Warner Archive Collection

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The Warner Archive Collection is a manufactured-on-demand (MOD) DVD series started by Warner Home Video on March 23, 2009, with the intention of putting previously unreleased catalog films on DVD for the first time.[1] In November 2012, Warner announced that the Archive collection would begin releasing some titles on Blu-ray, with all discs being pressed, unlike the DVD series.[2]

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, especially since the majority of the films in the archive do not have widespread public demand. Some Warner Archives releases previously had a pressed DVD release but have lapsed out of print before since being re-released on MOD DVD discs.[3]

In addition, Warner Archive also sell films and television shows as downloadable Windows Media files, and has operated a subscription-based streaming video service, Warner Archive Instant, which allows members to stream many of the Warner Archive properties in a format similar to Netflix.[4]

Collection and operations[edit]

The collection consists of theatrical films, television shows, and television films from the libraries of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment Co. (including pre-May 1986 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Associated Artists Productions, RKO Radio Pictures, Hanna-Barbera Productions, and pre-1991 Ruby-Spears Enterprises), HBO, Lorimar Productions, Warner Bros. Television, Allied Artists Pictures, post-1947 Monogram Pictures, Largo Entertainment and New Line Cinema/Castle Rock Entertainment.

Sony Pictures (including Columbia Pictures titles),[5] MGM,[6] Universal,[7] Disney,[8] and 20th Century Fox[9] 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,[10] CBS, MTV, and Nickelodeon have also started to offer MOD discs of catalog titles through Amazon CreateSpace.[8] 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.[11] MGM Limited Edition titles are also sold through Warner Archive.[12]

In November 2012, the Archive collection began releasing titles on Blu-ray, with the first two releases being Deathtrap and Gypsy.[13] Paramount signed an agreement with Warner Bros. in June 2013 allowing select Paramount titles to be released under the Warner Archive moniker.

By mid-2016, Warner Archive's Blu-ray releases included season sets of current television series, such as iZombie, The 100, Longmire, The Originals and Lucifer.

Expanding their films availability to Internet streaming, in July 2014 Warner Archive introduced the Warner Archive Instant service. Similar to Netflix, Warner Archive Instant allows its members access to various Warner Archive library titles via their website, in addition to apps for Roku and iOS-based devices.[4] As of June 2015, the service is presently limited to serving customers who are located in the United States.

In February 2018, Warner Archive retired its online streaming service, transferring several of its films to FilmStruck.[14]

List of Warner Archive Collection releases[edit]

Blu-ray[edit]

