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Two things from TCM Film Festival:


I was sitting next to a distributing rep for the 1951 Ava Gardner-James Mason classic, *Pandora and the Flying Dutchman*. We got talking about Blu-rays and DVDs and he said Kino will be releasing it on Blu-ray. As I said, he distributes the movie and doesn't work for Kino, who have not made the announcement yet, but he said it was okay for me to post the info.


And found a WB flyer that says that the upcoming *A Star is Born* Blu-ray release will have "40+ hours of Special Features".

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from blu-ray.com:


On its Facebook page, Optimum Home Entertainment has revealed that it will release six titles on Blu-ray in September as part of the StudioCanal Collection: Le cercle rouge (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1970); Delicatessen (Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, 1991), The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967), Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001), The Pianist (Roman Polanski, 2002) and The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949).



Edition details are still unknown, other than they will be presented in Blu-ray books.



Additionally, the studio has confirmed that Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (? bout de souffle), which only had been released in France and Germany in February, will also be available in the UK in September.


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WB is pulling a few titles and putting them in the vault:


Warner Home Video has announced a moratorium initiative in North America for two of its best-selling titles. As of May 10, the DVD of Citizen Kane will be pulled from shelves; in July 12, Ben-Hur will follow. Both films are undergoing comprehensive restorations in preparation for their return in 2011 ? now on Blu-ray.



Jeff Baker, Warner's Executive Vice President and General Manager, Theatrical Catalog stated, "As in the past, Warner Home Video is, once again, placing two of our 'event' titles on moratorium 12-18 months in advance of major re-releases." He added: "We know that it will be worth the wait, as significant content additions are being developed, and Ben-Hur, in particular, has been selected to receive the Ultimate Collectors Edition treatment, reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind and Woodstock, which celebrated anniversaries in 2009."



Last year, WHV put three movies in moratorium: Caddyshack, Doctor Zhivago and The Exorcist (see blu-ray.com, August 7, 2009). The first two have already been announced on Blu-ray; the third is expected to be announced later in the year.



Note that Ben-Hur had appeared in a provisional release schedule for 2010 (see blu-ray.com, January 27).



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New info from Kino about Keaton releases for July 6th:


Lost Keaton - 16 Comedy Shorts (1934-1937)


A 2-DVD set...This FIVE HOUR collection features all 16 Educational Pictures shorts (14 of which have never been available on DVD until now) including The Gold Ghost, Allez Oop, Palooka From Paducah, One Run Elmer, Hayseed Romance, Tars and Stripes, The E-Flat Man, The Timid Young Man, Three on a Limb, Grand Slam Opera, Blue Blazes, The Chemist, Mixed Magic, Jail Bait, Ditto and Love Nest on Wheels.+




Stills Gallery


Film Notes by David Macleod (author of "The Sound of Buster Keaton") and more!





The Old and Blu: Kino has announced a new 2-disc Ultimate Edition for the previously released *Steamboat Bill, Jr.* Bonus features are not yet known. They've also announced Steamboat Bill's Blu-Ray debut.





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Leonard Maltin has revealed on his blog that the original *King Kong* will be coming to Blu-ray later this year.


And the original *Twilight Zone* TV series is coming to Blu-ray. Image is releasing Season One and is now up for pre-order with a sales price of $99.99 (currently $69.99 on Amazon), but no release date yet.

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Some art and details about the upcoming release on Blu-ray and DVD for the UK release from Eureka of *Metropolis*:


Eureka Entertainment has revealed initial details for the UK release of the new restoration of Fritz Lang's masterpiece Metropolis, which will come out in its new 150-minute restorated version as part of the Masters of Cinema series in late 2010. It will come in special-edition packaging with a "lavish wraparound sleeve and embossed printing."



Preliminary special features include:


150-minute feature film (including 25 minutes of footage previously thought lost to the world)


Special-edition packaging with lavish wraparound sleeve and embossed printing


Pristine film transfers presented on Blu-ray (1080p) and DVD (2-disc)


Newly translated optional English subtitles


Full-length audio commentary by David Kalat and Jonathan Rosenbaum


Die Reise nach Metropolis (2010) documentary about the film


56-page booklet featuring new essays, archival interviews, vintage production stills, and more


Further extras to be announced nearer the release date



Note that the US edition by Kino may feature different packaging and special features. (The Eureka edition will be region 2 locked, I am certain.) (We are region 1)






And here's a link to Eureka's website for the release.



Edited by: filmlover on May 2, 2010 8:34 AM

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Early word about some Criterion Blu-ray releases that -- well, I'll let the following say it better:


Usually, titles from The Criterion Collection are first officially announced and then come up for preorder. But this time, the opposite has happened and five major titles are apparently coming soon from the studio: Antichrist (Lars Von Trier, 2009); The Darjeeling Limited (Wes Anderson, 2007); The Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, 1954); The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick, 1998); and Videodrome (David Cronenberg, 1982).



