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The Criterion Collection has announced six titles being releases in March. On March 12th, the studio will release Ministry of Fear (Fritz Lang, 1944) and The Blob (Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr., 1958). A week later, it will release Badlands (Terrence Malick, 1973) and The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp (Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger, 1943). On May 26th, it will release A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson, 1956) and Monsieur Verdoux (Charles Chaplin, 1947).


Special features include:


*Ministry of Fear - DVD and Blu-ray*


* New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition

* New interview with Fritz Lang scholar Joe McElhaney

* Trailer

* PLUS: An essay by critic Glenn Kenny


*The Blob - Blu-ray (DVD already released)*



* New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition * Two audio commentaries: one by producer Jack H. Harris and film historian Bruce Eder and the other by director Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. and actor Robert Fields * Trailer * Blobabilia!, a gallery of collector Wes Shank's rare trove of stills, posters, props (including the blob itself!), and other ephemera * PLUS: An essay by critic Kim Newman

*Badlands - DVD and Blu-ray*+



* New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition * Making "Badlands," a new documentary featuring actors Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek and production designer Jack Fisk * New interview with editor Billy Weber about director Terrence Malick's unique approach to editing * New interview with producer Edward Pressman * Trailer * PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda

*The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp - Blu-ray and DVD*+



* New 4K digital master from the 2012 Film Foundation restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition * Audio commentary featuring director Michael Powell and filmmaker Martin Scorsese * Video introduction by Scorsese * A Profile of "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp," a twenty-four-minute documentary * Restoration demonstration, hosted by Scorsese * Interview with editor Thelma Schoonmaker Powell, Michael Powell's widow * Gallery featuring rare behind-the-scenes production stills * Gallery tracing the history of David Low's original Colonel Blimp cartoons * PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Molly Haskell

*A Man Escaped - DVD and Blu-ray*+


* New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition * Bresson: Without a Trace, a 1965 episode of the television program Cinéastes de notre temps in which the director gives his first on-camera interview * The Essence of Forms, a forty-five-minute documentary from 2010 in which some of Bresson's collaborators and admirers, including actor François Leterrier and director Bruno Dumont, share their thoughts about the director and his work * New visual essay with text by film scholars David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson * Trailer * New English subtitle translation * PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Tony Pipolo

*Monsieur Verdoux* + DVD and Blu-ray



* New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition * Chaplin Today: "Monsieur Verdoux," a 2003 program on the film's production and release, featuring filmmaker Claude Chabrol and actor Norman Lloyd * Charlie Chaplin and the American Press, a new documentary featuring Chaplin specialist Kate Guyonvarch and author Charles Maland * New video essay featuring an audio interview with actress Marilyn Nash * Radio advertisements and trailers * PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky and reprinted pieces by Chaplin and critic André Bazin+

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Besides the aforementioned Diary of a Chambermaid, Olive will be releasing on DVD and Blu-ray for February 26th release:


Lady for a Night (1942) - John Wayne, Joan Blondell, Philip Merivale, Blanche Yurka, Ray Middleton


The Red Menace (1949) - Robert Rockwell, Hannelore Axman,


She Devil (1957) - Mari Blanchard, Jack Kelly, Albert Dekker, John Archer, Fay Baker


Strangers in the Night (1944) - William Terry, Virginia Grey


And here is a page of film noir titles from the Olive catalog for 2012-2013



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filmlover, way too much coming. I am trying to keep it under control but its hard. Olive titles expensive so I am choosey the same with Criterion, but at least these go on sale frequently. Like film noir but many of those titles I will pass. I have bought several of the FOX MOD titles. So where along the lne I may have to cut back drastically.

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Yes, filmlover, collecting can be a drug. However, as I said before no new films for me, foreign (rarely), TV which does help. I do try to watch everything I buy. But in rare cases I play the disc more than one except maybe for muscals. Try to sell everything that i update to BR, but still there is much coming. And not everything that is updated to BR I buy. Still have to draw the line somewhere. I am trying to thin out my collection but its hard to get rid of movies you are fond of. Occasionally I wil buy something on impulse which has to stop. I am trying to make a resolution that in 2013 I will be hard on myself in buying new discs.

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Filmlover, have you noticed the price of GUYS AND DOLLS blu ray is still very hgh for some reason? Even other sellers are charging much. One seller has it for over $50 on Amazon which is totally nuts and its used I believe. This is not a rare title and I wonder why the price remains high? Its a want for me but not at this price.

