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Old 27-02-2007, 08:06   #1
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Warners / HTF Chat February 2007; coming your way this year and 2008...

Warners and the HTF held another of their informative chats last night. The HTF's Robert Crawford has usefully precised the info thus:
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Pete Kelly Blues and Kismet coming next year with I Died a Thousand Times under consideration. Also, Hit the Deck is coming soon.

Moonfleet coming next year. Warner no longer has rights to Drum Beat.

A television chat with Warner will be coming later this year.

Also, "Caged" is on the way along with another Joan Crawford Collection in which some mastering issues have to be addressed, an announcement will be forth coming very soon for the latter.

Abe Lincoln in Illinois might be coming in 2009 or sooner.

Bowery Boys is still in the works, but unfortunately, not this year due to Warner searching for better elements.

Dark Shadows films are being released this year.

Blade Runner with all the trimmings, hopefully before the Christmas Holidays.

North by Northwest has to be remastered again before a release on a HD format. Warner is looking towards 2009 for the 50th Anniversary.

Warner no longer owns the rights to Fanny starring Leslie Caron.

Warner working on Abbott and Costello films like Jack and the Beanstalk, A&C meet Captain Kidd and Rio Rita for 2008.

The films The Emigrants and The New Land had their rights renewed by Warner and are under consideration for release.

A Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland Boxset coming this summer with plenty of extras.

Another Forbidden Hollywood boxset coming this year with six films and a brand new documentary on pre-code films. Also, two Forbdden Hollywood films per year starting in 2008.

A Burt Lancaster promotion is happening later this year with perhaps Twilight's Last Gleaming in the promotion.

Warner discussing Heart is a Lonely Hunter and Freebie and the Bean. No plans for Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins.

Warner refusing to discuss anything related to HD formats! Warner admended their comment with the following: we will discuss titles and content as related to HD Media, but nothing else.

Quo Vadis on the way for both SD and HD formats, probably in 2008 with the ultra resolution process.

Northwest Passage is part of the Spencer Tracy boxset, not yet announced.

Warner waiting on Nancy Drew units sold numbers before continuing to Torchy Blaine films.

No plans for Until the End of the World.

Mad Max 2: Road Warrior SE coming, but no set date.

John Wayne's 100th Birthday will be observed by Warner which means more Wayne releases as he was born in 1907. Also, Rio Bravo coming with a 2 disc SE. Six brand new Wayne features coming to dvd.

Elements for The Magnificent Ambersons has been found and that film and Journey into Fear will be released in 2008. Alternate European cuts will be included for Journey into Fear. Also, the Merry Widow is on the way.

More classic horror films coming in 2007 and 2008.

Carbine Williams will be part of the next Jimmy Stewart collection with no set date.

More Cagney, Bogart, Garfield and Edward G. Robinson coming in 2008.

Warner doesn't know when their sister company New Line is releasing the LOTR films onto HD DVD/Blu-ray.

No plans to revisit The Avengers for a DC.

No plans to revisit True Stories.

Kubrick promotion coming before Christmas

Twilight Zone: The Movie coming before Halloween.

LA Confidential coming on it's 10th Anniversary this year, also in HD DVD and Blu-ray.

Trog, a Joan Crawford favorite is on the way.

Greed is coming with the 1923 theatrical cut and reconstructed scenes. Release date not set.

Some more Harrison Ford films being discussed in conjunction with Blade Runner SE release.

The Candidate is coming with a Redford commentary.

Also, Deliverance is coming on SD, HD DVD and Blu-ray later this year.

The Man that would be King coming soon.

More Greer Garson and Norma Shearer films coming in the next 18 months including some Shearer in the Forbidden Hollywood films.

Warner's rights to Electric Dreams has expired. No plans for Reckless or Impulse. Also, no plans to revisit 9 1/2 Weeks.

Philo Vance, Perry Mason, The Saint and The Falcon coming to SD DVD in 2008.
Monogram Charlie Chan films being discussed.

No definite plans for Nothing Lasts Forever.

Busby Berkeley Vol 2 coming in 2008. Golddiggers of 1937, Golddiggers in Paris, Varsity Show and Hollywood Hotel.

O' Lucky Man coming this year.

Captain Nemo and the Underwater City under consideration.

