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 Posted:   Apr 28, 2020 - 3:22 AM   
 By:   arthur grant   (Member)


Thanks for all of the terrific updates, Bob. They have all been posted to our board.

I've added one as well: the title Série noire, a CC "Hidden Gem":

http://thecinemacafe.com/the-cinema-treasure-hunter/2018/4/2/hidden-gems-8#Serie-noire

is being released on Blu-ray by Film Movement. More info on this release is available here:

https://www.amazon.com/S%C3%A9rie-Noire-Blu-ray-Patrick-Dewaere/dp/B0858SZWHQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=blu-ray&qid=1583073839&s=movies-tv&sr=1-139&linkCode=sl1&tag=dvdbeaver-20&linkId=833555c2645f7152b0191f5c4fdddad5&language=en_US

"The Community Chest: Most Wanted by Fans on DVD or Blu-Ray" Pinterest Board can be accessed here:

https://www.pinterest.com.au/TheCinemaCafe/the-community-chest-most-wanted-by-fans-on-dvd-or-/

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2020 - 3:23 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Arthur: Thanks for adding the "(Now Available)" tags to the appropriate items on the board.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2020 - 6:41 PM   
 By:   LoungeLaura   (Member)

Who Killed Teddy Bear! The 2018 blu-ray has four minutes of sleaze edited out.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2020 - 6:43 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

CENTENNIAL SUMMER (1946) is a long-sought-after film for musical fans. Directed by Otto Preminger, the film features a Jerome Kern score. Kern was contracted in late January 1945 to supply the music for ten songs for $100,000. With Kern's approval, Leo Robin was engaged to write lyrics. Robin's fee was $40,000. Reportedly, friction developed between Robin and Kern, because the lyricist was taking too much time. Both Oscar Hammerstein II and E. Y. Harburg were subsequently assigned to contribute lyrics to keep the project on schedule.

One song written for the film, "Duettino," was not used, but was later published as "Two Hearts Are Better Than One," with lyrics credited to Robin. However, studio documents credit Johnny Mercer with the song's lyrics. Alfred Newman received an Academy Award nomination for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture for CENTENNIAL SUMMER, and "All Through the Day" received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song. The film was Jerome Kern's last score. While the film was still shooting, Kern died of a cerebral hemorrhage on 11 November 1945.

The film has not had a video release in any format. Twilight Time was scheduled to release the film in August 2014, but just days before its release, the release was cancelled, with Twilight Time issuing this statement:

"Twilight Time regrets to announce that our planned August 12th release of the Jerome Kern classic musical CENTENNIAL SUMMER on Blu-ray has been indefinitely postponed. This is due to ongoing and unresolved rights issues that prevent the film from being made available to home video at this time. It is hoped that one day in the not too distant future this situation will be rectified, but in the meantime we will adjust and revise our schedule accordingly. Along with many of you, we are disappointed that the wait for this long out-of-print film will continue for that bit longer."

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 11, 2020 - 6:30 PM   
 By:   arthur grant   (Member)

CENTENNIAL SUMMER (1946) is a long-sought-after film for musical fans. Directed by Otto Preminger, the film features a Jerome Kern score. Kern was contracted in late January 1945 to supply the music for ten songs for $100,000. With Kern's approval, Leo Robin was engaged to write lyrics. Robin's fee was $40,000. Reportedly, friction developed between Robin and Kern, because the lyricist was taking too much time. Both Oscar Hammerstein II and E. Y. Harburg were subsequently assigned to contribute lyrics to keep the project on schedule.

One song written for the film, "Duettino," was not used, but was later published as "Two Hearts Are Better Than One," with lyrics credited to Robin. However, studio documents credit Johnny Mercer with the song's lyrics. Alfred Newman received an Academy Award nomination for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture for CENTENNIAL SUMMER, and "All Through the Day" received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song. The film was Jerome Kern's last score. While the film was still shooting, Kern died of a cerebral hemorrhage on 11 November 1945.

The film has not had a video release in any format. Twilight Time was scheduled to release the film in August 2014, but just days before its release, the release was cancelled, with Twilight Time issuing this statement:

"Twilight Time regrets to announce that our planned August 12th release of the Jerome Kern classic musical CENTENNIAL SUMMER on Blu-ray has been indefinitely postponed. This is due to ongoing and unresolved rights issues that prevent the film from being made available to home video at this time. It is hoped that one day in the not too distant future this situation will be rectified, but in the meantime we will adjust and revise our schedule accordingly. Along with many of you, we are disappointed that the wait for this long out-of-print film will continue for that bit longer."



Thanks Bob for this listing which has been added to our Pinterest Board (not to mention all of the fabulous information you've so generously provided).

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 11, 2020 - 6:42 PM   
 By:   arthur grant   (Member)



Recently updated on our "Most Wanted by Fans on DVD or Blu-Ray" Pinterest Board here

https://www.pinterest.com.au/TheCinemaCafe/the-community-chest-most-wanted-by-fans-on-dvd-or-/

is the following: *(Limited Availability) The Keep - USA (1983) Director: Michael Mann *Note: Available in Australia on an Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35.1) Transfer, Region 0 DVD from Imprint. Click here

https://www.jbhifi.com.au/products/keep-the-1983-dvd

for more information. The running time of this NTSC transfer is 1 hour 35 minutes. (There is reportedly a 3.5 hour version of this film that remains unreleased).

