HTF EXCLUSIVE! Twilight Time August 2019 Release Announcements

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Twilight Time has given us an exclusive early look at these August 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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THE TALL MEN (1955) BLU-RAY — August 20

WHIRLPOOL (1949) BLU-RAY — August 20

WILD IN THE COUNTRY (1961) BLU-RAY — August 20

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  1. I wonder what title got dropped in August as there are only three titles being released?

    A really good selection of films as I might double dip on "The Tall Men" despite having that German Blu-ray which came out in 2012.

  2. Robert Crawford

    I wonder what title got dropped in August as there are only three titles being released?

    A really good selection of films as I might double dip on "The Tall Men" despite having that German Blu-ray which came out in 2012.

    I will most likely pass on "Whirlpool" as I forgot I bought the UK Blu-ray release from BFI that came out in 2015. I might watch that Blu-ray this weekend.

  3. I also have the U. K. Blu-ray disc of Whirlpool. It's pretty good and I don't feel the need to double-dip. I feel the same way about The Tall Men but Wild In The Country is an essential purchase. Hope Lange! Twilight Time seems to like her!

  4. Twilight Time has been releasing quite a few titles that were mined for Blu-ray by Germany during the past decade. So I will probably just stick with my German Blu of The Tall Men which has the original 4-track stereo sound, that is unless TT is able to pull off as miraculous an upgrade as they did with Warlock. 🙂 But I'm in for the other two titles for sure.

  5. I thought Whirlpool was a lousy film from start to finish. The one I really want is Fallen Angel. I haven't imported it yet because TT said they had it and were waiting for a 4K master
    The Tall Men has a great cast, I probably should check it out 🙂

  6. RolandL

    Is the German Blu-ray of Wild in The Country 4.0 or mono sound?

    It's DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 but while I didn't note any directional dialog, the Kenyon Hopkins underscore sounded stereo to me.

  7. Kyrsten Brad

    Shucks! A Elvis title and it’s one I already have ( German Blu)

    That being said, I strongly recommend those who do not yet have Wild In The Country (1961), get this release!

    Unfortunately, it seems we are down to the unreleased Paramount and Warner-controlled MGM titles now, and there seems to be nothing in sight for those.

  8. John Hermes

    Unfortunately, it seems we are down to the unreleased Paramount and Warner-controlled MGM titles now, and there seems to be nothing in sight for those.

    Actually there are HD releases very much in sight for at least 3 Elvis titles. The catch though that at least for now, those titles are only available online.

    Copied from my thread over on the Online forum:

    ==========================

    @Josh Steinberg indicated in the Little Darlings thread that The Mountain (Paramount) was releasing HD masters to several online services. So I did some checking for Elvis titles released by Paramount and found three Elvis movies now are available in HD from Amazon Prime. These three are:

    Blue Hawaii (1961)
    GI Blues (1960) (date corrected)
    Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966)

    I just purchased Paradise, Hawaiian Style.

    None of these titles have been released on Blu-ray as of this writing but now I have some hope we will see Blu-ray releases of these titles.

    Unfortunately King Creole (1958) isn’t yet available in HD but hopefully that will soon be rectified.

    ==============================

    Twilight Time, any chance of getting a Paramount deal together?

  9. Kyrsten Brad

    Actually there are HD releases very much in sight for at least 3 Elvis titles. The catch though that at least for now, those titles are only available online.

    Copied from my thread over on the Online forum:

    Well, I was talking about Blu-ray.

  10. Now that The Tall Men has been announced, l hope TT will consider releasing another great mid-1950s western, Delmer Daves's The Last Wagon (1956), in one of its next slates… That, too, has been available for a few years in Germany, though I couldn't find much information about the quality of the transfer.

  11. John Hermes

    Unfortunately, it seems we are down to the unreleased Paramount and Warner-controlled MGM titles now, and there seems to be nothing in sight for those.

    ??? Since when has Twilight Time been releasing titles owned by Paramount and Warners?

  12. Robin9

    ??? Since when has Twilight Time been releasing titles owned by Paramount and Warners?

