HTF EXCLUSIVE! Twilight Time November 2018 Release Announcements

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Twilight Time has given us an exclusive early look at these November Announcements. Enjoy!
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ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA (1972) BLU-RAY – November 20th

OKLAHOMA CRUDE (1973) BLU-RAY – November 20th

THE TRUE STORY OF JESSE JAMES (1957) BLU-RAY – November 20th

THE IRON HORSE (1924) BLU-RAY – November 20th

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  1. I re-watched to the DVD of Oklahoma Crude recently, and it needs an upgrade so I'm pleased about this new disc. The Jesse James film is not a special favorite but it does have Hope Lange so that's an essential purchase.

    The other two discs I'll think about and possibly buy a bit later.

  2. The Iron Horse is an excellent film and I highly recommend it. The DVD from the UK is good and I might not purchase immediately. The last few months from Twilight Time have not impacted upon my wallet but I am happy for those that have found much wanted titles.

  3. Meh.

    I don't even get anxious awaiting TT's monthly announcements anymore, the way I still do for WB Archives and Criterion titles and more recently the UK Indicator series. I saw this header today and thought, "Oh, yeah…A New Twilight Time announcement. I guess I'll check it out," but expecting nothing Earth-shattering. A year ago, I'd have been refreshing my HFT screen quite often to see if they had yet posted the latest TT titles.

    The past four-five months or so with TT announcements have been, for me, a combination of movies I'd never consider buying for my collection but for perhaps one or two that would be marginally interesting if I can dig up some extra disposable income, such as OKLAHOMA CRUDE and THE IRON HORSE this month. I realize everyone has different likes and priorities. And I don't think this is something I should blame TT for…they are apparently scraping the bottom of their deals with Sony and Fox, and no doubt wish they could make a deal with Paramount and Warner Bros.

    But from what I understand, Nick (and hope you are well) and Julie named their company Twilight Time to denote the fact that physical media releases of classic titles was waning. Seen in that light, TT has done a great job through the years getting us innumerable true classics, including a ton of Woody Allen titles (although, where is SWEET AND LOWDOWN?). I own well over a hundred TT titles.

    If (and I emphasize ""if) these past few months are the harbinger of the decline of this company, I must say that for years it aggressively produced wonderful Blu-rays that no other company would have bothered with, and I will always be grateful for that. If I am wrong, and TT is still well in the game, I wonder if their choice of acquisitions and releases isn't becoming anachronistic.

    Because I am a lifelong film aficionado, I want TT (and all small labels) to succeed. I just wonder, based upon the past four or five months, whether it had plans to pursue the release of more great classics on Blu-ray, or whether it is simply playing out the diminishing quality of the titles they have had to accept in order to release the much better ones they have already released.

  4. Dick

    Meh.

    I don't even get anxious awaiting TT's monthly announcements anymore, the way I still do for WB Archives and Criterion titles and more recently the UK Indicator series. I saw this header today and thought, "Oh, yeah…A New Twilight Time announcement. I guess I'll check it out," but expecting nothing Earth-shattering. A year ago, I'd have been refreshing my HFT screen quite often to see if they had yet posted the latest TT titles.

    The past four-five months or so with TT announcements have been, for me, a combination of movies I'd never consider buying for my collection but for perhaps one or two that would be marginally interesting if I can dig up some extra disposable income, such as OKLAHOMA CRUDE and THE IRON HORSE this month. I realize everyone has different likes and priorities. And I don't think this is something I should blame TT for…they are apparently scraping the bottom of their deals with Sony and Fox, and no doubt wish they could make a deal with Paramount and Warner Bros.

    But from what I understand, Nick (and hope you are well) and Julie named their company Twilight Time to denote the fact that physical media releases of classic titles was waning. Seen in that light, TT has done a great job through the years getting us innumerable true classics, including a ton of Woody Allen titles (although, where is SWEET AND LOWDOWN?). I own well over a hundred TT titles.

    If (and I emphasize ""if) these past few months are the harbinger of the decline of this company, I must say that for years it aggressively produced wonderful Blu-rays that no other company would have bothered with, and I will always be grateful for that. If I am wrong, and TT is still well in the game, I wonder if their choice of acquisitions and releases isn't becoming anachronistic.

