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Re: Warner Brothers Archive Collection Blu-rays

#1626 Post by soundchaser » Tue Jun 01, 2021 7:35 pm

Ironic name, given that this merger is likely going to lead to even less "discovery" of the Warners back catalog by the relatively uninitiated.

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#1627 Post by hearthesilence » Tue Jun 01, 2021 7:57 pm

I hate "rebranding." I don't know how much a new name matters after a merger, but they could just go back to calling it Warner Bros. They've got a classic, timeless name already in its history, reclaim it as is.

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#1628 Post by CSM126 » Tue Jun 01, 2021 9:03 pm

“Discovery Bros.” would’ve had a nice ring to it.

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#1629 Post by hearthesilence » Tue Jun 01, 2021 9:25 pm

If they ever want to scale back their operations to weekday afternoon PBS shows, Discovery Bros. would be perfect.

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#1630 Post by Adam X » Wed Jun 02, 2021 1:50 pm

That just makes me think of The Leyland Brothers.

I hope their new logo swooshes onto screen like the Christopher Reeve Superman film titles.

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#1631 Post by teddyleevin » Tue Jun 08, 2021 11:28 pm

Amazon is going to still keep putting out however many of the blus left but after saying some of the MOD DVDs were "available in 3 to 4 months" then to "temporarily out of stock," they are mostly all "no longer available from this seller." Were they going to do their own burning and decided not to? Are these discs dead-dead? They should still be available from other retailers but I expect that's all the extant stock there is.

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#1632 Post by bad future » Wed Jun 09, 2021 12:22 am

teddyleevin wrote:
Tue Jun 08, 2021 11:28 pm
Amazon is going to still keep putting out however many of the blus left but after saying some of the MOD DVDs were "available in 3 to 4 months" then to "temporarily out of stock," they are mostly all "no longer available from this seller." Were they going to do their own burning and decided not to? Are these discs dead-dead? They should still be available from other retailers but I expect that's all the extant stock there is.
I’m pretty sure Amazon just has a “storefront” for the Warner Archive products they were already selling, which WB kind of presented as a replacement for the recently-shuttered version of wbshop.com, which was also run by a third party. (I think the new version of that site is run by a different third party, it just seems to be more merchandise-oriented and doesn’t sell Warner Archive releases.)

I doubt having Amazon produce the discs was ever the plan — didn’t Amazon recently announce that they’re discontinuing their MOD disc operations entirely? I guess it’s possible that Warner is not going to produce any more stock of their WAC releases, but it seems more likely to me that they’re simply between runs on a lot of titles. As I understand it, the WAC blu ray releases are “MOD” in the sense that they’re pressed in very small batches. I know disc production has been struggling all over the place lately, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Amazon is simply sold out of a lot of titles and it may take longer than usual for more to get pressed, since supply seems to be running short of demand on less-niche titles too. (Then again, I don’t know if the manufacturer they use for those small WAC runs is one that also deals with bigger releases, so problems seen elsewhere may not have any direct bearing here.)

Out of curiosity, what are some titles that are “no longer available from this seller”?

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Re: Warner Brothers Archive Collection Blu-rays

#1633 Post by domino harvey » Wed Jun 09, 2021 10:06 am

No

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#1634 Post by teddyleevin » Wed Jun 09, 2021 7:45 pm

bad future wrote:
Wed Jun 09, 2021 12:22 am
I guess it’s possible that Warner is not going to produce any more stock of their WAC releases, but it seems more likely to me that they’re simply between runs on a lot of titles.
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Out of curiosity, what are some titles that are “no longer available from this seller”?
It's so widespread, that I don't think it's just some titles. Since the "last 4 for $44" WB shop thing, I've panic-bought loads of stuff (including many DVD-Rs that used to be actual DVDs but whatever, I snoozed, I loosed; I'm going to back up every last disc anyhow) incl every Norma Shearer film, all of the Forbidden Hollywood sets, and losts of odds n ends stuff I caught on TCM once I knew I'd never see again. Most of these were ordered in February and at the time said "ships in 2 to 4" or "4 to 6 weeks" and I had the whole lot of em by May. This timeline was present in any title I ordered though sometimes they arrived much sooner.

