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The following is a complete transcript of the on-line chat with
executives from Warner Home Video, held on Monday, March 29th 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!
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Subject: Live Chat with Warner Home Video
Date: Tuesday March 29, 2005
[RonEpstein] Okay...let's get started
[WarnerHomeVideo] Ready from Burbank!
[RonEpstein] I would like to thank our membership for being here.
Parker and I will be moderating tonight's chat. Why don't the folks
from Warner Brothers introduce themselves and tell us what they
[WarnerHomeVideo] Hello. Representing WHV are Mike Radiloff, VP of
Theatrical Catalog, George Feltenstein Senior VP Classic Catalog,
Rosemary Markson, Executive Director TV marketing, and Ronnee Sass
our wonderful publicist.
[RonEpstein] You guys must be feeling good. In 2003 you went right
to the top with your releases of Casablanca SE, High Sierra, To Have
and Have Not, Warner Legends Collection (Flynn, Cagney & Bogart)
and Looney Tunes Volume 1. In 2004 history repeated itself with your
releases that included Looney Tunes Volume 2, Gone in the Wind, Film
Noir Collection Volume 1, Alfred Hitchcock Collection, Cary Grant
Signature Collection and (my favorite) The Marx Brothers Collection.
And already in 2005 you are out of the gate with your release of The
Warner Gangster Collection.
[ParkerClack] Yeah to Loonie Toons.
[RonEpstein] How does it feel to be on top of the world for all
these consecutive years?
[WarnerHomeVideo] Like Cody Jarrett!
[RonEpstein] Hahaha. Very witty tonight.
[WarnerHomeVideo] Just kidding, very grateful to all of you for your
support. This success of these releases has proven that the market
IS there for classic films on DVD if they are presented with care &
[RonEpstein] I'd like to begin this chat by saying Happy Birthday to
one of our Moderators, Robert Crawford. He is perhaps your biggest
fan as he himself is a huge fan of classic film. Happy Birthday
Crawdaddy. For that reason and the fact that it is his birthday we
are going to let him ask the first question. Robert Crawford, the
floor is yours.....
[RobertCrawford] Welcome and I want to congratulate Warner for doing
an excellent job with their dvd releases. I know that Humoresque is
coming out in June, are there any other John Garfield films in the
pipeline for release and are Spencer Tracy and Clark Gable boxsets
coming out this year?
[WarnerHomeVideo] Thank you for the kind words. There will be more
Garfield in the future but not this year. Gable and Tracy are on tap
[WesR] Hello! I was wondering if Night School, New Year's Evil, Dark
Night of the Scarecrow, or Killer Party are likely to be included in
this fall's horror slate? If not, what can we expect to see? Thanks
[WarnerHomeVideo] Sorry, none of those titles are currently planned
for release at the moment. Which is your favorite?
[WesR] Definitely Night School, I would have to say.
[WarnerHomeVideo] We'll take that under advisement :)
[JohnMor] Thanks for your sensational work the last few years. And I
have to give you a million thanks for the upcoming Doris Day
and Controversial Classics boxes. Those 2 really made my
year! I wanted to ask about Storm Warning with Reagan,
Day & Ginger Rogers. And the Streisand A Star Is Born.
[WarnerHomeVideo] You are going to be a happy man....STORM WARNING
(uncut) is coming next year. A STAR IS BORN '76 will be out before
the end of the year.
[TerriE] First of all, I'd like to say that I love the show 'Murphy
Brown' and I think you did it great justice with your Season 1
release! My question is if there are any further 'Murphy Brown' sets
in the works; if so, which season(s) and if not, do you think there
will be any plans to bring it to the drawing board in the near or
[WarnerHomeVideo] No plans are set at this point, but thanks for the
[JeffWilson] Thanks; about THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, any update on
the status for this? Last I heard you were looking for better
elements? Also, any plans for JOURNEY INTO FEAR (1943)?
[WarnerHomeVideo] Deja vu! We're still looking for great elements on
AMBERSONS & JOURNEY.
[PeterMFitzgerald] Greetings, folks! Thanks so much for the
superlative job on so many fronts over the last two years (most
recently, announcing POINT BLANK and FILM NOIR BOX 2 --consider them
bought!). Now for my question...Do you have any plans for utilizing
more of your Allied Artists titles from your library? I'd
particularly like to see some great AA drive-in classics like NOT OF
THIS EARTH ('57), CALTIKI ('59) and GIANT BEHEMOTH ('59), as well as
bigger titles like the action classic, GOLD ('74).
[WarnerHomeVideo] There are some AA titles on our schedule coming
up, but not any of those which you mentioned.
[DaveSpencer] Hi, Thanks for this opportunity. Is there any more
info on the release of "Over The Edge"? I've been hearing
about it for quite sometime and thought it had been scheduled for
2004- can we look forward to it this year? Also (I think its a
Warner property) any info on a Veronica Mars S1 release? (hoping for
[WarnerHomeVideo] OVER THE EDGE is due this year with director
commentary. No plans for VERONICA yet.
[Louis] First off, compliments to you on the new edition of The
Shawshank Redemption, it was excellent. Now my question...I've been
incredibly happy with the season sets of "Friends" that
are available. Is the tenth season being planned for release soon,
and if so, when?
