HTF EXCLUSIVE! Twilight Time May 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! 

Note: Moving forward we are going to announce our schedule ONE month at a time instead of two.

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BABY THE RAIN MUST FALL (1965) BLU-RAY — May 21

BANDOLERO! (1968) BLU-RAY — May 21

MORITURI [aka THE SABOTEUR: CODE NAME MORITURI] (1965) BLU-RAY — May 21

WARLOCK (1959) BLU-RAY — May 21 [4K Restoration]

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  1. I'm definitely in for Baby the Rain Must Fall. I already have the German Blu-ray of Warlock, so I won't be double-dipping on that. The other two I've never seen, so I'll have to do some research to decide.

  2. Jackpot! I'm hoping to purchase all four of these titles. I've been patiently waiting on Warlock for years to be released on Region A Blu-ray, and Bandolero! is another western that I own on Blu-ray from Germany, but plan on upgrading depending on bonus material. The other two titles will be nice upgrades from my DVDs.

  3. One of the last things Nick Redman said to me via a chat was that TT did have Warlock, and Happy Birthday too 🙂 but I kept it to myself because I'm not one of those go viral with information types.
    I will be adding Warlock to my TT shelf , and replacing the import ..
    Ive seen Bandolero, thought it was okay/good
    The other two Im not too intimate with

  4. Robert Crawford

    Jackpot! I'm hoping to purchase all four of these titles. I've been patiently waiting on Warlock for years to be released on Region A Blu-ray, and Bandolero! is another western that I own on Blu-ray from Germany, but plan on upgrading depending on bonus material. The other two titles will be nice upgrades from my DVDs.

    Crawdaddy,

    That is quite a cast.

    Think I will enjoy this film?

  5. TheSteig

    One of the last things Nick Redman said to me via a chat was that TT did have Warlock, and Happy Birthday too 🙂 but I kept it to myself because I'm not one of those go viral with information types.
    I will be adding Warlock to my TT shelf , and replacing the import ..
    Ive seen Bandolero, thought it was okay/good
    The other two Im not too intimate with

    Nick ensure me too that "Warlock" will be coming from them after the 4K transfer was completed. God, I miss him as I would have loved to listen to him and Julie talking about this film and its underlying themes. Nick's passing is a loss to all film buffs.:emoji_sob:

  6. Ronald Epstein

    WARLOCK (1959) BLU-RAY — May 21 [4K Restoration]

    This is a fantastic western and the new restoration/transfer will likely be amazing. If you like westerns this is one not to miss. The three leads Fonda, Quinn, and Widmark, are wonderful in this. This is one of the "adult" westerns in that it is complex and intelligently written. Seriously, if you like classic westerns this is a great one.

  7. Reggie W

    This is a fantastic western and the new restoration/transfer will likely be amazing. If you like westerns this is one not to miss. The three leads Fonda, Quinn, and Widmark, are wonderful in this. This is one of the "adult" westerns in that it is complex and intelligently written. Seriously, if you like classic westerns this is great one.

    This! I would like to do a double feature viewing of this fine film along with another Fonda western "The Tin Star".

  8. It was all very confusing to me as a kid.
    All the grown-ups were talking about "Barabbas" and "Barbarella" and "Bandolero"; and I came to believe that they were all the same film; that is, until, I was lucky enough to be taken to the theater to see the latter. Looking forward to seeing it afresh, after so many decades.:)

    Being a cinematography buff, this month's announcements are covering all four of my bases with works from DP's Ernest Laszlo (Baby the Rain Must Fall), William H. Clothier (Bandolero!), Joseph MacDonald (The Saboteur) and Conrad L. Hall (Warlock).:thumbs-up-smiley:

    Twilight Time has given us a fantastic line-up for May.:razz:opcorn:

  9. Finally Warlock!! Day one purchase!

    Now, hoping for future TT releases of:
    – Moontide
    – Cluny Brown
    – A Royal Scandal
    – I was a male war bride
    – People Will talk
    – Monkey Business
    – No way out
    – The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
    – A Hatful of Rain
    – Teenage Rebel
    – Fraulein

    All with their new 4k restoration transfers.

    And any Fox musicals, specially the one with Alice Faye and Betty Grable

  10. I said earlier that I wasn’t planning to double-dip on Warlock but if you guys are saying this is a significant upgrade due to a new 4K scan, and if stereo soundtrack elements have been located (German Blu is mono), then I can be persuaded!

