It’s Wednesday, so it must be news time. In this week’s installment, TCM rules the roost with several news items and a video. We’re also looking at what’s upcoming in the glorious worlds of DVD and Blu-ray.
We’ve got a few upcoming events for those in the Los Angeles area. First off, the UCLA Film & Television Archive is presenting the world premiere of the newly restored film, Ramona (1928). The movie screens March 29th at 7:30pm at the Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood Village complete with live orchestral accompaniment courtesy of the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. A group of authors, film historians, and other guests will discuss the movie afterwards. Tickets can be purchased via the event website.
Here’s another fun classic movie themed event. Between now and March 23rd the Kneehigh Theatre is performing Noel Coward’s classic, Brief Encounter at the fantastic Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. Tickets are available at the Wallis Annenberg Center website.
Last year TCM announced plans to interview Eva Marie Saint during 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival in anticipation of airing it during the 2014 event. Well, the network’s just announced the airdate for said interview. Eva Marie Saint: Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival debuts March 31st at 8pm during an evening devoted to the star’s films. In addition to the hour-long interview with host Robert Osborne, Saint’s iconic turns in On the Waterfront, Raintree County, and North by Northwest are set to air. I enjoyed last year’s interview with Kim Novak and have high hopes for this one as well. Now if only TCM would announce who is the subject for this year’s interview!
Speaking of this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival, it’s been announced that TCM and the U.S. Postal Service are honoring Charlton Heston with a stamp and dedication ceremony at the upcoming event. April 11th will see the U.S.P.S. issue the Heston stamp as part of a tribute to “Legends in Hollywood.” The dedication will take place the TCL Chinese Theater with the Heston family to attend, and followed up by the world premiere of the restored Touch of Evil. TCM host Ben Mankiewicz will host the ceremony which starts at noon. A week earlier, on April 4, at 8pm a night of Heston’s films will air although a final roster of movies hasn’t been announced.
And finally, TCM’s unveiled a tribute video commemorating twenty years of the incomparable network and its dedication to classic cinema. The video is lovely, so give it a watch!
New on DVD/Blu-ray
Columbia Classics: Three DVDs from the Columbia Classics line are slated for release on March 18th; Edward G. Robinson’s I Am the Law (1938), Robert Cummings’ The First Time (1952) and the documentary Rings Around the World (1966).
Universal: Universal’s set to release their second wave of individual Alfred Hitchcock titles on Blu-ray, so if you didn’t buy the massive box set now’s the time to pick up the titles you want. Each is set for simultaneous release in 2D and 3D Blu-rays. The titles include Family Plot, Marnie, Frenzy, Topaz, and Torn Curtain. Individual bonus features include trailers and production stills as well as content related to the movie itself. All are available to purchase now.
Warner Archive: It’s all about Joan Crawford this week courtesy of Warner Archive. Five of Ms. Crawford’s comedies and romances are available to purchase from the manufactured-on-demand company: Our Blushing Brides (1930), The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937), Montana Moon (1930), I Live My Life (1935), and The Bride Wore Red (1937). All are available to purchase via WarnerArchive.com.
Olive Films: New from Olive are two WWII movies: Flying Tigers (1942) and Home of the Brave (1949). Home of the Brave is debuting on both DVD and Blu-ray courtesy of Olive. No bonus materials been announced for either movie. You can purchase both on May 13th.
Twilight Time/Screen Archives: Twilight Time is diverse, to say the least. Amongst their spate of April release, they announced plans to put Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962) on Blu-ray. The movie hits shelves April 8th and is limited to a pressing of 3,000 copies so if you want a copy best pre-order it now. Bonus content hasn’t been revealed but expect a soundtrack feature and essay at the very least. You can pre-order via screenarchives.com.
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