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*La Grande Illusion*, the 1937 classic, is coming on Blu-ray in France from Studio Canal. Release date uncertain at this moment.

 

Also without a date and coming from Studio Canal will be *Peeping Tom*, the 1960 film that basically killed Michael Powell's career.

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The *Lord of the Rings* trilogy Blu-ray box set is back on the schedule, now with a date of April 6th. Unfortunately, it looks it will still not be the extended versions, Those will come later. As a matter of fact, there are teasers for them in the extras. Here are the expected extras in the set:

 

Trailers for all three films

 

"The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy Supertrailer

 

Special Extended DVD Edition Preview

 

Welcome to Middle-earth: Houghton Mifflin In-Store Special

 

Quest for the Ring: FOX TV Special

 

A Passage to Middle-earth: SCI-FI Channel Special

 

Academy Nomination

 

Epic Oscar

 

Enya "May It Be" Music Video

 

Special Extended DVD Edition Preview

 

Behind the Scenes Preview of "The Two Towers"

 

On the Set "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"

 

Starz Encore Special:Return to Middle-earth: WB Special

 

"The Long and Short of It" A Short Film Directed by Sean Astin

 

The Making of "The Long and Short of It"

 

Emiliana Torrini "Gollum's Song" Music Video

 

Special Extended DVD Edition Preview

 

Behind the Scenes Preview of "The Return of the King"

 

"The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest" Game Trailer

 

The Quest Fulfilled: A Director's Vision

 

A Filmmaker's Journey: Making "The Return of the King"

 

National Geographic Special - "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"

 

Featurettes:: Finding Hobbiton, Hobbiton Comes Alive, Believing the World of Bree, Ringwraiths: The Fallen Kings, Rivendell: The Elven Refuge, Languages of Middle-earth, Two Wizards, Music of Middle-earth, Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Ian McKellen, Weathertop: The Windy Hill, Forces of Darkness,Designing the Sounds of Middle-earth, Edoras: The Rohan Capital, Creatures of Middle-earth, Gandalf the White, Arms and Armor, The Battle of Helm's Deep, Bringing Gollum to Life, Aragorn's Destiny, Minas Tirith: Capital of Gondor, The Battle of Pelennor Fields, Samwise the Brave, ?owyn: White Lady of Rohan, Digital Horse, Doubles, Two Theatrical Trailers, TV Spots, Heart/Frodo, Every Path, Test, Aragorn, Time, Every Step, Sword, Decided, Time Review, Decided Review, Step Golden Globes, Globe Nominations, New Epic Globe

 

TV spots

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I've mentioned about a month or so ago that Eureka is releasing the Blu-ray edition of F.W. Murnau's *City Girl* in the UK (it is region free so will play here in the U.S.). Eureka has updated their website to highlight the film with various rotating photos from the production. They issued the Sunrise Blu-ray and this looks like another winner from them.

 

Here's the link: http://www.eurekavideo.co.uk/moc/catalogue/city-girl/

 

Coincidentally, Eureka just been chosen as the "Label of the Year" over Disney and others:

 

Eureka Entertainment's Masters of Cinema series has been chosen as the ?Label of the Year' in the latest February 2010 edition of the British AV magazine Home Cinema Choice. The Masters of Cinema release of F.W. Murnau's 'Sunrise' was also chosen as ?Best Remastering' for its Blu-ray version released in September 2009.

 

Other nominees were Walt Disney's Platinum/Diamond Editions and Optimum's Studio Canal Collection.

 

Home Cinema Choice said in its announcement: ?From contemporary Asian cinema to silent 1920s classics, Eureka's Masters of Cinema Series is a cinephile's dream come true.?

 

The Masters of Cinema Series was founded in 2004. The first Blu-ray in the series ('Mad Detective') was released in November 2008.

 

?We lavish a great amount of time and energy on every release, born from our enthusiasm for, our love of, and our allegiance to the cinema? said Nick Wrigley, Masters of Cinema Production Director. We're very lucky that many of our supporters confidently ?blind buy' our new releases safe in the knowledge that we care about the films' presentation as much as they do.?

