Transcript: Warner Home Video
on Home Theater Forum
following is a complete transcript of the on-line chat with
representatives involved with DVD at Warner Home Video, held on
Tuesday, April 22nd on
Home Theater Forum. Thanks to Ron Epstein, Parker Clack and
the staff the HTF for all their hard work, and for providing the
transcript for all to read. Enjoy!
Subject: Live Chat with Warner Brothers
Date: April 22, 2003
[RonEpstein] Good Evening everyone. So nice to see so many people
here tonight... and it is a special night. We are very pleased to
have Warner Brothers here with us. This has become a yearly chat
event and these folks always graciously give up their time to be
here. So, let me begin by saying HELLO to Warner Brothers, and ask
them who is in attendance...
[Warner] Hello from Burbank. We are: Mike Radiloff, V.P. of DVD
Marketing, George Feltenstein, Sr. Vp Classic Catalog, Mike
Finnegan, V.P. of Editorial and Programming Services, Scott Heffron,
director of Marketing, Paul hemstreet V.P. DVD Special features. And
that's the group tonight!
[RonEpstein] Thanks so much for being here. I know you gave us two
hours and I want to get as many questions in as possible, so let me
start the process.
[EricMeske] Hi, thanks for being here tonight. Are there plans for
the Animated Batman to come in sets rather than the individual
releases with only a few episodes? Thanks!
[Warner] No plans for season sets on Animated Batman at this time
[PaulP] Thanks for being here again, WB! I want to commend you on
your great 2-Disc Special Editions, and I wonder what we might
expect next in this line, especially if Tim Burton's Batman and
Batman Returns are considered. Thanks
[Warner] There are many new releases in the hopper: THE MISSION,
THE RIGHT STUFF, GIANT, ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA, THE GREAT
DICTATOR, LIMELIGHT, THE GOLD RUSH, ROBIN HOOD PRINCE OF THIEVES,
MODERN TIMES and the "you heard it here first...."
CASABLANCA 60th anniversary edition!
[BrianPB] First of all, I am very much looking forward to the
upcoming Chaplin releases starting in July. My question concerns the
DVD status of other great silent films in your library. First and
foremost, von Stroheim's GREED (restored), but also King Vidor's THE
BIG PARADE, THE CROWD, and SHOW PEOPLE; and Victor
Seastrom/Sjostrom's THE WIND and THE SCARLET LETTER. If the silents
are low-priority, any chance WB will change its policy & license
[Warner] We are developing a special marketing initiative that will
introduce silent films from our classic library. More details will
be announced shortly, but you will be pleased :)
[RonEpstein] That's GREAT news about CASABLANCA. Thanks for sharing
it with us first.
[MDAllred] First, let me thank you for releasing John Carpenter's "Memoirs
of an Invisible Man" on DVD this August, if you can mention any
details, I'd appreciate it.
[Warner] Unfortunately due to talent unavailability, the special
features will be light on MEMOIRS
[NickGraham] Well, this was sort of hit on before, but with the
resurgence of comic based movies, are there any plans for the
oft-rumored SEs of Batman, Batman Returns, and Batman Forever? If I
grovel enough can I get box sets of Batman Animated?
[Warner] We are planning to tie in to the planned sequels (yet to
be put into production) on BATMAN and SUPERMAN. We will pass your
BATMAN ANIMATED BOXED SET request onto our Family-brand group
[DavidLambert] Thanks for coming tonight! Warner puts out excellent
TV releases (Friends is among my favorites; thanks for faster
releases!). What else can we expect from WB in the way of TV shows
on DVD? Anything you can tell us about Smallville, E.R., Dukes of
Hazzard, or anything else that will excite fans??
[Warner] All three that you mentioned are in the works as well as
other TV series. Details on some of these are forthcoming very
[Mark_Cruickshank] Hi guys, thanks for coming tonight. Any plans to
release the Robert Zemeckis / Steven Spielberg 1978 film, "I
Want To Hold Your Hand"? Thanks.
[Warner] We'll keep your inquiry about I WANNA HOLD YOU HAND in
[Warner] We hope everyone knows that THE BEN STILLER SHOW and LA
FEMME NIKITA season One have been announced
[DavidSisselman] Hi. Can you tell us anything about any potential
plans for Superman: The Animated Series?
