Saturday, January 25, 2020

Around the Blogosphere This Week

Miscellaneous bits of news and fun stuff from around the internet...

...Over the past few days Kino Lorber has announced several titles coming in April, starting with Ernst Lubitsch's ANGEL (1937), starring Marlene Dietrich, Herbert Marshall, and Melvyn Douglas. It will have a commentary track by Joseph McBride, author of HOW DID LUBITSCH DO IT? I reviewed ANGEL after seeing it at UCLA in 2018...Also coming in April: SUPERNATURAL (1933) with Randolph Scott and Carole Lombard.

...Kino Lorber will also be bringing out some of the titles which were released on DVD in the 2005 Gary Cooper Collection: BEAU GESTE (1939), which I reviewed at UCLA in 2015, will have a commentary track with William Wellman Jr. and Frank Thompson; THE LIVES OF A BENGAL LANCER (1935) will have a commentary by Eddy von Mueller; and THE GENERAL DIED AT DAWN (1936) will have a commentary by Lee Gambin and Rutanya Alda.

...Finally, Kino's March releases will include two different versions of INDISCRETION OF AN AMERICAN WIFE (1953), starring Jennifer Jones and Montgomery Clift. Additional March releases from Kino Lorber were listed in my last two roundups.

...Over at 50 Westerns From the 50s, Toby says Kino Lorber will be bringing out a bunch of Universal Westerns on DVD and Blu-ray. This is potentially very exciting news, if the forthcoming films are titles which haven't yet had Region 1 releases. The upcoming Kino release of Universal's WINGS OF THE HAWK (1953) gives me hope we might get more titles which haven't been available in the U.S. We'll see...

...The Disney+ series in which Ewan McGregor will reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi, announced with great fanfare at last summer's D23 Expo, is at least temporarily on hold. The search is on for a new scriptwriter. McGregor and director Deborah Chow are expected to remain with the project after it is retooled.


...A sequel to last fall's lovely DOWNTON ABBEY (2019) movie is in the works.

...I'm rather baffled by the announcement that the Criterion Collection is handling the Blu-ray releases of Netflix's brand-new Oscar-nominated movies.

...On my wish list: PINE-THOMAS PRODUCTIONS: A HISTORY AND FILMOGRAPHY by David Tucker, published by McFarland last summer.

...Big news at Animation Scoop and Cartoon Brew: The Warner Archive will be bringing out a Blu-ray collection Avery Screwball Classics, Vol. I, on February 18th.

...Attention Southern Californians: A new exhibit is coming to the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana this March: Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic.

...Notable Passings: John Karlen, whose extensive TV work included the series CAGNEY AND LACEY (1981-88), has died at 86...Jack Kehoe, who played the Erie Kid in THE STING (1973), has passed on at 85.

...For additional links of interest to classic film fans, please check out my January 18th roundup.

Have a great week!


Blogger Seth said...

Thanks for bringing back the "Around the Blogosphere" posts, Laura. I missed them during the year-long hiatus.

I'm excited to hear about that Beau Geste Blu-ray release. And I've been doing a little bit of planning for things to do on either end of the TCMFF, and the Bowers exhibit is on the list.

6:55 PM  
Blogger mel said...

Can I hope for a GOOD copy of BOSS OF BULLION CITY (Johnny Mack Brown, Universal, 1940)?

Mine cost me ten dollars for an execrable copy taken from an exceptionally poor 16mm print from Amazon a few years back...

3:13 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thank you so much for that feedback, Seth! It's great to know the column is enjoyed. I have a new "system" for how I'm putting it together which I hope will enable me to continue doing it consistently during busier times of the year.

I'm assuming I've seen some of the Disney Archive exhibit items which will be at the Bowers as part of other exhibits (i.e., D23 Expo) -- but I do hope to visit it! I haven't been to the Bowers Museum in many years, I think the last time was an Egypt exhibit when we were homeschoolers, so it's been a good long while.

Looking forward to seeing you at TCMFF!

Mel, wouldn't that be nice if they made it available? Although Kino has released at least one serial, I'm not sure they've ever released a "B" movie like that...wouldn't it be great if they put out a set of "B" films? Probably a pipe dream, but you never know...

Best wishes,

9:12 AM  

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