THE BOWERY BOYS on DVD: continuing discussion of Warner's eventual release plans (NEW UPDATE 10/2 Po

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  1. Randy Korstick

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    Yeah I agree on Little Tough Guys probably never coming out. It is the least know of all the series so that would make it even less a priority. I don't think the series has ever been released on TV. I've never seen any of them except for a bad VHS of Little Tough Guy.
    I think the 3 serials are considered part of the Little Tough Guys series as they were made by Universal at the same time the series was running. Which also explains Leo Gorcey's absence as he was heading the East Side Kids series at Monogram and Billy Hallop was heading the Little Tough Guys series at Universal with Huntz Hall crossing over both series.

     
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    That's okay with me, Randy.

    Please let me know if you get a reply. Thank you!
     
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    There were a number of other Warner Bros. movies with the Dead End Kids, e.g. ANGELS WASH THEIR FACES, CRIME SCHOOL, HELL'S KITCHEN and one I've never seen called, ON DRESS PARADE. Have they ever been released on home video? Or in a box set with, say, ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES?
     
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    Actually all of those have been released by Warner Archive and are on my list of films to get. Unfortunately not as a set.
    Angel's Wash Their Faces and Crime School are released as individual titles and Hell's Kitchen/On Dress Parade as a double feature.
     
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    Hi Vic!

    Warner has issued all of the above titles to DVD. As I mentioned in my previous post, all Leo Gorcey helmed Dead End Kids Features, save THEY MADE ME A CRIMINAL (Which unfortunately appears to have been relegated to Public Domainville!) have had a proper DVD Release! If I ever decide to purchase this title, I'll most likely take a chance with the Roan DVD, as I've heard they did a decent job with the 1952 Kirk Douglas Technicolor Feature, THE BIG TREES.

    The inaugural DEAD END is available as an MGM issued DVD.

    CHEERS!

    Tony
     
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    It would be nice if WAC added THEY MADE ME A CRIMINAL to the last volume of the Bowery Boys As an extra. Not quite the Bowery Boys but nether the less it would be a good addition.
     
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    10 months and counting since THE BOWERY BOYS, VOL. 3 was issued..................

    Still waiting for Volume 4.

    SIGH! :mellow:
     
  8. Randy Korstick

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    I'm right there with you. Soon.... its gotta be soon...today? No...Next Week? Probably not but soon...
     
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    Hi Randy!

    My frustration is more financially based than anything else. This and one other item (Randy Skretvedt's LAUREL & HARDY: THE MAGIC BEHIND THE MOVIES THIRD EDITION.) are my two most anticipated releases that I'm trying to set aside funds for, neither of which have a set release date at the moment! I just don't want to find myself unable to buy either or, especially if my worst fears of them both being issued at the same time end up being realized!

    CHEERS!

    Tony
     
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    Hoping they both get released soon Tony but hang in there as I think WB is still making sure they produce the best set possible with the Bowery Boys V4 collection, before they announce a release date.
     
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    Hi rmw650!

    It's my understanding there are two Bowery Boys titles that have caused Warner considerable headache, and I do know the wait will be ultimately worth it. From my end, I'm considering going the Movies Unlimited Gift Certificate route, as they appear to have a very flexible set up with that! This way, I won't be able to use those funds for anything else and will be there for me to use when the set finally does get issued!

    As for the Randy Skretvedt book, I fear that may take somewhat longer than I anticipated, so it may be better for me to aim for the final Bowery Boys Volume first, since the run of pressed discs is a limited one, and I definitely don't want to miss out on that!

    CHEERS!

    Tony
     
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    Tony,
    Any idea when the Skreveldt book will be released? Is it scheduled for this year. I have an original hardcover copy from a long time ago ( late 1980s?). I will definitely get this updated version, but I'm wondering how much he can add since most of the participants have been dead quite a while .
     
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    I have the 80's hard cover book as well. It is a great book.
     
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    One of my favorites on L&H, my (sentimental) favorites being the 2 John McCabe books .
     
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    I had to double check its actually the John McCabe book I have. The Films of the Bowery Boys by Brent Walker is another essential book.
     
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    Tony, go with the movies first before getting the book as you never know when WA releases this last set of their films. Did you also manage to get that Steel Guitar movie too?
     
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    Not to derail the subject away from the Bowery Boys, but I just spoke with Randy Skretvedt this morning and he assures me that the book will be nearly three times larger than the first edition, closer in size to Brent Walker's book on the Sennett films. There will be a few more interviews, but much more credit information and backstory about the cast and crew.

    Also, with nearly all the films now readily available from better source material, some of the films, particularly the Fox films, have been reassessed. For example, contrary to what's been written in the past in earlier books and in letters by Stan himself to John McCabe and others, THE BIG NOISE, the fifth of their six Fox films, is not the worst film L&H ever made. Watching them in chronological order shows that creative conditions actually improved as the years went on and the 20th Century-Fox films actually tended to get progressively better over time.

    Randy's writing the final chapter as we speak.

    Now, back to The Bowery Boys. I'm looking forward to completing my collection on DVD. I had seen very few of their films until TCM started running them a few years back and am now becoming a fan. Bring on Volume 4!
     
  18. Tony Bensley

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    Tonight, Randy Skretvedt very kindly sent me a Facebook message, in which he stated in part; "We're aiming for a December release of the L&H book, so go ahead and save your money for the Bowery Boys Volume Four, so you can get pressed discs!"

    There! With Randy's "magnaminously" kind assistance, I've managed to both provide an answer regarding his upcoming LAUREL & HARDY: THE MAGIC BEHIND THE MOVIES THIRD EDITION, and bring thIs HTF Thread back on topic!

    CHEERS!
     
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    Tony , Thanks for the update. I'll be ordering both , the BB Vol. 4 , and Skreveldt's book. All
    those years ago when I ordered the original hardcover, I believe I ordered right from Randy and paid by check. I guess now it will be Amazon!
    BTW, I wouldn't be surprised if VOL.4 arrives around the same time.
     
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    Hi Lou!

    Should that occur, it'll be a tough choice, but I'll have to go with purchasing the Bowery Boys set first and very reluctantly hold off on immediate purchase of Randy's Book! I didn't get the first three pressed disc sets, only to wind up going the DVD-R route for the final volume! As Mr. Skretvedt is also a Bowery Boys fan himself, I'm certain he'll understand.

    Life is full of tough decisions!

    CHEERS! :)

    Tony
     

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