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Blue Underground has announced for DVD and Blu-ray release the 1969 John Cassavetes/Peter Falk crime drama, *Machine Gun McCain*, for August 24th.




And Universal has announced a Blu-ray release date of Oct. 19th for the Hitchcock masterpiece, *Psycho*. Extras include:

Commentary with Stephen Rebello

The Making of Psycho

Psycho Sound

In The Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy

Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts

Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho

The Shower Scene: With and Without Music

The Shower Scene: Storyboards by Saul Bass

The Psycho Archives

Lobby Cards

Behind-the-Scenes Photographs

Production Photographs

Theatrical Trailer

Re-release Trailers

My Scenes

BD Live




Edited by: filmlover on May 10, 2010 8:56 AM

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*See Alfred Hitchcock's Masterpiece Debuting on Blu-ray Hi-Def and Featuring 5.1 Surround Sound for the First Time Ever*







*Own the Film That Defined a Genre October 19, 2010*




UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Hailed as one of the most influential suspense movies of its time, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho had a profound effect on how future filmmakers made movies and shaped audience expectations for generations to come. To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of one of Universal Studios' most treasured and prestigious films, Psycho will debut for the first time ever on Blu-ray? on October 19, 2010. Fans can now enjoy a superior quality, hi-def experience when viewing this re-mastered classic. Psycho will also be honored during its landmark anniversary by the esteemed 2010 Festival De Cannes. Chosen as a Cannes Classic Selection, the film will be recognized as a restored masterwork from the past.


Meticulously restored for perfect digital picture and the purest DTS HD 5.1 digital sound, the Psycho 50th Anniversary Edition takes audiences on a thrilling journey as an unsuspecting victim (Janet Leigh, The Manchurian Candidate, Bye Bye Birdie) visits the Bates Motel and falls prey to one of the silver screen's most notorious psychopaths ? Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins, Murder on the Orient Express, Les Miserables). Featuring one of the most iconic scenes in film history ? the infamous "shower scene" ? Psycho continues to terrify audiences today as much as it did half a century ago.


The Psycho 50th Anniversary Edition is packed with extras, including behind-the-scenes bonus features, documentaries, audio interviews and an in-depth look at the re-mastering process. Universal Studios BluWave Audio (Universal's in-house post production sound facility) started the re-mastering process with the film's previously preserved and restored soundtrack to create a new 5.1 mix. BluWave then contracted Audionamix, a Paris-based audio technology company, to split the original mono music source into quasi-orchestral tracks. Audionamix, a leader in soundtrack separation, then applied their breakthrough proprietary technology enabling BluWave to create a discrete 5.1 split music mix.


BluWave's creative talent gathered the original sound effects from the Studios' extensive effects library and, using these source materials, created a 5.1 up-mix to bring Psycho's soundtrack up to the expectations of contemporary audiences while maintaining the original integrity of the filmmaker's vision.


Psycho's mono audio track will also be available for viewers who want to experience the film in its original form on its golden anniversary. This cinematic achievement from the Master of Suspense is an essential addition to every movie lover's library.


Psycho 50th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray? unleashes the power of your HDTV with perfect picture and the purest digital sound available and contains extensive bonus features including:


?Psycho Sound: A never-before-seen piece that looks at the re-mastering process required to create a 5.1 mix from the original mono elements using Audionamix technology.

?The Making of Psycho: A feature-length documentary on Hitchcock's most shocking film.

?In the Master's Shadow ? Hitchcock's Legacy: Some of Hollywood's top filmmakers discuss Hitchcock's influence and why his movies continue to thrill audiences.

?Hitchcock/Truffaut Interviews: Excerpts from a 1962 audio interview with Alfred Hitchcock.

?Audio Commentary: Feature-length audio commentary with Stephen Rebello (Author of "Alfred Hitchcock and the making of Psycho")

?Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho: Vintage newsreel on the unique policy Alfred Hitchcock insisted upon for the release of the film.

?The Shower Scene: A look at the impact of music on the infamous "shower scene."

?The Shower Scene: Storyboards by Saul Bass: Original storyboard design.

?Production Notes: Read an essay on the making of the film.

?The Psycho Archives: See the gallery of on-set photo stills from the film's production.

?Posters And Psycho Ads: See a gallery of original posters and ads from the theatrical campaign.

?Lobby Cards: View a gallery of promotional lobby cards from the film's theatrical campaign.

?Behind-The-Scenes Photographs: View rare photos showing the cast and crew at work.

?Theatrical Trailer: Watch the original promotional trailer from the film's theatrical campaign.

?Re-Release Trailers: Watch the promotional trailer created for the re-release of the film.





Join the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, on a chilling journey as an unsuspecting victim visits the Bates Motel and falls prey to one of cinema's most notorious psychopaths - Norman Bates. Named number one on the AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills list, this infamous film has become a cultural phenomenon. Featuring one of the most iconic scenes in film history - the famous "shower scene," Psycho is "still terrifying after all these years" (Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide).


