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Robin Hood, Sierra Madre, Yankee Doodle Dandy - 2 Disc Specs

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#1 of 131 OFFLINE   Patrick Mirza

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Posted June 28 2003 - 02:20 AM

Warner Home Video has announced the latest crop of classic films getting 2-disc treatments. Due on September 30th are The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and Yankee Doodle Dandy. WB will recreate the moviegoing experience of yesteryear with these new "Night at the Movies" special editions. These will include shorts, newsreels, cartoons, and trailers from the year of the films' initial release. The discs will be available individually at $26.99, or in a gift set at $69.92. The Adventures of Robin Hood will include "Warner Bros' Night at the Movies 1938" (Angels with Dirty Faces theatrical trailer, a vintage newsreel, the Warner musical short subject "Freddie Rich and His Orchestra," and the cartoon "Katnip Kollege"). Other extras include a feature length commentary track by author and film historian Rudy Behlmer, a music-only track,trailers for 12 Errol Flynn movies, "Glorious Technicolor," a one-hour documentary about the color process narrated by Angela Lansbury; the 65th anniversary documentary "Welcome to Sherwood: The Story of The Adventures of Robin Hood"; "Rabbit Hood" and "Robin Hood Daffy" Looney Tunes; the short subjects "Cavalcade of Archery" and "The Cruise of the Zaca"; "Robin Hood Through the Ages" (a look at earlier screen adaptations); "A Journey to Sherwood Forest" (a collection of home movies and behind-the-scenes footage); outtakes and bloopers from Warner's 1938 productions; the Robin Hood National Radio Broadcast from May 11, 1938; composer Korngold’s piano lessons (audio only); and other material. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre will include "Warner Bros' Night at the Movies 1948" (Key Largo theatrical trailer, a vintage newsreel, the "So You Want to be a Detective" short, and the Looney Tunes short "Hot Cross Bunny"). Other extras include a commentary track with Bogart biographer Eric Lax and trailers for 12 Bogart films; "John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick" feature length documentary; "Discovering Treasure: The Story of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre"; the 1950 Looney Tunes short "8 Ball Bunny"; scoring sessions; the April 18, 1949 Lux Radio Theater broadcast of the story; and other material. Yankee Doodle Dandy will include "Warner Bros' Night at the Movies 1942" (Casablanca theatrical trailer, a vintage newsreel, the short "Beyond the Line of Duty," and the Looney Tunes short "Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid"). Other extras include a commentary from Behlmer and trailers for seven Cagney films;"James Cagney: Top of the World" biographical tribute hosted by Michael J. Fox; "Let Freedom Sing!: The Story of Yankee Doodle Dandy" making-of documentary; the Looney Tunes shorts "Yankee Doodle Daffy" and "Yankee Doodle Bugs"; the wartime short "You, John Jones" starring Cagney and Greer Garson; audio-only outtakes and rehearsals; the Oct. 19, 1942, Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater Radio Show with the film's cast members; and other material.

#2 of 131 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted June 28 2003 - 02:38 AM

There's only one of these films I want (Adventures of Robin Hood), but I may actually buy the other two just for the extras (such as the cartoons). Posted Image
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#3 of 131 OFFLINE   Neil S. Bulk

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Posted June 28 2003 - 02:47 AM

That Robin Hood disc sounds amazing! Neil

#4 of 131 OFFLINE   Roger Rollins

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Posted June 28 2003 - 03:57 AM

Warner Bros. had a press event yesterday to announce these releases, and a friend of mine who writes about DVD for one of the local trade papers attended. They did a demonstration of what the special features on the discs would look like, and then had a full screening of the fully-restored ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, on which they have used their "Ultra-Resolution" technology, the same process they used on SINGIN' IN THE RAIN. They stated that all three films have been restored ON FILM from their original camera negatives, and the result of this will be on each DVD release. Lastly, they mentioned that the three films will also be sold in a WARNER BROTHERS LEGENDS gift set that will contain a free bonus feature docu disc HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU, WARNER BROS. This is something I bought on laser about 10 years ago, and it's terrific. Much better than those awful TNT documentaries done for their 75th anniversary a few years ago. (..and I can't wait to see those LOONEY TUNES too!) While I like SIERRA MADRE, I am over the moon at having YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, no less a sterling ROBIN HOOD revealing all that beautiful Technicolor photography. You can keep Kevin Costner. To me, there's only one Robin Hood, and that's Errol Flynn!

