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Warner Archive at Wondercon!

From the folks that bring you San Diego Comic-con, comes Wondercon April 18-20 in the Anaheim Convention Center - and we’re not only going to be sitting around Booth #1113 chatting all day, but hosting four different panels (see below) Note: Badges still available online!

The talent on these four panels covers the entertainment gamut, highlighted by the appearance of renowned screenwriter Steven E. de Souza (Die Hard, 48 HRS.) discussing his 1987 cult classic TV movie, “The Spirit”; beloved animation creators Alan BurnettKelly Ward, Giancarlo Volpe and James Tucker; popular voice actor Josh Keaton; and making his first-ever Con appearance, the heralded voice of the GoBots’ Leader-1, Lou Richards. Also notable amongst the panel presentations will be the exhibition of unaired, never-before-seen footage from the animated series, “Beware the Batman” during the “Popular TV Super Heroes Look Better in Blu” panel on Saturday from 11:30am-12:30pm in Room 300DE. And immediately following the Sunday afternoon panel, the Warner Archive booth will host an autograph signing with Steven E. de Souza starting at approximately 1:15pm.

Saturday, 4/19/14
11:30am–12:30pm Popular TV Super Heroes Look Better in Blu – Warner Archive Collection continues to thrill fans with Blu-ray presentations of some of the popular, recent DC-based animated TV series. Revisit Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Beware the Batman with producers, directors, writers and voice talent, and discuss WAC’s potential future offerings. WAC podcast hosts DW Ferranti and Matthew Patterson lead a panel that features GL:TAS producer Giancarlo Volpe and actor Josh Keaton, BTBATB producer James Tucker, and other surprise guests – not to mention unaired, never-before-seen footage of Beware the Batman! Room 300DE

Saturday, 4/19/14
7:00–8:00pm Toonstock with Warner Archive Collection – There’s no better way to start WonderCon’s Saturday night than with a spotlight on toe-tapping, music-themed animated TV series from the past 50 years, including Josie and Pussycats in Outer Space, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids, The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, Jabberjaw and more. Warner Archive Collection podcast hosts Matt Patterson and DW Ferranti – and a few surprises – offer a fun look/listen to great themes songs from 1960-1990s. Room 300AB

Sunday, 4/20/14
Noon–1:00pm From Chuck Norris to Mr. T: Real-Life Toons and Back Again! – Not only have a bevy of live-action stars like Chuck Norris, Mr. T and the Globetrotters played huge roles in nearly forgotten cartoons, but many popular ‘toon heroes – like The Spirit, Captain Marvel and Steel – have made the journey from four-color panels to live-action film. Warner Archive Collection podcast hosts DW Ferranti and Matthew Patterson – and a few surprise guests, like renowned screenwriter Steve E. de Souza (Die Hard, 48 HRS.) – celebrate these luminaries and more in their favorite, sometimes-forgotten adaptations in an undoubtedly hilarious hour-long panel. Room 300AB

Sunday, 4/20/14
3:00–4:00pm GoBots, Warner Archive Collection and beyond! – There are morphing robots and then there’s the GoBots! Warner Archive Collection puts a spotlight on the ultimate transforming robots with a release of the entire series on DVD, and a panel that features the voice of Leader1 himself, Lou Richards; story editor/writer Alan Burnett; writer Kelly Ward; and all-knowing WAC podcast hosts Matthew Patterson and DW Ferranti. Come for the GoBots, stay for all kinds of fun WAC information, including a hearty shout-out to Jonny Quest on his 50th Anniversary. Room 300AB

Hope to see you all there!

