I’ve written in the past about the Warner Archive, an “On-Demand” program launched in March of this year that offers several hundred films directly to consumers in the form of DVD-Rs manufactured as needed. Recently, it seems, the Warner Archive has been expanding its selection of made-for-TV movies and may even be releasing individual episodes of certain shows. According to this October 6th Video Business article, the first made-for-TV movies were added to the Warner Archive website in August. A recent addition includes Then Came Bronson, the pilot telefilm that launched the television series. Lou Lumenick wrote about the Warner Archive for The New York Post a few days ago. Included was this :
Sales for the relative handful of TV movies and mini-series released so far “blew everyone away. We had our best month yet in October. I have found some stuff nobody even knows about. There was a series called ‘Conflict’ that Warners made for ABC in the ’50s, with a lot of stars in remakes of old movies, like Natalie Wood in a version of ‘Pretty Baby.’
Conflict ran for 20 episodes during the 1956-1957 season, replacing Warner Brothers Presents (which consisted of three rotating dramas: Cheyenne, Casablanca and Kings Row). It alternated weekly with Cheyenne.
Unfortunately, there is no easy way to search the website for made-for-TV movies. DVD Aficionado has a list of upcoming releases; at the moment many of them are made-for-TV movies from the 1970s, including The Deadly Tower, Dying Room Only, Babe, The Gathering, The Gathering, Part II and The Girl in the Empty Grave. A discussion of upcoming and/or announced titles can be found at the Home Theater Forum (which is where I learned about the aforementioned article in The New York Post).
One sticking point with the Warner Archive is the cost. Each film typically runs $19.95. So buying both The Gathering and The Gathering, Part II (if they’re actually released) will cost about $40, unless there’s a discount for purchasing both. As for any potential release of Conflict, it could cost quite a bit; at $19.95 for each two episodes, which is roughly the length of a movie, would be almost $200. Hopefully, should the Warner Archive truly start branching out into television programs rather than just made-for-TV movies, prices will be manageable.