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Fox Cinema Archives Debuts 18 New Classic Films on DVD starting March 18!

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#1 of 309 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted March 13 2014 - 08:36 PM

TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
INTRODUCES NEW WAVE OF CLASSIC FILMS TO
FOX CINEMA ARCHIVES

 

18 Classics Available on DVD Beginning March 18

 

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 13, 2014) – Film aficionados everywhere, rejoice! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment today announced it will release a new wave of classic films on DVD from the Fox Cinema Archives vault. More than 18 classic film titles – ranging from the 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s – will be added to the Fox Cinema Archives collection this spring.

 

Featuring some of Hollywood’s most-beloved classics, this rich collection of iconic Fox films highlights key dramas, comedies, romances and Biblical tales giving film buffs the opportunity to enhance their collection by purchasing a variety of iconic movies at major top-tier retailers.

 

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.

 

The following 18 films will be available on DVD beginning March 18 through April 25.

 

 

March 18

 

Sodom and Gomorrah (1962), 154 min.
Sex, torture and betrayal follow the characters of this striking Biblical tale. After Lot leads the Hebrew people into the sinful cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, believing his people can co-exist, he must wait for divine intervention in order to help them escape. The film stars Stewart Granger, Stanley Baker and the lovely Pier Angeli.

 

Esther and the King (1960), 109 min.
Esther comes to the attention of the widowed King Ahasuerus, who has attempted to end hatred against the Jews led by the evil Haman. Joan Collins, Richard Egan, Denis O'Dea and Sergio Fantoni star in this Biblical tale.

 

Dante’s Inferno (1935), 88 min.
A ruthless carnival barker, blinded by ambition, keeps a fair open — despite warnings from an inspector that the fair is unsafe — which leads to a fatal disaster. Spencer Tracy, Claire Trevor, and Rita Hayworth star in Dante’s Inferno.

 

March 25

 

Cardinal Richelieu (1935), 81 min.
The intrigues and counter-intrigues that swirled around 17th century statesman Cardinal Richelieu and his attempt to thwart the insidious passion behind King Louis XIII of France are unveiled. George Arliss, Maureen O’Sullivan, Edward Arnold and Cesar Romero star in this 1935 classic.

 

I’d Climb The Highest Mountain (1951), 87 min.
This simple story directed by Henry King follows a Methodist minister called to a rural Georgia mountain community. There he and his city-bred wife use their love to help a small town find God. Susan Hayward, William Lundigan, Rory Calhoun and Barbara Bates star in the film.

 

April 1

 

The Gay Deception (1935), 76 min.
Ecstatic over her winnings in a sweepstakes, a woman heads for New York City to make her dreams come true. This Oscar®-nominated1 film stars Francis Lederer, Alan Mowbray, Benita Hume and Frances Dee.

 

Bachelor Flat (1961), 87 min.
British Anthropology Professor Bruce Patterson moves into his fiancée Helen’s apartment to get away from pursuant female college students. His plan to scare the girls away backfires when his fiancée's daughter, Libby, arrives home incognito. Bachelor Flat stars Terry Thomas, Celeste Holm, Richard Beymer and Tuesday Weld.

 

The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker (1971), 95 min.
Richard Benjamin plays a stockbroker who is bored with his marriage and job and tries to spice his life up. In order to deal with this dilemma, he becomes a peeping Tom much to the chagrin of his wife. Benjamin stars alongside Joanna Shimkus, Elizabeth Ashley, Patricia Barry and Adam West.

 

April 8

 

The Pleasure Seekers (1964), 106 min.
In a remake of the 1954 hit Three Coins in the FountainThe Pleasure Seekers tells the story of three women searching for love in Madrid. As the story unfolds, the women find themselves in bad relationships. Ann Margret, Carol Lynley, Gene Tierney and Anthony Franciosa star in this Oscar®-nominated2 film.

 

Footlight Serenade (1942), 80 min.
When a boxing champ turned Broadway star falls in love with his married co-star, he goes too far and causes her jealous husband to seek revenge. The film stars John Payne, Betty Grable and Victor Mature.

 

April 15

 

Marry The Boss’s Daughter (1941), 59 min.
Jefferson Cole, a young man from Kansas, ventures to New York in search of a bright career in the city. When he meets the daughter of a city tycoon, she persuades her father to give him a job, so he can find what he is capable of. Brenda Joyce, Bruce Edwards, George Barbier, and Hardie Albright star in this 1941 classic.

