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WHV Press Release: Warner Archive Collection Adds 21 More Classics June 2009


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#1 of 14 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 04 2009 - 07:18 AM

GARY COOPER, DICK POWELL, RUBY KEELER, OSCAR® WINNER MARIE DRESSLER AND SILENT SCREEN LEGENDS HIGHLIGHT THE WARNER ARCHIVE COLLECTION JUNE LINEUP

“Bright Leaf” and “Flirtation Walk” Among 21 Titles Debuting This Month, Many for the First Time Ever on DVD

Burbank, Calif., June 4, 2009 – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group (WBHEG), today announced the 21 classic movie titles will be added to its popular Warner Archive Collection (WBshop.com - The Official Online Store of Warner Bros. Studios: Warner Archive) online service this month, including 1934 Academy Award ® Nominee for Best Picture “Flirtation Walk” starring Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler, and “Bright Leaf” starring Gary Cooper, Lauren Bacall and Patricia Neal. In addition, seven silent films from deep within the Studio’s vault will also debut including “When a Man Loves,” starring John Barrymore, as well as four classic gems starring film favorite Marie Dressler in “Min and Bill” for which she earned an Academy Award for Best Actress. Most of these films are making their first appearance in any home video format.

To celebrate this month’s releases, WBHEG is offering two collections to classic film fans for a special price. Fans will be delighted with the six title Gary Cooper collection that spans a 17-year period during the two time Oscar® winner’s illustrious career and includes “Bright Leaf,” “Saratoga Trunk,” “Task Force,” “Operator 13,” “Today We Live” and “One Sunday Afternoon.” This collection can be purchased now for only $59.95. In addition, the Warner Archive Collection will also offer a “Dick Powell / Ruby Keeler” collection consisting of three of the famous screen team’s pairings, including “Flirtation Walk,” “Shipmates Forever” and “Colleen,” as well as Powell taking center stage in “Happiness Ahead” and Keeler making her final major film appearance in “Ready, Willing and Able.” These five timeless classics can now be purchased together for only $49.95.

On June 15, fans will be able to own for the first time ever, several of Warner Bros. Pictures’ silent era films from deep within the Studio’s vault. Classics spanning the years 1924 to 1929 now available include John Barrymore in “When a Man Loves,” Dolores Costello and Warner Oland in “Old San Francisco” and the 1924 version of “The Sea Hawk,” starring Milton Stills and Enid Burnett.

Also on June 15, fans will be able to enjoy screen legend and Academy Award® winner Marie Dressler in “Min and Bill” in the role for which she won Best Actress. The Warner Archive Collection will also debut three additional Dressler pictures including “Let Us Be Gay,” “Politics” and “Reducing.”

Spanning more than 60 years of filmmaking, the Warner Archive Collection offers movie fans access to Warner Bros. Entertainment’s unparalleled film library consisting of pre-1986 MGM, RKO Radio Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures films. These timeless classics can be downloaded or purchased on DVDs that are made to order for the customer using a state-of-the-art Manufacturing on Demand (MOD) process. Currently the Warner Archive Collection offers 207 timeless movies and by year’s end will have more than 300 titles online. For a complete list of titles visit WarnerArchive.com.

Thousands of movie fans have signed up for an exciting podcast series titled “The Golden History of Hollywood.” Hosted by George Feltenstein of Warner Home Video and available on iTunes (Apple - iTunes - The world?s most popular digital media player.) and numerous online sites for free, this series takes movie fans back in time to the “Golden Era” of Hollywood. “The Golden History of Hollywood” features captivating archival recordings from Warner Bros.’ vault including behind-the-scenes interviews with stars, radio editions of movies from the “Lux Radio Theater” and MGM’s “Good News” radio programs and much more. This month fans can enjoy “Beau Brummel,” “Saratoga Trunk,” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

The following titles are now available:

· Colleen
· Flirtation Walk
· Happiness Ahead
· One Sunday Afternoon
· Operator 13
· Ready, Willing and Able
· Saratoga Trunk
· Shipmates Forever
· Task Force
· Today We Live

The following titles will be available on the Warner Archive Collection June 15:

· Beau Brummel
· Better Ole, The
· Divine Lady, The
· First Auto, The
· Let Us Be Gay
· Min and Bill
· Old San Francisco
· Politics
· Reducing
· Sea Hawk, The (1924)
· When a Man Loves

To order their movies, fans visit WarnerArchive.com, select their titles, and upon purchase, a state-of-the-art manufacturing on demand (MOD) system creates a made-to-order DVD. The system places the DVD into a hard plastic Amaray case featuring custom artwork; shrink wraps it and ships the finished package to the customer which arrives in approximately five days. The cost per title is $19.95, plus shipping. Alternatively, consumers can purchase digital downloads of these classic films to enjoy immediately on their PC. The cost for a digital download is $14.95 per title. Warner Archive Collection is currently available only to consumers in the United States.