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New Olive releases on Blu-ray for March 26th, all John Wayne films.




A Man Betrayed (1941) - Frances Dee, Edward Ellis, Wallace Ford, Ward Bond, Harold Huber


The Lawless Nineties (1936) - Ann Rutherford, Harry Woods, George 'Gabby' Hayes


Westward Ho (1935) - Sheila Bromley, Frank McGlynn Jr., Jim Farley, Jack Curtis (Previously released on DVD)


Wyoming Outlaw (1939) - Ray Corrigan, Raymond Hatton, Don 'Red' Barry

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The Criterion Collection has announced five titles for release in April. On April 9th, the studio will release Richard III (Laurence Olivier, 1955), Gate of Hell (Teinosuke Kinugasa, 1953), and Naked Lunch (David Cronenberg, 1981). A week later, it will release Repo Man (Alex Cox, 1984). On April 23rd, it will release a collection of films by director-actor Pierre Etaix. They are also releasing Eclipse Series 38: Masaki Kobayashi Against the System, a 4-DVD set on April 16th.


Special features include:


*Richard III* - Blu-ray







New high-definition digital master of the Film Foundation's 2012 restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition

Audio commentary by playwright and stage director Russell Lees and John Wilders, former governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company

Interview with actor Laurence Olivier from a 1966 episode of the BBC series Great Acting, hosted by theater critic Kenneth Tynan

Gallery of behind-the-scenes and production stills and posters, accompanied by excerpts from Olivier's autobiography, On Acting

Twelve-minute television trailer featuring footage of Olivier, producer Alexander Korda, and other cast and crew from the film


A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Amy Taubin in the Blu-ray edition








*Gate of Hell* - Blu-ray and DVD







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

New English subtitle translation

A booklet featuring an essay by film historian Stephen Prince+


*Naked Lunch*


High-definition digital transfer, approved by director David Cronenberg, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack

Audio commentary featuring Cronenberg and actor Peter Weller

Naked Making Lunch, a 1992 television documentary by Chris Rodley about the making of the film

Special effects gallery, featuring artwork and photos alongside an essay by Cinefex magazine editor Jody Duncan

Collection of original marketing materials

Audio recording of William S. Burroughs reading from his novel Naked Lunch

Gallery of photos taken by poet Allen Ginsberg of Burroughs

A booklet featuring reprinted pieces by film critic Janet Maslin, director Chris Rodley, critic and novelist Gary Indiana, and Burroughs


*Repo Man* - Blu-ray and DVD


New high-definition digital restoration, approved by director Alex Cox, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition

Audio commentary featuring Cox, executive producer Michael Nesmith, casting director Victoria Thomas, and actors Sy Richardson, Zander Schloss, and Del Zamora

Interviews with Cox, Richardson, and Zamora; producers Peter McCarthy and Jonathan Wacks; actors Olivia Barash, Dick Rude, Miguel Sandoval, and Harry Dean Stanton; musicians Keith Morris and Iggy Pop; and Sam Cohen, the inventor of the neutron bomb

Deleted scenes

The complete "cleaned-up" television version of the film, prepared by Cox


A booklet featuring an essay by critic Sam McPheeters; an illustrated production history by Cox, with his original comic and film proposal; and a 1987 interview with real-life repo man Mark Lewis


*Pierre Etaix* - Blu-ray and DVD

\French comedy master whose films went unseen for decades as a result of legal tangles, director-actor Pierre Etaix is a treasure the cinematic world has rediscovered and taken up with relish. His work can be placed in the spectrum of classic physical comedy with that of Jacques Tati and Jerry Lewis, but it also stands alone. These films, influenced by Etaix's experiences as a circus acrobat and clown and by the silent film comedies he adored, are elegantly deadpan, but as an on-screen presence, Etaix radiates warmth. This collection includes all of his films, including five features, The Suitor (1962), Yoyo (1965), As Long as You've Got Your Health (1966), Le grand amour (1969), and Land of Milk and Honey (1971)—most of them collaborations with the great screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière—and three shorts, Rupture (1961), the Oscar-winning Happy Anniversary (1962), and Feeling Good (1966).


