"War" films in May including Battlegound, Flying Leathernecks and To Hell and Back

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  1. Robert Crawford

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    Warner is releasing Back to Bataan and Flying Leathernecks on dvd. Also, "Battleground" an excellent War film is coming out too on May 4th. All three films are among my favorites in that film genre.

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    A Wellman, a Dmytryk, & a Nicholas Ray on the same day! [​IMG]

    This was a bit of a surprise, have been expecting news on the Val Lewton /Thin Man/ Marx Bros/ & Hitchcock titles for a couple of weeks now.

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    Back to Bataan and Flying Leathernecks

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    Battleground is my favorite of the 3, but I'll be picking them all up.
     
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    I'll be getting Battleground and maybe Back to Bataan.
     
  6. Robert Crawford

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    Don't hold me to this, but I think "Flying Leathernecks" was filmed in Technicolor except for the actual battle footage used in the film.






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    Yes, Robert, FLYING LEATHERNECKS was most certainly filmed in glorious TECHNICOLOR.

    Nice to see Warner releasing more RKOs, and I'm hopeful that LEATHERNECKS will look as gorgeous as SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON did.
     
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    "Battleground" won an Oscar for best B&W cinematography in 1949. I certainly hope they give it the restoration care that it deserves! It is one of the best war films out there in my opinion. Now if "To Hell and Back" would only be announced.[​IMG]
     
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    Steven:

    Check Out today's 'Bits ...



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    Wow! Well, I can't wait until I get my hands on No Man is an Island, To Hell and Back and Wake Island. Hopefully, the first two of those titles have OAR.




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    Great to have more Douglas Sirk available but I thought we would see Magnificent Obsession or Tarnished Angels before Battle Hymn. Still, anything from Sirk's Universal period is more than welcome.

    For those unfamiliar with Battle Hymn, it's based on the true story of an American pilot (Sirk favorite, Rock Hudson) who bombed a German orphanage in WWII and attempts to redeem himself by becoming a minister and opening an orphanage during the Korean war. Martha Hyer (The Carpetbaggers) plays his wife. The film was shot in the 2.35 CinemaScope format so a P&S version would play havoc with the visuals. Definitely worth checking out.
     
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    Coutesy of Davisdvd



    If I'm not mistaken Battle Hymn, Gray Lady Down & To Hell and Back are all scope films which means these will be glorious Pan & Scan transfers [​IMG] . I was going to pick up THAB but I'll definitely pass if this is true.

    Wake Island should be a safe bet as it was filmed in Academy Ratio. Pretty tough for even Universal to screw that up.
     
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    Has Universal been releasing MAR titles in the past year?
    i'm surprised if those specs are accrurate.

    seems to me, Universal has been pretty good about maintiaing AR integrity with their releases (i KNOW they are nowhere close to the offenders MGM and C/TS are )
     
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    While not a war film exactly, MGM is rereleasing Hell in the Pacific, which looks to be just a rehash of the old Anchor Bay transfer so far.
     
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    Some good news from Lasersedge which is HTF's official sponser of dvd product. It looks like all three films mentioned in the above quote are anamorphic widescreen releases.

    Battle Hymn
    Gray Lady Down
    To Hell and Back





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    Not sure about Battle Hymn but To Hell and Back should surely be in stereo, not mono as listed.
     
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    Universal was not big on 4 track mag releases in the early CinemaScope days. Actually, thats an understatement because I can't remember seeing or running a single Universal 35mm CinemaScope release in 4 track mag during the 1950's.

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    I won't vouch for their accuracy but according to Carr and Hayes' Wide Screen Movies, the only CinemaScope films from Universal's 1950's output that had stereo tracks were Douglas Sirk's Sign Of The Pagan (1954) with Jeff Chandler and Jack Palance and Pillars of The Sky (1956), a western with Jeff Chandler and Dorothy Malone.

    To Hell And Back and Bsttle Hymn were not encoded with stereophonic sound.
     

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