Transcript: 20th Century Fox on HTF
following is a complete transcript of the on-line chat with with
Peter Staddon of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, held on
Monday, December 2nd 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!
Subject: Live Chat with Peter Staddon
Date: December 2, 2002
[RonEpstein] At this time I would like to say hello to Peter
Staddon of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment....one of our
most favorite guests. Hello Peter.
[peterstaddon] Hi Ron, and hello to all the htf folks I've met.
Lets get rolling since I kept you all waiting
[RonEpstein] We are going to get started right away and open the
[RonEpstein] Okay, PatrickMcCart is first...
[PatrickMcCart] Before I ask my question, I'd like to complement
Fox DVD on the great work done in the past year, as well as future
Fox Studio Classics line. As for my question... Are there DVD plans
for the 1943 comedy, Holy Matrimony? It never has been on video and
it's a really funny movie. Also, any plans for Cavalcade, The Big
Trail, and the surviving John Ford silent westerns? Keep up the
[peterstaddon] Thanks for the compliment. Holy matrimony no plans,
Big Trail and Cavalcade should make it out in 2003 as part of the
studio classics line.
[JohnSimon] Thanks for coming, Peter. I'm curious if you know of
any plans to do something different with the 8th and 9th seasons of
The X-Files, since they attracted less viewers during those seasons?
aka outtakes, or another format?
[peterstaddon] We've actually just finished the materials for the
final seasons, the format will remain largely the same with maybe a
few suprises but they will be minor.
[MelissaC] In your opinion, what will it take to get the complete
series Roswell released on DVD?
[peterstaddon] We are looking at that right now. The big issue is
the music clearance costs which will run between 1 and 2 million
dollars. That's a lot of cash to pay out for a series like this. we
haven't got an answer but we are looking at trying to put season one
out if we can reduce the clearance costs significantly
[Jay_Gregory] Any chances for more Altman on DVD? Particularly 3
Women and a Wedding?
[peterstaddon] I have to be a bit cryptic now, so bear with me. The
good news is that 3 women will be coming out on DVD, but Fox will
not be releasing it - not sure if that's bad news but when we can
announce how we are bringing it to market it will make a lot of
people on the board excited!
[PatrickLee] Thanks for being here for this chat, Peter! Can you
tell me if Valley of the Dolls, and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls,
will be released on dvd in 2003?
[peterstaddon] Valley of The Dolls, yes - Beyond The Valley will be
released in the same way as 3 women - I can't tell you what that
involves yet as the deal hasn't been finalised! let the guessing
[Vince_Maskeeper] Peter- nice to see you round these parts again--
we've missed you. I wanted to remind you that you told me last year
that you'd check on rights to the ALTMAN film OC AND STIGGS .. so if
you get a second I'd love to know if I should be bugging you or MGM
for this personal fave. My current question is: any word on progress
of the OFFICE SPACE:SE? Many of us are still waiting and seeing that
non-anamorphic version, while affordable, is depressing...
[peterstaddon] The Office Space SE is held up big time. Agents got
involved and it got ugly in a hurry. I think you will see Office
Space 2 before you see the SE - but I haven't given up on it. I
still have to check on OC and Stiggs.
[michaelsliger] Any chance of a status update for the "Millennium:
Season 1" box set? Is the rumored "late 2003" release
date realistic? Has any work been started to prep the episodes yet
(hopefully 16x9 widescreen if that season was shot in that manner)?
[peterstaddon] That is another tv series I would love to see on
DVD. The first two seasons were outstanding. I think you will see
season 1 in 2003 and depending on how that sells we will release
subsequent seasons. If it was filmed in 16x9 it will be released in
[DaveAnderson] Hello Peter! Thank you much for coming. Any chance
Fox will put the pedal to the metal in terms of the pacing on
Simpsons releases? These are just taking too darn long! :) Also,
when is Malcolm: S2 coming? Love the show - got into it thanks to
the DVD set.
