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TCFHE Press Release: "Voice Your Choice" Winners to arrive on Blu-ray December 3rd

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    THE TIME IS NIGH!
    TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT’S
    “VOICE YOUR CHOICE” WINNERS TO ARRIVE
    ON BLU-RAY DECEMBER 3
    The Eight Classic Favorites Selected by Fans
    Set For Release on Blu-Ray for the First Time

    LOS ANGELES (October 1, 2013) – The fans voted and we listened! Following along with its commitment to classic cinema, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release eight classic films on Blu-ray through its VOICE YOUR CHOICE campaign. Launched in January, this unique initiative, partnered with Home Theater Forum, allowed 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. Announced earlier this year, the response from fans for this first-of-its-kind program was overwhelming; with over 42,000 people casting 80,000 votes. To thank fans for their support and participation, Fox decided to release BOTH the winning and runner-up film from each decade on Blu-ray December 3. All titles will be available for purchase on www.foxconnect.com, including Cavalcade, the film that received the most write-in votes that was released this past August.

    Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment boasts a rich catalog featuring many of the most beloved films of all time. With the very first VOICE YOUR CHOICE program, Fox has maintained its commitment to classic films, while connecting directly with film aficionados and reacting to their interests. The support for the inaugural VOICE YOUR CHOICE program was so successful that Fox will continue to work with Home Theater Forum on this and future initiatives that allow fans to be involved when it comes to the studio’s classic catalog.

    The winning films set for release December 3 are:
    1930s

    [*]Jesse James (#1)
    [*](1939) Jesse James stars Tyrone Power as the most infamous bandit in the history of the West. Jesse James was a young Missouri farmer forced outside the law after ruthless agents for the transcontinental railroad kill his ailing mother and steal his family's land. Together with his brother Frank (Henry Fonda), Jesse forms a gang of masked outlaws to strike back at the railroad company and the banks that have joined forces to swindle the oppressed farmers.
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    [*]Call of the Wild (#2)
    [*](1935) Jack Thornton has trouble winning enough at cards for the stake he needs to get to the Alaska gold fields. His luck changes when he pays $250 for Buck, a sled dog that is part wolf to keep him from being shot by an arrogant Englishman also headed for the Yukon.
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    1940s

    [*]Ghost and Mrs. Muir (#1)
    [*](1947) A romance between a young widow and a sea captain's ghost weaves a magical tale of immortal love. Determined to live her life the way she wants, newly widowed Lucy Muir (Gene Tierney) declines her straitlaced in-laws demand that she live with them and moves with her daughter (a young Natalie Wood) to the seaside into a cottage haunted by the handsome, blustering Captain Gregg (Rex Harrison). A deal is struck between the two in the wee hours of the morning allowing Lucy to stay in the house and the captain to materialize only in the master bedroom. As they gradually get to know each other better, Lucy's spunk and stubbornness gains first the captain's grudging respect, then his heart. But when another man woos Lucy, both must face that her future lies with the living, not in the spirit world.
    [/list][*]Black Swan (#2)
    [*](1942) Tyrone Power and Maureen O’Hara cross romantic swords in this epic Oscar®-winning swash buckler about a pirate determined to reform his thieving ways – after he steals one last heart! Recently reformed pirate Jamie Boy (Power) is supposed to be helping the new Governor of Jamaica, Captain Morgan, rid the Caribbean of black-hearted buccaneers. But when Jamie falls head over keel for the heavenly – but hotheaded – Lady Margaret (O’Hara), he gives caution the heave-ho, kidnaps Margaret and sets sail for the adventure of a lifetime! Packed with “action, excitement, thundering guns and a maiden in distress"
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    1950s

    [*]Carmen Jones (#1)
    [*](1954) Powered by Georges Bizet's grand music and Oscar Hammerstein II's magnificent lyrics, this Americanized all-black version of the classic opera Carmen is "a dynamic superb show" with a positively "incandescent Carmen." (Newsweek) Oscar-nominee Dorothy Dandridge stars in the title role, a passionate, sexy creature who lures Joe
    (Harry Belafonte), a handsome soldier, away from his sweetheart (Olga James). Following a fatal brawl with his sergeant, Joe deserts his regiment with the sultry femme fatale. But Carmen soon tires of him and takes up with a heavyweight prize-fighter (Joe Adams). Triggering Joe's tragic revenge. Helping to set the screen on fire are Pearl Bailey and Diahann Carroll, part of the "sensational troupe" that makes this jubilant musical film "hard to beat."
    [/list][*]Desk Set (#2)
    [*](1957) Bunny Watson (Katharine Hepburn) heads up the research department at the Federal Broadcasting Company, a major TV network. And she does her job very well, thank you very much. Assigned by the network president to introduce computers into some of the department’s functions, Richard Sumner (Spencer Tracy) arrives at Bunny’s well-run division to observe daily activities. Unfortunately, however, Sumner is ordered to keep his mission secret. As a result, the whole staff believes they are being replaced. To make matters worse, there appears to be more than a little electricity between Bunny and Sumner, which upsets Bunny’s boyfriend Mike (Gig Young). As the tension mounts in the office, so do the laughs in this classic romantic comedy.
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    1960s

