Warner Home Video on HTF
following is a complete transcript of the on-line chat with
executives from Warner Home Video, held on Monday, March 8th 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!
here for a complete summary listing of all the titles and DVD
releases addressed in this chat.
Home Theater Forum
Subject: Live Chat with Warner Home Video
Date: March 8, 2004
Michael Radiloff, VP Theatrical Catalog Marketing
George Feltenstein, SVP Classic Catalog
Rosemary Markson Exec. Director Television Marketing
Scott Heffron Director, Theatrical Catalog Marketing
Michael Crawford - Manager, DVD Special Features
[RonEpstein] Good Evening everyone! This is going to be a great 3
hours. This is a very special evening for all of us. I think I speak
for everyone here when I say that we are extremely proud of your
studio. From classic film to Looney Tunes, Warner Bros. has been
consistent in releasing the most talked about product over the last
year. In fact, you were voted by the HTF membership as BEST STUDIO
OF THE YEAR 2003, and I hope you believe me when I say most everyone
is cheering your efforts here tonight even though you may not be
able to hear the applause on your end. Thanks for being here with
us, Warner Home Video!
[warnerbros] We are very grateful for your support of our efforts!
[RonEpstein] We are going to open the floor to questions.
[BrandonConway] Thanks for the upcoming Marx Bros box, it looks
great! Can you give us any information on some silent classics many
of us would like to see released, such as Ben-Hur, The Crowd, The
Cameraman? Also, when is the scheduled release of THX-1138?
[warnerbros] You're welcome in regard to the Marx set. We're really
psyched about it. There are more silent releases planned including
Keaton (Buster NOT Michael or Diane) before year's end. THX is
coming in the Fall. You can probably GUESS when :)
[NickGraham] I know I'm kind of beating a dead horse, but with the
pending release of "Batman Begins", can we expect the long
awaited SEs of the Batman fils (at least the Burton ones) and box
sets of the Dini/Timm animated series?
[warnerbros] BATMAN: The Aninmated series is coming out this year.
Regarding the BATMAN films, we're planning something to synchronize
with the new BATMAN feature in 2005.
[RonEpstein] From TVSHOWSONDVD.COM, here's David Lambert...
[DavidLambert] Please tell me everything you can about your
upcoming TV-on-DVD releases. Anything on Night Court or V: The
Series? What's going on with superhero shows like Adv's/Superman,
Flash, WonderWoman, Birds/Prey, Lois&Clark? Any new surprises
coming out soon? There's a lotta TV ?'s out there tonight...now's
the chance to spill your guts! :)
[warnerbros] V is coming. So is ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (reeves)
although there are still element issues regarding that. WONDER WOMAN
is coming this year. Our TV exec is not in the room yet and
hopefully we can answer more of these questions shortly.
[EdgarN] Hello Warner, I am a big fan of film and love when Warner
comes out with 2 disc special editions of great films like: Once
upon a time in America, Casablanca, and Amadeus, I was wondering if
theres any chance of Cool hand Luke, Bonnie and Clyde, Badlands, The
Getaway, Bullitt, or Streetcar named desire, if so which ones thank
[warnerbros] There are plans to do a 2 Disc SE on BULLITT,
STREETCAR and BONNIE AND CLYDE in the future. Thanks for the kind
words about our double discs. We are very proud of them. There may
be opportunities to do things with the other titles you mention, but
nothing firm at the moment.
[TommyStewart] I just want to congratulate you on the awesome
friends season sets, and was just wondering what the plans (Release
and Features) are with the Shows THE O.C. and EVERWOOD
[warnerbros] Our TV exec is here. LOIS AND CLARK is being
discussed, possibly for next year. No plans yet for BIRDS OF PREY,
THE FLASH or NIGHT COURT. Both O.C. and EVERWOOD are in development.
[MattHenderson] I'm just itching to ask about a bunch of films, but
to limit myself to one: when can we expect to see a special edition
of "Fearless" in widescreen?
[warnerbros] No plans to re-address FEARLESS, we're afraid.
[ChristopherSBrown] Are there any plans to release director's cuts
of the Harry Potter films with commentary tracks and more
comprehensive special features?
[warnerbros] HARRY POTTER films are "director's cuts". No
plans to revisit these at the moment.
[RonEpstein] What is the status of the definitive, multi-disc Blade
Runner special edition?
[warnerbros] You all know BLADE RUNNER has legal issues. We are
currently investigating what options we have to revisit the title.
[EricCarpe] First i'd like to thank you for your upcoming release
of Meet Me in St Louis, i was wondering if there are any plans to
release any other Minnelli films in the near future, particularly
Yolanda and the theif, The pirate, Cobweb, Tea and Sympathy, Some
Came Running, and Home from the Hill. Thanks.
[warnerbros] Many of the Minnelli films you ask about are under
consideration. Possibly for 2005 or 2006 (yes, we really plan that
far in advance). You'll love MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS. It looks
[MattNaglieri] With the final season of Babylon 5 coming out next
month what are your plans for the tv movies as well as the spin-off
[warnerbros] Yes to both on BABYLON 5. Coming soon to your DVD Home
[PatrickMcCart] First, I'd like to give a big thank you for all the
great releases of the past year or so. Especially the Lon Chaney,
Warner Legends, and the massive Looney Tunes 4-discer. Have you been
able to make any progress on the Popeye cartoons in terms of making
a deal with King Features so DVD's can be released? Thank you. (Also
looking forward to around the world in eighty days!!!)
[warnerbros] Thank you Patrick. We appreciate the kind words. We
are in discussion with King Features Syndicate on the subject. Cross
[WesR] Hello! Thanks for your great support of the horror genre on
DVD. Any chance of seeing some of your rare early 80's slasher
movies like NIGHT SCHOOL, KILLER PARTY, or DARK NIGHT OF THE
SCARECROW on DVD (uncut of course) anytime soon?...perhaps for
Halloween. Thanks again!
