Warner Puts ‘Ben-Hur,’ ‘Citizen Kane’ in the Vault27 Apr, 2010 By: Chris Tribbey
Warner Home Video is placing a moratorium on two of its best and best-selling classics in the coming months, as the studio preps them for big Blu-ray Disc releases in 2011.
Citizen Kane will go into the vault starting May 10, while Ben-Hur will no longer be sold starting July 12. The titles will be remastered for Blu-ray and will include new bonus features, with a release slated for late 2011. Citizen Kane will see its 70th anniversary next year, while Ben-Hur turned 50 last year.
“As in the past, Warner Home Video is, once again, placing two of our ‘event’ titles on moratorium 12-18 months in advance of major re-releases,” said Jeff Baker, EVP and GM of theatrical catalog. “Both films are undergoing comprehensive restorations in preparation for their return in 2011 in both DVD and for the first time ever in Blu-ray.
“We know that it will be worth the wait, as significant content additions are being developed, and Ben-Hur, in particular, has been selected to receive the Ultimate Collector's Edition treatment, reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz, Gone With The Wind and Woodstock, which celebrated anniversaries in 2009.”