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TCFHE Press Release: The Elia Kazan Film Collection DVD Gift Set


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#1 of 27 Ronald Epstein

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Posted September 08 2010 - 05:22 AM

 

MARTIN SCORSESE’S A LETTER TO ELIA
ACQUIRED BY TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND PBS’ “AMERICAN MASTERS” SERIES

Documentary Chronicling the Life and Work of Acclaimed Director Elia Kazan World Premieres at Venice International Film Festival, Premieres in North America at Telluride Film Festival, Official Selection New York Film Festival

PBS National Broadcast Premiere on October 4, 2010

The Elia Kazan Film Collection, featuring the Documentary and 15 of Kazan’s Most Noteworthy and Popular Films In a Collectible DVD Gift Set, Arrives November 9th from Fox Home Entertainment

New York, NY (September 8, 2010) – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and THIRTEEN’s “American Masters” series today announced that they have acquired A Letter to Elia, Martin Scorsese’s new documentary exploring the life and talent of Oscar®-winning director Elia Kazan.  The film, co-directed by Scorsese and Kent Jones, made its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival and its North American premiere at the Telluride Film Festival.  It is also an official selection of the New York Film Festival where it will screen alongside Kazan’s America, America on September 27th. 

Martin Scorsese cites the works of Elia Kazan as being highly influential on his life and career.

Of making the film, Scorsese says, “It took many years. I asked my old friend and collaborator Kent Jones to work with me, and we spent quite a long time looking at the films, talking about them, looking at the life, the fame, the infamy, and finding the tone, the balance that felt right for this picture. I feel that the finished film speaks to the power of art, in this case the art of Elia Kazan.”

With respect to the Elia Kazan Film Collection, Scorsese added, “I’m very excited that Fox is making our film available as part of a box set of Kazan’s work – I’m especially pleased by the inclusion of five pictures that have never been released on DVD, Wild River and America, America in particular. Getting the movies seen – that’s what we’re all aiming for.”   

A Letter to Elia, produced by Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, was co-financed and executive produced by Stone Douglass and Taylor Materne’s Far Hills Pictures. WME Global assembled financing and brokered the distribution deal to PBS and Fox.

A Letter to Elia will air nationally on PBS as part of the “American Masters” series on October 4, 2010, accompanied by a companion short documentary featuring some of the country’s most noteworthy actors and directors talking about Kazan’s influence on their work and on the American film industry.

On November 9th, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the Elia Kazan Film Collection, an 18-disc DVD gift set including A Letter to Elia and 15 of Kazan’s most acclaimed and noteworthy films.  The full collection, in addition to the documentary, includes:   A Tree Grows in Brooklyn(1945), Boomerang! (1947), Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), Pinky (1949), Panic in the Streets (1950), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Viva Zapata!(1952), Man on a Tightrope (1953), On the Waterfront (1954), East of Eden (1955), Baby Doll (1956), A Face in the Crowd (1957), Wild River (1960),Splendor in the Grass (1961), and America, America (1963).  Of the collection, 5 films have never before been released on DVD:  A Tree Grows in BrooklynViva Zapata!, Man on a TightropeWild River, and America, America. The Elia Kazan Film Collection will be available for $199.98 U.S. / $349.98 Canada.

To support the Elia Kazan Film Collection and the “American Masters” airdate, the documentary, as well as some of Kazan’s films, will tour the country, playing at a variety of art house theaters, cinematheques and film societies, including The Guild Cinema in Albuquerque, NM; The Plaza Theatre in Atlanta, GA, hosted by Emory University; The Brattle Theater in Cambridge, MA; The Burton Theater in Detroit, MI; The Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix, AZ; The Northwest Film Center in Portland, OR; and the AFI Silver Theatre and Conference Center in Silver Spring, MD; among others.

More information on the film, the complete list of screening engagements, as well as the opportunity to pre-order the Elia Kazan Film Collection, can be found at www.lettertoelia.com.

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#2 of 27 John Hodson

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Posted September 08 2010 - 08:38 AM

Just when you think pressed DVD is on its last legs...

