Saturday, November 20, 2021

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...Marvelous news from Flicker Alley: REPEAT PERFORMANCE (1947), a huge favorite of mine I've been fortunate to see on a big screen multiple times, is coming to Blu-ray/DVD in January! The set will have extras contributed by a number of familiar names, including Eddie Muller, Alan K. Rode, Farran Smith Nehme (the Self-Styled Siren), and Nora Fiore (the Nitrate Diva). This will be one of the must-have releases of 2022 for classic film fans. I'm looking forward to reviewing the release here in a few weeks.

...Here's the new trailer for DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA (2021), which will be out in March. I loved the previous film which was released in the fall of 2019.

...The Criterion Collection's announcements for February 2022 include LOVE AFFAIR (1939) and WRITTEN ON THE WIND (1956). LOVE AFFAIR has been rescued from public domain by the Museum of Modern Art and Lobster Films; extras include an interview with Farran Smith Nehme and two radio adaptations. Douglas Sirk's WRITTEN ON THE WIND has previously had a Criterion DVD release, but the vivid colors make it a natural for a Blu-ray upgrade. Extras include the 2008 documentary ACTING FOR DOUGLAS SIRK.

...Josh Shepherd of Faith & Family Media Blog takes a look at the "hits and misses" of the November 12th Disney+ Day announcements.

...The University Press of Kentucky is having a holiday sale through January 31st. They publish many film-related biographies and other books so be sure to check it out.

...The latest announcements from Kino Lorber's Studio Classics line include two more film noir collections, the Dark Side of Cinema VI and Dark Side of Cinema VII. Not-on-DVD titles such as SINGAPORE (1947), which I only own on VHS, are included in the half dozen titles in these collections. Also ahead: Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne in WHEN TOMORROW COMES (1939); Arthur Kennedy, Peggy Dow, and Julie Adams in BRIGHT VICTORY (1951); and the '70s teen film ALMOST SUMMER (1978), starring Lee Purcell, Bruno Kirby, and Didi Conn. The latter film is of personal interest as my father was acquainted with the screenwriters' sister and I received a poster for the film when it was first released. The Berg Sisters now write Hallmark movies!

...Recent reviews from CineSavant Glenn Erickson include MIDWAY (1976), a UK Blu-ray release from Indictor; THE WINDOW (1947) from the Warner Archive Collection; and the new pair of Argentinian film noir releases from Flicker Alley, THE BEAST MUST DIE (1952) and THE BITTER STEMS (1956).

...Phyllis Loves Classic Movies has a nice close-up look at Audrey Long's wedding gown in a favorite film noir, BORN TO KILL (1947).

...Silver Scenes has the rundown on the 2022 TCM Big Screen Classics series, which includes THE QUIET MAN (1952) and IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946).

...From Variety, "The Best Old Hollywood Podcasts." I rarely listen to podcasts simply due to being spread too thin on time, but this seems like a good starter list.

...Two friends have recently spoken on Robert Bellissimo's YouTube series: Toby Roan discusses JOHNNY GUITAR (1954) and Raquel Stecher has an upcoming chat on THE HITCH-HIKER (1953). (Update: The HITCH-HIKER discussion is now available!)

...Raquel also has a new video on classic film books!

...Speaking of film books, Vienna shares her thoughts on Leonard Maltin's new memoir at Vienna's Classic Hollywood.

...Jennifer Garlen shares her five favorite Marvel movies at Virtual Virago.

...Notable Passing: Voice actor Will Ryan, whose long career began in the early '80s, has passed on at 72. His many credits included MICKEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL (1983).

...For additional recent links of interest to classic film fans, please check out my November 6th roundup.


Blogger Phyl said...

Downton Abbey was the last move I saw in theaters. I’m so excited for Quiet Man!!! We recently got it on Blu-ray and it was amazing how much clearer it was from our 2002 dvd. Thanks again for the link!! :)

9:31 PM  
Blogger Margot Shelby said...

I'm so exited about Repeat Performance. The long wait is finally over.

8:11 AM  
Blogger Caftan Woman said...

Great news on all these upcoming releases and restorations. Thanks for the links and tips to make the classic movie fan happy.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Walter S. said...

Laura, I agree with Margot about REPEAT PERFORMANCE(filmed 1946-47, released 1947). It has been a long wait since I first viewed it on the ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT(A&E) network in 1986. Although, I've viewed the movie since then, the print wasn't in the best shape. I look forward to the upcoming Blu-ray release of this really good fantastical noir.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Vienna said...

Thanks as always for mentioning my “Star Struck” review, Laura.
And for the link to Glenn Erickson’s fine review of “The Window.”
It is good news that “Repeat Performance” is coming out on blu-Ray. I reviewed it in 2013 and enjoyed it.

1:41 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Phyl, glad to share the link! DOWNTON ABBEY was a good one to "go out" on before the Great Shutdown. Looking forward to the sequel!

Margot, I'm VERY happy about REPEAT PERFORMANCE!!

Caftan Woman, so happy not only to share these links but hearing from people such as yourself that you've enjoyed reading and appreciate the great news as well. Thank you!

Walter, while I've been fortunate to see a pristine print of REPEAT PERFORMANCE on a big screen, I've heard from so many people over the last few years who only have seen a very poor print. I'm beyond thrilled that everyone will now have access to a gorgeous Blu-ray!

Vienna, it's my pleasure! Always enjoy visiting your blog. So glad to share info about the releases of THE WINDOW and REPEAT PERFORMANCE.

Best wishes,

11:16 AM  

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