Warner Archive for 2018

Post news stories and home video release announcements here.
  • Author
  • Message
Offline
User avatar

Harold Aherne

  • Posts: 1730
  • Joined: Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:08 pm
  • Location: North Dakota

Warner Archive for 2018

PostWed Jan 24, 2018 2:07 pm

Four titles from the early 1930s are slated for 6th February: Chances and I Like Your Nerve (both 1931) with Douglas Fairbanks Jr., The Finger Points (1931) with Richard Barthelmess, and Goodbye Again (1933) with Warren William.

-HA
Offline
User avatar

Harold Aherne

  • Posts: 1730
  • Joined: Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:08 pm
  • Location: North Dakota

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostSun Feb 25, 2018 2:38 pm

The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936) made its DVD debut this week. Among reissues, the Lon Chaney collection with The Ace of Hearts, The Unknown and Laugh, Clown, Laugh is dated for 27 February, the collection of Nancy Drew films from 1938-39 will be available again on 13 March, and the 1931 Jekyll & Hyde will be issued as a solo on 27 March.

--HA
Offline
User avatar

silentfilm

Moderator

  • Posts: 9318
  • Joined: Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:31 pm
  • Location: Dallas, TX USA

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostThu Mar 01, 2018 12:47 pm

LON CHANEY COLLECTION (1921,1927,1928) Back on DVD
Celebrate the Man of a Thousand Faces with this triple feature plus one collection of his most dramatic transformations: THE ACE OF HEARTS (1921) Chaney plays Farallone, one third of a fatal love triangle that develops inside a secret society of vigilante assassins. THE UNKNOWN (1927) Chaney plays Alonzo the Armless, a knife throwing criminal mastermind who loses his heart to Nanon (Joan Crawford), the ringmaster's daughter. LAUGH, CLOWN, LAUGH (1928) Chaney plays Tito, a circus clown who discovers to his horror, that he has feelings for his young ward, Simonetta (Loretta Young).

Bonus materials: London After Midnight - photo reconstruction of the infamous lost Lon Chaney film; Audio Commentaries by Chaney biographer Michael F. Blake; Photo Galleries; Profiles of TCM Young Composers Competition Winners.


Copies of the 2003 pressing are listed for sale on Amazon from $270 to $700+ dollars, so the re-issued disks are a bargain.
Offline
User avatar

Danny Burk

Moderator

  • Posts: 1682
  • Joined: Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:11 pm
  • Location: South Bend, IN

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostThu Mar 01, 2018 2:22 pm

silentfilm wrote:Copies of the 2003 pressing are listed for sale on Amazon from $270 to $700+ dollars, so the re-issued disks are a bargain.

Really? I had no idea - I don't look at listings for things that I already have. I wonder whether any actually sell in that price range, or if it's just someone's wishful thinking. One could probably get a more realistic idea by checking sale/sold listings on Ebay.
Offline
User avatar

Danny Burk

Moderator

  • Posts: 1682
  • Joined: Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:11 pm
  • Location: South Bend, IN

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostThu Mar 01, 2018 2:24 pm

I see that one sold for $47.99 on Ebay in January. Either that's more realistic, or the seller had a bargain. I suspect the former. :)

EDIT: there's another one currently on offer as "Buy It Now" for $21.42......looks like the Amazon scalpers are indeed trying again.
Offline
User avatar

Javier

  • Posts: 186
  • Joined: Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:06 pm

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostThu Mar 01, 2018 7:26 pm

The Lon Chaney Box-set is indeed great news. I used to have it but, misplaced it somewhere whilst moving.
There is a Documentary about Chaney in the original set narrated by Kenneth Branagh, I hope it's included as well in this re-issue, if not, at least the option to buy it separately.
"it's a Kafka high, you feel like a bug"
Offline
User avatar

silentfilm

Moderator

  • Posts: 9318
  • Joined: Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:31 pm
  • Location: Dallas, TX USA

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostFri Mar 02, 2018 12:08 pm

Javier wrote:The Lon Chaney Box-set is indeed great news. I used to have it but, misplaced it somewhere whilst moving.
There is a Documentary about Chaney in the original set narrated by Kenneth Branagh, I hope it's included as well in this re-issue, if not, at least the option to buy it separately.