I've kept my Saved for Later cart filled with titles I wanted but hadn't gotten yet and would add them now and then as budget allowed. That's where I observed them all change to "Temporarily out of stock" to "No longer available from this seller." However, some of those today are back to "Temporarily out of stock" and can be ordered. I'll order a few and see what happens. Maybe the Amazon computers are just doing funny things.

Please don't judge me for wanting to own all of these movies. I have suspect taste.

All of these said "No longer available" and still do:
Upperworld
The Widow from Chicago
A Very Honorable Guy
The Crash/Registered Nurse
Blessed Event
An American Tragedy (not WB but other MOD studio discs like this are similarly going funny with different statuses)
The Crowd Roars
Pick a Star

All of these said "No longer available" but are back to "Temporarily out of stock" and can be ordered:
Rasputin and the Empress
Beauty and the Boss
Showgirl in Hollywood
The Star Witness
Broadway Babies
Playing Around
The Dark Horse
Ah Wilderness
Gold Diggers of 1933 (which is insane there's no Blu of this)
It's Love I'm After
Warren William Perry Mason Set
Gold Raiders/Meet the Baron
Hollywood Party
Philo Vance Collection

Stuff I got recently is now Temporarily out of stock like On Borrowed Time and The Last Flight. Meanwhile the Bert Lahr comedy I recently got, Flying High, is listed as "1 in stock (more on the way)." For such an oddball title, I'd be shocked if there was really always "more on the way" when meanwhile a big title like MGM's Romeo and Juliet is "Temporarily out of stock. It might really be "usually there are more available so let's say there are but our computers don't understand what's going on right now."

And some are clearly pressed in bigger quantities than they may have realized like the William Powell at Warner Brothers set was upmarked to almost $100 the other day and not available for less but now is $29.99 with "10 in stock (more on the way)."

Also formerly listed as "No longer available" but now say "xx in stock (more on the way)" is a conspicuous amount of collections/sets:
Torchy Blane
George Sanders The Saint

I know this is all likely to change again by the minute but I guess I'm so confused as to actually who it is that is manufacturing these discs at this point if anyone. The WB Archive FB group is a mess of naive blueberries requesting Blu-ray titles (though it's a fan group and nothing else) from the soon-to-be-expired range, to folks declaring "It's dead, and you'll never see these movies again."

The prices on Amazon have increased a lot since March for the Forbidden Hollywood sets which I got all for $20 or less back then but are now sometimes closer to $30-35. Most of the Norma Shearer movies I panic-bought back then are "Temporarily out of stock." Her Cardboard Lover is unavailable. I have a feeling TCM will die in my lifetime and hopefully when that happens, they just put all their WB/MGM/RKO titles on a permanent streaming service and call it a day. Oh wait, I want that movie too! It's so cute. Nope. Call it a Day is "Temporarily out of stock."

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Re: Warner Brothers Archive Collection Blu-rays

#1635 Post by dustybooks » Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:01 pm

I ordered The Phantom Tollbooth from Amazon back in the spring and it took seven weeks or something similarly wacky but it did get to me eventually. I wonder if it’s just supply chain hiccups.

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Re: Warner Brothers Archive Collection Blu-rays

#1636 Post by FrauBlucher » Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:00 am

These look like the July releases, so far

Objective: Burma! - July 13
The Herculoids: Complete Original Series - July 27
I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes - July 20
Step by Step - July 20
Take Me Out to the Ball Game - July 20

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#1637 Post by Maltic » Mon Jun 14, 2021 8:55 am

Finally some Walsh. Am I right in saying he's been neglected by WAC?

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#1638 Post by domino harvey » Mon Jun 14, 2021 10:12 am

I Wouldn’t Be In Your Shoes is a decent enough programmer noir based on the completely absurd complication that arises when a man throws his shoes out into the alley to shut up a cat. The big news here is obv Take Me Out to the Ballgame, which was inexplicably MIA in the Sinatra box

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#1639 Post by therewillbeblus » Mon Jun 14, 2021 10:52 am

Weird, I just watched I Wouldn’t Be In Your Shoes yesterday, and that's one obscure title!

