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    Ditto that on LIFE WITH FATHER! A true classic, with four Oscar nominations, including William Powell's third and last one, I've yet to find a watchable version. This has always seemed to me to be very close to the top of the Public Domain hell list ...
     
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    WAC said on Facebook about a year ago that their rights to the play LIFE WITH FATHER elapsed and they are having difficulty getting them renewed. If that happens, then they will consider it. I'm not sure where the PD thought comes in if the story and play is still under copyright.
     
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    Thanks for the responses. Frustrating! TCM shows a pretty good copy of LIFE WITH FATHER, but I don't know about their copy of SANTA FE TRAIL as I've never watched it there. Homemade recordings on DVD-R of TCM public domain movies are usually better than any of the released versions.
     
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    The Frozen Dead is now available!
     
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    BOMBA Volume 2 out today. Another series completed. Hope they start the Dr. Kildare movie series soon.
     
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    http://l.email-warnerbros.com/1x1.dyn?08kG9KM_iw6YGh2pYoNH3-gxU=0 [​IMG] [​IMG] WARNER ARCHIVE HOMENEW RELEASESBESTSELLING DVDsFORWARD TO A FRIEND [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] BOMBA THE JUNGLE BOY, VOLUME 2 (1952-55) He’s back for a final rousing round-up of jungle action — Johnny Sheffield stars as Bomba, the boy who would be jungle king! Producer Walter Mirisch’s skillful blend of high-caliber and cost-conscious camera trickery was refined to a bravura blend by this point in the series with an added dash of studio specialty spice. Monogram/Allied Artists’ affinity for lean, mean noir is keenly felt in these latter installments which play out as more jungle crime thrillers than standard jungle adventure fare.

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    AFRICAN TREASURE (1952) The "jungle telegraph" makes its first appearance in this installment, allowing syncopated tele-com to assist Bomba in his battle with diamond smugglers who enslave a village. Also stars Laurette Luez and Lyle Talbot. Keep your eyes peeled for a young Woody Strode in a walk-on.

    BOMBA AND THE JUNGLE GIRL (1952) The seventh in the series sees Bomba exploring the biggest jungle mystery of all — his origin! Along the way, he aids one jungle girl (Karen Sharpe) and battles another — a true femme fatale of the jungle (Suzette Harbin).

    SAFARI DRUMS (1953) An eccentric millionaire hires a film crew to capture a one-in-a-million rumble in the jungle — a lion versus a tiger! There’s just one catch — one of the crew is a killer and it's up to Bomba to find out who. With Barbara Bestar.

    THE GOLDEN IDOL (1954) Bomba takes on one of his most nefarious adversaries, the evil Prince Ali (Paul Guilfoyle), for control of the Watusi's Golden Idol. With Anne Kimbell. 16x9 Widescreen

    KILLER LEOPARD (1954) Bomba’s on the hunt for a killer leopard when Commissioner Barnes tasks him with helping a starlet track her missing hubby. But said hubby is not really missing… With Beverly Garland. 16x9 Widescreen

    LORD OF THE JUNGLE (1955) Ace Allied Artists' leading gent Wayne Morris lends a hand sending Bomba out in style in the series finale. Bomba and long-time ally Commissioner Barnes end up on opposing sides when a group of government men decide a whole herd of elephants must pay the price for one rogue member. With Nancy Hale. 16x9 Widescreen [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] GOODBYE MR. CHIPS (1939) Robert Donat’s award winning performance may have seemed like a spoiler in a year packed to the rafters with amazing acting — but there’s a good reason he won the laurels. Find out by watching this deeply moving film about a man who loses a family but gains generations. And informed legions of schoolkids that it was ok to mispronounce Cicero.

    KITTY FOYLE (1940) Ginger got the nod for playing the title gentlewoman in this breakout smash soaper depicting passion among the classes. Philadelphia working girl Kitty falls hard for society gent Wynn Strafford (Dennis Morgan), but the forces of class prejudice prove costly. Kitty picks up the pieces only to have Wynn reappear just when she is about to move on, thanks to the ministrations of a young medico (James Craig). [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] PRESENTING LILY MARS (1943) Judy got her first big-time grown up MGM glamour treatment in this backstage lucky break saga that's a cut above the rest. Based on a Booth Tarkington opus, Lily Mars’ titular lady is small town girl who hounds a Broadway producer (Van Heflin) for a break — and gets one when the prod’s leading lady ankles the show. But is it Lily’s time to shine? Producer Joe Pasternak’s first pairing with Judy, under the directorial auspices of Norman Taurog.

