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#901 Post by Jonathan S » Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:29 pm

^ The only consolation is that if Warner had released the major MGM silents in 2006-7 our DVDs would probably have rotted by now! Over 50% of my factory-pressed Warner DVDs manufactured in 2006-8 are now partially or wholly unplayable - and (as widely reported on this and other forums) the failure rate for some collectors is even higher!

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#902 Post by Calvin » Sat Feb 23, 2019 3:39 pm

I've been hoping, if not expecting, for them to come from Criterion since the beginning of their Warner deal. They must have asked for them....surely?! When Nolan put a hypothetical Greed release in his top 10, I thought that a release would be imminent then - Nolan surely has the influence within Warner to get them to do whatever he wants with it.

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#903 Post by domino harvey » Sat Feb 23, 2019 3:42 pm

Criterion cares about putting out silents only marginally more than Warners

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#904 Post by FrauBlucher » Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:47 am

The only one I see Criterion wanting to license would be Greed because of it’s rich history. They would really be able to do a deep dive, which is something WAC can’t do.

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#905 Post by What A Disgrace » Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:43 pm

My dream release from Criterion is now an Olympics-and-Bergman sized boxed set dedicated to the MGM silents, hopefully curated with considerable care - though I'll settle for it being curated at all, really, as I know its a far fetched fantasy. Certainly a few of the films would deserve individual releases (like Greed and The Crowd), and I can't imagine Criterion would pass on the only possible opportunity to do a Buster Keaton silent classic they're likely to get (The Cameraman), or the early Ben Hur if they could manage it.

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#906 Post by movielocke » Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:50 pm

domino harvey wrote:Criterion cares about putting out silents only marginally more than Warners
We’ll both companies don’t really put out “as is” silent releases and would have to allocate a lot of labor and capital to finding the best possible elements and then doing digital restoration and warner would be required to do some film restoration to preserve delicate elements. And dealing with the score is an added complication and expense increasing the overhead per title. And there is probably some corporate interference as well from WB altering the release schedule (because if an old film sells 1/100th the copies of a new film and a silent film sells 1/100th the copies of an old film very many executives are going to be upset about allocating resources to unprofitable endeavors).

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#907 Post by captveg » Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:51 pm

First two announcements for April '19 so far:

Frankenstein 1970 (1958)
A Patch of Blue (1965)

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#908 Post by FrauBlucher » Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:50 pm

A Patch of Blue is a good one for a change.

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#909 Post by domino harvey » Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:51 pm

The cover’s nice too, different than their DVD release in the Poitier set

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#910 Post by Noiradelic » Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:56 pm

movielocke wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:50 pm
domino harvey wrote:Criterion cares about putting out silents only marginally more than Warners
Well both companies don’t really put out “as is” silent releases and would have to allocate a lot of labor and capital to finding the best possible elements and then doing digital restoration and warner would be required to do some film restoration to preserve delicate elements.
Assume you're not counting the WAC DVD line here.

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#911 Post by domino harvey » Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:57 pm

Yes, I was specifically referring to Blu-rays re: Warners

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#912 Post by FrauBlucher » Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:18 pm

Summer Stock (1950) also announced

domino harvey wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:51 pm
The cover’s nice too, different than their DVD release in the Poitier set
Agree.

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#913 Post by captveg » Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:40 pm

FrauBlucher wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:18 pm
Summer Stock (1950) also announced
This is apparently the "three-strip Technicolor MGM musical" mentioned in that recent WA podcast.

Of note, Tex Avery's The Cuckoo Clock (1950) will be a bonus HD short on this release.

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#914 Post by dustybooks » Sat Mar 23, 2019 3:16 pm

Sorry if this is the wrong thread for this (or if I missed it elsewhere), but a 4 for $44 sale is going on through Monday night, including both DVD and Blu.

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#915 Post by Monterey Jack » Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:13 pm

Grabbed The Thing From Another World, and the three Christopher Lee Dracula movies. Halloween in April...!

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#916 Post by swo17 » Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:29 pm

Good chance to pick up the Popeye set if you haven't already

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#917 Post by movielocke » Sun Mar 24, 2019 2:00 pm

swo17 wrote:Good chance to pick up the Popeye set if you haven't already
I was going to as it’s my top one I want but they didn’t include seven brides for Seven brothers in the sale and if I can’t get my top two wish list items it seems kind of silly to place an order for three others I don’t much -need- to have and don’t want as much as some others.

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#918 Post by JakeStewart » Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:36 pm

I picked up Gun Crazy, On Dangerous Ground, The Wrong Man, and Home From the Hill. The Minnelli film is the only one I've seen. I remember it being pretty corny when I watched it on Filmstruck, but there's something about his late melodramas that make them compulsively watchable. Hopefully Some Came Running gets a release soon.

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#919 Post by FlickeringWindow » Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:59 pm

movielocke wrote:
Sun Mar 24, 2019 2:00 pm
swo17 wrote:Good chance to pick up the Popeye set if you haven't already
I was going to as it’s my top one I want but they didn’t include seven brides for Seven brothers in the sale and if I can’t get my top two wish list items it seems kind of silly to place an order for three others I don’t much -need- to have and don’t want as much as some others.
It’s in the multi-disc sale for $16

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#920 Post by FrauBlucher » Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:29 pm

I guess the Popeye Volume 1 set sold well. WAC are working on Volume 2 and also the Jetsons.

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#921 Post by Feego » Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:10 am

While I certainly welcome a Volume 2 of color Popeye cartoons, this doesn't seem to bode well for the earlier B&W Fleischer shorts.

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#922 Post by captveg » Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:33 pm

It seems A Patch of Blue's release is delayed, as it has never shown up on the WB Shop or Amazon like the other titles announced in March for April.

In any case, they are starting to announce May titles.

The Golden Arrow (1962) - Never released on DVD in US before, best I can tell
The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975)
Shaft's Big Score (1972)
Shaft in Africa (1973)

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#923 Post by FrauBlucher » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:49 pm

captveg wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:33 pm
It seems A Patch of Blue's release is delayed, as it has never shown up on the WB Shop or Amazon like the other titles announced in March for April.

In any case, they are starting to announce May titles.

The Golden Arrow (1962) - Never released on DVD in US before, best I can tell
The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975)
Shaft's Big Score (1972)
Shaft in Africa (1973)
Disappointing all the way around

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#924 Post by captveg » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:59 pm

Shaft sequels were obvious choices with the new movie coming out.

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#925 Post by Gregory » Tue May 07, 2019 3:17 pm

A week into May and none of this month's titles are up at Amazon. Seems kind of weird.

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