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The following is a
complete transcript of the on-line chat with with Michael Stradford,
the Executive Director of DVD Marketing at Columbia TriStar Home
Video, held on Tuesday night (April 25th) on
Home Theater Forum. A wide variety of DVD-related topics were
discussed, and I think you'll find it interesting. Thanks to Ron
Epstein (of the HTF) for all their hard work, and for providing the
transcript for all to read. Enjoy!
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Subject: Columbia/TriStar chat Date: April 25, 2000
Session Start: Tue Apr 25 21:56:26 2000
[RonEpstein] Thank You everyone for coming tonight... At this time,
I would like to introduce Michael Stradford from Columbia/TriStar
[RonEpstein] Say a few words, Mike....
[cthv] Hi Ron. Good evening everyone. Thanks for making the time.
Hopefully the hour delay won't disrupt things too much.
[RonEpstein] Michael, what is your position over at CTHV?
[cthv] Executive Director of DVD Marketing, although it's kind of a
hybrid position that is also involved with production and content
[RonEpstein] We Thank You for coming tonight.
[RonEpstein] Here we go...First up is SteveEnemark...
[SteveEnemark] When, oh when will LAWRENCE OF ARABIA be released to
the DVD format? Please give us film lovers a ray of hope. We've been
tortured long enough! :)
[cthv] It's coming. I can officially tell you that we're working on
it and should be out before the end of next year (maybe sooner..)
[PeterMFitzgerald] Since it received major restoration a few years
back, will Columbia release Michael Powell's STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
(1946 UK) on DVD soon? Preferably as an SE.
[cthv] Sure. The thing with Lawrence is that it's been released so
many times that we want to give you a product that's worth buying
again. As for Stairway, not anytime soon, but we are planning to
[Joel_c] Any chance of a rerelease of early full-frame titles like
Babe and Karate Kid? In widescreen of course.
[cthv] Yes, but not immediately. Babe isn't a Columbia title
[Jason_Hughes] When can we expect the Roman Polanski classics Tess
and Macbeth and also Whit Stilmans metropolitan ?
[cthv] We don't have the rights to Metropolitan anymore. Tess we're
renegotiating to keep the rights, currently there are no plans for
Macbeth, but I'll put it on the list for consideration
[Steve_Simon] Thanks for the Chat tonight, welcome, any suprises you
could let us in on as far as releases, for the rest of the year?
[cthv] Well, if I told you, they wouldn't be suprises. But we've got
some big theatrical films coming up that will make excellent DVDs,
like Mel Gibson's "The Patriot", Paul Verhooven take on
the Invisible Man, "Hollow Man" and more. We're working on
special editions of "Remains of the Day", "Bram
Stoker's Dracula", "Bad Boys", "Legends of the
Fall", "Cliffhanger" and more to come.
[RoArKe] Whats the Status on Leon: Integral Version and Le Grand
Bleu? Any more Besson titles in the works?
[cthv] Both will be out by the end of the summer, international
versions. We just picked up rights to Besson's SUBWAY and hope to
have that out soon too.
[RonEpstein] Next up from THECINEMALASER.COM, Derek Germano...
[DerekGermano] Any chance of seing Hammer horror classics REVENGE OF
FRANKENSTEIN and THE GORGON on DVD (16:9 enhanced of course)? How
about another horror classic like NIGHT OF THE DEMON (aka CURSE OF
THE DEMON) or more William Castle movies like HOMICIDAL, 13 GHOSTS
or MR. SARDONICUS? Thanks for coming tonight.
[cthv] We plan to work on more Castle titles. Revenge, Gorgon and
Demon don't belong to us anymore
[DanR] Are you guys REALLY going to be supporting DTS or will it be
just the titles mandated by Spielberg? What other DTS titles can we
expect and when?
[cthv] DTS is being considered on a title by title basis. I have no
new titles to report to you tonight
[ChrisCaine] All I prefer is your new logo in 5.1, audio defaults to
5.1, DTS support, dual layer with software ratio switching (double
side is ugly and scratch prone) , more care with your SONY CLASSICS
- a few got botched, and isolated scores, thank you
[cthv] Thanks for the constructive criticism Chris. We'll try to do
better! Chris, the new logo is in 5.1.
[JackNapier] when will the Dogma S.E be out? Also any plans of what
other movies you will rerelease like Last Action Hero or
[cthv] Dogma later in the year. There's a lot of material to go
through. Last Action Hero is being considered for SE, depends on
what kind of material we can come up with. GB2 isn't planned at this
[Rodneyk] Any chance for the Bruce Willis movie Blind Date on DVD
[cthv] Yes, possibly before the end of the year
[Jason_Hughes] Is Scorsese's Age of Innocence in the works? And if
so, is it a special edition? Also what about an SE of In the Line of
Fire? Thanks. BTW, Columbia puts out the best DVDs!
[cthv] We've been waiting for Martin Scorsese to make time to
participate, so it's currently on hold. In The Line of Fire is in
the works, we've got a commentary from Wolfgang Petersen, several
deleted scenes, an interview with Dylan McDemott and two short
documentaries on the Secret Service and the making of the film. We
went after Clint, but he's tied up with his Space Cowboys film.
Never got a reply from Malkovich, Rene Russo said yes, then changed
her mind. Thanks Jason. We appreciate your support!
[VinceMaskeeper] Mike, what are your thought (personally) on a
rental pricing scheme for DVD? What is Columbia's official position
on Rental Pricing vs Sell through model, is CTHV committed to DVD as
a sell through product? (BTW- Ghostbusters SE is the best disc in my
[cthv] We're committed to the format as a sellthrough format. I
think that's all that I need say about that. Glad you like
[JeffKleist] When can we expect to see the Muppet Movies on DVD?