That was a Kevin Brownlow documentary. It's strange that it was not listed in the special features in the email.
Offline
User avatar

Javier

  • Posts: 186
  • Joined: Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:06 pm

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostSun Mar 04, 2018 9:08 pm

Anything with Kevin brownlow is always welcome.
"it's a Kafka high, you feel like a bug"
Offline
User avatar

Scoundrel

  • Posts: 689
  • Joined: Fri Jan 18, 2008 7:22 pm

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostMon Mar 05, 2018 10:57 am

The Brownlow Chaney documentary was also available on the BFI Phantom BD\DVD set:

http://www.bfi.org.uk/blu-rays-dvds/phantom-opera
" You can't take life too seriously...you'll never get out of it alive."


Blackhawk Films customer

#0266462
Offline
User avatar

silentfilm

Moderator

  • Posts: 9318
  • Joined: Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:31 pm
  • Location: Dallas, TX USA

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostTue Mar 13, 2018 8:41 pm

WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS (1956) New to Blu-ray with a 2018 1080p HD Remaster
The sudden death of a newspaper tycoon sets his successors at each other's throats while a city is stalked by a serial killer, and they ruthlessly exploit the city's fear to move more papers. Noir's traditional chiaroscuro gives way to a world full only of shadows, in which crazed killer and cynical reporter are separated by the slimmest of moral shivers. Fritz Lang's late noir thriller is criminally overlooked and now looks fresher than ever thanks to this new master. Lang's sly blend of deco danger and mid-century modern media satire fairly screams #FakeNews long before that was a thing. Superb cast includes Dana Andrews, Ida Lupino, George Sanders, and Vincent Price. 16x9 Letterbox

BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (1956) New to Blu-ray with a 2018 1080p HD Remaster
For his final US film, Fritz Lang subversively underscores the very narrative underpinnings of Film Noir, ultimately throwing the film's very audience into the shadows of compulsion and collusion. A writer (Dana Andrews) conspires to expose the failings of circumstantial evidence by framing himself for murder, and succeeds. But his plan goes awry when the evidence that will exonerate him is destroyed in tragic accident, leaving him sentenced to die. Fritz Lang's roots in German Expressionism pops from the screen in eye-melting contrast thanks to this crisp and detailed new master for 1080p HD. Also starring Joan Fontaine. 16x9 Letterbox

MURDER IN THE BIG HOUSE (AKA BORN FOR TROUBLE) (1942) New to DVD
When a condemned killer gets fried ahead of schedule thanks to a freak bolt of lightning, a trio of intrepid reporters want to know who's cheating the chair. Crime reporter Scoop Conner's suspicions are raised when he witnesses high society shyster Bill Burgen (Douglas Wood) promising condemned killer Dapper Dan Malloy (Michael Ames) a reprieve from the governor after Dapper Dan threatens to name names. After Scoop helps Dan get wise, he takes a swan dive into a bottle, leaving news gal Gladys Wayne (Faye Emerson) to grab new guy Bert Bell (Van Johnson, in his first leading role) and head to the pen to cover Dapper Dan's execution. But a lightning strike on death row saves the state the trouble, and all three reporters smell something rotten at work in the Big House.

HOTEL BERLIN (1945) New to DVD
A fugitive from the resistance hides in the cellar. Nazi High Commanders conspire to bring their poison to America. A hotel "hostess" entertains majors and generals, willing to do anything for a new pair of shoes. Another general faces his doom, fallout from a failed attempt to assassinate the Führer. His mistress, a famous actress, harbors a hostage as a bargaining chip - but for who? A scientist struggles to find his soul, lost somewhere in his research at Dachau. A boy bellhop braves death at the hands of the SS to spy for the resistance in the name of his father. These are just some of the suspects gathered within the confines of the Hotel Berlin during the closing days of World War II. Based on a novel by Vicki Baum, the film is reminiscent of her earlier smash hit Grand Hotel and serves up a similar, striking ensemble drama, only this time the stakes are far more deadly and desperate. With Peter Lorre, Faye Emerson and Raymond Massey.

DANGER SIGNAL (1945) New to DVD
One of the greatest opening scenes in all of Film Noir sets the stage for this sublime suspenser that rises above its B-Movie limitations thanks to the skills of its ensemble, story and director. As a woman frantically knocks on a flophouse door, a man coolly removes a wedding ring from the hand of a supine figure, empties her purse, and jumps out the window. Zachary Scott, in all his silky, seductive glory, plays the man, wannabe writer Ronnie Mason. Ronnie possesses a preternatural sense of what woman want, and uses it to fulfill his narcissistic pleasures. Faye Emerson plays the next stop on his trail of destruction, smart stenographer Hilda Fenchurch. Fate takes a turn when Hilda's younger sister (Mona Freeman) returns home, and Mason's take a fancy to her - and her inheritance. Now Mason is the one hunted, as Hilda discovers how far she will go to save her sister. Directed by Robert Florey (The Beast with Five Fingers).