[peterstaddon] Simpsons does take a long time to develop, but you
have to realise that matt and jim are very involved in the
productions and they don't have a lot of free time with getting the
show out. Season 3 will probably be in May 2003! I know, we would
like to get it out earlier as well, but it is shaping up to have
some really cool material on it. As for Malcom, we'll wait and see
how season 1 sells - looking really good so far - and aim to get
another season out in 6 months time. Something like that.
[Louis-Olivier] I was just wondering if there was any plan to
release Space : Above and Beyond on dvd? This is my personal
favorite and i shall not rest until i hold it in my bare hands!
Also, are the rumours about family guy true?
[peterstaddon] Depends what the rumors are! But we will be
releasing it - the lawyers are having nightmares with the commentary
track at the moment! As for space above and beyond - you might not
be resting for a year or so.
[StephenK] I notice clearing music rights becoming more and more of
an issue with all Home Video releases for all studios, are studios
moving to clear all subsequent video rights when acquiring them for
feature release? We're losing many worthy home releases...
[peterstaddon] It is a huge issue, and you're right we have lost a
number of releases. When new shows are created now the music
clearances are often built into production costs, but you are faced
with a group running one business who do not want to pay a million
or so on clearances for a future dvd release as it raises their
production costs today. It is getting better though The real problem
is with catalog titles where there was absolutely no thought to
clearance issues when they were produced. In that instance when you
go to someone and start talking about clearances for DVD the $$$$
light goes on and they all think they have hit the jackpot. It is a
[JonB] Thanks for coming, I know you probably hear this question a
lot but can you hint or say any 5 star dvds for the upcoming year?
and can we expect King of the Hill?
[peterstaddon] We have stopped developing 5 star as a brand, but we
will continue to produce significant special edition releases on
catalog titles over the course of the next year or so. We have some
incredible SE's planned on major films in our catalog. Some of them
are re issues, some of them are new releases. As for KOTH expect it
[AdamME] Any news on PCU or Fear of a Black Hat? Also, does Fox own
the rights to the Ben Stiller Show?
[peterstaddon] Neither of those titles are being worked on at the
moment, i'll have to check Fear of a Black Hat. The Ben Stiller show
has some issues preventing us doing anything with it. I can't really
say more than that.
[AaronMK] First, thanks for comming, always great to hear from you.
Are there any plans for OAR DVD releases of "The Gods Must Be
Crazy" and its sequal? Does Fox still own the rights to these?
Also what is the outlook for consistent OAR support from the
industry as DVD goes mainstream?
[peterstaddon] First on the OAR support, I can only talk from Fox's
pov but we are unwavering in our support for OAR. That does not mean
that we will release Pan and Scan versions as well, but OAR will
always be available. The Gods must be crazy is being looked at but
not for a good while yet.
[TedD] Thanks for coming,Peter. Any chances Fox will be revisiting
the R&H musicals with new anamorphic transfers?
[peterstaddon] That's a difficult one because they don't sell that
well now, and the cost of remastering is significant. Just trying to
justify it from a return on investment would be tough, and as much
as I would love to be able to say that we will be reissuing them,
it's not on the cards at the moment.
[JasonHughes] Hello Peter! Any possibility of The Panic In Needle
Park? AFAIK this is still a Fox title. Also, was that Office Space 2
remark a joke or is there something to it?
[peterstaddon] I never joke in a chat!! Panic in needle park is
being looked at but probably not until the end of 2003.
[RonEpstein] I'll sneak in my usual question -- any chance of
seeing "Lost In Space" TV episodes in the near future?
[peterstaddon] They nearly made it out in the first half of 2003,
but the remake that we were going to tie it into fell through. We
are looking to try and make the numbers work on Lost in Space and
The Time Tunnel for 2003.
[ParkerClack] My question for the night---How are OAR titles
selling in comparison to P&S titles for Fox in general?
[peterstaddon] It varies by title and genre. Something like Ep II
will obviously sell more widescreen, a lot of other movies are more
50:50. More and more we will try to get both versions on one release
as we did on Ice Age
[David_Lambert] Thanks for coming, Peter. Fox has great TV-on-DVD
releases. What else is coming down the TV-on-DVD pike, especially
where The Tick (animated or live, or preferably both) is concerned?
