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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Classic Films on Blu-ray: February 7, 2017

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The new Blu-ray releases for the week of February 7th, 2017 include new special editions for the 2005 "King Kong" directed by Peter Jackson and the 1933 classic, the documentary "Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man", Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ", the "Dirty Dancing" 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition, the "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" 50th Anniversary Edition and the 1969 crime classic "The Sicilian Clan" starring Alain Delon.

Check out all the new Blu-ray releases after the jump.








CLASSIC FILMS


KING KONG (2005): ULTIMATE EDITION


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Product Description: Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) brings his sweeping cinematic vision to King Kong. Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Adrien Brody star in this spectacular film filled with heart-pounding action, terrifying creatures and groundbreaking special effects unlike anything you've seen before! Get ready for breathtaking action in this thrilling epic adventure about a legendary gorilla captured on a treacherous island and brought to civilization, where he faces the ultimate fight for survival. Experience the movie that critics are hailing as a "rousing, exciting cinematic adventure!" (Scott Mantz, Access Hollywood).

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD

Director: Peter Jackson

Starring: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Colin Hanks, Jamie Bell

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama

Runtime: 187 min

Rating: PG-13 for frightening adventure violence and some disturbing images

Language: English

Studio: Universal Studios

Special Features:
  • 2006 Introductions by Peter Jackson
  • Recreating the Eighth Wonder: The Making of King Kong
  • Production Diaries
  • Post Production Diaries
  • Deleted Scenes with Introductions
  • The Eighth Blunder of the World
  • The Making of a Shot: The T-Rex Fight
  • Skull Island: A Natural History
  • Kong's New York, 1933
  • A Night in Vaudeville
  • King Kong Homage
  • Pre-Visualization Animatics
  • Conceptual Design Video Galleries
  • "The Present"
  • WETA Collectibles
  • The Volkswagen Touareg & King Kong
  • Trailers
  • U-Control: The Art Galleries
  • See More of NYC in "Wish You Were Here"
  • Feature Commentary with Writer / Director Peter Jackson and with Co-Writer / Producer Philipa Boyen




KING KONG (1933): MAYHEM EDITION


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Product Description: Captured on blu-ray at last comes “the greatest of all horror films” with “masterly special effects” (Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic). Memorable moments abound: a moviemaking expedition on a fantastic isle filled with dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures; the giant simian’s lovestruck obsession with the film shoot’s blonde starlet (scream queen Fay Wray); Kong’s capture; his Manhattan rampage; and the fateful finale atop the Empire State Building, where Kong cradles his palm-sized beloved and swats at machine-gunning airplanes. “It was beauty killed the beast.” But in these and other great scenes, King Kong lives forever.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack

Starring: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot

Genre: Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 100 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Warner Brothers

Special Features:
  • Commentary by Visual Effects Veterans Ray Harryhausen and Ken Ralston, with Interpolated Interview Excerpts of Merian C. Cooper and Fay Wray
  • I’m King Kong: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper Profiles the Original King Kong’s Guiding Hand
  • 7-Part Documentary RKO Production 601: The Making of Kong
  • Eighth Wonder of the World Original Creation Test Footage with Ray Harryhausen Commentary
  • The Lost Spider Pit Sequence
  • Theatrical Trailer




LEONARD COHEN: I'M YOUR MAN (2005)


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Product Description: Sure to please both die-hard Leonard Cohen fans and the newly initiated, this film is full of captivating music and offers an intimate portrait of a truly singular artist — poet, songwriter, cultural icon.

Narrated by Cohen himself, the film features performances of Leonard Cohen songs by such luminary artists as U2, Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Jarvis Cocker, Antony, Martha Wainwright, and Beth Orton, among others.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Lian Lunson

Starring: Leonard Cohen, Bono, Rufus Wainwright

Genre: Documentary, Biography, Music

Runtime: 105 min

Rating: PG-13 for some sex-related material

Language: English

Studio: Lionsgate

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Lian Lunson
  • "A Conversation with Leonard Cohen" Featurette
  • "Tower of Song" performed by Martha Wainwright
  • "Bird on a Wire" performed by Perla Batalla
  • "Tonight Will Be Fine" performed by Teddy Thompson
  • "Famous Blue Raincoat" performed by The Handsome Family
  • Theatrical Trailer




THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (2004)


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Product Description: The film begins in the Garden of Olives where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper. Jesus must resist the temptations of Satan. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, Jesus is then arrested and taken within the city walls of Jerusalem where leaders of the Pharisees confront him with accusations of blasphemy and his trial results in a condemnation to death.