 

What a welcome surprise.


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Posted September 08 2010 - 11:07 AM

Well, now, with this multi-studio set, and two-thirds consisting of previously-released titles, I guess the incentive to spend $150.00 street will ride on whether or not ON THE WATERFRONT, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, BABY DOLL, EAST OF EDEN, etc. have all been restored, and in the case of WATERFRONT, presented in OAR. I surely do want WILD RIVER and A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, and VIVA ZAPATA, but not if the expensive bulk of the set is exactly what I already own. And, even with the "Letter To Elia" doc, I think two discs are still unaccounted for -- what will those be? Guess we'll have to wait for the review copies to go out before we know, as there is no mention of restoration (or even remastering) in this press release.



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Posted September 08 2010 - 11:24 AM

Could the last 2 discs just be the bonus material discs from Warner's 2-disc SEs of Streetcar and East of Eden?


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Posted September 08 2010 - 01:49 PM



Originally Posted by Ray H 

Could the last 2 discs just be the bonus material discs from Warner's 2-disc SEs of Streetcar and East of Eden?


Watson - I think you have something there!
 


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#6 of 27 BethHarrison

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Posted September 08 2010 - 11:25 PM

Unbelievable. They seriously expect us to buy all those films again just to get the 5 new U.S. releases? I already have the UK version of Wild River and the Australian version of Viva Zapata too. So they want $150 for effectively 3 new to DVD releases?

 

Why couldn't they just put the 5 new US DVDs in a box? For the people that have the 13 others already?

 

Having said all that. I would've gladly paid $150 for this set if it was all on Blu-ray.



#7 of 27 Blaine Skerry

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Posted September 09 2010 - 04:56 AM



Originally Posted by Ronald Epstein 

 

 The Elia Kazan Film Collection will be available for $199.98 U.S. / $349.98 Canada.

 



Man, oh man!  The Canadian dollar is virtually at par with the U.S. dollar so what gives in the price difference.  Will we never be forgiven for Sid The Kid's overtime goal at the Vancouver Olympics?



#8 of 27 Eric Peterson

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Posted September 16 2010 - 02:21 AM

Well, here's the first great deal.  Unfortunately, it's at Wal-Mart.

 

http://www.walmart.c...145553055972435

 

Personally, I haven't bought anything at Wal-Mart for about 15 years, but I may have to waiver this one time unless another retailer can show a competitive price.
 

I wonder why this isn't showing up in more online stores.  There is no sign of it on Amazon, Deep Discount, Movies Unlimited, DVD Pacific, DVD Planet, etc..., etc...   The press release is more than a week old - what gives?



#9 of 27 Eric Peterson

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Posted September 16 2010 - 02:24 AM

I  no sooner post and suddenly it shows up on Amazon for $139.99, which I consider a pretty good price.  By the time, I sell off my current versions, I should be around $100-$110 for this set.  Amazon's listing also confirms that the extra discs are from the WB 2 disc sets.  YEAH!!!!!!



#10 of 27 Walter Kittel

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Posted October 10 2010 - 02:49 PM

I viewed the rebroadcast of "A Letter to Elia" this weekend and I was quite impressed with Scorsese's tribute to Kazan.  Scorsese's love of film (and admiration of Kazan)  is immediately apparent and invigorates every frame of the presentation.  Watching the clips of films from Kazan that I've never had the opportunity to experience such as Wild River and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn are raising my anticipation for this set quite a bit.  I already own a number of these films and I'm not anxious to repurchase them, but I may have to make an exception for this particular box set.   Wild River in particular caught my eye with its raw natural settings and the pacing of the scenes with Remick and Clift.


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Posted October 10 2010 - 03:56 PM



Originally Posted by Blaine Skerry 





Man, oh man!  The Canadian dollar is virtually at par with the U.S. dollar so what gives in the price difference.  Will we never be forgiven for Sid The Kid's overtime goal at the Vancouver Olympics?