[peterstaddon] There are so many TV titles coming down the road
that I don't know where to start/ Futurama, The Shield, King of the
hill, Son of the Beach, nypd Blue, Dark Angel, Angel, Family Guy,
and probably a couple that I've overlooked as well. There's more
than enough to keep you watching tv 24/7 .
[DeepakJR] First, let me complement you on all the excellent
product FOX has released lately, and especially for Journey To The
Center of the Earth(which i have been waiting for years). Is there
any word on Futurama or Family guy coming as season sets in the near
future and is there any official word on a True Lies SE, now that
uve dropped the 5 star line?
[peterstaddon] Both Futurama and Family guy will be out int he
first half of 2003. True Lies will not be until late 2003 or
possibly 2004. a lot depends on Lightstorms involvement. I think it
will be a great disc when it , eventually, makes it out.
[TimSherrick] Hi Peter! Thanks for being here tonight, we really
appreciate it!! First of all kudos on Fox Studio Classics
benchmarked in '03 for all the other studios, Great work!! Now for
some begging and pleading for non-Oscar winners from the 40's &
50's, (believe these rights are all still with Fox) please consider
SE's for the 60th Anniv of Lubitsch's Heaven Can Wait & 50th
Anniv of Fuller's Pickup on South Street.
[peterstaddon] We have had a lot of fun picking titles for the
studio classic line up. we've been working desperately to get a
restored print of the Grapes of Wrath out, there are a few suprises
in the list, Heaven Can Wait would be a good one wouldn't it ;) I
think we also have to look at ways of bringing some of our deeper
catalog titles out on DVD. Film noir titles like The Lodger should
be out on DVD and we are getting close to the point that we can make
them work. Expect to see deeper catalog release from fox in 2003.
[Justin_S] Thanks for coming! Many horror fans want Terror Train
(check thread in Studio Feedback section) and Cemetery Man (aka
Dellamorte Dellamore) on DVD. Do you have any plans to release these
[peterstaddon] Both of those are candidates for 2003 Halloween
releases, but they are not definate yet. again it depends on how
well we see older titles sellign and how we can get our production
and manufacturing costs down as low as possible on titles that have
a lower revenue potential.
[Stephen_Orr] First, let me say "thanks" for all the
great Fox DVDs that we've been seeing over the past few months. I
just finished the commentary on Ice Age tonight, and of course,
SWII:AOTC was super. That said, and you've heard it a million times,
will we see Harryhausen's One Million Years BC?
[peterstaddon] Yes, it will be out in 2003 along with a couple of
other Rachel Welch titles. It nearly made it into the journey to the
center of the earth promotion but was pushed back by a few months.
[SteveK] Thanks for being here. Fox puts out some of the BEST
releases. Any chance we'll see an R1 release of Predator SE soon?
[peterstaddon] Not soon, but probably in mid 2003. Predator 2 wiill
be coming out before that.
[StephenFagan] Peter, thanks for coming. About TV on DVD, will Fox
be committing with entire series runs with the DVD releases?
[peterstaddon] As a general rule yes. There may be exceptions. For
example where the first season is very short we might release
seasons 1 and 2 together. I also think we need to look at things
like The Mary Tyler Moore show which was a disappointment to us in
terms of the units that sold. It was a great product but people
didn't buy it! Should we have done a best of MTM? I don't know the
answer to that yet. But our general commitment is to release season
[rhett] Justin beat me to the "Terror Train" question,
but I just want you to know that I am highly anticipating its
release! I will ask though, do you have any plans to release the "Beverly
Hills 90210" series on DVD anytime soon?
[peterstaddon] I am not sure where the rights are with 90210. It
was not a Fox production. I would love to release it, but it's not
being worked on.
[BrianLawrence] Any chance of seeing Song of Bernadette or The
[peterstaddon] Song of Bernadette will be out as part of the Studio
Classics, The Driver is not being worked on at the moment.
[DavidLawson] Peter, thanks for coming. You answered my Predator 2
question, but...how are Miller's Crossing and Barton Fink coming?
[peterstaddon] Both are finished. Expect them out in early 2003.
They were held up for a while but are now moving forwards again.
