No way Warner! I would not spend another dime on these reissues. How about giving us some films we have not seen before? How about--THE GREAT RACE---RYANS DAUGHTER--HEAVEN AND EARTH---FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD---LOCAL HERO---GOODBYE MR CHIPS---GOODBYE GIRL---MICHAEL COLLINS---PENNIES FROM HEAVEN--PACIFIC HEIGHTS. I have asked about these films at Warner archives and they say they have no plans to release them.
When "Ben Hur" first came out on Blu, I passed on the single release because it didn't include the 1925 version, and I passed on the megabox because I didn't need the box 'o junk at whatever the price was just to get that extra. So if I can now get both versions of Ben Hur on Blu for about $20, that sounds like a win.
Everything else... well... Warner does seem to be big on reissues. I can't blame them for trying to make an extra buck, even if I have no need to repurchase the same transfer of a title I already have. But the Ben Hur release containing both versions is maybe a positive sign.. perhaps they will re-issue some other formerly "box 'o junk" titles that had exclusive bonus discs with that bonus content but without the unwieldy packaging. For instance, the "Scarlet Edition" of Gone With The Wind, which includes all of the box of junk disc features without the box, has been out of print for some time. If they put a similar version out on this line, I'd probably pick it up.
The thing is that WB has remastered versions of many titles playing at film festivals and such, but the Blu-ray reissues don't contain the most recent remasterings. They are the same transfers as before.
I'm also through with buying titles over and over again. Unless a reissue offers substantially improved picture quality over the initial Blu-ray release, it will be a pass for me.
Here's hoping they stop spinning their wheels on these reissues and concentrate on titles new to Blu-ray, while there's still a marketplace to do it.
What's it going to take to get the Val Lewton thrillers, Busby Berkeley musicals and the hundreds (if not thousands) of Warner Bros, RKO and pre-1986 MGM titles to Blu-ray? A handful of classic releases a year just isn't cutting it.
Though it's a shame that so much recycling is going on (I'd much rather they lived up to their promise about the multi-versioin Blu ray of Show Boat, and if they brought out Fred and Ginger!) I will be grabbing the Ben Hur as I really like the silent version. Since I never bought the single-disc Ben Hur, it makes a good reason to dip in this time.