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Criterion for April.

 

The Criterion Collection has announced five titles for Blu-ray/DVD combo release in April: On April 8th, the studio will re-release Fran?ois Truffaut's The 400 Blows (1959). On April 15th, it will release Lars von Trier's Breaking the Waves (1996). On April 22th, it will release Carl Theodor Dreyer's Master of the House (1925) and Don Siegel's Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954). And on April 29th, it will release Dino Risi's Il Sorpasso (1962).

 

The 400 Blows

 

Special Features:

New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition

New digital transfer of Antoine and Colette (The Adventures of Antoine Doinel box set only)

Two audio commentaries, one by cinema professor Brian Stonehill and another by Fran?ois Truffaut's lifelong friend Robert Lachenay

Rare audition footage of Jean-Pierre L?aud, Patrick Auffay, and Richard Kanayan

Newsreel footage of Jean-Pierre L?aud in Cannes for the showing of The 400 Blows

Excerpt from a French TV program with Truffaut discussing his youth, critical writings, and the origins of Antoine Doinel in The 400 Blows and Antoine and Colette

Television interview with Truffaut about the global reception of The 400 Blows and his own critical impression of the film

Theatrical trailer for The 400 Blows

PLUS: A new essay by film scholar Annette Insdorf

 

Breaking the Waves

 

Special Features:

New 4K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray

Selected-scene audio commentary featuring director Lars von Trier, editor Anders Refn, and location scout Anthony Dod Mantle

New interview with filmmaker and critic Stig ****?rkman

New interviews with actors Emily Watson and Stellan Skarsg?rd

Interview from 2004 with actor Adrian Rawlins

Watson's audition tape, with commentary by von Trier

Deleted and extended scenes, with commentary by von Trier

Deleted scene featuring the late actor Katrin Cartlidge

Cannes Film Festival promotional clip

Trailer

New English subtitle translation

One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats

PLUS: An essay by critic David Sterritt

 

Master of the House

 

Special Features:

New 2K digital restoration, with a recent score by Gillian Anderson, presented in uncompressed stereo on the Blu-ray

New interview with Dreyer historian Casper Tybjerg

New visual essay on Dreyer's camera work and editing by film historian David Bordwell

New English intertitle translation

One Blu-ray and one DVD, with all content available in both formats

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Mark Le Fanu

 

Riot in Cell Block 11

 

Special Features:

New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

New audio commentary by film scholar Matthew Bernstein

Excerpts from the director's 1993 autobiography, A Siegel Film, read by his son Kristoffer Tabori

More!

One Blu-ray and one DVD, with all content available in both formats

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Chris Fujiwara, a 1954 article by coproducer Walter Wanger, and a 1974 tribute to Siegel by filmmaker Sam Peckinpah

 

Il Sorpasso

 

Special Features:

New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

New interviews with screenwriter Ettore Scola and film scholar and professor R?mi Fournier Lanzoni

Interview from 2004 with director Dino Risi by film critic Jean A. Gili

Introduction by actor Jean-Louis Trintignant from a 1983 French television broadcast of the film

A Beautiful Vacation, a 2006 documentary on Risi featuring interviews with the director and his collaborators and friends

Excerpts from a 2012 documentary that returns to Castiglioncello, the location for the film's beach scenes, featuring rare on-set color footage

Trailer

New English subtitle translation

One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats

PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critics Phillip Lopate and Antonio Monda, as well as excerpts from Risi's writings, with an introduction by film critic Valerio Caprara

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A couple of Eastwood westerns are coming to Blu-ray from Universal, "Two Mules For Sister Sara" and "Joe Kidd" on April 1st. On the same day, Universal will release two John Wayne films on Blu-ray, "The War Wagon" and "Rooster Cogburn."

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*FRANCIS THE TALKING MULE...THE COMPLETE COLLECTION*

 

3 DISC SET--4/29/14

 

 

DISC 1:

 

? Francis the Talking Mule (1950, 91 min.)

