Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Wants Your Votes

Starting today, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is giving you the opportunity to vote for your favorites on 4K Ultra HD! First, Sony wants to hear about what “modern classic” from their library you’d want to see on 4K Ultra HD disc in a special gift set, coming in 2020…then vote for up to three other titles for the studio to consider in the future. Visit the below link to vote for your favorites and feel free to share this with your friends!

SPHE 4K Ultra HD Survey

Don’t miss out, make your voice heard and vote by June 30th.

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Todd Erwin

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  1. Thanks, Todd — but, with apologies, I'm not interested in any of the titles offered, in 4K or otherwise.

    What I would like from Sony is a 3D blu ray of 1983's Spacehunter. They released it via Mill Creek in 2D and I'm sure sales of that have underwhelmed; a 3D release would get a very different kind of reception.

  2. Lawrence was mine too. How Sony could do a survey and NOT include it as a viable candidate, considering the Blu was mastered in 4K, is frankly, beyond me. Oh well, here’s to hoping they do a Lawrence disc in the future.

  3. Josh Steinberg

    Maybe it’s not included because they’ve already determined that they will be releasing it at some point. That to me is the most logical explanation.

    Perhaps, but, I look at it as an opportunity as affirmation to them on how much we want this on 4K/UHD disc.

  4. I wrote in Sahara with Bogart because the DVD isn’t great and there isn’t even a BD – I’d love to see this properly cleaned up. I can’t imagine anyone else voted for it so I have no allusions that it’s immediately forthcoming, but I figure it can’t hurt to let them know that at least one person remembers that movie.

  5. Josh Steinberg

    I wrote in Sahara with Bogart because the DVD isn’t great and there isn’t even a BD – I’d love to see this properly cleaned up. I can’t imagine anyone else voted for it so I have no allusions that it’s immediately forthcoming, but I figure it can’t hurt to let them know that at least one person remembers that movie.

    Josh,

    That film is among my favorite films of all-time, but I would be very happy with a Blu-ray release of it. In the meantime, my HD Digital of it will have to suffice for now. Considering the 4K/UHD format, I thought asking for "Lawrence of Arabia" with a 4K DCP already prepared was more appropriate for my request.

  6. I'm not 4K equipped, but if I were, out of the list of titles they provided I would want Big Fish the most. Since there was a large enough space for write-in votes to include comments, I also wrote in that if they are doing Big Fish, it should retain the extras from the DVD (which, except for the commentary, were all dropped from the Blu-ray edition.) I'd really like a Blu-ray double dip of this which corrects this oversight so I can dump my old DVD.

    I didn't even think about Lawrence in this context because I assumed there already was a 4K version of it. It seems like such an obvious title to go 4K, I would launch with it if I were in charge of the studio's 4K output.

    Most of the films they included in the survey are more modern — like The Mask of Zorro from 1998 and Big Fish from 2003 — so maybe they didn't include Lawrence because they are focusing the survey on more recent films. It's a classic, but it's not an especially recent classic.

  7. I forgot to mention that I have several of the titles listed by Sony already in 4K in my iTunes digital library. Most of them are only 4K without any HDR, but a few do have Dolby Vision.

    1776 4K
    21/21 Jump Street 4K/Dolby Vision
    My Best Friend's Wedding 4K
    Looper 4K
    Lawrence of Arabia 4K
    Jerry Maguire 4K
    Captain Phillips 4K

  8. Nick*Z

    Lawrence was mine too. How Sony could do a survey and NOT include it as a viable candidate, considering the Blu was mastered in 4K, is frankly, beyond me. Oh well, here's to hoping they do a Lawrence disc in the future.

    I feel that Lawrence and much of the titles not listed are already in the works. This seems to be about titles they may be on the fence about and may wonder if there is any interest for an upgrade.

    Lawrence of Arabia is one of Columbia's gems. There is no way they are going to ignore it for UHD. There are quite a few also not listed that probably are being prepared or have been scheduled already.

    My Choices:
    #1 – Moneyball
    #2 – Silverado, A Passage to India, Whiplash
    #3 – The Professionals (1966)

  9. Robert Crawford

    Jake,

    They got Lost Horizon, It Happened One Night and Lady from Shanghai. Two films made in the 1930's and the third released in 1948.:)

    Makes me wonder is Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, Mr. Deeds Goes To Town and From Here to Eternity in the the works since they are not listed.

  10. BRAD1963

    Makes me wonder is Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, Mr. Deeds Goes To Town and From Here to Eternity in the the works since they are not listed.

    I'm not ready to make the leap that because certain titles aren't mentioned, they're in the works. Particularly, classic films from 50 years and beyond.

