Warner Announces Hamlet, entire Police Academy series!

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  1. David Lambert

    David Lambert Executive Producer

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    New Warner Announcements:

    02/24/04 $19.97 Hamlet (1990 Mel Gibson)
    04/06/04 $14.97 Police Academy 1 - Widescreen Edition
    04/06/04 $14.97 Police Academy 2 - Widescreen Edition
    04/06/04 $14.97 Police Academy 3 - Widescreen Edition
    04/06/04 $14.97 Police Academy 4 - Widescreen Edition
    04/06/04 $14.97 Police Academy 5 - Widescreen Edition
    04/06/04 $14.97 Police Academy 6 - Widescreen Edition
    04/06/04 $14.97 Police Academy 7 - Widescreen Edition


    'nuff said! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. Adam_WM

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    WHERE's THE BRANAUGH HAMLET!!!!!!!!!???

    GRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!
     
  3. Chad R

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    They can get the entire Police Academy series out but they can't give me my Branagh Hamelt?!?!?!?!

    GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR indeed!
     
  4. ChrisBEA

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    The Gibson Hamlet was very good, I will probably pick it up.
    BUT, it can never compare to the greatness that is Branagh's Hamlet. I want Branagh's!
     
  5. Steve Schaffer

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    Does Warner even have the rights to Branagh's Hamlet?
     
  6. Paul_Scott

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    that was completely out of the blue.
    it seems like for a while now people have been more vocal about desiring the KB version.
    the only time i've seen the Gibson version mentioned has been the recent Shakespere thread.

    anyways, i'm thrilled.
    not to disparage the Branaugh version (which i haven't seen),
    this one is a thoughtful and fresh take on the material,
    tho not to-the-letter complete.

    i seem to recall seeing something recently that made me question why everyone was asking Warner for the KB version, as it looked like the rights may lie elsewhere- but for the life of me i can't remember what it was.
     
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  8. Michael Allred

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    Since Gibson will no doubt be getting a lot of press next year for "The Passion", it doesn't surprise me that his "Hamlet" will hit DVD around the same time.

    As for "Police Academy", about time! (Is #7 the Moscow one? I'll get all the others minus that entry in the series.) Will there be a box set or will the only be separate releases?
     
  9. Casey Trowbridg

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    That's the big question I have as well...
    can't wait, but I'm just wondering if I'll have to buy all 7 singularly or if I can get them together...
     
  10. Ric Bagoly

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    Police Academy 1 = Classic

    Police Academy 2 = Pretty damm good

    Police Academy 3-7 = Pretty awful and unfunny except for Harris and Proctor's antics...[​IMG]

    -"You're not playing with a full deck, are you?"

    -"Oh, I don't play cards."
     
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    I thought it was Branaughs as well! Since there was a rumor on thedigitalbits.com that it was been restored!
     
  12. David Lambert

    David Lambert Executive Producer

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    [​IMG] I'm so sorry to have disappointed everyone!
     
  13. oscar_merkx

    oscar_merkx Lead Actor

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    Great news about Police Academy.

    Probably will only get the first two

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  14. Joe Caps

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    Never have I been so delighted and P.O.ed at an announcement within a few minutes. WhenI saw Warners releases Hamlet in the heading,I also assumed it was the Branaugh. the gibson is OK but nothing more.
    Many of us have wanted a good copy of the Branaugh for a long time. The lasers were not good because they were all laser rotted. And what are the chances of Warners releasing another Hamlet in the same year - and where is the olivier Othello?
     
  15. David Lambert

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    Isn't it spelled "Branagh"? No "u"?

    Never having seen the Branagh version myself, and having enjoyed the Gibson version with my wife because it has been one of her very most favorite films, I recollected that there had been demand mentioned at the HTF for the Gibson version of the film.

    Also, I guess everyone's certain that Warner would be distributing the Branagh version on DVD. I seem to have gotten the impression that the Branagh film was a Columbia distributed title. Which is why I didn't specify which Hamlet in the subject...I figured if I said "Warner" it would be a no-brainer. My mistake, I guess.

    In any case, the Branagh version isn't ready for DVD release, and the Gibson version is. There's really no reason to play kick the can with Warner for releasing what they've got, and not releasing what isn't ready yet. "Do you want it NOW, or do you want it GOOD?" I'm appalled that everyone for reacting this way!


    As for Police Academy, there was a LOT of interest in it when Warner mentioned during an HTF chat that it was coming. I guess everyone was just happy that Warner said they would be making widescreen versions of "flat" comedies (long-time members will get that reference). Didn't you all intend to buy the DVDs you asked the studio to make? No wonder they get fustrated with us, getting conflicting messages like this.


    Anyway, after posting what I thought would be considered GREAT news, I find that reading this thread has become about as pleasurable as a visit to the dentist. So I'll just disown it now, go back to experiencing the gratitude for the news that my missus is providing, and let y'all go back to talking amongst yourselves. [​IMG]
     
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    Any word on what features will be on the Warner Home Video version of Zeffirelli's Hamlet?
     
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    I hope WB includes the deleted scenes from the Police Academy movies in the supplements. I practically grew up on the TV versions of 3 and 4 and they would seem incomplete without them.
     
  18. Joe Caps

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    I'm confused. The Branagh is not restored yet. The movies only a few years old - get real- what is there to restore?
     
  19. streeter

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    Wasn't Police Academy 1 supposed to be a special edition?

    davisdvd.com says special features only includes trailers.
     
  20. Jason Seaver

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    It was a Castle Rock film which Columbia distributed in the original theatrical release, just before Ted Turner purchased Castle Rock and New Line. Warner acquired Castle Rock in the Turner deal, and soon afterward recent Castle Rock films started being issued on video by Warner Home Video (Lone Star being among the first, IIRC). Thus, Warner is believed to have the DVD rights to Branagh's Hamlet.

    The rights could still be with Columbia, much in the way Much Ado About Nothing only had its home video rights revert back to The Samuel Goldwyn Company (or their current owners, MGM) this year.
     

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