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Old 11-07-2007, 11:32 AM   #1
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Thumbs up 'The Hobbit' Blu-ray exclusive? MGM in the game

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The gem is the James Bond series. Sony will distribute the 22nd Bond film that begins production in January with Marc Forster directing a Paul Haggis script, but MGM takes back distribution after that, and Daniel Craig is locked into a deal for the first three of those films. Studio is also counting on distributing two installments of "The Hobbit," with hopes that a thaw between director Peter Jackson and New Line over "The Lord of the Rings" will return that helmer back to Middle-earth. Also on the docket is a sequel to "The Thomas Crown Affair," and MGM is still waging a court claim for a stake in "Terminator Salvation."
source: http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...ery=the+hobbit
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Old 11-07-2007, 12:11 PM   #2
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Well that would seem to be a ways off, since they will need to first agree to make the movie, than make it, then screen it in theaters, and then release the DVD and maybe Blu-ray...

but I'm all for it!
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Old 11-07-2007, 12:13 PM   #3
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Well that would seem to be a ways off, since they will need to first agree to make the movie, than make it, then screen it in theaters, and then release the DVD and maybe Blu-ray...

but I'm all for it!
indeed, but it would be awesome, since the hobbit will be for sure an awesome blockbuster, i think it will pass the 1billion$ mark at the boxoffice.
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Old 11-07-2007, 02:35 PM   #4
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by then, HD-DVD and Blu-Ray will probably be obsolete... I can just see it... Toshiba with Utra HD-DVD and Sony's Hyper-Blu-Ray... why watch 1080P? Watch it in 4032P!! Better than Toshiba's 4032i....

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by then, HD-DVD and Blu-Ray will probably be obsolete... I can just see it... Toshiba with Utra HD-DVD and Sony's Hyper-Blu-Ray... why watch 1080P? Watch it in 4032P!! Better than Toshiba's 4032i....

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Old 11-07-2007, 02:56 PM   #6
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Haha. Blu-ray will last us at least a good decade. The market would not be ready to support the next future generation format anytime soon.

Although the plans look good in the long run (Hobbit, next James Bond) the immediate does not look so appetizing to me. Paramount and Universal seem to have the more interesting line up for theater releases. We'll have to see what the BDA film studios have lined up.
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Old 11-07-2007, 03:05 PM   #7
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I always check out the new releases on amazon.com every Wednesday of a new week. They're always updates and new titles of (mainly) SDs, but also there are many more Blu and *cough* those 'other' titles interspersed.

After the first of the year, unfortunately, I'm seeing more of those other titles and not that many new Blu's on the schedule. Those others aren't titles that would float anyone's boat exactly, and nothing that I'd want to purchase anyway. Yet, so far, I'm not seeing much in the way of concrete Blu titles after the 1st of the year that I want to line up and buy either. Let's hope in the next month or two, more Blu announcements/titles will be forthcoming.

Maybe January is a rather slow month anyway for any new titles, Blu or SD.

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Before anybody gets their hopes up on The Hobbit, it has a story full of as much drama as this forum war. To get the most information, head on over to www.theonering.net. That will fill you in. By the way, I thought Sony bought MGM. I could be wrong.
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MGM has always had the rights to distribute The Hobbit, that's part of the reason why they haven't made it yet. It was a big selling point for MGM

NL's rights to make the film expire at the end of the year, and the company that manages LOTR for the Tolkeins was unwilling to renew without PJ, MGM wanted PJ, and the international distributors wanted PJ

Bottom line- People were going to get fired, and we'd still have PJ

I'm glad it's going to be 2 parts, this way we'll get everything
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I hope they don't wait too much longer to start production. Ian Holm & Ian McKellan (sp?) are getting up there & I'd like to see them reprise their roles as Bilbo & Gandalf.
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Ian Holm will not play Bilbo
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Well that would seem to be a ways off, since they will need to first agree to make the movie, than make it, then screen it in theaters, and then release the DVD and maybe Blu-ray...
Oh, but no, no, we HAVE to tie "Can't wait for the Blu-ray" into every single factoid of movie news or new online preview!--
Otherwise, it just wouldn't fit in context!

(And assuming we are geek-drifting about Jackson and Hobbit, what happened to the story that New Line was getting desperate over the rights reverting to Saul Zaentz next year, a known Jackson supporter who was also no friend of New Line?)
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MGM has always had the rights to distribute The Hobbit, that's part of the reason why they haven't made it yet. It was a big selling point for MGM


I'm glad it's going to be 2 parts, this way we'll get everything
Considering what PJ did to LOTR, we'll get plenty that wasn't in the book.
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