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FOX has announced another Shirley Temple collection to be released on March 7. The three film set includes THE BLUEBIRD, THE LITTLE PRINCESS and STAND UP AND CHEER. Have been waiting for FOX to release THE LITTLE PRINCESS for some time now. The only DVD version that has been available thus far for this Temple classic is a washed out PD version. FOX has really announced some good sets for 2007 thus far, including the ALICE FAYE set, MICHAEL SHAYNE and HEMINGWAY Collection.

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Correction: the Temple Collection will be released on March 27, 2007. Now if only FOX would release Vol 2 of the Grable collection. Chan, Moto and WIll Rogers Vol; 2 have all been announced,

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Two DVD releases in February:

 

1941's "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" with Robert Montgomery and Claude Rains

and "1947's "Green for Danger" with Alastair Sim, Directed by Sidney Gilliat

 

 

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Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of Errol Flynn: The Signature Collection Volume 2 for 27th March 2007. Warner will debut five more all-time favourite films starring Errol Flynn ? whose combination of natural athleticism and magnetic good looks made him one of the most popular and highly paid stars of the ?30s and ?40s. The Collection follows in the footsteps of the successful 2005 Volume One collection and offers yet another opportunity to experience Flynn as a soldier, boxer, pilot, swashbuckler, and always a star. The films included are Adventures of Don Juan, The Charge of the Light Brigade, The Dawn Patrol, Dive Bomber and Gentleman Jim.

 

Each DVD features adventurous extras such as director/historian commentaries, Oscar-nominated film shorts, classic cartoons and vintage newsreels. The titles will be priced individually at $19.97 SRP and Errol Flynn: The Signature Collection, Volume 2, a five-disc set, will be available for $49.92 SRP.

 

Adventures of Don Juan (1948) ? Errol Flynn made his name portraying dashing heroes who clasped a sword in one hand and a maiden in the other. Audiences loved Flynn?s devil-may-care bravado as much as they admired his athletic grace and astonishing good looks. Filmed in glorious Technicolor, Adventures of Don Juan was Flynn?s first swashbuckler in eight years ? and a glorious reprise it is, directed with gusto by Vincent Sherman. In the title role, Flynn is a wiser, warmer, wittier version of his earlier characters as he rescues the Spanish queen (Viveca Lindfors) from the snares of an evil duke. Oscar?-winning costumes and superb sets (including a knockout grand staircase) create a lavish atmosphere for dalliances with married beauties, narrow dungeon escapes and plenty of duels.

 

Special Features Include:

Commentary by director Vincent Sherman and historian Rudy Behlmer

Warner Night at the Movies 1948 short subjects gallery:

Vintage newsreel

Joe McDoakes comedy short So You Want to Be on the Radio

Oscar-nominated travel short Calgary Stampede

Classic Looney Tunes cartoon Hare Splitter

Trailers of Adventures of Don Juan and 1948?s Silver River

Subtitles: English (Feature Film Only)

 

The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) - Inspired by history and Tennyson?s poem (?Into the valley of Death rode the six hundred?), The Charge of the Light Brigade tells the tale of a band of British Lancers who challenge an army of 25,000 Russians. The film?s highlight: the charge itself, a masterful, pulse-pounding nine minutes of thundering hoofs and flashing sabers that stands up magnificently against any Hollywood action scene of today ? and brought 1936?s Best Assistant Director Oscar? to Jack Sullivan for his staging of the vaunted sequence. Errol Flynn, fresh off his success as Captain Blood, stars as the leader of the 600 horsemen. Olivia de Havilland, his Captain Blood leading lady, co-stars. And legendary composer Max Steiner makes his Warner Bros. debut a memorable one with his stirring, heroic musical score.

