Adding one more bonus feature to RAW DEAL (1948)

Just added one more bonus feature to RAW DEAL (1948), an image gallery with rare stills, posters and other promotional material.


CLASSICFLIX: Raw Deal - Special Edition is Coming in December

Anthony Mann's Raw Deal (1948) comes to Blu-ray in a Special Edition this December 12th from ClassicFlix.

This highly celebrated film noir re-teams director Mann with his T-Men collaborator cinematographer John Alton and stars Dennis O'Keefe, Claire Trevor and Marsha Hunt (WHO TURNS 100 TODAY!).

Having undergone a major restoration, this Special Edition will also be loaded with bonus features, including a 24-page booklet (info below).

Retail price is $39.99, but for three days only (until October 19th) you can pre-order the Blu-ray for only $24.98.
A restored DVD version is also being issued on the same date and will retail for $24.99, but will not carry any of the added content that is on the Blu-ray.

SYNOPSIS:

All Joe Sullivan wants is “a breath of fresh air.” But when you’re serving time in stir for robbery, fresh air is a rare commodity. That’s about to change though as mob boss Rick Coyle has greased the skids inside the prison walls, so Joe can make it outside where girlfriend Pat will be waiting.

But things don’t exactly go as planned for the duo as car trouble during their getaway forces them to get help from the only person nearby -- strait-laced legal assistant Ann Martin, whom they kidnap and use to evade capture. Things aren’t going as planned for Rick either who set up the escape fulling expecting the fugitive to get “cut down” so he could keep the $50,000 he owes Joe for taking the rap for him.

Now past the dragnet, the trio each find themselves increasingly conflicted in their loyalties and core beliefs as Joe is torn between the two women, who both care for him, while Pat and Ann each make decisions that prove they’re not as bad, or as good, as they’re supposed to be.

Raw Deal presents the moviemaking team of director Anthony Mann and cinematographer John Alton at the peak of their success (fresh off their box office smash T-Men), offering dark, moody atmosphere filled with fog-shrouded landscapes and characters who are no strangers to the “left-handed endeavor” of crime. Scenarist John C. Higgins (He Walked by Night) and co-writer Leopold Atlas offer a taut, suspenseful tale of one man’s desperate bid for freedom and the two women who love him.

Dennis O’Keefe, star of the earlier T-Men, contributes a first-rate performance as the determined Joe, with Marsha Hunt (Pride and Prejudice) as Ann and Oscar® winning actress Claire Trevor (Key Largo) as the fiercely loyal Pat. Raw Deal also features a suitably slimy Raymond Burr as Rick, John Ireland as Burr’s sadistic henchman Fantail, and noir standbys Regis Toomey and Whit Bissell. Raw Deal is film noir at its finest!

BONUS FEATURES (Blu-ray Only):
  • Feature length audio commentary by author and film historian Jeremy Arnold
  • Deadly is the Male: The Making of Raw Deal - A Featurette with writer and film historian Julie Kirgo, film historian & director Courtney Joyner and biographer & producer Alan K. Rode
  • Dennis O’Keefe: An Extraordinary Ordinary Guy - A featurette with Jim O’Keefe (son of Dennis O’Keefe) and biographer & producer Alan K. Rode & film historian & director Courtney Joyner
  • PLUS: A 24 page booklet with an essay by author Max Alvarez (The Crime Films of Anthony Mann) featuring stills, posters and other production material
  • The mono soundtrack has been restored is uncompressed on this release
ABOUT CLASSICFLIX:

What are others saying about ClassicFlix releases?

  • Glenn Erickson - Cinesavant
    • "ClassicFlix’s Special Edition Blu-ray of T-Men is a revelation."
    • "I’ve seen T-Men many times, but never like this." 
    • "It looks so good that I was hard pressed to detect signs of digital cleanup. It’s as if somebody obtained the negative through a time machine."
  • Gary Tooze - DVDBeaver
    • "Absolutely recommended! A must-own for Noir aficionados."
  • Matt Hough - HomeTheaterForum
    • "Would that all black and white noirs from the 1940s were blessed with such pristine and spectacular transfers! The grayscale is so extraordinary that words can’t really do it justice, but the blacks are really deep, and details in the shadows will test the very best televisions and projectors with reproducing all of the detail that is present. Contrast has been majestically rendered in this transfer while the images are sparkling clean and free from age-related artifacts of all kinds."
    • "The ClassicFlix special edition Blu-ray boasts a superlative audio and video transfer of the movie and offers an abundance of bonus material that makes it a highly recommended addition to your video collection."
  • Jeffrey Kauffman - Blu-ray.com
    • "This is another great looking restoration and transfer from ClassicFlix."
    • "ClassicFlix has upped its game with this release, offering not just a stellar looking transfer but some enjoyable supplements and a really beautiful insert booklet."


