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THE SEA CHASE (1955) (BD)
NEW 2017 1080p HD REMASTER
Run Time 117:00
Subtitles English SDH
DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 Stereo - English
ORIGINAL ASPECT RATIO - 2.55:1, 16 X 9 LETTERBOX
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I don't believe it! Warner Archive release Lana Turner on Blu-ray disc! Obviously only because she's chaperoned by the Duke. Being a Lana fan, I'm buying.
 

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Sweet! What with Peyton Place, Imitation Of Life, Madame X and Rains Of Ranchipur my Lana Turner blu ray collection is coming along nicely. Now if only the Warner Archives would release The Bad And The Beautiful and the 1948 Three Musketeers from the vaults!
 

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This was a 4-track stereo release. Warner should still hold the discrete stereo master which the 2-track was made from.
 

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This was a 4-track stereo release. Warner should still hold the discrete stereo master which the 2-track was made from.
Normally I'd cry foul, but Warner is very good about using the correct elements in that if they have them they use them. This and Blood Alley have only ever been available in 2 channel on DVD, so no one can claim that the discrete tracks still exist.
 

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I stand to be corrected but didn't Jack Warner order most of the stereo tracks from that era dumped or destroyed?
I've never heard that. What I have heard is that MGM didn't want to store their multi-angle original music recording sessions anymore so they had them all transferred to tape and then dumped the optical film recordings.
 

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I stand to be corrected but didn't Jack Warner order most of the stereo tracks from that era dumped or destroyed?

That was the stereo music tracks, which is why we haven't had any Warner fifties stereo soundtracks released, unlike the great stuff we've had from MGM & Fox.
 

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I stand to be corrected but didn't Jack Warner order most of the stereo tracks from that era dumped or destroyed?

Essentially that is correct, although they were not dumped, but erased to be reused for their TV product. Not only the 3 track music masters, but the 4 track master mag for transfer to 35mm mag stripped film. BUT, most of their 50s stereo soundtracks were collected and saved from 35mm prints still around. So, I would assume those prints were original 4 track.
 

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That was the stereo music tracks, which is why we haven't had any Warner fifties stereo soundtracks released, unlike the great stuff we've had from MGM & Fox.

The story goes that copies of 4-track stereo prints of some 50's Warner titles ended up at the Library of Congress at the time of release. That is how we were able to get "Rebel" and "Eden" in 4-track.
A 2-track stereo mix-down (Sea Chase) was made for the laserdisc ( and VHS??)from the 4-track in the 90's, well after Jack made that terrible decision!, and just before Digital multi-channel technology.
If they don't think the film is that marketable, unlike the Dean films, the 2-track is good enough.
Were "The Sea Chase" and "Blood Alley" a big seller on home video for a Wayne film, I doubt it.
I don't think Warner want to go back and re-master all their stereo 2-track titles that are not already archived in their original discrete format.
 
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Warner Bros. 50's titles (theatrically distributed) believed to have been released in 4-Track stereo :

1) "THE COMMAND" (1954) (Warner archive 1.0 mono, IMDB theatrical 4-Track Stereo)
2) "A STAR IS BORN" (1954) (Blu-Ray available 5.1)
3) "LUCKY ME" (1954) (Warner archive 5.1)
4) "KING RICHARD AND THE CRUSADERS" (1954) (Warner archive Stereo only.)
5) "THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY" (1954) (DVD available 5.1)
6) "DRUM BEAT" (1954) (Warner archive 1.0 mono, IMDB theatrical 4-Track Stereo)
7) "TRACK OF THE CAT" (1954) (DVD available 4.0 stereo)
8) "RING OF FEAR" (1954) (DVD available 4.0 stereo)
9) "THE SILVER CHALICE" (1954) (DVD available 5.1)
10) "BATTLE CRY" (1955) (DVD available 5.1)
11) "EAST OF EDEN" (1955) (Blu-Ray available 5.1)
12) "THE SEA CHASE" (1955) (Warner archive Blu Ray 2.0 Stereo only)
13) "MISTER ROBERTS" (1955) (DVD available 5.1 Amazon)
14) "BLOOD ALLEY" (1955) (Warner archive Blu Ray 2.0 Stereo only)
15) "LAND OF THE PHARAOHS" (1955) (DVD 2.0 Stereo only)
16) "THE McCONNELL STORY" (1955) (Warner archive DVD 2.0 Stereo only)
17) "I DIED A THOUSAND TIMES" (1955) (Warner archive DVD 2.0 Stereo only)
18) "PETE KELLEY'S BLUES" (1955) (Warner archive Blu Ray 5.1)
19) "COURT MARTIAL OF BILLY MITCHELL" (1955) (DVD Olive Films and Spanish import, audio format unknown, presumably 2.0 mono. IMDB theatrical 4-Track Stereo)
20) "STRANGE LADY IN TOWN" (1955) (Warner archive DVD Mono only. IMDB theatrical 4-Track Stereo)
21) "HELEN OF TROY" (1956) (DVD available 5.1)
22) "HELL ON FRISCO BAY" (not available. IMDB theatrical 4-Track Stereo)
23) "REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE" (1956 released posthumously) (Blu-Ray available 5.1)
24) "THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS" (1956) (HD broadcast in 5.1)
25) "SAYONARA" (1957) (Made by Brando's company for WB, Pennebaker) (available as an import only, sound format unknown, 'Digital Surround' on packaging. IMDB theatrical 4-Track Stereo).