    Because I am a lifelong film aficionado, I want TT (and all small labels) to succeed. I just wonder, based upon the past four or five months, whether it had plans to pursue the release of more great classics on Blu-ray, or whether it is simply playing out the diminishing quality of the titles they have had to accept in order to release the much better ones they have already released.

    I can understand why you're not interested in these titles and you're welcome to your opinion, but I think that was a cheap shot by you.

  5. More interestingly, that WB DVD was apparently cut by some 12 minutes (147:52 runtime) compared to the 160-minute theatrical release and VHS, and it seems some international versions suffer even more cuts. At least one review of the DVD noted that the disc could have been prepared as early as 2005 (possibly to debut with the Collector's Edition DVD of Ben-Hur) and then shelved until 2011, so hopefully the Twilight Time Blu-ray has a newer master.

    The UK distributor Park Circus has a listing for the film claiming the full 160-minute run time. If that's true, hopefully it means that the uncut version is available and that Twilight Time will present the film that way.

  6. I'm interested in all four this time out. I am going to assume that The Iron Horse will have both the US and International cuts like the DVD had, but I wonder if they will port over the Robert Birchard commentary as well.

  7. Dick

    Meh.

    I don't even get anxious awaiting TT's monthly announcements anymore, the way I still do for WB Archives and Criterion titles and more recently the UK Indicator series. I saw this header today and thought, "Oh, yeah…A New Twilight Time announcement. I guess I'll check it out," but expecting nothing Earth-shattering. A year ago, I'd have been refreshing my HFT screen quite often to see if they had yet posted the latest TT titles.

    The past four-five months or so with TT announcements have been, for me, a combination of movies I'd never consider buying for my collection but for perhaps one or two that would be marginally interesting if I can dig up some extra disposable income, such as OKLAHOMA CRUDE and THE IRON HORSE this month. I realize everyone has different likes and priorities. And I don't think this is something I should blame TT for…they are apparently scraping the bottom of their deals with Sony and Fox, and no doubt wish they could make a deal with Paramount and Warner Bros.

    But from what I understand, Nick (and hope you are well) and Julie named their company Twilight Time to denote the fact that physical media releases of classic titles was waning. Seen in that light, TT has done a great job through the years getting us innumerable true classics, including a ton of Woody Allen titles (although, where is SWEET AND LOWDOWN?). I own well over a hundred TT titles.

    If (and I emphasize ""if) these past few months are the harbinger of the decline of this company, I must say that for years it aggressively produced wonderful Blu-rays that no other company would have bothered with, and I will always be grateful for that. If I am wrong, and TT is still well in the game, I wonder if their choice of acquisitions and releases isn't becoming anachronistic.

    Because I am a lifelong film aficionado, I want TT (and all small labels) to succeed. I just wonder, based upon the past four or five months, whether it had plans to pursue the release of more great classics on Blu-ray, or whether it is simply playing out the diminishing quality of the titles they have had to accept in order to release the much better ones they have already released.

    Twilight Time does not have a magic vault that they could choose from. But they do have great relationships with Fox, Sony and others and are able to select superb titles that have endured the test of time. Titles that have become iconic pieces of cinema and/or pop culture. Not sure what you are looking for, but most everyone who collects love with they are doing.

  8. richardburton84

    So, who is Antony and Cleopatra licensed from? I ask because unless I’m mistaken, the previous DVD of this film was for from Warner.

    Warner only distributed. I believe this film is controlled by the Heston estate along with other titles including Mother Lode.

  9. The one I'm excited about is Antony And Cleopatra which is far better than its reputation would suggest. Heston was smart enough to make it a fluid cinematic experience (much like Olivier's Shakespearean films) rather than something static with actors making entrances and exits while reciting the Bard. And it's got a ravishing killer score by John Scott. Alas, the film's weakest link is its Cleopatra. Hildegard Neil who's just not up to the task in a part that screams out for a Vanessa Redgrave or Glenda Jackson.. Ironically, Jane Lapotaire who plays one of her handmaidens would have been great in the role. I do hope it's the complete 160 minute Roadshow version.

