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I'm interested in what WBHV will release in the big MGM musical promo that is coming "shortly". I'm reading between the lines, but it seems as if some Jane Powell films will be included.


It's hard to say. From the few actual bits I caught during the live Forum, they seemed to be playing several things close to the vest.


I tried to get in to ask a question but never got chosen.

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in regards to astaire films, i'm really hoping so!

wanted to ask about the final astaire set and if they are remastering "gigi" 1958.... the print on the current dvd is just horrible.

came close twice but didn't get through.

i get the feeling WB really cares about restoring and releasing ALL their classic films onto dvd so i will be patient with them.

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Well, at this point I'm not really particularly interested in getting special editions of movies in normal definition. I'd much rather just wait it out a bit longer and get it on high-definition format.


The old Cinemascope movies will benefit the most, in a sense, they will probably look the best in the wide HDTV sets and all the extra definition will bring out a lot of detail that has probably got lost in pre-HD video transfers.

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i have great fear when it comes to upgrading to hdtv technology, which is excellent for modern day films & broadcasts but troublesome when formatting classic films.

all my friends who have these new rectangular lcd-plasma screens aren't too high techy about the picture, but i notice immediately that on a non hd broadcast or when playing a standard dvd the image is stretched to fit the rectangular screen...everyone is slightly wider than normal (noticed this about tom hanks when watching 'da vinci code'!!)

i understand that letterboxing or windowboxing (formatting the screen to form a square shape--origional ratio for classic movies) is not recommended because over time those black bars will burn into your screen, particularly plasmas.

would like to see for myself a hd-dvd image, but for a hd-dvd like 'casablanca', if it's formatted to fit a rectangular screen, then isn't the top and bottom of the images being cropped off?

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Plasma TV have a possiblity of burn-in that is why I chose a DLP. If you want to fill the whole screen then there is a tendency for everything to look stretched. I opt not to stretch, only in certain cases. Long shots look fine, When you get to closeup and middle shots then there is distortion. Many of the films that are run in high defintion on HDNet fill the whole screen, but then they were meant to.

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i can't believe they're bothering to release Trog, i couldn't imagine a whole disc devoted to that horrid flick. maybe they could have a compilation disc of Joan's lesser B-movies in the next Joan Crawford collection.


too bad the Lon Chaney volume 2 set won't be out until 2008, but it'll be worth the wait with a Tod Browning documentary. hope that confirms the rumor of the Unholy Three being included.

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Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of the Lucille Ball Collection for 19th June 2007. Those who ?love Lucy? may be surprised to learn that Ms. Ball had nearly 20 years of big-screen credits prior to launching the TV show that made her a household name, and WHV will debut on DVD five of the films she made from 1940 through 1974: Critic?s Choice, Dance Girl Dance, Du Barry Was a Lady, The Big Street and Mame. In addition, Best Foot Forward will be available separately for the first time nationally. All the films will include special features such as Oscar? nominated vintage short subjects, featurettes and classic cartoons. Packaged as a collectible gift set, the five-disc Lucille Ball Collection will sell for $49.92 SRP, with individual titles and Best Foot Forward available for $19.97 SRP.


Critic?s Choice (1963)

Lucille Ball and Bob Hope shine in this comedy from the Broadway hit by Ira Levin (No Time for Sergeants, Deathtrap). Tossing inspired throwaway lines right and left, Hope is New York theatre critic Parker Ballentine, who loves writing pointed reviews that close insufferable plays. But there?s a new show in town ? by his redheaded wife (Ball). Is it bad? Parker better think twice before he writes this time. Rip Torn, Jim Backus and Marilyn Maxwell co-star.


DVD Special Features:

Vintage comedy short Calling All Tars with Bob Hope [1935 WB Short]

Oscar-nominated Cartoon Now Hear This [1963 WB Cartoon]

Theatrical trailer

Subtitles: English (feature film only)


Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)

Directed by Dorothy Arzner, classic Hollywood?s sole major female director in the ?30s and ?40s, this backstage musical has been embraced by fans for its feminist sensibilities as well as its powerful storytelling. Ball and Maureen O?Hara star as two very different types of women who are in the same chorus line. Judy (Maureen O?Hara) is a serious dancer, willing to suffer for her art, but while her friend Bubbles (Lucille Ball) loves to dance, she?s equally interested in paying the rent. To do that, she swaps her ballet shoes for a G-string?and turns patrons? fantasies into dollars as burlesque sensation Tiger Lily White. Ball exhibits terrific onscreen chemistry as she vamps onscreen ? and grabs the heart with her cynical acceptance of being a woman in a man?s world.


