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Kino Press Release: The David O. Selznick Collection (Blu-ray)


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#1 of 11 Ronald Epstein

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Posted November 08 2012 - 08:16 AM

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Kino Classics Releases The David O. Selznick Collection, featuring five films mastered in HD from the producer's personal collection, preserved at the George Eastman House Motion Picture Department and authorized by the Selznick Estate

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New York, NY - November 8, 2012 - Kino Classics is proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of The David O. Selznick Collection, a box set of Kino's releases of five films culled from the personal collection of producer David O. Selznick preserved by the George Eastman House Motion Picture Department, newly mastered in HD and authorized by the Selznick estate.

The David O. Selznick Collection comes to Blu-ray and DVD on November 13th, with a SRP of $99.95 for the Blu-ray edition and $79.95 for the DVD edition.       
This five-disc box set includes the 1932 Paramount version of A Farewell to Arms, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Frank Borzage; the Technicolor productions Nothing Sacred and A Star is Born (both directed by William Wellman); Bird of Paradise, an exotic South Seas adventure starring Dolores Del Rio and Joel McCrea and directed by King Vidor; and the timeless Frances Hodgson Burnett story Little Lord Fauntleroy, starring Freddie Bartholomew and Mickey Rooney.

One of Hollywood's most celebrated moguls, David O. Selznick began his career as a producer at RKO and MGM before establishing his independent production company in 1936, where he produced such acclaimed films as Nothing SacredA Star is BornGone with the Wind, and Duel in the Sun. His legacy lives on in these timeless classics from Hollywood's Golden Age.

Posted ImageA Farewell to Arms

A ravishing adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's legendary novel, A Farewell to Arms stars Gary Cooper (High Noon) as Lt. Frederic Henry, a young ambulance driver for the Italian army in WWI, more interested in chasing women than the enemy. When seeking cover during an air raid, he encounters Nurse Catherine Barkley (a radiant Helen Hayes), and the world shifts under his feet.

They fall in love, but the war keeps wrenching them apart. These painful separations force Frederic to choose between love and battle, a decision that tests him morally and spiritually, and leads to one of the most rapturously romantic endings of all time.
Directed by the great Frank Borzage, winner of Best Director Oscars® for 7th Heaven (1927) and Bad Girl (1931), A Farewell to Arms was a Best Picture nominee, and one of the crowning achievements of the studio system.

This edition is mastered from an original 35mm nitrate print held in David O. Selznick's personal collection, which Selznick acquired when he secured the rights to the story for his 1957 remake. It presents the film in its full 89 minute running time.

Special Features:  Trailers
Gallery of Images

Mastered in HD from an original nitrate 35mm print, preserved by the George Eastman House Motion Picture Department.

 
U.S.   1932   B&W   89 Min.  1.33:1 1920 x 1080p   2.0 Mono

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He's an unscrupulous newspaperman eager to exploit the story of a young woman's death by radium poisoning. She knows she's not really dying but can't pass up a free trip to New York with all the trimmings. So begins William Wellman's wonderful black comedy Nothing Sacred, starring Fredric March and Carole Lombard.
Legendary screenwriter Ben Hecht's sharply satirical screenplay, depicting the morbid nature of the scandal-hungry public, is more relevant than ever - with such wonderfully comic lines as, "Doctor, I want to know the worst...we go to press in fifteen minutes!" Wellman keeps the comic pace frantic in one of the screen's cleverest screwball comedies. With a supporting cast featuring some of Hollywood's funniest character actors, including Margaret Hamilton, Charles Winninger and Walter Connolly, Nothing Sacred is nothing less than hysterical.

Mastered in HD from an original Technicolor nitrate 35mm print, preserved by George Eastman House Motion Picture Department.

U.S  1937   Technicolor   73 Min.   1.33:1   2.0 Mono Blu-ray: 1920 x 1080p

Special Feature:
Trailers

Posted ImageA Star is Born

From maverick filmmaker William A. Wellman (The Public EnemyNothing Sacred) comes the original, timeless tale of Hollywood fantasy and heartbreak: A Star is Born.
Esther Blodgett (Janet Gaynor) comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom only to have them shattered by a ruthless, cold-hearted town without pity, where the chances of finding fame are one in a hundred thousand. Enter falling (and falling down drunk) movie star Norman Maine (Fredric March), whom Esther meets at a Hollywood party.  Maine gets Esther a screen test and she's an instant success, and the publicity machine sets about recreating the small-town girl.  But as Esther (reborn as Vicki Lester) rises to celebrity, Norman's stardom plummets, landing him in an alcoholic depression from which true love and Tinseltown fantasy may not be able to rescue him.

Special Features
Mastered in HD from an original nitrate 35mm Technicolor print, preserved by the George Eastman House Motion Picture Department
Original theatrical trailer
Wardrobe test
Gallery
 
U.S.   1937   Technicolor   111 Min. 1.33:1  (Blu-ray: 1920 x 1080p) 2.0 Mono


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From legendary Oscar®-winning director King Vidor (The CrowdDuel in the Sun) comes an exotic tale of romance set in gorgeous Polynesia: Bird of Paradise. Johnny (Joel McCrea) is an intrepid young sailor traveling the South Seas who falls in love with Luana (Dolores del Rio), the beautiful daughter of an island chief. But Luana is betrothed to a neighboring  native prince, and is soon to be married. With little thought to the future, Johnny and Luana elope together, searching for paradise in each other's arms. With McCrea at his most dashing and del Rio at her alluring height, Bird of Paradise is a movie of wild eroticism and thrilling adventure, and not to be missed.

