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Since many broader discussions about our label regarding releases, sales and other topics show up on specific title threads, and can often get overlooked, we've started a thread dedicated to all things ClassicFlix.

About ClassicFlix

We know classics! We started as an online video rental service and retail site in 2007 and transitioned to a video label in 2017 which focuses exclusively on classic film (pre-1960) and television (pre-1970).

We've released over 40 titles in the last four years and the best it yet to come. We say this (even though over the last 10 years physical video sales have declined) because rights holders have recently been more open to licensing out their catalog titles than in the past. As well, content is more readily available in digital format and licensing fees are generally more reasonable.

Our Two Lines

Our main ClassicFlix line features top-notch restorations, premium packaging and artwork, as well as subtitles for non-TV releases. Our restoration work on such titles as Raw Deal (1948), T-Men (1947) and The Little Rascals has been praised by Leonard Maltin and Robert Harris, among many others.

Our Silver Series line shines the light of day on lesser known titles which would likely otherwise not get a home video release from major (or even minor) studios or rights holders. Because we keep production costs low, we're able to release many previously unseen and longed-for classics by making them available in affordable, no-frill editions; rescuing them from studio vaults and other archives where they have been collecting dust for years, and sometimes decades.


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We'll keep this second post updated on a regular basis to display our entire catalog for future reference.

Cat #TitleYearFormatStreet Date
MAIN LINE
1Another Man's Poison1952Blu-ray/DVD03/28/17
2Miss Annie Rooney1942Blu-ray/DVD04/04/17
3The Killer Is Loose1956Blu-ray/DVD06/13/17
4It's About Time - The Complete Series1966DVD06/27/17
5You Only Live Once1937Blu-ray/DVD07/25/17
6The Noose Hangs High1948Blu-ray/DVD08/15/17
7Crime of Passion1957Blu-ray/DVD09/05/17
8T-Men (Special Edition)1947Blu-ray/DVD10/10/17
9He Walked by Night (Special Edition)1948Blu-ray/DVD10/31/17
10Tomorrow is Forever1946Blu-ray/DVD12/19/17
11Raw Deal (Special Edition BD is OOP)1948Blu-ray/DVD01/16/18
12Along Came Jones1945Blu-ray/DVD02/06/18
13Casanova Brown1944Blu-ray/DVD02/06/18
14The John Alton Film Noir Collection (The ClassicFlix Restorations)1947Blu-ray/DVD03/20/18
15Five Steps to Danger1957Blu-ray/DVD04/24/18
16Down Three Dark Streets1954Blu-ray/DVD04/24/18
17The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (AKA The Paris Express)1952Blu-ray/DVD05/29/18
18Merrily We Live1938Blu-ray/DVD08/14/18
19Blondie - The Complete 1957 Television Series1957DVD09/18/18
20Stand-In (BD is OOP)1937Blu-ray/DVD02/26/19
21Out of the Blue1947Blu-ray/DVD11/26/19
22Africa Screams (Special Limited Edition)1949Blu-ray/DVD06/23/20
23Zenobia1939Blu-ray/DVD11/24/20
24A Night in Casablanca1946Blu-ray/DVD12/15/20
25The Little Rascals - The ClassicFlix Restorations, Vol. 11929Blu-ray06/01/21
26The Little Rascals - The ClassicFlix Restorations, Vol. 21930, 1931Blu-ray07/27/21
27The Little Rascals - The ClassicFlix Restorations, Vol. 31932, 1933Blu-ray10/19/21
28Black Magic1949Blu-ray/DVD12/07/21
29The Abbott and Costello Show - Season 11952Blu-ray/DVD12/14/21
30The Little Rascals - The ClassicFlix Restorations, Vol. 31933, 1934Blu-ray01/18/22
SILVER SERIES LINE
1The Complete Hal Roach Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly Comedy Collection1933-1936DVD06/26/18
2I Met My Love Again1938DVD11/06/18
3Public Defender - The Official First Season (OOP)1954DVD05/21/19
4Public Defender - The Official Second Season (OOP)1954DVD08/13/19
5The Complete PRC Michael Shayne Mystery Collection1946-1947DVD11/12/19
6The Complete Hal Roach Streamliners Collection, Volume 1 (The Tracy & Sawyer Military Comedies) (OOP)1941-43, 1947DVD03/31/20
7The Complete Hal Roach Streamliners Collection, Volume 2 (The Westerns)1942-43DVD06/16/20
8The Complete Hal Roach Streamliners Collection, Volume 3 (The Taxi Comedies)1942-43DVD06/30/20
9The Complete Hal Roach Streamliners Collection, Volume 4 (The Musicals)1941-42DVD08/25/20
10The Complete Hal Roach Streamliners Collection, Volume 5 (Pitts & Summerville Plus Other Rarities)1941-43, 1947DVD10/13/20
11The Complete Hal Roach Streamliners Collection, Volume 6 (The Curley Comedies)1947, 1948DVD06/08/21
12The Crystal Ball1943DVD06/15/21
13The Duke of West Point1938DVD06/15/21
14The Black Beauty Collection1946, 1957DVD08/17/21
15International Lady1941Blu-ray/DVD09/21/21
16Silver Queen1942DVD09/28/21
17Young and Willing1943DVD09/28/21
18The O. Henry Playhouse - The Complete Series, Vol. 11957DVD09/28/21
 
