Re: [Videolib] Marx Brothers & WC Fields DVDs

Mary M. Kirby (kirby@librarymedia.org)
Wed, 16 Apr 2003 14:54:42 -0700

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Sadly, Jessica is right. Many titles will not be "making it onto DVD". So
do hold on to those VHS copies.

Mary Kirby

The Library Media Project
evolved from the MacArthur Foundation
Library Video Project (1988-1998)
Chicago, Illinois
e-mail: kirby@librarymedia.org
phone: 800-847-3671

At 05:07 PM 4/16/03 -0400, you wrote:
>Sadly lots and lots of films have rights problems.
>For instance many documentary films like EYES ON THE PRIZE
>and HOLLYWOOD- THE PIONEERS series have extensive clips in them which would
>have to be relicensed for DVD at a cost of HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS
>so don't hold your breath for those and HANG ON TO THE VIDEOS.
>Many foreign and independent films have very complicated rights problems
>which again are likely to keep many of them out of DVD, many will eventually
>clear but others will not. As for studio films, basically they just don't
>really care about a lot of smaller titles and some things that they
>may have released which are already rare enough, they will never put on DVD.
>Most DVD's require a film to be remastered, re packaged etc. Studios are
>not interested in anything that won't sell at least 10,000 copies and that
>is not likely to change.
>
>NEVER assume that if something is out on VHS it will be out on DVD
>WHEN/IF it comes out on DVD than you can get rid of it if you want to
>but hang on to older titles for dear life right now.
>
>FYI I can think of at least 50 titles Kino owns that I can never imagine
>us putting on DVD
>
>Jessica
>--
>Jessica Rosner
>Kino International
>333 W 39th St. 503
>NY NY 10018
>jrosner@kino.com
>
> > From: "Carol Dunn" <dunn@oplin.lib.oh.us>
> > Reply-To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
> > Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 13:42:39 -0400
> > To: <videolib@library.berkeley.edu>
> > Subject: RE: [Videolib] Marx Brothers & WC Fields DVDs
> >
> > I really don't agree. I am sure they will all eventually end
> > up on DVD. Where do you get your information?
> >
> > Carol Dunn
> > AV Manager, NT Administrator and Webmaster
> > dunn@oplin.lib.oh.us
> > Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
> > 206 Broadway
> > Findlay, Ohio 45840
> > www.findlay.lib.oh.us
> > Telephone: 419.422.1712
> > Fax: 419.422.0638
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu
> > [mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu]On Behalf Of Jessica
> > Rosner
> > Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2003 2:35 PM
> > To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
> > Subject: Re: [Videolib] Marx Brothers & WC Fields DVDs
> >
> >
> > Marx Brother titles are currently out of print , hence the hefty price
> > The early Marx Bros and most of the Fields films are owned by Universal
> > They are getting much more aggressive about releasing their library so I
> > would expect much of this to come out in the next 12 months or so but
> > they have a BIG library and it takes time.
> > A reminder for those of you with older films on VHS, many of these
> > may NEVER come out on DVD so hang on to them
> > --
> > Jessica Rosner
> > Kino International
> > 333 W 39th St. 503
> > NY NY 10018
> > jrosner@kino.com
> >
> >> From: john <john@krl.org>
> >> Reply-To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
> >> Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 08:36:40 -0700
> >> To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
> >> Subject: [Videolib] Marx Brothers & WC Fields DVDs
> >>
> >> Has anyone heard when/if the Marx Brothers movies will be released on DVD
> >> again? I've seen some pretty high prices for "Duck Soup" and "Horse
> > Feathers"
> >> on eBay. And the only titles I can find on DVD for WC Fields are "The Bank
> >> Dick" and selected shorts. What's the deal?
> >> Regards,
> >> John
> >>
> >> John F. Fossett
> >> Media Librarian
> >> Kitsap Regional Library
> >> john@krl.org
> >> (360)405-9101
> >>
> >> KRL, more than books!
> >>
> >> _______________________________________________
> >> Videolib mailing list
> >> Videolib@library.berkeley.edu
> >> http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/mailman/listinfo/videolib
> >
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Sadly, Jessica is right.  Many titles will not be "making it onto DVD".  So do hold on to those VHS copies.


