Where’s High Society on Blu Ray Warner’s?

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With Seven Brides’ imminent blu ray release, it would have made a nice companion release to High Society! But instead we get Two Weeks in Another Town – a “failed” “big” MGM film …plus many strange blu ray releases like Leatherface, Black Scorpion & Batman & Mr Freeze.

Somebody Up There Likes Me a major film success that launched Paul Newman into the elite top – has been overlooked for blu ray with instead, a DVD release finally as a single option for the first time. Not a better option than the Drowning Pool? – neither a critical nor commercial success.

The selection process at Warner Archive is indeed strange (The Rounders on blu ray, why?). But most HTF members will howl me down as being out of touch which I guess I am – the big quality “middle tier” films of the 40’s & 50’s are largely our of favour it seems so with little prospective sales value are unlikely to ever see a blu ray clean up.

While the City Sleeps – a little “sleeper” film is another strange option – but the blu ray transfer is terrific for a “B” film.

Open the Archive Warner a little more often to Blu Ray.

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  1. For years, we had similar frustrated whining about Seven Brides For Seven Brothers not being on blu ray. Explanations that the film elements just weren't there and would need extensive and expensive restoration fell on deaf ears and people whined about "lesser" films getting released. Well, the restoration work has been done on 7BF7B and it's here! My guess is that High Society is in the pipeline but needs work. You can't rush it. It will get here when Warners decides all the necessary work for a quality release has been done. Meanwhile movies like Two Weeks In Another Town, The Rounders, Black Scorpion and The Drowning Pool have their elements in place and are ready for a blu ray release so why not release them? They may not be to your liking but they're to somebody's liking. Indeed, when and if High Society gets its blu release, someone will feel about it the way you feel about Two Weeks In Another Town. "Yawn, another of those boring MGM musicals, why isn't Kansas City Bomber on blu ray?".

    I'm sure these "Why is XYZ on blu ray when ABC is still gathering dust in the vaults" threads serve their purpose in getting frustrations out. But that's about all they do.

  2. What a very strange post, evidently written with no regard to about ten thousand previous posts on the same issue.

    It is now clearly established that Warner Archive have a limited budget for their Blu-ray program, and that they have chosen in the main to go for titles which do not need expensive remedial treatment. Blu-ray discs of "problem" films like Seven Brides For Seven Brothers are very much the exception.

    It is apparent that whoever selects the titles is a fan of musicals and is not impressed by big star names with one exception: Cyd Charisse. This is why several second tier musicals have been released by Warner on Blu-ray disc but very few of such big stars as Errol Flynn, Bette Davis, Greer Garson, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy and Lana Turner. Two Weeks In Another Town may have been released on Blu-ray disc because it features Cyd Charisse, the one star who has done well out of the Warner Archive Blu-ray program..

  3. Keith Cobby

    I am personally much more confident that we will see High Society in due course.

    I am, too, with the release of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. For years, we have heard that these two films were in the most dismal shape and unavailable for high definition release. Now that one of them has finally been given the green light, it has to only be a matter of time before the other one is worked on and released.

  4. M90GM

    With Seven Brides' imminent blu ray release, it would have made a nice companion release to High Society! But instead we get Two Weeks in Another Town – a "failed" "big" MGM film …plus many strange blu ray releases like Leatherface, Black Scorpion & Batman & Mr Freeze.

    Open the Archive Warner a little more often to Blu Ray.

    Personally, I thought it was odd WAC would debut Two Weeks in Another Town, something of a sequel, when the 'first' film, The Bad and The Beautiful, besides being superior in all respects, has yet to receive a hi-def release, and this, despite it having been meticulously restored roughly two decades ago for its DVD release. I'll agree, WAC has so many A-list treasures, the fact a lot of B and C grade stuff keeps getting pushed to the front of the line is baffling to me too. No need to exclude one for the other. But I think I would like to see much more of the former than the latter.

  5. Robin9

    What a very strange post, evidently written with no regard to about ten thousand previous posts on the same issue.

    It is now clearly established that Warner Archive have a limited budget for their Blu-ray program, and that they have chosen in the main to go for titles which do not need expensive remedial treatment. Blu-ray discs of "problem" films like Seven Brides For Seven Brothers are very much the exception.

    It is apparent that whoever selects the titles is a fan of musicals and is not impressed by big star names with one exception: Cyd Charisse. This is why several second tier musicals have been released by Warner on Blu-ray disc but very few of such big stars as Errol Flynn, Bette Davis, Greer Garson, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracey and Lana Turner. Two Weeks In Another Town may have been released on Blu-ray disc because it features Cyd Charisse, the one star who has done well out of the Warner Archive Blu-ray program..

    I sincerely believe the condition of a movie is dictating the releases at WAC. The archive – and God bless 'em for it – have adopted the policy that they will NOT release anything that does not meet their high standards. It's time other studios adopted such a policy too because there is NO point to having poorly represented hi-def renditions of anything just to have them. That said, I think more money ought to be allocated to WAC for more restorations, or, find another way to partner with other institutions for the extra funding to make more fully completed restorations per annum possible, simply because the state of archival elements is not improving with age, but quite the opposite.

    I don't think anyone at Warner wants to be in a position in the future to say NO restoration work can be done on a title because elements have deteriorated beyond the point where salvage is possible. The conservation of classic cinema is costly – period. Necessary too. So, partnership may be the only way to go to rescue these films for future generations. Losing films through neglect and the passage of time is not an option. Warner knows this. They're doing a fine job. But more definitely needs to be done. A more aggressive campaign is likely in the works. We'll see.

  6. Thomas T

    I'm sure these "Why is XYZ on blu ray when ABC is still gathering dust in the vaults" threads serve their purpose in getting frustrations out. But that's about all they do.

    Actually, Thomas, they may also serve as a point of reflection and interest to the studios who can clearly see the market for such deep catalog is still very much alive; the interest, on the part of the consumer, possibly, fueling, and perhaps even influencing their future decision-making processes. My advice is simple: keep the torches burning. If no one talks about it, perhaps no one outside the studio cares. And if no one does, why bother doing future restoration work on a title that never gets even honorable mention? What you perceive as 'getting frustrations out' I call 'passionate resolve'. Splitting hairs, maybe – but talk isn't nearly as 'cheap' as you perceive it to be.

    And for those of us who are not in the insider crowd, toiling at a studio behind the scenes, it's our only way to send a clear message to those who do the work; first, to say 'thank you' and your work is valued, and second, to encourage them to press on with polite inquiries as to when 'more of the same' might be coming our way.

