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Postby rain Bard » Fri Mar 24, 2006 2:55 am

This is actually the second year that the Balboa has hosted a series like this; last year Experiment in Terror played with the Sniper, the Conversation with Petulia, Vertigo with Woman on the Run, and both the 1931 and 1941 versions of the Maltese Falcon played together.

Perhaps Time After Time, Flower Drum Song and I Remember Mama will appear in a third annual edition. I hope so; I've never seen any of those three (though I remember my mama reading I Remember Mama to me and my siblings when we were kids.)

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Postby Damien » Fri Mar 24, 2006 1:07 am

--Big Magilla wrote:An interesting group, although I can think of few more quintesessental San Francisco films: Time After Time, The Conversation, Flower Drum Song, Vertigo, I Remember Mama and The Maltese Falcon.

And Experiment In Terror with its climax at Candlestick.




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Postby Big Magilla » Thu Mar 23, 2006 11:46 pm

rain Bard wrote:If you want to see the film on or just before the centennial, come over to the Balboa Theatre in San Francisco which is showing it on a double bill with After the Thin Man April 16-18 as a kickoff to a San Francisco-set film series. Other double bills in the series: Ladies they Talk About with Fog Over Frisco, the Birds with Birdman of Alcatraz, Pal Joey with Barbary Coast, DOA with the Bigamist, and What's Up, Doc? with Take the Money and Run.

An interesting group, although I can think of few more quintesessental San Francisco films: Time After Time, The Conversation, Flower Drum Song, Vertigo, I Remember Mama and The Maltese Falcon.

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Postby rain Bard » Thu Mar 23, 2006 5:31 pm

Big Magilla wrote:I have no idea why Warners missed the opportunity to release San Francisco in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake and the 70th anniverary of the film's release in April, but I'm glad it's finally coming to DVD.

In the age of Amazon pre-orders and Netflix/Greencine queues, as long as the title is announced in time for such an anniversary they still can get a lot of mileage out of it.

If you want to see the film on or just before the centennial, come over to the Balboa Theatre in San Francisco which is showing it on a double bill with After the Thin Man April 16-18 as a kickoff to a San Francisco-set film series. Other double bills in the series: Ladies they Talk About with Fog Over Frisco, the Birds with Birdman of Alcatraz, Pal Joey with Barbary Coast, DOA with the Bigamist, and What's Up, Doc? with Take the Money and Run.

Oh, and Precious Doll, I think you must mean the Vietnam plantation film Red Dust.

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Postby Precious Doll » Thu Mar 23, 2006 3:24 pm

Big Magilla wrote:but where is To Each His Own, and for that matter The Heiress, both made by Paramount, but owned now by Universal.

Much to my surprise The Heiress has been released by an independent company on Region 2 (UK).

I only stumbled across this by accident the other day whilst I was ordering some DVDs on Amazon.com.uk and The Heiress came up as a recommendation. Needless to say I added it to my order.

Five Fingers, The Snake Pitt, Johnny Guitar, Pretty Posion are some of the other gems on Region 2 (UK), all with fine prints that do them justice.

I am awaiting Warners Region 1 to release a Jean Harlow box set, which will hopefully include Red Heat, The Red Headed Woman, Hold That Man & The Girl From Missouri.
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Postby Big Magilla » Thu Mar 23, 2006 12:57 pm

Precious Doll, thank you for keeping up this thread.

I have no idea why Warners missed the opportunity to release San Francisco in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake and the 70th anniverary of the film's release in April, but I'm glad it's finally coming to DVD.

I had hoped the inclusion of The Wings of Eagles in the John Ford-John Wayne package would mean that we are at long last going to get the missing footage of Maureen O'Hara's alcholic breakdown excised at the request of the Sprig family at the time of the film's release, but it appears that footage is lost forever.

I'm happy to see Parmount has picked up the Republic catalogue and will be releasing the tantalizing Olivia de Havilland-Lew Ayres film noir, The Dark Mirror featuring two of de Havilland's three great 1946 performances, but where is To Each His Own, and for that matter The Heiress, both made by Paramount, but owned now by Universal. With Universal being into all those star packagings, perhaps we can look forward to a de Havilland package that will include those two films as well as Hold Back the Dawn.

Speaking of Warners and de Havilland, I can't understand why they haven't releasesd Light in the Piazza as a tie-in to last year's hit Broadway musical version.

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Postby Precious Doll » Sat Mar 18, 2006 2:59 am

Paramount Home Entertainment have announced the Region 1 DVD release of four film noir titles for 16th May 2006. Priced at $14.99 SRP each are…

The Dark Mirror - Identical twin sisters enter a deadly game of wits and deception when they both fall for the same psychiatrist.

Secret Beyond The Door - When whirlwind courtship leads to marriage a young woman learns her husband is suspected of killing his first wife.

Letter From An Unknown Woman - A concert pianist’s self-obsession blinds him to the love of a woman whom he fails to notice until it is too late.

Body & Soul - A prizefighter, desperate for a title shot, falls in with corrupt syndicate but is given one last chance at redemption.

All are barebones releases, presenting the films in Full Screen with English Mono sound and optional English subtitles.

Also released on 16th May 2006 is the Marilyn Monroe / Marx Brothers comedy Love Happy. This also carries a $14.99 SRP and offers the same technical specs as the film noir titles.
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