Discuss North American DVDs and Blu-rays or other DVD and Blu-ray-related topics.
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- Michael Kerpan
- Spelling Bee Champeen
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Technical quality-wise -- unrecognizable from what I watched long ago on (b&w) TV... I bought it, in part, to"reward" Warner for actually doing something right...
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- Jean-Luc Garbo
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My sincerest of apologies - especially since I'd love to see Straight No Chaser on blu! - I'm so used to seeing Archive discussion in only this thread. Thank you chris for the head's up on the right thread to post.
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I just noticed that the "Man From Atlantis" BD announcement says it's from a "NEW 2019 1080p HD MASTER," which seems like it makes the "archivist's orders" hypothesis about WAC's release schedule a little less feasible, since those TV movies had a DVD release in 2011 (and I assume that was the first, not a rerelease)... I guess someone thought timing a release at the same time as the Aquaman disc might generate nostalgia for it?
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For what it's worth, in the latest Warner Archive podcast Feltenstein mentions they are working on blu-ray releases of at least one oft requested title each from the 30s and 40s, and a three-strip Technicolor MGM musical. The podcast before that he notes they are well aware of the demand for the top silent MGM films (Greed, The Crowd, The Wind, etc.) and that they definitely want to see them released, too.
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They "want" to see them released sounds like "your guess is as good as mine."
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At least Greed can be purchased digitally. I had to buy a VHS copy of The Wind a couple of years ago in order to revisit it. Warner has been talking about "restoring" these titles since what, 2004? I remember asking about them at one of those old HTF chats.
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From the 2006 Warner chat with Feltenstein and two other Warner reps (and this was not the first such occurrence):
Bear with us as we wait until hell freezes over before doing anything more with these films, leading you on with false promises and lip service about the "importance" of silent films while our Blu releases generally suggest that cinema didn't really get going until the 1950s. Now go buy our Blu-ray of relatively unfamiliar Popeye shorts because if we're not impressed enough with sales on that one title (through WBShop only—other retailers don't count), then we're done releasing classic animation forever!Q: Warner continues to sit on a unrivaled cache of silent masterpieces which are begging for release. Examples would include von Stroheim's GREED (which made a respectable showing--9th--in DVD Decision 2004 [online poll/promotion] and is currently the top vote-getter in TCM's poll of "most requested films not on DVD"), Victor Seastrom's THE WIND and THE SCARLET LETTER, King Vidor's THE BIG PARADE (restored in 2004), THE CROWD, and SHOW PEOPLE
Warner: Every one of the films you mentioned will be released either at the end of this year or during 2007. We recognize their importance and are certainly doing more with our silent films than any other major studio. We have 6600 films in our library and only so many release slots per year, so bear with us.