 
 Posted:   Jun 11, 2020 - 7:04 PM   
 By:   funkymonkeyjavajunky   (Member)

Only released on VHS and laserdisc.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 11, 2020 - 9:40 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

After two years of television work, Bradford Dillman went straight into a co-starring role in his first feature film, A CERTAIN SMILE. The film finds "Dominique" (Christine Carere), a law student at the Sorbonne, engaged to fellow classmate "Bertrand Griot" (Dillman). Unfortunately, she's more attracted to his philandering "Uncle Luc" (Rossano Brazzi), who's married to the charming "Francoise" (Joan Fontaine). James MacArthur was initially cast as "Bertrand," but had to withdraw because of a previous commitment.

In addition to Bradford Dillman, A CERTAIN SMILE marked the screen debut of Yvette Mimieux and the American screen debut of French actress Christine Carere. Jean Negulesco directed the 1958 melodrama. The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design; the song "A Certain Smile" was nominated as Best Song.

Alfred Newman's score was released on a Columbia LP. The score was expanded on a 2-CD set, which was a big money-loser for La-La Land in 2011.

Although Twentieth Century Fox renewed the film's copyright in 1986, the film has not had a video release in any format. It's possible that Fox no longer has the underlying story rights (the novel Un certain sourire by French writer Françoise Sagan). It's unlikely to fare any better under Disney's ownership.

While the New York Times had little good to say about the handling of Sagan's story, it lavished praise on "the truly glorious colors of Paris and the Riviera ...[T]he Seine, Montmartre and sweeping aerial and beach views at various points along the Riviera littoral come gorgeously alive. It's enough to move a viewer right from the theatre to the nearest transportation to France."

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2020 - 10:52 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Another title on the "Most Wanted" list, THE GREY FOX, is available for pre-order in advance of its 8 September 2020 release on DVD and Blu-ray by Kino Lorber.

https://www.amazon.com/Grey-Fox-Special-Blu-ray/dp/B08BWGWJZX/ref=tmm_blu_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1596131266&sr=1-1

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2020 - 12:58 PM   
 By:   lars.blondeel   (Member)

Via Vision Australia Region Free

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2020 - 5:30 PM   
 By:   tiomkinfan   (Member)

The roadshow version of "the Alamo" - 1960
Roadshow version of "Krakatoa, East of Java" - in stereo

Does M-G-M still own the rights to the Alamo?
Does Disney still have roadshow versions of Krakatoa?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2020 - 11:07 PM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

The roadshow version of "the Alamo" - 1960
Roadshow version of "Krakatoa, East of Java" - in stereo

Does M-G-M still own the rights to the Alamo?
Does Disney still have roadshow versions of Krakatoa?


Not just the roadshow version of The Alamo, but also the general release version (on Blu-ray). It's now owned by MGM (who own the United Artist catalogue). There was an attempt to restore it, & it wouldn't have cost MGM a penny, but MGM decided against it (a bit of cultural vandalism). It's probably too late for the roadshow, as I think the missing scenes now just exist as prints, & they're in a bad way. I'd love a good looking Blu-ray release of the general release version, that's the version I saw at the cinema a lifetime ago.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2020 - 11:13 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Does M-G-M still own the rights to the Alamo?


MGM still has the rights. What they don't have is any decent elements. For three decades, it was believed that the original cut of the film (202 minutes) did not survive. But a 70mm print of that premiere version was found by a Toronto projectionist in 1990. It was cleaned up and used to create a 1992 laserdisc release. MGM then improperly stored the print, and over the past 28 years it has deteriorated significantly. It's estimated that it would take $1 million to restore the film, and given the potential revenue to be derived from such a project, it appears financially infeasible. The existing standard definition video master is unsuitable for transfer to HD.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2020 - 5:48 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

Yes, but as I said, I'll have the general release version, I never did see the roadshow version (it was probably never shown in the UK). It needs a few bob spent on it, fine, most older films do. Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation, where are you!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 28, 2020 - 8:49 AM   
 By:   arthur grant   (Member)

Recently updated on the CC's "Most Wanted on DVD or Blu-ray" Pinterest Board

https://www.pinterest.com.au/TheCinemaCafe/the-community-chest-most-wanted-by-fans-on-dvd-or-/

is the soon to be available P.J. on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber (North America Region A). More information on this release can be seen here:

https://www.amazon.com/P-J-Blu-ray-George-Peppard/dp/B08DPPHXSC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?crid=3R2XUWVEC9LZ5&dchild=1&keywords=blu-ray&qid=1597430686&s=movies-tv&sprefix=blu-ray%2Cmovies-tv%2C199&sr=1-114&linkCode=sl1&tag=dvdbeaver-20&linkId=92d1a6e742f08aec04932bd04a1fa3a3&language=en_US

