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No 2008 official DVD release date set yet?


At least, last I heard it was 2008. I'm still waiting.

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Message me if you would like a copy

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Well, so much for 2008.

Funny how the DVD's you really want are the ones that inevitably get postponed, while the companies can't wait to release stuff like the "Batman" movies.

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Maybe it will happen in 2009.

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...and we're still waiting.

One thing I can't understand is that there are other shows, like the recent Johnny Mercer special shown on Turner Classic Movies, which are being released on DVD, and which contain clips from this 1936 "Show Boat". As far as I'm concerned, if the clips are in a condition good enough to be included on a Johnny Mercer DVD, then it proves that it's not the condition of the film that's causing the holdup. So WTH is the problem?

I have resisted the temptation to buy the 1951 "Show Boat" simply because I'd much rather have the 1936 one. But if the situation doesn't improve, I will soon have DVD's of most of my favorite shows - except the one which is my very favorite.

And no, I will not accept foreign-language copies or bootlegs.

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Well. It still isn't out so I burned a DVD when it was on TNT. It is a nice clear copy. I see no reason for it not to be out on DVD.

Of course, it is not PC and might offend some people but for heavens sake. They already put an apology on the front of it. I don't understand. They should just release it.



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I post a lot on the "Classic Film" board here on the imdb, and I've heard over the years from people that there was supposed to be sort of an "Ultimate Collector's" DVD set which was going to include the 1951 version, the James Whale version, and the 1929 version. The 1929 version has been restored and the Whale version is restored so the only reason for the holdup must just be the fact that DVD sales have declined and the shelf space has been limited so companies have been holding on to the titles. What really stinks is that some of the more in-demand titles don't come out either for special order (Warners and I think Universal now have plans where you can order obscure movies that aren't on the shelves from their vaults) or on the shelves because there's too much demand for them to just be vault releases and too little for the shelves. That's why Budd Boetticher's great "Ranown" Westerns with Randolph Scott didn't come out for like 10 years on DVD even though they're some of the most popular Westerns, because there just wasn't enough shelf space and it's more a niche Western fan market versus Clint Eastwood or John Wayne who brings in all kinds of random movie fans. So you would have a bad John Wayne movie on DVD but not a good Randolph Scott Western that classic movie fans would actually like to see. I think "Show Boat" is caught in the same place. The PC angle doesn't help at all either. In my opinion most of Whale's version is actually less offensive than the 51 version, but the blackface stuff pretty much ruins that.

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is this movie released on DVD?

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No it's still not.

Here's hoping for a 2014 Blu Ray release.

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