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20th Century Fox's 'Studio Classics' DVD Series

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Nils Luehrmann, Feb 2, 2004.

  1. Nils Luehrmann

    Nils Luehrmann Well-Known Member

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    Some of you may have seen my thread, 'Warner Brother's 2-Disc Special Edition Series' in which I highly praise Warner Bros. for their fantastic restoration and presentation of their 2-Disc (Slip Cover) Series. Well after now collecting Fox's entire (SE) 'Studio Classics' series I am happy to report that Warner Bros. is not the only studio in town that is taking great care in restoring beloved classics!

    Fox began this series just over a year ago and since then have been releasing one new title on the first Tuesday of every month.

    [​IMG] (click here to read Robert Harris' detailed article about this series published on 3/17/03)

    As I did for the Warner Bros. 2-Disc (Slip Cover) Series, here is a list of all the current Fox 'Studio Classics' Series as well as upcoming releases, rumored releases, and HTF members' wish lists.


    NOTE: I'll try and keep this list up to date as new information and wish list submissions are posted.



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    Sunrise
    Limited Edition
    Release Date: 01/14/03 (OOP and no longer available thorugh Fox's 'Buy 3 DVD' offer)

    HTF Review
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    All About Eve
    Spine #1
    Release Date: 01/14/03

    HTF Review (Currently Not Available)
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    Gentleman's Agreement
    Spine #2
    Release Date: 01/14/03

    HTF Review (Currently Not Available)
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    How Green Was My Valley
    Spine #3
    Release Date: 01/14/03

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    An Affair to Remember
    Spine #4
    Release Date: 02/04/03

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    The Day the Earth Stood Still
    Spine #5
    Release Date: 03/04/03

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    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
    Spine #6
    Release Date: 04/01/03

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    Love is a Many-Splendored Thing
    Spine #7
    Release Date: 05/06/03

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    The Song of Bernadette
    Spine #8
    Release Date: 06/03/03

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    Anastasia
    Spine #9
    Release Date: 07/01/03

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    The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
    Spine #10
    Release Date: 08/05/03

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    Titanic
    Spine #11
    Release Date: 09/02/03

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    The Mark of Zorro
    Spine #12
    Release Date: 10/07/03

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    The Ox-Bow Incident
    Spine #13
    Release Date: 11/04/03

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    My Darling Clementine
    Spine #14
    Release Date: 01/06/04

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    The Diary of Anne Frank
    Spine #15
    Release Date: 02/03/04

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    Peyton Place
    Spine #16
    Release Date: 03/02/2004

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    The Grapes of Wrath
    Spine #17
    Release Date: 04/06/04

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    Desk Set
    Spine #18
    Release Date: 05/04/04

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    The Snake Pit
    Spine #19
    Release Date: 06/01/04

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    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
    Spine #20
    Release Date: 07/06/04

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    Alexis Zorbas (Zorba the Greek)
    Spine #21
    Release Date: 08/03/04

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    Alexander's Ragtime Band
    Spine #22
    Release Date: 09/07/04

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    The Three Faces of Eve
    Spine #23
    Release Date: 10/05/04

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    Three Coins In The Fountain
    Spine #24
    Release Date: 11/02/04

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    How to Steal a Million
    Spine #25
    Release Date: 12/07/04

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    Leave Her to Heaven
    Spine #26
    Release Date: 02/22/05

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    A Letter to Three Wives
    Spine #27
    Release Date: 02/22/05

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    Return to Peyton Place
    Spine #28
    Release Date: 02/22/05

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    Anna & the King of Siam
    Spine #29
    Release Date: 05/24/05

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    The Best of Everything
    Spine #30
    Release Date: 05/24/05

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    The Razor's Edge
    Spine #31
    Release Date: 05/24/05

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    Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte
    Spine #32
    Release Date: 08/09/05

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    In Old Chicago
    Spine #33
    Release Date: 08/09/05

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    The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
    Spine #34
    Release Date: 08/09/05

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    Orchestra Wives
    Spine #35
    Release Date: 11/01/05

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    The Rains Came
    Spine #36
    Release Date: 11/01/05

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    Two For The Road
    Spine #37
    Release Date: 11/01/05




    CINEMA CLASSICS COLLECTION

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    Island in the Sun
    Release Date: 01/10/06

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    Pinky
    Release Date: 01/10/06

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    Stormy Weather
    Release Date: 01/10/06




    WISH LIST (as posted on this thread)

