HTF EXCLUSIVE! Twilight Time April 2018 Release Announcements

Twilight Time has given us an exclusive early look at these April Announcements 4 Stars

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Twilight Time has given us an exclusive early look at these April Announcements. Enjoy!
If you see these titles posted elsewhere within 8 HOURS without credit being given to HTF, rest assured it came from us first! 

Note: Moving forward we are going to announce our schedule ONE month at a time instead of two.

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MODEL SHOP (1969) BLU-RAY – April 17th

AUTO FOCUS (2002) BLU-RAY – April 17th

NO DOWN PAYMENT (1957) BLU-RAY – April 17th (Brand New 4K Transfer)

BLUE DENIM (1959) BLU-RAY – April 17th (Brand New 4K Transfer)

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  1. This isn’t the Anouk Aimée release I was hoping for (hint – it’s a Fox Biblical film) but I’ll bite anyways. I’m not familiar with the other three films but I agree that B&W CinemaScope is indeed beautful!

  2. RICK BOND

    No Barabbas again for this Easter ! : ( Never heard of those titles. So many Better Fox and Columbia movies not being released. ??

    Uh, if you've never heard of those titles, I assume you haven't seen them so how do you know there are "Better" Fox and Columbia films not being released than No Down Payment, Blue Denim, The Model Shop and Auto Focus? Or are you simply making the false assumption of "If I never heard of them, they can't possibly be any good"? I disliked Auto Focus but The Model Shop is Jacques Demy (enough said!) and No Down Payment and Blue Denim are excellent dramas long desired and welcomed by classic film fans.

  3. I found AUTO FOCUS a bit unlikable myself. Of course, it wasn't meant to be a cheery, uplifting film, but I guess I have reached an age at which sitting through two hours of sleazy, nihilistic characters and goings-on just seems like an ordeal, whereas twenty years ago I might have wanted this Blu-ray. I have not seen the other three films, but will research them before deciding. BLUE DENIM features the unendingly cute Carol Lynley, and the film was scored by Bernard Herrmann, so perhaps those two enticements will be enough for me. Might just rent and watch the other two.

  4. No Down Payment and Blue Denim are day one purchases for me!

    Hoping that "a Hatful of Rain" is also coming! Another stellar black and white Cinemascope drama from Fox that has just gotten a brand new 4K transfer.

  5. Auto Focus is an excellent film depicting the nearly-unlikable alter ego of a former CBS Radio show host and actor whose affable public demeanor belied the hidden sleaze and "abuse of fame" antics in his addictive personal life. Kinnear is pitch-perfect and Dafoe nails the creepy sidekick. I cannot wait to replace my DVD with the Blu Ray!!

    A timely release given the Weinstein ripple…well done TT!

    (NOW, if we could only get "A Face In The Crowd" with Andy Griffith on Blu Ray!)

  6. Woyzeck37

    (NOW, if we could only get "A Face In The Crowd" with Andy Griffith on Blu Ray!)

    Elvis Costello is working on adapting this as a musical; I wouldn't be shocked to see a disc release tied to the premiere (which has not yet been announced).

  7. Woyzeck37

    (NOW, if we could only get "A Face In The Crowd" with Andy Griffith on Blu Ray!)

    Elvis Costello is working on adapting this as a musical; I wouldn't be shocked to see a disc release tied to the premiere (which has not yet been announced).

  8. Woyzeck37

    Auto Focus is an excellent film depicting the nearly-unlikable alter ego of a former CBS Radio show host and actor whose affable public demeanor belied the hidden sleaze and "abuse of fame" antics in his addictive personal life. Kinnear is pitch-perfect and Dafoe nails the creepy sidekick. I cannot wait to replace my DVD with the Blu Ray!!

    I also love the production design on the film.

  9. New to hi-def Blu-ray with Extensive Extra Features! “Funny, imaginative and bizarrely touching.

    A compelling, complex portrait of a deeply shallow man. A career-best performance from Greg Kinnear. Paul Schrader’s cool, cinematic intelligence makes Auto Focus as sharp as it is superior” (William Thomas, Empire). The boundary-busting filmmaker of Hardcore and American Gigolo recreates the scandalous true story of actor Bob Crane’s decadent descent into sexual obsession.

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    AUTO FOCUS

    Limited Edition BLU-RAYRelease

    Only 3,000 units available at http://www.twilighttimemovies.com& http://www.screenarchives.com

    Once they are gone – they are gone!

    RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2018

    “A deep portrait of a shallow man, lonely and empty, going through the motions of having a good time…Greg Kinnear gives a creepy, brilliant performance.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

    “Gets to you like a low-grade fever, a malaise with no known antidote. When it was over, I wasn’t sure if I needed a drink, a shower or a lifelong vow of chastity.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

    Auto Focus(2002) is director Paul Schrader’s “dramatized” biography of Bob Crane (Greg Kinnear, in a career-making performance), a TV sitcom star (Hogan’s Heroes) who descended into sexual addiction, obsessed with recording his encounters with scores of women. Willem Dafoe co-stars as John Henry Carpenter, an electronics expert who encouraged and collaborated with Crane; he becomes a prime suspect after Crane is bludgeoned to death in an Arizona motel room.

