A Question for Grover Crisp

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Mr Crisp Will we ever see Blu Rays of CROMWELL, SONG WITHOUT END, THE KEY? On every streaming platform all of these along with MY SISTER EILEEN are shown in the wrong aspect ratio. With that ever be corrected?
 
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Mr Crisp Will we ever see Blu Rays of CROMWELL, SONG WITHOUT END, THE KEY? On every streaming platform all of these along with MY SISTER EILEEN are shown in the wrong aspect ratio. With that ever be corrected?
There's a German blu ray of Cromwell. I don't have it so I don't know about the quality.
 

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Yeah, Lord Jim & Barabbas. Two large format films, so don't hold your breath...but you never know :)
 

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Yeah, Lord Jim & Barabbas. Two large format films, so don't hold your breath...but you never know :)
I'd love both of those films on Blu-ray disc but they're not the most puzzling gaps in the Sony (i.e. Columbia) catalog. The Violent Men, a very good Western with a great cast, Strangers When We Meet, a glossy but interesting tale of extra-marital temptation, starring Kirk Douglas and Kim Novak with Barbara Rush and Walter Matthau providing support, and several Rita Hayworth films are all awaiting their debut on Blu-ray disc.
 
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Mackenna's Gold (1969), not a great western, & many people would say not even a very good one, but I have a soft spot for it. I've liked it since I first saw it at the cinema all those years ago. The DVD is watchable, but that's about it really. I'd love a nice looking Blu-ray.

The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1961) I saw this at the cinema as well & it really works for me. Staring Spencer Tracy & Frank Sinatra & I think the volcano & earthquake effects are really good. There's been a very nice HD transfer showing up on TV for a few years now, sharp & very colourful, & I thought Twilight Time was bound to release it, but it never happend.
 

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I'd love both of those films on Blu-ray disc but they're not the most puzzling gaps in the Sony (i.e. Columbia) catalog. The Violent Men, a very good Western with a great cast, Strangers When We Meet, a glossy but interesting tale of extra-marital temptation, starring Kirk Douglas and Kim Novak with Barbara Rush and Walter Matthau providing support, and several Rita Hayworth films are all awaiting their debut on Blu-ray disc.
The rights to STRANGERS expired while I was at Sony. Though it's possible they re-acquired them, I wouldn't hold my breath, considering the gargantuan amount of titles they DO own but have never released on any format.
 

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How much sway does the head of a restoration/preservation department have over what gets released?
 

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The rights to STRANGERS expired while I was at Sony. Though it's possible they re-acquired them, I wouldn't hold my breath, considering the gargantuan amount of titles they DO own but have never released on any format.
I stand to be corrected but I thought Strangers When We Meet was a Columbia (now Sony) production. If they let the "rights" expire, do you mean it is now a public domain title?
 

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It might be that the rights were held by Douglas's production company, Bryna.
 

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I stand to be corrected but I thought Strangers When We Meet was a Columbia (now Sony) production. If they let the "rights" expire, do you mean it is now a public domain title?
No, they reverted to the estate of Evan Hunter, the author of the novel on which it's based.
 
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No, they reverted to the estate of Evan Hunter, the author of the novel on which it's based.
Ah, thanks for the information. It makes it unlikely to see a blu ray release then. Estates can often be difficult in negotiating rights. I'm thinking of the Gershwin estate and Porgy And Bess, the William Inge estate and Dark At The Top Of The Stairs, the Edna Ferber estate and Ice Palace (the Warner Archives MOD program briefly released it but it was pulled) etc.
 

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