Transcript: 20th Century Fox's
Peter Staddon on HTF
following is a complete transcript of the on-line chat with with
Peter Staddon of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, held on
Monday, January 12th on
Home Theater Forum. Thanks to Ron Epstein, Parker Clack
and everyone at HTF for all their hard work, and for providing the
transcript for all to read. Enjoy!
Home Theater Forum
Subject: Live Chat with Peter Staddon
Date: January 12, 2004
[RonEpstein] At this time I'd like to introduce Peter Staddon from
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Peter, many people know
your name but may not know exactly what you do at Fox Entertainment.
Perhaps you can better explain your job title.
[peterstaddon] Sure, I'm a senior vice president of marketing. I
also oversee the development of all dvd product. I have a great job
and get paid for looking at movies!! Ready for the questions, always
a pleasure to chat with the HTF.
[RonEpstein] Let's open the floor to questions.
[Jessica] Hello - thanks for taking time to talk with us. I was
wondering if there are any plans to release Remingtont Steele to
DVD, now that Pierce Brosnan is Bond.
[peterstaddon] One of the guys in the office has been pestering us
for six months straight to release Remmington, and we will be
releasing it probably later this year. I hope you'll like it when we
are done. Richard didn't put you up to that question did he ;)
[PatrickMcCart] Are there any plans to release "Sunrise"
as a normal release? Also, any plans for the 1943 Oscar nominated "Holy
Matrimony" or the 1935 Charles Laughton/Frederic March "Les
Miserables"? "Matrimony" has been overlooked for
decades, but it's a hilarious film. Also, the 1933 Best Picture
winner, Cavalcade? Thank you for your time.
[peterstaddon] hi Patrick, no plans to release Sunrise as a stand
alone at this point, but we might do something with it and cavalcade
together later int he year as part of the studio classics. Les
Miserables is a great film but we would struggle making it work
commercially so I wouldn't hold your breath on that one which is a
[Jacob] I know that the Garfield has not been release until this
summer.. but can give a little preivew and hopefuly DTS.. Fox is
still my number one DVD studio.. beautiful job on the Alien boxset!
[peterstaddon] Hi Jacob, it will be a big year for Garfield. Not
just the movies but the TV show and the specials will start to make
it out on DVD this year. In fact some of my team are meeting with
jim davis in Indy today. No specific details on anything yet as it's
way too early.
[GarethFlynn] Hi Peter, any word on season sets of the TV series
[peterstaddon] Hi Gareth, Millenium and Harsh realm will be out on
DVD this year. The first season of millennium is some of the finest
TV ever produced - in my humble opinion - and I'm glad we can
finally bring it out on DVD.
[DavidLambert] Thanks for coming! As always I'm asking about plans
for TV-DVDs. Fox did a great job shaking loose Roswell & In
Living Color! What's being done to shake loose other hold-ups? Ex's:
Ally McBeal, Boston Public, Wonder Years, WKRP, Batman, Gr. Hornet,
Lone Gunmen, Space A&B, MTMoore S2, & Malcolm S2?
[peterstaddon] Hi David, most of the shows you mention have huge
music clearance costs. WKRP is obviously music driven, but think of
the music in a full season of Ally Mcbeal. We are working on
reducing the costs but it's difficult to do that and retain the
integrity of the show. Space A&B might be out in the not too
distant future. Batman is tied up in legal and licensing rights
hell. MTM2 is a possibility but no certain at this stage.
[PeterMFitzgerald] Good evening, Peter. Fox controls a staggering
large amount of better-than-average "Film Noir" titles
from the 1940s & 1950s, easily enough for its own DVD line (like
Fox's "War Classics"). Any near-future plans for this sort
of thing, or some Noir in the 2004 "Studio Classics" line
(beyond the delayed LAURA)? Thanks also for finally releasing ONE
MILLION YEARS B.C.!
[peterstaddon] Hi Peter, I'd love to get more of our film noir
titles out there, and I beleive you'll start to see them coming out
later this year. Thanks for the compliment on 1MYBC - the whole
Raquel Welch pack looks great especially Myra Breckenridge.
[AgeeBassett] Any hope of seeing The Innocents, A Tree Grows in
Brooklyn, and the much-neglected gem Zoo in Budapest any time soon?
