View Full Version : Another "what's wrong with UNIVERSAL?" thread
08-02-2003, 06:20 PM
We haven't speculated on this in a while. What the heck is up with Universal? Anyone know the latest on their financial woes or when we'll start getting some quality DVD product from them?
08-02-2003, 06:23 PM
The Vivaldi (correct spelling?)mess has Universal by the financial balls at this time.
However Universal has a rich history of not knowing what to do with their black and white horror classics. Too bad there isn't a dvd equivalent of Realart that could take them off of Uni's hands and release them to a hungry public.
08-02-2003, 06:26 PM
I don't get it, Gary. Back in the VHS days I recall lots of releases from Universal of their old black and whites -- not just the classic monsters, but Abbott & Costello, Ma and pa Kettle, Francis the Talking Mule -- all kinds of stuff....
08-02-2003, 06:54 PM
I know. It just seems like with the advent of dvd the think tank of Universal just turned sour on releasing the classics on dvd. According to folks in the industry the last batch of double features were not losing money so it just doesn't make sense that they would freeze them out. But that is what they did and continue to do so despite the clamor from the public.
Maybe they feel it is easier to just sell the rights to tv and not fiddle around with putting them out on dvd. Maybe they are listening to the wrong people giving them advice.
It would be nice if a talking head from the studio would shed some uhmm "insight" on why they are burying their heads in the sand on this.
The prices any of the dvds are fetching on ebay are for the most part quite high. There is money to be made.....
08-02-2003, 06:57 PM
They apparently are being run by a bunch of morons who don't realize the true worth of their own film vaults.
08-02-2003, 06:58 PM
It's hard to believe there was a time where Universal seemed like the friend of the old horror fan. Forget about it now!
I've got to believe this is a temporary thing. We've all heard about that VAN HELSING flick, so let's see if that helps bring the films out. I'm still pretty satified from those Monster Double Features two years ago but my fix tends to run out after about 24 months...
08-02-2003, 07:10 PM
Same here, Joe. That's why I've been holding off on getting IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE.
08-03-2003, 01:37 PM
Universal has released a lot of films this year but most of them are "B" and "C" films. I'd like more monsters but I'm rather happy with the stuff I've bought from them this year. Their "Western Collection" was very good and they are releasing 3 Brando films, which makes me happy. The JAWS sequels were good and I'm looking forward to their Halloween lineup. Plus we get anamorphic versions of THE BREAKFAST CLUB, SCARFACE and CARLITO'S WAY. Not to mention the already released MIDNIGHT RUN and SEA OF LOVE.
If they can sneak out THE STING this year they'll be just fine in my book.
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