    So, remaining silent is not an option. And frankly, finding others who share our passions for the same titles is what this community is all about – at least, partly!

  7. Nick*Z

    Personally, I thought it was odd WAC would debut Two Weeks in Another Town, something of a sequel, when the 'first' film, The Bad and The Beautiful, besides being superior in all respects, has yet to receive a hi-def release, and this, despite it having been meticulously restored roughly two decades ago for its DVD release.

    Totally agree with that, it seems downright perverse not to release The Bad & The Beautiful, & I have no interest in buying Two Weeks In Another Town without that one, it would just be annoying. And I keep reading about the high standards of the WAC, but I didn't think much of The Law & Jake Wade picture quality.

  8. Billy Batson

    Totally agree with that, it seems downright perverse not to release The Bad & The Beautiful, & I have no interest in buying Two Weeks In Another Town without that one, it would just be annoying. And I keep reading about the high standards of the WAC, but I didn't think much of The Law & Jake Wade picture quality.

    I have to disagree with you about that Blu-ray title as I thought it looked pretty damn good considering the film stock used for that title. A big improvement over the previously released DVD.

  9. Nick*Z

    Actually, Thomas, they may also serve as a point of reflection and interest to the studios who can clearly see the market for such deep catalog is still very much alive; the interest, on the part of the consumer, possibly, fueling, and perhaps even influencing their future decision-making processes. My advice is simple: keep the torches burning. If no one talks about it, perhaps no one outside the studio cares. And if no one does, why bother doing future restoration work on a title that never gets even honorable mention? What you perceive as 'getting frustrations out' I call 'passionate resolve'. Splitting hairs, maybe – but talk isn't nearly as 'cheap' as you perceive it to be.

    And for those of us who are not in the insider crowd, toiling at a studio behind the scenes, it's our only way to send a clear message to those who do the work; first, to say 'thank you' and your work is valued, and second, to encourage them to press on with polite inquiries as to when 'more of the same' might be coming our way.

    So, remaining silent is not an option. And frankly, finding others who share our passions for the same titles is what this community is all about – at least, partly!

    But surely, fantasy requests for wanted titles can be done without the trashing of other titles. You want High Society? So do I. But asking Warners for it while trashing their other releases is disrespectful. And it's not just Warners but Twilight Time, Criterion that get slammed for giving us releases that aren't deemed "worthy" of them (or us). Surely we're better than that. Twilight Time's latest announcement of their four new titles held no interest for me whatsoever. But did I ask them, "Why are you releasing this junk but not XYZ?" or "I have no interest in these titles, hopefully you'll have something decent next time"? No, I didn't. Since the titles held no interest for me, I simply didn't post on the thread and allowed those who were happy at the announcement to celebrate.

  10. Thomas T

    But surely, fantasy requests for wanted titles can be done without the trashing of other titles. You want High Society? So do I. But asking Warners for it while trashing their other releases is disrespectful. And it's not just Warners but Twilight Time, Criterion that get slammed for giving us releases that aren't deemed "worthy" of them (or us). Surely we're better than that. Twilight Time's latest announcement of their four new titles held no interest for me whatsoever. But did I ask them, "Why are you releasing this junk but not XYZ?" or "I have no interest in these titles, hopefully you'll have something decent next time"? No, I didn't. Since the titles held no interest for me, I simply didn't post on the thread.

    Agreed. No trashing required. None coming from yours truly for sure.

  11. Lord Dalek

    You know its nice that we're having this conversation about lack of respect for the industry catering to certain unrealistic demands made by this community.

    …shame it's 10 years too late.

    It's never too late.

  12. Robert Crawford

    As to High Society, George Feltenstein and Warner has given their musicals a lot of attention on Blu-ray, much more than they're given credit for on this forum.

    Yes, Robert – they've released quite a few of the vintage MGM musicals – some, classics…others…well. The list of Metro's golden musicals is lengthy and deserving of even more attention paid.

    Can we agree by now we should have had at least the Oscar-winning The Great Ziegfeld find its way to hi-def. Personally, I don't put a lot of weight in the Oscar race, but when Best Pictures are still MIA on Blu-ray I think it speaks to a higher concern regarding a studio's interest in their back catalog in general. Warner also has the rights to Around the World in 80 Days and The Life of Emile Zola (neither a musical); the former, a problematic release because of cost, the latter, still MIA – for what particular reason, I am certain I do not know.

    But back to musicals. Can we get the long-debated release of Show Boat (all its versions), and maybe The Harvey Girls, For Me and My Gal, Rosalie, Good News, Holiday in Mexico, Bathing Beauty, That Midnight Kiss, Till The Clouds Roll By, Words and Music, A Date with Judy, Royal Wedding, Nancy Goes to Rio, Easy to Love, Ziegfeld Girl, Maytime, Million Dollar Mermaid, The Toast of New Orleans, and, all of the Mickey/Judy and Astaire/Rogers flicks out before I die? Wouldn't hurt to get all four of the Broadway Melodies either.

    I know. I know. Not asking much, am I? But seriously, there are too many GREAT musicals missing – High Society among them; and this in light of the fact WAC has given us Blu-rays of Deep in My Heart, Les Girls and Kismet – three decidedly lesser deep catalog titles (not my opinion – the critics didn't care for any of these). When Blu-ray can celebrate a 10 year anniversary (and beyond) and we still have NO representation of BIG stars like an Esther Williams or Jane Powell, something is decidedly wrong with this equation.

    Again – it boils down to time and money. I have no doubt Warner is investing both behind the scenes. Let's have them turn their trickle down output of titles into a back catalog tsumani (maybe a twice annual outpouring of the good stuff – mid-summer and early fall to promote the Christmas rush!). Just thoughts. Yours?

  13. Nick*Z

    Yes, Robert – they've released quite a few of the vintage MGM musicals – some, classics…others…well. The list of Metro's golden musicals is lengthy and deserving of even more attention paid.

    Can we agree by now we should have had at least the Oscar-winning The Great Ziegfeld find its way to hi-def. Personally, I don't put a lot of weight in the Oscar race, but when Best Pictures are still MIA on Blu-ray I think it speaks to a higher concern regarding a studio's interest in their back catalog in general. Warner also has the rights to Around the World in 80 Days and The Life of Emile Zola (neither a musical); the former, a problematic release because of cost, the latter, still MIA – for what particular reason, I am certain I do not know.

