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This version of BEAT THE DEVIL has never been released in any format.
To quote Grover Crisp,
"Our U.K. distributor came up with some missing footage, and the version they found in a vault in London was a revelation. It had all this other material in it, four minutes' worth. And that version told us, effectively, how we should put it all back together."

Result: The new introductory scenes focus on Jones' character in an intriguing way. The Bogart narration vanishes. The flashback structure is no more. Certain sexual aspects of the so-called storyline come through more clearly now, including dialogue about Jones waiting for Bogart to make a pass at her, and a rhyming scene (the movie tiptoes up to a double infidelity) featuring an outrageous shot of Lollobrigida's cleavage, unseen by U.S. audiences in 1953."
In 4K
FYI, Stephen Sondheim was the clapper boy on the film.
 

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Now, being traditionally HTF needy in the face a fresh TT announcements, all we now need is "The Cardinal". If ever there were a "meant for TT" release, this one would have to be up there. Otto Preminger directed; Leon Shamroy photographed; Columbia Pictures released; and John Huston's sole nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Here's to hoping that "The Cardinal" does take flight at Twilight.:thumbs-up-smiley:

I stand to be corrected but I believe the rights to The Cardinal are (were?) with Warners which licensed it from the Otto Preminger estate and released it on DVD. Warners also released a DVD of Preminger's The Man With The Golden Arm and Archive MODs of Preminger's The Moon Is Blue and Saint Joan.
 

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I would say that gaining three films on one night in October (with two at the sale price), while awaiting another title (or two) in January is doing pretty darned good. And don't forget, Kyrsten, these will be a new stack of 3,000 x 4 titles; so they're no way near to being Sold-Out for at least a couple of more months, thereafter. Hope this reminder helps and, in advance, Happy 2019.:)

Oh, yah, one other thing; fantastic to have one more Bogie and one more Huston. Restored in 4K, no less.

Now, being traditionally HTF needy in the face a fresh TT announcements, all we now need is "The Cardinal".
If ever there were a "meant for TT" release, this one would have to be up there. Otto Preminger directed; Leon Shamroy photographed; Columbia Pictures released; and John Huston's sole nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Here's to hoping that "The Cardinal" does take flight at Twilight.:thumbs-up-smiley:
THE CARDINAL is a major achievement that would be most welcome from anyone.
 

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Fortunately I hadn't got around to importing Frank James from Germany, so I'll go for that since it will hopefully be a better transfer. I wonder how Beat the Devil will compare to the Blu-ray put out by The Film Detective? Also Untamed, because you know me, when it comes to CinemaScope 2.55:1, I'm all over it.
According to Sony the Film Detective release is unauthorized - and in any case ours is a 4K restoration of the alternate version which has never been available on home video.
 

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Though released by Columbia Pictures I believe that The Cardinal is controlled by WB. Could be wrong though. Something may be up with this title as Kritzerland has already stated that they will be releasing the Jerome Moross score in 2019.

You are correct. Warner controls both The Cardinal and Advice and Consent.
 
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[...]Warner controls both The Cardinal and Advice and Consent.
Oh, well, this just leaves more room and one more spot for future TT surprises.
An excellent January is ahead.:thumbs-up-smiley:
 
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According to Sony the Film Detective release is unauthorized - and in any case ours is a 4K restoration of the alternate version which has never been available on home video.

I hope Sony gets to the other Bogart films with 4k restorations soon.
 
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"Untamed" is a day one buy for me.
I have never even heard of "Yanks", but so far all the blind buys I have made from TT have been pretty satisfying, so I guess that makes two from the list.
 

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I'm happy to have Beat the Devil on Blu-ray while I hope The Return of Frank James is improved upon with regard to its Technicolor. I don't believe I ever saw Untamed. Unfortunately, I did see Yanks which I don't have fond memories of.

What are the January release dates?


Just got the release date from TT: It is January 22nd
 
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For the first time in a long time, all 4 have my interest - especially Beat The Devil, which I missed when it played at the Film Forum.
(Note to Twilight Time: If you add the words alternate version or restored version or newly-found footage it means Day 1 purchase to me.)
 

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In addition to 'The Cardinal", WB also had the rights to "Advise and Consent", a Preminger film released the previous year (1962) by Columbia
 

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For the first time on home video – and in pristine hi-def Blu-ray form – comes the revelatory Sony Pictures/Film Foundation restoration of a 65-year-old cult favorite to the original form its creators intended with recovered footage and improved audio! This comical criminal affair co-produced by The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The African Queen colleagues John Huston and Humphrey Bogart adds up to “such wonderful nonsense that there isn’t a moment when the picture doesn’t take a left turn when you expect it to turn right” (The Motion Picture Guide).

BEAT THE DEVIL


Limited Edition BLU-RAYRelease

Only 3,000 units available atwww.twilighttimemovies.com& www.screenarchives.com

Once they are gone – they are gone!


RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2019


“The plot is an afterthought…The movie has above all effortless charm…we can relax and share the amusement of the actors, who are essentially being asked to share their playfulness.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times



“The film careens from scene to scene with barely contained, wholly invigorating chaos. The disorder is made even more delectable by a game cast, each performer, without exception and regardless of celebrity status, embracing and in sync with the movie's shambolic energy.”

– Melissa Anderson, The Village Voice



A wildly eccentric collaboration between director John Huston, writer Truman Capote, and an astonishing cast of stars and character actors, Beat the Devil(1953) offers a sly send-up of caper films. In this one, everything goes amusingly wrong for its gallery of liars, thieves, and fantasists, including Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Robert Morley, Peter Lorre, and Edward Underdown. Even more amusingly, they hardly care, so enraptured are they with each other’s company and with the gorgeous Italian scenery, magnificently shot by the great Oswald Morris.


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