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Wal-Mart has started carrying a bunch of 20 movie/50 episode Millcreek packs for five dollars. In a quick look, I saw TV Westerns, the Best of Bonanza, Best of Lucy & Friends, The Very Best of One Step Beyond, Mean Guns, Family Pack and Alfred Hitchcock, in addition to the John Wayne

All the films are listed on Mill Creek's website. The suggested price on their website is $15, so this is a pretty decent deal.

Mean Guns is a mix of fairly recent Westerns with a few old PD films tossed in. The website reveals a few films that aren't available in the other Western sets (except the 250 movie boxed set.)

The Family Pack looks like a pretty decent collection of old family films. If many of them are those we've seen time and time again (Gulliver's Travels, The Inspector General, The Little Princess), they're still good for the more general audience, and some of these are, according to Mill Creek's website, aren't on any other collection, including Father's Little Dividend (which looks like a fairly high-budget movie) and The Magic Sword (from Bert I. Gordon=not so high budget).

I've grabbed my copy of Alfred Hitchcock's films. It doesn't look like Mill Creek has taken much advantage of Hitchcock before, but I've seen Thirty-Nine Steps and a few of the others several places. I haven't seen the silents elsewhere, though--though I have a hard time imagining how these British movies are legitimately in the public domain.

The John Wayne 20 pack copies a lot from the other Mill Creek packs, but it's a cheap copy of McClintock and Angel and the Badman, plus a bunch of lousy B&W Westerns from the 30s.

They're missing quite a few I'd like; in particular, I'll have to get Cult Classics from Amazon sometime. Do other stores have a different or broader collection?
Current Location: Tewksbury Wal-Mart
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From:joeytheteapot
Date:November 11th, 2007 04:40 am (UTC)
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some of these are, according to Mill Creek's website, aren't on any other collection, including Father's Little Dividend (which looks like a fairly high-budget movie)

Father's Little Dividend is available on the Family Classics 50 Pack as well. They can't even keep up with that they've put in other sets lol.

I want their Family Collection 250 Movie Pack though. lol
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From:prosfilaes
Date:November 11th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
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Hmm... their site doesn't list it in the Family Classics 50 Pack. I wonder if the list you have is out-of-date, or if the list they have doesn't match what they're shipping in the boxes.
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From:joeytheteapot
Date:November 24th, 2007 08:12 am (UTC)
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The site is wrong then, or they have a new version of the Family Classics 50 Pack without the movie or something. I have the Family Classics 50 Pack and it definitely lists Father's Little Dividend on it. It's on Disc 11, Side A.

I wouldn't mind getting the Family 20 Pack though, as it DOES have some titles not on my Family Classics 50 Pack.
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From:joeytheteapot
Date:November 24th, 2007 08:26 am (UTC)
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I just looked. I think they've screwed up somewhere or they released a new version of the set. It lists The Admiral Was A Lady as being on the Family Classics 50 Pack set, and yet it's not on mine.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 11th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
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Copyright used to be for 28 years, renewable for 28 more, and if the holder failed to renew the copyright, the work fell into public domain. That's undoubtedly what happened with the Hitchcock silents--they've been available as cheap public domain films since at least 2000. (The first DVD I ever bought was a cheap Laserlight double of NUMBER 17 and THE RING, before I even had a player!)
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From:prosfilaes
Date:November 11th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
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Everything that wasn't American made and wasn't published in America within 30 days was returned to copyright by the URAA. (The Copyright Office's circular on this) Maybe these were rushed to the US to get a US copyright back when they were first made... or maybe whoever owns the copyright hasn't noticed or cared that they being reprinted.
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Date:November 16th, 2007 06:51 am (UTC)

Re: Newals

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Basically, under GATT (URAA), starting in 1992 (not sure what the exact calendar date was??), anything that was still under copyright in its home country and had fallen out of copyright in the USA, was back under copyright in the USA. ( Notable example: The Ghoul starring Boris Karloff.)

I believe the exception to this would be a film that was released in the USA under a USA copyright notice and was a substantially different work. Mainly, this applies to stuff that had English dubbing applied. It's so different from the original work (entire soundtrack replaced) that it qualified as a substantively different, derivative work, under US copyright. And if that copyright registration was never renewed (film released prior to 1964), or never registered in the first place, or no notice placed on the film (prior to 1976) or had a faulty notice (prior to 1992), then the American dubbed version is considered to be PD.
From:gorgya
Date:December 21st, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)

Hitchcock

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Saw the $5 Hitchcock and must admit it was very tempting. I mean, I've had all of them in two anthologies (at around $25 combined) for a year or so and I've never even looked them.

If it had all PD that I know of (it's missing "Murder!", which is on at least one brand of $1 DVD) I probably would have gotten the collection, even if I felt slightly dumb buying it yet again. One thing positive I can say about Mill Creek. Their collections take up much less shelf space than buying individual movies (or even the two anthology version I have).

Also, there's the quibble that it's 18 movies and two episodes of Hitchcock Presents: not 20 movies. (Yeah, I know they do that a lot, but they're not the only PD publisher that does.)

These same two episodes are in the previously mentioned anthologies. The odd thing is, he didn't direct either of them, so why single them out?

Greg
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