HTF EXCLUSIVE! Twilight Time March 2018 Release Announcements

Great titles to look forward to 4 Stars

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Twilight Time has given us an exclusive early look at these March 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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UNDERWORLD USA (1961) BLU-RAY – March 20th

THE NEW CENTURIONS (1972) BLU-RAY – March 20th

DON’T BOTHER TO KNOCK (1952) BLU-RAY – March 20th (Brand New 2K Transfer)

THE SEVEN UPS (1973) BLU-RAY – March 20th (Brand New 4K Transfer)

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  1. I've been waiting for a Blu of THE SEVEN UPS for a long time. Hooray! Also UNDERWORLD USA. Amazing cinematography by Hal Mohr, which I assume will be lovingly burnished and brought out to the maximum by the good people at Sony. THE SEVEN UPS is a bit of a nostalgia trip for me, as the car chase partially takes place on Columbus Avenue near where I live, revealing the desolation and urban wreckage of the place when I first moved here 40+ years ago.

  2. Robert Crawford

    For me personally, this might be the best line up of titles from TT in quite some time.

    Thomas T

    Ah well, (sigh) maybe next month 🙁

    Funny how the same announcement can get both of these responses. 🙂 And for ME personally, it's just Don't Bother to Knock.

  3. Mark-P

    Funny how the same announcement can get both of these responses. 🙂 And for ME personally, it's just Don't Bother to Knock.

    I've seen all 4 films. The New Centurions is a turgid bore, The Seven Ups is trash (and not the good kind), UNDERWORLD U.S.A. is subpar Fuller. I like Don't Bother To Knock but the DVD will do me just fine unless the TT has something special going for it (like a Redman/Kirgo commentary :)). And yes yes, fanboys of the first three films, I know it's just my opinion. Who else's would I be giving? 😉

  4. Thomas T

    I've seen all 4 films. The New Centurions is a turgid bore, The Seven Ups is trash (and not the good kind), UNDERWORLD U.S.A. is subpar Fuller. I like Don't Bother To Knock but the DVD will do me just fine unless the TT has something special going for it (like a Redman/Kirgo commentary :)). And yes yes, fanboys of the first three films, I know it's just my opinion. Who else's would I be giving? 😉

    Sorry, but I'm a little too old for being called a fanboy and that's my only quibble with you on this matter.

  5. Mark-P

    Funny how the same announcement can get both of these responses. 🙂 And for ME personally, it's just Don't Bother to Knock.

    To me, it's a normal outcome and is expected when it comes to the subjective matter of film appreciation.

  6. Thomas T

    I've seen all 4 films. The New Centurions is a turgid bore, The Seven Ups is trash (and not the good kind), UNDERWORLD U.S.A. is subpar Fuller. I like Don't Bother To Knock but the DVD will do me just fine unless the TT has something special going for it (like a Redman/Kirgo commentary :)). And yes yes, fanboys of the first three films, I know it's just my opinion. Who else's would I be giving? 😉

    I don't mind you expressing an opinion I disagree with. That why we're all here! At least you admit it's only your opinion, unlike some who don't recognise the difference between their opinion and a hard, incontrovertible fact.

  7. Robert Crawford

    Sorry, but I'm a little too old for being called a fanboy and that's my only quibble with you on this matter.

    I'd venture to guess I'm older than you Robert and I wear the fanboy label proudly. I'm a John Wayne fanboy, I'm a Bette Davis fanboy, I'm an Agatha Christie fanboy, I'm a Julia Roberts fanboy, I'm a Douglas Sirk fanboy, I'm a …… well, you get the picture 🙂 But I understand how some resent the implication as there are certain fanboys (Kubrick, Christopher Nolan etc.) who look upon their "hero" as God (as in Kubrick is a great film maker therefore all his films are great) and will strike down anyone who says otherwise. They give us fanboys a bad rep.

  8. PMF

    Huh? What? Not even George C. Scott and Stacy Keach?

    Especially Stacy Keach! 😛 He's the reason I tossed my DVD of Doc into the "trade in" bag. I like Scott a lot but his acting is all over the place from great (Patton, The Hustler) to good (Islands In The Stream, Petulia, The Flim Flam Man) to stinky (They Might Be Giants, Day Of The Dolphin). His work in The New Centurions leaves me cold.

  9. Robin9

    All four. Simple as that.

    Thomas T

    Ah well, (sigh) maybe next month 🙁

    Mark-P

    Funny how the same announcement can get both of these responses. 🙂 […]

    I've got the solution. All Twilight Time needs to do is to release 8 titles per month. Simple as that.:)

  10. BRAD1963

    people love to throw in a negative opinion so they can feed off the responses.

    An alternative opinion can often give way give way to interesting conversations, we feed off each other. Is there a more boring thread than a bunch of "I can't wait to get this", "I've been waiting forever for this", "My all time favorite film", "Thank you Criterion/Twilight Time/Kino Lorber/Warner Archives", etc. etc. etc.? After about the 10th gushing, I just stop visiting the page.

