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Postby moira finnie » April 19th, 2011, 3:31 pm

This Week's Releases on the Warner Archive includes several rare Myrna Loy Movies ! They also felt compelled to toss some of the '60s films that tried to transfer teenager's interest in pop and rock music to the movies. See for yourself if it lost anything in translation:

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By the mid sixties Rock and Roll was more than king, it was the emperor of entertainment, and so MGM's film division was tasked with bringing MGM Records' new crop of rockin' recording artists to the silver screen. Entrusted to Sam Katzman, helmer of quickie hit B pics like The Giant Claw, the resulting films are high on exuberance and verve, if a little short on plot and logic.

HOLD ON! (1966) REMASTERED Long before it gave birth to the likes of Oasis and The Stone Roses, England's "Madchester" music scene produced the stateside hit-making sensations Herman and the Hermits (aka Herman's Hermits). Signed to MGM, the musical combo found itself in uncharted waters - very real musicians being forced into a pre-fab pop-friendly frame - as if The Beatles were marketed as The Monkees. In their first starring vehicle, the children of the US vote to have a space capsule named after the band (forty years before Stephen Colbert!) and a nervous NASA assigns a scientist to tail them while on tour. Includes the Hermits' chart-topper's "Hold On!" and "A Must to Avoid." 16x9 WIDESCREEN

MRS. BROWN YOU'VE GOT A LOVELY DAUGHTER (1968) REMASTERED Produced sans Sam Katzman's loving care, this film finds Herman's Hermits on more familiar territory - Manchester and London - as the lads journey down to play some gigs in order to raise entrance fee money to race their prize greyhound, Mrs. Brown. Even saddled with that sketchiest of plots, the film exudes a freshness and freedom that thoroughly captures the time and the band, more so than the more staid and pre-fab confection that was Hold On! Stand out songs include the title track and "There's a Hush All Over the World" (years before the Carpenters covered it!). 16x9 WIDESCREEN

THE FASTEST GUITAR ALIVE (1967) REMASTERED Celebrate Roy Orbison's 75th birthday on April 23rd in style with his solo screen outing, which finds Roy strumming a bullet blasting guitar (decades before El Mariachi's melody of mayhem!) while playing a Confederate spy out to steal Union gold in a Musical/Western. The film's score boasts seven original songs written and performed by Orbison -including the astounding title track - creating enough sonic sweetness to settle any scores. 16x9 WIDESCREEN

GET YOURSELF A COLLEGE GIRL (1964) REMASTERED Forty years before a certain teen sensation played a pop star with a secret identity, Mary Ann Mobley played a girl who leads a similar double life. Prim and proper Co-ed Terry Tyler is secretly libber rock and roll songstress Joanie Harper. When her secret gets leaked during her senior year at staid Wyndham College, she beats a hasty Christmas break retreat to Sun Valley, where rock and romance awaits. Co-starring Nancy Sinatra and featuring performances by Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto (a lush "Girl From Ipanema"), The Dave Clark Five ("Thinking of You"), and The Animals (covering Chuck Berry's "Around and Around"). 16x9 WIDESCREEN


MORE MYRNA, MORE JOY
By far one of the Warner Archive Collection's most popular stars, we are pleased to be bringing you more Myrna Loy - just as you demanded! Join us in saluting her grand legacy with this set of new releases that spans twenty years of her career, and witness her surprising artistic evolution, from exotic femme fatale supporting parts to sophisticated quipster leading ladies.

THE SQUALL (1929) Alexander Korda helms this torrid tale of a virtuous family torn apart by the temptress in their mist. Nubi, the gypsy girl (Myrna Loy), finds sanctuary from the wrath of her angry lover in the bosom of the prosperous Lajos clan, Hungarian farmers. The Lajos women discover they've clasped a viper to their breasts when the seemingly irresistible Nubi creates a destructive path of seduction and betrayal with every man in sight. Also featuring Zasu Pitts and a teenage Loretta Young.

THE GREAT DIVIDE (1929) After 15 years Stephen Ghent (Ian Keith) sells his stake in a mine and heads south of the border to celebrate. At a nightclub, he discovers that the flapper floozy (Ruth Jordan) he's dancing with is the daughter of his long dead partner. Determined to save her from her lax, city ways, Ghent kidnaps her and attempts to countrify her. Loy co-stars as Manuela, Ghent's none-too-pleased Mexican 'fiancée.'

NEW MORALS FOR OLD (1932) Pre-code family drama about the generation gap of 1932. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas (Lewis Stone & Laura Hope Crews) are distressed to see their children (Robert Young & Margaret Perry) behave in 'modern' ways. One becomes an artist in Paris, the other openly has an affair with a married man. The father attempts to shrug it off as a symptom of the times, but the children eventually discover that the gap is much smaller than they thought. Loy co-stars as Myra, a lady with distinctively modern morals.