[WarnerHomeVideo] FRIENDS Season 10 will be out before the end of
the year. we think you'll be extremely happy with what we have
prepared for it...loaded with goodies!
[SteveO] Thank you for coming. I'm looking forward to the upcoming
Thin Man Collection and Adventures of Superman (hopefully multiple
seasons). Are there any plans for other classic "series"
films (RKO Tarzan, Saint/Falcon, etc.) or Signature Collections of
non Thin Man Powell/Loy or Pre-Code films. Please keep up the great
[WarnerHomeVideo] The RKO Tarzans are on our radar but no date set
yet. Big Pre-code set coming in 2006 with surprises. THE THIN MAN
collection will be a 7 disc set with all 6 films, plus a bonus disc.
[RonEpstein] I got a title I want to ask about. Mad Magazine's "Up
The Academy." An old favorite. Any word on that?
[WarnerHomeVideo] Sorry Ron, but no scheduled date yet for UP THE
[Sai] You have already delighted me with the news of a pre-code box,
but my question is this: does WHV has any plans for more Classic
[genre] boxes (i.e. Classic Horror/Drama) and/or follow-ups to the
'old' boxes (i.e. Gangster Box Vol. 2)?
[WarnerHomeVideo] YES YES YES There will be Warner Gangsters 2 next
year, and other genre-themed promotions. Thanks for your support of
[WarnerHomeVideo] While we are waiting for the next question, we
hope you will check out our recent CLASSIC COMEDIES and BROADWAY TO
HOLLYWOOD MUSICALS BOXED SETS.
[ChristianLiemke] There are rumors about a 4-DVD set with both Ben-Hur
movies. The available DVD of the 1959 version is heavily cropped on
all sides. Will the new DVD be mastered from 65/70mm elements or
from a proper framed 35mm reduction print? Can we expect bonus
materials on the 1925 version and new material on the Wyler film?
[WarnerHomeVideo] We have completed a NEW transfer of the 1959
BEN-HUR directly from newly restored 65mm elements. The 1925 silent
version will also be on board along with exciting new extra content.
We think you'll be very pleased.
[JamesRoberts] I'd like to ask about the two Antonioni films I
believe you currently have the rights to: "Zabriskie Point"
and "The Passenger". Is there any chance that we might see
these released? Thanks for all the excellent work you've done.
[WarnerHomeVideo] We do not own THE PASSENGER. It's owned by Jack
Nicholson. ZABRISKIE is under consideration for release at some
[ChrisS] Wanted to add my thanks for chatting with us tonight! Last
year the "Tom & Jerry Spotlight Collection" was
released unfortunately with edited/cut material. Jerry Beck was
quoted by cartoonresearch in Dec '04 as saying that "Warner
Bros. Home Video is very, very upset over the edited cartoons...
From what I've been able to gather, his intention is for fans to be
able to replace Disc 1 at no charge to them." What can you tell
us about any possibilities?
[WarnerHomeVideo] Unfortunately, no one from our collectable
animation marketing staff was able to attend this evening, so we
cannot respond. We do know they are aware of the issue.
[RonEpstein] Very special friend of ours here tonight...from
TVSHOWSONDVD.COM is David Lambert.
[DavidLambert] Happy B-Day Crawdaddy! Warner, THANKS for being here
tonight, and thanks for celebrating 50 years of Warner TV with us
this year! Now, on to my question: What's coming up in the remaining
"Warner's 50th" waves? Soon Brisco Cty Jr. will rise to be
TVShowsOnDVD's 2nd-most-voted-for unreleased show; is it among them?
Kotter? Alice? Family Matters? Drew Carey Show? Knot's Landing?
Animaniacs/TinyToons/Pinky? Witchblade? Max Headroom? THE FLASH?!
Birds of Prey? Also, can you tell us ANYTHING about 60's Batman?
Would you believe I'm also asking about GET SMART!
[WarnerHomeVideo] We have no rights to GET SMART, we have no rights
to 60s BATMAN, We are looking at potential releases of KOTTER, DREW
CAREY, KNOT'S LANDING, THE FLASH, WITCHBLADE at some point in the
[GregSH] TV Question: Are the prospects for a Perfect Strangers
season set better now than they were last year, and will we see
Smallville S4 before the end of August? Love the Dukes sets, and
please consider Enos!
[WarnerHomeVideo] No plans on PERFECT STRANGERS, Season 4 SMALLVILLE
coming this Fall, We'll consider ENOS.
[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
Third Watch, Opposite Sex, Run of the House, Bucky O'Hare, Fish
Police, Xiaolin Showdown?
[WarnerHomeVideo] Nothing on any of those yet. Sorry.
[ScottMorris] Thanks for making my wish come true last time you were
here, when I asked you whether the That's Entertainment movies would
ever hit DVD. You guys did a terrific job with them! I wanted to ask
today about Two Girls and a Sailor (1944) -- a really charming
little musical with June Allyson, Gloria DeHaven, Van Johnson and
Jimmy Durante, and featured performances by Lena Horne, Gracie
Allen, Harry James and Xavier Cugat, among others.
