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hearthesilence
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Re: Milestone

#826 Post by hearthesilence » Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:51 pm

drdoros wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:22 pm
I'm sorry to say, but the finances of a Blu-ray release just don't add up these days. Between commercial streaming (Amazon, etc), academic streaming (like Kanopy and Alexander Street Press) and buyers demanding deep discounts for physical discs, it's difficult for a small company to pay the $6000 for the authoring and compression, the cost of a yearly blu-ray license and the per-disc licensing fees. That and most of our business is overseas where they do not want Blu-ray. We will continue to on some prestige items, but the smaller titles are not being supported financially.

Dennis, Milestone Films
Dennis, does this mean we shouldn't expect a Blu-Ray release for the Charles Burnett set (Killer of Sheep, When It Rains, etc.)?

Also, would Milestone consider at least making these titles available for 1080p HD download purchases on, say, iTunes?

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Re: Milestone

#827 Post by drdoros » Thu Oct 03, 2019 2:57 pm

Right now, what I can tell you to expect is that we'll be restoring some very cool titles that most people have not heard of and that we'll be doing our best to distribute them. We have also created our own Vimeo channel so you will be able to get more and more of them there in the future.

DD

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L.A.
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Re: Milestone

#828 Post by L.A. » Tue Jun 16, 2020 5:29 pm

Thanks to the National Gallery of Art and Milestone Filibus is available for free viewing as a ”stay-at-home” gift. Just watched it and it is indeed splendid. Hopefully soon on home video, will be definitely getting this.

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Re: Milestone

#829 Post by CantelopeSkiz » Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:33 pm

The film seems to have been taken down from their website, and links to 'page not found' on their website.

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Re: Milestone

#830 Post by drdoros » Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:52 pm

It was a week's screening for free to the world. There will be more chances to see FILIBUS soon enough!

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Re: Milestone

#831 Post by starmanof51 » Mon Jan 04, 2021 5:17 pm

Another new year, as good a time as any to wonder aloud again if there’s any movement/hope for a blu ray of the I Am Cuba restoration

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Re: Milestone

#832 Post by swo17 » Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:11 pm

Excellent question!

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L.A.
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Re: Milestone

#833 Post by L.A. » Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:51 pm

Plus Filibus. [-o<

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Re: Milestone

#834 Post by htdm » Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:16 am

x2

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Re: Milestone

#835 Post by Caligula » Tue Jan 05, 2021 2:24 am

With Charles Burnett seemingly off the table, the chance of an I Am Cuba blu is the primary reason I keep checking this thread

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Saturnome
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Re: Milestone

#836 Post by Saturnome » Tue Jan 05, 2021 3:46 am

Filibus for me. Easily some of the best time you can have with a film from 1915.

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Re: Milestone

#837 Post by bad future » Wed Jun 02, 2021 1:26 pm

Kino Lorber, film preservationist Milestone Films strike multi-year pact (via Screen Daily)
Kino Lorber has signed a multi-year strategic distribution and acquisition agreement with Milestone Films, the New York-based company renowned for restoring and distributing classics such as Mikhail Kalatozov’s I Am Cuba.

Under the pact Kino Lorber gets exclusive US and international distribution rights to Milestone’s library of more than 150 titles and all its future restorations and acquisitions under the Milestone Films In Association With Kino Lorber label.
Would love if this led to, perhaps, blu-rays of their I Am Cuba or Filibus restorations that an individual consumer might purchase to watch at home, as impractical as that might sound...

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Re: Milestone

#838 Post by beamish14 » Wed Jun 02, 2021 3:03 pm

I'd love to have both cuts of Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? on Blu.

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Re: Milestone

#839 Post by drdoros » Wed Jun 02, 2021 3:17 pm

In fact, the deal was struck in large part because we spend so much time on the business end, that we have very little to actually get the titles out. Working with Kino Lorber will speed up the DVD and Blu-ray releases, as well as increase the restorations that Amy and I can do in one year.

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Re: Milestone

#840 Post by knives » Wed Jun 02, 2021 5:10 pm

In that case this sounds like a major win for everyone.

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Re: Milestone

#841 Post by beamish14 » Wed Jun 02, 2021 5:19 pm

drdoros wrote:
Wed Jun 02, 2021 3:17 pm
In fact, the deal was struck in large part because we spend so much time on the business end, that we have very little to actually get the titles out. Working with Kino Lorber will speed up the DVD and Blu-ray releases, as well as increase the restorations that Amy and I can do in one year.

Thank you for the update. I hope we can get upgrades of the Brownlow/Mollo films and Charles Burnett's work, in addition to a slew of fresh new titles.

As I mentioned, I adore Bodhi-Dharma, and I hope you can revisit that film and, if possible, get Bae Yong-kun'sy neglected masterpiece The People in White out.

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Re: Milestone

#842 Post by bad future » Wed Jun 02, 2021 5:30 pm

drdoros wrote:
Wed Jun 02, 2021 3:17 pm
In fact, the deal was struck in large part because we spend so much time on the business end, that we have very little to actually get the titles out. Working with Kino Lorber will speed up the DVD and Blu-ray releases, as well as increase the restorations that Amy and I can do in one year.
Apologies for my earlier facetiousness! I had assumed that having a long gap between education/exhibition availability and consumer-friendly releases must have been a kind of business calculation; obviously a valid one if so, just a long wait on this end of the pipeline. I’m glad the Kino deal sounds like good news all around.

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Re: Milestone

#843 Post by drdoros » Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:34 pm

Just to explain our situation, Milestone is a 2-person company that distributes internationally. There is a huge amount of work in distribution, and if you add restoration and a lot of volunteer hours for AMIA and other causes, there have always been long delays in getting things out. Working with Kino Lorber will solve these problems.

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Re: Milestone

#844 Post by What A Disgrace » Wed Jun 02, 2021 9:37 pm

Hopefully Bless Their Little Hearts gets the Bluray release it deserves.

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