Warner, give us a Xmas present: MARTIN SCORSESE COLLECTION box set

Mark Edward Heuck

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No one would argue the merit of the terrific box set Warner created for director Stanley Kubrick, and while some may question the motives of making similar box sets for Clint Eastwood and Oliver Stone, they are very good directors who deserve the one-stop treatment.
Yet I find it inconceivable that Warner has not even hinted at any activity to commemorate arguably America's greatest living director, Martin Scorsese. Especially when so many of his great movies are owned by them. And while most of them have been issued on DVD, they are early, imperfect presentations well worth remastering. In-house alone, there is
WHO'S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR
MEAN STREETS
ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE
THE KING OF COMEDY
AFTER HOURS
GOODFELLAS
All these deserve new anamorphic transfers, especially GOODFELLAS, an early "flipper" disc that would easily benefit from the now commonplace dual-layering technique. Then, if so inclined, Warner could continue their sublicensing arrangements with Columbia, Universal, and Disney to include TAXI DRIVER, THE COLOR OF MONEY, CAPE FEAR, THE AGE OF INNOCENCE, CASINO, and KUNDUN.
C'mon gents, Mr. Scorsese has a big picture for Xmas. 1999's release of the Kubrick DVD's with EYES WIDE SHUT should be proof that a new film stirs interest in the old work.
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Count me in! I worship at the shrine of Martin Scorsese. He and Kubrick are my only movie gods.

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Dome Vongvises

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Let me be the first to say, NOT YET!!!
For one thing, he's still making movies (Looking foward to seeing Gangs of New York)
Second thing, most other box sets had a theme (eg. Clint Eastwood's Man with No Name Trilogy) or commemorated somebody dead (eg. Kubrick).
I like Martin Scorsese's work and he's done several movies, but to have a box set now would be a little premature IMHO. It'd make much more sense if he wait and let him finish his career out.
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DonaldB

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Dome, DVD might be a dead format before Scorsese finishes his career. He's not that old. He already has enough classics to warrant a big ol' set right now.
Warner can always put out an HD-DVD (or whatever future format comes along) set years from now.
 

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Good idea. Put me down for a box.
But what about The Last Waltz? Who owns the rights to that? If it's Warner, that one needs to be included!
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My ~10 year old VHS tape of The Last Waltz is MGM.
MGM also owns (owned?) New York, New York (They probably also hold the license to the only Scorsese film I've never seen, Boxcar Bertha which was an Orion picture).
And, since Warner & Columbia have collaborated on box sets before, they could include The Age of Innocence as well.
The one thing I'd hate to think is that Warner is purposely sitting on all things Scorsese to coincide with the release of his next to next project, Dino which is a WB property. We'd be talking about a Lucas-esque wait on our hands then.
 

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Second thing, most other box sets had a theme (eg. Clint Eastwood's Man with No Name Trilogy) or commemorated somebody dead (eg. Kubrick).
Really? What about these:
WOODY ALLEN COLLECTION (MGM)
AL PACINO COLLECTION (Warner)
AL PACINO COLLECTION (Universal)
ADAM SANDLER COLLECTION (Universal)
CLINT EASTWOOD COLLECTION (Warner)
EDDIE MURPHY COLLECTION (Universal)
JET LI COLLECTION (Buena Vista)
JOHN SINGLETON COLLECTION (Columbia)
OLIVER STONE COLLECTION (Warner)
ROBERT DENIRO COLLECTION (Warner)
RON HOWARD COLLECTION (Universal)
SPIKE LEE COLLETION (Universal)
STEVEN SEAGAL COLLETION (Warner)
WOLFGANG PETERSON COLLECTION (Columbia)
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Mark Edward Heuck

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As Monty Python would say, "Here here, well spoken Bruce!" err, Jeff.
Bottom line is that anyone who has a moment of heat can get a box set or titles boxed into a promo set, dead or alive. Shouldn't a director who each day falls off more film lovers' lips be a lock for preservation like this?
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Mark Edward Heuck

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Okay, Brothers Warner. I know you've sneaked off to the competion's website to get a first look at the GANGS OF NEW YORK trailer, you know Mr. Scorsese's gonna do it again and do it well. So get those elements ready and make some bank on America's best director, why doncha?
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Eh, I could care less about Gangs of New York. Looks kinda...Zzzzzz...however, I'd pick up a SE of Goodfellas if Warner Bros. issued one.
 

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The only problem with a Scorsese box set is that a year later Warner will release a substitute box set that corrects all the mistakes they made the first time out, and we'll all be left with the first box set which we paid dearly for. It happened with Kubrick, it can happen with Scorsese.
 

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I don't know that I need a Box Set, but I strongly agree that the majority of this directors great movies deserve much better transfers than they have (although I really like Columbia's SE of Taxi Driver).
The fact that the majority of Scorsese's movies have not received top notch DVD treatment is a travesty!
I am anticipating that Universal's release of Cape Fear will be a very good DVD, and hopefully his other movies will soon receive the same treatment!
I am a huge Scorsese fan, and would buy nearly every movie he has made except for the fact that the DVD's are of low quality.
 

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Does Warners have the rights to King of Comedy? Isn't this a Lorimar release that went through Columbia for its VHS/laserdisc incarnations.
As for The Last Waltz, MGM is releasing this next year in an extended, remastered version; there was a lengthy thread about this a few months ago after a report about the film was published in Rolling Stone.
I'd love to see these films as well. Does Criterion still have the rights to all of the Scorsese shorts?
 

Mark Edward Heuck

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THE KING OF COMEDY had been released to theatres by 20th Century Fox, but this was one of the first films fully financed by producer Arnon Milchan, and as such, he retained the rights. It had been initially issued on tape and laser by Columbia. When Milchan's Regency company began their long affiliation with WB, WB acquired video rights to THE KING OF COMEDY, and reissued it on tape. Therefore, it's logical to believe they have first dibs on issuing a DVD.
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I don't know about a box set, but I do wish Warners would put Who's That Knocking At My Door on DVD. I've been able to catch it a couple of times on cable, but I'd rather have it on DVD. Any word on this or any of the others? Wasn't a Goodfellas SE rumoured last year? Did all talk about that die, or is it really in the works?
 

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