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Press Release PHE Press Release: It's A Wonderful LIfe (4K/UHD) Digital Only?

Discussion in 'Streaming and Digital Media' started by Ronald Epstein, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. atfree

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    Not to get into THAT debate, but you don't OWN it, you license it (read the end user agreement for all the digital services) and they can take it back anytime they want. I don't do digital unless is comes with a disc.

    This one makes no sense. This has been a consistent seller for them or else they wouldn't have released it multiple times on every physical format. To now go exclusively digital with the 4k restored release is a puzzler.
     
  2. JQuintana

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    But discs are a dying breed and I'm sure the market was saturated already with this particular movie (DVD's) and it's shown in "HD" on NBC every season for people to record. So I'd say it's wise to avoid wasting more money making discs for older movies like these and follow the money which is digital now.

    I applaud them for seeing the future, not living in the past.
     
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    If the market has already been saturated with discs for this film, why release it in 4K at all? Why would Joe Sixpack pony up ten bucks to stream it in 4K? He won't. Face it, the only people that will buy a 4K release of It's a Wonderful Life in ANY format are either super fans of the film or videophiles, most of whom would probably want a 4K UHD disc. A streaming only 4K release makes little sense for a movie like this.
     
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    Thing is many 1000's of homeowners now own at least one 4K smart TV that can stream whatever they want via built in Roku, Google Play Movies and many other smart apps. So now as they browse their movie options from their sofas and they see they can see this (or any other movie) in "4K" for $9.99 vs. going out to Walmart to buy an outdated DVD, odds are better that they will press the "BUY" button on their phone or TV.

    It's not really so much that they strive to see it in 4K, heck they probably, as you said, don't really care and resolution, BUT they just see the phrase "4K" and they know they own a "4K" TV, so they just simply put 2 and 2 together and buy into the new digital offer.
     
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    Not in my opinion. Chances are most folks either already own it on disc in some form or another, have it recorded on their DVR, or watch each year for free on TV. I doubt they're going to drop ten bucks on a 4K stream of an old B&W Christmas film.
     
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    You never know. Could be a giant gamble on the studios part, or be a giant boom for their digital side. I'd say it's gonna fall somewhere in the middle.
     
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    I think its numbers are going to be terribly disappointing for Paramount. We'll just have to agree to disagree.
     
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    The film should be brilliant as a DCP, where 4k can truly shine.
     
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    I don't disagree with that, but I think the same argument could be used against a disc release. And there's probably less risk involved in a digital only release - no replication, packaging, shipping etc.
     
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    Less risk certainly, but I still think that It's a Wonderful Life in 4K will mainly appeal to videophiles who would rather have a disk release. IMO there's less of a market out there for a $10 streaming version of this film.
     
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    Good idea!:thumbsup:

    For the record I would have preferred an actual 4K disc also with the code included.
     
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    I don't know -- unless in $2-3 I have a hard time paying for a license.

    It would have been interesting to see and it would have pushed the envelope back another decade. I think that Kwai is the current oldest film on UHD. Wonder how Wizard of Oz would look?
     
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    I would buy this as a disk. As streaming, no. But it's a moot point as my only broadband is Verizon Wireless, which doesn't even stream SD well. HD? Well, if you admire that revolving circle as it buffers, it's great. 4K? I'll probably still be watching it when next Christmas rolls around!

    Unless it's on disk, of course. If it isn't, another reason to not bother with a UHD TV.
     
  14. Scott Merryfield

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    As someone who purchases both discs and digital, I would have bought this on UHD disc at a price under $20. Since I already own the BD, though, the digital 4K version will need to drop to around $5 before I will bite.
     
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    I think Kwai is the oldest film on 4K Blu-ray Disc, but I believe The Day the Earth Stood Still is the oldest film in 4K on digital distribution. IAWL will replace that record.
     
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    I hope paramount releases this title and War of the Worlds in UHd blu ray.

    I would buy both.

    No sale on digital copy only.
     
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    Hopefully they reconsider.
     
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    Remember that this is Paramount, after all. If they really knew anything about running their business, the studio might have more than a 6% market share, worst of all the major studios.
     
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    As digital delivery is here to stay we need the option to download a movie and then watch it in the best possible quality.
    You may have to wait though for a week or two until you can actually start watching :D
     
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    It sucks because the majority of film collectors prefer physical media where a UHD film could sit on their shelf with other UHD films in their collection.
    People like you are bad for home video and killing physical media quite frankly. Labels like Kino, Shout Factory, and others are keeping physical media alive. No thanks to you of course.
     

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