  11. I am still surprised that no studio has released a classic black and white film on UHD Blu-ray yet, besides Schindler's List. As I stated in my review, Universal's release showed what HDR can do for black and white cinematography.

  12. Robert Crawford

    I'm not ready to make the leap that because certain titles aren't mentioned, they're in the works. Particularly, classic films from 50 years and beyond.

    I probably should not either. 🙂

  13. Todd Erwin

    I am still surprised that no studio has released a classic black and white film on UHD Blu-ray yet, besides Schindler's List. As I stated in my review, Universal's release showed what HDR can do for black and white cinematography.

    Logan also.

  14. strange they included panic room since it got no recognition on blu-ray.
    would be very welcome though.
    my additional title would be "joan of arc" (luc besson) – columbia distributed the american version, so i guess that means sony ?
    the blu-ray was terrible; always thought it might look/sound good given the right care.

  15. What a great idea from Sony. I voted for "Captain Phillips", "A Passage to India", "Das Boot", "It Happened One Night", with a write-in for "Oliver!". With no data or facts behind me, I'm of the feeling that "Lawrence of Arabia" is simply a given as the Sony/Columbia follow-up to their 4K/UHD release of "The Bridge on the River Kwai". Great reading here about everyone's write-ins, as making that one single personal choice can not be easy.;)

  16. I have to say "The Professionals" (1966) would look excellent on 4K/UHD disc. It has been one of my ten favorite films of all-time since I first saw it in a movie theater back when I was a kid. IMO, the best written Western ever made. Those desert scenes with 4K/Dolby Vision applied would look fantastic.

  17. I found Lost Horizon a queer choice for the 4K upgrade – not because it isn't deserving of one, but simply because the film elements over the years have been utterly ravaged. It looked incredible on Blu-ray and I am not at all certain how much better it could look in 4K. Would love them to find all of the missing pieces to put Capra's Humptey-Dumptey back together again.

    A couple of friends pointed out that two Streisand masterpieces have yet to make the leap even to standard Blu-ray: The Prince of Tides and The Mirror Has Two Faces. Both are sincerely worthy of the upgrade and would look even better in 4K. I also think Robert Benton's Places in the Heart would have been a good choice.

  18. Nick*Z

    I found Lost Horizon a queer choice for the 4K upgrade – not because it isn't deserving of one, but simply because the film elements over the years have been utterly ravaged. It looked incredible on Blu-ray and I am not at all certain how much better it could look in 4K. Would love them to find all of the missing pieces to put Capra's Humptey-Dumptey back together again.

    A couple of friends pointed out that two Streisand masterpieces have yet to make the leap even to standard Blu-ray: The Prince of Tides and The Mirror Has Two Faces. Both are sincerely worthy of the upgrade and would look even better in 4K. I also think Robert Benton's Places in the Heart would have been a good choice.

    Seeing "Lost Horizon" on Sony's voting list was an intriguing surprise. Being that there are so many candidates for the 4K/UHD format led me to surmise that it has the possibilities of looking quite good; as I couldn't imagine that Grover Crisp and Sony would put forth "Lost Horizon" if they knew differently. BTW, Nick*Z, I concur on your Streisand and Benton hopes, as well.

  19. Nick*Z

    I found Lost Horizon a queer choice for the 4K upgrade – not because it isn't deserving of one, but simply because the film elements over the years have been utterly ravaged. It looked incredible on Blu-ray and I am not at all certain how much better it could look in 4K. Would love them to find all of the missing pieces to put Capra's Humptey-Dumptey back together again.

    A couple of friends pointed out that two Streisand masterpieces have yet to make the leap even to standard Blu-ray: The Prince of Tides and The Mirror Has Two Faces. Both are sincerely worthy of the upgrade and would look even better in 4K. I also think Robert Benton's Places in the Heart would have been a good choice.

    I was surprise, but excited, to Lost Horizon listed. Not the first Sony Capra I would have thought they look at for 4K.

    The Prince of Tides looks to be coming to blu from Criterion according to their hint a month or so back. Would also love to see Places in the Heart upgraded to 4K.

  20. I would have put in Barabbas (1961) as a special request other than that there were a lot of titles that have formerly been part of the Sony 4k download service and/or they have now been released on itunes so that list that Sony gives probably only contains titles where they already have 4k assets ready to go.

  21. What? No love for Little Women (1994)?!?!? – great ensemble adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic and classy 'children's' novel.

    Also, Tootsie, The Big Chill, The Jagged Edge, Against All Odds, The Guns of Navarone, Experiment in Terror, Queen Bee, The Solid Gold Cadillac, The Marrying Kind, and, the holiest of holies: Porgy and Bess – produced by Goldwyn but distributed by Columbia and held up, simply because the families of the rights holder think it's a bad movie.

