Warner Archive: Now Available for Rent

Just a quick update on the Warner Archive Collection. We've added the first 30 to our site that have been shipped and are scheduled for delivery to us by Monday. You can find them here. The rest are still pending with Warner and will hopefully ship this week.

Also, we've created a new category under "Fun Ways to Browse" entitled "By Collection." In it you'll find an easy way to find the Warner Archive Collection as well as other collections put out by various studios.

ARTWORK ADDED: British Cinema - Crime and Noir


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British Cinema - Crime and Noir
June 30th
VCI
Retail $29.99, Our: $19.99
Blackout (1950), Bond of Fear (1956), Home To Danger (1951), Meet Mr. Callaghan (1954), No Trace (1950) and Recoil (1953)
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VCI has announced a June 30th release date for British Cinema - Crime and Noir. It will contain: Blackout (1950), Bond of Fear (1956), Home To Danger (1951), Meet Mr. Callaghan (1954), No Trace (1950) and Recoil (1953).

This set follows British Cinema Collection, Vol. 1 released last September as a "Classic B" collection and today's release of British Cinema Collection, Vol. 2 which is a "Comedy" collection. At least thus far, this Crime and Noir set has not been mentioned as Volume 3, but we'll keep you posted.

The 2-disc set will retail for $29.99, but is available at ClassicFlix.com for only $19.99. Bonus features are not expected.

TITLES:

DISC 1:

Blackout (1950, 73 min.)
In this tight little crime film directed by Robert S. Baker, a blind man’s (Maxwell Reed) sight is restored in time to solve the mystery of his girlfriend’s dead (or is he) brother and a gang of smugglers.

Bond of Fear (1956, 72 min.)
A man and his family on a caravan holiday in France are taken hostage by an escaped convict.

Home To Danger (1951, 66 min.)
A drug dealer tries to kill his partner’s daughter, when she inherits an old house.

DISC 2:

Meet Mr. Callaghan (1954, 88 min.)
Based on a Peter Cheyney novel, Slim Callaghan (Derrick De Marney), is required to solve the death of a much-hated rich man.

No Trace (1950, 75 min.)
Crime novelist (Hugh Sinclair) kills blackmailer and pretends to help police.

Recoil (1953, 79 min.)
Jean Talbot poses as a crook to infiltrate the gang who killed her father.

Sergeant Preston of the Yukon - Season 2 in June

What: Sergeant Preston of the Yukon - Season 2
When: June 16th
Studio: Infinity Entertainment
Price: Retail $39.98, Our: $29.99
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Infinity Entertainment Group has announced a June 16th release date for Sergeant Preston of the Yukon - Season 2.

The 4 disc set will contain all 23 episodes and retail for $39.99, but is available at ClassicFlix.com for only $29.99.

VCI: British Cinema Collection - Crime & Noir in June

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British Cinema - Crime and Noir
June 30th
VCI
Retail $29.99, Our: $19.99
Blackout (1950), Bond of Fear (1956), Home To Danger (1951), Meet Mr. Callaghan (1954), No Trace (1950) and Recoil (1953)
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VCI has announced a June 30th release date for British Cinema - Crime and Noir. It will contain: Blackout (1950), Bond of Fear (1956), Home To Danger (1951), Meet Mr. Callaghan (1954), No Trace (1950) and Recoil (1953).

This set follows British Cinema Collection, Vol. 1 released last September as a "Classic B" collection and today's release of British Cinema Collection, Vol. 2 which is a "Comedy" collection. At least thus far, this Crime and Noir set has not been mentioned as Volume 3, but we'll keep you posted.

The 2-disc set will retail for $29.99, but is available at ClassicFlix.com for only $19.99. Bonus features are not expected.

TITLES:

DISC 1:

Blackout (1950, 73 min.)
In this tight little crime film directed by Robert S. Baker, a blind man’s (Maxwell Reed) sight is restored in time to solve the mystery of his girlfriend’s dead (or is he) brother and a gang of smugglers.

Bond of Fear (1956, 72 min.)
A man and his family on a caravan holiday in France are taken hostage by an escaped convict.

Home To Danger (1951, 66 min.)
A drug dealer tries to kill his partner’s daughter, when she inherits an old house.

DISC 2:

Meet Mr. Callaghan (1954, 88 min.)
Based on a Peter Cheyney novel, Slim Callaghan (Derrick De Marney), is required to solve the death of a much-hated rich man.

No Trace (1950, 75 min.)
Crime novelist (Hugh Sinclair) kills blackmailer and pretends to help police.

Recoil (1953, 79 min.)
Jean Talbot poses as a crook to infiltrate the gang who killed her father.

More Warner Archive Titles

Fifteen more titles have been announced by Warner as part of their Warner Archive Collection. A lot of Katharine Hepburn and Randolph Scott in this wave with all but one being pre-1950 releases. The complete list is below.

As far as having them for rent, I want to thank everyone for their patience. WE WILL have them for rent, but dealing with WBshop has been a very painful process. Worse than pulling teeth, trying to get a very large order shipped that was placed over three weeks ago has been more like trying to pull teeth, in the dark, with tweezers on a hippopotamus.