[peterstaddon] Hi Agee, if you had to pick one of those to see on
DVD Ihope it would be "a tree grows in Brooklyn" as that's
the only on ewe are doing any work on at the moment. I'll have to
check out the innocents as I'm not that familiar with it.
[Tony-B1] Hey Peter! I want to compliment you for the great work
that you do for Fox. Your work has made Fox my favorite DVD studio.
Anyways, here's my question. What is the status on that Office Space
Special Edition DVD? I'm sure you haven't heard that one before. ;)
[peterstaddon] It's on hold. I think there is a strong chance you'l
see the sequel before you see the Special Edition. Mike is a busy
guy - I'd love to be able to give you a date that we are releasing
it as it would sell like crazy and be a really fun project to work
[MichaelSliger] Just curious to get some more info about the
Millennium DVD release. There were some rumors last year claiming
that there was some music clearance issues surrounding these
episodes (presumably more a problem in Season 2, when more popular
music tracks were integrated into the show). Any reality behind
these rumors (and if so, is this why the series has taken a while to
get out the door)? Thanks as always for chatting with us.
[peterstaddon] There were a number of reasons delaying the release.
Part of it was waiting for TV DVD to take off and have a bigger
audience for the set to sell against and part of it was waiting
until we had the X Files finished. The music clearances on this one
are nothing compared to some of the other titles, so that wasn't
really a factor. I hope it sells as I pushed this through some
sceptical people in the office.
[JohnTwardos] Hi Peter, great work as always. I was wondering on
the status of the 300 Spartans DVD. THX.
[peterstaddon] Hi John, did you know that one of the co chairmen of
the studio happens to be Greek and he has taken a special interest
in both this title and Zorba the Greek, both of which will be coming
out later this year. 300 Spartans is really a guilty pleasure of
mine and it has never looked better than it does on the DVD. I would
think it might make sense to release that on DV around the same time
"Troy" is in theatres -what do you think ;).
[TomWoodward] Hi Peter, good to see you! I was just wondering if
you could divulge a few details on the upcoming Master and Commander
disc, which I believe is being produced by David Prior. Also, is
there a firm release date for it yet? Thanks.
[peterstaddon] The release date is still being negotiated. The DVD
itself is also still far from finalised. There may well be a fairly
basic single disc release and a special edition 2 disc release at
the same time. Our principle concern is the audio and video of the
feature itself which will not disappoint anyone. It might even give
my SVS subs a work out!! The DVD's are produced by David Prior who
continues to do some of the best work in the industry.
[Haden] Hi Peter! Easy question... Can you confirm if or when we
might be getting the following Special Editions in 2004: The Fly:SE
(1986), Predator:SE, True Lies:SE, and Romancing the Stone:SE?
[peterstaddon] Predator SE - yes just in time for Alien Vs
Predator, The Fly should make it into 2004 but no promises. True
Lies is dependent on getting a number of very busy people together
to work on it. I don't know if a sitting Governor has done a
commentary track before, and Jim Cameron has a truly crazy schedule.
I'd love to bring it out in 2004 but I'm not too hopeful.
[Matt_Goddard] Thanks, Ron. In your last chat, Peter, you said work
on the Mel Brooks "To Be or Not to Be" was done, but that
it was being held up "pending resolution of some other issues."
That was late 2002. Anything changed? Regardless, Fox is one of the
most reliable studios with great product and I know you're an
advocate for we enthusiasts. So, thanks for all your hard work - it
[peterstaddon] We have a number of Mel Brooks films that are still
being held up by some discussions going on at the studio, which is a
shame as it's preventing them from hitting the market. However, on a
positive note if they don't make it out in 2004 I'd be suprised.
[BenjaminDorsey] Thanks for being here!! Are there any plans to
re-release the non-anamorphic Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals?
[peterstaddon] Hi Benjamin, not at this point, but as the costs of
remastering are coming down and the market for these titles
increasing it might be worth taking another look at this one. If you
see them on the release schedule in a couple of months you can take
credit for that fact!!
[jamesluckard] HI, I've noticed that Shining Through with Melanie
Griffith has been released most everywhere else in the world, is
there a rights issue? Also, any possibility of Two for the Road or
Julia with Jane Fonda. Thanks so much.
