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Such a charming, fun film! If you're a fan of Natalie Wood or early 1980s comedy, you're in for a treat. A hidden gem, for sure!Coming May 4th!
The Last Married Couple in America (1980)
• Audio Commentary by Film Historian Lee Gambin
• Theatrical Trailer (HD)
• Optional English Subtitles
Color 103 Minutes 1.85:1 Rated R
Screen legends Natalie Wood (Love with the Proper Stranger) and George Segal (Where’s Poppa?) star in The Last Married Couple in America—a contemporary comedy that addresses the divorce epidemic that has been sweeping the country head on. Mari (Wood) and Jeff (Segal) are a happily married couple in Beverly Hills whose recently divorced friends make them feel like they are missing out by remaining married. To add to their woes, Jeff’s best friend (Richard Benjamin, Scavenger Hunt) fixes him up with dates while Mari’s best friend (Valerie Harper, Blame It on Rio) is chasing Jeff all while a plumber turned X-rated star (Dom DeLuise, Haunted Honeymoon) wants to use their house for a wild party. Written by John Herman Shaner (Goin’ South), directed by Gilbert Cates (I Never Sang for My Father) and co-starring Bob Dishy (Lovers and Other Strangers) and Priscilla Barnes (TV’s Three’s Company).
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Yes. I hope so.BUY ME THAT TOWN - a good little film. There are a lot of good "B" pictures like that - strong cast, good script, entertaining film.
Yeh, that's the thing - close to 700 Paramount titles from 1929-1949, and most wouldn't sell enough to justify the release. Add on top of that 100's of Universal-Universal International titles in the same boat. (Even if you take out films with rights issues, and music clearance issues, etc.) There's alot of "B programmers" in the library.
Which means all we'll get is the cream of the crop - some already released on other formats. Oh, I suspect handful of surprises because they never got around to releasing a few good "A" titles from either studio's library in any format over the years - ones with key stars and directors. (Plus I guess there's interest in good pre-code "A" and "B" pictures never released that would sell enough to justify the release.)
Then there's still the issue of the surviving prints and negatives - no matter how good Universal's "asset management" is, we know some films survive in better shape than others.
Though it's a 1950's "B" title from UNIVERSAL-INTERNATIONAL and is a bit of a novelty, "Firemen Save My Child" - the "salvaged" Abbott and Costello comedy with Buddy Hackett, Hugh O'Brian and Spike Jones & his City Slickers is a title I'd love to see a release on - but then I'd suspect 1)Music clearance issues with Spike and The Band and 2) would it sell enough, even with the novelty of being the "Abbott and Costello Film That Never Was"? (Well, they do appear in some of the long shots.)
Then as I've suggested - I guess music clearance issues on a few musicals from both Libraries is an issue which I'd guess why we might never see any of the Universal "B" Andrew Sisters films, which is a shame, really - those should see the light of day.
Perhaps someone else will come along and take a chance with titles that KL passes on for various reasons from the 1920's-1950's.
Love those Universal "B" titles!i have question for you kino lorber insider any have plan time chance anything universal horror Erle C. Kenton Noah Beery, Jr. and Lois Collier and Gale Sondergaard and Brenda Joyce any plans in your new deal universal third also Kurt Neumann Gloria Stuart and lionel Atwill and Stuart Walker and claude rains and heather angel and Phil Rosen and Patric Knowles and Maria Montez maybe get finally come out on blu ray? also new disc on dvd and blu ray never been released before home media video.
