News in a nutshell: A light week on tap. TCM releases a slew of videos for their upcoming Trailblazing Women tribute, some new classic films coming to a theater near you, and what’s new on DVD and Blu.
TCM preps for their next month-long series, this time honoring the women directors and screenwriters who have shaped Hollywood. Hosted by Illeana Douglas, the first promos and clips are now available to watch at the Turner pressroom and they certainly whet my appetite for learning more about the underrated women shaping cinema. Trailblazing Women starts October 1st at 8pm.
If you’re fortunate to have a Studio Movie Grill in your area – its a movie theater chain not unlike the Alamo Drafthouse, serving food with your movies – then you’re in for a treat. The theater chain has announced three upcoming screenings audiences will eat up. The first is My Fair Lady (1964), in honor of its 50th Anniversary, on October 18th and 20th. I’m surprised this isn’t a nationwide event as I heard the delay of the 50th Anniversary Blu-ray was because they wanted to do theater screenings. That presentation will include unspecified “bonus features.” They’ll also be honoring the 60th Anniversary of Oklahoma! (1955) on November 1st and 3rd with some type of intro/outro by Kristin Chenoweth. This one I’m definitely going to see! They’ll also screen Disney’s Fantasia (1940) for 75th Anniversary on November 8th and 10th with some type of accompaniment by the Philadelphia Orchestra. You can learn more and purchase tickets through the Studio Movie Grill website.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Warner Archive: Norman Taurog’s work gets honored with the release of four of his titles released through Warner Archive. They include Myrna Loy in Lucky Night (1939), The Hoodlum Saint (1946) starring William Powell and my darling Esther Williams, The Beginning or the End (1947), and Deborah Kerr’s Please Believe Me (1950). They’re also returning several Paramount releases back in print including Fancy Pants (1950), Darling Lili (1970), and Pretty Baby (1978). You can find a full list of titles, as well as order them on-demand, through Warner Archive.
Fox Cinema Archives: Just when you start to lose faith in Fox’s MOD program they come roaring back to life with the release of thirteen new titles. The full list can be found here, but some notable works include Ronald Colman and Joan Bennett in The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (1935), Bad Girl (1931), and Lazybones (1925).
Criterion: Criterion tends to poop out come December, and their big classic film release for the month is Harold Lloyd’s Speedy (1928). Bonus features include a 4K restoration, musical score, audio commentary, documentaries, and more. You can pick up Speedy on 2-disc DVD or single disc Blu on December 8th.