#5 of 131 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 28 2003 - 04:09 AM

This is absolutely INCREDIBLE news. The gift set sounds like the way to go -- especially for the added Warner Brothers documentary disc. Just plain about time that these films see the light of day. I am a huge fan of Cagney and love YANKEE DOODLE DANDY. look forward to seeing Robin Hood and Treasure of the Sierra Madre for the first time. Yes, you read right, I never saw these films. Hope this paves the way for more Cagney releases (one of the most ignored actors on DVD) including White Heat and Angels With Dirty Faces Again, this is absolutely thrilling news and I am very happy to see Warner Brothers is putting such care and thought into the overall viewing experience of these titles. Thank You, Warner!


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#6 of 131 OFFLINE   SteveP


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Posted June 28 2003 - 04:19 AM

The current print on TCM of ROBIN HOOD looks pretty damn good. so this disc should look FABULOUS.

#7 of 131 OFFLINE   Paul Drake

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Posted June 28 2003 - 04:36 AM

Wonderful. Wonderful. Wonderful. We should all send our thanks to Warners for such a loving treatment of these classics. I hope that they are rewarded with big time sales.

#8 of 131 OFFLINE   Dharmesh C

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Posted June 28 2003 - 04:43 AM

Robin Hood Posted Image I can't wait to have this film on DVD. WB are doing a great job! Will it contain 5.1 and mono tracks?

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Posted June 28 2003 - 05:39 AM

Wow! Robin Hood was definitely worth the wait. The Criterion LD also has a commentary by Rudy Behlmer. I wonder if they licensed it to WB. Oh, and thank you Warners for not releasing it on September 2. I don't think my credit card could handle another DVD purchase on that day.
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#10 of 131 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted June 28 2003 - 05:41 AM

I've been patiently waiting for this announcement and now I can't hardly wait until September 30th. Here's hoping that "Angels with Dirty Faces" is not far behind with it's trailer being on the "Adventures of Robin Hood" dvd. Crawdaddy

#11 of 131 OFFLINE   Henry V

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Posted June 28 2003 - 07:50 AM

Truly wonderful news, I just hope their sales encourage Warners to open the vaults on more classic Flynn, Cagney and Bogart films!

#12 of 131 OFFLINE   Roger Rollins

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Posted June 28 2003 - 08:02 AM

Although not in the same league as ROBIN HOOD, Flynn's MASTER OF BALLANTRAE (still an entertaining adventure) comes to DVD from Warner this week (according to Amazon and other sites).

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Posted June 28 2003 - 08:17 AM

*GASP* Posted Image

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Holy smokes! Amazing news. I knew these were coming, but I never expected such lavish treatment! The John Huston documentary is one of the very best biographical film-related documentaries I have ever seen - a must see for fans of the great man.

Has the "Glorious Technicolor" docu been shown on TV, or is it all-new?

For many, the boxed set is a genuine must-have.

Oh! Great, great stuff! Woo-hoo! Posted Image Posted Image

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Warner! Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image


#14 of 131 OFFLINE   Peter Apruzzese

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Posted June 28 2003 - 08:24 AM

Fantastic news, instant buys, thank you WB!

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#15 of 131 OFFLINE   Brian PB

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Posted June 28 2003 - 08:49 AM

I, too, am blown away by the specs of these essential films. The box set seems like the way to go--should sell for around 50 bucks when it's (inevitably) discounted--for three loaded 2-disc Special Editions, plus a bonus documentary?? What a deal. Bravo, Warner!!

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Posted June 28 2003 - 09:20 AM

I'll definitely be getting Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

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Posted June 28 2003 - 09:32 AM

Absolutely fantastic news. I can't wait for these and will definately go for the box set. Thank you Warner Bros for treating your classic titles so well!

#18 of 131 OFFLINE   Paul Drake

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Posted June 28 2003 - 10:08 AM

[quote] Here's hoping that "Angels with Dirty Faces" is not far behind [quote]

I'm right with you there. Excellent movie. I wouldn't mind an entire "Dead End Kids" boxset of the 7 films to go with it also.

#19 of 131 OFFLINE   RobertR


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Posted June 28 2003 - 10:08 AM

The box set sounds great. I will be getting all three films.

[quote] look forward to seeing Robin Hood and Treasure
of the Sierra Madre for the first time.

You're in for a treat. Both are all time classics. Errol Flynn's Robin Hood wipes the floor with Kevin Costner's attempt at a remake.

#20 of 131 OFFLINE   Derek_McL


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Posted June 28 2003 - 10:26 AM

Great news,I was wondering if it would ever come but the extras probably make these worth getting on their own !

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