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What's the difference with the Silver Series Line with "International Lady" Blu-ray release vs. "Black Magic" Blu-ray release?
Thanks for asking Robert.

In general, our main line is for titles which have good film elements, or an existing master, that can be restored to our high standards within a certain budget AND which has broad market appeal making our investing in the project less risky.

Our Silver Series line is for titles that have limited market appeal AND/OR do not have good film enough film elements (or masters) to be included in our top line.

To the specific case of International Lady and Black Magic, Magic certainly hits the "broad appeal" aspect given Welles stars in the film, additionally, the elements were judged as suitable so that we could stay on budget and still eventually go in the black.

Lady, on the other hand, was going to be a DVD release only, but came to us already being mastered in HD. We took a look at the master, and while good, isn't quite up to the standard of our top line. No amount of work could get it up to that standard and attempting to strike a new master would be costly and wouldn't guarantee success (see clip below).

Additionally, it's a great little film, but doesn't have the broad appeal I believe is necessary to warrant such expenditures.

We hope this is the first of many Blu-ray for our Silver Series line.

Lastly, there are Silver Series titles that I'd personally love to see get main line ClassicFlix treatment. Michael Shayne is one, but the only elements that exist on Shayne are 16mm so that's not gonna happen. Todd/Kelly is another and certainly deserving of top line status in my opinion, but it would likely be a minimum $60K project and not something we're likely to take a risk on.


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Here's the artwork and synopsis for the just announced Black Magic (1949).

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After watching his gypsy parents executed by hanging for the alleged crime of sorcery, a young Joseph Balsamo is tortured mercilessly for the insolence of objecting to his parents’ conviction. After a narrow escape from his captors, he vows revenge on the nobleman who sentenced his parents to death.

Having honed his skills as a charmer through his teen years and into adulthood, Joseph (Orson Welles) now dons the name Cagliostro and becomes a famous sorcerer throughout Europe earning wealth, fame and privilege. His misadventures culminate in a bit of palace intrigue with a plot against Queen Marie Antoinette (Nancy Guild)—whose exact double is under Cagliostro’s spell and is helpless to be his instrument in usurping the throne of France.

Despite having helmed such cinematic triumphs as Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons, the legendary Orson Welles often had trouble in acquiring directorial assignments throughout his career. Many of Welles’ film projects were independent ones—financed by acting he did in other directors’ pictures. The 1949 production of Black Magic is just such an assignment as Welles used the proceeds to make his version of Shakespeare’s Othello (1951).

An adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas novel Joseph Balsamo which tells the story of the 18th century sorcerer Cagliostro, Magic is directed by Gregory Ratoff and features a bravura performance of villainy from Welles, with excellent support from Guild, Stephen Bekassy and Akim Tamiroff (who would later appear with Welles in the director’s classic Touch of Evil).

