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Criterion releases for March. Yay!: David Lean and A NIght To Remember (tying in to the 100th anniversary of the sinking).

 

Titles include Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Cgrist, Letter Never Sent, The War Room, amd David Lean Directs Noel Coward boxset - which bundles together In Which We Serve, This Happy Breed, Brief Encounter, and Blithe Spirit - and Roy Ward Baker's A Night To Remember.

 

Of those, A Night to Remember, The Last Temptation of Christ, and Brief Encounter are the only previously available Criterion entries receiving Blu-ray upgrades; the rest are new to the Criterion Collection.

 

Furthermore, the Kalatozov, Hegedus & D.A. Pennebaker, and the three remaining Lean films are making their respective debuts onto the North American Blu-ray format.

 

Quoted below are Criterion's release date and disc specifications for each film.

 

Update: It appears that for the time being, the four David Lean Blu-rays are only available if purchased through the four-disc bundle.

 

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*A Night to Remember (on DVD and Blu-ray March 27th, 2012)*

New high-definition digital restoration

 

* Uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition

* Audio commentary by Don Lynch and Ken Marschall, author and illustrator of Titanic: An Illustrated History

* The Making of A Night to Remember, a sixty-minute documentary from 1993 featuring William MacQuitty's rare behind-the-scenes footage

* Archival interview with Titanic survivor Eva Hart

* En natt att minas, a forty-five-minute Swedish documentary from 1962 featuring interviews with Titanic survivors

* Trailer

* A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Sragow

 

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*David Lean Directs Noël Coward (on DVD and Blu-ray March 27th, 2012) —*

 

* New high-definition digital transfers of the BFI National Archive's 2008 restorations

* Uncompressed monaural soundtracks

* Audio commentary on Brief Encounter by film historian Bruce Eder

* New interviews with Noël Coward scholar Barry Day on all of the films

* Interview with cinematographer-screenwriter-producer Ronald Neame from 2010

* Short documentaries from 2000 on the making of In Which We Serve and Brief Encounter

* David Lean: A Self Portrait - a 1971 television documentary on Lean's career

* Episode of the British television series The Southbank Show from 1992 on the life and career of Coward

* Audio recording of a 1969 conversation between Richard Attenborough and Coward at London's National Film Theatre

* Trailers

* A booklet featuring essays by Ian Christie, Terrence Rafferty, Farran Nehne, Geoffrey O'Brien, and Kevin Brownlow

 

 

 

 

 

 

*The Last Temptation of Christ (on Blu-ray March 13th, 2012) —*

* Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and editor Thelma Schoonmaker

* 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack by supervising sound editor Skip Lievsay

* Audio commentary featuring director Martin Scorsese, actor Willem Dafoe, and writers Paul Schrader and Jay ****

* Galleries of production stills, research materials, and costume designs

* Location production footage shot by Scorsese

* Interview with composer Peter Gabriel, with a stills gallery of traditional instruments used in the score

* An essay by film critic David Ehrenstein

 

*Letter Never Sent (on DVD and Blu-ray March 20th, 2012) —*

* New high-definition digital restoration

* Uncompressed monaural soundtrack

* New English subtitle translation

* A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Dina Iordanova

 

*The War Room (on DVD and Blu-ray March 20th, 2012) —*

* New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by directors D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus

* 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack

* Return of the War Room, a 2008 documentary in which advisers James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, and Paul Begala and others reflect on the effect the Clinton war room had on the way campaigns are run

* Making The War Room, a conversation between the filmmakers about the difficulties of shooting in the campaign's fast-paced environment

* Panel discussion hosted by the William J. Clinton Foundation and featuring Carville, Clinton adviser Vernon Jordan, journalist Ron Brownstein, and surprise guest Bill Clinton

* Interview with strategist Stanley Greenberg on the increasing importance of polling

* A booklet featuring an essay by writer Louis Menand

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I know we now have a separate Olive thread, and a separate TCM Vault/WB - which is not complete now since there is also TCM Vault/Universal but no thread yet, and a separate thread for this and a separate thread for that and a separate thread for whathaveyou, etc. etc., but I always thought that if it was non-MOD it should be here in the Upcoming Releases thread, which is the reason it was created way back when, a catch all for everything.

 

So here are two more upcoming releases from Olive, coming Feb. 28th:

 

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I don't like either of the covers, but I am glad to see Mike Connors on the WLHS cover.

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Paramount Home Entertainment has officially announced that it will release on Blu-ray Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller (1955), starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant. Winner of Oscar Award for Best Cinematography (Robert Burks, North By Northwest, The Birds), To Catch A Thief will be available for purchase on March 6th.

