HTF EXCLUSIVE! Twilight Time April 2019 Release Announcements

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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! 

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MELVIN AND HOWARD (1980) BLU-RAY — April 16

THE PAPER CHASE (1973) BLU-RAY — April 16 [Brand-New 4K Restoration]

THE SNAKE PIT (1948) BLU-RAY — April 16 [2017 4K Restoration]

STAGECOACH (1966) BLU-RAY — April 16

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  1. STAGECOACH has a UK edition that features a commentary, and I almost bought it. Now I will await TT's special features announcement. THE SNAKE PIT is a wonderful psychological thriller — glad to see it getting a HD treatment. I liked THE PAPER CHASE for three elements: the irascible Professor Kingsfield character played by John Houseman, who doesn't get enough screen time but nonetheless won an Oscar, Lindsay Wagner, who is just drop-dead gorgeous here, and a pleasant John Williams score The rest of the film I can take or leave. MELVIN AND HOWARD didn't excite me when I first saw it…I might enjoy it now. This is the best TT lineup IMO for many months, and I wish Mr. Redman was still around to break the bottle across their Blu-ray bow.

  2. Dick

    I liked THE PAPER CHASE for three elements: the irascible Professor Kingsfield character played by John Houseman, who doesn't get enough screen time but nonetheless won an Oscar, Lindsay Wagner, who is just drop-dead gorgeous here, and a pleasant John Williams score The rest of the film I can take or leave.

    That's exactly how I responded to the film! I would like to see it again and I just might buy this disc if it's up to Twilight Time's usual high standard.

  3. I've never cared for "Stagecoach" as I didn't like the lead nor enjoyed Crosby in it. If it had Steve McQueen instead of Cord and another actor playing Doc, then I would like it much more. I guess unfairly, I keep comparing it to the 1939 film and it just doesn't measure up except for Ann-Margret.:blush: As to the other three titles, all are definite buys for me as I consider "The Snake Pit" a great film while the other two are good films in my opinion.

  4. Stagecoach and The Paper Chase are both flawed productions, at least in my opinion, for all of the reasons already discussed. That said, I think they're both worth another glance on Blu as neither is a total disaster. Interesting TT should announce The Snake Pit – which I love – as Indicator has just announced it too in the UK, albeit, in a region B locked release, along with Dragonwyck. Can't wait to get my hands on this deep catalog release.

  5. Billy Batson

    Yup, Alex Cord is no John Wayne, in fact every roll I can think of is better cast in the 1939 film.

    That was my first opinion after seeing it at my local movie theater back in my youth. I've kind of warmed up to Ann-Margret, but the rest of the cast, not so much. TBH, I was an unabashed John Wayne fan then so the 1966 version never had a chance with me. However, I'm now just a little bit more mature in my thought process so I don't have the same level of negative thoughts about the 1966 film now as compared to then.:)

  6. Yay for Stagecoach '66!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope this means they got the new transfer they were waiting on! I have to be the weird person that actually prefers the '66 version over the '39 film. I will agree with everybody else that Alex Cord is not as good as John Wayne. He just isn't. And while I do have mixed feelings about the rest of the cast, I LIKE Bing Crosby as Doc Boone, and I'll take him over Thomas Mitchell any day of the week!

  7. View attachment 55122 Jonathan Demme's MELVIN AND HOWARD! Fantastic news!!!. Mary Steenbergen's Oscar winning performance! ( Steenburgen tap dancing to the Stones "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" makes me laugh every time I see it. Clearly Mary's "tap number" in" Book Club" was a homage to that .
    Oscar winning screenplay.. Bo Goldman
    Jason Robards as Howard Hughes was also Oscar nominated.
    Melvin and Howard swept the critics awards..

    Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
    1981 · Mary Steenburgen


    Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
    1981 · Bo Goldman


    Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
    1981 · Mary Steenburgen


    National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
    1981 · Mary Steenburgen


    New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director
    , Supporting Actress, Original Screenplay
    1980 · Jonathan Demme, Mary Steenburgen, Bo Goldman

    National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay
    1981 · Bo Goldman


