Sony Buys Rights to Harold Lloyd Film Catalog

Discussion in 'DVD' started by TimJS, Oct 24, 2004.

  1. TimJS

    TimJS Second Unit

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2001
    Messages:
    312
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    From Reuters:

    The Harold Lloyd Trust has inked a deal with Sony, story here .



    Tim
     
  2. Jack Theakston

    Jack Theakston Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2003
    Messages:
    858
    Likes Received:
    68
    Trophy Points:
    610
    Location:
    New York
    Real Name:
    Jack Theakston
    Let's hope this one stays put, unlike some of the Lloyd Trust's other aborted attempts at bringing the films to DVD.

    Until I have the discs in my hands, I'm quite dubious.
     
  3. Steve...O

    Steve...O Producer

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2003
    Messages:
    4,226
    Likes Received:
    764
    Trophy Points:
    4,110
    Real Name:
    Steve
    Good news.

    I'm curious about Mr. Theakston's comment (due to my own ignorance). Have there been other deals which were announced and fallen through?

    I haven't seen much of Mr. Lloyd other than TCM showings, but what I have seen has been quite funny. From what I gather the Trust, through its own stubborness and perhaps greediness, has relegated Mr. Lloyd to obscurity by refusing to release his films in the past.

    Steve
     
  4. Dick

    Dick Producer
    Supporter

    Joined:
    May 22, 1999
    Messages:
    6,295
    Likes Received:
    2,321
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Maine
    Real Name:
    Rick
    Knowing Sony they'll probably dribble these many movies out about one every nine to twelve months. They have no track record for releasing films in groups or in box sets (and I don't count the Sinbad films, which had been boxed as VHS years earlier). Even their Three Stooges compilations are released just one or two at a time. Damn, I wish Warner Bros or Disney or Criterion had gotten hold of these.
     
  5. Patrick McCart

    Patrick McCart Lead Actor

    Joined:
    May 16, 2001
    Messages:
    7,563
    Likes Received:
    195
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Georgia (the state)
    Real Name:
    Patrick McCart

    They have THEATRICAL re-release rights. New Line has the DVD rights.

    New Line puts out nothing but quality DVD's, so I'd expect some wonderful work.
     
  6. Jack Theakston

    Jack Theakston Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2003
    Messages:
    858
    Likes Received:
    68
    Trophy Points:
    610
    Location:
    New York
    Real Name:
    Jack Theakston

    I'm not at liberty to publically disclose who, but two reputable companies made some very substantial offers that I know of, neither of which were announced. The first one (who has released certain films of Lloyd's already) was completely laughed at by the estate at a sum of $500,000 up front, and the other one was considered at four times that amount, but the studio dropped it after too many demands and the faulty sales of a certain box set by a certain silent film comedian that the planned Lloyd set was to follow up with.

    I would be very interested to know what amount New Line settled at.
     
  7. Steve...O

    Steve...O Producer

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2003
    Messages:
    4,226
    Likes Received:
    764
    Trophy Points:
    4,110
    Real Name:
    Steve
    Thanks Jack.

    I can understand Kino's offer being refused, but I think the Warner offer sounds pretty darn generous especially considering all the promotional power that would have been behind it not to mention the first class job they would have done.

    I'm presuming the "faulty" sales were for the Chaplin box. I'm not a Chaplin fan so I didn't pick it up, but I wonder if all the criticism of the Video quality didn't dampen sales quite a bit.

    Steve
     
  8. oscar_merkx

    oscar_merkx Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2002
    Messages:
    7,626
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    this sounds like great news indeed
     
  9. Mark Zimmer

    Mark Zimmer Producer

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 1997
    Messages:
    4,300
    Likes Received:
    40
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Maybe the Chaplin sales wouldn't have been so faulty had the transfer not been so faulty. I know I didn't buy them because the Image discs don't have the excessive combing problems. Warner's use of the cut versions of the films didn't help either. Presumably New Line won't have those problems with Lloyd.
     

Share This Page