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#1640 Post by Fred Holywell » Mon Jun 14, 2021 1:49 pm

domino harvey wrote:
Mon Jun 14, 2021 10:12 am
I Wouldn’t Be In Your Shoes is a decent enough programmer noir based on the completely absurd complication that arises when a man throws his shoes out into the alley to shut up a cat. The big news here is obv Take Me Out to the Ballgame, which was inexplicably MIA in the Sinatra box
It was in the Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly Collection box, along with On the Town and Anchors Aweigh.

EDIT: Sorry, domino, you're talking BD, and I'm talking DVD. You're right, of course. It wasn't in the Blu set, but the other two were.


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#1642 Post by captveg » Thu Jul 08, 2021 8:03 pm

One Crazy Summer (1986) has shown up on Amazon for a 8/10 release and seems to be the first title for August WAC releases.

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#1643 Post by Ribs » Mon Jul 12, 2021 4:38 pm

Shadow Of The Thin Man has also appeared on Amazon for August.

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#1644 Post by FrauBlucher » Mon Jul 12, 2021 7:01 pm

Looks like more titles are up on Amazon...
Dangerous (1935)
The Champ (1931)
High Sierra (1941)
Kitty Foyle (1940)
Johnny Belinda (1948)
Captains Courageous (1937)

No release dates listed yet

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#1645 Post by Blutarsky » Mon Jul 12, 2021 7:56 pm

FrauBlucher wrote:
Mon Jul 12, 2021 7:01 pm
High Sierra (1941)
YES! Definitely my second favorite Bogart film behind Treasure of the Sierra Madre. While a bit uneven in parts, his performance is a knockout. Absolutely excited about this one!

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#1646 Post by domino harvey » Mon Jul 12, 2021 8:31 pm

FrauBlucher wrote:
Mon Jul 12, 2021 7:01 pm
Looks like more titles are up on Amazon...
Dangerous (1935)
The Champ (1931)
High Sierra (1941)
Kitty Foyle (1940)
Johnny Belinda (1948)
Captains Courageous (1937)

No release dates listed yet
Ooo some really good films! Kitty Foyle and Johnny Belinda were both part of a cancelled DVD box set from WB and were released separately instead— anyone remember the other titles? Might be a good hint at what’s coming next

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#1647 Post by domino harvey » Mon Jul 12, 2021 8:39 pm

And to answer my own question, it was an Academy Awards Winners collection. The only MIA on Blu title from it is the Good Earth

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#1648 Post by Gerald Christie » Tue Jul 13, 2021 9:23 pm

FrauBlucher wrote:
Mon Jul 12, 2021 7:01 pm
Looks like more titles are up on Amazon...
Dangerous (1935)
The Champ (1931)
High Sierra (1941)
Kitty Foyle (1940)
Johnny Belinda (1948)
Captains Courageous (1937)

No release dates listed yet
Unfortunately it looks like these titles were too good to be true. According to a user over at Blu-ray.com they're just placeholder links and have been on Amazon since the dawn of time Considering they have no date or cover attached it sounds like he's right. So far the only confirmed/official titles (date and cover) are One Crazy Summer, In The Good Old Summertime and Shadow of a Thin Man.
One Crazy Summer is actually pretty fun, endlessly quotable and a quintessential 80's comedy, In The Good Old Summertime (a musical remake of The Shop Around The Corner) is a pretty good and enjoyable Judy Garland vehicle and Shadow of a Thin Man is the last essential sequel of the franchise. Anyway, hopefully at the very least The Champ and Johnny Belinda pan out. They're terrific films and are titles that for so long I have been hoping to cross off my wishlist.

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#1649 Post by domino harvey » Tue Jul 13, 2021 10:23 pm

We should have known something was awry, they’re all good movies and logical choices for upgrades!

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Re: Warner Brothers Archive Collection Blu-rays

#1650 Post by yoloswegmaster » Tue Jul 20, 2021 4:08 pm

A listing has been found for Sidney Lumet's 'Prince and the City' on Amazon with a release date of August 24.

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