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WBHV have announced another exciting DVD release: THE LITERARY CLASSICS COLLECTION on March 6. The are six literary classics spread across five discs include BILLY BUDD, CAPTAIN HORATIO HORNBLOWER, MADAME BOVARY (1949), PRISONER OF ZENDA (1937 & 1952) and THE THREE MUSKETEERS (1948). SRP: $59.95. A must set for me.

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How did the "Preston Sturges: The Filmmaker Collection" get past me? Anyone know what's included on this?

 

Thanks to Shearerchic for the cover art of the literary classics. I relish the opportunity to own Madame Bovary...

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You're welcome Jack. Here's the info on the Sturges collection:

The films: The Great McGinty, Christmas in July, The Lady Eve, Sullivan?s Travels, The Palm Beach Story, The Great Moment and Hail the Conquering Hero.

 

All are presented in 1.33:1 Full Frame with English Mono sound and optional English SDH and French subtitles.

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Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced the first wave in their "Universal Cinema Classics" line for release on February 6th, 2007. Titles include All Quiet on the Western Front, Arabian Nights, Going My Way and The Heiress - all featuring fullscreen transfers, Dolby Digital Mono tracks, introductions and trailers. Retail is $14.98 apiece.

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Jack, Here's a list: Bing Crosby: Screen Legend Collection (Double or Nothing / East Side of Heaven / Here Come the Waves / If I Had My Way / Waikiki Wedding) (1937)

 

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Mr. B this is what I found:

 

Bing Crosby: Screen Legend Collection [DVD]

This three-disc set features five of crooner Bing Crosby's classics! When the winner of the Miss Pineapple contest isn't enjoying her prize trip to Hawaii, publicist Tony Marvin (Crosby) manufactures the adventure of a lifetime, in "Waikiki Wedding" (1937). Martha Raye, Shirley Ross also star. An eccentric millionaire tests New Yorkers' moral mettle, with a fortune awaiting the most honest "contestant." See if Bing passes the test, in "Double or Nothing" (1937), with Andy Devine and William Frawley. Bing and a bouncing bundle of joy make a delightfully odd couple in the breezy "East Side of Heaven" (1939). Joan Blondell, C. Aubrey Smith co-star. Crosby is a warm-hearted construction worker caring for a friend's talented daughter, in "If I Had My Way" (1940). With Gloria Jean, Charles Winninger. Bing ac-cen-tu-ates the positive as a Navy songster who inspires singing twins (both played by Betty Hutton) to enlist, in "Here Come the Waves" (1944). Sonny Tufts, Ann Doran also star. 7 3/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), French; theatrical trailer.

Category: Musicals

Academy Award?

Winner: Best Song ("Sweet Leilani")

Nominee: Best Dance Direction (Leroy Prinz)

Rated: NR B&W

 

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Here's the art from Digitilbits.com for an upcoming box set of 8 David Lean films, but no date, price,

or if there are any extras. I read that there has been such a collection in Europe for a few years

but never released here. It had 9 films, which also included The Sound Barrier and Hobson's Choice,

but didn't have In Which We Serve:

 

 

 

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Universal's website announced today that the second volume of W.C. Fields features will arrive March 20, 2007 in a five-DVD set. Titles include "You're Telling Me", "The Man On The Flying Trapeze", "The Old-Fashioned Way", "Poppy", and "Never Give A Sucker An Even Break."

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These David Lean films have been on Digitalbits list for I believe two years. There seems to be some kind of legal problem with MGM releasing these classics. Criterion has the rights to several of the titles which are still in print on that label.

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Sony has also announced 2/6/07 dvd release of the 1941 classic HERE COMES MR. JORDAN which stars Robert Montgomery, Claude Rains and Evelyn Keyes. Columbia still has lots of goodies in their catalogue but seem to be slow on releasing titles. There is a ton of film noir released by that studio in the 50's including PUSHOVER which starred Kim Novak in an early role and Brian Keith, which has yet to see a dvd release.

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Good News! According to DVD Empire there are new Fox catalog titles coming 3/6/07.

