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> Paramont has announced they will be releasing four Westerns for Mar 31st on Blu-ray:


> Rio Lobo


Dang, it's not a western but I wish they'd release Hatari! instead...

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Well, cross your fingers. They are coming out with news all the time.


Another western, but not John Wayne, just announced for Blu-ray is the epic The Big Country. This is going to be a WalMart exclusive, coming May 24, as well as Quigley Down Under.

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So the silent version is a genuine high definition transfer? It would have been nice if they'd included some more screencaps of the 1923 version, I can't really judge it based on what they've provided.


If Paramount did a legitimate HD transfer then I would consider buying this thing.


Hopefully Warner doesn't just dump Ben-Hur '25 onto Blu-ray in SD...but it wouldn't surprise me if they did.

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Here's new from thedigitalbits.com on the new Ben-Hur release:




Warner has just informed us that they'll be releasing their long-awaited Ben-Hur: 50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition on Blu-ray and DVD this fall! The "limited and numbered" edition will be available in stores in time for the holiday shopping season - specific street date and SRP TBA. Included will be a reproduction of the personal diary that Charlton Heston kept during the production, complete with personal photos and his own sketches. There will also be a new HD documentary on Heston's experiences during the making of the film, entitled Charlton Heston & Ben-Hur: A Personal Journey, which includes home movie footage shot by his wife Lydia inside the Colosseum set. That's in addition to all of the previous DVD special features, which include audio commentary, Ben-Hur: The 1925 Silent Version, the 2005 Ben-Hur: The Epic That Changed Cinema documentary, the 1994 Ben-Hur: The Making of an Epic documentary, the Ben-Hur: A Journey Through Pictures A/V presentation (featuring photos, storyboards, sketches, music and dialogue from the film), screen tests, vintage newsreels, highlights from the 1960 Academy Awards ceremony, trailers and more. You'll also get an exclusive book filled with production photos, production art and a reproduction of the original theatrical press book. The Blu-ray version will feature 2 BD-50s, while the DVD version will be a 5-disc set. And let me tell you, I've now had the chance to see before and after images of the new 6K HD restoration for Blu-ray, taken from the original 65mm camera elements, and the difference is stunning.


It is uncertain at this point whether or not the silent verion will be standard definition but I wouldn't be surprised.


digitalbits also mentioned that Kubrick's Lolita and Barry Lyndon on Blu-ray will be released individually, so you do not have to buy the boxset in order to get them.


Also, word is The Misfits will be released on Blu on May 10th.

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VCI has cut a deal with RANK ORGANISATION to release many British films on DVD most available for the first time in this country. Here are a list of the titles:


ABOVE US THE WAVES 1955 Sir John Mills, John Gregson, Donald Sinden

ALLIGATOR NAMED DAISY 1955 Diana Dors, Donald Sinden

ASK A POLICEMAN 1938 Will Hay, Graham Moffatt

THE BLACK TENT 1957 Donald Sinden, Anthony Steel

BOYS WILL BE BOYS 1935 Will Hay, Gordon Harker

CAMPBELL?S KINGDOM 1957 Dirk Bogarde, Stanley Baker

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS 1949 Fredric March, Florence Eldridge

DOCTOR AT LARGE 1957 Dirk Bogarde, Muriel Pavlow, Donald Sinden

DOCTOR AT SEA 1955 Dirk Bogarde, Brigitte Bardot

DOCTOR IN CLOVER 1966 Leslie Philips, James Robertson Justice

DOCTOR IN DISTRESS 1963 Dirk Bogarde, James Robertson Justice

DOCTOR IN LOVE 1960 Michael Craig, James Robertson Justice

DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE 1953 Dirk Bogarde, Muriel Pavlow, Kenneth More