Frank Latimore, Valentina Cortese and Margot Grahame are also featured, with future Perry Mason star Raymond Burr appearing at the film’s beginning as Alexandre Dumas’ son with Berry Kroeger as the senior Dumas.

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You guys are great! I own 12 of your main line blu rays and 3 of your silver line series. Looking forward to adding Black Magic, International Lady, Young And Willing and Black Beauty.

Thanks for your support!

You can always check out our yt channel too if you want to see trailers and clips of other titles we offer.

ENJOY!

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Excellent sale going on right now. I just picked up-

The Complete Hal Roach Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly Comedy Collection and The Complete Hal Roach Streamliners Collection, Volume 4 (The Musicals).

And I was going to ask about Stand-In. I thought it had had a BD release as well. Does OOP mean that it's not coming back?
 

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Excellent sale going on right now. I just picked up-

The Complete Hal Roach Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly Comedy Collection and The Complete Hal Roach Streamliners Collection, Volume 4 (The Musicals).

And I was going to ask about Stand-In. I thought it had had a BD release as well. Does OOP mean that it's not coming back?

Thanks for supporting us!

Stand-In is out of print and have no immediate plans to re-press it. If we do it won't be until next year.

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We've got our Annual Super Summer Sale going on right now and it runs through August 31st!

Just some of the low prices you'll find on our Blu-rays:

$7.98

- Along Came Jones (1945)
- Casanova Brown (1944)
- Miss Annie Rooney (1942)
- Out of the Blue (1947)
- The Killer Is Loose (1956)
- The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (1952)

$9.98

- Crime of Passion (1957)
- Down Three Dark Streets (1954)
- Five Steps to Danger (1957)
- Merrily We Live (1938)
- Tomorrow Is Forever (1946)
- You Only Live Once (1937)

$11.98

- A Night in Casablanca (1946)
- He Walked by Night (Special Edition) - 1948
- T-Men (Special Edition) - 1947
- Zenobia (1939)
 

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Our Super Summer Sale ends today!

Just some of the low prices you'll find on our Blu-rays:

$7.98

- Along Came Jones (1945)
- Casanova Brown (1944)
- Miss Annie Rooney (1942)
- Out of the Blue (1947)
- The Killer Is Loose (1956)
- The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (1952)

$9.98

- Crime of Passion (1957)
- Down Three Dark Streets (1954)
- Five Steps to Danger (1957)
- Merrily We Live (1938)
- Tomorrow Is Forever (1946)
- You Only Live Once (1937)

$11.98

- A Night in Casablanca (1946)
- He Walked by Night (Special Edition) - 1948
- T-Men (Special Edition) - 1947
- Zenobia (1939)
 

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NEW ANNOUNCEMENT

Now available for the first time on DVD from ClassicFlix—a long lost television anthology series spotlighting the works of one of America's most beloved short story authors.

This November 16th, The O. Henry Playhouse - The Complete Series, Vol. 1 will be released containing the first 13 of 39 episodes in the series.

Oscar-winner Thomas Mitchell stars as O. Henry with many notable guest stars featured in each episode including Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson and DeForest Kelley.

More information at ClassicFlix.com.

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NEW ANNOUNCEMENT

One of the most influential comedies in television history, Season 1 of The Abbott and Costello Show makes its Blu-ray debut from ClassicFlix with all 26 stunningly sharp episodes this December.

Newly restored from original 35mm master elements by the 3-D Film Archive, in cooperation with the Library of Congress, it will be the first opportunity for fans to see the show from the original 35mm camera negatives. All previous transfers have been taken from second generation composite fine grains.

Also highlighting the release are 10 commentaries (including one from Gilbert Gottfried) and a Saving the Negatives featurette with Bob Furmanek.

In addition to the above bonus features, there will be options to hear episodes with non-audience tracks (2 full, 6 partial) that will be heard for the first time anywhere.

NOTE: It's remarkable that any non-audience tracks survive as they were part of the post-production process and the show has never been heard without audience laughter. Also, it's important to note that the laugh tracks were not "canned," they actually showed the finished program to a live audience and recorded the response. That response was then mixed with the film audio in post production and that's how the shows have always been heard.

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