Paramount catalog output about to increase?

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  1. soop.spoon

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    Forgive me if this has already come up... but I found this article on imdb.com to be pretty interesting:

    Saying, "Content is king, and we are the kings of content," Viacom chief Sumner Redstone has promised to move "underutilized" movies and TV series off the company's shelves and onto DVDs. As reported by Video Store magazine, Redstone told analysts at the 15th Annual Global Entertainment, Media and Telecommunications Conference in Phoenix, AZ. "Of over a thousand movie titles, we only utilize less than half for DVD. We have 2,900 television series and movies; we've only used 5 percent. ... So you can see us aggressive in the DVD market and taking in a lot of money for Viacom and hopefully for you guys." He also promised that Viacom's brands, which include Paramount, CBS, MTV and Nickelodeon, will be "properly represented on the Internet" and other platforms. "That will be a bonanza for us," he predicted. Meanwhile Viacom's bond prices plunged Wednesday after Redstone said that the company planned to increase its debt in order to finance various undertakings, including more expensive movie productions.
     
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    When you look at the total number of movies, tv shows, tv movies, and mini-series that are unreleased the numbers are staggering. Over half of the videotapes in my collection still are not on DVD. Unfortunately the amount of money that could be made is apparently too small for the big studios. I certainly hope that Paramount does increase its output and maybe encourage other companies to do so.
     
  3. MatthewA

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    I just hope they don't cut corners on quality.
     
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    Hopefully this means we can finally get The Monster Squad on DVD? There have rumors that Paramount might have the rights. Someone or some studio needs to figure out what they own or acquired in a minor deal and start releasing these cult classics. I don't care if it's Blue Underground, Anchor Bay, or someone else figures it out. I just want my Wolfman nards.
    Out.
     
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    So does that mean that "The Whoopie Boys " is coming soon ???!!! [​IMG]
     
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    Or that music clearances will finally be paid to let loose AMERICAN HOT WAX, BREAKING GLASS, and LADIES AND GENTLEMEN THE FABULOUS STAINS? [​IMG]
     
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    I hope these are in the works for release
    LOVE WITH THE PROPER STRANGER
    SUMMER AND SMOKE
    WILD IS THE WIND
    OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR!
    1900 (uncut)
    THE COMFORMIST
    THE REIVERS
     
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    According to this thread The Reivers was alledgedly due next month, but seems to have disappeared from the radar.
     
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    Or that FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET will get released in some region, somewhere, anywhere?
     
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    I think I saw somewhere that Blue Underground was going to release Four Flies this year.

    I just hope this means that the rumored for at least 3 years special edition of Miracle At Morgan's Creek will finally see the light of day.
     
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    Well, if I may suggest...

    They have roughly a dozen silent films that shouldn't be much of a problem to put on DVD in quality editions. Perhaps they could try out a "Paramount Silents" wave on DVD.

    Wings (First "Best Picture" winner)
    Old Ironsides
    Docks of New York (Josef von Sternberg)
    The Last Command (von Sternberg and Emil Jannings)
    Running Wild (W.C. Fields)
    The Covered Wagon (James Cruze)
    The Wedding March (Erich von Stroheim)
    The Ten Commandments ('23 version by Cecil B. DeMille)

    As far as I know, all 8 of these already have scores by organist Gaylord Carter... so that's one thing not to worry about.
     
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    DANGER! DIABOLIK
    CRACK IN THE WORLD
    1900
     
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    I'm waiting for that also, as well as:

    Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival)
    A Foreign Affair (I think this is Paramount)
     
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    Maybe they will finally release my most wanted film:

    Robinson Crusoe on Mars
     
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    Re: "As far as I know, all 8 of these have scores by organist Gaylord Carter ... so that's one thing not to worry about"

    Well, maybe not for you, Patrick, but it may a problem for some of us. I absolutely loathe organ scores (cheesy) for silent films and prefer the richness that a full orchestral score can bring to a silent film.

    If Paramount opts to use Carter's organ, I hope they also include full orchestral scores on an alternate track. If not, I'll do what I do with my Wings laser disc. Turn off the sound and put on a CD of my own choosing.
     
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    Well, Paramount is probably having trouble justifying DVD's of the silents, period. I'd love to see new orchestral scores as much as anyone else, but knowing how their operations are, we'd be lucky to get the Gaylord Carter scores instead of some cheaper synth scores (like the awful ones on the "red cover" SE of Nosferatu and Kino's The Penalty.)

    Although, it would be a nice gesture of quality if Paramount went the extra mile and hired someone like Robert Israel to do scores. In this sense, it's important to not just get orchestral scores, but ones that are appropriate and well composed/performed.
     
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    I am really hoping for the 'Republic' John Ford films to be released in a decent fashion when the rights go back to Paramount this year.
    The Quiet Man, Rio Grande & The Sun Shines Bright

    And I second
    Ace in the Hole, The Conformist, Morgan's Creek
     
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    I just viewed the movie "The Heiress" (1949) on TCM. This was a great movie. In the credits, it was noted to be a Paramount film. Would love to see it on DVD.
     
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    Doubt it. In a recent interview he said BU had hired an attorney in Italy to try and clear up the rights confusion.
     
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    Maybe Paramount will finally dip into their classic animation library and release a DVD set of their Terrytoons films (Mighty Mouse, Heckle & Jeckle, etc)...


    unlikely.
     

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