DVD Special Features:

Vintage comedy short Just a Cute Kid [1940 WB Short]

Classic cartoon Malibu Beach Party [1940 WB Cartoon]

Subtitles: English (feature film only)


Du Barry Was A Lady (1943)

Lucy stars with Gene Kelly and Red Skelton in this glittery, tune-filled bon-bon featuring lavish sets and costumes, a supporting cast of wags and wits (including the inimitable Zero Mostel) and three Cole Porter songs from the original Broadway smash: Friendship, Katie Went to Haiti and Do I Love You? With Ball playing the glamorous nightclub chanteuse May Daly, who?s transformed into Madame Du Barry opposite Skelton as King Louis XV this is fabulous and fun musical comedy from Hollywood?s Golden Era.


Special Features:

Oscar- Pete Smith specialty short Seeing Hands [1943 MGM Short]

Classic cartoon Bah Wilderness [1943 MGM Cartoon]

Theatrical trailer

Subtitles: English (feature film only)


The Big Street (1942)

This gutsy, touching melodrama was produced from a Damon Runyon story, the man who wrote Guys and Dolls. Ball and Henry Fonda play brilliantly against type -- Fonda poignant as a timid small-timer and Ball impressive as an icy vixen with an ego twice the size of her soul. Lucy plays haughty nightclub singer Gloria Lyons, a gold digger who doesn?t have time for anyone without money, including Little Pinks (Henry Fonda), the busboy who adores her. All that changes when Gloria is paralyzed after a mobster knocks her down the stairs, and she?s forced to see what and who really matter.


Special Features:

Vintage musical short Calling All Girls [1942 WB Short]

Classic cartoon The Hep Cat [1942 WB Short]

Subtitles: English (feature film only)


Mame (1974)

This lavish 1974 screen version of the beloved Broadway musical stars Lucille Ball as a high-living grande dame who?s outlandishly eccentric and, when suddenly faced with raising an orphaned nephew, fiercely loving. Veterans of the New York stage original join her: Beatrice Arthur as best friend Vera, Jane Connell as prim governess Agnes Gooch, choreographer Onna White and director Gene Saks. As Mame?s husband Beauregard, Robert Preston (The Music Man) sings Loving You, written specially for the film. Jerry Herman?s songs, from It?s Today to We Need a Little Christmas and If He Walked into My Life, rank among the best show tunes ever.


Special Features:

Vintage featurette Lucky Mame

Theatrical trailer

Subtitles: English (feature film only)


Best Foot Forward (1943)

Ball portrays herself as the attention-seeking glamour girl who accepts an invitation to the prom from a Winsocki Military Institute cadet as a publicity stunt. Costars June Allyson, Nancy Walker and Tommy Dix recreate their Broadway roles, and Harry James and his band play at the prom to make this a snappy frolic.


Special Features:

Vintage musical short The Knight is Young, with June Allyson [1938 WB Vitaphone Short]

Classic cartoon One Ham?s Family [1943 MGM Cartoon]

Theatrical trailer

Subtitles: English (feature film only)

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Warner Home Video (WHV) and Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) will join forces to honor the great John Wayne on May 22 -- the week that would have been ?the Duke?s? 100th birthday. With 9 new titles due the studios combined DVD libraries now offer 48 Wayne popular classics. The lead titles in the promotion are Rio Bravo in both a Two-Disc Special Edition ($20.97 SRP) and Ultimate Collectors Edition ($39.92 SRP), The Cowboys as a Deluxe Edition ($19.97 SRP) and True Grit as a Special Collector?s Edition ($19.99 SRP).


WHV also will debut the John Wayne Film Collection, a six-disc set (also available individually) featuring six films never before on DVD: Allegheny Uprising, Reunion in France, Tycoon, Without Reservations, Trouble Along the Way and Big Jim McLain. Retail on the Collection is $49.92 SRP, and $12.97 SRP for the individual releases.