? Francis Goes to the Races (1951, 88 min.)

 

DISC 2:

 

? Francis Goes to West Point (1952, 82 min.)

? Francis Covers the Big Town (1952, 87 min.)

 

DISC 3:

 

? Francis Joins the WACS (1954, 91 min.)

? Francis in the Navy (1955, 81 min.)

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Criterion releases for May

 

On May 6th, the studio will release Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole (1951). On May 13th, it will release Stuart Cooper's Overlord (1975). On May 20th, it will release Abbas Kiarostami's Like Someone in Love (2013). And on May 27th, it will release Howard Hawks' Red River (1948) and Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004).

 

Ace in the Hole extras:

 

Restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

Audio commentary by film scholar Neil Sinyard

Portrait of a "60% Perfect Man": Billy Wilder, a 1980 documentary featuring interviews with Wilder by film critic Michel Ciment

Interview with actor Kirk Douglas from 1984

Excerpts from a 1986 appearance by Wilder at the American Film Institute

Excerpts from an audio interview with Wilder's coscreenwriter Walter Newman

Video afterword by filmmaker Spike Lee

Stills gallery

Trailer

PLUS: Essays by critic Molly Haskell and filmmaker Guy Maddin

 

Red River extras:

 

 

New 4K digital restoration of the rarely presented original theatrical release version, the preferred cut of director Howard Hawks, with monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

2K restoration of the longer version of Red River

New interview with filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich about Red River and the two versions

New interview with critic Molly Haskell about Hawks and Red River

New interview with western scholar Lee Clark Mitchell about western genre literature

Audio excerpts of a 1972 conversation between Hawks and Bogdanovich

Excerpts from a 1970 audio interview with novelist and screenwriter Borden Chase

More!

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien and a 1991 interview with Hawks's longtime editor Christian Nyby; a new paperback edition of Chase's original novel, previously out of print

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Olive Films has revealed that it will add two titles to its Blu-ray catalog in May: William K. Howard's Johnny Come Lately (1943), starring James Cagney, Grace George, Marjorie Main, and Hattie McDaniel, David Miller's Love Happy (1949), starring the Marx Brothers, Marilyn Monroe, Raymond Burr, Ilona Massey, and Vera-Ellen. The two releases will be available for purchase on May 6th.

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Possibly the last film I thought would get (or ever need) an entire Blu-ray Ultimate Collector's Edition box set is The Nutty Professor (1963)...but WB is doing it. June 3 is the release date.

 

50th Anniversary Edition Box Set Contents

 

◦Recreated "Being A Person" book ? 96-pages made up of drawings and quotes inspired/written by Jerry Lewis and drawn by his personal illustrator. 250 copies of this book were originally made and distributed to members of the cast and crew of The Nutty Professor after the director heard of general conflicts among them.

 

◦CD: Phoney Phone calls 1959-1972: Years before the Jerky Boys were harassing unwitting shop clerks, housewives and businessmen, Lewis perfected the art, as these recordings show. Released in 2001 on the Sin-Drome label, this is a collection of private prank calls secretly recorded by Jerry Lewis over the years.

 

◦48-Page Storyboard Book

 

◦44-Page Cutting Script with Jerry's notes

 

◦Directors Letter ? A letter specially written by Jerry to present this new collection

 

The Nutty Professor Blu-ray: Special Features:

◦Jerry Lewis: No Apologies ? An intimate look at the artist who has entertained and educated audiences for more than eight decades

◦Audio Commentary by Jerry Lewis and Steve Lawrence

◦The Nutty Professor: Perfecting The Formula Behind-The-Scenes Footage

◦Deleted Scenes

◦Screen Tests

◦Jerry Lewis at Work

◦Jerry at Movieland Wax Museum, with commentary by son Chris Lewis

◦Jerry and Stella Promos

◦Bloopers

◦Outtakes

◦Original Mono Track

◦Trailers

 

