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    The BIg House-Is anyone else having problems with this DVD

    Thanks for your reply Jo. With regard to the Bobby Jones set of shorts, did you buy it the on the day it came out the first time or on the first day the corrected DVD was re-issued? if I recall the date accurately it was first issued back around early summer of 2012, and I ordered it right...
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    The BIg House-Is anyone else having problems with this DVD

    I just received my copy of the revised newly issued triple feature version of The Big House which I purchased from Warner Archives. The quality of the print is vastly improved from the version I purchased 5 years ago. The Big House is one of the great early talkies! Unfortunately, near the end...
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    Warner to Distribute Goldwyn Library on DVD

    Wow! This list contains 15 films starring Ronald Colman, perhaps the most under-represented of the major golden age stars on DVD. Only two of the Colman films on the list have been previously released (e.g. Arrowsmith and the Winning of Barbara Worth). Included are 3 films for which he was...
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    MONTE WALSH (1970)?

    Great News!  
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    MONTE WALSH (1970)?

    Now after reading Beth's post I see that it may be a false alarm. I hope whoever owns the rights to the classic Monte Walsh will release it soon. It's one of the best films of its era still MIA on DVD
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    MONTE WALSH (1970)?

    Great news. Monte Walsh is one of the better films of its era, and along with Point Blank and Emperor of the North represents Lee Marvin's best work in a leading actor role.
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    WHV Press Release: The Film Noir Classic Collection Volume 5

    Ken: I'm experiencing a similar problem to what the others are reporting. The distortion in sound starts immediately and is present throughout except in those fews moments where the film is silent or where the dialogue is in subdued voices, I find it incredibly distracting and it makes the...
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    Hasn't Edison the Man already been released through the Archives? The omission of Northwest Passage on DVD to date is very surprising. It is probably the top old time classic film in Warner's library that hasn't yet made it to DVD. It was one of MGM's all time moneymaking hits when it was...
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    Any news about Cary Grant: The Early Years?

    They're pressed discs. All three of the films looked good to me. Excellent job done by Univeral on this set. I hope it will inspire them to do a similar early Gary Cooper set with "The Virginian", "The Spoilers" and perhaps "Souls at Sea", though that is a little later in the 30's.
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    Wagon Master in September

    Simon: According to the chart you posted I think the term "releases are down dramatically" best applies to Fox. They've gone from 21 releases to 3. That's a reduction of over 80%. Warner's has gone from 44 to 30 which is around 30% which seems like a modest reduction compared to Fox. Plus...
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    "The Hanging Tree" when?

    My recollection is that the reason given was that Waners only owns a part interest in the film and Cooper's estate owns a part interest. It is claimed that the film needs extensive restoration work. One might surmize that Warners might feel it would be a poor financial decision to incur the...
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    Great news. This has the potential of being the outstanding set of the year.
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    How The West Was Won, Errol Flynn, Warner Westerns - 26/08/08

    I too am puzzled as to why they didn't include Silver River. When I first heard they were releasing an Errol Flynn western set I even thought they might do all six of the offically unreleased Flynn westerns including both Silver River and Santa Fe Trail which has been in PD hell for a long time...
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    The Law And Jake Wade (1958; Sturges)

    Marco: That's a great suggestion. Another great John Sturges western "Escape From Fort Bravo" is also long overdue for a DVD release. However, the impression that many of us have is that the "powers that be" at Warners apparently don't have much regard for either the westerrn film genre or...
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    Charles: I think you meant to say that Kino brough Night Train out on VHS. I've seen Night Train play on the Fox Movie Channel, so my hunch is that Fox controls the rights. Fox has a lot of excellent espionage/thriller movies which have never been released on DVD, including Man Hunt, Lancer...
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    'Far From The Madding Crowd' - are Warner supposed to be preparing this?

    Far From the Madding Crowd is easily one of the top five films in the Warners Library which still hasn't been released on DVD. DVD was made for these kind of lush epic wide screen films. A release seems long overdue, hopefully the only reason is because they have restored it with care. I join...
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    DVD Boom may save older films - comments from George Feltenstein

    Robert: I too have been wondering "where is Northwest Passage". That's long overdue! There was another thread recently where numerous people expressed their bewilderment that Warners has so far almost completely overlooked Robert Taylor who was MGM's most bankable star of the 1940's and 1950's.
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    Any more universal actor collections?