    They haven’t, the posters have just gotten way off track of the subject. This is not the Elvis thread but the TT one

  13. I'm wondering what became of TT's alliance with Sony to release old Columbia movies. Noticed other distributors are getting some Columbia stuff – Indicator, Mill Creek, Kit Parker. Would be nice to have these from Columbia get a Blu-ray release at last:

    Holiday
    The Talk of the Town
    You Were Never Lovelier
    Queen Bee
    The Story of Esther Costello
    Theodora Goes Wild
    Too Many Husbands
    The Doctor Takes A Wife
    The Howards of Virginia
    Arizona
    What's Buzzin' Cousin?
    The Prince of Thieves
    The Fuller Brush Girl
    The Four Poster
    The Solid Gold Cadillac
    It Should Happen To You
    The Marrying Kind
    Jeanne Eagels
    Cactus Flower
    Seems Like Old Times
    North
    Little Women
    The Juror
    Fly Away Home

    As for Fox catalog that ought to have been out by now:

    Star!
    Wilson
    The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit
    The Rains Came
    The House on Telegraph Hill
    Nightmare Alley
    Alexander's Ragtime Band
    In Old Chicago
    Springtime in the Rockies
    Greenwich Village
    The Dolly Sisters
    Dimples
    Pigskin Parade
    King of Khyber Rifles
    Heidi
    Stowaway
    Lloyd's of London
    A Little Princess
    Wee Willie Winkie
    Cafe Metropole
    Thin Ice
    All of the Charlie Chan/Mr. Moto mysteries
    Rose of Washington Square
    Lillian Russell
    Johnny Apollo
    Hudson's Bay
    Tobacco Road
    Sun Valley Serenade
    Belle Starr
    Weekend in Havana
    Footlight Serenade
    Back Home In Indiana
    My Friend Flicka
    Nob Hill
    Doll Face
    Black Beauty
    Call Me Madam
    Carnival in Costa Rica
    I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now
    The Lady in Ermine
    Halls of Montezuma
    Sink the Bizmarck
    Sons and Lovers
    The Millionairess
    The Left Hand of God
    The Nanny
    The Paper Chase
    Centennial Summer

  14. Nick*Z

    I'm wondering what became of TT's alliance with Sony to release old Columbia movies. Noticed other distributors are getting some Columbia stuff – Indicator, Mill Creek, Kit Parker. Would be nice to have these from Columbia get a Blu-ray release at last:

    Holiday
    The Talk of the Town
    You Were Never Lovelier
    Queen Bee
    The Story of Esther Costello
    Theodora Goes Wild
    Too Many Husbands
    The Doctor Takes A Wife
    The Howards of Virginia
    Arizona
    What's Buzzin' Cousin?
    The Prince of Thieves
    The Fuller Brush Girl
    The Four Poster
    The Solid Gold Cadillac
    It Should Happen To You
    The Marrying Kind
    Jeanne Eagels
    Cactus Flower
    Seems Like Old Times
    North
    Little Women
    The Juror
    Fly Away Home

    As for Fox catalog that ought to have been out by now:

    Star!
    Wilson
    The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit
    The Rains Came
    The House on Telegraph Hill
    Nightmare Alley
    Alexander's Ragtime Band
    In Old Chicago
    Springtime in the Rockies
    Greenwich Village
    The Dolly Sisters
    Dimples
    Pigskin Parade
    King of Khyber Rifles
    Heidi
    Stowaway
    Lloyd's of London
    A Little Princess
    Wee Willie Winkie
    Cafe Metropole
    Thin Ice
    All of the Charlie Chan/Mr. Moto mysteries
    Rose of Washington Square
    Lillian Russell
    Johnny Apollo
    Hudson's Bay
    Tobacco Road
    Sun Valley Serenade
    Belle Starr
    Weekend in Havana
    Footlight Serenade
    Back Home In Indiana
    My Friend Flicka
    Nob Hill
    Doll Face
    Black Beauty
    Call Me Madam
    Carnival in Costa Rica
    I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now
    The Lady in Ermine
    Halls of Montezuma
    Sink the Bizmarck
    Sons and Lovers
    The Millionairess
    The Left Hand of God
    The Nanny
    The Paper Chase
    Centennial Summer

    I hate to be Debbie Downer, but most of those titles wouldn't come close to selling 3000 discs. TT needs to be very careful in which titles they select for BD release. Wish lists are great, but usually they're not practical from a business point of view in today's physical media market when you're selling discs at premium pricing.

  15. Robert Crawford

    I hate to be Debbie Downer, but most of those titles wouldn't come close to selling 3000 discs. TT needs to be very careful in which titles they select for BD release. Wish lists are great, but usually they're not practical from a business point of view in today's physical media market when you're selling discs at premium pricing.