Special Features:







New digital restorations of all five features and three short films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray edition

New interview with director Pierre Etaix

New video introductions by Etaix to seven of the films

Pierre Etaix, un destin animé (2010), a portrait of the life and work of the director by his wife, Odile Etaix

New English subtitle translation

A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Cairns


*Eclipse Series 38: Masaki Kobayashi Against the System* - DVD only


Films include: The Thick-Walled Room (1953), I Will Buy You (1956), Black River (1957), and The Inheritance (1962).

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March 26th is turning out to be a busy day for Olive Films. Besides the John Wayne films mentioned two posts down, they are also releasing on Blu-ray and DVD:


The Atomic Kid (1954) - Mickey Rooney, Robert Strauss, Elaine Devry, Bill Goodwin, Whit Bissell


China Gate (1957) - Gene Barry, Angie Dickinson, Nat 'King' Cole, Paul Dubov, Lee Van Cleef & dir. by Samuel Fuller


The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) - Jean Arthur, Robert Cummings, Charles Coburn, Edmund Gwenn, Spring Byington, S.Z. Sakall, William Demarest & dir. by Sam Wood


Hell's Half Acre (1954) - Wendell Corey, Evelyn Keyes, Elsa Lanchester, Marie Windsor, Nancy Gates


Ruthless (1948) - Zachary Scott, Louis Hayward, Diana Lynn, Sydney Greenstreet, Lucille Bremer, Martha Vickers, Raymond Burr & dir. by Edgar G. Ulmer


The Sun Shines Bright (1953) - Charles Winniger, Arleen Whelan, John Russell, Stepin Fetchit, Grant Withers, Milburn Stone & dir. by John Ford






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Thanks for the updates, filmlover! Very glad to see The Devil and Miss Jones on Olive's schedule. The more Jean Arthur the merrier. :)


I wasn't sure where to mention this, but I thought some of you might be interested -


FoxConnect is taking votes for which classics you'd like to see released on Blu. You get one vote per day per decade:




I indulged myself quite a bit with the suggest-a-title feature at the bottom. Despite my humble pleas, something tells me The Affairs of Cellini and Zoo in Budapest are still never going to see the light of day. :(


But Cluny Brown and Forever Amber should certainly have been included among the 40s choices. Just sayin' . . .



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The 1953 Titanic was supposed to be released in the U.S. early last year but it got yanked from the schedule. However, the UK did release it (I have that one and it is region free and looks really good.) Then, finally, the U.S. Blu came out a few days ago.


importcds.com has it for $15.




Here's a review:



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> {quote:title=filmlover wrote:}{quote}Thanks, Nora. Yes, the choices are few. I wrote in The Mark of Zorro for the 1940s.

Thanks for the reminder about Zorro! I went back and wrote than one in, too. I'm actually surprised that it wasn't listed as a choice. It's certainly a larger-name title than say, My Gal Sal or Hello, Frisco Hello (nothing against those films :) ).


Of course, the maddening thing is *ALL* of these films should be getting Blu-ray treatment! And then some! I probably wrote in a dozen or more titles. Fox was really good about releasing their older titles once upon a time.


And I'm totally with you, Edgecliff - I cannot understand why Forever Amber has never been released.







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Twilight Time will be releasing the following titles on Blu-ray:


In Like Flint

Nicholas and Alexandra

Pony Soldier


They will ship from Screen Archives Entertainment on February 12th


In other news, Cohen Media will be releasing the silent version of The Thief of Bagdad on Feb. 19th. Publicity material says it will be newly restored and remastered in 2K. The Cohen Film Collection's Blu-ray release features a new presentation restored from two 35mm negatives and incorporating the color tints and tones of the original release prints. Carl Davis' score and the film's soundtrack, meanwhile, is presented via DTS-HD Master Audio. Extras include:


* Audio Commentary with Douglas Fairbanks Biographer Jeffrey Vance

* Featurette discussing the film and its impact, complete with rare behind-the-scenes photos


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Charles S. Cohen, Chairman and CEO of the Cohen Media Group, today announced the arrival of the Cohen Film Collection, a world-renowned collection of rare cinematic gems, which will be meticulously restored and enhanced for generations to come. The Cohen Film Collection (formerly The Rohauer Library), will include more than 700 films – from enduring Hollywood classics to foreign masterpieces and seminal avant-garde works – which will undergo complete digital restoration so that the best possible versions of these historic films are available across all platforms of delivery. Many of these films will be theatrically re-released, while others will join the Collection on Blu-ray and DVD.