DOCTOR IN TROUBLE 1970 Leslie Philips, James Robertson Justice

FERRY TO HONG KONG 1959 Curt Jurgens, Orson Wells

FLAME IN THE STREETS 1961 Sir John Mills, Sylvia Syms

GENEVIEVE 1953 Dinah Sheridan, John Gregson, Kay Kendall, Kenneth Moore,

GOOD MORNING BOYS 1937 Will Hay, Martita Hunt

HEY, HEY U.S.A. 1938 Will Hay, Edgar Kennedy

THE HISTORY OF MR POLLY 1949 Sir John Mills, Betty Ann Davies

HOT ENOUGH FOR JUNE 1960 Dirk Bogarde, Sylva Koscina

I WAS HAPPY HERE 1966 Sarah Miles, Cyril Cusack

LOVE STORY 1944 Margaret Lockwood, Stewart Granger

MAKE MINE MINK 1960 Terry Thomas, Athene Seyler

MALTA STORY 1953 Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins

MIRANDA 1948 Googie Withers, Glynis Johns

OH MR PORTER 1937 Will Hay, Moore Marriott

ONE THAT GOT AWAY 1957 Hardy Kruger, Colin Gordon

PENNY PRINCESS 1952 Yolande Donlan, Dirk Bogarde

REACH FOR THE SKY 1956 Kenneth Moore, Muriel Pavlow

RIDDLE OF THE SANDS 1978 Michael York, Jenny Agutter

ROBBERY UNDER ARMS 1957 Peter Finch, Ronald Lewis

ROMEO AND JULIET 1954 Laurence Harvey, John Gielgud

SEA OF SAND 1958 Richard Attenborough, John Gregson

THE SILVER FLEET 1943 Ralph Richardson, Googie Withers

SIMBA 1955 Dirk Bogarde, Donald Sinden

SIMON AND LAURA 1955 Peter Finch, Kay Kendall

THIRTY-NINE STEPS 1959 Kenneth More, Taina Elg

TIARA TAHITI 1962 Sir John Mills, James Mason

TO PARIS WITH LOVE 1955 Alec Guiness, Odile Versois

TOO MANY CROOKS 1959 Terry Thomas, Sid James

A TOWN LIKE ALICE 1956 Virginia McKenna, Peter Finch

UPSTAIRS AND DOWNSTAIRS 1959 Michael Craig, Anne Heywood

VALUE FOR MONEY 1959 John Gregson, Diana Dors

WAY AHEAD,THE 1945 David Niven, Directed By Carol Reed

WAY TO THE STARS,THE 1945 Sir John Mills, Michael Redgrave


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filmlover, I love British films and there are some goodies in this package that I haven't played TV in years. I bought a few British films from a guy in Canada but these were dupes and in most cases the quality was not that good. Will never do that again since you never know what is going to be released in the USA.

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I've mentioned before about Taxi Driver coming out on Blu (April 5th) and the it certainly is looking to be one the great releases for content to come out so far this year. Amazon's pre-order price is $12.99!!!


from the review on Blu-ray.com


Sony has pulled out all the stops and released what amounts to a definitive Blu-ray edition of Taxi Driver. *Housed in a sturdy and handsome trifold cardboard case that contains a dozen color and black-and-white lobby card reprints, this special edition also boasts a myriad of on-disc extras, including an interactive script, three audio commentaries, a Martin Scorsese interview, several featurettes, a making-of documentary that runs over an hour in length, storyboards, photo galleries, and more*.


Interactive Script to Screen: A unique feature that presents the script on-screen as the film plays. Users may choose to sync the script with the film or to peruse it independently of the movie.


Original 1986 Audio Commentary: Originally recorded for the Criterion Collection LaserDisc release of Taxi Driver, this track features Director Martin Scorsese and Writer Paul Schrader. Scorsese discusses his filmmaking style, shooting in New York, set design, casting, and plenty of other insightful tidbits. Meanwhile, Schrader discusses the rapidity with which he wrote the script, the themes of the story, the genesis of metaphor through theme, refinements to the script along the way, and plenty more. The commentators were recorded separately and later edited together. A moderator of sorts identifies the speakers and provides various background tidbits of her own.


Audio Commentary: University of Virginia Professor Robert Kolker delivers what is easily the best and certainly most unique commentary of the bunch. His insights are incredibly precise and thought-provoking as he dissects the picture from every conceivable angle; he points out nuances in the photography and colors, how every scene emphasizes the greater whole, and much more. This track is basically akin to attending a film class lecture; it is alone worth the price of admission.


Audio Commentary: Writer Paul Schrader returns to man the third and final track, discussing candidly the fallacies in his original script, differences from the script and the final film, the superiority of an actor demonstrating a trait rather than describing it, the performances of the cast, and plenty more. There are a few lengthy stretches of silence; still, this is a quality track, but if time is a factor it's the one of the three to gloss over.


Martin Scorsese on Taxi Driver (1080p, 16:52): The director discusses what it took to get the film onto the screen: the people who made it happen, the casting process, Writer Paul Schrader's vision, the filmmakers's passion for the project, his inspirations and shooting styles, the character of Travis Bickle, the film's noir roots and European influences, and more.


