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Warner 90th Anniversary in 2013

post #1 of 71
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JB:Without making a formal announcement, I will tell you this, next year is the 90th anniversary of Warner Bros., we have not yet formally announced what are plans are, but we’re going to be doing that at our lot in early October. We’re going to be converting a lot of films to Blu-ray next year as part of our anniversary, including five Best Picture winners that have never been on Blu-ray. I can’t tell you what they are, but they will be coming out. There are some other boxsets that are absolutely extraordinary and I think it’s going to be the year of Blu-ray next year and consumers are going to go wild over what Warners is bringing to the party.


Gentlemen start your speculation!

http://cinema-fanatic.com/2012/07/26/of-film-restoration-and-blu-ray-conversion/#more-12139


Matchstick Men, The Hunger, Singles, Badlands, remastered Dark Knight and The right Stuff please
post #2 of 71
Yeah, well, I'll believe it when I see it.
post #3 of 71
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Originally Posted by dvdmike007 View Post

Gentlemen start your speculation!
http://cinema-fanatic.com/2012/07/26/of-film-restoration-and-blu-ray-conversion/#more-12139
Matchstick Men, The Hunger, Singles, Badlands, remastered Dark Knight and The right Stuff please

Damnit. Mike, I saw the post preview with your mention of a remastered Dark Knight.... Argh! Too good to be true. tongue.gif

And yes.....The Right Stuff, please.
post #4 of 71
After reading that vague article I predict WB will release all it's cartoons on BD and redo all catalog titles with 4K scans. What am I basing this on? Absolutely nuthin but wishful thinking.
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We’ve seen significant increase in buy rates as a result of that. Just an example, in the under-$10 retail segment of consumer purchases of Blu-ray, in 2011, 15% of purchases was in the under-$10 range.

What a coincidence, that's the price I usually buy at. No MSRP for me, a cheap bastard and proud of it.
post #5 of 71
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Originally Posted by wuther View Post

After reading that vague article I predict WB will release all it's cartoons on BD and redo all catalog titles with 4K scans. What am I basing this on? Absolutely nuthin but wishful thinking.
What a coincidence, that's the price I usually buy at. No MSRP for me, a cheap bastard and proud of it.

They specifically state 5 best picture winners, but ok yeah
post #6 of 71
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Originally Posted by dvdmike007 View Post

They specifically state 5 best picture winners, but ok yeah

Can you name me one I would actually want? The ones speculated on that site left me cold.
post #7 of 71
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Can you name me one I would actually want? The ones speculated on that site left me cold.

Can I read your mind and name a film you decide you want? er no probably not

I would buy Driving Miss Daisy tho
post #8 of 71
Guess the pickings are slim then.
post #9 of 71
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Or I cannot guess what you say you like to prove a point?
More discs is a good thing it's interesting you appear to not want more titles released.
post #10 of 71
Badlands has been strongly tipped to be a Criterion release -- the webmaster at terrencemalick.org claims he was told by a WHV vice-president that Criterion would probably be releasing it this year, and Criterion Cast (which has had good info in the past) reported a couple of months ago that WB legal had finally signed off on it. No rumors about Criterion licensing any other WB titles, though.
post #11 of 71
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That would be their first warner bluray no?
If it follows the other studios we may get a bare bones warner and Then criterion
post #12 of 71
Yes, and it would in fact be their first WHV license ever, though they did license some LDs and DVDs from another Time Warner subsidiary (New Line).
post #13 of 71
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Yes, and it would in fact be their first WHV license ever, though they did license some LDs and DVDs from another Time Warner subsidiary (New Line).


Huh I guess I can't think of any LD's now you mention it!
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Huh I guess I can't think of any LD's now you mention it!

AFAIK, I don't believe they EVER licesed anything to Criterion for a laserdisc release...though I often used to wish they did!
post #15 of 71
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Just new line and MGM titles that are now Warner titles, that's all i could see.
post #16 of 71
Criterion licensed a bunch of stuff from Turner during the LD era, including pre-1986 MGM/UA productions, various RKO films, and at least one Warner Bros. production (Casablanca) -- Warner Bros. sold off most of their pre-1950 films in 1956, so WHV didn't control them at the time. Then Time Warner bought Turner (1996) and that was the end of that.