Mastered in HD from an original nitrate 35mm print, preserved by the George Eastman House Motion Picture Department

U.S.   1932   B&W   82 Min. 1.33:1   Mono  

Posted ImageLittle Lord Fauntleroy

John Cromwell's 1936 film version ofLittle Lord Fauntleroy is the definitive rendering of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved novel, a heartwarming classic with delightful performances from Freddie Bartholomew and Mickey Rooney. After the death of her husband, the patient Mrs. Errol (Dolores Costello) raises Ceddie (Bartholomew) with much goodwill, but little money. Out of the blue, Ceddie is summoned to England to become heir to the fortune of the Earl of Dorincourt (C. Aubrey Smith), his estranged grandfather, and take the title of Lord Fauntleroy. But there are obstacles: the curmudgeonly Earl refuses to allow Mrs. Errol into his home, and then another young boy claims to be the true inheritor. Only through the intervention of Ceddie's old Brooklyn friends can this mess be put straight.

Mastered in HD from an original nitrate 35mm print, preserved by the George Eastman House Motion Picture Department

U.S.   1936   B&W   101 Min. 1.33:1   2.0 Mono
The David O. Selznick Collection  

Directors: Frank Borzage, William Wellman, King Vidor, John Cromwell
Street date: November 13, 2012
SRP: $99.95 (Blu-ray)
$79.95 (DVD) 
 




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#2 of 11 Russell G

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Posted November 09 2012 - 09:39 AM

I held off on the couple of these that I wanted, so I'm definitely looking forward to this set. Probably be cheap and wait for a sale though...


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#3 of 11 Matt Hough

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Posted November 09 2012 - 02:16 PM

Same here. I don't have any of the films in the set on Blu, so I'll wait to see the set reduced. I can make do with the versions of the films I have now until then.

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Posted November 09 2012 - 03:30 PM

The set is currently $50.08 at Deep Discount with their 25% off coupon. That is about $10 a film. http://www.deepdisco...ON-738329109028

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Posted November 10 2012 - 12:41 AM

Originally Posted by Garysb 

The set is currently $50.08 at Deep Discount with their 25% off coupon. That is about $10 a film.
http://www.deepdisco...ON-738329109028


Just placed my order. Thanks so much for this information.



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Posted November 10 2012 - 02:36 AM

But only $43 at Importcds, plus you can use the coupon code save10 to get another 10% off: http://www.importcds...ick-Collection-[5-Discs]-[Blu-Ray]-Blu-Ray I already have Bird of Paradise and Nothing Sacred. I love [edit: Max Steiner's] score on Bird of Paradise, so it's disappointing that the audio is so horribly distorted on the blu-ray.

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Posted November 10 2012 - 03:35 AM

But only $43 at Importcds, plus you can use the coupon code save10 to get another 10% off: http://www.importcds...ick-Collection-[5-Discs]-[Blu-Ray]-Blu-Ray I already have Bird of Paradise and Nothing Sacred. I love Franz Waxman's score on Bird of Paradise, so it's disappointing that the audio is so horribly distorted on the blu-ray.

Actually, it is Max Steiner's score, but still disappointing that the audio is distorted. I wrote Kino about this after the initial release, but heard nothing back. And LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY is fine coming from a print, but the Disney restoration is much superior, coming from original sources in both sound and audio. This was out on the MGM, but only for standard DVD. Also, NOTHING SACRED had a great restoration by Disney, but hasn't been on DVD or even cable stations to my knowledge. I was hoping it would be this version when TCM licensed the Selznicks from Disney, but I guess they figured they had the cheaper PD version and only shows that.

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Posted November 10 2012 - 06:34 AM

Actually, it is Max Steiner's score, but still disappointing that the audio is distorted. I wrote Kino about this after the initial release, but heard nothing back. And LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY is fine coming from a print, but the Disney restoration is much superior, coming from original sources in both sound and audio. This was out on the MGM, but only for standard DVD. Also, NOTHING SACRED had a great restoration by Disney, but hasn't been on DVD or even cable stations to my knowledge. I was hoping it would be this version when TCM licensed the Selznicks from Disney, but I guess they figured they had the cheaper PD version and only shows that.

Sorry, my mistake on the composer..thanks. The audio is maddening also because it's hard to understand some of the dialogue. What a shame. I didn't know Nothing Sacred was restored! The blu-ray isn't great at all.

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Posted November 10 2012 - 06:44 AM

And LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY is fine coming from a print, but the Disney restoration is much superior, coming from original sources in both sound and audio. This was out on the MGM, but only for standard DVD.

Minor correction, but the Little Lord Fauntleroy DVD was from Anchor Bay.

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Posted November 10 2012 - 07:01 AM

Originally Posted by WadeM 

I didn't know Nothing Sacred was restored! The blu-ray isn't great at all.


I know this has been posted many times before, but it's worth re-linking because the article is fascinating (and also utterly disappointing because I'm not aware of this ten year old or so restoration ever seeing the commercial light of day) and it's always a good thing to show to people who have never seen it:


http://www.creativep...mbination/43980


While I tried (I really I really did) to like the Kino blu of NOTHING SACRED, I think it's just awful.  STAR IS BORN looked like it was going to be more of the same so I never even bothered.



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Posted November 11 2012 - 12:00 AM

I know this has been posted many times before, but it's worth re-linking because the article is fascinating (and also utterly disappointing because I'm not aware of this ten year old or so restoration ever seeing the commercial light of day) and it's always a good thing to show to people who have never seen it: http://www.creativep...mbination/43980 While I tried (I really I really did) to like the Kino blu of NOTHING SACRED, I think it's just awful.  STAR IS BORN looked like it was going to be more of the same so I never even bothered.

That is disappointing. It's strange to me that they went through the effort of restoring it, yet didn't release it on home video.




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