BACK IN PRINT ON DVD
THE ORIGINAL NANCY DREW MOVIE MYSTERY COLLECTION (1938-39) Back on DVD
When young Bonita Granville donned trench coat and fedora to play everyone's favorite teenage detective, Nancy Drew, it was an instant perfect pairing. Collection includes: NANCY DREW, DETECTIVE (1938) where Nancy sleuths out the secret of a missing heiress. In NANCY DREW, REPORTER (1939) she investigates a poisoning. In NANCY DREW, TROUBLE SHOOTER (1939) she looks to clear a family friend of murder. And finally, in NANCY DREW AND THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE (1939) Nancy faces death inside a secret tunnel.

POSSESSED (1947) Back on DVD
Joan Crawford stars as a woman found wandering the streets of Los Angeles and taken to a mental hospital where she weaves a harrowing tale of insanity, murder and the passion by which she became possessed. Louise Howell (Crawford) is a nurse hired to care for a dying woman but the suicide of her charge and rejection by the man she loves drive Howell to madness and murder. Or do they? Special Features: Commentary by Film Historian Drew Casper; Featurette: "Possessed: The Quintessential Film Noir"; Original Theatrical Trailer

POSSESSED is already available on BluRay, as I have it -- Bruce

THE WOMEN (1939) Back on DVD
George Cukor directs an amazing all-star ladies-only ensemble in this scintillating comedy drama from Hollywood's storied golden year of 1939. Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Joan Fontaine, Mary Boland and Paulette Goddard are among the array of husband snatchers, snitches and lovelorn ladies while Norma Shearer shines as the jilted Mary Haines, who learns her own worth the hard way.

THE THREE MUSKETEERS (1948) Back on DVD
Gene Kelly plays D'Artagnan in this rollicking and swashbuckling adaptation of the Dumas classic. Gene brings his one-of-a-kind brio and athleticism to the action scenes, and joined by a top-notch cast that includes Vincent Price as unctuous Cardinal Richelieu, Lana Turner as villainous Lady de Winter, June Allyson as Constance, Van Heflin as Athos, Robert Coote as Aramis, Gig Young as Porthos and Frank Morgan and Angela Lansbury as King Louis and Queen Anne.
Offline

Salvidienus

  • Posts: 10
  • Joined: Thu Dec 17, 2015 2:36 am

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostTue Mar 13, 2018 9:47 pm

No Silents or Pre-Code films...... again. What a surprise.
I'm so excited to see these Joseph Breen approved morality pictures. :roll:

Meanwhile Technicolor films like "Under A Texas Moon" 1930 and "Leathernecking" 1930, which the Warner Archive
has confirmed it has a print of on several occasions are collecting dust in the film archive.... but who wants to see
that? They contain naughty Pre-Code humor and we can't show that in Sunday school. :lol:


Image
Offline
User avatar

Javier

  • Posts: 186
  • Joined: Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:06 pm

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostTue Mar 13, 2018 9:55 pm

Salvidienus wrote:No Silents or Pre-Code films...... again. What a surprise.
I'm so excited to see these Joseph Breen approved morality pictures. :roll:

Meanwhile Technicolor films like "Under A Texas Moon" 1930 and "Leathernecking" 1930, which the Warner Archive
has confirmed it has a print of on several occasions are collecting dust in the film archive.... but who wants to see
that? They contain naughty Pre-Code humor and we can't show that in Sunday school. :lol:


Image


I agree with you on this one. :(
From all the ones you have posted, Hotel Berlin, is the one I will get as soon as it's available, Peter Lorre's performance is excellent (as always) in this film. Helmut Dantine is just wonderful, so, is Raymond Massey. I am excited about this release the most.
In the meantime I am driving to Joseph Breen's House and hammer some sense in his head about being so close-minded...wait, He is not there, good!
"it's a Kafka high, you feel like a bug"
Offline
User avatar

CoffeeDan

  • Posts: 937
  • Joined: Thu Dec 11, 2008 2:55 pm
  • Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostTue Mar 13, 2018 11:35 pm