Brewster McCloud next year. No SE for McCabe and Mrs. Miller. No plans for Countdown.

Wheeler and Woolsey films being discussed, but are in bad shape film element-wise.

Alex in Wonderland and The Legend of Lylah Clare being discussed.

Cool Hand Luke 40th Anniversay SE coming this year. Also, The Prize is coming in 2008.

A John Garfield boxset with six films coming in 2008.

Next Lon Chaney boxset coming in 2008 with a Tod Browning documentary. Also, some more silent films coming soon.

Poltergiest coming out on SD DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray this year.

The Hand coming this year. Currently, working on Cruising with Friedkin. Zabriskie Point and The Devils still in the works.

Warner planning on doing 2 disc SE for the Grumpy films with new anamorphic transfers and rare Lemmon and Matthau interviews. Also, Chevy Chase films in widescreen releases. The Ace Ventura collection is an example of what they have plan for Grumpy and Chase films.

New HD DVD and Blu-ray product announcements coming in the next few weeks.

Also, Blade Runner will have the same material as the SD DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray.

Up the Down Staircase coming later this year before school reopens in September. A new transfer.

Ann Sheridan films coming next year.

Wait Until Dark not being revisited for its 40th Anniversary.

There will be more than one Andy Hardy volumes with the first one next year with plenty of bonus material.

Warner will discuss Little Shop of Horrors with altenate ending, especially with HD on the scene. No set plans just yet.

Questions as to the poor quality of the SD DVD releases of Lost in a Harem and A & C in Hollywood was brought up. Warner had no good answers except to say the negatives for both films were lost during the Eastman fire and if they have poor film elements they have nothing to go back to so you do the best you can with what you got. They thought it best to release them at a very affordable price instead of leaving them on the shelve. Also, sometimes it isn't possible to obtain perfection and their technical people do the best job they can with what they have to work with.

Warner has stated they're hesitent to give release dates because circumstances changes due to a number of reasons which is why The Crowd and The Big Parade have not been released in 2006. The last restorations for both of those films were done in 1980s which means that process needs to done from scratch again before a SD DVD release. Warner hates to disappoint consumers, but some times that happens.

No plans for The Boyfriend, Savage Messiah and Lisztomania.

The roadshow version with restored footage of Raintree County coming in 2008. No plans for National Velvet revisited.

Warner still has plans to release every HD DVD title onto Blu-ray including Forbidden Planet.

Warner plans to release plenty of films under the cloud of PD outfits with titles from Monogram, Allied Artists and National General.

Mame is coming, but not in stereo after years of failing to do so. No plans for Hotel.

Mr. Chips (1969) coming in 2008.

A restored How the West Was Won coming in 2008.

Warner discussing Man in the Wilderness, Dark of the Sun and The Cool Ones.

Prince of the City and Straight Time coming out this May.

More Kubrick coming out on HD DVD and Blu-ray later this year.

Warner discussing redoing Hammer films for SD and HD releases.

Also, both, Dark Shadow movies are 16x9 with newly restored film elements.

Warner working on restoring The Phantom Tollbooth witin the next couple of years.

Warner having active discussions about Golden Harvest films.

Warner doesn't own the original The Hitcher.

Warner has big plans for Elvis Presley and his films. Some announcements will come very soon.

Warner working with Clint Eastwood's production company on revisiting some of his titles for 2008.

Guilty pleasure horror films coming including Deadly Friend.

A big MGM Musical Promo coming soon. Eleanor Powell boxset, hopefully, this year. Lana Turner boxset in 2008. No plans for Hedy Lamarr.

Heat coming to HD DVD and Blu-ray in 2008.

Looking at SE for Beetlejuice next year. No plans for Hey, Good Lookin.

SE for Falling Down in 2008.

Lot's of plans for 1970s films, but nothing for They Came to Rob Las Vegas.

Light in the Piazza plan for next Valentine's Day. No plans for Mary, Mary or The Chapman Report and Madwoman of Chaillot.

No plans for a SE of The Specialist.

No Time for Sergeants in the works by special request from Andy Griffith.

Warner recognizes that the audio issue with Camelot needs to be addressed, but has no firm plans at this time.

Show Boat films of 1929, 1936 and 1951 wil be released, but not this year, maybe in 2008.