Nope! ^_^ I watch the Dollar frequently, as I travel to the states a lot, and the cost differeence is staggering. I mean, I've bought stuff off Amazon.ca, and found it cheaper on Amazon.com even WITH shipping charges.


I don't know why Canadian retailers gouge us like they do... it's sad. But, I am hoping Costco will have the set... they have put many different DVD sets up for sale at substantial savings.


They have the Mel Brooks collection up right now for $40, and I paid $100! Same with the Paul newman Collection... it's at a reduced price, too.


I will but this set no matter what; I want America , America  at any cost (I need it for my Best Pic Nominees collection, only need 33 more.)


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Posted November 09 2010 - 06:01 AM

Has anyone purchased this yet? I am curious as to how the discs were packaged, and if there were any extras (trailers?) not included in the press release.



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Posted November 09 2010 - 07:56 AM

I have received it and will be going through it shortly



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Posted November 09 2010 - 07:59 AM




Originally Posted by battlebeast 



I will but this set no matter what; I want America , America  at any cost (I need it for my Best Pic Nominees collection, only need 33 more.)


Did you see the announcement that Warners is releasing this as a stand-alone pressed disc in Februray 2011?


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Posted November 09 2010 - 09:24 AM

Ok, the packaging is very similar to the Paul Newman Tribute collection, however, instead of two small books, they are housed in one elongated book-binder.  While it has cardboard sleeves, it is very nicely handled.  All Fox DVDs have a new disc art similar to the box design.


Extras of new films not in press release:


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


- Commentary by film historian Richard Schickel, with Elia Kazan, Ted Donaldson, and Norman Lloyd

- The making of A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

- An Appreciation of Dorothy McGuire

- Movietonews Betty Smith Acknowledges Artist Renderings Of the Characters From Her Novel

- Movietonews Motion Picture Academy Awards Oscars For Film Achievements

- Sneak Peek (Trailers for Panic in the Streets and Gentleman's Agreement)


Viva Zapata!


- Theatrical Trailer

- Spanish Trailer

- Sneak Peek (Trailers for Panic in the Streets and Gentleman's Agreement)


Man on a Tightrope


- Sneak Peek (Trailers for Panic in the Streets and Gentleman's Agreement)


Wild River


- Commentary by film historian Richard Schickel

- Theatrical Trailer

- Sneak Peek (Trailers for Panic in the Streets and Gentleman's Agreement)


America, America


- Commentary by historian Foster Hirsh


These (except for the WB-made America, America) have matching Elia Kazan Collection menu art.  All other discs are the same as previous editions, outside of the Fox films having the Elia Kazan disc art change.



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Posted November 09 2010 - 10:10 AM

Does On The Waterfront have a new transfer in it's OAR or is it the same old disc?



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Posted November 09 2010 - 12:30 PM

Lou Lumenick posted another hint at singles

Reportedly Fox will also be releasing its films making their DVD debuts as part of the box as singles -- "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,'' "Viva Zapata,'' "Man on a Tightrope'' and "Wild River'' -- sometime in 2011.



Originally Posted by MLamarre 

Does On The Waterfront have a new transfer in it's OAR or is it the same old disc?



Same disc



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Posted November 09 2010 - 04:11 PM



Originally Posted by John Stell 





Did you see the announcement that Warners is releasing this as a stand-alone pressed disc in Februray 2011?


No I didn't, John! Where was this announcement? Maybe I will wait...

 thank you for this!


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Posted November 10 2010 - 01:54 AM

Thanks for posting those details JoHud; I am especially happy about the extras on A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN.



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Posted November 10 2010 - 02:06 AM

Amazon dropped their price from $149 to $137.49  yesterday, so I finally ordered and should have my set tomorrow.  That was the price that I had set in my head all along as it will bring my net cost to less than $100 by the time I sell of my duplicates.  That's a pretty good deal for the 5 new titles, documentary, & book.....plus I'll have all of my Kazan titles (Minus "The Arrangement") in one concise location!


November is killing me between this and the Criterion sale.


It's been a very slow year, but it's had a heck of a finish!!