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Six Sony Blu-ray Titles Shift to Image

Posted September 29, 2010 09:53 AM by Juan Calonge

Sony PicturesOn December 7, Image Entertainment will re-release half a dozen movies previously released on Blu-ray by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment: About Last Night..., The Big Hit, Closer, The Deep, Half Past Dead and St. Elmo's Fire. Special features in most titles differ from those in the now out-of-print BDs from SPHE. In all likelihood, this is part of a partnership agreement both companies recently entered into.

Special features are as follows:

About Last Night...
  • Theatrical trailers
The SPHE release also included Ed Zwick and Rob Lowe in Conversation; an original making-of featurette; and trailers for several Sony titles. See Blu-ray.com's review for details.

The Big Hit
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Director's, Producer's and Screenwriter's Commentary
  • Deleted scenes
The SPHE release included the same special features, except the deleted scenes. See Blu-ray.com's review for details.

Closer
  • Music video: Damien Rice, "The Blower's Daughter"
The SPHE release included the same special features. See Blu-ray.com's review for details.

The Deep
  • No special features listed
The SPHE release included a making-of documentary, and six 1080p selected scenes from the three-hour special edition. See Blu-ray.com's review for details.

Half Past Dead
  • Audio commentary with director Don Michael Paul
  • Deleted scenes
  • Cinemax Special: On the Set of Half Past Dead
  • Theatrical trailers
The SPHE edition also included The Making of Half Past Dead. See Blu-ray.com's review for details.

St. Elmo's Fire
  • Commentary with director Joel Schumacher
  • Original featurette
  • Music Video: John Paer, "Man in Motion"
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Filmographies
  • Production notes
The SPHE release also included the featurette Joel Schumacher Remembers 'St. Elmo's Fire'; 12 deleted scenes; and trailers for several Sony titles. See Blu-ray.com's review for details.

On August 31, Image Entertainment, Inc. announced that it had entered into a multi-year agreement with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Inc. (SPHE) in which SPHE will handle all manufacturing and distribution services for Image Entertainment's Blu-ray and DVD releases. Image retains its own sales and marketing functions while leveraging Sony's unique strength including their direct access to traditional accounts and non-traditional distribution.

In a separate agreement, Sony licensed an undisclosed number of titles to Image for distribution. The titles listed above are obviously part of the licensed titles.


Source: Blu-ray.com | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

News comments (31 comments)



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Wdm81
  Sep 29, 2010
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Too bad I don't care about any of these movies

iap738
  Sep 29, 2010
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I'm not sure I like all these news stories about re-releases. That's a step backwards for the format.

bookcase
  Sep 29, 2010
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Maybe I'll finally be able to afford About Last Night.

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DetroitSportsFan
  Sep 29, 2010
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How about releasing catalog titles that haven't already been released?

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PowellPressburger
  Sep 29, 2010
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I think just giving these titles to IMAGE doesn't do a thing... they are released and pressed already why go thru the trouble of having them pressed again etc ? This is a really big waste of time. I own CLOSER and THE DEEP.

Why not concentrate on new catalog releases?

bigkt123
  Sep 29, 2010
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Why spend money re-releasing 80's flicks B-movies when there are so many films that haven't been converted to Blu yet?

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wnicholas76
  Sep 29, 2010
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Okay...

monque
  Sep 29, 2010
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Yawwwnn

bboisvert
  Sep 29, 2010
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While this news has finally convinced me to get off my ass and grab The Deep, I too am underwhelmed here.

When announced, it seemed this pairing would be ideal, since Image has always been great at releasing obscure/cult films. I figured they were going to mine Sony's untapped catalog for gold.


Instead, we get a holiday re-release of existing titles? With fewer supplements? Not exactly what I had in mind.


If Image and Sony need a list of suggestions, I'm happy to provide it.
bfellow
  Sep 29, 2010
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Why are the re-releasing catalog titles that are pretty obscure? How about releasing good movies still not on BD.