Posted on Tuesday, April 15th 2014

Reblogged from Warner Archive

Alex in Wonderland (1970) directed by Paul Mazursky and starring Donald Sutherland - this is from a surreal scene bringing the Vietnam War to Hollywood Blvd.
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This is a still from the great Alex in Wonderland!
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Actors play victims of a bombing on Hollywood Boulevard as startled residents watch from the side, 1970

Alex in Wonderland (1970) directed by Paul Mazursky and starring Donald Sutherland - this is from a surreal scene bringing the Vietnam War to Hollywood Blvd.

sewertour:

This is a still from the great Alex in Wonderland!

putaplastika:

Actors play victims of a bombing on Hollywood Boulevard as startled residents watch from the side, 1970

Posted on Wednesday, April 9th 2014

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Warner Archive at Wondercon!

From the folks that bring you San Diego Comic-con, comes Wondercon April 18-20 in the Anaheim Convention Center - and we’re not only going to be sitting around Booth #1113 chatting all day, but hosting four different panels (see below) Note: Badges still available online!

The talent on these four panels covers the entertainment gamut, highlighted by the appearance of renowned screenwriter Steven E. de Souza (Die Hard, 48 HRS.) discussing his 1987 cult classic TV movie, “The Spirit”; beloved animation creators Alan BurnettKelly Ward, Giancarlo Volpe and James Tucker; popular voice actor Josh Keaton; and making his first-ever Con appearance, the heralded voice of the GoBots’ Leader-1, Lou Richards. Also notable amongst the panel presentations will be the exhibition of unaired, never-before-seen footage from the animated series, “Beware the Batman” during the “Popular TV Super Heroes Look Better in Blu” panel on Saturday from 11:30am-12:30pm in Room 300DE. And immediately following the Sunday afternoon panel, the Warner Archive booth will host an autograph signing with Steven E. de Souza starting at approximately 1:15pm.

Saturday, 4/19/14
11:30am–12:30pm Popular TV Super Heroes Look Better in Blu – Warner Archive Collection continues to thrill fans with Blu-ray presentations of some of the popular, recent DC-based animated TV series. Revisit Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Beware the Batman with producers, directors, writers and voice talent, and discuss WAC’s potential future offerings. WAC podcast hosts DW Ferranti and Matthew Patterson lead a panel that features GL:TAS producer Giancarlo Volpe and actor Josh Keaton, BTBATB producer James Tucker, and other surprise guests – not to mention unaired, never-before-seen footage of Beware the Batman! Room 300DE

Saturday, 4/19/14
7:00–8:00pm Toonstock with Warner Archive Collection – There’s no better way to start WonderCon’s Saturday night than with a spotlight on toe-tapping, music-themed animated TV series from the past 50 years, including Josie and Pussycats in Outer Space, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids, The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, Jabberjaw and more. Warner Archive Collection podcast hosts Matt Patterson and DW Ferranti – and a few surprises – offer a fun look/listen to great themes songs from 1960-1990s. Room 300AB

Sunday, 4/20/14
Noon–1:00pm From Chuck Norris to Mr. T: Real-Life Toons and Back Again! – Not only have a bevy of live-action stars like Chuck Norris, Mr. T and the Globetrotters played huge roles in nearly forgotten cartoons, but many popular ‘toon heroes – like The Spirit, Captain Marvel and Steel – have made the journey from four-color panels to live-action film. Warner Archive Collection podcast hosts DW Ferranti and Matthew Patterson – and a few surprise guests, like renowned screenwriter Steve E. de Souza (Die Hard, 48 HRS.) – celebrate these luminaries and more in their favorite, sometimes-forgotten adaptations in an undoubtedly hilarious hour-long panel. Room 300AB

Sunday, 4/20/14
3:00–4:00pm GoBots, Warner Archive Collection and beyond! – There are morphing robots and then there’s the GoBots! Warner Archive Collection puts a spotlight on the ultimate transforming robots with a release of the entire series on DVD, and a panel that features the voice of Leader1 himself, Lou Richards; story editor/writer Alan Burnett; writer Kelly Ward; and all-knowing WAC podcast hosts Matthew Patterson and DW Ferranti. Come for the GoBots, stay for all kinds of fun WAC information, including a hearty shout-out to Jonny Quest on his 50th Anniversary. Room 300AB

See you there!