[WarnerHomeVideo] TWO GIRLS AND A SAILOR isn't on the docket right
now. There are about 25 other MGM musicals ahead of it in the conga
line...and we like the movie, too!. Sorry!
[ChadZ] Thank you for the DC Comics collections this year. Any
chance we'll see Justice League and Batman Beyond Box sets in the
[WarnerHomeVideo] Our folks who handle this area aren't here
tonight, but we know there's LOTS of great DC Comic-related product
in your future!
[MarkvdH] Hello from Holland! Any chance of Fearless and/or
Dangerous Liaisons getting the re-release treatment they deserve?
[WarnerHomeVideo] Sorry, but no remastered versions of either of
those titles are currently scheduled.
[georgekaplan] You've been doing a great job releasing catalog
titles (hopefully Up in Arms and Top Hat will be coming soon), but
are you going to be revisiting some older dvds, which are tragically
only available in p&s, such as Grumpy Old Men? Also, any chance
of Coal Black showing up on a Looney Tunes collection?
[WarnerHomeVideo] We don't own UP IN ARMS. It's a GOLDWYN title. We
are revisiting older titles for remastering on a constant basis, but
nothing happening for GRUMPY OLD MEN.
[davidross] First, thanks to everyone at Warner for taking the time
to answer our questions this evening. My questions were animation
related, and since that person isn't here, is it possible for you to
please provide a contact in that department who we can all ask with
follow-ups, as opposed to going through general email or normal
phone channels? Thanks.
[WarnerHomeVideo] We will keep HTF informed as to who can best
resolve the questions regarding animation.
[RafaelPires] Good evening, folks from WB! Are there any plans for
Bachelor Mother, Kitty Foyle, Pride and Prejudice, Waterloo Bridge,
a Woman2019s face and some MacDonald/Eddy operettas?
[WarnerHomeVideo] KITTY FOYLE will be out next year, and although no
dates are set most of the other items you mention are in are planned
for the future (including BOTH versions of WATERLOO BRIDGE 1931 and
[MikeGuyder] OK, Thanks for the great 2-disc "Heat"... and
any status of The Outsiders: Extended Edition and or a WS version of
[WarnerHomeVideo] OUTSIDERS Extended Edition will finally be out
this year. We are in discussion regarding ARTHUR.
[RonEpstein] Have a title that has been asked about time and time
again -- and is certainly in need of a 2-disc SE release: DOG DAY
[WarnerHomeVideo] We will have a 2-Disc SE on DOG DAY AFTERNOON,
NETWORK, and ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN within the next 12 months.
[RonEpstein] WoW! Great News!
[JeffNewcomb] Warner does a great job with their classics...how
about some 70s titles: Scarecrow, Night Moves, Brewster McCloud,
[WarnerHomeVideo] SCARECROW and NIGHT MOVES are on the schedule and
in production. We have special plans for PERFORMANCE, but no date.
No plans yet for BREWSTER or FEDORA.
[WarnerHomeVideo] We hope you all noticed that WHV is going to be
releasing Cronenberg's DEAD RINGERS in June.
[BryanRi] Hello! First I would like to congradulate you on the
wonderful work done on the Hitchcock Films and on the Iron Giant SE;
now for my question...Do you have any plans to release the Batman
films (including the animated Mask of the Phantasm) in Special
Editions? Also are there any plans for a Green Mile SE?
[WarnerHomeVideo] Yes and Yes :)
[AndersRunestad] Thanks for your fine work, Warner, and for being
here. In your previous chat here, you indicated that THE YAKUZA was
on for early 2005. Can you give us an update? Also, any plans for UP
THE DOWN STAIRCASE? Thanks for your time.
[WarnerHomeVideo] Our schedule is always subject to change. YAKUZA
is still on the schedule, but not until next year. No plans for UP
THE DOWN STAIRCASE yet, but we all agree it's a good film and we'll
try to find the right spot for it.
[GregM] First, thanks for fixing "Kiss Me Kate" and for
releasing "Finian's Rainbow" and the others in the box
set. Any plans for later MGM musicals "The Boy Friend" &
"Goodbye Mr. Chips"
[WarnerHomeVideo] No plans for either in the immediate future, but
eventually both will be released in proper 16x9 5.1 versions.
[WolframM] Another TV Question: Any news regarding Everwood Season
2, NIP/TUCK Season 2 and Jack & Bobby Season 1? Thanks.
[WarnerHomeVideo] NIP/TUCK S2 will be out by Fall. Nothing definite
yet on EVERWOOD or JACK & BOBBY.
[ChaiseR] Hi, Do you have any plans for Mama's Family, Growing Pains
and The Hogan Family?
[WarnerHomeVideo] Yes, we are looking at GROWING PAINS. No plans yet
on the other two.
[Eric_Peterson] I want to take a quick second to thank WB for their
consistent top-notch treatment of classic films. I've purchased
nearly every box, and if you keep releasing them, I'll keep buying
them. Are there any plans to release a second Lon Chaney collection?
It couldcontain "The Unholy Three" (Both Versions), "West
of Zanzibar", "Tell it to the Marines", and "He
Who Gets Slapped"
[WarnerHomeVideo] There is likely more Chaney to come, but not in
the immediate future. Thank you for the compliments on our releases.