 

Forthcoming Blu-ray releases for 2010 include 'Une femme mari?e', Fritz Lang's 'M' ? and the bold move of releasing Murnau's 'City Girl' - the first classic film to be released exclusively on Blu-ray in the UK.

 

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=3911

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According to DigitalBits, Criterion is going to release Nicholas Ray's BIGGER THAN LIFE in Blu Ray in early March. Apparently they licensed this title from Fox. Its a terrific film with a great performance by James Mason. Didn't think Fox was interested in licensing any of their library. Never thought this film would make it to DVD nor for that fact Blu Ray.

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According to DigitalBits, Criterion is going to release Nicholas Ray's BIGGER THAN LIFE in Blu Ray in early March. Apparently they licensed this title from Fox. Its a terrific film with a great performance by James Mason. Didn't think Fox was interested in licensing any of their library. Never thought this film would make it to DVD nor for that fact Blu Ray.

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Part of an interview George Feltenstein did recently (I love the bit where says: Feltenstein claims that the media has "spun paranoia" about the future of home video saying that "DVD is dying and Blu-ray is threatening. *In Feltenstein's opinion, "Blu-ray is the greatest thing ever invented"* and the only thing that can make DVD die "is people going on TV saying it is dying." )

 

*Feltenstein: WB Spent $6 Million Restoring Classics for Blu-ray*

 

In a recent interview, George Feltenstein, senior vice president for theatrical catalog marketing at Warner Home Video, has stated that the studio spent "more than six million dollars" to bring 'Woodstock', 'The Wizard of Oz', 'North by Northwest' and 'Gone with the Wind' to Blu-ray. "We're biting the bullet and bringing classics to Blu-ray so we can broaden the base."

 

Feltenstein also revealed: "We're devoting our marketing efforts and our resources and staff on the retail level" to these releases, "primarily driven by the fact that these are making their debut on Blu-ray."

 

Feltenstein raised the chicken-and-egg issue of format adoption and catalog width: "My problem with Blu-ray is that the kind of movies I love are not available on Blu-ray, and they're not going to be available on Blu-ray until the player base gets bigger, and that's why we're biting the bullet and bringing classics to Blu-ray so we can broaden the base. So the news overall is really quite positive."

 

The executive also laments that "people buying at the retail level, they don't know who these people [actors from the Golden Age of Cinema] are, they think an old classic movie is 'The Silence of the Lambs'". However, he admits his share of responsability regarding the current situation of catalog titles, because he was behind releasing movie collections on DVD: "Buy the film noirs [collection], get five movies for $35... And now we're coming out with a [Warner Archive] movie, it's 20 bucks, so I see why some people don't understand... But ten years ago, people would pay $30 for a movie, they'd pay a fortune for a laserdisc, so it's really all perception."

 

Feltenstein claims that the media has "spun paranoia" about the future of home video saying that "DVD is dying and Blu-ray is threatening. In Feltenstein's opinion, "Blu-ray is the greatest thing ever invented" and they only thing that can make DVD die "is people going on TV saying it is dying."

 

The Warner executive considers himself "a film enthusiast of the highest order" and says that he reads "everything that people say on the boards." His experience is that "people don't go on the Internet to say, 'I just bought the 'Forbidden Hollywood' William Wellman set, and I just loved it.' But they'll be running to say, 'Oh my God, there was a scratch on frame three of scene five' ? these people are obsessed with trying to find something wrong."

