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« Reply #60 on: June 25, 2009, 04:44:48 PM »

 :) " 'Gran Torino' tops video charts "

     Clint Eastwood film also leads Blu-ray sales
     By Thomas K. Arnold

     http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i4b097d7362782a14cf12f7d011fee128
 
   
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A cross-dressing comic and a maniacal killer couldn't keep Clint Eastwood from crossing the finish line first once again.

The Eastwood-directed "Gran Torino," from Warner Home Video, remained the top seller and renter on the national home video charts for the second consecutive week, despite challenges from two high-profile new releases.

Tyler Perry's "Madea Goes to Jail," released by Lionsgate, debuted at No. 2 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart and Home Media Magazine's video rental chart for the week ending June 21.

The horror remake "Friday the 13th," also from Warner, bowed at No. 4 on the sales chart, right behind fellow Warner release "He's Just Not That Into You," and at No. 3 on the rental chart.

"Gran Torino" grossed $148.1 million in theaters, to $90.5 million for "Madea" and $65 million for "Friday the 13th." "Madea" sold 46% as many copies as "Gran Torino" in Nielsen-reporting stores, but generated 60% as much rental activity. "Friday the 13th" sold 22% as many units as "Gran Torino" and generated 58% as many rental transactions.

"Gran Torino" also topped the Nielsen VideoScan Blu-ray Disc sales chart for the second consecutive week, although "Friday the 13th" finished a close second, selling nearly 92% as many units.

"Madea" was not released on Blu-ray Disc.

"Gran Torino" generated 5% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, while for "Friday the 13th" Blu-ray sales accounted for 20% of all discs sold.

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« Reply #61 on: June 29, 2009, 04:39:46 AM »

Good review of Gran Torino BluRay on AVForums website

http://www.avforums.com/movies/index.php?showtitlereview=9764
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« Reply #62 on: July 21, 2009, 03:33:52 AM »

The Jazz.com Blog link

July 21, 2009
Tony Bennett and Diana Krall on DVD

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Thomas Cunniffe, an editor and regular contributor at jazz.com, reports on two DVDs focusing on jazz vocalists: Tony Bennett and Diana Krall. T.G.

In the quarter-century since he filmed his low-budget masterpiece The Last Of The Blue Devils, Bruce Ricker has become one of the best-known directors of jazz documentaries. One of Ricker’s frequent collaborators is also one of Hollywood’s biggest jazz fans, Clint Eastwood. So, when Eastwood produces a Ricker-directed documentary on Tony Bennett, the budget is big and the expectations are high.

The film is titled The Music Never Ends, and you may have seen it on PBS’ “American Masters” series. Now available on DVD through a partnership between Warners Home Video and Ricker’s company, Rhapsody Video, the film is far from definitive on several levels, but it is loaded with magnificent film clips. The jewel is a 1975 “Tonight Show” appearance where Bennett is accompanied by Bill Evans! What we get to see of the clip includes parts of “When In Rome” and a little bit of an interview with Evans. (According to the Johnny Carson website, Bennett also sang “But Beautiful” with Evans and then sang “Life Is Beautiful” and “S’Wonderful” to fellow guest Fred Astaire! Whatever it costs in clearance rights, this episode of “The Tonight Show” is a classic, and it needs to be released on DVD). ...

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« Reply #63 on: October 16, 2009, 02:23:36 PM »

Didn't see this mentioned but Mystic River hits Blu-Ray on Feb. 2nd, 2010.

http://www.thedigitalbits.com/mytwocentsa173.html#100609
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« Reply #64 on: November 21, 2009, 01:07:42 AM »

So apparently GBU is over DNR'd and they also messed up the audio (gunshots in particular).
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« Reply #65 on: November 21, 2009, 01:09:49 AM »

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You know what?
I got burned last time with Flags of Our Fathers because when that came out on DVD, knowing full well that Eastwood RARELY if EVER allows for audio commentary extras let alone any decent behind the scenes extra featurettes (though Unforgiven, Bridges, Blood Work and Space Cowboys had some sort of decent featurettes attached) thats over 10 minutes in length, I bought the DVD, figuring, well, I own the definitive version of the film

And then they released it later on with some bonus features

So now comes Gran Torino. A film I went and saw in the theater and loved. I feel it's one of his top ten best works in his career. So, as I said, I went to the theater to support the man's efforts and then I went home to wait for the DVD, which comes out in June.

I saw news today about the upcoming DVD release--which only has two (count them TWO) features .....get this.....about cars and how they help men "bond" or whatever.