 

Special Features Include:

Warner Night at the Movies 1936 Short Subjects Gallery:

Vintage newsreel

Oscar-winning drama short Give Me Liberty

Comedy short Shop Talk with Bob Hope

Classic cartoon Boom Boom

Trailers of The Charge of the Light Brigade and 1936?s Anthony Adverse

Subtitles: English (feature film only)

 

The Dawn Patrol (1938) ? Errol Flynn and David Niven take to the skies in this thrilling aerial action yarn as World War I British flyboys who, whether quaffing down beers or gunning down their German foes, unite in devil-may-care gallantry and in disdain for their commander (Basil Rathbone). But war?s realities will soon tarnish their bonhomie and change their disdain to understanding. They will also become commanders, forced each dawn to send young poorly-trained recruits in patched-up aircraft to certain death. Its superior pacing, performances and style, combined with amazing dogfights above and a haunting indictment of war?s futility below, make The Dawn Patrol a soaring classic of guts and glory.

 

Special Features Include:

Warner Night at the Movies 1938 short subjects gallery:

Vintage newsreel

Musical shorts The Prisoner of Swing and Romance Road

Classic Cartoon What Price Porky?

Trailers of The Dawn Patrol and 1938?s Four?s a Crowd

Subtitles: English & Espa?ol (feature film only)

 

Dive Bomber (1941) ? Dive Bomber is a stirring, authentic Technicolor tale about getting ready for war. Flynn portrays a flight medical researcher and Fred MacMurray plays a squadron commander, flyboys who put differences aside and risk all to confront the problems of blackout-inducing G-forces and high-altitude sickness. Michael Curtiz (Casablanca) directs from a script co-written by aviation pioneer Frank ?Spig? Wead (the biopic subject of John Wayne?s The Wings of Eagles). And destined for wartime greatness was the aircraft carrier seen in several scenes: the USS Enterprise, the nation?s most decorated World War II ship.

 

Special Features Include:

New Featurette Dive Bomber: Keep ?Em in the Air

Theatrical Trailer

Subtitles: English, Fran?ais & Espa?ol (Feature Film Only)

 

Gentleman Jim (1942) ? In one of his biggest box-office hits, Errol Flynn portrays dapper James C. Corbett, whose style in and out of the ring helped bring acceptability to what had been an unsanctioned, back-room sport. The role was a Flynn favorite, and he rigorously schooled himself in the gliding footwork, deft jabbing, feinting and left-hooking that were Corbett trademarks. Raoul Walsh, director of seven Flynn films, balances bravura fisticuffs with family vignettes and flirtatious romance (Alexis Smith is Flynn?s co-star). And Ward Bond plays heavyweight champ, John L. Sullivan, a legendary ring king dethroned by the clever but tough ?Gentleman Jim.?

 

Special Features Include:

Warner Night at the Movies 1942 Short Subjects Gallery:

Vintage Newsreel

Sports shorts Shoot Yourself Some Golf (with Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman) and The Right Timing

Classic Cartoon Foney Fables

Trailers of Gentleman Jim and 1942?s The Male Animal

Audio-Only Bonus: Radio Show Adaptation with Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith and Ward Bond

Subtitles: English & Espa?ol (Feature Film Only)

 

Each DVD will be presented in a format preserving the aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition. All are in Dual-Layer format.

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Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of six films as part of their ?Director?s Showcase? series on 27th March 2007. This second group of films is honoring the powers behind the camera with first-time DVD releases of Prince of the City (2-Disc Special Edition), Payday, Steelyard Blues, Straight Time, Tell Me a Riddle and Whose Life Is It Anyway?

 

Featured directors are Sidney Lumet, John Badham, Ulu Grosbard, Lee Grant, Daryl Duke and Alan Myerson. The films have all-new transfers and include bonus features such as commentaries, featurettes and vintage interviews. Each title will sell individually for $19.97 SRP.

