Does 1st Half of 2003 seem weak with regards to DVD releases?

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  1. Joel Vardy

    Joel Vardy Supporting Actor

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    Not that I am complaining after a strong 2nd half of 2002. My wallet can use the rest [​IMG] . But it seems to me that on the whole there are very few classics or otherwise high profile titles announced for 1st half of 2003. Maybe there is still time for more announcements but so far it seems rather slow. For the 2nd half, this might be another story with Grapes of Wrath (June - could be considered first half release - I'll still call it later this year), King Kong (Fall) and possible Indy Trilogy (late fall?)coming out. I'm still hoping for Schindler's List for some point this year and possibly Treasures of the Sierra Madre
    Joel
     
  2. Brian Lawrence

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    The Killers
    Man Who Fell to Earth
    All or Nothing
    Color Purple
    Metropolis
    Beauty and the Beast (Criterion)
    Three Colours Trilogy
    Europa Europa
    Pauline at the Beach
    Labyrinth (Suberbit)
    My Life as a Dog
    Day for Night
    In a lonely Place
    Who framed Roger Rabbit
    Road To Perdition
    Little Big Man
    Ringu
    The Life And Times Of Judge Roy Bean
    West Side Story
    Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne
    Assault on Precinct 13

    and many more slated for the first half
     
  3. oscar_merkx

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    funny thing is that I am planning to buy more titles this year than last year. I bought nearly 50 and from what I am reading of announcements so far, I will easily top that
    cheers
    [​IMG]
     
  4. Peter Overduin

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    B5
    Money Pit
    Greek Wedding
    Predator 2

    Already looking to cost me...
     
  5. Mark Booth

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    Joel,
    I know what you mean... I haven't purchased a single DVD this enitre year! [​IMG] And, at this time, the only DVDs I am considering in the next few months are:
    The Day The Earth Stood Still
    The Color Purple
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit
    I think '03 will be a LOT less expensive than '02.
    Mark
     
  6. Jon Robertson

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    In addition to Brian's superb list, I'd like to add (some have already been released):

    Mildred Pierce
    All About Eve
    How Green Was My Valley
    Trouble in Paradise
    Pepe le Moko
    Straw Dogs
    by Brakhage - An Anthology
    (!!!!)
    The Adventures of Antoine Doinel 5-disc boxset
    The Spaghetti Western Collection
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    The Day The Earth Stood Still
    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir


    Not to mention in the UK:

    The Apu Trilogy boxset
    Tarkovsky's Nostalghia 2-disc SE
    The War Game
    Culloden
    The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
    Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
    Kes
    Tenebrae
    (with all the Anchor Bay features, but anamorphic!)
    Alligator/Alligator II double-disc
    The Green Man/School for Scoundrels double-disc
    Jean Renoir double bill: La Bete Humaine/Le Crime de Monsieur Lange
    Badlands SE
    Red Dwarf Series 2
    Terror Train (from Anchor Bay)
    Fargo SE
     
  7. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    I agree this year (so far) is very weak for catalog titles.
    Most of the titles (rumored/in the works) that I'm looking forward to will probably all be released in the late summer/fall. [​IMG]
    Off the top of my head the only catalog titles I'll be buying so far are:
    Day the Earth Stood Still
    Das Boot - superbit
    Enemy Below
    Here are the titles (rumored/in the works) that I'm eagerly waiting for in 2003:
    Adventures of Robin Hood - Fall
    Thing From Another World - ? rumored
    Where Eagles Dare - ? rumored
    Haunting - ? rumored
    King Kong - Fall
    Point Blank - ? rumored
    Blade Runner SE - ? rumored
    Goodfellas SE - ? rumored
    Scarface SE - ? rumored
    Mark of Zorro - Fall
    My Darling Clementine - ? rumored
    Millers Crossing - ? rumored
    Escape From New York SE - Dec
    Zulu SE - ? rumored
    Raging Bull SE - ? rumored
    Great Escape SE - ? rumored
    Dances With Wolves SE - ? rumored
    Once Upon a Time in America - ? rumored
    Once Upon a Time in the West - ? rumored
    A Matter of Life and Death - ? rumored
    Throne of Blood - ? rumored
    Ran (new remaster film-only) - ????????? [​IMG]
    Indy trilogy - ?
     
  8. Patrick McCart

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    I'm looking forward to...

