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 Posted:   Aug 31, 2011 - 1:24 PM   
 By:   Katie @ SAE   (Member)

TWILIGHT TIME joins forces with SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT to release Blu-ray editions of classic Columbia titles

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (September 1, 2011) — Specialty label TWILIGHT TIME has struck a deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to license and release classic films from the Sony-owned Columbia Pictures library in high-definition Blu-ray editions. In line with TWILIGHT TIME’s innovative limited series concept, just 3000 units of each title will be produced, aimed at the collector/classic film aficionado market, and available exclusively online through www.screenarchives.com, the nation’s largest independent distributor of specialty soundtracks.

The November 8th Blu-ray debut of director Cy Endfield’s and special effects master Ray Harryhausen’s 1961 science fiction/fantasy classic, Mysterious Island, will be followed by a new release on the first Tuesday of each month. Scheduled follow-up on December 13th is the original Fright Night (1985), the horror/comedy cult favorite written and directed by Tom Holland and starring Chris Sarandon and Roddy McDowall.

TWILIGHT TIME—the label that has made a recent splash in the classic film home video pond with the release of such titles as The Kremlin Letter, Violent Saturday, and The Egyptian—is the brainchild of 30-year Warner Bros veteran Brian Jamieson and filmmaker/music restoration specialist Nick Redman. In his long tenure at Warner Home Video, Jamieson initiated and oversaw countless legacy restorations, including the films of Stanley Kubrick, Samuel Fuller’s The Big Red One, and Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch. Redman, a film historian and Oscar nominee for his 1997 documentary, The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage, is also a prime mover behind Twentieth Century Fox’s pioneering series of limited edition soundtracks, the inspiration for TWILIGHT TIME’s release model.
TWILIGHT TIME, Jamieson explains, is motivated by a desire “to optimize the film enthusiast’s dream, providing long sought-after collectible and fully restored titles, in their original aspect ratios, all manufactured to the highest quality available, and at an affordable price.”

Unlike movies-on-demand offerings, each TWILIGHT TIME release is a BD or DVD (not a DVDr) properly pressed from a restored transfer. Each is accompanied by a collectible 8-page booklet complete with original essay, stills, and poster art. And each TWILIGHT TIME disc provides, whenever possible, that extra most coveted by cinemusic enthusiasts: an isolated score. Mysterious Island offers a particularly high incentive along these lines, featuring music by pantheon composer Bernard Herrmann.
Grover Crisp, Sony Pictures Entertainment's Executive Vice President for Asset Management, Film Restoration, and Digital Mastering, is enthusiastic about his studio's new partnership with the label. “Our collaboration with Twilight Time will allow us to make available for Blu-ray release some of our library's most collectible titles in a way fans have been asking for: restored and re-mastered with attention to detail and quality.”

And Jamieson concurs: “Sony and Twilight Time,” he says, “will be serving both the collectible drive of film aficionados, and, in a larger sense, the cause of cinema literacy.”

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 Posted:   Aug 31, 2011 - 1:35 PM   
 By:   RM Eastman   (Member)

Great news! I don't buy DVD'S anymore, just Blu Rays. The best way to describe the difference, DVD'S look like video, high definition BD'S look like film. So count me in buying all titles that interest me. When one has the best(Blu Ray) it is difficult to go back(DVD).

 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2011 - 1:35 PM   
 By:   La La Land Records   (Member)

FANTASTIC NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

smile

MV

 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2011 - 1:37 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

I wonder what the $ per BD will be!

 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2011 - 1:40 PM   
 By:   Sarge   (Member)

Scheduled follow-up on December 13th is the original Fright Night (1985), the horror/comedy cult favorite written and directed by Tom Holland and starring Chris Sarandon and Roddy McDowall.

FRIGHT NIGHT... on Blu-Ray?!?

Peter Vincent is pleased by this news!

 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2011 - 1:44 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

This is very good news!

 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2011 - 2:06 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

I'm bumping this...


Folks..."Mysterious Island" on Blu-ray disc with the possibility of an isolated score.


Is that not worthy of multiple reactions???

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2011 - 2:14 PM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

Fantastic news !! Fright Night....very very nice news indeed big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2011 - 2:46 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

I believe Sony had an online vote as to what the next Harryhousen film to be released on Blu should be, & Mysterious Island won, so how come they're not releasing it themselves? Were the sales of Jason & The Argonauts BD so bad. This is my favorite Harryhausen film (it used to be Jason), I can still remember seeing it on a double bill with The Pirates Of Blood River. I will buy this, but not at $40, hopefully it will be a bit cheaper as they're releasing a lot more films now. I hope some Hammer's will follow, The Gorgon, The Curse Of The Mummy's Tomb & Terror Of The Tongs looked great on the Sony DVD's, & the box did say mastered in HD. Old movies on HD, just like old soundtracks, look like niche market now

 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2011 - 2:49 PM   
 By:   JackBlu78   (Member)

These titles will be pre-ordered as soon as they are listed. :-) Can't wait for both titles!