    Well, if they can release The Whole Town's Talking, and You'll Never Get Rich (widely regarded as the lesser of the two Astaire/Hayworth outings) then I sincerely think there is room for the rest – especially since Sony's archival program under Grover Crisp has found ways to release a lot of even lesser known titles to Blu through third party distributors and make it work. I am a die-hard classic movie lover – yes, but even I had never heard of The Guilt of Janet Ames, and, The Black Book – both of which I now love, and came out as part of the Film Noir Vol. 1 collection. So, if there is room for those obscure titles (and clearly – they sold, as Kit Parker's already prepping a Vol. 2 and 3) with even more back catalog I have NEVER seen, then such high profile back catalog as I listed definitely can find a home somewhere on Blu. If the aforementioned titles prove anything, it is that here is always a way. Always!

  16. Nick*Z

    Well, if they can release The Whole Town's Talking, and You'll Never Get Rich (widely regarded as the lesser of the two Astaire/Hayworth outings) then I sincerely think there is room for the rest – especially since Sony's archival program under Grover Crisp has found ways to release a lot of even lesser known titles to Blu through third party distributors and make it work. I am a die-hard classic movie lover – yes, but even I had never heard of The Guilt of Janet Ames, and, The Black Book – both of which I now love, and came out as part of the Film Noir Vol. 1 collection. So, if there is room for those obscure titles (and clearly – they sold, as Kit Parker's already prepping a Vol. 2 and 3) with even more back catalog I have NEVER seen, then such high profile back catalog as I listed definitely can find a home somewhere on Blu. If the aforementioned titles prove anything, it is that here is always a way. Always!

    Releasing a couple of titles doesn't mean they can release the entire listing you posted. Furthermore, we're talking about Twilight Time, not Kit Parker that is selling their titles at a much lower price point. Two different business models.

  17. Nick*Z

    I'm wondering what became of TT's alliance with Sony to release old Columbia movies. Noticed other distributors are getting some Columbia stuff – Indicator, Mill Creek, Kit Parker. Would be nice to have these from Columbia get a Blu-ray release at last:

    Holiday
    The Talk of the Town
    You Were Never Lovelier
    Queen Bee
    The Story of Esther Costello
    Theodora Goes Wild
    Too Many Husbands
    The Doctor Takes A Wife
    The Howards of Virginia
    Arizona
    What's Buzzin' Cousin?
    The Prince of Thieves
    The Fuller Brush Girl
    The Four Poster
    The Solid Gold Cadillac
    It Should Happen To You
    The Marrying Kind
    Jeanne Eagels
    Cactus Flower
    Seems Like Old Times
    North
    Little Women
    The Juror
    Fly Away Home

    As for Fox catalog that ought to have been out by now:

    Star!
    Wilson
    The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit
    The Rains Came
    The House on Telegraph Hill
    Nightmare Alley
    Alexander's Ragtime Band
    In Old Chicago
    Springtime in the Rockies
    Greenwich Village
    The Dolly Sisters
    Dimples
    Pigskin Parade
    King of Khyber Rifles
    Heidi
    Stowaway
    Lloyd's of London
    A Little Princess
    Wee Willie Winkie
    Cafe Metropole
    Thin Ice
    All of the Charlie Chan/Mr. Moto mysteries
    Rose of Washington Square
    Lillian Russell
    Johnny Apollo
    Hudson's Bay
    Tobacco Road
    Sun Valley Serenade
    Belle Starr
    Weekend in Havana
    Footlight Serenade
    Back Home In Indiana
    My Friend Flicka
    Nob Hill
    Doll Face
    Black Beauty
    Call Me Madam
    Carnival in Costa Rica
    I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now
    The Lady in Ermine
    Halls of Montezuma
    Sink the Bizmarck
    Sons and Lovers
    The Millionairess
    The Left Hand of God
    The Nanny
    The Paper Chase
    Centennial Summer