Bill Barretta indicated to me that we could expect these and
possible episode discs of the original Muppet Show sometime soon.
Also, a special edition of Real Genius would be GREAT! I really like
the fact that I never have to worry that a Columbia disc will be
horrible. Thanks for the good work!
[cthv] The Muppet Movies are being reviewed for condition concerns.
There may be extensive restoration in store. Real Genius will
probably come out, but I don't know how much material there is on
the title. Glad you like the discs.
[Jeffrey] Hello...Two requests....More Stooges and "The Natural"...anything
you can tell us? You guys are the best with catalog product...keep
[cthv] More Stooges on the way. Another 2-3 volumes before the year
is out. The Natural is coming. Waiting for Mr. Levinson's schedule
[LukeBonanno] I think that all DVDs should contain BOTH widescreen
and fullscreen versions- that way you please
everyone...Columbia/TriStar is one of the few studios that can be
relied on to do this...keep it up...Also I remember hearing that
Columbia/TriStar was planning to do full blown Collector's Series of
"Ghostbusters II" but that they were waiting to see how
the Collector's Series of the original "Ghostbusters" did
before they got involved in
[cthv] We include both aspect ratios when we can, but when get a lot
of added value material, everything can't fit and something's got to
give... as for GB2, that was never part of the gameplan. Just
[StevenA] You are the best of the major studios for quality DVDs by
a long shot, in my opinion! Thank you SO MUCH for releasing The
Emporer and the Assassin in June with a commentary by director Chen
Kaige! Can you tell us anything more about the disc and whether you
plan to release Zhang Yimou's Not One Less which Sony Classics also
had theatrically (or any other foreign/art house titles we can look
[cthv] Thank you Steven. That was the longest commentary I've been
associated with and Kaige did a great job. Not One Less will be
coming out on DVD as will the majority of Sony Pictures Classics
releases. I'm particularly looking forward to Ang Lee's 'Crouching
Tiger Hidden Dragon' with Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh
[EmilStoica] Any news on a Tootsie release? I echo the other
comments about Columbia making the best DVDs. Thanks.
[cthv] Thanks again. Tootsie's in the works. Mr. Pollack and Mr.
Hoffman have agreed to participate, just waiting on their
[SteveHauben] Thanks for coming. I would love to see a boxset of all
episodes in chronological order of All In The Family & Archie
Bunker's Place, I know I'm not alone, any possibility? Also any
updates on Avalon, See No Evil-Hear No Evil, or Mississippi Masala?
[cthv] TV is slow to develop in the format so far. There are a lot
of TV shows out on DVD, but few are selling, so we're going to let
the market demand increase before jumping into those waters. Avalon:
next year, same with See No Evil. We don't have Masala anymore.
[James_A] What in your opinion makes a good DVD, "great"?
PS - Another vote for both Muppets and more TV stuff including
[cthv] First and foremost the movie. Then the transfer, audio
quality and appropriate extras that ENHANCE the film, not overshadow
it or disrespect it.
[SperoD] Hi. I would like to know if there is a Fifth Element
Special Edition DVD coming out soon? And if so will it include the
comedic outtakes at the end of the film that were shown in the
theaters in France and a DTS track please? Please keep the DTS
tracks coming on DVD's.
[cthv] Nope. We talked with Luc Besson for two hours and he won't
let us add anything. He doesn't want to destroy the 'magic' of the
movies, even though he puts out detailed books on the making of each
of his films. That' s been one of my biggest disappoinments. But
it's his film and we respect his wishes.
[DAVE] Hi Mike. First off, thanks for coming tonight. CTHV does
great work, keep it up! What is the status on Glory, Bridge on River
Kwai and On the Waterfront as Special Ed.s? Are any coming this
[cthv] Glory's going to be great. We've got a lot of stuff that I
think you'll enjoy. Bridge we're working on now. On the Waterfront
we're still researching materials.
[RonEpstein] Folks, Mike has alerted me that he has to leave. We can
allow one last question, and actually I may have one more after
that. We have to get Mike out of here in 5 minutes.
[DerekGermano] How about Orson Welles LADY FROM SHANGHAI for DVD or
Harryhausen's FIRST MEN IN THE MOON?
[cthv] LADY will be out before the year's up. Peter Bogdanovich did
a commentary for it and narrated a featurette. More Harryhausen to
[RonEpstein] I'll take the last question tonight that I know most
people are wanting to ask. Mike, we hear rumor that CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
is done for DVD. Will there be a release this year and what can you
tell us about it as far as SE content?
[cthv] Ron, it's not even close to being done. We haven't started on
it yet! Not sure what the content will be, although the documentary
produced by Laurent Bouzereau for the LD will be included in some
form or fashion.
[RonEpstein] I wish to thank our guest, Mike Stradford for coming
tonight. Mike, you are welcome back at any time. This was a lot of
fun and we appreciate your time.
[ParkerClack] Mike thanks so much for taking the time out of your
day to have this chat. Please come back and lets do this again.
[cthv] Thanks Ron, thanks everybody. Once again I appreciate you all
taking the time to chat. On behalf of Columbia TriStar Home Video,
thanks so much for the consistent support and constructive feedback.
All the best! Good night.
[Ryan_Pete] Great job! Thank you for excellent answers! Keep up the
[VinceMaskeeper] EXCELLENT GUEST, BRAVO MIKE, BRAVO CTHV!!!
[BrianKirchhoff] Thanks for coming Mike!
[StevenA] Thank you Mike!!
[DAVE] Thanks Mike!
[SteveHauben] Thanks for coming and keep up the good work!
[JeffUlmer] Thanks for coming and all the great DVDs!
[EmilStoica] Thanks Mike!
[DanR] Thank you
Session Close: Tue Apr 25 23:01:14 2000
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