Merged Thread: Marx Brothers on DVD - 7 more films on May 4th

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Charles Ms, Mar 14, 2003.

  1. Charles Ms

    Charles Ms Stunt Coordinator

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    Although i started collecting DVDs back in 1999 i missed out on the chance to order the few Marx Brothers titles that were released under the Universal label via Image Entertainment in 2000.

    As i understand there was a law suit over the pricing of these 'early' DVD releases between the two, and subsequently Universal withdraw the license.

     
  2. Patrick McCart

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    Pretty much all of the Paramount films owned by Universal are in poor shape. This is why they've only released a handful of them, besides Image's releases.

    Horse Feathers, for example, needs a scene restored due to it looking like a jump-cut marathon during it.
     
  3. Ronald Epstein

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    I am amazed that The Marx Brothers are notably
    absent from the DVD format.

    What the heck is going on?!
     
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    I've got the old ones and would like to upgrade them as well. I should probably put them on ebay while they're still worth something. I've only watched them once and have hoped for improved editions ever since. Maybe one more viewing and I'll toss 'em.
     
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    I would buy all thirteen of the Marxist films if they were available. Oh, but to be able to screen A Night at the Opera ("if I got any closer, I'd be in back of you!").
     
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    I'm really surprised that these aren't on the slate for restoration-I'd love to get a decent looking copy of Animal Crackers, and there are a bunch of them that I've never seen that I'd probably buy. Sounds like a great opportunity for a box set...
     
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    It looks like this particular licensing agreement could use a Sanity Clause.








    Okay... wait for it.....[​IMG]
     
  9. Patrick McCart

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    I had two spies on this case, but it didn't work out. Just listen to what the one guy gave me as his excuse:

    "Mister, you no understand. Look, he's a spy and I'm a spy--he work-a for me. I want him to find out something but he no find out what I wanna find out. Now how am I gonna find out what I wanna find out if he no find out what I gotta find out?" [​IMG]

    I'm glad I picked up the original five for $8.99 a pop back in 2000.

    Evan
     
  11. Scott Merryfield

    Scott Merryfield Executive Producer

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    I was lucky enough to buy these online a few years ago. So, I bought them in my pajamas. What the DVDs were doing in my pajamas, I'll never know. [​IMG]

    I would definitely upgrade all of the old discs for newer, improved transfers. I would also love to get A Night At The Opera and A Day At The Races on disc.
     
  12. Ed St. Clair

    Ed St. Clair Producer

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    HONK!
    HONK!
     
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    For the record, Patrick,

    EMKA Limited actually owns the Paramount pre-1950 stuff, although EMKA today exists only as an in-name-only division of Universal, as it is the successor-in-interest to Universal's television division then known as Revue Studios. So techincally speaking, it's Universal's television division that actually owns the Paramount pre-50 films, including all the Marx Bros. films they made for Paramount.
     
  14. BarryR

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    "If I got any closer..." is from A DAY AT THE RACES.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I also wonder if the lack of release on DVD has anything to do with the lack of finding good materials to work from. Even Criterion's laserdisc of Night at the Opera suffers from some jump cuts.

    I very much want to see the Marx Bros restored and on DVD.
     
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    Does anyone know the quality of Artisan's release of Copacobana that came out in January?

    This is the cover:

    [​IMG]
     
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    I think the only one I dont have on either LD or DVD is the Big Store.........Id have that one but they stuck it with a Abbott & Costello Movie
    Buster got a whole Box, why not the Brothers?
    And hey while we are at it. Why not a Box set of "You bet your Life"

    Via a Duck?
    Via not a chicken?
     
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    Im an old WB chat, I thought they said they were working on A Night in Casablanca, I believe they also own
    • A Night at the Opera
    • A Day at the Races
    • Room Service
    • At the Circus
    • Go West
    • The Big Store

    All being former MGM movies, with "Casablana" a United Artists release.

    Universal has distribution for the previously released Image Titles:
    • The Cocoanuts
    • Animal Crackers
    • Monkey Business
    • Horse Feathers
    • Duck Soup

    12 titles....0 in print
     

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