[warnerbros] Sorry, no plans for any of those.
[georgekaplan] First Id like to say thanks for the Looney
Tunes and the upcoming Cary Grant box set! I look forward to more
Looney Tunes, and hope you include the non-pc stuff like Coal Black.
My question is, are there any plans to re-release Grumpy Old Men and
Grumpier Old Men in their correct aspect ratios, or for post-Maltese
Falcon Bogie (e.g, Action in the North Atlantic, Across the Pacific,
Passage to Marseille)? Thanks!
[warnerbros] More Bogart is coming. The existing releases did very
well. No plans for the OLD MEN movies at the moment, but it could
happen someday. Thanks for the support on LOONEY TUNES. Get ready
for GOLDEN COLLECTION VOL. 2 later this year.
[GavinL] any news on The Lost Boys Special Edition?
[warnerbros] Oh, yeah ! LOST BOYS are returning in a SE this year!
[warnerbros] We hope you will all be excited by our TARZAN
COLLECTION coming in June. The features looks great and the new docu
will have you swinging from the trees!
[MichaelBoyd] How about To Be Or Not To Be? Lubitsch's version of
course... Lots of interest on HTF from time to time. And another
thank you for the great classic output!
[warnerbros] ...it will BE. THAT IS THE QUESTION and THE ANSWER! We
have remastered from nitrate. Coming next year.
[ChristopherBlig] hello WB, you guys were at the top of our Best of
2003 with the Warner Legends collection, but will there be any other
collection like perhaps Bringing Up Baby, King Kong, The Jazz Singer
or Goodfellas in any SEs?
[warnerbros] Everything you mentioned is in the works. There will
be a Warner Legends-like collection built around our classic WB
[SteveO] Hi. You guys are great. Looking forward to Tarzan and
(hopefully) Hitchcock. Are there any plans to release any of your
Monogram holdings? If so, which ones? Thanks. Done
[warnerbros] The Monogram film elements are not in great shape. We
may be doing something with THE BOWERY BOYS and DILLINGER at some
point in the future.
[warnerbros] Oops. Forgot to acknowledge HITCHCOCK. 7 new to DVD
titles are coming later this year!
[neilbulk] Thanks for joining us tonight. My King Kong question was
just asked, so I'll just ask if there is any chance of us ever
getting the original cut of Superman - The Movie with the original
soundtrack? Also, just another one to throw his support in for a
release of Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarves.
[warnerbros] When KING KONG comes, it's going to blow you all away.
We're working on film restoration at the moment. There are no plans
to revisit SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE.
[DougGraham] I was wondering about the chances of a re-release of
Nicolas Roeg's The Witches. It was one of my favorites as a kid, and
I just want to be able to see it in widescreen because I've never
gotten the chance. Maybe it can be a Roald Dahl tie-in with the new
Willy Wonka movie?
[warnerbros] THE WITCHES will not be revisited. Sorry.
[CloudVolpe] Apologies if this was asked already, but there are a
large number of people who are swearing off the Police Academy
boxset due to the lack of OAR. Can you please explain why movies 4
and 5 are being released fullscreen only while the rest of the set
is widescreen? Can we expect widescreen transfers down the road?
[warnerbros] We did not have widescreen transfers available to make
this release of #4 and #5. They will be Open-Matte.
[JoeSchwartz] My compliments on your excellent releases of A
CHRISTMAS STORY and THE BEN STILLER SHOW. Can you tell us when we
might see DVD releases of ELECTRIC DREAMS or TWILIGHT ZONE: THE
[warnerbros] No plans for either. Sorry.
[lukasgardiner] hi... any chance we might see the MISS MARPLE
series of films (4 I think) starring Margaret Rutherford in the near
future? and GRACE AND FAVOR... the Are You Being Served follow-up
[warnerbros] The MISS MARPLE films are scheduled for release in
2005. Don't know about GRACE AND FAVOR. THat's BBC. We just
distribute their product.
[RonEpstein] Tonight my partner Parker Clack is celebrating a
birthday. So, the birthday boy gets to ask a question here...
[warnerbros] Happy Birthday, Parker from everyone at WB.
[ParkerClack] What is WB position on HD DVD when it comes to
releasing them? Are you waiting for a better encryption first?
[warnerbros] We are waiting for standards to be determined
[ParkerClack] Thanks for the birthday wishes.
[GregSH] Hi! Is there any chance Smallville - Season 3 will be
released before the start of season 4, so those of us new to the
show can catch up? Also, *please* tell me we'll be seeing Perfect
Strangers in season sets at some point. Keep up the good work, and I
look forward to Smallville - season 2 in May!
[warnerbros] No plans for PERFECT STRANGERS. Regarding SMALLVILLE,
we're actively working on Season 3 but won't make a release date
before start of season 4.
[Federico] Hi Warner...How would I go aboout getting an internship
with the DVD department at WB. Thanks.
[warnerbros] We currently don't have an internship program. Sorry.
[MatthewB] It's my birthday too ;) Anyway, is there any chance at
all for a near-future release of a Poltergeist Special Edition DVD
since the 20th Anniversary Edition was abruptly and inexplicably
cancelled (any further explanation for that)?
[warnerbros] We plan to revisit POLTERGEIST at some point, but no
firm plans at this time.
[RobertCrawford] Are you going to release any dvd sets for James
Cagney or Errol Flynn this year, if not what are your dvd plans
regarding these two actors?
[warnerbros] ERROL FLYNN rides high in a deluxe collection and a
new feature docu before year's end. Cagney fans will be thoroughly
delighted soon thereafter.
