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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Kino Lorber Insider, Nov 20, 2017.

  1. Dick

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    I can't recall seeing any Universal silents pre-1923, but I have a Blu-ray of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME from that year, and it looks pretty ropey, I believe because it is taken from 16mm source material as the OCN is long gone (hard to believe all 35mm prints were destroyed...?). It's also in the public domain. Supposedly a newly-copyrighted edition running about 15 minutes short of the original's 133 minutes is out there with a new score. Sure would love to see that one getting a restoration and decent release. I know nothing about Baby Peggy except that she was a big box office draw back then, in the same way that Jackie Coogan was. Uni released a whole bunch of films with their studio child mascot, in the 20's. The studio was putting out a movie a week then (in the days when studios owned their own theater chains and had to supply them constantly with new product), and God knows how many survive or, more to the point, which ones will be released by Kino. The 1910's output begins in 1914, and I know absolutely nothing about anything that far back. Not much help...just observing.
     
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    27 films from the 1940's? May I ask how many are from the "Universal-International" era? (Mid-1946 onward)
     
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    It's true that the 1923 HUNCHBACK doesn't survive in 35mm...all that's left comes from 16mm Show-At-Home prints. I'm delighted to see so many silents in the batch, though...these must include some of the titles that Universal did restore recently. I think they include THE GOOSE WOMAN and SKINNER'S DRESS SUIT, both of which are terrific.
     
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    I love "Skinner's Dress Suit" (1926). It's like an early prototype of the later Columbia 'Blondie and Dagwood' series. And coincidentally, Arthur Lake has a supporting role in the silent. Hope this could be one of Kino's 1920s titles.
     
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    Is the omission of the title on the artwork intentional? I guess it's like the Beatles White Album.
     
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    I would bet the 1950's KinoLorber titles include at least some of Sophia Loren's Paramount films. I recently opened and watched 3 Paramount dvds I bought decades ago and found the films (Houseboat - costarring Cary Grant, It Started In Naples -costarring Clark Gable and Heller In Pink Tights costarring Anthony Quinn) - all still very entertaining, especially her film with Gable, which looked the best of the three.
     
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    I hope you didn't bet too much because KL's deal is with Universal, not Paramount. Universal has the rights to Paramount's pre-1950 catalog (with some exceptions like The Miracle Of Morgan's Creek and Samson And Delilah) but Paramount retains rights to its titles from 1950 onward.
     
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    Oh I overlooked the crucial dates, thanks for the clarification!
     
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    I've posted occasionally, just busy with work and watching movies. For that matter, I think I managed to watch 41 feature films released by Kino in 2019. I dare not look up how many I purchased over the last year, but Kino has the next largest footprint in my collection after Criterion.

    Wow, I wasn't expecting this many silent-era films! From looking online, seems like among these dozen could be films by John Ford, William Wyler, Tod Browning, Dorothy Arzner, and Lois Weber (among others).

    The only Blu-ray of Hunchback is Flicker Alley's edition, which is the best version available. I don't think any 35mm exists and the Blu-ray uses original 16mm show-at-home prints made from the camera negative. I wouldn't expect a new edition unless a 35mm print surfaces. The Phantom of the Opera, on the other hand, is said to have some new material surface.
     
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    That's very welcomed news! While I'd really rather see her 30's material (any of "Three Smart Girls", "Three Smart Girls Grow Up", "100 Men and a Girl", "Mad about Music", "That Certain Age" or "First Love" would be fantastic), I'll take anything I can get.

    Now, if we can only persuade Kino to release some of those early Dorothy Lamour Sarong films... :D


    Gary "also pleased to hear about a possible Audie Murphy set" O.
     
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    Guessing the 1940's will be about an even split of Universal and Paramount films. Yes? No?
     
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    Are there any movies starring Olivia DeHavilland in this new Universal deal? What about her sister, Joan Fontaine?
     
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    Christmas Holiday, along with Hers To Hold and Spring Parade have legal issues I believe. These 3 titles were never released on VHS back in the early 1990s when all the other Durbin titles owned by Universal were put out on VHS. All of those have been put out on DVD by Universal except His Butler's Sister. One other title It's A Date was acquired by MGM years ago when they remade that movie as Nancy Goes To Rio. It's A Date was released on VHS at one time by MGM/UA video and then on DVD a few years back by Warner.
     
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    I have. It's on the Universal Pre-Code Hollywood Collection DVD set. The Cheat is one of 6 movies on that collection.
     
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    Actually I have both "Her to hold" and "His Butler's Sister" on dvd from UK, as part of a Deanna Durbin Collection. They were all official releases back then.
     
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    Okay. Yes. I do remember seeing those. In fact, those other couple titles are available there as well. I was referring to here in the States.
     
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    ARRRGH, of course my friends favourite Durbin. :( the one never on disc. Sigh...
     
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    Coming April 7th on Blu-ray!

    Supernatural (1933)
    • Brand New 2K Master
    • NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • Theatrical Trailer

    Supernatural_Bluray_1.

     
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    Are there any Bob Hope or VistaVision titles in the new deal?
     
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    SUPERNATURAL is a must for me. My "want list" is dwindling...i'll need to make a new one soon.

    I'd sell a kidney for that one-sheet poster.
     

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