HTF EXCLUSIVE! Twilight Time February 2019 Release Announcements

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Twilight Time has given us an exclusive early look at these February 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 ADMIRABLE CRICHTON (1957) BLU-RAY – February 19th

BEDAZZLED (1967) BLU-RAY – February 19th

WILL SUCCESS SPOIL ROCK HUNTER? (1957) BLU-RAY – February 19th

TALK RADIO (1988) BLU-RAY – February 19th

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  1. Well, it's about time Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter found its way to Blu, states' side. Eureka!'s region-B locked Blu looked spectacular. Let's hope this is sourced from the same image harvest!

    Never saw Bedazzled but must say with that poster art I'm intrigued!

  2. Nick*Z

    Well, it's about time Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter found its way to Blu, states' side. Eureka!'s region-B locked Blu looked spectacular. Let's hope this is sourced from the same image harvest!

    Never saw Bedazzled but must say with that poster art I'm intrigued!

    That reminds me, I have to watch that Blu-ray which I need to do before deciding whether I want to buy it again on Blu-ray.

  3. Wow. After about three previous announcements that did nothing for me, here come four movies I would like to own all in the same month.

    If you've not seen ROCK HUNTER, it has Frank Tashlin's truly nutty and subversive humor, including sight gags and double entendres, in the fashion of his work with Jerry Lewis and as a director of some of the best Warner Bros. cartoons.

    THE ADMIRABLE CHRICHTON is the one of the bunch I haven't seen, but (despite Leonard Maltin's less than enthusiastic review) it seems to be one of those British comedies along the lines of THE MOUSE THAT ROARED (which TT could probably license) and the CARRY ON series. I think I'll rent it from 3D Rental before purchasing.

    BEDAZZLED is a no-brainer. This film is really inventive. Peter Cook and Dudley Moore were never funnier, and one can't get enough Raquel Welch, who could actually be a very good light comedian (THREE MUSKETEERS).

    Then, alongside of three wacky comedies, we get TALK RADIO, which couldn't be more dissimilar. Eric Bogosian, who has always rubbed me the wrong way, does so here as well, but as the late-night radio talk show host, he is supposed to be arrogant, so the role is a perfect fit. The film is very claustrophobic (unusual in Oliver Stone's work, I think), with limited sets and a frenzied atmosphere. Based on an actual person, it is predictable in its lead up to the climax, but I find it pretty powerful stuff.

    Way to go, TT.

  4. Dick

    Wow. After about three previous announcements that did nothing for me, here come four movies I would like to own all in the same month.

    Way to go, TT.

    Now somebody is going to post that none of those titles does anything for them. That's film appreciation for you.:)

  5. Well, I'm off to the golf course; as I've got this increasing need to shout out "F-O-U-R"!!!:thumbs-up-smiley:

    Suggestion Box:
    "Snow Falling on Cedars" (1999) – Universal
    DP Robert Richardson has 9 Oscar nominations and 3 wins.
    Of these numbers, "Cedars" is his only remaining work that has yet to reach Blu.

  6. Dick

    Wow. After about three previous announcements that did nothing for me, here come four movies I would like to own all in the same month.

    If you've not seen ROCK HUNTER, it has Frank Tashlin's truly nutty and subversive humor, including sight gags and double entendres, in the fashion of his work with Jerry Lewis and as a director of some of the best Warner Bros. cartoons.

    THE ADMIRABLE CHRICHTON is the one of the bunch I haven't seen, but (despite Leonard Maltin's less than enthusiastic review) it seems to be one of those British comedies along the lines of THE MOUSE THAT ROARED (which TT could probably license) and the CARRY ON series. I think I'll rent it from 3D Rental before purchasing.

    BEDAZZLED is a no-brainer. This film is really inventive. Peter Cook and Dudley Moore were never funnier, and one can't get enough Raquel Welch, who could actually be a very good light comedian (THREE MUSKETEERS).

    Then, alongside of three wacky comedies, we get TALK RADIO, which couldn't be more dissimilar. Eric Bogosian, who has always rubbed me the wrong way, does so here as well, but as the late-night radio talk show host, he is supposed to be arrogant, so the role is a perfect fit. The film is very claustrophobic (unusual in Oliver Stone's work, I think), with limited sets and a frenzied atmosphere. Based on an actual person, it is predictable in its lead up to the climax, but I find it pretty powerful stuff.

    Way to go, TT.

    The Admirable Crichton, whilst not a great film, was filmed in VistaVision so great expectations here.

  7. We did The Admirable Chrichton play at my school, an odd choice for a rough all boys school in a slum area, but one of the teachers was really good at this stuff & used to tirelessly organize various plays (& musicals, we also did Oliver!). I love the film & love Kenneth More, & I just can't see anyone else being anything like as good in the part of Chrichton (& I don't think any actor could improve on Cecil Parker in the roll of Lord Loam). I think this is a brave choice for TT as I can't see it selling a lot in America (& I thought the same about The Virgin Soldiers), so good on ya TT.

  8. Zero interest in Talk Radio (after the hideous W., I gave up on Stone). But the other three are definite purchases. Especially happy about The Admirable Crichton which has only been released (to the best of my knowledge) full frame so looking forward to seeing it in its proper aspect ratio. An absolutely charming film which should look eye popping on blu ray.