Javier wrote:
Salvidienus wrote:No Silents or Pre-Code films...... again. What a surprise.
I'm so excited to see these Joseph Breen approved morality pictures. :roll:

Meanwhile Technicolor films like "Under A Texas Moon" 1930 and "Leathernecking" 1930, which the Warner Archive
has confirmed it has a print of on several occasions are collecting dust in the film archive.... but who wants to see
that? They contain naughty Pre-Code humor and we can't show that in Sunday school. :lol:


Image


I agree with you on this one. :(
From all the ones you have posted, Hotel Berlin, is the one I will get as soon as it's available, Peter Lorre's performance is excellent (as always) in this film. Helmut Dantine is just wonderful, so, is Raymond Massey. I am excited about this release the most.
In the meantime I am driving to Joseph Breen's House and hammer some sense in his head about being so close-minded...wait, He is not there, good!


Uh . . . did you guys read the first two posts on this page?
Offline

Daniel Eagan

  • Posts: 783
  • Joined: Wed Dec 19, 2007 7:14 am

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostWed Mar 14, 2018 8:24 am

Salvidienus wrote:Meanwhile Technicolor films like "Under A Texas Moon"


There are underlying rights issues with Under a Texas Moon, it's not the fault of Warner Archive or the MPAA.
Offline

Salvidienus

  • Posts: 10
  • Joined: Thu Dec 17, 2015 2:36 am

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostWed Mar 14, 2018 5:21 pm

Really? I have heard different as it was an original story made especially for Warner Bros and the
featured song was expressly written for the picture. But I've also heard excuses for not releasing
films in the public domain so no doubt they will come up with whatever excuse because they don't give a damn.
Just like when it was announced by the Warner Archive that a “deep search” of Warners’ own vaults recently turned up “a few” two-color Technicolor negatives for features that were only believed to exist in black-and-white versions created for the early TV market¨" They didn’t disclose any titles. God forbid the public know that top secret information:

https://nypost.com/2013/09/28/long-lost-three-stooges-short-surfaces/



Off the top of my head I can name the following MGM Warner Bros First National
RKO Radio Pictures that have been exhibited on TV and Cable in the past with NO RIGHTS
problems whatsoever:


Isle of Lost Ships 1929 (A.P.P. shown on TV 1950's to 1980's)
Recaptured Love 1930 (A.P.P. shown on TV 1950's to 1980's)
Divorce Among Friends 1930 (A.P.P. shown on TV 1950's to 1980's)
Those Who Dance 1930 (A.P.P. shown on TV 1950's to 1980's)
The Lady Who Dared 1931 (A.P.P. shown on TV 1950's to 1980's)
Misbehaving Ladies 1931 (A.P.P. shown on TV 1950's to 1980's)
Too Young To Marry 1931 (A.P.P. shown on TV 1950's to 1980's)
Bought 1931 (A.P.P. shown on TV 1950's to 1980's)
Tiger Rose 1929 (A.P.P. shown on TV 1950's to 1980's)
On The Border 1930 (A.P.P. shown on TV 1950's to 1980's)
Second Floor Mystery 1930 (A.P.P. Prepared but didn't have soundtrack at the time. Restored)
Sweet Mama 1930 (Shown on cable in 1980's-1990's AMC TNT)
Lilac Time 1928 (Shown on TV 1950's to 1980's)
Get Rich Quick Wallingford 1931 (Shown on cable in 1980's-1990's AMC TNT)
Beau Bandit 1930 (Shown on cable in 1980's-1990's AMC TNT)
Love Comes Along 1930 (Shown on cable in 1980's-1990's AMC TNT)
High Stakes 1931 (Shown on cable in 1980's-1990's AMC TNT)
A Woman Commands 1932 (Shown on cable in 1980's-1990's AMC TNT)

In addition there are numerous films gathering dust in archives,
just to mention a few:

His Glorious Night 1929
This Mad World 1930
Caught Short 1930
It's A Wise Child 1931
A Tailor Made Man 1931
Christopher Bean 1933
Syncopation 1929
Sweethearts And Wives 1930
Return Of The Terror 1934
The Barker 1928
His Captive Woman 1929



Daniel Eagan wrote:
Salvidienus wrote:Meanwhile Technicolor films like "Under A Texas Moon"


There are underlying rights issues with Under a Texas Moon, it's not the fault of Warner Archive or the MPAA.
Offline
User avatar

