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TCFHE Press Release: 23 Vintage Films Debut on DVD for the Very First Time

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#1 of 9 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted July 24 2013 - 06:10 AM

TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT EXPANDS FOX CINEMA ARCHIVES WITH MORE CELEBRATED CLASSICS
 
23 Vintage Films Debut on DVD for the Very First Time
 
LOS ANGELES, CA (July 16, 2013) – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment plans to debut a new collection of classic films on DVD from their popular Fox Cinema Archives collection starting July 16Launched in 2012, Fox Cinema Archives includes more than 180 classic films drawing from the studio’s rich catalog. The collection dives into the studio’s vault to resurrect some of the legendary films of the twentieth century to release on DVD for the first time.
In the coming weeks, 23 classic films will be added to Fox Cinema Archives offering film aficionados the opportunity to purchase a variety of iconic films at major top-tier retailers. The release schedule for this wave of titles can be seen below.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is committed to bringing classic films from the studio’s vault into the homes of film aficionados and collectors with its Fox Cinema Archivescollection. We aim to provide the best home entertainment experience possible for titles released under the Fox Cinema Archives banner, but are often limited to the film’s available source material.
Available Now
Romance of the Rio Grande (1941), 73 min.
When a rancher’s grandson is found murdered, The Cisco Kid, played by Cesar Romero, doubles for him in order to see who is plotting to inherit the ranch. The film also stars Patricia Morison and Lynne Roberts.
A Walk with Love and Death (1969), 90 min.
Directed by John Huston, this story set during the Hundred Years’ War follows a student who has abandoned his studies in Paris and pairs with a young noblewoman (Anjelica Huston) with whom he has fallen in love with.
The Salzburg Connection (1972), 93 min.
Barry Newman plays Bill Mathison, an American lawyer on vacation in Austria who gets more than he bargained for. When his photographer vanishes, he becomes involved in an international thriller surrounding a chest that contains the names of Nazi collaborators.
 
July 23
Hilda Crane (1956), 87 min.
Jean Simmons plays Hilda Crane, a New York City woman who returns to her hometown after two failed marriages. Once there, she entices the town gossip and an ex-lover, only to have his overbearing mother try to sabotage their relationship.
Mardi Gras (1958), 107 min.
A military school cadet (Pat Boone) enters a contest and wins a date for his graduation with a beautiful French movie star (Christine Carère). However, when the two meet during Mardi Gras and hit it off, him not knowing her identity, her agent and the movie studio publicize their romance, putting their love to the test. Mardi Gras was nominated for an Oscar® for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture and won a Golden Laurel® for Top Male Musical Performance (Boone).
A Flea in Her Ear (1968), 94 min.
When a woman (Rosemary Harris) suspects her husband (Rex Harrison) of having an affair, she sets a trap for him but ends up being the one surprised. Louis Jourdan and Rachel Roberts also come along for the wild ride.
Staircase (1969), 98 min.
Based on Charles Dyer's Broadway play about a gay couple, Staircase stars Rex Harrison and Richard Burton as a pair of aging hairdressers in this film directed by Stanley Donen and with original music provided by Dudley Moore.
 
July 30
No Highway in the Sky (1951), 98 min.
Jimmy Stewart stars as an aeronautical engineer who predicts a new type of airplane will fail after a certain amount of time in the air, and then finds himself onboard one of the doomed planes while headed to a crash site. The film also features Marlene Dietrich and Glynis Johns.
Ramona (1936), 84 min.
Ramona (Loretta Young) is the tempestuous story of a half-Native American girl, raised by a wealthy family, who is loved by the son of the house against his family's wishes. Despondent, Ramona falls in love with a Native American (Don Ameche) employed by the household. The all-star cast also includes Kent Taylor and Pauline Frederick.
April Love (1957), 99 min.
Directed by Henry Levin, the story follows a wayward young man (Pat Boone) who is sent to live on his relatives' Kentucky farm and decides to mend his ways when he falls in love with the neighbor’s daughter (Shirley Jones). This Oscar®-nominated (for Best Music, Original Song) film starring Dolores Michaels and Arthur O'Connell was also nominated for Golden Laurels® in four musical categories.
Sweet and Low-Down (1944), 75 min.
When a young trombonist is given the opportunity of a lifetime to play with Benny Goodman's Orchestra, his growing ego threatens to sabotage him. Starring James Cardwell, Linda Darnell, and Jack Oakie, the film was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Music, Original Song for “I’m Making Believe.”
 
August 6
Wake Up and Dream (1946), 92 min.
When Jeff Cairn (John Payne) joins the Navy, he sends his sister Nella (Connie Marshall) to a boarding house, under the supervision of his relatives Sara (Charlotte Greenwood), Henry (Clem Bevans), and his sweetheart Jenny (June Haver). However, when Jeff goes missing in action, Nella aims to venture out in search of her lost brother.
American Guerrilla in the Philippines (1950), 105 min.
Directed by Fritz Lang, Tyrone Power leads the ensemble cast (featuring Micheline Presle, Tom Ewell, Tommy Cook, and Jack Elam) as Ensign Chuck Palmer, an American naval officer stranded after the wreck of Bataan. He leads a band of natives in feats of espionage, thus surviving until MacArthur’s return…and victory.
The Fiend Who Walked West (1958), 100 min.
Director Gordon Douglas’ remake of Kiss of Death from 1947 tells the story about a convicted bank robber who is sent to prison and must find a psychotic killer who threatened his family and is after the loot from his last heist. Hugh O'Brian, Robert Evans, Dolores Michaels, and Linda Cristal are all in on the hunt.
 
