News in a nutshell: A lot of TCM Film Festival news, additional opportunities to watch Criterion titles, television channel updates, a new classic film book worth reading, and what’s new on DVD and Blu.
A big part of the festival is the chance to see TCM host (Mr. TCM as I fondly call him) Robert Osborne. I was near him at several points during the fest, but never got the opportunity to say hello. Unfortunately, I won’t get the chance this year as it was announced last week that Osborne has pulled out of attending the festival due to some minor, but necessary surgery. According to Osborne and the TCM crew there’s nothing to worry about, but it is sad that he won’t be there this year. Those attending the fest can stop at the Info Desk and get any new information or just chat with them about Osborne. Fest attendees can also send get well cards at the Info Desk, where a special box will be reserved. I know I’ll be dropping off a card for him!
I mentioned a few months back that streaming service, Fandor, had teamed up with Hulu and the Criterion Collection to showcase Criterion’s films on a rotating basis for 12 days every Tuesday. It’s been a successful pairing so far with the service hoping to get more eyeballs watching some of these essential films. If you stop by Fandor until the 28th you can watch a crop of titles dealing with the 16th-century, including Carnival in Flanders (1935), Seven Samurai (1954), and The Private Life of Henry VIII (1953).
Our kind friends at getTV have announced their April slate of titles and it’s all about honoring Melvyn Douglas this month! Every Thursday in April will be devoted to the elegant star, with screenings of his classic works Theodora Goes Wild (1936), Too Many Husbands (1940) and I Never Sang for My Father (1970). Also on tap: tributes to stars Spencer Tracy, Ann Miller, and director Douglas Sirk. You can get the complete getTV schedule at their website.
Fans of schlock director Edward D. Wood, Jr. might want to check out Bear Manor Media’s latest tome, The Cinematic Misadventures of Ed Wood. Authors Andrew J. Rausch and Charles E. Pratt, Jr. explore Wood’s life and the crazy movies that resulted from it. Head over to Bear Manor’s site to pick up a copy.
Finally, Flicker Alley has announced the start of their manufactured on-demand program, as well as expanding their streaming service. An additional 21 titles are now being manufactured on-demand, while their streaming has expanded from 12 to 31 titles with many available for the first time to stream through Vimeo. If you’re interested in learning more about Flicker Alley’s MOD or streaming program, head over to their revamped website.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Cohen Media: Cohen Media will debut Alfred Hitchcock’s Jamaica Inn (1939) on on Blu-ray and a newly restored DVD for its 75th-anniversary on May 12th. Other than a 4K restoration bonus features haven’t been announced.