I suppose the Home Theater Forum should snag some of the credit for this bauble, but since I read about it first at Jaime Weinman’s Something Old, Nothing New he will receive the treasured doff of the TDOY chapeau. The Warner Brothers online store website has announced the debut of The Warner Archive, a collection of 150 classic films currently not available on DVD (or once available on VHS, but have made little to no progress on disc) that can be purchased in a sort of “made to order” system.
Jaime is lamenting the fact that these titles will only ship to the
Every few months Warner will release a "wave" of new titles for this
program. They will range from silent films, forgotten classics and
even small films from the 70s-90s. They will not be mass replicated
to be sold in stores. Instead, anyone that wants a title will go to
Warner's website, order it, and have it sent to their mailbox within
three days. The titles will only be replicated according to the amount
of orders received.
The titles will arrive in regular packaging with artwork and a printed
label on the DVD.
The quality of these DVDs (and I forgot to mention these are only DVDs)
are as good as anything you would expect the studio to release. They
will be in their proper aspect ratio, 16x9, and with the necessary audio
codecs. Nothing will suffer when it comes to presentation quality.
The DVDs will cost $19.95 each.
I scanned through the titles and found some must-haves for the dusty Thrilling Days of Yesteryear archives—in fact, I’ve already placed my first order for Francis Ford Coppola’s The Rain People (1969), an early FFC effort that used to play on
The program is designed to allow the studio to release films previously not made available to the public, and I think it’s positively fantastic. Good on you, Warner!