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Chat Transcript: New
on Home Theater Forum
The following is a
complete transcript of the on-line chat with with Mike Mulvihill,
Evan Edelist and Amy Gorton of New Line Home Video, held on June
14th on The
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!
Subject: NEW LINE CINEMA chat
Date: June 14, 2000
[RonEpstein] At this time I would like to welcome New Line Cinema
to our live chat... I know Amy is there along with Mike and Evan?
[new_line] Yes, we're here
[RonEpstein] What is your positions with New Line Cinema Home
[new_line] Mike Mulvihill is VP of Content Development for New Line
Home Video, Evan Edelist is the VP, Post Production, Video and
Technical Operations for New Line Productions. Amy Gorton is the
Manager of Publicity for New Line Home Video
[RonEpstein] Looks like we have a lot of areas covered here
tonight. We are going to open the floor and have our members ask you
questions. I think this is going to be a lot of fun, and you should
get some great feedback.
[BrianEdwards] Great. First off, Twin Peaks fans everywhere are
beyond excited about Fire Walk With Me being released. What special
features (DEL:ETED SCENES) will be on the disc?
[new_line] New Line is working very closely with David Lynch to
insure that his personality is represented in the DVD of Fire Walk
With Me. Mr. Lynch has personally approved a new 16x9 transfer of
the feature and new 5.1 remix of the audio. He has also been
instrumental in setting up contact with many of the film's key
players who will be included in a documentary on the DVD.
[Robert_Peru] I had heard that director David Lynch has gone back
and prepared deleted scenes to be released with this DVD. Is this
[new_line] The deleted scene situation is unclear at this point,
but we are working closely with David Lynch to ensure the DVD packed
[JeffAdkins] Hello! Thanks for coming! I'd like to ask about GUMMO,
METROPOLITAN, WILD MAN BLUES and SPANKING THE MONKEY. Especialy
[new_line] None are currently on the schedule at this time but as
the format proliferates at this time, you can expect to see more and
more catalogue titles from New Line Home Video.
[hakan_powers] First of all I would like to thank you for your
continuing support of the DVD format. We wouldn't be here today with
such a broad base of installed players if it wasn't for New Line
(and a few others..) Question: I know the DVD release is probably
about 2 years down the road, but can you tell us anything about Lord
of The Rings? Peter Jackson likes his SE's so I would think that he
is already involved in creating extra material for the DVD releases
of the movies. How groundbreaking will they be? :-)
[new_line] We have hired Peter Jackson's hand-picked filmmaker,
Costa Botes, to document the entire production of all three films in
The Lord of The Rings Trilogy. This material will be purposed
according to the state-of-the-art DVD technology at the time of
[Jehan] Ok firstly thanks for coming, I cannot stress enough how
important studio participation is to our hobby. I would like to ask
about one of your recent releases - Final Destination. When can we
expect an announcement, and will it indeed be a Platinum Edition?
Any additional details would be great (such as the reported
[new_line] We are preparing a Platinum Edition that will include an
alternate ending for Final Destination, however, all details have
yet to be confirmed and we will announce the DVD as the time gets
[DaveAnderson] Any plans to release Jason Goes to Hell on DVD (as
an SE?)? Also, what horror DVDs do you have planned for this
[new_line] Jason Goes To Hell isn't on the schedule yet, however,
Nightmare On Elm Street 2-7 will be available for sale individually
on DVD for the first time later this summer.
[Chad_Parks] New Line, thanks for putting out great DVDs. I was
curious to why some of your newer movies have not been put out on
DVD (such as Body Shots, or some of the other brand new films). Is
this because of VHS rental considerations? Keep up the great work!
[new_line] We are planning to put Body Shots out before the end of
the year. It will feature both the unrated and R rated cuts of the
film that appeared on separate VHS editions earlier this year.
[hakan_powers] thanks. Do you have any plans to / when will you
re-visit older titles such as "The Player", "The Long
Kiss Goodnight", and most importantly the rumoured 2-DVD SE of
Seven ?? (Can you elaborate on the details of Seven please?
[new_line] We have no current plans to revise out Platinum Series
edition of the Player. The same goes for Long Kiss Goodnight. You
can expect detailed announements on our two-disk set for Seven later
[DanR] Does New Line have any plans to support DTS Digital
[new_line] We currently have no plans to release titles on DTS,
however, we continue to see audio as a key component of DVD and we
will also create DVD specific "near field" mixes like
we've been doing since The Corruptor.
[Michael_Pakula] Do you have any Plans for Special Edition DVD of
[new_line] Yes, but the pieces are only beginning to come together.
