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#1 of 21 Ronald Epstein

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Posted September 26 2013 - 05:45 AM

TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT

FOX CINEMA ARCHIVES CONTINUES TO GROW WITH MORE TIMELESS FILMS

 

 

 

10 Classics Arrive on DVD for the Very First Time

 

 

 

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 26, 2013) – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is releasing their latest selection of vintage films on DVD from their popular Fox Cinema Archives collection beginning today through October 22. Launched in 2012, Fox Cinema Archives already includes more than 200 classic films drawing from the studio’s deep vault of movies. The collection dives into the studio’s rich catalog to resurrect some of the most memorable films from the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

 

In the coming weeks, 10 essential titles will be added to Fox Cinema Archives, including classic war, western and film noir fare, giving film buffs the opportunity to enhance their collection by purchasing a variety of iconic films at major top-tier retailers. The release schedule for this wave of titles can be seen below.

 

Providing the best home entertainment experience possible, 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 Archives collection. 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 - War

 

Farewell to Yesterday (1950), 89 min.

Narrated by Tony Award®-winning actor Sidney Blackmer1, this documentary portrayal of the cultural and social forces which led the world to war in the 1930s and 1940s, starting with the rise of the Third Reich and their leader Adolf Hitler, shows the war in all its horror.

 

Decision Before Dawn (1951), 119 min.

During World War II, as the American army approaches Nazi Germany, the U.S. recruits German prisoners to serve as spies for the Allies. Starring Richard Basehart, Gary Merrill, and Oscar-nominee Oskar Werner2, Decision Before Dawn was nominated for two Academy Awards® (Best Film Editing and Best Picture) and a Golden Globe® (Best Cinematography – Black & White).

 

 

 

Available Now - Western

 

The Cisco Kid and The Lady (1939), 73 min.

When The Cisco Kid comes upon a dying miner who's been attacked by bandits, he vows to secure the rights to the mine for the man’s orphaned infant and find her mother. Golden Globe-nominee Cesar Romero3 leads the star-studded cast, including Marjorie Weaver, Chris-Pin Martin, and George Montgomery, in this edition of the franchise.

 

The Gay Caballero (1940), 57 min.

Golden Globe nominee Cesar Romero3 once again stars in The Gay Caballero, leading an all-star cast of Sheila Ryan, Robert Sterling, and Janet Beecher. When the Kid rides into town with his faithful friend Gordito (Chris-Pin Martin) he finds that he is believed to be dead. What's even more shocking is that, in a mix-up of identity, he was accused of stealing Susan Weatherby's land. So in a race against time, he must prove his innocence and that he is the true Cisco Kid.

 

 

 

October 8 – Film Noir (Mystery/Drama)

 

Cry of the City (1948), 95 min.

In this gritty crime drama that was nominated for the Writers Guild of America’s Robert Meltzer Award®, two childhood best friends take divergent paths; one becomes a cop (Victor Mature), and the other a cop-killer (Richard Conte). The killer must grapple with confessing to a murder he did not commit in order to save his girlfriend from being framed for the crime.

 

Moss Rose (1947), 81 min.

Set in turn-of-the-century London and starring Peggy Cummins, Victor Mature and Oscar-winner Ethel Barrymore4, Moss Rose tells the suspense story of a woman trying to solve the mystery of a friend's murder when she finds that she may be the next victim.

 

 

 

October 15 – Film Noir (Mystery/Thriller)

 

Backlash (1947), 66 min.

This murder mystery follows the story of a man (Richard Travis) who tries to frame his wife (Jean Rogers) for a murder that he himself committed. As the plot thickens, Detective Jerry McMullen (Larry J. Blake) slowly gets to the bottom of the case and the incentive behind why it was committed.

 

Circumstantial Evidence (1945), 67 min.