  11. Dee Zee

    I’ve never seen Don’t Bother To Knock but after a quick search I may have to get that one.

    You may already have the DVD if you have the Diamond Collection Volume II
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    The TT version will of course be an upgrade … the FOX DVD has been included in other box sets and is apparently available separately … definitely not a musical 😉 … not that there's anything bad about that.

    I'm sure if the Forever Marilyn blu-ray set sold better, FOX would have released this on blu-ray themselves …

    Thank goodness that Twilight Time will be releasing this… :drum:

  12. Dee Zee

    I’ve never seen Don’t Bother To Knock but after a quick search I may have to get that one.

    IMHO If Marilyn is in it it's worth getting regardless if the film itself is good or not. However DON'T BOTHER TO KNOCK happens to be an excellent film. Also the cast is priceless – Monroe, Widmark and Cook Jr. all in the same film.

    B-ROLL

    You may already have the DVD if you have Marilyn Monroe The Diamond Collection Volume II
    [​IMG]

    These collections were to first films I purchased myself as a kid (they were released as 1 big box here in Sweden).

  13. BRAD1963

    My solution is to not saying anything at all if you do not like the line-up of titles. But it is the internet; people love to throw in a negative opinion so they can feed off the responses.

    For clarity; I'm into all four.

  14. I wonder how members would respond to a TT release of Elia Kazan's "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"?
    The 4-BD set of "Kazan at Fox – Volume 2" is now out-of-print and going for upwards of $150.00 with three other titles.
    Of that set, "Viva Zapata" and "Wild River" are now available separately;:)
    while "Man on a Tightrope" remains MIA; with the exception of a Spanish Bootleg.:angry:
    Yes, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" AND "Man on a Tightrope";
    after all, there's Tea for Two and then there's Two for TT, too.:thumbs-up-smiley:

  15. PMF

    I wonder how members would respond to a TT release of Elia Kazan's "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"?

    I'd buy it, just to have in high definition Leon Shamroy's agile camera movements. This film was Elia Kazan's first as director and he left the visual aspects of the film to Shamroy who responded with some real virtuoso cinematography including, if I remember rightly – I haven't seen this film for at least twenty years – a lot of deep focus shots.

  16. March is shaping up to be an outstanding month for TT. Both "The New Centurions" and "The Seven-Ups" will be Day One purchases!

    Nice job, Twilight Time and many thanks for all the great movies you have released that are in my library!

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    Blonde and beautiful, but delusional…and possibly deadly! “A taut little chiller” (The Motion Picture Guide) starring Marilyn Monroe in her powerful first dramatic lead as a disturbed babysitter in a Manhattan hotel who menaces her young charge after a romantic interlude with visiting airline pilot Richard Widmark is interrupted. Directed by suspense specialist Roy Ward Baker (Inferno),and featuring Anne Bancroft in her film debut, it’s a thriller made more killer in sparkling hi-def!

    DON’TBOTHER

    TO KNOCK

    Limited Edition BLU-RAYRelease

    Only 3,000 units available at http://www.twilighttimemovies.com& http://www.screenarchives.com

    Once they are gone – they are gone!

    RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2018

    “Marilyn Monroe, co-starred with Richard Widmark, gives an excellent account of herself in a strictly dramatic role which commands certain attention.” Variety

    “A snappy little 76-minute, black-and-white item, this film noir dared to look at the dark side of Monroe’s giggly sex appeal.”

    – Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

    Don’t Bother to Knock(1952) stars Marilyn Monroe in an early dramatic role, eerily playing a demented baby sitter drawn to a man (Richard Widmark) she ultimately becomes convinced is her dead lover. Anne Bancroft is also on hand, making her screen début as Widmark’s chanteuse girlfriend, hoping against hope that he’ll prove himself worthy. Shot, handsomely, by the great Lucien Ballard (The Wild Bunch).

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  18. From the legendary chronicler of police stories comes the gripping and gritty first screen adaptation of a Joseph Wambaugh bestseller about workaday Los Angeles cops – from training to patrolling to day-to-day enforcing – now in dynamic 1080p hi-def. A memorable cast keeps it real, raucous and compelling. Featuring an all-new 2018 Audio Commentary from co-star Scott Wilson.

    THE NEW CENTURIONS

    Limited Edition BLU-RAYRelease

    Only 3,000 units available at http://www.twilighttimemovies.com& http://www.screenarchives.com

    Once they are gone – they are gone!

    RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2018

    “Anchored by superb performances from Stacy Keach and George C. Scott…Scott Wilson also does fine work…its combination of craftsmanship and intensity makes it very satisfying.”

    – Donald Guarisco, AllMovie.com

    “A comparatively unsung though important entry in the Seventies cycle of gritty cop thrillers…complex and faceted.”

    – Andrew Pragasam, The Spinning Image

    The estimable Richard Fleischer (Fantastic Voyage, The Boston Strangler) directs Stirling Silliphant’s adaptation of Joseph Wambaugh’s compulsive bestseller,The New Centurions, focusing on a group of rookie cops who make their way from the LAPD police academy to the city’s very mean streets. George C. Scott stars as a wise but embittered veteran along with Stacy Keach, Scott Wilson, Jane Alexander, and Rosalind Cash.