For artwork please visit our website at www.ushepublicity.com




Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock


Written By: Robert Block (novel), Joseph Stefano (screenplay)


Produced By: Alfred Hitchcock


Director of Photography: John L. Russell


Edited By: George Tomasini


Costume Designer: Rita Riggs


Music By: Bernard Herrmann


Casting By: Jere Henshaw


Cast: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin






Street Date: October 19, 2010


Copyright: 2010 Universal Studios Home Entertainment


Selection Number: 61112067


Running Time: 109min


Layers: BD-50


Picture Format: Widescreen


Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1


Rating: R


Technical Info: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; English Mono; English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles

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*One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Flies Back to DVD and Blu-ray on September 7th*




May 10th, 2010



You can bring home one of the most celebrated films of all time home just in time for its 35th Anniversary in a brand new edition this September. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest will be released in a massive Ultimate Collector's Edition set on DVD and Blu-ray on September 7. The standard DVD set will be priced at $39.92 SRP and the BD set will be priced at $49.99 SRP. Along with the special features, the sets will also come with collectible items such as playing cards, character cards, posters, pre-production correspondences and movie trivia as well. You can take a look at the cover art and special features below. The film stars Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher, who both received Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Actress for their performances in the film.





R.P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) is a misbehaved con who shirks authority and finds himself in an asylum after faking insanity to get out of work detail in prison. The vivacious troublemaker soon finds himself in a worse kind of prison - one presided over by the repressed, terrifyingly quiet Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher), whose set of rules and regulations are meant to suppress patients' psychotic outbursts - and their spirits. It's not long before McMurphy is reaching out to his new inmates, trying desperately to bring life to an otherwise dead atmosphere. To Ratched, however, Nicholson's rebellious attitude is as dangerous as a schizophrenic impulse. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is brilliantly acted by an ensemble cast that includes Brad Dourif, Christopher Lloyd, Vincent Schiavelli and Danny DeVito.




Special Features:




◦Completely Cuckoo - A feature-length documentary about the making of the film

◦Full-length commentary by director Milos Forman and producers Michael Douglas and Saul Zaentz

◦Brand new interview with producer Michael Douglas

◦Deleted Scenes

◦Original Trailer



One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was released November 19th, 1975 and stars Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Brad Dourif, Christopher Lloyd, Michael Berryman, Scatman Crothers, Danny DeVito, Will Sampson. The film is directed by Milos Forman.





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*Forbidden Planet* now has an official release date on Blu-ray of September 7th. *THX 1138: The George Lucas Director's Cut* and *Mars Attacks!* will also see release on Blu that same day.


Special features for FP will be:


Deleted scenes and lost footage

2 Follow-Up Vehicles Starring Robby the Robot:

The Thin Man TV series episode: Robot Client

Feature Film The Invisible Boy (1957)

TCM original documentary Watch the Skies!: Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us


Amazing! Exploring the Far Reaches of Forbidden Planet

Robby the Robot: Engineering a Sci-Fi Icon

Excerpts from The MGM Parade TV Series

Theatrical Trailers of Forbidden Planet and The Invisible Boy


Special features for THX 1138:


Commentary with George Lucas and Walter Murch

Theater of Noise (Sound Effects Only Track)

Master Sessions with Walter Murch

A Legacy of Filmmakers: The Early Years of American Zoetrope

Artifact from the Future: The Making of THX 1138

Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB


Theatrical and re-release trailers

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New Criterion releases for August!!!



*Crumb* - August 10th on Blu-ray and DVD


*Louie Bluie* - August 10th on DVD


*Black Orpheus* - August 17th on Blu-ray and DVD


Special features:

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

- Optional English-dubbed soundtrack

- Archival interviews with director Marcel Camus and actress Marpessa Dawn

- New video interviews with Brazilian cinema scholar Robert Stam, jazz historian Gary Giddins, and Brazilian author Ruy Castro

- ? la recherche d??Orfeu negro,? a feature-length documentary about Black Orpheus?s cultural and musical roots and its resonance in Brazil today

- Theatrical trailer

- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Atkinson


*Three Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg (Underworld, The Last Command, the Docks of New York)* - on DVD August 24th




New, restored high-definition digital transfers

Six scores: one by Robert Israel for each film; two by the Alloy Orchestra, for Underworld and The Last Command; and a piano and voice piece by Donald Sosin for The Docks of New York

Two new visual essays: one by UCLA film professor Janet Bergstrom and the other by film scholar Tag Gallagher

1968 Swedish television interview with director Josef von Sternberg, covering his entire career

PLUS: A ninety-six-page booklet featuring essays by film critic Geoffrey O?Brien, film scholar Anton Kaes, and author Luc Sante; the original film treatment for Underworld by Ben Hecht; and an excerpt from Sternberg?s autobiography, Fun in a Chinese Laundry, on Emil Jannings




*L'Enfance Nue* - August 17th on DVD

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Here's a follow-up on my info about Kino's release of *Steamboat Bill, Jr*., and it's pretty spectacular. Both the DVD and the Blu-ray will also contain a complete alternate version of the film, with different takes and camera angles. There will also be a 13-minute documentary comparing the two.


