International Renown DVD

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  1. WaveCrest

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    Has anyone here heard of a UK DVD label called Renown Pictures? They release British films/movies. The link to the website is below:


    Renown Pictures website


    Their latest title, released this Monday, is Assignment Redhead (1956) which stars Richard Denning (who would go on to play the Governor of Hawaii in the original Hawaii Five-O tv series).
     
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    Yes, I've heard of them. In fact, I have one of their DVDs in my collection SOS PACIFIC (1959) with Richard Attenborough and Pier Angeli.
     
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    Yes, they specialize in small British B productions. Their transfers are of variable quality but I've yet to see anything really awful from them, and some are very good. There's a review of one of their recent releases, The Challenge, here.
     
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    The BBFC this week passed a new Renown title, a 1957 film starring Christopher Lee called The Traitor. It has a release date of Monday 27th June, 2011 (source: Play.com).
     
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    They have access to the Butchers film library in the UK and have been cranking out a couple or so releases a month, all of good-to-excellent quality.
     
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    A couple of Renown titles which sound good are Blind Spot (1958) (released two weeks ago. See it's Amazon UK listing page) and That Woman Opposite (1957).
     
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    Upcoming Renown titles (source of release dates: Play.com):


    June:


    The Traitor (aka The Accused) (1957) - next Monday, 27th June


    July:


    Danny Boy (1941) - Monday 25th July


    August:


    The Case of Charles Peace (1949) - Monday 22nd August
    Piccadilly Third Stop (1960) - Monday 22nd August.
     
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    Upcoming Renown titles (source of release dates: Amazon UK):


    September:


    The Gentle Trap (1960) and The Hangman Waits (1947) - Monday 26th September
    Impact (1963) and Serena (1962) - Monday 26th September
    She Knows Y'Know (1962) - Monday 26th September.
     
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    Couple of forthcoming Renown DVD titles (source: Amazon UK):


    I Lived With You (1933) - Monday 28th November
    Night Caller (In Colour) (1965) - Monday 31st October.
     
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    Some forthcoming Renown DVD titles (source: Amazon UK):


    The Black Rider (1954) / Glad Tidings (1953) - Monday 31st October
    Dusty Ermine (1936) - Monday 28th November
    Variety Jubilee (1943) - Monday 28th November
    When You Come Home (1948) (inc. bonus short feature Randle and All That) - Monday 31st October.
     
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    The BBFC added a new listing to their website today for a film called Faces in the Dark (1960), starring John Ireland. The UK release date given on the listing page is Monday 3rd October.

    EDIT: The release has been pushed back to Monday 28th November.
     
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    Another Renown title passed by the BBFC today, The Night We Dropped a Clanger (1961), starring Brian Rix, Cecil Parker, future Doctor Who (at the time) William Hartnell and Leslie Phillips. Release date given on the listing page is Monday 3rd October.
     
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    Some Renown DVD titles coming being released early next year (source: Play.com)


    The Shakedown (1960) - Monday 30th January, 2012
    The Story of Shirley Yorke (1950) - Monday 30th January, 2012.
     
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    Forthcoming Renown DVD titles (source: Play.com):


    The Broken Horseshoe (1953) - Monday 27th February
    Wall of Death (aka There is Another Sun) (1951) - Monday 27th February.
     
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    Forthcoming Renown DVD titles (source: Play.com):


    The Balloon Goes Up (1942) / Up With the Lark (1943) - Monday 30th April
    Out of the Fog (1962) / Radio Cab Murder (1954) - Monday 30th April.
     
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    Forthcoming Renown DVD titles (source: Play.com):


    Cuckoo Patrol (1967) - Monday 21st May
    Hindle Wakes (1952) - Monday 21st May
    Scarlet Thread (1951) - Monday 21st May.
     
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    Not sure if these titles have been released before separately by Renown, but two new listings have been added to the Renown DVD section on Amazon UK, both double features:


    The Last Journey (1936) / Return of a Stranger (1937)
    Say It with Flowers (1934) / Song of the Road (1936).

    Both double features had a release date of Monday 26th March (source: Amazon UK).
     
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    VCI has released some of the Renown titles in the past - I'm wondering if they will do any more. There are several titles in their catalogue that I would like and thought I can play all-regionond on s separate player, the NTSC versions are more convenient.
     
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    Forthcoming Renown DVD titles (source: Play.com):


    The Golden Disc (1958) - Monday 18th June
    Talking Feet (1937) - Monday 18th June.
     
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    The double feature of Out of the Fog (1962) and Radio Cab Murder (1954) has incorrect aspect ratio information for Out of the Fog on the rear boxart. It states both films are in 4:3 fullscreen. Radio Cab Murder is presented in fullscreen, but Out of the Fog is presented in widescreen (the picture fills the whole screen, so I assume it's not 2.35:1). Also the comments about Radio Cab Murder on the rear boxart say it has the better of the picture quality, yet Out of the Fog looks better (based on testing out the disc).
     

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