Sherlock Holmes (1922), John Barrymore Collection in July

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The John Barrymore Collection
July 7th
Kino
Retail $59.95, Our: $42.99
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Sherlock Holmes (1922)
July 7th
Kino
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The Beloved Rogue (1927)
July 7th
Kino
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Tempest (1928)
July 7th
Kino
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Kino has announced a July 7th release date for The John Barrymore Collection. The big news with this 4 disc set is the inclusion of the previously unreleased Sherlock Holmes (1922). According to Kino's press material:
"Sherlock Holmes was mastered from a 35mm restoration by the George Eastman House Motion Picture Department, and is accompanied by a score by Ben Model, performed on the Miditzer Virtual Theatre Organ."
The other three titles are The Beloved Rogue (1927), Tempest (1928) [both previously released by Image Entertainment] and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) [previously released by Kino].

The set will retail for $59.95, but is available at ClassicFlix.com for only $42.99. Individual titles will each retail for $24.95, but are available at ClassicFlix.com for only $17.99.

Details and artwork below:





The Beloved Rogue

Tempest

IN THE SET

Sherlock Holmes (1922)
When a young prince is accused of a crime that could embroil him in international scandal, debonair super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes comes to his aid, and quickly discovers that behind the incident lurks a criminal mastermind eager to reduce Western civilization to anarchy. Adapted from the hugely popular stage version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories (by William Gillette), Sherlock Holmes not only provided Barrymore with one of his most prestigious early roles, but also presented the screen debuts of two notable actors: William Powell (The Thin Man) and Roland Young (Topper).

Sherlock Holmes
was mastered from a 35mm restoration by the George Eastman House Motion Picture Department, and is accompanied by a score by Ben Model, performed on the Miditzer Virtual Theatre Organ.

NO BONUS FEATURES

The Beloved Rogue (1927)
John Barrymore sought to out-swashbuckle Douglas Fairbanks in his breathless depiction of France’s rapscallion poet, thief and vagabond: Fran├žois Villon (1431-1463). To prove his mettle, he bounds over the snowy rooftops of Paris, scales a castle tower, and is hurled skyward by the royal catapult—but this is no mere stunt picture. Barrymore wielded a simmering sexuality that Fairbanks lacked, endowing the film with an element of eroticism that perfectly suits Villon, who loved “France earnestly, Frenchwomen excessively, French wine exclusively.” A lavish spectacle boasting the set designs of William Cameron Menzies (The Thief of Bagdad), The Beloved Rogue is Hollywood myth-making at its
most ambitious...and entertaining.

Beyond Barrymore, the cast is sprinkled with celebrated character actors. Fresh from a series of diabolical roles in the German silent cinema, Conrad Veidt (The Man Who Laughs) made his American film debut as the sinister King Louis XI. Appearing here as the scheming Thibault d'Aussigny and Fran├žois’s sidekick Beppo the Dwarf, Henry Victor and Angelo Rossitto would reunite five years later in Tod Browning’s Freaks.

BONUS FEATURE:
  • Includes Filmed Introduction by Orson Welles
Tempest (1928)
An epic romance set in Russia during the final days of the Tsarist autocracy, Tempest stars John Barrymore as Sgt. Ivan Markov, a dedicated soldier who defies the rigid class system to receive an officer’s commission. But even as he rises through the ranks of military and society, he must contend with resentment from the aristocratic officers—including the monocled Ullrich Haupt, who delivers a sinister performance worthy of Erich von Stroheim, himself an uncredited screenwriter on the project.

Ignoring the warnings of a grim political prophet (Boris de Fast), Ivan continues his climb to power, and falls in love with a haughty princess (Faust’s Camilla Horn), who spurns him and causes him to be stripped of rank. However, the tables are turned when the prophecy of a people’s revolt is realized, upending the aristocracy and putting Ivan and Princess Tamara at the mercy of a sweeping tide of fate.

NO BONUS FEATURES

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is part of this set and was also part of The American Silent Horror Collection. It can be placed in your rental queue by clicking the rent button below.

