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Some update news on the *Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music Directors Cut 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collectors Edition* Blu-ray and DVD releases. It has been moved up to a June 9th release, and there is quite a bit in this version:


This box set will feature two hours extra hours of performances from 13 groups who played at the legendary festival, but never made it onto the film, along with a reprint of Life magazine commemorative issue, a lucite lenticular display of festival photos, assorted memorabilia and an iron-on patch with the classic bird-and-guitar Woodstock emblem.



Technical specs have not been announced at this time, but you can expect a 1080p VC-1 video presentation along with a 5.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtrack.



The disc-by-disc breakdown includes:



Disc One


Film (Director's Cut), Part 1 128:38 min


The Museum at BethelWoods: The Story of the Sixties & Woodstock



Disc Two


Film (Director's Cut), Part 2 95:34 min



Disc Three


Woodstock: Untold Stories 18 Performances as never before seen


Woodstock: From Festival to Feature Interviews of the sights and sounds of the 3 day event, from concert goers, promoters, crew and musicians



_Exclusive to the Blu-ray release will be_:



Customize Your Own WoodstockPlaylist (from the 18 bonus performances). This feature allows you to customize your own personal jukebox playlist from more than a dozen live Woodstock performances as never been seen.


BD-Live features include MediaCenter, My WB Commentary, & Live Community Screening


MediaCenteris a hub for trailers, features and content


Additional info:



Band Roster (22 Bands)


Arlo Guthrie


Canned Heat


Country Joe & the Fish


Country Joe McDonald


Creedence Clearwater Revival


Crosby, Stills, NashGrateful Dead Janis Joplin Jefferson Airplane


Jimi Hendrix


Joan Baez


Joe Cocker


John Sebastian


Johnny Winter




Paul Butterfield Blues Band


Richie Havens






Sly & The Family Stone


Ten Years After


The Who



18 Bonus Performances


Joan Baez ?One Day at a Time?


Country Joe McDonald ?Flying High?


Santana ?Evil Ways?


Canned Heat ?I'm Her Man? and ?On the Road Again?


Mountain ?Beside the Sea? and ?Southbound Train?


Grateful Dead ?Turn On Your Love Light?


Creedence Clearwater Revival ?Born on the Bayou?, ?I've Put a Spell on You? and ?Keep on Chooglin'?


The Who ?We're Not Going To Take It? and ?My Generation?


Jefferson Airplane ?3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds?


Joe Cocker ?Something's Coming On?


Johnny Winter ?Mean Town Blues?


Paul Butterfield ?Morning Sunrise?


Sha Na Na ?Teen Angel?



Woodstock: From Festival to Film



The Camera: The ?clair NPR was the best camera around in 1969; Michael Wadleigh talks about why the ?clair was the right camera for this film.



365,000 Feet of Film: The stories of how Dale Bell and his crew begged, borrowed and stole just enough film to document the festival.



Shooting Stage: Those up-close shots of performers didn't just happen by magic; see how Wadleigh and his cameramen got those up close and personal shots of the performers.



The Line Up: The Who, Sha Na Na, Santana, Ten Years After, Jefferson Airplane and many more; how did all these bands get on the roster for the festival of a life time?



Holding the Negative Hostage: What does a filmmaker do when Technicolor is sending a copy of your negative to the studio without your permission? Well, you lock up the film and hire a lawyer.



Announcements: ?Don't take the brown acid? or maybe it was green. We'll hear about all the strange and informative announcements heard during those three days of peace, love and enlightenment.



Suits VS. Longhairs: The clash between the hippie filmmakers and the Warner executives who didn't understand what this film meant.



Documenting History: Find out from Michael Wadleigh and Dale Bell, along with filmmakers, where the idea of capturing this event on film came from.



Woodstock: The Journey: Some came by car, others by truck, a few came by helicopter but most walked to the most famous festival in history.



Pre-Production: We'll find out how this production got off the ground and meet the members of the crew that made it happen.



Production: How many cameras were used? How much film did they go through? Did anyone sleep? All these questions and more will be answered here as we explore how Woodstock was captured on film.



Synchronization: How do you sync all this material with out any slates? No slate, no problem. With the help of an upright Moviola, Dale Bell, Michael Wadleigh, Eddie Kramer and the editors were able to make magic from miles of tape and film.



