Earlier this week Criterion announced the long-awaited releases of I MARRIED A WITCH (1942) and THE UNINVITED (1944), two popular films long missing from DVD. Both movies will be out in October 2013.
Now comes the news that Olive Films will be releasing a UCLA restoration of the film noir classic THE BIG COMBO (1955). THE BIG COMBO stars Cornel Wilde, Richard Conte, and Jean Wallace. It was directed by Joseph H. Lewis.
THE BIG COMBO has had previous DVD releases of questionable quality, so the prospect of a beautifully remastered print is very exciting. It will be released on both standard DVD and Blu-ray on September 24th.
I saw a 35mm print of UCLA's restoration of THE BIG COMBO last year at a very memorable screening at an old movie palace in Downtown Los Angeles, the Million Dollar Theater.
When the movie started, I wasn't quite sure what to make of it, but as I wrote in my review, it soon pulled me under its spell. In the year since first seeing it, I haven't been able to forget the movie and its incredibly haunting, memorable images, photographed by John Alton. This one is a must see.
Also coming on September 24th: The comedy GUEST WIFE (1945) starring Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, and Dick Foran.
I reviewed GUEST WIFE last year.
Update: Another interesting title, via ClassicFlix: PLUNDER ROAD (1957) starring Wayne Morris, Gene Raymond, Jeanne Cooper, and Elisha Cook Jr. There's some nice feedback on it at IMDb. Sounds like my kind of movie.