[Gavin_L] any chance of releasing Stealing Home in widescreen?
[WarnerHomeVideo] Sorry, we don't plan to revisit STEALING HOME at
[EdMann] What is happening with Alexander will it be a 2 disc
special edition or just a regular disc and is there a directors cut
in the works, will the dvd come out before July?
[WarnerHomeVideo] Look for an announcement on ALEXANDER soon. We
think you'll be pleased with what is announced.
[BenKing] Thanks Ron. Hi, I'd like to ask about the 80's Lorimar
soaps. Is there a definite commitment to a full season by season
release of DALLAS? Also, are there any plans for a complete series
release of KNOTS LANDING, FALCON CREST and FLAMINGO ROAD? Thanks.
[WarnerHomeVideo] DALLAS Season 3 is coming this Summer. KNOT'S
LANDING is under consideration for the future. No plans for FLAMINGO
ROAD (The TV series, not the Joan Crawford movie), and FALCON CREST
is also under consideration.
[MichaelStreeter] Thanks, you guys take a lot of money out of my
bank account, I'm happy to say :) Any possibility for the Bill
Murray comic sci-fi oddity NOTHING LASTS FOREVER, now that there is
a book coming out about it (shameless plug, sorry) and Murray has
stated that he would love to contribute to special features?
[WarnerHomeVideo] There is a rights issue that has precluded the
home video release of NOTHING LASTS FOREVER.
[WarnerHomeVideo] However Bill Murray fans will be happy to know
that QUICK CHANGE is coming out this Fall.
[BrandonConway] I must say I LOVED the Warner Classic Gangster
Collection, and I'm looking forward to the Errol Flynn Collection
with high anticipation. What's the current status on the Fred
Astaire/Ginger Rogers box set that was previously said to be in
[WarnerHomeVideo] The ASTAIRE/ROGERS releases will come out in two 5
film releases (singles and boxed sets). First group will be later
this year. Next group 2006. Nice special features being planned as
we speak, and each film has been restored to its glistening
[PavanP] Hi, I'm from SitcomsOnline.com, thank you for your time. I
hope you consider PERFECT STRANGERS to your comedy slate; I'm very
surprised that is not out yet. Any plans for GEORGE LOPEZ, STEP BY
STEP and HEAD OF THE CLASS and when can we expect CHICO AND THE MAN
S1? Can you also tell us how far a part will you release LOIS &
CLARK? Will Teri Hatcher be involved for the bonus material in
future sets, as Dean Cain is for season one?
[WarnerHomeVideo] LOIS AND CLARK S1 which is coming this June
contains special features including new Teri Hatcher interviews.You
can expect more LOIS AND CLARK in 2006. We are working on the
release plans for GEORGE LOPEZ and CHICO.
[AgeeBassett] Hi, WB. Thanks for being here. Some of us have some
concern over a missing line said by Mrs. Hepburn in your recent
release of Bringing Up Baby (which is otherwise excellent): I'm a
one man woman, where he goes, I go. And if I don't he knocks my
block off. The final sentence is missing from the DVD. I have seen
many incarnations of this film over the years, and it wasn't until
the mid-90's that I saw a print (broadcast by TCM) that excised this
line. Since then, it seems that only the truncated version is
available to the public (R2 DVD is truncated as well). Was there a
problem with the element in this scene, or was the line removed for
other reasons? In any case, I know I speak for many here when I say
that I favor restoration of this line in a future release.
[WarnerHomeVideo] The problem goes back to damage done to the
original negative and not censorship.
[JackBaxter] What is the status of the Val Lewton Box? Will all nine
be included? I second the motion for Brewster McCloud.
[WarnerHomeVideo] All nine Lewton classics will be out this year
with nifty special features and expert commentaries. You'll love
[MattHenderson] Thanks so much for "Point Blank" WB! Happy
birthday Robert, it's my birthday as well - so how about a good
birthday present WB? I'm wondering when we'll see the DVD debuts of
lesser-known '60s-'70s masterpieces like "Petulia" and "O
Lucky Man!" and also a couple other (so far) neglected titles -
Neil Jordan's "The Butcher Boy" and Anthony Mann's "The
Naked Spur." Thanks!
[WarnerHomeVideo] NAKED SPUR is on tap for 06 as is PETULIA. We're
definitely looking at O LUCKY MAN and BUTCHER BOY.
[Chris] Thanks for all your great work. I was wondering about
Special Editions of some 90s/late 80s movies, specifically Mosquito
Coast, Presumed Innocent, The Fugitive and L.A. Confidential.
[WarnerHomeVideo] On the hush-hush and the QT,LA CONFIDENTIAL SE is
in 'da works. No others from that group are planned for SE reissues.
[LaurenceGarvey] I'm a Warners Classics addict! So... The Bowery
Boys? The Superman serials of the 1940s? Any chance of a boxed set
of the great MGM shorts, such as Robert Benchley, Pete Smith
Specialties, or Crime Does Not Pay? (And by the way, I write about
classic movies and get a LOT of requests for info about these!)
[RonEpstein] Yes! The Bowery Boys!