  9. Dick

    . . . If you've not seen ROCK HUNTER, it has Frank Tashlin's truly nutty and subversive humor, including sight gags and double entendres, in the fashion of his work with Jerry Lewis and as a director of some of the best Warner Bros. cartoons.

    It also has one of the funniest, zaniest opening gags ever, and I mean while the 20th Century Fox logo is still playing. My very strong recommendation to anyone who buys this disc is to watch it right from the beginning.

    Frank Tashlin did a similar stunt with the opening of The Girl Can't Help It (also with Jayne Mansfield) where Tom Ewell talks to the camera and gives instructions to an off-screen lackey.

  10. Thomas T

    Zero interest in Talk Radio (after the hideous W., I gave up on Stone).

    TALK RADIO came before W. I agree the latter is poor, but, depending upon your tolerance for Bogosian, TALK RADIO is pretty heady stuff.

  11. Dick

    TALK RADIO came before W. I agree the latter is poor, but, depending upon your tolerance for Bogosian, TALK RADIO is pretty heady stuff.

    Yes, I know Talk Radio came out before W. But my disenchantment with Stone started long before W. which is the straw that broke the camel's back. I'd already avoided many of Stone's films prior to W. The last Stone film I liked was U Turn (1997) which is over 20 years ago. Of Stone's films, in addition to U Turn, the only other Stone films I like are JFK (although I don't buy a sliver of Stone's conspiracy theories) and Natural Born Killers (the first half is a bona fide masterpiece, the second half is crap).

  12. revgen

    Isn't Talk Radio a Universal Studios film? Does TT have a deal with Universal or is this another "Oliver Stone special" like Heaven and Earth?

    Yes, TT does have a limited deal with Universal, the first title of which is being released this month with Anne of the Thousand Days.

  13. richardburton84

    Yes, TT does have a limited deal with Universal, the first title of which is being released this month with Anne of the Thousand Days.

    And I will take any opportunity (including this post) to beg for a release of MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS and THE HEIRESS.

  14. I saw TALK RADIO as a play, which I thought was excellent. The play tread a very fine and delicate line between fantasy and reality, which I understand Oliver Stone destroyed by taking all that was implicit in the play and making it explicit, and also presenting everything as a screaming headline in bright red, ten inch type.

  15. Randy Korstick

    Ok I will be the one that says none of these do anything for me:D

    I'll second that. Very happy for those who are looking forward to these titles, they just don't interest me.

    But, apparently, that makes me incapable of film appreciation. 😉

  16. skylark68

    Bedazzled for me. I liked the remake, I imagine this one is fun too. I’ve heard good things about it. Talk Radio sounds interesting but I’ve never seen it.

    Bedazzled (1967) is my favorite comedy of the 1960s decade (and remember the magic words: Julie Andrews!). Much funnier than the 2000 remake. Amazed that Bogosian didn't receive an Oscar nod for Talk Radio. I'll be buying both.

  17. And I'M still amazed that Julie Andrews did not get an Oscar nomination for Duet for One — or, for that matter, that she did not win for The Sound of Music (a far more iconic performance than that of Julie Christie in Darling).

  18. Big Gay Andy

    I am amazed that The Girl Can't Help It is still not on Blu-ray. Definitely one of Ms. Mansfield's best.

    And as for the original Bedazzled, all I can say is two words — JOOOOOLY ANDROOOOOZ!!!!!

    It is in the UK.

  19. Big Gay Andy

    And I'M still amazed that Julie Andrews did not get an Oscar nomination for Duet for One — or, for that matter, that she did not win for The Sound of Music (a far more iconic performance than that of Julie Christie in Darling).

    Iconic doesn't mean best. Christie's role was far more complex and demanding.

  20. philip*eric

    I looked at amazon in the UK and cannot find a Blu-ray of THE GIRL CANT HELP IT….probably Jayne's best film overall.

    it's not on blu-ray. There's a region region free "PAL" DVD £5.99 and a US "import" set that has . "The Girl Can't Help It" (1956), "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter" (1957) & "The Sheriff Of Fractured Jaw" (1959). only
    £99.98+ £1.26 delivery

    I would still wait to get the WSRH blu-ray …

  21. Big Gay Andy

    And I'M still amazed that Julie Andrews did not get an Oscar nomination for Duet for One — or, for that matter, that she did not win for The Sound of Music (a far more iconic performance than that of Julie Christie in Darling).

    Oscars often go to actors for the wrong movies. Andrews's Oscar for Mary Poppins was undeserved. No way is her work of the same caliber as fellow nominees Kim Stanley (Seance On A Wet Afternoon) or Anne Bancroft (The Pumpkin Eater). Andrews' best work as an actress is Hawaii and Victor Victoria. Christie's best work as an actress is McCabe And Mrs. Miller and Away From Her. The 1965 Oscar should have gone to Samantha Eggar (The Collector) or Elizabeth Hartman (A Patch Of Blue).

  22. We will have to agree to disagree. Julie's Poppins Oscar was well-deserved. She deserved a second Oscar for Sound of Music and a nomination for Star! She would never have beat Barbra for Funny Girl but her portrayal of Gertrude Lawrence, her first less-than-sympathetic role, was worthy of a nomination, as was her wonderful work in Duet for One. And if the Oscars had separate categories for comedy and drama, she would have won easily for Victor/Victoria.

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