[peterstaddon] Two for the road is being considered, and I think
you may be right about the rights issue on Shining Through but I
would have to check.
[CalvinWattsIII] Peter,thanks for being here - I second what Tony-B
said about you & Fox! Anyways - any possibility yet of The Abyss
with an anamorphic transfer?.. So,does Fox still own the rights to
the X-Men animated series - any chance of season sets? Thank you
[peterstaddon] Hi Calvin, Bad news first, no we don't own the
rights to the X Men animated series - I believe it's Universal but I
may be wrong. As far as the Abyss is concerned, I'm actually looking
to see what it would take to justify an anamorphic re release as
that would make the double disc set perfect in my opinion. If it can
be done we will do it in 2004.
[Mike_Kickham] Hi Peter , Thanks for being here tonight & Ron
too. Rumor has it that depending upon the success on LOST IN SPACE
DVD Season 1 sales #'s - Season 2 would follow on DVD. If this is
true , then would the following apply for possible 3rd season LIS on
DVD depending upon Season 2 sales success? I ask this out of concern
that Season 2 is considered the weakest of the 3 seasons and fear
that a Season 3 release possibiliy will not happen if Season 2 does
not sell well.
[peterstaddon] Hi mike, we'll wait and see how Lost in Space sells
at retail. So far it looks encouraging but I'll hold off on any
decision on seasons 2 and 3 until we have some better data.
[joe] Any chance of my favorite films coming - Prince of Foxes, The
Egyptian, Untamed, Prince Valiant, Garden of Evil.
[peterstaddon] Prince Valliant would be a great studio classic
title as would Garden of Evil, the other two aren't being worked on
at this stage. thanks.
[Esten] Hey,Peter.Any horror titles lined up for this
year,particularly "Terror Train" with Jamie Lee Curtis?
[peterstaddon] Hi Esten, That one might well be in our Haloween
promotion later this year. There are always a number of requests for
it and we should probably just put it out and see how it does.
[martinB] Good evening! Tomorrow is Lost in Space day and I been
waiting for years to get that show on DVD. There's just one thing
bugging us French Canadians: why isn't french audio available for
Lost in Space Season One DVD? That tv show was last seen in french
on tv in 1981â?¦A lot of potential customers here in
Quebec are sooo disappointed about that.
[peterstaddon] The honest truth is that I don't know why, but I do
know there must be a reason as we try to be very supportive of
French Canadians on our releases. I apologise, but I just don't know
the answer to that one.
[JackHarasta] Hello, thanks again for 20 Million Years BC. Any
plans for Romancing The Stone (20th Anv) or Kagemusha this year?
[peterstaddon] Hi Jack, I'd love to bring out Kagemusha on the same
day as The Last Samurai, but alas it won't happen. We have licensed
the rights to Kagemusha to someone else - maybe you can ask about it
at the next HTF Chat;). No plans for Romancing the Stone SE. To be
quite honest I didn't think there was that much demand for one but
yours is the second question about it tonight.
[BobBlack] Hi Peter. Thanks for coming tonight. Great news about
the special edition of Cronenberg's "The Fly". Any plans
on revisiting Fort Apache The Bronx, Home Alone, Commando, or
History Of The World with new anamorphic transfers? And what about
the status of High Anxiety and Eating Raoul? Thanks for your time.
[peterstaddon] Where to start? The Fly should be out in late 2004.
History of the World and High Anxiety are ready to go pending the
resolution of some issues at the studio, Fort Apache isn't being
worked on. Home Alone could be an SE sometime down the road but we
aren't working on it at this point. Commando and Eating Raoul are
not being worked on either at this stage.
[matt_hankinson] Any chance for remasters of 9 to 5, Towering
Inferno or Poseidon Adventure?
[peterstaddon] Hi Matt, Towering Inferno and Poseidon Adventure
have some rights issues which will prevent us from working on them
at this point. 9 to 5 is not being remastered, I wasn't aware of any
problems with the existing master.
[NickGraham] I'm probably gonna get some groans for this, but
despite already owning and loving the Alien Quadrilogy, I'd gladly
pay for an uncut version of the documentaries, or at least knowing
why they were cut. Also, any chance we'll finally get Tales From The
Crypt this Halloween after last Halloween's straight to tape only
line-up? Thanks for taking your off time to chat with us, and I'm
looking forward to Daredevil 1.5 in the spring/summer.
