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Warner Archive Goes BLU Starting with GYPSY & DEATHTRAP Nov. 20 (with FEARLESS and HUDSUCKER PROXY coming soon)!!!


“Monty Cristo” here.



Warner Archive has defined the world of Manufacture-on-Demand DVD, and are the reigning kings. 4 days from this posting, you can get GYPSY and DEATHTRAP for $21.99 apiece on glorious Blu-ray Disc.



The new Blu-rays they're doing are standard-spec Blu-ray discs (not BD-Rs) produced in smaller production runs than say, SINGIN IN THE RAIN. There are loads of Archive titles I'm happy to own on DVD, but I love that we're finally seeing Blu-ray become a part of things. This will mean more deep cut catalog titles that have been hard to track down can actually be acquired. Here's the press release:



The Warner Archive Collection (WAC) – the Warner Bros. Digital Distribution (WBDD) division dedicated to releasing on DVD previously unavailable films and television shows – today announced the launch of its first Blu-ray™ titles. The two titles, Deathtrap and Gypsy, will debut on November 20. Beginning in February 2013, WAC expects to release a minimum of one to two Blu-ray titles per month. Future titles include The Hudsucker Proxy and Fearless.


WAC reports that the Blu-ray discs will be replicated in limited quantities and fulfilled on demand. All releases will leverage high quality 1080p masters. In many instances, as with Deathtrap, the films will be available for the first time for home viewing in their original widescreen format.


Starting as a modest initiative, WAC has quickly grown to become a new business model for the studio and a recognized industry leader. Since launching in March 2009, WAC has released more than 1,500 films, short subjects, TV movies and mini-series that otherwise would not have been available, providing a valuable service to film lovers everywhere.


Now, WAC’s entry into the Blu-ray market is the latest example of its fast growth and increasing popularity with consumers who have embraced the technology as the standard for the highest quality home movie viewing on disc. This year, domestic sales of catalog titles on Blu-ray grew 22% in the third quarter from a year earlier. In fact, Blu-ray sales have shown impressive gains every quarter in 2012, continuing the trend set in 2011 over 2010 when sales were up 20%.


In making the Blu-ray announcement, WBDD President Thomas Gewecke said, “This is an important innovation that fulfills consumer demand for high definition releases that otherwise would not be available in physical formats. We’re excited to have the opportunity to further expand the Warner Archive Collection into the Blu-ray marketplace with an impressive slate of releases.”


Warner Archive Collection titles can be purchased through their web site ( for $21.99 SRP or through other leading online retailers




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  • Nov. 16, 2012, 8:58 p.m. CST

    They should all just be OUT.

    by skoolbus

  • Nov. 16, 2012, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Sharky's Machine

    by ShifuPoBoy

    Can someone PLEASE get WAC to put Sharky's Machine out on widescreen Blu?

  • Nov. 16, 2012, 9:34 p.m. CST

    You know, for kids!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Hudsucker should look AWESOME in HD. At least these won't be as criminally expensive as those Twilight Time things.

  • Nov. 16, 2012, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Not sure why a Coen Brothers title doesn't warrant a normal release.

    by broderick crawford

    Other than WB gets to jack up the price.

  • Nov. 16, 2012, 10:03 p.m. CST

    For that price I expect something on the level of a Criterion.

    by broderick crawford

  • For me, that's easy. The 1982 version of Conan the Barbarian starring Arnold Swarzenegger.

  • Nov. 16, 2012, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Long Live The Hud!

    by Ted

    One of my all time-favorite movies, seriously.

  • Nov. 16, 2012, 10:19 p.m. CST


    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Nov. 16, 2012, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Not including the mezzanine!

    by replica

  • Nov. 16, 2012, 10:50 p.m. CST

    I'd bet my Pulitzer on it!

    by replica

  • Nov. 16, 2012, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Gooooooo Eagles!

    by Allen

    A Muncie girl.

  • Nov. 16, 2012, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Deathrap is greatly underrated

    by Brian Hopper

    as demonstrated in this awesome three minutes...

  • Nov. 16, 2012, 11:11 p.m. CST

    If this is the way I have to get a 1080p copy for my media server, then so be it..

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    I'll be picking up all four of those titles..

  • They are dumping everything but the kitchen sink out this year while theres still some demand for disc, but I bet after 2013 we will more of these super collections and big anniversary releases, but thats it. Lawrence, Star Wars, Hitchcock, most of the big Spielberg titles, Indy, Star Wars, Star Trek movies and series, Universal Horror, Kubrick - the studios dumped all their hold cards this year, and have very few big titles left to still put out that brick and mortars will bother to order and put on shelves. It's pretty much a collector's only market from here on out folks..

  • Nov. 16, 2012, 11:30 p.m. CST

    According to crackpots eveywhere, the world ends in 34 days

    by Bobo_Vision

  • Nov. 17, 2012, 4:13 a.m. CST

    y'know ... for kids!

    by frenetik1

  • Nov. 17, 2012, 5:38 a.m. CST

    DEATHTRAP -- a brilliant film

    by Daniel_S_Duvall

    I've waited for years to see DEATHTRAP again because I refused to buy the standard def DVD as it has the aspect ratio screwed up (full screen rather than widescreen). I'm ultra-excited that the Blu-ray is due out in a few days. Clearly, I have no life.

  • Nov. 17, 2012, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Region Locked ? Where do you buy them from ?

    by higgledyhiggles

    Direct from warner, 3rd party. Limited runs ? Will they runt out and refuse to print more ? I`d love Hudsucker if it`s in my region.

