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  1. Jo_C

    JOURNEY BACK TO OZ: In dire need of reissue

    I don't know whether or not this belongs in an animated form, but it is worth mentioning here...most of you know the fate of the Filmation animated library over the years and how the successive owners have treated it. Classic Media is now the owner of this library, and part of it is the highly...
  2. Jo_C

    No LET IT BE in 2005

    It was bound to happen...no DVD reissue of "Let It Be" this year. I am convinced it's those pesky legal issues. Speaking of which, I was on the U.S. copyright web page, and as it turns out this film is now in the public domain. I did not see a hint of the film's copyright, so my guess is that...
  3. Jo_C

    The R & H Rights Thread

    I think I've harped on this so much that it's time to make this subject into its own thread and set the record straight, and I invite those of you to correct me if I am wrong. R & H initiated their own film distribution/production system when they planned to make the film versions of...
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    Delay for LADY SINGS THE BLUES

    This great (if not sometimes too Hollywood-sy) biography of Billie Holiday has not seen release on DVD yet. Could this be due to a dispute between Paramount and Universal? I bring up Universal because their music division bought Motown, the film's original production company (Paramount only...
  5. Jo_C

    At Last!!! Early "Looney Tunes" on DVD!!!!

    As indicated by Maxwell's latest "Classic Coming Attractions" article, Warner has at long last included the original black-and-white "Looney Tunes" cartoons on DVD...albeit in WB's "Gangsters" collection. Of note is the first "Merrie Melodie" released, "Lady Play Your Mandolin", a short that...
  6. Jo_C

    A big mistake

    I just saw Barrie's wonderful article on Christmas classics. Maybe I overlooked this, but did he mention the 1970 version of "Scrooge" with Albert Finney? If not, then I guess I'll have to recommend you see it.
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    Rudolph on CBS: No sponsor again

    For those of you who saw "Rudolph" on CBS last night, you may have figured out the 40th anniversary broadcast had no sponsor. That is the problem with these kinds of classic shows on network television nowadays, that it is hard to find a sponsor when there is lack of interest in these kinds...
  8. Jo_C

    Unofficial HARRY POTTER I Expanded Version Watch Thread

    "Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone" should begin airing in a few minutes on the East Coast (7 PM). I hope those of you East Coasters who are reading this thread and watch the broadcast will make a notation of which scenes will be added to the film so those on the West Coast will be prepared...
  9. Jo_C

    NO Shave And A Haircut--Two Bits this time (response to Barrie Maxwell's article)

    This message is just what the name of the topic implies. I have nothing to correct in response to Maxwell's latest article on the three SE DVDs mentioned, because Maxwell said it all this time. I will say that "The Good, The Bad, The Ugly" does stand out amongsted the three. It is the...
  10. Jo_C

    Shave and a Haircut--Two Bits#1--Response to Maxwell 4/26 Westerns article

    "Shave And a Haircut-Two Bits" is the title I am now giving to my usual response to Maxwell's articles. Anyway, as usual, a great job is to be commended on his latest article on Warner Bros. Westerns. Now it's time again to pick up where he left off. Many of the early John Wayne films...
  11. Jo_C

    Long version of Harry Potter I 5/9 on ABC

    Set your VCRs for Sunday, May 9, when ABC will air the long version of "Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone" with restored footage not seen in the theatrical release. The caveat: It will be shown at the 'doom slot' of 7:00 PM/6:00 PM Central, which means we'll have to put up with "we'll...
  12. Jo_C

    "Intolerance" (1916)...again

    Just to let you know (or to warn you) that "Intolerance" is currently showing on TCM, but it is not the "official" restored version that the TCM website boasts, with an orchestral score by Carl Davis. This version is a Public Domain print with the Gaylord Carter organ score. I urge you to...
  13. Jo_C

    Barrie Maxwell article 2/17/04

    Hopefully this particular response thread won't get ignored like the Cary Grant article thread was. Anyway, again Maxwell has done a great job with his article on detectives on DVD. And, of course, once again I get to fill in the blanks Maxwell didn't. The first Bulldog Drummond movie...
  14. Jo_C

    Barrie Maxwell/Cary Grant article

    I just read Maxwell's latest article on Digital Bits about Cary Grant, and I found it very fascinating. I should mention a few things that Maxwell left out, however. In the latter part of Grant's career, he founded his own production company, Grantley Company (in much the same fashion Ida...
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    UA head ousted

    From one of the Hollywood trade sites: Bingham Ray has been ousted as head of United Artists in another failed bid to revive MGM's sister studio. It seems that UA can't re-establish itself as a studio with the box-office failure it has had lately. I believe I have the ultimate reason UA is...
  16. Jo_C

    Pepsi Play For A Billion...what a farce!