    As for the other three, they are all possible candidates if a nice sale comes along. I do hope TT is porting over Christopher Caliendo's wonderful score to The Iron Horse. Unlike Dick (who seems to crave the usual suspects), I've been more than happy with TT's offerings which have come up with some real gems like No Down Payment, My Sister Eileen, Short Night Of Glass Dolls and Revolt Of Mamie Stover in recent months. If this be scraping bottom according to Dick, then scrape deeper, Twilight Time cause I'm lovin' it. 🙂

  10. I have some appreciation of Dick's viewpoint as the buzz surrounding TT's monthly announcements has steadily diminished over time, and the evidence for this is the much reduced number of postings in the TT threads. I guess this correlates with the reducing sales of disc media. I also expect the average revenue per title has steadily reduced over time due to more sales and that more of their titles seem to be released by other distributors.

    Inevitably the uniqueness of their business model has been superseded and I have been buying many more titles from KL. I realise that the quality of their releases isn't always on a par with TT but sometimes it is good enough until a better quality transfer comes along (if at all). Looking at my account with Screen Archives the last TT title I bought was The Mad Magician in January 2017. There are a few titles I may buy when on sale, but the urgency has gone.

  11. IMHO TT's title announcements are good, and are also titles that maybe other non USA labels such as Indicator & Eureka would not be too interested in releasing, such as Fright Night, Night of the Living Dead and other key/major titles. I think the business model might be licensing titless that other labels would care less about , but this is just my own speculation

  12. Okay, they really got me with Antony and Cleopatra and The Iron Horse. GOOD SHOW, Twilight Time. Wonder if more classic silents will be forthcoming. Sure hope so! Wonder also if there will be a surprise for us biblical/historical classic fans this December. Their recent Genghis Khan is just gorgeous.

  13. Dick

    Meh.
    I don't even get anxious awaiting TT's monthly announcements anymore, the way I still do for WB Archives and Criterion titles.

    I'd have to say that I'm more excited by TT's recent announcements than either WB or Criterion's, who both regularly disappoint me terribly. Dear God, Dragonwick, Genghis Khan, Forever Amber and Mamie Stover alone are godsends for people of my taste. I think the choices are getting better, not worse. If future releases of other Fox/MGM/Columbia classic films like Story of Ruth, Esther and the King, Salome, Loves of Carmen, Barabbas, The Long Ships or Francis of Assisi miraculously happen, TT will be become my favorite of them all. Now silents, too? That's something old WB won't even consider as cheesy cult films are their go to genre these days. And Criterion regularly rehashes longtime released stuff we've already obtained overseas. TT is doing great in my opinion.

  14. Dick

    Meh.

    I don't even get anxious awaiting TT's monthly announcements anymore, the way I still do for WB Archives and Criterion titles and more recently the UK Indicator series. I saw this header today and thought, "Oh, yeah…A New Twilight Time announcement. I guess I'll check it out," but expecting nothing Earth-shattering. A year ago, I'd have been refreshing my HFT screen quite often to see if they had yet posted the latest TT titles.

    The past four-five months or so with TT announcements have been, for me, a combination of movies I'd never consider buying for my collection but for perhaps one or two that would be marginally interesting if I can dig up some extra disposable income, such as OKLAHOMA CRUDE and THE IRON HORSE this month. I realize everyone has different likes and priorities. And I don't think this is something I should blame TT for…they are apparently scraping the bottom of their deals with Sony and Fox, and no doubt wish they could make a deal with Paramount and Warner Bros.

    But from what I understand, Nick (and hope you are well) and Julie named their company Twilight Time to denote the fact that physical media releases of classic titles was waning. Seen in that light, TT has done a great job through the years getting us innumerable true classics, including a ton of Woody Allen titles (although, where is SWEET AND LOWDOWN?). I own well over a hundred TT titles.

    If (and I emphasize ""if) these past few months are the harbinger of the decline of this company, I must say that for years it aggressively produced wonderful Blu-rays that no other company would have bothered with, and I will always be grateful for that. If I am wrong, and TT is still well in the game, I wonder if their choice of acquisitions and releases isn't becoming anachronistic.

    Because I am a lifelong film aficionado, I want TT (and all small labels) to succeed. I just wonder, based upon the past four or five months, whether it had plans to pursue the release of more great classics on Blu-ray, or whether it is simply playing out the diminishing quality of the titles they have had to accept in order to release the much better ones they have already released.

