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#1 of 58 Ronald Epstein

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Posted October 10 2011 - 07:58 AM


 

Turner Classic Movies and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Team Up on New TCM Vault Collection DVDs


Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) are joining forces on a new line of DVDs to be made available as part of the TCM Vault Collection. The offerings will include first-time DVD releases of classic films from the Columbia Pictures library. Among the DVD sets on tap will be a four-film collection of comedies starring Jean Arthur and introduced by TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz; a five-film set starring Humphrey Bogart; a large selection of cartoons from the United Productions of America (UPA) Jolly Frolics series, which includes the debut of the one-and-only Mr. Magoo and a special introduction and audio commentaries by film historian Leonard Maltin; as well as an intriguing collection of film noir thrillers, presented in partnership with The Film Foundation.


Like all films in the TCM Vault Collection, the new sets from SPHE are digitally remastered and include extensive on-screen bonus materials, including photos, posters, lobby cards and more. TCM Vault Collection sets are presented in beautiful gatefold packaging and available exclusively through TCM’s online store at http://shop.tcm.com.


The following sets from TCM and SPE are coming soon to the TCM Vault Collection:


·         Jean Arthur Comedy Collection – This four-disc set featuring the winsome leading lady includes the gems The Public Menace (1935), Adventure in Manhattan (1936),More Than a Secretary (1936) and The Impatient Years (1944). TCM weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz provides a special introduction. Street date: Oct. 17, 2011.


·         Humphrey Bogart Columbia Pictures Collection – This spectacular set includes five Bogie classics, including the early Bogart rarity Love Affair (1932) and his final film, The Harder They Fall (1956), a powerful story about a cynical press agent. Also included are Tokyo Joe (1949), Knock on Any Door (1949) and Sirocco (1951). Street date: November 2011.


·         Film Noir Classics III – This third volume of the popular film noir collection, a collaboration with The Film Foundation, presents a slate of Columbia Pictures’ titles never before available on DVD, available for the first time through the TCM Vault Collection. The set includes Nina Foch and George Macready in My Name is Julia Ross(1946), Mickey Rooney and Dianne Foster in Drive a Crooked Road (1955), Broderick Crawford in The Mob (1951) and Brian Keith and Ginger Rogers in Tight Spot(1955) and Dan Duryea and Jayne Mansfield in The Burglar (1957). Columbia Pictures’ previous two film noir collections are also available through TCM’s online store. Street date: early 2012.


·         UPA Jolly Frolics – This amazing DVD set includes, for the first time ever, 38 cartoons created by United Productions of America (UPA) and originally distributed by Columbia Pictures. The Jolly Frolics series began in 1949 with Ragtime Bear, which introduced audiences to the hilariously myopic Mr. Magoo. Included in this set are the Academy AwardÒ-winning cartoon Rooty Tooty Toot (1952) and the OscarÒ-nominated Madeline (1952) and Christopher Crumpet (1953). This set includes an abundance of bonus features, including introductions and audio commentaries by film historian and critic Leonard Maltin, who has written extensively on the history of animation. Street date: early 2012.


About Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE)

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company. SPE is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in more than 140 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com.


About Turner Classic Movies (TCM)

Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. Currently seen in more than 85 million homes, TCM features the insights of veteran primetime host Robert Osborne and weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The Essentials, 31 Days of Oscar and Summer Under the Stars. TCM also stages special events and screenings, such as the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and hosts a wealth of materials at its Web site, http://tcm.com, TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.


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#2 of 58 Dick

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Posted October 10 2011 - 08:12 AM

U.P.A. cartoons at last! I'm all in!

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Posted October 10 2011 - 08:41 AM

Slightly disappointed they didn't go bigger for the Bogart collection and included In a Lonely Place, Dead Reckoning and Sahara.

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Posted October 10 2011 - 09:23 AM

Finally, they're starting to release more of their Bogart titles (even if it's only 2/5 new titles). The others look very enticing as well.

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Posted October 10 2011 - 10:00 AM

Since there is no mention of MOD, I believe all of these sets will be made of pressed discs right? If so, I have plenty to celebrate!!

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Posted October 10 2011 - 10:12 AM

Delighted to see a third noir set (especially one containing The Burglar and My Name is Julia Ross) confirmed.


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Posted October 10 2011 - 10:56 AM

Already pre-ordered the Jean Arthur and will probably grab the Bogie as well. For what it's worth, Saraha was released as a standalone some time ago. Amazon marketplace has it available for very reasonable prices. I remember the U.PA.'s from when I was a kid watching after school and they always struck me as very uneven. I'm guessing that probably isn't going to change with age, so I'll probably give that one a miss.

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Posted October 10 2011 - 01:10 PM

Same here with the Jean Arthur Collection and all the others except Bogie will be on order.  I applaud TCM and Sony coming together to release these, I just hope the Universal deal continues.

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Posted October 10 2011 - 03:57 PM

Very encouraged to hear that the UPA cartoons are finally getting a release - hope this leads to more (and hope these are pressed).