I could be wrong but as word of mouth / internet news spreads I would believe these two titles would be huge sellers. Seems to me 3,000 copies on BLU could be too few!

This is really awesome news. I think Twilight Time / SONY could offer some interesting titles that otherwise would take a long time to be released. Always hoping for titles like Murder By Death, Seems Like Old Times stuff that I think only I would buy haha but still.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2011 - 2:57 PM   
 By:   paul rossen   (Member)

Very good news indeed!!!Maybe we'll see a restored THE VICTORS. Perhaps even a US version of the OBSESSION Blu-ray instead of the DVDR that was just released. Perhaps a restored YOUNG WINSTON instead of the DVDR just released.

I have a sneaking suspicion that Sony will only release their top tier film classics(besides current films) such as Lawrence, From Here to Eternity and perhaps the musicals Oliver and Funny Girl leaving others such as Twilight Time and Criterion to release all others

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2011 - 3:02 PM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

Well.....this certainly is exciting news.

For myself however, I'm hoping, since Columbia is doing an excellent job of restoring its older films, that Twilight Time will move beyond the action/horror categories in choosing its Blu-Ray releases, and include things as varied as COVER GIRL, THE JOLSON STORY, LOST HORIZON (1937), some Randolph Scott and Glenn Ford Technicolor westerns, THE MAN FROM LARAMIE, PAL JOEY, MISS SADIE THOMPSON, MY SISTER EILEEN (both versions), and many more mainstream classics which would benefit from an increased visual quality.

Will look forward to these.

For the most part, the studios so far seem loathe to Blu-Ray anything but contemporary releases and action films of the last few years---with a very skimpy selection of top ten classics from the past.

Maybe this very limited press run sales ploy will remedy that, at least for diehard collectors, and give us the kind of films which once made moviegoing so much fun.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2011 - 3:09 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

Very good news indeed!!!Maybe we'll see a restored THE VICTORS.

Sony did release a DVD of The Victors in the UK, but it was the cut version & they got a lot of flak for it online. They did say they would release the full lengh version in the US (I can't remember what site I read that on). I'd think it's just the sort of title that Twilight Time would release.

 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2011 - 4:09 PM   
 By:   soop.broth   (Member)

I'm mixed on this one... Mysterious Island is at the top of the list of films I'd love to see on Blu. But I'm not super excited about paying $40 for it. (Assuming, of course, the pricing model is the same at the Fox titles)

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2011 - 5:04 PM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

Fantastic news! Thank you Twilight Time! "Mysterious Island" on bluray -- yes yes yes.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2011 - 5:09 PM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

Maybe we'll finally get the 1973 LOST HORIZON on DVD. I know it's not a "Classic" but there is obviously a demand for it.

James

 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2011 - 5:36 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

You'd think Fright Night would be worthy of a wide Blu release, what with a remake currently in theaters.

I'd be all over a Blu Mysterious Island with an isolated Herrmann score, but not for the perfectly ridiculous $40 that Twilight Time charges for Blu-Rays.

 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2011 - 5:53 PM   
 By:   edo   (Member)

You'd think Fright Night would be worthy of a wide Blu release, what with a remake currently in theaters.

I'd be all over a Blu Mysterious Island with an isolated Herrmann score, but not for the perfectly ridiculous $40 that Twilight Time charges for Blu-Rays.


really?! Do you complain about Criterion? This stuff is not cheap to do and you can always voice what you did but for me I am absolutely stoked they pulled this off and can offer it.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2011 - 6:02 PM   
 By:   in2video2   (Member)

As an huge supporter for film preservation this is welcome news. Catalogue titles are finally taking off for all studios concerned. Just wondering if 3,000 titles is going to be enough? Hopefully if this initial target is reached there may be consideration to release more if need be.

 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2011 - 6:06 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

You'd think Fright Night would be worthy of a wide Blu release, what with a remake currently in theaters.

I'd be all over a Blu Mysterious Island with an isolated Herrmann score, but not for the perfectly ridiculous $40 that Twilight Time charges for Blu-Rays.


really?! Do you complain about Criterion?


I never buy Criterion unless I can get them heavilly discounted. Sadly, Twilight Time does not offer that option. frown

 
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