I won’t lie to you and backdate this post. Thankfully, not much happened during this week in classic film news so let’s get right into it.
Unless you’ve lived under a rock, you know this week wasn’t kind to us film fans, both classic and otherwise. We got the one-two punch of losing both Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall. Much controversy was heaped on TCM’s decision to not honor Williams, but they have announced a 24-hour tribute to Bacall on September 15th at 8pm Eastern and continuing into September 16th on what would have been Bacall’s 90th birthday. Her four films with husband Humphrey Bogart will air, as well as her Private Screenings interview with Robert Osborne. The full schedule can be found on TCM.com. What is your favorite Lauren Bacall film? Where do you stand on honoring Robin Williams on TCM?
Also coming out through TCM, A Night at the Movies, a four documentary set featuring TCM’s look at various film genres. The four documentaries within: “The Suspenseful World of Thrillers,” “The Gigantic World of Epics,” “Merry Christmas!,” and “The Horrors of Stephen King.” You can purchase A Night at the Movies exclusively through shop.tcm.com.
New on DVD and Blu-Ray
20th Century Fox: It’s time to dust off those Halloween DVDs, or in the case of 20th Century Fox, buy some more. They’re releasing Mel Brooks’ horror/comedy classic, Young Frankenstein on a 40th Anniversary Blu-ray, September 9th. Bonus features include: Mel Brooks commentary, interviews with the cast, featurettes, deleted scenes and more. Also, you can enter to win an autographed set photo signed by Brooks; forty winners will be chosen. You can enter, starting September 1st at the contest website.
Also new from Fox Cinema Archives: Air Patrol (1962), Fighting Back (1948), and The Girl on the Bridge (1951).
Columbia Classics: Also coming soon via Columbia Classics are Best Man Wins (1948) and Girl in the Case (1944). They’ll hit shelves September 9th.
Kino Classics: Kino planned to release 1932’s Death Kiss back in May but for unexplained reasons they postponed release. Now, the Bela Lugosi/David Manners drama is confirmed for release on October 14th. Bonus content is unknown but this is a 35mm restoration, done in association with the Library of Congress.
Warner Archive: Some fantastic offerings from Warner Archive this week. Leading the pack is the Blu-ray release of 1947’s film noir classic, Out of the Past with added commentary with historian, Jim Ursini. Also out are five Samuel Goldwyn features: A Raffles double feature containing both the 1931 and 1939 versions, Joel McCrea in They Shall Have Music (1939), Gary Cooper’s debut in The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926), Ronald Coleman in Arrowsmith (1931), and Teresa Wright in Enchantment (1948). All of these are manufactured on-demand and can be purchased at Warner Archive’s website.
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