The Blackbird

  • Posts: 513
  • Joined: Fri Jul 03, 2009 3:38 pm
  • Location: London, Ontario

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostWed Mar 14, 2018 6:05 pm

silentfilm wrote:WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS (1956) New to Blu-ray with a 2018 1080p HD Remaster
The sudden death of a newspaper tycoon sets his successors at each other's throats while a city is stalked by a serial killer, and they ruthlessly exploit the city's fear to move more papers. Noir's traditional chiaroscuro gives way to a world full only of shadows, in which crazed killer and cynical reporter are separated by the slimmest of moral shivers. Fritz Lang's late noir thriller is criminally overlooked and now looks fresher than ever thanks to this new master. Lang's sly blend of deco danger and mid-century modern media satire fairly screams #FakeNews long before that was a thing. Superb cast includes Dana Andrews, Ida Lupino, George Sanders, and Vincent Price. 16x9 Letterbox

BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (1956) New to Blu-ray with a 2018 1080p HD Remaster
For his final US film, Fritz Lang subversively underscores the very narrative underpinnings of Film Noir, ultimately throwing the film's very audience into the shadows of compulsion and collusion. A writer (Dana Andrews) conspires to expose the failings of circumstantial evidence by framing himself for murder, and succeeds. But his plan goes awry when the evidence that will exonerate him is destroyed in tragic accident, leaving him sentenced to die. Fritz Lang's roots in German Expressionism pops from the screen in eye-melting contrast thanks to this crisp and detailed new master for 1080p HD. Also starring Joan Fontaine. 16x9 Letterbox

MURDER IN THE BIG HOUSE (AKA BORN FOR TROUBLE) (1942) New to DVD
When a condemned killer gets fried ahead of schedule thanks to a freak bolt of lightning, a trio of intrepid reporters want to know who's cheating the chair. Crime reporter Scoop Conner's suspicions are raised when he witnesses high society shyster Bill Burgen (Douglas Wood) promising condemned killer Dapper Dan Malloy (Michael Ames) a reprieve from the governor after Dapper Dan threatens to name names. After Scoop helps Dan get wise, he takes a swan dive into a bottle, leaving news gal Gladys Wayne (Faye Emerson) to grab new guy Bert Bell (Van Johnson, in his first leading role) and head to the pen to cover Dapper Dan's execution. But a lightning strike on death row saves the state the trouble, and all three reporters smell something rotten at work in the Big House.

HOTEL BERLIN (1945) New to DVD
A fugitive from the resistance hides in the cellar. Nazi High Commanders conspire to bring their poison to America. A hotel "hostess" entertains majors and generals, willing to do anything for a new pair of shoes. Another general faces his doom, fallout from a failed attempt to assassinate the Führer. His mistress, a famous actress, harbors a hostage as a bargaining chip - but for who? A scientist struggles to find his soul, lost somewhere in his research at Dachau. A boy bellhop braves death at the hands of the SS to spy for the resistance in the name of his father. These are just some of the suspects gathered within the confines of the Hotel Berlin during the closing days of World War II. Based on a novel by Vicki Baum, the film is reminiscent of her earlier smash hit Grand Hotel and serves up a similar, striking ensemble drama, only this time the stakes are far more deadly and desperate. With Peter Lorre, Faye Emerson and Raymond Massey.

DANGER SIGNAL (1945) New to DVD
One of the greatest opening scenes in all of Film Noir sets the stage for this sublime suspenser that rises above its B-Movie limitations thanks to the skills of its ensemble, story and director. As a woman frantically knocks on a flophouse door, a man coolly removes a wedding ring from the hand of a supine figure, empties her purse, and jumps out the window. Zachary Scott, in all his silky, seductive glory, plays the man, wannabe writer Ronnie Mason. Ronnie possesses a preternatural sense of what woman want, and uses it to fulfill his narcissistic pleasures. Faye Emerson plays the next stop on his trail of destruction, smart stenographer Hilda Fenchurch. Fate takes a turn when Hilda's younger sister (Mona Freeman) returns home, and Mason's take a fancy to her - and her inheritance. Now Mason is the one hunted, as Hilda discovers how far she will go to save her sister. Directed by Robert Florey (The Beast with Five Fingers).