    But back to musicals. Can we get the long-debated release of Show Boat (all its versions), and maybe The Harvey Girls, For Me and My Gal, Rosalie, Good News, Holiday in Mexico, Bathing Beauty, That Midnight Kiss, Till The Clouds Roll By, Words and Music, A Date with Judy, Royal Wedding, Nancy Goes to Rio, Easy to Love, Ziegfeld Girl, Maytime, Million Dollar Mermaid, The Toast of New Orleans, and, all of the Mickey/Judy and Astaire/Rogers flicks out before I die? Wouldn't hurt to get all four of the Broadway Melodies either.

    I know. I know. Not asking much, am I? But seriously, there are too many GREAT musicals missing – High Society among them; and this in light of the fact WAC has given us Blu-rays of Deep in My Heart, Les Girls and Kismet – three decidedly lesser deep catalog titles (not my opinion – the critics didn't care for any of these). When Blu-ray can celebrate a 10 year anniversary (and beyond) and we still have NO representation of BIG stars like an Esther Williams or Jane Powell, something is decidedly wrong with this equation.

    Again – it boils down to time and money. I have no doubt Warner is investing both behind the scenes. Let's have them turn their trickle down output of titles into a back catalog tsumani (maybe a twice annual outpouring of the good stuff – mid-summer and early fall to promote the Christmas rush!). Just thoughts. Yours?

    TBH, Warner can never make any of us truly happy with their classic film output onto Blu-ray. Unless, they have an unlimited budget and resources to kick out 10-15 titles each month. That's not going to happen so I'm thankful to what I can get from them and the other studios and companies.

  14. Nick*Z

    Personally, I thought it was odd WAC would debut Two Weeks in Another Town, something of a sequel, when the 'first' film, The Bad and The Beautiful, besides being superior in all respects, has yet to receive a hi-def release, and this, despite it having been meticulously restored roughly two decades ago for its DVD release. I'll agree, WAC has so many A-list treasures, the fact a lot of B and C grade stuff keeps getting pushed to the front of the line is baffling to me too. No need to exclude one for the other. But I think I would like to see much more of the former than the latter.

    And because it was restored 2 decades ago the master is outdated and not up to Warner Archives standard to release on Blu Ray. So the film is in need of a new expensive restoration which is why it hasn't been released yet. Two Weeks in Another time must have had a more recent transfer done and had better elements available to make a high quality Blu Ray quicker.

  15. Robert Crawford

    I have to disagree with you about that Blu-ray title as I thought it looked pretty damn good considering the film stock used for that title. A big improvement over the previously released DVD.

    Agreed I thought it looked stellar especially compared to all previous versions. Great color for the 1st time on Home Video.

  16. "Till The Clouds Roll By" and "Royal Wedding" are apparently treated like they are in the public domain. I think it is less likely that Warner would spend money restoring these films or if they restored them put them out on blu ray when anyone could then copy their disk and release their own blu ray. Warner would probably have to enforce its copyright on these films by finding a reason why they are still protected like say the music in the films which are still protected. This of course involves legal fees and adds to the cost involved in releasing the blu rays . I would guess the reason Warner didn't enforce its copyright on these films to prevent cheap copies previously is because the cost of ligation exceeded the benefits received from being successful.

  17. Robert Crawford

    TBH, Warner can never make any of us truly happy with their classic film output onto Blu-ray. Unless, they have an unlimited budget and resources to kick out 10-15 titles each month. That's not going to happen so I'm thankful to what I can get from them and the other studios and companies.

    This is the best point of the whole thread. If everyone was polled in this forum of all the MGM, Warner and RKO titles that they wanted from Warner on Blu Ray. The list would be well over 2,000 titles. We'll be lucky if Warner Archive releases another 1,000 titles on blu ray when you figure best case is 75 films a year. So we need to accept that many titles we want from Warner Archive are not going to be released because it just isn't possible for all of them to be released. I can see another 10 years of Blu Rays being released from WA but not another 25-30 years that it would take to release everything that everyone wanted.

  18. Sorry but Ill take Blu rays for Leatherface and the Black Scorpion over 99% of the musicals
    They aren't strange releases, they are releasing something for everyone.
    Ill take your High Society and raise you a
    Now Voyager
    Lady in the Lake
    The Giant Behemoth
    Nora Prentiss
    The Thin Man
    The Thing from Another World
    All This and Heaven Too
    Sadie McKee
    The Damned Dont Cry
    High Sierra
    They Drive By Night

  19. Robert Crawford

    As to High Society, George Feltenstein and Warner has given their musicals a lot of attention on Blu-ray, much more than they're given credit for on this forum.

    Indeed, musicals have fared extremely well, something that cannot be said about historical epics or silent movies.

  20. Nick*Z

    I sincerely believe the condition of a movie is dictating the releases at WAC. The archive – and God bless 'em for it – have adopted the policy that they will NOT release anything that does not meet their high standards. It's time other studios adopted such a policy too because there is NO point to having poorly represented hi-def renditions of anything just to have them.

    Okay, but — and I've said this before — there are myriad Blu-ray releases of films I love (INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS '56, THE HELLSTROM CHRONICLE, DRIFTWOOD, hundreds of others) that, had they all been held to the same quality standards that WAC and Sony maintain, I'd never be able to own on anything better than a DVD, if that. I am fine with Warner Archives having these standards, and they control a vast portion of desirable catalog titles that might eventually make it to Blu-ray. But I admit that there are times when I wish the Archives would compromise just a bit (for, say, THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD and THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS) and give us the best they can before I die of old age (any year now, incidentally), especially if it is highly unlikely that better elements are going to surface.

    I agree, no one should be releasing poor-quality Blu's. But, if they were in Warner Bros.' hands, films like THE INCIDENT, THE LION IN WINTER (both of which I think are very good if flawed) and a ton of the Kino and Olive releases might not be in our hands right now. Is that what you're suggesting? These releases are so much improved over their DVD counterparts that it would be a shame if they had never happened because everyone was emulating WAC and Criterion standards without exception.

  21. OliverK

    Indeed, musicals have fared extremely well, something that cannot be said about historical epics or silent movies.

    I think Historical Epics have been pretty well represented on Blu Ray. Just about all the major ones have been released. Warner Archive even released the Colossus of Rhodes which shows they are having to dig deep. What historical Epics that Warner owns have not been released? Lots of historical films yes because there have been a couple thousand of those but not many epics that I can think of. Maybe Helen of Troy or Land of the Pharaohs but those aren't A list epics and were not big sellers on previous home video versions. They are more minor films like Colossus. But since they released that there is a good chance they will release those too at some point. Probably the biggest Historical epic missing on Blu Ray is The Alamo which most of us know the sad story but that is in MGM's hands.

