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Old 06-08-2007, 18:03   #41
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Bits and pieces from the latest MoviesUnlimited Q & A. Whether these predictions come true or not, we shall see sooner or later

We’ve heard about a collection from Fox of Clifton Webb films that would include Stars And Stripes Forever, in which Webb played John Phillip Sousa. However, we just don’t know when it’s going to arrive.

Sony is currently considering putting out Harriet Craig (1950) on a double feature with the earlier version of the story, Craig’s Wife (1936), so you’ll be able to compare whether Crawford or Rosalind Russell rendered the more contemptible character.

Supposedly, Universal is still looking closely at a Claudette Colbert collection, but obviously it will be later rather than sooner.

Supposedly, Kismet with Keel, Ann Blyth, Dolores Gray and Vic Damone, is on a future docket from Warner.
interesting items to consider--although I don't see how Universal could FAIL to follow up the Dietrich, Lombard and West "glamour collections" with Colbert... (if they release 'em in threes again, I'd vote for Stanwyck and Veronica Lake as the other two--although Paulette Goddard would be good too... doesn't look like they own enough De Havilland titles to make that one fly...)

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I'd be thrilled about Colbert, I didn't know if she was too far off the radar nowadays. She has some charming screwball comedies (especially MIDNIGHT) that really need to be released.
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Here's a very breaking bit of news. The trade magazine 'Video Buyer' has listed the titles in Anchor Bay USA's upcoming Mario Bava Boxset #2 as:

Baron Blood
Lisa and the Devil
Roy Colt and Winchester Jack
Four Times That Night
Bay Of Blood
5 Dolls for an August Moon

With a release date of 23rd October. Take this as unconfirmed for now, but considering the source, is likely to be accurate - and all the titles are ones that were expected to be in this set.
What is known is that ABUS will be releasing Bava's exciting Viking film 'Gli Invasori' (a.k.a. 'Erik the Conqueror') as a single disc, alongside single disc incarnations of 'Black Sunday' and 'Black Sabbath' from the first set.

I've got more details at my upcoming DVD pages.
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Press release on Leading Ladies Collection vol. 2

Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of Leading Ladies Collection Volume 2 on 6th November 2007. Warner shines the spotlight on some of the screen’s most acclaimed actresses with five R1 DVD premieres in the new Leading Ladies Collection (a follow-up to their 2006 release, Leading Ladies of the Studio Era).

The five films are: A Big Hand for the Little Lady, I’ll Cry Tomorrow, Rich and Famous, Shoot the Moon and Up the Down Staircase. Digitally remastered in 16x9 (preserving their original theatrical aspect ratios), the films are available in a 5 Disc boxed-set ($49.92 SRP) and individually ($19.97 SRP).


The Films


A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966)
Joanne Woodward co-stars with the legendary Henry Fonda in this cleverly raucous 1966 comedy Western. Woodward and Fonda are joined by stage and screen veterans Jason Robards, Burgess Meredith, Paul Ford, Charles Bickford and Kevin McCarthy. The story begins with Fonda and wife Woodward heading into a strange town where poker is the name of the game. Directed by Emmy Award® winner Fielder Cook, and buoyed by a clever screenplay (by Sidney Carroll, adapted from his earlier teleplay “Big Hand in Laredo”), the film provides a stellar showcase for its cast, especially Woodward, who first gained worldwide fame after winning the Best Actress Oscar® at the age of 27 for The Three Faces of Eve.

• Subtitles in English and French

I’ll Cry Tomorrow (1955)
Susan Hayward was at the top of her career when she starred in this searing screen adaptation of singer Lillian Roth’s tragedy-ridden autobiography about her personal struggle with alcohol and despair. Under the skilled direction of Daniel Mann, I’ll Cry Tomorrow was a critical and box-office sensation, with the stunning Hayward performance garnering a Best Actress Oscar nomination. Although not known as a “singer”, Miss Hayward did such an impressive job doing her own singing that M-G-M issued her soundtrack performances as a record album. The film features a fine supporting cast including Jo Van Fleet (East of Eden), Richard Conte and Eddie Albert, and earned an Oscar for the legendary Helen Rose’s costume design.

