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Postby Precious Doll » Thu Dec 16, 2010 3:16 am

Coming from Criterion in March

The Times of Harvey Film (1984)
Topsy-Turvy (1999)
The Mikado (1939)

Coming from Eclipse in March

Five silent films from Mikio Maruse

Flunky, Work Hard (1931)
Every-Night Dreams (1933)
Apart From You (1933)
No Blood Relation (1932)
Street Without End (1934)
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Postby Big Magilla » Thu Dec 16, 2010 1:51 am

Warner Archive has just released remastered editions of Black Fury, Night Must Fall, The Window and Girl of the Night.

The first three are well-known classics. The last one is one of my earliest guilty pleasures, an excellent 1960 film about a call girl, played by Anne Francis, with John Kerr as the pimp she thinks she's in love with, Kay Medford as her boozy madam and Lloyd Nolan as her shrink.

Elizabeth Taylor and Shirley Jones both won Oscars for playing prostitutes that year, and Melina Mercouri was nominated for playing one as well, but none of them were as good as the under-rated Ms. Francis in her best role ever. Kay Medford's performance here is almost as good, much more memorable than the bit role she was nominated for in Funny Girl eight years later in which Ms. Francis had an even more forgettable role.

The film, which is based on a true story, is much more frank and realistic than similarly themed films made within the Production Code era. It should be better known than it is.




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Postby Precious Doll » Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:24 am

Sony MODs for January release:

Assignment: Paris (1952)
Battle of Rogue River (1954)
The Black Dakotas (1954)
The Gun That Won the West (1955)
Jungle Man-Eaters (1954)
The Nevadan (1950)
Paula (1952)
Psyche 59 (1964)
Return to Warbow (1958)
Streets of Ghost Town (1950)
Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973)
The Swordsman (1948)
X, Y and Zee (1972)

**Anyone thinking of buying X, Y and Zee should probably order the region 2 available exclusively from MovieMail which aside from having an excellent transfer is on a pressed DVD and not a DVDR that sony will provide. The title for the English release is Zee & Co.
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Postby Big Magilla » Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:54 pm

Hmmm. Could it be Warners is going to reissue some of their more popular archive titles as regular pressed DVDs to test the market?
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Postby anonymous1980 » Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:44 pm

Big Magilla wrote:What region are Bhowani Junction and Hot Millions being prepared for? Both were among the original U.S. releases by the Warner Archive program.

It's English U.S. so it's a Region 1 release, I believe.

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Postby Big Magilla » Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:01 am

What region are Bhowani Junction and Hot Millions being prepared for? Both were among the original U.S. releases by the Warner Archive program.
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Postby anonymous1980 » Sun Nov 21, 2010 2:49 am

Another title I forgot to mention:

Bhowani Junction by George Cukor and starring Ava Gardner and Farley Granger. Fascinating look into the lives of Anglo-Indians during the British withdrawal from India.

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Postby Precious Doll » Sun Nov 21, 2010 12:42 am

Some of the titles coming from Fox MOD (DVDRs)

Bad Jim (1990), 92 min.
A cowpoke buys Billy the Kid’s horse and, upon riding it, becomes an incorrigible outlaw himself.

By Love Possessed (1961), 116 min.
Lana Turner and Jason Robards star in a drama of passion and propriety as blue-blooded pillars of a small New England town who must face their defiant son’s (George Hamilton) increasingly rebellious behavior.

Diary Of A Madman (1963), 96 min.
Vincent Price turns in a classic performance as a sculptor, possessed by an evil spirit, who hires a model (Nancy Kovack) to pose for him — then learns thereafter that she has been brutally murdered.

Futureworld (1976), 104 min.
An amusement park of the future caters to any adult fantasy. Lifelike androids carry out your every whim. A fun place, right? Not so, as a reporter and his Girl Friday find out while on a press junket to the newly opened Futureworld…

The Hawaiians (1970), 132 min.
A sea captain’s discovery of water on a plantation leads to planting of pineapples on the island.

Rolling Thunder (1977), 99 min.
A gang of sadistic thugs murder the wife and child of a Vietnam vet, who, along with his war buddy and a woman, track down and kill the murderers.