    [*]North to Alaska (#1)
    [*](1960) John Wayne and Stewart Granger strike it rich in this rousing comedy-adventure set in the heyday of the Alaskan gold rush. When prospectors Sam McCord (Wayne) and George Pratt (Granger) hit the mother lode, George asks Sam to go to Seattle and fetch his sweetheart, Jennie, but she has already married someone else. Determined to bring George a new love, Sam invites a saloon dancer (Capucine) back to Nome as Jennie’s replacement.
    [/list][*]Undefeated (#2)
    [*](1969) In the tumultuous aftermath of the Civil War, Union Calvary officer John Henry Thomas takes his heroic men west while southerner James Langdon takes his soldiers to Mexico. When their paths cross, they forge an uneasy friendship that is quickly tested as they get caught between Mexican rebels and the Emperor's forces, and find themselves fighting side by side.
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    ABOUT TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
    Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™ and Digital HD™. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.
     
  2. Ronald Epstein

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    This is a very exciting moment for all of us and on behalf of the entire HTF team I would
    like to thank HTF members who participated and voted in the VOICE YOUR CHOICE promotion
    earlier this year.

    We were exceptionally proud that the folks at Fox Home Entertainment chose to partner
    with HTF on this promotion.

    As a thank you to HTF members we have worked with Fox to provide a significant discount
    on the purchase of these titles through FoxConnect.com.

    We will announce full details via an email newsletter closer to release date.
     
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    Glad to see these titles coming out in Blu-ray, and even cooler that they will be giving us a discount!
     
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    While not all of the winners and runners-up were my first choices, together they'll make a nice holiday present from Fox to lovers of classic movies.

    Thanks go to them and to HTF officials who sponsored this wonderful idea.

    Any plans for Round Two of Vote Your Choice?
     
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    There are some great titles here and my only regret is that Fox haven't taken the opportunity to upgrade their Gable DVD set to blu-ray by including The Tall Men and Soldier of Fortune with Call of the Wild. Fox have served us classics enthusiasts very well this year and I thank them for that. I too hope there will be another round of voting in 2014. I also hope that Warners are watching.
     
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    Thanks to Fox, and special thanks to Ron and Adam for helping to make these an even better deal!
     
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    I am waiting (im)patiently for the order links to go up.I hope the contest returns. I wish it were more often - possibly a mid-year contest to distract us while we're waiting for the winners. A twice a year thing would be nice (or shorten the time between winning and release)David
     
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    I wonder if the titles will be released as a box set at a discount rate? I should think that they will come out a as single units at the price. I am sure we must order direct from Fox to get the price. I have done so in past and also called with questions on product. I know you cannot order by phone from Fox. Thanks to Ron and Adam for bringing the event to HTF members. I too join with the hope we will do this again.
     
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    I'm a bit surprised that The Undefeated made the cut, but the rest are worthy titles. I might even order The Undefeated if the price is right!
     
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    Excellent news. There are six on the list I want and four I voted for. Thanks to HTF for this opportunity.
     
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    Give us until mid November to get the HTF link up and working on Fox Connect. It will be worth the wait. Individual titles will be discounted, but the steepest discount will be reserved for a set of all titles. While we can't announce or promise anything at this time, I wouldn't be surprised to see a new round of voting in 2014 ;)
     
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    YES! They will be available at all the usual retailers, but the HTF member discount will only be available through Fox at Fox Connect.
     
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    Terrific I might not buy all of these but will try to get a few just for encouragement to another round of this promotion.
     
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    Excellent news. Hopefully, the HTF discount makes it possible to blind buy the set, as I have not actually seen any of these, and I honestly can't remember which, if any, I voted for.
     
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    Gosh I wish Kiss of Death would have made it...
     
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    I sure hope that we get another round of voting this winter! There were plenty of other titles in those lists that I'd like to see make it to Blu. *cough cough* Captain From Castile *cough cough*
    This is unexpected and fantastic! Thank you to all who made the discount happen!
     
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    Sadly, I guess Amazon won't be offering the discount, and Fox certainly won't make the discount available to us down here in Australia.
    Still, can't grumble .. I'd pay max price happily for 'Random Harvest' and 'Carmen Jones'...... and will probably pick up ' Black Swan' as well.
     
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    I meant 'The Ghost and Mrs Muir', not 'Random Harvest' -- that error was just wishful thinking!
     
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    Nice wishing. Random Harvest would look good on a Warner Archive Blu-ray.

    I am looking forward to The Ghost and Mrs. Muir the most from this set of eight releases.
     
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    Thanks Fox. I'm very excited to have two Tyrone Power films coming to blu. My top choice that wasn't listed was Shirley Temple's Poor Little Rich Girl. Please, can something be done with that as it never even made DVD.
     

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