Which is fine and dandy since it looks like their obviously going for the "male" market (a market that obviously LOVES cars)
But the ironic thing here (in my opinion) is that the car itself, the Gran Torino,  is just, if anything, a "B" character in the film. (not even that, since it's only seen in maybe ten total minutes in the whole film!)
The film is about so much more than just "cars"

It's about getting along with others and racism and tolerance and violence etc etc etc. To add to my pain is the fact that the DVD  looks to be about 23 bucks!!! And yes, Walmart or similar markets will have it on sale for around 17 bucks if I really go out of my way to search for a deal. (But then they wonder why alot of people are saving money  and just getting a burnt copy from Joe Blow at work. So I have to wait another 7 months or so and see if a double dipped copy with some sort of better bonus features will be included (like behind the scenes of the film, a chat with the screenwriter who did an amazing first draft, a look at the Homung culture (a culture that had more screentime than the CAR)

sigh. Anyone else have the feeling of being slightly ripped off by this news? (Amazon has artwork of the backcover where you can zoom in and read the text of the **cough** bonus features)

Are you saying Grand Torino is getting a re release on Blu ray?  

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I see that these features are already on the Blu ray.....  

Are you complaing that the Blu ray has more features?  This is a common practice with Blu ray.  It is a premium product and has more storage space.  Although I can understand your dissatisfaction.
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« Reply #66 on: November 21, 2009, 09:41:10 AM »

Iconfan was writing last April, when Gran Torino was originally released on both DVD and BluRay. His point is valid: The "features" on the DVD are worthless; the BluRay includes only one additional feature, "The Eastwood Way: Exploring the actor/director's filmmaking process up close," which doesn't sound very exciting. It's not unreasonable to expect that Warners will come out with a "special edition" of this movie before long, and everyone who bought the original release will have to pony up again.

As for me, I waited ... and waited ... until finally I saw it in my local Best Buy for around fourteen bucks (DVD, not BluRay) and so I bought it just to have a copy of the movie at last.

Almost worse, in my mind, is that Warners persists in selling the disc, in addition to the original format, in a butchered "full-screen" edition. Caveat emptor!
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« Reply #67 on: November 21, 2009, 09:12:50 PM »

I don't think this will get a special edition for QUITE A WHILE if ever.  That sucks about the full screen though.  Might be time to buy a blu ray player KC.

Iconfan was writing last April, when Gran Torino was originally released on both DVD and BluRay. His point is valid: The "features" on the DVD are worthless; the BluRay includes only one additional feature, "The Eastwood Way: Exploring the actor/director's filmmaking process up close," which doesn't sound very exciting. It's not unreasonable to expect that Warners will come out with a "special edition" of this movie before long, and everyone who bought the original release will have to pony up again.

As for me, I waited ... and waited ... until finally I saw it in my local Best Buy for around fourteen bucks (DVD, not BluRay) and so I bought it just to have a copy of the movie at last.

Almost worse, in my mind, is that Warners persists in selling the disc, in addition to the original format, in a butchered "full-screen" edition. Caveat emptor!
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« Reply #68 on: November 21, 2009, 09:25:46 PM »

I need to upgrade my TV before I can invest in a BluRay player, sadly.

I can watch BluRay discs on my computer, if any movie comes out with special features that I just have to see.

I don't know why Gran Torino wouldn't get a special edition ... it's Clint's biggest moneymaker, ever. I wouldn't be surprised if we saw one next year to commemorate his 80th birthday.
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« Reply #69 on: November 29, 2009, 11:36:12 PM »

Hollywood Reporter (link)
Warner plans Clint Eastwood DVD collection
35-film set includes 'Where Eagles Dare,' 'Gran Torino'
By Carl DiOrio

Nov 30, 2009, 12:00 AM ET

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Clint Eastwood fans just might feel the hyphenate has made their day when Warner Home Video announces Monday plans for an Eastwood DVD collection of virtually unprecedented scope.

Priced at $179.98, the 19-disc "Clint Eastwood: 35 Films, 35 Years at Warner Bros." is set to hit shelves Feb. 16. ...
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« Reply #70 on: December 03, 2009, 06:07:14 AM »

Wow... ahahaha, looks like my April Fools joke came true then, eh?  ;D :o

http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=7181.msg134796#msg134796
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« Reply #71 on: December 20, 2009, 11:10:13 PM »

More Clint on BD confirmed...

