Predictions on Big Catalogue releases for 2005?

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Alistair_M, Dec 30, 2004.

  1. Alistair_M

    Alistair_M Second Unit

    Oct 11, 2002
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    Excluding the new movies, and the obsure flicks on our wishlists (eg Little Dorrit, If.. [​IMG] ), what of the popular movies do you predict will be released/rereleased as special editions in 2005.

    Using the imdb top 250 as a guide, here's my predictions/hopes for 2005:

    Titanic SE - bound to be multiple set
    Kill Bill - recut boxset?
    James Bond SEs - predict them to be 2 disk se
    The Fly SE
    Errol Flynn box sets
    Bette Davis box set
    Greta Garbo box set
    Fall of the Roman Empire
    Quo Vardis
    Magnificent Ambersons se ?
    Jane Eyre (orson welles)
    King Kong SE
    The Sting SE
    Jaws SE (perhaps for a 30th anniversary edn)
    Gladiator - directors cut
    Blade Runner SE - 2 disk se
    Cool Hand luke SE?
    African Queen SE?
    The Searchers SE?
    Wild Bunch SE?
    Lock Stock and 2 smoking barrels 2 disk sE?
    For a few dollars more 2 disk SE
    Fistful of Dynamite 2 disk SE
    Midnight Cowboy SE ?
    Top Hat SE
    Wuthering Heights
    Stage Coach
    Pride and Prejeduce
    East of Eden - James Dean
    Double imdemnity
  2. Damin J Toell

    Damin J Toell Producer

    Mar 7, 2001
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    We already have the Gladiator director's cut on DVD: the theatrical version.

  3. Patrick McCart

    Patrick McCart Lead Actor

    May 16, 2001
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    Georgia (the state)
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    Here's some titles based on anniversaries...

    80th (1925):

    The Big Parade (Warner, being worked on)

    Battleship Potemkin (Criterion has been rumored to have this in the works and an 80th anniversary would be a good time)

    Ben-Hur (Warner, but no rumor or hint. Only going on anniversary)

    The Freshman (New Line has DVD rights to Harold Lloyd catalog, so I bet we'll see this in 2005 as one of the first releases)

    75th (1930):

    All Quiet on the Western Front (Universal. NOT hinted or even mentioned. However, their current disc stinks and a 75th anniversary release would make sense.)

    Maybe a 2nd Lon Chaney collection since this would be the 75th anniversary of his death, as well as his last film (The Unholy Three).

    Just Imagine (Never on legit video before, but I think Fox needs to license it to Criterion. After all, if Criterion can do Keanu Reeves films, why not El Brendel?)

    70th (1935):

    Top Hat (hinted at by Warners)

    Captain Blood (Warners hinted at more Errol Flynn)

    David Copperfield (Warners noted the rediscovery of the camera negative)

    Mad Love (Highly requested, good Halloween title for Warners. NOT hinted at)

    Becky Sharp (likely an Image release, but it should be on DVD by now!)

    65th (1940):

    Fantasia (OOP and a good opportunity for Disney to do an uncut Masterpiece edition. If they just fixed the 30 seconds of censorship, reintegrated the bulk of Deems Taylor's narration, and made the 2nd disc carry the Anthology Disc 3 extras and the disc 1 making-of, it would be great.)

    Pinocchio (OOP and a good opportunity. Lowry Digital rumored to have fixed up the film, so I'd expect something wonderful)

    Knute Rockne, All American (Warners. Since Ronald Reagan died earlier this year, there's enough time between they can release some of his movies without it looking like a death cash-in.)

    60th (1945):

    The Picture of Dorian Gray (Did Warners hint at this?)

    State Fair (already scheduled by Fox)

    55th (1950):

    Cinderella (likely since Disney hasn't even released a bare-bones DVD yet).

    50th (1955):

    Oklahoma! (Fox already has it scheduled. I'm hoping for a 2-disc set like Warner's Strangers on a Train with both the Todd-AO and CinemaScope versions.)

    East of Eden (Warner hinted, just rights to clear up)

    Lady and the Tramp (OOP and Disney ought to do a 2-disc edition with both the Academy and CinemaScope versions)

    45th (1960):

    Psycho (Not hinted, but I predict a Franchise Collection with all four films, with the first 16x9 remastered. Would it be too much to ask for Universal to include the music-only track on the first film like on the laserdisc, as well as all the collector's edition DVD extras?)