I'm guessing the 90th anniversary line will focus on actual WB productions and not other companies' films they picked up along the way, which is a shame, since it would be a good chance to rectify their shabby treatment of Greed and The Magnificent Ambersons. Still lots of worthy titles to choose from, though.
post #17 of 71
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Waner could do with Criterion's care and attention but this could be just another way for Warner to double dip us
post #18 of 71
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That would be their first warner bluray no?
If it follows the other studios we may get a bare bones warner and Then criterion

Nope, not the first. Has everyone forgotten "Stagecoach"?
post #19 of 71
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Waner could do with Criterion's care and attention but this could be just another way for Warner to double dip us

When WB does the Criterion treatment, which has to include the Criterion price tag, to a title a bunch of complaints get posted about in this forum.
post #20 of 71
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Nope, not the first. Has everyone forgotten "Stagecoach"?
Not licensed from Warner Bros.
post #21 of 71
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Originally Posted by rezpekt View Post

Not licensed from Warner Bros.

Who was it licensed from? I thought Warner still owned it.
post #22 of 71
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Who was it licensed from? I thought Warner still owned it.
Westchester Films
post #23 of 71
Looking through the winners for Best Picture thru the ages I don't even think Warner has 5 winners that aren't on Blu-ray already. Driving Miss Daisy is definitely one, but after that pickings are extremelly slim.
post #24 of 71
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Originally Posted by Kris Deering View Post

Looking through the winners for Best Picture thru the ages I don't even think Warner has 5 winners that aren't on Blu-ray already. Driving Miss Daisy is definitely one, but after that pickings are extremelly slim.
The Broadway Melody (1929)
Cimarron (1931)
Grand Hotel (1932)
The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
post #25 of 71
I smell another Kubrick box set.
post #26 of 71
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Originally Posted by rezpekt View Post

The Broadway Melody (1929)
Cimarron (1931)
Grand Hotel (1932)
The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

I would think that Mrs. Miniver and The Best Years of Our Lives are certainties. Probably, Grand Hotel and Cimarron too. I have heard that Warner is looking to possibly provide Blu-Ray editions through its Warner Archive MOD program so some of the oldest films could appear that way. I would guess that they will need high-def masters of all of these for TCM-HD at some point.
post #27 of 71
Plowing through the list the notables left are, maybe a few blockbusters (some may not be WB owned):

High Sierra
Yankee Doodle Dandy
White Heat
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
Them!
Mister Roberts
Rebel Without a Cause
Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
Giant
The Naked and the Dead
From the Earth to the Moon
Al Capone (1959)
Splendor in the Grass
Days of Wine and Roses
The Incredible Mr. Limpet (Aug release)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Wait Until Dark
The Illustrated Man
Countdown
The Valley of Gwangi
Klute
The Candidate
The Terminal Man
Oh, God!
Time After Time
The World According to Garp
Star 80
Frantic

MGM:
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
Father of the Bride (1950)
King Solomon's Mines (1950)
The Red Badge of Courage
Ivanhoe
Julius Caesar
Bad Day at Black Rock
Guys and Dolls (Nov Release)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
The Hunger (1983)
Demon Seed
Shaft (Aug release)
No Blade of Grass
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Ice Station Zebra (Oct Release)
The Fearless Vampire Killers
7 Faces of Dr. Lao
Village of the Damned
The Haunting (1963)
Flipper
The Time Machine (1960)
The Asphalt Jungle
post #28 of 71
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Frantic

Warner already released this. In the U.S., it's on a double-feature disc with Presumed Innocent. They gave it a standalone release in some other countries. There's room for improvement (some special features would be nice), but I can't see WB reissuing it anytime soon.
post #29 of 71
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Originally Posted by rezpekt View Post

The Broadway Melody (1929)
Cimarron (1931)
Grand Hotel (1932)
The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

I thought I had read somewhere that RKO's Cimarron (1931) was shot using a large format negative, but IMDB lists 35mm as the negative size, and can find no other information about it anywhere online.
post #30 of 71
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I thought I had read somewhere that RKO's Cimarron (1931) was shot using a large format negative, but IMDB lists 35mm as the negative size, and can find no other information about it anywhere online.

I don't think it was shot large format. Maybe you're thinking of "The Big Trail"?
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