Now that Indy and Duel are scheduled can Schindler's List be far behind?

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  1. Joel Vardy

    Joel Vardy Supporting Actor

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    I know the release of Schindler's has been discussed in other threads on HTF but this is the last of the 'high profile' non-scheduled Spielberg films not available on DVD. I have no doubt that it will be released on this format at some point but if the 10th anniversary date of 2003 has any meaning the announcement window is closing fast. I know that not all releases get a 6 month announcement like Indy but SL is arguably a more important and a more 'personal' film for Spielberg and the rumor mill is unusually quiet about this.

    About a year ago Bill Hunt (from thedigitalbits) wrote me that 2003 is too busy with the Indy release to allow Spielberg the 'time' to focus on SL. I find this hard to believe, since he has commented on this title at least once publicly and has had plenty of time to collect whatever he needs to delay it another year. What about a December release possibility? Anyone?

    Joel
     
  2. Quint van der Vaart

    Quint van der Vaart Second Unit

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    There are rumors about Schindler's List being released as a 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition dvd for 2003 but nothing solid.
    I think that when and if it arrives you won't see an announcement from Universal before June or July even.
    Now that Duel's new streetdate has been set I think it will only be a matter of time before Schindler can be announced.
     
  3. DonRoeber

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    Duel is due to be released on 8/12. Personally, I'd be surprised if Schindler's List was released this year. I think all of the marketting dollars will be pushed for Indy.
     
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    Don't forget that Universal is up for sale, and because of that they are going to hold back on announcing many of their high-level assets (to save them as motivation for a potential buyer to bid high).

    Because of that, Schindler would potentially be held off no matter what other SS/Amblin titles were coming from any other studio. Putting Duel back on their schedule was probably the lowest-profile SS title they could have had ready to go this year, while not "jeopardizing" the library of assets they own. Or, well, the value of that library to a bidder.
     
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    Hi David

    You bring up a good point about Universal being up for sale. This could very well delay this important landmark.
     
  12. Joel Vardy

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    It looks like 'thebits' has gotten wind of this for February of 2004 (per their rumor mill from today). This makes sense since the window for a 2003 release has pretty much closed. Let's hope for the best SE possible (though per the rumor Spielberg will not be doing a commentary -- not surprising). I'm sure it will be at least a two disk special. I'm hoping perhaps for a three disk release since pricing will not be a factor for the sale of this one and there surely is plenty of extra material that would be appropriate.

    Joel
     

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