August 13
Dante’s Inferno (1935), 88 min.
After an inspector declares a fair unsafe, a ruthless carnival barker is destroyed by his ambition when he keeps the fair open leading to a fatal disaster. Spencer Tracy leads Claire Trevor, Rita Hayworth and the rest of the cast on an intense adventure of misfortune.
White Fang (1936), 70 min.
Jack London’s story of a feeble brother (Thomas Beck) and a woman (Jean Muir) who inherit a mine in Alaska. When the brother unexpectedly decides to commit suicide, their guide (Michael Whalen) is accused of murder.
Four Sons (1940), 88 min.
Director Archie Mayo brings this story to life about four brothers torn apart by war with a brilliant cast featuring Don Ameche, Eugene Leontovich, and Mary Beth Hughes. When Nazi Germany invades Czechoslovakia, each chooses a different side that will alter their fates forever.
The Right Approach (1961), 91 min.
When a newcomer (Frankie Vaughan) comes to live with five bachelors through his brother in the hills of Los Angeles, he uses each of them in his rise to fame as both a singer and an actor.
 
August 20
Private Number (1936), 79 min.
When a young woman (Loretta Young) goes to work for a wealthy household as a servant girl, she soon marries the young head of the household, much to the dismay of the arrogant butler who tries to break up the union to get the girl for himself.
Me and My Gal (1932), 79 min.
From director Raoul Walsh, a cop (Spencer Tracy) falls in love with a waitress (Joan Bennett) whose family has gangland ties. His quandary is to put a mobster (George Walsh) away without hurting the woman he loves.
Three Little Girls in Blue (1946), 90 min.
Three blue-garbed farming sisters disguised as an heiress, her secretary, and maid head to Atlantic City in search of rich husbands. June Haver, Vivian Blaine, Celeste Holm, and George Montgomery lead this star-studded cast.
The Sweet Ride (1968), 109 min.
Bob Denver, Anthony Franciosa, and Michael Sarrazin lead an all-star cast about a buddy group living in a Malibu beach house who find a mysterious woman (Jacqueline Bisset) that washes up on shore. Bisset and Sarrazin were both nominated for Golden Globes® for Most Promising Newcomers for their roles.

 

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#2 of 9 OFFLINE   ahollis

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Posted July 24 2013 - 06:33 AM

Wonder if APRIL LOVE is widescreen anamorphic. We know MARDI GRAS is not so I don't think it is done right.
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#3 of 9 OFFLINE   borisfw

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Posted July 24 2013 - 07:40 AM

Some pretty good early titles . The two Tracy movies are a sure buy as long as the transfers are decent . Also the two Ameche films will be worth a look . Glad to see that No Highway in the Sky will finally get some type of release . 

 

I will do a wait and see on the late 50s and 60s films . Hopefully they are done correctly . The Pat Bonne movies and the Sweet Ride are of interest to me . 



#4 of 9 OFFLINE   Eric Vedowski

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Posted July 24 2013 - 08:29 AM

Phenobarbital!

Still no "Home Sweet Homicide," a staple of 60s & 70s TV.



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Posted July 24 2013 - 08:45 AM

The question in... has Fox taken the universal criticism to heart and put some effort into these releases, or is it business as usual, with another hodge-podge of pre-HD video masters, pan-and-scan versions, and non-anamorphic widescreen presentations?


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Posted July 24 2013 - 09:00 AM

The question in... has Fox taken the universal criticism to heart and put some effort into these releases, or is it business as usual, with another hodge-podge of pre-HD video masters, pan-and-scan versions, and non-anamorphic widescreen presentations?

Knowing that MARDI GRAS is pan-scan I feel that it's business as usual. I hope i am wrong but shame shame Fox.I do understand that STAIRCASE is anamorphic widescreen as are a couple of other titles. Since Twilight turned down APRIL LOVE due to poor elements, I do not have high hopes on this one. I just wait to see what reviews say about about the Fox MODs before buying them.

Edited by ahollis, July 24 2013 - 09:03 AM.

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#7 of 9 OFFLINE   Bob Cashill

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Posted July 24 2013 - 10:47 AM

THE SALZBURG CONNECTION is another full-frame disappointment. It does, however, have a trailer, the first I've seen for this line.



#8 of 9 OFFLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted July 24 2013 - 12:29 PM

There is a widescreen master of April Love because AMC used to show it. But who knows what Fox will put on its hands on for the release?



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Posted July 25 2013 - 12:00 PM

Why aren't the George O'Brien / Zane Grey westerns in this announcement?

 

Why?







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