[GregStaten] Early last year you announced a Platinum Edition of
Altman's SHORT CUTS. However, nothing more has been said since. Any
news on SHORT CUTS?
[new_line] There is no news on Short Cuts at this time.
[TravisHedger] Thank you for coming to the chat...we appreciate it
and everything you do for DVD!! I love the original Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles that was released a few years back. Will we bee seeing
the 2 sequels any time in the future?
[new_line] At this time, there are no plans to release the Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles sequels on DVD.
[SteveEnemark] I have a question about the impending DVD release of
the best movie of 1999: MAGNOLIA. PT Anderson has stated he doesn't
want to do a commentary for this disc, but does that preclude other
members of the cast and crew recording one? This movie deserves it!
[new_line] PT Anderson has a very concise view of what the
components of this DVD should be. New Line Home Video is doing
everything in our power to see that his goals are met. While there
will be no commentary, there will be a feature length documentary on
the "making of" Magnolia that covers PT Anderson from
screenplay to the Berlin Film Festival. The DVD will be out on
[sametorres] Why do you guys still use snapper cases and do you
plan on switching to a different case any time soon?
[new_line] There are no plans to switch to a new case.
[Aaron_B] Thanks for coming... any plans to release Head Above
Water... Overnight Delivery... or Barcelona?
[new_line] No plans at this time.
[hakan_powers] thanks. The trailer for Lord of The Rings is
probably the coolest trailer yet produced. Do you have plans on
putting preferably this trailer, but also other trailers, for
theatrical releases on your DVDs like one of your competitors does
on their Collectors Editions? If you don't have such plans please
consider it for future releases - if you have space left on the DVD
why not put trailers there (As a menu option though!) ?
[new_line] You may recall that New Line Home Video put the 16x9
widescreen, 5.1 Dolby Digital trailer for Lost In Space on the
original Austin Powers DVD. We will continue to explore this option
for future releases.
[Joe_B] Hi! I was pleased overall with the Nightmare on ELm Street
box set, but was dissapointed that a lot of the extras that were on
the Elite Laserdisc of the original didn't make it onto the DVD can
you explain why they didn't? Als what are New Line's future plans
for the series? Will any of the sequels get special edition
treatment and be released uncut? I know Nightmare 5 had some
violence and gore trimmed.
[new_line] There are no plans to revisit this Nightmare Series at
this time other than releasing the DVD singles individually later
[PatrickL] Are you planning to include extra material when you
release the John Waters flicks on dvd? Will "polyester"
include an Odor-ama card?
[new_line] We are currently exploring bringing all of our John
Waters titles to Special Edition DVD next year. All contents are
[DAVE_B] Are there any plans to release "Glengary Glen Ross"
on DVD as a Special Ed. any time in the near future? Thanks for
[new_line] New Line Home Video does not have rights to Glengary
Glen Ross, though it was released theatrically through Fine Line
[MarkPfeiffer] Apologies in advance if this has already been
asked--couldn't be here at 9:00. Any plans (please!) for DVDs of
Whit Stillman's "Metropolitan"? If this has been covered,
what about \ "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle"? Thanks
for doing great work.
[new_line] None are on the schedule.
[Joel_C] I read something around the time of the last Dave's Studio
Day that indicated a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles re-release as a
Platinum title. Is this true? It would make sense as it was (I
believe) New Line's most successful film until Austin Powers 2 and
the most successful independant film until Blair Witch. Thanks for
all the great DVDs!
[new_line] No plans at this time.
[JeffKleist] Thank you for coming tonight! New Line is the only
company I can't think of 1 complaint for! One thing, why is
bookmarking disabled on Austin Powers 2, I know that New Line
constantly(unlike some other companies that start with U and D)
enables on-the-fly audio switching and bookmarking. Also, would it
be possible for you to offer keepcases through mail order? I know
they're made for European release. Can't wait for the Platinum
Edition of Lord of the Rings(OK, so it's 2 years off, I'm drooling
[new_line] On -fly-audio switching is enabled on Austin Powers 2.
Please clarify bookmarking.
[JeffKleist] Bookmarking is when you can press a button on your
remote that will save the position of the movie(chapter/time etc) so
that you can resume watching later at the same point by pushing the
button on the menu screen. It's called "Last Memo" on my
[new_line] Thanks for the clarification. Can you confirm this works
on other titles.
[JeffKleist] Every other New Line disc works fine with bookmarking.
On the fly audio works with AP2, just to clear that up
[new_line] We'll look into it.
