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Paramount Home Entertainment and Warner Home Entertainment Group announced today that they have signed a new distribution agreement. As a result, starting January 1, 2013 Warner will have access to more than 600 Paramount catalog titles which can be distributed in the U.S. and Canada.

Under the new agreement, Warner will also be able to manufacture on-demand titles and include UltraViolet digital copy bundled with packaged media.

The three-year deal covers U.S. and Canadian rights and includes a number of hit titles, such as Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Airplane!, and Terms of Endearment. However, Paramount retains rights for many of its most popular titles, including the Transformers, Star Trek and Indiana Jones franchises.

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Horrible news if is for new releases.

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Horrible news if is for new releases.

Was it horrible news for MGM? MGM has a distribution agreement with Fox. It says nothing about who is doing the masters, which is what counts. Paramount used to be in cahoots... I mean partnership, with Universal.
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Was it horrible news for MGM? MGM has a distribution agreement with Fox. It says nothing about who is doing the masters, which is what counts. Paramount used to be in cahoots... I mean partnership, with Universal.

Warner have a better run with older titles too, Paramount 9/10 is DNR city
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I said horrible news for new releases and not for catalog titles.rolleyes.gif

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Warner is top tier concerning catalog titles and they don't recycle dvd masters to do them. Also Paramount release 20 blurays per year. It is thier 100th anniversary and they released 12 catalog titles to celebrate it.
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I said horrible news for new releases and not for catalog titles.rolleyes.gif
Yeah, cause this will clearly affect new releases. *sarcasm*
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Warner is top tier concerning catalog titles and they don't recycle dvd masters to do them. Also Paramount release 20 blurays per year. It is thier 100th anniversary and they released 12 catalog titles to celebrate it.

WB still uses old dvd masters as far as I concerned, not always though, it's catalog titles are still quite mixed pq wise.
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I said horrible news for new releases and not for catalog titles.rolleyes.gif

[rolls me eyes] Thanks for backing that up with zippo. Nothing like proving something with nothing.
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This would suck if it was only 1 year ago. But in the last year Warner has been doing some nice 30mbit AVC encodes, as opposed to their terrible 18mbit VC1 not too long ago. I assume Paramount will still be responsible for the DIs and physical film to digital transfers, and Warner will only encode, replicate the discs and distribute.
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I wonder what this means for Olive Films.

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I wonder what this means for Olive Films.
I would imagine a movie with any commercial potential whatsoever would be Warner's to distribute from Paramount's catalog. I suspect Olive already has a contract with Paramount of which movies they can release anyway and that is unchanging. Criterion would be more impacted by this new partnership than anyone else. Any movie Criterion would have wanted to release will be with Warner, whom doesn't license practically anything out.
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I wonder what this means for Olive Films.

Probably not much. Most of the titles they've released are very obscure, older catalog product Warners probably wouldn't have an interest in -- and if they did, they'd be Warner Archives DVD-R titles, not Blu-Rays.
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That's just it. Warner is supposed to be able to deliver MOD discs from the Paramount catalog as part of this deal. Does that mean Warner will get the product that Olive would have gotten?

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Warner have a better run with older titles too, Paramount 9/10 is DNR city

This this this.
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