THE PRIZEFIGHTER AND THE LADY (1933) Fight fans take note! This comedy romance pairs future heavyweight Max Baer with Myrna Loy! Washed up rummy fight manager Professor (Walter Huston) discovers pugilistic prodigy sailor Steve Morgan (Baer) smashing his way through a local dive. He takes him to the country to clean up and learn the ropes. When sailor Steve comes to the rescue of Belle (Loy), a gangster's moll, he finds himself at the center of a love triangle. Also features boxing greats Primo Carnera & Jack Dempsey with a spectacular prize fight finale. Directed by WS Van Dyke (The Thin Man) with an uncredited assist from Howard Hawks.

THIRD FINGER, LEFT HAND (1940) Margot Sherwood Merrick (Myrna Loy) wants nothing to do with romance, so she invents what she thinks is the ultimate suitor shield - an imaginary husband. Unfortunately for her, smitten Jeff Thompson (Melvyn Douglas) calls her bluff and starts to pose as the fictitious Mr. Merrick. So how do you legally separate from a fib come to life? Directed by Robert Z. Leonard.

SO GOES MY LOVE (1946) Fictionalized adaptation of Hiram Percy Maxim's memoir, A Genius in the Family, about his relationship with his father, Hiram Stevens Maxim (Don Ameche), the inventor of the modern machine gun. Country girl Jane Budden (Myrna Loy) heads to the big city intent on capturing a good prospect, but unfortunately for the wannabe gold-digger, her heart is bigger than her avarice and she falls for the hapless inventor. Blood, sweat and toil follow, as does a family, and eventually success.
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Postby moira finnie » May 3rd, 2011, 5:18 pm

How much Lupe Velez is too much? You can find out this month here by perusing The Mexican Spitfire movies among the new releases from the Warner Archive. The under-rated David Janssen proves how good an actor he was, no matter what the material in Smile Jenny, You're Dead, a better than average tv movie featuring lovely Andrea Marcovicci. Below are the rest of the films:

THE MEXICAN SPITFIRE: COMPLETE 8-MOVIE COLLECTION (1939-1943) Meet Carmelita Lindsay, nee Fuentes, a surprisingly wily and guileful "hot-tempered" Latina from Mexico City. Aided and abetted by her husband's layabout uncle, superbly played by Leon Errol, Carmelita cons, cries, woos, warbles and weds across the span of eight riotous films. For a full list, see our website. 8 Movie, 4 Disc Collection

KONGO (1933) As disturbing now as it was then, this horror gem weaves a brutal tale of obsession and revenge inside the blackest heart of all - man's. Walter Huston reprises his famed stage performance as Phroso, a crippled magician who rules over his jungle fiefdom via fear, superstition and savagery. Pursuing his vengeance against the man who crippled him, Phroso ruthlessly exploits an innocent girl only to become befouled in his own net of sadism.
Special Feature: UNTAMED AFRICA, an entire feature length nature documentary, from 1933!

STRICTLY DYNAMITE (1934) Jimmy Durante headlines alongside Lupe as a pair of radio performers who hire a poet (Norman Foster) to pen gags for them when they are running short on material. The business arrangement soon becomes personal as a romantic triangle develops involving poet, performer, and poet's wife (Marian Nixon). Alongside the laughs, the viewer is treated to five songs, performed by Durante, Velez, and the Mills Brothers.

MADE FOR TV MARVELS

PROBE (1972) Out of the world and ahead of its time, Probe was the pilot movie for the sadly short lived TV sensation Search. Hugh O'Brian stars as Lockwood AKA Probe One, a high tech private operative in the employ of the World Securities Corporation. Tasked with "search and recover" missions, Probe One is aided by an array of surveillance devices and a team of specialists who monitor his every move. Probe Control Director V.C.R. Cameron (Burgess Meredith) directs the operation, mission control style. From the minds behind both Star Trek and The Outer Limits.

SMILE JENNY, YOU'RE DEAD (1974) David Janssen stars as one of TV's most memorable gumshoes, Harry Orwell, in the second of the two TV movies that launched the Harry O TV series. Jansenn's superb and multi-layered performance as world-weary Harry O is ably supported by a top-notch cast (including a young Jodie Foster) and a first rate script which sees Harry becoming romantically involved with the prime suspect in the murder he is investigating.

DUMMY (1979) LeVar Burton & Paul Sorvino deliver two stunning performances as a deaf mute accused of murder and the deaf lawyer who defends him in this drama based on real events. Brian Dennehy co-stars.

CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT (1985) Kathleen Quinlan stars as a sociology student researching crimes against women for her thesis. Interviewing prostitutes leads her to open her home to the abused and abandoned children of the streets. Features Pat Benatar's '80s classic Hell is for Children as the title track.

THE YELLOW ROSE (1983-84) The all-star '80s Western primetime soap finally arrives on disc in this complete series collection. The series follows two dynasties, the Champions and the Hollisters, as they vie for control of The Yellow Rose, a sprawling Texas horse ranch. The Yellow Rose's stellar main cast includes Sam Eliot, Chuck Connors, Cybil Shepherd, David Soul, and Noah Beery, Jr, & the series enjoys an equally stellar guest cast, featuring performers such as William Windom, Buddy Ebsen and Jane Russell.


THE GODDESS (1958) This film follows young Emily Ann Faulkner from her unloved childhood to lonely superstardom as Hollywood heartthrob Rita Shawn. The great Paddy Chayefsky crafted his script around the talents of the film's star, Broadway titan Kim Stanley, and she more than delivers. An astonishing performance from a great talent. Also features Patty Duke & Lloyd Bridges. 16x9 WIDESCREEN

EIGHT IRON MEN (1952) Lee Marvin stars as a sergeant in charge of a squad fighting its way through Italy during WWII. Joe Mooney's determination to see his squad make it out alive is sorely tested when the most hapless of his unit get pinned down in a trench, mere yards from an enemy machine gun nest. Edward Dmytryk directs.

THE LIBERATION OF L.B. JONES (1969) Sterling Siliphant (The Heat of The Night) co-wrote the script for William Wyler's last film, a searing portrait of race relations in the South of the 1960s. When LB Jones (Roscoe Lee Browne), the richest African American in town, files for divorce, revealing his wife's (Lola Falana) affair with a white cop (Anthony Zerbe) he sets off a murderous chain of events. Superb cast includes Lee J. Cobb, Yaphet Kotto, Barbara Hershey, and Lee Majors. 16x9 WIDESCREEN

THE RELUCTANT SAINT (1962) Edward Dmytryk directs this film version of the extraordinary journey of Giussepe Desa (Maximilian Schell), from "village idiot" to Saint Joseph of Cupertino. Celebrated novelist John Fante contributed to the script. Also stars Ricardo Montalban. 16x9 WIDESCREEN.

BECAUSE THEY'RE YOUNG (1960) Dick Clark steps away from the bandstand to play a young teacher who finds romance while helping his students chart the turbulent waters of adolescence. This rarely scene youth picture also features the radiant Tuesday Weld & a young Doug McClure. 16x9 WIDESCREEN.

SWITCHING CHANNELS (1987) Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's classic The Front Page gets an '80s makeover and revisits the same dynamic as seen in His Girl Friday. Christy Colleran (Kathleen Turner) is determined to gets out from under her ex-husband & producer John "Sully' Sullivan's (Burt Reynolds) thumb and marry the new man in her life (Christopher Reeve). But Sully knows she's a sucker for a good story... Directed by Ted Kotcheff (Fun With Dick and Jane). 16x9 WIDESCREEN

THE RETURN OF DANIEL BOONE (1941) Western giant "Wild Bill" Elliott puts on the spurs of Bill Boone, grandson of Daniel Boone, and takes on a corrupt town on behalf of a fair maiden (the winsome Betty Miles). And while Bill is busy cleaning up town, his sidekick Cannonball (Dub Taylor) is badly distracted by a fetching pair of twins (the Rodik Twins) that he mistakenly thinks is a single woman.

LARAMIE (1949) The Durango Kid rides again! This thrilling installment of the long-running Durango Kid series sees the Kid (Charles Starrett) racing against time to prevent an all-out war between the Cavalry and the local natives when their chief is murdered at a peace conference. Co-starring The Lone Ranger's Jay Silverheels with Smiley Burnette provided top-notch comic relief.
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Postby Professional Tourist » May 26th, 2011, 7:32 pm

The Warner Archive is running a Memorial Day sale again this year. Buy two DVDs get one free, with free ground shipping. This is the sale I've been waiting for -- I've placed my order. :)

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Postby Moraldo Rubini » May 27th, 2011, 12:19 am

Professional Tourist wrote:The Warner Archive is running a Memorial Day sale again this year. Buy two DVDs get one free, with free ground shipping. This is the sale I've been waiting for -- I've placed my order. :)

Thank you! I just put in my order.

