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Postby Big Magilla » Mon Jan 17, 2011 6:00 pm

Burbank, Calif., January 17, 2011 – Just in time for Mother’s Day, Tracy and Hepburn: The Definitive Collection, the first and only complete anthology of films starring Hollywood's dream team, debuts on DVD April 12 from Warner Home Video. The collection includes all nine remastered favorites: Woman of the Year (1942), Keeper of the Flame (1942), Without Love (1945), Sea of Grass (1947), State of the Union(1948), Adam's Rib (1949), Pat and Mike (1952), Desk Set (1957), and Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967), plus a bonus disc featuring an intimate tribute to Spencer Tracy moderated by Katharine Hepburn. This is the first time Keeper of the Flame, directed by Oscar® winning director George Cukor (A Star is Born 1954, My Fair Lady, A Double Life, Adam’s Rib, Philadelphia Story), and Sea of Grass will be available on DVD. Orders are due March 8 (SRP $59.92). Keeper of the Flame and Sea of Grass will also be available as singles (SRP $19.97 each).Tracy & Hepburn: The Definitive Collection will also be available On Demand from cable and satellite providers. Individual film titles can also be purchased digitally through online retailers including Amazon On Demand and iTunes.

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Postby Precious Doll » Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:18 pm

Coming from Criterion in April

White Material (Claire Denis)
France
2009
105 minutes
Color
2.35:1
French
DISC FEATURES

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

New digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Claire Denis and cinematographer Yves Cape (with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
New interviews with Denis and actors Isabelle Huppert and Isaach de Bankolé
Short documentary by Denis on the film’s premiere at the Écrans Noirs Film Festival 2010 in Cameroon
Deleted scene
Theatrical trailer
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film writer Amy Taubin

Kes (Ken Loach)
United Kingdom
1969
110 minutes
Color
1.66:1
English
DISC FEATURES

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

New, restored digital transfer, approved by director Ken Loach and director of photography Chris Menges (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
Making “Kes,” a new documentary featuring Loach, Menges, producer Tony Garnett, and actor David Bradley
The Southbank Show: “Ken Loach” (1993), a profile of the filmmaker, featuring Loach, Garnett, directors Stephen Frears and Alan Parker, and other Loach collaborators
Cathy Come Home (1967), a feature directed by Loach and produced by Garnett, with an introduction by film writer Graham Fuller
Original theatrical trailer
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by Fuller

Blow Out (Brian De Palma)
United States
1981
108 minutes
Color
2.40:1
English
DISC FEATURES

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:

New, restored digital transfer, supervised by director Brian De Palma (with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
New hour-long interview with De Palma, conducted by filmmaker Noah Baumbach
New interview with star Nancy Allen
Cameraman Garrett Brown on the Steadicam shots featured in the film within the film
Select on-set photos from photographer Louis Goldman
Original theatrical trailer
More!
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Sragow and Pauline Kael’s original New Yorker review
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Postby Big Magilla » Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:02 am

The Sea of Grass is the weakest of the Tracy-Hepburn films, but even at their weakest they were fascinating to watch. This one's also got Robert Walker and Melvyn Douglas.

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Postby anonymous1980 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:52 am

Our office is currently working on The Sea of Grass by Elia Kazan and starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Based on the plot, it sounds a bit like Dallas but with cattle instead of oil.

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Postby Precious Doll » Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:36 pm

Latest Warner Archive titles include a number of Garbo titles:

Two Faced Woman
The Torrent
Susan Lenox Her Rise and Fall
Romance

Also included is a two versions of The White Sister.
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Postby Damien » Mon Jan 03, 2011 2:26 am

Precious Doll wrote:A new Universal TCM Vault collection on January 31, 2011 featuring two comedies starring Marjorie Main...

MURDER HE SAYS (1945) / FEUDIN', FUSSIN' AND A-FIGHTIN' (1948)

The former with Fred MacMurray, the latter with Percy Kilbride, Donald O'Connor and Joe Besser.

Always good to get a Joe Besser out in the marketplace.
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Postby Precious Doll » Mon Jan 03, 2011 2:00 am

A new Universal TCM Vault collection on January 31, 2011 featuring two comedies starring Marjorie Main...

MURDER HE SAYS (1945) / FEUDIN', FUSSIN' AND A-FIGHTIN' (1948)

The former with Fred MacMurray, the latter with Percy Kilbride, Donald O'Connor and Joe Besser.
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Postby Precious Doll » Thu Dec 30, 2010 3:08 am

A couple of interesting English friendly releases in France recently.

The Given Word (1962) Winner of the Golden Palm at Cannes and Oscar nominated for Foreign Language Film

Visage (Face) (2009) Tsai Ming-liang's latest work met with much disdain at Cannes last year and then virtually disappeared. It's unlikely to turn up in any English speaking markets so if you are a fan of his work, this is a must buy. It's a two disc edition and I understand that the special features are English friendly as is the film.

Film socialism (2010) Godard's latest work with Navajo English subtitles.




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Postby Okri » Thu Dec 16, 2010 8:15 am

Precious Doll wrote:Coming from Criterion in March

The Times of Harvey Film (1984)
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Heh.

Also, Blu-rays of Yi Yi and Au Revoir, Les Enfants. So glad I never bought that Yi Yi DVD.

