J.C. Loophole of the Shelf passed on the interesting news that TCM has started a program where they will be providing Universal movies on DVD on demand.
The movies available will include Paramount titles under Universal's control, with one of the first titles on sale being Paramount's terrific Christmas film REMEMBER THE NIGHT (1940), starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck. REMEMBER THE NIGHT will be available starting November 22.
The program is similar to the Warner Archive program in that the discs are burned on demand, but it steps up the quality in that the titles are remastered and have extras.
REMEMBER THE NIGHT, for example, will have "an introduction by Robert Osborne; still galleries, including behind-the-scenes photos; never-before-seen interview segments on the work of director Mitchell Leisen from the TCM Archives; and the original movie trailer, trivia, biographies and more."
J.C. also shares this info: "Future Universal collections and titles for rollout on DVD and TCM include vintage films from Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert, Deanna Durbin, director Douglas Sirk and many more."
This is great news for those of us who have been longing to see early Paramount titles such as THE GILDED LILY, with Colbert, MacMurray, and Ray Milland. Maybe Colbert's other films with Milland, like ARISE, MY LOVE and SKYLARK, will turn up too. I would be delighted if this comes to pass.
I wonder if the Durbin movie I recently watched on a Region 2 DVD will be part of the new program? Regardless, more Deanna Durbin available on DVD is a marvelous thing, especially if new audiences will see more of her work by having the movies aired on TCM in conjunction with their DVD releases.
Click the title of this post for more info from J.C. on forthcoming titles.
Maybe more great movies like Paramount's THE UNINVITED (1944) will finally make it to DVD...with extras, no less. (Wouldn't that be a great release for next October?) The possibilities are rather amazing.
Overall this new program seems like a very exciting development. I'll be extremely interested to learn more.