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Olive Films is proud to announce the following January 2016 releases:




































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LET THERE BE LIGHT:
JOHN HUSTON'S WARTIME DOCUMENTARIES DVD
SRP: $24.95

LET THERE BE LIGHT:
JOHN HUSTON'S WARTIME DOCUMENTARIES BD
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LET THERE BE LIGHT:
JOHN HUSTON'S WARTIME DOCUMENTARIES





Directed by
JOHN HUSTON
Three of the documentaries in this collection received the following accolades: Report From The Aleutians was an Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary in 1943; San Pietro (AKA The Battle of San Pietro) was selected for the National Film Registry in 1991; Let There Be Light, censored for 35 year, was also selected for the National Film Registry in 2010.
YEAR: 1942
GENRE: DOCUMENTARY
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 218 mins
RATING: N/R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; B&W + COLOR
AUDIO: MONO
DISC: 2 DVD / 1 BD
SYNOPSIS
Presented in cooperation with the National Archives and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, this collection features four documentaries directed by John Huston (The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen) as part of his service as an officer in the Army Signal Corps. The documentaries are not simple propaganda, but reflect Huston’s own changing attitudes toward war. Winning Your Wings (18:19 min) is a recruitment film for the U.S. Army Air Forces, hosted by Jimmy Stewart. Report from the Aleutians (44:48 min) reveals the tedium of being stationed at a remote Army post in the islands of Alaska. With San Pietro (32:05 min), however, the tone of Huston’s documentaries begin to take a dark turn, documenting an Italian military battle that cost an estimated 1,100 American lives, revealing, in unflinching detail, the retrieval and burial of casualties. The Army chose not to publicly screen the film. The final installment, the emotionally devastating Let There Be Light (57:50 min) narrated by Walter Huston (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), is considered to be one of the most important wartime documentaries ever made, depicting the treatment of “psychoneurotics” (now known as post-traumatic stress disorder), through hypnosis, drugs, and psychotherapy.
CONTENTS
  • Winning Your Wings (18:19)
  • Report from the Aleutians (44:48)
  • San Pietro (32:05)
  • Let There Be Light (57:50)
EXTRAS
  • John Huston's Wartime Documentaries: An Introduction (26:11)
  • San Pietro: Raw Camera Footage (32:58)
  • Shades of Gray (1:05:46) – The military re-edited and approved version of Huston’s LetThere Be Light, in which actors were used to portray soldiers.




































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THE UNDESIREABLE DVD
SRP: $24.95

THE UNDESIREABLE BD
SRP: $29.95









THE UNDESIRABLE
(A TOLONC)

LILI BERKY (Duel For Nothing, Girl’s Start)
MARI JASZAI (Bánk Bán)
VICTOR VARCONI (For Whom The Bell Tolls)

Directed by
MICHAEL CURTIZ
(Casablanca, White Christmas, Mildred Pierce, Yankee Doodle Dandy)

Directed by Mihály Kertész – better known to film lovers around the world as Michael Curtiz – the man behind the silver screen classics Casablanca, Mildred Pierce, White Christmas, Yankee Doodle Dandy, and The Adventures of Robin Hood.




YEAR: 1915
GENRE: DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH subtitles
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 66 mins
RATING: N/R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; B&W (with color tinting)
AUDIO: 5.1








SYNOPSIS
The Undesirable, a silent film treasure thought to be lost forever, was recently discovered in the basement of the Hungarian House cultural center in New York and returned to Hungary for restoration. An eight-month restoration and digitization process was completed by the Hungarian Filmlab, with support from the Hungarian National Digital Archive and Film Institute and the Hungarian National Film Fun, and funded by the Hungarian National Film Foundation. Noted Hollywood producer Andrew Vajna (Terminator, Rambo, Nixon, Angel Heart) played a major role in overseeing the restoration process. The Undesirable features a newly commissioned score by Attila Pacsay (the renowned composer of cinematic pieces including the Academy Award nominated short The Maestro) performed by the Pannonia Symphony Orchestra, and conducted by Peter Illenyi.
Betty (Lili Berky, Duel For Nothing), a young woman living in the country, is told by her dying father that he is really her uncle and raised her as his own when her mother was sent to prison for killing her husband. Alone and not knowing her mother’s fate, Betty travels to the city in search of work. There she finds employment as a maid in the house of a wealthy couple and their dashing son, Nick (Victor Varconi, For Whom The Bell Tolls), with whom she falls in love. When Betty is fired from her position after being unjustly accused of theft and escorted from the village, an ironic twist of fate propels the story forward with the sudden appearance of her mother Sarah (Mari Jászai, Bánk Bán) – presumed dead but recently released from prison – on a quest of her own to find her daughter.




































