Warner Archive Discussion Thread (The Announcements/The Films)

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  1. Doug Bull

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    Lou Lumenick reports in the NY Post that the seldom seen 1943 Technicolor version of "THE DESERT SONG" with Dennis Morgan will finally get a Warner Archives release.

    It would be great if we got all 3 versions, although I'll gladly settle on this one for now.
    I don't ever recall seeing it.
     

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    "Secret Garden" with Margaret O'Brien will be much-appreciated, I'm sure her fans will be thrilled to know it's finally coming to DVD.
     
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    Yes, in that column, Lou intimated that all three versions of The Desert Song will be released by the Archives. The first two are the ones I've never seen and am dying to.
     
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    I had asked about this a few weeks ago on FB and the Archive confirmed that the legal issues holding up both the 1929 and 1943 versions of the The Desert Song for release had been cleared up finally allowing eventual WAC releases after remastering. Great news!
     
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    [​IMG] [​IMG] WARNER ARCHIVE HOMENEW RELEASESBESTSELLING DVDsFORWARD TO A FRIEND [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] POPEYE: THE 1960s CLASSICS VOLUME 1 (1960-61) With TV reruns of the Fleischer/Famous Studios theatrical shorts proving that Popeye still packed a spinach-powered punch that delivered smash ratings, King Features commissioned a new series of Sailor Man shorts under the aegis of executive producer Al Brodax. The TV incarnation of Popeye made up for its scaled back animation with a broadened narrative scope while still staying true to the source. Thanks to the continued use of voice actors Jack Mercer (Popeye), Mae Questel (Olive) and Jackson Beck (Bluto who was now called Brutus) as well as the use of veteran Popeye animation talents who were then working at Paramount Cartoon Studios, these shorts remained authentic. The addition of a number of Thimble Theater comic strip characters making their cartoon debuts — including King Blozo, Toar, and Sea Hag — only added to the shorts “yam what I yam” charm. All of the Paramount TV Popeye cartoons are contained in this stupendous 2-Disc, 72-Episode set. [​IMG] PENROD AND SAM (1931) Years before he would helm many installments in the Bowery Boys series of laffers, prolific director William Beaudine directed another sort of boy picture altogether, bringing Booth Tarkington’s Penrod and Sam to the screen in their first talking feature. Leon Janney and Frank Coghlan Jr. play the titular “In or In Club” founders, while Billie Lord and Nestor Aber make for a dynamite pair of pre-teen nemesis. And Cameo the dog comes close to stealing your heart — and the show — as Penrod’s pooch, Duke. Yep — children and dogs. No one tell W.C. Fields. TENTH AVENUE ANGEL (1947) Kid thesp phenom Margaret O’Brien headlines this late Forties fabular look back at tenement life during the Great Depression. Flavia Mills is the darling of the street and self-appointed guardian angel of the hard-scrabble and stout-hearted denizens of Tenth Avenue. But Flavia’s world comes crashing down when she learns those she loves best have been lying to her and it will take a miracle to restore her faith. Outstanding cast includes Angela Lansbury, George Murphy and Phyllis Thaxter. Directed by Roy Rowland. THE SECRET GARDEN (1949) Frances Hodgson Burnett’s children’s classic gets a top notch adaptation courtesy of MGM that makes the gothic roots of Mary Lennox’s journey delightfully apparent. The cast includes leading kids Margaret O’Brien and Dean Stockwell along with Herbert Marshall as the embittered lord of the manor, Elsa Lanchester as a cackling maid with no sense of place, Brian Roper as forest-lad Dickon and a real star-turn by an uncanny trained raven. Beware! Lurking inside the black and white walls of The Secret Garden are (spoiler alert!) some stunning Technicolor sequences. Directed by Fred M. Wilcox. [​IMG] WITHOUT A TRACE: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON (2007-2008) The penultimate season of Without a Trace, although truncated by the writer’s strike, delivered the drama in spades (not to be confused with Samantha Spade) as the show skillfully played out a year-long arc that might best be described as Jack Malone: His Fall and Rise. The season starts with the team slowly being pulled into uncovering a massive human trafficking syndicate responsible for the disappearance of hundreds of girls. Soon after, the dedicated investigators of the Missing Persons Unit are tasked with a particularly important person to locate: Jack Malone, who disappeared after trying to tackle the ring solo. And that’s just the beginning of Jack’s long slog back to the light as his history of warrantless searches, witness intimidation and violation of FBI case protocol in pursuit of justice may finally cost him his career. Other missing persons include a waitress who won 32 million in the lottery to an extreme fighter, a mall Santa Claus and a case uniting the MPU with head CSI Gil Grissom (William Peterson). Other notable guests in this 5-Disc, 18-Episode Collection include James Marsters, Henry Thomas, Nancy McKeon and Sprague Grayden. Stars Anthony La Paglia, Poppy Montgomery, Enrique Murciano, Jr., Eric Close, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Roselyn Sanchez. [​IMG] [​IMG] DUFFY OF SAN QUENTIN (1954) New warden Clinton T. Duffy takes a walk down noir street to confront violence and corruption at San Quentin in a gritty tale of romance and redemption. Based on Duffy’s memoir and starring Louis Hayward, Joanne Dru, Paul Kelly and Maureen O’Sullivan. Newly Remastered [​IMG] There’s a new way for you to enjoy the kinds of rare and hard-to-find movies and TV you’ve come to expect from us. Check out WARNER ARCHIVE INSTANT — our new streaming service that brings hundreds of titles instantly to your Mac, PC or Roku-connected TV for a monthly subscription. Visit instant.warnerarchive.com and get a free two week trial! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
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    I'm still trying to figure this one out; today WA has released to at least 2 online vendors (Deep Discount and DVD Planet) Season 1 of Sugarfoot but it was not released on their WA page and they are hush, hush about it on their facebook page. So it looks like they are giving online vendors an exclusive window on the release which I assume will eventually show up on the WA page. If true this is a 1st and I wonder if it will be a new trend.
     