  11. Robert Crawford

    Nick ensure me too that "Warlock" will be coming from them after the 4K transfer was completed. God, I miss him as I would have loved to listen to him and Julie talking about this film and its underlying themes. Nick's passing is a loss to all film buffs.:emoji_sob:

    I feel the same way. The commentaries are priceless but so is their knowledge of film.

  12. A fine lineup. In particular, I've been waiting for BABY THE RAIN MUST FALL. I never got the DVD as I love the look of the film, the quality of the light and the grey scale and tonal differences between Steve McQueen and Lee Remick, which is where I think this film excels and is not simply photographic but pure emotion. Also the landscape. the roughness of things, and how that unfinished, somewhat lonesome quality seeps into the story and also Steve McQueeen's persona.

    MORITURI is arguably the most strikingly photographed black and white Fox Cinemascope film, which is more than reason enough to own it. Also Brando is pretty fine in it, though I never understood what was supposed to be going on plot-wise.

    I loved BANDOLERO when it was new. It's a strange mix of classic western and spaghetti which worked for me at the time. I particularly remember liking Dean Martin in it.

    WARLOCK is arguably the best adult western of the 1950's. I assume other board members who have seen it will not think I'm being hyperbolic by stating that. Again, in my view, it's the only post-blacklist film of Edward Dmytryk that has the fire, visual intensity and passion of his 1940's noirs. For me, this is Henry Fonda's best performance of the 1950's, and I think his best until ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST. I think this is Anthony Quinn's best performance period, though he does comparable work in LAST TRAIN FROM GUN HILL. And yes, I'm not going to forget Dorothy Malone, one of my favorite actresses.

  13. lark144

    MORITURI is arguably the most strikingly photographed black and white Fox Cinemascope film, which is more than reason enough to own it.

    Morituri is definitely NOT in CinemaScope. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1

  14. Mark-P

    Morituri is definitely NOT in CinemaScope. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1

    This is what happens when one relies on 50+ year old memories. I could have sworn it was in Cinemascope when I saw it.

  15. Mark-P

    Morituri is definitely NOT in CinemaScope. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1

    lark144

    This is what happens when one relies on 50+ year old memories. I could have sworn it was in Cinemascope when I saw it.

    Some memories are vast, while others are wide.:)

  16. lark144

    Apparently my memory of MORITURI is a bit over-wide, 2:35:1 subtracted from 1:85:1, to be specific.

    A 1:85:1 of The Saboteur is vastly better than a Morituri moratorium.;)

  17. Great list!
    I’ll get at least three of these (Warlock, with several interesting layers and some unforgettable scenes in it, is brilliant).
    Finally get proper BDs, I’m hoping.

    I hesitate about Baby, the Rain Must Fall, though. Never been a real fan of Steve McQueen and the story doesn’t attract me particularly either.
    I don’t have it on DVD. Some posts in this thread make me wonder, though. Continue reading….

    Cees

  18. BRAD1963

    April and May have mostly Fox titles, which I do not mind. Some great titles.

    Enjoy them while you can. Since Fox (as we knew and loved it) no longer exists and is now devoured by the Disney juggernaut, who knows what will happen. TT already canceled their previously announced The Iron Horse because of the uncertainty of the merger. Disney hasn't been forthcoming with their non animated catalog titles (20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, the Happiest Millionaire, In Search Of The Castaways, The Moonspinners, That Darn Cat, Darby O'Gill And The Little People, Light In The Forest etc.) on blu ray so there's no reason to believe their attitude toward their Fox acquisition will be any different. Would love to be proved wrong!

  19. Thomas T

    Enjoy them while you can. Since Fox (as we knew and loved it) no longer exists and is now devoured by the Disney juggernaut, who knows what will happen. TT already canceled their previously announced The Iron Horse because of the uncertainty of the merger. Disney hasn't been forthcoming with their non animated catalog titles (20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, the Happiest Millionaire, In Search Of The Castaways, The Moonspinners, That Darn Cat, Darby O'Gill And The Little People, Light In The Forest etc.) on blu ray so there's no reason to believe their attitude toward their Fox acquisition will be any different. Would love to be proved wrong!

    I plan to and would also like to be proven wrong. I'm still convinced Disney does not care about anything but using the Fox library for the new streaming service they are launching. They will most likely still license titles, but in packages and to other labels also.

  20. Even if Disney does license Fox titles out, I’m nearly certain the wonderful remastering work Fox did will stop. Aside from their animation classics, Disney seems more than happy to make do with older, lackluster transfers of their catalogue titles.