[Warner] No plans at this time
[Patrick_F] Thanks for coming! I have a question about some of your
classic films - any plans for EAST OF EDEN, DIAL M FOR MURDER, and
MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS? And if we ask nicely - how about the rest of
those "classic" POLICE ACADEMY films? :) Keep up the great
work and thanks.
[Warner] All those "classic" POLICE ACADEMY films
are...on their way. EAST OF EDEN is tied up in legal limbo although
we are trying to untie it. DIAL M and MEET ME are coming next year!
[BenjaminDorsey] Thanks for being here!! Are there any plans to
re-release more early full-screen releases (comidies, especially) in
[Warner] Yes. Our release of NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION 20th
Anniversary is an example of this. There will be more!
[todds] Thanks for coming. Is their any chance that the Flash tv
show might be released on dvd? And if no season box of Batman
animated. Please speed up the individual discs. Thanks
[Warner] No plans on FLASH TV series at this time
[cosimot2003] I was wondering about sidney lumet's Deathreap, an
overlooked gem, any plans for a reissue,maybe a audio comm,
something about the play, anything also, what about maverick and tin
cup, you have two great comedy's, plus two directors that would be
willing to put together SE, Donner and sheldon, Also, What about the
stallone 80's cult film, Over the top?
[Warner] No plans for a reissue of DEATHTRAP, but other Sidney
Lumet films will make their debut or be reissued next year. OVER THE
TOP, we'll consider it in the future.
[ScottDS] Hello WB! Excellent news about those classic Police
Academy films and your full-screen remasters! Anything you can tell
us about your plans for Looney Tunes (hopefully uncensored)?
[Warner] OK here we go. All of the LOONEY TUNES cartoons are being
remastered from new film elements made from the original negatives.
We have an extensive program planned that finally unites both the
pre-'48 Turner-owned cartoons and the WB cartoons. The first big
release will be later this year and contain oodles of extras
directed towards the classic animation fans. Several respected
animation experts are participating on the special features as we
speak. Fans of THE GOLDEN AGE OF LOONEY TUNES LD sets will not be
[RonEpstein] Warner, I have a question. How are plans going to
release MGM's "The Sunshine Boys" (1975)? Last time I
asked you said it had to go through restoration.
[Warner] Things with a K are funny!....It's coming next year
[Jeff_HR] Hello, I'm Jeff Rediger & I'd like to know if there
are any plans to release more Bette Davis films from the late 1930's
& 1940's such as "Marked Woman", "The Old Maid",
"Mr Skeffington" & "All This and Heaven Too"?
[Warner] We love these films. They all need restoration from the
original negatives so they can look as gorgeous as NOW VOYAGER does.
However, we have a long line of other WB classics with Bogart,
Cagney, & Flynn that are ahead of Bette in the line.
[JustinF] Extended cut of Night of Dark Shadows has been recovered,
when can we expect restored version on DVD?
[Warner] That's very interesting. We own the film, and this is news
[Esten] Two volumes of "Freddy's Nightmares" are getting
released in Region 2 this year. Any plans for a Region 1
release?Would be a good tie-in for the "Freddy vs. Jason"
film. Also any plans for "Return of The Living Dead 2","Deadly
Friend" and "It's Alive"(I'm asking for someone who
cant be here)?
[Warner] RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 2 and the IT'S ALIVE Trilogy
will arrive next year. No plans for Freddy's nightmare or Deadly
Friend at the moment
[Jeff_Krispow] Hi folks! What is the current status of the RKO
Library films? My understanding was that many of these gems were in
dire need of restoration. Any news of when we might see Top Hat, or
the Val Lewton films, etc.? Also, will we ever see 3D versions of
Warner's 3D films instead of the usual flat versions? (Why not have
both flat and 3D on one disc?) Many thanks in advance for your
replies! Best regards...
[Warner] You are right about the RKO Library. It's a mess. We are
very active in seeking out the finest film elements to resolve this
issue. We have several RKO films including some Val Lewton classics
in the hopper for next year. We are also working on Fred &
Ginger as well as several other choice gems from that library. As to
3D, we have seen many tests of our films using various 3D
technologies. All of them were unacceptable to us, gave us headaches
and made us nauseous. Until the technology is up to WB standards,
we'll be content with excellent 2D versions.
[johngilmore] Good evening gentlemen, thanks for coming tonight.
