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The Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group Oct. 3 on the studio lot unveiled elaborate plans for a yearlong global 90th anniversary celebration.
Warner Bros. chairman Barry Meyer and other executives revealed the new 90th anniversary logo as well as multiple new DVD and Blu-ray Disc collections coming in 2013, including enormous 100-film DVD and 50-film Blu-ray collections.
Meyer credited Warner’s consistent, strong relationships with talent for its lasting success.
Warner has created two new documentaries and spent time and money restoring classic films for the 90th.
One such classic The Wizard of Oz, will get special 3D treatment next year for its disc release, which includes a theatrical release to kick it off.
Also part of the celebration is a 40-film Clint Eastwood DVD collection with a documentary on the actor and filmmaker.
Jeff Baker, Warner Home Video’s EVP and GM, theatrical catalog, called it “the largest film collection devoted to an actor and director in the history of the business.”
Several 20-film DVD colections will also be released on Best Picture winners, thrillers, comedies,romances and musicals.
Blu-ray sets include gangster collections, a James Dean collection and others, many featuring films released for the first time in Blu-ray high definition.
Several animation and other collections are also being released.
Star Jane Withers (Giant) and directors William Friedkin (The Exorcist) and Richard Donner (Superman) were on hand for the announcement, as well as Cass Warner, the granddaughter of founder Harry Warner.
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