This article talks about the Warner Brothers CFO basically saying everything they own can be let go for a price so perhaps even easier for Criterion to get some of their titles

  1. Not sure what to think of this. It would be cool if Criterion were able to handle some of Warner's titles but it could also mean that less will be invested in restoring or releasing other Warner titles.

  2. I think before there were certain titles they would never let go but now it's not the case. So no matter how big or small the title there's a price where it can be had.

  3. I think he’s more talking about selling global IP to another giant corporation not Warner leasing temporary home video rights on individual legacy titles.

  4. Right, criterion licenses films. it doesn’t have the money(nor the need) to buy an IP like the ceo is talking about.

  5. Right, criterion licenses films. it doesn’t have the money (nor the need) to buy an IP like the ceo is talking about.

  6. I'm a fan of the much older WB films. They actually own MGM films 1924-1985 and the RKO Pictures library. I'd like to see:

  7. It sucks what's happening over there but in the past WB would hold on to a lot of their titles like from Kubrick or Scorsese and release blu-ray's themselves. But now it seems like if Criterion or another company were to ask they'll just name a price. They aren't as interested in hanging on to titles for themselves so maybe some good things will come out of this

  8. Well I'm hopeful this may be the only good to come of it. I forget where I heard it but some people are saying the plan is to get the company to a certain point financially and then maybe sell it off again to like Universal or someone else.

  9. Awesome. Hope the first one is The Fountain. Aronofsky has been petitioning Criterion to give his masterpiece the treatment for years, maybe it’ll finally happen

  10. I don't know for sure but based on current strategies it seems like it would be easier now. I mentioned Kubrick because he has a lot of titles with WB and Criterion got Barry Lyndon. If they wanted A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, or Eyes Wide Shut Criterion may have been told no whereas now seems like they're may be more of an opportunity to acquire previously unaquirable stuff. Completely just conjecture though.

  11. Is it true that before studios saw value in older IP, they would allow Criterion to create a quality master of, say, 2001 on Laserdisc, then acquire that transfer when the rights agreement ended?

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