Warner's U.K. releases...a foreshadowing of R1 items?

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  1. David Lambert

    David Lambert Executive Producer

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    I'm not here to discuss R2 releases, per se. But I found a post at the discussion forum for DVDFile. The subject is "I have the (UK) Warner schedule for next year, and it looks mighty impressive...".
    The poster felt that many of the items on that list would be a foreshadowing of R1 releases. I must agree to the possibility. While there are many things on that list which are already out in the USA (Firefox jumps out at you quickly), there are a boatload of, um, interesting titles on that list.
    Here is a subset of what I consider to be the most fascinating mentions on that list (and skipping everything already hinted at in other HTF posts, like High Society):
    I'm sure many of us can find a few things on that list to drool over!
    • I would assume that listings like "Color Purple" and "Christmas Story" would be SE revisits. I would hope so, anyway!
    • Looney Tunes would rock my world.
    • Did someone mention a 2-disc version of The Right Stuff? Oh my God, that's what I've been waiting for!!!
    Keep in mind that the original list has nothing backing it up as being factual. But what if it's true? If they can release these in R2, they can release these in R1. Right? Oh please, oh please, oh please, oh please...
     
  2. Jeff Ulmer

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    Hmm, the only things interesting to me there are Soylent Green, Omega Man and The Hunger, though who knows if domestic rights are the same for all of these.
     
  3. PatrickL

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    Thanks for pointing this out! I looked at the full list and was also pleased to see This Boy's Life and three Scorsese titles - After Hours, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, and Who's That Knocking At My Door.
     
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  5. Jeff Ulmer

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    I see Point Blank is in that list, if so, I hope it's the Boorman version.
     
  6. Sean Moon

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    LOONEY TUNES!!!! In the immortal words of Daffy Duck:


    WHOO! WHOO! WHOO-HOO! WHOO-HOO! HOO! WHOO!

    Seperating the sets according to character is a great idea I think. There might be some overlapping over the sets, but I frankly do not care. I dont want to buy a speedy gonzales set just to get one daffy cartoon if you know what I mean.

    Damn...just drooling thinking about Looney Tunes sets. The Bugs and Daffy ones are the things dreams could be made of. Some of the greatest and funniest shorts ever created.

    "Little does he know I am wearing my disintegration-proof vest. You may fire when ready good sir!" (fires gun, Daffy is disintegrated with only the vest remaining. Porky "reintegrates"him. Then daffy gets his disintegrating pistol) "HA! Little did you know I brought my disintegrating pistol! And brother when it disintegrates, it disintegrates!" (Pulls trigger and the gun disintegrates) "Well...whadda ya know. It...disintegrated."
     
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    Wait...isnt Deer Hunter a Universal title? Why is it on Warners list? Or am I missing something here?
     
  8. Joseph DeMartino

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    The most interesting thing in that list to me is Babylon 5 S2 being listed for May, and S3 being listed for September. The preliminary U.S. schedule was S2 in April (probably late in the month) and S3 in November. Two releases a year, roughly six months apart, like The X-Files. But there's only four months between May and September. Pity the list doesn't go out to December. I have a feeling we might see S4 listed then. Because Warner Home Video didn't start work on S2 until they saw the initial sales figures for S1, there is probably no way they could release it any sooner than late April/early May on either side of the Atlantic. But if the sales of S1 have given them enough confidence to start work on S3 before S2 is even released, we could easily see an accelerate release and end up with the full series six months earlier than we expected - spring 2004 instead of winter. [​IMG]
    I'm liking this a lot. [​IMG]
    Regards,
    Joe
     
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  10. Sean Moon

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    Thanks Jeff
     
  11. David Lambert

    David Lambert Executive Producer

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    Sean, Jeff gave you the right answer. In putting that list up, I tried to omit items that I knew Warner did not hold the R1 rights to. However, in my rush I missed that Deer Hunter should be omitted. Solyent Green probably should be omitted, too...isn't that Fox in R1? There might be others in the same situation; I'm not sure at this hour of the morning. Yawn. [​IMG]
     
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    The Right Stuff Special Edition would be real nice. As to why they would give to R2 first is beyond me, since it is about the American space program. Maybe it's more popular over there, who knows?
     
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    What a thoroughly depressing list...for my wallet! There's more on that list that I want than I don't want. I'm going to be so poor at the end of 2k3! [​IMG]
     
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    I see The Haunting is on that list - for late September next year.

    Presumably this is the Robert Wise classic?
     
  17. DonaldB

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    Some other notable releases not yet mentioned:
    February
    Jean-Luc Godard Double Feature: Alphaville & Une Femme Est Une Femme (Godard, France) Warner [R2-UK]
    Jean Renoir Double Feature: La Bete Humaine & Le Crime de Monsieur Lange (Renoir, France) Warner/Canal Plus [R2-UK]
    Luis Bunuel Double Feature: Diary Of A Chambermaid & The Milky Way (Bunuel, France) Warner [R2-UK]
    May
    Belle de Jour (Luis Bunuel, France) Warner/Canal Plus [R2-UK]
    Un Homme Et Une Femme (Claude Lelouch, France) Warner [R2-UK]
    Ran (Akira Kurosawa, Japan) Warner/Canal Plus [R2-UK]
    It'll be interesting to see if Belle de Jour and Ran will be improvements over their R1 counterparts from Miramax and Wellspring, respectively. The Milky Way has long been one of my favorites from Bunuel and I'm especially grateful to see that's on the way.
     
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  19. Gordon McMurphy

    Gordon McMurphy Producer

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    I'll definately be buying the following...
    Giant: 2 Disc SE
    The Right Stuff: Special Edition
    The Deer Hunter: Special Edition
    The Omega Man
    Soylent Green
    Casablanca: Special Edition
    Goodfellas: Special Edition
    Ice Cold In Alex
    The Dam Busters
    Once Upon A Time In America: Special Edition (2 Disc)
    Death In Venice
    How The West Was Won
    The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
    The Haunting
    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
    After Hours
    Who's That Knocking At My Door
    The Hill
    The guy's post might be hoax, but I have a feeling it isn't. If I could have 100% definitive proof that the above DVDs are going to be released on region 1 or 2, then I'd be ecstatic. Time, as ever, will tell.
    Gordy
     

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