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The Vitaphone Varieties collection is actually Volume 2 while the Vitaphone Comedy Collection is Volume 1.

 

The Comedy Collection consists of the six Vitaphone shorts made by Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle in 1932 & 1933, plus 13 that feature Shemp Howard made in 1933 & 1934. Shemp is also in two of the Arbuckle shorts.

 

Here is a listing of the 19 shorts in the set:

 

HEY, POP! (1932) - Arbuckle.

BUZZIN' AROUND (1932) - Arbuckle.

HOW'VE YOU BEAN? (1933) - Arbuckle.

TOMALIO (1933) - Arbuckle.

CLOSE RELATIONS (1933) - Arbuckle & Shemp.

IN THE DOUGH (1933) - Arbuckle & Shemp.

 

All the following feature Shemp Howard:

 

PAUL REVERE JR. (1933) starring Gus Shy.

SALT WATER DAFFY (1933) starring Jack Haley.

HOW D'YA LIKE THAT (1934) starring Charles Judels, George Givot, Penny Singleton.

I SCREAM (1934) starring Gus Shy.

THE WRONG, WRONG, TRAIL (1934) starring Block & Sully.

HERE COMES FLOSSIE! (1933) starring Ben Blue.

PUGS AND KISSES (1934) starring Charles Judels and Lionel Stander.

MUSHROOMS (1934) starring Harry Gribbon.

PURE FEUD (1934) starring Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy.

CORN ON THE COP (1934) co-starring Shemp with Harry Gribbon.

RAMBLIN' 'ROUND RADIO ROW #7 (series 2, #1) (1934) starring George Jessel.

VERY CLOSE VEINS (1934) starring Ben Blue.

ART TROUBLE (1934) co-starring Shemp with Harry Gribbon, with James Stewart in his film debut.

 

Shemp appears completely unbilled in some of these shorts, and as the star of others.

Volume 2, coming next year, will include the remaining 20 Shemp Vitaphone shorts (1934 through 1937). Shemp is the star of most of those.

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> {quote:title=Edgecliff wrote:}{quote}

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> VITAPHONE VARIETIES VOL. 2

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Here's a listing of the shorts included in the "Vitaphone Varieties Vol. 2" set:

 

Disc 1:

1) HAWAIIAN NIGHTS (1927)

2) WARING’S PENNSYLVANIANS, “THE FAMOUS COLLEGIATE ORCHESTRA” (1927)

3) JOE E. BROWN in “TWINKLE, TWINKLE” (1927)

4) THE HAPPINESS BOYS, BILLY JONES AND ERNIE HARE 1927)

5) PHIL OHMAN AND VICTOR ARDEN, THE PIANO DUETTISTS (1927)

6) HARRY WAYMAN AND HIS DEBUTANTES (1927)

7) EARL BURTNETT AND HIS BILTMORE HOTEL ORCHESTRA (1928)

8) ABE LYMAN & ORCHESTRA, THE MAESTRO OF SYNCOPATED SYMPHONY (1927)

9) EDDIE PEABODY in ‘BANJOLAND’ (1928)

10) JOSEPH E. HOWARD, AMERICA’S POPULAR COMPOSER (1928)

11) CHAZ CHASE, THE UNIQUE COMEDIAN (1928)

12) ROY FOX AND HIS MONTMARTE CAFÉ ORCHESTRA (1928)

13) **** DEIRO, THE WORLD’S FOREMOST PIANO-ACCORDIONIST (1928)

14) NORMAN THOMAS QUINTETTE in ‘HARLEMANIA’ (1929)

15) BLANCHE SWEET in ‘ALWAYS FAITHFUL’ (1929)

16) GREGORY RATOFF in ‘FOR SALE’ (1929)

17) ANN BUTLER AND JAY BRENNAN in ‘YOU DON’T KNOW THE HALF OF IT’ (1929)

 

Disc 2:

1) GEORGIE PRICE in ?DON?T GET NERVOUS? (1929)

2) KRAFT AND LAMONT in ?RARIN? TO GO? (1929)

3) GRACE JOHNSTON AND THE INDIANA FIVE (1929)

4) FRED ALLEN?S PRIZE PLAYLETS (1929)

5) BERT LAHR in ?FAINT HEART? (1929)