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The Three Stooges, Vol. 6 in June - SPECIAL 3 DAY PRICE

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The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 6 (1949 - 1951)
June 16th, 2009
Sony
Retail $24.96, Our: $19.99 $16.98 (3 days only)
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The Stooge viewing public has demanded more Shemp, and Sony is all too happy to oblige.

Although not officially announced, the studio has scheduled a June 16th release date for The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 6 (1949 - 1951). Like the previous chronological sets, it's expected to be across two discs without bonus features.

It will retail for $24.96, but is available at ClassicFlix.com for only $19.99. However, for 3 days only (until April 3rd), we'll have it for the SPECIAL LOW PRE-ORDER PRICE of $16.98. BUY NOW!

SHORTS EXPECTED IN THE SET:

1949
  • The Ghost Talks
  • Who Done It?
  • Hokus Pokus
  • Fuelin' Around
  • Malice in the Palace
  • Vagabond Loafers
  • Dunked in the Deep
1950
  • Punchy Cowpunchers
  • Hugs and Mugs
  • Dopey Dicks
  • Love at First Bite
  • Self-Made Maids
  • Three Hams on Rye
  • Studio Stoops
  • Slaphappy Sleuths
  • A Snitch in Time
1951
  • Three Arabian Nuts
  • Baby Sitters Jitters
  • Don't Throw That Knife
  • Scrambled Brains
  • Merry Mavericks
  • The Tooth Will Out
  • Hula-La-La
  • Pest Man Wins

Even More Warner Titles to Come

Even more news about upcoming classics from Warner Bros. according to this article in The International Herald Tribune. Excerpts below:

Twenty more films or TV shows will be added to the program of re-releases each month, with 300 expected by year's end. To put it in perspective, the studio has released only about 1,100 movies on DVD since the technology was spawned 12 years ago.

"There are still thousands of movies that we own that consumers haven't been able to get," said George Feltenstein, senior vice president of theatrical catalog marketing for Warner Home Video. "I expect that we'll be selling thousands of copies of every title over a period of time, and making a lot of people really happy."

Reynolds noted that in the past, the only way to watch some old films was to have a projector at home and obtain a bootleg copy. She said fans have been asking her to get some of her films on DVD, like "The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady" (1950), which is expected in a later batch of releases.

In last month's Score Card of DVD releases comparing this year to last, Warner was one of the few studios ahead of last years pace. And even though some fans are not likely to be thrilled with the fact that these release are DVD-R, it is probably the only way a good portion of Warner's catalog will ever be released to the general public.

-- David Greenstreet

WARNER OPENS FLOODGATES! 115 Classics Coming to DVD

Hooray for Warner! In some buzz picked up on the web this morning, we stumbled across news that Warner Bros. is releasing 150 titles from their catalog on DVD - 115 of which are from the Classic Era! All 115 are listed in the table below in alphabetical and chronological order.

Lots of Gable, Crawford, Cary Grant in the bunch. As well as titles from every genre and era. They are expected to be on DVD-R with few or no bonus features, but we'll know more when we get them.

Exclusively available at Warner's online store (wbshop.com) for $19.95 each, their release date is listed as today (March 22nd). And while they can only be bought at the Warner Store, we will order all 115 titles for rental members and should have them as available to rent within a week after receiving our shipment. So look for them in our database soon!

EDITORIAL NOTE:

Because we stand alone in our focus of renting classic films, it allows us to make available hundreds (and perhaps thousands) of titles which can't be found at N****x or any place else for that matter. We don't list or promote our exclusive titles so as not to bring light to the competition, however this posting is an exception.

-- David Greenstreet

VCI: Zane Grey Theater, Green Hornet & The Last of the Mohicans

Just a quick note for what's on tap from VCI. No solid dates or prices, but Zane Grey Theater (Season 1) and The Green Hornet (1940 - Serial) have been expected for some time so they will probably release first.