Cinderfella DVD: Special Features

◦Commentary by Jerry Lewis and Steve Lawrence

◦Bloopers

 

The Errand Boy DVD: Special Features

◦Select Scene Commentary by Jerry Lewis and Steve Lawrence

◦Bloopers

◦Promo Spots

◦Theatrical Trailer

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Criterion for June

 

The Criterion Collection has announced six titles for Blu-ray release in June: On June 10th, the studio will release Douglas Sirk's All That Heaven Allows (1955) and Michelangelo Antonioni's L'eclisse (1962). On June 17th, it will release Georges Franju's Judex (1963), Peter Davis' Hearts and Minds (1974), and Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975). And on June 24th, it will release Richard Lester's A Hard Day's Night (1964).

 

 

Special features:

 

All That Heaven Allows

 

?New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray Audio commentary featuring John Mercer, coauthor of Melodrama: Genre, Style, Sensibility, and film scholar Tamar Jeffers-McDonald

?Rock Hudson's Home Movies (1992), a groundbreaking essay film about the actor by Mark Rappaport

?French television interview with Sirk from 1982

?Excerpts from Behind the Mirror: A Profile of Douglas Sirk, a 1979 BBC documentary featuring rare interview footage with the director

?Contract Kid: William Reynolds on Douglas Sirk, a 2007 interview with the actor, who costarred in three Sirk films, including All That Heaven Allows

?Trailer

?PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Laura Mulvey and an excerpt from a 1971 essay by filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder on Sirk

 

L'Eclisse

 

?New, restored high-definition digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

?Audio commentary by film scholar Richard Pe?a, former program director of New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center

?Michelangelo Antonioni: The Eye That Changed Cinema (2001), a fifty-six-minute documentary exploring the director's life and career

?Elements of Landscape, a twenty-two-minute piece from 2005 about Antonioni and L'eclisse, featuring Italian film critic Adriano Apr? and longtime Antonioni friend Carlo di Carlo

?New English subtitle translation

?PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by film critics Jonathan Rosenbaum and Gilberto Perez, as well as excerpts from Antonioni's writing about his work

 

Judex

 

?New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

?Interview from 2007 with the film's cowriter Jacques Champreux, the grandson of Louis Feuillade, cocreator of the silent serial Judex

?Interview from 2012 with actor Francine Berg?

?Franju le visionnaire, a fifty-minute program from 1998 on director Franju's career and imagination

?New English subtitle translation

?One Blu-ray and one DVD, with all content available in both formats

?PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Geoffrey O'Brien, along with reprinted writings by and excerpted interviews with Franju

 

Hearts and Minds

 

?High-definition digital restoration, supervised by director Peter Davis and cinematographer Richard Pearce, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

?Audio commentary featuring Davis

?A collection of over two hours of never-before-seen outtakes from the film, including interviews with presidential adviser George Ball, broadcast journalist David Brinkley, French journalist and historian Philippe Devillers, political activist Tony Russo, and General William Westmoreland

?PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by Davis, film critic Judith Crist, and historians Robert K. Brigham, George C. Herring, and Ngo Vinh Long

 

Picnic at Hanging Rock

 

?Remastered high-definition digital film transfer, supervised and approved by director Peter Weir, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray

?Extended interview with Weir

?New piece on the making of the film, featuring interviews from 2003 with executive producer Patricia Lovell, producers Hal McElroy and Jim McElroy, and cast members

?New introduction by film scholar David Thomson, author of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film

?A Recollection . . . Hanging Rock 1900 (1975), an on-set documentary hosted by Lovell and featuring interviews with Weir, actor Rachel Roberts, and source novel author Joan Lindsay

?Homesdale (1971), an award-winning black comedy by Weir

?Trailer

?PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by author Megan Abbott and an excerpt from film critic Marek Haltof's 1996 book Peter Weir: When Cultures Collide; a new paperback edition of Lindsay's original novel, previously out of print in the U.S.