 

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=3912&page=

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from the rumor mill at digitalbits.com:

 

So let's start with what we think are the most exciting developments first. Based on information gathered from scores of industry sources over the last few months, we have strong reason to believe that Lucasfilm and Paramount are planning to bow the classic *Indiana Jones Trilogy* on Blu-ray in 2010, followed by at least some or all of the *Star Wars* films in 2011 (either the classic or prequel trilogies... or possibly even the long-awaited complete saga box set). As we've already been reporting for a while now, Fox's *Alien Anthology* box set is also due in 2010. And with the two Hobbit films due in 2011 and 2012, it's reasonable to assume that *The Lord of the Rings: Extended Editions* will be out on Blu-ray by the end of 2012 as well. One can also expect that the studios are going to try to capitalize on the DVD/3-D Blu-ray release of James Cameron's *Avatar* (sometime next year) to bow other Cameron catalog films in HD, so possibilities could include *The Abyss, True Lies* and even *Titanic.* What's more, in addition to the Indy films, our sources say that you're very likely to see key additional Spielberg catalog films arrive on Blu-ray in 2010 and 2011, as the director is a major supporter of the format. Word is that *Jaws, the Jurassic Park films, War of the Worlds, Minority Report and Saving Private Ryan* are all possible suspects. We also know that *Apollo 13* is coming to BD early next year from Universal (April will be the 40th anniversary of the original NASA mission), and with the original *Back to the Future* film celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2010, don't be surprised to see at least one (if not all) of those films as well. And that doesn't even begin to include all of the vintage classics being prepared by Warner, Sony and other studios for BD release - including *Ben-Hur, The African Queen, Lawrence of Arabia* and others - nor the classic Disney animated features already announced for release in 2010 and beyond. Bottom line... the next few years are going to be HUGE for major catalog titles on Blu-ray. So start saving up your money now, folks.

 

http://www.thedigitalbits.com/rumormill.html

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Here are full details of the upcoming Criterion DVD and Blu-ray releases for March.

 

_ON BLU-RAY_

 

*DAYS OF HEAVEN* (March 23, 2010)

? New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Terrence Malick, editor Billy Weber, and camera operator John Bailey

? New Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack

? Audio commentary featuring Weber, art director Jack Fisk, costume designer Patricia Norris, and casting director Dianne Crittenden

? New video interviews with cinematographers Haskell Wexler and Bailey

? PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critic Adrian Martin and director of photography Nestor Almendros

 

*YOJIMBO* (March 23)

? All-new, restored high-definition digital transfer

? Optional Dolby Digital 3.0 soundtrack, preserving the original Perspecta simulated-stereo effects

? Audio commentary by film historian and Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince

? A 45-minute documentary on the making of Yojimbo, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create

? Theatrical trailer and teaser

? Stills gallery of behind-the-scenes photos

? New and improved English subtitle translation

? PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Alexander Sesonske and notes from Kurosawa and his cast and crew

 

*SANJURO* (March 23)

? All-new, restored high-definition digital transfer

? Optional Dolby Digital 3.0 soundtrack, preserving the original Perspecta simulated-stereo effects

? Audio commentary by film historian and Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince

? A 35-minute documentary on the making of Sanjuro, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create

? Theatrical trailer and teaser

? Stills gallery of behind-the-scenes photos

? New and improved English subtitle translation

? PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Sragow and notes and statements from Kurosawa and his cast and crew

(There will also be a box set of Sanjuro and Yojimbo together)

 

_ON DVD AND BLU-RAY:_

 

*BIGGER THAN LIFE* (Blu-ray and DVD)(March 23rd)

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

? Audio commentary featuring critic Geoff Andrew (The Films of Nicholas Ray)

? Profile of Nicholas Ray (1977), a half-hour television interview with the director

? New video appreciation of Bigger Than Life with author Jonathan Lethem (Chronic City)

? New video interview with Susan Ray, the director?s widow and editor of the book I Was Interrupted: Nicholas Ray on Making Movies

? Theatrical trailer

? PLUS: An essay by film writer B. Kite

 

 

 

_ON DVD:_

 

*DILLINGER IS DEAD* (March 16th)

? New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director of photography Mario Vulpiani

? New video interviews with actor Michel Piccoli and Italian film historian Adriano Apr?