[SimonHowson] In a chat in April of 2000 it was said that East of
Eden(1955) could not be released for legal reasons. I am wondering
if you can update us on the legal status of that film, specifically
will it be coming to DVD soon? Also, will there be a Special Edition
reissue of the Scorsese film Mean Streets (1973), and will Paul
Schrader's version of The Exorcist: The Beginning(2004) be released
[warnerbros] Things are more encouraging now regarding EAST OF
EDEN. We are very hopeful to bring it out on DVD for its 50th
anniversary. We will be doing a SE of MEAN STREETS sooner than you
[Shawn_Sek] Hello Warner Bros, thanks for participating.. Is there
any news of a DVD for the teen angst cult classic OVER THE EDGE
(1979), Matt Dillon's first film, alot of people are really hoping
[warnerbros] Good news. OVER THE EDGE will be out before year's
end. And it will be 16x9.
[BrianPB] Thanks for your excellent "TCM Archives"
release of the LON CHANEY COLLECTION. I'm wondering what other
silent films we can expect this year under the "TCM Archives"
banner. In particular, I'm anxious for you to release films by
directors like Erich von Stroheim (GREED), Victor Sjöström/Seastrom
(THE WIND, HE WHO GETS SLAPPED), and King Vidor (THE CROWD, THE
[warnerbros] We are considering many titles for our TCM Archives
line. There will be at least one release before year's end in the
series. Many of our silents require remastering which is time
consuming and very expensive. We will not use old masters for these
high profile releases. Be advised that right now THE BIG PARADE is
being restored on film from the recently recovered (thought lost)
original nitrate camera neg. Look for more cool silents from WHV.
[warnerbros] Speaking of GREED (no pun intended) it will be one of
the candidate titles in this year's DVD DECISION 2004 promotion.
This year voting will be open to all, not just to AOL subscribers.
We will be promoting this event with TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES again,
and we hope you'll like the titles we've selected.
[Ben] Any plans for a GONE WITH THE WIND Special Edition or a DVD
release for WATERLOO BRIDGE starring Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor?
[warnerbros] Tomorrow is another day, and YES, GWTW will arrive in
a Special Edition featuring an All-New transfer produced through our
ULTRA-RESOLUTION process. The results should be mind-boggling. We're
working on it now. No plans for WATERLOO BRIDGE right now.
[FrancisYeeLoy] Hi there! Any chance of a widescreen edition of
BURGLAR or CLARA'S HEART? ALso, what's going on with Brisco County?
[warnerbros] No plans for any. Sorry.
[NMankaniTZ] Greetings! What are your plans in terms of releasing
box sets of the "DC Animated" properties such as Batman:
The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, and Teen Titans
[warnerbros] There will be season boxed sets of both BATMAN: THE
ANIMATED SERIES and SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES. TEEN TITANS is
scheduled as well.
[SamBaird] Hi, are there any plans for a THE GOONIES SE or a
NEVERENDING STORY SE?
[warnerbros] No plans to revisit GOONIES or NEVERENDING STORY. We
just did GOONIES recently.
[Ryan_FB] Are there any plans for DVD releases of classic Sam
Peckinpah films, specifically The Ballad of Cable Hogue?
[warnerbros] Yes. Look forward to a major Peckinpah promotion from
us including CABLE HOGUE, RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY and PAT GARRETT AND
BILLY THE KID next year.
[JimBeaver] Brimstone is my favourite show and also the one I
really want on DVD what are the plans for it? Also what's in the
works for Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Mad TV, Alf, Run of the House,
Bucky O'Hare, Fish Police, ThunderCats and Xiaolin Showdown?
[warnerbros] MAD TV and FRESH PRINCE are in discussion. No plans
for any of the others at the moment.
[JustinS] Thanks for your great horror releases last year,
especially The Haunting. Do you have any plans to release the
excellent killer dog film THE PACK, the original CAT PEOPLE, or
[warnerbros] No plans for THE PACK. CAT PEOPLE is coming with 8
other Val Lewton RKO films in a boxed set next year. DEMON SEED is
also on our schedule.
[JonRobertson] Thanks so much for dozens of fantastic classic films
recently (Death in Venice especially!) I just wanted to ask about
what plans you had for THE DEVILS? Will we ever see the full uncut
version? I can't believe the censored footage (I've seen it on UK
TV) would get anything above an R.
[warnerbros] We plan to release THE DEVILS at some point soon.
[JohnReeves] Good to hear the George Reeves Superman show is on its
way!! If LOIS AND CLARK comes to DVD, will it be mastered in 16:9
format (as the show was originally filmed in)? And are any extras
[warnerbros] When LOIS & CLARK comes out, it will be OAR. No
extras are firm yet.
[KayPinno] Good news to hear about the releases of the Peckinpah
[warnerbros] Thanks. We're looking forward to the Peckinpah
[KayPinno] Are there any plans to revisit "The Wild Bunch"
and what ever happened to the once announced Director's Cut Version
of Clive Barkers "Nightbreed"
[warnerbros] THE WILD BUNCH SE is in planning stages at the moment.
No plans for NIGHTBREED at this time.
[warnerbros] While we're waiting, we hope you all will look for our
Cary Grant Collection on June 1st with MY FAVORITE WIFE, DESTINATION
TOKYO, BACHELOR AND THE BOBBYSOXER, MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM
HOUSE and NIGHT & DAY
[Jacob] there is a problem with the dvd of "T3".. some
misframing.. just say that you could see more of TX when she first
comes to LA.... any word on fixing this problem done: thanks
[warnerbros] We know nothing about a problem on T3. Not our area,
so we can't comment. Sorry.
[BenjaminDorsey] Thanks for being here tonight! Are the any plans
to release the classic musical "Bells are Ringing"?
[warnerbros] YES! Bells Are Ringing has been remastered and is
getting a 5.1 soundtrack. Look for it (and 3 outtake musical
numbers) next year.
[aidanm] Are the any plans for a dvd movie box sets of the Matrix
and/or the 3 Terminator movies?
[warnerbros] We only distribute T3, so no box set there. MATRIX is
in preliminary discussions but nothing we can say at this time other
[Rick] Any plans for Superman 2: Director's Cut or widescreen Ace
[warnerbros] Widescreen ACE VENTURA is being considered. SUPERMAN
II is not at the moment. Sorry.
