Monday, April 20, 2009

New Warner Archive Releases Announced

Thanks to J.C. Loophole of The Shelf for alerting me to the release of a new wave of films at the Warner Archive today.

15 new titles are now listed at the site; I found this interesting as initial information from Warner was that 20 titles per month would be released. Perhaps there will be more later this month, or future months will have a full list of 20.

I'm listing the titles here for the convenience of my readers; I've also provided links for the films which have been previously reviewed here.

You'll find quite a bit of Randolph Scott, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Katharine Hepburn on the list, as well as MGM musicals:

JOY OF LIVING

HAVING WONDERFUL TIME (listed erroneously at the WB site as HAVING A WONDERFUL TIME)

THE MAD MISS MANTON

QUALITY STREET

THE LITTLE MINISTER

BREAK OF HEARTS

CHRISTOPHER STRONG

A WOMAN REBELS

SPITFIRE

LUXURY LINER

MEET THE PEOPLE

CARSON CITY

TRAIL STREET

RETURN OF THE BAD MEN

THOUSANDS CHEER

Between my own collection and my father's, I already have access to 11 out of 15 of these titles, either via professionally released videotapes or TCM recordings. Given the costs -- and the films previously released which are on my wish list -- I'll have to make my selections carefully. The musicals and HAVING WONDERFUL TIME (an imperfect film, but a great cast) head my list, as well as Scott's CARSON CITY which neither of us owns.

Previous related posts: The Warner DVD Archive; Report on Home Theater Forum/Warner Bros. DVD Live Chat; Great News for Maverick Fans; and Tonight's Movie: Private Lives (1931).

Wednesday Update: Here's a post by J.C. at The Shelf; J.C. provides a coupon code he came across for a buy two, get one free deal.

I confess to succumbing to temptation upon this news; the code does work, J.C.! (And free shipping, too.) I've been saving up for our trip next month, but I decided to take advantage of the better pricing and picked up three titles which I haven't ever been able to record: ROOM FOR ONE MORE (aka THE EASY WAY) starring Cary Grant, which I watched many times growing up but haven't seen in years; THE CROWDED SKY with Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, Troy Donahue, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., and Anne Francis; and CLOSE TO MY HEART starring Gene Tierney and Ray Milland.

7 Comments:

Blogger Raquelle said...

Thanks for this announcement. I can't say I'm all that excited about any of these. I don't know most of them and I have Quality Street on tape.

6:06 AM  
Blogger J.C. Loophole said...

Laura-
Just saw over at Cinema Retro that the Warner Archives is now having a special "buy 2, get 1 free" offer going on now til 4-27-09 using the code Spitfire. Might be worth looking into!

6:55 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks, J.C.! I've been saving my pennies for our upcoming trip but I admit that's tempting. :)

Best wishes,
Laura

9:00 AM  
Blogger J.C. Loophole said...

Laura- just a quick update-
Got The Mad Miss Manton today - very quick. I ordered it Monday evening and it got to me on the east coast by early afternoon. I got email notifications from WB when it shipped and the disc and print look great! THe DVD and case itself look just like one I would buy at the store. I have yet to watch it- but look for a review soon! Just thought you would want to know. PS- check out the cool TCM featurette from 1994 I have posted. I remember watching it in 1994!

5:51 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Sounds great, J.C. Thanks for posting your good service experience here.

My order shipped and should be here next week.

I'll head over and check out that video. (We didn't have TCM its first few years of existence...was so happy when we got it!)

Best wishes,
Laura

6:04 PM  
Blogger Carrie Liz said...

It looks like the remaining 5 of March's 20 titles have been added to the Warner Archives; the count is now up to 170. Among the 5 new titles are BREAKFAST FOR TWO, TOM,DICK AND HARRY, and TWO GIRLS AND A SAILOR. Wonderful things...

Best,
Carrie

11:01 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thank you, Carrie! My younger daughter has been hoping for a DVD release of TWO GIRLS AND A SAILOR for years; it's just about her favorite movie. :) Great news!

Best wishes,
Laura

11:05 PM  

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