You can click on the title links to see those listings on Amazon.de.
Speaking of Amazon, all of the Warner Archive Collection’s newly announced Blu-ray releases are now available for pre-order, including Frank Loesser’s Guys and Dolls (1955) and Sam O’Steen’s Sparkle (1976) on 2/11, and John Huston’s Victory (1981) and It Started with a Kiss (1959) on 2/25. These are in addition to the previously announced Tex Avery Screwball Classics: Volume 1 BD due on 2/18. Here’s a look at the cover art (with Amazon links)...
And finally today, this is a little bit of interesting industry news: It appears that Apple has begun holding talks with MGM about acquiring the studio’s catalog for digital distribution, including the Bond films. And there are suggestions that Netflix might be a potential bidder too. I began to have a feeling this might happen a few months ago, as AppleTV+ really doesn’t offer much in the way of exclusive content, and Apple has very deep pockets with which to rectify that. It will be interesting to see how this situation plays out. You can read more here on CNBC and Media Play News.
By the way, another intriguing rumor I’ve been hearing lately within the industry? Sony (Japan) may be interested in shopping Sony Pictures Home Entertainment around to a potential buyer, a-la the recent Disney acquisition of Fox.
All this in the wake of the recent ViacomCBS/Paramount deal to take a minority stake in Miramax, which gives Paramount exclusive distribution of the indie studio’s 700-film library.
This whole streaming landscape is just getting more and more interesting.
Don’t forget that posted our gallery of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in 4K here at The Bits yesterday, listing all of the changes on the new Disney+ streaming version. You can find our previous galleries of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back here by clicking on the title links.
That’s all for now. Stay tuned...