[JohnBerggren] Thanks for your commitment to 24. Q: Greg the Bunny,
Ally McBeal, Alien Nation TV Series on DVD? Any Star Wars (or like
biggies) on DVHS?
[peterstaddon] Ep II would look amazing on DVHS but that is
something Lucasfilm have to decide on. Other DVHS titles will be
coming out from Fox and I would expect to see several day and date
releases on a lot of the big releases in 2003. Alien nation is being
looked at . Ally Mcbeal is held up with staggering music clearance
costs, greg the bunny - while it is a very funny and unique show,
I'm not sure the audience is there in sufficient numbers for a
[AdamWM] Again, Peter, thanks for coming. FOX always delivers great
DVDs. My question: Do you know of plans to continue releasing
limited editions or discontinuing exitsing special editions of
movies (i.e. Abyss or Fight Club). It is a tough situation for those
new to the format. They will lose out on a lot of great special
features. Brisco County, any chance?
[peterstaddon] Any SE's we take off the market (Abyss / id4 / fight
club / etc) will be brought back from time to time. We are producing
all our 2 disc SE's in Fight Club / Moulin Rouge style digi packs.
The re designs on Abyss / Cast Away / ID4 look really good. They
will all be available during the course of the year, but not
neccessarily as an in line item. Brisco County is not being worked
[JackHarasta] Thanks for Zardoz, Mr. Staddon... any chance of a
special edition of Romancing The Stone or any of Fox's remaining Mel
Brooks films in 2003?
[peterstaddon] Romancing the Stone will not be reworked in 2003.
Mel Brooks titles are in discussion at the moment, I'm not sure
anything will happen as a result. If anything does happen it will be
in late 2003.
[JohnRice] This is old news, but I want to thank you folks for the
great job on Julie Taymor's Titus. Is there any chance for a release
of the New Zealand Sci-Fi film The Quiet Earth on DVD, hopefully
with a non-dubbed soundtrack, if there is one? It was originally
released on VHS by Fox.
[peterstaddon] I'm not familiar with The Quiet Earth - I'll have to
look it up. It's not being worked on now so I wouldn't expect
anythign in 2003. Julie Taymor was great to work with, that was an
intense film with some great dvd features.
[RobertCrawford] Good Evening Peter, my question is two fold.
Several HTF members have expressed a desire to purchase the Sunris
dvd without buying three classic film dvds. Is that possible?
Secondly, are you going to announce any type of release schedule for
these classics such as Laura and My Darling Clementine? Thank you.
[peterstaddon] Sunrise will only be available as a promotional item
initally. Whether it appears as a saleable item later - in 2004 - is
being discussed. As far as schedules are concerned, it literally
depends on what we can pry out of the restoration dept's hands. Both
Laura and My Darling Clementine will be released, both looking
incredible. I would expect to see an announcement of the full years
releases in February.
[Tony_Scello] Thanks for coming Peter. Will we finally see SE's of
The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno in 2003? Two of my
all-time favorites that I would love to see get the royal treatment
[peterstaddon] I am not sure that we still retain the rights for
both of those titles. They are not being worked on now, so I
wouldn't expect anything out in the near future.
[Derek_M_Germano] Thanks for coming tonight- I asked this before,
but any chance of THE LODGER and HANGOVER SQUARE coming to DVD?
[peterstaddon] I mentioned earlier that we are looking at ways of
getting our older titles to market in a way that makes commercial
sense. Both of these excellent film noir titles are being looked at
and could make it out in 2003, but we have a fair bit of work to do
on the production side to reduce our costs without affecting
[JoshuaClinard] Hi. Thanks for coming. I really think that many
people are buying Full Screen only because they do not know what
they are missing by not having widescreen. All the people I talk to
really do not know what the difference is, and once educated, almost
all of them seem to think that widescreen is the obvious choice. But
I can't talk to everyone! I think if the studios would educate the
consumers, then there would be less returns at Wal-Mart and other
[peterstaddon] This is something I hear all the time, and the sad
fact is that most people do not care about OAR. It is not an
education issue - they have a square 27 inch or smaller TV screen
and they want to fill it up! You can describe the benefits of
widescreen until you are blue in the face to a number of people and
they still will not care. That doesn't mean to say that we should
give up the issue. We are including OAR and P&S releases on a
number of titles on the same disc. We are looking to see if there is
a way , using the disc that they have just bought that we can
demonstrate the difference to them. but the sad fact is that the
average DVD buyer at a Walmart simply does not care about OAR.