Special Features:
M-G-M Parade TV-series excerpts with Susan Hayward & George Murphy
Vintage M-G-M newsreels covering the film’s premiere
March 6,1956 MGM Top Awards
Two classic Vitaphone musical shorts starring the real Lillian Roth
Original theatrical trailer
Subtitles: English

Rich and Famous (1981)
The legendary George Cukor took the helm as a director for the final time with this thoroughly entertaining look at an enduring friendship between two very different and talented women. Based on John Van Druten’s 1941 Broadway play Old Acquaintance (currently enjoying a Broadway revival this season), the story first hit the big screen in 1943 starring Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins. For this updated remake, Cukor chose Jacqueline Bisset and Candice Bergen, both actresses who give captivating performances as two life-long friends whose bond is put to the test over time, given the very different live paths they chose as adults. Since its initial release, Rich and Famous also gained notoriety as the first feature film of 20-year-old Meg Ryan.

Special Features:
Vintage featurette: On Location with Rich and Famous
Original theatrical trailer
Subtitles: English & Español (feature film only)

Shoot the Moon (1982)
Oscar-winners Diane Keaton and Albert Finney give two of the screen’s finest ever performances as a married couple going through the literal hell of divorce in Shoot the Moon. Directed by Alan Parker (Fame, Midnight Express, Mississippi Burning) from a masterful original screenplay written by two-time Oscar winner Bo Goldman (All The President’s Men, Melvin and Howard), Shoot the Moon is a cinematic experience full of love, joy and sorrow. Keaton, as a working mom and Finney as a successful writer share a seemingly perfect life with four unique children, a beautiful home and a group of devoted friends. The family’s world is turned upside down when Finney’s affair with another woman leads to divorce and its painful repercussions. Perhaps no film before or since has portrayed such difficult subject matter in such a resonant way.

Special Features:
Commentary by director Alan Parker and screenwriter Bo Goldman
Original theatrical trailer
Subtitles: English & Español (feature film only)

Up The Down Staircase (1967)
Following her Oscar-winning performance as Best Supporting Actress in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, young stage actress Sandy Dennis assumed leading lady status as the star of the hit film Up The Down Staircase. Beautifully directed by Robert Mulligan (To Kill A Mockingbird), the film is adapted from Bel Kaufman’s 1965 semi-autobiographical novel set in a fictitious High School located in one of New York City’s most impoverished areas. Dennis shines in the role of Sylvia Barrett, an idealistic young English teacher who is determined, despite negative odds, to instill a desire for learning in her students and to help them overcome their surroundings.

Up The Down Staircase opened at New York’s prestigious Radio City Music Hall to rave reviews and big box-office, a success which it replicated throughout the nation. It is a standing testament to the remarkable talents of the late Miss Dennis, who passed away at the age of 54.

Special Features:
Original theatrical trailer
Subtitles: English & Español (feature film only)
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Do we know if these will be released separately? Really only want the Susan Hayward film.
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Yep, from the previous post:

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the films are available in a 5 Disc boxed-set ($49.92 SRP) and individually ($19.97 SRP).
I had to laugh at the text in the cover for I'll Cry Tomorrow ('This story was filmed on location...IN A WOMAN'S SOUL' )
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I had to laugh at the text in the cover for I'll Cry Tomorrow ('This story was filmed on location...IN A WOMAN'S SOUL' )
I know, it killed me too!
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Excellent. I should read the posts more closely!
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Available from 22 October at Play.com:

The Long Ships with Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier (already mentioned i think)
The Bigamist with Ida Lupino
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Just came across this article while browsing news on Google. Lots of quotes from Mr. Feltenstein, some promising news for us classic fans....

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0810/p16s01-almo.html
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awesome article

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Savant on Avant Garde 2, Experimental Cinema (1928-54)
http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s2385gard.html

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The Beaver on SHE:
http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDReviews32/she.htm
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http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articl...ell082107.html

Lots of good info
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Bits and pieces (take it or leave it ) from MoviesUnlimited:

Lionsgate owns the rights to Bohemian Girl, but there’ nothing on the horizon.

