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FrauBlucher
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Re: Warner Brothers Archive Collection Blu-rays

#1926 Post by FrauBlucher » Tue Jul 26, 2022 5:53 pm

George Feltenstein answers questions

Some highlights...

- No August releases
- Hinted a huge title getting released in UHD at end of year. It's no doubt Casablanca
- Popeyes the 50s will happen. No date though
- Banana Splits will also happen
- Around the World in 80 Days is being worked on
- Explains what the issues are with restoring Raintree County
- Talks about hoping to release Bill Gunn's Stop! (1970)
- Towards the end he talks about the state of physical media

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#1927 Post by therewillbeblus » Tue Jul 26, 2022 6:00 pm

Wow, Stop! would be absolutely huge- hopefully they allow someone else to snag it if they won't undertake the challenge themselves

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#1928 Post by Calvin » Tue Jul 26, 2022 6:14 pm

Is there somewhere to send in questions? I'd be keen to ask what the status is of Ford's 7 Women, which I don't think anyone at Warner Archive has ever spoken about.

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#1929 Post by FrauBlucher » Tue Jul 26, 2022 6:21 pm

You can try to email the gent that runs The Extras podcast. There is an email icon on the top of the site

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#1930 Post by Maltic » Wed Jul 27, 2022 3:49 pm

FrauBlucher wrote:
Tue Jul 26, 2022 5:53 pm

- Hinted a huge title getting released in UHD at end of year. It's no doubt Casablanca
Another label is sidetracked by UHD :lol:

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#1931 Post by Gregory » Sun Jul 31, 2022 4:27 pm

Warner Archive releases Jan—September 2021: 57 (75 total for the year)
Warner Archive releases Jan—September 2022: 21
(by my count)

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#1932 Post by domino harvey » Sun Jul 31, 2022 4:53 pm

Wasn’t this previously teased as an amazing year filled with big releases? This label is comatose with the occasional sign of life. Can we go back to them releasing completely random movies? I didn’t know how good we had it!

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#1933 Post by Finch » Sun Jul 31, 2022 5:03 pm

Have to agree. If we get to year's end without the remaining Lewtons announced, I'll file Warner Archive under the Most Disappointing Output by a Label for 2022.

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#1934 Post by therewillbeblus » Sun Jul 31, 2022 5:09 pm

Withholding The Seventh Victim makes us all victims (of an ostensibly similarly limp group too...)

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#1935 Post by Peacock » Sun Jul 31, 2022 5:23 pm

Surely I Walked With a Zombie and The Seventh Victim are with Criterion? Or were Cat People, The Leopard Man and Curse of the Cat People a different rights situ than the other Lewtons?

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#1936 Post by senseabove » Sun Jul 31, 2022 5:25 pm

I believe Feltenstein has actually since said that most of this year would be slow, at least through the Summer. Remember that restoration work stopped while they were being shuffled around different owners, getting laid off in February '21, then getting rehired in August '21. On his most recent podcast appearance, he said that in the best case, it takes ~9 months from negative procurement to release. So assuming it took a month or two to get the gears turning again, we're just now about 9 months out from real work getting under way again. He also said they're limited by a few things, like how much nitrate they can have on premises, competing for scanner time with non-WAC work, and working with about a quarter of the staff they had before. So I have the impression they've got things planned, but it's taken a bit longer than expected to get back up to full speed. We do know there's at least a Casablanca UHD coming later this year, so perhaps that'll be when things pick back up.

He also noted that next year is Warner Bros.' 100th anniversary, so I'm wondering if they decided to stick with slow and not quite steady this year in order to hold back major titles for that celebration.

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#1937 Post by FrauBlucher » Sun Jul 31, 2022 5:51 pm

The AT&T mgmt team really did a number on them. I'm confident they'll get back to where domino is kvetching about the randomness of their releases. Which is always welcomed reading. I wouldn't expect a cascade of UHD titles from them though, but the UHD output will be very select

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#1938 Post by fdm » Sun Jul 31, 2022 7:46 pm

Their staff was reduced quite a bit too, so there is that as well.

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#1939 Post by Gregory » Sun Jul 31, 2022 11:10 pm

This above is good context for the numbers I posted. I hadn't followed everything that was going on, particularly about the staff cut. That's brutal, I'm sure. The main thing I noticed is that WAC had very gradually built up their production from slow beginnings to something that was truly impressive (and more than I could keep up with)—but then hit a wall and are currently at about the 2015–2016 level of releasing. And for years they've struggled to keep some of their major properties in print on Blu-ray.

Of their 2022 offerings I've only watched a few so far. Stage Fright was fine. Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, I attempted the Smilevision version projected (maybe I didn't sit close enough) and thought, How can anyone watch this?—and for more than one reason. I know it has its fans here. And I'm definitely planning to pick up The Clock.

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#1940 Post by yoloswegmaster » Fri Aug 05, 2022 8:43 pm

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#1941 Post by ryannichols7 » Fri Aug 05, 2022 11:28 pm

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