  22. I don't think Warner had to dig deep, & Colossus wasn't an obvious choice, the obvious choices for ancient world epics were, Helen Of Troy & Land Of The Pharaohs, but I'm not holding my breath.

    Let's face it, it doesn't really matter what we write here, Warner will release what they release, & if it's something I want, I'll buy it.

  23. Billy Batson

    I don't think Warner had to dig deep, & Colossus wasn't an obvious choice, the obvious choices for ancient world epics were, Helen Of Troy & Land Of The Pharaohs, but I'm not holding my breath.

    Let's face it, it doesn't really matter what we write here, Warner will release what they release, & if it's something I want, I'll buy it.

    They dug deep meaning they were running out of historical epics to release. Personally I don't see any difference in the 3 titles and all 3 sold about the same on DVD so no real difference from Warners perspective. All 3 are 2nd rate epics imho.

  24. How about:

    Helen of Troy
    The Prodigal
    Land of the Pharaohs
    Raintree County
    John Paul Jones
    The Silver Chalice

    and there are certainly more. Doesn't look to me as if they were running out of historical epics and for me every one of these titles would have been preferable to Colossus as it is the only title that already has a BD release.

  25. Three Robert Taylor Adventure 1950's movies I think should be released on Bluray are….Ivanhoe, Knights of the Round Table, and Quentin Durward. The dvd's are in Good condition. So why not ?? Am I the only fan of these films ?? I don't know. More Flynn, Bogart, and Cagney should also be released. Us fans of these actors, and Great Classic films are NOT getting any younger. Helen of Troy next, or this year PLEASE.

  26. Randy Korstick

    They dug deep meaning they were running out of historical epics to release. Personally I don't see any difference in the 3 titles and all 3 sold about the same on DVD so no real difference from Warners perspective. All 3 are 2nd rate epics imho.

    I dunno, Warner have only release one ancient world epic, Ben-Hur, they were hardly running out, but if you don't like epics then all these films must seem the same to you. The obvious choice would be, Helen Of Troy, directed by Robert Wise, music by Max Steiner & Land Of The Pharaohs, directed by Howard Hawks, music by Dimitri Tiomkin, not the Italian peplum film Colossus, but Warner hardly ever make the obvious choices. Let's agree to disagree.

    …& I just can't enjoy The Law & Jake Wade, daylight exteriors are mostly fine, but interiors & night scenes aren't a pretty sight with those clogged-up blacks & lack of shadow detail, but that's me.

    …& I love those Robert Taylor period Adventures.

    Anyway, back to High Society, I've always thought Bing looked far too old for Grace Kelly, ten years on & she'd be his carer (but all totally normal in the whacky world of Hollywood).

  27. Garysb

    "Till The Clouds Roll By" and "Royal Wedding" are apparently treated like they are in the public domain. I think it is less likely that Warner would spend money restoring these films or if they restored them put them out on blu ray when anyone could then copy their disk and release their own blu ray. Warner would probably have to enforce its copyright on these films by finding a reason why they are still protected like say the music in the films which are still protected. This of course involves legal fees and adds to the cost involved in releasing the blu rays . I would guess the reason Warner didn't enforce its copyright on these films to prevent cheap copies previously is because the cost of ligation exceeded the benefits received from being successful.

    Copyright was resolved back in 2009 when both 'Clouds' and 'Wedding' received certified Warner transfers; 'Wedding' as a Fred Astaire Double Bill with The Belle of New York, and 'Clouds' as a stand alone, but frequently packaged with Words and Music and Deep in My Heart as 'the composer's collection'. There's no reason for any of these not to reappear on Blu-ray via Warners.

  28. TheSteig

    Sorry but Ill take Blu rays for Leatherface and the Black Scorpion over 99% of the musicals
    They aren't strange releases, they are releasing something for everyone.
    Ill take your High Society and raise you a
    Now Voyager
    Lady in the Lake
    The Giant Behemoth
    Nora Prentiss
    The Thin Man
    The Thing from Another World
    All This and Heaven Too
    Sadie McKee
    The Damned Dont Cry
    High Sierra
    They Drive By Night

    Nobody said they only had to release more musicals. I'll back your Now Voyager, Lady in the Lake, Thin Man (all of them), All This and Heaven Too, The Damned Don't Cry and High Sierra, and raise you a National Velvet, Marie Antoinette, Romeo and Juliet, Selznick's The Prisoner of Zenda, Scaramouche, Ivanhoe, Weekend At the Waldorf, San Francisco, Red Dust and Test Pilot; with honorable mention to A Woman's Face, Gaslight, Flamingo Road, Old Acquaintance, King's Row, Raintree County, China Seas, and Johnny Eager.

  29. Nick*Z

    Copyright was resolved back in 2009 when both 'Clouds' and 'Wedding' received certified Warner transfers; 'Wedding' as a Fred Astaire Double Bill with The Belle of New York, and 'Clouds' as a stand alone, but frequently packaged with Words and Music and Deep in My Heart as 'the composer's collection'. There's no reason for any of these not to reappear on Blu-ray via Warners.

    Not sure about this. Warner released official versions of the films on DVD, I know, but I am not sure the copyright problem is resolved as the films do still appear on TV and streaming services and what is there are public domain copies, not the Warner Bros. versions. Again anyone can release anything and if the copyright owner doesn't complain, nothing happens.

  30. Nick*Z

    I sincerely believe the condition of a movie is dictating the releases at WAC. The archive – and God bless 'em for it – have adopted the policy that they will NOT release anything that does not meet their high standards. It's time other studios adopted such a policy too because there is NO point to having poorly represented hi-def renditions of anything just to have them. That said, I think more money ought to be allocated to WAC for more restorations, or, find another way to partner with other institutions for the extra funding to make more fully completed restorations per annum possible, simply because the state of archival elements is not improving with age, but quite the opposite.

    I don't think anyone at Warner wants to be in a position in the future to say NO restoration work can be done on a title because elements have deteriorated beyond the point where salvage is possible. The conservation of classic cinema is costly – period. Necessary too. So, partnership may be the only way to go to rescue these films for future generations. Losing films through neglect and the passage of time is not an option. Warner knows this. They're doing a fine job. But more definitely needs to be done. A more aggressive campaign is likely in the works. We'll see.