BACK IN PRINT ON DVD
THE ORIGINAL NANCY DREW MOVIE MYSTERY COLLECTION (1938-39) Back on DVD
When young Bonita Granville donned trench coat and fedora to play everyone's favorite teenage detective, Nancy Drew, it was an instant perfect pairing. Collection includes: NANCY DREW, DETECTIVE (1938) where Nancy sleuths out the secret of a missing heiress. In NANCY DREW, REPORTER (1939) she investigates a poisoning. In NANCY DREW, TROUBLE SHOOTER (1939) she looks to clear a family friend of murder. And finally, in NANCY DREW AND THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE (1939) Nancy faces death inside a secret tunnel.

POSSESSED (1947) Back on DVD
Joan Crawford stars as a woman found wandering the streets of Los Angeles and taken to a mental hospital where she weaves a harrowing tale of insanity, murder and the passion by which she became possessed. Louise Howell (Crawford) is a nurse hired to care for a dying woman but the suicide of her charge and rejection by the man she loves drive Howell to madness and murder. Or do they? Special Features: Commentary by Film Historian Drew Casper; Featurette: "Possessed: The Quintessential Film Noir"; Original Theatrical Trailer

POSSESSED is already available on BluRay, as I have it -- Bruce

THE WOMEN (1939) Back on DVD
George Cukor directs an amazing all-star ladies-only ensemble in this scintillating comedy drama from Hollywood's storied golden year of 1939. Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Joan Fontaine, Mary Boland and Paulette Goddard are among the array of husband snatchers, snitches and lovelorn ladies while Norma Shearer shines as the jilted Mary Haines, who learns her own worth the hard way.

THE THREE MUSKETEERS (1948) Back on DVD
Gene Kelly plays D'Artagnan in this rollicking and swashbuckling adaptation of the Dumas classic. Gene brings his one-of-a-kind brio and athleticism to the action scenes, and joined by a top-notch cast that includes Vincent Price as unctuous Cardinal Richelieu, Lana Turner as villainous Lady de Winter, June Allyson as Constance, Van Heflin as Athos, Robert Coote as Aramis, Gig Young as Porthos and Frank Morgan and Angela Lansbury as King Louis and Queen Anne.


For one heart-stopping moment, I thought the 1928 WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS was finally getting released...
Offline

Paul Penna

  • Posts: 555
  • Joined: Thu Dec 20, 2007 11:02 am

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostWed Mar 14, 2018 10:02 pm

Salvidienus wrote:Off the top of my head I can name the following MGM Warner Bros First National
RKO Radio Pictures that have been exhibited on TV and Cable in the past with NO RIGHTS
problems whatsoever...


Exhibition rights are separate from the right to sell physical copies.

Also, would that other studios had as much back catalog released on DVD as that “lazy” and “don't give a damn” Warner Archive.
Offline

Daniel Eagan

  • Posts: 783
  • Joined: Wed Dec 19, 2007 7:14 am

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostThu Mar 15, 2018 8:25 am

Salvidienus wrote:Really? I have heard different as it was an original story made especially for Warner Bros and the
featured song was expressly written for the picture.

Daniel Eagan wrote:
Salvidienus wrote:Meanwhile Technicolor films like "Under A Texas Moon"


There are underlying rights issues with Under a Texas Moon, it's not the fault of Warner Archive or the MPAA.


Under a Texas Moon was based on the novel or short story Two-Gun Man by Stewart Edward White. (Sources differ.) It's possible to screen the movie (I saw it at MoMA and it was shown at Capitolfest) but so far no one has been willing to address the home market.
Offline

vitaphone

  • Posts: 482
  • Joined: Sun Mar 08, 2009 8:50 am
  • Location: New Jersey

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostThu Mar 15, 2018 10:19 am

Bitching about Warner Archive? Same people who would complain if someone gave them a gold bar saying it was too heavy. WA has released more vintage material --- times100 --- than all the other studios combined and will continue to do so. Those titles not yet released will come out eventually (but perhaps not on the complainer's schedule) provided there are no rights or condition issues.

If you want to bitch, suggest you focus on the other studios who have put out little of their own vintage material.
Offline
User avatar

Harold Aherne

  • Posts: 1730
  • Joined: Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:08 pm
  • Location: North Dakota

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostTue Mar 27, 2018 6:18 am

A very nice slate of early-ish talkies for April:

The Lights of New York (1928)
Condemned (1929)
The Devil to Pay (1930)
A Notorious Affair (1930)
The Ship from Shanghai (1930)
Alexander Hamilton (1931)
The Hot Heiress (1931)
Manhattan Parade (1931)
Fireman, Save My Child (1932)
The Gay Bride (1934)
A Lost Lady (1934)
Woman Chases Man (1937)
Comet over Broadway (1938)

Also worthy of note is MGM's 1964 compilation Big Parade of Comedy by Robert Youngson.