Mary Kirby

The Library Media Project
evolved from the MacArthur Foundation
Library Video Project (1988-1998)
Chicago, Illinois
e-mail: kirby@librarymedia.org
phone: 800-847-3671

At 05:07 PM 4/16/03 -0400, you wrote:

Sadly lots and lots of films have rights problems.
For instance many documentary films like EYES ON THE PRIZE
and HOLLYWOOD- THE PIONEERS series  have extensive clips in them which would
have to be relicensed for DVD at a cost of HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS
so don't hold your breath for those and HANG ON TO THE VIDEOS.
Many foreign and independent films have very complicated rights problems
which again are likely to keep many of them out of DVD, many will eventually
clear but others will  not. As for studio films, basically they just don't
really care about a lot of smaller titles  and some things that they
may have released which are already rare enough, they will never put on DVD.
Most DVD's require a film to  be remastered, re packaged etc. Studios are
not interested in anything that won't sell at least 10,000 copies and that
is not likely to change.

NEVER assume that if something is out on VHS it will be out on DVD
WHEN/IF it comes out on DVD than you can get rid of it if you want to
but hang on to older titles for dear life right now.

FYI I can think of at least 50 titles Kino owns that I can never imagine
us putting on DVD

Jessica
--
Jessica Rosner
Kino International
333 W 39th St. 503
NY NY 10018
jrosner@kino.com

> From: "Carol Dunn" <dunn@oplin.lib.oh.us>
> Reply-To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
> Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 13:42:39 -0400
> To: <videolib@library.berkeley.edu>
> Subject: RE: [Videolib] Marx Brothers & WC Fields DVDs
>
> I really don't agree. I am sure they will all eventually end
> up on DVD. Where do you get your information?
>
> Carol Dunn
> AV Manager, NT Administrator and Webmaster
> dunn@oplin.lib.oh.us
> Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
> 206 Broadway
> Findlay, Ohio 45840
> www.findlay.lib.oh.us
> Telephone: 419.422.1712
> Fax: 419.422.0638
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu
> [mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu]On Behalf Of Jessica
> Rosner
> Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2003 2:35 PM
> To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
> Subject: Re: [Videolib] Marx Brothers & WC Fields DVDs
>
>
> Marx Brother titles are currently out of print , hence the hefty price
> The early Marx Bros and most of the Fields films are owned by Universal
> They are getting much more aggressive about releasing their library so I
> would expect much of this to come out in the next 12 months or so but
> they have a BIG library and it takes time.
> A reminder for those of you with older films on VHS, many of these
> may NEVER come out on DVD so hang on to them
> --
> Jessica Rosner
> Kino International
> 333 W 39th St. 503
> NY NY 10018
> jrosner@kino.com
>
>> From: john <john@krl.org>
>> Reply-To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
>> Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 08:36:40 -0700
>> To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
>> Subject: [Videolib] Marx Brothers & WC Fields DVDs
>>
>> Has anyone heard when/if the Marx Brothers movies will be released on DVD
>> again? I've seen some pretty high prices for "Duck Soup" and "Horse
> Feathers"
>> on eBay. And the only titles I can find on DVD for WC Fields are "The Bank
>> Dick" and selected shorts. What's the deal?
>> Regards,
>> John
>>
>> John F. Fossett
>> Media Librarian
>> Kitsap Regional Library
>> john@krl.org
>> (360)405-9101
>>
>> KRL, more than books!
>>
>> _______________________________________________
>> Videolib mailing list
>> Videolib@library.berkeley.edu
>> http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/mailman/listinfo/videolib
>
> _______________________________________________
> Videolib mailing list
> Videolib@library.berkeley.edu
> http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/mailman/listinfo/videolib
>
> _______________________________________________
> Videolib mailing list
> Videolib@library.berkeley.edu
> http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/mailman/listinfo/videolib

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