The Films



True Grit: Special Collector?s Edition (PHE)

This classic cinematic masterpiece features Wayne in a larger-than-life performance as the drunken, uncouth and totally fearless one-eyed U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn. The role won him his only Academy Award? for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the age of 63 after 40 years of making films, and Wayne himself said that it was ?my first chance to play a character role instead of John Wayne.? Called ?one of the most delightful, joyous and scary movies of all time? (Roger Ebert), True Grit is a glorious adventure and American odyssey lead by Wayne, whose screen presence fully embodies his status as a star and legend. Directed by prolific filmmaker Henry Hathaway, the film also features enchanting performances by Kim Darby, Glen Campbell, Robert Duvall and Strother Martin.


Bonus features:

Commentary by Jeb Rosebrook, Bob Boze Bell and J. Stuart Rosebrook

True Writing

Working with the Duke

Aspen Gold: Locations of True Grit

The Law and the Lawless

Theatrical trailer


Rio Bravo: Special Edition and Ultimate Collectors Edition (WHV)

Director Howard Hawks lifted the Western to new heights with Red River. He does it here again, capturing the legendary West with a stellar cast in peak form. Wayne is Sheriff John T. Chance, a small-town lawman enlisting the help of a ragtag team to hold a murderer in jail until the state marshal can arrive. On one side is an army of gunmen dead-set on springing the murderous cohort from jail. On the other are Chance and his two deputies: one a recovering drunkard (Dean Martin), the other a crippled codger (Walter Brennan). Also in their ranks are an unseasoned, trigger-happy youth (Ricky Nelson) and a woman with a past (Angie Dickinson) ? and her eye on Chance. Rio Bravo will feature a new digital transfer from restored picture and audio elements.



DVD Special Features:


Disc One

Remastered feature film

Commentary by John Carpenter and Richard Schickel (Renowned director Carpenter and film critic Schickel explore how this legendary Western was an extension of Hawks? own personality and why it?s considered such an influential classic today)

Wayne trailer gallery


Disc Two

The Men Who Made the Movies: Howard Hawks (1973 documentary)

Two All New Featurettes:

Commemoration: Howard Hawks? Rio Bravo

Old Tucson: Where the Legends Walked


Ultimate Collector?s Edition includes everything in the Rio Bravo Special Edition plus the following collectible memorabilia:

Press book

Dell comic book

Lobby cards


The Cowboys: Deluxe Edition (WHV)

This deluxe edition has been newly restored and remastered, and features a new cast/director featurette. The Cowboys gave Wayne one of his juiciest roles as a leather-tough rancher who, deserted by his regular help, hires 11 greenhorn schoolboys for a cattle drive across 400 treacherous miles. When the dust settled, Wayne had given one of his best performances. ?In The Cowboys,? Rex Reed wrote, ?all the forces that have made him a dominant personality as well as a major screen presence seem to combine. Old Dusty Britches can act.? Co-starring the equally memorable Roscoe Lee Browne, Colleen Dewhurst and Bruce Dern, The Cowboys was directed by Mark Rydell (On Golden Pond).


DVD Special Features:

Commentary by Mark Rydell (Director Rydell discusses how he helped his young, inexperienced cast work with screen legend Wayne)

The Cowboys: Together Again

The Breaking of Boys and the Making of Men

Theatrical Trailer


Allegheny Uprising (WHV)

Only months after his Stagecoach breakthrough, John Wayne brings his one-of-a-kind line readings and presence to the real-life role of colonial man of action James Smith. The place is Pennsylvania a decade before the American Revolution. Joined by like-minded frontiersmen, Smith intercepts trade shipments, besieges forts and risks the certain-death charge of treason against the king. Another Stagecoach alumna joins the Duke: Claire Trevor, playing a fiery barmaid eager to join the scrap against the redcoats.


Special Features:

The Bill of Rights [1939 WB short]

Land of the Midnight Fun [1939 WB cartoon]


Big Jim McLain (WHV)

All 6?4? of John Wayne plays the title role, a federal agent ferreting out subversives in Hawaii. Rallying to the cause are co-stars Nancy Olsen and Veda Ann Borg. And 6?7? James Arness (whom Wayne would later recommend to star on TV?s ?Gunsmoke?) is McLain?s war-hero partner, Baxter. The documentary-style story moves swiftly, with good-natured humor peppered throughout. Pre-statehood Hawaii locales range from elite resorts to a Shinto temple and from the sunken remains of the battleship Arizona to a Molokai leper colony.