Also, no MacDonald/Eddy films any time soon, they need extensive restoration and they want to do them right.

Natalie Wood boxset coming in 2008 with a restored new version of Splendor in the Grass. Boxset will include Daisy Clover and Sex and the Single Girl.

Music Man needs to be redone for HD, perhaps next year.

No plans for The Fox and Not with my Wife.

Royal Wedding is being rescued from PD Hell.

The Jazz Singer coming out for it's 80th Anniversary. Also, Branagh's Hamlet before the summer in SD, HD and BR.

Warner wishes they can release one HD catalog title a week.

Also, more announcements of catalog titles coming out on SD, HD and BR in the coming weeks.

That's all folks!
...and you can see their chat thread here; no sign of a transcript yet, but no doubt it will turn up in good time. Start saving now chaps!
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Some good new stuff mentioned there: Caged, more pre-code, John Wayne, etc. Pity we have to wait till next year for HTWWW, The Falcon, The Saint etc. but a big that The Prize is at least in the works. Nothing about Two Weeks in Another Town, though. Would have stayed up and asked about it myself were it not for the Oscars and their 5:15am finish the night before ...
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no discussion of a Powell/Loy box?
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While I'd love to get excited about a few of these titles, I can't until I see their transfers in terms of the color films.

A couple of these "we don't know when we'll ever get to them" titles are already out via Warners in Germany. I found a seller on eBay who has them - I just checked out Any Wednesday - great color, just like it should look - maybe someone at domestic Warners could actually look at that transfer and learn something. Also got Not With My Wife You Don't, which is referenced as "no plans" above.

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Haineshisway given that you have several issues with a good portion of WB's output relating to colour, missing extras etc have you ever thought of applying to the studio to act as a consultant or advisor to make sure these are all done correctly going forward?

The studio does use consultants, Jerry Beck for animation to name but one and they even mentioned in the chat that they've got a consultant for the dark shadows films whatever they may be, so an expert on the correct look of colour from the dawn of films to today would be a major boon to them would it not?

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I was surprised but pleased to hear that an Eleanor Powell set is on the way. Maybe the Busby Berkeley and Astaire-Rogers sets proved that dance oriented films will sell.

Also glad to hear there will be more Forbidden Hollywood, that Quo Vadis is on its way in 08 and that WB seems to be ready to tackle The Magnificent Ambersons.
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Haineshisway given that you have several issues with a good portion of WB's output relating to colour, missing extras etc have you ever thought of applying to the studio to act as a consultant or advisor to make sure these are all done correctly going forward?

The studio does use consultants, Jerry Beck for animation to name but one and they even mentioned in the chat that they've got a consultant for the dark shadows films whatever they may be, so an expert on the correct look of colour from the dawn of films to today would be a major boon to them would it not?

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I'd do it in a second - they're very insulated over there, however, and I think Mr. Harris would probably be in line before me


I'm most petrified of Up The Down Staircase, a film I absolutely love, and a film that I owned both 35mm and 16mm IB Tech prints of. It's not that it's one of the greatest color films ever made, but, like Wait Until Dark (also Warners) it deserves to look like it should look - Wait Until Dark is a horrible mess, color-wise - typical fading interneg used for the transfer, with no help in the telecine room (blue is not our enemy, Warners).
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Just got to read the transcript last night (was on holiday) and really thrilled about all the upcoming classics, especially the MGM musicals, more pre-codes and boxsets devoted to Eleanor Powell (who would have guessed!), Lancaster, Mickey & Judy, the SE of Rio Bravo, way to go!!! Both 2007 and 2008 sound very promising

Was just surprised no one asked about the status of the Harlow set!
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You'll also be happy to know that we've checked with Warner and have confirmed that a Bonnie and Clyde: 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition is being worked on for release sometime later this year, with the full participation of Warren Beatty. The subject of the film's planned DVD re-issue wasn't raised in the HTF chat from Monday, so a LOT of you have been e-mailing me to ask about it. There you go
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Disappointing chat. I bet they're only releasing Eleanor Powell because her son (with Glenn Ford), Peter Ford, has been putting heat on them to release his parents' work on DVD. And good for him. Wish more stars had pushy relatives going around giving interviews and reminding the public of their loved one's important contributions to film.