[peterstaddon] The short answer is there is no chance of seeing the
[JeffUlmer] Hi Peter, thanks for coming. You had mentioned at a
previous chat that Russ Meyer's Beyond the Valley of the Dolls was
to have an announcement coming with the speculation on the net that
this was going to be sublicenced to a certain Collection. Can you
comment on the status of this and the other films mentioned at that
time? How about a repromotion of Zardoz in giant head packaging ala
Battlestar Galactica (just joking)! Looking forward to the Raquel
Welch box. I'd be up for a Romancing the Stone SE. Keep those cool
discs coming. Cheers!
[peterstaddon] Beyond the Valley may wel be getting the SE
treatment either from us or Criterion in th enot too distant future.
There is talk about remaking the original film which would give this
DVD the impetus it needs. The Zardoz /Gallactica suggestion nearly
made me lose my coffee!!
[Nils_Luehrmann] Peter, First of all thank you for your generosity
in sharing your time with us this evening and your tremendous
support of DVD. Kudos on the new Alien Box Set and your terrific
Studio Classics Series. Considering the rapid development of HiDef
DVD and the roll-out of both Blu-Ray Disc and HD-DVD players, what
are Fox's plans regarding this highly anticipated new DVD format and
how soon can we hope to see HiDef DVD releases from Fox?
[peterstaddon] Hi Def DVD is probably the biggest strategic issue
facing all studios at the moment. The first thing we need to be
clear about is that we will insist on copy protection standards
before committing to support any new format. We are in regular
discussions with the Blu Ray group as well as the blue laser AOD 264
group, and both of the products have their strengths and weaknesses
but the bottom line is that we haven't been convinced of adequate CP
standards on either format and so cannot commit to support any on at
this stage. I would love to launch HD DVD as the picture quality is
stunning, and imagine what you could do with 30 - 50GB of disk
space. It will happen eventually, it is inevitable but we need to
sort out some key issues in the next year. If we don't get this
right the home entertainment market as we know it will be under
serious pressure and if it was impacted in the same way the music
industry has been by piracy, then the golden age of Hollywood that
we are all currently enjoying will come to an end.
[JonRobertson] Hello Peter, I wondered if you could give us any
news of Fox's relationship with Criterion? You mentioned in your
last HTF chat THREE WOMEN, KAGEMUSHA, and BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE
DOLLS. Additionally, THE LEOPARD and UNFAITHFULLY YOURS seem to be
coming from Criterion via Fox, and I wondered if you could spill any
more titles? Many thanks, and please consider licensing out more so
that more rarer stuff can come out! Thanks.
[peterstaddon] All in all I think we have licensed about a dozen
titles to Criterion. To be honest I would prefer not to give out all
the titles as I don't think that's fair to Criterion. We would
gladly license out more of the rare material to them as they do a
great job but they cannot accomodate a large number of titles from
one studio in any given year.
[JoseMariaMendez] Hi there, Mr. Staddon, and thank you very much
for being here. Well, I think all of us here are aware of the whole
Fincher affair with the QUADRILOGY boxset, so maybe it would be
useless and even impolite on my part to delve further into it, but
what about the abridged ALIEN EVOLUTION docummentary and the
incomplete Ridleygrams gallery on ALIEN (despite menu claiming
otherwise)? Thank you for your time, I wish we could have you around
[peterstaddon] I wish I could be around to post more, but work has
this habit of cutting in on my time:) I don't know about the
incomplete Ridleygrams, to be quite honest when you have so much
material to look at it's tough to be on top of all teh detail. I'd
have to check that with Sven or Charlie. I'll try and do that and
get back to you via Ron. Sorry for not having a better answer for
[ChrisCook] Hi! Any chance seeing "Two Guys, a Girl, and a
Pizza Place" on DVD in the near future? Thanks!
[peterstaddon] Two guys and a girl will be coming out in the first
half of this year. I'm not familiar with Pizza Place and we're not
working on it now. thanks.
[Jim_Beaver] Hi there Peter. What are the plans for MAD TV &
Arrested Development on DVD? Also Doogie Howser M.D.?
[peterstaddon] Hi Jim, we are lookign at Doogie Howser I believe.
