Since I took last week off it’s safe to say a lot of news accumulated. Only one actual news item and then it’s on to a bunch of Blu-ray/DVD news, so let’s not waste another minute!
The first films to be screened at the fifth annual TCM Classic Film Festival have been announced, and they are doozies! A newly restored cut of Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz in 3D, and the Harold Lloyd classic, Why Worry? will all be showing at some point during the festival; both Gone With the Wind and Wizard of Oz will be celebrating their 75th anniversary as part of their festival showings. On top of that, TCM announced passes to the festival itself go on-sale November 14th so get ready! Everyone knows of my distaste for Gone With the Wind, but I’m sure it’ll look glorious in conjunction with the festival. My attendance at the festival is on hold due to failing to secure a hotel room, so my fingers are still crossed. The 5th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival runs April 10th-13th in Hollywood.
Coming Soon on Blu-ray and DVD
Criterion: A movie as chaotic and epic as It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World deserves a Criterion release worthy of a king. The movie will be released on DVD and Blu-ray January 21st with a whopping five-disc set, including two Blu-rays and 3 DVDs (the movie will include the 197-minute extended cut). The movie will receive a total restoration and transfer to Blu-ray along with the following bonus content: Additional scenes from the 1970’s road-show version, never before seen in home releases; audio commentary with Mark Evanier, Michael Schlesinger, and Paul Scrabo; a documentary on the movie’s visual and sound effects; video of a 1974 talk show with director Stanley Kramer and stars Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett and Jonathan Winters; a 1963 press interview with Kramer and crew, interviews recorded at the AFI 100 Years…100 Laughs festival in 2000 with cast and crew; a two-part showing of the CBC television program Telescope with footage from the movie’s press junket and premiere, a 2012 video of the cast and crew at the Academy Awards, a selection of Stan Freberg’s original TV and radio advertisements for the movie, original and re-release trailers and radio spots, and an original essay on the film written by the beloved critic Lou Lumenick. I told you this was a fairly epic release. Be sure to save up for this extensive work when It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is release on Criterion DVD and Blu-ray January 21st.
Kino Classics: Halloween ain’t over yet because Kino Classics has another horror movie delight set for release. Last week they announced a 2-disc DVD/Blu-ray release of the 1922 vampire classic, Nosferatu. The movie is fully restored from its 35mm print in full HD quality. Other features include: the option to watch the movie with either German intertitles (and optional English subtitles), or English intertitles; Hans Erdmann’s original score from 1922 in DTS-HD Master Audio; a 52-minute documentary entitled “The Language of Shadows” focused on the film’s production; excerpts from eight other films directed by F.W. Murnau, and an image gallery. I’ll have a review of this upon release. You can purchase Nosferatu on November 19th.
Warner Archive: Warner Archive gets the bulk of the news since there’s two weeks of releases. A few additional Paramount titles are now available for purchase including Burt Lancaster in The Rose Tattoo (1955), Shirley Booth and Shirley MacLaine in The Matchmaker (1958), and Natalie Wood and Robert Redford in This Property is Condemned (1966). I was fortunate to pick up The Rose Tattoo and This Property is Condemned so look for reviews soon. (If only someone would release Love With the Proper Stranger I’d be happy). This week’s classic movie releases includes a tribute to Pre-Code actor Lee Tracy with three of his movies released: The Half Naked Truth (1932), The Nuisance (1933), and Turn Back the Clock (1933). You can purchase any and all of these titles via Warner Archive’s website.