An all-DVD release date edition of News From the Lake. Here, we’ll discuss upcoming release dates for DVDs and Blu-Rays from Universal, Olive Releasing, and Fox. I’ll also include a brief Lake Update for April at the end.
On May 7th, you can own The Great Escape on Blu-Ray. The film will be released for the first time in Blu-Ray with over three hours of bonus content including audio commentary with director John Sturges, and quite a few featurettes. The DVD release coincides with actor Steve McQueen’s 83rd birthday, a limited theatrical re-release, as well as getting a restored screening at the upcoming TCM Classic Film Festival. With a cast that includes James Garner, Charles Bronson, and Richard Attenborough you can add The Great Escape to your Blu-Ray collection on May 7th.
Universal Studios is making a push to release all their classic horror films on Blu-Ray. On June 4th, you can own The Invisible Man, Creature From the Black Lagoon, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Mummy. Each comes with a separate 3D Blu-Ray as well as their own individual sets of bonus material; also included is DVD commentary, production notes, and trailers alongside other content. I don’t have any of these so I’d recommend Blu-Ray as the best bet. Universal released a complete box set of their horror films a few months back, nice to see these get single releases if you have personal preference.
Fans of comedian W.C. Fields should be pleased to hear Universal will be releasing a ten-movie set of his works, also on June 4th. The movies include Fields’ hits My Little Chickadee, International House, and The Bank Dick. Bonus content appears sparse so this is recommended if you’re a fan of the actor and don’t already have these films.
Finally, Olive Films has announced a few DVD and Blu-Ray releases. The above Blowing Wind, The File on Thelma Jordan, and Lady From Louisiana will be seeing simultaneous Blu-Ray and DVD releases on May 28th. All three will be released for the first time in each format. Other films including Father Goose, The Grass is Greener, and In Old California will be seeing Blu-Ray releases and DVD re-releases. Olive Films is a smaller studio but they’ve put out some interesting gems that haven’t gotten much attention in the home video market.
Time to throw in quick update about the state of the site. Hopefully, you’re all enjoying the new layout. I hate to be a layout jumper but apparently WordPress is a stickler about which themes they’ll show their ads on. While I abhor ads they are adding up to a tidy little sum for myself, and a trickle of money for writing is better than no money. I prefer this layout actually and will be keeping it for the foreseeable future. With that, I will have to tweak the banner in the next few weeks as the smaller header size has ruined a few of the older headers. Look for that over the next month or so. In terms of DVD reviews, I’m hoping to get a lot written ahead of time, especially as papers and finals come up over the next month (you have no idea how happy I’ll be when summer gets here). I have quite a few movies in the pipeline courtesy of the fine folks over at 20th Century Fox and Twilight Time so look for those soon. I also have a ton of books and I’m hoping to get the book reviews back up now that the Leading Lady Tournament is over.
Speaking of, our winner has been announced and congrats to Ms. Ginger Rogers again. She’ll be placed alongside Mr. Cary Grant, the winner of the Leading Man tourney last year. I am hoping to get the Leading Man Tournament up this summer, probably in July to distance it as much from this last event. I’m still debating on opening up the nominees, but that’s all for a later date. The Leading Lady tournament was a success, but I will be looking at which nominees worked and reworking the nominees quite a bit. Thank you to everyone who voted, week in and week out.
I’ll give more details towards the end of the month, but I am hosting another blogathon. This one will be in the vein of the Universal Backlot Blogathon, in terms of celebrating Hollywood. The fantastic Pat McDonnell, owner of the 100 Years of Film blog, will be co-hosting it with me. Again, I’ll announce it proper at the end of the month, but if you’re interested please let me know. I’m also contemplating a new running feature looking at my casting thoughts for the endless series of classic films that are supposedly going to be remade. I’m really excited for this feature, so any feedback – including a possible title – are appreciated.
I’m also up for a few LAMMY awards. If you’re a LAMB member, please consider voting for me in the areas of Best Classic Film Blog, Running Feature, Blogathon, and Ratings System.
Other than that, look for more movie reviews, and the continuation of Journeys in the Disney Vault and Biopic Theater. We’re entering the 80s over the next five weeks in the Disney Vault so should be fun.
As always, thanks to everyone who reads this blog regularly. I have absolutely no idea how I’ve managed to keep it running this long, but it’s all because of the fine folks who send me comments and encourage me. As always you can contact me via email, Twitter, and Facebook in the About Me section. Look out for some more contests as well. The books are the predominant prizes still, but you might see something unexpected in the future.
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.