Arrested Development is being looked at now and should be a lot of
fun, I'm not sure we have the rights to MAD TV.
[EdGossett] Hi Peter. Any chance of seeing The Time Tunnel or
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea tv box sets in 2004? Thanks for
stopping by the HTF.
[peterstaddon] Hi Ed, two great shows from my childhood!! A lot
will depend on how Lost in Space works out. If we cannot bring them
out there might be the possibility of licensing them to a 3rd party
who will bring them out. It would be good to see them on DVD.
[AshAtchison] First of all, thanks for the Ford Fairlane disc.
Second, is there a chance we'll ever see Cemetery Man (Dellamorte
Dellamore)? You mentioned in the mid 2001 Fox chat possibly
Halloween for that year, but I guess it fell through. This year,
maybe? And if not, ever think about liscensing it out to
dvd-producers such as Anchor Bay or Blue Underground, who specialize
in these sorts of releases?
[peterstaddon] If we don't release it this year along with Terron
Train I think we will look at licensing it out. Anchor Bay do a
great job with these titles and seem to be able to focus on them in
a way that the big studios are unable to.
[Brandon_Conway] Hey there, Peter! I'm curious about a few more
contemporary titles: the Cocoon films, The Chase (1994), and a
possible SE of Raising Arizona. Thanks.
[peterstaddon] Hi Brad, both Cocoon films will be out shortly, they
look great and the packaging is fantastic, the Chase will also be
out this year. No plans for a Raising Arizona SE.
[MatthewKiernan] Hello, Peter. I've always wondered exactly what is
the criteria that Fox uses when you decide to release your catalog
titles, other than the obvious tie-in reasons (remakes, sequels,
anniversaries, holidays). For example, it seems like March is Raquel
Welch month - how did that come about?
[peterstaddon] Sometimes it comes about because people involved in
the film come to us and say "hey could we work on XYZ" and
that gives a project the impetus it needs. Sometimes there are
obvious tie ins such as 300 Spartans and Troy. And sometimes it's
just that a certain titel would make a good Fathers Day title. We
are always looking for reasons to promote catalog titles.
[DavidBelden] Hi Peter. I would like to know if you are planning to
do anamorphic transfers for the "Planet of the Apes"
sequels, and will "Battle for the Planet of the apes"
feature the extended cut?
[peterstaddon] I would like to get all our non anamorphic releases
re issued in anamorphic discs, but the business man in me needs to
be able to justify the expense. So I guess we'll see how well the
POTA re issue sells before determining if we weill re issue all the
other films in the series. I'd have to check on the condition of any
print of the extended cut, but it would be cool to include it.
[Adam_ME] Any word on a quick DVD release for The O.C. once the
season wraps? Also, why do so many of your TV show releases remove
the "Previously on" intros from episodes? Thanx.
[peterstaddon] I believe we don't have the rights to the OC which
is a bummer!! Ther is no hard and fast rule on removing the "previously
seen" bumpers from releases.
[Mike_Joyce_B9RBC] Hi Peter, How will the possible new "Lost
in Space" series (pilot is currently being produced by John Woo
for Warner Bros) affect the release of the original series DVD
Seasons 2&3? Thanks for Season One! (release date tomorrow!!)
[peterstaddon] I'm not sure. I guess we'll have to wait and see how
they work out. The core audience for the classic Lost in Space is
likely to be very different to the "John Woo remix " so
I'm not sure how it will affect season 2 &3. The bigger
indicator is how well season 1 sells.
[jonathan] At the last couple of chats I asked you about rereleases
of Home Alone and Big. Both could use new 16x9 transfers. You had
mentioned that the next holiday there was a good chance for both.
You did say that Home Alone would have been out sooner, but some
things had come up. Nothing came out so I was wondering if you could
give me an update on them. Thanks and keep up the great work!
[peterstaddon] Home Alone got delayed by a year because of the Home
Alone 4 release, so look for it this Christmas. Big isn't being
worked on at the moment.
[DaveGR] Hello,wondering if Paris Texas, Bigger than life, Forty
Guns, and Heaven Can wait will be seeing the light of day along with
LIFEBOAT. They all need a good DVD home.