    JOHNNY BELINDA (1948) Jane Wyman astonishes as a deaf-mute girl who faces prejudice, gossip, horror and love high in the remote wilds of Prince Edward Island. One of the first films to tackle rape in the post-code era, Johnny Belinda is a firebrand screed against the malignant forces of rumors, lies, and small-minded towns. Lew Ayres plays the doc who discerns the fire burning inside Johnny’s mind, Charles Bickford and Agnes Moorehead play the ignorant relations who mistake affliction for diminishment, and Jean Negulesco frames it all in high style.

    THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE (1951) John Huston directs real-life war super-hero Audie Murphy in this adaptation of Stephen Crane’s classic war tale. Although the filmmaker may have felt differently, the final film resounds as an astonishing piece of cinema. The film is replete with film noir framed battle sequences, a fine narration by James Whitmore and a sensitive, revealing performance from Murphy, who knew the territory, inside and out. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] THE MASTER OF BALLANTRAE (1953) Errol Flynn swashbuckles out of his long association with Warner Bros. with this Technicolor piece of high-adventure adapted from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. When a Scots laird decides to play both sides during the Jacobite rebellion, his catspaw scion (Flynn) ends up on the losing side, while his other son (Henry Anthony Steel) stands to inherit everything — land, title, and older brother’s intended. Directed by William Keighley and shot by color king Jack Cardiff.

    THE LOVED ONE (1965) From an impeccable pedigree — a novel by Evelyn Waugh, screenplay by Christopher Isherwood and Terry Southern — is born one of the maddest and blackest comedies the world has seldom seen. Director Tony Richardson assembles an all-star team around center player Robert Morse (Mad Men) in this look at the American way of death. Morse plays Dennis Barlow, a British would-be poet, who falls for comely funeral cosmetician Aimée Thanatogenos (Anjanette Comer) when attempting to send his uncle (John Gielgud) out in style via Reverend Glenworthy’s (Jonathan Winters) Whispering Glades cemetery and mortuary. In need of funds and desperate to stay close to the cosmetician, Dennis takes on work at the Reverend’s brother Henry’s (Winters, in a dual role) pet cemetery, and becomes embroiled in a plan to send the dearly departed to the stars. Originally advertised as "the motion picture with something to offend everyone!" Shot by the legendary Haskell Wexler, who also served as a producer.

    GUMMO (1997) Harmony Korine’s directorial debut still devastates a decade and a half later. As much a tone/texture poem as a narrative film, Gummo depicts the post-apocalyptic lives of small town Americans stuck living in the present day. Prescient then, prescient still, Gummo lingers long in the memory. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Last week, Warner Archive’s George Feltenstein braved the pixeled masses in our first ever AMA on Reddit. Locked in a conference room for three hours, he answered almost 200 questions of all kinds — even revealing a few exclusives. Take a look for yourself! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Warner Archive Instant recently added the horror of The Giant Behemoth (1959), the tropic noir of Kona Coast (1968) and Jean Simmons in Home Before Dark (1958) in 1080p HD! Watch hundreds of rare and hard-to-find movies and TV shows, direct from the studio vaults FREE for 2 weeks! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
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    :rock: THE LOVED ONE :banana:
     
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    I might order Gummo eventually if I stumble on a sale that I can take advantage of in Canada.
     
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    Gummo is wild. I thought I'd be more appalled by it than I was.

    I think I read about The Loved Ones for my horror movie research... sounds good like Comedy of Terrors.
     
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    THE LOVED ONE is in no way a horror movie, or much like COMEDY OF TERRORS, but it is a good black comedy.
     
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    There is a 2009 Australian Horror film called THE LOVED ONES. I think he's mixing them up.
     
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    Yeah The Loved One and The Loved Ones are two quite different films.

    I've wanted to see Gummo ever since my friend made her fb banner a picture of the bunny boy. And now looks like i'll get back to it at some point.
     
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    With the new releases including some PMTs, how long as Let's Scare Jessica to Death been OOP? I found my copy of it just last year in FYE. Was kind of surprised to see that listed.
     