Posted on Friday, April 4th 2014

Scott Eyman on John Wayne

Warner Archive Podcast

The Warner Archive Podcast team chats with author Scott Eyman about his new book John Wayne: The Life and Legend - a must have for any John Wayne or classic film fan! We go deep into what made this man a legend that still rings loudly many years after his passing…

All Podcasts also available on iTunes.

You can find new releases on disc at the Warner Archive Shop and/or streaming on Warner Archive Instant

Posted on Thursday, April 3rd 2014

Norma's Got Class

Warner Archive Podcast , April Fools Edition

No foolin’ today as we discuss the previously overlooked sitcom, The Class (2006-07) and two releases starring Norma Shearer: an early talkie, The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1929) and her final appearance in Her Cardboard Lover (1942). And we highlight Big Jim McLain (1952) with John Wayne, Americathon (1979) and the Our Gang shorts (1938-40) - all new to Instant!

All Podcasts also available on iTunes.

You can find new releases on disc at the Warner Archive Shop and/or streaming on Warner Archive Instant

Posted on Tuesday, April 1st 2014

THE CLASS (2006-07) Comedy kings David Crane (Friends) & Jeffrey Klarik (Mad About You)bring you the tale of an overeager romantic (Jason Ritter) who hosts the ultimate surprise party for his fiancée: a reunion of their third-grade classmates to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the day they met. Unfortunately, things do not go as planned as we are plunged into the dark comic world of this ahead-of-its-time sitcom serial that plays like the mutant spawn of Friendsand Melrose Place. Extra-marital affairs, suicidal tendencies, friendship and other lies all provide ample fodder. Classmates of note include The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal, Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Mr. Sunshine’s Andrea Anders, Once Upon a Time’s Sean Maguire and Party Down’s Lizzy Caplan. Notable guest stints from David Keith, Sara Gilbert, and Sam Harris. Directed by James Burrows (Frasier). 19-Episode, 2-Disc Collection.

THE LAST OF MS. SHEARER?

THE LAST OF MRS. CHEYNEY (1929) This first film adaptation of the stage play — and Norma Shearer’s second sound film — embodies the same froth and frill as the later Joan Crawford/William Powell version while providing a fascinating glimpse at how the story must have played on-stage. Shearer plays the eponymous Mrs. Cheyney, an Australian arriviste to the socialite circle who employs a valet of most particular resources (George Barraud) who is more than what she seems. Basil Rathbone plays Lord Dilling, the aristocrat who gets a lesson in morals from the criminal class.

HER CARDBOARD LOVER (1942) George Sanders plays the romantic rogue that Norma Shearer’s socialite can’t say no to, driving her to the desperate play of hiring Robert Taylor’s muse-blocked songsmith to play her faux amor. Unfortunately for the socialite, this is one song and dance man that isn’t playing around. Norma Shearer’s cinema swan-song finds her in fine form ably supported by the dashing pair of Taylor and Sanders. Sanders’ depiction of romantic conceit flummoxed is a particular delight. Co-starring Frank McHugh and keep your eyes out for western mainstay Chill Wills in a judicial turn. Directed by George Cukor.

Go HBO!LIFE ACCORDING TO SAM (2014) This official selection in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival explores the remarkable world of Sam Berns and the relentless pursuit of a treatment and cure by his parents (both doctors) to save him from the fatal and extremely rare progressive aging disorder, progeria. Directed by Sean and Andrea Fine, this incredibly moving film chronicles three years of the family’s inspiring efforts which lead to the first clinical drug trials and the discovery that progeria is linked to the human aging process. As Sam’s resilient parents race against the clock (average life expectancy: 13 years), he embraces his circumstances with admirable courage. He becomes empowered to enjoy his childhood while his parents seek to make the most of their time together.