[BillHunt] Hi Peter. I just wanted to say "cheers" and
see if you can talk about Kagemusha and that other project.
[peterstaddon] I can't really talk about either of those yet!!
Kagemusha will fall into the same category as 3 women. It will be
released in 2003 on DVD. The "other project" will have to
wait for another month or so, but it will be big news! sorry to be
such a tease.
[HakanPowers] Good morning (!) Peter, thanks for joining us today!
What are the chances of an anamorphic Wing Commander ever seeing the
light of day? also, did the situation with the problematic DTS track
on Moulin Rouge ever get solved?
[peterstaddon] Wing Commander has had it's time on DVD, there will
never be another version. The Moulin rouge DTS synch issue has been
a bit of a puzzle to us, DVCC and DTs. After we heard the reports of
problems we pulled 250 samples of the title from random
manufacturing batches and tested them. We were not able to find a
synch problem in normal usage. The only way we could get a synch
problem to occur was to start the disc with one of the 5.1 tracks -
either dolby or DTS - and play it for at least 10 minutes, and then
switch the audio to the other 5.1 format using the remote. If you
play the title from beginning to end with either DTS or Dolby
selected we were unable to replicate any synch issues.I think I
posted about this some time back.
[Scott_Leopold] Any chance of Cheaper by the Dozen coming to DVD?
I've been looking for it for my mother for quite some time.
[peterstaddon] Not being worked on now, so it will be a while
before it makes it to DVD.
[jeffgre] Thanks for coming tonight, any chance of seeing more
classic TV on DVD from Fox, (St Elsewhere, and Hill Stree Blues
[peterstaddon] We are looking at Hill Street Blues, I think a lot
will rest on how well we do with NYPD blue. If that works we will be
more inclined to move forward with deeper TV shows. As I mentioned
before MTM was a disappointment to us so we are looking at older TV
shows with a bit more caution than we were before.
[JOshH] thanks for coming peter, does fox have any plans on
releasing ROSWELL on DVD?
[peterstaddon] Already mentioned that we are looking at it but the
music costs are staggering $1M - $2M. I wouldn't hold your breath on
[GregW] Sorry if asked before any chance of the ALIEN SE in 2003
and great job on THE FRENCH CONNECTION set. Thanks for the chat
[peterstaddon] I can't really go into details yet but 2003 will be
a huge year for the alien films on DVD. Can't say any more yet:)
[DavidR] Hi Peter. Do you expect to release Coccoon to DVD anytime
[peterstaddon] Yes. Early 2003 1&2. Should have been out years
[Steve_Sim] Good Evening Peter, What is the latest on HD DVD? Are
the studios any closer on deciding on which laser format will work,
and do you think we will see a new format in 2003? if not, what kind
of time frame are we talking??? Thank you very Much and Have a Great
[peterstaddon] Studios and CE manufacturers are constantly talking
about the next format. I am speaking as a personal observer here,
not as an official studio rep,( for the lawyers out there) I believe
there will be a single format, I believe that there are some big
copy protection issues that need to be resolved. They will be
resolved but it will take time. IT will not happen in 2003 possibly
in 3 - 5 years time. Part of the reason Fox supports DVHS is because
it sets a standard for high def content in terms of picture quality
and copy protection. I believe that this is the minimum that we
should set our sights on for HD DVD, but it will take a while.
[BlakeS] Mr. Staddon, I was a very loyal fan of FOX's show Dark
Angel and ever since it's cancellation this past April I have been
wondering when DVD's of its two seasons will be released in the
United States, as they have already been released elsewhere? Also,
would you by any chance know why the show was cancelled? There are
many rumors about its cancellation.
[peterstaddon] I don't want to add fuel to any rumors so I won't
comment on the reasons for the cancellation. You will see season 1
out in the first half of 2003.