    I wish that they would have done something,anything to On The Town ! Instead of using the same as what is shown on TCM.

  31. Nick*Z

    Nobody said they only had to release more musicals. I'll back your Now Voyager, Lady in the Lake, Thin Man (all of them), All This and Heaven Too, The Damned Don't Cry and High Sierra, and raise you a National Velvet, Marie Antoinette, Romeo and Juliet, Selznick's The Prisoner of Zenda, Scaramouche, Ivanhoe, Weekend At the Waldorf, San Francisco, Red Dust and Test Pilot; with honorable mention to A Woman's Face, Gaslight, Flamingo Road, Old Acquaintance, King's Row, Raintree County, China Seas, and Johnny Eager.

    And Ill raise you an Angel Face, Macao, Tarzan, Tarzan and his Mate, After the Thin Man, Another Thin Man, The Cyclops, Cry Wolf, In This Our Life, Mr. Skeffington. The Letter, and Village of the Damned !! 😀 😛

  32. TheSteig

    And Ill raise you an Angel Face, Macao, Tarzan, Tarzan and his Mate, After the Thin Man, Another Thin Man, The Cyclops, Cry Wolf, In This Our Life, Mr. Skeffington. The Letter, and Village of the Damned !! 😀 😛

    Ooooo…good ones – every last one! I'll toss in a Knights of the Round Table, When Ladies Meet, Honky Tonk, Boom Town and The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, maybe a Johnny Belinda and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde…if you're lucky. Do you feel lucky…well…do yah?!?

  33. Billy Batson

    I dunno, Warner have only release one ancient world epic, Ben-Hur, they were hardly running out, but if you don't like epics then all these films must seem the same to you. The obvious choice would be, Helen Of Troy, directed by Robert Wise, music by Max Steiner & Land Of The Pharaohs, directed by Howard Hawks, music by Dimitri Tiomkin, not the Italian peplum film Colossus, but Warner hardly ever make the obvious choices. Let's agree to disagree.

    …& I just can't enjoy The Law & Jake Wade, daylight exteriors are mostly fine, but interiors & night scenes aren't a pretty sight with those clogged-up blacks & lack of shadow detail, but that's me.

    …& I love those Robert Taylor period Adventures.

    Anyway, back to High Society, I've always thought Bing looked far too old for Grace Kelly, ten years on & she'd be his carer (but all totally normal in the whacky world of Hollywood).

    I love epics and like Helen of Troy but at the bottom of my list of epics and don't like Land of the Phaorahs at all. It Needed a big battle scene to spice it up just too dull as is. I would buy Helen and Colossus only on a 4 for $44 sale. I wouldn't buy Land of the Pharaohs at any price. The obvious choice for WAC was which one of the 3 sold the best on DVD. But I don't know of any other Historical Epics that Warner hasn't released. They have released a lot more than Ben-Hur. King of Kings, Greatest Story ever Told, Dr. Zhivago, War and Peace 1956, Mutiny on the Bounty 1962 and How the West was Won just off the top of my head. The majority of historical epics have been released on blu ray. Period adventures is a different type of film and there are so many of those including hundreds of b movies that no realistic chance all of those could ever all come out on blu ray. Nearly every studio has tons of those unreleased. Universal, Sony, Fox and Paramount all of tons of period adventures unreleased on blu ray. So if you meant period adventures and not historical epics then yes Warner has followed the pattern of every other major studio and not released that many of those on blu ray. Most of those that have been released have been from Kino, Twilight Time and Olive.

  34. Randy Korstick

    But I don't know of any other Historical Epics that Warner hasn't released.

    The Prodigal
    Raintree County
    John Paul Jones
    The Silver Chalice

    Add to that Helen of Troy and Land of the Pharaohs and that is 6 movies compare to the ones you mention.

    Randy Korstick

    They have released a lot more than Ben-Hur. King of Kings, Greatest Story ever Told, Dr. Zhivago, War and Peace 1956, Mutiny on the Bounty 1962 and How the West was Won just off the top of my head.

    Greatest Story ever Told and War and Peace are not from Warner but from MGM and Paramount respectively.

  35. OliverK

    The Prodigal
    Raintree County
    John Paul Jones
    The Silver Chalice

    Add to that Helen of Troy and Land of the Pharaohs and that is 6 movies compare to the ones you mention.

    Greatest Story ever Told and War and Peace are not from Warner but from MGM and Paramount respectively.

    All 4 you mentioned have been noted by Warner as having problematic film elements. I wouldn't call The Prodigal and The Silver Chalice epics more soap opera dramas like Raintree County but Raintree was an epic by length and production. Raintree County would be the only one of the 6 that would be a big seller on Blu so I can't say I blame Warner if those are the only choices. Much better for them to put the money into Errol Flynn and Robert Taylor period adventures that would be bigger sellers.
    I see Greatest Story Ever told was released through MGM and Fox on Blu but War and Peace was released by Warner during their Paramount distribution deal for DVD and Blu Ray. Ben Hur was made by MGM but also released by Warner as was Gone with the Wind.

  36. Randy Korstick

    All 4 you mentioned have been noted by Warner as having problematic film elements. I wouldn't call The Prodigal and The Silver Chalice epics more soap opera dramas like Raintree County but Raintree was an epic by length and production. Raintree County would be the only one of the 6 that would be a big seller on Blu so I can't say I blame Warner if those are the only choices. Much better for them to put the money into Errol Flynn and Robert Taylor period adventures that would be bigger sellers.

    I think we are discussing semantics with what movies can be called historical epics – not much history in How the West Was Won either and both Gone With The Wind and Dr. Zhivago are more love stories in front of a historical background or as others would say soap operas but very well done of course 😉 By any definition Warner does not like historical themed movies that much and I do not blame them, still they have not run out of titles they could release which was the starting point of all of this.

    As for Errol Flynn and Robert Taylor you may be right but as you say the elements probably play a much bigger role in what gets released as the costs to prepare a release will not be recovered even by the better sellers if the elements are too problematic.

    Randy Korstick

    I see Greatest Story Ever told was released through MGM and Fox on Blu but War and Peace was released by Warner during their Paramount distribution deal for DVD and Blu Ray. Ben Hur was made by MGM but also released by Warner as was Gone with the Wind.