? Excerpts from a 1997 roundtable discussion about director Marco Ferreri, with filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci and Francesco Rosi and film historian Aldo Tassone, including clips of interviews with Ferreri

? Theatrical trailer

? New and improved subtitle translation

? PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Joshua Rowin and a selection of reprinted interviews with Ferreri

 

*LETTERS FROM FONTAINHAS: THREE FILMS BY PEDRO COSTA*

DIRECTOR-APPROVED FOUR-DVD SET:

? New, restored high-definition digital transfer of Ossos, supervised by director Pedro Costa; new digital transfers of In Vanda?s Room and Colossal Youth

? New video conversations between Costa and filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin about Ossos and Colossal Youth

? Audio commentary for In Vanda?s Room featuring Costa and Gorin

? Selected-scene audio commentary by critic Cyril Neyrat and author-philosopher Jacques Ranci?re for Colossal Youth

? Video interviews with critic Jo?o B?nard da Costa and cinematographer Emmanuel Machuel about Ossos

? Video essay by artist Jeff Wall on Ossos

? All Blossoms Again, a feature-length documentary on Costa and the making of Colossal Youth

? Tarrafal and The Rabbit Hunters, two short films by Costa

? Little Boy Male, Little Girl Female, a video installation piece by Costa featuring outtakes from In Vanda?s Room and Colossal Youth

? Photographs by Mariana Viegas and Richard Dumas

? Theatrical trailers

? New and improved English subtitle translations of all the films

? PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by critics Cyril Neyrat, Luc Sante, Thom Andersen, and Mark Peranson, as well as a reprint by Bernard Eisenschitz

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As mentioned a little while ago, Studio Canal (released here through Lion's Gate) is releasing the classic British comedy, *The Ladykillers*, on Blu-ray (listed as The Lady Killers on the cover and on Amazon) on Feb. 16th here in the U.S..

 

classicflix.com has just posted artwork of the cover (while it is closer to the original poster art, I'd rather they had gone with photos):

 

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Extras include:

 

Introduction by filmmaker Terry Gilliam

 

Audio commentary by film historian and The Ladykillers expert Philip Kemp

 

?Forever Ealing? - documentary on the famed British studio

 

Interviews with British filmmakers Allan Scott and Terence Davies and writer Ronald Harwood on the film

 

BD-Live (includes bonus interview with British filmmaker James Mangold)

 

PLUS: 20-page collectible booklet

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Kino to release *Metropolis* and *Battleship Potemkin* on Blu-ray on 2010.

 

Also, some of the following titles have already been mentioned here for future Blu release but there are some new items:

 

Indiana Jones Trilogy (Steven Spielberg, 1981-1989)

Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg, 1999)

Shrek (Vicky Jenson & Andrew Adamson, 2001)

Shrek 2 (Kelly Asbury, Andrew Adamson and Conrad Vernon, 2004)

Absolute Power (Clint Eastwood, 1997)

Kelly's Heroes (Brian Hutton, 1970)

Excalibur (John Boorman, 1981)

The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941)

Mars Attacks! (Tim Burton, 1996)

National Lampoon's Vacation (Harold Ramis, 1983)

National Lampoon's European Vacation (Amy Heckerling, 1985)

The Rookie (Clint Eastwood, 1990)

Where Eagles Dare (Brian Hutton, 1968)

 

Edited by: filmlover on Dec 20, 2009 10:45 AM

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This is great news about *Metropolis* coming to Blu-Ray next year! I have been holding off on buying the Kino DVD that came out in 2002, due to the fact of the film being found in Argentina, which is getting the premiere at the TCM festival in April. Was there any indication of the exact date that it is coming out or is that still being determined by Kino?