--HA
Offline

BGM

  • Posts: 210
  • Joined: Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:50 am
  • Location: Butte, Montana

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostTue Mar 27, 2018 9:00 am

Oh!!! Manhattan Parade is one that I will be ordering! I will try to imagine the 2color Technicolor although the amazing Layton/Pierce's Dawn of Technicolor book lists it as surviving in Technicolor.....
Offline
User avatar

Thad Komorowski

  • Posts: 91
  • Joined: Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:44 pm

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostTue Mar 27, 2018 2:11 pm

Jeepers. How could anyone complain about a dearth of Warner-owned talkies/pre-code pictures from this line? Isn't that mostly what they put out?
Offline
User avatar

bobfells

  • Posts: 2962
  • Joined: Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:03 pm
  • Location: Old Virginny

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostTue Mar 27, 2018 2:30 pm

Harold Aherne wrote:A very nice slate of early-ish talkies for April:

The Lights of New York (1928)
Condemned (1929)
The Devil to Pay (1930)
A Notorious Affair (1930)
The Ship from Shanghai (1930)
Alexander Hamilton (1931)
The Hot Heiress (1931)
Manhattan Parade (1931)
Fireman, Save My Child (1932)
The Gay Bride (1934)
A Lost Lady (1934)
Woman Chases Man (1937)
Comet over Broadway (1938)
--HA


Superb line up, especially the George Arliss ALEXANDER HAMILTON, based on his 1917 play that he co-authored. Nice to see the Arliss wit at work with American history.

Bob
Offline
User avatar

Harold Aherne

  • Posts: 1730
  • Joined: Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:08 pm
  • Location: North Dakota

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostSat Apr 21, 2018 8:34 am

May releases will include:

The Great Meadow (1931)
The Famous Ferguson Case (1932)
The Lost Squadron (1932)
Kansas City Princess (1934)
Broadway Hostess (1935)
Calm Yourself (1935)
Absolute Quiet (1936)
All-American Chump (1936)
Burn-'em-Up O'Connor (1939)
Espionage Agent (1939)

[Edited to add a couple that weren't on the WA website when I first looked at it.]

--HA
Last edited by Harold Aherne on Sat May 19, 2018 9:35 am, edited 2 times in total.
Offline
User avatar

silentfilm

Moderator

  • Posts: 9318
  • Joined: Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:31 pm
  • Location: Dallas, TX USA

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostFri Apr 27, 2018 11:26 am

SAMUEL GOLDWYN CLASSICS
CONDEMNED (1929) New to DVD
A suave, self-centered thief learns to give instead of steal. A fear-fraught shut in finds the courage to brave fate. A cold-blooded killer finds something worth dying for. An all-powerful prison warden discovers how small and weak he is. These fours souls are condemned to be forever transformed within the crucible of Devil's Island - a French prison in a South American jungle from which where there's no escape! Michel (Ronald Colman), sent to Devil's Island for bank robbery where, thanks to his Parisian sophistication, he catches the warden's (Dudley Digges) attention. While Michel's bunkmate, the killer Jacques, gets hard labor, Michel gets to serve his time softly as a servant to the warden's wife (Ann Harding). But when Michel's labors soon prove to be as hard as Jacques, he plans an escape. Ronald Colman's performance as Michel, along with his Bulldog Drummond in the same year solidly secured his transition from silent star to talkie A-lister.


Image
THE DEVIL TO PAY (1930) New to DVD
Loveable rogue Willie Hale (Ronald Colman) just frittered away another fortune in British East Africa, so he auctions off his belongings and returns to England. While Lord Leland (Frederick Kerr), Willie's father, fumes about Willie's latest failures, Willie buys a dog with his last pounds and rekindles a romance with saucy and actress Mary Crayle (Myrna Loy). Finally returning to the home estate, Willie wins over his father yet again and makes the acquaintance of nouveau riche linoleum heiress Dorothy Hope (Loretta Young). Engaged to a Russian nobleman, Dorothy is besotted by Willie's freewheeling ways and soon breaks it off for a life of poverty with new man. But there's one condition - Willie must never see Mary again. This light and airy character romance's charms are as winning today as they were when freshly minted.