    Yes, What a farce this game show was...and on one of the lowest rated networks, The WB. I think it was all fixed in advance so there would be no Billion Dollar winner. They might as well as had the contestant risk the million he had one to go for the billion...as far as I'm concerned, to...
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    UA vs. Lions Gate

    Well, it seems to me we now have two major independent studios releasing films, each getting "at each other's throats", shall we say. United Artists and Lion's Gate Films. When you factor that so far this year Lion's Gate has had more film releases than United Artists, they have the upper...
  18. Jo_C

    Charles Bronson passes away

    We all saw this coming...I am sorry to say Charles Bronson is now one with the Force. He passed away early this evening from pnemonia at age 81. Great talented star now gone from Earth. We will miss you, Mr. Bronson...part of the "Magnificent Seven" and member of "The Family". Well...
  19. Jo_C

    "My Fair Lady" DVD Commentary Question

    Recently I had a chance to revisit the secondary commentary track for WB's "My Fair Lady" DVD. In it, a fellow poster, Robert Harris, mentions that at the time of the DVD's release there was a "film coming out very soon, a classic film, that's been re-edited against the director's wishes" or...
  20. Jo_C

    No IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE SE DVD This year???

    It seems that again this year there will be no 2-disc SE of "It's A Wonderful Life". You will recall rumors of a special edition of Frank Capra's classic holiday film surfaced a couple of years back. As we get into August, the chances of a special edition of a holiday film get slimmer and...
  21. Jo_C

    Bob Hope video releases

    With the recent passing of Bob Hope at 100, it's time to address a bit some Bob Hope films that have been released to video...I'm talking about films that his company formerly owned that Columbia Pictures Television acquired, such as "The Lemon Drop Kid", "The Seven Little Foys" and "Cancel My...
  22. Jo_C

    AMOS N' ANDY VCR reminder

    A final reminder... This might be one of your last chances (if not this decade) to tape "Amos N' Andy" for yourself. "Amos N' Andy" is playing right now on the TRIO TV network. The RKO movie "Check And Double Check" airs in a few minutes (10 PM Eastern), followed by a repeat of the...
  23. Jo_C

    Rejoice! SCROOGE is finally coming to DVD!

    Just read on one of the web sites that SCROOGE has finally been announced for DVD! I know many fans have been wanting this on DVD for many, many years, and finally it seems Paramount/CBS finally relented and decided to put this on DVD. I think this is the best version of "A Christmas Carol"...
  24. Jo_C

    AMOS N' ANDY to return!!!...

    ...on cable's TRIO network in June. For those of you who are not regular viewers of the network otherwise famous for its "Laugh-In" reruns and rare concert programs, TRIO usually sets its monthly schedule on themes. The theme for June is "black entertainment". TRIO will air the rarely seen...
  25. Jo_C

    HBO gets pay cable rights to STAR WARS: Episode II

    OK, folk, This ought to make you, myself, and others very happy. "Star Wars: Episode II" will play on pay-cable after all. It has been announced that HBO has acquired the exclusive pay-cable rights to the latest "Star Wars" prequel yesterday for $15 million, so there is perhaps some worth...
  26. Jo_C

    TSM Silent Sunday Nights is becoming a joke

    Yes indeed. It seems lately TCM has been showing very bad prints of its silent films. One indication of this is the organ or piano score accompanying the films. Well, seeing that most of the silent films TCM shows are in the public domain, I guess they have no choice. Last night they showed a...
  27. Jo_C

    Will "Attack Of The Clones" bypass cable?

    By now, we probably would have seen "Star Wars: Episode II--Attack Of The Clones" on pay-per-view by now. But it appears more and more that the latest Star Wars prequel will bypass premium cable and go straight to broadcast television, which almost certainly guarantees its exclusive worth to the...
  28. Jo_C

    SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN/LITTLE DRUMMER BOY DVD Flaw???

    By now you will have indulged yourself in all those Rankin/Bass specials on DVD, tape, and ABC Family Channel. There is one flaw in the "Little Drummer Boy" portion of the "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town/Little Drummer Boy" DVD from Classic Media/Sony Wonder. As you know, Greer Garson...
  29. Jo_C

    Announcer-less football has returned!!!

    Those of you who have Fox stations with the SAP (Second Audio program) capability missed a rare treat last night...for the first time in nearly 20 years, there was ANNOUNCERLESS FOOTBALL!!! It was accessed via the SAP channel (where foreign-dubbed translations would have been). You could hear...
  30. Jo_C

    AOTC TV rights

    As some of you might have read elsewhere on the net, the cable TV rights to "Star Wars: Episode II" are up for grabs. But with the announcement of the home video release, those rights are diminishing. At this point, the network with the best shot at the pay cable rights would be Starz/Encore...
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