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Old 31-01-2006, 21:20   #1
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Warners Reveal Plans for a Classic 2006/7; It's going to be an expensive year...

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Well... I have to tell you, Warner's got some great stuff on the way for 2006. Some very exciting titles were revealed last night at their press event at the studio. Warner Home Video's Senior VP for Theatrical Catalog Marketing (George Feltenstein), newly-minted VP for Publicity and Promotion for Theatrical Catalog (Ronnee Sass) and other senior Warner execs were on hand to announce that over 200 new-to-DVD catalog titles will be released by the studio on DVD in the new year.

Warner was quick, and right, to stress that "the death of DVD has been greatly exaggerated." The Warner film vaults contain some 6,600 theatrical film titles... only 1,200 of which have been released on DVD thus far. That leaves over 5,400 titles for the studio to choose from when it comes to catalog DVD releases, so there's PLENTY of great films left to mine in the years ahead.

Another thing that Warner noted, and I asked them specifically about this issue, is that many of the titles that they have planned for release on DVD in 2006 will be released day-and-date on HD- DVD format as well. Warner execs were also careful to stress that while some of their HD titles will enjoy a brief period of exclusivity on HD-DVD, given that the format is launching first, every title that's released on HD-DVD will also be released on Blu-ray Disc when that format finally launches later this year. I also learned that while some extras will be exclusive only to the HD formats, Warner is going to be careful to make sure that all of the extras available on regular DVD will also be included on HD... so you can replace your regular DVDs with either HD-DVD or Blu-ray if you so choose. Look for the first Warner HD-DVD titles in late March, with another wave of catalog titles in early April. Note that Warner's catalog titles on HD-DVD are going to be priced at a very wallet-friendly SRP of $29.98 (though new films may cost more).

Now then... let's talk titles. Warner claims to have invented the 2-disc special edition with their 2001 DVD release of Orson Welles' Citizen Kane. They plan to continue their line of 2-disc special editions in 2006. All of these titles will feature newly-remastered HD transfers (and again, many will be released simultaneously in HD-DVD):

Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) - with a new feature-length documentary and audio commentaries

Forbidden Planet (1956) - with a new feature-length documentary

The Maltese Falcon (1941) - packaged with The Maltese Falcon - Dangerous Female (1931) and Satan Met a Lady (1936)

The Dirty Dozen (1967)

Look for 4 new Stanley Kubrick SEs including 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), The Shining (1980) and the original unrated version Eyes Wide Shut (1999). Each will include new documentaries and never-before-seen footage blessed by the Kubrick Estate (although don't look for deleted scenes - Stanley himself never wanted them released).

There's a new John Wayne/John Ford Collection on the way, which will include The Searchers: 50th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition (1956), along with a Stagecoach: Two-Disc Special Edition (1939), Fort Apache (1948), The Long Voyage Home (1940), The Wings of Eagles (1957), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), They Were Expendable (1945) and 3 Godfathers (1948).

There's also The John Ford Collection that will include The Lost Patrol (1934), The Informer (1935), Cheyenne Autumn (1964), Mary of Scotland (1936) and Sergeant Rutledge (1960).

Now... here's a look at some more of the 200 new-to-DVD titles coming in 2006:

Grand Prix: 2-Disc Special Edition (1966)

The Astaire and Rogers Collection, Volume 2 - featuring Flying Down to Rio (1933), The Gay Divorcee (1934), Roberta (1935), Carefree (1938) and The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)

The Busby Berkley Collection - featuring Footlight Parade (1933), Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933), Dames (1934) and Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)

The Warner Tough Guys Collection - featuring 'G' Men (1935), Bullets or Ballots (1936), San Quentin (1937), A Slight Case of Murder (1938), Each Dawn I Die (1939) and City for Conquest (1940)

Knute Rockne All American (1940)
- just for you Notre Dame alumni!

The Marlon Brando Signature Collection - featuring Julius Ceasar (1953), Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967) and The Formula (1980)

The Bette Davis Collection, Volume 2 - including a new Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?: Two-Disc Special Edition (1962 - with new and vintage documentaries and never-before-seen footage), Jezebel (1938), Old Acquaintance (1943), Marked Woman (1937) and The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942).

The Lucy and Desi Collection (due 5/9, SRP $29.92) - featuring The Long, Long Trailer (1954), Forever, Darling (1955) and Too Many Girls (1940)

The Tennessee Williams Film Collection (due 5/2, SRP $79.92) - featuring A Streetcar Named Desire: Two-Disc Special Edition (1951), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: Deluxe Edition (1958), Sweet Bird of Youth (1962), Baby Doll (1956), The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961) and The Night of the Iguana (1964).


