News in a nutshell: TCM announces some more TCM Film Festival news, getTV scheduling announced, what’s new on DVD and Blu-ray.
There’s a little over a month before the TCM Classic Film Festival takes place in Hollywood, and I’ll be there covering all the awesome chaos for you! The network recently announced a few guests who’ll be joining already announced stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, Captain James Lovell, the astronaut who inspired Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 (1995) will be there, as well as William Daniels and Ken Howard (they’ll be introducing 1776 from 1972); archivists David Pierce and James Layton will introduce their fascinating documentary, The Dawn of Technicolor; oh, and a young woman named Ann-Margret will be on-hand for a presentation of The Cincinnati Kid (1965). Additionally, it’s been announced that screenings will take place celebrating new restorations of 42nd Street (1933), Calamity Jane (1953), the aforementioned 1776, Roman Holiday (1953), The Proud Rebel and Rififi (both 1958). The fest will also put on screenings of Doctor Zhivago (1965), Patton (1970), and Pinocchio (1940).
That’s A LOT to digest! I’ve previously gushed about Andrews and Plummer’s attendance, but you have NO IDEA how excited I am for Ann-Margret. It’s not the screening of Bye, Bye Birdie I’d hoped for but I’ll take what I can get. Furthermore, the inclusion of Lovell, a real astronaut, is a once in a lifetime opportunity. And for all you 1990s kids, William “Mr. Feeny” Daniels in attendance! The screenings this year, no offense, haven’t wowed me so far, but I am excited to see Roman Holiday, Doctor Zhivago, and Pinocchio on the big screen. The TCM Classic Film Festival runs March 26th-29th in Hollywood and I’ll be there covering anything and everything here at Journeys in Classic Film.
getTV turns one year old and they’re not slacking on the quality content this month. They’ve just announced their February slate of movies with Mondays being devoted to actor Jack Lemmon, as well as individual tributes to Ida Lupino, Kim Novak, Sidney Poitier, and Lee Marvin. Tuesdays will focus on a crop of films from a particular year, while the weekends remain devoted to Westerns. Also look for screenings of It Happened One Night (1934), His Girl Friday (1940), and Suddenly, Last Summer (1959). You can find the complete schedule of movies at the getTV website.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Universal: Universal will be releasing Imitation of Life (both the 1934 and 1959 versions) on Blu-ray for the first time on April 7th. The two were last put out on a special edition 2-disc DVD in 2008 and they’ll be keeping the two together for this Blu-ray release. They’re also putting out a four-disc Doris Day Collection on the same day, featuring six of Day’s most popular titles, including Midnight Lace (1960) which was previously only available through the TCM Vault.
Flicker Alley: Fans of French serials take note. Flicker Alley will be putting out the ten-part French serial, The House of Mystery (1921) on DVD for the first time. The three-disc set will contain an additional bonus slideshow and essay booklet. The House of Mystery hits store shelves March 31st.
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