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Discussion in 'DVD' started by Ronald Epstein, Sep 18, 2009.
Very pleased to see The Hook get (presumably) a proper release--another Korean War film off my list!
Five films from my wishlist knocked off in one fell swoop. Great week.
I have the original Of Human Bondage... and Night Must Fall.. Ill have to check out the remakes
Hey! Some real rarities there! My credit card will be working overtime.
Looks like a few war releases for Veterans day in there.
TWILIGHT OF HONOR features a very rare, perhaps only, performance by Pat Buttram as a reprehensible villain. Similar to when Andy Devine played a serious cop in PETE KELLY'S BLUES, it's really nice to see these beloved actors playing against type.
It's a shame that the TOH release won't include the TCM short with remembrances by Richard Chamberlain about the production and about working with Claude Rains. I know the Archive releases are supposed to be no frills, but it's too bad that they have all these resources from TCM at their disposal and have the potential to add some quality extras with seemingly little effort and staying relatively "in house" (given that TCM and the WA have the same corporate owner).
One would think, but it seems WB keeps a very watchful eye on the relatively thin WAC budget and one of their conditions is "no extras". The experimented with them in the past on very rare occasions. Again, it looks like their budget doesn't give them much wiggle room in that department.
Also despite the corporate umbrella it does cost WHV & the WAC to license from TCM. Getting something from TCM isn't as easy as simply getting something directly owned by WB. The Turner/TCM stuff apparently is separately owned and requires going through licensing channels.
i remember seeing it on either tbs or tnt years ago and in color..
It was colorized. TBS/TNT used to show lots of colorized movies in the 80's and 90's.
Yep, Ted Turner's momentary push of major colorization efforts in the WB, MGM & RKO library that people have been trying hard to forgive and forget.
I did watch a few for curiosity's sake. They were simply awful. I think 42nd Street was the worst trying to paint those backstage areas with brownish bricks that turned the entire screen into a brown blob.
I don't believe colorization has ever been perfected. It STILL looks like somebody has painted the frame with crayons. Those Shirley Temple colorizations were the WORST. She always looked like she had jaundice.
While I always prefer the original B&W version, I must admit the colorized Harryhausen 20 Million Miles To Earth DVD looks quite nice. The DVD gives you the option of watching either version.
That's interesting and the first I've heard of the licensing fees between them, but I'm sure it has to do with the vagaries of corporate accounting. It does however make sense given how rarely anything from TCM shows up on a WB release. As for Ted Turner and colorization, don't forget that TCM, the greatest network in the history of television, was more or less his apology for that.
Till the End of Time is now available from Warner Archive.
Ordered DR. GILLESPIE Collection this afternoon. Received shipping notice tonight. That was a quick turn around.
The WA site currently has a "Buy 2 Get 1 Free" sale goin' on...
The Dr. Gillespie Movie Collection are pressed discs. The transfers look excellent.
Is this the reason why Warner often strips former retail titles of their extras when they're reissued in Archive editions? Off the top of my head, "Corvette Summer", "Disorderlies", "Wise Guys", "The Year Of Living Dangerously" and "Personal Best" lost their trailers when they went to the Archive, and "Pennies From Heaven" lost the featurette and commentary track.
I'm also wondering if the Christopher Guest mockumentary films will lose their extras as they go to the Archive. I saw that "Best In Show" went there...It makes me nervous for what will happen if "A Mighty Wind" and "For Your Consideration" land there as well.
I can understand not including extras for titles that were never released to retail, but it seems disappointing that Warner (and Sony, for that matter) eliminate the extras from the MOD releases. Does a trailer really cost that much?
I think the proof that Warner Archive titles don't really have extras anymore is that the thread about MOD movies with trailers is rarely updated nowadays.
I think it may be more of a space saving decision. Stripping the extras may make the difference between having to use a dual-layer disc instead of a single-layer one.