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CHRISTMAS EVE DVD
SRP: $24.95

CHRISTMAS EVE BD
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CHRISTMAS EVE
GEORGE RAFT
(Some Like It Hot, Scarface, They Drive By Night)
GEORGE BRENT
(The Kid From Cleveland, Dark Victory, The Spiral Staircase)
RANDOLPH SCOTT
(Ride The High Country, My Favorite Wife, Rage At Dawn)
REGINALD DENNY
(Rebecca, Cat Ballou, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House)
ANN HARDING
(It Happened On Fifth Avenue, The Animal Kingdom, Holiday)
Directed by
EDWIN L. MARIN (A Christmas Carol)








Christmas Eve, whose screenplay received an assist from a young Robert Altman (Vincent & Theo), co-stars Academy Award nominees Ann Harding (Best Actress, Holiday) and Joan Blondell (Best Supporting Actress, The Blue Veil).








YEAR: 1947
GENRE: COMEDY/DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 90 mins
RATING: N/R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.37:1 Aspect Ratio; B&W
AUDIO: MONO








SYNOPSIS
In the tradition of Miracle on 34th Street and It's A Wonderful Life comes Christmas Eve.
When the unscrupulous Phillip Hastings (Reginald Denny, Rebecca) attempts to declare his eccentric Aunt Matilda (Ann Harding, It Happened On Fifth Avenue) incompetent in order to swindle her out of her savings, it's Matilda's three adopted sons Michael (George Brent, The Kid From Cleveland), Mario (George Raft, Some Like It Hot) and Johnny (Randolph Scott, Trail Street) to the rescue in the heartwarming comedy, and a film for all seasons, Christmas Eve.
Christmas Eve was written for the screen by Laurence Stallings (adapted from original stories by Stallings and Richard H. Landau) and photographed by Gordon Avil (The Champ) with art direction by Ernst Fegte (The Lady Eve).




































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SERIAL DVD
SRP: $24.95

SERIAL BD
SRP: $29.95









SERIAL

MARTIN MULL
(Mr. Mom, My Bodyguard, TV’s Roseanne)
TUESDAY WELD
(Pretty Poison, Once Upon a Time in America, Looking For Mr. Goodbar)
SALLY KELLERMAN
(MASH, Welcome To L.A., Slither)
CHRISTOPHER LEE
(Hannie Caulder, Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors, Horror of Dracula)
PETER BONERZ
(Police Academy 6: City Under Siege, TV’s The Bob Newhart Show)

Directed by
BILL PERSKY (TV’s Kate & Allie)

YEAR: 1980
GENRE: COMEDY
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 93 mins
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.78:1; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO

SYNOPSIS
Inspired by the Cyra McFadden novel The Serial: A Year in the Life of Marin County, Serial is director Bill Persky’s (TV’s Kate & Allie) satirical look at the lifestyles of California’s 1970’s hippie culture.

Viewed through the eyes of Harvey Holroyd (Martin Mull, TV’s Roseanne), a man perplexed by the behavior of his wife Kate (Tuesday Weld, Pretty Poison) and their liberal-minded friends, Seriallampoons everything from feminism, free love and sexual politics to cults, motorcycle clubs and the random midlife crisis.

The gifted ensemble cast includes Sally Kellerman (MASH), Christopher Lee (Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors), Bill Macy (The Holiday), Peter Bonerz (TV’s The Bob Newhart Show), Nina Talbot (Night Shift), Tom Smothers (Get To Know Your Rabbit), Pamela Bellwood (TV’s Dynasty) and Stacey Nelkin (Halloween III: Season of The Witch).































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LIFE TRACKER DVD+BD
(MULTI-FORMAT)
SRP: $29.95









LIFE TRACKER

BARRY FINNEGAN (Forever Midnight, Blackout)
MATT DALLAS (TV’s Kyle XY, Ghost of Midnight Lane)
REBECCA MARSHALL (Saw 3D:The Final Chapter, That’s My Boy)

Directed by
JOE McCLEAN (How To Make A David Lynch Film, To Be Or Not To Be)

Paying homage to influential films such as Gattaca and MinorIty Report, writer/director Joe McLean weaves an enthralling Sci-Fi tale with Life Tracker.

YEAR: 2013
GENRE: SCI-FI
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 102 mins
RATING: N/R
ASPECT RATIO: Multiple Aspect Ratios; COLOR
AUDIO: STEREO

SYNOPSIS
BRAND NEW, NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN DIRECTOR’S CUT!

What if your DNA could forecast your future? Would you want to know? Bio-tech company Life Tracker Limited has announced it has the capability to not only analyze a person’s DNA, but by doing so, predict their future.

This revelation piques the interest of amateur documentary filmmaker Dillon Smith (Barry Finnegan, Forever Midnight, Blackout), who sees this discovery as the ideal subject for his next film. Getting the “man on the street” perspective, along with feedback from his friend Scott (Matt Dallas, Ghost of Goodnight Lane, TV’s Kyle XY) and Scott’s girlfriend Bell (Rebecca Marshall, Saw 3D:The Final Chapter), he’ll be able to fully flesh out the subject matter.

But how much information is too much information? And how much information are Life Tracker Limited and the U.S. government willing to release to people about their futures? This will prove to be the dramatic crux of Life Tracker, as it explores that very question and more, packaging a philosophical debate within an exciting Sci-Fi thriller.

Life Tracker is written and directed by Joe McClean (How To Make A David Lynch Film).