Can you talk about any plans for releasing the gay-oriented films "Cruising"
and "The Ritz" on DVD. Thanks!
[Warner] No plans at the present time
[LukeB] It's great to see the older, troubling discs (flippers and
wrong aspect ratios) being upgraded. Will there be special editions
for SLEEPERS (flipper) or the HARRY POTTER films and are there any
plans for the 1983 sci-fi comedy NOTHING LASTS FOREVER, starring
Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd who both have recently said they would
participate in special feature content if it would be released on
[Warner] NOTHING LASTS FOREVER has legal problems that need to be
ironed out, which is why it has never been on home video. No plans
for a special edition of SLEEPERS or HP at this time.
[WadeW] Any plans for THE BAD SEED? Thanks.
[Warner] Next year you will finally see RHODA in all her glory!
[robert_crawford] When can we expect dvd releases for James Cagney
films as well as Bogart films such as The Treasure of Sierra Madre
and To have and have not?
[Warner] TREASURE, YANKEE DODLE DANDY and THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN
HOOD are all getting the WB double-disc deluxe treatment this year.
TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT & HIGH SIERRA are on their way as well
before year's end.
[DarrenGross] Any plans for THATS ENTERTAINMENT and THE MAGNIFICENT
[Warner] THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT we hope to release next year for its
30th anniversary. We have no scheduled date for AMBERSONS at the
moment but we hope to release it in the near future.
[Jay] Any plans for reissues of LAst Boy Scout, Lethal Weapon
Series, Doc Hollywood or Ace Ventura?
[LyleH] With your upcoming horror titles in August, I am wondering
if you have any plans to release Tod Browning's FREAKS (1932) in the
[Warner] Gooble Gobble Gooble gobble ONE OF US! ONE OF US! Freaks
is coming in 2004! REJOICE!
[Jay_Gregory] Hope this wasn't asked in the first five minutes: any
chance for a 'Brewster McCloud' DVD? Love 'McCabe...'
[Warner] Based on past sales of BREWSTER on VHS and LD, it's
doubtful a DVD release of the film would be profitable
[ChrisZ] Hello! I was just wondering if there were any DVD plans
for the Dean Cain/Teri Hatcher TV series Lois & Clark: The New
Adventures of Superman? (preferably season sets)? I'm assuming WB
has the home video rights to this series, but if not, any idea who I
would to write to about getting this series released? I just wanted
you guys to know that this show still has a HUGE loyal fanbase.
Thank you for your time!
[Warner] LOIS & CLARK is under consideration
[John] Hello and good evening...Are u guys planning on making a
Donner Superman II? or maybe a SE Superman II with a donner version?
U know many fans want it!!! and those fans r the main buyers of
these dvd's... is there any chance we (the fans) might convince u to
release batman SE before new movie tie-ins? What will it have
(isolated score?) and will there be a Batman Returns SE? how and
when will these titles get to Region 2? Region 2 is often neglected
to Region 1.
[Warner] We too believe these projects are viable. When we are able
to secure the directors' time to create these editions, they will
become a reality
[JeffreyGray] Hello, and thank you for taking time to chat with us.
I was wondering, are there any plans to revisit either A CHRISTMAS
STORY or CATS DON'T DANCE. Both received minimal extras, and no
widescreen version, on their original issues, and I would like to
know if you (or the Family Entertainment group, who did the previous
versions) have plans to revisit either in the future.
[Warner] Ho Ho Ho. It's XMAS in April. Yes, we have a new 16x9 20th
Anniversary CHRISTMAS STORY special edition coming in time for the
holidays. No plans to revisit CATS DON'T DANCE since very few people
bought it the first time
[joep] hello all, i was wondering if you have any plans to reissue
maverick, it would make a great disc, also, thanks for the gremlins
SE, they ruled!, part 2 as well.
[Warner] Thank you for the kudos on GREMLINS. We appreciate the
kind words. No plans to revisit MAVERICK at the moment
[Samuel_M] Given Paramount's newly announced plans to support DTS
with the upcoming Jack Ryan Box Set, what will be the extent of WB
support of DTS in the future?
[Warner] No plans for DTS at this time
[Anders_Runestad] Thanks Warner for your excellent DVD work, and
for being here tonight. I would like to ask you about the status of
a few classics from the 60s/70s: UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE, POINT BLANK,
THX-1138, and most of all . . . NIGHT OF THE LEPUS. Yes it's true,
the infamous killer bunny movie has quite a cult following (featured
in THE MATRIX, no less) and has never even been on VHS, let alone
[Warner] THX-1138 will be landing at a video store near you next
year. No plans for the other titles.