Brad1963
  Sep 29, 2010
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It looks like SONY is just moving over the distribution of lesser catalog titles over to Image to distribute. Nothing more.

Mr. Cinema
  Sep 29, 2010
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As of now, Sony only has 1 new catalog planned for the rest of the year (River Kwai). In Q3, they released 4 new catalogs. That would be 5 catalogs in 6 months, from one of the co-founders and replicators of BD.

fdm
  Sep 29, 2010
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Plus they are going to the DVD-R burn on demand approach for some (most?) (all?) of their future DVD catalog releases.

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BigNickUK
  Sep 29, 2010
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Oi SONY!!!!!!!!! Lawrence of Arabia already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
airborn007
  Sep 29, 2010
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They must think we're stupid, just start releasing movies we haven't seen instead of recycle titles.

Frozenpinky
  Sep 29, 2010
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CLOSER is a good movie... It's not an "80's movie"

jonnoble27
  Sep 29, 2010
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how can you call it a special edition when nothing has changed?
matte-merge
  Sep 29, 2010
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Maybe the big hit will be pressed without all the original defects on the insert like smudges, black dot's, and tears on the insert! Any body know what causes these anomolies is it just machines or somebody half assing there job I am really sick of this! Inserts should be flawless for the price of blu-ray's!

retrodad
  Sep 29, 2010
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Hey how about re-releasing Starman with that commentary with Carpenter and Bridges from a while back. Would be great seeing as there was NOTHING to the last bd release in terms of extras!

MikeScott
  Sep 29, 2010
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Well, CLOSER is one of my favorite films and I don't own the Blu-ray yet. Will definitely buy it. Hopefully the price will be fairly decent.

Brad1963
  Sep 29, 2010
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Sony has decided not to re-press these titles on Blu ray. They simply have turned over the distribution and replication to Image in order to keep these titles on the market. Sony (like most of the other studios) seem to be easing off catalog titles, but did license an abundance to Image to produce and from I understand some to Criterion.
supercutz
  Sep 29, 2010
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Any of these getting a remaster for the re-release?

mishal
  Sep 29, 2010
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I think Sony picked random movies from a bowl and those titles came out.

movieman1979
  Sep 29, 2010
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Watched The Big Hit recently, wasn't the fun time I remembered it as.

Oh well, at least for blu ray they reinstalled the original poster art for Half Past Dead....not that that will make it any better to watch....

Arkadin
  Sep 29, 2010
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why re-release the same films on Image?
uhhh maybe so Image could enjoy some profits on them.
seems pretty obvious if this is part of the agreement between Sony and Image.
which of course it is.
Sony's commitment to catalog bd at present is pitiful plain and simple.
just like every other major studio not named Warner.
the big question is when will this change or will it ever change?
are the other majors done with catalog bd?

ShellOilJunior
  Sep 29, 2010
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Warner Bros. seems to be the only one releasing (some) catalog titles. Other studios may as well share their goods with Criterion because somebody has gotta release th em.

CandyStalker
  Sep 29, 2010
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What an unremarkable list of titles.

bboisvert
  Sep 30, 2010
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"why re-release the same films on Image?
uhhh maybe so Image could enjoy some profits on them."

Yes, I'm quite sure that re-releasing The Big Hit and Half Past Dead or any of those other 4 in HD for the second time will have the $$$ rolling in. People were clamoring for it.

Minimejer05
  Sep 30, 2010
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Nothing for me. Didnt buy them before and I wont be buying them now.

WJWS Channel 13:Amity
  Sep 30, 2010
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Hopefully the next wave of Sony titles released under Image's banner will be films that sony hasnt allready released. but hey you cant argue the prices on these re releases, they are 12.49 each right now on Amazon.

I went ahead and pre orderd the big hit which i allready own but intrested into what new deleted scenes are included, as the article indicates. And i also pre orderd Closer, which i used to own but sold a while back

MikeScott
  Sep 30, 2010
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CLOSER is a really nice looking film so hopefully the transfer is good. It won't be the same transfer as the Sony BD release will it? The review I read for that one was pretty solid.


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