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#1 of 32 OFFLINE   Corey

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Posted January 11 2007 - 06:24 PM

We always get classics from Warners and Fox, occasionally from Universal, and sporadically from Sony. What's the hold up with the Goldwyn films. There's quite a few of them that haven't came out on dvd. I would love to have some Goldwyn titles: Edddie Cantor -Whoopee -Roman Scandals -Kid Millions -The Kid From Spain -Strike Me Pink William Wyler -Wuthering Heights (out of print) -These Three Merle Oberon: -The Dark Angel -Beloved Enemy Gary Cooper: -The Cowboy and the Lady -The Westerner -The Real Glory Danny Kaye: -The Secret Life of Walter Mitty -A Song is Born -Up In Arms -Wonder Man -The Kid From Brooklyn Others: -The North Star -Porgy and Bess -My Foolish Heart (Susan Hayward) -They Got Me Covered (Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour) -Splendor (Miriam Hopkins) -The Unholy Garden -The Greeks Had a Word for Them (original How to Marry A Millionaire)
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Little Darlings (1980), My Cousin Rachel (1952), The Deep Blue Sea (1955), The White Cliffs of Dover (1944), Born to Be Bad (1950), Ivy (1947), Reckless (1935), Springtime in the Rockies (1942), The Barretts of Wimpole Street

#2 of 32 OFFLINE   Stephen_J_H

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Posted January 12 2007 - 01:48 AM

It's a good question. I think most of these titles belong to Studio Canal now, as they appear to be the successors to Embassy, who released most of these on VHS and Beta back in the 1980s. MGM has released a few former Embassy titles as successors to Orion (they bought Orion's assets when Orion went bankrupt), but I'm not sure where the rights are now. It's really a shame, because the VHS release of Whoopee! was really stellar in terms of that format.
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#3 of 32 OFFLINE   Charles H

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Posted January 12 2007 - 02:07 AM

I see that TRUE CONFESSIONS, which has been held up in MGM/UA/Sony/Fox/Tom Cruise limbo for years is finally being released on 4/17. This may mean that the Lean Collection, the Hitchcock collection, Paper Lion, Kid Millions, The Westerner, Ball of Fire may finally be reactivated. They're out there and the box art is available on most of them.
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Posted January 12 2007 - 04:27 AM

This has been killing me for years. I think a lot of the Korda/London Films stuff is mixed in with this as well, not sure if all that is under the Goldwyn umbrella of properties or just tends to travel alongside them. The MGM releases of things like The Little Foxes, Four Feathers and Thief of Bagdad a few years ago makes me wonder if Fox doesn't control at least some of them now. Pioneer released lots of this stuff on laser. Along with many of those mentioned above I'm waiting on: That Hamilton Woman Bulldog Drummond (the original w/Ronald Colman) Raffles (Colman again) Scarlet Pimpernel (someone has the rights to the best surviving elements. The public domain prints are killing me) Private Life of Henry VIII (ditto) Clouds Over Europe (never seen it, long wanted to) Divorce of Lady X

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Posted January 12 2007 - 07:47 AM

Brother(s) I hear your pain! In addition to what everyone else has mentioned, I believe the following Korda's were also part of this very missed series: Knight Without Armour The Man Who Could Work Miracles Elephant Boy Sanders of the River The Private Life of Don Juan and of course The Goldwyn Follies Frankly, I'd step over my own mother for the Cantors and Colmans.

#6 of 32 OFFLINE   Stephen_J_H

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Posted January 12 2007 - 08:46 AM

How can we talk Korda films without mentioning The Four Feathers?
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#7 of 32 OFFLINE   Steve Armbrust

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Posted January 12 2007 - 08:56 AM

Korda's "The Four Feathers" is already availale on DVD.

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#8 of 32 OFFLINE   Darrell Bratz

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Posted January 12 2007 - 09:15 AM

Mike*HTF - Criterion has acquired "Sanders of the River" (from where? I'd like to know). It will be released next month as part of their Paul Robeson box.