Additional DVD box sets will be released featuring (known titles listed as follows, but more are TBA):

Clark Gable - including Mogambo (1953), Dancing Lady (1933) and Boom Town (1940)

James Stewart - including The Spirit of St. Louis (1957) and The Naked Spur (1953)

Humphrey Bogart - including Passage to Marseille (1944), Action in the North Atlantic (1943) and Across the Pacific (1942)

More Film Nior titles including Lady in the Lake (1947)

Paul Newman

Taylor & Burton

Gary Cooper - including Sergeant York (1941) and The Hanging Tree (1959)


Already announced for 4/18 is a TCM Archives: The Laurel and Hardy Collection (SRP $39.92), including Bonnie Scotland and The Devil's Brother (both 1933), along with vintage excerpts and the Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story feature-length documentary.

On 4/25, look for the Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory Collection (SRP $59.92) including It's Always Fair Weather (1955), Summer Stock (1950), Three Little Words (1950), Til the Clouds Roll By (1946) and Ziegfeld Follies (1946).

TCM Achives will also release a whole new series of Forbidden Hollywood Collections. The first release will include Baby Face (1933), Red Headed Woman (1932) and Waterloo Bridge (1931 - unseen since its original theatrical release) along with a new feature-length TCM documentary.

Warner is also going to launch a new series of Ultimate Collector's Editions, patterned after last year's deluxe version of King Kong. These will include tons of bonus features, books and booklets, production art cards, soundtrack CDs, souvenir programs and more.

The first of these will be John Wayne and John Ford's The Searchers (already mentioned above).

Late in 2006, look for a 14-disc Superman: Ultimate Collector's Edition box set, which will include all four of the original feature films, including a Superman II: Special Edition featuring something called The Donner Cut. This is being assembled based on the film's original shooting script and Donnor's original notes. At least 50% of the film will be footage you've never seen, more than 70% of it directed by Donner. You'll also get Richard Lester's final theatrical cut of the film. The Donner Cut will only be available in the Ultimate Collector's Edition box set, although it will also be released in HD-DVD (and likely Blu-ray Disc if that format is available).

We were actually shown a clip of the new Donner Cut at the event - the original opening to Superman II, in which Lois Lane notices a picture of Superman in a copy of The Daily Planet... and then she looks at Clark Kent standing nearby... and she begins drawing glasses, a suit and hat on the picture of Superman. She figures it out. Then she tells Clark she knows who she really is... and jumps out Perry White's office window to prove she's right. Clark runs at super-speed downstairs, and blows up at the falling Lois to slow her fall. She lands safely in a fruit stand, by which time Clark has already run back upstairs to preserve his identity. Someone asks him where Lois is, and he replies, "Uh... she just stepped out for a minute."

An interesting thing to note however, is that it seems Richard Donner himself hasn't yet been involved (and is not involved in cutting the new version of the film). During the event, I chatted with AICN's Drew McWeeny (well known as "Moriarty" over there) who told me that he's been interviewing Donner recently (watch for that to be posted on AICN soon). The director has reportedly told Drew that he's not really interested in revisiting the film. When asked during the event what Donner's involvement was (whether or not he'd do commentary, etc), Warner execs said, "That's still to be decided." Our guess is that the studio is still negotiating with Donner to participate, and that it's merely a matter of a dollar figure that everyone is happy with. Cross your fingers on this, because it'd be a real shame if he declined to be involved.

Some other interesting Warner release news... look for a movie-only version of King Kong to be released on 3/28 (SRP $14.97). That same day, Warner will package the Kong tin set together with Mighty Joe Young and Son of Kong for SRP $49.92.

The studio is also continuing its series of Action and Family Double Feature DVD releases in 2006.

A Cool Hand Luke: Special Edition (1967) is tentatively being planned for 2007.

Quo Vadis (1951) is being considered for future DVD release, but the Technicolor classic is going to require Ultra-Resolution restoration. Given the film's length, that's going to take significant time and be VERY expensive.

And finally, here's a bit of news that's going to get a lot of you excited (and I made a point to specifically ask about this title, believe me)... Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982) is currently on track for release as a multi-disc special edition in time for its 25th anniversary in 2007. The release is far from certain (as usual, there's a lot more that I can't post about this title yet - think of the old saying, "Loose lips sink ships"), but Warner says that work is proceeding, most of the key players are involved and things are "looking good" for release next year. We'll see.
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Old 31-01-2006, 21:37   #2
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Yikes! 2 Ford collections! Bogie! Tough Guys! Gable! Dirty Dozen SE! Maltese Falcon boxset! Newman! More Noir! Sergeant York! Superman! And those are just the ones that jump out at me.
When I woke up this morning, my credit card had no idea it would be in cardiac arrest by the end of the day ...

that Forbidden Hollywood Classics set - might that be the rumoured Pre-code boxset, under a new title?
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Yes; they're probably breaking them down into various 'TCM Collections', and may do a bigger box set as an option?
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Apart from the superman collection the only other ones I'm interested in are the John Ford/Wayne Cavalry trilogy, the Naked Spur and Cool Hand Luke. As I've got most of the other titles mentioned there ( The Searchers, Forbidden Planet...) I'm not upgrading until they start to appear on the new HD formats.
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Well, they're planning to re-release The Searchers in a box set and in an 'Ultimate Collectors Edition'; I've got it and I'll still sign up for both of those, and most of those listed - HD be damned...

