News in a nutshell: Another classic film might get the remake treatment, 20th Century Fox opens the vault for its centennial, and what’s new on DVD and Blu-ray.
Classic film Twitter exploded earlier this week after Variety reported that Paramount Pictures is developing a remake of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), originally starring John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart. There’s no director, writer, or stars attached. The only knowledge released is that the studio is contemplating moving forward the plot from the Old West to the 1980s “amid the retrenchment of the steel and auto industries” in Western Pennsylvania; I’m assuming the movie is some small way of saying this is a “reimagined” film. Unlike something like West Side Story (1961), which maybe could benefit from a contemporary remake, there’s absolutely no reason to remake this, let alone moving it forward in time and place. The original film’s entire heart is wrapped up in the setting, so to lose it would be to lose the point of the film….thus making the entire remake unnecessary. Where do you fall? Do you want a remake of Liberty Valance? Whom do you see as its leads (look for a Kristen Recasts post in the future).
Despite their Fox Archives films starting and stopping throughout the year, 20th Century Fox announced they’ll release 100 films via iTunes in honor of their centennial anniversary, staggered throughout the year. The complete list of films can be found on iTunes but ten will be made available for the first time ever, in any format including The Red Dance (1928), The Cock-Eyed World (1929), The Bowery (1933), the Marilyn Monroe documentary, Marilyn (1963), and more. Considering Fox Cinema Archives has been one of the more sporadically released MOD programs, it would benefit them to go digital; they’d have little overhead and would be able to give audiences what they want quicker. Are you excited for this release? What titles are you interested in?
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Warner Archive: Warner Archive celebrates actress Helen Hayes with a trio of her titles, newly arriving on DVD – Another Language (1933), What Every Woman Knows (1934), and Vanessa: Her Love Story (1935). They’re also debuting Wind Across the Everglades (1958) for the first time on DVD. You can order all of these on-demand via Warner Archive.
Olive Films: Olive announced they’ll release The Kid From Cleveland (1949) and Bela Lugosi’s Voodoo Man (1944) on DVD and Blu-ray on November 24th.
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