When a man (Primetime Emmy-nominee Michael O’Shea5) well known for his foul temper is wrongly convicted of murder, his young son and a family friend (Primetime Emmy-winner Lloyd Nolan6) work to prove him innocent.

 

 

 

October 22 – Film Noir (Sherlock Holmes)

 

Hound of the Baskervilles (1939), 79 min.

Sherlock Holmes (two-time Oscar-nominee Basil Rathbone7) and his partner Watson (Nigel Bruce) investigate the legend of a hound, a creature that may be after the heirs of the famed Baskerville estate where several deaths have occurred on the moor.

 

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939), 81 min.

Sherlock Holmes (Oscar® nominee Basil Rathbone7) and his partner (Nigel Bruce) are at it again in attempt to stop his greatest Professor Moriarty (George Zucco) and his attempt to steal the Crown Jewels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Best Actor, Drama – Come Back, Little Sheba (1950)

2 Best Actor in a Leading Role – Ship of Fools (1966) 

3 Best Supporting Actor – If a Man Answers (1963) 

4 Best Actress in a Supporting Role – None But the Lonely Heart (1945)

5 Most Outstanding New Personality (1955) 

6 Best Actor, Single Performance – Ford Star Jubilee (1956)

7 Best Actor in a Supporting Role – If I Were King (1939), Romeo and Juliet (1937)


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#2 of 21 David Steigman

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Posted September 26 2013 - 06:07 AM

Still no horror or sci fi films ? Ive been waiting forever for Hand of Death and SpaceMaster X-7 :)

I have the Holmes films and Cry of the City (a DVD import) - great films ~!

I wonder why theyre doing the Holmes films on MOD when they are on Blu Ray and DVD already ?

Backlash and the other Noirs sound interesting


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#3 of 21 Ken Koc

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Posted September 26 2013 - 06:50 AM

With those titles at least we don't have to worry about  pan and scan disasters .


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Posted September 26 2013 - 07:31 AM

"Providing the best home entertainment experience possible, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is committed to bringing classic films..."


I had a really difficult time reading past this line.
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#5 of 21 JoeDoakes

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Posted September 26 2013 - 07:47 AM

The decision to release the Holmes films is very strange.



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Posted September 26 2013 - 08:36 AM

I had a really difficult time reading past this line.
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Their tongue must have been firmly in their cheek!


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#7 of 21 borisfw

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Posted September 26 2013 - 09:25 AM

Moss Rose and Cry of the City will be  on my "to get" list . I have a very old copy ,recorded from AMC,of Circumstantial Evidence .

Backlash is a film I've never seen . Might need to check that one out .



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Posted September 26 2013 - 09:30 AM

The best news is that there are no widescreen films in this wave meaning no chance of of a P&S transfer turning up.  Hopefully it's a sign.  I've been waiting for a good DVD of Cry of the City forever so hopefully it's a newer transfer and not something exhumed from 1980s TV rotation.

 

I had a really difficult time reading past this line.
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I know right?  Either the MOD line might have actually shaped up and gotten a new mission statement (and the moon is made of green cheese) or it's a boldfaced lie.  Especially in terms of widescreen transfers there are more than a few that are letterboxed on the Fox Movie Channel that are inexplicably using P&S transfers for the discs.  This line's the definition of not trying.

 

Maybe they mean "limited to the film’s available source material...within arm's reach from the studio lobby.

 

The decision to release the Holmes films is very strange.

 

Considering that the Fox films in the MPI Home Entertainment edition of this films in their Holmes movie collection are the worst for wear, there's a chance the official Fox product is superior.  However, the MPI movies had actual effort and care put into them while the same expectation can't be held for future FCA releases.  Hopefully it's a case of care previously put into the movies before landing in FCA's lap years later.


Edited by JoHud, September 26 2013 - 09:32 AM.