With inspiring performances from Jim Caviezel as Jesus and Monica Bellucci as Mary Magdalen, this new edition of The Passion of the Christ features English, Spanish and Portuguese language dubbed audio for the first time ever.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Mel Gibson

Starring: Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Claudia Gerini, Maia Morgenstern

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 127 min

Rating: R for sequences of graphic violence

Language: English

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentaries (Original Version) with Mel Gibson, Filmmakers and Theologians
  • Biblical Footnotes (Original Version)
  • Music Commentary (Selected Scenes, Original Version)




DIRTY DANCING (1987): 30th ANNIVERSARY Collector's Edition


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Product Description: The timeless classic now available in a special 30th Anniversary edition featuring never-before-seen interview footage and new featurettes. In the summer of 1963, innocent 17-year-old Baby (Jennifer Grey) vacations with her parents at a Catskills resort. One evening, she is drawn to the staff quarters by stirring music, and there she meets Johnny (Patrick Swayze), the hotel dance instructor, who is as experienced as Baby is naive. She soon becomes Johnny's pupil in dance and love.

Purchasing Links: 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD

Director: Emile Ardolino

Starring: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

Genre: Drama, Music, Romance

Runtime: 100 min

Rating: PG-13

Language: English

Studio: Lionsgate

Special Features:
  • NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN Happy Birthday, DIRTY DANCING
  • NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN Patrick Swayze: In His Own Words
  • NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN Patrick Swayze Uncut
  • NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN Eleanor Bergstein Thoughts On A Lifetime Of DIRTY DANCING
  • Outtakes/ deleted/ alternate/ extended scenes
  • Music Videos
  • The DIRTY DANCING Phenomenon
  • The Rhythm Of The Dancing
  • Original Screen Tests
  • Cast & Crew Interviews (Jennifer Grey, Eleanor Bergstein, Miranda Garrison, Kenny Ortega)
  • Commentary with Writer/ Co-Producer Eleanor Bergstein
  • Commentary with Kenny Ortega, Miranda Garrison, Jeff Jur, Hilary Rosenfeld and David Chapman




THE SICILIAN CLAN (1969)


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Product Description: A Sicilian family, headed by Vittorio Manalese, plan to steal a cache of diamonds. Roger Senet, in prison for murder, is hired for the job and sprung with the help of the family. However, once the caper is successfully carried out, Senet finds himself on the wrong side of the clan when they discover that he has been having an affair with Manalese's daughter-in-law. Based on the popular novel by Auguste Le Breton. Soundtrack by Ennio Morricone.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Henri Verneuil

Starring: Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, Lino Ventura

Genre: Crime, Drama

Runtime: 122 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • "Legend of the Clan" Featurette
  • The Sicilian Clan by Fred Cavaye
  • Original Theatrical Trailer




GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER (1967): 50th Anniversary Edition


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Product Description: Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn (who won the Academy Award(r) for Best Actress for her performance) are unforgettable as perplexed parents in this landmark 1967 movie about mixed marriage. Joanna (Katharine Houghton), the beautiful daughter of crusading publisher Matthew Drayton (Tracy) and his patrician wife Christina (Hepburn), returns home with her new fiance John Prentice (Sidney Poitier), a distinguished black doctor. Christina accepts her daughter's decision to marry John, but Matthew is shocked by this interracial union; the doctor's parents are equally dismayed. Both families must sit down face to face and examine each other's level of intolerance. In GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER, director Stanley Kramer has created a masterful study of society's prejudices.

Purchasing Links: 50th Anniversary Blu-ray

Director: Stanley Kramer

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, Katharine Houghton

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Runtime: 108 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Special Features:
  • Introductions by Tom Brokaw, Quincy Jones, Karen Kramer and Steven Spielberg
  • "A Love Story of Today" Featurette
  • "A Special Kind of Love" Featurette
  • Stanley Kramer: A Man's Search for Truth
  • 2007 Producers Guild of America "Stanley Kramer" Award Presentation to Al Gore
  • Stanley Kramer Accepts The Irving Thalberg Award
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer




LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON (1957)


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Product Description: She plays the cello. He plays the field. She's coltishly young. He's worldly and mature. Lovestruck conservatory student Ariane knows she's not like millionaire American playboy Frank Flanagan. But if she pretends to be just as much a cosmopolitan lover as he is, maybe the magic of l'amour will take hold. May-December romance is in bloom when Billy Wilder directs and Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper meet for Love in the Afternoon. Laughs, Parisian settings, champagne elegance - Wilder, in his first collaboration with long-time co-writer I.A.L. Diamond, delivers them all in souffle-light homage to his filmmaking idol Ernst Lubitsch, punctuating it by casting Lubitsch alumnus Maurice Chevalier, the cinema's ambassador of Gallic charm who smoothly plays Ariane's detective father.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Billy Wilder

