Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Warner Archive


A kind reader has notified that Warner Brothers has an online site where they are selling many exclusive to the shop DVD titles. There are many hard to find jewels here including many vintage classics (Garbo!) as well as some I have written on here before including Paul Simon's wonderful One Trick Pony, and the Amy Irving film Voices. There are a 148 titles in all right now and they go for 19.99 apiece. Frustratingly the site doesn't offer too many specifics about the discs (although there is an option where a clip can be viewed to judge the quality) but many of the titles are really essential under the radar films. If anyone has ordered any of these, comments on the quality and so forth would be appreciated.

The site is very exciting and I wish more companies would open up their catalogues like this.

5 comments:

Joe said...

I hope so too! I'm lookin' at you, Universal.

Andrew Wickliffe said...

Amazing... I've been hoping they do this for years. Already ordering two things....

Universal and Paramount need to get cracking!

aaron said...

Thanks for this exciting news.

The ones I'm most curious about are Altman's COUNTDOWN, Coppola's THE RAIN PEOPLE (curious to find out if it's widescreen), Frankenheimer's excellent ALL FALL DOWN...

...but, most of all: ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, with McQueen. That wasn't even on VHS!

Darrell said...

It's going to be very interesting. There seem to be some interpretational disagreements on the info thus far - some think these will be DVD-Rs (in which case there are burns people have from TCM that may be about as good) and some think they'll be actual DVDs. There's supposed to be a Warner HV chat on Home Theater Forum monday night that will hopefully clarify much about this program.

And Bhowani Junction is the one that caught my eye.

Ned Merrill said...

As per WHV at the HTF chat, and on the Warner Archive site, all the films are in their correct aspect ratio.

These are DVD-R, but head honcho George Feltenstein assures consumers, in interviews, that the quality of the blank media and the process used to burn the discs, will yield much better results than what one could produce on her DVD recorder at home. With and Feltenstein and WHV's strong track record, I believe him.