2012 year saw two movie studios turn 100, Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios. To celebrate both companies released a number of quality catalog titles on Blu-ray for the very first time. This included memorable films like Jaws, E.T., and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Next year, Warner Bros. celebrates its 90th anniversary. Besides a theatrical slate that includes Beautiful Creatures, Man of Steel and Pacific Rim, its video department is planning for a very robust slate of titles. The biggest news is the 3D conversion of the classic The Wizard of Oz for Blu-ray, which recently celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2009 with a stupendous Ultimate Collector’s Edition. The 3D conversion will likely mean a limited theatrical run as well.
Warner Bros. is also prepping an Extended Edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (set to arrive in Q4 2013, timed in relation to the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug). While Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises will arrive to home video December 4th, the studio will release an Ultimate Collector’s Edition of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy some time in the the third quarter of next year.
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Other interesting titles as part of Warner Bros. 2013 home video output include Blu-ray Collector Editions of the Mad Max and Ocean’s Eleven trilogies, plus anniversary editions of The Exorcist (40th Anniversary) and A Christmas Story (30th Anniversary), and a James Dean Ultimate Collector’s Edition.
Look at the calendar above to see what else Warner Bros. has in store.
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