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    Im really tempted to get Hands of A Stranger but would rather wait for a sale before I blind buy something these days
     
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    http://l.email-warnerbros.com/1x1.dyn?0rEGg47VCwN0mh2pUFYCPegxU=0 [​IMG] [​IMG] WARNER ARCHIVE HOMENEW RELEASESBESTSELLING DVDsFORWARD TO A FRIEND [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] TARGETS (1968) Peter Bogdanovich makes his directorial debut (thanks to some help from B-Movie maestro Roger Corman) and hits the ground stunning in this masterwork meditation on the nature of horror and entertainment in the ante-celluloid age. Boris Karloff, in a true career-capping performance, plays an aging horror star eager to escape into retirement but gets caught up in the undertow of repertory revival. Tim O’Kelly plays an insurance agent whose mind harbors America’s true horror — and violently cracks under the strain. Their two paths collide at a drive-in for a climax that cements Targets as a master thesis that’s unites art house and grind house that is both reflective and prescient. Shot by the equally esteemed László Kovács. 16x9 Widescreen

    FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL (1971) Terence Fisher makes his directorial denouement in the final Peter Cushing Hammer Frankenstein flick. This installment finds the mad doctor pretending to be a mad doctor in a madhouse thanks to some skeletons in the asylum director’s closet. Thanks to some ill-advised bodysnatching, a young protégé for the Baron (Shane Briant) arrives as an inmate and becomes the perfect apprentice from hell. The two set about restoring a monsterwork (David Prowse) of the doctor’s, but the creature proves beyond the pair’s control. 16x9 Widescreen

    LADY IN A CAGE (1964) Golden-age great Olivia de Havilland takes a spin in Grand Dame Guignol and delivers an altogether different — and masterful — kind of chiller. Thanks to an electrical failure, a temporarily invalided rich widow (de Havilland) finds herself trapped in her home elevator. Hovering nine feet above the floor, she’s suspended between two worlds — her life of cloistered privilege and the nightmare world of the have-nots outside after her home is subject to a series of invasions. Trapped without a Virgil to guide her out of hell, she is subject to torment and bears witness to depravity before her psyche pushes her to make a stand. James Caan plays the tormenter-in-chief in his first major film role, while Jeff Corey and Ann Sothern play the derelicts who usher in the blood-dimmed tide. Directed by Walter Grauman. 16x9 Widescreen

    LET’S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH (1971) HP Lovecraft, 20th Century Providential heir to the legacy of Poe, would have whole-heartedly approved of this modest haunter from the early seventies that has risen from the grave of neglect to be embraced as a true cult classic. Leaving the horror mostly unseen, whispered, or suggested, writer-director John Hancock enlists our own feverish imaginings into the mix, creating a truly haunted piece of unsettling cinema. Recent asylum inmate Jessica (Zohra Lampert) is spirited away from the big city to the wild woods of a small Connecticut island (Christmas in Connecticut this ain’t!) following her release by her cellist spouse. But this island proves as shadowy as Innsmouth when Jessica finds herself stranded between madness and murder. 16x9 Widescreen [​IMG] [​IMG] HALLELUJAH (1929) King Vidor used his well-earned cinema influence to create this milestone that is simultaneously a significant cultural and technological achievement. The major studio feature film to star an all African-American cast, Vidor also shot AND recorded sound on location, a feat of audio wizardry made all the more marvelous thanks to the film’s musical nature. Hallelujah also affords us the opportunity to see the great (and mostly stage bound) Nina Mae McKinney strut her considerable stuff. The film follows the fortunes of Zeke (Daniel L. Haynes), a poor cotton farmer that succumbs to the temptations of Chick (McKinney), a mercenary honky-tonk girl, who finds salvation in religion, only to fall into sin again… But it might not be Zeke’s soul that is at stake. Special Features include a commentary by Black Cultural Scholars, Donald Bogle and Avery Clayton and two musical shorts featuring the Nicholas Brothers and Nina Mae McKinney.

