A quiet news column this week with upcoming TCM programming and what’s new on DVD and Blu-ray.
TCM continues focusing on the movies and guest you might have missed at the TCM Classic Film Festival. After Gene Wilder’s recent hosting gig, the network’s tapping composer Quincy Jones – who was at TCMFF – to guest program alongside Robert Osborne on June 30th. Jones will be showing five of the films he’s worked on throughout his career starting with The Pawnbroker (1965) at 8pm Eastern, followed by In the Heat of the Night (1967), The Slender Thread (1965), Dollars (1971), and The Italian Job (1969). You can find full scheduling at TCM’s website.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
20th Century Fox: Fox Cinema Archives is generally known for their B-picture titles, but their latest string of releases sees one prominent A-title in the bunch, 1942’s Girl Trouble. Set for release on July 1st, the latest from Fox also includes the Jones Family in Everybody’s Baby (1939) and The Escape (1939).
Warner Archive: Mystery and noir is on the agenda for this week’s Warner Archive releases. First off is a dual release with John Barrymore and Melyvn Douglas tackling the same role – six years apart – of Arsene Lupin in Arsene Lupin (1932) and Arsene Lupin Returns (1938). Also set to debut: Steve Cochran and Ann Blyth in Slander (1957), Zachary Scott in The Counterfeit Plan (1957), Anne Baxter in Chase a Crooked Shadow (1958), Diane McBain in Claudelle Inglish (1961), and Robert Ryan in The Crooked Road (1965). All of these are manufactured on-demand and can be purchased at Warner Archive’s website.
Criterion: Only a few releases worth covering from Criterion this week. Looks like the studio is giving the royal treatment to the British horror masterpiece The Innocents (1961), putting it on remastered DVD and debuting it on Blu, September 23rd. Bonus content includes the requisite Criterion essay, audio commentary, and interviews.
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