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Posted October 10 2011 - 05:14 PM

Not having THE WHOLE TOWN'S TALKING (1935) on the Arthur set is nothing short of baffling. That's a film that should have been released to DVD several years ago. Tastes vary, but if one film HAD to be included in this new set, it's that one. And they whiffed. Don't get me wrong. This partnership could have a lot of potential, but it's hard to be confident the right calls will be made.

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Posted October 11 2011 - 12:14 AM

Slightly disappointed they didn't go bigger for the Bogart collection and included In a Lonely Place, Dead Reckoning and Sahara.

Agreed, but count me in anyway. Maybe this means that a Volume 2 is already in the works.

Not having THE WHOLE TOWN'S TALKING (1935) on the Arthur set is nothing short of baffling. That's a film that should have been released to DVD several years ago. Tastes vary, but if one film HAD to be included in this new set, it's that one. And they whiffed.

This is so obvious that there must be other plans for this title. It's a John Ford film and Sony owns a couple more including "Two Rode Together", so I anticipate a John Ford set at some time that would include all of those titles. I'm also excited about the UPA cartoons. I'm not very familiar with them, but being a lover of classic animation I will definitely pick it up.....and what is there to say about Film Noir III other than "MINE" I think this press release is the first exciting one for classic film lovers this year!!:D .....of course all of these committments are contingent on the fact that these releases are not MOD!!!!

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Posted October 11 2011 - 12:25 AM



Originally Posted by MLamarre 

Slightly disappointed they didn't go bigger for the Bogart collection and included In a Lonely Place, Dead Reckoning and Sahara.


I have all three on DVDs that were released years ago.  However, I have three of those other titles on DVD too which The Harder They Fall, Sirocco and Tokyo Joe while Knock on Any Door and Love Affair are first time releases on DVD in Region 1.



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Posted October 11 2011 - 12:50 AM

With Bogey, I have Sirocco, The Harder They Fall, and Tokyo Joe too. Why are they repeating them? Why not just release Love Affair and Knock on Any Door as a double feature, a la the TCM/Universal Back Street or Pre-code set?

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Posted October 11 2011 - 01:05 AM



Originally Posted by jdee28 

With Bogey, I have Sirocco, The Harder They Fall, and Tokyo Joe too. Why are they repeating them? Why not just release Love Affair and Knock on Any Door as a double feature, a la the TCM/Universal Back Street or Pre-code set?


Because they think they can sell them again.  However, I tend to think Sahara would resell better than Sirocco and Tokyo Joe.



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#15 of 58 Martin Teller

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Posted October 11 2011 - 03:59 AM

Film Noir Classics III – This third volume of the popular film noir collection, a collaboration with The Film Foundation, presents a slate of Columbia Pictures’ titles never before available on DVD, available for the first time through the TCM Vault Collection. The set includes Nina Foch and George Macready in My Name is Julia Ross(1946), Mickey Rooney and Dianne Foster in Drive a Crooked Road (1955), Broderick Crawford in The Mob (1951) and Brian Keith and Ginger Rogers in Tight Spot(1955) and Dan Duryea and Jayne Mansfield in The Burglar (1957). Columbia Pictures’ previous two film noir collections are also available through TCM’s online store. Street date: early 2012.

I'm way excited for this. The Burglar is amazing, Julia Ross and The Mob are excellent, and Drive a Crooked Road is not too shabby either. Haven't seen Tight Spot yet. Hopefully they'll come up with some supplements, but I'll just be thrilled to own these films in any halfway decent presentation.

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Posted October 11 2011 - 04:19 AM

I hope this does not mean the end of the TCM/Universal Vault offerings. Universal owns oceans of more material that I would like to see on DVD. With a few exceptions, there's not much I want from Sony that hasn't already been released.

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Posted October 11 2011 - 04:37 AM

Would have been nice if they did a film shorts compilation - perhaps the Solo Shemp Howard Films or the Colpix Charlie Chase shorts.

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Posted October 11 2011 - 04:55 AM

Would have been nice if they did a film shorts compilation - perhaps the Solo Shemp Howard Films or the Colpix Charlie Chase shorts.

Or the solo Besser's Or the solo DeRita's. Or the Andy Clydes. Or the Schilling and Lane's Or the Hugh Herbert's. etc.

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Posted October 11 2011 - 06:11 AM

Since Sony's MOD program has been so far unwilling to release short collections, I agree that this TCM deal would be a good opportunity to make them available.

With Bogey, I have Sirocco, The Harder They Fall, and Tokyo Joe too. Why are they repeating them? Why not just release Love Affair and Knock on Any Door as a double feature, a la the TCM/Universal Back Street or Pre-code set?

To be fair, In a Lonely Place, Dead Reckoning and Sahara are all in print an more easily available. The Harder They Fall, Sirocco and Tokyo Joe are all out of print and tend to be high-priced, especially new. Tokyo Joe isn't too bad right now, but the other two quite expensive to buy in new condition. This set would be a great way for those who don't want to pay those prices to get them all at a reasonable price.

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Posted October 11 2011 - 06:32 AM

I hope this does not mean the end of the TCM/Universal Vault offerings. Universal owns oceans of more material that I would like to see on DVD. With a few exceptions, there's not much I want from Sony that hasn't already been released.

I'll echo that lament, Joe. :(




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