[peterstaddon] Heaven Can Wait will be coming out as part of the
Studio Classic Line, we are lookign at Paris Texas. Lifeboat would
be a good studio classic title. The other two aren't being worked
[kris] Hey Peter, kudos for the Alien Quad box and especially Alien
3 assembly cut!!! I know that Star wars OT is Lucas film ltd, but
can you say anything about the rumors that it is finally comming out
next September? Also will the originals be included and not just the
[RonEpstein] Almost two hours into the chat to ask that one! :)
[peterstaddon] You know I cannot talk about any Lucasflim
properties, even to a few friends on the HTF!!!
[RonEpstein] Well, you tried, Kris. I was waiting all night for
[Derek_Germano] Hi Peter, thanks for coming tonight. Got here late
Sorry if any of this has been asked, but
Any chance of THE
LODGER, HANGOVER SQUARE, THE ANNIVERSARY, THE NANNY or HUSH
HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE?
[peterstaddon] I have been trying to find ways of getting The
Lodger and Hangover Square out on DVD for a while and this may be
the year that our Film Noir titles break out onto DVD. I just hope
they will sell! Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte would be another great
[Matt_L] Hi Peter, and thanks for taking the time to be here. I was
wondering why Fox U.S. go to the effort of removing the the
'previously on' intros from tv shows (even if it means the tail-end
of audio remains),particularly Buffy? I guess this is particularly
important in regards to the episode 'The Gift' which hadan intro
consisting of snippets from the 99 preceding episodes. Most fans of
the show consider this morethan a standard intro.
[peterstaddon] I don't have a specific answer for you as there are
no hard and fast rules for this, it's very much up tothe DVD
producer and the development exec they are working with. It's
certainly not a policy that Fox has.
[Doug_Graham] Thanks for the great bargain bin releases like Ford
Fairlane! Is there any chance that we'll see The Crucible anytime
soon? Seems like a natural choice considering it was part of the
widescreen VHS line.
[peterstaddon] The Crucible will be out this year. It's amazing the
value that DVD gives consumers. I was at Wal Mart last week and was
in one of their stores looking at the movies you could buy for well
under $10. IT really is remarkable how DVD has changed the way
people view movies.
[James_Garner] Hi. I would like to inquire about the possibility of
these titles...TV Shows: Dharma & Greg (In 16x9); The Pretender.
Movies(16x9 A MUST): Silver Streak, Pirate Movie, WW & the Dixie
Dancekings (as a Budget Wal-Mart title similar to "Pick-up
Artist") Harry & Tonto.
[peterstaddon] Dharma and Greg is being considered for this year.
Not sure about The Pretender. Silver Streak would be a great title
to put out, and I've been getting a lot of requests for the Pirate
Movie. Nothing happening with the Dixie Dancekings I'm afraid!
[Aaron_H] Hi Peter. Any chance of seeing JUMPIN' JACK FLASH (OAR of
course) on DVD and getting an anamorphic MRS DOUBTFIRE or STRANGE
[peterstaddon] Mrs Doubtfire should be out sometime this year, it's
finished and we just have some obstacles to overcome at the studio.
Jumpin Jack would be a good title to put out with the Silver Streak
in a budget line comedy promotion.
[KenKoc] Hi Peter, Any chance for some Paul newman comedies WHAT A
WAY TO GO or RALLY ROUND THE FLAG BOYS? Please consider THE
EGYPTIAN. Also, What is the status of STAR on DVD?
[peterstaddon] Good news first - Star will be coming out in the
next couple of months. None of the other films you mentioned are on
the release schedule at this stage. I hear the second vote for the
[Bill_Geiger] First off, thank you for the The Song Of Bernadette.
My girlfriend thanks you. The disc was absolutely fabulous. Now,
just a quick question. Been waiting 2+ years to ask you this. What
are the chances of License To Drive (Corey Haim & Corey Feldman
commentary maybe) arriving on dvd sometime very soon (anamorphic of
course)? Pretty please???? I'll wash your car!!! :)
[peterstaddon] You must really want this film!! I can't see it
running as a double feature at your house with the Song of
Bernadette! No plans yet but I'll have to look at it again.
[SteveO] I am asking about Charlie Chan and Mr. Moto. Also the
Laurel and Hardy Fox films. Thanks.