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Postby Precious Doll » Thu Dec 16, 2010 3:24 am

TWILIGHT TIME, new limited edition DVD label, launches with release of John Huston’s 1970 thriller, The Kremlin Letter

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (December 14, 2010) — The new DVD specialty label, TWILIGHT TIME, launches an ambitious slate of limited edition classic films with an initial offering of John Huston’s The Kremlin Letter (20th Century Fox, 1970) on January 25th, 2011. In line with TWILIGHT TIME’s innovative limited series concept, just 3000 units of this and following releases will be produced, aimed at the collector/classic film aficionado market. At a retail price point of $19.99, titles will be available exclusively online through www.screenarchives.com, the nation’s largest independent distributor of specialty soundtracks.

The January 25th debut of The Kremlin Letter will be followed by a new release on the last Tuesday of each month, with a potential ramp-up to a monthly pair after a six-month trial run. Currently on the schedule: director Richard Fleischer’s cult favorite noir melodrama, Violent Saturday (1955); the aviation thriller, Fate Is the Hunter (1964); the surprisingly down-low Pat Boone musical, April Love (1957); and the legendary The Egyptian (1954), directed by Michael Curtiz, and starring Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, and Gene Tierney.

TWILIGHT TIME is the brainchild of 30-year Warner Bros veteran Brian Jamieson and filmmaker/music restoration specialist Nick Redman. In his long tenure at Warner Home Video, Jamieson initiated and oversaw countless legacy restorations, including the films of Stanley Kubrick, Samuel Fuller’s The Big Red One, and Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch. Redman, a film historian and Oscar nominee for his 1997 documentary, The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage, is also a prime mover behind Twentieth Century Fox’s pioneering series of limited edition soundtracks. This program, spearheaded by Fox Music executive Tom Cavanaugh since 1993, has seen the restoration and release of hundreds of classic film scores, earning industry-wide recognition, sturdy consumer support, and high praise from film music fans. The flourishing limited edition model for Fox’s soundtrack releases is the inspiration for TWILIGHT TIME.

“In the 1990s,” Redman says, “Fox was the only studio looking to exploit its deep-catalogue music assets in this way. Under the supervision of Tom Cavanaugh, the program was so successful that now every studio has a limited edition soundtrack program. Now Fox is taking the lead again, by taking that limited edition model to DVD.”

Jamieson adds, “Fox is embracing the opportunity to optimize the film enthusiast’s dream, providing long sought-after collectible and fully restored titles, in their original aspect ratios, through the Twilight Time label, all manufactured to the highest quality available, and at a very affordable price.”

Fox Home Entertainment executive Dave Shaw has green-lighted licensing for an initial 20 titles, with more in the offing as the limited edition approach takes hold. Unlike the notorious movies-on-demand offerings currently on display, each TWILIGHT TIME release will be a DVD (not a DVDr) properly pressed from a restored transfer supervised by Fox’s head of Assets Management, Schawn Belston, another longtime lynchpin of the studio’s catalogue restoration program. Each will be accompanied by a collectible 8-page booklet complete with original essay, stills, and poster art. And—continuing the ongoing Fox tradition of synergy between movies and music—each TWILIGHT TIME DVD will offer, whenever possible, that extra most coveted by cinemusic enthusiasts: an isolated score.

According to Redman, the isolated score “synergizes Fox Music's ongoing CD restoration program with the new limited edition Fox Classics movie series, and it offers an added bonus to DVD buyers—both those who are already film music fans, and those who perhaps will become score aficionados as a result. One of Twentieth Century Fox’s great legacies is its music—and here is a way to bring that rich history to the DVD consumer.”

With its emphasis on films featuring stand-out scores from exemplary composers—Violent Saturday by Hugo Friedhofer, Fate Is the Hunter by Jerry Goldsmith, and The Egyptian by no less than two giants, Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Newman—it’s no wonder that film music specialist Craig Spaulding of Screen Archives wanted to throw his hat into the ring with TWILIGHT TIME. But he’s also a fan of the limited edition model, and sees business potential in expanding it from soundtracks to DVD.

“We’ve been in business since 1975,” Spaulding says, “We’re a Mom-and-Pop business, but when we send out an email blast to our customer base, it goes to 30,000 people. And I can tell you, they collect more DVDs than they do audio. The potential niche for Twilight Time is bigger than the niche for soundtrack releases. And since we’re selling the label exclusively, it’s a no-brainer. The audience will have to come to us to get it.”

TWILIGHT TIME will be focusing its initial efforts on bringing out heretofore unreleased-on-DVD films from the 1950s and 60s: what Redman calls “Fox's Cinemascope period, those gorgeous widescreen entertainments that had it all—beauty, glamour, drama.” But, he adds, “We will also be selectively tackling the earlier years—the 1930s and 40s—and sampling every genre, presenting, hopefully, something for everyone.”

Jamieson notes that “these films are revered by true cineastes and film buffs. They complete the ‘void’ in their collections. This is niche marketing in the true sense of the term: identifying a certain consumer demographic, and then satisfying their needs. Twilight Time will be serving both the collectible drive of film enthusiasts, and, in a larger sense, the cause of cinema literacy.”

A genuine devotion to our cinematic heritage is the heart of the matter for both TWILIGHT TIME founders. “Our label is called Twilight Time,” explains Redman, “because that is what we are facing: the sun setting on the world of physical media. But before all the light ultimately fades over the horizon, we aim to make Fox’s legacy shine as brilliantly as possible for as long as we can.”
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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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