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 Posted:   Feb 19, 2020 - 5:35 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Warner Archive has announced that it will add three new titles to its Blu-ray catalog this March. They are: The Stalking Moon (1968), Dodsworth (1936), and Beau Brummell (1954).

The Stalking Moon

Synopsis: Veteran army scout Sam Varner (Gregory Peck) agrees to escort a former Apache captive (Eva Marie Saint) and her half-Apache son to safety across a sprawling Southwest of desert wastelands and imposing mountains. But shadowing their path is a renegade killer dead set on getting the boy back.

Peck powerfully reunites with his To Kill a Mockingbird producer, Alan J. Pakula, and director, Robert Mulligan, for a suspenseful tale with the direct leanness and hypnotic landscape of classic Westerns. Events tighten around Varner, his charges and his best friend (Robert Forster) like a noose. The siege is relentless. The terror grows. And the stage is set for a final, violent showdown between hunter and hunted.

Technical Specs:
BRAND NEW MASTER OF THE FILM
Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
Beau Brummell

Synopsis: "A bit ornate. Fussy, sir," Captain "Beau" Brummell (Stewart Granger) complains to the designer of his regiment's uniform…who just happens to be the Prince of Wales (Peter Ustinov). It's an unlikely beginning to a great friendship, one that leads swordsman and dandy Brummell into lofty circles, royal intrigue and the arms of lovely Lady Patricia (Elizabeth Taylor). Filled with zest and style, highlighted by opulent costumes and glorious color photography, Beau Brummell is a treat for fans of historical epics. Granger (Scaramouche) is dashing, Taylor is ravishing, but Ustinov and Robert Morley almost steal the show as the future George IV of England and his mad papa, George III.

Technical Specs:
BRAND NEW 4K MASTER FROM THE ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE
Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
Dodsworth

Synopsis: Based on the best-selling novel by Sinclair Lewis, this "handsome, intelligent film" (Los Angeles Times) garnered seven Academy Award® nominations, winning one*, and is "one of the authentic masterpieces of the 1930s" (Filmex Guide). Sam Dodsworth (Walter Huston) is a small-town rags-to-riches millionaire who finds that his money cannot bring him happiness. His unsatisfied wife, Fran (Ruth Chatterton), seeking glamour and sophistication, persuades him to take her on a grand tour of Europe, where she promptly deserts him for a romantic but penniless baron. Brokenhearted, Sam meets Edith (Mary Astor), an understanding widow who arouses passions he never thought he had and sets him on a collision course with his wife, unleashing a torrent of desire, betrayal and shocking revelations.

Technical Specs:
RESTORED in 2019 by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Film Archive and The Film Foundation in association with the Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Family Trust. Restoration funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.
Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

https://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=26426

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2020 - 5:58 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

Out of that lot it's Beau Brummell for me. A 4K scan of the original negatives, it should look great. But the Warner fifties costume films I'm really waiting for are:

Ivanhoe
Scaramouche
Knights Of The Round Table
The Master of Ballantrae
The Prisoner Of Zenda
The Adventures of Quentin Durward

Maybe one day...

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2020 - 11:31 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Out of that lot it's Beau Brummell for me. A 4K scan of the original negatives, it should look great. But the Warner fifties costume films I'm really waiting for are:

Ivanhoe
Scaramouche
Knights Of The Round Table
The Master of Ballantrae
The Prisoner Of Zenda
The Adventures of Quentin Durward

Maybe one day...


That's probably the one I'll go for as well.

I would also add The Adventures of Don Juan to that list as well.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2020 - 11:52 AM   
 By:   TacktheCobbler   (Member)

The Archive will also be reissuing the Tom and Jerry Golden Collection Vol. 1 Blu-ray next month.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084Z5HDY6?qid=1582136664&refinements=p_n_date%3A2693529011%2Cp_n_format_browse-bin%3A2650305011&rnid=2650303011&rw_html_to_wsrp=1&s=movies-tv&sr=1-394&tag=blurayforum-20

I’m not to familiar with Beau Brummel, but would certainly get behind quite a few of the 50’s costume dramas mentioned. I’m also hoping that the release of Dodsworth is a sign that Warner will be doing more with the Goldwyn library after sitting on it so long.