CLASSICFLIX: Casanova Brown and Along Came Jones Arrive in December

Along Came Jones (1945) and Casanova Brown (1943), both starring Gary Cooper are coming to Blu-ray and DVD this December 5th from ClassicFlix.

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T-Men (1947) Trailer

Here's a trailer we cut for T-Men (1947) It streets on October 10th.


Links to the Blu-ray & DVD.

Restored and first time on Blu-ray.

When the trail goes cold on a counterfeit ring in Los Angeles, Treasury agents Dennis O’Brien (Dennis O’Keefe) and Tony Genaro (Alfred Ryder) are called upon to infiltrate the shadowy and dangerous underworld of organized crime. Their only lead takes them to Detroit where they convince mob kingpin Carlo Vantucci of their criminal pedigree and start piling up clues to tie the Vantucci mob to the “tough, tight outfit” in L.A.

O’Brien and Genaro finally get a break when they learn a former Detroit hood – The Schemer (Wallace Ford) – is on the outs with the syndicate and has been demoted to pushing the fake paper in Los Angeles. Not wasting a second, O’Brien heads to L.A. and tracks down his cigar-smoking target, quickly duping the counterfeiter into being introduced to the “higher-ups”. But the deeper O’Brien penetrates the organization, the more harrowing the mission becomes for him and fellow T-Man Genaro, with their every move being scrutinized and carrying the risk of deadly exposure.

A major box office success upon its release, T-Men holds a special place in film noir canon not only as director Anthony Mann’s breakout film, but as the initial pairing of the filmmaker and cinematographer John Alton. Like none before them, their combination of highly stylized camera set-ups, along with the brilliant uses of light and shadows, created the gritty realism and visual tension that made their crime thrillers popular with critics and movie patrons alike.

With a story by Virginia Kellogg (White Heat) and a screenplay by John C. Higgins (Raw Deal), T-Men also features Charles McGraw, Jane Randolph and, in a brief but key scene, June Lockhart.

BONUS FEATURES:

  • Audio Commentary by biographer & producer Alan K. Rode
  • Into the Darkness: Mann, Alton and T-Men - Featurette with cinematographer Richard Crudo, film critic & author Todd McCarthy, writer and film historian Julie Kirgo, film historian & director Courtney Joyner and biographer & producer Alan K. Rode
  • A Director’s Daughter: Nina Mann Remembers - An Interview with Nina Mann
  • PLUS: A 24 page booklet with an essay by author Max Alvarez (The Crime Films of Anthony Mann) featuring stills, posters and other production material
  • The mono soundtrack has been restored is uncompressed (Blu-ray only) on this release

T-MEN (1947) is in the house and ready to ship!

T-MEN (1947) is in the house and ready to ship! Street day is just 6 days away! Order today!




6 MORE DAYS until T-MEN is out on Blu!

6 MORE DAYS until T-MEN (1947) is out on Blu & DVD from ClassicFlix!
We could literally post 100s of gorgeous screencaps from this restoration, but these 8 will have to do until Tuesday.









OLIVE: Signature Series Returns with Father Goose and Operation Petticoat

It's been nearly a year since Olive released their last feature as part of their Criterion-esque Signature series but they have announced the next two titles, both starring Cary Grant: the 1959 military comedy Operation Petticoat and 1964's Father Goose.

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WARNER ARCHIVE: The Sea Wolf on Blu, Glenda Farrell, Guy Kibbee & More in Latest Wave

Seven new releases have been announced by Warner as part of their Archive Collection, including the Blu-Ray debut of the Edward G. Robinson adventure The Sea Wolf (1941).

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VCI: Topper Collection & More Coming Soon - 3 Day Special Price

Five DVDs are scheduled for release from VCI starting with the October 31st premiere of the complete Topper Collection.

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KINO: Since You Went Away, I'll Be Seeing You & More Arrive on Blu in November - 3 Day Special Price

Eight titles are scheduled for release in November from Kino including the Blu-ray premiere of Since You Went Away (1944).

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CLASSICFLIX: He Walked by Night - Special Edition Coming Next Month

He Walked by Night (1948) starring Richard Basehart and lensed by cinematographer John Alton is coming to Blu-ray and DVD this October 31st from ClassicFlix.

