Warner Home Video has revealed that they plan to issue 10 Blu-ray/coffee book combination releases this year. The two announced so far, will be the March 25th release of 'Bonnie and Clyde' and the June 3rd release of 'Dirty Harry' (not the previously revealed box set). Other releases getting similar treatment will be 'Woodstock', releases from the 'Harry Potter' franchise, 'Bladerunner' (already released on Blu-ray as a collection), 'Gone with the Wind' and 'North by Northwest'.
I suspect that Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest will be released in this Book-style as well. They were announced summer of 2007 for a release in February but have not yet been announced, so at least they are in production. Amadeus underwent a full blown 70mm restoration and recut from the original negative in 2002, so it will likely need very little effort to bring it up to the typically amazing 4K restoration from Warner.
<----- I'm a huge fan of Amadeus... in case you couldn't tell. :-)
Not a big fan of cardboard packaging, so I'm disappointed in this. Warner always seems to find a way to package things up so they are easily damaged; then eventually they get around to re-releasing them in plastic, because nobody's buying the cardboard anymore (because all the store copies are all beat up). Just give me the flipping disks in plastic, and cool it with the cardboard.
But yeah, I'm all over Woodstock too, although having seen the film a few times when it first came out on a really big screen, I don't imagine this is going to be a blu-ray showcase title. (Warner prove me wrong ) And, yes, been waiting for Bonnie & Clyde forever so will be getting that one too. But the rest, I think I'll wait for the plastic.
What exactly does it mean by coffee book? And why are people just talking about cardboard packaging based on the limited info in the article? Either way, am I the only one here who loves Bonnie & Clyde? That movie's not only a classic, but it's endlessly watchable.
"North By Northwest" might be pretty good as well. Classic action adventure movie. "North By Northwest" could look fantastic on Blu-ray if Warner Bros. does a great job with the original VistaVision 8-perf 35mm film elements.
I'm not sure exactly if that's what coffee book is but I know that Warner released these special editions, on DVD, in the last few years that had a box that opened like a book and unfolded to reveal 2 discs. All these within a sleeve and all in cardboard. Titles such as "The Right Stuff", "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves - Dir.Cut", "A Christmas Story: Spec.Ed" and the two first "Harry Potters" were like this. I hope this isn't what they are talking about because I hate those packaging.
Warner always mess' around with their packaging. I really hate that and becomes a turn off sometimes for a future purchase. Snappers, Keepcase, Coffee Books, enough already. You know the saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"? This goes to Warner. Stick with the norm please.
I will reserve my venom until I actually see the Bonnie and Clyde release. However, I prefer the
studios give consumers the choice of standard Blu-ray packaging as well. You know, the ones
designed to protect the cover art. They also seem to possess a nice pair of clips to hold inserts and
booklets. Is it possible that Warner is once again invested in the manufacture of alternative packaging
as in the
early days of the DVD? Remember those awful snapper cases? I'll wait to see what this "coffee book"
looks like before I revolt and refrain from buying these releases. I take back my
first statement. This idea stinks. I'll wait till I see them in a standard Blu-ray case.
Man...harsh words against the "coffee-table" book. I think "coffee table" is inaccurate.
I've seen the packaging for Bonnie and Clyde first hand, and it is very professional looking.
The book is exactly the same size as a Blu-Ray case. It opens up, is made with very nice matte paper, and the cover is very well made. The disc goes in a clear tray in the back that holds the disc in very well. This is nothing like Warner's "snapper" cardboard cases.
Those who are bashing Warner's "snapper" cases need to know that the snapper was the original DVD case, and the amaray (what we use now) was introduced later. If Warner hadn't been the first company to release DVD's and push them so strongly, we wouldn't have DVD today.
If I had to compare the "book" style to anything, it would be comparable to the 2-Disc DVD Special Editions of Amadeus, My Fair Lady, Singing in the Rain, only instead it does not contain a second disc tray, but about 20 so pages of very nice still photos and text quotes and very light production notes. I think it is extremely classy.
The Blu-Ray "coffee-book" of Bonnie and Clyde IS the standard release. It's the one in the pictures on here and at amazon.com. There is no other version. The problem is that they are called "coffee-books" which are big. This is a book the size of a blu-ray case.
so does this mean that all the potters will be re-released on bluray? so i should hold off on buying the rest on bluray then until these come out?............double dipping is freakin stupid.......so seriously are they going to re-released chamber of secretes and goblet on blu again????