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TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT CELEBRATES A CENTURY OF CINEMA WITH A SLATE OF NEVER-BEFORE-RELEASED FILMS​

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100 Films Will Be Made Available Digitally for the First Time Ever
Honoring the
Rich History of the Studio, Including 10 Films Never-Before-Released on Any Format


LOS ANGELES, Calif. (October 2, 2015) In 1915 William Fox founded Fox Film Corporation and forever changed the course of cinema. Over the next century the studio would develop some of the most innovative and ground-breaking advancements in the history of cinema; the introduction of Movietone, the implementation of color in partnership with Eastman Kodak, the development of the wide format in 70mm and many more. Now in honor of the 100th anniversary of the studio, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will celebrate by releasing some of their most iconic films that represent a decade of innovation.

Starting today, five classic films from the studio will be made available digitally for the first time ever – Sunrise (1927), Drums Along the Mohawk (1939), Man Hunt (1941), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and The Flight of the Phoenix (1965). Throughout the rest of the year a total of 100 digital releases will follow from Fox’s extensive catalog, including 10 films which have never been released on any format – the Raoul Walsh classics The Red Dance (1928), The Cock-Eyed World (1929), The Bowery (1933), Hello Sister (1933) and Sailor’s Luck (1933); John Ford’s Men Without Women (1935), Will Rogers in State Fair (1933), Shirley Temple in Mr. Belvedere Goes to Washington (1949), the Marilyn Monroe documentary Marilyn(1963) and Metropolitan (1935), the first film from 20th Century Fox.

Other highlights include Oscar winning and nominated favorites from such legendary filmmakers as F.W Murnau, Frank Borzage and Akira Kurosawa, and such incredible performers as Marlon Brando, Tyrone Power, Jimmy Stewart, Betty Grable, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, Joan Fontaine, Sophia Loren and many more. Cinema fans can visit www.itunes.com/foxfilm as more and more films are added throughout the year.

Complete list of Fox 100 Digital Releases


The Affairs of Cellini (1934)
Alien Nation (1988)
Anna and the King of Siam (1946)
Baby, Take a Bow (1934)
Bad Girl (1931)
The Best of Everything (1959)
The Big Trail (1930)
The Black Watch (1929)
Black Widow (1954)
Blood and Sand (1941)
Blood and Wine (1996)
The Blue Bird (1940)
Born Reckless (1930)
The Bowery (1933)
Boy on a Dolphin (1957)
Call Northside 777 (1948)
The Call of the Wild (1935)
Can-Can (1960)
Captain from Castile (1947)
Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)
The Cock-Eyed World (1929)
Come to the Stable (1949)
A Connecticut Yankee (1931)
Crash Dive (1943)
Daddy Long Legs (1955)
Dangerous Years (1948)
The Detective (1968)
Doctor Bull (1933)
Down Argentine Way (1940)
Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
Four Sons (1928)
Gay Deception (1935)
Greenwich Village (1944)
Guadalcanal Diary (1943)
Hangman’s House (1928)
A Hatful of Rain (1957)
Hello, Frisco, Hello (1943)
Hello, Sister (1933)
The House on 92nd Street (1945)
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
In Old Arizona (1929)
It Happens Every Spring (1949)
Jane Eyre (1944)
Judge Priest (1934)
Just Pals (1920)
Kagemusha (1980)
Kentucky (1938)
The Keys to the Kingdom (1944)
King of Burlesque (1935)
Lillian Russell (1940)
The Luck of the Irish (1948)
Man Hunt (1941)
Marilyn (1963)
Marines Let’s Go (1961)
The Mark of Zorro (1940)
Me and My Gal (1932)
Men Without Women (1930)
Metropolitan (1935)
Mister 880 (1950)
Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949)
My Darling Clementine (1946)
Pigskin Parade (1936)
Poor Little Rich Girl (1936)
The President’s Lady (1953)
Prince of Foxes (1949)
Prisoner of Shark Island (1936)
A Private’s Affair (1959)
The Rains Came (1939)
The Red Dance (1928)
Romancing the Stone (1984)
Rookie of the Year (1993)
Sailor’s Luck (1933)
Scudda Hoo Scudda Hay (1948)
The Seas Beneath (1931)
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947)
Sing, Baby, Sing (1936)
Sleeping With the Enemy (1991)
The Snake Pit (1948)
Soup to Nuts (1930)
Stand Up and Cheer! (1934)
The Star Chamber (1983)
State Fair (1933)
Street Angel (1928)
The Sun Also Rises (1957)
Sun Valley Serenade (1941)
Sunrise (1927)
The Tall Men (1955)
Tall, Dark and Handsome (1941)
Teenage Rebel (1956)
This Above All (1942)
Three Bad Men (1926)
To The Shores of Tripoli (1942)
Tobacco Road (1941)
Under Pressure (1935)
Up the River (1930)
Wizards (1977)
World Moves On (1934)
The Young Lions (1958)
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

 

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Good news that more classics are becoming available.

