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News From the Lake: TCM Honors Richard D. Zanuck & Warner Brothers Releases the Ultimate Gangster Collection

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A brief news segment for this afternoon!  We look at TCM’s upcoming tribute to producer Richard D. Zanuck, as well as reveal upcoming artwork and details on Warner Brothers new Blu-Ray collection of gangster films.

Richard D. Zanuck

TCM continues to put out interesting themes and tributes this year.  Hollywood heavy-hitter and Oscar winning producer Richard D. Zanuck passed away last year, and it makes sense that TCM will be honoring him in May with a documentary and a retrospective of the films he helped produce.  The documentary, entitled Don’t Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Story of Richard D. Zanuck, is a ninety-minute special focusing on Zanuck’s life, the films he helped create, and the people he inspired.  Featuring interviews with Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Helena Bonham Carter, and a slew of others, it will have its première at the upcoming TCM Classic Film Festival at the end of April.  It’ll première on TCM on May 8th, along with a tribute to the movies he created.  After the documentary you’ll be able to watch Driving Miss Daisy, Cocoon, and Compulsion, all of which Zanuck produced.  I’m a fan of TCM’s original documentaries, and this should have a level of quality to it.

Finally, Warner Brothers is bringing their classic 1930s gangsters films to the Blu-Ray format in a beautiful collection.  The Ultimate Gangsters Collection will be released May 21st, and consist of four must-see pre-Code gangster pictures.  You’ll get Edward G. Robinson in Little Caesar  James Cagney in his two best-known works (White Heat and The Public Enemy), and Humphrey Bogart‘s first role in The Petrified Forest.  Each film is restored and presented in Blu-Ray format, along with the documentary Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film.  Each of the films will be put out on Blu separately, but if you want them all, and the documentary, you should get the set.  I recommend this to anyone interested in the best of the 1930s gangster work.  All later films borrowed heavily from these.  It retails at $49.98 and is available May 21st.

That’s all from the Lake for today.  See you next time!

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Kristen Lopez View All

A freelance film critic whose work fuels the Rotten Tomatoes meter. I've been published on The Hollywood Reporter, Remezcla, and The Daily Beast. I've been featured in the L.A. Times. I currently run two podcasts, Citizen Dame and Ticklish Business.

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