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Adam X
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#1601 Post by Adam X » Tue May 04, 2021 2:25 pm

I recall really liking Wolfen, though I’ve not seen it since the ‘90’s. I’ve been holding off on listening to them until I get around to watching the BD, but these two episodes of The Projection Booth likely contain some more background info:
Episode 437: Wolfen
Special Report: Stewart Buck on ‘Uncovering Wolfen’

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#1602 Post by domino harvey » Tue May 04, 2021 2:34 pm

I enjoyed Wolfen a great deal, especially Albert Finney, who gives what may possibly be the last interesting film variation of one of the most tired character types in the world. But then the film just ends, out of nowhere. So I can easily believe something big is missing. Still works as a great New York City film though

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#1603 Post by beamish14 » Tue May 04, 2021 3:31 pm

Wolfen's production problems are legendary. John D. Hancock, who was brought in to supervise the reshaping of it, has been candid about it on social media. He says he was handed a 4-hour rough cut that was basically a ton of exposition and no real thrills. The Fun City boutique label guy mentioned on the Blu-Ray forums that WB nixed an audio commentary from director Michael Wadleigh; he probably got a bit too critical of the studio and how they handled the situation.

I'm really curious about that documentary on The Keep the same people have been working on for a while. What a fascinatingly flawed movie.

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#1604 Post by PfR73 » Tue May 04, 2021 4:27 pm

Wait, so John D. Hancock, the director fired from Jaws 2, was the the director brought in to supervise Wolfen after they fired the director?

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#1605 Post by Cash Flagg » Tue May 04, 2021 5:31 pm

beamish14 wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 3:31 pm
The Fun City boutique label guy mentioned on the Blu-Ray forums that WB nixed an audio commentary from director Michael Wadleigh; he probably got a bit too critical of the studio and how they handled the situation.
The commentary was even listed as an extra when the BD was first announced.

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#1606 Post by hearthesilence » Tue May 04, 2021 5:37 pm

I just noticed certain Warner Archive DVD-R's are $9.99 on Amazon including a handful of Cagney films I was looking at: A Lion Is in the Streets, The Crowd Roars, The Strawberry Blonde, Boy Meets Girl, The St. Louis Kid, Taxi, These Wilder Years, Jimmy the Gent, Frisco Kid, Doorway to Hell, The Great Garrick (not Cagney, but a great James Whale film nonetheless), and a whole lot more without Cagney. These are definitely marked down as a lot of WA DVD-R titles, even older ones, are still in the $16 to $20+ range.

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#1607 Post by FrauBlucher » Tue May 11, 2021 11:17 am

No official announcement but popping up on Amazon...
3 for June so far...

Ziegfeild Follies
Guns for San Sebastian
There Was a Crooked Man

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#1608 Post by domino harvey » Tue May 11, 2021 12:06 pm

FrauBlucher wrote:
Tue May 11, 2021 11:17 am
No official announcement but popping up on Amazon...
3 for June so far...

Ziegfeild Follies
Looks like their next priority is updating that first musicals DVD box, so I imagine Till the Clouds Roll By and Three Little Words will come in due time as well.

As for the Mankiewicz film, well, it's not good, so of course they're releasing it. Wish they'd release his Julius Caesar instead

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#1609 Post by therewillbeblus » Tue May 11, 2021 12:54 pm

It's tragic how many Mank films are with Fox and buried. Sleuth needs a release so bad.

Anyways, yeah, this late-Mank is one of his very worst.

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#1610 Post by domino harvey » Tue May 11, 2021 12:56 pm

Sleuth is tied up in the same problem as Stepford Wives and Heartbreak Kid where the remake rights conflated the current owners’ sense of what they can ask and therefore no label can afford a release

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#1611 Post by Calvin » Tue May 11, 2021 1:16 pm

There's an Australian DVD release of Sleuth that was released as recently as 2015. I presume Bristol Myers Squibb own it worldwide, so I wonder how much Umbrella coughed up for it.

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#1612 Post by hearthesilence » Tue May 11, 2021 1:30 pm

Jesus, don't they make enough money from the pharmaceutical racket? Even the most reasonably optimistic price is probably a fraction of what they'd make in a single day peddling just one of their drugs.

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#1613 Post by dwk » Tue May 11, 2021 1:37 pm

That is part of the problem. What the films are actually worth is not enough for them to bother. It is a similar issue with A Better Tomorrow and A Better Tomorrow 2. The rights outside HK are owned by a real estate company and they just will not earn enough money for them to bother licensing them out.