I totally agree with you with Flower Drum Song, an often overlooked excellent musical, one of my top 10 films of all time and one of my 4 most eagerly awaited blu-rays. Members tell me that Kino wasn't interested in releassing this, but I can't find anyplace where they say that. Surely the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization would work with Kino for a beautiful blu-ray release of the film, I am told the organization holds some behind the scenes footage among other things for Flower Drum. I've written to Criterion 4 or 5 times now about Flower Drum Song, it seems a good release for their label considering its Asian American cast and the history behind that in the film. Hopefully, one day!I know that MILLIE has its fans and I remember seeing it as a child at the Centre Theatre in Denver CO and thinking it was fun... BUT it is FLOWER DRUM SONG (and ST. LOUIS BLUES!) that I want. With all of its problems and flaws, it is still an important and historic musical and singular in the R and H catalog. Not to mention a watershed moment in Asian American representation in an extremely successful mainstream Hollywood film (Check the box-office grosses for that year...). I know that there are problems with Juanita Hall not being Chinese. Just as there are real concerns in MILLIE... nevertheless, these films give us a great deal to think about in addition. to their hotly debated entertainment value. WILL WE EVER SEE THE PARAMOUNT, VISTAVISION BLACK MUSICAL BIOGRAPHY OF W.C. HANDY, ST. LOUIS BLUES, starring NAT KING COLE, EARTHA KITT, CAB CALLOWAY, ELLA FITZGERALD, MAHALIA JACKSON and more??? THIS IS THE MUSICAL I WANT MOST ON BLU RAY! One of a kind Black Musical royalty, the likes of which we will never see again all in one film, as important in cinema history as CARMEN JONES, STORMY WEATHER and yes, PORGY and BESS. I saw the last PORGY and BESS showing at the Lincoln Center and the print was near unwatchable... and for those of us who know and love the opera, the film is... complicated and challenging. ST. LOUIS BLUES PLEASE!!!!
Robert - you'll find that in post #4,025 of this thread (dated August 26, 2019) where the KL Insider states "We were not interested in Flower Drum Song."I totally agree with you with Flower Drum Song, an often overlooked excellent musical, one of my top 10 films of all time and one of my 4 most eagerly awaited blu-rays. Members tell me that Kino wasn't interested in releassing this, but I can't find anyplace where they say that.
Yes. I hope so.
Yes. I remember this rather terse response (in my opinion) to FLOWER DRUM SONG. Not a response I pretend to understand. I can say, that while we are all fighting to get classic, recognized films or even our personal favorites from Gance's NAPOLEON to RYAN'S DAUGHTER or PENNIES FROM HEAVEN (the film AND the series) ON YOUR TOES or a remastered DAY OF THE LOCUST... into our Home Video Libraries, the more we can all be supportive of releases that are ethnically, racially, or culturally inclusive, the better! Often films with Black, Latinx, Asian, LGBTQIA, or non-White principals in the cast, don't make it past a DVD or even VHS. Where is CABIN IN THE SKY? or even HALLELUJAH! on blu-ray and those are by Vidor and Minnelli...! What happened to the Universal Blu Ray release of ZOOT SUIT? We are a part of film history too! I am not implying that this is a reason KL is not interested in FLOWER DRUM SONG, and their releases of early Black film and Early work by Female Directors are all excellent. I'm merely stating that many of us don't want to see our images lost or neglected, even those that are imperfect or challenging. These images and films are part of a larger history that is important. I'd like to see more advocacy and interest in film restoration and preservation of these films as part of a more inclusive enthusiasm about the art of cinema and global representation.Robert - you'll find that in post #4,025 of this thread (dated August 26, 2019) where the KL Insider states "We were not interested in Flower Drum Song."
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Both of those are with Warner, and they tend to be very fussy about the condition of the elements they have, and what condition they want them to be in to release them on Blu-ray. Cabin in the Sky and Hallelujah have both been released by them on DVD, and while they both look reasonably good, they would need some work done to be ready for Blu.Where is CABIN IN THE SKY? or even HALLELUJAH! on blu-ray and those are by Vidor and Minnelli...!
From the Paramount titles that are with Universal that KINO has released (whew) - the the ones I've seen have a KINO logo, followed by the newer multichannel Universal logo with the "choir" reaching a crescendo with the drums ending with a DUM-DUM-DUM. Then a proper(vintage) Paramount logo and the rest of the film.A really good Alan Ladd title. I wonder if this will have the old MCA-TV logo before the Paramount one that the VHS and I think the DVD had. I kind of like that old MCA-TV logo and the music. Also hoping for "Lucky Jordan" and "Salty O'Rourke" to get out on blu too.
Mike,Let's knock off the talk about Flower Drum Song. And, for that matter, any general talk about films which need to be restored/saved/etc. And, for that matter, films that are with other studios/distributors.
This is a thread about Kino Release Announcements. And that's the ONLY topic that should be discussed here.
There will be no debate about K-L's release choices/criteria. Any questions? Don't think we're serious? See post #3 in this thread and then keep making posts that are off-topic. I would suggest you don't if you want to continue to engage in discussions about films on this forum.