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I've never seen this, but I had no idea Asner was in it. Has anyone who has seen it confirm if he and Mary have scenes together?
in Change of Habit (1969) they do not share any scenes together.
the press release write up is a little too upbeat, this was a drama with a musical number over the titles, at the beginning, in the middle and at the end - just because it was Elvis.

it is an overlooked, underappreciated drama with Elvis' final acting role. He is natural, relaxed and full of charm. it tries hard to be socially conscious but isn't multi-layered enough. it highlights issues that are sadly still relevant today. it is dated, of course, none more so than in the "rage reduction" scene as a treatment for autism that was in use at the time.

The film is earnest and worth your time.
 

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Coming October 26th!

Torch Singer (1933)
• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Kat Ellinger
• Trailers
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B&W 71 Minutes 1.37:1 Not Rated
One of the most popular and versatile actresses of all time, Claudette Colbert (Four Frightened People, It Happened One Night, Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife) dazzles audiences in the Pre-Code musical drama Torch Singer. When Sally Trent (Colbert) can no longer support her illegitimate child, she puts her daughter up for adoption and pursues a career as a torch singer. Under the name Mimi Benton, she soon climbs to fame as a sexy nightclub singer and attempts to find her daughter through a children’s radio show. Featuring rare performances of Colbert singing, this emotionally charged classic from directors Alexander Hall (Goin’ to Town) and George Somnes (Midnight Club) showcases the truly great talent of its star. Co-starring Ricardo Cortez (The Maltese Falcon) and David Manners (Dracula).

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Coming October 26th!

The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper (1981)
• NEW Audio Commentary by Screenwriter Jeffrey Alan Fiskin and Film Historian/Filmmaker Daniel Kremer
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Color 100 Minutes 1.85:1 Rated PG
From Roger Spottiswoode, the outstanding director of Terror Train, Under Fire, Shoot to Kill, Turner & Hooch and Tomorrow Never Dies, comes this rousing, tongue-in-cheek action-adventure film that speculates the fate of the infamous, elusive skyjacker. On Thanksgiving Eve, 1971, a modern-day outlaw named J.R. Meade (Treat Williams, Deep Rising), alias D.B. Cooper, parachuted out of an airliner somewhere over the Pacific Northwest timberland. He took with him $200,000 in stolen cash and the secret of his destination. Thousands of police, the FBI and the military couldn’t locate him. Only one man had the ability to track him down—Bill Gruen (Robert Duvall, Tender Mercies), Meade’s former Green Beret instructor. Through the expansive mountain wilderness, down treacherous whitewater rapids, a fascinating clash of wits unfolds. Two men pitted against each other, equal in skill and daring, passionately in pursuit of different goals—each knowing only one can win. Also starring Kathryn Harrold (Raw Deal), Ed Flanders (True Confessions), Paul Gleason (Die Hard) and R.G. Armstrong (White Lightning), with a score by James Horner (Titanic).

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Saturday's Facebook Announcement:

Coming Soon on Blu-ray!

TO HELL AND BACK (1955)
Color 106 Minutes 2.35:1 Not Rated

Audie Murphy (The Duel at Silver Creek, No Name on the Bullet, Night Passage), the most decorated American soldier of WWII, plays himself in this gripping, action-packed battle saga. Amazingly realistic war footage and true-life heroics power this compelling story of an ordinary Texas youth whose extraordinary bravery brings him unparalleled glory. But as his list of medals grows, Murphy’s Army buddies continue to fall, leaving him one of the few to recount the unforgettable tale of those who went to hell and back. Based on Murphy’s bestselling memoir, this CinemaScope classic from director Jesse Hibbs (Ride Clear of Diablo, Walk the Proud Land, Ride a Crooked Trail) was a colossal commercial success and a rousing tribute to a great American hero. The stellar cast include Charles Drake (The Price of Fear), Jack Kelly (TV’s Maverick), David Janssen (TV’s The Fugitive), Brett Halsey (Roy Colt & Winchester Jack) and Denver Pyle (TV’s The Dukes of Hazzard)

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Sunday's Facebook Announcement:

Coming Soon on Blu-ray!