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    “Atruly great crime picture, and an example of the type of work that defined the ’70s New Hollywood as an arena where such ethical ambiguities could be explored through pop entertainment” (Jacob Knight, (Jacob Knight, BirthMoviesDeath.com). Creative team veterans of Bullitt and The French Connection reunite on the vividly portrayed exploits of a hard-hitting Big Apple police unit as tough as their criminal targets. Weaponized for high-impact hi-def with an arsenal of Exciting Extras!

    THE SEVEN-UPS

    Limited EditionBLU-RAYRelease

    Only 3,000 units available athttp://www.twilighttimemovies.com& http://www.screenarchives.com

    Once they are gone – they are gone!

    RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2018

    “The excitement is well-handled, usually as a result of [Bill] Hickman’s amazing skill at setting up car chases and spectacular bits of action.”

    Time Out London

    “A gritty police thriller…the ideal entertainment.”

    – Graeme Clark, The Spinning Image

    A quasi-sequel to The French Connection,The Seven-Ups(1973) is directed by the former film’s producer, Philip D’Antoni, and stars Roy Scheider as the leader of a crack squad of NYPD detectives bent on busting culprits whose offenses guarantee seven years or up in prison. The cops are nearly as out of line as the crooks, a dangerous bunch of miscreants connected to the mob. Featuring one of the most famous cinematic car chases ever, designed by the great Bill Hickman (The French Connection, Bullitt).

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    For fans of the “maverick-vs.-the organization” neo-noir thrills of Point Blank comes renegade Samuel Fuller’s brutal, six-years-earlier cult fave in its crystalline Blu-ray debut! An “unflinching crime drama” with “typical strong Fuller visuals; you’ll want to wash your hands after it’s over. Cliff Robertson gives one of his best performances” (Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic).

    UNDERWORLD, U.S.A.

    Limited Edition BLU-RAYRelease

    Only 3,000 units available athttp://www.twilighttimemovies.com& http://www.screenarchives.com

    Once they are gone – they are gone!

    RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2018

    “Perhaps the best example of Sam Fuller in ‘shocking exposé’ mode…Fueled by cinematic blood and thunder, Fuller’s tabloid-in-motion is a one-man crusade against organized crime.”

    – Glenn Erickson, DVDTalk.com

    “Arguably Fuller’s most efficient, brutal, and unsentimental film, and its reputation has only grown with the passing years…offers a compelling vision of American society in collapse.”

    – Wheeler Winston Dixon, Senses of Cinema

    The great American auteur Samuel Fuller gives us, in Underworld U.S.A.(1961), a terrifyingly prescient look at a nation – on the surface serene and at peace – in which organized crime and big business have somehow merged. All this is seen through the eyes of a young man (Cliff Robertson) bent on avenging the death of his father at the hands of “punks” who turn out to be ubiquitous and working on both sides of the law. Also starring (wonderfully) Dolores Dorn, Beatrice Kay, and Richard Rust, and memorably shot by the great Hal Mohr (Rancho Notorious, The Wild One).

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  21. …in sparkling hi-def!

    …now in dynamic 1080p hi-def.

    …for high-impact hi-def.

    …in its crystalline Blu-ray debut!

    The thesaurus at TT is getting quite a workout. Disappointed there's no "shimmering" hi-def this month.

  22. I finally got a blu-ray of FRENCH CONNECTION and was looking for SEVEN-UPS, assuming there would be a cheap blu release…well, at least it's finally coming out in R1.
    UNDERWORLD USA will be cool – I cant recall but I hope the Sukman soundtrack is good.

  23. I saw SEVEN-UPS theatrically on its initial release and found it hugely disappointing. The big chase that is touted here is a ghost compared to that in THE FRENCH CONNECTION, and that is the "asset" that was largely used to promote it. FRENCH CONNECTION II, while also very imperfect, is a much better follow up to its predecessor.

  24. The main thing I dont like about 7-UPS is frequent visual continuity errors, and some bad acting although that could be a result from lazy direction or bad editing too. Otherwise an interesting plot with good twists, good soundtrack by Ellis, and crazy Richard Lynch. I disagree about the car chase, it's fine even when compared to FC. There's no need to make a competition, it stands on it's own. I prefer the film over FCII which just seems dull. Hackman needed a partner or at least a sidekick.

  25. Dick

    I saw SEVEN-UPS theatrically on its initial release and found it hugely disappointing. The big chase that is touted here is a ghost compared to that in THE FRENCH CONNECTION, and that is the "asset" that was largely used to promote it. FRENCH CONNECTION II, while also very imperfect, is a much better follow up to its predecessor, and should have seen the Blu-ray light of day long before this utterly mediocre wannabe.

    The French Connection II has been out on blu-ray for a decade.

  26. Ordered all four March titles on 03-19-18 and will have soon. Heck of a job Twilight Time! Looking forward to all four April releases as well! However, May looks like I'll be saving some $$$ :blink:

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