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Postby MichiganJ » August 2nd, 2011, 1:17 pm

Warner Archive new releases this week:
http://www.wbshop.com/New-Releases/ARCH ... lt,sc.html

They include Gaslight, which had previously been a terrific pressed Warner release which included both the 1944 version as well as the 1940 British version and a documentary. This edition appears to be only the '44 version.
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Postby MichiganJ » August 16th, 2011, 4:07 pm

New Archive Releases (all remastered)

Julie (1956)
House of Women (1962)
Cry Terror! (1958)

And from Sony on Demand

Obsession (1976)
The Stone Killer (1973)
The Captain Hates the Sea (1934)
Black Moon (1934)
The Queens (1966)
A Dandy in Aspic (1968)
Young Winston (1972)
Circuitry Man (1990)

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Postby Mr. Arkadin » August 16th, 2011, 10:37 pm

Cry Terror is a personal fave and similar to films like While the City Sleeps (1956), where the plot is secondary to actors I love chewing scenery for all they're worth.

Glad to see Black Moon finally making it to DVD.

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Postby ChiO » August 16th, 2011, 11:43 pm

Cry Terror is a personal fave ... where the plot is secondary to actors I love chewing scenery for all they're worth.

I hate it when you talk that way about Mr. Steiger. I prefer the phrase "stylized scenery dining".

Doggonit. Now I want to pull out THE BIG KNIFE and CRY TERROR to sate the appetite.
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Postby srowley75 » August 17th, 2011, 5:30 am

MichiganJ wrote:New Archive Releases (all remastered)

House of Women (1962)

And from Sony on Demand

The Queens (1966)


Ooooh! These two sound very promising.

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Postby MichiganJ » September 16th, 2011, 5:25 pm

Warner Archive is running a Get Three DVDs for $35 and free shipping through 9/19
http://www.wbshop.com/Warner-Archive/AR ... lt,sc.html
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Postby MichiganJ » October 13th, 2011, 1:51 pm

Warner Archive has their Jean Harlow 100th Anniversary Collection (7 Discs) up for pre-order. Details, including film list and special features can be found here:

http://www.wbshop.com/on/demandware.sto ... rc=EWAHARL
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Postby MichiganJ » November 1st, 2011, 4:48 pm

Some new releases:

Tim Holt Western Classic Collection Vol. 3
Hollywood Party (1934)
Honolulu (1939)
Swing Parade of 1946 (1946)
The Lost Stooges (1990)
Ship Ahoy (1942)
Duchess of Idaho (1950)
Texas Carnival (1951)
Skirts Ahoy (1952)
The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953)
Good News (1947)
A Date With Judy (1948)
Give a Girl a Break (1953)

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Postby MichiganJ » November 19th, 2011, 10:40 am

Lots of pre-codes and other classics up for pre-order at Warner Archive, including a 4-disc, 8-movie Robert Montgomery Collection.

http://www.wbshop.com/Pre-Orders/ARCHIV ... lt,sc.html
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Postby feaito » February 1st, 2012, 10:14 am

Four rare Early Talkies available at Warner Archive: Man to Man, The Voice of the City, The Idle Rich and The Woman Racket:

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Postby moira finnie » March 19th, 2012, 2:04 pm

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A sensitively made movie about infidelity, Interlude (1968-Kevin Billington) has been announced as one of the Sony Choice Collection picks for an on-demand widescreen Region 1 DVD release as of 3/6/12 via the Warner Bros. Archive. It is a bit confusing, but one part of the press release says it is "newly remastered" and another part states "Important Note: This film has been manufactured from the best-quality video master currently available and has not been remastered or restored specifically for this DVD and Digital Download release."

In any case, you can see more about this $19.95 DVD here:

http://www.wbshop.com/Interlude/1000298 ... d=MOVIENEW

This once-modern romance, which hasn't been officially available for decades, was tied up in legal wrangling for years because of the copyright challenge from the estate of James M. Cain, whose slightly notorious 1937 novel "Serenade" provided inspiration for this film, as well as the earlier version of the story in When Tomorrow Comes (1939-John M. Stahl) with Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer, Interlude (1957-Douglas Sirk) with Rossano Brazzi and June Allyson, and the bowdlerized version of Serenade (1956-Anthony Mann) with Mario Lanza, Sara Montiel, and Joan Fontaine.

Regardless, it is one of Oskar Werner's best but least known English language performances, and he is supported well by Barbara Ferris (Children of the Damned, The Krays) as a reporter who becomes involved with him and the beautiful acting of Virginia Maskell (Our Virgin Island, Only Two Can Play) as his unhappy wife, along with John Cleese and Donald Sutherland. The movie also features the music of Georges Delerue with a theme song that was very popular when it first came out. The even-handed film rises above the situation by making the viewer feel empathy for each person affected by an extra-marital affair.
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