Thursday, October 10, 2013

New on DVD: Moss Rose (1947) and Cry of the City (1948)

The good DVD news keeps coming this week!

Earlier this week we learned that Season 3 of MAVERICK is now available from the Warner Archive, and there was also a great list of new Universal Vault releases at Amazon.

Now comes word from ClassicFlix of two terrific Victor Mature releases from Fox Cinema Archives, MOSS ROSE (1947) and CRY OF THE CITY (1948).

I've been interested in seeing MOSS ROSE since star Peggy Cummins spoke at the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival. She mentioned she had a particularly good experience working with the cast on MOSS ROSE, including Mature, Vincent Price, and Ethel Barrymore.

As for CRY OF THE CITY, which I first reviewed in 2012, I loved it even more when I had the chance to see it in a beautiful 35mm print at this year's Noir City Film Festival. Richard Conte and Debra Paget costar with Mature in a classic film noir.

Although Fox Cinema Archives has developed a disappointing reputation with widescreen-era films, releasing them largely in pan and scan, I've had very good experiences with 1940s films such as THE MAN I MARRIED (1940) and SECRET AGENT OF JAPAN (1942), to name two. I'm hopeful that these latest releases will be good-looking prints worthy of purchase.

Speaking of purchasing, there's a great "5 for $50" Columbus Day sale at the Warner Archive. Westerns fans may particularly want to note that some appealing releases, such as Rod Cameron's STAMPEDE (1949) and SHORT GRASS (1950), have now been out long enough that they are eligible for the sale. It's also worth mentioning that an older Archive release which happens to be the last film I reviewed, CANYON RIVER (1956), is included in the sale.

Happy shopping -- and don't forget that the fall Barnes & Noble Criterion sale traditionally begins around Halloween!


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