The Crowd: Half a million people of all colors, shapes, sizes, ages and sexes attended this historical event. We'll hear stories about the number of people and how they all coexisted for three days with only minor incidents.



No Rain! No Rain!: Everyone talks about the rain at this event as if it were a character. It was. It set the tone, provided moments of danger, fun and disgust.



3 Days in a Truck: Eddie Kramer heard some of the most amazing performances as he recorded this historic event. But during those three days of peace, love and music, he didn't get to see any performances because he was stuck in a truck.



WoodstockEffect: The film, the event and the album catapulted many musicians into the limelight, changing their lives forever.



Living up to Idealism



World's Longest Optical



Critical Acclaim



Courtesy of The Museum at BethelWoods: The Hog Farm Commune



Hugh Hefner and Michael Wadleigh: The WoodstockConnection



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Yeah, remember how we said the 1:45 PM post was going to be our last for the week? Not so much. But there's a good reason we came back with one last post today: Amazon.com has just revealed at least the preliminary box art for Warner's forthcoming Gone with the Wind: Ultimate Collector's Edition and Wizard of Oz: Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray Disc box sets. And the surprise is that the retailer is already taking pre-orders for both of them, with each priced at an $84.99 SRP but selling for $59.49 on Amazon. Street dates and other specs and details are still TBA, but our sources tell us that Wizard of Oz will street in late October, with Gone with the Wind following in early December. Here's what the early packaging looks like (obviously, it's subject to change)...





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New Criterion announcements:


*Bergman Island* (DVD) June 16th $19.95


Special features:


New, restored digital transfer

Bergman 101, a selected video filmography tracing Bergman?s career, narrated by Cowie

New and improved English subtitle translation

PLUS: A written remembrance by filmmaker Marie Nyrer?d


(Note: all but that booklet will be on the release of The Seventh Seal)





*The Seventh Seal* (on DVD and Blu-ray) June 16th DVD: $29.95 Blu-ray: $39.95


Special features:


New, restored high-definition digital transfer (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)

Introduction by Ingmar Bergman, recorded in 2003

Audio commentary by Bergman expert Peter Cowie

A new afterword to the commentary by Cowie

Bergman Island (2006), an 83-minute documentary on Bergman by Marie Nyrer?d, featuring in-depth and revealing interviews with the director

Archival audio interview with Max von Sydow

A 1998 tribute to Bergman by filmmaker Woody Allen

Theatrical trailer

Bergman 101, a selected video filmography tracing Bergman?s career, narrated by Cowie

Optional English-dubbed soundtrack

New and improved English subtitle translation

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Gary Giddins





*My Dinner with Andre* (DVD) June 23rd $39.95


Special features:


New, restored high-definition digital transfer

New video interviews with actors Andr? Gregory and Wallace Shawn by filmmaker and friend Noah Baumbach

?My Dinner with Louis,? an episode from the BBC program Arena, in which Shawn interviews director Louis Malle

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Amy Taubin and the prefaces written for the printed screenplay by Gregory and Shawn





*Last Year at Marienbad* (on DVD and Blu-ray) June 23rd DVD: 39.95 Blu-ray: $39.95


Special features:


New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Alain Resnais (with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)

New audio interview with Resnais

New documentary on the making of Last Year at Marienbad, featuring interviews with many of Resnais? collaborators

New video interview with film scholar Ginette Vincendeau on the history of the film and its many mysteries

Two short documentaries by Resnais: Toute la m?moire du monde (1956) and Le chant du styr?ne (1958)

Theatrical trailer

Optional original, unrestored French soundtrack

New and improved subtitle translation

PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critic Mark Polizzotti and film scholar Fran?ois Thomas, and Alain Robbe-Grillet?s introduction to the published screenplay and comments on the film



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Great news from Fox! *The Diary of Anne Frank (50th Anniversary Edition)* has been officially announced with a June 16th release date. While expected for some time, what wasn't expected was the simultaneous release of the Blu-Ray version on the same day!


Bonus features are virtually all new, with some exclusive to the BD version. Also, below is a comparison of bonus features on the upcoming releases to the 2004 release.




