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Here is some more info on ES:


Also included are special features such as TCM host Robert Osborne's recent

"Private Screenings" interview with Esther (featured on the Bathing Beauty

DVD), Academy Award?-winning vintage shorts, musical number outtakes, and

classic cartoons. The films will be available only as a collection in a

collectible digi-pak gift and will sell for $49.92 SRP.

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Yes, and I also noticed that TCM is sharing the credit with WHV -


BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The ravishing bathing beauty who pioneered a new genre of moviemaking -- "Aqua Musicals" -- will be seen in some of her splashiest roles when Warner Home Video and Turner Classic Movies showcase TCM Spotlight: Esther Williams on July 17. The collection includes the DVD debuts of five Technicolor films from 'America's Favorite Mermaid' - Bathing Beauty, On an Island with You, Easy to Wed, Neptune's Daughter and Dangerous When Wet.

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Just when I thought Warner's were getting their act back together again, by releasing DVDs individually, as well as in a box set...they have to spoil things, and go back to box set releases only. There are only two films in this Esther Williams set that I want, so it looks like it will be a none purchase for me.


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Just out of curiosity -- and to play devil's advocate -- if the two movies you wanted each sold for $19.99 each, and the box set at the stores is on sale for $39.99... wouldn't that mean you'd be getting a whole set of movies for the same price you'd have paid for 2 single DVDs?

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I think that WBHV feels that these titles won't sell well separately that is why there is no single release of each film. If you like Esther Williams you will buy the boz set. And the price for the box is really good: 6 films for $49.95. And with a good sale you might get more than $12 off the list price which makes this set a bargain.

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Here's more details about what's to be included in the set:

Bathing Beauty (1944)


Rambunctious funnyman Red Skelton joins Esther Williams in this buoyant

(literally) comedy about a lovesick songwriter who enrolls in a women's

college to woo his estranged swimming-teacher wife. Highlights include music

from both Harry James and his Music Makers and Xavier Cugat and his

Orchestra, Skelton in a pink tutu doing unforgivable things to Tchaikovsky

and a spectacular, trendsetting 'chlorine-and-chorine' finale.


Special Features:

? Robert Osborne hosts TCM's Private Screenings with Esther Williams

? Oscar-nominated Short Main Street Today

? Academy Award-winning Cartoon Mouse Trouble

? Theatrical trailer

? Subtitles: English (feature film only)


On an Island with You (1948)


Moonlight swims, swaying palms, Technicolor? sunsets and.cannibals?! Esther

Williams, Peter Lawford, Ricardo Montalban and Cyd Charisse get the

swimming, swaying and sunsets and Jimmy Durante gets the cannibals in this

tune-filled paradise for fans of musical comedy. The frothy plot follows a

swimming movie star (Williams, who else?) pursued by two handsome suitors on

the set of her latest film, but the main point is mostly the songs, romance

and Esther in a sizzling series of swimsuits and sarongs.


Special Features:

? Vintage Romance of Celluloid series short Personalities

? Classic cartoon The Bear and the Hare

? Theatrical trailer

? Subtitles: English (feature film only)


Easy To Wed (1946)


In this fast-paced, romantic comedy - a remake of the screwball 1930's

classic Libeled Lady - the comic bits are legion, with two standouts: Van

Johnson afloat with a baleful spaniel who knows a lot more about duck

hunting than he does, and a laugh-out-loud drunk scene that uncorks the

incomparable lunacy of Lucille Ball. When the local paper runs an untrue

story claiming an heiress (Esther Williams) is a husband stealer, she

prepares to sue for libel. So a newspaper honcho (Keenan Wynn) devises a

counter scheme to compromise her image: He'll arrange a sham wedding between

his fianc?e (Lucille Ball) and a newsroom Romeo (Van Johnson), send the

Romeo to woo the heiress, and make the phony story come true!


Special Features:

? Oscar-nominated Pete Smith Specialty comedy short Sure Cures

? Classic cartoon The Unwelcome Guest

? Theatrical trailers of This Movie and Libeled Lady

? Subtitles: English (feature film only)


Neptune's Daughter (1949)


Longing for a Latin lover, boy-crazy Betty Barrett (Betty Garrett) mistakes

girl-shy Jack Spratt (Red Skelton) for the South American polo team captain

Jos? O'Rourke (Ricardo Montalban). Meanwhile, the real O'Rourke pursues

Betty's elegant sister Eve (Esther Williams). Soon mistaken identities and

romantic complications spin into a dizzy mix of slapstick and flirtatious

fun. All is set to terrific Frank Loesser songs, including Baby, It's Cold

Outside, winner of the 1949 Best Song Oscar?. The film ends not only

happily-ever-after but with (would a Williams fan expect anything less?) a

stupendous water ballet.