This is a list of most of the Warner Bros. stereo releases. If I've missed any, feel free to update.
I wonder if any of these titles, not mentioned, made it to the Library of Congress?
 
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Warner Bros. 50's titles (theatrically distributed) believed to have been released in 4-Track stereo :

1) "THE COMMAND" (1954) (Warner archive 1.0 mono, IMDB theatrical 4-Track Stereo)
2) "A STAR IS BORN" (1954) (Blu-Ray available 5.1)
3) "LUCKY ME" (1954) (Warner archive 1.0 mono, IMDB theatrical 4-Track Stereo)
4) "KING RICHARD AND THE CRUSADERS" (1954) (Warner archive Stereo only.)
5) "THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY" (1954) (DVD available 5.1)
6) "DRUM BEAT" (1954) (Warner archive 1.0 mono, IMDB theatrical 4-Track Stereo)
7) "TRACK OF THE CAT" (1954) (DVD available 4.0 stereo)
8) "THE SILVER CHALICE" (1954) (DVD available 5.1)
9) "BATTLE CRY" (1955) (DVD available, sound format unknown, I have it on cable, I believe it is only 2.0 stereo)
10) "EAST OF EDEN" (1955) (Blu-Ray available 5.1)
11) "THE SEA CHASE" (1955) (Warner archive Blu Ray 2.0 Stereo only)
12) "MISTER ROBERTS" (1955) (DVD available 5.1 Amazon)
13) "BLOOD ALLEY" (1955) (Warner archive Blu Ray 2.0 Stereo only)
14) "LAND OF THE PHARAOHS" (1955) (DVD 2.0 Stereo only)
15) "THE McCONNELL STORY" (1955) (Warner archive DVD 2.0 Stereo only)
16) "I DIED A THOUSAND TIMES" (1955) (Warner archive DVD 2.0 Stereo only)
17) "PETE KELLEY'S BLUES" (1955) (Warner archive Blu Ray 5.1)
18) "COURT MARTIAL OF BILLY MITCHELL" (1955) (DVD Olive Films and Spanish import, audio format unknown, presumably 2.0 mono. IMDB theatrical 4-Track Stereo)
19) "HELEN OF TROY" (1956) (DVD available 5.1)
20) "HELL ON FRISCO BAY" (not available. IMDB theatrical 4-Track Stereo)
21) "REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE" (1956 released posthumously) (Blu-Ray available 5.1)
22) "THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS" (1956) (Blu-Ray available 5.1)
23) "SAYONARA" (1957) (Made by Brando's company for WB, Pennebaker) (available as an import only, sound format unknown, 'Digital Surround' on packaging. IMDB theatrical 4-Track Stereo).

This is a list of most of the Warner Bros. stereo releases. If I've missed any, feel fee to update.
I wonder if any of these titles, not mentioned, made it to the Library of Congress?

Lucky Me and Battle Cry are both 5.1 on DVD. I know the WB website says Lucky Me is mono, but I would assume the "Archive edition" is identical to the earlier release and that is a misprint.

Also there is no Blu-ray of The Spirit of St Louis.
 

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Lucky Me and Battle Cry are both 5.1 on DVD. I know the WB website says Lucky Me is mono, but I would assume the "Archive edition" is identical to the earlier release and that is a misprint.

Also there is no Blu-ray of The Spirit of St Louis.

Sorry, my error, SPIRIT was a broadcast in HD and discrete stereo I recorded a few years ago.
I will update the list and thanks for the corrections.
 

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