    I think it is well known that Warner holds the rights to most of the MGM library with overall has resulted in many high quality releases but a reluctance to release titles that studios like MGM or Parmont would have no problem to release on Blu-ray with existing masters. Regarding War and Peace Warner just slapped an existing master that was prepared by Paramount a long time ago on a Blu-ray and the movie looks very bad so I would not count this as a proper Warner release, that was as you say a distribution deal. Before it was released stateside Paramount had already released it in Europe by the way.

  37. Thomas T

    For years, we had similar frustrated whining about Seven Brides For Seven Brothers not being on blu ray. Explanations that the film elements just weren't there and would need extensive and expensive restoration fell on deaf ears and people whined about "lesser" films getting released. Well, the restoration work has been done on 7BF7B and it's here! My guess is that High Society is in the pipeline but needs work. You can't rush it. It will get here when Warners decides all the necessary work for a quality release has been done. Meanwhile movies like Two Weeks In Another Town, The Rounders, Black Scorpion and The Drowning Pool have their elements in place and are ready for a blu ray release so why not release them? They may not be to your liking but they're to somebody's liking. Indeed, when and if High Society gets its blu release, someone will feel about it the way you feel about Two Weeks In Another Town. "Yawn, another of those boring MGM musicals, why isn't Kansas City Bomber on blu ray?".

    I'm sure these "Why is XYZ on blu ray when ABC is still gathering dust in the vaults" threads serve their purpose in getting frustrations out. But that's about all they do.

    My point on the titles I regard as strange choices is based on a relative measure – combined critical and box office success on release.

  38. On selfish grounds I'd love to see all the remaining Judy Garland titles (especially For Me and My Gal and The Harvey Girls) and all the Errol Flynns given Blu ray treatment, as well as, of course, Show Boat … both sound versions.
    But there is an important clutch of movies which demand release in best possible Blu ray condition, even if they do not meet Warner's apparent policy of only releasing those movies which meet their own quality criteria.
    Those are the series of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals, which are so historically and artistically significant that they demand the best possible conservation and highest possible quality Blu ray release. It would be good if Warners would deign to let us know which titles they are working on … and for them to acknowledge the historical importance of so many of the titles they currently act as trustees of. Even sub-optimal releases would benefit from the higher specs of Blu ray release, especially for projection display. And we would forgive minor blemishes….

  39. I would think the upcoming announcements during the next few weeks should be interesting. Last year in mid-September they announced the release of the restored The Sea Wolf, so with the holidays coming I am hoping for some true "Golden Age" titles.

  40. AnthonyClarke

    On selfish grounds I'd love to see all the remaining Judy Garland titles (especially For Me and My Gal and The Harvey Girls) and all the Errol Flynns given Blu ray treatment, as well as, of course, Show Boat … both sound versions.
    But there is an important clutch of movies which demand release in best possible Blu ray condition, even if they do not meet Warner's apparent policy of only releasing those movies which meet their own quality criteria.
    Those are the series of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals, which are so historically and artistically significant that they demand the best possible conservation and highest possible quality Blu ray release. It would be good if Warners would deign to let us know which titles they are working on … and for them to acknowledge the historical importance of so many of the titles they currently act as trustees of. Even sub-optimal releases would benefit from the higher specs of Blu ray release, especially for projection display. And we would forgive minor blemishes….

    Agreed! Warner's bounty of bona fide classics is obscenely rich and absent from hi-def for far too long. Personally, I don't think it has anything to do with 'selfish' reasons, Anthony, as yours is not the only one who desires a goodly number from the vaults to finally be released in hi-def. I would add to your list a few films and stars which are, thus far, wholly or almost entirely MIA in hi-def. By now, Norma Shearer's Marie Antoinette ought to have made the leap to HD. Ditto for her Romeo and Juliet, both film having undergone a restoration back in the early 1990's. We're also sorely lacking Clark Gable's illustrious MGM output. San Francisco, Red Dust, Boom Town, Honky Tonk, Idiot's Delight, Wife Vs. Secretary, and on and on. Jean Harlow…anyone? Dinner at Eight, pretty please. And then there is the cinema's sphinx: Garbo. 2018 and no Camille? Really?!?!? Queen Christina. Huh?!?

    Errol Flynn's The Sea Hawk and Captain Blood…for starters, also, a restored The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, which would kill two birds with one stone, as it co-stars that WB powerhouse, Bette Davis. Speaking of Davis – why not The Letter, Old Acquaintance, Now Voyager…just for a kick start? And we mustn't forget her rival – Joan Crawford. A Woman's Face, When Ladies Meet, Flamingo Road, Mannequin, The Damned Don't Cry. At the start of every summer I used to pray Warner would get around to honoring that perennial summer gal, Esther Williams with a big and splashy Blu release of Bathing Beauty, Million Dollar Mermaid and Easy to Love – her three biggest hit. But no. Another summer about to be filed away and no Esther to whet 'wet' our appetites.

    I'm forgetting far too many here that ought to get their due: Mario Lanza – The Great Caruso, That Midnight Kiss, and, The Toast of New Orleans; Jane Powell, A Date with Judy, Small Town Girl, Holiday in Mexico, Luxury Liner; Lana Turner, Green Dolphin Street, Johnny Eager; Greer Garson, Goodbye Mr. Chips, The Valley of Decision, Mrs. Parkington, Random Harvest. Robert Taylor, Ivanhoe, Knights of the Round Table, Personal Property, A Yank at Oxford. Stewart Granger, Scaramouche, Moonfleet. Grace Kelly, High Society and The Swan. Judy Garland, Broadway Melody of 1938, For Me and My Gal, The Harvey Girls, Summer Stock, The Pirate.

    It's saying something (though I am not sure what) that far too many of these BIG names have only been given a light smattering of acknowledgement on home video since we went hi-def. And 'personal favorites' aside, these were and are big pictures deserving of more public notoriety and certainly due a release on Blu. It's even more disheartening when we movies that were once considered 'B' and 'C' grade fluff, getting pushed ahead of the line of some of the A-list stuff mentioned herein, and so much more A-list it would take far too long to list here. Does the B and C stuff deserve a Blu release. In a perfect world – yes. Does it deserved 'front line' status. In any sane world, arguably, no. There's no shortage of high quality projects to keep Warner Home Video and the Archive humming and very, VERY, busy. But a lot of the aforementioned should be ready to go for a new to Blu release. Will they come our way? One can only speculate and hope for the best.

  41. To be fair, the archival elements for B and C grade fluff are often in better shape than the top shelf films. The studios often overused the IP's and OCN's of their top films, leaving them in a state that requires extensive restoration efforts to look their very best.

