Notorious (1946) and Spellbound??

Does anyone know what happened to the Blu-rays of Notorious (1946) and Spellbound? These two were released along with Rebecca by MGM back in 2012. The Rebecca disc continues to be available and there is another Criterion Rebecca disc that was released in 2017. However, the Notorious (1946) and Spellbound are both of out print for some reason. My understanding is that ABC owns the rights to all three films… so what’s up? You could say Criterion is preparing discs for both, maybe but why is the Rebecca MGM blu ray still in print!?

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  1. I know where my copies of those Blu-rays are. On the shelf, next to the other Hitchcocks.
    Although I did augment the group with the Criterion Rebecca. I'd be happy to augment the other two with Criterion editions as well.

  2. Kevin EK

    I know where my copies of those Blu-rays are. On the shelf, next to the other Hitchcocks.
    Although I did augment the group with the Criterion Rebecca. I'd be happy to augment the other two with Criterion editions as well.

    Same here.

  3. I don’t find the ABC Blu-rays to be bare bones. They have commentaries, radio play versions directed by Hitchcock and other goodies. Granted, they may feel bare bones when compared to Criterion, but I always want to be fair on this stuff…

  4. Garysb

    Wouldn't Kino have these films via their Disney deal which seems to include all the Selznick films in the ABC library.

    Not necessarily. Mr. Lime mentioned that a small batch are not with Kino, and since Criterion has re-released two of their four OOP ABC titles, the odds are good that they regained the rights to these two.

  5. TravisR

    Nothing more than a guess but since Criterion released Rebecca last fall, I figure that Spellbound will come out this fall and Notorious will be out in fall 2019.

    Why do you think 2019 and not 2018?

  6. Derrick King

    Straw Dogs and Rebecca, both came out last year in new 4K transfers. Unless there is a big problem with the elements, I suspect that both Notorious and Spellbound are coming later this year .

    Hmm. May be a good time to sell my mgm copies then. I’ll want the new versions..

  7. Osato

    Hmm. May be a good time to sell my mgm copies then. I’ll want the new versions..

    If you care about the special features, a Criterion release for Spellbound & Notorious probably will not carry over most of the special features from the MGM discs. Criterion's Rebecca disc didn't so I think I'm safe in assuming it won't happen for the other two either.

  8. Osato

    Hmm. May be a good time to sell my mgm copies then. I’ll want the new versions..

    Yes, but hold on to the MGM's long enough to check the supplements. NOTORIOUS and SPELLBOUND were actually great discs, and loaded with bonus features, some of which might not turn up on any future releases.

  9. Dick

    Yes, but hold on to the MGM's long enough to check the supplements. NOTORIOUS and SPELLBOUND were actually great discs, and loaded with bonus features, some of which might not turn up on any future releases.

    Exactly, I’m keeping the MGM 3 disc set until I see what the special features are on the next Notorious and Spellbound

  10. Good points. If you're a fan of Hitch and special features: The Criterion Rebecca disc has a good deal of supplemental material, however, none of the MGM bonus material is ported over (including a commentary by Richard Schickel). This means the other two discs will likely not see their materials on the Criterion disc (if it happens).

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