[MichaelD] I apologize if this was addressed earlier. Are there any
plans to release some or all of Cartoon Network's 'Adult Swim'
series (Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Harvey
Birdman, etc.) on DVD? What about the WB's 'Birds of Prey?' Thank
you in advance.
[Warner] ADULT SWIM is being considered at the moment. BIRDS OF
PREY is not at this time
[Vera] When & will we see House of Dark Shadows on DVD?
[Warner] No plans for either DARK SHADOWS film on DVD at this time.
[Richard_Gustave] Can you provide any details about the rumored
Martin Scorsese box set/re-releases of Goodfellas and Mean Steets?
[Warner] We are working around Mr. Scorsese's availability in order
to make these releases happen. We are very excited about them, as we
know you are
[Neil_Bulk] Thanks for coming tonight! What can you tell us about
the upcoming Where Eagles Dare DVD? Was it fully restored? The
previous LD used some video effects to keep the picture in sync with
the audio and looked quite ugly. Has this been fixed? Will it be the
complete film? How does it look and sound? What sort of extras can
we expect on that as well? Oh, and thanks in advance for the 2 disc
Adventures of Robin Hood set.
[Warner] Yes, WHERE EAGLES DARE was fully restored ON FILM. New
film elements were made from which we derived the new transfer. Yes,
the old version was very ugly, hence the need for high quality
remastering. We think you'll be pleased with the results. You are
welcome regarding ROBIN HOOD, we hope it will knock the arrows out
of your quiver!
[Steve_Simon] Ok, I think I have the first non dvd release
question.... Could you please comment on Warner Bros. commitment to
the future High Definition DVD format?? Is progress being made?? Are
we close to having the standards set to launch the format?? Thank
[Warner] Progress is ongoing. We are awaiting an industry-wide
accepted standard, which as you know is a complicated issue
[Warner] While we are waiting we'd like to remind you that today is
the street date for our 5 new Cole Porter musical classics. We hope
you'll support them. We'd love to see reviews on the HTF!!!
[Adam_S] My question is: Can we expect the other Thin Man films?
And if you release them all in a box set, would you offer a rebate
for those of us who've already bought the first one?
[Warner] Yes, we have more in the works. Stay tuned and meanwhile
make a martini for Nick and Nora. No plans for a box THIN MAN set
[Warner] Also another reminder EMPIRE RECORDS-SPECIAL EDITION CUT
and FAME for the first time on DVD are coming 6/3
[kevin_lodge] Hello -- any plans for other Hitchcock films such as
Suspicion, Wrong Man, Stage Fright and Foreign Correspondant
[Warner] Yes, we plan a BIG Hitchcock collection for '04.
[Justin_S] Hi, do you have any plans to release the killer dog
film, THE PACK, or the great DEMON SEED or THE DEVILS to DVD in the
future and will THE DEVILS be uncut when you do get around to
releasing it? Thanks
[Warner] All are possibilities. None with a definite date attached.
[TimGannett] Any chance of a Special Edition of the lost boys
[Warner] It's a possibility. No firm decision yet
[JeffKleist] Why are we getting Tom & Jerry best-ofs when Japan
has all of the "good" (non-buddy) ones at a very low price
in both censored and uncensored versions, and now the UK is getting
the same discs? I will import them if i have to, I'd much rather
have yours. Also, Tiny Toons and Animaniacs, when? Thank you!
[Warner] TOM & JERRY collections will arrive with uncut,
complete theatrical version cartoons starting next year. This will
include all the cartoons made by Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera for MGM
between 1940-1957. No plans for Tiny toons or Animaniacs
[PatrickMcCart] First, I'd like to complement you on the special
editions for Singin' In The Rain, Amadeus, and One Flew Over The
Cuckoo's Nest...as well as the DVDs for The Thin Man and the other
classics. Also, the upcoming Chaplin discs, Adv. of Robin Hood,
Yankee Doodle Dandy, Casablanca, and other classics (House of Wax,
Casablanca, Haunting, The Thing, etc) sound wonderful! As for my
question... Any plans for DVDs of Around the World in Eighty Days
and early sound films (Jazz Singer, The Singing Fool, Vitaphone
shorts, Don Juan, etc)?