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=3937
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« Reply #72 on: December 21, 2009, 07:13:11 AM »

Sadly, I am afraid that I am waiting for my television to die off before getting a newer model
THEN I will have to start looking for a BluRay player that accomadates DVDs although I fear that over the next five years once the wealthier consumers finally take the plunge and buy Blu-Rays exclusively, the market (who is no doubt tracking the DVD sales figures) will begin the final phase-out of DVDs

Face it folks, the clock is ticking.

And so, I figure I'll just catch my "To be watched" films on DVD through netflix for now and I have already stopped buying new DVDs
It's bad enough I'll have to (eventually) re-buy the handful of DVD favorites in my collection (about 50 DVDs-- both films and collected TV series) in the BuRay format but theres no sense STARTING a BluRay collection now anyway until I upgrade the TV

Unfortunately, I really don't see "Hollywood" changing their double dipping schemes....ever. Even with the new age of BluRay.
There's simply way too much money to be made doing this especially with many hot films that are out now facing their 10, 15, 20 and 30 year anniversaries in the future.
Of course....it's like burning a film to sell at work for 5 bucks
Just because you CAN do something (like burning films (which is considered against the law) or something as greedy as double dipping knowing people (being the sheep that we tend to be) will just rush out and buy it anyway--) doesn't mean that you SHOULD    In the end these things tend to hurt everyone else over time and just causes alot of hurt feelings in the long term all over something thats meant to entertain  

Once again-- I refuse to buy Gran Torino NOW without the behind the scenes features that I love to watch in DVD when i know full well that someday they'll release a newer DVD version WITH the features I want.

Normally,  I would accept the fact that down the road, I will have to buy Gran Torino again IF  I wish to start a BluRay collection.

But to force me to buy Gran Torino more than twice (beyond what should already be available:  a   DVD version WITH bonus features I love (heck, demand as a consumer/fan) and then the BluRay version ) is just pure GREED (not to mention, bad business)

I can imagine what Walt would say to the poor clerk behind the counter if HE were the one wishing to buy a new film for his home entertainment and he found it was only available in FULL SCREEN format. That poor clerk would get such a scowl it would curl his toes!

 I bet there are many, many other potential consumers who are boycotting Gran Torino (in addition to many other films connected with other studios) for the same reasons.
Heck, I bet there's alot of potential consumers who are waiting out this inevitable transition to BluRay because they just can't afford it right now

The sad part is this: Once BluRay becomes the new standard, they'll just keep doing the double dip (once all these transition waiters are fully on board)

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« Reply #73 on: December 22, 2009, 04:03:00 PM »

Sadly, I am afraid that I am waiting for my television to die off before getting a newer model
THEN I will have to start looking for a BluRay player that accomadates DVDs although I fear that over the next five years once the wealthier consumers finally take the plunge and buy Blu-Rays exclusively, the market (who is no doubt tracking the DVD sales figures) will begin the final phase-out of DVDs

All Blu-ray players play DVDs, and I don't see that ever changing.  Just like you can put your CD into a DVD player and play it.  This isn't the same type of transition from VHS to DVD.  That's the good thing about Blu-ray.  And from what I've read, sales of Blu-ray players have already surpassed sales of DVD players.   But I know what you're saying about the double dipping thing.  Like coming out with a second Dirty Harry box set.
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« Reply #74 on: December 23, 2009, 04:43:57 AM »

Maybe you are correct Doug. (About BluRay players handling DVDs as well as BluRays)  I sure hope so.

But over time, once DVD sales drop below a certain level it just won't be worth the time and trouble for any studio to keep making DVDs and then only BluRay will be the norm.


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« Reply #75 on: January 10, 2010, 08:05:26 AM »

Blu-Ray players always have and always will play regular DVD's. And if you're that scared that they won't (even though they do) you can still plug your DVD player into a newer TV. The only thing you should be worried about is that in a few years most media (movies, TV etc) will be available by streaming it over the internet straight to your TV. There's new models of TV's coming that are internet ready just for this purpose. It's the new way to do things. Will it completely replace people buying DVD/Blu-Rays? I doubt it. But the players and TV in the next few years will come with all this as an option.