Heck, I'd like Jane Powell HERSELF to start complaining to the press about the lack of availability of most of her film catalogue. I'm sure she gets fan mail, still, and I'm also sure a fair chunk of it is from frustrated fans who can't find all her movies on VHS/want them on DVD. I know Jane's not a pushy sort of person though, and suffers from low self-esteem, so I don't expect her to be that self-promoting and aggressive. I just *wish*, man! 'Cause imagine how embarrassed Warners would be for holding her life's work hostage? For basically saying everything she did is WORTHLESS now?

What would you say if you worked at Warners and Peter Ford came 'round to ask where Eleanor's movies were?

"Well, Peter, nobody really knows or cares who she is anymore! Her artistry as a dancer means nothing to today's glorified-stripper-"choreography"-pop-tart-lovin' teens. She's old-fashioned! Musicals are for un-hip losers! We can make TONS more money off of Humphrey Bogart and John Wayne 'cause they're COOL manly men! And Joan Crawford and Bette Davis have *camp* value. And Doris Day...well she's one of OUR biggest musical stars and we're out to rewrite history and prove that MGM musicals SUCKED compared to Warners (we'll just hide most of them in our vaults so nobody can *really* compare them), and besides, Doris was popular in the '60s and everyone knows that era of moviemaking was the best - more SEX man! The average short-attention-spanned sleaze-fiend doesn't wants to watch classy, black & white stuff so Eleanor's OUT! She was MGM's first big dancing star? So what? If you want dancing check out Ruby Keeler's heavy(as-in-leaden)hoofing on the Busby Berkeley set. She was a Warner star who made it on talent alone, not nepotism!"

Okay so I'm having fun letting my imagination get carried away with me. But since there is so much widespread shock online over Eleanor Powell getting a boxset... *nobody* seemed to have dreamt it was possible (because we've been conditioned to recognize what types of stars Warner's most interested in) - I wouldn't be surprised at all if Peter Ford had something to do with this. It makes sense. Warner's been talking about doing a Glenn Ford boxset for awhile, right? How would it look if they gave him a box, and not Eleanor? Uh oh, more imaginary conversations:

"Sorry Peter, we don't think your DEAD mom was as talented or important as your DEAD dad. Have a nice day mourning your DEAD PARENTS and knowing we don't care to celebrate BOTH their lives and keep them alive on DVD so they'll be remembered and admired for years to come even though they're gone (which is the only thing that makes death somewhat bearable)!"

Awk-ward. Warner's pretty much GOT to release an Eleanor Powell set.

Of course it'll sell and we'll prove to them that these sorts of movies *can* make money. Right guys?

Hmm, I wonder why none of the Jean Harlow questions went through... another early 30's (NOT A COOL DECADE! No EXPLICIT sex and bloody violence! BLACK & WHITE IS ICKY!) star and, oh look, another MGM star. Therefore, not a priority. Oh I'm sure Warner will get around to her eventually, as long as we keep nagging them and reminding them that they promised... Breaking that promise would ruin their image of being The Best Studio EVAH!, Who Really Listens To The Fans And Cares What We Think, No Really, You Can Tell Because They Do Promotional PR-STUNTS, er, I mean, EGO-FUELING LOVE-FESTS, aka Chats Online Where They Ignore Questions They Don't Want To Answer About All Their Delays And DVD SCREW-UPS Of The Past Year, And Encourage Us To Suck-Up And Give Warner Nothing But Praise So That We TOO Can Get Our Names Mentioned In The Chat As Warner's #1 Fan, And Maybe If You're Warner's Pet They'll Call On You In The Next Chat And Let You Ask A Non-Controversial And Bloody Useless Question - Ooh, Pick Me, Pick Me!

After all the controversy over Warner's transfer of "The Naked Spur" for the James Stewart Signature Collection... I'm TOTALLY SHOCKED that the possibility of a re-release (either as an acknowledged "fix" or a "special edition") wasn't brought up in the HTF chat either!! Totally. Or the Wrong Disc Art Switcheroo for Forbidden Hollywood Vol. 1 ...or the trouble some people had with the Warner Triple Feature DVDs? Or the Double Feature DVDs that were fullscreen when the packaging promised widescreen? Oh well. 2008 is gonna be fantastic! If FOX only manages to swing that hostile takeover of Warner Bros.

