News From the Lake for July 9th, 2014

News

Post-Fourth of July doesn’t yield much in the news front. In this week’s update I’ll discuss an updated Disney adaptation, and what’s coming to DVD and Blu-ray.

Disney Dumbo

In a Disney landscape where we’ve watched live-action interpretations of Snow White, Maleficent, and next year, versions of Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast, the company appears content with this trend to turn their eye towards the little circus elephant with big ears. According to Variety, screenwriter Ehren Kruger of Transformers: Age of Extinction fame is writing the script for a live-action Dumbo. There’s no word beyond that but it’s assumed Dumbo himself will play against live-action characters. My interest in this trend is middling. The movies produced so far have failed to live up to their animated counterparts, and a movie based so heavily around an animated character only conjures up images of the live-action Smurfs movies.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

Olive Films: Four more DVD/Blu-rays are coming out in September via Olive Films. ¬†On September 16th you can get Mickey Rooney in The Big Operator (1959); Gary Cooper’s Distant Drums (1951) and Joel McCrea in South of St. Louis (1949) on September 23rd, and the Essential Betty Boop, Volume 4 on September 30th.

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Warner Archive: June Allyson gets the tribute treatment from Warner Archive this week with four very different roles. She plays the stepdaughter to Claudette Colbert in The Secret Heart (1946), Van Johnson’s childhood sweetheart in High Barbaree (1947), a pianist in Too Young to Kiss (1951), and the first female hospital intern in The Girl in White (1952). You can purchase all these manufactured on-demand titles viaWarner Archive’s website.

Kino Classics: Kino’s done a fantastic job keeping up the output on their KL Studio Classics line. Continuing the trend they’ve prepared five films for September releases, all getting their Blu-ray debuts. On September 9th is A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966); and on September 23rd is Elmer Gantry (1960), Run Silent Run Deep (1958), The Young Savages (1961), and Taras Bulba (1962).

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