 

~Donna

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*"You're the detective. Don't ask me for answers."*

*~ Jarvis Goodland (Ray Milland) ~ Columbo: The Greenhouse Jungle*

 

*"I never discuss business before dinner."*

*~Jean Lafitte (Fredric March) ~ The Buccaneer (1938)*

 

*"Having some trouble Mr. DA?"*

*~Joe Lilac (Dana Andrews) ~ Ball of Fire (1942)*

 

*"If you're not gonna electrocute me on the spot, I think I'll run along."*

*~Joel Sloane (Robert Montgomery) ~ Fast and Loose (1939)*

 

*"This is the way I like to do business. Quickly and to the point."*

*~Britt Reid/The Green Hornet (Van Williams) ~ The Green Hornet: Trouble for Prince Charming*

 

*"What are you smoking, Matthews? Cornsilk?"*

*~Boston **** (Chester Morris) ~ Boston **** and the Law (1946)*

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classicflix.com has announced the upcoming release of a few new DVD titles from VCI for March 30th:

 

Sea Devils - with Yvonne De Carlo and Rock Hudson.

 

http://www.classicflix.com/devils-1953-march-a-637.html?osCsid=7d329c491ca814a5c241f093a0756d4b

 

A Sabu double-feature: Savage Drums and Jungle Hell.

 

http://www.classicflix.com/sabu-double-feature-savage-drums-jungle-hell-march-a-638.html

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There is speculation going on regarding new releases on DVD and/or Blu-ray based on a New Year's card that Criterion has issued:

 

from Blu-ray.com:

 

The Criterion Collection asked resident ?wacky? artist, Jason Polan, to help them ring in the New Year. The result is a cryptic e-card that features numerous obscure references to upcoming titles. Members of the blu-ray.com forum and other boards have tried to decipher the clues and concluded that the studio will soon release such titles as Fritz Lang's 'M', Powell and Pressburger's 'The Red Shoes', and Visconti's 'The Leopard'.

 

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Here is the list of hints and what they may refer to:

Desert drawn in red: 'The Red Desert' (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964)

Locusts: 'Days of Heaven' (Terrence Malick, 1978) (announced for March 23)

Hotel sign: 'Vivre sa vie' (Jean-Luc Godard, 1962)

Big Baby: 'Colossal Youth' (Pedro Costa, 2006)

Direction signs:

Germany, Rome, Po Valley: 'Roberto Rossellini's War Trilogy' (announced only on standard definition)

The Idlewild Home For Ladies: unknown

Paris, Texas: 'Paris, Texas' (announced for January 26)

Leopard: 'The Leopard' (Luchino Visconti, 1963)

Woman: 'Lola Mont?s' (Max Oph?ls, 1955) (announced for February 16)

Che T-Shirt: 'Che' (Steven Soderbergh, 2008) (announced for January 19)

Pitcher: 'Bigger than Life' (announced for March 23)

Samurai with blue sword: 'Seven Samurai', 'Yojimbo' and 'Sanjuro' (Akira Kurosawa, 1954-1962) (two of them announced for March 23)

Red dancing shoes on samurai: 'The Red Shoes' (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1948)

Feather: 'The Four Feathers' (Zoltan Korda, 1939)

Man riding bike: 'Close-Up' (Abbas Kiarostami, 1990) and/or 'Ride with the Devil' (Ang Lee, 1999)

M mark on man's sleeve: 'M' (Fritz Lang, 1931)

Contraption on ground: 'Summer Hours' (Olivier Assayas, 1998)

Dog-headed man: 'By Brakhage' (Stan Brakhage, 1954-2001)

Tree stump and axe: 'Revanche' (G?tz Spielmann, 2008) (announced for February 16)

 

Note that all of the above is sheer speculation. Note also that, even if the guesses are correct, some of the titles may be released in standard definition only and not on Blu-ray.

 

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=3973

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Updating some items already known:

 

Doctor Zhivago will have a May 4th release on Blu-ray from WB, and it will indeed be a digibook release with a 44-page booklet.

 

from blu-ray.com:

 

Warner Home Video has set a May 4 date for the release of 'Doctor Zhivago: 45th Anniversary Edition '. As previously reported (see blu-ray.com, December 10, 2009), the Blu-ray of this David Lean movie will come in a Digibook with a 44-page booklet, and will also exclusively include a CD sampler with eight selections from the soundtrack that won Maurice Jarre his second Oscar.