Having undergone a major restoration, this Special Edition will also be loaded with bonus features, including a 24-page booklet (info below).

Retail price will be $39.99 for the Blu and $34.99 for the DVD.

SYNOPSIS:

When a Los Angeles police officer is savagely gunned down, a city-wide manhunt ensues for his cunning and ruthless killer.

But finding the murderer, chillingly played by Richard Basehart in only his third film, proves difficult for Detective Marty Brennan (Scott Brady) and his colleagues as Basehart’s Roy Morgan is always one step ahead of the law. Will modern police methods and sheer determination be enough to find the elusive cop-killer before he strikes again?

Visually stunning, cinematographer John Alton’s brilliant use of light and shadows shine in this groundbreaking police procedural that paved the way for the TV series Dragnet; which itself spawned an entire sub-genre of television crime-dramas that are still popular to this day.

Based on true events, He Walked by Night was directed by Alfred L. Werker, along with an uncredited Anthony Mann (who is believed to be responsible for the film’s most iconic scenes). Co-written by John C. Higgins (Raw Deal) and Crane Wilbur (The Phenix City Story), it also features Jack Webb who went on to create and star in the aforementioned Dragnet.

The mono soundtrack has been restored is uncompressed (Blu-ray only) on this release.

BONUS FEATURES:
  • Audio Commentary by biographer and producer Alan K. Rode & writer and film historian Julie Kirgo
  • Below the Surface: He Walked by Night - Featurette with cinematographer Richard Crudo, film critic & author Todd McCarthy, writer and film historian Julie Kirgo, film historian & director Courtney Joyner and biographer & producer Alan K. Rode
  • Image gallery with rare stills and posters
  • PLUS: A 24 page booklet with an essay by author Max Alvarez (The Crime Films of Anthony Mann) featuring stills, posters and other production material


Annie Get Your Gun 1950s TV Special Arrives on DVD and Blu

Video Artists International will release the 1957 TV production of the musical Annie Get Your Gun on DVD and Blu-Ray for the first time.

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The Old Dark House Arrives on Blu in October -- 3 Day Special Price

Cohen Media has announced an October 24th street date for James Whale's The Old Dark House (1932), making its Blu debut. 

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Miracle on 34th Street Receives 70th Anniversary Edition in October

20th Century Fox has announced an October 10th street date for the 70th anniversary edition of Miracle on 34th Street (1947) on DVD and Blu.

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Real McCoys - The Complete Series Arrives -- 3 Day Special Price

The popular television comedy The Real McCoys debuts for the first time in a complete series set today. 

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WARNER ARCHIVE: Brigadoon & More in Latest Wave

Eight new releases have been announced by Warner as part of their Archive Collection, including the Blu-Ray debut of the Gene Kelly musical Brigadoon (1954).

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WARNER ARCHIVE: Porky Pig 101 Arrives in September -- 3 Day Special Price

Warner has announced a September 19th street date for Porky Pig 101 (1965) as part of their Archive Collection. 

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SHOUT: Death Valley Days - The Ronald Reagan Years -- 3 Day Special Price

Shout has announced an October 3rd street date for Death Valley Days - Season 13: The Ronald Reagan Years (1964). 

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SHOUT: Attack of the Puppet People Debuts on Blu

Shout! Factory has announced a November 14th release date for Attack of the Puppet People on Blu-Ray.

The 1958 horror film was originally put out on DVD back in 2001 with a rerelease in 2014, but this marks the first time it's appeared on Blu.

Bonus features are not forthcoming.

Holiday Inn Debuts 75th Anniversary Edition in October

Universal has announced an October 17th release date for the 75th anniversary edition of Holiday Inn (1942) on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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KINO: Portrait of Jennie, Dawson City & More Arrive on Blu in October

Kino has announced October 24th as the release date for the Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten romantic drama Portrait of Jennie (1948) making its Blu-ray debut and an upgraded DVD. 

Also arriving, on October 31st, is the documentary Dawson City: Frozen Time on DVD and Blu. The film explores the discovery of a rare cache of classic films and premiered in April at the TCM Classic Film Festival. 

Kino will also debut a Blu-Ray of the German drama Titanic. Titanic arrives on October 19th.

VCI: Topper and One Million B.C. Arrive on Blu in October -- 3 Day Special Price

VCI has announced an October 31st street date for Topper (1937).

The spooky screwball comedy starring Cary Grant and Constance Bennett is making its Blu-ray debut.