[StephenBarendt] Hey WB! any palns on a Friends DVD of the Finale?
[warnerbros] Can't discuss anything about FRIENDS finale DVD yet.
[AdamLenhardt] I'm a late-comer, so sorry if any of these have been
addressed. I just wanted to add my support for a Richard Donner
recut of Superman II or and see about any news in regards to Harry
Potter SEs with more adult behind-the-scenes extras? A most sincere
thanks for your time! Love Smallville!
[warnerbros] Yes, they've been addressed. Sorry answer is no to
[RonEpstein] This is a treat. This is our resident HTF Warner
reviewer, Herb Kane...
[warnerbros] Hello, Herb! Thanks for your support on HTF!
[HerbKane] Good evening WB and thank you for your time and all the
classics that have surfaced over the past several months. In light
of the recent Fox announcement to release a Film Noir line, do you
folks have any plans for a similar announcement or other single Noir
releases considering how many great WB and RKO titles you own..?
[warnerbros] Funny you should ask. We have an excellent film noir
package coming soon, which we are unveiling tonight here for you at
HTF! Coming in new transfers this July are OUT OF THE PAST, THE
SET-UP, ASPHALT JUNGLE, GUN CRAZY, and MURDER, MY SWEET. We're very
excited about this new series! all of these have commentaries, and
the SET-UP has Robert Wise and Martin Scorsese!
[RonEpstein] Excellent! Thanks for the scoop!
[MarkZimmer] Thanks for coming. Any progress on House of Dark
Shadows & Night of Dark Shadows--especially with the director's
cut of Night?
[warnerbros] No plans for either at this time. It's not out of the
[DavidLawson] Any new info on the upcoming Shawshank Redemption SE
or Chariots Of Fire (widescreen!)?
[ParkerClack] Chariots of Fire is a must have!
[warnerbros] SHAWSHANK SE is coming this year for its 10th
birthday. We're working closely with Frank Darabont on this.
CHARIOTS OF FIRE remaster coming next year at Oscar time.
[NilsLuehrmann] Excellent news on the Film-Noir Series! I'm hoping
you might be able to expand on your response to HD-DVD. Warner Bros
has undeniably been one of, if not the greatest supporters of the
DVD format. WB was one of the first studios to release titles onto
DVD, the first to offer transfers with anamorphic video, and the
first to use DVD-9 (Dual layer). WB continues to push the envelope
in performance standards with their Special Edition DVDs.
[warnerbros] We intend to be at the forefront of HD-DVD when its
standards have been determined.
[RonEpstein] Please welcome, from THECINEMALASER.COM, Mr. Derek
[Derek_Germano] Thanks for coming tonight. Any chance of 16:9
enhanced versions of SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS or BRIGADOON-
perhaps SEs with both CinemaScope and flat versions? Also, I
MARRIED A WITCH would be nice.
[warnerbros] Yes, a SEVEN BRIDES 2 Disc SE with BOTH versions
(remastered!) is coming this year for its 50th. BRIGADOON is on tap
for a remaster 16x9 next year, but we don't know if it will be both
versions or not. We are thinking about I MARRIED A WITCH for '05.
[DavidGreen] Can you provide any information regarding the extras
on your upcoming 'Heat' SE DVD - for example will there be a Mann
commentary - and will it be on 2 DVDs?
[warnerbros] HEAT will be a 2 disc SE. Extras are still in
formulation. We anticipate HEAT to be one of our biggest titles this
[Kolchak] Hi,I would like to know the release date for the Purple
Rain 2 disk set...and any plans to release these other Prince films
on dvd too -- Under The Cherry moon and Graffiti Bridge.
[warnerbros] The Artist once again known as PRINCE is coming back
to WHV. We are doing a 20th anniversary 16x9 2 disc SE of PURPLE
RAIN, and are releasing CHERRY MOON and GRAFFITI BRIDGE at the same
[ChadZ] I've heard that Challenge of the Superfriends is being
released in a box set later this year. Any chance we will see more
of the Superfriends, notably, The All-New Superfriends Hour and
Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show?
[warnerbros] There are a lot more SUPERFRIENDS releases in the
works. Look for them!
[warnerbros] We know you've heard the rumors, and folks, you
shouldn't believe rumors, but here's one that's for real. A BLAZING
SADDLES SE is coming this Summer. And it's in 5.1! Wait til you hear
the bean scene!
[warnerbros] Also coming with BLAZING SADDLES is another Mel Brooks
film DRACULA: DEAD AND LOVING IT.
[Haggai] Any chance of "An American In Paris" 2-disc SE?
Also, releases of Bandwagon and IUt's Always Fair Weather would be
great, though I'm sure Fair Weather isn't a likely candidate for an
[warnerbros] AMERICAN IN PARIS will b e a 2 Disc SE in ULTRA
RESOLUTION for 2006.(Be patient)! BAND WAGON will get a 2 Disc SE in
Ultra Resolution in 2005. IT'S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER is also on
schedule for 2005.
[warnerbros] Folks, while we're waiting. Hope you will check out
our great JUDY GARLAND films coming on 4/6. MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS,
ZIEGFELD GIRL, LOVE FINDS ANDY HARDY, IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME,
and FOR ME AND MY GAL. All with great extras.
[EricPeterson] Being a huge Billy Wilder fan, I'm wondering when a
proper Widescreen release of his only film done for WB will be
released on DVD - "Spirit of St. Louis"
[warnerbros] SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS film elements are being restored
at the moment. Should have a DVD release in mid-2005.
[PaulMcElligott] Any chance of a DVD release the CNN series Cold
[warnerbros] No plans for CNN Cold War at the moment.
[andrewmoore] Big Clint Eastwood fan is there any chance that you
will re-release them?
[warnerbros] Clint Eastwood films have all been released to Mr.