 

Payday (1972)

Rip Torn (Men in Black, The Larry Sanders Show) sings his own songs and gives an indelible performance as Maury, a less-than-first-rank country singer whose fame rises in contrast to the depths to which his soul will sink in satisfying his hedonistic urges. He pushes his entourage to the limit and puts the women around him at odds with each other. With a skilled ensemble cast directed by Daryl Duke, Payday is ?accurate and observant, one of those welcome movies made by people with genuine knowledge of their subject? (John Collis, Time Out Film Guide).

 

DVD Special Features:

Commentary by director Daryl Duke and producer Saul Zaentz

Theatrical trailer

Subtitles: English (feature film only)

 

Prince of the City (2-Disc Special Edition) (1981)

?The first thing a cop learns is that he can?t trust nobody but his partners,? detective Danny Ciello tells an assistant D.A. ?I sleep with my wife but I live with my partners. I will never give them up.? From Robert Daley?s riveting book about New York City police corruption investigations, director/co-writer Sidney Lumet?s film portrays a squad that pays a terrible price when one in its ranks does just that. Treat Williams (as Ciello, inspired by real-life undercover narcotics cop Robert Leuci) leads a terrific ensemble cast which includes Jerry Orbach, Bob Balaban and Lindsay Crouse in a standout performance as Leuci?s wife. This gripping film, which features 130 locations and 126 speaking parts, won Lumet a New York Film Critics Best Director Award and an Oscar nomination (with Jay Presson Allen) for the screenplay.

 

DVD Special Features:

New featurette Prince of the City: The Real Story

Theatrical trailer

Languages: English & Fran?ais (dubbed in Quebec)

Subtitles: English, Fran?ais & Espa?ol (feature film only)

 

Steelyard Blues (1972)

Klute collaborators Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland reunite in a more lighthearted vein for this funny, freewheeling fable from writer David S. Ward and producers Tony Bill and Michael and Julia Phillips, the team behind the same year?s Academy Award-winning* Best Picture The Sting. Alan Myerson directs Fonda as Iris, a good-natured hooker whose clientele includes a Who?s Who of City Hall. But she?s faithful to free-spirited parolee Jesse Veldini (Sutherland), who?s itching to resume his career as a demolition derby driver. Veldini?s return could ruin the reelection campaign of his ambitious DA brother (Howard Hesseman) ? so steps are taken to make the ex-jailbird toe the line. Peter Boyle, John Savage and Garry Goodrow co-star.

 

DVD Special Features:

Vintage featurette Would You Believe? Peter Boyle!

Theatrical trailer

Subtitles: English, Fran?ais & Espa?ol (feature film only)

 

Straight Time (1978)

After years behind bars, Max Dembo faces Straight Time. He hopes it will mean a new life, a job, a place to call home, perhaps even a girl of his own. Instead, it?s a one-way ticket to disaster. Dustin Hoffman plays Max, a freed con trapped by an indifferent criminal system and his self-destructive bent. Before and during production, Hoffman apprenticed himself to Edward Bunker, the ex-con whose book No Beast So Fierce inspired the movie. The resulting experience is intensely real and superbly acted by Hoffman and a terrific ensemble (Theresa Russell, Harry Dean Stanton, Gary Busey, M. Emmet Walsh and Kathy Bates).

 

DVD Special Features:

Commentary by Dustin Hoffman and director Ulu Grosbard

Vintage featurette Straight Time: He Wrote It for Criminals

Theatrical trailer

Languages: English & Fran?ais

Subtitles: English, Fran?ais, Espa?ol, Portugu?s & Chinese (feature film only)

 

Tell Me a Riddle (1980)

Tell Me a Riddle is a tender story of rediscovering love ? and the extraordinary teaming of three Academy Award winners: Melvyn Douglas, Lila Kedrova and Lee Grant in a memorable debut as director. The romance in David (Douglas) and Eva?s (Kedrova) 47-year marriage has faded like the paint on their house. David wants to sell and move into a retirement home; Eva will hear none of it. If time heals all wounds, it must work fast because the memory-haunted Eva hasn?t much time. Maybe a trip to San Francisco will bring change. Perhaps the couple?s granddaughter (Brooke Adams) can help them rekindle a spirit of openness and hope. In this film of Tillie Olsen?s award-winning novella, it?s all in the graceful, thoughtful telling.

