IF YOU CAN’T BEAT’EM 2
An irate friend of mine brought to my attention how the founder of Twilight Time the distributor of 20th Century- Fox’s special edition DVDs of its catalog of 50s and 60s movies, dissed the Warner Bros. Archive the first one out of the gate with on-demand DVDs. He claimed that Warner’s is devaluing its films. I strongly disagree. First, if it wasn’t for Warner’s success there would be no Twilight Time releases of Fox movies.
Secondly, though you can see a number of these films on Turner Classic Movies, WB has a gold mine of films rarely televised on TCM such as The Green Slime, and never televised such as Once You Kiss a Stranger and a slew of made-for-TV movies. Even the ones not remastered have received high praise from fans and this helps put the bootleggers of these titles out of business.
Twilight Time is going to release one film a month and so far the its first 5 choices leaving me yawning. The one thing I can say in agreement is that since all these movies are televised on the Fox Movie Channel over and over, adding bonus material and booklets will give them some additional value and cache.