 

Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! (1948), 95 min.
Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! is an old-style romance about a Midwest farmhand who gets more than he bargained in his new job. He buys a pair of strapping mules from his employer. Meanwhile, his boss’ daughter keeps him guessing about her true feelings. June Haver, Lon McCallister, Walter Brennan and Natalie Wood star in this 1948 classic.

 

That Other Woman (1942), 76 min.
A secretary by the name of Emily Borden comes up with a convoluted plan to get her boss to marry her, which backfires after some bad advice. That Other Woman stars Virginia Gilmore, James Ellison and Dan Duryea.

 

April 22

 

Good Morning, Miss Dove (1955), 107 min.
While she rehabilitates in the hospital, Miss Dove, an aging teacher, recollects some of the students who have passed through her classroom over the years. Jennifer Jones, Robert Stack, Kipp Hamilton and Peggy Knudsen star in Good Morning, Miss Dove.

 

Star Dust (1940), 85 min.
Star Dust is loosely based on the true story of actress Linda Darnell’s rise to fame. Linda plays a young actress with talent to spare, who is helped on her rise to stardom by those around her. John Payne, Roland Young and Charlotte Greenwood also star in the film.

 

Decline and Fall of A Bird Watcher (1968), 112 min.
This satire from a novel by Evelyn Waugh, tells a story of young British teacher Paul Pennyfeather after he is dismissed from Oxford. Eventually, he works his way into the private school system in Wales where he becomes involved with Margot Beste-Chetwynde, the glamorous mother of one of his pupils. Robin Phillips, Michael Elwyn, Norman Scace and Geneviève Page star in this 1968 classic.

 

April 25

 

Kentucky (1938), 96 min.
Based on the novel, "The Look of Eagles," the film tells the story of the feud between two Kentuckian families that begins during the civil war and lasts for three generations. The feud ends when the two family heirs fall in love eighty years later. Loretta Young, Richard Greene, Douglas Dumbrille, Karen Morley and Oscar® winner3 Walter Brennan star in Kentucky.

 

Forever Amber (1947), 138 min.
Amber, a woman confined by her Puritan upbringing, ventures to London where she finds a better life as a courtesan. Linda Darnell, Cornel Wilde, Richard Greene and George Sanders star in this Oscar®-nominated4 film.

 

1 Best Original Story, Don Hartman, Stephen Morehouse Avery, 1935.
2 Music (Scoring of Music—Adaptation or Treatment), Lionel Newman and Alexander Courage, 1966. 
3 Best Supporting Actor, Kentucky, 1938.
4 Original Music Score, 1948.
 

 

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#2 of 309 OFFLINE   ahollis

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Posted March 13 2014 - 08:55 PM

A very strong line up. I can only hope that the later ones get the treatment that BENEATH THE 12 MILE REEF did and give us OAR and anamorphic transfers with good color. Very interested in GOOD MORNING MIDD DOVE, and THE PLEASURE SEEKERS.

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Posted March 13 2014 - 10:35 PM

A very strong line up. I can only hope that the later ones get the treatment that BENEATH THE 12 MILE REEF did and give us OAR and anamorphic transfers with good color. Very interested in GOOD MORNING MIDD DOVE, and THE PLEASURE SEEKERS.

 

The Spanish DVD of The Pleasure Seekers and the German DVD of Esther And The King are both in anamorphic widescreen so there will be no excuse if these new discs are not. No alibis Fox for a pan-and-scan travesty!

 

I'm most interested in Sodom And Gomorrah which has been difficult to see for a long time. I hope this one is done properly.


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Posted March 14 2014 - 01:05 AM

Yay! Good Morning, Miss Dove & Kentucky - definitely getting 'em!


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Posted March 14 2014 - 07:33 AM

I'm most interested in the last two: KENTUCKY and FOREVER AMBER. I have VHS copies of both from taping off cable, although the AMBER copy may actually  be from a local commercial channel. Either way, they need upgrading. I'm a big fan of Fox Technicolor from that era. I did watch KENTUCKY (1938) a couple of years ago and I was very moved by it. I thought KENTUCKY was superior to MARYLAND (1940), a follow-up from two years later, although MARYLAND has an interesting black-themed subplot that would have been more praiseworthy if it wasn't undermined by blatant stereotypes (dice-playing, razor carrying, etc.). 

 

Below is a quote about KENTUCKY from my IMDB review of MARYLAND in which I compare the two films and single out a great bit from KENTUCKY.