 

A Hard Day's Night

 

?New 4K digital film restoration, approved by director Richard Lester, with two audio options?a monaural soundtrack and a new 5.1 surround soundtrack made by Apple Records?presented in uncompressed monaural and DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray

?Audio commentary featuring various members of the film's cast and crew

?In Their Own Voices, a new piece combining interviews with the Beatles from 1964 with behind-the-scenes footage and photos

?You Can't Do That: The Making of "A Hard Day's Night," a 1994 documentary program by producer Walter Shenson

?Things They Said Today, a 2002 documentary about the film featuring Lester, music producer George Martin, writer Alun Owen, cinematographer Gilbert Taylor, and others

?New piece about Lester's early work, featuring a new audio interview with the director

?The Running Jumping and Standing Still Film(1959), Lester's Oscar-nominated short featuring Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan

?Anatomy of a Style, a new piece on Lester's approach to editing

?New interview with Mark Lewisohn, author of Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years?Volume One

?Deleted scene

?Trailers

?One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats

?PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Howard Hampton

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Amazon has the Blu-ray release of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection up for pre-order on April 29, 2014. It's list price is $199.99, but there is a special sale on it at this second for $73.99. (I would recommend ordering it ASAP at that price, if I were you, because it will go up.)

 

It's an 8 disc collection containing:

? State Fair (1945)

? Oklahoma - Todd-AO

? Oklahoma - Cinemascope

? Carousel

? King and I

? South Pacific Theatrical

? South Pacific Extended roadshow version

? Sound of Music

 

There are no mention of extras at this time, so I am also hanging on to my DVD versions, which contained second discs with Liliom (the classic upon which Carousel was based), the 1962 version of State Fair, and others items.

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/ref=%26%2574%2561g%3d%2562l%2575r%2561yf%256fr%2575m%252d20?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-2&pf_rd_r=0YKMT6BMXDSYDTXYFVY5&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1750799802&pf_rd_i=2921749011&tag=blurayforum-20&ASIN=B00IZIGFNU

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Good price and something to think about. Already have the BR of SOUND OF MUSIC and SOUTH PACIFIC. I wonder if the R&H titles would be released individually.

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Sometimes FOX CONNECT has cheaper prices than Amazon. That site does not yet list this release but maybe I will wait a bit to see when it comes up. I believe the DVD set is selling for $64.99.

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Edgecliff wrote: "Sometimes FOX CONNECT has cheaper prices than Amazon. That site does not yet list this release but maybe I will wait a bit to see when it comes up. I believe the DVD set is selling for $64.99."

 

Well, two things wrong with that...1. one can never compare what a DVD set sells for, as opposed to a Blu-ray set. 2. This Blu-ray set is an Amazon exclusive. Per their website, "For the first time ever, enjoy Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musicals on Blu-ray in this Amazon exclusive collection. This week only save big by pre-ordering in our Kids and Family Deal of the Week . Offer ends March 29, 2014."

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Filmlover I did not know the R&H Blu Ray set was an exclusive to Amazon. I would not buy the DVD set since I already have all of the these on single DVD. So I might reconsider pre ordering the set. Will have to get rid of the individual titles which should not be hard to do.

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Filmlover I did not know the R&H Blu Ray set was an exclusive to Amazon. I would not buy the DVD set since I already have all of the these on single DVD. So I might reconsider pre ordering the set. Will have to get rid of the individual titles which should not be hard to do.

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Hi, everyone, we're back.

 

LOTS of announcements!

 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially announced the Blu-ray release of Looney Tunes: The Platinum Collection Volume Three. The 2-disc set features 50 classic animated Looney Tunes shorts, all digitally remastered in high definition. The Platinum Collection Volume Threearrives on Blu-ray on August 12th. 

Special features include over five hours of insightful documentaries, additional rare shorts, featurettes, audio commentaries and more. 