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I think I must have died and gone to heaven. Naked Spur, Hanging Tree, Across the Pacific, Passage to Marseilles, Sergeant Rutledge, Cheyenne Autumn - all coming in the near future .

Good to also see that there's more noir on the way - dare I hope for that to include Woman in the Window ,Conflict, Two Mrs Carrolls, Cry Wolf or Mask of Dimitrios

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That Ultimate Edition thingy - argh! I hope it's not gonna mean I'll have to buy the Wayne /Ford set with the regular 2-discer and shell out for The Searchers UE seperately. That's just not cricket.
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Burton and Taylor boxset....

could it possibly mean, yes, The Sandpiper??? Bestill my beating heart.

Otherwise, among many others, it's "Reflections in a Golden Eye" that's got me excited.
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A wallet friendly price of 29.95 for HD titles? Buh bye HD. And certain movies will be more? Buh bye HD. Only for the serious collector, I'm afraid. DVDs are too inexpensive now and their quality is more than fine for 90% of the people who buy them.
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Oh, and first wave of titles in March? Where have I heard THAT song before? Given that it's February and that the intro to any new format that wishes to succeed would have started months ago, well, I'll be interested to see what really happens in March.
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You know you get that really annoying person who in the face of outstanding news, no matter how great or exciting, jumps in with a whine or complaint seemingly for the sake of it?
Hello!
I wonder what happened to The Magnificent Ambersons!?! One I've been waiting for long before their 'invention' of the 2-disc special edition [how false a statement is that?] of Kane back in 2001. It's been a little while now guys! If the Criterion laserdisc had a good transfer and supplements surely it can't be that hard to release? I was also expecting to see a Big Sleep SE at least before the end of next year too.
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Well, they're planning to re-release The Searchers in a box set and in an 'Ultimate Collectors Edition'; I've got it and I'll still sign up for both of those, and most of those listed - HD be damned...
Yeah, I guess I'm just kidding myself. The Searchers UE and other titles in that list as well as titles yet unannounced will be in some offer sometime and then it'll be feeding frenzy time.
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Seemingly for the sake of it, Earl? I agree, the news is outstanding. However, reality IS reality and I think to roll out titles in March, one month from now, without any publicity other than a story on The Digital Bits, is, well, sort of lunacy. That's not a whine nor is it a complaint. In fact, neither of my posts contain a while or complaint, just an observation or two. Sorry if you find that a downer, but, you know, welcome to the Internet.
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A wallet friendly price of 29.95 for HD titles? Buh bye HD. And certain movies will be more? Buh bye HD. Only for the serious collector, I'm afraid. DVDs are too inexpensive now and their quality is more than fine for 90% of the people who buy them.
Indeed.Once shipping is added it will be as bad as the early days of collecting dvds,maybe even worse.
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Indeed.Once shipping is added it will be as bad as the early days of collecting dvds,maybe even worse.
What it in fact harkens back to are laserdiscs, a format that could never move beyond its niche audience.
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If I could have bought LDs for $29.95 I would have been laughing.
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Seemingly for the sake of it, Earl? I agree, the news is outstanding. However, reality IS reality and I think to roll out titles in March, one month from now, without any publicity other than a story on The Digital Bits, is, well, sort of lunacy. That's not a whine nor is it a complaint. In fact, neither of my posts contain a while or complaint, just an observation or two. Sorry if you find that a downer, but, you know, welcome to the Internet.
Earl's comment was tongue in cheek, a pre-amble to his own 'whine' about 'Ambersons'.
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This is by way of an addendum from The Bits' Bill Hunt at the HTF:

"Just a word of note. Keep in mind that Warner hasn't actually announced the complete list of 200-odd titles - just the highlights. In speaking with WHV execs after the event, I was told that there's a lot that's still being planned and/or worked on that's just too early to confirm. In particular, there were a lot of titles set for box set release, where only 1 or 2 of the titles was mentioned. But I was also told that you'd see more announcements - with more specific information - in the next several weeks."
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That same day, Warner will package the Kong tin set together with Mighty Joe Young and Son of Kong for SRP $49.92.[/b]

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Umm, I thought we'd just had that?

Or do they mean that unlike the 2005, this will be a set of just the three films - no extras?

I'm confused as to what they're doing here?

Could be why sites are saying the Kong Collection is going out-of-print; they're re-doing it.

It's much better than the UK edition; while the UK one had the fancy packaging, it omitted the sequel Son of Kong (and the less important Mighty Joe Young and gave us some weird spinoffs with Godzilla.

Which you could also buy separately in r1.

As usual, r2 gets the rough end of the stick!
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