    DAVID COPPERFIELD (1935) David O. Selznick oversaw this George Cukor adaptation of the beloved Dickens’ classic, and produced a film as timeless as its source. Graced with an extraordinary cast united in proving that there are indeed "no small parts," David Copperfield also brought child prodigy Freddie Bartholomew before the world’s screens for the first time. Thanks to a recommendation from Charles Laughton, W.C. Fields dons the shabby dress-spats of Mr. Micawber and demonstrates his ample gifts for the dramatic — along the occasional pratfall. Also stars Edna May Oliver, Basil Rathbone, Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O’Sullivan, Elsa Lanchester, Una O’Connor and Roland Young. Special Features include two Technicolor musical shorts, a classic cartoon and an audio only Leo is on the Air radio promo.

    MARIE ANTOINETTE (1938) Originally slated to be produced by her wunderkind spouse Irving Thalberg, Norma Shearer turned the production into a bittersweet triumph following his untimely demise, delivering one of the greatest performances in a career studded with greatness. The film’s sympathetic take on the fall of the House of Bourbon is sweetened thanks to the sensitive portrayals found in the superb supporting cast with a young Robert Morley’s Louis XVI leading the way. Directed by W.S. Van Dyke and also starring Tyrone Power, John Barrymore, Anita Louise, and Henry Daniell. Special Features include two vintage shorts. [​IMG] HIS MAJESTY, O’KEEFE (1954) Burt Lancaster plays the swashbuckling merchant king O’Keefe in this adaptation of the book based on his real-life feats. Marooned on the South Sea Island of Yap after a mutiny, Captain O’Keefe eyes the copious amounts of coconut at hand and foresees a fortune in the copra (coconut oil) trade. Journeying to civilization and back, O’Keefe achieves an empire by heeding the non-Westerners around him and defying the empires intent on exploitation. But the throne might cost him his soul… A sweeping epic with romance, sea battles, land wars and more drama than you can shake a palm at, all ably stitched together thanks to an iconic, yet modern, star turn from Lancaster. Also stars Andre Morell and Joan Rice, shot on location by Byron Haskin. Special Features include a “Make it a Warner Night at the Movies” collection with a Joe McDoakes comedy short and cartoon both from 1954! 16x9 Widescreen [​IMG] 1 MILE ABOVE (2011) Inspired by an astounding true underdog tale, 1 Mile Above depicts a young man’s cycling journey to the highest point in Tibet. Shuhao (Bryan Chang) is a twenty-four-year-old Taiwanese university graduate whose older brother Shuwei dies unexpectedly on a bicycle trek to Lhasa. Now, Shuhao decides to fulfill his brother’s final wish and sets out to complete the journey himself taking him to the highest points in Tibet. Unfortunately, Shuhao is a most inexperienced biker… A thrilling and compelling true story of adventure, endurance and redemption. 16x9 Widescreen

    INTO THE ARMS OF STRANGERS (2000) Just prior to World War II, an extraordinary rescue operation aided the youngest victims of Nazi terror. Ten thousand Jewish and other children were transported from German-held lands to foster homes and hostels in Great Britain. Some built new family ties. Some endured the Blitz. Some, amazingly, found ways to liberate their own parents from Hitler’s tyranny. And all have unforgettable stories to tell. From award-winning filmmaker Mark Jonathan Harris and producer Deborah Oppenheimer (whose mother was one of the 10,000 children), comes this superb, documentary filled with rare archival footage and featuring gripping remembrances by the child survivors, rescuers and parents of the heroic Kindertransport. Judi Dench narrates. Special Features include two feature-length audio commentaries, bonus interviews and more. 16x9 Widescreen [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Warner Archive Instant recently added a bunch of new films including Martin Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974) and Home Before Dark (1958) with Jean Simmons — both in 1080p HD! Watch hundreds of rare and hard-to-find movies and TV shows, direct from the studio vaults FREE for 2 weeks! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
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    Arrrgh, I was hoping for a Criterion release of Targets!
     
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    Or at least a WB Blu-ray!

    Lady in a Cage, too. Sad. Glad I already have the existing DVDs of these.
     
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    Yet another week of mostly retreads. Well, at least I'm not spending as much on Archive titles.
     
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    Rob ... same here. I have all the retreads from when they were first released. Not much if anything new in either New Releases or Pre-Orders. I'm guessing that this may just be a little End of Summer break, and that loads of new Never Before Released films are just around the proverbial corner. Any thoughts on this, particularly from those who are knowledgeable in re the WBAC?
     
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    No thoughts, but if I run into the WAC rep at this weekend's Cinecon in Hollywood, I'll certainly grill him like a cheese sandwich about what's going on.
     
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