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Old 09-12-2014, 11:13 PM   #741
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It's great that Yankee Doodle Dandy is finally getting a release on blu, and I'm sure it will look great, but I would have thought for sure it would have been a warner proper release, with a big swag box, but maybe those days are over.
Part of the problem is the way WHV spreads the costs of their back-catalog titles: it's usually spread over various territories to minimise the risk and the US office's expenditure - but for that to work, it has to actually sell overseas, and for years international had to foot a huge chunk of the bill for special editions that would never sell well, if at all, outside the US (including the RKO titles, which Warner don't own and cannot sell in stores outside the US). For all its popularity in the US, Yankee Doodle Dandy is exactly that kind of film - it never even made it to DVD in many major territories - so it makes sense for Warner Archive, which is to all intents and purposes a US-only label, to release it.
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Old 09-13-2014, 07:20 AM   #742
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Part of the problem is the way WHV spreads the costs of their back-catalog titles: it's usually spread over various territories to minimise the risk and the US office's expenditure - but for that to work, it has to actually sell overseas, and for years international had to foot a huge chunk of the bill for special editions that would never sell well, if at all, outside the US (including the RKO titles, which Warner don't own and cannot sell in stores outside the US). For all its popularity in the US, Yankee Doodle Dandy is exactly that kind of film - it never even made it to DVD in many major territories - so it makes sense for Warner Archive, which is to all intents and purposes a US-only label, to release it.
Yup, I had to import Yankee Doodle Dandy, as it was never released in the UK (& neither was The Great Race). A lot of these great old b/w movies just aren't strong enough sellers to make it as a single release, even in the glory days of DVD's. That's why we got so many great box sets, I wonder if we'll get any next year?
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I need to get The Great Race while it is still $15.39 at Amazon.
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Part of the problem is the way WHV spreads the costs of their back-catalog titles: it's usually spread over various territories to minimise the risk and the US office's expenditure - but for that to work, it has to actually sell overseas, and for years international had to foot a huge chunk of the bill for special editions that would never sell well, if at all, outside the US (including the RKO titles, which Warner don't own and cannot sell in stores outside the US). For all its popularity in the US, Yankee Doodle Dandy is exactly that kind of film - it never even made it to DVD in many major territories - so it makes sense for Warner Archive, which is to all intents and purposes a US-only label, to release it.
When you put it like that, yeah, it makes some amount of sense.
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