    I have to agree with Robert. While I can't speak to all of the Sony titles on your list, there are a few I can comment on, based on comments I've seen. I don't know whether you are referring to the 1938 or 1930 version of Holiday, but the 1938 version has more or less been confirmed as coming from Criterion (short of a release date, and I know some of us are wondering whether they will try to give us both versions). Assuming you are referring to the Cary Grant film Talk Of The Town, I think most of us are assuming Criterion will release that one as well, since they have been regularly releasing at least one of the Sony-owned Cary Grant films every year for the last few years. And you were commenting on You'll Never Get Rich, the lesser of the two Astaire/Hayworth films being released. That one didn't have the clearance issues that You Were Never Lovelier apparently has, as Twilight has stated previously that they DO have it licensed, but that there were some clearance issues (music clearances, if I remember correctly), which apparently Sony had to deal with (and it seems they still haven't).
    I don't know what is going on with their license with Sony, as I thought it was stated a few years back that they had licensed titles through Sony and Fox through 2020. I have been wondering if they have been emphasizing the Fox titles if only because of Disney's recent acquisition of Fox, and whatever issues may have arisen because of that.

  18. Robert Crawford

    Releasing a couple of titles doesn't mean they can release the entire listing you posted. Furthermore, we're talking about Twilight Time, not Kit Parker that is selling their titles at a much lower price point. Two different business models.

    There's also the fact that the elements for some of those titles are known to be severely problematic. Wilson is a good example.

  19. Robin9

    There's also the fact that the elements for some of those titles are known to be severely problematic. Wilson is a good example.

    Didn't stop them from releasing a lackluster Blu of Forever Amber!

  20. Robert Crawford

    Releasing a couple of titles doesn't mean they can release the entire listing you posted. Furthermore, we're talking about Twilight Time, not Kit Parker that is selling their titles at a much lower price point. Two different business models.

    Dear Robert:

    Was not suggesting TT release everything on my list. Just making the general query about Columbia catalog as TT's interest in it seems to have dried up considerably with a full-on concentration on Fox catalog. I have to concur with AstaireFan that the decision might be made to spearhead as much Fox catalog to Blu before the Disney acquisition of Fox rewrites their rules of distribution.

  21. Nick*Z

    Dear Robert:

    Was not suggesting TT release everything on my list. Just making the general query about Columbia catalog as TT's interest in it seems to have dried up considerably with a full-on concentration on Fox catalog. I have to concur with AstaireFan that the decision might be made to spearhead as much Fox catalog to Blu before the Disney acquisition of Fox rewrites their rules of distribution.

    Come on Nick, you want everything released just like the rest of us.:)

  22. Nick*Z

    I'm wondering what became of TT's alliance with Sony to release old Columbia movies. Noticed other distributors are getting some Columbia stuff – Indicator, Mill Creek, Kit Parker. Would be nice to have these from Columbia get a Blu-ray release at last:

    Holiday
    The Talk of the Town
    You Were Never Lovelier
    Queen Bee
    The Story of Esther Costello
    Theodora Goes Wild
    Too Many Husbands
    The Doctor Takes A Wife
    The Howards of Virginia
    Arizona
    What's Buzzin' Cousin?
    The Prince of Thieves
    The Fuller Brush Girl
    The Four Poster
    The Solid Gold Cadillac
    It Should Happen To You
    The Marrying Kind
    Jeanne Eagels
    Cactus Flower
    Seems Like Old Times
    North
    Little Women
    The Juror
    Fly Away Home

    As for Fox catalog that ought to have been out by now:

    Star!
    Wilson
    The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit
    The Rains Came
    The House on Telegraph Hill
    Nightmare Alley
    Alexander's Ragtime Band
    In Old Chicago
    Springtime in the Rockies
    Greenwich Village
    The Dolly Sisters
    Dimples
    Pigskin Parade
    King of Khyber Rifles
    Heidi
    Stowaway
    Lloyd's of London
    A Little Princess
    Wee Willie Winkie
    Cafe Metropole
    Thin Ice
    All of the Charlie Chan/Mr. Moto mysteries
    Rose of Washington Square
    Lillian Russell
    Johnny Apollo
    Hudson's Bay
    Tobacco Road
    Sun Valley Serenade
    Belle Starr
    Weekend in Havana
    Footlight Serenade
    Back Home In Indiana
    My Friend Flicka
    Nob Hill
    Doll Face
    Black Beauty
    Call Me Madam
    Carnival in Costa Rica
    I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now
    The Lady in Ermine
    Halls of Montezuma
    Sink the Bizmarck
    Sons and Lovers
    The Millionairess
    The Left Hand of God
    The Nanny
    The Paper Chase
    Centennial Summer

    The Paper Chase has been confirmed to be with another label. You Were Never Lovelier and Centennial Summer are held up with music rights issues. Fly Away Home was released by Sony a decade ago and Cactus Flower is available now with Mill Creek. Holiday has been confirmed to be coming from Criterion.