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    Maybe a new trend for WB TV series, but the WB Archive has given exclusives to Movies Unlimited and Critic's Choice for some movies in the past.

    The SUGARFOOT exclusive includes all the sites owned by the same company. I forget the company name, but they own Deepdiscount, DVD Planet, Importcds, and Critic's Choice. The Critic's Choice paper catalog for May and online lists SUGARFOOT as exclusive to them, probably for print catalogs.

    I ordered mine from importcds.com, which had the lowest price of the four online retailers listed above, on May 3rd and it shipped the same day, through that DHL hand-off deal with the Post Office, and I hope to receive it this week.
     
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    Not a 1st. The recent "Dead End Kids Double Feature" was a 4-month exclusive at Oldies.com. The WA's "Nelson Eddy / Jeanette MacDonald" titles were originally exclusives at Movies Unlimited; as was Durante's MUSIC FOR MILLIONS (1943). There were a few more, but I can't think of them at the moment. An interesting way to build distributor partnerships, and create goodwill.
     
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    More than great news - this is simply fabulous!
    Very much looking forward to this announcement.
     
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    Yes, the WAC does exclusive deals with other distributors which usually lasts at least two months before becoming more widely available on the official site. The latest wave of Nelson/Eddy titles on Movies Unlimited is still exclusive to that site only, including Lubitsch's The Merry Widow.

    Movies Unlimited does their own advertising for these exclusive titles, giving them advertising space on their homepage and on the front or back covers of their catalogs. The DD/CC/Importcds and Oldies.com exclusive titles don't get much advertising in comparison.
     
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    Does anyone know if Hell on Frisco Bay is likely to be released?
     
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    You see what I want is SALEM'S LOT (1979) in HD on a disc, not this horrid streaming which we all know deep in our hearts is PURE EVIL!
     
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    WAC's problem with releasing HD on disc is that the blu-ray committee has yet to approve MOD for blu-ray.

    I think WAC should just put these films out on BD-R anyway. Most new players will play single layer BD-R. If somebody's player doesn't play them, just send them a refund.
     
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    I have no intention of streaming but I do fear it will be a race against time to get the films we want out on blu-ray before streaming becomes mainstream. I may be wrong but I think consumers who stream are prepared to accept a lower picture/audio quality than collectors of packaged media, in the same way that audio downloads are of lesser quality than CD/vinyl.
     
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    Some of the new titles on Warner Instant haven't even been released on DVD or through the WAC yet (i.e. It's a Small World). I don't think we'll see many of these on blu-ray in the near future. Maybe blu-ray MOD will happen, but the streaming services are the best alternative at the moment--provided internet speed is up to snuff.
     