[WernerH] Any plans to release the classic 39
episodes(Honeymooners) on DVD or a ID 4 DTS release. Does the the
predator2 release have DTS? Thanks for a great job!
[peterstaddon] I'm not sure on the DTS track on Predator, there
will not be a DTS track on ID4. No plans on The Honeymooners yet.
[coreyc] Great of you to be here! Is there a time frame for a "Futurama"
release here in the States? Also, what's up with X-Men 1.5's nixed "new
cut" and the rumored release of the animated series? Thanks a
[peterstaddon] Futurama will be in the first half of 2003. X Men
1.5 will not be a new cut of the movie but a 2 disc SE with 5 hours
of new material, DTS track, Preview of X Men 2, free movie ticket to
either Daredevil or X Men 2. It's pretty cool. Lots of multi angle
material, lots of behind the scenes material.
[dougirving] Good eveing Peter. Thanks for taking the time to chat
with us. I arrived late to the party and so if this has been asked
before, I apologize. What is the next scheduled 5 Star release and
what's the status of the 60s Batman TV series?
[peterstaddon] Batman is held up in all sorts of legal / rights
issues. I'd love to be able to release it but it just can't happen
yet. We are not doing any more 5 star releases, but there will be
plenty of 5 star calibre catalog release over teh next year or so -
X Men 1.5 being a good example.
[WesR] Hey Peter! I'm glad to hear that Terror Train and Cemetery
Man (hopefully uncut) are being considered for Halloween 2003. Can
you give us some info on other possible candidates for that
promotion? I know many horror fans out there are eager to hear of
upcoming releases, since Fox (and Universal's) horror output during
Halloween this year was a little scarce. Any reason there wasn't a
bigger horror promotion this past year? Thanks!
[peterstaddon] I'm not in my office right now or I could look that
up, I'm sitting at a desk in the IT dept as it was the only way to
get through the new firewall they put in over Thanksgiving!! Last
year we released a number of older horror titles and they did not do
so well. I think that was one of the reasons this years offerings
were a little bit lighter. It's all about getting the production
costs on the older titles down so we can make money at lower volumes
at the lower retail price points that are being offered.
[Bill_Buklis] I wanted to thank you for releasing "24" so
quickly. Great set! I've always thought it would sell better if a TV
series was released while it was current instead of waiting several
years and I don't think it hurts the syndication market at all. Any
truth to that? Oh, and what about The Tick? Especially the animated
series, but I'm also interested in the live action version. When
will it finally be released?
[peterstaddon] No plans on anything tick releated for 2003. As far
as syndication and TV series, I think a lot of people are now seeing
DVD as a way of helping build an audience and promote a show. Look
at 24 / the Shield as examples. I would expect to see windows
shrinking on new network shows. But some of the older shows were
sold into syndication with a holdback period for Home entertainment
release and we can't change that deal.
[JeffKleist] Thank you thank you for busting the syndication
blockade on newer shows like Angel and Malcom Mr. Staddon. Assuming
Firefly continues on its current patterns, is it likely that we'll
'see a 24-esque release next year? Please use a slipcase like
LOTR:EE for it, brown leather look and feel with the gold logo. (You
can put noggins on a slip like you usually put on the back) and
preserve artistry. Also, what can you tell us about the extras for
Buffy: Once More With Feeling? 5.1? New documentaries?(not the pap
that was on the website please)
[peterstaddon] I think Firefly would be a really cool DVD, but
there are no plans for it yet. I would love to release it on a short
window, but I don't control that decision. I'll see what I can do
about the leather slip case! As far as Buffy, I honestly don't know
what has been planned but I'll make sure your input is taken about
the pap on the website!
[Peter_M_Fitzgerald] Any chance of FLIM-FLAM MAN ('67) or EMPEROR
OF THE NORTH ('73) in 2003?
[peterstaddon] Possibly Emperor of the North, but not Flim Flan
[RonEpstein] Peter, what is the current estimated date on "All
[peterstaddon] Depends on when Chicago is released ;) It will be in
[John] Could you tell us about the status of releasing Roswell on
DVD, now that it will be airing in Sci-fi starting this January?