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#1614 Post by agnamaracs » Tue May 11, 2021 1:41 pm

FrauBlucher wrote:
Tue May 11, 2021 11:17 am
Ziegfeld Follies
I can never tell these three films apart. This is the third one from 1945 and is a revue, as opposed to The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and Ziegfeld Girl (1941). And both of the '40s ones are "the one with Judy Garland."
hearthesilence wrote:
Tue May 11, 2021 1:30 pm
Jesus, don't they make enough money from the pharmaceutical racket? Even the most reasonably optimistic price is probably a fraction of what they'd make in a single day peddling just one of their drugs.
dwk wrote:
Tue May 11, 2021 1:37 pm
The rights outside HK are owned by a real estate company and they just will not earn enough money for them to bother licensing them out.
Any money they'd make from licensing the films is more than they'd make by holding on to them...

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#1615 Post by dwk » Tue May 11, 2021 2:25 pm

Yes, but they factor in the time and legal fees involved in licensing out the films and come to the conclusion that it just isn't worth it.

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#1616 Post by FrauBlucher » Mon May 17, 2021 3:12 pm

Just when things couldn't get more puzzling AT&T is spinning off Warner Media with Discovery. Here What does this mean for the Warner catalogue? Maybe we have to wait for the dust to settle

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#1617 Post by FrauBlucher » Mon May 17, 2021 3:17 pm

FrauBlucher wrote:
Mon May 17, 2021 3:12 pm
Just when things couldn't get more puzzling AT&T is spinning off Warner Media with Discovery. Here What does this mean for the Warner catalogue? Maybe we have to wait for the dust to settle
Full story from Indiewire

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#1618 Post by cdnchris » Mon May 17, 2021 3:58 pm

If this means I get Warner Bros. films AND 90 Day Fiance all in one place...

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#1619 Post by Luke M » Mon May 17, 2021 4:29 pm

90 Day Fiance sounds like a Cary Grant screwball comedy anyway

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#1620 Post by captveg » Tue May 18, 2021 3:45 pm

FrauBlucher wrote:
Tue May 11, 2021 11:17 am
No official announcement but popping up on Amazon...
3 for June so far...

Ziegfeild Follies
Guns for San Sebastian
There Was a Crooked Man
Three more revealed via Amazon:

Chain Lightning (1950)
It Happened at the World's Fair (1963)
Madame Curie (1943)

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#1621 Post by domino harvey » Tue May 18, 2021 4:51 pm

Madame Curie is superb Hollywood hokum. No one expecting an accurate biography should apply, but it's an extremely well-done romantic comedy of sorts

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#1622 Post by pistolwink » Tue May 18, 2021 10:29 pm

FrauBlucher wrote:
Mon May 17, 2021 3:17 pm
FrauBlucher wrote:
Mon May 17, 2021 3:12 pm
Just when things couldn't get more puzzling AT&T is spinning off Warner Media with Discovery. Here What does this mean for the Warner catalogue? Maybe we have to wait for the dust to settle
Full story from Indiewire
It's bewildering to me that AT&T, less than three years after spending a fortune on Warner and enduring endless antitrust hearings etc. before the sale was OK'd, are turning it around and selling it (sort of). But this is why I'm a person on a message board and not a Fortune 500 CEO, I guess.

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#1623 Post by Stefan Andersson » Sat May 29, 2021 12:51 pm

"They Won´t Believe Me" (1947) has been restored to original length. Go here and scroll down for details on reinstated material:
https://trailersfromhell.com/they-wont-believe-me/

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#1624 Post by Stefan Andersson » Sat May 29, 2021 12:57 pm

Interesting comment re: "Till The Clouds Roll By" (1946; my italics):
"Warner rescued Till The Clouds Roll By from PD hell at least a decade ago and continue to hold onto those rights with renewals, hence the inclusion of the Show Boat opener on this Blu (=reference to one of the bonus features on the recent WAC blu of Show Boat, 1951). The TTCRB Show Boat prologue was, frankly, a revelation, as I was suspecting it would merely be a slapped together montage from the tired old DVD scan. It's not. It's a new scan in HD and looks utterly magnificent. It seems a terrible waste for WAC to go to that trouble to scan in a prologue and NOT actually have remastered the rest of the movie too in HD for a pending new-to-Blu release."
Source: https://www.hometheaterforum.com/commun ... ew.371067/

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#1625 Post by FrauBlucher » Tue Jun 01, 2021 7:33 pm

Unfortunately no news on physical media...Hollywood Reporter
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