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Warner Archive to Begin Releasing on Blu-ray

Posted November 15, 2012 03:42 PM by Webmaster

Warner 90th AnniversaryThe Warner Archive Collection (WAC), the Warner Bros. Digital Distribution (WBDD) division dedicated to releasing on DVD previously unavailable films and television shows, announced today that it will begin releasing catalog titles on Blu-ray. The first two titles, Deathtrap and Gypsy, will debut on November 20th.

The Blu-ray releases will use high quality 1080p masters and will be replicated in limited quantity on demand.



Upcoming releases:

Deathtrap

Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve co-star in the wickedly funny "who'll-do-it?" adapted from the Broadway smash penned by suspense master Ira Levin by famed director Sidney Lumet. Also stars Dyan Cannon.

Gypsy

This musical version drawn from the life of famed stripper Gypsy Rose Lee tells the bittersweet tale of an aggressive stage mother (Rosalind Russell) and the effects of her devotion to her two young daughters (Natalie Wood and Ann Jillian). Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim provide the show-stopping music and lyrics. Also stars Karl Malden.

The Hudsucker Proxy

Tim Robbins and Paul Newman star in this biting business satire from the Coen brothers . Standing the Horatio Alger myth on its head, Robbins play the naf with an idea ("You knowfor the kids!") that sails up from mailroom to boardroom, all under the Machiavellian hand of board member Sidney J. Mussburger (Newman). Also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bruce Campbell, from a script by the Coen brothers and Sam Raimi.

Fearless

Peter Weir (Master and Commander) directs an unforgettable Jeff Bridges in this tour-de-force film focusing on transcendence in the face of our greatest fears. Following a horrific plane crash, two survivors (Bridges and Rosie Perez) help each other search for meaning, while the spouse (Isabella Rossellini) of one searches for signs of the man she married in the man that emerged from the wreck. Also stars Tom Hulce and John Turturro.


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JohnDoe NY
  Nov 15, 2012
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Awesome news!
bb8977
  Nov 15, 2012
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I wonder if the recently aquired Paramount titles will be part of this strategy ?

thephantomcat
  Nov 15, 2012
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The problem with their DVD service and what looks like to be the problem with this is the extremely limited selection of titles. Considering the incredibly large catalog available to them, it seems like they are deliberatly trying to make this release strategy fail.
DVD Phreak
  Nov 15, 2012
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With the TCM channel still not yet showing HD, I supposed these BD-Rs will sell better than their DVD-Rs, since this would be the only way to watch many of these titles on HD.

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Jowiko96
  Nov 15, 2012
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@DVD Phreak, TCM not in HD? I have the channel in HD now. Hmmm...
Vic Arpeggio
  Nov 15, 2012
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From their Twitter feed:

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And note: WAC Blu-ray discs are regular ones, not MOD. They're distributed through our system, but manufactured in small batches.
>>

So NOT BD-R

bondfooll
  Nov 15, 2012
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Awesome! I'm buying all of those!
DVD Phreak
  Nov 15, 2012
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TCM is in HD, albeit the material shown is all upconverted, thus not natively HD.

Melodious Thunk
  Nov 15, 2012
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Definitely up for Hudsucker, if I can get it delivered to the UK via a proxy.

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roy neary
  Nov 15, 2012
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Ken Russell's "The Devils" please. Though I'm not holding my breath given that it didn't come via the DVD MOD. Still this would be a great way to finally get the film out while sort of keeping it under the radar.

Bad Feeble
  Nov 15, 2012
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Great news ! But you might want to fix the error in the announce that states this:

"The Blu-ray releases will use high quality 1080p masters and will be replicated in limited quality on demand."

Haha ! BDs in limited quality doesn't sound too good.

the revelator
  Nov 15, 2012
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Hudsucker Proxy is awesome!!

spawningblue
  Nov 15, 2012
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Hopefully Amazon gets these as they don't ship to Canada. Ridiculous!

FRAK
  Nov 15, 2012
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Hudsucker Proxy! Can't wait to own that.