 

Special Features:

* Commentary by Dr. Drew Casper, Hitchcock Film Historian

* A Night with the Hitchcocks

* Unacceptable Under the Code: Film Censorship in America

* Writing and Casting To Catch A Thief

* The Making of To Catch A Thief

* Behind the Gates: Cary Grant and Grace Kelly

* Alfred Hitchcock and To Catch A Thief: An Appreciation

* Edith Head: The Paramount Years

* If You Love To Catch A Thief, You'll Love this Interactive Travelogue

* Theatrical Trailer

* Galleries: \- Movie \- Publicity \- Visitors to the Set \- Production

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from Blu-ray.com:

 

In a recently published interview, filmmaker and producer Bret Wood has revealed that Kino Lorber are planning to release a number of exciting titles in 2012, amongst them Louis Feuillade's classic (1915) and Donald Crisp and Buster Keaton's The Navigator (1924).

 

According to Wood, in addition to more Jean Rollin films (not yet specified) the studio is also planning to release on DVD three previously unavailable in the U.S. films directed by Fritz Lang: Hara-Kiri (1919), The Wandering Shadow (1920), and Four Around a Woman (1921).

 

Lastly, Wood has also confirmed that all of the upcoming Jean Rollin Blu-ray releases will be Region-Free.

 

Here is a link to the interview:

 

http://requiemforjeanrollin.blogspot.com/2012/01/fascination-q-with-kino-lorbers-bret.html

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More silent news from blu-ray.com:

 

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French distributors Lobster Films have revealed that they are preparing a Blu-ray release of Georges Méliès' Le Voyage dans la Lune a.k.a Voyage to the Moon (1902). This legendary short film, which was meticulously restored after a hand-colored print was discovered in 2002 (filmlover's note: believe that should be 1993), is considered the screen's first science fiction story.

 

In addition to Le voyage dans la Lune, Lobster Films' release will also include director Méliès' shorts Le Chevalier mystère a.k.a The Mysterious Knight (1899), L'antre des esprits a.k.a The House of Mystery (1901), Le royaume des fées a.k.a Fairyland: A Kingdom of Fairies (1903), Le tonnerre de Jupiter a.k.a Jupiter's Thunderballs (1903), Les cartes vivantes a.k.a The Living Playing Cards (1904), and Le chaudron infernal a.k.a The Infernal Boiling Pot (1903).

 

Exact technical specs and region coding status for this release are unknown at the moment, but the preliminary release date set by the French distributors is April 26th.

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Criterion has posted a March 27 release date for a box of all four David Lean/Noel Coward collaborations:

 

*In Which We Serve*

*This Happy Breed*

*Blithe Spirit*

*Brief Encounter*

 

I hope this is not too pricy or that someone has a good sale on it. There are many extras in addition to the films.

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Sorry if this is posted in the wrong place, I've never posted on the boards before. I was just wondering if these releases are legit, I haven't seen any information about it on the site or TCM store, so I was just wondering. It's been a while since I've seen any future releases for TCM's Greatest Classics.

 

A Ketherine Hepburn set

http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=8652863

 

Doris Day set

http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=8652864

 

Edward G. Robinson Set

http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=8652854

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Sorry if this is posted in the wrong place, I've never posted on the boards before. I was just wondering if these releases are legit, I haven't seen any information about it on the site or TCM store, so I was just wondering. It's been a while since I've seen any future releases for TCM's Greatest Classics.

 

A Ketherine Hepburn set

http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=8652863

 

Doris Day set

http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=8652864

 

Edward G. Robinson Set

http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=8652854

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From Time to time I order from the website offering these releases. Mainly I purchase Polish movies and other non-english items and everything has been a legitimate release.

 

Right now I am waiting for a live dvd concert by Tiziano Ferro from them.

It is a good idea to do some homework about the websites before making an order.

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Some interesting news:

 

As part of its 100th Anniversary this year, Universal Studios will unveil the results of its extensive film restoration campaign. Beginning this year, thirteen Universal titles will benefit from the studio's labors. The list includes:

* All Quiet on the Western Front

* The Birds

* Bride of Frankenstein

* Abbott and Costello's Buck Privates

* The English and Spanish language Dracula versions filmed in 1931

* Frankenstein

* Jaws

* Out of Africa

* Pillow Talk

* Schindler's List

* The Sting

* To Kill A Mockingbird

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Universal's Technical Operations Head Michael Daruty stresses the thoroughness of this project, as "the restorations...took three to six months each and cost $250,000 to $600,000 per title."