Here are the extras:


Complete alternate version of Steamboat Bill, Jr., comprised entirely of variant takes and camera angles

Music by The Biograph Players in 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 Surround

Organ Score by Lee Erwin

Piano Score by William Perry

Documentary on the making of the film

Stills Gallery

"Why They Call Him Buster," a musical montage of pratfalls and stunts

Two vintage recordings of the folk song "Steamboat Bill"



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*Citizen Kane and Ben-Hur Coming to Blu-ray Special Editions in Late 2011*




By Chris Chiarella





*Warner Home Video, a division of the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, has announced that two of the Oscar-winning mega-classics from their vast film library will be put on moratorium this year in the North American market. Beginning on May 10, the studio will be suspending its sales of Orson Welles' masterpiece Citizen Kane.*




"The greatest film ever made" (sorry, Miss March) was released in 2001 as a 60th Anniversary special edition DVD, with various repackagings over the years since. And then, on July 12, bid "farewell" to Ben-Hur, last seen in a 2005 Four-Disc Collector's Edition DVD. Ben-Hur won a record 11 Academy Awards (one statue shy of a clean sweep), a feat unmatched until 1997's Titanic.




No, Warner isn't trying to drive up prices on the secondary market, rather this surprising move is being made for a terrific reason: Preparation for the lead-up to future Blu-ray editions of both films.

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No kidding, I listed the same info back on April 27th, on this very same page,


I've now reported CelluloidKid to the WebAdmin, listing a half dozen times recently where he deliberately repeats things I have posted here, many times it is the post placed a day before his so he can't possibly miss them, and how he deliberately ignores our pleas over the years that he STOP.


Please feel free to add your comments in a PM to the WebAdmin.

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Flicker Alley is releasing the original *Chicago* (1927) on a 2-DVD set. This is the title's first time in the home video format, on July 6th.


Special features:


The Golden Twenties (1950) - A compilation documentary feature produced by The March of Time from authentic footage of the era

Lauren Lazin?s The Flapper Story (1985) in which several self-declared children of the roaring twenties look back across the decades on their youthful lives

A brochure by Thomas Pauly on author Maurine Watkins and the factual background of Chicago

Notes by Robert S. Birchard, author of Cecil B. DeMille?s Hollywood

Chicago - The Real-Life Roxy Hart documentary by Jeffery Masino and Silas Lesnick.



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May 18th, 2010





*The Breakfast Club Finally Debuts on Blu-ray on August 3rd*



You can revisit one of the classic films that helped define the 80s in high-definition for the first time this August. The Breakfast Club will make its debut in the Blu-ray format on August 3. We don't have any pricing details for this brand new 25th Anniversary edition BD title but you can take a look at the cover art and special features below. The film starred Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy and was directed by John Hughes.



From writer/director John Hughes (Sixteen Candles, Weird Science), The Breakfast Club is an iconic portrait of 1980s American high school life. When Saturday detention started, they were simply the Jock, the Princess, the Brain, the Criminal and the Basket Case, but by that afternoon they had become closer than any of them could have imagined. Featuring an all-star '80s cast including Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy, this warm-hearted comedy helped define an entire generation.



Special Features:



◦BD-Live: Access the BD-Live Center through your Internet-connected player to get even more content, watch the latest trailers and more!


◦Sincerely Yours: A 12-part documentary

with Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy and other cast members as they reflect on the making of The Breakfast Club. Revisit these unforgettable characters and hear filmmakers such as Amy Heckerling (Clueless) and Diablo Cody (Juno) discuss the cultural resonance of the film.


◦The Most Convenient Definitions - The Origins of The Brat Pack: Cast members, journalists and film historians discuss the "Brat Pack" label and its impact on pop culture and the group's careers.


◦Feature Commentary: With Judd Nelson and Anthony Michael Hall.


◦Theatrical Trailer


◦My Scenes: Bookmark your favorite scenes from the movie.



The Breakfast Club was released February 15th, 1985 and stars Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John Kapelos, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Perry Crawford. The film is directed by John Hughes.

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Eureka Entertainment is releasing their first Hammer Film to be released on Blu-ray. It is 1963's Paranoiac, starring Oliver Reed.




Uncertain at this moment if it will be region free. Release date is August 26th.

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From Barrie Maxwell's column at Blu-ray.com, here's a round-up of new and upcoming releases on DVD and Blu-ray:


AC Comics (accomics.com) reports that it has The Lost World (1960, with Claude Rains and Michael Rennie) now available. It's a DVD-R release in colour and widescreen, region-free in NTSC format.