[WarnerHomeVideo] We plan to start releasing all 48 of our BOWERY
BOYS films in collections during 2006. Look for great MGM shorts on
our releases as added content, but there are no plans for dedicated
boxed sets of shorts on DVD at the moment. The Superman serials are
in the planning stages as we speak.
[AndrewRadke] Good evening, and thank you so much for taking the
time to chat with us tonight. I was wondering if you plan on
re-releasing the Ace Ventura films in widescreen? The same question
applies to "Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie". All of
these were previously released as pan & scan. Also, are there
any plans to revisit the Lethal Weapon films on DVD?
[WarnerHomeVideo] LETHAL WEAPON quartet are director's cuts with
fine transfers. No need to revisit. No plans for ACE or BLUE COLLAR.
[RobertSiegel] Thanks for all the wonderful transfers of the
musicals, they have been incredible. I own them all. I am wondering
(and hoping) if the 1974 musical MAME is scheduled,and will it
finally be a stereo version? It has such a great score and orchestra
[WarnerHomeVideo] If we do release MAME, we want to do it right,
which means 5.1, and since it was always mono, this would be
EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE to do. Too bad, as Lucy's vocals cry out for
5.1, don't they? :)
[JohnGilmore] Thanks for chatting tonight, WB, and thanks for your
great releases! Looking for information on these titles: "The
Sergeant"--never released on any home video format (1968), "The
Ritz" (1976), "Cruising" (1980).
[WarnerHomeVideo] We're exploring all three of those titles for
[RonEpstein] Any word on the Chevy Chase film, UNDER THE RAINBOW?
[WarnerHomeVideo] Ron, do you only like bad '80s comedies? (Just
[RonEpstein] You know what? That came from...well... okay...Bill
Hunt of THE DIGITAL BITS. I have to rat him out otherwise I get
[WarnerHomeVideo] No plans for UNDER THE RAINBOW...although we do
have midgets in our future. Bad boy Bill Hunt!
[stephanie] Do you have a date yet for the 1933 version of KING
KONG? Also what can you tell us about Looney Toons Vol.3 ?
[WarnerHomeVideo] We have a date for 1933 KING KONG...but we're not
going to tell you :)It's a secret! LOONEY TUNES V.3 is coming before
[DougIrving] Thanx for being her tonight! What are the chances of a
Special Edition of "Strange Brew"? Grateful for the
previous release, but it screams for a commentary by Dave and Rick
in character as Bob & Doug a la "Spinal Tap." Their
Rutt and Tuk commentary from Disney's Brother Bear proves that they
still possess the comic genius that I grew up loving on SCTV. Also
would you please explain your statement concerning rights issues for
[RonEpstein] That's a good question if I can follow up on it --- Fox
owns the TV show of BATMAN and you guys own the rights. Are the both
of you going to come to an agreement on the BATMAN TV release?
[WarnerHomeVideo] We'd love to see a Special Edition of STRANGE
BREW. Maybe by 2008 for it's silver anniversary. The BATMAN TV issue
is between DC Comics and Fox. It doesn't involve Warner home video.
[Esten] Any chance of releasing some cult favorite TV shows from
your library? (examples being Freddy's Nightmares, Just The Ten Of
Us and Midnight Caller). Thanks.
[WarnerHomeVideo] No plans as of yet.
[WarnerHomeVideo] Guys and Gals, don't forget about our great new
ERROL FLYNN releases on April 19th! You'll love them!
[John] Can you give us an update on any chance for a re-release of
the Superman films on DVD? Will we ever get the original theatrical
edition of Superman: The Movie on DVD? Will the sequels get better
treatment? And will we ever see an alternate cut of Superman II?
[WarnerHomeVideo] All of the issues you bring up are currently on
our radar.We are exploring all the possible opportunities. That's
all we can say at the moment. Keep your fingers crossed and watch
[LauraDavies] First, on behalf of the Folks, I'd like to thank
Warner for releasing season one of Lois and Clark: The New
Adventures of Superman on DVD. We'd like to know a few things, are
there going to be outtakes, what about the aspect ratios on the Lois
and Clark DVDs, and are there plans to release the other three
seasons quickly? (Possible dates, please?)
[WarnerHomeVideo] LOIS & CLARK will be 4x3. No outtakes, but
EXCELLENT supplements are planned. Others will follow faster than a
[MattSav] Now Warner has announced Lois&Clark and 1950's
Superman, have you/would you please consider the superb 1988-1992 "Superboy"
live action series for 2006? Also, I know the animation dept. isn't
there, but I'm voicing my support for a release of the 1980's
animated "Ruby Spears' Superman" series based on the movie
[WarnerHomeVideo] SUPERBOY is under consideration.
[JoeG] Great work on such SE DVDs as TRUE ROMANCE and Errol Flynn's
ROBIN HOOD. Keep it going! Anyway....digitalbits.com reported awhile
back you all was working on a SE DVD of 2001. Any truth or any other
[WarnerHomeVideo] SE of 2001 is targeted for 2006, with other
[WarnerHomeVideo] Folks, don't forget your mothers this year...Buy
them our new 8-Film DORIS DAY COLLECTION available APRIL 26TH. It's
[StevenFC] Thanks Ron. Hello, thanks for the great DVDs the past
year and thanks for giving us this opportunity to ask questions. And
to Ron and Parker for hosting the chat. My question is, is there any
chance of a "Cool Hand Luke" two-discer, or a DVD of "The
D.I." (1957) or "The Mortal Storm"? (1940) (if you
own the rights) Thank You.