  • Nov. 17, 2012, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Superman vs Alfred


    i dont think theres been another actor before or since where you see them in some other film and go 'oh wow its....' like there was was Reeve. maybe shatner but even then not so much as with Reeve...or the likes of Arnie or Connery but even then its 'hey its Arnie or Connery' not so much the T800 or 007 seeing Reeve in stuff like Death Trap, Somewhere in Time etc - its not really Reeve but superman starring in Deathtrap or Somewhere in Time etc

  • Nov. 17, 2012, 8:55 a.m. CST

    I love the Coen Bros. so hard, but...

    by IAmLegolas

    ... I fell asleep twice on two seperate occasions trying to watch the "Hudsucker Proxy", missing the Bruce Campbell bit part and everything. Should I try again? And no I don't have a habit of falling asleep during movies and I'm not some dumb & clueless neophyte 23 year old... I love Bergman or Fellini just as much as a Nolan or (Peter) Jackson.

  • Nov. 17, 2012, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Hudsucker may honestly be their best

    by bah

    It is so layered and machine-gun-fire funny. I didn't love it the first time, but every time I watch it, it gets even better. I'll always find another joke or background detail or circle that I missed the first 20 times. It's a big love letter to Frank Capra. So, yes, legolas, give it another try. One day, you'll wonder how you ever fell asleep during such a rapidly-paced movie.

  • Nov. 17, 2012, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Sure sure

    by bah

  • Nov. 17, 2012, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Hudsucker Proxy

    by IceTitan

    I was actually WAITING for this to come out on Blu! This might as well have been a Hudsucker Proxy article judging by the response ;p

  • Nov. 17, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Deathtrap!!! Yes!!!

    by Fawst

    Such a brilliant movie. I saw it when I was only like ten and it blew my mind. I bought the DVD just because but I never bothered opening it when I saw the tech details. I've never seen it in its original format!

  • Nov. 17, 2012, 11:21 a.m. CST


    by SuckLeTrou

    Doesn't matter the format or the division, Warner's still isn't going to release Ken Russell's The Devils, because they truly suck. We live in a world where I can buy a Joel Schumacher box set but half of Ken Russell's catalog is out of print or in the case of Devils, The Rainbow, Whore and others, never been on DVD at all in the history of the format.

  • Nov. 17, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Hudsucker is an unofficial prequel to Raising Arizona!

    by white_vader

    Doesn'r H.I. wear Hudsucker overalls in R.A. at one point? I seem to remember that. The Coens must have had HP in mind for ages before actually making it.

  • Nov. 17, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Oh and ALL Warners Blus are region free

    by white_vader

    No matter what it says on the back.

  • Nov. 17, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Hudsucker shared studio space with The Crow

    by schlockthemonkey

    There has to be some interesting Behind The Scenes stuff there.

  • Nov. 17, 2012, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Deathtrap - if you haven't seen it, do so!

    by BenBraddock

    Been a while, I need to see it again. Full of twists and great performances.

  • Nov. 17, 2012, 2:12 p.m. CST

    could you turn on the mamamamimmeograph?

    by Wyndam Earle


  • Nov. 17, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST


    by Robbiemc9

    Hudsucker is also my fav Cohen movie. I just love the era and love the humour. higgledyhiggles if you live is Australia you can pick up a region free blu player from The Good Guys for $80. The brand is Laser and it is cheep and shitty looking but works a treat. Comes with a three year warranty to. It is so region free it is even advertised on the box. Do your research and you will find a player somewhere that can do it. I only buy movies from OS that you can't get here or older titles that are far far cheeper on Amazon or EBay.

  • Nov. 17, 2012, 4:38 p.m. CST

    And if a frog had wings it wouldn't bump it's ass a-hoppin'!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    The Hoop-Sucker! The Hud-Swinger! The *Hoop-Sucker*! The **Hud-Swinger**!

  • Nov. 17, 2012, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Extruded Plastic Dingus

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I got you, I got you by your PANTS...!

  • Finally a proper widescreen transfer of an underrated masterpiece from one of our finest filmmakers.

  • Nov. 18, 2012, 12:44 a.m. CST

    Now I just hope the world suffers on past Dec. 21st.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    So I can finally get my mits on a proper "Fearless"!

  • Nov. 18, 2012, 3:14 a.m. CST

    Yeah Deathtrap is awesome and so is


    "A Shock To The System", another clever and darkly funny and lesser-known Michael Caine flick. Anyone who likes Deathtrap should check that out too

  • Nov. 18, 2012, 12:38 p.m. CST


    by ghoulstock

    Hudsucker is probably my second favorite Coen movie (after Miller's Crossing). It's amazing. The soundtrack gets me every time, and Jennifer Jason Leigh deserved an Oscar for her work in that film. Also she looks gorgeous in the film as well.

  • Nov. 19, 2012, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Is Sleuth already out on Blu-Ray?

    by tangcameo

    Sadly, its not held up as well as Deathtrap, especially since the twist is very bloody obvious now! Deathtrap was not only a great movie when I first saw it, it also fired up my obsession with manual typewriters. I have a Remington portable on my bookshelf (still works minus the "Pp" key) because of that movie. Now if I could just rig it up like the office computers in 'Brazil'.

  • Nov. 19, 2012, 10:30 a.m. CST


    by IamZardoz

    Combination of most irritating actress on earth (Perez) and most realistic, horrifying planecrash Ive ever seen on film. I wish Weir would make more movies.

  • Nov. 19, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST


    by Robert Evans

    agreed about FEARLESS. Why defuck WB never released a widescreen DVD is beyond me. same goes for INNOCENT BLOOD and SPIES LIKE US. But this is a start and i'll happily buy FEARLESS.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Blows to have to buy a new BluRay Player, It weren`t cheap.

    by higgledyhiggles