Warner Archive Collection

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The Warner Archive Collection is a manufactured-on-demand (MOD) DVD series. It was started by Warner Home Video on March 23, 2009 with the intention of putting previously unreleased catalog films on DVD for the first time ever.[1] Using recordable DVDs, they custom burn discs for each order sold directly to the consumer, rather than the traditional business model of pressing batches of discs that ship to "brick and mortar" retailers. This saves on the costs of storing unsold stock in a warehouse and mitigates the risk of a retailer being stuck with unsold merchandise. Some Warner Archives releases previously had a pressed DVD release but have lapsed out of print and have been re-released on MOD DVD discs.[2] They also sell films and television shows as downloadable Windows Media files.

The collection consists of films, TV shows, and television films from the libraries of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment (including Hanna-Barbera, Ruby-Spears, pre-1986 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and RKO Radio Pictures), HBO, Adult Swim, Lorimar Productions, Warner Bros. Television, Allied Artists International, Monogram Pictures, and Largo Entertainment.

Sony Pictures (including Columbia Pictures titles),[3] MGM,[4] Universal,[5] Disney,[6] and 20th Century Fox[7] have also started MOD services after the success of Warner Archives. Their services are named Sony Pictures Choice Collection (formerly Screen Classics By Request), MGM Limited Edition Collection, Universal Vault Series, Disney Generations Collection, and Fox Cinema Archives, respectively. Including Warner, this encompasses five of the six major film studios with Paramount as the lone exception. Lionsgate,[8] CBS, MTV, and Nickelodeon have also started to offer MOD discs of catalog titles through Amazon CreateSpace.[6] On April 13, 2011, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced that Warner Archive will offer on-demand titles from Sony.[9] MGM Limited Edition titles are also sold through Warner Archive.[10]

In November 2012, Warner announced that the Archive collection will begin selling titles on limited-edition Blu-ray Discs at the rate of one or two releases per month.[11]

In June of 2013 Paramount signed an agreement with Warner Bros. to allow select Paramount titles be released under the Warner Archive moniker, the titles are manufactured using the same MOD (Manufactured On Demand) process using DVD Recordable discs and at present have been limited to older titles previously released on DVD in the past that were out of print.

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