[WarnerHomeVideo] We do own THE MORTAL STORM, but we have no plans
for that or the DI or an SE of COOL HAND LUKE at the moment. Sorry.
[tomricci] Thanks for giving us your time, ok here we go MGM's Green
Dolphin Street, Saturday Night Live by seasons (first 3)and since it
was asked KING KONG, did Fay Wray do a comentary before she passed?
[WarnerHomeVideo] We don't own Saturday Night Live. No plans yet for
GREEN DOLPHIN. Interviews with Fay Wray will be part of our upcoming
[JustinLord] My absolute favorite current TV series is COLD CASE.
Can you tell us when a Season 1 set of this remarkable show is
[WarnerHomeVideo] We agree COLD CASE is a great show. Music issues
preclude the possibility of a release at this time.
[Colby] Thanks for being here, Warner! Any chance of Funny Farm in
16x9 in the future? And also, are there any plans to release Tiny
Toons: How I Spent My Summer Vacation in the future? (Animation; I
know. But just in case!)
[WarnerHomeVideo] Sorry, no plans for either.
[ChrisA] Hello, I'm a fan of Judy Garland. Is there any 2 disc
ultra-resaloution of The Wizard of Oz and A Star is Born(1954) and
what about A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) any date yet?
[WarnerHomeVideo] Yes, we are doing a special release of THE WIZARD
OF OZ this year, featuring our new 4K ULTRA RESOLUTION transfer and
oodles of new extras. No plans for A STAR IS BORN, which couldn't be
Ultra-Rez since it's not a 3 strip Technicolor negative film. We do
plan a 2 disc SE of STREETCAR in 2006.
[RobT] After next weeks west wing season set release, will the
subsequent seasons be released in the regular time frame or will
they be delayed for syndication? and I would love to have the rest
of the New Scooby-Doo movies. Thanks.
[WarnerHomeVideo] No delays on WEST WING due to syndication.....full
speed ahead. No news on Scooby movies.
[ShawnCornwell] I'm curious regarding the DVD status for any of the
following: GIRL CRAZY (Garland and Rooney), WHERE'S CHARLEY? (Ray
Bolger), BABY DOLL (Carrol Baker), HOME FROM THE HILL and THE
SUNDOWNERS (both Robert Mitchum) and SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH (Paul
Newman). Thank you for the great job WB has done releasing classics
[WarnerHomeVideo] We have no rights to distribute WHERE'S CHARLEY.
BABY DOLL and SWEET BIRD are coming next year. The others will
[Ben] I would like to thank you greatly for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
'31 and Freaks, as well as the Hammer releases. I can't wait for
King Kong either; I saw that there were newly aquired elements for
that - how is the restoration going?
[WarnerHomeVideo] All you POKER FANS should mark down May 31st at
the day to go out and get the DVD Debut of THE CINCINNATI KID, which
is part of our exciting new STEVE McQUEEN promotion including a 2
Disc REMASTERED SE of his classic BULLITT.
[WarnerHomeVideo] The KONG restoration is going very well. Thanks
for asking! :)
[EricJ] Speaking of original theatrical cuts, will we ever see an
OTC catalog-reissue of "Amadeus"? (Thanks much for the
2-disk bonuses, but the dir-cut *STINKS!!*, and the 1-disk's out of
[WarnerHomeVideo] The single disc of AMADEUS is still available.
[Steve_M] Any release news on the Billy Wilder titles in your
collection? Also, should we expect the L.A. Confidential S.E. in
2005 or 2006?
[WarnerHomeVideo] No date set yet for LA CONFIDENTIAL. We will be
releasing THE SPIRIT OF ST LOUIS next year. No other Wilder titles
[PhiloMacDuff] Thank you very much for coming. Any plans for a
restored cut of Ken Russel's classic THE DEVILS, a release of DARK
OF THE SUN with Rod Taylor or NIGHT OF THE IGUANA? Thanks!
[WarnerHomeVideo] Plans are currently in full swing to bring THE
DEVILS to DVD in a special edition. NIGHT OF THE IGUANA is coming in
2006. DARK OF THE SUN is not in the cards at the moment.
[Karen_M] Good evening Warner Bros and thanks for joining us
tonight! Any plans to release Family Matters or Step by Step in
season sets? If not, I hope you consider releasing those titles.
Thanks for the Full House set too BTW!
[WarnerHomeVideo] Both series possible, but nothing in the near
[Akil] Hi. Thank you for answering our questions. I was wondering if
there are any plans for Electric Dreams (1984) or the 1996 Dr. Who
[WarnerHomeVideo] No plans for ELECTRIC DREAMS. We only distribute
the BBC product, so we have no idea what their marketing plans are
for DR. WHO.
