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Discussion in 'DVD' started by Ronald Epstein, Sep 18, 2009.
Ah, Sincerely Yours. I've been waiting for this one. Hopefully, it's a nice transfer and disc.
There are a ton of good titles only at WAC Instant like Hurricane Smith, Candidate Widescreen, Lean on Me Widescreen, Great Santini Widescreen, and Jimmy Stewart Show to name a few. I hope this aren't some only instant exclusive. I don't want WAC to go streaming, I want a real media disc. Hopefully these will come to the WAC on MOD disc soon. I've been wanting to see all of those properly for years! I've never seen the Jimmy Stewart Show and would really love to have it. I bought Hawkins and really enjoyed it. Also been hoping to replace my fullframe dvd of Lean on Me for years.
In it's initial Australian suburban and regional Cinema engagements during the early 50s "SINCERELY YOURS" was doubled up with "ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK"
I went with my rowdy Teenage Buddies to see "Rock Around The Clock" five times and had to endure "Sincerely Yours" (which was run first) on four occasions.
We just stayed in the lobby until interval the 5th time.
Because the cinemas running this miss-match had an audience full of Rockers, Liberace copped a lot of boos, heckles and
(Don't tell anyone but I secretly enjoyed "Sincerely Yours")
While not (and probably never) officially stated, a lot of people are still leaning the major reason they are putting some of the things not on DVD yet on the streaming service is to help raise money to fix some of the problems they have to tackle before DVD release. In some cases we should remember in contract language land, streaming counts the same as television distribution. Hence forth shows with music/rights/issues preventing DVD release are free in the clear for streaming.
WA is clearly a company that thinks longterm so i fully expect some of those membership fees for that streaming service are probably going to good use. Especially given WA's model is probably one of the few companies on the planet we can feel pretty safe being optimistic about. Since at the rate they are going as long as they don't go out of business they'll probably have a whole lot of the library available to the public via MOD. It's kind of crazy to really look at how much they have already gotten too when the program hasn't even hit the 5 year mark yet.
Streaming counts the same as TV distribution?
I find that hard to believe. Streaming is on demand. Like PPV. TV is programmed.
Yes, but streaming is essentially a "broadcast" just like TV and PPV or VOD are, hence the classification.
"broadcast" is a much better word that i honestly should have used. But either way point still stands the older agreements that need clearance for DVD/Blu don't plague the option to stream. Making it a perfect "in the mean time" thing (and on top of that the idea a lot of us think it's also a motive to help raise up more money towards fixing those problems)
Warner Archive Collection: New Releases for 5/21/2013http://l.email-warnerbros.com/1x1.dyn?0hEGgqr-CyBomh2oZiJkt-gxU=0 WARNER ARCHIVE HOME • NEW RELEASES • BESTSELLING DVDs • FORWARD TO A FRIEND A GUY NAMED JOE (1943) Van Johnson gets a very special guardian airman/angel in the person of Spencer Tracy in this beloved WWII aviation action romance that deftly mixes sentiment, charm, thrills, tears, and passion for a stirring patriotic brew. Victor Fleming directs a top-flight cast including Irene Dunne, Lionel Barrymore (in good guy mode), Ward Bond and Barry Nelson. One of the most requested titles in the library looks and sounds better than it has in decades! Newly Remastered STAND UP AND FIGHT (1939) Robert Taylor and Wallace Beery team-up in this antebellum saga of slavery and salvation. As stage coach lines battle the upstart railroads for supremacy, a disgraced Southern gentleman (Taylor) finds himself indentured to the tender mercies of a disgraceful stage line manager (Berry). As the two knock heads, they become embroiled in the fugitive slave trade — one looking for justice, the other to avoid guilt. They may triumph too — if they don’t kill each other first. Directed by W.S. Van Dyke with a script co-written by James Cain and co-starring Helen Broderick and Florence Rice. Newly Remastered THE POWER AND THE PRIZE (1956) A Pilgrim’s Progress for the Skyscraper set, Robert Taylor plays an up-and-coming master of the corporate universe who discovers he might still be possessed of both heart and conscience. It’s an easy leap to imagine Don Draper taking in the pic’s astounding art direction and leaping into the lifestyle while missing the message. Director Henry Koster