We agree that the great Ernie Kovacs is underrepresented on DVD, but this should be remedied over the next year, as Sony is looking at a few Kovacs efforts for a DVD arrival. We’re not sure which ones yet, but we’re sure Operation Mad Ball with frequent co-star Jack Lemmon would be among them.

Middle Age Crazy is held up on account of rights entanglements—this often happens with Canadian productions sometimes.

No word on future plans for Five Graves to Cairo as of yet.

Sony has Berserk!, a 1967 British production in which Joan is the ringmaster of a circus where peculiar murders begin to occur. It’s not on their short list of titles slated for DVD incarnation.

The Fox pre-codes were indeed shown at the Great Film Forum in Manhattan and have even been screened on the Fox Movie Channel, but the studio has no new updates on their DVD release.

Right now, Warner has their hands full with a slew of ambitious projects, so Harlow, Powell and Powell will have to wait.

Sony is planning some more Columbia films with the lovely Rita Hayworth, but it’s further down the line, probably late 2008.

Nothing of late on Idiot’s Delight.

Fox finally delivered some of the oft-requested Tyrone Power films last spring, and a reliable source tells us they are considering another collection for the first half of 2008.

Yes, Ladies Of The Chorus is a strong possibility, once Sony gets their Columbia stuff together. Unfortunately, it will be mid-late 2008 at the earliest.

Lady Be Good (Warner), The Land Unknown (Universal), Little Nelly Kelly (Warner), and Lovely To Look At (Warner) are all great titles, but we don’t think we’ve seen them on any future schedules.

Flamingo Road, The Great Caruso and The Great Lie are definitely in the pipeline, but how far back they are remains a question.

We’ve been assured from a reliable source that Warner still has plans for a Jean Harlow Collection. Obviously, it won’t be happening this year, but 2008, probably early in the year, is the more likely. I believe we will see this.

Warner, we’re told, still plans a DVD release of Twilight's last Gleaming, now tentatively set for 2008.
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Fox finally delivered some of the oft-requested Tyrone Power films last spring, and a reliable source tells us they are considering another collection for the first half of 2008.
Fingers crossed for that in particular.
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From the HTF, full details on the already mentioned MGM Holiday Classics set :

BRING HOME HOLLYWOOD’S CELEBRATED STARS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

MGM HOLIDAY CLASSICS COLLECTION

Collectible Set Includes Three Enduring Films,
The Bishop’s Wife, March of the Wooden Soldiers and Pocketful of Miracles Available October 16, 2007

Timeless Classics Feature Memorable Performances By Cary Grant, Bette Davis, Glenn Ford and Laurel & Hardy

LOS ANGELES, CA – Revisit Hollywood’s beloved holiday classics this gift-giving season when MGM Home Entertainment presents an all-new collection of standards in the MGM Holiday Classics Collection DVD set. Featuring The Bishop’s Wife, March of the Wooden Soldiers and Pocketful of Miracles, the three-disc set highlights the acclaimed performances of favorites including Cary Grant, Peter Falk, Bette Davis, Glenn Ford and more. Films the whole family can enjoy, the MGM Holiday Classics Collection will be available October 16, 2007.

As Christmas approaches, an angel (played by the illustrious Cary Grant) arrives to help an Episcopal Bishop raise money for a new cathedral in the Academy AwardÒ-winning The Bishop’s Wife* (1947). Also receiving four OscarÒ nominations including Best Picture, this touching staple of the holiday season was remade in 1996 as The Preacher’s Wife. Originally entitled “Babes in Toyland” and based on Victor Herbert’s 1903 operetta of the same name, the madcap screen antics of Laurel and Hardy bring to life the unforgettable March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934). This time-honored black-and-white film follows the comedic duo as they battle to save Toyland from the evil Barnaby and his Bogeymen. Nominated for three Academy AwardsÒ including Best Supporting Actor (Peter Falk), Best Costume Design and Best Original Song, Frank Capra’s Pocketful of Miracles (1961) is all about Christmastime miracles. The uplifting film stars Glenn Ford, Bette Davis, Hope Lange and a distinguished supporting cast including Peter Falk and Edward Everett Horton. Set in 1930s New York, Ann-Margret makes her film debut in this entertaining comedy about a gangster who repays an apple peddler by helping her appear as an upper crust society lady when her daughter comes for a visit. The MGM Holiday Classics Collection will be available for the suggested retail price of $29.98 US/$37.98 Canada and prebook is September 19, 2007.