Special Features:

? Outtake musical number I Want My Money Back

? Esther Williams cameo sequence from 1951's Callaway Went Thataway

? Oscar-Nominated Pete Smith Specialty comedy short Water Trix

? Oscar-nominated cartoon Hatch Up Your Troubles

? Theatrical trailers of this movie and Take Me Out to the Ball Game

? Subtitles: English (feature film only)

Dangerous When Wet (1953)


The "just add water" formula works again in this lighthearted mix of

romance, music and comedy directed by Charles Walters (Easter Parade).

Williams plays Katy, a farm girl who finds romance (with Williams' future

real-life husband Fernando Lamas) while training for a swim across the

English Channel. In the film's key sequence, Williams swims, swirls and

swoops with cartoon stars Tom and Jerry in a concoction "brimful of

attractive people and attractive performances" (Clive Hirschhorn, The

Hollywood Musical).


Special Features:

? Outtake musical number C'est La Guerre

? Pete Smith Specialty comedy short This Is a Living?

? Classic cartoon Name to Come

? Esther Williams musicals trailer gallery

? Subtitles: English (feature film only)

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Ah, I think I'm going to enjoy this coming July! B-)


For animation fans, it may be of interest to note the following release:


The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection in July


Universal Studios Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection for 24th July 2007 priced at $39.98 SRP.


Three-discs hold some 8hrs of content (exact details TBA) presented in Full Frame with English DD2.0 Mono audio and optional English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles.



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Having to sift out a lot of Koch Entertainment

"collections" they seem to be flooding the market with.

Those are not listed here:



Recent Releases


July 31, 2007


Archies - The Complete Original Series


Film Noir Classics Collection - Vol. 4


20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)


Betty Hutton Show Vol. 1 (Alpha Video)


Hawaii Five-O - The Complete Second Season


John Wayne's Tribute To America (1970)


Popeye the Sailor 1933-1938 - Volume One



August 07, 2007


Brigitte Bardot Boxset


Elvis - The Hollywood Collection


Daniel Boone - Season 5


Flash Gordon - Space Soldiers/Trip To Mars/Conquers the Universe


Fly Collection - Jeff Goldblum


Full House: The Complete Seasons 1-7


Myrna Loy and William Powell Collection


Night at the Family Dog (1970)



August 14, 2007


All Creatures Great & Small - Complete Collection


Charlie Chan Collection - Vol. 3


Dynasty - The Complete First & Second Season


Fugitive - Season One, Volume One (1963)


First Films of Samuel Fuller (I SHOT JESSE JAMES - 1949, THE BARON OF ARIZONA - 1950, THE STEEL HELMET - 1951)


Man From Snowy River


Shakespeare Collection (Hamlet 1996 / A Midsummer Night's Dream 1935 / Othello 1965 / Romeo & Juliet 1936)



Not much for today's releases -

Available Tuesday, August 21, 2007


Brooklyn Dodgers: An American Tradition (2007)


New York Yankees - Team of the Century


Man About the House - Series 1 & 2 (1973) British series was basis for "Three's Company"


Snowy River - The McGregor Saga: A Different Breed Of Cowboy



Upcoming Releases


Available Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Loved One (1965)


Dinosaurus! (1960) (Available Friday, August 31, 2007)


Annie Oakley - Classic TV Series: Volume 5 (1954)


Beulah Show - Volume 1 (1952) Alpha Video


Christopher Lee Signature Collection


The Naked Kiss (1964)


Roy Rogers with Dale Evans - Vol. 3 (1952)


Vincent Price Signature Collection


3:10 to Yuma (1957)


Vampira the Movie (1998) - Alpha Video



Available Tuesday, September 04, 2007


Cricket On The Hearth (1967) - animated


Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962)


Dr No (1962)


Lottery Bride (1930) KINO


Live & Let Die (1971)




They Call Me Trinity (1971) - Hens Tooth Video


Trinity Is Still My Name (1971) - Hens Tooth Video


View To A Kill


She-Ra-Complete Season 2


Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970)


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)


Tomorrow Never Dies



Available Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Addams Family - Volume 3


I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete Fourth Season


Great Saint Trinian's Train Robbery (1966)


Lost World (1925)


Fly Classic Collection


Mchale's Navy: Season Two


Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against The West


Vincent Price Gift Set - Volume 1


Laurel and Hardy's Laughing 20's


Lost World (1960)


Raven (1915)


Sea Beast (1926)


When Comedy Was King (1959)



Available Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964) - Criterion Collection


Sergeant Preston of the Yukon Complete Collection - color?