Eastwood's specs. No plans to revisit.
[RonEpstein] Folks, the TV person for WB is leaving in 10 minutes
so if you have any specific TV questions, ask them now.
[warnerbros] While we're waiting, we hope you'll all look forward
to SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET on 4/20.
[JasonRye] I love you TV SHOW DVD SETs. Just wondering what your
release plans are for future seasons of FRIENDS, ER, and GILMORE
[warnerbros] FRIENDS Season 7 is coming on 4/6. Plan on at least
one more FRIENDS and ER release this year.
[WadeW] You mentioned last year THE BAD SEED is coming 2004. Any
special features planned..like a commentary from the Seed herself,
Patty McCormack? REALLY looking forward to this one...so thanks!
[warnerbros] THE BAD SEED is in the house! Patty McCormack is
recording a commentary for us as I type this. Look for this release
later in the year!
[KyleMcKnight] Are there any plans to release the short-lived
comedy Off Centre on DVD? I loved that show. Congrats on all the
great TV and movie product you are putting out, and I really want to
thank you (and the WB) for holding these chats with the members of
the Home Theater Forum. It really helps us dedicated consumers to
feel connected to the people our money is going to. Keep up the good
work! ps, Happy Birthday Parker!
[warnerbros] Thank you for your kind words. We really appreciate
the support of the consumers. Sorry to say there are no plans for
[JULIAN] Hello WB I was wondering when these old films will be
released BIG HAND FOR THE LITTLE LADY, SPHINX, SO FINE, UNDER THE
RAINBOW and THE HAND?
[warnerbros] Sorry, no plans for any of these titles.
[RonEpstein] This question comes from BILL HUNT of
THEDIGITALBITS.COM who had trouble logging in tonight....He is
asking if "The Name of the Rose" is your title and if it
is being planned for release.
[warnerbros] THE NAME OF THE ROSE is coming this summer.
[ParkerClack] when you say Ultra Resolution what do you mean.
[warnerbros] Ultra-Resolution is WB's proprietary process for
presenting 3 strip Technicolor films with ultimate sharpness and
registration. ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD and SINGIN' IN THE RAIN were
Ultra Res. MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS will be as well, and GWTW is coming
using this process too.
[AndersRunestad] Hi folks from Warner, and thanks so much for being
here. I can't wait for THX-1138! What can you tell us about the
status of HIS KIND OF WOMAN and Sydney Pollack's THE YAKUZA? On that
note, is there any likelihood of a Robert Mitchum Collection? Thanks
for your time.
[warnerbros] No plans for HIS KIND OF WOMAN. However, we do plan
THE YAKUZA for early 2005. No plans for a Mitchum set, but several
single releases contemplated. We're excited about THX-1138 as well.
[warnerbros] To clarify. ER Season 2 is coming 4/27 and there will
be a Season 3 box before year's end. GILMORE GIRLS is coming 5.4.
[AlanBrom] Thanks for the Hammers in April. Any chance for more,
namely DRACULA AD 1972 and WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH?
[warnerbros] No plans for any more Hammers for the moment, but
we're open to more in the future.
[MarcoBiscotti] I have a question which I know that everyone here
is anxiously anticipating... When can we expect a Beetlejuice
Special Edition DVD release... and MORE IMPORTANTLY... will there be
any plans to tie it in with the popular 1989 cartoon series? Please
WB, DO NOT OVERLOOK this wondeful show - the animated TV / DVD
medium has grown more popular than ever, especially in the realm of
80's nostalgia and this was a highly sucessful and fondly remembered
series amongst my generation!!! The demand certainly exists and a SE
movie tie-in would make for excellent promotion both ways!!! Is
there anything in the works or being considered?
[warnerbros] We are considering a BEETLEJUICE SE. No plans for the
[Esten] Hi there! With Freddy vs. Jason's success,how about seeing
Freddy's Nightmares on DVD soon?A The Crush:SE and Deadly Obsession
(It was a Republic title) release would be nice,too.Thanks!
[warnerbros] Sorry. No to all.
[ChrisMcMichael] Hi! Love your 2 disc set of Citizen Kane. Do you
own any other Welles titles? Also are you licensing any titles to
[warnerbros] We own THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS. It will be released
at some point in the future. We do not sublicense product to third
[ScottShanks] Hi! Any plans to release THE SILENT PARTNER w/
Christopher Plummer or re-visit BODY HEAT? Thanks for releasing THE
LAST OF SHEILA!!!
[warnerbros] We are revisiting BODY HEAT next year for its (gulp)
25th (!) anniversary. No plans for THE SILENT PARTNER.
[RobertAnthony] Hey there, regarding the THX 1138 release, I see
it's been bumped up to an R--I'm wondering if this version of the
film is really any different from the last Home video release, any
extra scenes added apart from the ones reinstated by WB after
American Graffiti and Star Wars were released, if that was what
prompted the R rating, and if any CGI enhancement has been added to
any parts of the movie. This is Lucas, after all ;)
[warnerbros] Re THX 1138 will be a director's cut with
[MattFinney] Thanks for being here. I'm sorry to hear Night Court
isn't being considered (hopefully to be released very soon). Anyway,
how about releases for the classics Battle of the Bulge and No Time
for Sergeants, plus Growing Pains for the TV person?
[warnerbros] BATTLE OF THE BULGE is coming next year. No plans for
NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS, but its something we could consider. No plans
at the moment for GROWING PAINS. But be advised that NIGHT COURT
actually IS under consideration, with no final decision yet.
[warnerbros] Hey folks, while we wait, do know that a title you all
asked about last year is in active production. Tod Browning's
[MarkJCrawford] Thanks for joining us Warner. How about FANDANGO?
With 5:1? And how is the status on the FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS?
[warnerbros] FANDANGO is coming next year.FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS
is coming in later this year.
[DoranWalot] any plans for "Pinky and the Brain" "Animaniacs"
or any '90s cartoons at all in any format? thanks Ron and WB.