Audio Commentary with George Stevens Jr, and Millie Perkins

Introduction: George Stevens Jr. and World War II

The Making of The Diary of Anne Frank: A Son?s Memories

The Diary of Anne Frank: Memories from Millie Perkins and Diane Baker

Shelley Winters and The Diary of Anne Frank

The Score of The Diary of Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank: Correspondence

Fox Legacy with Tom Rothman

*Diary of Anne Frank: Echoes from the Past*


*Diary of Anne Frank: Excerpt from "George Stevens: A Filmmaker?s Journey*


*George Stevens Press Conference*


*Millie Perkins Screen Test*


*Movietone News: Millie Perkins, 18, To Be Anne Frank In Film Of Diary*




"Diary of Anne Frank: Echoes from the Past" Featurette

George Stevens Press Conference

Movietone News Featuring Millie Perkins Appearances, Academy Award Highlights, Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony and More Commentary by George Stevens Jr.

Mille Perkins Screen Test

Still Gallery



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*Newest Additions to the Paramount Centennial Collection*


Will Be Available On March 24, 2009


Two memorable screen teams create very different kinds of chemistry in the latest DVD releases from the Paramount Centennial Collection. Comic greats Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon prove that opposites don?t always attract in The Odd Couple (1968), while Hollywood golden girl Grace Kelly and film legend Cary Grant smolder on the sultry French Riviera in To Catch a Thief (1955).



*Each film will be available in a two-disc set including an eight-page collectible booklet and additional all-new bonus material. Launched in November 2008, The Paramount Centennial Collection features some of the most treasured films from Paramount?s nearly 100-year history, digitally mastered so they can be enjoyed for generations to come.*



The Odd Couple stars Oscar? winners Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau as mismatched middle-aged roommates Felix Unger and Oscar Madison, divorced pals who discover the hilarious pitfalls of sharing an apartment with your polar opposite. Adapted for the screen by Neil Simon from his hit Broadway play, The Odd Couple is directed by Gene Saks. The film, which was Oscar-nominated for Best Writing and Best Editing, also stars Herb Edelman, John Fiedler and Carole Shelley.


To Catch a Thief, a romantic thriller from master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock, takes Oscar winners Grace Kelly and Cary Grant to glorious, glamorous Monaco. Cat burglar John Robie (Grant) has retired in style, but a recent rash of jewelry thefts matches his M.O. To prove his innocence, he will have track down the real thief, but besotted American debutante Frances Stevens (Kelly) keeps getting in his way. To Catch a Thief?s breathtaking shots of the soaring Monegasque coastline earned an Academy Award? for Best Cinematography, in addition to the film?s nominations for Best Art Direction and Best Costumes.





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*Tim Burton's BATMAN ? Blu-ray 20th Anniversary Digibook Special Edition (May 19, 2009)*



*Batman (1989) 20th Anniversary Deluxe Blu-ray Book ?*


In gloomy Gotham City the caped crusader must engage in a battle-to-the-death with the villainous Joker ? a madman orchestrating a wave of crime and murder that has paralyzed the town. During the course of the struggle, Batman learns the truth about his own mysterious past, and the role played by the Joker in shaping his life when he was a boy.



Burbank, CA. ? BATMAN: The Movie, the film that launched a global phenomenon, celebrates its 20th anniversary May 19 with a new single release. BATMAN: The Movie 20th Anniversary Blu-ray Hi-Def will be packaged in a premium hardcover book format that is loaded with hours of bonus content, including commentary with director Tim Burton and a digital copy which allows consumers a single non-transferable download of the full-length film compatible with iTunes? and Windows Media devices?.


The Blu-ray book includes original script pages, excerpts from the Batman Official Book of the Movie and the DC Comics comic book adaptation of the film! BATMAN: The Movie 20th Anniversary Blu-ray Hi-Def will be available for $34.99 SRP.


Tim Burton's direction and Michael Keaton's performance combine perfectly in the first film of the Warner Bros. series which captures GOTHAM CITY's sinister atmosphere and BATMAN's brooding nature. Jack Nicholson stars in a memorable performance as the maniacal villain, THE JOKER and Kim Basinger is VICKI VALE, the beautiful and resourceful photojournalist. Featuring songs by Prince and a score by Danny Elfman, BATMAN won the 1990 Oscar? for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration.