Also expected, probably mid to late summer, are two other serials, The Green Hornet Strikes Again! (1941) with Warren Hull and The Last of the Mohicans (1932) with Harry Carey. Stay tuned...

Diary of Anne Frank - 50th Anniversary Edition (Standard & BD) in June

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The Diary of Anne Frank (50th Anniversary Edition) (1959)
June 16th
Fox
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The Diary of Anne Frank (Blu-Ray) 50th Anniv. Edition) (1959)
June 16th
Fox
Retail $34.99, Our: $27.99
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Great news from Fox! The Diary of Anne Frank (50th Anniversary Edition) has been officially announced with a June 16th release date. While expected for some time, what wasn't expected was the simultaneous release of the Blu-Ray version on the same day!

Although not verified, it is expected that each will be released on a single disc. Bonus features are virtually all new, with some exclusive to the BD version. Also, below is a comparison of bonus features on the upcoming releases to the 2004 release.

SYNOPSIS:
With compelling performances from an all-star cast, including Shelley Winters, Ed Wynn, Richard Beymer and Lou Jacobi, The Diary of Anne Frank is as gripping and heart-wrenching now as it was during its initial release! In honor of the film’s 50th Anniversary, this Special Edition DVD offers an unprecedented look at the making of the film with an audio commentary, seven exclusive featurettes, photo galleries and more!

Following the Nazi invasion of Amsterdam, 13-year-old Anne and her family go into hiding in the confines of an attic. Anne’s remarkable account of their lives, their growing fear of discovery, their deplorable living conditions and even the blooming of her first love are intimately portrayed in this extraordinary portrait of humanity. Nominated for eight 1959 Oscars and winning three, The Diary of Anne Frank remains one of cinema’s most astounding and enduring treasures.

BONUS FEATURES (BOLD IS EXCLUSIVE TO BLU-RAY):
  • Audio Commentary with George Stevens Jr, and Millie Perkins
  • Introduction: George Stevens Jr. and World War II
  • The Making of The Diary of Anne Frank: A Son’s Memories
  • The Diary of Anne Frank: Memories from Millie Perkins and Diane Baker
  • Shelley Winters and The Diary of Anne Frank
  • The Score of The Diary of Anne Frank
  • The Diary of Anne Frank: Correspondence
  • Fox Legacy with Tom Rothman
  • Diary of Anne Frank: Echoes from the Past
  • Diary of Anne Frank: Excerpt from "George Stevens: A Filmmaker’s Journey
  • George Stevens Press Conference
  • Millie Perkins Screen Test
  • Movietone News: Millie Perkins, 18, To Be Anne Frank In Film Of Diary
**BONUS FEATURES FOR THE PREVIOUS 2004 RELEASE FROM FOX:
  • "Diary of Anne Frank: Echoes from the Past" Featurette
  • George Stevens Press Conference
  • Movietone News Featuring Millie Perkins Appearances, Academy Award Highlights, Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony and More Commentary by George Stevens Jr.
  • Mille Perkins Screen Test
  • Still Gallery

Perry Mason - Season 4, Vol. 1 in June

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Perry Mason - Season 4, Vol. 1
June 9th
Paramount
Retail $49.98, Our: $37.99
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Paramount has announced a June 9th release date for Perry Mason - Season 4, Vol. 1. The four disc set will retail for $49.98, but is available at Classicflix.com for only $37.99.

Get Smart - Season 3 in June

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Get Smart - Season 3
June 9th
HBO
Retail $24.98, Our: $19.99
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A few days before Season 2 hits the streets, HBO has announced a June 9th release date for Get Smart - Season 3. The four disc set will retail for $24.98, but is available at Classicflix.com for only $19.99.

SYNOPSIS
Maxwell Smart is back...And Loving it! And so is Agent 99, The Chief, Fang and the rest of the fearless Get Smart gang. Here is the legendary, Emmy Award-winning spy-spoof series inspired by the comic genius of Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, digitally restored, remastered and brought to you on DVD.