    Note to families – it's for others to judge what is art and what is trash. Many in 1959 enjoyed this movie. I saw it on a bootleg in 1984 and even with awful color and cropped to full frame it still held my interest as a great film. Porgy and Bess also features an outstanding performance by Sammy Davis Jr. No one has the authority to censure art! No one!

    Highlighted titles indicate NO home video release on Blu-ray yet, so a 4K is probably highly unlikely. But we can dream, can't we?

  22. I only wantred to put in one title but if Sony would be able to pull off releasing Porgy and Bess and if I can name more my top 3 would be:

    Barabbas
    Porgy and Bess
    Mackenna's Gold

    As they are large format they have more to gain from a UHD release than titles shot on 35mm or on black and white film stock.

    I would also agree with others that lawrence of arabia should be a given so there is no need to wish for the one large format that Sony will eventually release but they have a bunch of others that all have not even seen a decent Blu-ray release:

    Barabbas
    (possibly) Porgy and Bess
    Mackenna's Gold
    The Long Ships
    Lord Jim

    Not sure if there are more but none of these even got a decent Blu-ray.

  23. OliverK

    […]As they are large format they have more to gain from a UHD […]

    Barabbas
    (possibly) Porgy and Bess
    Mackenna's Gold
    The Long Ships
    Lord Jim

    Not sure if there are more[…]

    "Please, sir, I want some more." – Oliver!:thumbs-up-smiley:

  24. PMF

    "Please, sir, I want some more". – Oliver!🙂

    While obviously a very nice name for a musical 😉 it has not been shot large format, there was only a Blow-Up to 70mm. I saw it a few years ago and it wasn't very good, no chance that it could have been mistaken for a true large format production.

  25. OliverK

    While obviously a very nice name for a musical 😉 it has not been shot large format, there was only a Blow-Up to 70mm. I saw it a few years ago and it wasn't very good, no chance that it could have been mistaken for a true large format production.

    Goodness no, Mr. OK, I have never mistaken "Oliver!" for a true large format production. I was following up on your quote of "Not sure if there are more…" in the hopes that someone else might think of some other incited titles (while also putting in another plug for my write-in vote of "Oliver!").:)
    MOre large format titles,
    mOre 4K/UHD,
    mOre "Oliver!":thumbs-up-smiley:

  26. PMF

    Goodness no, Mr. OK, I have never mistaken "Oliver!" for a true large format production. I was following up on your quote of "Not sure if there are more…" in the hopes that someone else might think of some other uncited titles (while also putting in another plug for my write-in vote of "Oliver!").:)
    MOre large format titles,
    mOre 4K/UHD,
    mOre "Oliver!":thumbs-up-smiley:

    Oh well, looks like I am not that big of a fan of Oliver! as I did not even recognize that line 🙂

    At least Oliver! has a decent Blu-ray, this is more than can be said for any of the titles I posted.

  27. My write-in vote was also for LORD JIM.

    As for other wide frame films, Columbia also released a number of now forgotten films that were produced in Technirama:

    This Angry Age (1958) [D: René Clément; Silvana Mangano, Anthony Perkins]
    Fast and Sexy (1958) [D: Carlo Lastricati; Gina Lollobrigida, Vittorio De Sica]
    Carthage In Flames (1960) [D: Carmine Gallone; Pierre Brasseur]
    The Best of Enemies (1961) [D: Guy Hamilton; David Niven, Alberto Sordi]
    The Hellions (1961) [D: Ken Annakin; Richard Todd, Anne Aubrey]
    The Long Ships (1964) [D: Jack Cardiff; Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier]

    Columbia may not even have rights any longer to these (mostly) foreign productions. (There is a Columbia DVD of The Long Ships.)

  28. rdimucci

    My write-in vote was also for LORD JIM.

    As for other wide frame films, Columbia also released a number of now forgotten films that were produced in Technirama:

    This Angry Age (1958) [D: René Clément; Silvana Mangano, Anthony Perkins]
    Fast and Sexy (1958) [D: Carlo Lastricati; Gina Lollobrigida, Vittorio De Sica]
    Carthage In Flames (1960) [D: Carmine Gallone; Pierre Brasseur]
    The Best of Enemies (1961) [D: Guy Hamilton; David Niven, Alberto Sordi]
    The Hellions (1961) [D: Ken Annakin; Richard Todd, Anne Aubrey]
    The Long Ships (1964) [D: Jack Cardiff; Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier]

    Columbia may not even have rights any longer to these (mostly) foreign productions. (There is a Columbia DVD of The Long Ships.)