 

HEMINGWAY BOXSET: ADVENTURES OF A YOUNG MAN/ SNOWS OF KILMANJARO/ SUN ALSO RISES/ UNDER MY SKIN/ FAREWELL TO ARMS

 

As well as:

-CINDERELLA LIBERTY

-JOHN AND MARY

-THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT

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I've been looking forward to the Hemingway set especially to finally see a legitimate release of SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO. The PD versions of this film circulating for years have been total horrors. Again FOX seems to be overpricing their sets. At $69.95 this is steep especially compared to what is released on WBHV. So I will try to buy this set on a special sale. At least the Alice Faye set is priced a bit more reasonable at $49.95, ten dollars cheaper than the Grable set.

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I am so anxious for this thread to get back to the right page size that I thought I would put in a new post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember, if you post photos here, use the html codes for line breaks or paragraph breaks after each picture so it doesn't make the page extra wide and hard to read.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am sure we would all appreciate that.

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Here are the full specs for the Literary Classics Collection:

 

Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of the Literary Classics Collection for 6th March 2007. This five-disc collection features the DVD debuts of Billy Budd, Captain Horatio Hornblower, Madame Bovary, The Three Musketeers and The Prisoner of Zenda: Double Feature with both the 1937 and 1952 versions of the film included. Special features such as commentaries, shorts, vintage Oscar ? winning cartoons, classic Oscar-nominated shorts, radio show adaptations and more add to the entertainment on each disc. The five-disc gift set will sell for $59.92 SRP, with individual titles available for $19.97 SRP.

 

Billy Budd (1962)

Herman Melville?s classic adventure of the high seas makes its DVD debut in this collection. It?s 1797, and the English frigate Avenger sails wartime seas, ready to engage the French navy in combat. But there?s another type of warfare going on aboard the king?s ship. It?s the battle of good versus evil, the powerful theme of Billy Budd. Terence Stamp, in his film debut, plays the title role, scoring a nomination for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar as an archetype of goodness. Robert Ryan portrays the master-at-arms, efficient and cruel ? especially so to young Billy. And director Peter Ustinov also stars as the captain caught between the inevitable clash of polar opposites.

 

DVD Special Features:

Commentary by Terence Stamp and filmmaker Steven Soderbergh

16x9 anamorphic with 2.40 aspect ratio

Theatrical trailer

Subtitles: English (feature film only)

 

Captain Horatio Hornblower (1950)

In one of his favorite roles, Gregory Peck plays the valiant Napoleonic Era British naval hero in this swashbuckling saga adapted for the screen by Hornblower?s creator C.S. Forester. True to the famed source novels, Hornblower outthinks his rivals to outfight them. He?s unflinching under fire, modest in victory ? and more than a little at sea romantically with Lady Barbara Wellesley (Virginia Mayo).

 

Director Raoul Walsh (White Heat, High Sierra) guides the broadside-for-broadside action with flourishes befitting sea warfare?s most exciting era. Two fully-rigged and three nearly complete ships ? from a 38-gun frigate to a 100-gun command ship ? are used in the film.

 

DVD Special Features:

Vintage Oscar-nominated short My Country ?Tis of Thee

Classic cartoon Captain Hareblower

Audio-only bonus: Lux Radio Theater adaptation with Gregory Peck and Virginia Mayo

Theatrical trailer

Subtitles: English (feature film only)

 

Madame Bovary (1949)

Jennifer Jones stars as the lovely Emma Bovary in this lush adaptation of the Gustave Flaubert novel that scandalized 19th-century France. As the wife of a country doctor, she longs for romance, glamour and possessions. But instead gets routine, motherhood and penny-pinching. So when she catches the eye of a handsome aristocrat, Emma risks all to reach for what she thinks will be happiness. The film?s highlight is the stunning ballroom scene, contrasting Emma?s social success with her husband?s failure, culminating in his drunken arrival on the dance floor. In the famed sequence, director Vincente Minnelli skillfully combines dissolves, cross-cuts, pans, long takes ? a library of techniques ? into a seamless triumph of head-spinning gaiety, heart-breaking despair and moviemaking artistry.