Threepenny Opera (1931) G.W. Pabst - Criterion


Jimi Hendrix - Complete Story


John Candy: Comedy Favorite Collection


Johnny Cash Show: Best Of


Josie & the Pussycats - The Complete Series


Frank Sinatra - The Frank Sinatra Show: When You Are Smiling (1957)




Available Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Beau Brummel (1924)


Donnie Yen Collection


Spider Baby (1968)


Streets of San Francisco - Season 1


Untouchables - Season 1: Volume 2


Untouchables: Complete Season One




Available Tuesday, October 02, 2007


Audrey Hepburn Collection


Jungle Book (1967)


Paul Lynde Halloween Special (1976)


Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)



Available Tuesday, October 09, 2007


American Silent Horror Collection - Kino






Brando - The Documentary (2007)


Masterpiece Theatre: The Bronte Collection (Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights)


Cat & Canary (1927) - Kino


Elvis Collection


Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis - When TV Was Fun Volume 2 (More Colgate Comedy Hour)


Fox Horror Classics (The Lodger / Hangover Square / The Undying Monster)



Available Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Jazz Singer (1927)


MGM Holiday Classics Collection (The Bishop's Wife / March of the Wooden Soldiers / Pocketful of Miracles)


Treasures from American Film Archives III: Social Issues in American Film



Available Tuesday, October 23, 2007


Adventures of Aquaman - The Collection


Battleship Potemkin - Kino


Burt Lancaster: The Signature Collection


I Love Lucy: The Complete Series (2007)


Warner Home Video Director's Series: Stanley Kubrick Collection


Veronica Mars: The Complete Third Season


Wild, Wild Planet (1965)



Available Tuesday, October 30, 2007


Barbara Stanwyck: The Signature Collection (Annie Oakley / East Side, West Side / My Reputation / Executive Suite / Jeopardy / To Please a Lady)


My So-Called Life: The Complete Series


Three Stooges Collection - 1934-1936


Benny Hill-Complete & Unadulterated Complete Collection


Real Mccoys Season 2




Available Tuesday, November 06, 2007


Bob Hope Ultimate Collection


Casino Royale (1944)


I'll Cry Tomorrow - The life of Broadway's Lillian Roth; her battle with alcoholism.

Based on Mrs. Roth's autobiography. Part of the

Leading Ladies Collection - Vol. 2 DVD (I'll Cry Tomorrow/Shoot the Moon/Rich and Famous/ Up the Down Staircase/A Big Hand for the Little Lady)


Casino Royale (1944)


James Bond Monster Box


Leading Ladies Collection - Vol. 2



Available Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Addams Family - Complete Series

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OH MY! One of my great wishes is coming true!!! John Barrymore's The Sea Beast is coming to dvd! I could cry with joy! And not only that, but Beau Brummell, too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy about this, so deliriously happy.


And a Frankie Sinatra special from 1957---arguably the peak year of his skills!!! That is another definite, without hesitation purchase.


And if The Bishop's Wife is available separately, I will add that one, too. One of my favorite Cary Grant movies.

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Paramount has just announced they are not going to issue these five titles in Blu-ray: 'Blades of Glory,' 'Next,' 'Top Gun,' 'The Jack Ryan Collection' and 'Face/Off.'


In addition, they said when the current supply runs out on titles they have issued in Blu-ray, they won't be doing any more. (See the list and story in the thread: "Hi-Def: Staying or Not?" here in the Classic Film DVD Reviews forum)

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It'll be really cool to have it on a DVD. Even more if they can give you a choice of watching the original theatrical version, or the one that includes the W.C. Fields segment. (Not that I don't like him, but I think the movie plays better at just around 2 hours).

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Sony has announced the DVD release of GOLDEN BOY on November 13. The 1939 film stars Barbara Stanwyck and William Holden. Surprisingly, this Sony classic DVD will contain many extras, something Sony has not done of late.


DVD Special Features Include:

Digitally Remastered Audio and Video

Full Screen Presentation

Cartoon: The Kangaroo Kid

Short: Pleased To Mitt You (3 Stooges)

Short: Screen Snapshots

?Ford Television Theatre? episode stars Stanwyck

Original Golden Boy Trailer


Hopefully, Sony will be releasing many more classic films from the Columbia library in the coming months.

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Sony has announced the DVD release of GOLDEN BOY on November 13. The 1939 film stars Barbara Stanwyck and William Holden. Surprisingly, this Sony classic DVD will contain many extras, something Sony has not done of late.


DVD Special Features Include:

Digitally Remastered Audio and Video

Full Screen Presentation

Cartoon: The Kangaroo Kid

Short: Pleased To Mitt You (3 Stooges)

Short: Screen Snapshots

?Ford Television Theatre? episode stars Stanwyck

Original Golden Boy Trailer


Hopefully, Sony will be releasing many more classic films from the Columbia library in the coming months.

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