There have been so many DVD announcements of late it's almost hard to keep up with all the news! Here's an attempt to corral quite a bit of information about brand-new and future releases in one place.
...Olive has been releasing really interesting movies at a fast clip. The prints seem to be good, and there is also often some excellent cover work on the DVD cases as the cherry on top of the ice cream.
Among the titles just out a few days ago: STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT (1944), a really fun film I reviewed at the Noir City Film Festival in 2011; SHE DEVIL (1957) with Jack Kelly and Mari Blanchard; and Paulette Goddard in DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID (1946).
Titles coming from Olive in April include John Wayne and Gail Russell in WAKE OF THE RED WITCH (1948), Myrna Loy and Robert Mitchum in THE RED PONY (1949), James Stewart and Jane Wyman in MAGIC TOWN (1948), Gig Young and Mala Powers in THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS (1953), and Frank Sinatra in THE MIRACLE OF THE BELLS (1948). ClassicFlix says all of the films will be released on both standard DVD and Blu-ray.
Incidentally, WAKE OF THE RED WITCH also had a 2007 DVD release by Republic.
...Fox Cinema Archives has just released over 20 new titles; the most significant titles for me were Jeanne Crain in APARTMENT FOR PEGGY (1948) and the Betty Grable films CONEY ISLAND (1943), THE SHOCKING MISS PILGRIM (1947), and WABASH AVENUE (1950). My past reviews of APARTMENT FOR PEGGY and CONEY ISLAND can be found here and here.
Unfortunately the Fox Cinema Archives DVDs continue to be quite a mixed bag in terms of picture quality. For instance, over at Home Theater Forum, archivist Robert Harris indicates THE SHOCKING MISS PILGRIM looks really good, while APARTMENT FOR PEGGY "has huge scanning lines running through the image."
I've been quite happy with the print quality of films such as THE MAN I MARRIED (1940) and DEEP WATERS (1948), but as things currently stand the Cinema Archives releases should be approached with caution, particularly post-1953 widescreen films which are being released in pan and scan prints. For more on this series, including pros, cons, and other recent releases, please see my January update.
remastered DVD. This Western, which has no relationship to the Clint Walker TV series, was directed by Raoul Walsh and stars Dennis Morgan, Jane Wyman, and Janis Paige. I really enjoyed it when I saw it a few years ago. I'm looking forward to picking it up!
...It's hard to believe, but the Warner Archive is already celebrating its fourth anniversary. In honor of the occasion, there's a "4 for $44" sale of select titles going on until March 13th. (Additional DVDs put in the cart also ring up for $11.) Here's a look back at the Archive's initial 2009 announcement here, as well as my 2nd anniversary comments on the Archive's continuing improvements.
...TCM's Western Horizons set, which I first wrote about last November, starts shipping in one week, on March 14th. Dave Kehr has reviewed the set in the New York Times, with additional comments and discussion at his blog.
...There's also an amazing 10-film collection of Universal Westerns coming out next week, priced by Amazon at just over a dollar a film. I have several of the movies already, but I've been planning to pick up the Universal Vault Collection DVD of COMANCHE TERRITORY (1950), and it's included in this set. If the print quality is good, it makes sense to get the set, which costs several dollars less than buying COMANCHE TERRITORY as a single title!
...I highly recommend Kristina's regular Shopping List feature at Speakeasy. She notes that BREWSTER'S MILLIONS (1945) was just released on DVD, put out by Henstooth Video. The movie, which also happens to have aired on TCM a few days ago, stars Dennis O'Keefe and Helen Walker.
...As previously discussed at Speakeasy, what was Fox thinking with the cover of its new LAURA Blu-ray? If the actress on the cover looks like anyone at all, it's Linda Darnell, Dana Andrews' costar in FALLEN ANGEL; it's certainly not remotely close to looking like Gene Tierney! Incidentally, most if not all of the Blu-ray extras described in a brief review by Sean Axmaker can be found in the original Fox Film Noir DVD release.
...Don't forget that Fritz Lang's fantastic MINISTRY OF FEAR (1944), starring Ray Milland, Marjorie Reynolds, and Dan Duryea, comes out from the Criterion Collection next week! Glenn Erickson just reviewed it at DVD Savant; while he's not as big a fan of the film as I am, he does indicate that the video and sound quality are excellent. But what's with the lack of extras? They're so minimal this seems closer to one of Criterion's bare-bones Eclipse releases. On the other hand, the box art is terrific!
...More recent DVD News: Coming to DVD: Olive, Twilight Time, Warner Archive, Region 2; New on DVD: The Falcon Mystery Movie Collection, Vol. 2; Coming to DVD: Glenn Ford - Undercover Crimes; Coming to DVD: Maverick - Season 2.