6) ?THE OPERATION? WITH EDGAR BERGEN AND CHARLIE McCARTHY (1929)

7) JACK OSTERMAN in ?TALKING IT OVER? (1929)

8) LOU HOLTZ in ?IDLE CHATTER? (1929)

9) SCOTT SANDERS in ?SCOTCH TAFFY? (1929)

10) THE POOR FISH (1930)

11) SHAW AND LEE in ?GOING PLACES? (1930)

12) TRIXIE FRIGANZA in ?STRONG AND WILLING? (1930)

13) THE YACHT CLUB BOYS in ?A PRIVATE ENGAGEMENT? (1930)

14) JOSEPHINE HARMON in 'HARMONIZING SONGS' (1930)

15) PAT O?BRIEN in ?CRIMES SQUARE? (1930)

16) EDGAR BERGEN in ?THE OFFICE SCANDAL? (1931)

17) HELEN MORGAN in ?THE GIGOLO RACKET? (1931)

18) JACK HALEY in ?SUCCESS? (1931)

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Update, Warner Archive apparently released at least two more MGM Silents today for the first time. Frank Borzage's THE CIRCLE (1925) with Eleanor Boardman, and Tod Browning's THE SHOW (1927) with John Gilbert, Renee Adoree, and Lionel Barrymore. Trying to find out if THE RAG MAN with Jackie Coogan, and MARE NOSTRUM with Alice Terry and Antonio Moreno was also released?

 

Warner's is fast running out of the Silents with recorded scores to release. They only have a few to go, before they will be left with only the major MGM titles we have been waiting on. Yet to appear are the two in question, plus THE CONQUERING POWER (1921), THE SCARLET LETTER (1926), THE VIKING (1928) and THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (1929). I can't think of any others at the moment? They will need to start scoring some other films from the vaults soon. Rather from the Metro/Goldwyn, MGM, First National, or Warner Brother's own studio catalogue. There are plenty of titles to choose from.

 

 

With THE BIG PARADE finally coming to Blu-ray next year, we are still awaiting word regarding THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE, GREED, THE CROWD, THE STUDENT PRINCE IN OLD HEIDELBERG, THE WIND, and A WOMAN OF AFFAIRS..The latter being the only surviving Garbo Silent still to never have a DVD release.

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11/6 releases

 

*New Films*

The Circle (1925)

Sinbad the Sailor (1947)

The Show (1927)

The Spanish Main (1945)

 

*Rereleases*

Ten Little Indians (1965)

The Clock (1945)

Corvette Summer (1978)

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)

Madame Curie (1943)

 

 

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Putting this here and in the Upcoming Releases thread:

 

Burbank, Calif., November 15, 2012 -- *The Warner Archive Collection* (WAC) – the Warner Bros. Digital Distribution (WBDD) division dedicated to releasing on DVD previously unavailable films and television shows – *today announced the launch of its first Blu-ray™ titles*. The two titles, *Deathtrap* and *Gypsy*, will debut on November 20. Beginning in February 2013, WAC expects to release a minimum of one to two Blu-ray titles per month. Future titles include The Hudsucker Proxy and Fearless.

 

WAC reports that the Blu-ray discs will be replicated in limited quantities and fulfilled on demand. All releases will leverage high quality 1080p masters. In many instances, as with Deathtrap, the films will be available for the first time for home viewing in their original widescreen format.

 

Starting as a modest initiative, WAC has quickly grown to become a new business model for the studio and a recognized industry leader. Since launching in March 2009, WAC has released more than 1,500 films, short subjects, TV movies and mini-series that otherwise would not have been available, providing a valuable service to film lovers everywhere.

 

Now, WAC’s entry into the Blu-ray market is the latest example of its fast growth and increasing popularity with consumers who have embraced the technology as the standard for the highest quality home movie viewing on disc. This year, domestic sales of catalog titles on Blu-ray grew 22% in the third quarter from a year earlier. In fact, Blu-ray sales have shown impressive gains every quarter in 2012, continuing the trend set in 2011 over 2010 when sales were up 20%.[1]

 

In making the Blu-ray announcement, WBDD President Thomas Gewecke said, “This is an important innovation that fulfills consumer demand for high definition releases that otherwise would not be available in physical formats. We’re excited to have the opportunity to further expand the Warner Archive Collection into the Blu-ray marketplace with an impressive slate of releases.”

