Criterion and Warner Bros.

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#776 Post by domino harvey » Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:46 pm

The Tutsi Fruitsy ice cream scene is one of their funniest bits

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#777 Post by FrauBlucher » Tue Jun 23, 2020 5:03 pm

Indeed a flat out classic MB's skit. 6 dollars on Sun Up! A Day at the Races for me is as good as A Night at the Opera

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#778 Post by Ribs » Tue Jun 23, 2020 5:25 pm

domino harvey wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:46 pm
The Tutsi Fruitsy ice cream scene is one of their funniest bits
I wasn't saying A Day at the Races wasn't one of their better movies (I'd put it as third best behind Duck Soup and Night at the Opera) - I just am surprised that WAC wouldn't push back a release further in their schedule when it has a pretty egregious comic blackface scene. I know it's all direct-to-online and doesn't actually sell to anyone other than enthusiasts, just not the choice I'd have made in the current moment!

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#779 Post by Ovader » Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:42 pm

FrauBlucher wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:39 pm
That certainly is a strong indication that Criterion will release the one time laser disc of A Night at the Opera. Did the laser disc have any supplements?
Yes as you can see on the LD's back cover. Image

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#780 Post by Jonathan S » Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:13 am

Surely the best new supplement for A NIGHT AT THE OPERA would be the more complete/variant print discovered by Racz Tamas in the Hungarian National Film Archive in 2008. The first reel alone (has the rest of the print been compared yet?) includes "two additional shots, two additional sentences, and different angles of already known shots."

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#781 Post by FrauBlucher » Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:03 am

Thanks for these two posts. If Criterion is indeed going to release this (which I am becoming more confident that they are) I would hope that they do it with these missing shots and lines. Although I'm not sure that WB will allow that

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#782 Post by agnamaracs » Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:09 am

Jonathan S wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:13 am
Surely the best new supplement for A NIGHT AT THE OPERA would be the more complete/variant print discovered by Racz Tamas in the Hungarian National Film Archive in 2008. The first reel alone (has the rest of the print been compared yet?) includes "two additional shots, two additional sentences, and different angles of already known shots."
Aw man. When you said "complete" and "first reel," I got excited that maybe they had found the film's original opening sequence.

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#783 Post by captveg » Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:51 pm

Per latest WAC podcast, no Busby Berkeley films have been licensed out to boutique labels.

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#784 Post by bamwc2 » Sun Jul 19, 2020 12:58 pm

Warner still owns the Newline library, right? If so there were plenty of New Line titles that Criterion released on laserdisc, but they haven't reissued a single one of them since going DVD (I think). If Warner licenses titles from their main catalogue, then wouldn't Criterion be interested in picking some of these up too? Does anyone know why this is?

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#785 Post by CSM126 » Sun Jul 19, 2020 1:19 pm

When Criterion licensed from New Line in the past it was handled as a separate entity (this was before they ever got a deal for the main Warner catalog, even), so maybe there’s just some additional hoops to get through?

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#786 Post by cdnchris » Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:46 pm

They've already licensed a few New Line films through Warner (New World, Short Cuts, My Own Private Idaho, Bamboozled) so they have access to them. Warner is just listed as the licensor instead of New Line.

It's been the same for Shout! as well (In the Mouth of Madness for example).

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#787 Post by domino harvey » Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:49 pm

TMNT Criterion box confirmed

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#788 Post by Cinephrenic » Sun Jul 19, 2020 3:31 pm

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...great!

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#789 Post by swo17 » Sun Jul 19, 2020 3:45 pm

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#790 Post by FrauBlucher » Sun Jul 19, 2020 3:50 pm

Since when does that happen...

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#791 Post by bamwc2 » Sun Jul 19, 2020 3:56 pm

cdnchris wrote:
Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:46 pm
They've already licensed a few New Line films through Warner (New World, Short Cuts, My Own Private Idaho, Bamboozled) so they have access to them. Warner is just listed as the licensor instead of New Line.

It's been the same for Shout! as well (In the Mouth of Madness for example).
Thanks, Chris. I had no idea that those were with New Line. There are some laserdiscs that seem like no brainers for rerelease (Crash, Pink Flamingos, etc). Hopefully we'll see them someday.

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#792 Post by Jack Kubrick » Sun Jul 19, 2020 5:37 pm

Pink Flamingos is getting a standard Blu Ray release from Warner Brothers according to Waters.

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#793 Post by bamwc2 » Sun Jul 19, 2020 6:27 pm

Jack Kubrick wrote:
Sun Jul 19, 2020 5:37 pm
Pink Flamingos is getting a standard Blu Ray release from Warner Brothers according to Waters.
Thanks. I hadn't heard.

Edit: I tried Googling to find out more, but all I came up with was a 2018 Reddit post. How sure are we that this is happening?

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#794 Post by dwk » Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:25 pm

Waters mentioned it in an interview around the time of Criterion release of either Multiple Maniacs or Female Trouble.

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#795 Post by Ribs » Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:40 pm

I mean, he just said that WB was “doing it” again or something to that effect, which could very easily just mean “doing a restoration” and not reflect who’s actually releasing the end product.

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#796 Post by therewillbeblus » Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:56 pm

He says they're distributing it in the interview. I guess his quote could be read in past tense to mean 'who would have thought that WB would [have ever] distribute[d]' the film, but I thought it was pretty clear

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#797 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:37 pm

So Crash is being licensed from Warner? I seem to remember some talk about the possibility of it being given over to Janus, but perhaps that was just only talk.

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#798 Post by dwk » Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:49 pm

Warner Archive is still selling the Crash DVD-R, so it is pretty safe to assume they still own it.

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#799 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Sun Sep 20, 2020 11:51 pm

I'm surprised they kept it. New Line practically buried it in the original US theatrical release, delaying it several months and very little promotion in the States at all.

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#800 Post by dwk » Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:21 am

I doubt if they reupped it, but there is no telling how much longer New Line's rights to it lasts. Clearly the deal was for longer than 20 years and they may have picked it up in perpetuity.

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