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Disney's Blu-ray release of Dumbo has been moved to February 2011. Beauty and the Beast is still due for October 2010. Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 will be in December of this year. The Lion King is expected for October of 2011.


While Dumbo has been delayed for U.S. release, there will be, apparently, releases still in Mexico (Feb. 12), France (Feb.17), Germany (March 11), the UK (March 22), and Spain (March 24).

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A new set:


*The Barbara Stanwyck Collection* - Universal Backlot Series (All I Desire / The Bride Wore Boots / The Great Man's Lady / Internes Can't Take Money / The Lady Gambles / There's Always Tomorrow)


release date: April 27



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I've been away a few days in Vegas and so am catching up witht he postings now. WB announced a *Charlie Chan* set from Warner Bros. (something I mention in my personal WB tour with George Feltenstein in the General Discussion forum).


Infinity is releasing for March 16th *Gale Storm: America's Sweetheart Collection*, a three-DVD set that contains Tom Brown's School Days (1940), Uncle Joe (1941), Jesse James at Bay (1941), City of Missing Girls (1941), Let's Go Collegiate (1941), Lure of the Islands (1942), Gambling Daughters (1941) & Rhythm Parade (1942). One problem, though, is that these are public domain releases, and could be weak in quality. Read more here: http://www.classicflix.com/gale-storm-americas-sweetheart-collection-march-a-665.html


On the Blu-ray front, WB will be releasing a single-disc version of *The Wizard of Oz* on March 26th. It had been available in Wal-Mart for a time, but now will be released wide. It has anumber of features, but the full 3-disc edition is the way for true fans to go. http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=4150


*Saving Private Ryan* is announced for Blu with a release date of May 4th. http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=4138


Criterion will be issuing Essential Art House DVDs of *8 1/2, Loves of a Blonde, Brief Encounter, Floating Weeds, Kapo,* and *Jules and Jim* on April 13th, They will also issue *Essential Art House: Volume 5* box set, which contains these six titles. http://www.criterion.com/library/dvd/essential/soon/expanded/spine_number

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May listings: http://www.criterion.com/library/bluray/criterion/soon/expanded/sort_spine_number


*Stagecoach* on DVD and Blu-ray May 25th






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

Audio commentary by noted western authority Jim Kitses

Bucking Broadway (1917), a fifty-four-minute silent western by John Ford, with new music by Donald Sosin

Extensive video interview with Ford from 1968

New video interview with Dan Ford, biographer and grandson of the director, about Ford?s home movies

New video interview with filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich

New video essay by writer Tag Gallagher

New video feature about Monument Valley

New video interview with stunt coordinator Vic Armstrong about Stagecoach?s stuntman Yakima Canutt

Radio dramatization of Stagecoach from 1949

Theatrical trailer

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by David Cairns and the short story that inspired the film


*M* on Blu-ray May 18th




Restored high-definition digital transfer (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)

The long-lost English-language version of M (on the Blu-ray edition)

Audio commentary by German film scholars Anton Kaes, author of the BFI Film Classics volume on M, and Eric Rentschler, author of The Ministry of Illusion: Nazi Cinema and Its Afterlife

Documentary on the physical history of M, from production to distribution to digital restoration

Conversation with Fritz Lang, a 50-minute film by William Friedkin

Claude Chabrol?s M le Maudit, a short film inspired by M, plus an interview with Chabrol by Pierre-Henri Gibert about Lang?s filmmaking techniques

Classroom audiotapes of editor Paul Falkenberg discussing M and its history, set to clips from the film

Video interview with Harold Nebenzal, the son of M producer Seymour Nebenzal

Stills gallery, with behind-the-scenes photos, and production sketches by art director Emil Hasler

Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Stanley Kauffmann, a 1963 interview with Lang, the script for a missing scene, and contemporaneous newspaper articles


*Walkabout* on DVD and Blu-ray May 18th


New, restored high-definition digital transfer, from a newly manufactured restoration element (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)

Audio commentary featuring director Nicolas Roeg and actress Jenny Agutter

Video interviews with Agutter and actor Luc Roeg

Gulpilil?One Red Blood (2002), an hour-long documentary on the life and career of actor David Gulpilil

Theatrical trailer

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by author Paul Ryan


*By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two* on Blu-ray May 25th


*Oshima's Outlaw Sixites* on DVD May 18th

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from digitalbits.com:




Warner has also announced a new Gone with the Wind: The Scarlett Edition Blu-ray set due on 4/13 (the same day as the new Gone with the Wind: Making of a Legend documentary arrives on DVD). This new Blu-ray is a 3-disc set (2 BD-50s & 1 DVD-18 - SRP $49.99) replicating exactly all the disc-based contents of the 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition box set, just without the oversized box, book and all the swag. This, in other words, is the discs-only edition that should have been available same day, and lots of people were upset was absent from the release.



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The same date will also bring the 1952 British film Island of Desire (aka Saturday Island) with Linda Darnell and Tab Hunter.