    National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Film
    1981


    Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Drama
    1981 · Bo Goldman

  8. A fabulous lineup. MELVIN AND HOWARD is arguably the greatest American film of the 1980’s and should be the shinning achievement that Jonathan Demme is known for, rather than that cliched film about a stereotyped serial killer. (Hey, my opinion, but one I hold strongly)
    I’ve been waiting a long time to see a decent version of THE SNAKE PIT and Leo Tover’s monumentally lucid cinematography. Personally, I’m not as big a fan of THE PAPER CHASE, but James Bridges is a major stylist whose work I feel has grown richer and deeper over time and THE PAPER CHASE, divorced by its early 70’s teen romance trappings, may indeed hold up much better, as many Forum members here have already mentioned. And now we come to STAGECOACH, a very personal and underrated achievement of its director Gordon Douglas, which works remarkably well–including Alex Cord’s performance—as it’s part of an ensemble which is linked to the director’s sense of timing and loose but visceral composition–which works really well if one stops comparing it to Ford’s original, as they have absolutely nothing to do with each other. The “Cahiers de Cinema” crowd were really enthusiastic about Douglas’ STAGECOACH when it was first released, referring to Douglas’ almost winking, self-conscious use of cinematic genre imagery “revolutionary” in terms of its connection to a loose as a goose ensemble where the sum is greater than the parts, though Ann Margaret does at moments almost upset the apple cart. Most importantly, Douglas’ STAGECOACH needs to be viewed within its own time as a production from the 1960’s, and also to the resonance of its cast without any comparison to the previous film, which has its own legend. One might even argue, though I might not necessarily agree, that Gordon’s STAGECOACH is superior simply because it does not have the legend or aura that the previous film does, and is in fact gloriously subversive in that it attacks and undermines all attempts at creating a legend, but does so within its own newfound, cinematic prose. Anyway, that’s an argument for another time and place.

  9. Robert Crawford

    Ron,

    You can clearly see John Wayne from the 1939 film in the picture at the top of this thread and on the banner page.

    Someone on the team hijacked this thread with the John Wayne image. That's not my doing. I posted the poster art. Let me see who is responsible for posting the John Wayne image.

  10. Ronald Epstein

    Someone on the team hijacked this thread with the John Wayne image. That's not my doing. I posted the poster art. Let me see who is responsible for posting the John Wayne image.

    We have the makings of a full blown Whodunnit Mystery Film Noir here!! :dancing-banana-04:

  11. Ronald Epstein

    Someone on the team hijacked this thread with the John Wayne image. That's not my doing. I posted the poster art. Let me see who is responsible for posting the John Wayne image.

    Those responsible have been sacked. Mynd you, møøse bites Kan be pretti nasti…

  12. Everyone reading this probably knows that the real Melvin Dummar (the subject of Melvin and Howard) died on 12/09/2018 at age 74 years. In the film, you can see the real Melvin behind a bus station lunch counter.

  13. In for The Snake Pit and The Paper Chase. I wonder if they will include in the commentary or essay information about the scene(s) cut featuring Celeste Holmes’ character, in The Snake Pit ,who disappears after the beginning of the picture. Won’t mention here in case someone would consider it a spoiler, but it was interesting. Most likely cut scenes no longer exist.

  14. Ronald Epstein

    ATTENTION

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, THE PAPER CHASE will not be part of the April lineup.

    Twilight Time will be replacing the title with THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN (1954) (2016 4k transfer)

    View attachment 55287

    This is great news! For me anyway. I'm not a fan of The Paper Chase and have long been dreaming of a HD release of Three Coins In The Fountain. Thank you, Twilight Time 🙂

  15. skylark68

    I'm interested in Three Coins in the Fountain. I've never seen it before but it sounds like it has some wonderful location shots.

    It certainly does have some wonderful location shots. The opening with Frank Sinatra singing the title song is a montage of picture postcard type images of Rome.

  16. Randy_M

    Oh, crap. I can only hope that whatever the ‘other company’ is, they do it right and soon.

    I will assume for now that the 'other company' is the Criterion Collection. And if so I'm confident they'll do it right,

  17. Thomas T

    Hopefully, TT will also upgrade The Flim Flam Man (which they released on DVD, now sold out) to blu ray too.

    Hopefully TT will also do an upgrade on some of their other titles, and maybe do a reprint of some of their sold out originally limited edition Blu Rays!

  18. ptb2017fr

    maybe do a reprint of some of their sold out originally limited edition Blu Rays!

    Unfortunately, this is extremely unlikely to happen — TT announced publicly several years ago that they were no longer going to do "encore editions" for sold out titles.

    However, some of their sold out titles are now being released by other labels. Shout Factory, for instance, now has Wild At Heart, and Kino has been releasing a bunch of sold out TT titles once the TT licensing period has come to an end.

  19. I wanted PAPER CHASE because it won an acting award; but THREE COINS was a BP nominee, which is a great bonus because that is the main focus of my collection! I’ll still get PAPER CHASE from whatever company releases it.

  20. However, some of their sold out titles are now being released by other labels. Shout Factory, for instance, now has Wild At Heart, and Kino has been releasing a bunch of sold out TT titles once the TT licensing period has come to an end.

    In addition, some of the TT titles are available from other countries. I have The Big Heat from Indicator in the UK; it's region free, and includes the commentary track from the second TT edition. Indicator has released several other TT titles as well; most seem to be region free, but I can't swear that all are.

  21. I'm in for Three Coins in the Fountain and The Snake Pit. Had hoped that Easter month might bring Barabbas (or Story of Ruth and Francis of Assisi) but seems that religious and historical epics are still generally taboo (WB being without a doubt the worst in this area).