[peterstaddon] It's really difficult to sell the Charlie Chan
films, I'd love to get them out as they are really a peice of the
studios history. But the commercial side of this business rears its
ugly head and I would loose my shirt on these releases, so they are
staying in the vault for the time being. Sorry to disappoint.
[peterstaddon] I can't believe I've made it this far without a
Roswell or Firefly question
[Karen_Pence] Hi Peter, thanks for your time tonight! Is there any
chance the tv show Strange Luck will be released on DVD?
[peterstaddon] Hi Karen, I'm not sure we have the rights to that
show, and I know we are not working on it for release, so I'd have
to say no!
[BrianPB] Kudos for Fox's excellent work on FW Murnau's SUNRISE
(the overwhelming success of the mail-in offer must have been a
pleasant surprise). Are there plans to release other silent films
from the Fox library, such as Murnau's CITY GIRL/OUR DAILY BREAD, or
the films of Frank Borzage (e.g., STREET ANGEL, 7TH HEAVEN, THE
RIVER)? If not, would you consider licensing them elsewhere?
[peterstaddon] We might consider licensing them, but we might also
look at putting them on some of the Studio Classic titles as double
features. Sunrise is exceptional.
[VincentP] Any chance of an X-Files movie: SE, esp. with deleted
scenes (Chris Carter talks about them in the commentary). And do you
know about the problems with the X-Files season sets (episodes
missing changed "truth is out there" taglines in seasons 2
& 5)? Finally, anamorphic Young Frankenstein and a rerelease of
French Connection movies since they went out of print?
[peterstaddon] I don't think French Connection is OOP. There are no
plans for an X Files Movie re issue - we probably have a milion or
so VHS copies left over from the first promotion!!
[JayGregory] I'm hoping that Mr Kline might make some sort of
announcement concerning '3 Women' in a couple of weeks --
[peterstaddon] hi Jay, you know he might just do that :)
[Kolchak] Hi I wanna know if there's any plans for these films...
Spike Lee's "Girl 6",Brian Depalma's "Wise Guy's"
and John Travolta's "Two of A Kind"
[peterstaddon] We are lookign at Girl 6 and Wise Guys, but have no
plans for Two of a Kind. Thanks.
[JeffNewcomb] In the last chat, you mentioned that some titles
(Kagemusha, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Three Women) would be
coming, but not directly via Fox. What other titles will fall into
this category? The Lodger? Pretty Poison? What else? Thanks.
[peterstaddon] I touched upon this earlier. We have licensed a
number of films to Criterion, but I don't think its fair of me to
announce what those films are before Criterion are ready to launch
them and talk about them themselves, so I can't fill in the blanks
as it were.
[Greg_P] Hi Peter, I just got here so I apologize in advance if
this question has been asked before: Any plans to release the short
lived sci fi tv shows Alien Nation or Space Above and Beyond? Two
great scifi shows that never got their just due. Thanks.
[peterstaddon] Hi Greg, Space above and Beyond should be launched
just for Rebbeca Gayheart! It might well be out in the later part of
the year. Alien nation is one I would have to check to see if we
still have the rights and if we do we ill be launching it. An easy
question to end on.
[RonEpstein] Okay, I first want to thank all of you for coming here
tonight. It's so cool to have our membership all together here. I
want to thank Steve Simon for his help tonight and my partner,
Parker Clack, for just being my partner.
[RonEpstein] Now.....Peter Staddon....You have meant so much to
Home Theater Forum. We have known you forever, and appreciate all
the support you have given and continue to give us. Studio support
isn't always easy - but Fox has always been there. Thanks.
[peterstaddon] Listen Ron, its my pleasure to talk to you and all
the HTF members. You represent the grassroots of this industry and I
really believe that if we can produce DVD's that can satisfy your
requirements we are doing a good job.
[ParkerClack] Well, we all know that DVD from Fox wouldn't be what
it is without your efforts.
[ParkerClack] Peter. Thanks for coming tonight. Please say hello to
your wife and daughter for me. Is she one year old this month?
[peterstaddon] She was one year old last week
[Steve_Simon] Peter... Thanks for your time, and ongoing friendship
with HTF!!! You truely are a mench!!!
[peterstaddon] Thanks and good night to all.
Session Close: Mon Jan 12 23:29:21 2004
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