assembles as good an ensemble as you’ll find this side of Sixth Avenue, including Burl Ives, Charles Coburn, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Mary Astor and Elisabeth Müller. Newly Remastered 16x9 WIDESCREEN THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN HAWKS (1959) An intriguing melange of Breaking Point, Maltese Falcon and Never Let Me Go (among others) The House of the Seven Hawks sets Taylor sailing just north of noir into Dutch waters and criminal quests. Replete with Nazi treasure, fat masterminds, fastidious henchmen, low-life pals, hulking brutes, and dual desperate dames laying claim to the same identity, this House demands a visit — or seven. Newly Remastered 16x9 WIDESCREEN CATTLE KING (1963) Taylor, in full-bore pistol patriarch mode, is all that stands between innocent ranchers and the unscrupulous speculators who demand the feds seize their land to establish a national cattle road. It’s a good thing he’s backed by a young Robert Loggia as Johnny Quatro, a gaucho who’s as fast with his temper as he is with his guns. And just wait ’til President Chester A. Arthur (Larry Gates) shows up! Directed by Tay Garnett, also starring William Windom, Robert Middleton and Joan Caulfield. Newly Remastered 16x9 WIDESCREEN MASSACRE RIVER (1949) Western titans Rory Calhoun, Steve Brodie and Guy Madison team up to star in a tale of tragedy and romance set along the knife’s edge that was the Indian frontier. As two cavalry officers duel for the attentions and affections of the local lovelies, desperate criminals prepare to fleece an innocent femme. Are the waters of the Wachupi about to run red — again? Also stars Iron Eyes Cody. GROWING PAINS: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON (1987-88) It’s as eighties as it gets in the third season of this family favorite sit-com, as the Seavers survive a Hawaiian vacation, robbery, two-timing romance (with a young Brad Pitt), Twilight Zone tonsillectomies (with Alan Hale, Jr, steering the ride) and Maggie’s (Joanna Kerns) return to the workplace at a TV station. It’s a good thing the clan has its own live-in pater-therapist (Alan Thicke) as the two elder Seaver kids (Kirk Cameron and Tracey Gold) inch ever closer to graduation. THE MASK OF DIMITRIOS (1944) This crackerjack piece of crime caper from director Jean Negulesco stars two icons, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre and is ready to ship! Adapted from the Eric Ambler thriller, this tale follows a crime writer played by Lorre, hunt up the life story of the despicable, deceased Dimitrios (Zachary Scott, in his screen debut). Newly Remastered — Now Shipping! Warner Archive Instant lets you watch hundreds of rare and hard-to-find movies and TV shows, direct from the studio vaults to you. Classics, cult faves, midnight mondos, one-season wonders and more from legendary studios such as Warner Bros., MGM, RKO, Lorimar and Allied Artists, many of them available for the first time in streaming High Definition 1080p via your Roku. Watch as much as you want, new movies and TV shows added regularly and you may cancel at any time. For more info, to browse our line-up and to start your 2 week free trial.
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Some great Robert Taylor titles here, long overdue. But where is Rogue Cop?
I would love to see the demographics on MODs from all studios. I would guess many older males are eating up those westerns as they are consistently being released. For a genre that has supposedly been on life support since the late 70's, it's amazing how attractive it must still be for a certain group of buyers and obviously successful for the studios.
I keep thinking about this and find that ironic as well. The western is the best represented for TV on DVD and probably the best represented genre for movies on DVD so obviously they sell. Yet the western is suppossed to be bad for TV and movie business since the late 70's. Maybe the studios need to re-evaluate this stance/view and maybe its that many of the recent western failures were just not good movies instead of the genre being dead.
Anybody else having problems with their wishlist on WAC? I probably had 100 titles on my wishlist, but now there are only 20 titles on it and I can't add anything else. How am I supposed to remember all the titles I wanted? It will be a lot of work to go through their entire catalog to try and recreate my list.
hoping for target zero and the naked and the dead.
what war movies are left for warner to release.
I'm experiencing the same situation as you, Mark-P. I don't use Facebook, Twitter, etc., so maybe someone who does can contact WAC and alert them. It does affect their business.