INSTANT MENACEIt’s madmen and monsters-a-go-go on Warner Archive Instant! Among the films we just added include House of Dark Shadows (1970), The Face of Fu Manchu (1965), The Return of Doctor X (1939) and Return of the Living Dead: Part II (1988) — all streaming in 1080p HD! Don’t be afraid of the dark, try it free!

Posted on Tuesday, April 1st 2014

Our 5th Birthday Party with Mick and Dix!

Released Mar 25, 2014

It’s our birthday and we’ll watch what we want to, like Mick Jagger in Donald Cammell and Nicholas Roeg’s Performance (1970) on striking Blu-ray. Then we chat about five classic Richard Dix pics including Public Defender (1931), His Greatest Gamble (1933), Ace of Aces (1933) Reno (1939) and Men Against the Sky (1940).

All Podcasts also available on iTunes.

You can find new releases on disc and more at the Warner Archive Shop.

Posted on Tuesday, March 25th 2014

Starring James Fox, Mick Jagger, Richard Dix, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathleen Quinlan & Kurt Russell

It’s Our Birthday!
Five years ago this week, a bouncing baby home video program was born into the world weighing in at 300 DVDs. Growing larger each year with all kinds of new releases, Warner Archive is now almost 2000 releases strong! Thanks to everyone for hanging with us, and don’t forget to check out our latest smash birthday deal in our online store!

Performance Rox the Blu-ray Disc
PERFORMANCE (1970) Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg’s genre-and-reality blending slice of surreal cinema remains as startling and surprising now as it did nearly 45 years ago. When a local legbreaker (James Fox) takes it on the lam in London after being a poor cog in the criminal-corporate enterprise machine, he ends down the rabbit-hole, hiding out in the Bohemian boarding house run by ex-rock superstar Turner (Mick Jagger). While Turner and his gal pal share the affections of a mysterious French androgyne, they suck rough boy Chas into their world — a world where “everything is permitted.” Now available in a striking High Definition Blu-ray Disc edition, the hidden glories, mystery, grime and grit of Performancehave never been more apparent. Nor has the arresting soundtrack popped so clear.

Quintuple Dix
THE PUBLIC DEFENDER(1931) Millionaire playboy Pike Winslow (Richard Dix) has a secret — a secret identity that is! Eight years before Bruce Wayne would don the cowl, two years before Doc Savage would crush crime alongside Ham and Monk, and just as Lamont Cranston walked in the doors of the Cobalt Club, the Reckoner (aka ex-military intelligence officer and idle man-about-town, Pike Winslow) battled the banksters behind the looting of Depression-era America. Aided by his amazing two assistants, the ratiocinating Professor (Boris Karloff) and the acrobatic mug Doc (Paul Hurst), the Reckoner deployed split-second timing and careful planning in his quest to bring vengeance on the guilty. But with the girl he loves lying at the center of the case, the Reckoner’s timing may just be fatally off… Based on George Goodchild’s “The Splendid Crime”.

HIS GREATEST GAMBLE (1933) Richard Dix plays a professional gambler and bon vivant who lives the high life on the down low thanks to snatching his daughter from her mother with the best of intentions. When the gambler plays a losing hand landing a life-stretch in jail, it’s back to momma for beloved Alice (Edith Fellows/Dorothy Wilson). While the gambler Eden serves his time, Alice has her soul crushed thanks to her controlling mother. And so Eden makes a break — not for vengeance, but for love. Also stars Bruce Cabot.

ACE OF ACES (1933) This intriguing take on the WWI flying ace genre sees Dix playing an avowed pacifist who gets the four feathers treatment from his gal (Elizabeth Allen) so he signs up for a stint in the wild blue. By the time the frill has wised up to the horrors of war, thanks to a stint as a volunteer nurse, the pacifist has become a bloodthirsty killer of the sky devoted only to personal glory. Aeronautical bard John Monk Saunders (WingsThe Dawn Patrol) pens the script, while Merian Cooper (King Kong) executive produces. Ralph Bellamy co-stars.

