Watching NBC's Bob Hope 100th birthday special a couple weeks ago, I was struck by realizing that so many of his better and more interesting outings were released by Paramount, but no longer owned by the studio. I know that many of these -- LEMON DROP KID, SEVEN LITTLE FOYS, ROAD TO RIO -- are now owned by Hope Enterprises, and have been licensed in the past to other video companies. However (and correct me if I am wrong) I have not seen any of these titles pop up on DVD, and while the original Columbia Pictures tapes of these were decent, subsequent budget releases on other labels (usually with a Pearson Television or Fremantle Media copyright) have paled by comparison. This is emblematic of a larger question that I'm posing. Has Paramount ever entertained the idea of striking deals with the owners of movies that were former Paramount properties, such as Bob Hope or Jerry Lewis or Hal Wallis? It seems to me that when these entities have gone out on their own to make video/DVD deals, the end product is rather shoddy. Whereas even though the rights have lapsed, surely superior materials would likely be found in the Paramount vaults. (Robert Harris has gone to Paramount numerous times for help in restoring the lapsed Hitchcock films now owned by Universal). I think the money it would take would be worth it to have some great films back under the mountain (albeit for video only -- let Lewis keep his copyrights) with the quality guarantee we've come to expect from the studio. (Witness the terrific work done on the acquisitions from CBS -- LE MANS, LITTLE BIG MAN, A MAN CALLED HORSE) At least if buybacks are out, would you consider DVD releases on some of your public domain titles. I'm tired of seeing crummy PD DVD's of ROAD TO BALI, AT WAR WITH THE ARMY, or ONE EYED JACKS. It may seem that you've lost to the bootleggers, but I still feel that you beat them at their own game by issuing superior materials on your own label. Would anyone agree these are good ideas?