Title Director Original release Blu-ray release
Gypsy Mervyn LeRoy 1962 November 20, 2012
Deathtrap Sidney Lumet 1982 November 20, 2012
The Hudsucker Proxy Joel Coen 1994 February 26, 2013
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes Hugh Hudson 1984 July 16, 2013
Billy Rose's Jumbo Charles Walters 1962 October 8, 2013
Fearless Peter Weir 1993 October 29, 2013
The Americanization of Emily Arthur Hiller 1964 March 11, 2014
Performance Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg 1970 March 25, 2014
Hit the Deck Roy Rowland 1955 April 22, 2014
The Wind and the Lion John Milius 1975 April 29, 2014
Kismet Vincente Minnelli 1955 June 10, 2014
Out of the Past Jacques Tourneur 1947 August 12, 2014
The Great Race Blake Edwards 1965 September 9, 2014
Yankee Doodle Dandy Michael Curtiz 1942 October 14, 2014
Possessed Curtis Bernhardt 1947 October 21, 2014
Pete Kelly's Blues Jack Webb 1955 November 4, 2014
The Picture of Dorian Gray Albert Lewin 1945 November 18, 2014
Far from the Madding Crowd John Schlesinger 1967 February 10, 2015
42nd Street Lloyd Bacon 1933 April 21, 2015
Ladyhawke Richard Donner 1985 May 5, 2015
Thank Your Lucky Stars David Butler 1943 May 19, 2015
Wolfen Michael Wadleigh 1981 June 2, 2015
The Sunshine Boys Herbert Ross 1975 June 16, 2015
Showdown in Little Tokyo Mark L. Lester 1991 July 21, 2015
The Hunger Tony Scott 1983 August 18, 2015
The World According to Garp George Roy Hill 1982 August 25, 2015
Murder, My Sweet Edward Dmytryk 1944 September 15, 2015
Deep In My Heart Stanley Donen 1954 November 10, 2015
Passage to Marseille Michael Curtiz 1944 November 10, 2015
The Ice Pirates Stewart Raffill 1984 January 19, 2016
The Wrong Man Alfred Hitchcock 1956 January 26, 2016
A Mighty Wind Christopher Guest 2003 February 9, 2016
I Confess Alfred Hitchcock 1953 February 16, 2016
Key Largo John Huston 1948 February 23, 2016
The Big Sleep Howard Hawks 1946 February 23, 2016
Michael Collins Neil Jordan 1996 March 22, 2016
Suspicion Alfred Hitchcock 1941 April 12, 2016
Susan Slept Here Frank Tashlin 1954 April 19, 2016
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Mike Nichols 1966 May 3, 2016
Father of the Bride Vincente Minnelli 1950 May 10, 2016
Dark Passage Delmer Daves 1947 May 17, 2016
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon John Ford 1949 June 7, 2016
They Were Expendable John Ford 1945 June 7, 2016
Victor Victoria Blake Edwards 1982 June 14, 2016
The Unsinkable Molly Brown Charles Walters 1964 June 21, 2016
Silk Stockings Rouben Mamoulian 1957 July 12, 2016
To Have and Have Not Howard Hawks 1944 July 19, 2016
The Deadly Trackers Barry Shear 1973 July 26, 2016
Man in the Wilderness Richard C. Sarafian 1971 August 16, 2016
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Richard Brooks 1958 August 9, 2016
Love Me or Leave Me Charles Vidor 1955 September 13, 2016
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Clint Eastwood 1997 September 27, 2016
On Dangerous Ground Nicholas Ray 1951 October 11, 2016
Body Snatchers Abel Ferrara 1993 October 18, 2016
Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze Michael Anderson 1975 November 1, 2016
The Goodbye Girl Herbert Ross 1977 November 8, 2016
Time After Time Nicholas Meyer 1979 November 15, 2016
It's Always Fair Weather Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen 1955 November 22, 2016
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors Stephen Herek 2015 November 29, 2016
Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love Stephen Herek 2016 December 20, 2016
Battleground William Wellman 1949 January 10, 2017
Bad Day at Black Rock John Sturges 1955 January 17, 2017
Wait Until Dark Terence Young 1967 January 24, 2017
Bells Are Ringing Vincente Minnelli 1960 January 31, 2017
Love in the Afternoon Billy Wilder 1957 February 7, 2017
The Yakuza Sydney Pollack 1974 February 14, 2017
The Boy Friend Ken Russell 1971 February 21, 2017
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth Val Guest 1970 February 28, 2017
S.O.B. Blake Edwards 1981 March 7, 2017
Finian's Rainbow Francis Ford Coppola 1968 March 7, 2017
Demon Seed Donald Cammell 1977 March 14, 2017
The Valley of Gwangi Jim O'Connolly 1969 March 14, 2017
World Without End Edward Bernds 1956 March 28, 2017
Ride the High Country Sam Peckinpah 1962 April 4, 2017
36 Hours George Seaton 1965 April 11, 2017
The Rounders Burt Kennedy 1965 April 18, 2017
Spencer's Mountain Delmer Daves 1963 April 18, 2017
From Hell It Came Dan Milner 1957 April 25, 2017
The Wheeler Dealers Arthur Hiller 1963 April 25, 2017
Seven Days in May John Frankenheimer 1964 May 2, 2017
The Accidental Tourist Lawrence Kasdan 1988 May 9, 2017
The Loved One Tony Richardson 1965 May 9, 2017
Vision Quest Harold Becker 1985 May 16, 2017
The Ballad of Cable Hogue Sam Peckinpah 1970 June 13, 2017
The Gumball Rally Charles Bail 1976 June 13, 2017
Joe Versus the Volcano John Patrick Shanley 1990 June 20, 2017
Running on Empty Sidney Lumet 1988 June 20, 2017
Blood Alley William A. Wellman 1955 July 11, 2017
The Sea Chase John Farrow 1956 July 11, 2017
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Eric Radomski and Bruce W. Timm 1993 July 25, 2017
Where the Boys Are Henry Levin 1960 July 25, 2017
Freebie and the Bean Richard Rush 1974 August 8, 2017
Night Moves Arthur Penn 1975 August 15, 2017
My Blue Heaven Herbert Ross 1990 August 22, 2017
The Man with Two Brains Carl Reiner 1983 August 29, 2017
The Law and Jake Wade John Sturges 1958 September 12, 2017
The Illustrated Man Jack Smight 1968 September 19, 2017
Innocent Blood John Landis 1992 September 19, 2017
Brigadoon Vincente Minnelli 1954 September 26, 2017
Waiting for Guffman Christopher Guest 1996 September 26, 2017
The Hidden Jack Sholder 1987 October 3, 2017
Superman: The Movie Richard Donner 1978 October 3, 2017
The Green Slime Kinji Fukasaku 1968 October 10, 2017
The Sea Wolf Michael Curtiz 1941 October 10, 2017
Hell on Frisco Bay Frank Tuttle 1955 October 24, 2017
Night School Ken Hughes 1981 October 24, 2017
Scarecrow Jerry Schatzberg 1973 October 31, 2017
Summer of '42 Robert Mulligan 1971 November 7, 2017
Battle Cry Raoul Walsh 1955 November 14, 2017
Dolores Claiborne Taylor Hackford 1995 November 21, 2017
Doc Hollywood Michael Caton-Jones 1991 November 28, 2017
Auntie Mame Morton DaCosta 1958 December 5, 2017
The Flight of Dragons Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass 1982 January 16, 2018
The Hanging Tree Delmer Daves 1959 January 23, 2018
Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III Jeff Burr 1990 February 13, 2018
The Drowning Pool Stuart Rosenberg 1975 February 27, 2018
Harper Jack Smight 1966 February 27, 2018
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Fritz Lang 1956 March 13, 2018
While the City Sleeps Fritz Lang 1956 March 13, 2018
The Black Scorpion Edward Ludwig 1957 March 20, 2018
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero Boyd Kirkland 1998 March 27, 2018
Les Girls George Cukor 1957 April 17, 2018
Meet Me in St. Louis Vincente Minnelli 1944 April 24, 2018
Gun Crazy Joseph H. Lewis 1950 May 8, 2018
Two Weeks in Another Town Vincente Minnelli 1962 May 15, 2018
The Colossus of Rhodes Sergio Leone 1961 May 22, 2018
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Stanley Donen 1954 June 5, 2018
Designing Woman Vincente Minnelli 1957 June 12, 2018
Super Fly Gordon Parks, Jr. 1972 June 19, 2018
Billy Budd Peter Ustinov 1962 July 10, 2018
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean John Huston 1972 July 17, 2018
Supergirl Jeannot Szwarc 1984 July 24, 2018
Village of the Damned Wolf Rilla 1960 July 31, 2018
Home from the Hill Vincente Minnelli 1960 August 14, 2018
The Last Hunt Richard Brooks 1956 August 21, 2018
Never So Few John Sturges 1959 August 28, 2018

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