    Well you're certainly entitled to your opinion. 😀 But my feelings are quite the opposite. I was less interested in Twilight Time when they were focusing on a lot of modern horror, such as Christine, and Audrey Rose, but now that they've made the decision to stick with an eclectic mix of less popular titles, my wish list has been ballooning. Recent months have brought such exciting (to me:razz:) announcements of My Sister Eileen, The Last Hurrah, and Let's Make Love. So I eagerly await every third Saturday of the month!

  15. Robert Crawford

    I can understand why you're not interested in these titles and you're welcome to your opinion, but I think that was a cheap shot by you.

    Cheap shot? Sorry, Robert, but I am nothing if not supportive of Twilight Time. I doubt you would have said that had I been making my comments about WAC or another company. My post was my observation that the titles announced in the past months have been, (and I made this clear) IN MY OPINION, comprised of lesser titles than those of earlier years.

  16. I tend to like Twilight Time’s choice of titles, and especially appreciate that they don’t compromise on product quality.

    Very pleased to get The Iron Horse from this batch.

    Afghanistan Banana Stand: delighted that this made it to Blu in their previous round.

  17. I'm really curious as to how The Iron Horse release will be handled. Both the foreign and domestic versions survive and were featured on Fox's previous DVD. Will both be present on the blu-ray release, and will both be in HD? Depending upon what Fox provides, it would be understandable if only one is presented in HD and the other presented in SD. If I may dream for a moment, it would be really nice if the 1970s Killiam-PBS version were also present on the set. That version features a great piano score by William Perry, but I'm not holding out too much hope that version being present.

  18. Robert Crawford

    I can understand why you're not interested in these titles and you're welcome to your opinion, but I think that was a cheap shot by you.

    I second that and TWILIGHT release in general release excellent films of all descriptions ans sizes to suit all people and their music score option on their releases is forgotten by so many . In reality you are buying a BD and CD . No other label does music only tracks.

  19. Looking forward to Antony and Cleopatra and Jesse James. Always love Twilight Time's Cinemascope releases. I finally got around to watching Anastasia (been on the shelf for awhile looking at me) the other day and it was magnificent.

  20. Dick

    Cheap shot? Sorry, Robert, but I am nothing if not supportive of Twilight Time. I doubt you would have said that had I been making my comments about WAC or another company. My post was my observation that the titles announced in the past months have been, (and I made this clear) IN MY OPINION, comprised of lesser titles than those of earlier years.

    Well, I said my piece as some of your comments didn't sit well with me so I'll leave it at that.

  21. Thomas T

    The one I'm excited about is Antony And Cleopatra which is far better than its reputation would suggest. Heston was smart enough to make it a fluid cinematic experience (much like Olivier's Shakespearean films) rather than something static with actors making entrances and exits while reciting the Bard. And it's got a ravishing killer score by John Scott. Alas, the film's weakest link is its Cleopatra. Hildegard Neil who's just not up to the task in a part that screams out for a Vanessa Redgrave or Glenda Jackson.. Ironically, Jane Lapotaire who plays one of her handmaidens would have been great in the role. I do hope it's the complete 160 minute Roadshow version.

    As for the other three, they are all possible candidates if a nice sale comes along. I do hope TT is porting over Christopher Caliendo's wonderful score to The Iron Horse. Unlike Dick (who seems to crave the usual suspects), I've been more than happy with TT's offerings which have come up with some real gems like No Down Payment, My Sister Eileen, Short Night Of Glass Dolls and Revolt Of Mamie Stover in recent months. If this be scraping bottom according to Dick, then scrape deeper, Twilight Time cause I'm lovin' it. 🙂

    In the BBC complete Shakespeare series, Jane Lapotaire did do Cleopatra, also Lady Macbeth. she is a fantastic actress

  22. DP 70

    I have read that this was only released in the UK in 70mm, does anyone know if there were any 35mm 4 -track stereo prints in the USA ?
    I hope TT can find a stereo audio track.

    I can't find any USA newspaper ads for it.

  23. Dick

    Meh.

    of their deals with Sony and Fox, and no doubt wish they could make a deal with Paramount and Warner Bros.

    Speaking of such, question now to Twilight Time. Any chance of a future deal with Paramount or Warner, particularly Paramount? How I’d love to get a Blu release of King Creole (1958).

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