 

Daruty also hinted at similar film treatment in the future, noting that "this was a commitment by the company to say, 'We're gonna devote funding and most probably continue that effort year over year, to try and preserve and restore the legacy of the company...whether we're gonna get our money back in that first year or not.' "

 

The only caveat is that not all of the aforementioned films will receive Blu-ray treatment; Universal has only definitively confirmed All Quiet on the Western Front, Jaws, Out of Africa, and To Kill a Mockingbird Blu-rays.

 

However, the studio's official press release includes a detail that "highly anticipated Blu-ray releases of Universal's Classic Monster and Alfred Hitchcock series" will street later in the year, which bodes well for expecting The Birds, Bride of Frankenstein, both Dracula versions, and Frankenstein HD upgrades.

 

Update: Included in their restoration press release is a mention of E.T., which, while not officially part of Universal's 2012 restoration slate, will receive a 30th Anniversary Blu-ray Edition this year.

 

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News from clasicflix.com:

 

More Paramount titles via Olive Films have been announced with a *March 27th* release date. They are:

 

Frank Sinatra (DVD & Blu-Ray):

Come Blow Your Horn

Assault On A Queen

 

Jerry Lewis (DVD & Blu-Ray):

It's Only Money

Who's Minding The Store?

 

Some 1950's dramas on DVD:

No Man of Her Own

Something To Live For

 

Also out is 1963's Dean Martin and Lana Turner comedy Who's Got the Action? with Eddie Albert and Walter Matthau on both standard & Blu-Ray.

 

 

 

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Misc. Blu news:

 

Earlier this month Blu-ray.com announced that French distributors Lobster Films are preparing a Blu-ray release of Georges Méliès' legendary short film Le Voyage dans la Lune a.k.a. *A Trip to the Moon* (1902). Flicker Alley have now revealed that they are also planning to release the original hand-painted color version of the film in the United States, in a limited-edition SteelBook case.

The Blu-ray will also feature a fascinating documentary directed by Serge Bromberg and Eric Lange about the life of Georges Méliès and the magic of film history and preservation. The preliminary street date set by the studio is March 27th.

 

This year, MGM and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will bring the *Bond 50* collection to Blu-ray. Commemorating the iconic spy's fiftieth anniversary, the box set includes twenty-two Bond thrillers - including nine never-before-released on Blu-ray - beginning with Dr. No and ending with Quantum of Solace. MGM and Fox's official press release notes that the set comes "...with more than 130 hours of bonus features including some new and exclusive content." Though the U.S. set hasn't been given a return date, in the UK the set has a release date of Oct. 1, 2012. (A new Bond film, Skyfall, opens in theaters Nov. 9, 2012.) Hipefully, the 9 that haven't been released on Blu will get individual releases.

 

Bernardo Bertolucci's *The Conformist* will get a Blu/DVD combo release in the UK on Feb. 27th.

 

*The Wild Geese* (1978), starring Roger Moore and Richard Burton will get a combo Blu/DVD release, but it is inknown what the release date and region coding will be.

 

 

 

 

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Criterion releases for April. Nothing really classic-era this time around.

 

Titles include *A Hollis Frampton Odyssey* short film collection, Yasujiro Ozu's *Late Spring*, Robert M. Young's* ¡Alambrista!*, Hal Ashby's *Harold and Maude*, and Mario Monicelli's *The Organizer*, and *Eclipse Series 32: Pearls of the Czech New Wave*.

 

Of those, Late Spring is the only previously available Criterion entry receiving a Blu-ray upgrade; the rest are new to the Criterion Collection on Blu-ray and DVD. Eclipse Series 32 is DVD only.

 

Furthermore, the Frampton, Young, Ashby, and Monicelli films are making their respective debuts onto the North American Blu-ray format.

 

Quoted below are Criterion's release date and disc specifications for each film.

 

A Hollis Frampton Odyssey (April 9th, 2012) —

* New high-definition digital restorations of twenty-four films: - Manual of Arms \- Process Red \- Maxwell's Demon \- Surface Tension \- Carrots & Peas \- Lemon \- Zorns Lemma \- (nostalgia) \- Poetic Justice \- Critical Mass \- The Birth of Magellan: Cadenza I \- Pans 0–4 and 697–700 \- INGENIVM NOBIS IPSA PVELLA FECIT, Part I \- Magellan: At the Gates of Death, Part I: The Red Gate I, 0 \- Winter Solstice \- Gloria!

