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Dear Paramount....

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Dick, Jun 18, 2017.

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    Dick

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    I should say, "Dear CBS/Viacom..."

    You have a few Oscar-winning films still unreleased on Blu-ray: THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH and ORDINARY PEOPLE. Why are you dragging your feet on these? License them out or release them yourself, but, c'mon -- step up to the plate. The ORDINARY PEOPLE DVD is awful, and I've little doubt you would not be required to put much effort into a new scan of this for HD release.

    This, of course, does not take into account the scores of other major films you haven't bothered to release or license out for Blu-ray. What the hell? Is Wade Williams a CEO of your company now? Is Susan Hart on your Board of Directors? You're holding these films hostage and the many...many of us who want physical media over streaming are really angry at you for this and isn't helping your P.R. at all.

    Perhaps, though, you don't care about your film library assets, CBS/Viacom. These films are part of our cultural heritage, Just because you now "own" Paramount doesn't mean you can just trash or neglect this incredible film library without burying a vast legacy left by people who actually gave a damn about it.

    Where are the wonderful people who gave us the WINGS restoration? Have they all been fired?
     
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    I wish they would release themselves or license out their recent 4K restorations of "A Place in the Sun" (1951) and "Romeo and Juliet" (1968).
     
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    RAGTIME---CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD---PLAY IT AGAIN SAM---DAY OF THE LOCUST
     
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    IIRC, it was when Paramount was releasing TV sets that things were fine. After the split and CBS became the company of record, music disappeared.

    As for Paramount and films... yeah, we have Roman Holiday, Pretty in Pink, and Ordinary People all MIA on Blu, and no hope of ever seeing them.
     
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    Where are blues of KING KONG (1976), PROPHECY (1979), GRAVEYARD SHIFT (1990), SILVER BULLET (1985) and DRAGONSLAYER (1981)? And a guilty favorite of mine, which I would settle with just a DVD of ----->> THE VULTURE (1967). That is all.
     
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    Star Trek the motion picture directors cut on uhd blu ray please!
     
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    Parallax View, Hud, and War of the Worlds (1953) are high on my wish list for a Blu-ray release.
     
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    The Pleasure of His Company and The Rat Race have never seen a home video release of any kind...
     
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    Dear HTF:

    Some of these are streaming on Amazon Prime. Or you can buy the streams if you love them so much. Expect nothing more and you won't be disappointed.

    With love,

    CBS/Viacom/Paramount

    P.S. Please see TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT beginning on Wednesday. It's the A PLACE IN THE SUN of 2017.
     
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    Please follow the link to sign up for CBS All-Access ...eventually we'll have the new Star Trek(tm) series we promised two years ago ...
     
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    I will second Star Trek the motion picture directors cut on uhd blu ray please!
     
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    and one of their biggest box office earners of the 1960's The Carpetbaggers which sold truckloads on DVD
     
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    no list needed, make it simple for the masses, at Paramount / CBS / ViaCom

    Dear Paramount,
    We of the home theater community would be honored if you would be willing to break from your past record, of not releasing a lot of the back catalog that you own. Simply put it would be nice to see something more that 20 years old, that has never been released on blu ray before ( no re-issue, that doesn't count). Pick a title, any title; But please don't act as if that library doesn't exist and leave treasures wallowing in obscurity. As a company in the entertainment business over 100 years, take some credit and showcase what YOU have.

    Respectfully
     
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    I think you'd be better off writing a letter to Santa Claus! :)
    Yes, they can and have.
     
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    Yes, I agree. But I gotta vent!
     
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    Has Paramount ever publically disclosed their reasons for not producing BD's of their important library of films?
    Although I concur with Dick, it would only be fair to invite a Paramount spokesperson or insider to address any future plans.
    I originally lampooned and pig-piled the studio in solidarity to our passionate HTF membership; but have now retracted.
    And when I say retracted, I do not mean in our requests for BD releases but, rather, our protests against the owners; as, unbeknownst to me, they have yet to make it known what their future plans might entail.
     
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    I think our only hope is if they make licensing agreements with other labels.
     
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    I would love Romeo and Juliet. I saw it with my cousins when I was 12!
     
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    Romeo & Juliet (1968) on a BD has been very, very high on my Paramount Wish-List for quite some time.
    One could only further wish that this Oscar winner for Cinematography could see a restoration;
    as the collective attributes of this film as a whole could generate a list more lengthy than one would need to read; as others, here, would only read it, agree and say to themselves, "Tell me something I don't know".
     
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