[hakan_powers] Are there any DVDs not currently announced but in
production that you can give us any cool details on? Special
features etc.? Anything really special down the line you want to
tell us about?
[new_line] Nothing at this time.
[Michael_Pakula] Do you have any plans to Release Other Jackie Chan
Films (That you guys own) like Mr Nice Guy as a Platinum Series
[new_line] The current Mr. Nice Guy is going to remain in its
current form. There are no other plans to release other Jackie Chan
titles on DVD.
[Ike] Hi, I was wondering if you could supply any info on the
following titles: Short Cuts (why no news?), Spanking the Monkey,
Hoop Dreams, and Waterland? Also, please continue supporting a
sell-through pricing scheme, widescreen every time, and unrated
editions of your films. Thanks for talking to us.
[RonEpstein] Already answered... ..unless NewLine wants to add
anything to that?
[new_line] New Line considers DVD a special form of
entertainment... We put a lot of resources into ensuring each title
is created with that as a goal.
[MartinBrousseau] Hi New Line folks! As a French-Canadian, I am
very frustrated that you removed all your french tracks on your
releases since Austin Powers 1. What is your current stand on this
very hot and touchy issue for us here in the province of Quebec,
where a majority of people speak and buy in French?
[new_line] We're working with our Canadian distributor as well as
our foreign distributors to reach an amicable solution to the
problem you've posed.
[sametorres] Not that it matters that much anyway, but I am curious
as to how you will handle the double disc casing for Boogie Nights
and Magnolia...Is it going to be a slipcase with two regular
snapcases inside, or will it it be something similar to Fox's Fight
[new_line] We're looking at a solution that is similar to Fox's
[LukeB] Is there any specific hold up on the DVD release of Hoop
Dreams? I know this is one of the most-requested titles, so what's
preventing it from coming to DVD? Also, I think it widely agreed
that the snapper cases are inferior to keep cases.
[new_line] The whole movie was shot with analogue Betacam and it
was then conformed into an edited master on D2 which is composite
digital. Therefore, it doesn't transfer very well to component
digital which is what we strive for on the technical side of DVD. As
we all like the film very much, we will revisit this in the future.
[Anthony_Cappa] You guys are being pretty sketchy with your
answeres so this will be my last question. What are the DVD
possibilties of Blade 2, will it be released as a Platinum Disc like
the original? Or do you have no comment??
[new_line] No comment.
[hakan_powers] Thanks for a great chat. Can you tell us if feedback
from the hometheaterforum.com forum membership has had any impact on
DVD releases from New Line, and have you considered participating
actively in the forum?
[new_line] Receiving feedback from all sources is essential to our
success on DVD, particularly people as astute as the Home Theater
Forum. We look forward to participating in the future.
[Jim_Jones] New Line: great job ( image depth and colors are
reference on yr dvds!). LOST SOULS and THE CELL dvds? DTS: really
no-no ? FOX just got into DTS. (BLADE in DTS....)
[new_line] There is no plans for DTS, but Seven and Magnolia and
other releases look to be the highest quality sound. We always try
to raise the bar in audio and video quality.
[Brian_Kursar] Thanks for chatting with us. My question is do you
have an official street date for Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me DVD ?
A price ? And just to let you know, you guys have my vote for the
Deleted Scenes as well. ;)
[new_line] No official date for Twin Peaks, but we expect it before
the end of the year. No price, but we continue to look towards lower
prices for New Line Home Video DVDs.
[sametorres] do you plan on releasing the infamous American History
C director's cut, if that's not already on the deleted scenes of the
current dvd?...by the way, great news on Magnolia!
[new_line] There's no plans to replace our current version of
American History X.
[James_M] I wanted to know about double dvd editions, I know
Magnolia and Boogie Nights anything else in the future for us?
[new_line] There are plans to release Seven as a double disk set in
addition to Magnolia and Boogie Nights.
[SteffM] In Europe DVDs usually contain 5 to 8 language tracks: do
you intend to do the same in Region 1, and if not, why? That would
do the format justice! Thanks.
[new_line] At this early point in the format, we will not include
multiple foreign language tracks in an effort to protect our
international distributors from transshipment of our Region 1 DVDs
outside of North Amerca.
[RonEpstein] I want to thank Amy, Mike and Evan from NEW LINE for
being here tonight. I remember meeting some of you in LA back in
March and I know you took great interest in what we had to say
there. Evan was very cool! Thank You all for coming here tonight and
talking with our members!
[RonEpstein] Thank You Ned Vogler for a GREAt job Modertaing
[new_line] Thank you. It's been fun.
Session Close: Wed Jun 14 22:24:45 2000
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