*Batman (1989) Blu-ray Book BONUS FEATURES include:*



Special Digibook Packaging with 50 pages of Collectible Essays, Trivia and Photos! (includes all of the special features from the Two-Disc Special Edition DVD):

? Commentary by director Tim Burton

? On the Set with Bob Kane

? Legends of the DARK KNIGHT: The History of BATMAN: The Comic Book Saga as Reinvented and Reinterpreted over Seven Decades

Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the DARK KNIGHT Parts 1-3:

? The Road to GOTHAM CITY

? The Gathering Storm

? The Legend Reborn



Beyond Batman Documentary Gallery


? Six Featurettes:

? Visualizing Gotham: The Production Design of BATMAN

? Building the BATMOBILE

? Those Wonderful Toys: The Props and Gadgets of BATMAN

? Designing the BAT-SUIT

? From Jack to THE JOKER

? Nocturnal Overtures: The Music of BATMAN

? Three Prince Music Videos: "Batdance", "Partyman", "Scandalous"

? The Heroes and The Villains Profile Galleries

? BATMAN: The Complete ROBIN Storyboard Sequence

? Theatrical trailer

? Digital Copy capability includes a single non-transferable download of the full-length film (compatible with iTunes? and Windows Media devices)

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*Join the adventures of 'Sergeant Preston of the Yukon'*



*"Sergeant Preston of the Yukon" (not rated, Infinity Entertainment Group, $39.98):*



All 33 episodes from the classic '50s show have been remastered for this set. Dick Simmons stars as Sergeant Preston of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, thwarting bad guys and protecting settlers and gold miners during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. It was based on the radio show "Challenge of the Yukon,".




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Just a quick note for what's on tap from VCI. No solid dates or prices, but Zane Grey Theater (Season 1) and The Green Hornet (1940 - Serial) have been expected for some time so they will probably release first.


Also expected, probably mid to late summer, are two other serials, The Green Hornet Strikes Again! (1941) with Warren Hull and The Last of the Mohicans (1932) with Harry Carey. Stay tuned...



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Update on extras for the two new James Bond Blu releases:


*Licence To Kill*

Audio commentary featuring director John Glen and members of the cast

Audio commentary featuring Michael G. Wilson and members of the crew

Declassified: MI6 Vault - deleted scenes with introductions by director John Glen

Sharkey Arrives

Bond and Sharkey Follow Yacht

Bond in Hotel Room

Cash Transaction

Bond in Isthmus

Bienvenidos Mis Amigos

Bond Returns to Casino

Bond Captured by Hong Kong Narcotics Agents

Boat Ride

Vignettes, Documentaries and Featurettes

Bond ?89

On Set with John Glen

On Location with Peter Lamont

Ground Check with Corky Fornoff

007 Mission Control ? Interactive Guide into the World of Licence to Kill

Exotic Locations Montage

Inside Licence to Kill ? A Documentary

Production Featurette ? Behind the Scenes

Kenworth Truck Stunt Film

?Licence to Kill? music video performed by Gladys Knight

?If You Asked Me To? music video performed by Patti LaBelle

Ministry of Propaganda

Theatrical Archive

How Many Times Can One Man Leave You Breathless?


Image Database Gallery

The Filmmakers


Key West

Mexico City

Shots in the Night

Sanchez's Office




The ?Lost? Promotional Campaign

Licence to Kill Around the Globe



*The Man With The Golden Gun*

Audio commentary featuring Sir Roger Moore

Audio commentary featuring director Guy Hamilton and members of the cast and crew

Vignettes, Documentaries and Featurettes

The Russell Harty Show

On Location with The Man with the Golden Gun

Girls Fighting

American Thrill Show Stunt Film with optional commentary

The Road to Bond: Stunt Coordinator W. J. Milligan (audio only)

Guy Hamilton: The Director Speaks

007 Mission Control ? Interactive Guide into the World of The Man with the Golden Gun

Exotic Locations Montage

Inside The Man with the Golden Gun ? An Original Documentary

Double-O Stuntmen

Ministry of Propaganda

Theatrical Archive

Coming For Christmas

A Man Called Scaramanga

TV Broadcasts

James Bond, On the Job

The Most Exciting Adventures

Radio Communication

Get Ready

Collision Course

The Greatest 007 Adventure of All

Image Database Gallery


Press Conference



Bonding With AMC

Dojo 007

Aboard Scaramanga's Junk

Hong Kong


The Golden Gun

Around The World With 007

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There is an announcement for "An Evening with Warner Home Video" forum for this coming Monday. I look forward to what they will announce because they say at the following link: "Our friends from Warner Home Video apologize for the delay in bringing you their annual chat. The delay has enabled them to culminate many new exciting projects, all of which will be announced during this chat."