SYNOPSES:

The Bishop’s Wife
Heavenly bells are ringing, jubilant choirs are singing and Christmas joy is blanketing the world like freshly fallen snow. But the Yuletide spirit has yet to warm Bishop Henry Brougham's Victorian home. Struggling to raise funds for a new cathedral, the preoccupied young clergyman has neglected his loving wife Julia, and now only divine intervention can save their marriage! But the powerful and handsome angel sent from above has a mind of his own and teaching mortal Henry an immortal lesson in romance isn't all he's got planned! Starring Oscar® winners* Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven, and featuring "a stellar supporting cast" (The Hollywood Reporter) that includes James Gleason and Monty Woolley, this delightful romantic comedy is wondrous, witty andtruly divine! *Grant, Honorary Oscar (1969); Young, Actress, The Farmer's Daughter (1947); Niven, Actor, Separate Tables (1958)

March of the Wooden Soldiers
Based on the operetta by Victor Herbert, this delightful musical follows the pre-Christmas antics of two well-meaning bumblers, played by the inimitable comedy team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Although Dee (Hardy) and Dum (Laurel) do everything wrong at their toy factory job, when they learn that Mother Peep and her daughter Bo are about to be evicted, they try to do right by helping the damsels. Hoping to borrow money from their boss to prevent the sweet little shepherdess from having to marry the sinister landlord, Dee and Dum are instead fired! Not only that, but Barnaby wants to shut the factory down and ruin the holidays for all the children expecting toys! It’s up to the big-hearted, hilarious duo to gain help from the rest of the fairy tale citizenry to stop the wedding, save the factory and celebrate the holidays!

Pocketful of Miracles
Superbly directed by the peerless Frank Capra, this remake of Lady For A Day is pure Hollywood magican unforgettable combination of comedy, whimsy and romance that was nominated* for three Oscars®! Impoverished Broadway peddler Apple Annie (Bette Davis) has a problem. Her daughter, Louise (Ann-Margret), educated abroad since infancy, is coming for a visit and bringing her wealthy fiancé with her. The problem is that Louise has believed all her life that Annie's a wealthy dowager, and the poor old woman doesn't know what to do! Enter Dave the Dude (Glenn Ford), a big-hearted racketeer who enlists the aid of his colorful mob of hooligans in a wild and crazy scheme to pass Annie off as a high-society grande dame so Louise can marry her fairy-tale prince and everyone can live happily ever after! *1961: Supporting Actor (Peter Falk), Song, Costume Design


MGM Holiday Classics Collection
Price: $29.98 US/$37.98 Canada
Pre-Order Date: September 19, 2007
Street Date: October 16, 2007
Catalog Number: M109086
Running Time: 323 minutes
Language: English
Subtitles: English and Spanish (March of the Wooden Soldiers)
French and Spanish (Pocketful of Miracles)
Format: Fullscreen Black & White (March of the Wooden Soldiers)
Widescreen (Pocketful of Miracles
Closed Captioned
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Over at the HTF it's been pointed out that Criterion have dropped a pretty broad hint in their latest newsletter that Cornel Wilde's Naked Prey is coming from them in January.

That deal with Paramount is certainly producing some good stuff.
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That deal with Paramount is certainly producing some good stuff.
I'd be appreciative if the Criterion gang could snag Skolimowski's Deep End, since it's obvious Paramount won't ever release it on their own.
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It would be terrific if Criterion would release some of the important silents that Paramount is holding captive, e.g. WINGS, DOCKS OF NEW YORK, LAST COMMAND, THE WEDDING MARCH, etc.....
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