[David] Hello, I am from SitcomsOnline.com... I hate to hear the
not-so-good news about Perfect Strangers, I hope it isn't "completely"
out of the question for a DVD release. I know that you recently
included an episode of the tv series Hangin with Mr. Cooper on a
bonus disc with a recent release, any chance that this might get its
own release in the future?
[WarnerHomeVideo] We're constantly looking at our TV library and
evaluating possible series for release. It's not completely out of
the question. There is just nothing planned at this point.
[AlanBrom] I notice that Season 3 of Wonder Woman will include a
bonus disc with the first episode of the live-action Shazam! series.
Any chance of seeing Shazam! released as a box set of its own?
[WarnerHomeVideo] No plans for a SHAZAM set at this time.
[WarnerHomeVideo] We hope all you JAMES DEAN fans will pick up our
new JAMES DEAN COLLECTION on 5/31 including the long-awaited DVD
debut of EAST OF EDEN!
[ChrisCook] Hi! Any plans to release the short-lived sci-fi series "Time
[WarnerHomeVideo] No plans for Time trax.
[RobertGr] WHV Rocks! I got a chance to see EASTER PARADE in 35mm
in 80yr old movie theater in upstate NY it was a WOW! Howz about
NORTHWEST PASSAGE? And we don't need another hero we need QUO VADIS
[WarnerHomeVideo] QUO VADIS requires restoration work. The film
elements are in poor shape. We want to release it ASAP, but
restorations take time and care. Be patient. No plans for NORTHWEST
PASSAGE right now, but it's a likely future release.
[SimonHowson] Can't wait to see transfer for EAST OF EDEN, hopefully
it wasn't problematic due to WarnerColor? Also, can you provide any
information about a SAM PECKINPAH BOX, and also if the films
REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE and I DIED A THOUSAND TIMES are
possibilities for future releases? PS - Why wasn't CLASSIC COMEDIES
_BOX_ released in Canada? (I'm in Australia but buy mainly from a
[WarnerHomeVideo] EAST OF EDEN looks terrific as does the remastered
REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE. The work that went into the transfers belie
their Warnercolor origins :) The Peckinpah release has been
scheduled for 2006. We don't know anything about CLASSIC COMEDIES
not being released in Canada.
[dee] Any plans to release CLASS ACT on DVD? I love that movie.
[WarnerHomeVideo] No plans for CLASS ACT on DVD.
[WarnerHomeVideo] We hope you are all excited about our
just-announced new FILM NOIR Volume 2 set, with great commentaries
on each film! If you haven't bought FILM NOIR Volume One....SHAME ON
[Tory] Will we see more films with Jean Harlow on DVD?
[WarnerHomeVideo] We have a Jean Harlow promotion set for late 2006.
It should be a bombshell :)
[MattMcKeehen] Thanks Ron, and thank you Warner, for a job well done
on The Gangsters Collection. I am looking forward to Vol. 2! You
confirmed earlier that you are indeed working on SE's for the
previous Batman films. Can you elaborate on this any, specifically
when they might be released?
[WarnerHomeVideo] Sorry, we can't elaborate, but look for the Bat
[Eddie_A] Any chance of a Singles Special Edition? Also, when can we
expect an announcement on Million Dollar Baby?
[WarnerHomeVideo] No SE on SINGLES. Look for an announcement on
MILLION $ BABY soon.
[WarnerHomeVideo] Also remember 5/3 is the release for the uncut,
restored BATTLE OF THE BULGE, and the reconstructed director's cut
of THE BIG RED ONE!
[ChristopherBlig] thank you so much for the great work this year so
far, I noticed that both Year of the Dragon and Point Blank are
issued for release this year, what can we expect from them in terms
of extras and is there any chance for the Lionpower featurette to be
included in Point Blank?
[WarnerHomeVideo] The LionPower featurette has music clearance
issues that preclude a home video release. POINT BLANK has two
featurettes and commmentary by director John Boorman and Steven
[MarkJCrawford] Thank you WHV. Any plans on Julius Caesar (Brando)
Ryan's Daughter, Mutinty on the Bounty (Brando) Mayerling (Omar
Sharif) Wuthering Heights (Olivier) and Anna Karenia (Garbo) My
apologies if these are MGM titles. Thank you.
[WarnerHomeVideo] Watch for one of the greatest films of the 1950s
to debut as part of our CONTROVERSIAL CLASSICS series, Elia Kazan's
A FACE IN THE CROWD. It should be required viewing everywhere. There
is a new docu with Andy Griffith, Pat Neal and Budd Schulberg that
is terrific. All the titles that Mark J. Crawford mentioned are on
our release schedule for 2005 - 2006, except for MAYERLING (which we
DO own)and WUTHERING HEIGHTS which we do not own. ANNA KARENINA will
be part of our big Garbo 100th birthday celebration this Fall.
[JohnPannozzi] Any plans for Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, Pinky
and the Brain, Freakazoid, Road Rovers, the Quick Draw McGaw Show,
the Son of Kong, Mighty Joe Young 1949, John K. and Spumco's Yogi
and Jetsons shorts, seasons 2 and 3 of the Jetsons, Flintstones on
the Rocks, Ralph Bakshi's Hey, Good Lookin' and/or the unsold pilot
of 'Gizmo and the Gremlins' on DVD? I also want to see Coal Black
and de Sebben Dwarfs on DVD.
