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Warner Promises 10 Blu-ray/Book Combos This Year

Posted March 7, 2008 01:03 PM by Josh Dreuth

Warner Bros.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'.


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News comments (39 comments)



CptGreedle
  Mar 07, 2008
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Interesting idea. Gone with the Wind might be worth it, as well as North by Northwest.

ground chuck
  Mar 07, 2008
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i'd check out woodstock......free love, baby.

Sonny
  Mar 07, 2008
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Hell YEAH WOODSTOCK !!! Oh the drug use & people slideing naked through the mud , DAMN I want this Blu-ray ,but its not coming till 2009???:(

kaliraver
  Mar 07, 2008
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Woodstock will be exciting and so will Gone With the Wind.

bondfooll
  Mar 07, 2008
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And, of course, the seminal City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold.

savage1984
  Mar 07, 2008
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North by North West and the Potters sound interesting...

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that1guystudios
  Mar 07, 2008
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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. :-)

fdm
  Mar 07, 2008
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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.

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saprano
  Mar 07, 2008
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whats coffe book?

bdrex28
  Mar 07, 2008
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Awesome, North by Northwest and Gone With the Wind? That's what I'm talking about. Now to get Lawrence of Arabia.......

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Beta Man
  Mar 07, 2008
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What are they planning on doing in regards to pricing though?!!!????

FFObsessed
  Mar 07, 2008
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Looks like I'll be buying Blade Runner again...

Moniker
  Mar 07, 2008
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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.

Robert Siegel
  Mar 07, 2008
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This is great news, since they originally said Gone with the Wind and North by Northwest would be 2009.

Bert007
  Mar 07, 2008
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Bring it Harry Callahan

Bert007
  Mar 07, 2008
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Woodstock would be cool if they add more footage

PS3-Playb3yond
  Mar 07, 2008
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I like it.

Bobby Henderson
  Mar 07, 2008
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I'll be getting the "Dirty Harry" release.

"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.

Sean4000
  Mar 07, 2008
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NBN will most likely be the Lowry cleaned version! I can't wait to see that one.

kuliddar
  Mar 07, 2008
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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.

Mr. Spiffy-Pants
  Mar 07, 2008
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mntwister - I'm glad I'm not the only one who caught that! They said these titles were coming out next year, so that makes me wonder which is accurate...

Galley
  Mar 07, 2008
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Coffee Table Book
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee_table_book

kuliddar
  Mar 07, 2008
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Interesting Galley...

If this is what it is, it reminds me of the hold packages they used to do with VHS. I don't recall many of these coming on DVD.
GJN
  Mar 07, 2008
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The releases sound great, but let's just keep the regular cases, please. I have limited shelf room and
don't need to have films explained to me. Let's keep the prices down instead.

John Coulter
  Mar 07, 2008
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I'm looking forward to Bonnie and Clyde and Gone with the Wind, but I HATE the packaging.

I may hold off on buying these and see if they get a release later on in a standard Blu-ray case.

Minimejer05
  Mar 07, 2008
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Will pass on these.

Vince Bond
  Mar 07, 2008
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Sweet!! Now I can use the coffee table book if I run out of papers while watching Woodstock....................................HERE!!!!

tru blu
  Mar 07, 2008
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Just as long as they keep these as special editions and not the only release. I'm fine with it. As long as people are happy to wait or double dip.

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Guinness7
  Mar 07, 2008
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Guess they are going to see how they do.

AaronSCH
  Mar 08, 2008
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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.

Superking
  Mar 08, 2008
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Do not want.

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that1guystudios
  Mar 08, 2008
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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.

LoveDoctor
  Mar 08, 2008
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I really thought that they'd finally announce the Matrix box... <sigh>

Jaguar007
  Mar 08, 2008
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COOL!! North By Northwest is one of my all time favorite movies. GWTW is my wife's all time favorite! 2 must buy movies (Dirty Harry is tempting, but I'll probably go the box set eventually).

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that1guystudios
  Mar 08, 2008
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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.

Kristin Simard
  Mar 09, 2008
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Woodstock will be interesting for the sound transfer. The picture will be grainy. It was released on
70mm but photographed entirely on 16mm.

camaro17
  Mar 10, 2008
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Yeah man ever since i saw woodstock on their original update ie been waiting, we need it sooner that '09. Who's with me!

Peace

Big_Rizzle
  Mar 10, 2008
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Sounds cool more Blu for use but what kind of price are we taking about here?
andyn1080
  Mar 12, 2008
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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????


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