Alpha Video had 22 new releases available on April 27th. More than a third are westerns starring the likes of Harry Carey, Kermit Maynard, Tom Tyler, Jack Randall, and others. There are also some vintage shorts, mysteries, and a couple of TV series compilations included. See the New Announcements database for the specific titles.


Blue Underground will release Machine Gun McCain (1968, with John Cassavetes) on both DVD and Blu-ray on August 24th. Extras will include an interview with director Giuliano Montaldo and the English and Italian trailers.


Criterion offers a new restoration of The Red Shoes (1948) on July 20th, available on both DVD and Blu-ray. Supplements include audio commentary by film historian Ian Christie, featuring interviews with stars Marius Goring and Moira Shearer, cinematographer Jack Cardiff, composer Brian Easdale, and filmmaker Martin Scorsese; introductory restoration demonstration with Scorsese; Profile of The Red Shoes (2000), a twenty-five-minute documentary; video interview with Thelma Schoonmaker Powell, Michael Powell's widow; gallery from Scorsese's collection of The Red Shoes memorabilia; The Red Shoes Sketches, an animated film made from Hein Heckroth's painted storyboards; readings by actor Jeremy Irons of excerpts from Powell and Pressburger's novelization of The Red Shoes and the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale; the theatrical trailer; and a booklet featuring an essay by Christie. Also available on July 20th will be a new restoration of Black Narcissus (1947) on both DVD and Blu-ray. Supplements will include a video introduction by French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier; audio commentary featuring the late director Michael Powell and filmmaker Martin Scorsese; The Audacious Adventurer, a 2006 video piece in which Tavernier discusses Black Narcissus and Powell; Profile of Black Narcissus (2000), a twenty-five-minute documentary; Painting with Light, a twenty-seven-minute documentary about Jack Cardiff's Oscar-winning cinematography on Black Narcissus; the original theatrical trailer; and a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Kent Jones. July 13th will bring a two-disc DVD set of Yasujiro Ozu's The Only Son (1936) and There Was a Father (1942). On July 27th, Eclipse Series 22: Presenting Sacha Guitry will be released. It will be a four-disc set containing The Story of a Cheat (1936), The Pearls of the Crown (1937), Desire (1937), and Quadrille (1938). Criterion has also announced its August releases. The key item is Three Silent Classics by Josef Von Sternberg coming on August 24th. The set includes Underworld (1927, with George Bancroft), The Last Command (1928, with Emil Jannings), and Docks of New York (1928, with George Bancroft). Supplements will include six scores: one by Robert Israel for each film, two by the Alloy Orchestra for Underworld and The Last Command, and a piano and voice piece by Donald Sosin for Docks of New York; two new visual essays: one by UCLA film professor Janet Bergstrom and the other by film scholar Tag Gallagher; a 1968 Swedish television interview with director Josef von Sternberg, covering his entire career; and a 96-page booklet featuring essays by film critic Geoffrey O'Brien, film scholar Anton Kaes, and author Luc Sante; the original film treatment for Underworld by Ben Hecht; and an excerpt from Sternberg's autobiography, "Fun in a Chinese Laundry", on Emil Jannings. Marcel Camus's Black Orpheus (1959) will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 17th. Supplements include archival interviews with director Marcel Camus and actress Marpessa Dawn; new video interviews with Brazilian cinema scholar Robert Stam, jazz historian Gary Giddins, and Brazilian author Ruy Castro; ? la recherche d'Orfeu negro, a feature-length documentary about Black Orpheus's cultural and musical roots and its resonance in Brazil today; the theatrical trailer; and a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Atkinson. August 17th also brings a DVD of L'Enfence nue (1968, directed by Maurice Pialat). Eclipse Series 23: The First Films of Akira Kurosawa will appear on August 3rd. It will contain Sanshiro Sugata (1943), The Most Beautiful (1944), Sanshiro Sugata: Part Two (1945), and The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail (1945).


Disney appears to have finally set a date for its Blu-ray release of Fantasia (1940) - December 7th, as reported at the Disney Rewards Facebook page.


Fox and MGM are teaming up for a June 1st release of the Elvis 75th Birthday Collection. It will contain seven titles: Love Me Tender, Flaming Star, Wild in the Country, Clambake, Frankie and Johnny, Follow That Dream, and Kid Galahad. There's nothing to indicate, however, that these will be anything other than rehashes of the already long-existing DVD releases of these titles.