Arkadin
  Nov 15, 2012
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all of the Archive releases are not films or tv shows previously unavailable--at this point, as certain dvds have gone OOP, they have reappeared as mod titles. One day probably 90% of all current Warner dvds will end up in the mod program, which now numbers over 1000 titles.
The Archive has been very successful for Warner, and has enabled them to fill in the gaps in the filmographies of many of the biggest stars from Hollywood's Golden Age.

vanscottie
  Nov 15, 2012
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I'm in for the first three!
insomniac013
  Nov 15, 2012
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Yes, i love Fearless and would love it on Blu Ray!

moviebuffed
  Nov 15, 2012
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Love the classic titles release on DVD-R and have purchased maybe 40 or so and have never had a problem yet with any of them. I'm in for this new venture and 'Fearless' and 'Deathtrap' are definitely on my list. Thank you Warner!!!

Cutter_
  Nov 15, 2012
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Hudsucker Proxy, while not a Coen Bros favorite of mine, I'll still buy it as I own all their films. So I'm glad to see this one coming out.

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repete66211
  Nov 15, 2012
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None for me out of this batch, though I look forward to further developments.

Dex Robinson
  Nov 15, 2012
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>>
they don't ship to Canada. Ridiculous!
>>

Since Warner has announced they are winding down their Blu-ray business, we foreigners are the collateral damage.

It's like a body freezing to death...it shuts off the blood supply to it's extremities in order to preserve it's core. Warner is winding down it's catalogue releases and shrinking it's operations down, pulling them toward the core where it can cheaply make and distribute product.

I don't blame them. I'm just sorry to see it ending this way.

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pro-bassoonist
  Nov 15, 2012
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Well, Dex, I see exactly the opposite of what you see: Because catalog business has been growing, and especially this year, Warner are bumping many deep catalog titles to Blu-ray, which would have otherwise ended up in MOD DVD-R land.

And for your information, Amazon carries Warner Archive product. I expect them to carry these upcoming Blu-ray releases as well

Pro-B

baheidstu
  Nov 15, 2012
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If this is the only way I can get Hudsucker Proxy on blu-ray I'll take it. It'll also be nice to finally see Deathtrap in widescreen. Hopefully the original Get Carter will get released soon via this avenue.

For those living in Canada, there are tons of sellers on E-bay where you can buy the MOD titles, also for anybody living in the Vancouver area, C&L carries them. They also sell online: www.thecnl.com

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Kristian Idol
  Nov 15, 2012
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Great news! I've been wondering for years if Hudsucker and Fearless would ever come to Blu-ray; Hudsucker made less than $3 million yet I like it better than half the Coen movies and Rosie Perez was absolutely robbed of an Academy Award for Fearless (Marisa Tomei won for My Cousin Vinny). Must-haves for me!

startrekkin58
  Nov 15, 2012
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I have verizon and don't have TCM in HD anymore since I switched from Comcast. :-(

dressedtokill
  Nov 15, 2012
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Yes, that means Lace, Scruples and Bad Ronald!
RICKBONDOO7
  Nov 15, 2012
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Good news !! but no good titles. nothing for me. next batch please.

EricJ
  Nov 15, 2012
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They can't do Blu-ray of movies they only have video sources for (including the TCM and TV series), but Deathtrap on Blu ain't bad.
(And now they can finally shut up all those Coen/Criterion whiners asking for Hudsucker.)

mcfddj74
  Nov 15, 2012
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Awesome ! Looking forward to Fearless & other surprises every week.
MoulinBlu
  Nov 15, 2012
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@Dex: 2 + 2 = 4, not 40. Don't know how you're taking this and reading it as if Warner is somehow winding down their commitment to BD. This is very positive news for catalog films on the format in general. Lots of companies don't want to hastle with shipping across borders. But for Warner, it's probably a simple equation of estimated sells not being significant enough to warrant facilitating international shipping, and everything that such entails.

Blu-RayNut
  Nov 15, 2012
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Fearless! Yes, seen it once, loved it. Will buy that.

maidenbrain
  Nov 15, 2012
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Yay, Deathtrap! Finally. Never picked up DVD, which was pan and scan.

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DVR66
  Nov 15, 2012
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DEATHTRAP -- hells yes! Now I can donate the unmatted, inferior DVD to Goodwill.

bboisvert
  Nov 15, 2012
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1. Great news.