SD or HD?

I'm especially interested in the John Ford titles not previously available in HD (i.e. Young Mr. Lincoln and Men Without Women), as well as Flight of the Phoenix.

My hope is that *if* these have been restored and mastered in HD, they will also find their way onto Blu-ray somewhere along the line. If not TT or Criterion, then at least via German or UK distributors.
 

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Are these HD?

If yes, does that mean we will finally see Boy on a Dolphin on BLuray soon?
 
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The first title I checked for was Call Northside - a personal favorite.


One title I'm curious about is Grapes of Wrath, as it's available in iTunes (and occasionally Netflix) but nowhere else...
 

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Didier R said:
This is Fox saying RIP to physical media. Pathetic.

I think you are jumping the gun on that. There is no evidence to support that statement.


While I do think Fox is trying to promote digital releases, I have a feeling that some of these exclusives will make its way to physical media within the year -- especially if a new HD transfer has been done.
 

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Robert brings up an excellent point.


If the physical media format does come to an end, it's the public's fault, not the studio.


No studio is just going to kill a format because it wants to. They are going to sell what the public wants to buy and kill what they aren't.


I'm pissed off about Disney not releasing 3D on Blu-ray domestically anymore. But you know what? Maybe I should just stop blaming Disney. If their 3D titles were selling so strongly, why would they kill that cash cow?


Of course, now I'm turning this thread into something else entirely.
 
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^ Exactly. The marketplace tells them what to release. If the economics made sense Fox would have these titles in the Sunday Target ad, but they just don't.

And let's not lose sight of the fact that many titles on this list are already available on physical media. A couple like Man Hunt and My Darling Clementine are on Blu.

Incidentally, we have 2 conversations going on the same subject from a thread started a couple of days ago - maybe combine them?
 

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The number of deep catalogue films being released by Warners/Fox seems to be diminishing fast and I am not so hopeful that many of these will be released on blu-ray. Some of them have received a European release (eg The Tall Men, Daddy Long Legs). A while ago Fox ran a poll which generated enthusiasm on HTF but I assume did not translate to good sales in the wider market. The studios cannot therefore be blamed for reducing their output in such circumstances. This is why I hope the limited edition model continues to be successful and that more titles will find their way to TT/Criterion etc before the market for discs dries up. The future is streaming according to my 8 year old son who is watching a film on his Amazon Fire TV Stick.
 

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I think the boutique companies will continue to flourish as the studios continue to diminish catalog output.


And yes, Kieth, your son already is immersed in what will be the future of film release.


I just hope that there will be a future for high-quality music listening and film viewing.
 
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Ronald Epstein said:
I think the boutique companies will continue to flourish as the studios continue to diminish catalog output.
...which in my mind isn't going to keep physical media alive, but will hasten it's departure. With the boutique labels come high prices, and if I'm looking at the Twilight Time release of "Man Hunt" for $35 or the digital copy for $10, my love of having a copy on my shelves will be tested purchase after purchase.
 

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While I would prefer that all these films be released on physical media, I am very pleased to see many titles from the 20's and 30's that have not been released before.

I have never heard of several films on the list, which shows that Fox is dipping deep into its catalog of titles, which I feared they had stopped doing, with their minimal output so far this year.

I do have one question. I have never purchased a movie digitally before and my fear is that if I purchase a title and it goes out of print, etc., that Apple could delete it from my account, without my having any say in the issue. Is this a valid concern?
 
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gcardu10 said:
I do have one question. I have never purchased a movie digitally before and my fear is that if I purchase a title and it goes out of print, etc., that Apple could delete it from my account, without my having any say in the issue. Is this a valid concern?
While it is a valid concern, so far in this era of buying movies digitally I haven't found it to be a problem. There are titles that have left the iTunes Store, but while they are not available for anybody to purchase, usually those who have purchased it still have it in their accounts.

I personally will wait to buy these titles in UltraViolet, as I feel it's a better bet with my money than an ecosystem like Apple (even though I use all Apple products).
 

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