Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Coming to DVD: Barbara Stanwyck Collection

October 30th will see the release of a five-disc, six-film Barbara Stanwyck Signature Collection on DVD.

The movies included will be EXECUTIVE SUITE, MY REPUTATION, EAST SIDE, WEST SIDE, ANNIE OAKLEY, TO PLEASE A LADY, and JEOPARDY. The last two titles in the list will be released on a single disc.

Extras will include an EXECUTIVE SUITE commentary by director Oliver Stone (?!), radio productions of MY REPUTATION and JEOPARDY, trailers, shorts, and cartoons.

I am slowly coming to appreciate Stanwyck's work. I particularly liked MY REPUTATION; my review can be found here.

A briefer 2005 review of EXECUTIVE SUITE can be read here. It has upcoming airings on TCM on August 4th and September 10, 2007.

I'm looking forward to seeing EAST SIDE, WEST SIDE for the first time. It has a great cast including Van Heflin, Ava Gardner, and Cyd Charisse. It will be airing on TCM October 18th, shortly before the DVD set is released.

Speaking of Stanwyck, earlier this week I watched the documentary BARBARA STANWYCK: FIRE AND DESIRE (1991). It provided a satisfying overview of her life and career, with a number of good clips, although the narration -- written by Richard Schickel and delivered by Sally Field -- was too syrupy for my taste. It's worth looking for as an introduction to Stanwyck's career; it would have been nice if it had been included in this new DVD set.

2018 Update: My copies of both EXECUTIVE SUITE and MY REPUTATION in the original Signature Collection became unplayable after several years. Fortunately all of the films in the set are now available from other sources.

Three of the films, MY REPUTATION, ANNIE OAKLEY, and EAST SIDE, WEST SIDE, are also available in the TCM Greatest Classic Legends Film Collection: Barbara Stanwyck.

ANNIE OAKLEY will be rereleased on DVD by the Warner Archive in September 2018. All of the other films in the Signature set are also available as Warner Archive reissues at these links: EXECUTIVE SUITE, EAST SIDE, WEST SIDE, TO PLEASE A LADY, JEOPARDY, and MY REPUTATION.


Blogger Wolf Flywheel said...

I'll be looking forward to this. Hopefully we can get an early copy and have a review posted for ya prior to release.

2:13 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

That's great you have a source for review copies! Would love to hear more about the set.

Have you had a look at the MGM Musicals set yet? Excited to get it...

Best wishes,

2:15 PM  
Blogger Wolf Flywheel said...

You should know by now that the great J.C. Loophole of The Shelf never lets a good movie sneak past him. The MGM musicals set has been seen and J.C. has a review in the works. It should be up tomorrow. He's a little under the weather, so it may be posted Friday. He'll come through though.
We will also have a review from both of us (Hurray for teamwork!) on the Warner Home Video film noir set pretty soon. It's a great time for movie lovers!

6:16 PM  

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