 

DVD Special Features:

Theatrical trailer

Languages: English & Fran?ais

Subtitles: English, Fran?ais & Espa?ol (feature film only)

 

Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)

In this searing screen version of the hit Broadway play by Brian Clark, Richard Dreyfuss plays gifted sculptor Ken Harrison -- a hospitalized quadriplegic, jousting with physicians, teasing nurses and striving to persuade hospital authorities and the justice system that he can?t be denied one of the few choices he has left. John Badham directs a compelling cast, including John Cassavetes, Christine Lahti and Bob Balaban.

 

DVD Special Features:

Commentary director John Badham and composer Arthur B. Rubinstein

Theatrical trailer

Subtitles: English (feature film only)

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I'm guessing there will be an Olivia de Havilland collection in the near future since there are trailers for Anthony Adverse, Four's A Crowd, and The Male Animal in the Errol Flynn Set.

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Warner Film Noir Boxset 4 will have 10 films (instead of 5):

 

Act of Violence (MGM, 1949). Cornered (RKO, 1945), Crime Wave (WB, 1954), Decoy (Monogram, 1946), Illegal (WB, 1955), Mystery Street (MGM, 1950), Side Street (MGM, 1950), Tension (MGM, 1950), They Live By Night (RKO, 1949) and Where Danger Lives (RKO, 1950)

Eddie Muller says on his website that he already recorded commentaries for They Live By Night (together with Farley Granger) and Crime Wave (together with James Ellroy)!!

 

No release date given yet

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I have yet to buy any of the film noir sets (only because of budget issues!) but this one sounds really tempting!!

 

I'm also thrilled about the Errol Flynn set.

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Ah, for the days when I was near a Costco and a Costco-carrying customer! I'm in Manrattan and the nearest one is in New Jersey, I think. :(

 

I do a lot of shopping at deepdiscountdvd.com....I should own stock in the company!

 

Miss G

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I looked it up online, but the only one in Queens seems to be up a ways further. It still might be worth the trip one day. Thanks!

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Also try FamilyVideo.com, many of their prices are now cheaper than DDD. Since I buy so many DVD's I shop around online. Many times Amazon will have cheaper prices on boxsets. They were the cheapest for the FRANK CAPRA collection.

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I was at Costco yesterday and they have a special $10 discount off the prices of several Warner Bros. classic films boxsets this week. With the discount, the sets were about $27. The sets I saw were:

 

The John Ford Collection

Tough Guys Collection

Bogart Signature Collection vol. 1

Bogart Signature Collection vol. 2

Thin Man Collection

Busby Berkeley Collection

Broadway to Hollywood Collection

Martin Scorcese Collection

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Seems like we'll be getting some Ginger Rogers next year. I was on Amazon this morning and it seems like The Major and the Minor and Bachelor Mother Will be coming soon. Although the Bundle of Joy was not nearly as good as its predecessor, it would still be nice to have as an extra addition on the Bachelor Mother dvd. That's Dancing is also on the way according to Amazon.

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shearerchic04, What ever happened to The Fox Noir release of 1947's "Boomerang!" with Dana Andrews? It was suppose to be out already.

Any help is appreciated..

 

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Strangely FOX pulled this DVD from release but not until after several copies of this film noir managed to slip out. There is much speculation as to what happened. Some say the DVD was defective, some say there were legal issues. I managed to secure a copy of BOOMERANG and there is absolutely nothing wrong with thiis release. To date, there is no followup information as to when BOOMERANG will be officially released and what the problems were.

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Thanks Edgecliff, I was wondered what happened after seeing it on a Fox flyer included with some of there DVD's ( that were released) Lucky you got a copy, who knows it may become a collectors item.

 

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