Brand New 2K Master!

Without Warning (1980)
Starring Jack Palance, Martin Landau, Ralph Meeker, Cameron Mitchell, Neville Brand, Sue Ane Langdon, Larry Storch, David Caruso, Tarah Nutter, Christopher S. Nelson & Kevin Peter Hall – Shot by Dean Cundey (Jurassic Park) – Music by Dan Wyman (The Lawnmower Man) – Directed by Greydon Clark (Satan’s Cheerleaders, Joysticks, Final Justice).

The release will include newly commissioned art, reversible art of the original poster, all the previously produced extras from the Shout Factory release and more!

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Are you sure 2.55 is the correct aspect ratio? Kino has stated 2.35 in their initial FB announcement.
I guess they could all be wrong.

imdb.com and TCM have it as 2.55.

This from widescreen.com implies between 1955 and 1957 (I guess it depended on the studio) 2.55 was eliminated:

1955 - 2.35:1. Exhibitor resistance to investing in stereophonic sound reproduction equipment forced the use of several different sound formats for CinemaScope. There was a mono magnetic sound stripe that was located in the same area as the optical soundtrack in standard films and there were optical mono soundtracks as well. In addition, MGM utilized the crummy Perspecta system to create ersatz stereo effects. These formats used standard film perforations and necessitated a reduction in image width to yield 2.35:1. In 1957, with the adoption of the magoptical sound track, which incorporated both a narrow optical mono soundtrack along with the four magnetic stripes, finally eliminated 2.55:1 as a ratio for CinemaScope and other anamorphic 35mm systems.
 
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This from widescreen.com implies between 1955 and 1957 (I guess it depended on the studio) 2.55 was eliminated:

1955 - 2.35:1. Exhibitor resistance to investing in stereophonic sound reproduction equipment forced the use of several different sound formats for CinemaScope. There was a mono magnetic sound stripe that was located in the same area as the optical soundtrack in standard films and there were optical mono soundtracks as well. In addition, MGM utilized the crummy Perspecta system to create ersatz stereo effects. These formats used standard film perforations and necessitated a reduction in image width to yield 2.35:1. In 1957, with the adoption of the magoptical sound track, which incorporated both a narrow optical mono soundtrack along with the four magnetic stripes, finally eliminated 2.55:1 as a ratio for CinemaScope and other anamorphic 35mm systems.
The 2004 DVD was 2.35 as well as the 2019 Australian Blu-ray from Umbrella.
 

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Sunday's Facebook Announcement:


Coming Soon on Blu-ray!

Brand New 2K Master!

Without Warning (1980)
Starring Jack Palance, Martin Landau, Ralph Meeker, Cameron Mitchell, Neville Brand, Sue Ane Langdon, Larry Storch, David Caruso, Tarah Nutter, Christopher S. Nelson & Kevin Peter Hall – Shot by Dean Cundey (Jurassic Park) – Music by Dan Wyman (The Lawnmower Man) – Directed by Greydon Clark (Satan’s Cheerleaders, Joysticks, Final Justice).

The release will include newly commissioned art, reversible art of the original poster, all the previously produced extras from the Shout Factory release and more!

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my, what an interesting cast. Ralph Meeker, Larry Storch, David Caruso, Cameron Mitchell, and many more.
 

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Are you sure 2.55 is the correct aspect ratio? Kino has stated 2.35 in their initial FB announcement.

The very first magoptical 2:35 film ws Fox Bus Stop.
I wish I could find the documentation about the first magoptical release. I think it was in late 1955. What I've observed is that all CinemaScope films from 1953 and 1954 are 2.55:1, the vast majority from 1955 (but not all) are 2.55:1, maybe half (or less) of those in 1956 are 2.55:1, and just a couple from 1957 are 2.55:1.
 

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my, what an interesting cast. Ralph Meeker, Larry Storch, David Caruso, Cameron Mitchell, and many more.
It’s a fun bad movie, not at all dull, and not nearly as lousy as the other duds the veteran cast members were stuck in at this time. No way Palance and Landau saw Oscar gold in their futures at this ebb in their careers.
 

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