[Warner] AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS arrives soon. JAZZ SINGER is
in restoration but no release date is in sight. No plans for any
other early Vitaphone material at the moment
[CraigS] I got here late so I hope this hasn't been asked. Any
chance for a Chariots of Fire SE to go along with all the other
excellent Oscar winner SEs you've released recently?
[Warner] CHARIOTS OF FIRE will make a run for it on DVD in a new SE
[Warner] When ANALYZE THAT arrives on DVD on 5/13 look for other
Robert DeNiro DVDs from us including THE MISSION 2 DISC SET and THIS
BOY'S LIFE DONE
[KevinSkinner] Thanks for taking the time to join us. What happened
with the commentaries on the South Park DVDs?
[Warner] Legal problems precluded commentaries on the SOUTH PARK
1st season DVD but they are available separately as a 5 CD set from
[Eric_Ansley] Thanks for being here....what are your plans for
releasing THE HUNGER and GREYSTOKE? Aso..one more vote for Batman
Animated sets and a Lost Boys Special Edition. thanks
[Warner] Both HUNGER and GREYSTOKE are in the works for next year
[Warner] Don't forget our FATHER'S DAY releases: FATHER OF THE
BRIDE, THE COURTSHIP OF EDDIE'S FATHER and THE IN-LAWS (1979)
[RonEpstein] THE IN-LAWS! Finally!
[Warner] The original!
[Warner] Also remember our war classics for memorial day OBJECTIVE,
BURMA OPERATION PACIFIC and BATTLE CRY. Street date is May 6
[Tim_P] Will there be eventual boxsets for Batman TAS and the other
[Warner] We already answered this. No.
[Jeff_Cushen] Given the stronger-than-expected DVD sales for
Babylon 5 Season 1 (and most likely Season 2), how is the release
schedule for Seasons 3-5 shaping up? Thanks.
[Warner] All are on the way. Keep buying 'em , we'll keep making
[TedD] Great news on "80 Days" Does it have the complete
prologue, Intermission, etc? Could you please do "That's
Entertainment" at least anamorphic 1.85:1 and windowbox the
1.33:1 clips. 2.40:1 would be even better... Musicals on hand, great
transfers for their age. Thanks!
[Warner] 80 DAYS will indeed have intermission prologue, etc. Since
the bulk of THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT consists of 1.33 clips (80% of the
movie) it will be a custom aspect ratio transfer DONE. Even the new
footage shot for THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT was projected at 1.33 in orig
[Warner] Look for our SWASHBUCKLERS in JULY: SCARAMOUCHE, KNIGHTS
OF THE ROUND TABLE, MASTER OF BALLANTRAE, CRIMSON PIRATE and START
THE REVOLUTION WITHOUT ME
[DarrenGross] Any hopes for the Ronald reagan film storm warning?
[Warner] No plans for STORM WARNING. Great film but no one knows it
and it wouldn't sell
[RonEpstein] I know you guys have been announcing some great new
titles all night, and it is appreciated....Earlier this evening
Warner gave us an exclusive on announcing their "Casablanca
60th Anniversary" DVD. I want to stop here for a moment and
give Warner Brothers the opportunity to perhaps announce any other
titles they may wish to share with us that we may not know about.
[Warner] We DO read the HTF and are aware that virtually all our
3rd quarter titles have been made public to your membership. However
SEPTEMBER will also see the new SUPER DUPER deluxe double discs of
THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, and TREASURE OF
THE SIERRA MADRE all remastered from new restored film elements
directly made from the nitrate original
[RonEpstein] Beautiful! So nice to see these long-awaited classics
coming to DVD
[Warner] Another exciting addition to our slate will be THE
OUTSIDERS-Extended Version coming later this year
[JackHarasta] With the pending release of 20,000 Leagues Under The
Sea, do you have any plans to release Captain Nemo And The
Underwater City (formerly an MGM property now owned by Warner) or
Valley Of The Gwangi? No more snappers please. Thanks!
[Warner] Good news on GWANGI. Both that and THE BEAST FROM 20,000
FATHOMS as well as THE BLACK SCORPION are creeping toward you in
October. No plans for CAPT. NEMO
[Michael_Daniels] Will we see any of the Lon Chaney silent classics
or more classic horror (MGM, Dr. Jekyll, Val Lewton, Hammer) in
2004? The Body Snatcher perhaps?
