TCFHE Press Release: Cavalcade (Blu-ray)

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    WINNER OF THREE OSCARS, INCLUDING BEST PICTURE, CAVALCADE ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY FOR THE FIRST-TIME-EVER IN CELEBRATION OF ITS 80TH ANNIVERSARY

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    The Leading Write-In Vote Getter in Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s VOICE YOUR CHOICE Initiative Debuts on Blu-ray August 6

    The acclaimed screen epic based on Noel Coward's popular play that earned three Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Director for Frank Lloyd, Cavalcade arrives on Blu-ray for the first-time-ever August 6 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. This timeless classic received the most write-in votes in the studio’s first-of-its-kind VOICE YOUR CHOICE campaign, a unique initiative allowing film lovers to vote on classic films from each decade - from the 1930s through the 1960s - they’d like to see digitally restored and transferred to Blu-ray for the very first time. This new restoration was created using the only existing elements available from the Academy Film Archive and is being made available in the best presentation possible.

    Nostalgic and atmospheric, Cavalcade traces the lives of two different families over three decades, from the Boer War at the close of the 19th century through World War I and the early 1930's. The tumultuous and rapid changes of the new 20th century also bring a cavalcade of changes for the upper class Marryots (Clive Brook, Oscar® nominee Diana Wynyard), and their maid and butler, the Bridges (Herbert Mundin, Una O'Connor). The effect of the world's great events on these families is a rich mingling of human drama and historical perspective.

    Special Features (DVD)

    Cavalcade Special Features


    Commentary by Film Historian Richard Schickel


    Fox Movietone News: Cavalcade Wins First Honors

    Cavalcade Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack
    Street Date:
    August 6, 2013
    Prebook Date:
    July 10, 2013
    Screen Format:
    Fullscreen 1.33:1
    Audio:
    English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0
    Subtitles:
    English, French, Spanish
    U.S. Rating:
    Not Rated
    Total Run Time:
    110 minutes
    Closed Captioned:
    Yes
     
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    The singular Academy Award winning Best Picture that I have not seen. Finally I will be able to lay claim to having watched them all!
     
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    It means I'll have one more VHS tape I can ditch. This has been my means of watching this film for the last twenty years.
     
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    As someone who has never seen this film before but is interested in
    owning every Best Picture winner on Blu-ray...

    Hate to ask if this is a good movie. Of course it is, if it won Best Picture.

    I suppose the question is....how good?
     
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    The film is very good. The question is what will Fox use for their source material?
     
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    It was adapted from Noel Coward's play, so it's very talky. But at the time, it was a prestige picture which carried a lot of weight with Academy voters. Were I voting today, I'd probably pick Little Women which was up against it. Others might pick I Am a Fugitive from the Chain Gang or 42nd Street or A Farewell to Arms.

    I guess this is an early preview to my review, but it covers a couple of generations in the life of a British family who perseveres through triumphs and tragedies (including events on the Titanic and World War I).
     
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    I can't believe I'm excited about this mostly boring film.
     
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    I've seen all of the Best Picture Winners, and all the nominees (except the two best picture nominees that Fox has never released on home video nor shown on television), and Cavalcade is Not Good. It's downright terrible, and in my estimation it is either the worst, or second worst Best Picture Winner of all time (joined on the bottom of the barrel with Broadway Melody which is equally terrible).

    On the Nose was the sort of expression invented for a film with writing and filmmaking this bad. It's sort of a Forrest Gump for the generation who grew up in the 1890s-1920s featuring every major world event as it happens to a pair of families, but with none of the charm of the latter film.
     
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    What kind of thread would this be if we didn't get a response like the one above? "Cavalcade" is an extremely well-made film. For the year in which it was released, it was a perfect choice for Best Picture -- easily one of the best choices in the Academy's first decade.
     
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    Adam_S, I respect your opinion and do not want you to think, otherwise. My first sentence above was the thought I was thinking when It "Quote", but upon reflection, it sounds snarky and it wasn't intended that way.
     
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    I love Cavalcade, as it gives us a view of history as told by those who lived through it. It's one of my favorite Best Picture winners from the 1930s.
     
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    I support your snarky comment! :) Every time an announcement is made about a title that a lot of people are excited about, someone pipes in to say what a piece of s--t it is. But in this case it's all Ron's fault because he baited us by asking for negative opinions. :lol:
     
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    Now it sounds like "Downton Abbey," which is right up my alley as I quite enjoy period British dramas. I'm looking forward to a blindbuy, especially after these last few posts!

    Albert
     
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    Just wanted to add that in the Oscar voting that year (back in the days when the Academy revealed vote totals and runners-up), Cavalcade won by a wide margin over the number two finisher A Farewell to Arms. Little Women came in third.
     
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    Fascinating tidbit, Matt.
    I enjoyed all 3 films you mention. I especially liked Diana Wynyard's performance in Cavalcade. And the reviled Cavalcade, written by Noel Coward, has an intelligent (although rah, rah, rule Britannia) script, as opposed to Forrest Gump's, which is insultingly anti-intellectual. ;)
    However, the one film that never loses its emotional impact every time I watch it, the one film I consider the best of that particular year, is I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang.
     
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    Speaking of Chain Gang, Paul Muni finished second in the Best Actor voting for his performance in the film (Charles Laughton won by a narrow margin). Diana Wynyard finshed third in the Best Actress field after Katharine Hepburn (her first win) and Mae Robson in Lady for a Day.
     
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    Matt,
    Where do you find this information? And when did the Academy stop releasing it?
     
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    think WB and Universal will ever get around to releasing Life of Emile Zola and Scarface on blu ray?
     
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    You can find it in any really quality book on the history of the Oscars. 1939 was the last year they stopped releasing totals and runners-up. Starting with the 1940 awards, they began with the envelopes containing the names of the winners and not released to the press prior to the ceremony (due to the press jumping the gun and releasing the names of the winners while the nominees were arriving at the ceremony which revealed Gone With the Wind was going to win eight Oscars).
     
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    Perhaps one of the main reasons that CAVALCADE is now considered by some to be so old and dated is that much that was fresh and startling at the time has by now been done to death. UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS, of course, is a direct descendant. And while losing a main character or two on the Titanic is now almost de rigeur for a DOWNTON ABBEY type of show, at the time it hadn't been done in a Big Hollywood Movie. (Spoiler alert to follow!) My mother saw the show numerous times when it was first released ... she was a major Noey fan ... and she often said that when the honeymooning couple on the ocean liner part, and we see the Titantic life preserver, the gasp in the theater sounded like a whole auditorium of people had just been punched in the stomach! For myself, I can't WAIT for this to be released. And after that I'd like Coward's astonishing THE SCOUNDREL, please!!!
     
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