Special Features:

So You Want to Enjoy Life [1952 WB short]

The Super Snooper [1952 WB cartoon]

Theatrical Trailer


Reunion in France (WHV)

John Wayne is in straight-up heroic mode as a fugitive RAF pilot on the run from the Gestapo, and Joan Crawford (in haute couture despite the war) is Michele, the spoiled, high-society Parisian who discovers her own patriotism as she helps the airman escape his Nazi pursuers. This glossy, briskly paced thriller also stars Philip Dorn as Michele?s fianc?, an industrialist she suspects of collaborating with the Germans.


Special Features:

We Do It Because [1942 MGM short]

War Dogs [1943 MGM cartoon]

Theatrical Trailer


Trouble Along The Way (WHV)

This sports comedy-drama is directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca). John Wayne tackles the role of Steve Williams, a former top football coach who has been banned from the major conferences for his inability to conform and is making ends meet as a bookie. When he receives a call from likable Father Burke (Charles Coburn) with an offer to establish a football program ? fast- in a last-ditch effort to save his tiny St. Anthony?s College from bankruptcy, Williams sees it as a way to prove to a Children?s Court officer (Donna Reed) that he?s a fit parent as he fights for custody of his 12 year old tomboy daughter. Of course, there?s bound to be Trouble Along the Way.


Special Features:

So You Think You Can?t Sleep [1953 WB short]

Muscle Tussle [1953 WB cartoon]

Theatrical trailer


Tycoon (WHV)

A tumultuous love story (with co-star Laraine Day), a dynamite supporting cast, horizon-spanning location filming and brilliant Technicolor make Tycoon exciting entertainment. But the biggest thrill is watching Wayne as a bold, bare-knuckled railroad honcho high above an Andean gorge in a breathless grand finale that involves a half-built bridge, an onrushing wall of water, and a locomotive with the Duke at the controls.


Special Features:

Hollywood Wonderland [1947 WB short]

Red Hot Rangers [1947 MGM cartoon]


Without Reservations (WHV)

Claudette Colbert and Wayne are a double delight in this playful, romantic comedy. Colbert plays Kit Madden, a novelist who?s heading to Hollywood to turn her bestseller about a handsome pilot into a film. On the train she meets real-life marine pilot (John Wayne), and thinks he?s the perfect man to portray her screen hero?except he thinks the whole thing is ?a lot of hooey.? Their comedic rapport becomes more captivating with one misadventure after another as they make their way cross-country. Adding to the fun are surprise walk-ons from stars like Jack Benny, Cary Grant, Louella Parsons playing herself, and director Warner LeRoy.


Special Features:

I Love My Husband, But! [1946 MGM short]

Holiday for Shoestrings [1946 WB cartoon]


Also part of the promotion are 3 new DVD Collections from Paramount with a total of 14 films.


John Wayne Century Collection ($99.99 SRP) brings together 14 classic films starring John Wayne, including the new Special Collector?s Edition of True Grit and four additional Special Collector?s Editions. The films in the collection are:

The High And The Mighty Special Collector?s Edition (Adventure Collection)

Island In The Sky Special Collector?s Edition (Adventure Collection)

True Grit Special Collector?s Edition (Western Collection)

Hondo Special Collector?s Edition (Western Collection)

McLintock! Special Collector?s Edition (Western Collection)>

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Western Collection)

The Shootist (Western Collection)

Big Jake (Western Collection)

Donovan?s Reef (Adventure Collection)

In Harm?s Way (Adventure Collection)

Hatari! (Adventure Collection)

Rio Lobo (Western Collection)

The Sons Of Katie Elder (Western Collection)

El Dorado (Western Collection)


Noted in brackets are the films which make up the 2 smaller DVD collections, with the 9-film John Wayne Western Collection priced at $74.99 SRP and the 5-film John Wayne Adventure Collection priced at $42.99 SRP.

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> Warner Home Video (WHV) and Paramount Home

> Entertainment (PHE) will join forces to honor the

> great John Wayne on May 22 -- the week that would

> have been ?the Duke?s? 100th birthday.


Too Marvelous for Words....Pilgrim!


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