[Warner] Regarding Lon Chaney, the man of 1000 faces will soon be
looking at you from DVD-land. VAL LEWTON films coming in 2004
[Warner] Coming your way this August, HOUSE OF WAX, THE THING FROM
ANOTHER WORLD, THE HAUNTING, and many more!
[Sumeet_Beniwal] Any plans for a Wyatt Earp special Edition.
[Warner] Wyatt Earp will amble along in '04 DONE
[AgeeBassett] ...According to IMDB, the excised footage still
exists on 16mm rolls belonging to the film's star, John Garfield.
Can Warner secure this footage for restored DVD release? (Thanks,
BTW, for the beautiful DVDs of Mildred Pierce and Red Badge!)
[Warner] What Garfield film?
[AgeeBassett] sorry, this question was about "the sea wolf"...it
was cut by 12 mins in 1950s and hasn't been seen in that version
[Warner] Thanks for the kudos about MILDRED and RED BADGE. We are
looking for 35mm elements for the complete version of THE SEA WOLF.
We are aware of the 16mm footage that exists in personal prints.
[MarkSilver] I recognize there are syndication rights issues, but
is The West Wing Season 1 on the schedule for late 2003 or early
[Warner] WEST WING is in the works.
[Gavin_L] Thanks for coming and chatting with us tonight, its
really appreciated, will there be any chance of you guys releasing
the 80's movie Stealing home in a widescreen presentation? adding
another vote for the Lost Boys SE too
[Warner] No plans for STEALING HOME
[Warner] We also want to remind you that July 1st brings our
CHAPLIN COLLECTION releases from MK2 in France and the Chaplin
[joep] any plans for the film nothing but trouble? i love this one,
also, another vote for Over the top
[Warner] No plans for NOTHING BUT TROUBLE WS at this time
[Beth_Caster] I am currently collecting Dark Shadows TV dvds. Would
love to see the films on dvd in the future. If they are restored as
I have heard will there be a better chance of seeing them on dvd in
[Warner] Again. No plans for DARK SHADOWS movies.
[Gord_Lacey] Thanks for LA FEMME NIKITA in July. Any chance we'll
see NIGHT COURT on DVD?
[Warner] NIGHT COURT and other sitcoms in our library are under
[Jon_W] Any plans for a new An American in Paris release?
[Warner] Eventually. It needs a SINGIN' IN THE RAIN kind of
restoration. No plans at the moment, but we want to do it
[EddieS] Thanks for coming tonight! Do the powers-that-be agree
with me that Shawshank and All the President's Men would look nice
as double-discs (or SEs)? Also, how about those Kubrick films
(2-Discs)? Thanks for your time.
[Warner] SHAWSHANK and PRESIDENT'S MEN are under consideration for
the SE treatment subject to talent availability. No plans for
[Matt_Naglieri] I apologize if this has been asked already but is
there any chance of the theatrical cut of Richard Donner's Superman
with the original soundtrack or Donner's version of Superman 2, also
what is the status of the Batman films SE, and finally is there an
official explanation for the audio pops in South Park season one?
[Warner] Yes, this has been asked already. No plans for either at
[Warner] We also want to remind you that on July 1st we are
releasing 4 new to DVD Barbra Streisand films with commentaries (her
first ever for DVD)-WHAT'S UP DOC, NUTS, THE MAIN EVENT and UP THE
[JohnKilduff] "Electric Dreams" anytime soon?
[Warner] Dream on....Sorry!
[RonEpstein] Question: any Errol Flynn films besides Robin hood and
[Warner] Yes, PRINCE & THE PAUPER and KIM in August, and a
large Flynn promotion and a new feature-length documentary will
arrive in late '04. Also THE MASTER OF BALLANTRAE is a Flynn
favorite coming in July
[Jarrod] Hello, all; thanks again for coming. Is Cartoon Network's "Samurai
Jack" being considered for future release in season sets, the
format of choice (as opposed to 4-episode single releases)?
[Warner] No plans for JACK right now
[Warner] HTF members last chat asked for SOYLENT GREEN, THE OMEGA
MAN, THE HAUNTING and WAIT UNTIL DARK. All coming in August
[RonEpstein] Thanks for listening to the HTF members' requests!