RENO (1939) Reno is the history of the biggest little city in America, as lived by the lawyer that put it on the easy divorce map. Bill Shayne started out on the up and up, defending the little guy against the mining corporations, but when the veins ran out, Shayne slides into casino shyster Bill Shear, every wannabe divorcee’s favorite fellow. Gail Patrick (Women in Bondage) gives a gun blazing star turn as Shayne’s favorite girl. Also stars Anita Louise, directed by John Farrow.

MEN AGAINST THE SKY (1940) Melancholy and adventure intertwine in this tale of an alcoholic aviator barred from the air. Phil Mercedes (Dix) lost his reputation and his license, but not the love of his younger sister (Wendy Barrie). When Kay falls for her aeronautical engineer boss (Kent Taylor) at the experimental airplane factory, Phil finds he still has something to contribute to the sky.

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SEARCH FOR THE GODS(1975) Kurt Russell and Stephen McHattie (Watchmen) star in this pilot that blends the best of ’70s popular non-fiction paperback fodder into an adventurous and intriguing mix that presages the ’80s neo-pulp revival. McHattie plays Vietnam vet and Cantabridgian scion Willie Longfellow, currently on walkabout across the American Southwest questing for a Yaqui way of knowledge. Before you can shout “von Daniken!” into a credulous crowd of reincarnated Atlanteans, Willie finds a shaman, a fragment of an otherworldly medallion, an unscrupulous international art collector and a beer-swilling cynical soldier of mis-fortune Shan Mullins (Russell). Russell’s performance carries the seed of Big Trouble in Little China’s Jack Burton, albeit buried in Kurt’s then still-boyish Disney veneer.

DEATH AMONG FRIENDS (1975) Canadian stage queen Kate Reid stars as lady detective “Mrs. R,” whose hausfrau demeanor hides an incisive and perceptive mind. Mrs. R and her aide-de-camp Officer Manny Reyes (A Martinez) gets dispatched to the home of rogue international financier Ham Russell Buckner (Martin Balsam) after the how-did-they-do-it murder of one of Buckner’s business partners. There’s no shortage of folk that wish the financier foul across the globe thanks to his methods of acquiring money, but unfortunately for Mrs. R, the only folk to be found at Buckner’s manse are the last who would wish the sugar daddy dead. Also stars John Anderson, Jack Cassidy, Lynda Day George and Paul Henreid in one of his last appearances.

THE CHILDREN NOBODY WANTED (1981) A very young Michelle Pfeiffer and Fred Lehne star in this TV biopic about Tom Butterfield who, at age 19 in 1959, became the youngest foster parent in Missouri. While a college freshman, Tom volunteers at an adult mental asylum and encounters the then-curious practice of dumping abandoned children in any institution. Taking a young boy out of the dangerous asylum and into his care, Tom stumbles into his life’s work and ends up as a catalyst for sweeping changes to child care laws across the nation. Michelle Pfeiffer plays the POV college sweetie who gets swept in Tom’s creation of the Butterfield Ranch for Children.

CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT (1985) Kathleen Quinlan (Lifeguard) stars in this based-on-fact drama about Lois Lee, who started working with teen prostitutes as a sociology student, and eventually founded the non-profit “Children of the Night’, dedicated to rescuing children. Unflinching in its portrayal of the brutality inflicted upon the teens, this TV movie is remarkably frank for its time. Features Pat Benatar’s “Hell is for Children” as its apropos theme.

35mm of Noir at The Egyptian Theatre in LA:
American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation present the 16th annual Noir City: Hollywood — an astounding line-up of jaded gumshoes, femmes fatale and menacing heavies in gloriously gritty black and white running March 21 – April 6. Of note to Warner Archive Fans:WHAT: Southside 1-1000 (1950) (with the Foundation’s new 35mm print) and Roadblock(1951) Double down on your Noir with these two re-discoveries! 
WHEN
: Sat. March 29, 2014 — 7:30pm

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Posted on Tuesday, March 25th 2014