 
 Posted:   Mar 13, 2020 - 12:28 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

New 2020 1080p HD master!
V: THE FINAL BATTLE (1983)
Run Time 267:00
Subtitles English SDH
Audio Specs MONO - English, DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 - English
Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, 4 X 3 FULL FRAME
Product Color COLOR
Disc Configuration BD 50, BD 25

https://www.wbshop.com/collections/warner-archive-pre-orders/products/v-the-final-battle-bd

 
 Posted:   Mar 13, 2020 - 12:35 PM   
 By:   Scott McOldsmith   (Member)

New 2020 1080p HD master!
V: THE FINAL BATTLE (1983)
Run Time 267:00
Subtitles English SDH
Audio Specs MONO - English, DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 - English
Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, 4 X 3 FULL FRAME
Product Color COLOR
Disc Configuration BD 50, BD 25

https://www.wbshop.com/collections/warner-archive-pre-orders/products/v-the-final-battle-bd


Wait...?! FULL FRAME?! Because if so, that's an instant buy. It was horribly cropped for widescreen on DVD.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 13, 2020 - 1:36 PM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

Four movies for April release:

Tin Cup (1996)
Action of the Tiger (1957) - can't say I've heard of this one.
Reflections In A Golden Eye (1967) two discs, normal grade & golden grade
Rachel And The Stranger (1948) - I've never heard of this one either, but it sounds interesting, a western, I'll have to look it up.

Nothing that I'm interested in buying (as usual), oh well, let's see what next month brings. I'm getting a bit worried about this series. We are maybe in the final throws of physical media, & how long will these Warner releases continue? When it's over (& that could be anytime), we'll see what they released & what they could have released. Beau Brummell arrived to day & Tex Avery last week, & it's great, hoping for Vol.2 soon.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 13, 2020 - 2:13 PM   
 By:   TacktheCobbler   (Member)

One more for April:

Blood on the Moon (1948): Never heard of this film. Anyone recommend it?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 13, 2020 - 2:39 PM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

That's two b/w RKO westerns, but not the one I really want...The Big Sky (1952) directed by Howard Hawks & staring Kirk Douglas.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 13, 2020 - 3:36 PM   
 By:   TacktheCobbler   (Member)

That's two b/w RKO westerns, but not the one I really want...The Big Sky (1952) directed by Howard Hawks & staring Kirk Douglas.

I'd imagine that Warner's still trying to find good elements for the cut footage from this one.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 13, 2020 - 4:15 PM   
 By:   TacktheCobbler   (Member)

And still one more title for April:

Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)

 
 Posted:   Mar 14, 2020 - 1:03 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

That's two b/w RKO westerns, but not the one I really want...The Big Sky (1952) directed by Howard Hawks & staring Kirk Douglas.

I'd imagine that Warner's still trying to find good elements for the cut footage from this one.


That's it. I have an uncut original 16mm print. Warners' fill-in materials are from 16 and they won't release the film until they have a complete 35mm print.

In the meantime, here's a production short produced by RKO for the film (this is a youtube from my 16mm print):



As for BLOOD ON THE MOON - Highly recommended!!

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2020 - 4:51 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Warner Archive has started announcing its June batch of Blu-ray releases. They are: Cannery Row (1982), Strike Up the Band (1940), Romance on the High Seas (1948), and Pennyworth: The Complete First Season (2019).

Cannery Row

Synopsis: The canneries stand empty now that the sardines have abandoned the waters, but life continues on the Row. Here, you'll find Doc (Nick Nolte), a marine biologist and community mentor; Suzy (Debra Winger), a good-hearted newcomer gone astray; and Mack, Hazel and all the boys working hard at not working. Here, you'll also find the love of a man for a woman, of a writer for a place and of life for more life. Based on works by John Steinbeck and written for the screen and directed by The Sting's David S. Ward, Cannery Row – from its lyrical John Huston narration and saggy blues to its top-drawer performances, waterfront sets and whimsical charm – is an atmospheric gem, one that has its world "spinning in greased grooves."

