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Rare Universal movies get DVD release thanks to on demand manufacturing

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 03 Nov 2009 1:25 User comments (8)

Rare Universal movies get DVD release thanks to on demand manufacturing Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Universal Studios Home Entertainment (USHE) are taking advantage of manufacturing on demand (MOD) technology to offer a selection of movies on DVD which hadn't previously been available. Some have never been released in any home video format.
Movies in the TCM Vault Collection Presented by Universal can be purchased in sets or individually.

An inititial offering, the Universal Cult Horror Collection, is priced at $44.99, with individual titles in the five movie set selling for $19.99 each. Also planned for the fourth quarter of 2009 is a set of three early Cary Grant films.

TCM host Robert Osborne, who appears on each DVD to provide an introduction, said "It's wonderful that today's movie fans will be able to enjoy these rare movies. TCM and Universal have put great effort into restoring them digitally and providing historical context, bonus material and behind-the-scenes information, something DVD collectors, like me, are sure to appreciate. I'm very pleased to be part of this great project with TCM and Universal."

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8 user comments

13.11.2009 3:43

It's great that they are preserving these titles and everything...but who is going to spend $20 per disk or even $10 per disk for movies that were not even good enough for VHS release? They release mountains of unwatchable crap every year, without even considering small scale manufacuturing...these movies must be incredibly bad, lacking even camp qualities.

23.11.2009 5:19

Originally posted by KillerBug:
It's great that they are preserving these titles and everything...but who is going to spend $20 per disk or even $10 per disk for movies that were not even good enough for VHS release? They release mountains of unwatchable crap every year, without even considering small scale manufacuturing...these movies must be incredibly bad, lacking even camp qualities.

It's obviously for collectors.
Early Cary Grant films, never before released? They'll buy them by the crate!

33.11.2009 14:32

I wonder if the Avenger staring Tom bargenier(sp) is a uni flick....mmmm

44.11.2009 5:55

Quote:
Originally posted by KillerBug:
It's great that they are preserving these titles and everything...but who is going to spend $20 per disk or even $10 per disk for movies that were not even good enough for VHS release? They release mountains of unwatchable crap every year, without even considering small scale manufacuturing...these movies must be incredibly bad, lacking even camp qualities.

It's obviously for collectors.
Early Cary Grant films, never before released? They'll buy them by the crate!
If this is the case, then why didn't they release these in the past? Series like MST3K get released to DVD...and I would imagine they have much smaller audiences than Cary Grant.

54.11.2009 13:13

(rereads it)
oh I thought they meant on demand DVD printing.....

65.11.2009 5:11

Yup agree - can't wait to spend $ 20 for a 1930s movie that never made it to VHS and has been seen on a Ted Turner Network at least 50 times ..... NOT !!!!
Universal always does this - they were the ones mainly responisble for the demise of HD-DVD in the format war with blu-ray due to the ridiculous crap they released on the new format , flooding the market with cheap unwanted movies like Mr Bean , Chuck & Larry , Billy Maddison, Happy Gilmore and all the rest of that comedy crap from Sandler & Co.

76.11.2009 18:45

It would be great if Universal could be talked into releasing Showtimes' "The Chris Isaak show" on dvds. Waiting for that for years now.

828.9.2011 7:07

I think its a great idea. There are a few movies I'd like to get on DVD that havent been on TV in ages and never made it to DVD or VHS. If I could get them on MOD them I'd buy them in a heart beat.

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