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    IT"S A SMALL WORLD has been available as a WAC DVD-R for a couple of years now.
     
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    Huh, you're right. Don't know how I missed that...
     
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    "Born to Dance" is still in-print on regular pressed DVD (the third volume of Warners' "Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory")... Will this be a revised print?
     
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    Warner Archive Collection: New Releases for 5/7/2013http://l.email-warnerbros.com/1x1.dyn?03EGgqr-CyONmh2oD5D-degxU=0 [​IMG] [​IMG] WARNER ARCHIVE HOMENEW RELEASESBESTSELLING DVDsFORWARD TO A FRIEND [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] SINCERELY YOURS (1955) Long before HBO took us Behind the Candelabra (thanks to the talents of Messrs. Soderbergh, Douglas and Damon) Władziu Valentino Liberace was a household one-name superstar, thanks to his smash hit syndicated TV series and Las Vegas revue, when Warner Bros. cast him in this remake of the George Arliss vehicle, The Man Who Played God. Under the stewardship of veteran camera hand Gordon Douglas, Liberace was backed-up by a first-rate supporting “string” section featuring Dorothy Malone, Joanne Dru and William Demarest. Mixing melodrama and music, Sincerely Yours depicts a maestro facing a future sans music, while his fiancée is finding romance with another. So what’s a fate-tossed bravura showman to do? Lip-read and interfere in his neighbors’ lives, that’s what! Liberace performs a score of songs in the film, rendering the cost of admission musically moot, including an extended nightclub scene that captures the lightning in a bottle that was Liberace live on stage complete with sighing spinsters. Newly Remastered 16x9 WIDESCREEN [​IMG] THE MONOGRAM COWBOY COLLECTION VOLUME SIX: JIMMY WAKELY Monogram’s ace cowboy crooner (and true country crossover pop star) Jimmy Wakely rides and warbles across a blistering six-gun sextet that captures two phases of his screen career. First up, we draw a pair of aces with two films where Jimmy shares the screen with John “Dusty” James and Lee “Lasses” White. Then we get a quartet featuring the comic turns of prolific number two man, Dub “Cannonball” Taylor. As an added bonus, Whip Wilson makes his Monogram debut alongside Jimmy in 1948’s Silver Trails. Collection includes:Riding the Dusty Trail aka Riders of the Dawn (1945) Three cowpokes and a baby! Lonesome Trail (1945) Bandits try to steal an election — and an entire town! The Rangers Ride (1948) Civil war vets take on a secret police state! Range Renegades (1948) Western royalty Jennifer Holt is the evil mastermind!Silver Trails (1948) Hear the crack of the Whip!Brand of Fear (1949) One of Wakely’s best — with superb versions of “There’s a Rainbow Over the Range” and “Cool Water.” Remastered from the best available 35mm film elements. [​IMG] STAMPEDE (1949)It’s a full-house of Western wonder as Rod Cameron, Gale Storm and Johnny Mack Brown team up for this tale of water rights and gunfights. When settlers arrive at the town of Blackwell, Arizona they discover that the McCall brothers (Rod Cameron and Don Castle) control the water, and the cattlemen aren’t inclined to share. 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Raised on an army post, the boy becomes a wild horse hunter and continues his quest for his lost pet who’s grown into a magnificent white stallion that leads a pack of wild horses. An early production from the legendary Walter Mirisch, starring Ben Johnson and a trio of future TV titans — Edgar Buchanan, Hayden Rorke, and Hugh Beaumont. [​IMG] RIDER ON A DEAD HORSE (1962) Allied Artists continues to step into the New Westerns of the 1960s with this six-gun saga that mixes seedy with its oats. Three prospectors (John Vivyan, Bruce Gordon and Charles Lampkin) bury their gold to protect it from Apache attack. No sooner than you can say “Sierra Madre”, greed turns the trio into a killer, a victim, and a corpse. But unfortunately for the killer, only the man he left for dead knows the way back to the secret cache. Also stars Kevin Hagen and Lisa Lu. 16x9 WIDESCREEN [​IMG] Have you checked out our new streaming service WARNER ARCHIVE INSTANT? 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