    The Day The Earth Stood Still
    Metropolis (Kino)
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Disney won't fix it, so why not?)
    West Side Story: Special Collector's Edition
    20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: Vault Disney
    Father of the Bride (1950)
    Journey To The Center of the Earth
    City Lights: Special Edition
    The Great Dictator: Special Edition
    The Circus: Special Edition
    Phantom of the Opera: Photoplay Edition
    Nosferatu: Photoplay Edition

    Compared to the 2nd half of 2003:

    The Jazz Singer
    The Adventures of Robin Hood
    Around the World in Eighty Days
    King Kong
    House of Wax


    And this isn't at a point where all of this year's titles have been announced!
     
  9. Joel Vardy

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    Jim,

    Your list is very similar to mine. Except for 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' most others are rereleases or lesser titles (though I am looking forward to a guilty pleasure, The Money Pit). No doubt of the rereleases Metropolis is very much deserving but others may be just a way to add some extras and get a 'second wind' (translated to a commercial boost) with an SE rerelease. Usually by this time of the year we are looking at significant numbers (10-20) of name titles over a six month horizon.

    I wonder if the studios are taking a look at Classic release financials and that is responsible for the apparent shakeup in the the management ranks of Warner and Paramount? At least Fox has a special promotional classic series with an interesting test with the Sunrise offer. Even so the list on this series is very small, with notable titles that have been omitted. This might sound a bit paranoid but we seem to be in a bit of a 'quiet period'. Perhaps there are a handful of titles that are waiting for new management to give their blessing. The rumor list is unusually long for this time of the year. What this means is probably some slippage beyond 2003 and certain titles may be dropped from release altogether.

    Joel
     
  10. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    Joel,
    I'm afraid you could be right. There were many titles rumored for 2002 that never materialized. [​IMG] The sluggish economy may hold some of the blame.
     
  11. Chris S

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    I think it depends a little on what sort of collector you are. If you like the big boxsets and that sort of thing, then yea the first of the year is always a little slow. I've noticed that the beginning of the year is usually when we see a lot of the smaller catalog titles appear like The Day the Earth Stood Still. Big titles to us movie fans but not really to the average consumer.
    If I recall correctly last year was much worse. I think I probably purchased only 3-4 titles total from Jan-April. But I'm glad to see that there are going to be a lot more titles (at least that I'm interested in [​IMG]) at the start of this year.
     
  12. Tim RH

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    All I know is there's at least 15 titles (mostly catalog product) that I want to own from Feb. to April 1, which is quite a lot for me. Unfortunately, I probably won't be able to afford all of them. [​IMG]
     
  13. Alistair_M

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    Well here's my buy list for this year so far (I've budgetted for 80 dvds this year so it should be fun!)



    Jan:
    Donnie Darko On Hand 1 £6.50 PAID
    Signs dvdsoon £10.50 PAID
    Sense and Sensibility £7.99 splashdvd
    Amelie £8.50 PAID
    Dr Strangelove splashdvd £7.99

    February:
    Road To Perdition Preorder (2003-Feb-25) 1 £9.50 PAID
    X-men SE £9.50 PAID
    Carry On Doctor SE - £8.99 Feb17 splash
    Carry on Again Doctor SE - £8.99 Feb17 splash

    March:
    Green Card £4 dvdimport R1
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit : Vista Series Preorder (2003-Mar-25) 1 £9.50 PAID
    Day The Earth Stood Still, The Preorder (2003-Mar-04) 1 £7.50 PAID
    Star Trek 4 Voyage Home SE - 2 disk R1 £8.50 dvdsoon PAID

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    Considering:

    Jan:
    Insonmia R1
    Slap Shot 25th Anniversary R4
    Duellists, The : Special Edition On Order (2003-Jan-27) £10
    Glengarry Glen Ross
    Metropolis
    24 hour party people
    Unforgiven SE £10.50 dvdsoon
    One Flew over Cookoo Nest SE dvdsoon £10.50
    Ice Age 2 disk SE R1 dvd soon £10.50

    Feb:
    Bugsy Malone SE 17 Feb - comm
    Nixon collectors edn R1
    Dog Soldiers

    March:
    Journey to the centre of the Earth 4 March 2002 R1
    Assault on Precint 13 SE new R1 March 11
    All creatures great and Small boxset

    April 2003:
    Breakfast club - 1/4 r1
    Red Dragon

    May 2003:
    Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets - R2
    James Bond - Die another Day 5/5/2003 r2
    20000 Leagues under the sea 5/15 r1