    I left some of those out as I only am certain that Sony retains the home video rights for The Long Ships which I included in my short list. Would be interesting to check what became of the home video rights for the others. With movies like these that have a rather checkered production and distribution history one also has to wonder if the large format negatives are still accessible and in decent shape.

  29. Darn it. I just remembered that "Legends of the Fall" was from Tri-Star. A great work from DP John Toll that just might possibly have had a better shot for the 4K/UHD treatment, over my original write-in vote. I think I know the answer already, but how many of us here; since writing in our vote; have been torn between their first selection and another afterthought thereafter? Can't wait to learn what will come of all this fun.:thumbs-up-smiley:

  30. Nick*Z

    Queen Bee, The Solid Gold Cadillac, The Marrying Kind..Highlighted titles indicate NO home video release on Blu-ray yet, so a 4K is probably highly unlikely. But we can dream, can't we?

    They may not be on blu-ray, but Queen Bee and The Solid Gold Cadillac have at minimum 1080p masters, as they're available in HD on iTunes.

  31. So when are we going to hear some news about which titles they selected for UHD (4K) Blu-ray releases?

    I eagerly await my shoo-in write-in selection of Skatetown USA (1979) in glorious UHD (4K) resolution complete with Dolby Vision or HDR10 whichever applies.

  32. Ethan Riley

    I voted for "Annie." The blu-ray is good but I am hoping if they revisit the title, they'll dig deep for deleted scenes to use as extras.

    Me too! I saw this movie as a kid when it first came out and have loved it ever since. I know it was nominated for a Razzy Award back-in-the-day, but the film really captured my 12-year-old heart. So many things I still recall fondly: Carol Burnett riding an elephant, Tim Curry climbing the railroad track after poor little Annie, Annie falling asleep at the movie theater, and on and on! Love, love, love this movie! If any Sony Pictures release deserves a 4K upgrade, this one has to be on that list!

  33. The title I picked to go with the gift set (question #1) was 'A League of Their Own'. The other 3 titles I picked (question #2) were 'Silverado', 'Sleepless in Seattle' and 'Jerry Maguire'.

    The title I wrote in was 'Dances with Wolves' (extended version).

    Mark

  34. I took the survey but, frankly, it's pretty useless. And I felt uncomfortable providing personal details tbh.

    I couldn't decide on a title in the first question so I checked the one that seems the unlikeliest to receive a UHD release: Awakenings.

    On the second question, I checked Starman. But why does Sony need to commission a survey to gauge what people want? Bring out the big guns and watch the UHDs sell themselves. Lawrence of Arabia, anything by John Carpenter, Ishtar (OK, that last one is a stretch). Actually, when it comes to big guns, I can't think of many from Columbia Pictures other than LOA. I guess this is why I couldn't decide on titles on this survey. I'd love to see Guns of Navarone but that one looks like it doesn't have materials in good condition based on stuff I've read here and elsewhere. Nowhere near a "big gun" (no pun intended) but still a classic in my book.

  35. cineMANIAC

    I took the survey but, frankly, it's pretty useless. And I felt uncomfortable providing personal details tbh.

    I use a fake birth month and fake birth year for these kinds of surveys. And Sony already knows my name and email address, I learned about the survey via an email from Sony yesterday. I came here to post about it and found this topic.

    Mark

  36. Mark Booth

    https://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/IR/news/2005/20050421.html

    Mark

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MGM_Home_Entertainment

    In 2005, following MGM's acquisition by the Sony-led consortium, the company was under the Sony Pictures Home Entertainment label but not using the MGM Home Entertainment name on any releases, which has distributed the MGM library, though under the MGM label. The deal ended a year later.

    In 2006, after MGM ended their distribution agreement with Sony, they announced that they would be signing a new distribution deal with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Originally, DVD releases of MGM/UA and Columbia TriStar co-releases continued to be distributed by SPHE, since Sony then still owned 20% of MGM, whereas Fox has no controlling interest; however, Fox has since released DVD editions of films based on MGM IPs. On April 14, 2011, Fox's deal distributing the MGM library is extended until the end of 2016.[8] On June 27, 2016, Fox's deal distributing the MGM library is extended again until June 2020.

  37. Worth

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MGM_Home_Entertainment

    Read farther in your linked article. Some MGM titles are still being released under Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

    Fox doesn't own a controlling interest in MGM, they just distribute some of the MGM films. Sony owns the largest controlling interest in MGM. So, it seemed appropriate to suggest to Sony that Dances with Wolves is a good candidate for 4K UHD release.

    It could look spectacular, BTW. The scenery in the film is stunning. Dances with Wolves is a PRIME candidate for 4K HDR.

    Mark

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