The first release from The Collection, Tristana, is currently in theaters and will be debuting on Blu-ray and DVD this March. Coming to Blu-ray and DVD on February 19, 2013, will be The Thief of Bagdad, Douglas Fairbanks' 1924 fantasy epic that marked a new peak for action cinema during the silent era. The Thief of Bagdad has been digitally restored in 2k from two 35mm negatives incorporating color tints and tones of the original release prints. Featuring state-of-the-art sound, the Carl Davis orchestral score and accompanied by audio commentary and numerous extras, The Thief of Bagdad Blu-ray and DVD indicates the care Cohen will be taking with all releases from this collection.


Many titles in the collection are rare; the collection has the only known materials for some films. Exclusive licenses and contracts
bring to the Collection original nitrate elements camera negatives, prints and other materials unavailable elsewhere, to assure the best High Definitions transfers possible.


Highlights of The Cohen Film Collection include:

* The General (1926). The Collection has the original nitrate camera negative of Buster Keaton's Civil War comic masterpiece and is creating, in partnership with The Library of Congress, a 4K scan from a safety fine-grain positive master newly struck for the restoration. The Collection also includes Keaton's Sherlock Jr., Our Hospitality, The Navigator, Go West and dozens of his remarkable short films.

* Intolerance (1916). D.W. Griffith's awe-inspiring epic is receiving a 2K restoration that will include an orchestral score by world renowned composer Carl Davis. Other Griffith masterworks in the Collection include The Birth of a Nation (both the 1915 original and the 1930 cut), Broken Blossoms, Way Down East, Orphans of the Storm and many of the groundbreaking shorts directed by the "Father of Film."

* Sudden Fear (1952). David Miller's film noir, starring Joan Crawford and Jack Palance, is receiving a 2K restoration.

* L'Etoile de Mer (1928). This and other experimental shorts by the avant- garde photographer Man Ray will be released.

* Hangmen Also Die (1943). The Collection is working with Britain's Pinewood Studios on a 2K restoration of this Fritz Lang film that will reinstate a short sequence not in the version currently available here.

* Song of Freedom (1936). One of six films in the Collection starring the singer- actor-activist Paul Robeson.

* Son of the Sheik (1926). Rudolph Valentino's last film is being restored from nitrate material held at the Library of Congress. Valentino's Blood and Sand and The Eagle are also in the Collection.

* Jamaica Inn (1939). The Collection will restore this period adventure, the last film Alfred Hitchcock made in England before moving to Hollywood and his first adaptation of a tale by Daphne du Maurier (Rebecca, The Birds).

* Fire Over England (1937). This historical drama marked the first screen pairing of Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier and is being restored to honor, in 2013, the 100th anniversary of Leigh's birth. It's one of four Leigh films in the Collection.

* The Strong Man (1926). Frank Capra's first feature film stars Harry Langdon, generally regarded as one of the quartet of great silent-screen comics along with Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd (all of whom are also represented in the Collection). One of 14 Langdon films in the Collection.

* Douglas Fairbanks films. In addition to The Thief of Bagdad, the Collection includes such early Fairbanks titles as The Lamb and Double Trouble, both from 1915, as well as his later adventure classics The Mark of Zorro, The Three Musketeers, Robin Hood and The Black Pirate. Among the dozens of other Fairbanks titles in the Collection is The Taming of the Shrew, a screen pairing of Fairbanks and his wife, "America's Sweetheart" Mary Pickford.


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Twilight Time has announced an updated release schedule covering the next several months. The new schedule includes these Blu-rays:


The Fury (1978) Blu-ray - March 12th

Christine (1983) Blu-ray - March 12th


The Song of Bernadette (1943) Blu-ray - March 26th

Release brought forward to be ready at Easter time.


Major Dundee (1965) Blu-ray (2-disc set) - April 9th


At Long Last Love (1975) Blu-ray - April 9th (NOTE: Not on the TT label, but exclusively handled by TT for Twentieth Century Fox). TT will be handling all production for this Fox title on behalf of the studio, but it will not be a limited edition.


Philadelphia (1993) Blu-ray - May 14th

Leave Her to Heaven (1945) Blu-ray - May 14th


Hard Times (1975) Blu-ray - June 11th

The Driver (1978) Blu-ray - June 11th

The Only Game In Town (1970) Blu-ray - June 11th



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