  21. If the version of Warlock that is currently available on the WatchTCM app is any indication, the upcoming Twilight Time Blu-ray should be a real treat. The version playing on TCM appears to be the new transfer, cleaned up and stabilized, and it also has stereo sound.

  22. mop

    I'm still waiting for Paramount to replace its lousy Blu-ray of FUNNY FACE with the beautiful HD transfer that was on one of the satellite movie channels.

    Twilight Time has no deal with Paramount.

  23. I'm still wondering if Disney still owns the rights to the religious epic The Big Fisherman, which is one title I'd really love to see the light of day in any form. It does play on TCM once in a great while. It was something of a dud during its first release, but I really liked what I saw and am keeping fingers crossed for it. Doubt it would be TT, though, as they passed on Story of Ruth and Esther and the King during the Fox run.

  24. Ed Lachmann

    . . . Doubt it would be TT, though, as they passed on Story of Ruth and Esther and the King during the Fox run.

    Eh? Are you sure of that? I'm unaware of any high definition transfer of either of those two films.

  25. JohnMor

    Even if Disney does license Fox titles out, I’m nearly certain the wonderful remastering work Fox did will stop. Aside from their animation classics, Disney seems more than happy to make do with older, lackluster transfers of their catalogue titles.

    I wonder if that would be true. They purchased the catalog for prosperity; and they intend on milking these titles as much as they can with their new streaming service. The 20th Century Fox library is much larger than the Disney library and the quality of films are much better than Disney overall. I'm hoping the opposite, and hope they turn over the ABC and Selznick titles to the Fox team to restore and remaster.

  26. Ed Lachmann

    I'm still wondering if Disney still owns the rights to the religious epic The Big Fisherman, which is one title I'd really love to see the light of day in any form. It does play on TCM once in a great while. It was something of a dud during its first release, but I really liked what I saw and am keeping fingers crossed for it. Doubt it would be TT, though, as they passed on Story of Ruth and Esther and the King during the Fox run.

    I do not think they passed on them because they did not want them. They pass on many titles because of the poor quaility of the transfers that are available to them. Lately they are denied films because they being licensed to others. My guess would be that Shout Factory has licensed a huge batch of titles from them.

  27. Mark-P

    If the version of Warlock that is currently available on the WatchTCM app is any indication, the upcoming Twilight Time Blu-ray should be a real treat. The version playing on TCM appears to be the new transfer, cleaned up and stabilized, and it also has stereo sound.

    It's a far cry from my German BD. I was just going to sample it today, but ended up watching the entire movie on the TCM app.

  28. Robin9

    Eh? Are you sure of that? I'm unaware of any high definition transfer of either of those two films.

    Probably not for Esther, but a nice widescreen German DVD exists of a clean English language print. Story of Ruth is available in HD from Amazon and iTunes, so I'd say yes an HD master does exist.

  29. Ed Lachmann

    Probably not for Esther, but a nice widescreen German DVD exists of a clean English language print. Story of Ruth is available in HD from Amazon and iTunes, so I'd say yes an HD master does exist.

    Yes, I have that German DVD of Esther And The King. But I'm puzzled by your assertion that Twilight Time was offered high definition masters and rejected them.

  30. Robin9

    Yes, I have that German DVD of Esther And The King. But I'm puzzled by your assertion that Twilight Time was offered high definition masters and rejected them.

    Well, the high definition master of Story of Ruth (which evidently does exist or iTunes and Amazon are lying) either wasn't offered, was rejected or there was no interest in it. As for Esther, I only wondered if the German DVD did come from an HD master source. Obviously the crappy Fox MOD DVD did not. It's sad with Ruth, though, since Henry Koster and Franz Waxman would seem right up TT's alley.

  31. Mark-P

    If the version of Warlock that is currently available on the WatchTCM app is any indication, the upcoming Twilight Time Blu-ray should be a real treat. The version playing on TCM appears to be the new transfer, cleaned up and stabilized, and it also has stereo sound.

    Thanks for mentioning this because I went to the app this afternoon and watched Warlock (for the first time ever). Excellent transfer and a very interesting movie with lots of subtext and engrossing relationships between characters. Cast of well known faces, too, so that increased my enjoyment even more.

  32. ahollis

    I wouldn’t count Twilight Time out on eventually releasing the titles.

    Well, they just announced a slew of classic musicals at once, which is fabulous and will make many people happy. Maybe they will throw we historical/biblical folks a bone one of these days. Keeping my fingers crossed you are right.

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