Grapevine Video had its usual combination of silent and sound releases for April. Newly available were an Art Mix double feature of Ace of Cactus Range and Romance of the Wasteland (both 1924 and with tinted sequences in each), Blonde for a Night (1928, with Marie Prevost and Franklin Pangborn), The Power of the Press (1928, with Douglas Fairbanks Jr.), a double feature of Spartacus (1913) and Ben Hur (1907), Honor of the Press (1932, with Edward J. Nugent), Paris 1900 (1947, a chronicle of the city from 1900 to 1914), and Space Patrol: Volume 2 (4 episodes of the TV series). For May, the company has the following for release: A Gentleman of Paris (1927, with Adolph Menjou), Desert of the Lost (1927, with Wally Wales), Is Money Everything? (1923, with Miriam Cooper), The Love Gamble (1925, with Lillian Rich), a canine double feature of Ferocious Pal (1934, with Kazan) and Law of the Wolf (1939, with Rin Tin Tin III), Dagmar's Canteen (1951-52, four episodes of the early TV series), and Space Patrol: Volume #3 (four episodes of the live TV series).


Image has announced that the Boris Karloff-hosted Thriller: The Complete Series will come to DVD on August 31st. The release will be a 14-disc set containing all 67 episodes of the two-season run.


Infinity Entertainment will be releasing Bing Crosby: The Television Specials, Volume One on May 25th. It will be a two-disc set containing Bing's debut special from Jan. 1954, featuring Jack Benny; the landmark Sept. 1959 show for Oldsmobile, with legends Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong; the May 1962 special, with long-time Road comedies co-star Bob Hope, Edie Adams, son Gary Crosby and the Smothers Brothers; and the April 1970 show, Cooling It, with Dean Martin, Bernadette Peters and Flip Wilson. The company will also release The Real McCoys: The Complete Season 4 on June 29th.


Kino will have Lost Keaton: Sixteen Comedy Shorts 1934-1937 for release on July 6th. This collection features all 16 Educational Pictures shorts (14 of which have never been available on DVD until now) including: The Gold Ghost, Allez Oop, Palooka From Paducah, One Run Elmer, Hayseed Romance, Tars and Stripes, The E-Flat Man, The Timid Young Man, Three on a Limb, Grand Slam Opera, Blue Blazes, The Chemist, Mixed Magic, Jail Bait, Ditto, and Love Nest on Wheels. Special features will include a stills gallery and film notes by David Macleod (author of "The Sound of Buster Keaton"). The company's DVD and Blu-ray release of the restored Metropolis (1927) that is now appearing in theatres in selected cities is set for November 2010.


Lionsgate will be releasing a two-disc set of The Three Musketeers (1974) and The Four Musketeers (1975) on June 1st. These are the two Richard Lester films that feature the likes of Raquel Welsh, Oliver Reed, Michael York, Faye Dunaway, Charlton Heston, Richard Chamberlain, and Frank Finlay. Supplements include new featurettes and stills galleries.


MGM provides the welcome news of The Man with No Name Trilogy coming on Blu-ray on June 1st. The set includes A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.


Olive Films has announced the first wave of releases resulting from its licensing agreement with Paramount. July 27th will bring Dark City (1950), Union Station (1950), Appointment with Danger (1951), and Crack in the World (1965).


Paramount, in conjunction with CBS Video, will have Have Gun - Will Travel: The Fourth Season, Volume Two available on July 6th. The Lucy Show: The Official Second Season appears on July 13th. Then on July 27th comes Sgt. Bilko: The Phil Silvers Show - The First Season. The 5-disc collection contains an army supply of special features, including the original live pilot, audio commentaries, cast commercials, original openings, a "Lucy Show" episode featuring Phil Silvers, and all 34 first season remastered episodes. August 3rd has been set for a 6-disc set of Hawaii-Five-O: The Ninth Season.


Marcus Welby, M.D.: Season One is coming on May 4th from Shout! Factory. The release will be a 7-disc set that includes the two-hour made for TV movie A Matter of Humanities that effectively served as the series pilot. Dragnet 1968: Season Two will be available from Shout! Factory on July 6th in a 6-disc set. Coming on August 10th is a 4-disc set of Adam 12: Season Five. The Patty Duke Show: The Complete Third Season (a 6-disc set) is set for August 24th. Future titles in Shout! Factory's Roger Corman series, some in both DVD and Blu-ray, will include Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957), Deathsport (1978), and Not of This Earth (1957). Piranha (1978) has already been announced for August 3rd in both DVD and Blu-ray.


Sony is releasing a Blu-ray version of Ray Harryhausen's Jason and the Argonauts (1963) on July 6th. The same date will also bring Columbia Pictures Film Noir Collection II. The 5-disc set will include Human Desire (1954, Glenn Ford), Pushover (1954, Fred MacMurray), Nightfall (1956, Aldo Ray), The Brothers Rico (1957, Richard Conte), and City of Fear (1959, Vince Edwards). Supplements include introductions by Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, and Emily Mortimer. Early news of this set had suggested that a remastered version of In a Lonely Place would be included, but that has been dropped in favour of Human Desire - an excellent decision on Sony's part. The remastered In a Lonely Place is likely to see its own release in some form or other later.


