molly1216 wrote:BTW the TWO title releases from WB archives are NOT on the same disc
there are TWO discs in the case.
well at least there is in the Illicit/Girl Missing case.
hoytereden wrote:The Green Slime-Remastered and widescreen!
I remember that Johnny Arthur was in it and the only other thing I knew him being in was a couple of Our Gang comedies where he played Darla's father. I always recall the gang ruining his birthday party.molly1216 wrote:hoytereden wrote:The Green Slime-Remastered and widescreen!
i am more interested in The Monster directed by Roland West...very few West films to begin with...now i will have another one!
With such a large library, how do you go about setting priorities for releases?
We have just finished doing a gorgeous restoration and master of "The Unfinished Dance,'' which hadn't been touched since a 1988 master that looks pretty awful. I had it scheduled for later in April, but because it involved a psychotic ballet dancer we decided to move it up to March 29, the very same day that the "Black Swan" comes out [from Fox, at retail], which seemed like a great opportunity...We have upped our standards significantly for WAC. People are asking for some of their favorite [Bette] Davis or Humphrey [Bogart titles]. We won't release them unless we can remaster them. Because of the success we've had we're reinvesting in the business. We're also working more closely with other vendors that sell movies to people who don't necessarily use the Internet. We've given "The Great Caruso,'' a title that skews older, as an exclusive to Critics Choice Video. Movies Unlimited [which also operates TCM's retail site] will be getting our first two Jeanette MacDonald-Nelson Eddy titles, "Naughty Marietta'' and "Sweethearts,'' as exclusives next month.
WAC's recent release of "Don Juan'' included the Vitaphone shorts that were shown during its original engagement in 1926. Will you be offering special features on other releases?
Some of our upcoming MGM musicals will have outtake musical sequences that have never been seen -- not just recycled from other releases. We've spoken with some directors about recording commentary tracks. We feel that with certain films you just can't put them out without any kind of context. We're doing everything we can within our limited means to improve the presentation quality. We want people to really be proud they can have these movies on their shelves. We're going to be adding full four-color labels to our releases...all of those things will help to improve the consumer experience.
What else is on tap?
We are always looking to make things better. We've already remastered a handful of our original releases [from two years ago]. We will make special arrangements for consumers who supported us to obtain the remastered versions at a very minimal price in about a month. There are 8 or 10 of them coming. We're going to let people travel into our vault. Our next Podcast will be a very rare radio presentation of "Yolanda and the Thief.'' We're going to be putting cool things out on on discs and podcasts.
The last time I spoke with you, around a year ago, you were introducing remastered titles. The Facebook page has recently mentioned that some titles like "Vivacious Lady'' and "Five Came Back'' were undergoing photochemical restoration as well. When will those start coming through?
"Five Came Back'' has been in the lab for three years and we still have problems. If it's not top quality, it's going to stay in the vault until we can rectify that. Ned Price's team does great photochemical restoration as part of the company's ongoing efforts in this area.
The Facebook page mentioned that "The Unsinkable Molly Brown,'' which had been available at retail and is now out of print, will be coming back via the Archive. Will there be other OOP titles like "The Crimson Pirate''?
There are right issues on "The Crimson Pirate,'' but there are 200 other out-of-print titles we will now be able to bring back with the same features as the original retail releases. We're now using some dual-layer discs that give us a good bit rate for longer titles. In the past, we were limited by he space on DVD 5s and on some titles, we had to leave the trailers off because it would drop the bit rate. Now that is no longer a problem.
There are still some very highly sought, high profile titles not released on DVD -- like "Northwest Passage,'' "A Guy Named Joe,'' "Viva Villa,'' "Ceiling Zero,'' the 1939 "The Great Waltz.'' Will those all eventually turn up at WAC or is there some chance they may go retail?
Some of them may be available at retail. It's up in the air. "Ceiling Zero'' has rights issues.
What about the long-discussed set for Jean Harlow's centennial this year?
I'm not commenting on our Harlow plans. We have something special in mind. We've gotten too many kicks in the butt when we've been honest and open [in the past] and things changed.
Warners recently cleared the rights to another long-unavailable title, "The Constant Nymph,'' which will premiere at next month's TCM Classic Film Festival. When will that be available on DVD?
The ink on the "Night Flight'' deal wasn't dry when I came to work in January and heard that "Constant Nymph'' had been cleared as well. We tried to get a video master going right away, but there were problems with the film elements. We're making new ones off the original camera negative. Within a year, there will be a very nice DVD. I'm not sure if it will be at the Warner Archive Collection or at retail.
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