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Warner Archive

CNET takes the new Warner Archive DVDs-on-demand for a spin.

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1 of 5 John Falcone/CNET
The front and back covers of the Warner Archive DVDs are obviously based on a template, but they are customized with photos, blurbs, cast lists--they have a budget feel, but the packing is a step-up from some of the truly no-frills custom DVDs we've seen in the past.
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The DVDs are custom-manufactured by Warner as needed, based on customer orders.
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The theatrical trailer is liable to be the only extra you'll find. Movies are auto-divided into chapters every ten minutes, and there's no scene selection menu.
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"The D.I.," a 1957 film with Jack Webb as a Marine drill instructor, is presented in its original black and white anamorphic widescreen format. It looked pretty good for its age. (Webb also directed this one.)
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Before "The Godfather," James Caan and Robert Duvall appeared together in Robert Altman's 1968 moon-landing drama "Countdown." While the colors weren't that vibrant, this anamorphic widescreen presentation is probably the best this movie's looked in decades.

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