[FredSheldrake] Any plans for additional John Huston (Wise Blood,
etc.) or revisting his previously released titles (Man Who Would Be
King, Maltese Falcon)? Also will Before Sunrise/Before Sunset be
[WarnerHomeVideo] There will be a 2 disc MALTESE FALCON SE at some
point in 2006.
No others planned.
[Kristian] First off THANKS for releasing the Wonder Woman Season
sets on DVD :) Any plans to release BEETLEJUICE, POLTERGEIST or
CREEPSHOW SE's in the near future?
[WarnerHomeVideo] A POLTERGEIST SE is planned for its 25th
anniversary. No others scheduled.
[WarnerHomeVideo] THE TRAIN ROBBERS finally comes to DVD along with
the debut of 4 other John Wayne favorites on May 3rd. Don't miss
[JonF] It is my understanding that the 1960's Fantastic Four cartoon
from Hanna-Barbera has legal issues with Marvel Comics regarding
home video release. IS this correct? If so, is it possible that this
situation could be worked out in the near future, especially since
there is a FF movie coming out this summer?
[WarnerHomeVideo] We have no information on this issue.
[BillHuelbig] Thanks Warner for all your hard work. You're the best
in the business. Any plans for releasing the 1949 MIGHTY JOE YOUNG
and/or the only Audrey Hepburn WB film not on DVD, THE NUN'S STORY?
[WarnerHomeVideo] Both MIGHTY JOE YOUNG and THE NUN'S STORY will be
out before Xmas.
[RonEpstein] Next up is our official Warner Brothers reviewer, Herb
[HerbKane] Hi WB. Thanks for taking the time to be here with us this
evening. Also congratulations are in order -- you folks have had a
great year with many outstanding releases. Some of the best DVD
releases ever. Quick question. Can we expect more Bogart this year
i.e. The Two Mrs. Carrolls, Conflict, Passage to Marseille, Across
the Pacific, Action in the North Atlantic, Battle Circus, Chain
Lightning, The Big Shot, All Through the Night, etc.
[WarnerHomeVideo] Hello Herb! The bad news is, no new Bogie this
year. The good news is that four major Bogie classics are being
restored from the orig camera negatives as we speak and will be
released in 2006. thanks for all your support.
[ScottMacD] WHV, many thanks for your sterling work in DVD and Home
Entertainment over the past years, your reputation is enviable and
well earned. I want to ask about what to expect on the future DVD
(or indeed HD) release of The Polar Express, and hopefully an
expected holiday release timeframe. A decent amount of film-making
extras, and not just kid's fluff is what is hoped for. Likewise a
rerelease of the Harry Potter films, in comprehensive Muggle
[WarnerHomeVideo] We cannot discuss anything regarding POLAR yet,
and there are no plans to revisit the existing POTTER releases.
[rhett] You guys did a fantastic job with your waves of horror
releases last fall, what plans do you have for this years
slate? Id love to see The Hand, Deadly Friend and Eyes of a
[WarnerHomeVideo] We will likely get to those titles eventually.
[Timmy_P] Thank you Ron and Warner! Can you give us a hint for what
title is next (besides OZ) for ultra resolution? Also any plans for
Esther Williams? And any plans for more hammer horror titles this
year? Thanks for turning me on to the classics!
[WarnerHomeVideo] We are evaluating future Ultra-Resolution releases
as we speak. It's a VERY, VERY, VERY expensive process, so we have
to be selective in what we undertake. We are planning a splashy
ESTHER WILLIAMS signature collection . There are a few more Hammers
to come from WHV. Glad we have hooked you on the classics, Timmy.
[JeffSchiller] Thank you Warner for the great classic animation
releases in the last couple years. I missed the beginning of this
chat, but hopefully my questions can be answered. What is the
release schedule for classic animation in Warner possession,
specifically: 1) will future Looney Tunes GCs be released more than
one a year? 2) will the remaining Tom & Jerry shorts be released
and unedited? and 3) what about a Fleischer Popeye release?
[WarnerHomeVideo] This was addressed earlier, but no one from
collectable animation was able to attend tonight. We do know that
the company is working hard to resolve the POPEYE situation, and
that because they are so labor intensive and meticulously done, the
Looney releases will be one per year for the forseeable future.
[RonEpstein] WoW! What a night! Parker and I wish to thank Mike,
George and Rosemary not only for coming here tonight and speaking
with us, but for supporting Home Theater Forum. Thank You so much
[ParkerClack] Thanks to everyone for coming tonight and especially
thanks to all of you at Warner Brothers for the fine work that you
do with your products. You can tell that you love film as much as we
[WarnerHomeVideo] Thank you Ron, Parker and all the HTF members for
your support and kind compliments over the past years.
[ParkerClack] Heh. Ronnee. Thanks for all that you do to get this
stuff together and being in our corner for so long.
[RonEpstein] Yeah, we love Ronnee and Janet! Thanks John Simon for
maintaining the list of questions asked. You did a superb job!
[ParkerClack] Good-nite everyone.
[RonEpstein] Thanks everyone for being here tonight
Session Close: Tue Mar 29 22:03:35 2005
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