 

 

Special features include:

 

Doctor Zhivago: A Celebration (all-new production) li>Commentary by Omar Sharif, Rod Steiger and Lady Sandra Lean (wife of David Lean)

 

Introduction by Omar Sharif

 

Doctor Zhivago: The Making of a Russian Epic

 

Vintage Featurettes

 

Zhivago: Behind the Camera with David Lean

 

David Lean's Film of Doctor Zhivago

 

Moscow in Madrid

 

Pasternak

 

New York Press Interviews Omar Sharif

 

New York Press Interviews Julie Christie

 

Geraldine Chaplin Screen Test

 

This is Omar Sharif

 

This is Julie Christie

 

This is Geraldine Chaplin

 

Chaplin in New York

 

Trailer

 

8-Song CD Soundtrack Sampler of the Oscar?-winning score (BD-exclusive)

 

?We're very excited about this meticulous new restoration from Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging and, in particular, how incredible Doctor Zhivago will look on Blu-ray,? said George Feltenstein, WHV's Senior Vice President, Theatrical Catalog Marketing. ?The qualities that have kept the film so vital and popular all these years ? the sweeping love story, the gorgeous vistas and unforgettable imagery ? are all dramatically enhanced through the unprecedented technical capabilities of Blu-ray. The result is not only breathtakingly beautiful to look at but also provides a magnificent aural experience with Zhivago's highly-lauded sound mix presented with unprecedented clarity and dimension.?

 

WHV had stopped sales of the previous DVD edition of this movie in September 7 in preparation of this new release (see blu-ray.com, August 7, 2009).

 

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=4017

 

And from France, here is an updated list of some of the releases expected on Blu in 2010:

 

_April:_

Kelly's Heroes (Warner)

Where Eagles Dare (Warner)

 

_May:_

Armageddon (Disney/Touchstone)

Grand Prix (Warner)

A Star Is Born (Warner)

Thelma and Louise (MGM)

 

_June:_

Absolute Power (Warner)

Fistful of Dollars (MGM)

For a Few Dollars More (MGM)

Hang 'em High (MGM)

The Magnificent Seven (MGM)

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935 and 1962 versions) (Warner)

Road to Perdition (Fox)

The Rookie (Warner)

Shrek (Dreamworks)

Shrek 2 (Dreamworks)

 

October:

The Exorcist (Warner)

Forbidden Planet (Warner)

Mars Attacks! (Warner)

One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest ? Ultimate Collector's Edition (Warner)

 

November:

Excalibur (Warner)

The Maltese Falcon (Warner)

Three Kings (Warner)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Warner)

 

December

2001, a Space Odyssey ? Ultimate Collector's Edition (Warner)

The Last of the Mohicans (Warner)

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More news from blu-ray.com...*The African Queen* will street on March 23rd.

 

...To ensure that the restored picture matched the filmmakers' original vision, Paramount arranged a screening of an MPAA archive print for the film's original cinematographer, Academy Award winner Jack Cardiff, whose comments were recorded live during the screening. That same archival print was later screened alongside the newly restored version so that the restoration team could ensure that all of Cardiff's notes had been addressed. The result is a vibrant, warm picture that reverentially recreates the film as it was originally meant to be seen.

 

The African Queen will be available as a single disc Blu-ray and also in a Commemorative Limited Edition Blu-ray box set.

 

Special features are as follows:

 

Embracing Chaos: Making The African Queen--This comprehensive documentary takes a look back at the production with commentary about the cast, the challenges of the filming locations and how the spectacular cinematography impacted the industry overall. Includes on-camera interviews with notable Hollywood icons, critics and crew members from the film including Martin Scorsese, Tony Huston, Richard Schickel and more, plus never-before-seen archival images and home movie footage provided by the estate of cinematographer Jack Cardiff.

