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Had a question for those who are "in the know:"

Paramount released both Fatal Attraction and Star Trek IV as part of their Paramount Directors Series on VHS and laserdisc. I can't find any other titles for the series. Were any ever released? What happened to it? Were any others planned?

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Had a question for those who are "in the know:"
Paramount released both Fatal Attraction and Star Trek IV as part of their Paramount Directors Series on VHS and laserdisc. I can't find any other titles for the series. Were any ever released? What happened to it? Were any others planned?

When I clicked on your thread headline, those were the only two titles that came to mind. I think that may have been it. Sort of like the Blu-ray "Sapphire Series," it was a branding initiative that fizzled quickly. Of course, an added problem was that the "Director's Series" was contingent upon getting the directors to participate.

The standard LD release of Star Trek IV was preferred over the Director's Series copy. The latter had a forced introduction from Leonard Nimoy at the beginning, and no chapter stops. The only way to get past it was to fast forward every time, and it was about 10 minutes long. The disc was otherwise the same transfer as the other copy and had no other supplemental features.

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Thanks Josh. I had a feeling if anyone knew, it would be you. wink.gif

I wonder what other ideas they had?

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Only 3 titles were released: Fatal Attraction, Star Trek IV and Paper Moon. It was a good concept but in 1992, I have a feeling there was still enough resistance to letterboxing that prevented it from really taking off.
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Only 3 titles were released: Fatal Attraction, Star Trek IV and Paper Moon. It was a good concept but in 1992, I have a feeling there was still enough resistance to letterboxing that prevented it from really taking off.

Not on laserdisc, though. I'm surprised they didn't continue.

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Off topic, but this reminded me of running into my LD collection in the attic the other day. I'd forgotten I even had them. Ah, the memories...

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Off topic, but this reminded me of running into my LD collection in the attic the other day. I'd forgotten I even had them. Ah, the memories...

When DVDs came out I only double-dipped on a few title that were already in my LD collection. So I still watch LDs occasionally, in fact the other night I watched High Noon. If it's a great movie I soon get caught up in the story and forget about the PQ.

Regarding High Noon, as a side note I always felt sorry for Grace Kelly having to play opposite all those aging male actors.
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