Warner has announced that two of its “event” DVDs—Citizen Kane and the 1961 Ben-Hur—will go on moratorium in the coming months.
No need to panic, however. Warner has DVD new editions in the works for late 2011 as well as their respective Blu-ray debuts.
The Oscar-winning Ben-Hur was last released in a four-disc edition in 2005. An even more lavish treatment has been promised for the 50th Anniversary release in 2001 (Jeff Baker, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Theatrical Catalog, says that is “has been selected to receive the Ultimate Collectors Edition treatment, reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz, Gone With The Wind and Woodstock , which celebrated anniversaries in 2009.”) Citizen Kane was released in 2001 in a 60th Anniversary Edition and will be celebrating its 70th Anniversary on its much-anticipated Blu-ray debut.
So if you don’t think you can live without them for the next 18 months, now’s the time to snap them up. But otherwise, don’t think of this as the last chance for these titles, merely preparation for the next generation releases.