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 Post subject: Re: Olive Films
PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:57 pm 
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And Plunder Road (a James Ellroy top 10), for the first time in scope since possibly it's original release!


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 Post subject: Re: Olive Films
PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:32 pm 
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Nice, I've been wanting to see Plunder Road (in non p&s youtube quality) since reading Edward Dimenberg's lengthy analysis of it.


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 Post subject: Re: Olive Films
PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:25 pm 

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PLUNDER ROAD and CRY VENGEANCE are top 100 noirs for me. CAUGHT, TRY AND GET ME, OUTAGE, CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS and CRY DANGER are all purchase-worthy, too.

Haven't seen CRASHOUT or SHACK OUT ON 101 yet.


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 Post subject: Re: Olive Films
PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:14 pm 

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Motherfucking CAUGHT! Olive: two down, two to go, if you catch my drift.


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 Post subject: Re: Olive Films
PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:21 pm 
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JMULL222 wrote:
Motherfucking CAUGHT! Olive: two down, two to go, if you catch my drift.

If you mean Reckless Moment, isn't it a Columbia/Sony property?


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 Post subject: Re: Olive Films
PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:09 pm 

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Anybody heard if they licensed any other Gaumont Blus? I've got my eye on some, but I'm afraid to pull the trigger.


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 Post subject: Re: Olive Films
PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:09 pm 

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I know I'm coming in really late on this but could someone explain this to me?
Paramount bought Republic, took almost everything out of print, started Olive,
licensed Republic titles to themselves (as Olive) and put them out without features for twice
the price... had WB distribute the things they took OOP, but they still licensed things
to Criterion....


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 Post subject: Re: Olive Films
PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:31 pm 
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I'm pretty sure Olive is an independent company that just seems to have a pretty good relationship with Paramount, which doesn't seem much interested in distributing most of their own films anymore. I think someone in this thread may have said that Olive was essentially Paramount's distribution, but that was just an exaggeration. And I think Republic rights were owned by Lionsgate for a long time, but then the rights went somewhere else (to Paramount?) and Olive negotiated a deal.


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 Post subject: Re: Olive Films
PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 12:32 am 

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From looking up Olive films on Yahoo, it seemed they were an independent company that was owned by Paramount.
The Republic rights did go to Paramount (It's A Wonderful Life). I don't know what any of this means and can't understand it.
If Paramount licensed things to Olive to put out expensive film only versions, why would Criterion not get things like Johnny Guitar,
but get things like Harold and Maud and Rosemary's Baby, that will sell more?
If it comes to money surely Criterion could afford Johnny Guitar if they can get the others?


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 Post subject: Re: Olive Films
PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 2:18 am 
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I've never seen this officially confirmed, but it seems as though the Republic titles were an all or nothing sort of proposition (with Paramount holding on to stuff like It's A Wonderful Life for themselves), and Criterion would never/could never take on so many titles. Personally I'm just happy these titles are getting released at all: the list price is not so outrageous, and though there are some definite drawbacks to Olive's penny-pinching (no subs, spotty approach to extras), overall I'm pretty pleased, given the relative drought in official/pressed releases across the board as of late.


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 Post subject: Re: Olive Films
PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 2:22 am 
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Agreed. Also, impatient as I am, it's really exciting to have a flood of six or ten new titles announced every month, even if that means that half of them are garbage and none of them have been treated as well as they might have elsewhere.


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 Post subject: Re: Olive Films
PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 3:11 am 

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none of them have been treated as well as they might have elsewhere.

…Though a lot better than Lionsgate treated them. And they're going deeper into the catalogue and releasing more titles in HD than any major studio would've bothered to.

A brief history of Olive from Time Out Chicago. No Paramount business stake that I'm aware of. Wasn't that long ago that Olive was as much a boutique etailer of other companies' product as their own. Used to carry Criterions.


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 Post subject: Re: Olive Films
PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 3:24 am 

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Interesting, thanks for the answers. And I agree that Olive is putting out things on Blu that are things I've seen on AMC in the mid '90's.
It's things like "Thinner" that throw me...
And that explains why they have Godard and Fassbinder titles, rather than Criterion.


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 Post subject: Re: Olive Films
PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:13 pm 
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More Feb titles, both Blus:
Les tontons flingueurs a.k.a Monsieur Gangster (Georges Lautner 1963)
Les Barbouzes a.k.a The Great Spy Chase (Georges Lautner 1964)


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 Post subject: Re: Olive Films
PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:10 pm 

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bluray.com review of The Quiet Man.


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 Post subject: Re: Olive Films
PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:04 pm 

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Good lord that looks beautiful.


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 Post subject: Re: Olive Films
PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 2:41 am 
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definitely buying this now


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 Post subject: Re: Olive Films
PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:58 pm 
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Buncha John Waynes in March: Westward Ho, the Lawless Nineties, Wyoming Outlaw, A Man Betrayed, and McLintock!


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 Post subject: Re: Olive Films
PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:34 pm 

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Also in March:

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The Sun Shines Bright is the Republic title I was most looking forward to, glad to see it confirmed


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 Post subject: Re: Olive Films
PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:40 pm 
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Oh my god, the Devil and Miss Jones on Blu?!?! Charles Coburn's finest hour available to the masses at last!


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 Post subject: Re: Olive Films
PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:58 pm 
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Wonderful to see Ruthless and China Gate getting their due as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Olive Films
PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:10 pm 

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I wonder if they've had enough time to get a Tag Gallagher essay for The Sun Shines Bright


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 Post subject: Re: Olive Films
PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:57 pm 
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Olive had my curiosity before this... but now they have my attention!

By all means, China Gate is minor Fuller, but, much like Plunder Road, this is a film whose widescreen print seemed to have fallen off the face of the earth.

I'll leave domino to fawn over The Devil and Miss Jones (or maybe not: I think I still owe you a write-up from the 40s project), but both Ruthless and The Sun Shines Bright are two sort-of masterpieces, the latter of which I never expected to see cleaned up.


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 Post subject: Re: Olive Films
PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:12 pm 
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Glad to see The Sun Shines Bright back in print, I've only seen this as a YouTube upload. (FWIW, I'm more partial towards Judge Priest.)


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 Post subject: Re: Olive Films
PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:23 pm 

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Ironweed is interesting one too, I seem to remember liking it more than Barfly.


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