Does anyone know if this was ever release this part January 26? A checked a couple of places, and they have no information.

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from classicflix.com:


Olive Films is about to make a big splash in the shrinking pool that are classic film releases on standard DVD (not DVD-R).


In new territory for the online retailer/wholesaler, Olive has confirmed that they have licensed 27 films (below) from the Paramount library. Release dates are not solid yet, but they hope to have the first batch out by June.


After June, the schedule should be three to four per month, with a ballpark of 20 out by years end.


Stay tuned for more details...


Rope of Sand (1949)

Union Station (1950)

Dark City (1950)

Appointment with Danger (1951)

My Favorite Spy (1951)

Off Limits (1953)

Knock on Wood (1954)

The Mountain (1956)

The Savage Innocents (1960)

On the Double (1961)

Summer and Smoke (1961)

Escape from Zahrain (1962)

Where Love Has Gone (1964)

Crack in the World (1965)

Harlow (1965)

Sands of the Kalahari (1965)

Promise Her Anything (1965)

Hurry Sundown (1967)

Skidoo (1968)

Riot (1969)

Tropic of Cancer (1970)

WUSA (1970)

Hannie Caulder (1971)

Such Good Friends (1971)

Fear Is the Key (1972)

Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough (1975)

Face to Face (Ansikte mot ansikte) (1976)




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*Spartacus - 50th Anniversary Edition* is coming to Blu-ray May 25th and will have these features:


Deleted Scenes

Interview with Peter Ustinov

Interview with Jean Simmons

Behind-the-Scenes Footage

Vintage Newsreels

Theatrical Trailer

Production Stills

Concept Art

Costume Designs

Saul Bass Storyboards

Posters & Print Ads

My Scenes

BD Live




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*Warners Unleashes _Clash of the Titans_ (1981) on Hits Blu-Ray!*



By David Wharton


Cinema Blend



With Warners' big-budget _Clash of the Titans_ remake set to unleash the Kraken on a new generation of moviegoers this April, is anybody really surprised that the Harryhausen-infused original is arriving on Blu-ray a month before? Hitting stands March 2nd, the 1981 classic is coming out as a "Blu-ray book," which is exactly what it sounds like -- a shiny new Blu-ray version of the film packaged along with a book filled with art and production notes.





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This was another piece of news I had to sit on from the WB visit with George Feltenstein but can now list since it had been made public here on TCM.com:




Honoring the gripping masterpiece that marked Judy Garland?s triumphant return to the screen, A Star is Born (1954) will reveal its stunning restoration by Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging (MPI) when it debuts on Blu-ray Disc June 22, 2010 from Warner Home Video (SRP $34.99) in a dazzling 2-disc book format with 40 pages of gorgeous photography, film history and more.



Winner of two Golden Globes* (Best Actress, Judy Garland and Best Actor, James Mason) and nominated for six Academy Awards?, this powerfully moving and glamorous story reawakens when it arrives on Blu-ray Disc for the very first time. Offering the best possible way to see the film at home, the Blu-ray release will also feature impressive bonus content including alternate takes, deleted scenes, excerpts from Garland?s audio recording sessions, a collectible book of rare photos, press materials and an illuminating essay by film historian John Fricke. The film will also be released as a Deluxe Special Edition 2-Disc DVD and will be available day and date on Video on Demand from cable and satellite providers and for electronic download from online retailers including Amazon Video on Demand.



Famously reconstructed in the early eighties under the leadership of late film historian Ronald Haver, MPI has meticulously preserved and restored Haver?s 176-minute version of A Star is Born to its original luster, bringing back the brilliant, saturated colors and crisp picture. Using cutting edge digital restoration tools, MPI removed heavy chemical staining that affected several portions of the film and utilized an ultra-resolution recombine process to correct the heavily damaged sections. Without this painstaking preservation, the fragile negative stock in which the film was created would surely be near extinction.


?Our colleagues at MPI have not only done a phenomenal job in restoring the impeccable visual style of this great motion picture, but through their work, they have also ensured the survival of this cinematic treasure,? said George Feltenstein, senior vice president, theatrical catalog marketing, Warner Home Video. ?The unparalleled superiority of Blu-ray combined with one of the best musical dramas ever made, come together to create an unforgettable home entertainment experience that is now preserved for the ages.?




A Star is Born triumphed anew in 1983 after archivist/historian Ronald Haver spent months ransacking studio vaults to spearhead a reclamation of George Cukor?s original edit, ultimately funded by Warner Bros. He located the entire 181-minute soundtrack, along with footage for three lost musical numbers and portions of the deleted dialogue scenes. Where no film existed, Haver used stills-over-track for transition and only slightly trimmed the audio when photographic coverage for some sequences was deemed inadequate. Haver?s A Star is Born debuted at the sold-out New York Radio City Music Hall on July 7, 1983, with James Mason, Sid Luft, and Garland?s daughters Lorna Luft and Liza Minnelli in attendance. Cukor, who had died six months before, was extolled from the stage by Fay Kanin, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which had encouraged Haver on his search and co-sponsored the screening. It is Haver?s assemblage of the picture that is presented in Warner Home Video?s June 2010 release on Blu-ray and DVD.