Producing Taxi Driver (1080p, 9:53): Producer Michael Phillips speaks on his involvement in the project: his attraction to the script, the film's themes, its characters, the work of Director Martin Scorsese and Actor Robert De Niro, the friction between the filmmakers and the studio, and other fascinating insights. Writer Paul Schrader also shares a few thoughts throughout the piece.


God's Lonely Man (1080p, 21:42): An in-depth look at Travis Bickle, set against the backdrop of Writer Paul Schrader discussing his personal background and his influences in and process of writing the script.


Influence and Appreciation: A Martin Scorsese Tribute (1080p, 18:30): Oliver Stone, Paul Schrader, Roger Corman, Robert De Niro, Robert Kolker, and others speak on the work and style of Director Martin Scorsese while also exploring the man behind the films.


Taxi Driver Stories (1080p, 22:23): Former cab drivers discuss working in New York City in the 1970s.


Making Taxi Driver (480p, 1:10:55): A comprehensive documentary that covers the entire filmmaking process, looking at the qualities and themes of the film, the work of the cast and crew, the film's legacy, and plenty more. Much of the information overlaps from previous commentaries and supplements, but viewers looking for a piece that's thorough but a bit more concise than the entire supplemental package will find much value here.


Travis' New York (1080p, 6:16): Taxi Driver Cinematographer Michael Chapman and former New York Mayor Ed Koch discuss the New York of the 1970s.


Travis' New York Locations (1080p, 4:49): A fascinating split-screen feature that shows nine clips from the 1975 film alongside the same New York locations as they were in 2006.


Intro to Storyboards by Martin Scorsese (1080p, 4:32): The director speaks on the importance of storyboarding to his success.


Storyboard to Film Comparison (1080p, 8:21): Various scenes played alongside their hand-drawn storyboard counterparts.


Galleries (1080p, 9:28): Bernard Herrmann Score, On Location, Publicity Materials, and Scorsese at Work.


Taxi Driver Theatrical Trailer (480p, 2:09).

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Edge, re: the British films below. I am a big British film fan. I have a friend in England that sends me obscure titles and he has been picking up films with Sidney James because he nows I like to see him do dramatic films, too. His latest batch to me will include:


Night Beat 1948

Once A Jolly Swagman 1948

Man in Black 1949

Park Plaza 605 1953

The Flanagan Boy 1953

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That Ben Hur set looks pretty awesome

An upcoming release for genre Kaiju fans...although no release date has been announced but according to a few people (including August Ragone) is that

*Godzilla vs. Megalon* will be released on DVD from Media Blasters and given the royal treatment (widescreen,etc)

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Shout Factory has a 4 movie horror set coming up as well

*Lady Frankenstein*

*Velvet Vampire*



Actually Shout is releasing a lot of cult titles everything from Deathstalker to Robot Wars, Crash and Burn etc...

I know these posts are usually read by classic film fans but there must be a few genre lovers out there as well :)

And Lady Frankenstein does have Joseph Cotton in it :D


Edited by: TripleHHH on Apr 2, 2011 7:22 AM

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Word from France is that these following titles will be released there on Blu. Hopefully, they will also be coming out here.


August 2011

The Guns of Navarone


September 2011

The Caine Mutiny


October 2011

Chariots of Fire


Nov./Dec 2011

A Streetcar Named Desire

Meet Me in St. Louis

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from blu-ray.com


The Criterion Collection has announced six titles for Blu-ray release in July. On July 12th, the independent studio will release *Naked* (Mike Leigh, 1993). A week later, it will release *The Music Room* (Satyajit Ray, 1958) and *Beauty and the Beast* (Jean Cocteau, 1946). And finally, on July 26th it will release *High and Low* (Akira Kurosawa, 1963), *L?on Morin, Priest* (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1961), and *Life During Wartime* (Todd Solondz, 2010).


Technical specs and special features include:



Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Mike Leigh, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack

Audio commentary by Leigh and actors David Thewlis and Katrin Cartlidge

Exclusive video interview with director Neil LaBute

An episode of the BBC program The Art Zone in which author Will Self interviews Leigh

The Short and Curlies, a short comedy from 1982 directed by Leigh and starring Thewlis, with audio commentary by Leigh

Original theatrical trailer

PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by film critics Derek Malcolm and Amy Taubin


_Beauty and the Beast_

High-definition digital transfer from restored film elements, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

Composer Philip Glass's opera La Belle et la B?te, presented in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio as an alternate soundtrack

Two commentaries: one by film historian Arthur Knight and one by writer and cultural historian Sir Christopher Frayling

Screening at the Majestic, a 1995 documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew