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HANA-DAMA: THE ORIGIN
DVD + BD (MULTI-FORMAT)
SRP: $29.95









HANA-DAMA: THE ORIGIN

SAKURAGI RINA (Flower & Snake: Zero, Girl’s Blood)
NAKAMURA ERIKO (August In Tokyo)
ASADA SHUN (TV’s A Detective’s Look)

Directed by
SATO HISAYASU (Splatter: Naked Blood, Survey Map of A Paradise Lost)

Hana-Dama: The Origin bears all the hallmarks of the classic Asian horror genre. At turns poetic and brutal, Hana-Dama: The Origin is an entertaining blood-soaked tale of vengeance that pays homage to both Carrie and Heathers.

YEAR: 2013
GENRE: HORROR
LANGUAGE: JAPANESE (ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 106 mins
RATING: N/R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: STEREO

SYNOPSIS
From the wild imagination of director Sato Hisayasu (Splatter: Naked Blood), one of a group of directors known as the “Four Devils” (who made their mark in the softcore “pink” film genre in the late 1980’s), comes a twisted tale of revenge via plant life in the terrifying Hana-Dama: The Origin.

Bullied Japanese high school student Mizuki (Sakuragi Rina, Girl’s Blood) has the ultimate revenge on her teenage tormentors in this horror-fest tinged with dark humor.

Possessed by a powerful spirit, Mizuki sprouts a mysterious flower from her head which empowers her with deadly skills to exact revenge, with bloody consequences, against the bullying classmates led by mean girl Aya (Nakamura Eriko, August In Tokyo).

Hana-Dama: The Origin features supporting performances by Shimamura Maika, Fujiwara Kei and Asada Shun.































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OF MICE AND MEN BD
SRP: $29.95








OF MICE AND MEN NEW STREET DATE

GARY SINISE (Forrest Gump, Snake Eyes, TV’s CSI:NY)
JOHN MALKOVICH (Being John Malkovich, The Sheltering Sky)
SHERILYN FENN (Fatal Instinct, Wild At Heart, TV's Twin Peaks)
JOE MORTON (Speed, American Gangster, Brother From Another Planet)
RAY WALSTON (Kiss Me, Stupid, Fast Times At Ridgemont High)
CASEY SIEMASZKO (Back To The Future, Stand By Me)

Directed by
GARY SINISE (Forrest Gump, Snake Eyes, TV’s CSI:NY)

YEAR: 1992
GENRE: DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 111 mins
RATING: PG-13
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO

SYNOPSIS
Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck's beloved novella (adapted for the screen by renowned playwright Horton Foote, Trip To Bountiful, Convicts) comes to the screen under the direction of actor/director Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump), and brought vividly to life by John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich) as Lennie, Ray Walston (Kiss Me, Stupid) as Candy, Joe Morton (Speed) as Crooks, Casey Siemaszko (Back To The Future) as Curly, and Sherilyn Fenn (Fatal Instinct) as Curly's sultry wife.
 

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Thanks, Olive for Let There Be Light, the John Huston wartime documentaries...the title film is far more than just an interesting curio...I've never seen the mocked up and sanitized Shades of Gray...the raw camera footage from Battle of San Pietro sounds intriguing...


I recently saw The Fighting Lady on TCM, obviously remastered, looking better than I've ever seen this before...is this restoration work done by the Library of Congress? I have to look into finding this new remastering on dvd or blu...
 

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David Steigman said:
Pretty ingenious of them to release a Christmas movie in January :rolleyes: :D ..
They're even late for Ukrainian Christmas on January 7th. Well, "Miracle On 34th Street" was a May release in 1947, so I'd support the assertion that any time of year is a good time to release a Christmas movie.
 

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Yeah but not right after Christmas , a lot of us get January hangovers :)
 

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Christmas Eve and the Huston WW2 docs look good . I kinda like Serial .
 

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Speaking of Christmas, I sure wish Olive would finally get around to releasing the Christmas-set noir thriller, Beware My Lovely (1952), starring Robert Ryan and Ida Lupino. They announced it years ago, and nearly every other Paramount/Republic title they listed at that time has made it out, including Dr. Terror's House of Horrors.
 

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Very exciting news about Michael Curtiz's The Undesirable. I really hope that someday we will see his Austrian epics in BD form, too. In 1922 he directed an amazing film called Sodom and Gomorrah, which starts off as a modern morality play, much like the early DeMilles. It's during the latter part that deals with the twin cities of sin that things get interesting. Curtiz covered a lake with some sort of flammable substance, lit it up and had the poor extras swim through it. The sets and costumes are pretty extravagant and the destruction of Sodom is truly epic in scale. Later, in 1924, he filmed Moon of Israel (AKA Die Sklavenkonigin) which concerns the romance of a Hebrew girl and an Egyptian prince and is based on the H. Rider Haggard story. The drama percolates around Moses and the events that lead him to the exodus out of Egypt. It, also, is quite impressive. The print I saw of this two years ago was in remarkable shape. Of course, not holding my breath for these since even that recent wonderful reconstruction of Cabiria has yet to see a release of any kind.
 

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