The 50 classic animated shorts included in Volume Three are as follows: 


  • 1. Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt
    2. A Corny Concerto
    3. Falling Hare
    4. Little Red Riding Rabbit
    5. Hair-Raising Hare
    6. Acrobatty Bunny
    7. Big Snooze, The
    8. A Hare Grows in Manhattan
    9. Easter Yeggs
    10. Slick Hare
    11. Gorilla My Dreams
    12. High Diving Hare
    13. Hillbilly Hare
    14. Bunny Hugged
    15. Operation: Rabbit
    16. Bully for Bugs
    17. Bugs and Thugs
    18. Knighty Knight Bugs
    19. Honey's Money
    20. The Hep Cat 
    21. Pigs in a Polka
    22. Ham in a Role
    23. Dog Gone South
    24. A Bear for Punishment
    25. Steal Wool
    26. Porky Pig's Feat
    27. Scrap Happy Daffy
    28. Plane Daffy
    29. The Stupid Cupid
    30. Draftee Daffy
    31. Nasty Quacks
    32. The Stupor Salesman
    33. Wholly Smoke
    34. Swooner Crooner
    35. Life with Feathers
    36. Canary Row
    37. Tree for Two
    38. Sandy Claws
    39. Dog Pounded
    40. Satan's Waitin'
    41. Birds Anonymous
    42. Mouse and Garden
    43. The Pied Piper of Guadalupe
    44. A Gruesome Twosome
    45. Guided Muscle
    46. Beep Prepared
    47. Walky Talky Hawky
    48. Rhapsody in Rivets
    49. High Note
    50. Nelly's Folly

 

 

 

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The Criterion Collection has announced ten titles for Blu-ray release in July: On July 15th, it will release Robert Bresson's Pickpocket (1959) and David Cronenberg's Scanners (1981). On July 22, it will release Erik Skjoldbjærg's Insomnia (1997) and a collection of films directed by Jacques Demy. And on July 29, it will release Lawrence Kasdan'sThe Big Chill (1983).

Pickpocket

Special Features:

  • New, 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary by film scholar James Quandt
  • Introduction by writer-director Paul Schrader
  • The Models of "Pickpocket," a 2003 documentary by Babette Mangolte that features actors from the film
  • Interview from 1960 with director Robert Bresson, from the French television program Cinépanorama
  • Q&A on Pickpocket from 2000 with actor Marika Green and filmmakers Paul Vecchiali and Jean-Pierre Améris
  • Footage of the sleight-of-hand artist and Pickpocket consultant Kassagi from a 1962 episode of the French television show La piste aux étoiles
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by novelist and critic Gary Indiana

Scanners

Special Features:

  • New, restored 2K digital film transfer, supervised by director David Cronenberg, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • The "Scanners" Way, a new documentary on the film's special effects
  • New interview with actor Michael Ironside
  • The Ephemerol Diaries, a 2012 interview with actor and artist Stephen Lack
  • Excerpt from a 1981 interview with Cronenberg on the CBC's The Bob McLean Show Stereo (1969), Cronenberg's first feature film
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kim Newman

The Essential Jacques Demy

Special Features:

