Film historians and film-studies teachers might appreciate the latest announcement from Warner Bros.: The studio is reaching into its film vaults so it can sell old movies on made-to-order DVDs, in a move it hopes will boost sales of a vital product in an economic downturn.

Warner Bros. says it will sell copies of 155 films--from the silent era classic Exit Smiling, released in 1926, to Brat Pack favorites such as The Outsiders, released in 1983--that have never before been offered on DVD. Prices vary, but internet downloads of the movies typically will cost $14.95, while DVDs sent in the mail...

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