Paramount John Wayne re-issues?

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  1. MarcoBiscotti

    MarcoBiscotti Producer

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    Not sure if anyone else noticed but the existing Best Of John Wayne gift sets (there were 2 of them) seem to have gone out of print and Amazon is listing new box sets and individual releases for these titles with some of the absolute worst looking cover art to grace any of their catalogue titles yet.

    I'm just wondering if anyone knows anything about these reissues, whether they are the same transfers, will have the same extras (if any - I never got around to picking up the early sets), or anything else in general about these new discs/sets?

    I want to know if I should try and track down the initial Best Of boxes before they dissapear for good, if only to get the better cover art, or if these new issues will have anything over the previous DVD's?

    Has anyone heard anything about these?
     
  2. MarcoBiscotti

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    OKAY...


    I've made a list and provided links of past and current releases through Paramount and would like to get info on transfers, audio, extras, etc.

    I also want to again express that the packaging on the new issues is some of the most disgusting cover art my eyes have ever set upon.


    Anyways, here are the results of my tedious efforts in searching for past and current editions...



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    Original Releases:



    1. The Best Of John Wayne Collection, Vol. 1:

    - Rio Lobo
    - El Dorado
    - True Grit

    Video Universe link



    2. The Best Of John Wayne Collection, Vol. 2:

    - Big Jake
    - The Shootist
    - The Sons Of Katie Elder

    Video Universe link



    3. Rio Lobo:

    Video Universe link



    4. El Dorado:

    Video Universe link



    5. True Grit:

    Video Universe link



    6. Big Jake:

    Video Universe link



    7. The Shootist:

    Video Universe link



    8. The Sons Of Katie Elder:

    Video Universe link



    9. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence:

    Video Universe link





    NEW RE-ISSUES:



    1. The John Wayne DVD Gift Set:

    - The Shootist
    - The Sons Of Katie Elder
    - True Grit
    - El Dorado
    - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    Amazon link



    2. The Best Of John Wayne, Collection 1:

    - Rio Lobo
    - El Dorado
    - True Grit

    Amazon link



    3. The Best Of John Wayne, Collection 2:

    - Big Jake
    - The Shootist
    - The Sons Of Katie Elder


    NOTE: Amazon cover-art has not been updated on this listing but can be seen from the main search page prior to clicking on the title.



    4. Rio Lobo:

    Amazon link



    4. El Dorado:

    Amazon link



    5. True Grit:

    Amazon link



    6. Big Jake:

    Amazon link



    7. The Shootist:

    Amazon link



    8. The Sons Of Katie Elder:

    Amazon link



    9. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence:

    Amazon link




    So, Which are the "DEFINITIVE" editions, if we can call them that?

    Which are the ones to go with, and are the new Paramount releases simply re-sissues and if so has EVERYTHING (trailers incl) been ported over and... what the hell is up with those covers? :puke:


    Also, if these are not newly remastered, what are the chances of seeing "true" Special Editions of these movies on DVD sometime in the future?


    THANKS!
     
  3. Robert Crawford

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    I seriously doubt that any of those dvd presentations have changed at all.
     
  4. MarcoBiscotti

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    Why so many repackagings than all of a sudden?


    THREE new box-sets and individual releases complete with new artwork and brandishings (The John Wayne Collection) on each one? It seems Paramount is overdoing it, is there some sort of promotional tie-in or something I'm missing?

    As far as I was concerned, none of the original releases were out of print and the two "Best-Of" sets were fairly priced, simple and looked decent as far as packaging...



    Was the pq up to par on all of these original discs?

    (If so I might scramble to pick them up this week, if I can still find them in retail)
     
  5. Robert Crawford

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    Think about it, Paramount has licensed from John Wayne's estate several films that have never been released on video or had very limited exposure to video. Films like The High and the Mighthy, Island in the Sky, McClintock as well as some Republic Wayne titles whose video rights will soon belong to Paramount. So it stands to reason they would repackage the Wayne titles they have released on dvd 4-7 years ago to capitalized on these newer Wayne dvd releases.






    Crawdaddy
     
  6. MarcoBiscotti

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    ah that's true,

    Good point Rob.


    Still doesn't exuse the putrid cover art though.

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    I spotted "Hatari" in the new packaging at Wal-Mart today ($5.50), but it's the same DVD.
     
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    When In Harm's Way showed up recently in R2 with packaging to match the new Wayne SEs from Paramount, I knew they what they were up to; sure enough all Paramount's Wayne titles have been changed to the 'The John Wayne Collection' style, and is was inevitable the same thing would happen in R1.

    None too bothered frankly as long as Paramount keeps up their generally high standard of transfers, and no-one surely can complain about Island in The Sky or The High and The Mighty which I, for one, am looking forward to immensely.
     
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    This gives me a great excuse to start buying more John Wayne dvds
     
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    I would love it if Paramount would capitalize on the Warner Bros. John Ford/John Wayne set due next year, by compiling a set of the Ford films in their current library (I'm including the Republic titles that have so far been given poor releases). But, on the other hand I would rather they take whatever time is necessary to release those film properly.
     
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    When do the Republic films revert back to Paramount. I thought it was this year, but I haven't heard anything. I'm dying for a proper release of "The Quiet Man"
     
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    This September, I believe.
     
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    Does anyone know the aspect ratio on these films? I was looking to buy The Shootist and some others but don't want to buy any non-anamorphic movies. Obviously if they are Academy then it doesn't matter....
     
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    All of the Wayne movies that were filmed in the widescreen process that have been released on dvd from Paramount are anamorphic presentations.





    Crawdaddy
     
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    Agree with you 100% on this...it seems like I've been waiting 20 years to see a decent print of The Quiet Man.

    Also...here's a quick blurb from zap2it.com:

    The DVD rebirths of John Wayne movies will continue in October with "McLintock!," which has been available in an "unofficial" version, and "Hondo"; disc releases also are planned for other Batjac-produced films in which Wayne didn't appear, like "Track of the Cat" and "Man in the Vault." According to Gretchen Wayne, Paramount also plans to revisit "True Grit," "The Sons of Katie Elder," "The Shootist" and other John Wayne pictures in restored "special edition " DVDs with extra material she'll supply.
     

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