* Uncompressed monaural soundtracks

* Audio commentary and remarks by filmmaker Hollis Frampton on selected works

* Excerpted interview with Frampton from 1978

* A Lecture, a performance piece by Frampton, recorded in 1968 with the voice of artist Michael Snow

* Gallery of works from Frampton's xerographic series By Any Other Name

* A booklet with an introduction by film critic Ed Halter and essays and capsules on the films by Frampton scholars Ken Eisenstein, Bruce Jenkins, and Michael Zryd

 

Late Spring (April 17th, 2012) —

* High-definition digital restoration

* Uncompressed monaural soundtrack

* Audio commentary by Richard Peña, program director of New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center

* Tokyo-ga (1985), filmmaker Wim Wenders's ninety-two-minute documentary about director Yasujiro Ozu

* A booklet featuring essays by critic Michael Atkinson and Japanese-film historian Donald Richie

 

Alambrista! (April 17th, 2012) —

* New high-definition digital restoration

* 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack

* New audio commentary featuring director Robert M. Young and coproducer Michael Hausman

* New interview with actor Edward James Olmos

* Children of the Fields, a 1973 short documentary by Young - Accompanied by a new interview with the director

* Trailer

* A booklet featuring an essay by film historian Charles Ramírez-Berg

 

Harold and Maude (April 17th, 2012) —

* New high-definition digital restoration

* Uncompressed monaural soundtrack

* Optional remastered stereo soundtrack

* Audio commentary by Hal Ashby biographer Nick Dawson and producer Charles B. Mulvehill

* Illustrated audio excerpts of seminars by Ashby and writer-producer Colin Higgins

* New interview with songwriter Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens)

* A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Wood; a 1971 New York Times profile of star Ruth Gordon; and excerpted transcripts of two interviews, one from 1997 with star Bud Cort and director of photography John Alonzo and one from 2001 with executive producer Mildred Lewis

 

The Organizer (April 24th, 2012) —

* New high-definition digital restoration

* Uncompressed monaural soundtrack

* Introduction by director Mario Monicelli from 2006

* Trailer

* An essay by film critic J. Hoberman

 

Eclipse Series 32: Pearls of the Czech New Wave (April 24th, 2012) —

 

Includes: Pearls of the Deep (1966), Daisies (1966), A Report onthe Party and Guests (1966), Return of the Prodigal Son (1967), Capricious Summer (1968), and The Joke (1969).

 

 

 

Available for pre-ordering on Amazon.

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*Pal Joey* is coming on Blu from Twilight Time on Feb. 14th.

 

Extras include:

 

* Isolated score track

* Backstage and at Home with Kim Novak featurette

* Original theatrical trailer

* Liner notes by Julie Kirgo

 

Like others they produce, it is limited to 3,000 copies. And will probably be priced too high again at somewhere from $29.95 to $34.95.

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"Well, that's the way it goes. One in, one out."

 

In March, Warner Home Entertainment will bring the 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition of *Casablanca* to Blu-ray. Warner's new 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition presents an all-new 4K restoration of Casablanca. The exact technical specifications are still unknown for this three-disc set, but the package contains a number of bonus supplements, many of which were not available on Warner's previous Casablanca Ultimate Collector's Edition.

 

Introduction by Lauren Bacall

 

 

Two audio commentaries: - Film critic Roger Ebert

- Film historian Rudy Behlmer

 

 

Roster for Warner's A Night at the Movies viewing mode: - Theatrical trailer for Now Voyager

- Vintage newsreel

- Vaudeville Days short feature

- The Bird Came C.O.D. short feature

- The Squawkin' Hawk short feature

- The Dover Boys at Pimento University or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall short feature

 

 

Eight behind-the-scenes documentaries:

- Michael Curtiz: The Greatest Director You Never Heard Of

- Casablanca: An Unlikely Classic

- You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story

- The Brothers Warner

- Jack L. Warner: The Last Mogul

- Great Performances: Bacall on Bogart

- You Must Remember This: A Tribute to Casablanca

- As Time Goes By: The Children Remember

 

* Deleted scenes

* Outtakes

* Who Holds Tomorrow? feature

* Carrotblanca Looney Tunes cartoon

* Scoring the Casablanca stage sessions

* Two vintage Casablanca radio broadcasts: - 4/26/43: Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater \ - 11/19/47: Vox Pop

 

The 70th Anniversary Edition of Casablanca streets on March 27th.

 

 

 

 

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FOX has announced the US BR release of TITANIC on April 3 which stars Barbara Stanwyck and Clifton Webb. Can't wait for this one as well as the Criterion BR of A NIGHT TO REMEMBER. Here are the extras which might duplicate the previously released DVD.

 

 

Commentary by Film Critic Richard Schickel

 

Commentary by Robert Wagner, Audrey Dalton and Cinematographer Michael Lonza "Beyond Titanic" Documentary Movietone Newsreels (1953) Audio Essay by Titanic Historian Silvia Stoddard Still Gallery Theatrical Trailer

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