  • New 2K digital restorations of all six films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays of Lola and Bay of Angels/ and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 surround soundtracks on the Blu-rays of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Young Girls of Rochefort, Donkey Skin, and Une chambre en ville
  • Two documentaries by filmmaker Agnès Varda: The World of Jacques Demy (1995) and The Young Girls Turn 25 (1993)
  • Four short films by director Jacques Demy: Les horizons morts (1951), Le sabotier du Val de Loire (1956), Ars (1959), and La luxure (1962)
  • Jacques Demy A to Z, a new visual essay by film critic James Quandt
  • Two archival interviews from French television with Demy and composer Michel Legrand, one on The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and the other on The Young Girls of Rochefort
  • French television interview from 1962 with actor Jeanne Moreau on the set of Bay of Angels Once Upon a Time . . . "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," a 2008 documentary
  • French television program about the making of Donkey Skin
  • "Donkey Skin" Illustrated, a video program on the many versions of Charles Perrault's fairy tale
  • "Donkey Skin" and the Thinkers, a video program on the themes of the film, featuring critic Camille Tabouley
  • New video conversation with Demy biographer Jean-Pierre Berthomé and costume designer Jacqueline Moreau
  • New interviews with author Marie Colmant and film scholar Rodney Hill
  • Q&A with Demy from the 1987 Midnight Sun Film Festival, as well as an audio Q&A with him from the American Film Institute in 1971
  • Archival audio recordings of interviews with Demy, Legrand, and actor Catherine Deneuve at the National Film Theatre in London
  • Interview with actor Anouk Aimée conducted by Varda in 2012
  • Interview from 2012 with Varda on the origin of Lola's song
  • Video programs on the restorations of Lola, Bay of Angels, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, and Une chambre en ville
  • Trailers
  • New English subtitle translations
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critics Ginette Vincendeau, Terrence Rafferty, Jim Ridley, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Anne Duggan, and Geoff Andrew, and a postscript by Berthomé

Films include:

 

Lola
Bay of Angels
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
The Young Girls of Rochefort
Donkey Skin
Une chambre en ville
 

Insomnia

Special Features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between director Erik Skjoldbjærg and actor Stellan Skarsgård
  • Trailer and TV spot
  • One Blu-ray and one DVD, with all content available in both formats
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Jonathan Romney

The Big Chill

Special Features:

  • New, restored 4K digital film transfer, supervised by cinematographer John Bailey and approved by director Lawrence Kasdan, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate remastered 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
  • Reunion with cast and crew, including Kasdan, actors Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, and JoBeth Williams, from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival
  • Documentary from 1998 on the making of the film
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by writer, director, and actor Lena Dunham

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Flicker Alley, the Blackhawk Films Collection, CineMuseum, and Keystone Films have announced the dual-release of Chaplin's Mutual Comedies (Limited SteelBook Edition) and The Mack Sennett Collection, both highly anticipated, newly restored collections never before seen on home video. 

Flicker Alley and The Blackhawk Films Collection are proud to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Little Tramp with the premiere of Chaplin's Mutual Comedies, a 5-disc Blu-ray/DVD box set, presented for a limited time in a collector's edition SteelBook case. The collection features 12 newly restored films (The Floorwalker, The Fireman, The Vagabond, One A.M., The Count, The Pawnshop, Behind the Screen, The Rink, Easy Street, The Cure, The Immigrant, and The Adventurer) , all scanned under the aegis of Association Chaplin at a resolution of 2,000 lines from original 35mm prints gathered from archives all over the world, then digitally assembled and restored, a collaborative effort of Lobster Films in Paris and L'Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna, Italy. Each film offers the option of either improvised piano accompaniment or a full orchestral score. Among the many well-known composers and musicians featured are Eric Beheim, Neil Brand, Timothy Brock, Antonio Coppola, Carl Davis, Stephen Horne, Robert Israel, the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, Maud Nelissen, Donald Sosin, and Gabriel Thibaudeau. 

Special Features:

  • A 34-page booklet with rare, behind-the-scenes images, and an extensive essay by film historian and author Jeffrey Vance (Chaplin: Genius of Cinema).
  • The home-video premiere of a 52-minute documentary by Serge Bromberg and Eric Lange, The Birth of the Tramp, which chronicles Chaplin's rise to stardom in concordance with early cinema's growth from fairground attraction into an international industry.
  • Chaplin's Goliath by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald, which tells the story of Charlie's nemesis Eric Campbell, who achieved screen immortality with his appearances in eleven of these comedies.

Now, for the first time, thanks to Flicker Alley, CineMuseum, and Keystone Films, over 100 of the best surviving Sennett comedies have been gathered from around the world, fully restored, and digitally re-mastered in HD for home video. The Mack Sennett Collection, Vol. One features the first 50 of these films.

