News in a nutshell: Another celebrity passes away, more film screenings through the UCLA Film Archive and what’s new on DVD and Blu.
Long the butt of jokes regarding his status as alive or dead, Barney Miller star and Godfather cast member Abe Vigoda passed away on Tuesday at the age of 94. Though not known for an extensive classic filmography – best known as Tessio in Francis Ford Coppola’s mobster masterpiece – Vigoda’s presence as one of the last vestiges of some semblance of the studio system was comforting. 2016 has not been a good year to be a celebrity. You can read Vigoda’s full obituary here.
Starting just this week the UCLA Film and Television Archive an eight-week series entitled Out of the Ether: Radio Mysteries and Thrillers On-Screen spotlighting film adaptations of popular radio programs. Over the six weeks you can enjoy the likes of The Shadow (1940), Chandu the Magician (1932), Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) and The Phantom of Crestwood (1932), and Bewitched (1945). Select screenings will be preceded by recordings of original radio broadcasts. You can get more information at the UCLA website.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Flicker Alley: If you attended this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival you might have watched the restoration of the film noir classic Too Late for Tears (1949). Long the victim of poor public domain transfers, the Film Noir Foundation had been touting the new restoration and impending Blu-ray release for months. Now, you can be the proud owner of both Too Late for Tears and Woman on the Run (1950), the latter starring Ann Sheridan. Both will be DVD/Blu-ray combo packs and contain bonus content including audio commentary by “czar of noir,” Eddie Muller, featurettes on the restorations and a tribute to the Noir City Film Festival. Both hit store shelves on April 12th.
Fox Cinema Archives: Fox Cinema Archives announced the release of The Iron Curtain (1948) on DVD.
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