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How often do the major film studios release classic movies on blu-ray?
April 26, 2012 7:35 AM   Subscribe

How often do the major film studios release classic movies on blu-ray? Do any of them (Warner, 20th Century, Paramount, etc.) have a releasing schedules or even just noticeable patterns that would help know when my favorites (film noir, golden era Hollywood classics, etc.) might be available in HD?
posted by dr handsome to Media & Arts (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
This is a more-or-less reliable release schedule site.
posted by griphus at 7:44 AM on April 26, 2012


The only noticeable pattern for any release is anniversaries (pretty much any multiple of 5 is a good marker), promoting of sequels/prequels/reboots/alternate universes, or upcoming films or remembrances of directors. Even then, none of that is a given for a release. More obscure titles may not even follow any pattern.

There's a number of sites with both schedules and articles that should give you a heads-up: Blu-ray.com (a fansite, not official), the previously-mentioned HDD, and The Digital Bits are just a few.
posted by zombieflanders at 7:58 AM on April 26, 2012


They'll lump works from the same director in together sometimes, for reasons I can't discern. Annie Hall and Manhattan -- arguably Woody Allen's two biggest movies -- were released on the same day. No other non-contemporary movies from his ouvre have been released yet. I'm also pretty sure that a few of the movies in the Mel Brooks box set that came out for the Christmas season of '09 were never released on Blu-ray prior.
posted by griphus at 8:08 AM on April 26, 2012


DVD Beaver is a great site in general (wacky site design aside), and they have a release calendar. Note that they cover blu-ray as well as DVD!
posted by bubukaba at 1:43 PM on April 26, 2012


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