Finally, A Guy Named Joe.
Hope the improved picture quality was worth the wait!
Yes, there are still issues as of this morning with wishlists on both the WAC site and the WBShop site. It appears that only the first page is displayed. I have alerted them of this and have not received a reply yet.
In regard to the WAC wishlist issue mentioned above, I received a reply-
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Movies Unlimited are selling Warner Archives titles @ $12.99 for a short period. Very wide selection too.
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Roger Moore is the Dauphin that rules her heart, while Marisa Pavan is the de Medici that schemes to still it. Screenplay by literary lion Christopher Isherwood, with a cast of character greats such as Cedric Hardwicke, Henry Daniell, and Michael Ansara. Directed by David Miller. Newly Remastered 16x9 WIDESCREEN THE MERRY WIDOW (1934) Oft’ made operetta The Merry Widow gets the Lubitsch treatment in this frothy concoction from the closing days of the pre-Code era. Light and airy, but loaded with down-to-earthy entendre, this version of The Merry Widow is as charming as its stars, Jeanette MacDonald and Maurice Chevalier. Director Ernst Lubitsch’s last musical is a triumph on all notes, and highlight of MacDonald’s sassy, sexy pre-Eddy persona. Also stars Edward Everett Horton, Una Merkel and Donald Meek. Newly Remastered THE CAT & THE FIDDLE (1934) Silent screen heartthrob Ramon Novarro makes time with Jeanette MacDonald in this operetta about a pair of star-crossed composers. It’s love at first sight for Victor (Novarro) when he alights in American Shirley Sheridan’s (MacDonald) taxi on the streets of Brussels. Not so much for Shirley, but thanks to Victor’s rooftop jumping and musical arrangement, Shirley soon sings Victor’s praises. But fame and a lothario impresario (Frank Morgan) are waiting to drive the pair apart. With Charles Butterworth and Jean Hersholt. Newly Remastered LET FREEDOM RING (1939) Nelson Eddy goes undercover to fight the power of the railroad barons in this patriotic paean to freedom filmed when the country was at the brink of war. Eddy plays Steve Logan who returns to his hometown in the West after a stint at law school he finds his hometown under the grasp of railroader Jim Knox (Edward Arnold), Logan pulls a Pimpernel by saddling up to Knox while secretly running a populist underground paper. Jack Conway directs from a script by Ben Hecht and a cast that includes Virginia Bruce, Victor McLaglen, Lionel Barrymore, Guy Kibbee and Charles Butterworth. Newly Remastered EXECUTIVE SUITE (1954) Legendary producer John Houseman assembled a dream team of A-listers to bring this big biz drama to the screen. William Holden, June Allyson, Barbara Stanwyck, Fredric March, Walter Pidgeon, Shelley Winters, and Paul Douglas are just a few of the actors who generously give their best in service to the story, with no light outshining another. Stanwyck in particular proves the adage “there are no small parts, just small actors.” Robert Wise directs from an Ernest Lehman script. 16x9 WIDESCREEN THE SILVER CHALICE (1954) Method-master Paul Newman may have felt out of his milieu in his debut role in this biblical epic about the origins of the Holy Grail, but The Silver Chalice still shines with its own unique cinematic luster. Eschewing traditional sand saga art direction, famed director Victor Saville cloaks the action inside the abstract, highlighting the theatrical — a choice that may have been influenced by the film’s cast of Broadway headliners and Jack Palance’s show stealing role as Simon Magus. With Virginia Mayo, Pier Angeli, E.G. Marshall, Lorne Greene and Natalie Wood. 16x9 WIDESCREEN A BIG HAND FOR THE LITTLE LADY (1966) Joanne Woodward heads an all-star ensemble in this razor sharp cardshark western dramatic comedy. Once a year, the five richest men in Laredo (Charles Bickford, Kevin McCarthy, Jason Robards, Robert Middleton, John Qualen) drop everything for a marathon game of sky high stakes poker. When a settler with a gambling problem (Henry Fonda) stumbles into their game, it’s his wife (Woodward) that’s forced to play out the hand, or lose everything. 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