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  10. Youth, consequences and choices – sensitively portrayed, finely acted and new to Blu-ray! Relative screen newcomer Carol Lynley (reprising her Broadway role) and stage/screen veteran Brandon de Wilde play teenage lovers coping with the effect of an unexpected pregnancy on their small-town family lives. A moving tale of innocents growing up fast, featuring a lovely Bernard Herrmann score.

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    blue denim

    Limited Edition BLU-RAYRelease

    Only 3,000 units available at http://www.twilighttimemovies.com& http://www.screenarchives.com

    Once they are gone – they are gone!

    RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2018

    “Recounts, often movingly and intelligently, the torments of a pair of high school lovers who are about to become unwed parents…Carol Lynley repeats her stage role with the same éclat and sensitivity. As her young lover, Brandon de Wilde gives a moving performance.” Variety

    “Quite good, thanks to fine performances by Carol Lynley and Brandon de Wilde, who convince as cherubic high schoolers ‘too young to know the score.’”

    – Glenn Erickson, Trailers from Hell.com

    Writer-director Philip Dunne, collaborating with Edith Sommer on an adaptation of James Leo Herlihy and William Noble’s play, brings us Blue Denim(1959), an echt-Fifties “issue movie” about a pair of teenagers (Carol Lynley, Brandon de Wilde) who find themselves facing the horror of an unwed, unwanted pregnancy. These are “good kids,” for whom things go wrong, to the dismay of parents, friends, educators, all of whom, somehow, have failed to educate these children: babies having babies, indeed. Highlighted by a score from the singular Bernard Herrmann.

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  11. Debuting on Blu-ray: Jacques Demy, the visionary French filmmaker who made Cherbourg sing and Rochefort dance, brings his roving camera eye to capture the sun, sand and ragtag sprawl of late-1960s Los Angeles, importing the lovely star of Lolaand A Man and aWomanto play a mysterious femme who captivates a restless drifter for one unforgettable romantic day. “Model Shop’s trance-like hour and change drifts by like a nap on the beach, gently holding you in a dreamy purgatory of ambient soundscapes, soft boys and softer palettes” (Caroline Golum, ScreenSlate.com).

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    Model Shop

    Limited Edition BLU-RAYRelease

    Only 3,000 units available athttp://www.twilighttimemovies.com& http://www.screenarchives.com

    Once they are gone – they are gone!

    RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2018

    “Jacques Demy’s first American movie looks and sounds like a film made by a sensitive tourist…You aren’t likely to forget a movie in which someone speaks of the ‘Baroque geometry’ of Los Angeles. I know that I won’t.”

    – Vincent Canby, The New York Times

    In [Model Shop], Demy did more than revise his sense of style – he put his meticulous craft to the stringent test of documentary filmmaking and, in the process, revised the very idea of cinematic style…The movie is a virtual documentary about the city, a visual love poem to Demy’s new world.”

    – Richard Brody, The New Yorker

    Model Shop(1969) offers the great French filmmaker Jacques Demy’s take on America of the era, and specifically, on Los Angeles. Bringing his celebrated character, Lola (the divine Anouk Aimée, reiterating her eponymous role from Demy’s 1960 film), to the City of Angels, he introduces an American, George (Gary Lockwood, giving a sensitive performance): unemployed, broke, about to be drafted to Vietnam, and suddenly madly in love with Lola, a woman he has only briefly glimpsed. As George searches for his potential amour, Demy gives us a portrait of the city that captured his heart in the same, lightning-bolt way.

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  12. An overlooked topical drama of its era arrives on hi-def Blu-ray: “One of the most compelling dystopian visions of the 1950s. For here are the roots of 21st-century materialism laid bare, the mechanisms of supply and demand examined in detail, the truest picture of the dark side of the American dream” (Wheeler Winston Dixon, Film Noir and the Cinema of Paranoia), all in the clever guise of a marvelously acted, all-star Cinemascope “exposé” directed by the invaluable Martin Ritt.

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    NO DOWN PAYMENT

    Limited Edition BLU-RAYRelease

    Only 3,000 units available athttp://www.twilighttimemovies.com& http://www.screenarchives.com

    Once they are gone – they are gone!

    RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2018

    “A sharp scalpel has been used in No Down Payment…tough, unrelenting and professionally wrought.” – The New York Times

    “Martin Ritt, champion of the social conscience, directed this exposé of the queasy side of then-modern suburbia…clearly anticipates the work of John Cheever.” – Joe Baltake, thepassionatemoviegoer.com

    An all-star cast – including Joanne Woodward, Sheree North, Tony Randall, Jeffrey Hunter, Cameron Mitchell, Barbara Rush, and Pat Hingle – highlights No Down Payment (1957), a Martin Ritt-directed “problem film” about the denizens of a California subdivision, struggling to make ends meet even as they deal with racism, alcoholism, and promiscuity. Appropriately, given the film’s uneasy themes, the screenplay was written by blacklisted Ben Maddow, fronted by Philip Yordan.

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