    Pt.I = Not Yet Released on DVD

    8.7 ( 1930 ) City Girl
    6.8 ( 1933 ) Cavalcade
    7.1 ( 1942 ) The Black Swan
    7.4 ( 1942 ) Tales of Manhatten
    7.5 ( 1944 ) Jane Eyre
    7.7 ( 1945 ) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    7.2 ( 1952 ) Deadline - U.S.A.
    7.7 ( 1952 ) Five Fingers
    7.5 ( 1952 ) Viva Zapata!
    6.7 ( 1955 ) Daddy Longlegs
    6.8 ( 1956 ) The Girl Can't Help It


    Pt.II = Previously Released on DVD

    10/18/05 - 7.7 ( 1944 ) Lifeboat (Special Edition)
    09/06/05 - 7.9 ( 1961 ) Innocents
    06/14/05 - 7.5 ( 1943 ) Heaven Can Wait (Criterion Collection)
    05/24/05 - 7.0 ( 1957 ) Forty Guns
    05/25/04 - 6.1 ( 1952 ) What Price Glory?
    10/16/01 - 6.7 ( 1953 ) The Robe
    12/07/99 - 6.3 ( 1952 ) The Snows of Kilimanjaro (Ventura)
    10/05/99 - 7.8 ( 1947 ) Miracle on 34th Street


    Pt.III = Titles Mentioned in Thread, But Are Unlikely to Be Released as (SE) 'Studio Classics' releases:
    (due to limited material or market appeal - perceived or otherwise)

    5.6 ( 1930 ) Just Imagine
    5.2 ( 1930 ) Up The River
    7.2 ( 1936 ) One in a Million
    6.9 ( 1938 ) Suez
    6.9 ( 1939 ) Rose of Washington Square
    7.0 ( 1940 ) Star Dust
    7.0 ( 1940 ) Tin Pan Alley
    6.7 ( 1941 ) Blood And Sand
    6.6 ( 1941 ) Charley's Aunt
    7.1 ( 1941 ) Moon over Miami
    7.3 ( 1941 ) Sun Valley Serenade
    7.2 ( 1941 ) That night in Rio
    7.0 ( 1942 ) Son of Fury
    7.4 ( 1943 ) The Gang's All Here
    6.7 ( 1943 ) Hello, Frisco, Hello
    7.1 ( 1944 ) The Lodger
    7.0 ( 1945 ) A Royal Scandal
    6.0 ( 1946 ) Centenniel Summer
    7.4 ( 1946 ) Margie
    6.7 ( 1947 ) Captain from Castille
    6.6 ( 1947 ) Forever Amber
    6.7 ( 1947 ) The Foxes of Harrow
    5.7 ( 1948 ) That Lady in Ermine
    7.6 ( 1948 ) Sitting Pretty
    5.9 ( 1949 ) Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend
    5.8 ( 1949 ) The Fan
    6.6 ( 1949 ) Prince of Foxes
    5.7 ( 1951 ) Call Me Mister
    7.3 ( 1952 ) O. Henry's Full House
    7.2 ( 1952 ) With a Song in My Heart
    6.0 ( 1954 ) The Egyptian
    7.1 ( 1956 ) Bigger Than Life
    7.5 ( 1960 ) Wild River
    5.5 ( 1967 ) Valley Of The Dolls



    If you missed it, on January 12 Peter Staddon (Senior VP of Marketing for Fox Home Entertainment) participated in an HTF chat and spent close to three hours in a Q&A session with HTF members. (click here for a transcript of that chat). It was an excellent evening full of insights and news on upcoming Fox DVD releases.
     
  2. Paul_Scott

    Paul_Scott Well-Known Member

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    i'm finally taking the time to get caught up with 2003 titles, and the past few days i finally got around to watching The Ghost & Mrs.Muir and Ox-Bow Incident.
    Boy, do these films still satisfy!
    i still adore Ghost and was very pleasantly surprised by how much more moving i found Ox-Bow this viewing.
    i originally saw it in my early 20s and while i respected it, it didn't really pack the same punch it did this time around.
    what a fine, fine film.

    i also didn't realize that G&MM was a Joe Mankiewicz production.
    my big hope for a future Studio Classic is A Letter To Three Wives another witty Joe L. M. film.
    after falling in love all over again with Tiereny in G&MM, i can't wait for Laura and LHTH.
    i've never seen the latter before so i'm really looking forward to that one.

    Thanks again Fox, keep up the good work!
     
  3. Charles H

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    Wish List for Fox:
    Tales of Manhatten (with the W.C. Fields sequence, which has been restored beyond the video edition);
    O. Henry's Full House*
    Nightmare Alley*
    Five Fingers
    Captain from Castille
    Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend
    Deadline USA (Bogart)*
    What Price Glory?
    Centenniel Summer*
    A Royal Scandal*
    That Lady in Ermine*
    The Fan (Otto Preminger)*
    Prince of Foxes*
    Up The River (John Ford with Tracy and Bogart)*
    Just Imagine*
    Charley's Aunt (Jack Benny)*/The Meanest Man in the World (Benny)*
    Call Me Mister*

    *Never before on video
     
  4. Herb Kane

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    Nils… Great thread as I’m also a huge fan of the Studio Classics.