Your purchase of this item using the above link goes to help our friends at DVD Beaver:

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film9/blu-ray_review_128/pj_blu-ray.htm?fbclid=IwAR3rWilP1ET401BR1Nn45gMBjQ-dwJ84mXABsA_nLtSbZXV-KXu16wtPE0c

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 28, 2020 - 8:58 AM   
 By:   arthur grant   (Member)

Another title on the "Most Wanted" list, THE GREY FOX, is available for pre-order in advance of its 8 September 2020 release on DVD and Blu-ray by Kino Lorber.

https://www.amazon.com/Grey-Fox-Special-Blu-ray/dp/B08BWGWJZX/ref=tmm_blu_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1596131266&sr=1-1



This is great news and has been updated on our board:

https://www.pinterest.com.au/TheCinemaCafe/the-community-chest-most-wanted-by-fans-on-dvd-or-/

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 28, 2020 - 9:29 AM   
 By:   arthur grant   (Member)

After two years of television work, Bradford Dillman went straight into a co-starring role in his first feature film, A CERTAIN SMILE. The film finds "Dominique" (Christine Carere), a law student at the Sorbonne, engaged to fellow classmate "Bertrand Griot" (Dillman). Unfortunately, she's more attracted to his philandering "Uncle Luc" (Rossano Brazzi), who's married to the charming "Francoise" (Joan Fontaine). James MacArthur was initially cast as "Bertrand," but had to withdraw because of a previous commitment.

In addition to Bradford Dillman, A CERTAIN SMILE marked the screen debut of Yvette Mimieux and the American screen debut of French actress Christine Carere. Jean Negulesco directed the 1958 melodrama. The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design; the song "A Certain Smile" was nominated as Best Song.

Alfred Newman's score was released on a Columbia LP. The score was expanded on a 2-CD set, which was a big money-loser for La-La Land in 2011.

Although Twentieth Century Fox renewed the film's copyright in 1986, the film has not had a video release in any format. It's possible that Fox no longer has the underlying story rights (the novel Un certain sourire by French writer Françoise Sagan). It's unlikely to fare any better under Disney's ownership.

While the New York Times had little good to say about the handling of Sagan's story, it lavished praise on "the truly glorious colors of Paris and the Riviera ...[T]he Seine, Montmartre and sweeping aerial and beach views at various points along the Riviera littoral come gorgeously alive. It's enough to move a viewer right from the theatre to the nearest transportation to France."



This entry has been entered on our Pinterest Board https://www.pinterest.com.au/TheCinemaCafe/the-community-chest-most-wanted-by-fans-on-dvd-or-/ Thanks Bob for all of the fabulous information!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 28, 2020 - 10:32 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

Two fifties British b/w POW WW2 films, Albert R.N. '53 & Danger Within '58. Oh, & a fifties Hammer war film, The Steele Bayonet, like Albert R.N. I haven't seen it since the sixties (on the Telly). Danger Within shows up quite often on TV in a battered old print.

Ha, that post from me six years ago...& my favourite WW2 mass escape film featuring Richard Attenborough, Danger Within (1958) is at last getting a UK DVD & Blu-ray release from Network in November smile

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 28, 2020 - 11:52 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

CHRISTOPHER BEAN is an American pre-Code comedy from 1933 directed by Sam Wood and written by Laurence E. Johnson and Sylvia Thalberg. It was based on the 1932 Broadway play "The Late Christopher Bean" by Sidney Howard. The story owes its origin to a French satire bearing the title of "Prenez Garde à la Peinture," which itself was filmed in France in 1932.

In the film, when the painter Christopher Bean dies, some unscrupulous art dealers try to get several of his paintings cheaply from the Haggett family who have no idea of their value. The family, headed by Lionel Barrymore and Beulah Bondi, had always considered Bean to be a failed incompetent. Only their homely maid "Abby" (Marie Dressler), who is about to quit and leave for Chicago, has fond memories of the dead painter. Beulah Bondi appeared in the original Broadway production of Sidney Howard's play and recreated her stage role in this film.

After the film's initial release, the title was changed from CHRISTOPHER BEAN to HER SWEETHEART. Apparently, however, the title was changed back to CHRISTOPHER BEAN sometime later.

The New York Times said that "the narrative's crafty turns and twists cause it to be infinitely more welcome than the average run of film comedies." And Leonard Maltin calls the film a "deliciously droll (and still timely) comedy." The picture was Marie Dressler's final film. She died of cancer in 1934 at the age of 65.

Although Warner Bros. still holds the copyright on the MGM film, it has become almost impossible to see. The film has never been released on any home video format, and even 25 years ago, when the American Film Institute was doing its cataloging project of 1930s films, no print could be located for viewing. Assuming that elements for the film still exist, this may be another case where the underlying foreign story rights are not held by Warners, thus precluding a video release.

 
 Posted:   Sep 29, 2020 - 8:34 AM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

Complete Columbo, bluray north american release!

:O

smile

I know I repeat myself...

 
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