These new editions have been painstakingly reconstructed by CineMuseum and Keystone Films using original 35mm nitrate, archival negatives, preservation materials, and sometimes the lone known surviving film print, from the collections of the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Blackhawk Films®, Lobster Films, the Richard M. Roberts Collection, Gierucki Studios, and dozens of privately held archives.

The Mack Sennett Collection, Vol. One premieres a wealth of rare, unknown, and previously thought lost footage which had been locked away in vaults and unseen for nearly 100 years! Finally, these long neglected classic comedies may once again be seen as originally intended.

Produced for video by CineMuseum, LLC and Keystone Films, LLC. Restorations compiled and directed by Paul E. Gierucki.

Special Features:

  • 16-page full color booklet filled with rare images, production information, restoration notes, and Keystone - Sennett player biographies
  • New music scores from silent film accompanists Philip Carli, Ben Model, Dennis Scott, Andrew Simpson, and Donald Sosin
  • Commentary tracks from noted comedy historians Brent Walker, Steve Massa, Richard M. Roberts, Stan Taffel, Sam Gill, Paul Gierucki, and others
  • Memorabilia galleries featuring vintage lobby cards, glass slides, posters, scripts, studio photographs, The Mack Sennett Story by film historian Joe Adamson, and rare audio recordings
  • Long unseen rarities: newsreels, trailers, outtakes, Sennett-Color films, the dedication of the Mabel Normand soundstage, This Is Your Life Mack Sennett, and much more!

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Twilight Time has announced their slate of upcoming Blu-ray for July and August. The list includes a title previously released by the label on DVD (Violent Saturday), as well as an eclectic assortment of films spanning several decades and genres. 

BRANNIGAN (1975) BLU-RAY - July 8th 

VIOLENT SATURDAY (1955) BLU-RAY - July 8th 

RADIO DAYS (1987) BLU-RAY - July 8th 

BORN YESTERDAY (1950) BLU-RAY - July 8th 

SAVE YOUR LEGS! (2012) BLU-RAY - July 8th 

FOLLOW THAT DREAM (1962) BLU-RAY - Aug 12th 

THE SECRET OF SANTA VITTORIA (1969) BLU-RAY - Aug 12th 

RIFF RAFF (1991) / RAINING STONES (1993) BLU-RAY - Aug 12th 

THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY (1978) BLU-RAY - Aug 12th 

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Flicker Alley, in partnership with Blackhawk Films and Cardoza Pictures, have announced the release of a new Blu-ray/DVD collection that celebrates the passion of do-it-yourself cinema: We're in the Movies: Palace of Silents & Itinerant Filmmaking. This unique set features two documentaries never before seen on home video, When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose and Palace of Silents, as well as five bonus films from early itinerant and local filmmakers. 

Palace of Silents: The Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles (2010)

On Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles there is a 150-seat movie theater that for over sixty-eight years has doggedly dedicated itself to the exhibition of silent films. Built in 1942 by maverick film preservationist and collector John Hampton, the theater championed silent film at the very moment when the Hollywood studios across town were busily destroying their nitrate inventories. With hard chairs, phonograph-record accompaniments, and mostly original vintage prints, the dingy mom-and-pop operation was nonetheless a palace to the fanatical few who became its loyal audience. Through the theater's tumultuous years of operation, its owners and employees have struggled to keep a cherished art form alive, often paying a heavy price in the personal tragedies that have stemmed from this struggle: obscurity, financial ruin, and even murder.

Through interviews, archival footage and detailed research, Palace of Silents reveals the touching, twisted, and bloody history of one independent theater's successful attempt to stubbornly buck every cinematic trend in the hometown of American cinema.