The Satan Bug (1965), 114 min.
John Sturges directed this sizzling suspenser about a nerve-racking chase to recover flasks of a lethal virus which were stolen from a government lab by a deranged and dangerous scientist, who has decided that now it is his turn “to play God”…

The Spikes Gang (1974), 96 min.
Lee Marvin gives a spellbinding performance as a wounded outlaw who appears as a romantic figure to two impressionable youths (Ron Howard and Gary Grimes). Nursed back to health by the boys, the outlaw enlists them in his robberies…and then callously betrays them.

Still Of The Night (1982), 91 min.
Roy Scheider and Meryl Streep star in a highly charged, Hitchcock- inspired murder mystery set among New York’s chic world of high- rolling antique brokers. Co-stars Jessica Tandy.

Vigilante Force (1976), 89 min.
In this fast-paced adventure, an embittered Vietnam veteran (Kris Kristofferson) is hired by the residents of a small California town, who are weary of the disruption caused by unruly oil workers. The vet brings in other workers who do the job, then take over the town themselves…

The Witches (1968), 100 min.
A film of five separate comedy to drama segments–directed by Visconti, Bolognini, Pasolini, Franco Rossi and de Sica. The international cast includes Clint Eastwood, Annie Girardot and Alberto Sordi, and features Silvana Mangano.
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The 7th Dawn (1964), 123 min.
William Holden fights Communist terrorists hell-bent on winning Malayan “independence” in this action-packed, edge-of-your-seat adventure that also stars Susannah York.

99 River Street (1953), 83 min.
A down-on-his-luck boxer, who is reduced to driving a cab, offers to help a would-be actress who is accused of murdering a stage producer…but finds that he must clear his name as well when his wife’s lifeless body turns up in the back of his cab] Based on a story by George Zuckerman.

Captain Kidd And The Slave Girl (1954), 83 min.
In this energetic swashbuckler, Eva Gabor has been dispatched by villains to seduce Captain Kidd (Anthony Dexter). But love blooms, and she stands by his side as he battles his way across the seven seas.

Crusoe (1989), 95 min.
An exciting and insightful re-telling of the classic legend. This historically faithful drama challenges the morals of the time as Crusoe, now an American slave trader, confronts a “Friday” who is his equal. Renowned cinematographer Caleb Deschanel directs in visually spectacular style.

Flight From Ashiya (1964), 100 min.
A U.S./Japanese co-production. Three rescue pilots (Yul Brynner, George Chakiris, Richard Widmark) must overcome their fears, differences and hatreds as they undertake the dangerous rescue of raft-bound Japanese on storm-tossed seas.

Leo The Last (1970), 103 min.
Marcello Mastroianni plays the last in a line of princes who gradually emerges from his decaying mansion to become involved with and help the people living in his deteriorating London neighborhood.

Big House, U.S.A. (1955), 82 min.
A tough and realistic crime drama unfolds as ruthless convicts (Broderick Crawford, Charles Bronson, Ralph Meeker, Lon Chaney, Jr., and William Talman) execute a successful prison escape to secure $200,000 in hidden ransom money.

Callie & Son (1981), 120 min.
Drama about a poor waitress who becomes the queen of a Texas publishing empire. On the way, she is reunited with her long-lost son.

The Private Files Of J. Edgar Hoover (1977), 112 min.
The story of the late J. Edgar Hoover, who was head of the FBI from 1924-1972. The film follows Hoover from his racket-busting days through his reign under eight U.S. presidents.
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Postby anonymous1980 » Thu Nov 18, 2010 11:39 am

Damien wrote:The clever, delightful Hot Millions was a 1968 nominee for Original Screenplay. It lost to The Producers.

I loved Maggie Smith in this one. I'm so used to seeing her play wise and/or rich, regal characters so it was really funny to see her play a ditz.

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Postby Damien » Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:31 am

The clever, delightful Hot Millions was a 1968 nominee for Original Screenplay. It lost to The Producers.
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Postby Big Magilla » Thu Nov 18, 2010 5:57 am

That's interesting. Hot Millions was one of he first Warner Archive titles released. It had been a regular release in Region 2 before that.