 

DVD Special Features:

Vintage Pete Smith specialty short Those Good Old Days

Classic cartoon Out-Foxed

Theatrical trailer

Subtitles: English (feature film only)

 

The Prisoner of Zenda ?DOUBLE FEATURE- (1937/1952)

Adventure, pageantry and royal intrigue abound in the two finest screen versions of the beloved 1894 Anthony Hope novel filmed many times. Major Rudolph Rassendyll has the appearance and manner of King Rudolph, yet he?s really his look-alike cousin, and on his shoulders rests all hope of foiling a blackguard?s plot to usurp the throne. Ronald Colman (A Tale of Two Cities) plays the double role in the resilient 1937 David O. Selznick production, making palpable the heartbreak of the royal stand-in whose gallantry is tested by his love for the real king?s fianc?e (Madeleine Carroll), with Douglas Fairbanks outstanding as the villain. Stewart Granger (Scaramouche) stars in the lavish 1952 color version, romancing Deborah Kerr and wielding his sword boldly in the film?s bravura climactic duel against the scoundrel Rupert (James Mason).

 

DVD Special Features:

Pete Smith specialty short Penny Wisdom

Cartoon The Wayward Pups

Audio-only bonus: Lux Radio Theater Adaptation with Ronald Colman

1937 Theatrical Trailer

Fitzpatrick Traveltalk short Land of the Taj Mahal

Oscar-winning cartoon Johann Mouse and 1952 theatrical trailer

Subtitles: English (feature films only)

 

The Three Musketeers (1948)

To the cry of ?all for one and one for all? comes a version of the Alexandre Dumas classic that?s fun for all ? a rousing, swashbuckling adaptation that was Gene Kelly?s favorite among his nonmusical movies. Kelly plays country lad D?Artagnan, who comes to Paris with heady ambition and duels his way into the ranks of King Louis XIII?s musketeers. He swashes-and-buckles with brio, bringing to action scenes the virile athleticism that set him apart as a dancer in movie musicals. A top cast ? Vincent Price as unctuous Cardinal Richelieu, Lana Turner as villainous Lady de Winter, June Allyson as Constance, Van Heflin as Athos, Robert Coote as Aramis, Gig Young as Porthos and Frank Morgan and Angela Lansbury as King Louis and Queen Anne ? joins Kelly in this exuberant tale, filmed in luscious Technicolor.

 

DVD Special Features:

Vintage Fitzpatrick Traveltalk short Looking at London

Classic MGM Tex Avery cartoon What Price Fleadom

Audio-only bonus: MGM Radio Promo with Dick Simmons interviewing Lana Turner

Theatrical trailer

Subtitles: English & Portugu?se (feature film only)

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I don't know if this has been posted on here before, but I found some great news for us lovers of classic B mystery series. 20th Century-Fox has announced the MICHAEL SHAYNE, PRIVATE DETECTIVE -- COLLECTION, VOL. 1 boxset to go along with their current Charlie Chan and Mr. Moto collections. Fortunately, this one is not overly-priced like the other two. Amazon has it on pre-order right now for $20.99, and thankfully, the SRP is 30 bucks cheaper than the Chan and Moto sets--that way it will still be reasonably priced after its release.

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000LC4ZDK/ref=wl_it_dp/002-1539117-9366454?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1PJP3EUR8Q5WN&colid=2H0RSHO3T5JGT

 

It's currently slated for a March 20, 2007, debut. The set will contain the first, second, fourth and fifth entries in the series: MICHAEL SHAYNE, PRIVATE DETECTIVE (1940); THE MAN WHO WOULDN'T DIE (1942); SLEEPERS WEST (1941); and BLUE, WHITE AND PERFECT (1941). I don't know why they skipped over DRESSED TO KILL (1940), but hopefully (just like I'm hoping with the Chans and Motos), the non-chronological release has nothing to do with availability, but merely because of the need for more time to remaster it (that's only speculation on my part).

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DRESSED TO KILL has already been released on DVD with little fanfare. They should have included it with this set. I used to watch these films quite often on TV when I was growing up in NYC. I always found these films to be a lot of tun.

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I couldn't imagine them releasing this series short one title because, just like the Lorre Moto's, there's an exact, multiple-of-four number of titles in the series. Not that my logic bears any weight to the real reason, but I can still hope, can't I?

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