https://www.thevulcanreporter.com/exclusives/warner-bros-exit-home-video-production/

According to the article above, Warner Bros. plans to shut down its physical media production department. Warner Bros-produced Films and Television series will still be getting Blu-Ray and DVD releases, though these releases will not be produced by Warner Bros themselves.
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Before I believe this, I would like to see an independent verification of this.

For example if Variety, Hollywood Reporter, LA Times, etc .... write their own stories with their own independent sources to confirm / deny the story.

Jerry Beck has posted about this on social media.
 

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Yes, this is part and parcel with the previous announcement that Warner and Universal would be shuttering their own respective physical media departments and launching a joint venture to combine resources and output.
 

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Yes, this is part and parcel with the previous announcement that Warner and Universal would be shuttering their own respective physical media departments and launching a joint venture to combine resources and output.

If Warner is no longer doing their own new-releases, then what is the function of this Warner/Universal distribution joint venture?

If I had to guess, is it just a conveyor belt to send the already evergreen Warner dvd catalog titles to places like wallyworld, amazon, target, etc ... and very little else ? (ie. $5 dump bin fodder).
 

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Is anyone else seeing this news as a reason to stock up on Warner Archive releases while they're still available? Seems like anything is possible with their future availability now.
 

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Aren’t people stacking up anyway?

It does seem like they were a lot of big hauls from the last 4/44 sale, but I'm imagining there would have been even more of those had this news come out before then. I know I would have ordered a few more things during that sale had I known this, then.

My concern now is these WA titles slowly vanish and become unavailable at some point, maybe in the not too distant future.
 

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Any word on how this will impact third party licenses? Will Shout still be able to make deals, for instance? Frankly, I don't care if Warner decides to stop producing crap barebones Blu-rays as long as they'll still allow boutiques access to content. I rarely get excited about big-studio announcements these days anyway. And as much as I appreciated the occasional Archive announcement, most of the stuff they released I had no interest in.
 

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Warner new releases will come from the joint venture rather than the Warner label as it’s called today. That’s the point. Both entities are joining forces so the individual departments will no longer exist.

They even have their own logo. Looking at some upcoming Warner or Universal dvd/bluray releases, the scans of the back covers have an "SDS Studio Distribution Services" logo in the spot where the Universal or Warner logo would have been in past dvd/bluray releases.

For example, such as the upcoming season 1 dvd set of the Animaniacs reboot.
 

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They even have their own logo. Looking at some upcoming Warner or Universal dvd/bluray releases, the scans of the back covers have an "SDS Studio Distribution Services" logo in the spot where the Universal or Warner logo would have been in past dvd/bluray releases.

For example, such as the upcoming season 1 dvd set of the Animaniacs reboot.

I just looked up that name, and saw that logo:

 

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Any word on how this will impact third party licenses? Will Shout still be able to make deals, for instance? Frankly, I don't care if Warner decides to stop producing crap barebones Blu-rays as long as they'll still allow boutiques access to content. I rarely get excited about big-studio announcements these days anyway. And as much as I appreciated the occasional Archive announcement, most of the stuff they released I had no interest in.
Ha, I have to say that your post perfectly matches your grumpy old man picture. I've long ago got the the point where the transfer is everything, & apart from just one or two releases, the WAC Blu-rays are stunning. But I wouldn't mind it if they licensed to a few more third parties, maybe one or two in the UK.
 

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Frankly, I don't care if Warner decides to stop producing crap barebones Blu-rays as long as they'll still allow boutiques access to content ..... as much as I appreciated the occasional Archive announcement, most of the stuff they released I had no interest in.
Crap? The Archives have given we movie lovers the cream of the Warners, MGM and RKO libraries.
 
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Bill Hunt has already explained this.
 

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The article I read says this:
"Furthermore, Warner Archive will still be kept around, for now. The Warner Archive Collection is a home video division for releasing classic and cult films from Warner Bros.’s library. It started as a manufactured-on-demand DVD series by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on March 23, 2009, with the intention of putting previously unreleased catalog films on DVD for the first time"
It was on "The Vulkan."
 

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still waiting

At this point finish The Thin Man series first, then, I don't care if it's via the archive , through a deal with Criterion, Shout or some yet unknown entity, if they are willing to licenses out titles to another distributer, sort of similar as to how Sony does, I see this as beneficial for some of the smaller independents, willing to work deals. Still same as always their are going to be individuals who will always want a physical copy of an item.
 

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The article I read says this:
"Furthermore, Warner Archive will still be kept around, for now. The Warner Archive Collection is a home video division for releasing classic and cult films from Warner Bros.’s library. It started as a manufactured-on-demand DVD series by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on March 23, 2009, with the intention of putting previously unreleased catalog films on DVD for the first time"
It was on "The Vulkan."

"For now."

The writing seems to be on the wall. And if it does stick around in the long run (I'm doubtful), maybe titles aren't released on disc format anymore. That would be a real shame to me.
 

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"For now."

The writing seems to be on the wall. And if it does stick around in the long run (I'm doubtful), maybe titles aren't released on disc format anymore. That would be a real shame to me.
I'm slowly trying to accumulate all the non blu ray MOD titles that the Archives distributed of lesser titles (like the Kay Francis movies) before they vanish completely. Most of these titles on Amazon say, "usually ships in 4 or 5 weeks" rather than "in stock". Deep Discount has a few of these older titles in stock.
 
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