    It would be great to have many of these titles, but who knows if the elements are in good enough condition or even if there are HD transfers.. Nick Redman used to mention all the time about titles they would love but the elements are in bad condition or the HD transfer is not good enough.

  23. Nick*Z

    Didn't stop them from releasing a lackluster Blu of Forever Amber!

    Most people don't want lucklustre Blu-ray discs and see no point in requesting them; and how do you know the elements of Forever Amber and Wilson are in similar condition?

  24. bubuwest

    Now that The Tall Men has been announced, l hope TT will consider releasing another great mid-1950s western, Delmer Daves's The Last Wagon (1956), in one of its next slates… That, too, has been available for a few years in Germany, though I couldn't find much information about the quality of the transfer.

    I have the French release of The Last Wagon. Via Sidonis it is an official Fox release and the quality is very good indeed.

  25. Robin9

    Most people don't want lucklustre Blu-ray discs and see no point in requesting them; and how do you know the elements of Forever Amber and Wilson are in similar condition?

    I don't want a lackluster Blu-ray. Never said that. I hate the way Forever Amber looks on Blu-ray. But it was suggested that Wilson would not be a candidate, simply because its elements were not up to snuff for a 1080p release, to which I merely pointed out that Forever Amber's were far below par, and that still did not stop TT from putting out Forever Amber on Blu. That was my only point. And regarding your query about 'similar' condition of the respective film elements – both Amber and Wilson were released to Fox's own now defunct MOD DVD archive and both look pretty similar in terms of quality – or lack thereof.

    A lot of the Fox catalog remains in a perilous state of decomposition, thanks to short-sightedness from the seventies which caused the studio to junk original separation masters and keep only some badly transferred and misaligned Eastman/Kodak composites as the only source for future restoration efforts to take place. To bring Forever Amber back to a condition that could mimic, though never recreate its former Technicolor glory would be a supremely costly endeavor. But Fox – when it was Fox and not part of the Mouse House – proved it was willing to go back to do their back catalog justice on Blu. Compare their DVD release of the Marilyn Monroe classic, Niagara to the Blu-ray and you'll see how much better these movies can look when proper time, money and care is ascribed. The results on Blu are stunning. The DVD is a Frisbee.

    Work should be undertaken at some point on Forever Amber – ditto for Wilson – because these were 'important' pictures in the studio's cannon of their time and deserve such consideration…again, in a perfect world. Since we do not live in one, the chances of these movies getting their due on Blu is slim to nil. But seeing them in their present condition simply breaks my heart – especially Wilson – a super-production, personally supervised by Zanuck, that features an astonishing performance by Alexander Knox and production values that dwarf virtually every picture made in that same year. Oh, and some gorgeous Technicolor to boot and an incredible score by Alfred Newman.

  26. Robert Crawford

    Come on Nick, you want everything released just like the rest of us.:)

    Ah yes, Robert – in a perfect world, my friend. In a perfect world. Or as James Mason's Capt. Nemo would say "all this shall come to pass…in God's good time."

  27. The Tall men and Wild in the Country for me.

    And on the other topic I wouldn't buy Fuller Brush Girl without the superior Fuller Brush Man 1st but they would make a great double feature blu ray as they were done on Laserdisc.

  28. Randy Korstick

    The Tall men and Wild in the Country for me.

    And on the other topic I wouldn't buy Fuller Brush Girl without the superior Fuller Brush Man 1st but they would make a great double feature blu ray as they were done on Laserdisc.

    Tall men yes, and I’ll even get Wild in the Country though I was never much of an Elvis fan. If only he’d stayed with Fox and not followed the advice of the Colonel he’d have become a pretty good actor, all the elements are there in his early dramatic movies.

  29. Ronald Epstein
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    Twilight Time has given us an exclusive early look at these August 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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    THE TALL MEN (1955) BLU-RAY — August 20

    WHIRLPOOL (1949) BLU-RAY — August 20

    WILD IN THE COUNTRY (1961) BLU-RAY — August 20

    Ooh. two 20th Century Fox Cinemascope movies for my collection!

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