[warnerbros] No plans yet, but both are under consideration. We
know they would be very popular!
[Allred_Mike] In our last chat, you said that "Return of the
Living Dead part 2" will hit DVD this year, any release date
set? Special features? Will it be in widescreen?
[warnerbros] Yes! RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 2 will be 16x9 and
coming out in time for Halloween! There will be a commentary on
RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 2.
[RobT] Will Justice League eventually be released in 16x9
widescreen (as Bruce Timm prefers it) and in season sets? and could
you please put chapter stops in your half hour shows? it gets kind
of annoying without them. Thanks.
[warnerbros] We don't have information on JUSTICE LEAGUE but will
pass along your comments. Thanks!
[derek] With the recent Scorsese SE releases, any info on a box set
and which films it may contain? Scorsese commentary????
[warnerbros] Mr. Scorsese has participated on all the upcoming
releases, which will be out later this year. Look forward to further
[Harminder] Hello WB, so glad you could make it. First off I would
like to praise you for your excellent work on the 2-Disc SE's of
various movies. A job well done. My question is, Will you be
releasing QUICK CHANGE (1990) on DVD? Especially with the
resurrection in popularity of Bill Murray again? Thank you.
[warnerbros] Thank you for the compliments on our releases. QUICK
CHANGE was scheduled for release before Mr. Murray's recent
renaissance! It's coming next year.
[TimSherrick] WB, Tks for being here (and thanks for a GREAT 2003 &
2004!!-taking out a 2nd mortgage), Garbo has one title (Grand Hotel-
thanks to WB) on dvd currently, any other Garbo features in 2004?
[warnerbros] We plan a large GARBO promotion timed with her 100th
birthday in 2005. You will see the release of all her most beloved
[warnerbros] Once again, we'd like to thank everyone who has taken
the time to say kind things about our releases. We work hard on them
and appreciate your feedback!
[GeorgeKlinesmith] Any info on the special features of Ben-Hur?
[warnerbros] There are plenty of special features on our current
[AndrewBudgell] Will we see anymore Elizabeth Taylor films soon?
[warnerbros] There are several Elizabeth Taylor films undergoing
film element restoration at the moment. Which ones are you
[AndrewBudgell] Raintree County, THE VIPs, Ivanhoe, Beau Brummel,
all of them!! A box set would be great.
[warnerbros] IVANHOE is on the way. So are THE VIPs. No plans for
BEAU BRUMMEL and RAINTREE needs a lot of expensive work to get a new
16x9 transfer of the full roadshow version. But there will be more
Liz in the future.
[ChrisSierra] First off, thanks for chatting with us tonight. I
apologize if this has already been covered as I came in a little
late, but can you tell us anything about the King Kong release? PS-
can't wait for those animated Batman DVDs! Thanks!
[warnerbros] You're welcome. We're glad to be here. We really don't
want to go into details on KONG except to say it will be a 2 disc
SE, and we are currently doing a film element restoration on it from
a gorgeous nitrate element located recently in Europe. Well worth
waiting for. Kong will now fall from the Empire State Building
[warnerbros] So, two hours & ten minutes, and no nasty comments
about snappers? What's going on with you folks]? :)
[RonEpstein] I'm surprised, too.
[ParkerClack] One of our moderators wanted you to know he likes
[RonEpstein] We fired him today :)
[warnerbros] Maybe it's because you saw the comps of the new Marx
[GilFortune] Two quick questions: 1) Are you preparing "Becky
Sharp"? and 2) Can you confirm if "HEAT" SE will be a
flipside, as in you split the film into two parts on two sides to
secure highest possible bitrate?
[warnerbros] We do not own Becky Sharp. It was only distributed by
RKO, and is now PD. HEAT will not be a flipper.
[KeithPaynter] Thanks for continuing to make yourselves available
to the HTF for inquiries and feedback. Thanks for the heads up on
Blazing Saddles. Any chance you could include the pixillation short
BLAZE GLORY? Any possibilty of including the Turner documentary
GWTW:The Making Of A Masterpiece in the new GWTW:SE? P.S. Happy
B-Day Parker, from one Birthday Boy to another! (and in my best Faye
Dunaway/Joan Crawford-esque... "No Snappers!" )
[warnerbros] We do not own BLAZE GLORY. We believe UA owns it.
We're in the midst of planning GWTW now. It will be a package
fitting a film that is widely considered to be the greatest of all
time. Keith, we liked your snapper comment, by the way :)
[BaileyHouse] You guys do great work on your classic musicals.
Might I suggest a box set of the GOLD DIGGERS films including GOLD
DIGGERS OF 1933, 1935, 1937, and GOLD DIGGERS IN PARIS? Including
survivng portions of the original silent THE GOLD DIGGERS (1923) and
the 2-strip Technicolor GOLD DIGGERS OF BROADWAY (1929) would be a
great extra as would David Thompson's BUSBY BERKELEY: GOING THROUGH
THE ROOF documentary for TCM.
[warnerbros] We will be doing a Busby Berkeley set in 2005, and it
will include that documentary which we own.
[Henry_Flynt] Other than TO BE OR NOT TO BE, any other Lubitsch? -
and what about Fuller's THE BIG RED ONE extended version...? (no
damn snappers!!! and please consider licensing a couple of things to
Criterion, I'm sure they have some nice commentaries that you can
[warnerbros] NINOTCHKA is coming next year. No plans for THE BIG
RED ONE. We already addressed our company policy on 3rd parties.
[CarlosGarcia] Hello Warners! Rumors about the Batman TV series
making it to DVD range from "negogiations with 20th Century Fox
are no where near making this a possibility" to "Warner
Brothers is embarrassed by the TV show and wants the public to
forget the show ever exited so they can concentrate on the new
Batman theatrical movies and cartoon series". Can you please
put these rumors to rest and tell the fans some of the facts
regarding the possibility of a release?
