Poltergeist Rights? MGM or Warner?

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  1. Robert Ringwald

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    I seem to recall hearing that MGM first released this, then warner got the rights, and released it again, without the booklet of production notes.

    Which version is the current one? I know that Warner simply used the original MGM transfer, and that's it basically, the same disc, but can someone shed some light on this?
     
  2. Damin J Toell

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    Warner owns it and their release is the current version.

    DJ
     
  3. Robert Ringwald

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    Thanks, I was confused because every single pre-order site I went to had the MGM disc as the cover art. I was like "what the?"
     
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    The MGM version probably didn't have the damn "snapper" case, did it?
     
  5. RafaelB

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    Nope, the MGM version has a nice keep-case AND an 8 page booklet of production notes. The Warner version does feature the original theatrical release poster, though. [​IMG]
    Rafael
     
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    This is one of the rare cases where I actually prefer the snapper case. Warner used the one-sheet and the MGM artwork blows.

    Jeff
     
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    The very first MGM release of "Poltergeist" was a snapper also without any book.
     
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    Chad is right. I happen to have an early MGM version of the movie that did indeed come in a snapper case(which also meant no booklet).
     
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    I used the WB cover art and made my own cover for my MGM keep case. This movie is screamng for a special edition re-release with remastered video and audio. The video noise in darker scenes is very distracting.
     
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    No real reason seems to have been given for the SE delay/scrapping. Seems to be just made up of various assumptions, which can be dangerous. We don't seem to have a solid answer.

    Dan
     
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    Seems rather silly for some dispute to be cropping up 20 years after the fact. It's been through theaters and widely distributed on video (including DVD) during that whole time and no one seemingly had a problem. Why does the specific SE trigger such nonsense?
     
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    Steven Spielberg has ALWAYS acknowledged Tobe Hooper as the director of Poltergeist, going so far as to take out a full page ad in Variety in 1982 quelling the rumors, thanking Tobe for doing such a great job in "calling all the shots".
    Whatever the holdup is, it is NOT related to who the actual director is. Steven Spielberg may have been on the set every day, but Tobe was definitely the director.
     
  15. Robert Ringwald

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    Can someone post a pic of the Poltergeist Warner Bros. Edition?

    All I can find is the MGM one.
     
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    dvdcoverart
    http://www.dvdcoverart.com/getImage....oltergeist.jpg
    Also, it seems strange that theycould not release an SE, since they already did once, on LD. The only thigs special about that release was remastered audio and video, and the inclusion of The making of. If the current DVD uses this same "remastered" source, it leaves alot to be desired.
     
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    I'd sure like to see an SE of this...I have the current one, but want MORE
     
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    Any word on Poltergeist II?
     
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    Poltergeist II bad? Obviously you've never seen Poltergeist III :p)
     

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