NBC buys Universal ... What does this mean for catalog releases?

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  1. Chad A Wright

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    A lot of people have said lately that Universal has held back on many of it's catalog titles in order to make their library seem more valuable. Now, according to adweek.com, NBC has purchased Universal.

    What does this mean for future releases? What is NBC's attitude towards DVD releases? Will we finally see The Sting and Happy Gilmore in widescreen? Questions abound.
     
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    I doubt this latest example of media-ownership concentration will affect Universal's DVD unit one bit.
     
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    And on the downside, it probably means all NBC TV-on-DVD product will probably now be funnelled through Universal Home Video and will be at the mercy of their total absence of QA/QC. [​IMG]
     
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    Well, I think it will have some effect in that it's rumored that Universal has been holding a fair amount back so that the new owners would have potential windfalls. I also think this might encourage them to speed up the Law & Order releases.

    Other than that, though, the TV unit and the home video unit will probably operate mostly autonomously.
     
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    Well, I am hoping that titles held back since Universal went on the chopping, err, auction block, will be released.

    With luck, QA will increase as well.
     
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    That is what I was thinking. I doubt it will be like the flood gates opening, but hopefully we will start to see more and more come out.
     
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    Miami Vice WILL come out on DVD sometime Dave. Probaly not in my lifetime but you got to have faith, you gotta have faith a faith a faith [​IMG]

    Lets see more TV product from them. Theres money to be made and customers to be made happy. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    But it does increase the likelihood of shows currently coproduced by NBC and Universal of showing up on DVD, if there are any...
     
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    Which is, basically, American Dreams - although I gather the Law & Order franchise (not an NBC co-production) could fit too.
     
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    I'm waiting for a Psycho collection 4 dvd boxset to be released. I'm a sucker for the Norman Bates movies (I even liked Psycho 3!)

    Its available from 20/10 on region 2 but I'd rather get the region 1.

    http://www.play247.com/play247.asp?p...2&title=135803

    Please Universal (NBC) release the movies - and in anamorphic widescreen with extras.
     
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    Northern Exposure..for God's sake..Northern Exposure. [​IMG]
     
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    I'll tell you what NBC buying Universal means...

    We'll never see any Universal movie on cable in its OAR ever again. Every Universal title will be airing exclusively in the Bravo/AMC/WE/IFC nucleus...Whoopee.[​IMG]

    Sincerely,

    John Kilduff...

    Dreads the day "Scarface" airs on AMC.[​IMG]
     
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    It's anybody's guess of what could possible would happen. Let's just send a message to them in a positive manner. We can use the vehicle of this forum to get that across. I would hope that all of the problems that we as consumers were having regarding QA regarding dvd releases will be resolved sometime soon. To me, it just reminds me of the AOL Time/Warner merger. It didn't have an adverse effect that I can notice.
     
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    You must not have been paying attention. A lot of bad things has happened since the merger. There is no way to tell for sure if the merger had anything to do with the said problems, but there's no way to rule it out.
     
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    I got tired of waiting, with no hope in sight, and finally got my hands on the Laser Disc Revenge of the Creature/Creature walks among us , now to find House of Dracula and the other missing classic monsters.
    Todd
     

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