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11/20 Releases

 

 

BOWERY BOYS COLLECTION VOL 1 (4 DISCS)

 

 

OPERATION EICHMAN

 

 

HITLER, stars Richard Basehart

 

 

I ESCAPED FROM THE GESTAPO, stars Dean Jagger

 

 

BDs:

 

 

GYPSY

 

 

DEATHTRAP

 

 

 

 

 

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The Archives is having another sale. This time on box sets (Andy Hardy, Maisie, etc.)..3 titles for $100. Real good deal especially on the Hardy set. Had not expected to spend any more monies on DVD this year but this one is hard to pass up epecially since I want the Hardy and Maisie sets. Sale through December 2.

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> {quote:title=Edgecliff wrote:

> }{quote}The Archives is having another sale. This time on box sets (Andy Hardy, Maisie, etc.)..3 titles for $100. Real good deal especially on the Hardy set...

> Sale through December 2.

 

Also on sale through Dec. 2 are several multi-disc sets, including the highly recommended (by me!) recently released Vitaphone Comedy Collection and Vitaphone Varieties, Vol. 2.

25% off.

Info here:

 

http://shop.warnerarchive.com/category/code/25off_wacshop.do?page=all&ref=EWACMULTIDISCSALE

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The Archves is having another 3 for $33 sale on selected titles

 

 

 

 

 

12/4 RELEASES

 

 

SHADOW OF A DOUBT (NOT THE HITCHCOCK FILM)

 

 

WHITE COCKATOO

 

 

MOONLIGHT MURDER

 

 

GLODEN FLEECING

 

 

UNGARDED HOUR

 

 

MONOGRAM COWBOYS VOL 3

 

 

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*Gypsy (WarnerArchive Blu-ray)*

 

For WB's first Archive release on Blu-ray (well, actually tied with Deathtrap), the studio has done an admirable job on Gypsy, the fun musical biopic of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. Rosalind Russell stars as the irrepressible stage mother of all time, Rose, who dominates her cute daughter, Baby June, and then when June leaves, her awkward daughter, Louise (Natalie Wood). (In real life, there wasn't such a happy ending for Rose, and you might like to check it out through the internet.)

 

 

 

Video is excellent, and I only detected a very minor haloing in one scene. Unlike the regular WarnerArchives being on DVD-Rs, this is a regular Blu-ray.

 

 

 

Audio is good, with voices mostly through the center speaker. During musical numbers, side speakers do get used.

 

 

 

The only extras are two carried over from the DVD, but this time in HD (though rough footage), of one musical number cut from the film ("Together Wherever We Go") and another number that was trimmed in half for the final film ("You'll Never Get Away Fom Me"), and there is also a trailer in HD (but not restored).

 

 

 

This was a major musical, very important in Stephen Sondheim's early career. And though Rosalind Russell's singing voice is dubbed mostly by Lisa Kirk, Russell's acting makes the film very enjoyable. (By the way, be sure to look for the drawing of Ethel Merman, the original Rose on Broadway, on the wall near the full-length mirror in the stripper's dressing room. A nice touch.)

 

 

 

Very much recommended.

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1/8 RELEASES -- FILM NOIR

 

 

SCENE OF THE CRIME, Van Johnson, Arlene Dahl, Gloria DeHaven

 

 

DEATH IN SMALL DOSES, Chuck Connors

 

 

CODE 2

 

 

MURDER IS MY BEAT

 

 

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BORIS KARLOFF TRIPLE FEATURE

 

 

 

 

 

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1/15 RELEASES

 

 

GEORGE O'BRIEN TRIPLE FEATURE

 

 

WAYNE MORRIS DOUBLE FEATURE

 

 

WILD BILL ELLIOT DOUBE FEATURE

SILK EXPRESS, stars Neil Hamilton

 

 

RIGHT TO LOVE, stars Colin Clive

 

 

SWEEPINGS, stars Lionel Barrymore

 

 

MEN OF AMERICA/ROAR OF THE DRAGPM

 

Edited by: Edgecliff on Jan 15, 2013 3:41 PM

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