Special Features and Technical Specs:
NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM FROM THE ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE
Theatrical trailer
Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

Strike Up the Band

Synopsis: Among cinema's many treasures, few are as delightfully entertaining as the musical pairings of Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. Strike Up the Band is one of the brightest results of that talented collaboration. Brimming with youthful high spirits, Mickey and Judy are effervescent as high school kids who are ready and eager to climb the long ladder of success. He's an energetic bandleader, she's his lovelorn singer. Together, they sing and dance their way to the top, with a few bumps along the way! Of course, the film abounds in musical riches, from a rousing "Drummer Boy," performed by Mickey and Judy, to Judy's plaintive rendition of "(I Ain't Got) Nobody." There's an all-out musical tribute to that forties dance craze, the conga ("Do the La Conga!"), and a stirring patriotic finale to the title song written by George and Ira Gershwin.

Special Features and Technical Specs:
NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM
Introduction to the Film by Mickey Rooney (HD)
Pete Smith Specialty Comedy Short "Wedding Bells"
Cartoon "Romeo in Rhythm"
"Do the La Conga" Stereo Remix Version (HD)
"Leo is on the Air" Radio Promo
"Millions for Defense" (Audio Only)
Lux Radio Theater 1940 Broadcast
Theatrical Trailer (HD)
Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

Romance on the High Seas

Synopsis: Bon voyage! Georgia Garrett's singing career may not be going anywhere, but she is. She's on a cruise, sailing under the name Mrs. Elvira Kent while the real Elvira secretly stays home to spy on her presumably philandering hubby. Meanwhile, the husband hires a spy to snoop on his supposedly voyaging wife. Doris Day makes her maiden film voyage, debuting as Georgia in a colorful bauble afloat on romantic seas. The studio surrounds the sunny overnight screen sensation with top talent: Michael Curtiz directs, the Epstein brothers provide the script, Busby Berkeley guides musical numbers, Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn create the tunes, and costars include Oscar Levant and Jack Carson. "It's Magic," Day sings. Yes, it is.

Special Features and Technical Specs:
NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM FROM THE ORIGINAL NITRATE TECHNICOLOR NEGATIVES
Vintage Musical Short "Lets Sing a Song from the Movies"
Classic Bugs Bunny Cartoon "Hare Splitter"(HD)
Theatrical Trailer (HD)
Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

Pennyworth: The Complete First Season

Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon), a former British SAS soldier in his 20s, forms a security company in 1960s London and goes to work with young billionaire Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge), years before he becomes Bruce Wayne's father. With England balancing on the brink of a civil war, the first skirmishes of an undeclared secret war have begun. In this world of secrets and betrayals, we find Alfred Pennyworth. Nine years of training with the SAS have taught him to be a cynical optimist — expecting the worst, but knowing that he can handle it. Now, thrown back into the civilian world, Alfred's looking for freedom, security…and love. With his SAS mates "Bazza" (Hainsley Lloyd Bennett) and "Dave Boy" (Ryan Fletcher), Alfred's in search of an independent life and being his own man who doesn't take orders and never has to kill anyone. That's easier said than done for a man with his skill set.

With optional English SDH subtitles for each episode.

https://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=26852

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2020 - 6:58 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

As usual nothing for me. The last release I was exited about was The Bad & The Beautiful. Oh well, let's see what next month brings.

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2020 - 8:16 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

People keep saying "Nothing here for me". That's unfortunate as the Archive is one of the few places preserving and restoring classic films ..

for example RACHEL AND THE STRANGER has been given exemplary attention. According to HTF

This new presentation restores nearly 15 minutes of footage cut from the film over 65 years ago. Also restored is the screen credit for its blacklisted writer Waldo Salt, which was removed from the film by RKO for its 1954 theatrical re-release.