TCM has announced the exclusive availability of The House Across the Bay (1940, with George Raft and Joan Bennett) on April 30th. Whether this will be a DVD or DVD-R release is not known as yet. The supplementary content is listed by TCM as consisting of lobbycards, scene stills, publicity stills, movie poster, TCMdb article, and trivia. The film was a Walter Wanger production and is part of the Castle Hill holdings which may presage further Castle Hill releases from TCM.


Timeless Media Group has announced a May 25th release for a 6-DVD set titled TV Western Classics. The set contains several episodes each of six different programs: Henry Fonda as The Deputy, the Pat Garrett/Billy The Kid series The Tall Man, George Montgomery as the mayor of Cimarron City, the two-season series The Restless Gun, Rex Allen as the Frontier Doctor, and Scott Brady as Shotgun Slade. There will be 31 episodes in total. Coming on June 22nd is Checkmate: The Complete Series. This is a 14-disc set of the 1960s private investigators series set in San Francisco.


Universal will have The Great Waldo Pepper (1975, with Robert Redford) and The Greek Tycoon (1978, with Anthony Quinn) available as pressed DVDs on August 3rd. October 19th will bring a 50th Anniversary edition of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) to Blu-ray. Supplements include: audio commentary with Stephen Rebello (author of "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho"); The Making of Psycho: A feature-length documentary on Hitchcock's most shocking film; In the Master's Shadow - Hitchcock's Legacy: some of Hollywood's top filmmakers discuss Hitchcock's influence and why his movies continue to thrill audiences; Hitchcock/Truffaut Interviews: excerpts from a 1962 audio interview with Alfred Hitchcock; newsreel footage: The Release of Psycho: vintage newsreel on the unique policy Alfred Hitchcock insisted upon for the release of the film; The Shower Scene: A look at the impact of music on the infamous "shower scene; The Shower Scene: storyboards by Saul Bass; production notes: an essay on the making of the film; the Psycho archives: gallery of on-set photo stills from the film's production; posters and Psycho ads; lobby cards; behind-the-scenes photographs; Psycho Sound: a never-before-seen piece that looks at the re-mastering process required to create a 5.1 mix from the original mono elements using Audionamix technology; and theatrical and re-release trailers.


VCI will offer Uncle Vanya (1957, with Franchot Tone) on June 29th. This is a Broadway play of the time that was filmed for theatrical release. VCI's July releases will be coming on the 27th. They include: Trouble in the Sky (aka Cone of Silence, 1960, with Peter Cushing), The System (1964, with Oliver Reed), The Black Arrow: Complete Series (1972-75, British TV series), The Australian Story (1952, with Maureen O'Hara), and The Only Way (1970, with Jane Seymour).


The Warner Archive releases for April 6th total 10 classic titles, with an emphasis on Joan Crawford: Above Suspicion (1943), No More Ladies (1935), Paid (1930), Susan and God (1940), and This Modern Age (1931). The Crawford titles are available individually or as a set at half price. The other classic titles are Escape (1940, with Norma Shearer and Robert Taylor), Mammy (1930, with Al Jolson - newly remastered with restored 2-colour Technicolor sequences), The McConnell Story (1955, with Alan Ladd), Their Own Desire (1929, with Norma Shearer), and The Torchy Blane Collection (1936-1939, 9 films on 5 discs - Smart Blonde/Fly-Away Baby/ Adventurous Blonde/Blondes at Work/Torchy Blane in Panama/Torchy Gets Her Man/Torchy Blane in Chinatown/Torchy Runs for Mayor/Torchy Blane - Playing with Dynamite). April 20th brings five additional Tarzan films to the Archive: Tarzan Goes to India (1962, with Jock Mahoney), Tarzan's Three Challenges (1963, with Jock Mahoney), Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966, with Mike Henry), Tarzan and the Great River (1967, with Mike Henry), and Tarzan and the Jungle Boy (1968, with Mike Henry). The above-mentioned release of the Torchy Blane films is apparently just the first of several B film series that are in the Archive pipeline. Perry Mason, The Falcon, The Saint, and Hildegarde Withers are all mentioned as being on the way by Warners' George Feltenstein in a recent NY Post article. Additions to the Archive for May 4th include: Chandler (1973, with Warren Oates), Flap (1970, with Anthony Quinn), Hit Man (1972, with Pam Grier), Our Time (1974, with Pamela Sue Martin), and Zeppelin (1971, with Michael York).


