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.

  23. WILL SUCCESS SPOIL ROCK HUNTER? looks horrible. All of Tashlin's cartoon color candy has been flattened out, it almost looks like 2-Color Cinecolor. Comparison of the Europe BD at top, new TT BD at bottom. Very hard for me to say "PASS" on a release of a Top 10 favorite, but this is vandalism.

  24. ThadK

    WILL SUCCESS SPOIL ROCK HUNTER? looks horrible. All of Tashlin's cartoon color candy has been flattened out, it almost looks like 2-Color Cinecolor. Comparison of the Europe BD at top, new TT BD at bottom. Very hard for me to say "PASS" on a release of a Top 10 favorite, but this is vandalism.

    Screencaps aren't always the last word so I'll wait for Robert Harris's assessment. But I can already see the Fox "it's too blue" crowd jumping on it. Notice how much bluer Tony Randall's shirt is and the blue cast on the wall.

  25. I thought TT titles were safe bets. I bought Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter and Bedazzled. I have received them but haven't watched them yet. Very disappointed based on those screen caps.

  26. madfloyd

    I thought TT titles were safe bets. I bought Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter and Bedazzled. I have received them but haven't watched them yet. Very disappointed based on those screen caps.

    When you watch them, please, let us know what you think of them?

  27. 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 Admiral Chrichton is nothing like a Carry On, but a rather gentle and sophisticated attack on the British class system, turning things on their head when the staff have to take charge and the toffs have to get used to working after they are shipwrecked on a very pretty south sea island. So it’s very good to look at. It’s a gentle comedy, hugely enjoyable, but with a steely message there if you want to see it.

  28. Robert Crawford

    When you watch them, please, let us know what you think of them?

    I watched Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter. It wasn't a pleasant experience – the transfer is horrible. Can't say I loved the movie either.

  29. madfloyd

    I watched Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter. It wasn't a pleasant experience – the transfer is horrible. Can't say I loved the movie either.

    Why would they do such a bad job? So unlike them. My copy is on its way. Rather dreading it now!

  30. ptb2017fr

    Why would they do such a bad job? So unlike them. My copy is on its way. Rather dreading it now!

    Let's be clear TT doesn't do anything, but distribute the title. If there is a problem then it's because of Fox's work.

  31. Robert Crawford

    Let's be clear TT doesn't do anything, but distribute the title. If there is a problem then it's because of Fox's work.

    That is absolutely correct.

    I would like to hear other reviews on this transfer before I make a final opinion. It's not like TT to select transfers that would look like what is being reported.

  32. Ronald Epstein

    That is absolutely correct.

    I would like to hear other reviews on this transfer before I make a final opinion. It's not like TT to select transfers that would look like what is being reported.

    I have the MOC UK Blu-ray so this particular title wasn't on my list for immediate purchase. Like you, I'm interested in reading other opinions.

  33. Robert Crawford

    Let's be clear TT doesn't do anything, but distribute the title. If there is a problem then it's because of Fox's work.

    Ronald Epstein

    That is absolutely correct.[…]

    This is a very important distinction.
    Somehow, we have easily slipped into this idea that Twilight Time does their own work; and that all falls on TT and TT, alone.
    At times, even I have slipped into this thought, as well.
    This misnomer may have come about from Twilight Time's exceptional track record for providing excellent transfers.
    If I am correct, one of the Twilight Time trademarks involves their being highly selective on the transfers presented to them.
    I recently saw "Comes a Horseman" – a film well worth having – to which TT distributed with a public caveat concerning the transfer.
    Twilight Time told us in advance that the transfer was not up to their usual standards; but felt the content overrode any other flaws.
    Twilight Time is on record for stating that they have declined many transfers that were not up to their standards;
    but, once in a blue moon, there is a film that is too desirable or important for TT to turn down.
    I have often wondered just how many films would've never made it to our personal home libraries, were it not for Twilight Time.

  34. Oh my! If the Rock Hunter screen grabs over at DVD Beaver are any indication, some of the Eureka screen grabs look superior to the TT and some of the TT screen grabs looks better than the Eureka. I guess it depends on how you like your movies to look. I think I just might stick with my DVD. 🙂

  35. PMF

    This is a very important distinction.
    I recently saw "Comes a Horseman" – a film well worth having – to which TT distributed with a public caveat concerning the transfer.
    Twilight Time told us in advance that the transfer was not up to their usual standards; but felt the content overrode any other flaws.
    Twilight Time is on record for stating that they have declined many transfers that were not up to their standards;
    but, once in a blue moon, there is a film that is too desirable or important for TT to turn down.