Also Dodsworth has an exceptional restoration. According to Blu-ray.com --

Dodsworth Blu-ray delivers stunningly beautiful video and superb audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Presented in its original Academy 1.37:1 aspect ratio, Dodsworth looks exceptionally clean and crisp on Warner Archive Collection's new Blu-ray. Sourced from a 2019 restoration of a 4K scan by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Film Archive and The Film Foundation in association with the Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Family Trust (with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation -- yes, that George Lucas), this sparkling 1080p transfer fits in nicely with Warner Archive's own 4K in-house restoration jobs.

Also REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE is great release presenting the two versions never before available - 4K scans of both , and according to Blu-ray ,
Warner Archive's brand-new Blu-ray is notable for being the first to offer both versions, and in wonderfully restored condition to boot. Say what you will about Reflections in a Golden Eye, but it looks like a million bucks here...

If you can not find even one Blu-ray here to buy , don't hold your breath for the one you are want. Support the Archive if you want it to continue these restorations.

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2020 - 8:24 PM   
 By:   TacktheCobbler   (Member)

Double Post

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2020 - 8:32 PM   
 By:   TacktheCobbler   (Member)

People keep saying "Nothing here for me". That's unfortunate as the Archive is one of the few places preserving and restoring classic films ..

for example RACHEL AND THE STRANGER has been given exemplary attention. According to HTF

This new presentation restores nearly 15 minutes of footage cut from the film over 65 years ago. Also restored is the screen credit for its blacklisted writer Waldo Salt, which was removed from the film by RKO for its 1954 theatrical re-release.

Also Dodsworth has an exceptional restoration. According to Blu-ray.com --

Dodsworth Blu-ray delivers stunningly beautiful video and superb audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Presented in its original Academy 1.37:1 aspect ratio, Dodsworth looks exceptionally clean and crisp on Warner Archive Collection's new Blu-ray. Sourced from a 2019 restoration of a 4K scan by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Film Archive and The Film Foundation in association with the Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Family Trust (with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation -- yes, that George Lucas), this sparkling 1080p transfer fits in nicely with Warner Archive's own 4K in-house restoration jobs.

Also REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE is great release presenting the two versions never before available - 4K scans of both , and according to Blu-ray ,
Warner Archive's brand-new Blu-ray is notable for being the first to offer both versions, and in wonderfully restored condition to boot. Say what you will about Reflections in a Golden Eye, but it looks like a million bucks here...

If you can not find even one Blu-ray here to buy , don't hold your breath for the one you are want. Support the Archive if you want it to continue these restorations.


Yes, the Archive has certainly been performing wonders with their catalogue, (apparently, restoring Cannery Row required a lot of work) and it looks like Romance on the High Seas at least will be yet another stunner. Robert Harris already has a review up for Romance:

https://www.hometheaterforum.com/community/threads/warner-archive-press-release-romance-on-the-high-seas-1948-blu-ray.366944/

Edit: The Archive is also reissuing Hans Christian Andersen and House of Wax (I must confess I’m surprised they didn’t do the latter last month to go along with their release of the restored Mystery of the Wax Museum, of which House of Wax is a remake).

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2020 - 9:05 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

yes I am excited by STRIKE UP THE BAND & ROMANCE ON THE HIGH SEAS.

And I certainly look forward to those two new releases - I hope that HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON is given special attention - a great Frank Loesser score and iconic Kaye performance...And a new edition of HOUSE OF WAX on Blu-ray ! -- even w/o a 3-D TV, the film is a favorite

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2020 - 4:48 PM   
 By:   TacktheCobbler   (Member)

Big Announcement Day for the Archive:

4K Restorations of:
Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Girl Crazy
Million Dollar Mermaid
Pat and Mike
Without Love

And 2K transfers of:
Michael (1996)
Clara’s Heart

There’s no doubt Warner’s really upping the ante as far as restorations are concerned with five 4K restorations (one of them a Technicolor film), though I must admit I’m surprised they didn’t announce Adam’s Rib in addition to the two Tracy-Hepburn films they have announced.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2020 - 1:01 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

Seven films announced & still nothing I want (& I could list 100 wanted Warner owned films at the drop of a hat). Oh well, I'm sure the colour on Million Dollar Mermaid (1952) will knock your eyes out (new 2020 4K scan of the original nitrate Technicolor negatives).



 
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