steinberg

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    I wish I had the budget to blind buy pretty much every WA title being released. I haven’t loved every movie I’ve gotten from them but I have been very satisfied with every presentation.
  16. Josh Steinberg

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    With respect, I think you’re mistaking my analysis of the trends currently in place with approval of said trends. I prefer physical media/discs, but the general public doesn’t, and nothing I say will change that trend. Acknowledging that is not the same as saying that it’s my preference. I...
  17. Josh Steinberg

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    I think that’s true, and I think it’s also true that streaming revenue is what’s going to finance restorations and remasterings in the future, and that disc releases of those new masters will be a welcome side effect of that.
  18. Josh Steinberg

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    Now that would be a left field choice but more Bogart is more Bogart, not a hard sell for me.
  19. Josh Steinberg

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    I just got one of those emails too. My first order had already shipped and was more along the lines of prestige titles. This second/final order has a mix of BD upgrades and impulse blind buys of titles that aren’t otherwise readily accessible to rent, so this should be fun.
  20. Josh Steinberg

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    I think it’s just a generic page from the hosting company that houses the domain.
  21. Josh Steinberg

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    I’m sure your order will ship. I’m sure my order will ship. From what the support people mentioned during the Black Friday sale, the orders are immediately sent to the warehouse, so I don’t think they closed with the intention of not filling orders. I think they shut down the site so as not to...
  22. Josh Steinberg

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    Warner hasn’t owned/operated WBShop for years. It’s been run by a third party, Araca LLC, under a license from Warner. That partnership is ending. At present time, we don’t know exactly what’s coming next. We do know that Warner is entering into a joint venture with Universal for distribution...
  23. Josh Steinberg

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    The trick is to marry someone who knows how to make killer beans - and I did! :)
  24. Josh Steinberg

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    I know the feeling!
  25. Josh Steinberg

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    David Norman offered some speculation earlier in the thread that mirrors my own thinking. Warner hasn’t owned/run WBShop for years - they’ve licensed that out to a company called Araca. That partnership is coming to an end. Meanwhile, Warner and Universal are about the combine their physical...
  26. Josh Steinberg

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    I don’t think George was in charge of the sales (Warner doesn’t run WBShop) but hopefully they’ll still offer some kind of discounted sale in the future of some variety. I just hope it’s not that their metrics were telling them that people waiting for sales were killing the regular part of the...
  27. Josh Steinberg

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    George Feltenstein is still employed by Warner, but as a consultant rather than department head.
  28. Josh Steinberg

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    No complaints about Pump Up The Volume - 80s/90s Christian Slater movies are always welcome by my wife. For a division that only puts out a small number of discs in a year, there is a lot of diversity within their selections.
  29. Josh Steinberg

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    I was just watching an archive DVD-R of a Clark Gable movie last night, and Spencer Tracy the night before...so this is definitely where my head has been anyway. Looking forward to it!
  30. Josh Steinberg

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    We celebrate Three Kings Day (Jan 6) in my house so you’re more right than you knew! :D
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