Because of this, we have cancelled our large order and have started placing smaller orders that should start shipping this week. We will make an announcement when the first wave are in the database and available for rent.

  • Break of Hearts (1935)
  • Carson City (1952)
  • Christopher Strong (1933)
  • Having Wonderful Time (1938)
  • Joy of Living (1938)
  • The Little Minister (1934)
  • Luxury Liner (1948)
  • The Mad Miss Manton (1938)
  • Meet the People (1944)
  • Quality Street (1937)
  • Return of the Bad Men (1948)
  • Spitfire (1934)
  • Thousands Cheer (1943)
  • Trail Street (1947)
  • A Woman Rebels (1936)

The Lucy Show - Season 1 in July

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The Lucy Show - Season 1
July 21st
Paramount
Retail $39.99, Our: $29.99
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Paramount has announced a July 21st release date for The Lucy Show - Season 1. Officially dubbed "The Official First Season" due to the many public domain compilation releases out there; it is presumed to be a five disc set.

Retail will be $39.99, but it is available at Classicflix.com for only $29.99. Bonus features include a newly recorded Interview with Lucie Arnaz and rare cast commercials.

Note: Season 1 was filmed in black and white while subsequent seasons were filmed in color. However, it was not until the 1965-66 season that they were actually broadcast in color.

The Lucy Show - Season 1

ARTWORK ADDED: Petticoat Junction - Season 2


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Petticoat Junction - Season 2
July 7th
Paramount
Retail $39.99, Our: $29.99
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Paramount has announced a July 7th release date for Petticoat Junction - Season 2. The five disc set will retail for $39.99, but is available at Classicflix.com for only $29.99. No additional details are available at this time.

ARTWORK ADDED: The Diary of Anne Frank (50th Anniversary Edition)


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The Diary of Anne Frank (50th Anniversary Edition)

The Diary of Anne Frank (Blu-Ray) - 50th Anniversary Edition

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The Diary of Anne Frank (50th Anniversary Edition) (1959)
June 16th
Fox
Retail $19.98, Our: $14.99
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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

Petticoat Junction - Season 2 in July

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Petticoat Junction - Season 2
July 7th
Paramount
Retail $39.99, Our: $29.99
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Paramount has announced a July 7th release date for Petticoat Junction - Season 2. The five disc set will retail for $39.99, but is available at Classicflix.com for only $29.99. No additional details are available at this time.

ARTWORK & DETAILS ADDED: Jack Lemmon Film Collection


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Jack Lemmon Film Collection (Phffft! / Operation Mad Ball / The Notorious Landlady / Under the Yum Yum Tree / Good Neighbor Sam)

SET SYNOPSIS:

Phffft! (1954)
After their successful pairing in It Should Happen to You (1954), Oscar winner Judy Holliday (Best Actress, Born Yesterday, 1951) and Lemmon were reteamed in this romantic comedy by George Axelrod (The Seven Year Itch, Breakfast at Tiffany’s). Phffft! follows a married couple who divorce only to find out that their divorce is even less successful than their marriage. Columbia’s rising love goddess Kim Novak and Jack Carson provide support as the romantic interests Lemmon and Holliday take up with in an effort to make each other jealous.

Operation Mad Ball (1957)
Lemmon teamed up with director Richard Quine for the second of six films, (including My Sister Eileen; Bell, Book and Candle; It Happened to Jane; and How to Murder Your Wife) for this hilarious comedy about a party being planned by a group of enlisted men and their efforts to keep the fact a secret from an obnoxious, busy body officer. Lemmon headlined a cast of comedy legends including Ernie Kovacs (Our Man in Havana) and Mickey Rooney (Babes in Arms).

The Notorious Landlady (1962)
Richard Quine teamed two of his most frequent collaborators, Lemmon (in the fifth of their six films together) and Kim Novak (who made four films with the director) in a comedy/drama written by Blake Edwards (The Pink Panther, Victor/Victoria) and co-starring Fred Astaire (Top Hat, The Band Wagon). An American diplomat (Lemmon), stationed in London, rents a room from a landlady (Novak) only to discover she’s being watched by Scotland Yard and may have killed her missing husband.

Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963)
Nominated for Best Motion Picture Musical/Comedy and Best Actor (Lemmon) Golden Globes, Under the Yum Yum Tree is a comedy about a young couple in love (Carol Lynley and Dean Jones) who agree to determine their “character compatibility” by living together platonically. Virtue eventually triumphs after a series of humorous incidents during which the couple’s lecherous landlord (Lemmon) hopes to seduce his new female tenant. Based on the risquĂ© Broadway play by Lawrence Roman and co-starring Edie Adams (The Apartment, Lover Come Back), Imogene Coca (TV’s “Your Show of Shows”), and Paul Lynde (TV’s “Bewitched”); Under the Yum Yum Tree was a top-grosser at the box office.

Good Neighbor Sam (1964)
This wacky comedy about a happily married advertising agent (Lemmon) trapped into posing as his sexy neighbor’s husband so she can inherit $15 million, co-stars Romy Schneider (The Victors), Dorothy Provine (The Great Race), and Edward G. Robinson (Little Caesar). The story soon spirals out of control when her greedy in-laws hit the scene.