[mark_basile] Thanks for coming and forgive me if this has already
been asked. How does Warner determine which titles get DTS or not?
[Warner] It's easy. None do.
[greg_t] Wondering why Warner still uses 384kbps dolby digital?
[Warner] It's a capacity issues balancing fans' desires for
[JakeLip] Hi, thanks for coming, and I was wondering if there was
any chance for 7th Heaven or Wonder Years on DVD, thanks! Sorry if
this was asked before.
[Warner] We do not own home video rights to either series
[Thomas_Hart] Thanks for coming here tonight. I have only 2 words:
MARX BROS? Honk! "Make that 3 hard boiled eggs!"
[Warner] HERE YOU GO. The Marx Bros. arrive in '04. NIGHT AT THE
OPERA, DAY AT THE RACES and many more.
[Warner] Also want to mention our Clint Eastwood library will be
complete on DVD with 7 new releases in September
[MattHritz] I was wondering if you have any plans to release a "Gettysburg"
special edition? I know there is 23 minutes of extra footage that's
not included in the current release and only in the collector's set
on VHS. Will the Gods and Generals 7/15 release be only the
theatrical version, hoping for the rumored 6 hour version
[Warner] GETTYSBURG is currently withdrawn from U.S. release due to
legal problems. GODS AND GENERALS will be the theatrical cut
[ParkerClack] What Eastwood titles do you have coming out?
[Warner] WHERE EAGLES DARE, TIGHTROPE, WHITE HUNTER BLACK HEART,
THE ROOKIE, HONKYTONK MAN, CITY HEAT, and PINK CADILLAC. All the
Eastwood titles have 5.1 audio
[Gary] When is the Goodfella's SE coming? Any chance of revisiting
Horror of Dracula as a SE or any other Hammer Horrors?
[Warner] No revisiting HORROR OF DRACULA. However, more Hammer
titles coming next year which we think you'll enjoy. GOODFELLAS will
be a Special Edition. We have no date set.
[Warner] We will complete the VACATION series with new 16x9
editions of XMAS VACATION and VEGAS VACATION later this year
[PaulScott] any plans for Queen Christina, or Libled Lady or
Postman Rings Twice?
[Warner] LIBELED LADY and POSTMAN '46 will arrive in '04. No plans
for QUEEN CHRISTINA yet.
[MikeF] Forgive me if this has been asked, I just got here. What is
the current status of the upcoming Blade Runner DVD set?
[Warner] BLADE RUNNER will happen, but there are legal hurdles to
overcome. We want it just as much as you do. Stay tuned.
[JoshuaClinard] Warner has recently begun to release DVD's in
keepcases, which most DVD collectors prefer over snappers, but only
in certain reigons. Why not in Reigon 1? I have a smaller ratio of
Warner films in my collection than other studios because of this. I
only buy the must-haves from Warner. Could you release a few on a
test-basis, to see if sales improve? New Line has seen the light,
why haven't you done the same for all regions?
[Warner] Snappers are here for the moment, but we are committed to
Digipacks on all 2 Disc special editions and multi disc sets
[Patti_Feinberg] Hooray! for Prince & Pauper (when)? Also,
please tell me there's GOOD word for Night of Dark Shadows?
[Warner] The DARK SHADOWS films can always be under consideration,
along with many other films in our library. Yes, look forward to THE
PRINCE AND THE PAUPER on August 26th.
[ParkerClack] I am going to go bankrupt. My credit card hates you
guys!!! Thanks for being so punny tonight.
[RonEpstein] I want to take this opportunity to thank Mike, Mike,
George, Scott and Paul at Warner Brothers. Did I get everyone? I
know Ronnee wanted to be here tonight so I extend thanks to her. You
guys have been so great tonight. Not only did you answer so many
inquiries, you gave us a few exclusives -AND- you typed very fast!
Thanks for being so supportive of Home Theater Forum.
[ParkerClack] I second Ron's thanks for being here with us. You
have some GREAT titles coming up and some of the best in the best
year. Keep up the great work.
[Warner] Thank you for the oppotunity to speak with the HTF
membership. DO know that we are always reading your forum and taking
your comments to heart. We hope you are pleased with our increased
commitment to classic & catalog product on DVD.We appreciate
your support. To quote our friends in LOONEY TUNES LAND "That's
Session Close: Tue Apr 22 22:06:45 2003
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