    The Alamo (A long shot, but I really hope Columbia will make this film a priority in terms of restoration, once MGM is totally their company. I doubt a restoration would be completed in time for a 2005 DVD, though.)

    The Apartment (I'd hope that Columbia remasters and adds some extras. MGM's DVD looks awful.)

    40th (1965):

    What's New Pussycat? (I'm amazed that MGM never released a DVD. I'm hoping Columbia releases a 1.66:1 anamorphic DVD.)

    Help! (Rumored to be in the works from Apple. The MPI disc has been out of print for a while and a remaster would be excellent.)

    35th (1970):

    Ryan's Daughter (Mainly because it's one of the last David Lean films not on DVD. Warner has made new 70mm prints, so I guess the 65mm negative is in great shape).

    Let It Be (Hinted by Apple)

    The Phantom Tollbooth (supposed to be in the works at Warners.)

    30th (1975):

    Jaws (I predict Universal will do an "ultimate" DVD containing a remaster, original mono, the full documentary, and other stuff.)

    25th (1980):

    The Blues Brothers (Despite the original DVD being excellent, it's out of print. I predict a new edition, but I bet it'll only be a repackaging with its sequel as a franchise collection)

    "Hollywood" (Already mentioned to be in the works from Kevin Brownlow.)

    15th (1990):

    Home Alone (old DVD and Fox could do a good SE)


    I predict a lot of Harold Lloyd films from New Line, Hitchcock's "Lifeboat" from Fox, Kevin Brownlow's "Unknown Chaplin" miniseries, and Rocky & Bullwinkle: Season 3.

    And another excellent Looney Tunes box set with lots of B&W cartoons, some banned shorts, and a Bosko or two.
  4. Marc Colella

    Marc Colella Cinematographer

    Jun 19, 1999
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    il Conformista
    A Restored, Full-length version played in 2004 in Toronto. I have to believe that Paramount will be releasing it in 2005.

    À Bout de Souffle and Pierrot Le Fou.
    I predict 2005 will be a banner year for Godard on Criterion.

    Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring.
    I have a feeling we'll be seeing a much needed re-release of these discs.
  5. Arnie G

    Arnie G Supporting Actor

    May 29, 2002
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    Judy & Mickey Box Set
  6. DanR

    DanR Supporting Actor

    Dec 27, 1998
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    Here are two of my predictions:

    1.)It is Braveheart's 10th Anniversary. A DVD re-issue is already rumored for next year. I got my fingers crossed we will see DTS and some deleted scenes.

    2.)Blu-Ray. I will predict that 4Q2005 sees the Spiderman and Spiderman 2 movies released exclusively on Bluu-Ray. Additionally, we will see a re-issue of 1998's Mask of Zorro on Blu-Ray as well.

  7. Andrew Budgell

    Andrew Budgell Screenwriter

    Mar 12, 2002
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    I hope you're right! This would be great!

  8. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Founder

    Jul 3, 1997
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    Dog Day Afternoon SE
    The Phantom Tollbooth

    ...and my personal request to
    Warner Bros. that they promised
    to look into over a year ago....

    Twilght's Last Gleaming
  9. Mark_TS

    Mark_TS Screenwriter

    Mar 23, 2000
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    I believe Ive read that MGM announced an SE of MIDNIGHT COWBOY in R2 (Europe) in the coming year.
    As in the past, we in R1 have had to wait for MGMs SEs....but they eventually get released here.
  10. Alistair_M

    Alistair_M Second Unit

    Oct 11, 2002
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    Excellent predictions - if we're correct 2005 should be an excellent year.

    "We already have the Gladiator director's cut on DVD: the theatrical version. DJ"

    I'm pretty sure there's going to be a re-release of this title with some of the deleted scenes put back into the movie. I'm a big fan of Gladiator so I'll be all over this.
  11. ChristopherBlig

    ChristopherBlig Stunt Coordinator

    Apr 17, 2003
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    Beyond The Valley of the Dolls
  12. Steve...O

    Steve...O Producer

    Dec 31, 2003
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    Randy Salas indicated on another forum that Warners is working on "Kings Row" ([​IMG] ) so I predict we will see some long awaited Reagan films being released (Knute Rockne, Voice of the Turtle, and Desperate Journey being potential other candidates).