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Posted January 12 2007 - 09:18 AM

I didn't because Darrell already mentioned it inthe post above my initial one. Actually there are several titles that were released on DVD on from the first post:

Barbary Coast
Little Foxes
(Darrell mentions this too)
Secret Life of Walter Mitty
They Got Me Covered
Wonder Man
Wuthering Heights
The Westerner


and many more that weren't such as:

Arrowsmith
Ball of Fire
(Charles H mentions this)
Best Years of Our Lives
Come and Get it
Dodsworth
Goldwyn Follies
Hurricane
The Princess and the Pirate
Stella Dallas


and probably a couple more that I forgot. Of course Kid Millions was announced for a Dec 05 release and then yanked without explanation at the last moment. The optimist in me thought it might be because a Cantor box was on the way... (btw, I believe in the tooth fairy too) but who knows what the real reason was.

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Posted January 12 2007 - 09:20 AM

I saw that. I'm going to be broke before March the way things are going!

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Posted January 12 2007 - 11:52 AM

don't forget I Want You (1951)--a kind of (far more troubled!) spiritual successor to The Best Years of Our Lives... it got a VHS release, and it deserves to be much better known than it is also--The Wedding Night is a fascinating film and, yes, it's insane that These Three, Wuthering Heights and Ball of Fire aren't available

#12 of 32 OFFLINE   Mark Edward Heuck

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Posted January 12 2007 - 11:39 PM

The classic Goldwyn titles are controlled by MGM. BY all accounts they were planning to mine them until the Sony occupation ruined everything. With any luck they will begin to resurface. MGM also has limited rights to stuff from London Films and the Rank Organisation thru a previous deal with the Samuel Goldwyn company, though it seems Criterion gets to cherry pick some titles from that package.
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Posted January 13 2007 - 02:46 AM

I guess we're never going to see PORGY AND BESS again, and this is so disappointing as I remember seeing it as a kid and loving it. The soundtrack LP has always been my favorite rendition of the music (though much is cut from the original score, of course).

#14 of 32 OFFLINE   Corey

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Posted April 11 2007 - 05:21 AM

MGM/Fox has really thrown us some surprises so hopefully they continue to do so by releasing some more of these dvds.
Corey's most wanted R1 dvds:

Little Darlings (1980), My Cousin Rachel (1952), The Deep Blue Sea (1955), The White Cliffs of Dover (1944), Born to Be Bad (1950), Ivy (1947), Reckless (1935), Springtime in the Rockies (1942), The Barretts of Wimpole Street

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Posted April 11 2007 - 07:10 AM

Also, as the Gary Cooper set has been retitled "Gary Cooper MGM Movie Legends Collection", it is tempting to think that more collections will follow for other stars like Danny Kaye for instance. Posted Image
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Posted April 11 2007 - 09:01 AM

I am going to purchase this collection, so today I checked a few online websites to find out the best price. This collection isn't even listed on Amazon, and its not listed on DVD Planet. It's listed on DVD Empire for release on 5/22 as The Gary Cooper giftset, however there is no cover art featured which seems a bit odd for a DVD boxset that's supposed to be released in just about a month. Is this release really going to happen? If it is, it seems odd that a release that is fairly imminent should have such limited marketing. It's not likely to be very succesful if such a limited approach is taken, which will not bode well for getting many future releases from the MGM/UA/Goldwyn/Korda library. Wonder what is going on?

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Posted April 11 2007 - 09:21 AM

Movies Unlimited has a photo art for Gary Cooper: MGM Movie Legends Collection.
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#18 of 32 OFFLINE   Jim Bur

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Posted April 11 2007 - 09:30 AM

Charles: Thanks for the info.

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Posted April 11 2007 - 10:56 AM

That's a very nice cover. He looks very attractive.
Corey's most wanted R1 dvds:

Little Darlings (1980), My Cousin Rachel (1952), The Deep Blue Sea (1955), The White Cliffs of Dover (1944), Born to Be Bad (1950), Ivy (1947), Reckless (1935), Springtime in the Rockies (1942), The Barretts of Wimpole Street

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Posted March 16 2008 - 06:58 AM

(Resurrecting this old thread)

I'd love a nice, restored Private Life of Henry VIII. A fabulous film! The only DVD of it that I know of is a reportedly crummy one from Spain (I think).

TCM has shown a beautiful, sparkling print of The Scarlet Pimpernel, so it is out there.
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