 

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#2 of 14 OFFLINE   Bob Graham

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Posted June 04 2009 - 09:17 AM

Damn, I was hoping to get JOHN PAUL JONES by the 4th of July. I think it showed up on the Archive site one day then disappeared.

#3 of 14 OFFLINE   WadeM

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Posted June 04 2009 - 11:08 AM

The “Dick Powell / Ruby Keeler” collection is pretty exciting!! Fantastic!
Of course, I still need to pick up a couple from the last wave too..

#4 of 14 OFFLINE   ahollis

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Posted June 04 2009 - 02:47 PM

Marie Dressler finally out on DVD. I was elated with Tugboat Annie and Emma and this is nothing but better news. She was a great actress that certainly needs some re-discovering. This is what the WA is for. To bring classic films of actors that are so forgotten that no one would take a second glance at the films, except weird people like me. Thanks.
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#5 of 14 OFFLINE   Mike*HTF

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Posted June 07 2009 - 03:44 AM

Very heartened to see more silents - I only wish these weren't being relegated to the archives and instead would receive a proper release.

#6 of 14 OFFLINE   cajunhillbilly

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Posted June 08 2009 - 11:25 PM

I just hope the Gordan Scott Tarzans come out soon.

#7 of 14 OFFLINE   CineKarine

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Posted June 10 2009 - 02:22 AM

Wonderful news, especially more musicals Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Sing your worries away, smile, be kind and accentuate the positive!
DVD wish list: The Accused (48), Margie (46), I'll Get By (50), The Constant Nymph (43), The Voice of the Turtle (47), The Barretts of Wimpole Street (34), Her Twelve Men (54), The Lost Moment (47), I Walk Alone (48), The Glass...

#8 of 14 OFFLINE   Charles H

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Posted June 10 2009 - 05:24 AM

I'd love to see more Technicolor films: the Lassie films; AN AMERICAN ROMANCE; STORY OF MANKIND; THAT FORSYTHE WOMAN; SUNDAY IN NEW YORK; HOT MILLIONS; YOLANDA AND THE THIEF; THE COBWEB; SEVEN WOMEN; THE BOY FRIEND; TWO WEEKS IN ANOTHER TOWN; THE SUBTERRANEANS; THE STORY OF THREE LOVES; BOYS NIGHT OUT; BACHELOR IN PARADISE; ONE SUNDAY AFTERNOON (1949); TWO GUYS FROM TEXAS; KISMET (1944); RHAPSODY; MERRY ANDREW; a non-pd THE INSPECTOR GENERAL. The June releases are great but they're all black and white.
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#9 of 14 OFFLINE   ahollis

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Posted June 10 2009 - 08:12 AM

Let's add GREEN MANSIONS and THE OPPOSITE SEX to the list. But I would like to see a SP version of THE BOY FRIEND.

I received the Powell/Keeler and Gary Cooper films today. I got a long night ahead of me.
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#10 of 14 OFFLINE   Douglas R

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Posted June 10 2009 - 08:56 AM

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Originally Posted by Charles H
I'd love to see more Technicolor films: the Lassie films; AN AMERICAN ROMANCE; STORY OF MANKIND; THAT FORSYTHE WOMAN; SUNDAY IN NEW YORK; HOT MILLIONS; YOLANDA AND THE THIEF; THE COBWEB; SEVEN WOMEN; THE BOY FRIEND; TWO WEEKS IN ANOTHER TOWN; THE SUBTERRANEANS; THE STORY OF THREE LOVES; BOYS NIGHT OUT; BACHELOR IN PARADISE; ONE SUNDAY AFTERNOON (1949); TWO GUYS FROM TEXAS; KISMET (1944); RHAPSODY; MERRY ANDREW; a non-pd THE INSPECTOR GENERAL. The June releases are great but they're all black and white.

One of those doesn't belong! THE STORY OF THREE LOVES is black and white.

#11 of 14 OFFLINE   Danoldrati

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Posted June 10 2009 - 09:23 AM

I have a tape copy from TV and it certainly has color.
Great day
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#12 of 14 OFFLINE   jdee28

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Posted June 10 2009 - 09:51 AM

It would be nice if they bundled together the new Marie Dressler and silent films, and allowed them to be sold as "box sets," like they did with the Gary Cooper and Powell/Keeler films. I might buy those films if they were sold together; I highly doubt I will buy them individually, given the high price and quality limitations.

#13 of 14 OFFLINE   Douglas R

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Posted June 10 2009 - 10:06 AM

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I have a tape copy from TV and it certainly has color.
Great day
Dan

Oops sorry! Mixing it up with something else.

#14 of 14 OFFLINE   Eric Vedowski

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Posted June 11 2009 - 03:22 AM

"Yolanda and the Thief" was on TCM recently and it looked much, much better than the laser disc; I would hope the remaining Astaires at WB get a regular release-a nice box set would be perfect.





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