[peterstaddon] It's a problem with the music clearances. I wouldn't
hold your breath on this one.
[MichaelK] Apologize if these were asked, Peter. Any word on the
shelved "True Lies" 5-Star? Also, any word on a possible
Cronenberg "The Fly " re-release? Finally, does Fox own
the rights to "St. Elsewhere"?
[peterstaddon] St Elsewhere yes we do own the rights but are not
working on the DVD yet. True lies will not be until late 2003 /
early 2004 depending on when lightstorm have the time to fit in this
project. Cronenbergs Fly SE may well be in late 2003.
[Derek_Bedard] Hey peter, thanks for the great Speed & Die Hard
releases...really quick question.... do we anticipate a release of
the ONLY movie I have seen 10 times in 1 week on HBO, the Samuel L
Jackson & Damon Wayans underrated comedy THE GREAT WHITE HYPE on
DVD, I am about to buy a VHS copy at Wal-Mart here...i'll even take
a barebones version of DVD...thanks and maybe on that subject the
James Earl Jones movie THE GREAT WHITE HOPE as well
[peterstaddon] Possibly towards the middle of 2003. We are just
starting to look at catalog releases for the back half of 2003 and
this title has been brought up a couple of times.
[John_Gilmore] Thanks for coming tonight, Peter. Any chance of
seeing some of Fox's older, gay-themed films on DVD, such as Boys in
the Band, Making Love or Staircase?
[peterstaddon] You know, I'm sad to say I'm not familair with these
titles. We are not working on them now, but let me take a look at
[JoelC] Thanks for chatting. Hopefully this is an original
question: any chance for the original Bedazzled in 2003? (and a
second to the Firefly suggestion)
[peterstaddon] I'm not sure of the staus of Bedazzled.I know we
looked at it when we brought out the remake, so it could be brought
out quickly but it's not on the current release schedule. Firefly
would be very cool .. ..
[Brian_Harnish] Peter - Thanks for coming! Is there any chance that
you guys can speed up the Simpsons releases? If it will compromise
the quality of the DVDs, I'd rather have the release schedule as is.
Any possibilities of speeding up the releases...similar to the Star
[peterstaddon] I mentioned earlier that the issue with The Simpsons
is that there are so many people who are involved with the DVD, and
they are all incredibly busy working on the show for the network
which has to take priority. We would all like to see the releases
out quicker, but not as you point out if it hurts the quality. The
next release is due out in May 2003 and there is already some very
cool stuff on the discs that will make season 3 much better.
[Brett_Miles] Thank you again for coming. You mentioned the poor
sales for MTM. I'd like to know how, in general, have your sales
been on other TV product. Are they up to expectations? I hope The
Simpsons (my personal favorite) is doing well enough! (And please
don't drop the commentaries, as some suggest.)
[peterstaddon] The Simpsons is huge for us, its the best selling tv
show there is. Buffy and X files are also very strong performers for
us. This year is going to be a really interesting year for the TV
[peterstaddon] as more and more releases from all studios make it
to market consumers are not going to be able to buy and watch them
all so some of them will work and some will fail. It's a question of
setting expectations appropriately and developing product that works
with the show. We will not be droppin commentaries.
[john_m] hello peter, anamorphic Planet of the Apes films and how
about putting Conquest back the way it was when it previewed, it was
an awesome version.
[peterstaddon] If we revisit the original Apes series, and that's a
big IF, it will not be until 2004. If we do we will produce
[JamesGarner] any chance we may see "W W & The Dixie
Dancekings" or "Pirate movie" soon?
[peterstaddon] I'm afraid not. Neither are being worked on and I'm
not sure how big the demand would be for either movie. But never say
[DomeVongvises] I want to thank Peter for coming to the forum. It's
a simple question,are we going to see a widescreen version of My
[peterstaddon] I'm afraid not, we do not have a widescreen master
and have no rights beyond the version we do have. I would have liked
to released an OAR version as I love his work.
