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)

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    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,

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