When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose (1983)

In the early 1980s, documentary filmmaker Stephen Schaller was instrumental in the rediscovery and restoration of The Lumberjack (1914), the oldest surviving film made in Wisconsin, and produced by a group of itinerant filmmakers who traveled from town to town making "local talent" pictures. Schaller's lovely and sometimes deeply emotional, 63-minute journal/essay film offers a look at the making of the Wausau, Wisconsin classic, including interviews with the one surviving cast member and the relatives of others who appeared in the movie. His investigation includes moving remembrances of the people and town of Wausau as it was, and even reveals the on-set accidental death of one of The Lumberjack's top cameramen. More than just a piece of local history, When You Wore a Tulip is also of interest to anyone who cares about film history and preservation. Discovering Schaller's gentle, artful movie is just as exciting as finding a lost family album.

Bonus Materials

Bonus materials for We're in the Movies include an original essay by film historian David Shepard. Additionally, this Blu-ray/DVD combo set features five early examples of the cinematic tradition of itinerant filmmaking. The Lumberjack (1914) is the oldest film shot in Wisconsin that still exists in its original, complete form. Produced by an itinerant film company out of Omaha, Nebraska and cast with Wausau, Wisconsin locals, the short, silent one-reeler tells a romantic story set against the backdrop of the city's lumber mills. Our Southern Mountaineers (1918), In the Moonshine Country (1918), and Mountain Life are a trio of shorts that document the lives of some inhabitants living in the eastern mountains of Tennessee and in the 'moonshine country' of northern Georgia and Kentucky. Also included are Huntingdon's Hero (1934), a local talent film made in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, and a newly-restored, 2012 selection for the National Film Registry, Melton Barker's The Kidnappers Foil (1937), which features a local troupe of children from Corsicana, Texas enacting Barker's basic story of child abduction and escape. 

All are sourced from original nitrate or preserved 35mm stock, and feature the versatile musical accompaniment of The Ragtime Skedaddlers. The local talent films are presented by courtesy of the Wisconsin Center for Theatre and Film Research, the Academy Film Archive, and the Tennessee Archive of Moving Images and Sound. 

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Warner Brothers has detailed its upcoming Blu-ray release of director George Pal's classic adventure film The Time Machine (1960). The release will be available for purchase on July 8th. 

Special Features:

  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Behind the scenes documentary Time Machine: The Journey Back, hosted by Rod Taylor and featuring Alan Young and Whit Bissell

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Warner Bros. has revealed the Warner Archive Collection Blu-ray releases of director Roy Rowland's Hit the Deck (1955) on Apr. 22nd and director John Milius' The Wind and the Lion (1975) on Apr. 29th. 

 

CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution are releasing three classic TV series on May 6th:

The Honeymooners: Classic 39 Episodes

The Andy Griffith Show: Season 1

I Love Lucy: Ultimate Season 1

 

 

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I just got the Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection on Blu-ray in the mail and quickly checked the extras...and I have good news and bad news.

 

Carousel -- looks like it has all extras from DVD, including the feature-length Liliom.

 

King and I - looks like all the DVD extras.

 

Oklahoma - Looks like it could be all extras and both versions.

 

South Pacific - both discs

 

Sound of Music - some extras and there is a section marked "Live Extras" which I  am guessing might contain the second disc items through BD-live

 

And now the bad news...and the thing that really makes me sad...

 

State Fair - all the extras on the DVD disc 1 but nothing from the DVD disc 2, which included the 1962 version with Ann-Margret.  WHY???!!!!  If Carousel could have Liliom, why couldn't SF have both versions???!!!!  Arrgghh!!!!

 

BUT on the very good side...Carousel shows exactly what the difference should be between DVD and Blu-ray...an enormous upgrade in quality! Sharpness is spectacular, colors are incredible, the audio -- Wow! There is one teeny negative and that is the DVD picture has a tiny (really tiny) bit more info on all four edges...but when you see the picture quality and the great audio on the Blu for "June is Bustin' Out All Over', you won't give a fig for the DVD.

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