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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

March 23, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Warner Bros. to burn DVDs on demand

That headline has a weird book-burning vibe, doesn’t it? But this is, I think, a good thing. Warner Bros. announced late last week that it is making more than 150 films from its archival collection (none of which have been released on DVD before) available for on-demand release. You can’t buy them in stores, but can order them online and WB will manufacture and ship the shrink-wrapped DVD within five days, for $19.95 each.
Among the films newly available are many with Clark Gable (“Strange Interlude,” “Idiot’s Delight,” “Chained,” “Betrayed,” “Love on the Run,” “Men in White”), Cary Grant (“Crisis,” “Mr. Lucky,” “Dream Wife”) and Greta Garbo (“Love,” “The Single Standard”). The offerings range from long-ago classics (the 1933 “Tugboat Annie,” filmed partly in the Northwest) to works from recent decades (Diane Keaton in “The Little Drummer Girl; Paul Simon in “One Trick Pony”). The studio plans to add 20 films or TV episodes a month to the collection, from their unreleased archive of more than 5,000 films. For a list of the currently available DVDs, click here.

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