    Which makes it odd if this is a lower-quality transfer coming from TT without any disclaimer. They've turned down bad transfers, and issued at least one with a public caveat. It would be out of character for them to just push out a bad transfer without comment. Perhaps something was messed up in the replication process?

    Fox transfers have usually been very good. I thought the issues in the past were mostly with MGM?

  36. There’s a timer at a lab in New York which does a lot of restoration work for Fox. He likes this revisionist color grading and many masters have been rejected because of this look.

    I’m wondering if this somehow slipped through the cracks and is actually a rejected master? I really can’t imagine anyone at Fox signing off on this.

  37. Thomas T

    Oh my! If the Rock Hunter screen grabs over at DVD Beaver are any indication, some of the Eureka screen grabs look superior to the TT and some of the TT screen grabs looks better than the Eureka. I guess it depends on how you like your movies to look. I think I just might stick with my DVD. 🙂

    I'm not all that familiar with the film, but I saw a decent looking 35mm print a couple of years ago and I don't remember there being a blue wash over everything.

  38. I have it on order along with "The Admirable Crichton".

    I'm more picky with color timing than most as many reviewers don't seem to mind so I guess I am the final word on whether I will enjoy this. I recently dumped one of my most anticipated titles from Criterion because of the color timing.
    And although this doesn't look promising, I still love Twilight Time.

  39. Thomas T

    Oh my! If the Rock Hunter screen grabs over at DVD Beaver are any indication, some of the Eureka screen grabs look superior to the TT and some of the TT screen grabs looks better than the Eureka. I guess it depends on how you like your movies to look. I think I just might stick with my DVD. 🙂

    Yup, those screenshots are how it looked to me – very brown. Grain didn't look natural either.

  40. bujaki

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

    It was? Julie Andrews could have played that role. Julie Christie could NOT have played Maria. JA's Maria, is one of, maybe, two best film performances of the 1960s. The other being Anne Bancroft in THE MIRACLE WORKER.

  41. John Maher_289910

    JA's Maria, is one of, maybe, two best film performances of the 1960s. The other being Anne Bancroft in THE MIRACLE WORKER.

    While I bow to man in my admiration for Andrews in The Sound Of Music and Bancroft in The Miracle Worker and while they arguably could be on any list of the best film performances (by an actress) in the 1960s, personal tastes aside neither performance could qualify as the two best performances of an entire decade. Not in a decade with such performances like Geraldine Page (Summer And Smoke, Sweet Bird Of Youth), Liv Ullmann (Shame), Jane Fonda (They Shoot Horses Don't They?), Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl), Kim Stanley (Seance On A Wet Afternoon), Katharine Hepburn (Long Days Journey Into Night), Mia Farrow (Rosemary's Baby), Vanessa Redgrave (Isadora), Anne Bancroft (Pumpkin Eater), Deborah Kerr (The Innocents), Elizabeth Taylor (Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?), Sophia Loren (Two Women), Audrey Hepburn (Wait Until Dark), Jeanne Moreau (Jules And Jim), Tippi Hedren (Marnie), Glenda Jackson (Women In Love), Julie Harris (The Haunting) and those are just off the top my head without looking anything up!

  42. Based on screencaps I’d give the edge to the Twilight Time disc. However, the bigger reason for me to choose TT is the inclusion on the original 4.0 soundtrack and a 5.1 mix as well. The Eureka disc is only 2.0, ugh!

  43. Myself and three other friends watched this four days ago. None of us had a problem with the presentation. It’s a deluxe print that has problems. I feel Fox chose to go with the correct color timing since they have the original notes.

  44. ahollis

    Myself and three other friends watched this four days ago. None of us had a problem with the presentation. It’s a deluxe print that has problems. I feel Fox chose to go with the correct color timing since they have the original notes.

    Thank you for sharing your opinion about this disc.

  45. Mark-P

    Based on screencaps I’d give the edge to the Twilight Time disc. However, the bigger reason for me to choose TT is the inclusion on the original 4.0 soundtrack and a 5.1 mix as well. The Eureka disc is only 2.0, ugh!

    ahollis

    Myself and three other friends watched this four days ago. None of us had a problem with the presentation. It’s a deluxe print that has problems. I feel Fox chose to go with the correct color timing since they have the original notes.

    Bob Furmanek

    View attachment 55830

    Yeah, OK.

  46. Bryan^H

    'Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter"

    The movie was just OK, but the transfer while it could have looked more natural was still pretty impressive. Very sharp.
    A keeper for me.

    Does it have highly directional dialog?

  47. RolandL

    Does it have highly directional dialog?

    Whenever I crave a disc with directional dialogue, I simply get up from my chair and re-position the speakers.

    [Sorry RolandL, I couldn't help myself.]:D

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