Get Smarts unforgettable third season is a must-own collection of quintessential television comedy, from its very first episode- in which Max and 99 face down the KAOS “League of Imposters”- to the hilarious hippie send up “The Groovy Guru”, voted one of the 100 best TV episodes of all time. Now you can join the agents of CONTROL in 26 classic episodes on 4 DVDs, including the Emmy-Award winning episode “Maxwell Smart: Private Eye”, and featuring guest appearances from Joey Bishop, Carol Burnett, Johnny Carson, Don Rickles and many others.

DELAYED: Steve Canyon, Vol. 2


Steve Canyon, Vol. 2 which was set for release today has been delayed a few weeks.

According to the Steve Canyon Blog,

"Volume 2 is officially late at this point and will be ready to ship sometime this month, hopefully by mid-March. We are wrapping up the rest of the extras and have added Richard Anderson and Sylvia Lewis as audio commentators. Series regulars Bob Hoy and Abel Fernandez are also finally on board to record commentaries this week."
We'll have it for rent as soon as it's available. Purchases can be made at the Steve Canyon Blog.

DISNEY: The Story of Robin Hood in April

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The Story of Robin Hood (1952)
April 28th
Disney
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Previously only available through the Disney Movie Club, Walt Disney Home Entertainment has announced an April 28th release date for The Story of Robin Hood (1952). The color retelling of this classic adventure stars Richard Todd, Joan Rice and Peter Finch.

The single disc DVD will retail for $14.99, but is available at ClassicFlix.com for only $10.99. Bonus features are not expected.

VCI: British Cinema Collection, Vol. 2 in April

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The British Cinema Collection, Vol. 2
April 28th
VCI
Retail $29.99, Our: $19.99
Our Girl Friday (1953), Dentist in the Chair (1960), Runaway Bus (1954), Carry on Admiral (1957) & Time of His Life (1955)
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VCI has announced an April 28th release date for The British Cinema Collection, Vol. 2. This follow up to last September's Vol. 1 will contain: Our Girl Friday (1953), Dentist in the Chair (1960), Runaway Bus (1954), Carry on Admiral (1957) & Time of His Life (1955).

The main attraction of the set is the Joan Collins 1953 ship-wreck comedy (in color!) Our Girl Friday which is also known as The Adventures of Sadie. The 2-disc set will retail for $29.99, but is available at ClassicFlix.com for only $19.99. Bonus features are not expected.


Our Girl Friday (1953, 88 min.) - Color
Three men and Joan Collins shipwrecked on a desert island!

Dentist in the Chair (1960, 84 min.)
Two goofy dental students are tricked into selling stolen dental equipment.

Runaway Bus (1954, 78 min.)
When heavy fog prevents all aircraft from leaving London airport, a group of passengers take an airline bus to get them to an alternative airport.

Carry on Admiral (1957, 83 min.)
Two friends get drunk and decide to switch identities. One is a public relations executive and the other is a captain of a ship.

Time of His Life (1955, 74 min.)
Richard Hearne is an ex-con father of a very proper British lady (Ellen Pollock). She keeps him locked in the attic so he won’t wreak havoc on her daughter’s birthday party. But he gets out... and wreaks havoc.

The King and Four Queens and More from MGM in May

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The King and Four Queens (1956)
May 12th
M.G.M.
Retail $14.98, Our: $10.99
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Northwest Frontier (1959)
May 12th
M.G.M.
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Time Limit (1957)
May 12th
M.G.M.
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Young Billy Young (1969)
May 12th
M.G.M.
Retail $14.98, Our: $10.99
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M.G.M. has announced The King and Four Queens (1956), North West Frontier (1959), Time Limit (1957) and Young Billy Young (1969) for release on May 12th. No word on bonus features, but they're likely to follow other recent M.G.M. releases at the same price point that have been without any additional material.

Stars include: Clark Gable, Eleanor Parker, Kenneth More, Lauren Bacall, Richard Widmark, Richard Basehart, Robert Mitchum and Angie Dickinson.

They will each retail for $14.98, but are available at ClassicFlix.com for only $10.99.