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Posted September 26 2013 - 09:49 AM

The Gay Caballero :laugh: :laugh:

 

The folks from "Gay friendly blu-rays" thread will be happy to hear about this one, even though it's DVD only :lol:


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Posted September 26 2013 - 10:13 AM

Currenty, the only Cesar Romero Cisco Kid film available through this program is

Romance of the Rio Grande (1941) (http://www.amazon.co...ds=cesar romero).  The Cisco Kid and the Lady (1939) and The Gay Cabellero (1939) were the first two in the series to feature Romero.  Now that Fox is releasing them, hopefully they will continue with the rest of the films: Lucky Cisco Kid (1940), Viva Cisco Kid (1940), and Ride on Vaquero (1941).  That will complete the box set I have long wished Fox would have put out.


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#11 of 21 David Steigman

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Posted September 26 2013 - 11:49 AM

Anyone have a contact at Fox Archives ? Id like to ask them about Hand of Death and Spacemaster X-7 - these classic horror scifi movies need some DVD love too :D



#12 of 21 Mark Collins

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Posted September 26 2013 - 12:17 PM

Decision Before Dawn (1951) great film.  I still must say I cannot be a part of the Fox Mod program.  I wish this film had been on a Fox Classic release.  I refuse to outline what has been said countless times about the program.   Enjoy to those of you who find the films you are looking for.  I do say once again I respect and honor James Finn I just wish things were different in the way Fox is treating their classic movies.


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#13 of 21 Matt Hough

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Posted September 26 2013 - 12:26 PM

I agree about Decision Before Dawn. I am receiving it to review, but I can't help feeling this Best Picture Oscar nominee deserves Fox Studio Classic Blu-ray treatment.



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Posted September 26 2013 - 12:43 PM

Decison Before Dawn was released as a pressed dvd. I look forward to getting the film noirs, esp. Cry of the City, which is a truely great noir.
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Posted September 27 2013 - 06:14 AM

Decision Before Dawn (1951) great film.  I still must say I cannot be a part of the Fox Mod program.  I wish this film had been on a Fox Classic release.  I refuse to outline what has been said countless times about the program.   Enjoy to those of you who find the films you are looking for.  I do say once again I respect and honor James Finn I just wish things were different in the way Fox is treating their classic movies.

I have no idea what you are talking about given that this is not a widescreen film, and I have not heard anything about the quality of this one lacking.  Anyway, post number 14 is correct, and this title is also part of the box set Heroes of War Collection, which Amazon has for a little over $16 (http://www.amazon.co...ion before dawn).


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Posted September 29 2013 - 08:13 AM

i read the reviews for american guerilla in the phillippines on amazon.com and many of the reviewers stated that the picture quality was horrible as if it was taken from a bad vhs tape.


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Posted September 29 2013 - 09:06 AM

Decison Before Dawn was released as a pressed dvd. I look forward to getting the film noirs, esp. Cry of the City, which is a truely great noir.

Yes, this was released on pressed DVD and looks good, as do the two Sherlock Holmes films, long-since available on Blu-ray. How can they claim these are being released for "the first time" on DVD?


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Posted September 29 2013 - 11:10 AM

I have no idea what you are talking about given that this is not a widescreen film, and I have not heard anything about the quality of this one lacking.  Anyway, post number 14 is correct, and this title is also part of the box set Heroes of War Collection, which Amazon has for a little over $16 (http://www.amazon.co...ion before dawn).

 

Yes, there is no reason to pay $12.71 for the DVD-R when you can buy the box set for $4 more and get the pressed DVD, as well as Halls of Montezuma, D-Day the Sixth of June, and Guadalcanal.


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Posted September 29 2013 - 02:01 PM

How can Fox claim these are being released on dvd for the first time? The same way the Fox Newsiance Channel can claim they are fair and impartial. At least they are getting the films out there. Some aren't so bad, Diplomatic Courier, Night People, Slattery's Hurricane, and Untamed are very watchable.
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Posted October 02 2013 - 09:22 AM

Give us "Home Sweet Homicide", please.







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