A Star is Born (1954) 2-Disc Deluxe Special Edition Blu-ray Book Enhanced Content:


Introduction: Run time 3:01


The Man That Got Away - Pink Dress: Run time 5:11 - Additional Take


The Man that Got Away - Brown Dress #1: Run time 4:49 - Additional Take


The Man that Got Away - Brown Dress #2: Run time 4:24 - Additional Take


The Man that Got Away - Brown Dress #3: Run time 4:00 - Additional Take


The Man That Got Away - Brown Dress #4: Run time 4:00 - Additional Take


Here's What I'm here For - Alternate Take: Run time 2:36 - Additional Take


Lose That Long Face - Alternate Take: Run time 4:55 - Additional Take


Trinidad Coconut Oil Shampoo - Alternate Take: Run time 1:24 - Additional Take


When My Sugar Walks Down the Street - Outtake: Run time 0:58 - Additional Take


Suicide Scene - Alternate Take: Run time 2:15 - Additional Take


Film Effects Reel: Run time 0:54


A Report by Jack L. Warner: Run time 6:24 - Vintage Featurette


Huge Premiere Hails 'A Star is Born' Newsreel Montage: Run time 7:49 - Vintage Featurette


'A Star is Born' Premiere in Cinemascope: Run time 2:05


Pantages Premiere TV Special: Run time 29:30 - Vintage Featurette


A Star is Bored (1956 WB Cartoon): Run time 7:00


A Star is Born (1937): Run time 2:46 - Trailer


A Star is Born (1954): Run time 3:52 - Trailer


A Star is Born (1976): Run time 3:46 - Trailer


Audio Vault - Oliver on the Phone with the Director Discussing Norman - Outtakes: Run time 2:00 - Audio Only


Audio Vault - Norman and Esther on the Roof of the Hotel Lancaster - Outtakes: Run time 2:00 - Audio Only


Audio Vault - 12/28/1942 Lux Radio Theater Broadcast with Judy Garland and Walter Pidgeon) Run time 60:00 - Audio Only


Audio Vault - Judy Garland Radio Interview: Run time 4:00 - Audio Only


Audio Vault - Born in a Trunk: Run time 9:05 - Audio Only


Audio Vault - Someone At Last ? Rehearsal: Run time 10:34 - Audio Only


Audio Vault - Someone At Last: Run time 7:16 - Audio Only


Audio Vault - My Melancholy Baby: Run time 7:06 - Audio Only


Audio Vault - Black Bottom: Run time 1:48 - Audio Only


Audio Vault ? Swanee: Run time 4:57 - Audio Only



Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.




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Clint Eastwood fans (like me) have certainly had reason to celebrate recently. First there was the DVD set of Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros. Now come several things on Blu-ray.


On May 31, veteran actor and director Clint Eastwood will turn 80. To celebrate it, the following day Warner Home Video will release a slew of Eastwood movies on Blu-ray, including two box sets (the ten-film *Clint Eastwood Collection*, and the *Essential Eastwood: Director's Collection*), two more Eastwood double features (*Where Eagles Dare / Kelly's Heroes* and *The Enforcer / Sudden Impact*) and three individual Blu-rays (*Absolute Power, Heartbreak Ridge* and *The Rookie*). Finally, Eastwood's latest movie, *Invictus*, is also expected around that time, although it hasn't been officially announced yet.



The titles included in the *Clint Eastwood Collection* are: *Absolute Power, Dirty Harry, Gran Torino, Kelly's Heroes, Letters from Iwo Jima, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, The Rookie, Unforgiven* and *Where Eagles Dare*.



*The Essential Eastwood: Director's Collection*, in turn, consists of *Letters from Iwo Jima, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River and* Unforgiven.



There is no information as to whether the studio will add a lossless audio track to the titles that came out originally on BD without one (such as Unforgiven or Million Dollar Baby), but considering the precedent with GoodFellas: 20th Anniversary Edition (see blu-ray.com, February 1), chances are slim.



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

> Sony is releasing four Robin Hood films on DVD with a May 11th release date:


> *The Bandit of Sherwood Forest*

> *The Prince of Thieves*

> *Rogues of Sherwood Forest*

> *Sword of Sherwood Forest*


> http://www.classicflix.com/sony-four-robin-hood-films-coming-a-682.html?osCsid=a3d8a526988eb3b21946c24245f0e3d3


Taking advantage of the elaborate castle sets constructed for "The Bandit of Sherwood Forest" (1946) a few Three Stooges shorts were written to take place in such settings. Even props, costumes and bits of the "Bandit..." music score were reused in the shorts. Of course, Sony has the Three Stooges shorts already out in excellent DVD sets, but those shorts would have made nice DVD extras for these new Robin Hood releases.

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