Saturday, April 30, 2022

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...Lots of interesting Blu-ray release news to share! Kino Lorber's latest "coming soon" Blu-ray announcements include LOVE LETTERS (1945) with Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten, RIO (1939) with Basil Rathbone and Bob Cummings, and a pair of Technicolor Esther Williams dramas, THE UNGUARDED MOMENT (1956) and RAW WIND IN EDEN (1958).

...Available for preorder: A limited edition/special edition Blu-ray from Ignite Films, INVADERS FROM MARS (1953), which was just screened at the TCM Classic Film Festival.

...The Warner Archive Collection will celebrate Judy Garland's centennial with the Blu-ray releases of three of her films in June: ZIEGFELD GIRL (1941), FOR ME AND MY GAL (1942), and THE CLOCK (1945).

...Big ClassicFlix news announced by Bob Furmanek of the 3-D Film Archive: Later this year ClassicFlix will release a 3-D Blu-ray of I, THE JURY (1953). I really enjoyed this Mickey Spillane film at the World 3-D Film Expo in 2013, and it was also just shown in 3-D at the TCM Classic Film Festival.

...And coming to Blu-ray and DVD from ClassicFlix this July: A restoration of Abbott and Costello in JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (1952) with plentiful extras.

...Out on Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection this July: SUMMERTIME (1955), starring Katharine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi.

...For classic film fans in Ohio: The Columbus Moving Picture Show will take place there Memorial Day Weekend. The rare titles being shown are reminiscent of the Los Angeles Cinecon Festival. Among the films I'd like to see: CIGARETTE GIRL (1947) starring Leslie Brooks and Bob Cummings, Marie Wilson, and Mary Costa (SLEEPING BEAUTY) in MARRY ME AGAIN (1953). Alan K. Rode will be introducing Scott Brady in CANON CITY (1948).

...The reason I'm not considering a trip to Columbus Memorial Day Weekend is I already have a ticket to attend a day at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim that weekend, which was postponed from 2021. The panel discussion schedule was released a few days ago.

...Recent classic film reviews of interest: Glenn Erickson has reviewed the British police procedural JIGSAW (1962) from Kino Lorber/Cohen Film Collection...Glenn's colleague Charlie Largent reviewed the Criterion Collection's new release THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT (1957) starring Jayne Mansfield, Tom Ewell, and Edmond O'Brien...I picked up a copy of BREAKFAST IN HOLLYWOOD (1946) at a used DVD store and am quite interested to see it after reading Jessica's review at Comet Over Hollywood. Favorite Bonita Granville stars, with an appearance by the King Cole Trio...Cereal at Midnight has reviewed THE RAGING TIDE (1951) starring Richard Conte, Stephen McNally, and Shelley Winters, which was just released in the latest Dark Side of Cinema set from Kino Lorber...At Riding the High Country Colin just reviewed Jane Russell in THE REVOLT OF MAMIE STOVER (1956).

...I've always had a soft spot for Cheryl Ladd, who is starring in a new film, A COWGIRL'S SONG (2022).

...Fantastic news from the Criterion Channel: Visual effects artist Craig Barron and sound designer Ben Burtt, whose presentations at the TCM Classic Film Festival are fan favorites, will have a new series on the streaming service called SECRETS OF THE HOLLYWOOD ARCHIVES. The first episode, to debut in late May, will feature the movie magic behind ACTION IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC (1943), a Warner Bros. film which starred Humphrey Bogart and Raymond Massey.

...In my last roundup I mentioned a new documentary on FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (1971), FIDDLER'S JOURNEY TO THE BIG SCREEN (2022). Here's a review by Leonard Maltin. Definitely want to see this one!

...There's another fascinating "recycled costumes" post at Phyllis Loves Classic Movies which features four of Maureen O'Hara's costumes from THE FALLEN SPARROW (1943) which later turned up in other films. O'Hara is seen here in the film with costar John Garfield.

...The manufacturer of the Instant Pot, which I use often, now makes a combination dutch oven/slow cooker. It's an interesting concept. Here's a review from America's Test Kitchen.

...Tom Selleck's long-running BLUE BLOODS series has been renewed for Season 13.

...Several new films are coming in May which I'm looking forward to seeing: DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS (2022), DOWNTOWN ABBEY 2: A NEW ERA (2022), and TOP GUN: MAVERICK (2022). I'm also anticipating attending both the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival and the UCLA Festival of Preservation in May. It's great to be going to the movies regularly once more!

...Around the Blogosphere This Week will not appear the weekends of May 7th or 14th, as I will be traveling, including attending the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs. I anticipate my next around the Blogosphere This Week column will be posted on May 21, 2022.

...For additional recent links of interest to classic film fans, please check out my April 16th roundup.


Blogger Seth said...

I think you know I'm an Old Time Radio fan, Laura, so I recently watched BREAKFAST IN HOLLYWOOD, which is available on Amazon Prime and Youtube, and enjoyed it for many of the reasons Jessica mentions in her review. Thanks for highlighting it.

6:46 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Seth, I loved your feedback on BREAKFAST IN HOLLYWOOD. I've bumped it up in my (mile-high) "to watch" stack based on the feedback from you and Jessica!

Thank you!

Best wishes,

6:43 PM  

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