[RonEpstein] Great question! BATMAN is one of the most requested TV
shows and we'd love for you to help Fox release it.
[warnerbros] We can't comment on this at the moment. Sorry.
[MarkvdH] I have read a while ago that there were plans to release
Stanley Kubrick's early movies, like FEAR AND DESIRE, DAY OF THE
FIGHT and THE SEAFARERS. Any news on this? Thanks for all the great
releases - another shout for FEARLESS though!
[warnerbros] We don't own the early Kubrick films. No plans, sorry.
[warnerbros] Hope you folks know about, and will support our
upcoming Hanna Barbera collections (FLINTSTONES, JETSONS, JONNY
[alessioperrone] I got here late, so I apologize if these were
asked. Any word on the challenge of the superfeiends season sets,
and the SE Batman movies from the 80s/90s?
[warnerbros] We already addressed these series.
[DerekJanssen] Now that we're past Around...80 Days, what's the
condition of George Pal's Wonderful World of Brothers Grimm (yes,
you DO have a normal non-Cinerama letterbox print, it's showing on
Turner Classics), Incl. the "Grimm" extras from Image's
George Pal disk?
[warnerbros] BROS. GRIMM would be VERY, VERY, VERY expensive to
remaster for DVD. We only have a 4x3 letterbox master of the title,
which as you know, is not acceptable. Hopefully, we will be able to
justify the expense to remaster this title in the future.
[Ed_M] Hi there, thanks for coming tonight, My question is when
could we see special editions of The Maltese Falcon or Dog Day
[warnerbros] DOG DAY is being planned for next year. No firm plans
on MALTESE SE, but eventually we hope to do it.
[ZacharyTait] Hi. First; Happy Birthday Parker! Thanks for the
great 2-disc SE's of Citizen Kane and Casablanca.
[warnerbros] You're welcome Zachary. Thanks for the kudos.
[ZacharyTait] I have nothing. My question was asked by Ed_M.
[warnerbros] If there was one title WHV has yet to make into a 2
Disc Special Edition, what would you like it to be? Let us know.
[RonEpstein] We have posted a survey on our forum. Members can
[warnerbros] Thanks, Ron
[Akil] Any plans for Electric Dreams or Twilight Zone: The Movie?
[warnerbros] Asked and answered. NO!
[ChuckL] Thank you WB for the wonderful job on many of your
classics in the past year. MILDRED PIERCE was a beauty. In keeping
up with Film Noir titles, any possibilities of the 1950's CAGED with
Agnes Moorehead and the lovely Eleanor Parker? It was up for several
Academy Awards and yet, it has never seen the light of day in any
home format. It's a terrific film. Also, Wonder Woman series?
[warnerbros] CAGED is on the schedule for 2005. And yes, WONDER
WOMAN will be twirling her way to you before year's end. GLad you
liked Mildred, we do too!
[TedD] Thanks again for your classic releases, any progress on "The
High and the Mighty"? Raintree County in the long roadshow
version would be great addition to the WB classic catalog!
[warnerbros] We already addressed the RAINTREE issue. We're on the
case for THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY. No news to report other than that.
[JoshSteinberg] I had a TV question, but if the TV guy is gone I
have a movie one as well. I was wondering if there are any plans to
revisit some of the great George Cukor films you have with some nice
[warnerbros] You can try us with the Tv question....
[JoshSteinberg] The TV question was about West Wing, I noticed the
DVD is in widescreen but the OAR according to Tom Del Ruth
(cinematographer) for season 2 was fullscreen.
[warnerbros] Yes, there will be more Cukor soon. DINNER AT EIGHT,
CAMILLE just to name a few. Also THE MEN WHO MADE THE MOVIES episode
about CUKOR will be coming soon as extra content on a release.
Sorry, can't comment on the TV Aspect ratio issue. We aren't aware
of the details. (WE tried!) thanks.
[SteveSmith] Hi...will we see the release of all the available
Dr.Who episodes and has this years release schedule for it been set?
[warnerbros] DR. WHO is BBC, and we don't market their releases, we
just distribute, so we have no info. Sorry!
[cosimotorello] hello, i was asking about the Kenneth Brannah
version of Hamlet? Will it have any SE? also, what about the film
Cruising? An uncut SE in the works, and one last thing, a SE of the
Sidney Lumet film Deathtrap, please.
[warnerbros] Legal issues preclude our releasing the Branagh HAMLET
at the moment. No plans for either CRUISING or a SE of DEATHTRAP.
[JeffNewcomb] Are there any plans to revisit The Searchers or any
of your other Ford titles as Special Editions? How about Hawks?
Also, when can I expect Bad Day at Black Rock?
[warnerbros] THE SEARCHERS is getting a full photochemical film
restoration followed by a new transfer. We will release it, along
with other Wayne and Ford pictures in 2006 for THE SEARCHERS 50th
ANNIVERSARY. Yes, there are more Hawks films coming, and BAD DAY AT
BLACK ROCK will be out in the near future.
[BobPreskar] Any chance of releasing some of my all time favorites?
Angels In The Outfield (1951-Turner Home Video), Mighty Joe Young
(1949-Turner Home Video) and Heaven Help Us (1985-HBO Home Video).
[warnerbros] HEAVEN HELP US is HBO's title, so we have no info on
that. ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD and MIGHTY JOE YOUNG both are coming in
[BryanRi] Hi, thanks for the chat. I see that WB produced the ADULT
SWIM Aqua Teen DVD; can we expect the other Adult Swim shows such as
Brak and Harvey Birdman soon? Thank you much.
[warnerbros] Our TV exec had to depart. Sorry we can't accurately
address your question! Thanks.
[EmilNazaretyan] Referring to an earlier post, it was said Bonnie
and Clyde, Bullitt, and Streetcar Named Desire were in for future
releases, do you mean future release like An American In Paris
(2006) or do you mean earlier like this year? And on a side note I
recently bought Stagecoach and Strangers on a Train Dvd and noticed
they are in need of a major restoration, is there any plans for that
and if so when can we expect new addition?