Interview with cinematographer Henri Alekan

Rare behind-the-scenes photos and publicity stills

Film restoration demonstration

Original trailer, directed and narrated by director Jean Cocteau, plus restoration trailer from 1995

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Geoffrey O'Brien, a piece on the film by Cocteau, excerpts from Francis Steegmuller's 1970 book Cocteau: A Biography, and an introduction to Glass's opera by the composer


_The Music Room_

New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition

Satyajit Ray (1984), a feature documentary by Shyam Benegal that chronicles Ray's career and includes interviews with the filmmaker, family photographs, and extensive clips from his films

New interview with filmmaker Mira Nair

New interview in which Ray biographer Andrew Robinson discusses the making of The Music Room and the film's cultural significance

Excerpt from a 1981 French roundtable discussion with Ray, film critic Michel Ciment, and filmmaker Claude Sautet

New and improved English subtitle translation

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Kemp as well as reprints of a 1963 essay by Ray and a 1986 interview with the director about the film's music


_High and Low_

High-definition digital restoration, with original four-track surround sound presented in DTS-HD Master Audio

Audio commentary by Akira Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince

Documentary on the making of High and Low, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create

Rare video interview with actor Toshiro Mifune

Video interview with actor Tsutomu Yamazaki, who plays the kidnapper

Theatrical trailers from Japan and the U.S.

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien and a reprinted on- set account by Japanese film scholar Donald Richie


_L?on Morin, Priest_

New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

Archival interview with director Jean-Pierre Melville and actor Jean-Paul Belmondo

Visual essay by French film scholar Ginette Vincendeau

Original theatrical trailer

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic and novelist Gary Indiana


_Life During Wartime_

New digital transfer, supervised and approved by director of photography Ed Lachman, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition

Ask Todd, an audio Q&A with director Todd Solondz

Making "Life During Wartime," a new documentary featuring interviews with actors Shirley Henderson, Allison Janney, Michael Lerner, Paul Reubens, Ally Sheedy, and Michael Kenneth Williams, and on-set footage of the actors and crew

New video piece in which Lachman discusses his work on the film

Original theatrical trailer

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Sterritt

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Legend Films, who are known for licensing classic catalog titles from Paramount Pictures, have revealed that they will release on Blu-ray as double packs on May 3rd:




Houdini (George Marshall, 1953) with Those Daring Young Men In Their Jaunty Jalopies (Ken Annakin, 1969)




The Skull (Freddie Francis, 1965) with The Man Who Could Cheat Death (Terence Fisher, 1959),


List price for each is $16.95. They are up on Amazon now, but the best deal seems to be at Best Buy for $12.99.


And below I mentioned Criterion is releasing Beauty and the Beast on Blu. Here is the cover art. I have to admit, I love this cover



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Kino is releasing "Buster Keaton Shorts Collection (1920-23)" and the description is as follows:



For the first time ever, Kino International proudly presents a box set of all of Buster Keaton?s classic silent short films in one collection. All films have been digital remastered in high definition and include all new extras.




The High Sign (1920/21, 19 Min.)

One Week (1920, 24 Min.)

Convict 13 (1920, 19 Min.)

The Scarecrow (1920, 18 Min.)

Neighbors (1921, 19 Min.)

The Haunted House (1921, 20 Min.)

Hard Luck (1921, 21 Min.)




The Goat (1921, 23 Min.)

The Play House (1921, 23 Min.)

The Boat (1921, 23 Min.)

The Paleface (1922, 20 Min.)

Cops (1922, 18 Min.)

My Wife?s Relations (1922, 17 Min.)




The Blacksmith (1922, 21 Min.)

The Frozen North (1922, 17 Min.)

Day Dreams (1922, 19 Min.)

The Electric House (1922, 23 Min.)

The Balloonatic (1923, 22 Min.)

The Love Nest (1923, 20 Min.)



Fifteen visual essays, illustrated with clips and stills, written by various Keaton experts.


Four visual essays on the film?s locations by Silent Echoes author John Bengston


Eight page booklet with an essay by Jeffrey Vanc, author of Buster Keaton Remembered


The Men Who Would Be Buster, a collection of clips from slapstick films influenced by Keaton?s work


Character Studies (ca. 1925) a gag film starring Carter DeHaven, with cameos by Keaton, Harold Lloyd Fatty Arbuckle and others


Seeing Stars (excerpts) a 1922 promotional film featuring cameos by Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and others


A series of brief, alternate / deleted shots from The Goat, The Blacksmith and The Ballonatic


Release date is July 12.

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