And as for double dipping, it's been happening for a long time and yes, will continue to happen. Deal with it. If you don't want to buy Gran Torino now then don't. Me? I don't care about Special Editions and Ultimate Super Extreme Editions. I just want the movie. If you want to wait ten years in the hopes that they will eventually release a new edition then do so. But to gripe about it isn't going to make the WB re-consider. Is a bad business decision to re-release a movie? Not really. It's clear people re-buy the special editions and how is that the studios fault if people want to do that? Also, it's a good way for people who haven't already purchased the movie to purchase it then. But with the introduction of BD-Live (special features on Blu-Ray discs that are accessed through the internet for free) I doubt we'll see a whole lot of double dips happen unless a sequel to a movie comes out.
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« Reply #76 on: January 10, 2010, 11:03:09 AM »

I miss where anyone said anything about actually burning and selling DVDs. ??? It's mentioned a few posts back, but I don't believe he was saying he does that.
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« Reply #77 on: January 10, 2010, 12:10:58 PM »

You are correct, Christopher! I mis-read the post and will edit my post. Thanks!  :-[ O0
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« Reply #78 on: February 04, 2010, 08:32:08 PM »

35 movies in 35 years...cool trailer!

http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1810128407/video/17975975
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« Reply #79 on: February 06, 2010, 06:09:23 AM »

An "EXTRAS" fanatic checking in here...

I am looking forward to the soon to be released 35 Films 35 Years collection
BUT--- being a bit broke, I have to look for a deal (for instance Amazon has it available for 125 bucks VS the 179.98 sticker price)
What I may do is wait awhile and hope someone burns the collection into their computer and sells it as "used" on Amazon and buy it that way. After a month or so-- (usually) there is an Amazon review or two where someone will mention how many bonus features there are and if there are new ones or not and how many minutes the features are

Now, the latest Entertainment weekly (issue date Feb 12/19 Special Oscar issue) has a review of the collection on page 90 (they gave the collection a B plus.

But the only mention the extras get there is that aside from the 24 page booklet there is a "decent (but all too brief) doc that follows a chatty Clint as he walks around the lot, literally taking a stroll down memory lane" I assume that means the feature called The Eastwood Factor. Now the "But all too brief" blurb ( to me) obviously sounds like the reviewer wishes there were more but he doesnt mention how long the piece is. Nor is there a mention in Amazon (yet) as to exactly how many of the films within the collection have either the
original bonus features-or new features that have never been released before on previous copies

Now I totally understand that some fans may dismiss the features....Many of them are satisfied to say,"Just give me the film in widescreen and I'm happy"
But for me, this stuff is pretty informative as it shows the man (and his crew) at work. It also provides a glimpse at the crew over the years. See, I'm one of those folks that likes to stay back after the film is over and read the credits. All those boring names that scroll upwards at the end is a list of everyone who made that film you enjoyed. It was a paycheck that fed their family as well as a testiment to the many obsticles they faced while making the film

Dangers such as filming the man on the Eiger mountain , in the film The Eiger Sanction (where one of the stuntment died during filming)
Or making the film The Outlaw Josey Wales where they filmed in more than one state and yet still brought the film in just over a month. (This is an amazing accomplishment considering Eastwood starred and directed BOTH Eiger and Wales practically back to back) These days, Eiger is considered a forgetable film thought the mountain sequences are the best part and Wales is considered one  a classic.

Or planning around a cities construction projects so that they were able to use the actual city locations instead of faking it somewhere more convenient (like in Mystic River where Clint decided to have the crew and cast show up for work at 9 or 10 am and work til 7 to avoid traffic jams (and as I recall that film STILL came in under budget/days)(I think Tim Robbins said that most Fridays they got off work by 4 pm)

The crew on an Eastwood film are a special bunch who know that each hour spent waiting around is an hour of cash being wasted. Now, if they were on other films...they know if the film goes over days/budget thats extra money for them. But (and I assume here of course) the Eastwood crew (many of them longtime veterans for the man) have stayed with him and I would think they take in a certain amount of pride having that credit at the end of his films knowing that they have participated within the legacy of a legend.

If they were in it for the money alone, then I assume (again) that knowing his style (quick and efficient), they would have moved on to other films where they could make more money over a longer shooting schedule with other directors. But many of the crew members that stay with Eastwood obviously like him.


THATS a crew that should be admired
Thats why I enjoy the bonus features
There is so much hard work that goes into a film, normally. But for an Eastwood film that shoots on location and comes in (typically around 34 days on average) on time and provides an enjoyable two hours that really shows on the sreen...thats the work of people who take pride in their job

An example of stars who appreciated the hard work of a movie crew was something I read about James Cagney (you can read this in the trivia section at IMDB. He (according to legend) would pretend to be sick towards the end of a film (or two) so that the crew could get an extra day of work because he knew how little they were paid.

Well, anyway, those are my thoughts. I'm really looking forward to 35 Films.
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