Starting with this pair of dramatic delights, we’ll be bringing you even more Blu-ray editions of some of your fave flicks starting at least once or twice a month!
DEATHTRAP (1982) After he was Superman and before he was Alfred, Christopher Reeve and Michael Caine made a World’s Finest pair of actors in Sidney Lumet’s adaptation of Ira Levin’s wickedly funny and criminally clever mystery play. Joining them in the “who’ll do it?” suspense is Dyan Cannon with real-life critics Stewart Klein, Jeffrey Lyons and Joel Siegel all making cameos. Deathtrap is at last available on disc in its correct aspect ratio, and with clarity that truly pops! Presented on Blu-ray™ disc
GYPSY (1962) Mervyn LeRoy directs this lavish and heartfelt adaptation of the musical fable drawn from the legend of burlesque superstar, Gypsy Rose Lee. Rosalind Russell stars as an aggressive stage mother, determined to place her daughters (Natalie Wood and Ann Jillian) in the spotlight. When the “chosen” daughter rebels against maternal machinations, the ugly duckling gets thrown into the spotlight and discovers her destiny. Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim provide the show-stopping music and lyrics, and Arthur Laurents’ underlying book is a rock-hard spine of enchantment. And Natalie is naturally stunning in 1080p. Also stars Karl Malden. Presented on Blu-ray™ disc
THE BOWERY BOYS VOLUME ONE (1946-52) When understudy Leo Gorcey joined an ensemble of teen thespians for the Broadway hit “Dead End”, William Wyler took the troupe in toto to Hollywood for 1937’s film version. Personifying the grit and heart of the “kid gangs” sprouting up in city slums, these little wise guys quickly stole the nation’s heart. Embarking on a cinematic journey from Dead Ends to the East Side and across studios, Huntz Hall and Leo Gorcey eventually emerged as the anchors for a new series of films as The Bowery Boys. Unlike the previous series’ “preachment” and crime pictures, these were straight up comedies. Landing in Louie“s Sweet Shop (3rd and Canal, natch!), the fellas soon clowned and capered their way into cinema history, creating the most prolific comedy series of all time. Or as Slip would say, the most profligate.
Four Disc Collection includes: LIVE WIRES (1946) IN FAST COMPANY (1946) BOWERY BOMBSHELL (1946) NEWS HOUNDS (1947) FIGHTING FOOLS (1949) HOLD THAT BABY! (1949) MASTER MINDS(1949) BLONDE DYNAMITE (1950) LUCKY LOSERS (1950) BLUES BUSTERS (1950)CRAZY OVER HORSES (1951) NO HOLDS BARRED (1952)
For an in depth discussion on the history of the Boys, and each of the films in the set, tune into this week’s podcast on the subject!
THE CHARLIE BROWN AND SNOOPY SHOW: THE COMPLETE ANIMATED SERIES (1983-85) The crack team of strip to toon translators that presided over the beloved primetime Peanuts specials, Bill Melendez, Lee Mendelson and Charles Schulz himself, labored over this Saturday Morning incarnation, too. Their commitment to quality and consistency raised the bar for the show, allowing it to stand head to beagle with its nighttime cousins. Each show mixes merriment and mirth with quiet whimsy and careful observations drawn from the comic strips themselves. 2-Disk, 18-Episode Collection.
Screenplay aficionados are raving about these new page-accurate screenplays that work on almost any digital device. Each ebook contains the film’s original shooting script — so you can see exactly what the production team was dealing with — in addition to a resizable text version that formats to any computer screen. The Adventures of Robin Hood,Ben-Hur, North by Northwest, Singin’ in the Rain, Casablanca and An American in Parisare now available via Kindle, iTunes and Nook stores. Free samples available in all formats!
TURKEY WEEK SCREENINGS IN NEW YORK CITY
WILLIAM LUSTIG PRESENTS: A TRIBUTE TO THE WARNER ARCHIVE COLLECTION— Now through November 27, the Anthology Film Archives in New York City and filmmaker William Lustig pay tribute to the Warner Archive Collection. Bring out of town family to these fantastic cult classics instead of boring old window shopping!