BONUS DISC:
  • Two-part Documentary
  • The Ford Television Theatre’s “Marriageable Male” episode

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The Jack Lemmon Film Collection
June 9th
Sony
Retail $59.98, Our: $44.99
Phffft (1954), Operation Mad Ball (1957), The Notorious Landlady (1962), Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963) and Good Neighbor Sam (1964)
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Sony has announced the long overdue Jack Lemmon Film Collection for release on June 9th. The titles are Phffft (1954), Operation Mad Ball (1957), The Notorious Landlady (1962), Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963) and Good Neighbor Sam (1964). The six disc set also includes a bonus disc with undisclosed contents. No word on other bonus features either.

Titles will not be sold separately. Retail will be $59.98, but is available at ClassicFlix.com for only $44.99.

Zane Grey Theatre (Season 1) in June - SPECIAL 5 DAY PRICE

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Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre - Season 1
June 9th, 2009
VCI
Retail $39.99, Our: $27.99 $21.98 (5 days only)
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Expected for some time, VCI has officially announced the ground-breaking western anthology TV series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre - Season 1 with a June 9th release date. All 29 episodes will be included in this digitally remastered and restored four-disc set.

It will retail for $39.99, but is available at ClassicFlix.com for only $27.99. However, for 5 days only (until April 12th), we'll have it for the SUPER-LOW SPECIAL PRE-ORDER PRICE of $21.98. BUY NOW!

Details below.

Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre - Season 1

SYNOPSIS:

The original 29 first-season episodes on 4 DVDS! Digitally remastered and restored!

Wonderful tales of the Old West laden with history and adventure are presented in Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theatre, a half-hour western anthology TV series that debuted on CBS, October 5, 1956 and ran for 5 whole seasons. Dick Powell served as the host for the entire series and also starred as various characters in 15 episodes.

The series was originally based on the short stories and novels of western author Zane Grey, but as the series continued, new material was included. Aaron Spelling, who later became a legend in Hollywood, wrote twenty Zane Grey episodes. This show was unique because it was the only Western anthology on TV at the time. Anthologies were popular on early TV and were the equivalent of today’s TV movies. Because of this format, it attracted many stars who wanted to appear on it.

Zane Grey Theatre was also ground-breaking for producing five episodes which were spun-off into subsequent TV series: (1) Trackdown (2) The Rifleman (3) Black Saddle (4) Johnny Ringo & (5) The Westerner.

Directed by John English, Felix Feist, Bernard Girard, Christian Nyby and others.

Cast: Dick Powell, Ida Lupino, David Niven, (the rest in alphabetical order) Eddie Albert, Mary Astor, Ralph Bellamy, James Best, Ernest Borgnine, Lloyd Bridges, Rory Calhoun, Lee J. Cobb, Robert Culp, John Derek, Jack Elam, John Forsythe, Beverly Garland, James Garner, Sterling Hayden, Celeste Holm, John Ireland, David Janssen, Carolyn Jones, DeForest Kelley, Cloris Leachman, Jack Lemmon, Julie London, Strother Martin, Ralph Meeker, Jack Palance, Denver Pyle, Robert Ryan, Stuart Whitman, James
Whitmore (and many others).

BONUS FEATURES:
  • Exclusive Video Interview with Norman Powell (Dick Powell’s son) by Joel Blumberg.
  • Audio Interview on the history of Four Star Productions with author Christine Becker by Joel Blumberg
  • Classic TV Commercials

The Jack Lemmon Film Collection in June

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The Jack Lemmon Film Collection
June 9th
Sony
Retail $59.98, Our: $44.99
Phffft (1954), Operation Mad Ball (1957), The Notorious Landlady (1962), Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963) and Good Neighbor Sam (1964)
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Sony has announced the long overdue Jack Lemmon Film Collection for release on June 9th. The titles are Phffft (1954), Operation Mad Ball (1957), The Notorious Landlady (1962), Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963) and Good Neighbor Sam (1964). The six disc set also includes a bonus disc with undisclosed contents. No word on other bonus features either.

Titles will not be sold separately. Retail will be $59.98, but is available at ClassicFlix.com for only $44.99.

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Lonely Are the Brave & More!

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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944)
July 7th
Universal
Retail $19.98, Our: $14.99
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The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936)
July 7th
Universal
Retail $19.98, Our: $14.99
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Lonely Are the Brave (1962)
July 7th
Universal
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Beau Geste (1939)
July 7th
Universal
Retail $19.98, Our: $14.99
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Universal has announced 4 more titles in their second wave of their Universal Backlot Series: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944), The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936), Lonely Are the Brave (1962) and Beau Geste (1939). The July 7th release date appears to have established about a 3 month release cycle. Much too slow for such an underutilized film library, but still much better than zero!

Except for Beau Geste which was released three years ago as part of the Gary Cooper Franchise Collection, all are new to DVD. Bonus features are slim. The will each retail for $19.98, but are available at ClassicFlix.com for only $14.99.