    June 2003:
    Towering Inferno SE - Region 2 (warners)
    Grapes of Wrath 3 June R1

    July 2003:
    Once upon a time in America - 2 disk SE - region 2 (warners)

    August:
    Two Towers 2 disk

    October 2003:
    Matrix Reloaded

    Nov 2003:
    Two Towers Extended 4 disk SE


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    Films with good reviews:

    Far from Heaven - tomcarver
    Punch-Drunk Love
    Catch Me If You Can - Spielberg
    Solaris
    Gangs of New York
    The Hours - tomcarver
    One hour Photo
    Adaptation
    About Schmidt - tomcarver
    The Magdalene Sisters
    The Pianist - tomcarver
    Bowling for Columbine
    Lost in La Mancha - about terry gilliam
    Lantana
    24 hour party people - steve coogan
     
  14. Bruce Hedtke

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    I'm pretty much on the same buying platform. I generally buy 20-30 discs per quarter and this spring looks no different.

    Bruce
     
  15. David Coleman

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    I totally agree! So far I'm amazed for me how few titles i'd be interested in have been announced for the 1st half of the year! So far here's my list and it's real small:

    NYPD BLUE: SEASON ONE
    LEGENDS OF THE FALL(SUPERBIT)
    DAS BOOT (SUPERBIT)
    STARGATE: UE
    THE COLOR PURPLE: SE

    and under the rumored category

    FAME

    A very small list and all but 2 are re-issues which is all the more suprising for me.

    David
     
  16. Carl Walker

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    Can't say that I agree...

    Only Money Pit and One Hour Photo for me, thanks.
     
  17. JiM T

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    Looking forward to:

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: CC
    Angel: Season 1
    The Man Who Fell to Earth
    Road to Perdition
    The Fast Runner
    Metropolis (Kino)
    Beauty & the Beast: CC
    Straw Dogs: CC
    Day the Earth Stood Still
    Day for Night
    Akira Kurosawa's Dreams
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit
    Futurama: Season 1
    What's Up Doc
    Day of the Dead
    Thelma & Louise: SE
    Star Trek IV: SE
    Antoine Doinel set: CC
    Beatles Anthology (has this been confirmed??)
    Three Colors trilogy
    Femme Fatale
    Challenge of the Superfriends
    Batman: TAS - TOTDK
    Full Frontal

    That's PLENTY, but I'm sure there may be more. Just hope I can actually afford all this stuff.

    JiM T
     
  18. RichSL

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    I'm along the same lines of thinking as Brian Lawrence and Jon Robertson...there's more than plenty!! to look forward to..not to mention SE's of the Miyazaki animated classics (Spirited Away,Laputa etc.....) and also the Lone Wolf & Cub series to be released from Animeigo.
     
  19. Marc Colella

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    I'll be spending a few bucks in early 2003:

    Punch-Drunk Love
    Three Colours Trilogy (Blue, Blance and Rouge)
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: CC
    My Life as a Dog: CC
    Cinema Paradiso - New Edition
    Fargo: SE (rumoured)
    Barton Fink (rumoured)
    Miller's Crossing (rumoured)
    Far From Heaven (no announcement yet)
     
  20. Joel Vardy

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    My point with this thread is that aside from rumors, that are always present, we are going through a relative 'dry spell' for the first half of this year. If we discount all the rereleases this may be driest it's been for a couple of years. Again, no complaints, this was due to happen as the list of 'A' titles dries up and the long awaited titles get stretched out for reasons we can only speculate:

    - the economy
    - changes in studio management
    - commercial considerations
    - saturation of a maturing market
    - changes in consumer taste

    Since my collection is approaching 1200 this may be more a factor for my collection than those still early in their 'library building' process. My tastes tend to be also more eclectic and this may just represent the saturation of my personal 'market potential' rather than those of others now representing HTF. I thought my purchases would come down to 20-30 this year (which is a relatively small amount compared to the rate I was going over the last 5 years -- ~240/yr.) and unless many of the so-called rumors come to pass it may be hard for me to see sustaining the 2-3 titles/month that number represents.

    Meanwhile, I am culling down my collection of non-anamorphic titles by giving them to my brother as the rereleases come out with improved (and new) transfers and interesting new material. I look forward to the odd new and fresh title that will be available every few months until the transition to some new format stops the flow altogether.

    Joel
     

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