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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Nov 15, 2012.
Still very quiet isn't it?
Yep, I hear crickets, but that's it.
Abandoned by George and Warners......I'm in mourning for the blu rays of classic films that might have been...:-(
The program started with such promise: two wonderful entries, one of which had never been on home video in its correct aspect ratio, and both looking smashing on Blu-ray. I had dreams about all the wonderful Warner films which would surely be upcoming. It's just been a very embittering letdown for me.
is it because they want users to use archive stream? sadly the way of streaming has priority over discs...
It's because they enjoy torturing you guys.
Seriously, though, obviously something threw a wrench in their plan. I don't think it was sales because IIRC there was some indication that the first titles sold very well.
Posted on their Facebook page yesterday; it was in response to a question from a user in the "Recent posts by others" section, not a specific announcement:
Hopefully to include High Society, Gunfight at the OK Corral, The Court Jester, Artists & Models. The top 4 from my VistaVision list.
Or, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Princess & The Pirate, Wonder Man, The Kid from Brooklyn. The top 4 from my Goldwyn list.
Or, The Narrow Margin, Armored Car Robbery, Roadblock, His Kind of Woman. The top 4 from my Charles McGraw list.
In 1962 i would have thought magnetic 6 track was used for the 70mm showings so that would account for a 5.1 mix ( perhaps ) but anyways if the DVD has 5.1 they should present a 5.1 lossless track and the original 4 track stereo. ( on the disc as 2.0 )
A few months ago, they tweeted a picture from Blow up. That's a title I would go for in a minute. I have had no interest in any of the titles they have released so far, but I too would like some Goldwyn technicolor.
The VistaVision titles are definitely overdue for release in 1080p. I would buy any one of these on Blu-ray.
Looks like Fearless is (finally) right around the corner.
A JUMBO (62) Blu-ray is also up for preorder.
Operations in 90 international territories, and yet their Warner Archive won't ship orders outside the U.S!
Yes it is very annoying as those of us in the UK (and elsewhere) are unable to take advantage of special offers. I import mine using Amazon marketplace sellers and Importcds.
Legal compliance in 90 territories is incredibly onerous and expensive.
Seems a bit doubtful that everyone except for Warner Archive is acting illegally.
nothing about acting illegally, it's more of a CYA situation. You have to make sure first of all that you have international rights for that title for that territory, considering the jumble of libraries that Warner has possession of, and each library has it's own unique history and exception, and many titles might have international distribution agreements that are shared with other companies, it can get pretty huge pretty quick. Also, there are copyright issues that vary from territory to territory. It's a Wonderful Life famously fell out of copyright here in the USA, but the copyright was restored through a music rights loophole, so is a similar music rights loophole going to bite you in the ass in another territory? Are you sure that the songs for that film are licensed for all territories? Do have to pay royalties for some things but not others? What about actors contracts, how and who goes on the advertising or covers for various releases, a lot of this stuff is stipulated and can delay or impair releases and ties up a legal department in compliance issues for ages. and so on and so forth.