2. I'm gonna go broke if they open the floodgates like they did with the Archive DVDs.

SethRex
  Nov 15, 2012
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I'll bite on Hudsucker Proxy. It has been a long time since I've seen it. But I think I liked it enough.

Robert Siegel
  Nov 15, 2012
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This is great news, I knew it was coming and hoping it was coming because now the vaults will really open. I am a little bewildered why Warner didn't consider Gypsy big enough for regular release, even as a digibook like Guys and Dolls. Let's hope all the studios follow.

antimatter
  Nov 15, 2012
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I'm in for at least hudsucker and fearless. Maybe the others IDK. However I don't mind them offering some movies up this way as long as they are good transfers. Do they give cases and artwork or do they just come in paper sleeves or cd cases?

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Kristian Idol
  Nov 15, 2012
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Antimatter, my Warner Archive DVD of "Wisdom" (B movie with Emilio Estevez and Demi Moore) looked indistinguishable from a regular release, even with 4-color art on the disc. Just no menu and no extras.

bladecatcher
  Nov 16, 2012
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Finally Fearless! One of my all time favorites.

konger82
  Nov 16, 2012
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Maybe I will finally get my bluray wish Little Big League

antimatter
  Nov 16, 2012
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Cool! Thank you Kristian Idol. Now I am really excited about this. Especially on some more obscure titles that may never make it to bluray. I just hope they give these some descent treatment. As long as it is an upgrade A/V (hopefully lossless audio) presentation from the Dvd I would be happy. Although I doubt I would have any of the Archived movies on dvd anyway. Plus this would be great for my Mom as she likes some older movies that probably would never see bluray but are poppin' around cable. This was kind of what I was hoping for on some older titles that are on HD cable channels. It gives us the option to purchase what we want without them having to dish out a ton of cash on mass production. I just hope that this doesn't effect the catalog release as I don't want them to entirely abandon releasing quality catalog titles. Maybe other studios will follow suit as I am dying to get a hold of 8mm. I'm looking forward to possibly getting Conspiracy Theory from WB if they don't want to do a wide release.

jimmybearlondon
  Nov 16, 2012
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Can't wait to see Hudsucker on Blu-ray

WJWS Channel 13:Amity
  Nov 16, 2012
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Only 19.99 each, Twilight Time should take notes on how to price limited release titles
Felipenor
  Nov 16, 2012
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Great. I'll be picking up Gypsy right away.

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Casper J. Marley
  Nov 16, 2012
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What I'm seeing is great business sense - consider;

1. Studio makes 1000s of DVD and BD copies and releases them, sells half - half then just get trashed with only the case as reuseable. Waste loss is figured in set prices keeping them high.

2. Studio make 1 master in each format - gets order for 100 copies, makes the 100 and ships them. No waste - prices drop.

If studios were to make masters of every film in their vaults in both DVD and BD and let people choose title and format, could we then start getting first run releases with full extras at $5.00 for DVD and $10.00 for BD?
AS61
  Nov 16, 2012
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Will these have HOH subtitles? That would be great.

snipemonkey
  Nov 16, 2012
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Are they going to be as overpriced as their MOD DVDs?

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Shawn Watson
  Nov 16, 2012
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Rosie Perez did not lose to Marisa Tomei.

She lost to Anna Paquin!

And surely, Dex, you mean Warner are winding down their DVD releases, not Blu-ray.

Philly Q
  Nov 16, 2012
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I never bought any of the Archive Collection DVDs, presumably they are film-only? Are the Blu-rays likely to have lossless audio and/or subtitles? Sorry, all I can do is ask questions....

I'll be happy enough if they release some good back-catalogue titles with decent video and audio.... and if they're (one way or another) available to overseas customers.

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John Brune
  Nov 16, 2012
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Fearless is mine! Keep the rest--overrated.

growler
  Nov 17, 2012
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So right now can only purchase these titles direct from Warner?

@ what price?
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Imrahil2001
  Nov 18, 2012
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Hudsucker, eh? I'd buy that.
KindredCoda
  Nov 18, 2012
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The Digital Bits says SRP $21.99 each. http://www.digitalbits.com/columns/my-two-cents/111512_1300


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