July 13th brings the long awaited next film noir set from Warner Bros. TCM Archives: Film Noir Classic Collection Volume 5 will be a four disc set containing Cornered (1945, Dick Powell), Desperate (1947, Steve Brodie), The Phenix City Story (1955, John McIntyre), Dial 1119 (1950, Marshall Thompson), Armored Car Robbery (1950, Charles McGraw), Crime in the Streets (1956, James Whitmore), Deadline at Dawn (1946, Susan Hayward), and Backfire (1950, Virginia Mayo). The only supplements are trailers for Cornered and Dial 1119. Elvis on Tour, the Golden Globe-winning documentary on Elvis's 15-city tour of the United States in 1972 will make its debut August 3rd in newly-restored and remastered Blu-ray and DVD versions from Warner Bros. Blu-ray packaging is in the form of a book filled with Elvis photos, quotes, trivia, a tour itinerary, set lists, costumes, and background information about the filming techniques used. Disc content includes: 25 musical numbers that spotlight Elvis Presley's talent, range and showmanship in captivating on-stage performances and intimate backstage rehearsals with his band; Elvis' first performance of "Burning Love," which was so new, Elvis referred to the lyric sheet during his performance; Elvis' Ed Sullivan Show performance, in which the charm, personality and musical ability that made him an icon is so evident; and montage sequences (supervised by Martin Scorsese) showcasing Elvis' early career. The release is part of 75th anniversary celebrations for Elvis in mid-August. The Blu-ray version will also be available as part of an Elvis Blu-ray Collection along with Jailhouse Rock and Viva Las Vegas. An Elvis 75th Anniversary DVD Collection streets on August 3rd too. It will consist of 14 feature films (Jailhouse Rock, Viva Las Vegas, It Happened at the World's Fair, Kissin' Cousins, Girl Happy, Tickle Me, Harum Scarum, Spin Out, Double Trouble, Stay Away Joe, Speedway, Live a Little Love a Little, Charro!, The Trouble with Girls) and three documentaries (Elvis on Tour, This Is Elvis, Elvis: That's the Way It Is), all of which have previously been released on DVD although some will now have new transfers. Select titles also feature commentaries and/or making-of featurettes. All titles will also be available separately. The box set includes a 40-page commemorative book with iconic shots from behind the scenes of his movies and stage performances, and insightful career highlights notes. It will be packed in sparkly, Vegas-inspired, holographic foil with 10 reproduction memorabilia pieces including studio correspondence and signed Elvis Presley cheques. August 10th brings a Blu-ray edition of What's Up Doc? (1972, with Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal). September 7th will bring Blu-ray versions of Forbidden Planet (1956) and THX1138: The George Lucas Director's Cut (1970). The studio will also have One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: 35th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition on Blu-ray on the same date. September 7th also sees the release of two more offerings in the TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection. TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Gangsters packages High Sierra, Little Caesar, The Public Enemy, and White Heat while TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Hammer Horror offers Horror of Dracula, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, The Curse of Frankenstein, and Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed. Each is a two-disc DVD set.


Warners has updated the Home Theatre Forum on its plans for the Bowery Boys. The bottom line is that these films will not appear on DVD this year. The studio is still committed to getting them into the marketplace, but staff reductions and changes in buying habits have been a factor in having to slow down the schedule for the planned releases. There's no indication whether the films will start to appear in 2011 or not. There's also word from Warners that its DVD releases of Ben-Hur and Citizen Kane are about to go on moratorium, meaning they'll no longer be available in stores. The good news is that both films will return in late 2011 to celebrate "a confluence of events: anniversaries, stunning remasterings, and spectacular new Blu-ray debuts". Both films are currently undergoing comprehensive restorations, and much new content is being created for their 2011 re-issues on both DVD and Blu-ray. Ben-Hur in particular is set to receive Ultimate Collector's Edition treatment. Finally, there is confirmation from a Warner spokesperson, though no formal press releases yet, that King Kong will appear on Blu-ray late this year.

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MGM Entertainment has announced Bull Durham, Blood Simple, Kalifornia, and Escape from New York are coming on Blu-ray on August 3rd. (NOTE: Some people are saying they are able to pick up Bull Durham at Best Buy now, so that may be exclusive to them for now.)

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We finally have a date and details on the 1933 version of King King coming to Blu-ray. It will be released in a digibook (like Dr. Zhovago) on Sept. 28th.


Extras include:


Commentary by creature creator Ray Harryhausen and visual effects artist Ken Ralston, with archival sound bites from Merian C. Cooper and Fay Wray


I'm Kong: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper (2005 TCM documentary)


The Making of Kong, Eighth Wonder of the World (7-part documentary)



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Of course, I meant to type "Zhivago", but the editing feature vanished before I noticed it.


Anyway, some more news...a Kim Novak collection:




Sony has announced an August 10th release date for their *Kim Novak Film Collection*. The 3-disc set will contain five films with Jeanne Eagels and Middle of the Night being new-to-DVD. All five films will be remastered and restored.





- Kim Novak's Hollywood Picnic

- Reflections In The Middle of The Night

- Backstage and At Home with Kim Novak

- Select Scenes Commentary with Kim Novak and Author Stephen Rebello

- Bewitched, Bothered and Blonde



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