  42. revgen

    To be fair, the archival elements for B and C grade fluff are often in better shape than the top shelf films. The studios often overused the IP's and OCN's of their top films, leaving them in a state that requires extensive restoration efforts to look their very best.

    I agree, and I also wonder how much the AGE of the elements comes into play here, too. As I keep saying, the last year or so, WAC has been avoiding most pre-1954 movies, particularly a lot of the MGM musicals and 30s films in general (of course, let's not get into anything from the twenties, either). There is some hope that some of that stuff is coming, whether through WAC or licensed out to others, since it seems like at least the 1936 Showboat might be coming, likely through Criterion, since WAC's dvd is OOP, which, for THEIR releases should only happen if their rights have expired (not likely here), it's been given a new transfer (again, not likely, since it was not one of their early releases that would have needed it), or it's been licensed out to somebody. We all have our wants, and different stuff keeps coming out. I know I have enjoyed their blu releases for a number of the musicals that seem to be titles everybody keeps trashing, asking "why has this been released instead of something else *I* wanted?" I don't understand it, especially when some of those releases, like Hit The Deck, Kismet, and Deep in My Heart (among others) were released at a time when WHV was still releasing catalog titles on blu, and therefore, these titles SHOULD have been able to come out through WAC (however, I will begin to agree with similar statements about stuff that started coming out in 2016 when EVERYTHING was coming out through WAC).

  43. For me there are at least 50 must haves from Warner's vaults that I fear I won't be seeing anytime soon on Blu.

    They are (in no particular order)

    National Velvet
    Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939)
    Camille
    The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
    Now Voyager
    Holiday in Mexico
    Bathing Beauty
    That Midnight Kiss
    High Society
    Swing Time
    Rosalie
    San Francisco
    Around the World in 80 Days
    Boom Town
    Week-end at the Waldorf
    Dinner at Eight
    All This and Heaven Too
    Scaramouche (1952)
    Old Acquaintance
    The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
    Broadway Melody of 1940
    Mrs. Parkington
    Random Harvest
    Adam's Rib
    Ryan's Daughter
    The White Cliffs of Dover
    The Valley of Decision
    The Harvey Girls
    The Brothers Karamazov
    Johnny Eager
    Million Dollar Mermaid
    Easy to Love
    Murder She Said
    Anna Karenina
    Wife Vs. Secretary
    When Ladies Meet
    A Woman's Face
    Captain Blood
    The Sea Hawk
    The Roaring Twenties
    Summer Stock
    The Great Ziegfeld
    Ziegfeld Girl
    The Thin Man
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    Love Finds Andy Hardy
    The Swan
    The Student Prince
    Maytime

  44. JimMiller

    Being a Technicolor nut, I would love to see Sweethearts (1938) on blu-ray. It does have historical significance being MGM's first 3-strip feature.

    Except WAC has sadly admitted they don't have the elements to bring this one to blu, so I wouldn't expect it to come.

  45. I have been watching my dvds of classic MGM films lately. Since I have not seen many of these movies in decades it has been an interesting experience.

    Truthfully, some were absolute endurance tests (Jeanette MacDonald's operatic scenes were quite good but otherwise the first 90 minutes of San Francisco was so painful to watch I could not wait for that damn earthquake.)

    Still, some definitely hold up and would make fantastic blurays for modern audiences. The word "gaslight" has re-entered the lexicon of today's culture, so if Gaslight's elements are in good shape, Ingrid Bergman's first Oscar winner would make a fine, suspenseful bluray, and of course it has Angela Lansbury!

    The biggest surprise was Norma Shearer's Marie Antoinette. It had superb camera work and its literate script derives from a biography written by Stefan Zweig – the same writer of the stories used for The Grand Budapest Hotel over 70 years later! Though I think it has "improved with age" and would make a beautiful bluray, I just don't see Warner ever releasing it on bluray.

  46. Yes I've been looking at DVDs lately (I'd forgotten how good they could look). I saw a couple from the Errol Flynn box, They Died With Their Boots On looks great & the elements certainly look good enough for a Blu-ray release, but The Sea Hawk doesn't look as good as I remembered, it's a bit dupey at times, it makes me wonder if Warner have the original elements in good order. I tried to look at The Private Life Of Elizabeth & Essex, but all those misaligned shots are very off putting. I remember thinking Dodge City was one of the worse looking films in the set, so there's always hope.

  47. HIGH SOCIETY was on TCM a few weeks ago in HD and looked so-so. It’s in Vista-Vision which I believe was the most beautiful of all the early widescreen processes so it should look jaw-dropping. A fun movie!

  48. Of the unreleased musicals, I’d rather have a pair of actual Warner titles — THE PAJAMA GAME and DAMN YANKEES — than HIGH SOCIETY. I like the Porter score, but the rest of it is too sedate and mannered for me.

  49. Yep, I always thought the musical upgrade from Philadelphia to Society made a lot of sense and was a 'better' entertainment than its predecessor. I also feel that way about Silk Stockings over Ninotchka, even though I adore Garbo and love that movie too. My favorite Garbo, however, is Camille – hands down, jaw-droppingly tragic and beautiful. Close second, Garbo and Fredric March in Anna Karenina.

    The Private Lives of Liz and Essex is a travesty on DVD, which is why I would hope WAC is getting around to doing justice to the movie at long last. Ditto for The Pirate, which suffers from so much aliasing it is virtually unwatchable in its current incarnation on DVD. I would love for WAC to aggressively pursue re-acquiring the rights to Meet John Doe – one of Frank Capra's very best movies, ever. Aside: it wouldn't hurt Universal Home Video to release the other Capra gem, State of the Union, to Blu either.

    But back to Warner. National Velvet is a personal fav, but when WAC did their Liz thing a few years ago with Father of the Bride, Virginia Woolf, I had sincerely hoped Liz's first biggie for MGM would be a contender too – along with The VIP's and, of course, her Oscar-winning Butterfield 8. Sadly, none materialized. It's too late in the game to wait for 'anniversaries' to roll around to roll out a big and splashy Blu-ray release. Let's just open the floodgates and get to some of the better A-list stuff still tucked inside Warner's vaults.

    RE: Marie Antoinette – the DVD was a stunner so I cannot see how a Blu wouldn't be a foregone conclusion. Ditto for Shearer's Romeo and Juliet. Both were remastered. The ones I would really like Warner to tackle are the ones that looked gawd awful on DVD – starting with Bathing Beauty, The Enchanted Cottage, Show Boat, That Midnight Kiss, Million Dollar Mermaid, Words and Music.