    Who knows, enough people on HTF have brought up "Storm Warning" so maybe Warners has reconsidered their position on this title.

  13. Runar_R

    Runar_R Second Unit

    Dec 4, 2001
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    Hoping to see Hamlet by Kenneth Branagh.
  14. Scott Temple

    Scott Temple Supporting Actor

    Oct 31, 2001
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    A Psycho Franchise Collection would be great. Psycho (1960), Psycho II (1983), and Psycho III (1986) all remastered in 16x9 1.85:1 widescreen, plus Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990) in its (TV) OAR of 1.33:1.

    Jaws (1975) needs another release so that they can include the original mono track and the full two hour documentary.

    I'd love to see a 30th Anniversary release of Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975). This film definitely deserves to be 16x9 enhanced and a SE.
  15. Roger Rollins

    Roger Rollins Supporting Actor

    Jun 19, 2001
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    Very reliable sources indicate that Universal is planning to remaster ALL their Hitchcocks next year for Christmas.

    This is great news, as I have hoped for anamorphic versions of PSYCHO, VERTIGO and many others.

    It would be wonderful to see Universal address the great pre-49 Paramount films they own, but I hold out little hope in this regard

    We know Fox is going to make SOUND OF MUSIC 40th their big classic release next Xmas. I don't know if the rumors are true about their other Rodgers & Hammersteins, but proper versions of those would sell like hotcakes....

    Speaking of which, Fox REALLY MISSED THE BALL by choosing not to release Charlie Chan movies. Mr. Staddon in the last Fox chat feared that the Chan films would not make money.
    Tell that to MGM, who sold at least 30,000 units of their CHANTHOLOGY with titles far inferior to Fox's Chans. Let's hope Fox gets on the Chan bandwagon.

    I also hear that Fox is re-colorizing the Shirley Temples, using that same system that Columbia used on their 3 Stooges release, that allows you to choose between B&W and Color.

    We know Paramount is going to make big deal around their acquisition of THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY. I wonder what their plans are for the other Batjac titles they obtained. Paramount will certainly be in different mode in '06 when the Republic library reverts to them from Artisan/Lion's Gate. Maybe THEN we'll see a proper DVD of THE QUIET MAN

    Where the big Catalogue hits are going to come, and come in droves this year is from, of course, Warner Bros. They left everyone else in the dust when it came to quantity AND quality of releases in 2004.

    Just what they've already announced for the first three months of the year (The WB Gangster box, the classic comedies like BRINGING UP BABY, and the Ultra-Resolution musicals like BAND WAGON and EASTER PARADE) are mouth watering.

    I can't wait for the next HTF chat with Warner to find out what else they have up their sleeve.
  16. Mark_vdH

    Mark_vdH Screenwriter

    May 9, 2001
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    If.... should definitely be released at last.

    Also, Bertolucci's 1900 is still MIA.

    Greed and Napoleon are the silent classics that need to be released. The "semi-silent" Vampyr needs to be upgraded.

    Last but not least, Von Trier's The Kingdom deserves a solid American dvd release.
  17. Paul_Scott

    Paul_Scott Lead Actor

    Jul 19, 2002
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    so much great stuff in there.
    Universal made some good sized baby steps this year in other areas of their catalog (the noirs, the monster legacys, assorted vintage franchise collections) it would be great to see them build on this by digging more into the early Paramount titles, but i'm with you in not seeing a whole lot of optimism here.
  18. ScottR

    ScottR Cinematographer

    Apr 1, 2000
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    Woodstock SE
    Grease SE
    The Exorcist SE
    James Dean Collection with Rebel SE, previous Giant Se, and East of Eden SE
  19. Dave H

    Dave H Producer

    Aug 13, 2000
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    I'm hoping for Batman (1989) at last --- especially since the new movie is being released this year.

    The current DVD reminds me of watching a VHS tape.
  20. Sam E. Torres

    Sam E. Torres Second Unit

    May 31, 1999
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    office space special edition.

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