[Seth_T] All that I wanted to say is... Thank you for coming to
this chat Peter! It's nice to see you here once again. I...WE
appreciate everything Fox has done for DVD. Keep up the GREAT
releases and high quality! Hopefully there'll be another meet again
sometime I'll be able to attend down there. :) :
[peterstaddon] That gets the easiest question of the night award!!
[GaryC] hi Peter.. any chance of Undeclared or In Living Color
[peterstaddon] In Living Color is a clearance nightmare, not just
music but artist approval rights etc. I really dont think that will
happen. Undeclared I am not familair with. It is not being worked on
right now so nothing will be happening until 2004 at the very
earliest, I wouldnt get your hopes up.
[RonEpstein] Jonathan Hickey is next...
[jonathan_hickey] I'm late coming to the chat, so please forgive me
if this has already been asked. At the las HTF chat with you I asked
a about a rerelease of Home Alone. You had said maybe Holiday season
'02. Is there any new information on this title. Thanks and keep up
the good work!
[peterstaddon] The re release got held up and didn't make it out
for this year. It should make it out for next christmas. There are
101 things that can hold up a dvd release during production and this
one hit a few of them!
[NeilJoseph] Quick question. Is there any chance of a re-released "White
Men Can't Jump" 16x9 SE with a 5.1 soundtrack. We appreciate
you attending this chat.
[peterstaddon] No plans to re release it. Isn't the disc 16x9? but
no plans to produce a new disc.
[BillGrandPre] Will a corrected version of the X-Files episode "Triangle"
on Season Six be made available? The episode is of noticabely worse
quality compared to the other episodes in the set (which look neat)
[peterstaddon] I saw the thread on this and have asked for a QC
evaluation to be done ASAP. I think there is a chance that a new
disc will be available as a replacement, but not until January. When
it is available I will let Ron know. It's thanks to the forum that
this got brought to my attention. I still lurk a lot :)
[MattGoddard] Thanks Ron and especially thanks to Peter for doing
the chat and the great product coming out of Fox. Any word on either
the Jack Benny or Mel Brooks versions of To Be or Not to Be? I'd
love to see this packaged as a double feature!
[peterstaddon] We have finished the work on the Mel Brooks version,
it's held up pending resolution of some other issues. We haven't
done anything with the Jack Benny movie so there won't be a double
pack - but a pretty cool idea!!
[Vince_Maskeeper] I wondered if you could expand a bit on the
decision to phase out the "5 star" label? I was talking
here before the chat about how 5 star titles are my fave SE series
from any studio, and I've purchased every single one of them- even
on films I was 50/50 on knowing the conent would be top notch. I'm
sure Fox will continue with great stuff, but just wondering why you
are getting rid of such a great banner...
[peterstaddon] A lot of people didn't like the banner, and felt it
didn't help sales. I think that it served its purpose but now we can
move on to producing Catalog SE's as event releases in their own
right rather than as part of a collection. Part of the debate was is
developing the 5 star brand becoming a detriment to the promotion of
an individual title. It is hard to get retail in particular to look
at a catalog release as an event title if it was linked to a 5 star
release. X Men 1.5 is a good example of this. It was a tough
decision but "5 Star" is no more - but the quality and
commitment to creating outstanding catalog dvd releases is a sstrong
[Vince_Maskeeper] it's sad to hear retailers could be so short
sighted-- as a consumer I looked at 5 star as a way of knowing I was
getting the best.
[peterstaddon] I hear you.
[RonEpstein] Peter, on behalf of everyone, I wish to thank you for
taking the time to be with us tonight. I also find myself continuing
to thank you for embracing our forum like no other studio has. You
truly understand the power and value of the Internet and the
consumers that reside in it. We appreciate your continued support of
our forum. Thanks for being here tonight. (Phew! I think I got that
[peterstaddon] I would like to wish everyone a happy holiday
season, and thank all of you who helped support fox over the last
year. Thanks also for making Ice Age such a huge success for us over
the last week. We have even better stuff in 2003. Daredevil looks
very very cool, Master And Commander will rock, and League of
Extraordinary Gentlemen will give a new take on comic book heroes.
Thanks to Ron and Parker for putting this together.
Session Close: Tue Dec 03 00:09:22 2002
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