Image
WOMAN CHASES MAN (1937) New to DVD
It's like father, unlike son in this screwball comedy re-teaming Miriam Hopkins and Joel McCrea. Ex-millionaire B.J. Nolan (Charles Winninger) has frittered away his fortune on one mad scheme after another while his millionaire son, Kenneth (McCrea), is quite tight with his fortune - unless he's "tight" on alcohol when he tries to buy everything in sight! Desperate to save his latest project - a low-income housing development - B.J. drafts lady architect Virginia Travis (Hopkins) to help him extract the funding he needs from his frugal son. Kenneth has returned from Europe with a complication or two, a fiancé (Leona Maricle) and her 'uncle' (Erik Rhodes), who are both really gold digging grifters. While Virginia gets wise to what's up with Kenneth's fiancé, she realizes she has no choice but to "fight firewater with firewater." While Kenneth ping-pongs between pliable and intractable, Virginia realizes she has fallen for him.

Image
BACK IN PRINT ON BLU-RAY
MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (1944) Back on Blu-ray
The beloved Judy Garland musical classic returns to Blu-ray with the same sparkling 1080p HD presentation and scintillating special features, but now wrapped up in gorgeous period artwork. Judy Garland stars in a timeless tale of family, captured with warmth and emotion by director Vincente Minnelli. The enduring popularity of Meet Me in St. Louis comes from a terrific blend of music, romance and humor with co-stars Margaret O'Brien (awarded a special Oscar® as 1944's outstanding child actress) and Mary Astor. The film's memorable original score by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane includes "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "The Trolley Song" Special Features: Introduction by Liza Minnelli; Audio Commentary by Garland Biographer John Fricke with Margaret O'Brien, Composer Hugh Martin, Screenwriter Irving Brecher and Barbara Freed-Saltzman; Lux Radio Theater Broadcast (Audio Only); Music Only Audio Track.
Offline
User avatar

Harold Aherne

  • Posts: 1730
  • Joined: Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:08 pm
  • Location: North Dakota

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostSat May 19, 2018 9:38 am

June releases will include:

My Past (1931)
The Band Plays On (1934)
A Modern Hero (1934)
Baby Face Harrington (1935)
The Chaser (1938)
Kid Nightingale (1939)

As well as reissues of various comedy team double features:

The Devil's Brother (1933)/Bonnie Scotland (1935)
Meet the Baron (1933)/Gold Raiders (1951)
Go West (1940)/The Big Store (1941)
Air Raid Wardens (1943)/Nothing but Trouble (1944)
Lost in a Harem (1944)/Abbott and Costello in Hollywood (1945)

--HA
Offline
User avatar

silentfilm

Moderator

  • Posts: 9318
  • Joined: Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:31 pm
  • Location: Dallas, TX USA

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostSat May 19, 2018 4:02 pm

Plus these BluRays for June:
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (BD)
Image
"Bless Yore Beautiful Hide,” all you brides and brothers!

Designing Woman (BD)
Image
Romantic pitfalls surface gleefully in this Vincente Minnelli-directed comedy.

2 Weeks in Another Town (BD)
Image
...only in Rome could this story happen...
Offline
User avatar

Keatonesque

  • Posts: 119
  • Joined: Wed May 02, 2018 2:46 pm
  • Location: Joshua Tree

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostSat May 19, 2018 4:57 pm

Lovely to see so many pre-code films getting a release, but it looks like another year with virtually no silents, which I suppose isn't a bad thing since they have considered so many of their silents to be only worthy of being MOD DVD-Rs.
Offline
User avatar

Changsham

  • Posts: 805
  • Joined: Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:34 pm

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostSat May 19, 2018 6:13 pm

The Lost Squadron used to be on Laser Disk. From what I remember the quality of the print and transfer was outstanding for those days. One of the best B&W Laser Disks I viewed. I wonder of th WA version is as good?
Offline

Decotodd

  • Posts: 94
  • Joined: Thu Dec 27, 2007 3:39 pm
  • Location: Los Angeles

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

PostMon Jun 04, 2018 3:31 pm

Has WA issued all of the silent pictures they own for which a music track is available? Is it possible they've run out of material without commissioning a new score?
Democracy depends on informed citizens and elections have consequences -- vote!
Next

Return to Talkie News

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 4 guests