Dear Warner Bros…A Little Respect For A Top Earner Of Yours: Clint Eastwood

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I cannot for my life understand why WHITE HUNTER BLACK HEART and BRONCO BILLY (plus maybe one or two others) have remained unreleased on Blu-ray. I’d have thought his entire WB catalog would have long ago gone to Blu. This guy has earned you more money than just about anyone, yet….

Please.

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  1. cineastdan

    I would add Bird and Honkytonk Man to that list. I hope Warner Archive will release them soon.

    The 4 titles mentioned in this thread were all very personal projects for Eastwood and while they may have not made loads of money at the box office they would probably sell a lot better than some of the Warner archive releases, plus as Dick says it would show some respect for Clint Eastwood to release them on Blu-ray.

  2. Dick

    I cannot for my life understand why WHITE HUNTER BLACK HEART and BRONCO BILLY (plus maybe one or two others) have remained unreleased on Blu-ray. I'd have thought his entire WB catalog would have long ago gone to Blu. This guy has earned you more money than just about anyone, yet….

    Please.

    Wish WB would farm out their titles. I would buy every 80's Eastwood movie on BD. 'White Hunter Black Heart' is one of my favorite films of the 80's.

  3. Not to divert the thread, but WB's not the only studio showing too little respect for Clint lately. Shout (or should I point the finger at MGM, the licensor?) just announced a new 'Select' release: "Hang Em High: 50th Anniversary Edition" – featuring new commentaries and (apparently) the SAME OLD TRANSFER as the old MGM disc. The older transfer, while by no means bad, simply isn't to 2018 standards, or 2010 standards for that matter. The film itself may not be Clint's best – admittedly that's a high bar to reach – it's a major fan favorite and atleast a B+ Western, containing many memorable scenes and even more memorable lines ("Then I'll get you there dead, boy…"). It clearly deserves better than this..

  4. BRAD1963

    I think they give him much respect. Eventually the remaining titles will show up as WAC releases. You just have to have patience.

    Haven't seen an Eastwood release announced for years. And my patience is limited because I am almost 70 and in declining health. I realize that's a selfish way of looking at it, but I rather naturally hope my wish list will be narrowed to the bone by the time I grow too sick to even care about watching movies anymore. But, of course, it is what it is.

  5. All of these Eastwood films are streaming in HD. The material's there for Blu-rays, just have to wait to see if they'll materialize. Maybe his new film will encourage activity in the vaults, not that BRONCO BILLY, BIRD, HONKYTONK MAN and WHITE HUNTER, BLACK HEART were hits.

  6. Bob Cashill

    All of these Eastwood films are streaming in HD. The material's there for Blu-rays, just have to wait to see if they'll materialize. Maybe his new film will encourage activity in the vaults, not that BRONCO BILLY, BIRD, HONKYTONK MAN and WHITE HUNTER, BLACK HEART were hits.

    Neither were BREEZY, THE EIGER SANCTION and THE BEGUILED, but they're all out somewhere on Blu.

  7. As with many WB catalog titles once out on DVD they seemed to be abandoned. A number of Eastwood titles were done for Laserdisc and the DVDs were merely ports of those.

    My big hope is to maybe one day FINALLY have a release of DIRTY HARRY with its original mono mix intact instead of a stereoized 2.0 or the worse 5.1 remix. No release I have yet found has mono.

  8. Bob Cashill

    All of these Eastwood films are streaming in HD. The material's there for Blu-rays, just have to wait to see if they'll materialize. Maybe his new film will encourage activity in the vaults, not that BRONCO BILLY, BIRD, HONKYTONK MAN and WHITE HUNTER, BLACK HEART were hits.

    If Iยดm not mistaken "Bronco Billy" was a hit.

  9. darkrock17

    Clint Eastwood doesn't seem to be one of their cash cow titles unlike say Oz or Casablanca.

    The Wizard of Oz and Casablanca are isolated "Cash Cow" titles;
    whereas this is a thread and topic that is addressing a collective body of work.

    BTW, we are sorely in need of "Bird"; which won the Oscar for Best Sound.
    France has been selling "Bird" on BD for quite some time, so why can't us Region "A" folks get ours, too?
    And, yes, I'm aware of the BD inclusion of "Bird" in the Boxed Set; but I'm not buying the box.
    "Bird" is ready, "Bird" exists and "Bird" must finally fly free from its nest.

  10. PMF

    The Wizard of Oz and Casablanca are isolated "Cash Cow" titles;
    whereas this is a thread and topic that is addressing a collective body of work.

    BTW, we are sorely in need of "Bird"; which won the Oscar for Best Sound.
    France has been selling "Bird" on BD for quite some time, so why can't us Region "A" folks get ours, too?
    And, yes, I'm aware of the BD inclusion of "Bird" in the Boxed Set; but I'm not buying the box.
    "Bird" is ready, "Bird" exists and "Bird" must finally fly free from its nest.

    So Bird is the word? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Out of 72 acting credits and several others as a director that he did not also star in, to name four movies that frankly weren’t that great and were not big hits (other than Bronco Billy, which I never liked) as a sign that Warner Bros isn’t showing Clint Eastwood proper respect (despite the fact the vast majority of his catalog IS on Blu-ray, seems a little ridiculous.

  12. I was thrilled back in 2002 when Warner released Firefox on DVD along with that vintage documentary from the time. I was delighted again in 2011 when they released it on Blu-ray. I've always loved the movie and thinks it's quite underrated, but commend Warner for showing it some respect. One of the best espionage films in my book. I care a little less about the flying scenes, but that's how the book was written so I don't blame Clint for the shortcomings of the final 45 minutes or so. I really think in today's climate of limited-series/mini-series on streaming services like Netflix, they could make a decent 3-6 episode season arc between the first book/movie and the sequel, "Firefox Down". As the sequel picks up literally the very second the first one ends it could all just be one season. Just throwing that out there. ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. AcesHighStudios

    Out of 72 acting credits and several others as a director that he did not also star in, to name four movies that frankly weren't that great and were not big hits (other than Bronco Billy, which I never liked) as a sign that Warner Bros isn't showing Clint Eastwood proper respect (despite the fact the vast majority of his catalog IS on Blu-ray, seems a little ridiculous.

    Many, many humble apologies for seeming ridiculous. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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