    I’m hoping (and assuming) that perhaps the reason for the delay in Laura is for an upcoming line of film noir titles – God only knows they have enough of them in their library to keep us satisfied for awhile. And I’d buy every single one of them…!!!

    Herb.
     
  5. Jon_W

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    Sunrise is not out of print as it can be found in the Studio Classics Boxset along with How Green Was My Valley, Gentleman's Agreement, and All About Eve.

    Cheers
     
  6. Paul_Scott

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    Nightmare Alley and Laura would both be good titles to help kick off a film noir line.

    i'd probably buy every one too, Herb.

    another title i would love to see as a Studio Classic would be
    Blood And Sand.
    we need more Technicolor Rita and she was in her prime here.
    (and Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell and Anthony Quinn don't hurt either)
     
  7. Walter Kittel

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    My usual refrain...

    And so far, not a single noir unless you count their licensing of Pickup on South Street to Criterion. [​IMG]

    - Walter
     
  8. RafaelPires

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    We need more Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, Linda Darnell,
     
  9. RafaelPires

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    We need more Tyrone Power (all of his movies), Betty Grable (Moon over Miami, pleaseeee), Gene Tierney, Linda Darnell ( a Letter to three wives, Star Dust, Forever Amber and Fallen Angel), Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Carmen Miranda (It would be awesome to have restored The gang's all here and That night in Rio as part of the STUDIO Classic Collection), Jeanne Crain (she was just lovely in Margie and Centennial Summer and Pinky), John Payne, Maureen O'Hara (The Foxes of Harrow, Black Swan, Sitting Pretty), Joan Fontaine (Jane Eyre and Above this all), Sonja Henie, and why not, Shirley Temple.
     
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    I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn". I'd take that over "Peyton Place" any day. I'd also be glad to see Nightmare Alley".
     
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    My #1 most wanted from Fox is Nicholas Ray's Bigger Than Life, but the chat said it wasn't being considered.

    Also would like to see:
    Forty Guns (Sam Fuller)
    City Girl/Our Daily Bread (F.W. Murnau)
     
  12. ChrisRose

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    Another vote here for A Letter To Three Wives. [​IMG]

    And thank you Fox, for The Diary Of Anne Frank on DVD!
     
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    Right now I have 5 of them, and I finally managed to get the Sunrise dvd via the UK Amazon Marketplace.

    I should have this within the next couple of days.

    Keep them coming

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    I wish Marilyn Monroe were in some of those Film Noir's that Fox has buried away in their vaults, they would all be out on DVD by now.
     
  15. Robert Crawford

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    If "Pickup on South Street" doesn't sell for Criterion than the film noir genre will continue to be ignored by Fox as well as the other studios. I know I have my copy on preorder, but I wonder about others here that are screaming for these film noir titles?





    Crawdaddy
     
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    I have Pickup on South Street pre-ordered and I bet almost every other Film Noir fan here at HTF has it pre-ordered too. If they don't, they should be taken to a dark alley and have Robert Ryan slap them around till they do.
     
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    For the wishlist/never going to happen list:

    Wild River
     
  18. Walter Kittel

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    Robert - I'm unsure how to respond to this. Of course I have this title on order. If you believe that repeated requests for noir titles are "screaming" I'm willing to stop posting in these threads. As a fan of noir it never ceases to frustrate me that Fox hasn't to date supported noir. DVD is no longer a nascent format, and I sincerely wish that Fox's approach to noir reflected this reality.

    - Walter.
     
  19. Robert Crawford

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    Walter,
    There is no need for you to take my comment/"screaming" in the literal sense of the word. Matter of fact, I don't think some of us scream enough for these titles if we really want them on this format. Fox will release any film on dvd that they feel will sell enough units.





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  20. Nils Luehrmann

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    During the HTF Chat with Peter Stadden of Fox Home Video Peter Fitzgerald asked:
    His last statement though sums up the dilemma of why many great films are not rushed, or even sometimes ever released on to DVD (or any HV format for that matter) simply because there often is not enough of a market to justify the cost. This is especially true when a title needs a great deal of restoration work.

    As a huge fan of Film Noir (especially those of the detective genre) I too hope Fox and other studios continue to work on ways to make it possible for future DVD releases of all these wonderful films. The fact that some of the studios are open to licensing agreements with companies like Criterion, hopefully this will mean many of these titles will get released in a more timely fashion.

    At the end of the day though, if sales of film noir are not enough to turn a profit for either the studio or distributor then future Film Noir titles will be in jeopardy. [​IMG]
     

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