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Old 03-25-2015, 04:39 PM   #1121
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What I don't understand is how a large chunk of their library -- say, especially the 70s and 80s -- is essentially in limbo when it comes to Blu-Ray, even though it's a part of the catalog that would sell more than some of these older 40s/50s titles they're releasing. Because the retail side is slowing down, the Archive ought to be picking up the slack, and yet so many (not all, but most) titles seem to be coming from the 40s-60s. We've seen a handful or less titles from the 70s and 80s on Blu-Ray from the Archive, even though they likely would sell well.

I find the approach baffling, like they're turning their back on potential sales. There are likely a thousand titles that are more recent and would push more units than 42ND STREET, but in this interview, you can sense the priority is on B&W and older films...whereas the Archive DVD side is more equally distributed in terms of decade releases.
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Old 03-25-2015, 04:42 PM   #1122
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What I don't understand is how a large chunk of their library -- say, especially the 70s and 80s -- is essentially in limbo when it comes to Blu-Ray, even though it's a part of the catalog that would sell more than some of these older 40s/50s titles they're releasing.
I guess it depends on your age. Personally I am fonder of the "Golden Age" films than most anything produced after about 1965.
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Old 03-25-2015, 04:53 PM   #1123
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I guess it depends on your age. Personally I am fonder of the "Golden Age" films than most anything produced after about 1965.
I certainly respect that, but based on what we've seen from Blu-Ray catalog sales, their approach is curious. If the releases were balanced (like their DVD output), I'd understand it, but they're not being evenly distributed, and I'd almost guarantee if they released some sci-fi/horror genre titles from the 70s and 80s, they'd sell more units than 40s and 50s film noir.

There ought to be room for both -- of course -- but they're mostly going in one direction, which is disappointing IMO. Maybe the more recent catalog fare is being held for possible retail release, but because that's drying up, we're not getting anything from that period and that's what's been most frustrating with Warner for me at least.
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Old 03-25-2015, 06:13 PM   #1124
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There ought to be room for both -- of course -- but they're mostly going in one direction, which is disappointing IMO.
Depends on how you define "one direction". So far, WAC has released or announced on Blu-ray 19 films, and no two are alike in terms of subject matter or style. And of those 19 films, here's a breakdown by decade:

1930s (1)
1940s (4)
1950s (3)
1960s (5)
1970s (2)
1980s (2)
1990s (2)

That's not a bad distribution.

The worst you can say is that a third of the releases are musicals.
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Old 03-25-2015, 06:21 PM   #1125
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I do wish they'd release at least ONE silent film - the 1920's are the one decade they've completely ignored. Assumedly none of the questions asked of Feltenstein were on this subject?
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Old 03-25-2015, 06:31 PM   #1126
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Depends on how you define "one direction".
It does depend on where you want to draw the line, because I look at that list and see 6 films from 1970 onwards, and 13 pre-1970. Not to mention twice as many films from the 40s and 60s (9 combined) as the 70s and 80s (4 combined)...which doesn't seem particularly balanced to me.

Anyway, I don't mean to complain -- and I'll probably buy 42nd Street -- but I just find their strategy odd. When they come back and tell us "Blu-Rays don't sell," the first thing I'd say is releasing really old B&W films (and yes I realize they gain as much in HD as any other film) is not a great recipe for success for this format, as past sales have shown. Spread the wealth guys!
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Old 03-25-2015, 08:03 PM   #1127
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What I don't understand is how a large chunk of their library -- say, especially the 70s and 80s -- is essentially in limbo when it comes to Blu-Ray, even though it's a part of the catalog that would sell more than some of these older 40s/50s titles they're releasing...
Well, you seem to assume that there are excellent masters sitting around that can be used for Blu-ray. Considering how disappointing the likes of Heaven and Earth and Far from the Madding Crowd have been, it is better to wait until titles actually go through the proper channels and then get a Blu-ray release. There is no reason why all of these titles could not look as impressive as Lust for Life.

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Depends on how you define "one direction". So far, WAC has released or announced on Blu-ray 19 films, and no two are alike in terms of subject matter or style. And of those 19 films, here's a breakdown by decade:

1930s (1)
1940s (4)
1950s (3)
1960s (5)
1970s (2)
1980s (2)
1990s (2)

That's not a bad distribution.

The worst you can say is that a third of the releases are musicals.
And none are Westerns.

* not counting Longmire.
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And none are Westerns.

* not counting Longmire.
Touché.
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Does anyone know the reason that the Sony MOD discs have been removed from the Warner Archive site, has their deal run out?
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Does anyone know the reason that the Sony MOD discs have been removed from the Warner Archive site, has their deal run out?
Hmm, Warner Archive has been integrated into the WBShop web site.

http://www.wbshop.com/text/WarnerArchive.html
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