    I agree that sets for Milland and MacMurray are long overdue. I also think that a set for Paramount's biggest box office star of the 1940's Alan Ladd is long overdue. A Milland set could include such previously unreleased gems as Ministry of Fear, Alias Nick Beal, The Uninvited, The Major and...
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    FOX/MGM DVDS on 05-22-07 including westerns, musicals and Gary Cooper films.

    Dan: Even without a major restoration, couldn't Warners, at much less cost, provide at least a DVD of The Hanging Tree that is superior to the VHS released in the early 90's? Some expert like Robert Harris could best answer that question, however I wonder if this is an all or nothing...
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    FOX/MGM DVDS on 05-22-07 including westerns, musicals and Gary Cooper films.

    John: Always nice to hear your thoughts. I haven't seen the French release. You mention it being released there in pan and scan, however I don't believe that The Hanging Tree was ever a widescreen cinemascope film. I still have copy of the VHS release from the early 1990's and there is no...
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    FOX/MGM DVDS on 05-22-07 including westerns, musicals and Gary Cooper films.

    In my opinion, it would be a major blunder for Warners to release a second Gary Cooper collection without including The Hanging Tree. It is far and away the best unreleased Cooper film in their library. It would be the centerpiece of the set. It has also been Warners past custom to also sell...
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    WB Announces BURT LANCASTER Signature Collection

    Ten Tall Men was a Columbia picture so I would assume Sony has the rights to that film not Warners. His Majesty O'keefe and The Flame and Arrow are both excellent adventure films. and Jim Thorpe All-American is a solid sports biopic. Warners has done a superb job over the last year and a...
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    FOX/MGM DVDS on 05-22-07 including westerns, musicals and Gary Cooper films.

    Dan: It was nice to hear your thoughts. Obviously, our tastes in movie don't totally overlap. But so what, it would be an awfully boring world if everyone thought the same way on every subject. I think Universal batted a thousand with their first Cooper boxset. All 5 of the movies in the...
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    FOX/MGM DVDS on 05-22-07 including westerns, musicals and Gary Cooper films.

    Dan: News of a Universal Vol 2 is great news. I'm especially glad to hear that the original version of The Virginian will be included, and it would also be great to see the original version of the Spoilers as well. Desire with Marlene Dietrich is also an excellent film. The other two films...
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    Rogue Cop (1954) Warner... how about giving Robert Taylor some due?

    John; I hope its not a factor, but I'm not so sure. The John Wayne/McLain analogy is hardly conclusive as Wayne is a star of such gargantuan proportions as to transcend any other considerations.
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    Rogue Cop (1954) Warner... how about giving Robert Taylor some due?

    I second the nomination for Rogue Cop. It would make a strong entry in any collection. The person who wrote the source novel for Rogue Cop was William McGivern who also wrote the source novel for one of my all time favorites, The Big Heat, with Glenn Ford. Robert Taylor, was at various...
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    This is indeed good news. If I recall correctly Season 3 contains, among other things, the most famous episode in the whole series, "Lamb to the Slaughter", which Hitch directed himself.
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    SUGARFOOT and other Warners TV Westerns

    Elena: A member, named Corey, over on the Film and Documentary Section has been carefully keeping track of the WB DVD releases this year. He has a thread entitled "Warner's 200 Classic Films for 2007". I believe when I lasted checked he had about 110 titles listed so far representing films that...
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    SPHE Press Release: 3:10 To Yuma

    Thanks for the news Peter. Hopefully, they follow through. As I've posted previously, a collection of all five Columbia Scott-Boetticher westerns in one set will easily be the best western release of the year, and possibly the best overall release period.
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    SPHE Press Release: 3:10 To Yuma

    Ron: The original 3:10 to Yuma was already released on DVD in 2002. It features a widescreen version on one side and a full screen version on the other. Is there any indication that this release is going to be an improved transfer? Unless they are offering some improvement, this would just be a...