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Sometimes I come here and I feel I've entered some kind of 'Bizarro' world, where we'd all be so much better off without the evil, uncaring corporate monolith that is Warners. They're buggers aren't they?

As for your comments about the HTF Chris, for the life of me I cannot understand how you got yourself blacklisted over there. It's a complete mystery...

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You think I ranted like that over THERE? Heck no. I used to be sweet as pie and not at all bitter. I was only starting to become slightly critical of Warner and HTF, when I got banned for no good reason, and with no warning (which is usually customary right? Warnings, progressively more severe, *then* banning?)

I've already posted here about it and linked to the specific post I made at the HTF right before being banned. If you search my past posts at DVDForums you can find it for yourself, and decide whether I really deserved to be banned, as you implied.

Now I know I've already been told by DVDForums mods not to complain about my being banned over there. For the record, I'm only saying this much 'cause you brought it up. Think of me as a raving looney if you like. Yes I have become disillusioned and bitter about Evil Corporations, etc. When a person feels they've been unfairly censored/silenced by others, it's not so hard to understand they might not care anymore about observing the niceties...so now I rant without censoring myself.
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Chris, if you will allow me to take you to the sunny side of the street I would say lots of surprises seem to be coming in 2007 and by all and any accounts, so many musicals! The Mickey & Judy Boxset this summer, a big MGM musicals promo, the Sinatra boxset, Royal Wedding (in an MGM or Astaire set), an Eleanor Powell set and the upcoming Day and now Ball Collections. We musical fans sure are getting more than our share.

I know I am just as thrilled whenever a western or war set is announced as it makes legions of film lovers happy, the way some other announcements make me jump for joy. So everyone can rejoice with DVD glee

Everything comes to those who wait...more romantic films are certainly around the corner to continue the trend set this year with The Clock, Miracle in the Rain and Madame Bovary. I guess they are a tougher sell in this not very sentimental-prone era so this calls for a bit more patience for us and clever marketing strategies for the studios.

And with all the pre-Codes coming, we are bound to see more Harlow, Blondell, Shearer, Stanwyck and Young for certain.

It all sounds very hopeful to me anyway. And the surprises that studios like Warners, Fox and even Universal keep lavishing on us makes me see 2007 as a great year for classic DVDs indeed. Just my two cents worth.
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CinéKarine, I love ya. Your optimism and sweet-tempered tolerance (even of cantankerous social pariahs like me), is truly inspiring.

Y'know what else would cheer me up though? I think my problem is...a severe shortage of happily-ever-after feel-good musicals and romantic comedies! If Warner releases the hostages, all will be forgiven.

I'll believe this upcoming "big musicals promo" when I see it.

I know, lots of great films have been and will be released. But I get a wee bit cranky when Warner's asked directly about Jane Powell and ignores the question. Etc, etc.

You make a good point about certain genres/films/stars being "a tougher sell in this not very sentimental-prone era"

So true. But that's why it's all the more important in these mercenary, superficial, callous and cynical times we live in. Maybe exposure to musicals and comedies can save us. Save ME! I'm getting way too cynical myself!

(I'm gonna continue in a private message 'cause this is getting off-topic. I'm a rebel, but I'll follow the occasional rule of netiquette.)

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Okay, well, it looks like I can't send private messages. Something about "insufficient privileges". Have I been naughty? Well, y'see where trying to follow the rules and niceties of society gets ya! I guess I'll have to post here after all, even if it is off-topic.

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We all need to watch Frank Capra films regularly. Have you read his autobiography? Geez it's sad to learn how his kinds of inspirational movies went out of fashion, and how impossible it became for him to retain creative control. As I read, I mourn with him the decline of films into "edgy", depressing, vulgar pieces of trash.

And you'd be amazed how applicable his comments still are today. The Arts are still being run by un-creative committees only interested in the bottom line - I've seen it in radio, I've read about it happening in animation and film in general. Where are the pioneers, the visionaries? Courageous creators who *refuse* to compromise and sell out....who'll do it *their* way? Is there a Walt Disney or a Frank Capra out there somewhere?