 

Here's a link to the whole review: http://www.imdb.com/...32766/reviews-3

 

 

KENTUCKY, directed by David Butler, was a much more engaging film that opened with a compelling 13-minute prologue set during the Civil War before jumping to the present (1938) and focusing on two young people from long-feuding horse-racing families who train a horse together and fall in love. It has its black stereotypes as well, but the actors have a little more fun with their roles, especially Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, who does a brief bit of soft-shoe with Walter Brennan in one stable scene.


#6 of 309 OFFLINE   Mark Collins

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Posted March 14 2014 - 07:51 AM

I’d Climb The Highest Mountain  and Forever Amber but I wished they had been taken by TT



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Posted March 14 2014 - 09:14 AM

Most interested in Dante's Inferno with Spencer Tracy . But I'm also interested in Sodom and Gomorrah, Footlight Serenade,Star Dust and Forever Amber . And depending on the transfers 1960s  Bachelor Flat and Pleasure Seekers .



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Posted March 14 2014 - 09:40 AM

All of these I had never seen, with quite an interesting selection.

 

Fox, please don't screw up these widescreen films!  It's the most we've had in about 6 months and frankly, I'm worried.


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Posted March 14 2014 - 06:24 PM

I had heard that Twilight Time might be considering SODOM AND GOMORRAH, but I suppose that this announcement trumps that. Like everybody else, I hope that BENEATH THE 12 MILE REEF being presented in its proper OAR signals a trend, not a fluke.

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Posted March 14 2014 - 06:47 PM

Always nice to see "pre-merger" Fox Films /20th Century films and early "merger" era films. 

 

Especially when they are ones that didn't air on FX.



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Posted March 14 2014 - 07:54 PM

Finally "Esther And The King" and "Sodom And Gomorrah" still waiting for the balance of Pat Boone's films !!!



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Posted March 14 2014 - 10:39 PM

Finally "Esther And The King" and "Sodom And Gomorrah" still waiting for the balance of Pat Boone's films !!!


And the Boone's they have already released - redone in the OAR and anamorphic.

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Posted March 15 2014 - 03:27 AM

Fox Movie Channel has been running some of these films. I tuned into I'D CLIMB THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN the other morning and I was appalled at how terrible the image looked (in SD). My VHS pre-record looks a lot better.



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Posted March 15 2014 - 12:06 PM

None of the new releases are showing up on AMAZON ??



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Posted March 16 2014 - 01:14 PM

DANTE'S INFERNO has shown up on television quite a bit over the last three years, which is where I watched.  Several Spencer Tracy-Fox films have yet to turn up so hopefully they'll be released at some point.



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Posted March 16 2014 - 01:54 PM

Most interested in Dante's Inferno with Spencer Tracy . But I'm also interested in Sodom and Gomorrah, Footlight Serenade,Star Dust and Forever Amber . And depending on the transfers 1960s  Bachelor Flat and Pleasure Seekers .

DANTE'S INFERNO  is  a true classic.Saw it  a  few years ago. Sodom and Gomorrah  was  a bore when first released and  I was never impressed  when I saw it again    in recent years. I do have   an original studio  promotional   book on S&G that was  only sent to  Fox  studios  offices  around the world. It is still in mint condition. It  has lavish   photos and is almost 2 feet  wide. The photos are also covered with  tissue paper.Unusual, but that only   goes to show how lavish their promotional  book was.They did expect  it to be a massive  hit at the box office. Can't  remember if it was.The cast were great but the film was tedious and the story ficticious. Such a   huge    promotional   book. Have never seen  anything similar  before or since.



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Posted March 16 2014 - 01:59 PM

I have the Spanish 'Impulso' DVD of "Forever Amber" and I'll be happy with that until Fox decides (if ever) to do a Blu-ray release.  I think the French BD release has fixed subtitles.  "Star Dust" I've always loved to have seen, ever since the clips in the Linda Darnell 'Biography' episode.  There are a few titles I'd like to own here, but, gotta say, I'm not jumping.



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#18 of 309 OFFLINE   Mark Collins

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Posted March 17 2014 - 07:43 AM

When do these titles go up for pre order at Amazon???



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Posted March 17 2014 - 09:12 AM

With the Feb titles (well, at least Mother Wore Tights), there was no pre-order on Amazon.

It was available for order on Fox's site on release day (maybe a few days earlier).

It was several days after release day that it showed up on Amazon.

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Posted March 17 2014 - 05:56 PM

According to Amazon.com, FCA's release of Sodom and Gomorrah will feature a 4:3 full screen presentation and its release of Esther and the King will feature a 4:3 letterboxed presentation.  Well.... there's something to be said for consistency  :huh:







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