Also arriving on DVD and Blu is the Hal Roach adventure film One Million Years B.C. (1940). The Victor Mature drama arrives October 17th.

Retail for both Blu-rays is $29.95, but they are available at ClassicFlix.com for only $21.99. However, for 3 days only (until August 24th), we'll have them for the special pre-order price of $16.98. The DVD of One Million B.C. will be offered at the same time for $13.98.



Criterion Schedules The Philadelphia Story for November -- We Have a 3 Day Special Price!

Criterion has announced a November 7th street date for The Philadelphia Story (1940). 

The sophisticated screwball comedy starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart is making its Blu-ray debut and boasts the usual plethora of bonus features (below) that normally accompany the label's releases.

Retail for the Blu-ray is $39.95, but is available at ClassicFlix.com for only $30.99. However, for 3 days only (until August 20th), we'll have it for the special pre-order price of $24.98. A 2-disc DVD is being released simultaneously and will retail for $29.95.

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CLASSICFLIX: T-Men - Special Edition is Coming in October

T-Men (1947), Anthony Mann's breakout film, which also marked his first collaboration with famed cinematographer John Alton, is coming to Blu-ray and DVD this October 10th from ClassicFlix.

Having undergone a major restoration, this Special Edition will also be loaded with bonus features, including a 24-page booklet.

Retail price will be $39.99 for the Blu and $34.99 for the DVD.

For all the details, click here.


Bitter Tea of General Yen Arrives on Blu

Sony's debuts the war romance The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) on Blu-Ray for the first time via their Columbia Classics line.

The film stars Barbara Stanwyck and Nils Asther. It initially debuted on DVD via TCM Vault's Frank Capra box set in 2012. This is one of several Capra films being transitioned to Blu, with the director's Lost Horizon premiering on the format in October.

KINO: Jerry Lewis, Captain Marvel & More Arrive on Blu in September

Kino has announced September 12th as the release date for the Jerry Lewis comedy Visit to a Small Planet (1960) making its DVD and Blu-ray debut.


Also arriving on the same date is the sci-fi serial Tobor the Great, arriving for the first time on Blu and receiving an upgrade DVD.

Kino will also debut a Blu-Ray of the superhero serial Adventures of Captain Marvel. The complete twelve-episode series originally premiered in 1941 and arrived on DVD in 2008. Captain Marvel arrives on September 19th.

CRITERION: Vampyr Arrives on Blu-Ray in October

Criterion announced Carl Dreyer's Vampyr will debut on Blu-Ray in October with an upgraded DVD.

The German language horror film originally dropped on DVD in 2008 via Criterion.

Like its previous Criterion release the DVD will be a two-disc set while the Blu will be a single disc. Bonus features are below.

Vampyr arrives on October 3rd.

Lost Horizon Debuts on Blu in October

Sony has announced an October 3rd street date for the Blu-Ray debut of Frank Capra's Lost Horizon in honor of its 80th-anniversary. 

Originally released on DVD in 1999, this new Blu-ray will boast a 4K restoration and a 24-page book with rare archival photographs. There's no word if the DVD will be upgraded.

Final artwork is forthcoming.

WARNER ARCHIVE: John Wayne Dominates Latest Wave

Two new-to-Blu releases have been announced by Warner as part of their Archive Collection both starring John Wayne.

They are:
The Sea Chase arrives July 11th. Blood Alley debuts on July 18th.

CRITERION: Rebecca Arrives in September

Criterion announced Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca will return to print in September with an upgraded DVD and Blu.

The Joan Fontaine romantic drama originally dropped on DVD in 2001 via Criterion before going out of print. It was later re-released and debuted on Blu-ray through MGM in 2012.

Both the DVD and Blu-Ray are two-disc sets. Bonus features are below.

Rebecca arrives on September 5th.

KINO: Duel in the Sun, Elvis Presley & More Premiere in August

Six titles are scheduled for release in August from Kino including the Blu-ray premiere of Duel in the Sun (1946).

August 1st:
August 8th:
August 15th:
August 22nd:
Duel in the Sun, Beggars of Life and Variete will receive updated DVDs while Clambake, Frankie and Johnny and The Devil's Brigade are Blu only.

OLIVE: Money From Home Plus The Savage Innocents Arrive on Blu

Olive Films has announced a June 27th release date for the Blu-Ray debut of the 1953 comedy Money From Home. 
 
Also arriving on the same day is the 1960 Anthony Quinn drama The Savage Innocents which is premiering on both DVD and Blu.

Bonus features to the DVD and Blu-Ray aren't anticipated.