    Till The Clouds Roll By ought to have come out by now. Warner re-acquired the rights and released a stunner of a DVD. We could also stand Annie Get Your Gun, The Harvey Girls and Good News – with Peter Lawford and June Allyson. Great collegiate fun with Joan McCracken doing her damnedest to eclipse the leads.

    Films of social significance need to be out there again: starting with Executive Suite, Blackboard Jungle, The Brothers Karamazov and The Catered Affair. I also cannot believe WAC hasn't come around to Ryan's Daughter yet – the last of David Lean's epics MIA in hi-def.

    I get it. I get it. Time and money needs to be spent. In some cases, a lot of it. Well, however/whatever it takes. Let's get on with it, folks. Original film elements, if they do exist, will not wait for some sunny day in the future. Figure out the logistics and get on with the heavy lifting. Art is art. Period. It deserves concerted preservation.

  50. Considering how often most of us keep bringing up thirties titles that we want (including some that, at least on dvd, look like they should require less work to bring to blu), I can only wonder what must have happened that WAC doesn't seem to want to go near that decade. I mean, we do know from Mr. Harris in his review on 42nd Street that that was an expensive restoration and the remaining Busby Berkeleys would also be expensive, but we haven't seen any more, even licensed out (at least not yet, as we all wait for the '36 Showboat to be announced, hopefully by Criterion).

  51. Thomas T

    For years, we had similar frustrated whining about Seven Brides For Seven Brothers not being on blu ray. Explanations that the film elements just weren't there and would need extensive and expensive restoration fell on deaf ears and people whined about "lesser" films getting released. Well, the restoration work has been done on 7BF7B and it's here! My guess is that High Society is in the pipeline but needs work. You can't rush it. It will get here when Warners decides all the necessary work for a quality release has been done. Meanwhile movies like Two Weeks In Another Town, The Rounders, Black Scorpion and The Drowning Pool have their elements in place and are ready for a blu ray release so why not release them? They may not be to your liking but they're to somebody's liking. Indeed, when and if High Society gets its blu release, someone will feel about it the way you feel about Two Weeks In Another Town. "Yawn, another of those boring MGM musicals, why isn't Kansas City Bomber on blu ray?".

    I'm sure these "Why is XYZ on blu ray when ABC is still gathering dust in the vaults" threads serve their purpose in getting frustrations out. But that's about all they do.

    I think relative performance and success is the key in waiting for release of favorites – but Warner dont seem to follow logic. like Queen from Outer Space? High Society had far more success commercially than Two Weeks in Another Town. Never So Few was neither successful nor critically acclaimed…there are numerous examples where Warner seem to be looking to find sales in hidden corners of their library. We need more films that have stereo soundtracks available, and preferably, Cinemascope ratio where can take advantage of the upgraded blu ray quality.

  52. We watched 'annie get your gun' again a few weeks ago on our 150 inch projector screen.
    It looked fantastic … so good that it suggested the elements exist in fine shape for a move to Blu ray. And the same's true of 'The Harvey Girls' … a fantastic quality DVDl.

  53. M90GM

    I think relative performance and success is the key in waiting for release of favorites – .

    Why do you believe that? What evidence can you provide to support your opinion? It's been obvious to most of us for a long time that the condition of the elements is the primary factor when Warner Archive decide which films to release on Blu-ray disc.

  54. Robin9

    Why do you believe that? What evidence can you provide to support your opinion? It's been obvious to most of us for a long time that the condition of the elements is the primary factor when Warner Archive decide which films to release on Blu-ray disc.

    I don't know how some of us can't grasp that as the root cause why some of the most popular titles haven't been released on Blu-ray.

  55. M90GM

    I think relative performance and success is the key in waiting for release of favorites – but Warner dont seem to follow logic.

    Past popularity means very little and in fact can even be a hindrance when the OCN has been overprinted and/or cut.

    But that bing said in its most simple form it is an equation where Warner is putting in a certain amount of money to produce the digital assets and physical discs and in return they make a certain amount of money through sales and rights.

    For most titles they will want to not spend much more than they get back and when a movie costs 20 times as much up front compared to another (let's say High Society or Raintree County compared to some B-movie horror or sci-fi) the expectation is usually NOT that it will sell 20 times as much as the general public that back then made the old blockbuster a success could not care less about it being released now on Blu-ray.

  56. To be honest, I have been disappointed with the WAC blu-ray line. I'll admit to having a bias – I'm primarily interested in pre-1950 films, and WAC is woefully lacking in that area. You want to get me excited – announce some films with the likes of William Powell, Myrna Loy, Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, the Marx Brothers, etc. Put out some films like Kings Row, Good News, Goodbye Mr. Chips, The Great Ziegfeld, Gentleman Jim, Three Little Words, and some silents like The Cameraman, Spite Marriage, Don Juan, etc. and I will be almost throwing my credit card at the WAC folks. As it is, WAC has provided little to pique my interest lately. To be clear, I'm not denigrating the films that the WAC folks do choose to put out. They have their fans, and they should be recognized. I just like to have some token recognition for what I like too occasionally. ;)Also, I will point out that overall WAC has done a lot of good work with both the DVD-r and blu-ray lines, and I'm very happy to have the blu-rays of The Great Race, The Wheeler-Dealers, The Americanization of Emily, 42nd Street, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and several others sitting on my shelf. I almost feel like a school teacher encouraging the B+ student to get his/her grades up to an A, and some Errol Flynn titles might very well do that. 😀

    To give some contrast, if you want some examples of companies utterly failing in their responsibilities to their catalogs, look at Hallmark (when it still controlled the Hal Roach catalog – I'm glad that they don't control those films anymore, but I still refuse to buy Hallmark products), MGM (The Alamo – enough said), and Corinth Films (for the utter disregard it has shown to the Laurel and Hardy silents).

  57. I bought High Society from iTunes when it was on sale I think for $4.99. The HD picture looks better than DVD (my guess, I never had the DVD) but the sound (which has apparently recently been remastered) is incredible for a film I had up to now only heard in mono.

  58. mark-edk

    I bought High Society from iTunes when it was on sale I think for $4.99. The HD picture looks better than DVD (my guess, I never had the DVD) but the sound (which has apparently recently been remastered) is incredible for a film I had up to now only heard in mono.

    If memory serves, I believe the stereo mix was created for the laserdisc release many years ago.

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