 

The Commemorative, Limited-Edition Blu-ray box set includes the above along with:

 

An audio disc with a recording of the Lux Radio Theater presents The African Queen radio broadcast

 

A Senitype? film frame collectible reproduction

 

Collectible postcards featuring reproductions of images related to the film

 

A reproduction of Katharine Hepburn's out-of-print memoir The Making of The African Queen or How I Went to Africa with Bogart, Bacall and Huston and Almost Lost My Mind

 

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=4018

 

I would expect there will be a DVD release,too.

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> {quote:title=filmlover wrote:}{quote}

> There is speculation going on regarding new releases on DVD and/or Blu-ray based on a New Year's card that Criterion has issued:

>

> from Blu-ray.com:

>

> The Criterion Collection asked resident wacky artist, Jason Polan, to help them ring in the New Year. The result is a cryptic e-card that features numerous obscure references to upcoming titles. Members of the blu-ray.com forum and other boards have tried to decipher the clues and concluded that the studio will soon release such titles as Fritz Lang's 'M', Powell and Pressburger's 'The Red Shoes', and Visconti's 'The Leopard'.

>

> 4235016079_db0e7fed80.jpg

>

> Here is the list of hints and what they may refer to:

> Desert drawn in red: 'The Red Desert' (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964)

> Locusts: 'Days of Heaven' (Terrence Malick, 1978) (announced for March 23)

> Hotel sign: 'Vivre sa vie' (Jean-Luc Godard, 1962)

> Big Baby: 'Colossal Youth' (Pedro Costa, 2006)

> Direction signs:

> Germany, Rome, Po Valley: 'Roberto Rossellini's War Trilogy' (announced only on standard definition)

> The Idlewild Home For Ladies: unknown

> Paris, Texas: 'Paris, Texas' (announced for January 26)

> Leopard: 'The Leopard' (Luchino Visconti, 1963)

> Woman: 'Lola Mont?s' (Max Oph?ls, 1955) (announced for February 16)

> Che T-Shirt: 'Che' (Steven Soderbergh, 2008) (announced for January 19)

> Pitcher: 'Bigger than Life' (announced for March 23)

> Samurai with blue sword: 'Seven Samurai', 'Yojimbo' and 'Sanjuro' (Akira Kurosawa, 1954-1962) (two of them announced for March 23)

> Red dancing shoes on samurai: 'The Red Shoes' (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1948)

> Feather: 'The Four Feathers' (Zoltan Korda, 1939)

> Man riding bike: 'Close-Up' (Abbas Kiarostami, 1990) and/or 'Ride with the Devil' (Ang Lee, 1999)

> M mark on man's sleeve: 'M' (Fritz Lang, 1931)

> Contraption on ground: 'Summer Hours' (Olivier Assayas, 1998)

> Dog-headed man: 'By Brakhage' (Stan Brakhage, 1954-2001)

> Tree stump and axe: 'Revanche' (G?tz Spielmann, 2008) (announced for February 16)

>

> Note that all of the above is sheer speculation. Note also that, even if the guesses are correct, some of the titles may be released in standard definition only and not on Blu-ray.

>

> http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=3973

>

The Idlewild Home For Ladies could be a reference to IF I HAD A MILLION (1932).

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classicflix.com has announced WB is issuing new WB cartoon collections, this time under the individual character on April 27. The good news is they report these cartoons are all new to DVD:

 

Bugs Bunny - Hare Extraordinaire

 

No Parking Hare

Jack Rabbit and the Beanstalk

Hold the Lion Please

What?s Cookin? Doc?

Which is Witch?

Mutiny on the Bunny

Bushy Hare

Hare We Go

Rabbit Every Monday

Fair Haired Hare

Foxy by Proxy

Hare Lift

Upswept Hare

Hare Trimmed

Robot Rabbit

 

Daffy Duck - Frustrated Fowl

 

Tick Tock Tuckered

Ain?t That Ducky

Nasty Quacks

Daffy Doodles

Along Came Daffy

The Prize Pest

Quack Shot

The High and the Flighty

Boston Quackie

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