Desk Set, eleven years earlier, was the first film to have computers integral to the plot in a contemporary, realistic setting.
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Postby anonymous1980 » Thu Nov 18, 2010 4:28 am

I'm currently working on a 1968 film called Hot Millions starring Peter Ustinov and Maggie Smith and directed by Eric Till.

Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm guessing this is one of the earliest films to have computers integral to the plot in a contemporary, realistic setting.

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Postby Big Magilla » Tue Nov 16, 2010 8:42 am

Those Warner Archive titles were released today.
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Postby Precious Doll » Tue Nov 16, 2010 2:58 am

Coming from Warners Archive:

The Phantom Tollbooth (1970) Remastered
The Human Comedy (1943) Remastered
The Outfit (1973) Remastered
Madam Stan (1930) Remastered
Luise Rainer Collection - The Emperor's Candlesticks (1937), Big City (1937), The Toy Wife (1938)
Hotel (1967)
Five Films Starring Barbara Stanwyck
The Secret Bride (1934)
The Woman in Red (1935)
Cry Wolf (1947)
B.F.'s Daughter (1948)
The Man with a Cloak (1951)
Four Films Starring Errol Flynn
Green Light (1937)
Footsteps in the Dark (1941)
Never Say Goodbye (1946)
That Forsyte Woman (1949)
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Postby Precious Doll » Tue Nov 16, 2010 2:27 am

Coming from Criterion in February.

(I already have these but I tempted to double dip due to the impressive special features)

Still Walking

Japan
2008
114 minutes
Color
1.85:1

DISC FEATURES

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

New high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Hirokazu Kore-eda and director of photography Yutaka Yamazaki (with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
New video interviews with Kore-eda and Yamazaki
Making “Still Walking”
Trailer
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Dennis Lim and recipes for the food prepared in the film

Senso

Italy
1954
124 minutes
Color
1.33:1

DISC FEATURES

New, restored high-definition digital transfer, created in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna and Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation, supervised by director of photography Giuseppe Rotunno (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
The Making of “Senso,” a new documentary featuring Rotunno, assistant director Francesco Rosi, costume designer Piero Tosi, and Caterina D’Amico, daughter of screenwriter Suso Cecchi D’Amico and author of Life and Work of Luchino Visconti
Viva VERDI, a new documentary on Visconti, Senso, and opera featuring Italian film scholar Peter Brunette, Italian historian Stefano Albertini, and author Wayne Koestenbaum
The Wanton Countess, the rarely seen English-language version of the film
Visual essay by film scholar Peter Cowie
Man of Three Worlds: Luchino Visconti, a 1966 BBC special exploring Visconti’s parallel masteries of cinema, theater, and opera direction
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by filmmaker and author Mark Rappaport and an excerpt from actor Farley Granger’s autobiography, Include Me Out

Sweet Smell of Success

United States
1957
96 minutes
Black and White
1.66:1

DISC FEATURES

New, restored high-definition digital transfer (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
New audio commentary by film scholar James Naremore
Mackendrick: The Man Who Walked Away, a 1986 documentary featuring interviews with director Alexander Mackendrick, actor Burt Lancaster, producer James Hill, and more
James Wong Howe: Cinematographer, a 1973 documentary about the Oscar-winning director of photography, featuring lighting tutorials with Howe
New video interview with film critic and historian Neil Gabler (Winchell: Gossip, Power and the Culture of Celebrity) about legendary columnist Walter Winchell, inspiration for the character J. J. Hunsecker
New video interview with filmmaker James Mangold about Mackendrick, his instructor and mentor
Original theatrical trailer
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Gary Giddins, two short stories by Ernest Lehman featuring the characters from the film, notes about the film by Lehman, and an excerpt from Mackendrick’s book On Film-making

Fish Tank

United Kingdom
2009
122 minutes
Color
1.33:1

DISC FEATURES

New high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Andrea Arnold, director of photography Robbie Ryan, and editor Nicolas Chaudeurge (with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
All three of Arnold’s short films: Milk (1998), Dog (2001), and the Oscar-winning Wasp (2003)
New video interview with actor Kierston Wareing
Interview with actor Michael Fassbender from 2009
Audition footage
Stills gallery by on-set photographer Holly Horner
Original theatrical trailer
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ian Christie
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