Y'know how talentless "actors" get paid obscenely high amounts of money nowadays, and they're even infesting "indie" films because you "need" a "bankable" name to get the damn thing off the ground? Well, Capra describes how it all started. Fascinating book. I'm not advocating a complete return to the Studio System, where the studios owned the stars and didn't pay them as *much* as they deserved...but now it's swung to the other extreme. We need a happy medium. I just need to escape from the world and watch some great old movies, that's what I need. (Danger of working so hard to collect/keep up with DVD releases, you lack the time to enjoy them. I was a much more pleasant person to be around when I watched MGM musicals constantly. A huuuge dork, of course, out of touch with my sneering peers. But happier!)

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I am happy to give kudos to Warners when it's deserved, but no, I feel no need to slavishly bow down at the altar when they do poor work, which they have done a lot in the last two years. I regularly praise what deserves praise, but I will not praise anyone's lesser work, and as I've gone on and on about (and will continue to go on and on about) when they so often screw up the color (blatantly, I might add) and no one complains because so few have a clue, then someone who does have some knowledge has to stand up and say something, because in many instances these are the only transfers we're going to get. The Naked Spur - close to a travesty, and it NEEDS to be fixed, and shame on them for not caring enough to do it right in the first place.

I'm looking forward to many of the films discussed, and I'm not too worried about the black-and-whites, but the color films, well, I don't hold out much hope anymore.
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Okay, well, it looks like I can't send private messages. Something about "insufficient privileges". Have I been naughty? Well, y'see where trying to follow the rules and niceties of society gets ya! I guess I'll have to post here after all, even if it is off-topic.
Private messaging is disabled for all; nobody is being persecuted. And the rest of your OT post would have better suited the book thread wouldn't it?

As for few forumites having a clue, there's not much need for large scale rants - ain't it wunnerful that we have such experts to do our whinging for us, tell us what we should be moaning about, and put those screwups the brothers Warner firmly in their place? This place is in dire need of such colourful characters...

BTW, while I agree wholeheartedly about The Naked Spur I feel rather more strongly about the recut of Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid and it's even more puzzling that that has received even fewer brickbats. Odd that.
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If Warner releases the hostages, all will be forgiven.
Sure you and Warners will be the very best of friends by later this year

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I'll believe this upcoming "big musicals promo" when I see it.
I have no doubt at all it is coming, in fact I have an unshakable faith in it!

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I know, lots of great films have been and will be released. But I get a wee bit cranky when Warner's asked directly about Jane Powell and ignores the question. Etc, etc.
Well, they did mention Hit the Deck for one and they did not actually say "No". I tend to see the glass half-full, rather than half-empty here.


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But that's why it's all the more important in these mercenary, superficial, callous and cynical times we live in. Maybe exposure to musicals and comedies can save us
I've always had great faith in the world and most everyone in it and I do like to think that spending my adolescence (and ever since) watching studio-era musicals, comedies and other genres - and the values they stood for - has a lot to do with anyone's outlook on life. But again, that's not everyone's cup of tea, but it sure is mine!!! Everything we are exposed to, what we see and hear has a lot to do with our perception of life.


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We all need to watch Frank Capra films regularly. Have you read his autobiography? Geez it's sad to learn how his kinds of inspirational movies went out of fashion.
Yes indeed, as an avid film reader, like everyone here I suspect, I love Capra's autobiography. And we can even keep this thread on topic with this as Warner reacquired Meet John Doe this year I believe This is my favorite Capra film ever - still extremely potent and powerful today - so many aspects of it are even truer today than when it was originally made. One of my fondest wishes is certainly that it will show up in a Stanwyck or Cooper set as it contains my favorite performances ever by both of them.

One of the many things that separates the Capra films from other feel-good films and makes them enjoyable for people who would not be caught dead watching sentimental (corny) films is that they are so deeply rooted in reality. The protagonists go through an awful lot of turmoil and often become dissilusioned before they realize that life is good after all and that the good eggs far outnumber the bad ones.

That's an idea, a set of feel good movies of different types. Warner owns enough for dozens of collections. Offhand, I am thinking of Magic Town (47), Blossoms in the Dust (41), Athena (54), Holiday Affair (49), Room for One More (52), Love Crazy (40), The Voice of the Turtle (47)............ and a star-studded collection it would be too
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