[warnerbros] We work very far in advance, so if we let you know
what we're working on, ya gotta be patient! Those titles are all in
place for various times over the next two years. STRANGERS ON A
TRAIN is getting a film restoration as we speak. STAGECOACH will be
revisited in the future!
[BrianMal] Thanks for being here tonight. Any chance of new
versions of A Time to Kill, Pelican Brief or Sleepers since the
current versions are flippers?
[warnerbros] No plans to address those. Sorry.
[TimmyP] any future plans for East of Eden or Rebel without a
Cause? Thanks for your tireless dvd work!
[warnerbros] We hope to have the path cleared for EAST OF EDEN and
to do a remaster SE of REBEL for '05.
[JamesGarner] my question is not about titles but possible features
on upcoming DVDs. On Future Classic WB TV releases do you think
there might be a possibility of restoring stuff like the GE
commercial on The Casablanca TV show segment?
[warnerbros] This is a complicated legal issue that we can't answer
in a general way.
[BrettH] Hi, I was just wondering if you know any other horror
titles you have coming up for this year's Halloween release and if
you have any details/specs on them? (P.S. Put in a good word for
[warnerbros] THE HUNGER, IT'S ALIVE, IT'S ALIVE 2, IT'S ALIVE 3,
VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED, CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED, DEAD RINGER and as we
mentioned before FREAKS and THE BAD SEED are all on the way (and
yes, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 2 too!
[davidslater] Will you be releaseing Pirates of Dark Water on dvd?
[ScottMorris] You guys do an amazing job on your product -- except
for the snappers, of course... ;-) My question(s) -- any plans for
That's Entertainment 1, 2 and 3? Or a Jean Harlow box?
[warnerbros] We thought you'd never ask. A boxed set with the
complete THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT! TRILOGY is coming out this year with
oodles of cool extras. 2 Jean Harlow releases are scheduled for
2005. Thanks for the kind words about our releases...and the THAT'S
ENTERTAINMENT films will not be in snappers! :)
[RonEpstein] Now THAT'S good news!
[RIchLamb] Hi- Any news on the release of "Knot's Landing?"-We
Need our "KNOTS" on DVD- Thanks for answering!
[warnerbros] KNOTS LANDING is being discussed for DVD release.
[JackBartell] Great to hear about GUN CRAZY. I also want to thank
you for releasing the upcoming Hammer films. Any word on a release
of LOOKER, THE MACKINTOSH MAN, or the Malcolm McDowell classic
[warnerbros] Wait til you see the packaging on GUN CRAZY. It's too
cool! We plan to release O LUCKY MAN and THE MACKINTOSH MAN in the
future. No plans for LOOKER.
[MattBrighton] I apologize if some of these have been covered...
GREAT work on your Two-Disc SE's, by the way. Any plans this year
(or early next) for Two-Disc SE's of: "The Maltese Falcon",
"An American in Paris", "Who's Afraid of Virginia
Woolf", "Network", "The Philadelphia Story"
or "The Wild Bunch". And I suppose I ' have to ask about
another version of "Caddyshack"!
[warnerbros] You are right on target Mr. Brighton. We plan special
editions on most of those titles. Further details to be revealed in
[John_Simon] Thanks for being here tonight. You did an excellent
job on the Superman: Special Edition, so I was disappointed to hear
that there are no current plans for a Superman II: Special Edition
(a great nominee for a 2-dis SE). I was just curious if you could
tell us if this is a WB decision, or Richard Donner has no interest?
I ask because there are many, many people who would like to see
this, and I'd guess they'd be happy to start a petition to Mr.
[warnerbros] As we said, no plans for revisiting SUPERMAN II.
[AdrianCorreia] Any palns for Nicholas Ray's Bigger Than Life?
[warnerbros] That would be hard for us to do as the title is owned
by Fox. Sorry!
[PaulP] Looks like I'm the last so first of all thanks to WB for
their continued awesome tratment of classics and other catalog
[warnerbros] Thanks, Paul.
[PaulP] Also huge thanks for The Name of the Rose (hope you got JJ
Annuad for a commentary) and I bet I speak for most animation fans
when I say your Golden Collection of Looney Tunes and Disney's
Treasures are the only right way to present classic animation... Now
my question is this: what can you tell us about the Tom & Jerry
[warnerbros] TOM & JERRY are coming in a deluxe release before
year's end, with special features similar to GOLDEN COLLECTION.
Jerry Beck is working with us on these releases.
[RonEpstein] Hey Warner...I understand you want to recap some
titles you have announced for release this evening?
[warnerbros] Coming are MARX BROS. CARY GRANT, JUDY GARLAND,
TARZAN, FILM NOIR, ELVIS (7 new to DVD features), LASSIE and FLIPPER
movies, HITCHCOCK promo, GWTW, ERROL FLYNN COLLECTION, THAT'S
ENTERTAINMENT TRILOGY and that's as Chicago would sing "Only
[RonEpstein] Wow! 3 hours already. What a night. I want to thank
the folks at Warner Home Video for being here tonight. Your studio
has set the benchmark for all others to follow when it comes to
restorations and care you put into your product. We appreciate all
the suport you have given Home Theater Forum, and look forward to
doing this again with you next year.
[ParkerClack] Thanks to all of you at Warner Brothers Home Video
for all the great work and for taking the time to stop by and let us
know about what we have yet in store for all of us.
[warnerbros] We want to thank you all for your support during 2003
and making us STUDIO OF THE YEAR was a great honor. We know that if
you liked what we have done in 2003, you ain't seen nothing yet.
THANKS to all the HTF members for a great chat!
[RonEpstein] Thanks to Parker Clack, Steve Simon and John Smith for
lending their expertise tonight. Have a good night everyone.
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