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The other day I received an email that Warner Bros had reopened/opened an online store, but I also just noticed an article in Home Media Magazine that WB is starting to offer things from their library not yet on DVD (or possibly not outside of box sets) directly to the consumer. Accoriding to WB, you can buy them on DVD and have them shipped to you for around $19.95 or approximately $14.95 electronically.


Here are highlights from the article (and it looks like it is to start March 23) http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/questex/hom547114RED/index.php#/4 :


"Dubbed the 'Warner Archive Collection,' consumers can visit www.warnerarchive.com to browse title selections...


Movies earmarked for physical delivery are replicated via a third-party service (believed to be be Hewlett-Packard's MOD [manufacturing on demand] service), packaged in an Amaray case with custom artwork, shrink-wrapped and shipped.



Among the initial 150 movie selections, which also feature MGM and RKO titles, are Oscar nominees Sunrise at Campobello...The Citadel...Mr. Lucky...Possessed...Once Upon a Honeymoon...and All Fall Down...


All titles have been digitally remastered and include the original theatrical trailer...


George Feltenstein, SVP of catalog titles for WHV, said the two-and-a-half year project represented an expedited means to bring to market Warner's library of 6,800 films, of which only 1,200 have been released on DVD and 4,100 on VHS.


...Feltenstein said heretofore only titles with projected sales from 15,000 and 20,000 unites warranted a DVD production run. He said MOD removed those restrictions..."


I've taken a look at the site (http://www.wbshop.com/Warner-Archive/ARCHIVE,default,sc.html) and saw they had a number of titles for sale right now. (And you can also vote on a few others for future inclusion.) Some of the titles offered include


Abe Lincoln in Illinois,

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Beast of the City

Cain and Mabel


Dance, Fools, Dance

The D.I.

Idiot's Delight


Rasputin and the Empress

Scaramouche (1923)

Strange Interlude


By going into individual titles, you can video preview the quality.




(It seems to take awhile to show all 150 titles)

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Sounds like a great idea. There are several titles I would be interested in including;











I don' t really see any MGM musicals such as I LOVE MELVIN, MEET ME IN LAS VEGAS, etc. So maybe these titles will get a regular official release. I am sure George Feltenstein will talk about this on the Warner chat on 3/23.


Also, there goes more bucks I am going to spend on DVD's.

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I think this could be quite good to get DVDs that wouldn't normally come out due to limiited requests. I think the thing to do is order a film or two to check out the quality. I only hope they end up dropping the $19.95 price to something a bit more reasonable.

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There are 5 titles I want from the list. It looks like shipping is free with a bigger order but there is sales tax. Knowing WBHV I am sure the quality of the discs is fine. They probably are only bare bones with the trailer being the extra. This is a very good way of bringing these titles to the public. I have my doubts that the price will drop of these discs. The site mentioned 20% but I am not sure if it includes these discs since the discount did not show up.

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Using code XB392 will net you an additional 25% off 5 items. I intend to order 5 titles for now:








It seems like I am wrong and all the other titles are now available. There are several other titles I might purchase down the road.

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I took the plunge and ordered **** TONK. I tried to "preview" but for some reason

it wouldn't play. I didn't see any discount, but the shipping was free even on just a single

item. I will see how it looks and plays when it arrives and if I'm happy with it, I'll see about

ordering more, especially if there really are discounts.


Do any of you recommend I sign up for their newsletter---I would only be interested in learning

about sales or promotions related to these items. I didn't want to sign up only to receive a lot

of notices about modern films on DVD.

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Couldn't hurt to sign up. I have two different e-mail addresses so I put my address on the e-mail which gets the junk just in case.


When ordering there is a box at the bottom to tell you to put in promo code. To get the 25% off I was told you would need to order five DVD's. Hopefully there will be more promos on these DVD's that is why I signed up for e-mails.

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Hi, MissG, I just tried the clip for **** Tonk and it worked for me.


As far as the newsletter, they will probably try to sell you everything under the sun from t-shirts to stuffed animals. If anything really special comes up, I will list it in this site, so you can keep an eye here.

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