Warner Brothers Acquires Rights to Films From the Samuel Goldwyn Library
Posted March 31, 2012 05:30 PM by Webmaster
Warner Brothers announced that it has acquired the rights to some 70 titles from the Samuel Goldwyn Films library. The deal covers practically all of the films produced by Samuel Goldwyn, including films that have never before been released on the home video market.
Amongst the various titles Warner Brothers will have access to are William Wyler's The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), starring Fredric March, Dana Andrews and Myrna Loy, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Guys and Dolls (1955), starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons and Frank Sinatra, Archie Mayo's The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938), starring Gary Cooper, Sigrid Gurie and Basil Rathbone, and Sam Wood's The Pride of the Yankees (1942), starring Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright and Babe Ruth.
Samuel Goldwyn Catalog:
THE ADVENTURES OF MARCO POLO
BALL OF FIRE
THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES
THE BISHOP'S WIFE
COME AND GET IT
THE COWBOY AND THE LADY
THE DEVIL DANCER
THE DEVIL TO PAY!
EDGE OF DOOM
THE GOLDWYN FOLLIES
GUYS AND DOLLS
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
HIS SUPREME MOMENT
IN HOLLYWOOD WITH POTASH & PERLMUTTER
I WANT YOU
THE KID FROM BROOKLYN
THE KID FROM SPAIN
THE LITTLE FOXES
THE MAGIC FLAME
MY FOOLISH HEART
THE NIGHT OF LOVE
ONE HEAVENLY NIGHT
OUR VERY OWN
PARTNERS AGAIN, WITH POTASH & PERLMUTTER
POTASH AND PERLMUTTER
THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES
THE PRINCESS AND THE PIRATE
THE REAL GLORY
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
A SONG IS BORN
STELLA DALLAS (1925)
STRIKE ME PINK
THEY GOT ME COVERED
THEY SHALL HAVE MUSIC
A THIEF IN PARADISE
THIS IS HEAVEN
THE UNHOLY GARDEN
UP IN ARMS
WE LIVE AGAIN
THE WEDDING NIGHT
THE WINNING OF BARBARA WORTH
WOMAN CHASES MAN
Is that really the way to look at it? After all, even though you may not want all of those, there are people who would want them, and every addition to Blu-ray is a good thing. After all, that's money in Warner Bros. pockets - money that they can then turn around and use for other restorations and releases - maybe even some that you find more worthy.
That's great news, but I don't see in this article where it says that Warner Brothers has announced that they intend to release any of these films on Blu-ray. Is that information mentioned in a press release?
I'm guessing that many of these may end up in their Archive Collection of VOD DVDs.
LOL. At first I thought the article was referring to the contemporary distributor named Samuel Goldwyn Films.
Warner Bros.' acquisition of these Samuel Goldwyn-produced films should be very good news for fans of those pictures, given Warner's enthusiasm about making is enormous library widely available on various video formats including blu-ray. What's more is that, when it comes to such older classics, the technical quality of Warner's blu-rays is consistently among the strongest of all studios. So, no matter how many of these films actually make it to blu-ray, audiences should be in for a nice treat.
Lots of fun films and several really great ones in that list. There are at least two or three dozen titles I'd like to get on Blu-ray, but with Warners' record the past year or so I think we'll be lucky to see a half-dozen major name star and Oscar winner/nominees make it to Blu. The rest will probably wind up on the Archive series of DVD-Rs, though at least we may start seeing them show up on TCM with some regularity. A few are already available on really nice DVDs, mostly in box sets. Still it would be great to see every one of those films get some video release (especially since a few of those listed are believed to be lost films!).
I doubt the majority of these will get a Blu-ray release. More than likely most will be added to the Warner Archives collection (which, if you weren't aware, are titles that can be purchased only from wbshop.com, and are burned on-demand onto a DVD-R when your order it).
I wonder why Goldwyn's last film, Porgy and Bess, is not on the list. It is full of great Gershwin music, even though the singing voices of the leads (Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge) were dubbed. Singing with their own voices were Sammy Davis Jr. and Pearl Bailey, who, as I recall from my only viewing in 1959, gave excellent performances.
The movie was filmed in Todd-AO, so it would be a natural for Blu-ray. I wonder if it's considered too un-PC to release on home video (like Disney's Song of the South).
I hope when they do release "Best Years" they can include some extras that was done with the special edition laserdisc and the first dvd release by HBO home video. Did see it on one of the HD channels and it did look great.
Wuthering Heights, Stella Dallas, and Walter Mitty for me, and if I had to guess, Wuthering Heights might be the best bet for a Blu-ray release (I'm hoping), but you never know what those studio knuckleheads have on their minds.
I presume the Gershwin estate approved the dreadful revision of PORGY AND BESS now playing on Broadway. While the Otto Preminger film version has its flaws, it is a work of genius compared to the mess now on stage in New York. I hope Warner Brothers (or someone) can convince the estate to release the film onto Blu-Ray.
@Towergrove: Actually, the official announcement does not specify at all what titles will be available on what format. The only special mention is that they are made available for distribution on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital/VOD. It will be up to Warner to determine what gets released when and on what format.