  22. View attachment 56841

    MELVIN AND HOWARD COMEDY 811956022776

    Cast: Paul Le Mat, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Pamela Reed, Dabney Coleman, Michael J. Pollard,

    Gloria Grahame, Jack Kehoe, Charles Napier, John Glover

    Director: Jonathan Demme

    Writer: Bo Goldman

    Composer: Bruce Langhorne

    Special Features: Isolated Music & Effects Track / Audio Commentary with Director Jonathan Demme and Production Designer Toby Rafelson / Original Theatrical Trailer

    LANGUAGE: English Ÿ VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1 Ÿ

    AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA

    1980 / Color Ÿ 95 MINUTES Ÿ RATED R

  23. View attachment 56842

    THE SNAKE PIT DRAMA 811956022783

    Cast: Olivia de Havilland, Mark Stevens, Leo Genn, Celeste Holm, Glenn Langan, Leif Erickson, Beulah Bondi

    Director: Anatole Litvak

    Writers: Frank Partos, Millen Brand

    Composer: Alfred Newman

    Special Features: Isolated Music Track / Audio Commentary with Film Historian Aubrey Solomon / Fox Movietone Newsreels / Two The Snake PitVintage Radio Shows / Original Theatrical Trailer

    LANGUAGE: English Ÿ VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.33:1 Ÿ

    AUDIO: English 2.0 DTS-HD MA / English 1.0 DTS-HD MA Ÿ SUBTITLES: English SDH

    1948 / B&W Ÿ 108 MINUTES Ÿ NOT RATED

  24. View attachment 56843

    STAGECOACH (1966) WESTERN 811956022790

    Cast: Ann-Margret, Red Buttons, Michael Connors, Alex Cord, Bing Crosby, Bob Cummings, Van Heflin,

    Slim Pickens, Stefanie Powers, Keenan Wynn

    Director: Gordon Douglas

    Writer: Joseph Landon

    Composer: Jerry Goldsmith

    Special Features: Isolated Music Track / Audio Commentary with Film Historians Lee Pfeiffer and Paul Scrabo

    LANGUAGE: English Ÿ VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1 Ÿ

    AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA Ÿ SUBTITLES: English SDH

    1966 / Color Ÿ 114 MINUTES Ÿ NOT RATED

  25. View attachment 56844

    THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN DRAMA 811956022806

    Cast: Clifton Webb, Dorothy McGuire, Jean Peters, Louis Jourdan, Maggie McNamara, Rossano Brazzi

    Director: Jean Negulesco

    Writer: John Patrick

    Composer: Victor Young

    Special Features: Isolated Music Track / Audio Commentary with Film Historian Jeanine Basinger / Fox Movietone Newsreel / Original Theatrical Trailers

    LANGUAGE: English Ÿ VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.55:1 Ÿ

    AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA / English 4.0 DTS-HD MA / English 2.0 DTS-HD MA Ÿ SUBTITLES: English SDH

    1954 / Color Ÿ 102 MINUTES Ÿ NOT RATED

  26. Three Coins In A Fountain is an essential purchase. I hope the isolated music track gives us the vocal of Aneme E Core in that scene on the disc cover. Eagle-eyed observers may spot a very young Luciana Paluzzi in that sequence.

  27. Ronald Epstein

    View attachment 56842

    THE SNAKE PIT DRAMA 811956022783

    Cast: Olivia de Havilland, Mark Stevens, Leo Genn, Celeste Holm, Glenn Langan, Leif Erickson, Beulah Bondi

    Director: Anatole Litvak

    Writers: Frank Partos, Millen Brand

    Composer: Alfred Newman

    Special Features: Isolated Music Track / Audio Commentary with Film Historian Aubrey Solomon / Fox Movietone Newsreels / Two The Snake PitVintage Radio Shows / Original Theatrical Trailer

    LANGUAGE: English Ÿ VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.33:1 Ÿ

    AUDIO: English 2.0 DTS-HD MA / English 1.0 DTS-HD MA Ÿ SUBTITLES: English SDH

    1948 / B&W Ÿ 108 MINUTES Ÿ NOT RATED

    The cover art displays one of the most remarkable moments in the film as the camera pulls back and we see the snake pit of the title. A harrowing moment of realization for the viewer.

  28. Finally Three Coins in the Fountain. So many wonderful color films from the 60s and before that are languishing in the vaults and all I do is see endless lists of nasty horror film junk and 8th grade bathroom humor films from the late 60s on.
    The American new wave was the worst thing to happen in the history of cinema and unfortunately my youth coincided with it only glimpsing the end of the great studio era as a young boy.
    The European new wave replaced the magnificent old wave European films and while it itself produced some wonderful films its influence on American filmmakers and ultimately film in general has been a complete disaster.

  29. Matt Hough

    The cover art displays one of the most remarkable moments in the film as the camera pulls back and we see the snake pit of the title. A harrowing moment of realization for the viewer.

    The first time I saw this movie (35mm print) that scene really shook me up.

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