Starring: Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Maurice Chevalier

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama

Runtime: 130 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Warner Archive Collection

Special Features:
  • Original Theatrical Trailer




WHAT A WAY TO GO ! (1964)


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Product Description: Classic black comedy which opens with Louisa Foster (Shirley MacLaine) donating a multimillion dollar cheque to the IRS. The tax department thinks she's crazy and sends her to a psychiatrist. She then discusses her four marriages, in which all of her husbands became incredibly rich and died prematurely because of their drive to be wealthy.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: J. Lee Thompson

Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum, Dean Martin, Gene Kelly, Dick Van Dyke

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Runtime: 111 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Trailers




POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE (1990)


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Product Description: Based on actress Carrie Fisher's bestselling autobiographical novel, Postcards From The Edge is a wickedly witty expose of life in the Hollywood fast lane. In a brilliant comic performance, Meryl Streep stars as Suzanne Vale, a wisecracking, vulnerable actress determined to jump start her failing career. As her aging movie star mother, Shirley MacLaine offers the definitive portrait of Hollywood's gutsy glamour queens in scenes spiked with razor-edged humor and searing honesty. Dennis Quaid, Rob Reiner and an all-star cast offer a bird's-eye view of Hollywood has-beens and wanna-bes. Funny and uncompromising, Postcards From The Edge dishes the Tinseltown dirt with style and wit, serving up a delicious behind-the-scenes comedy that no film lover can resist.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Mike Nichols

Starring: Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Runtime: 101 min

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment

Special Features:
  • None




WILD BEASTS (1984)


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Product Description: For his final work, Godfather Of Mondo Franco E. Prosperi took on the Nature Strikes Back genre and delivered perhaps the most shocking movie of his controversial career: When PCP gets into the water supply of a city zoo, the drug-crazed beasts including tigers, lions, cheetahs, hyenas and elephants, as well as seeing eye dogs and sewer rats go berserk and rampage through the streets of Rome. What follows is a terrifying mix of actual animal attacks (supervised by professional circus trainers) and over-the-top 80s Italian gore that remains the greatest eco-revenge shocker in EuroCult history. Lorraine De Selle (CANNIBAL FEROX, HOUSE AT THE EDGE OF THE PARK) and Ugo Bologna (NIGHTMARE CITY) star in this disturbing urban bloodbath, now digitally remastered for the first time ever and bursting with all-new Special Features!

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Franco Prosperi

Starring: Lorraine De Selle, John Aldrich, Ugo Bologna

Genre: Horror

Runtime: 87 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Severin Films

Special Features:
  • Altered Beasts: Interview With Director Franco E. Prosperi
  • Wild Tony: Interview With Actor Tony Di Leo
  • Cut After Cut: Interview With Editor & Mondo Filmmaker Mario Morra
  • The Circus is in Town: Interview With Animal Wrangler Roberto Tibeti's son, Carlo Tiberti
  • House Of Wild Beasts: A Visit To The Home Of Franco E. Prosperi
  • International Trailer




THE GENERAL/THREE AGES (1927)


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Product Description: Buster Keaton's THE GENERAL is not simply one of the greatest silent comedies ever made, it is one of the greatest films of any era. In restaging the true story of one man s journey behind enemy lines to reclaim his captured locomotive during the Civil War, Keaton stages a series of complex chases, using lumbering trains as comedic props. Keaton s inventive mind is matched only by his physical athleticism, making THE GENERAL a truly breath-taking experience. Keaton's first foray into making feature films, THREE AGES is a parody of D.W. Griffith s Intolerance, dramatizing man s quest for love in three parallel settings a modern city, the Stone Age, and ancient Rome and loading each plotline with amazing stunts and hysterical sight gags.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman, Eddie Cline

Starring: Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender, Jim Farley

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 144 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Orchestral score by Robert Israel
  • Orchestral score by Joe Hisaishi
  • Audio commentary by film historians Michael Schlesinger and Stan Taffel
  • Introduction by Orson Welles
  • Introduction by Gloria Swanson
  • Return of The General, a vintage short film on the restoration of the legendary locomotive/New 2K restoration by Lobster Films
  • Music by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
  • Music by Robert Israel
  • Vintage Alka-Seltzer commercial starring Buster Keaton
  • Candid Camera television segment starring Buster Keaton
  • Man's Genesis (1912) a prehistoric drama by D.W. Griffith, parodied in Three Ages



PRINCE OF FOXES (1949)


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Product Description: In this captivating epic of intrigue, action and romance, the handsome and masterful Tyrone Power (The Mark of Zorro) shines in the title role as Andrea Orsini, a bold and courageous warrior. The setting is Renaissance Italy, where the notorious and violent Borgia family, led by Cesare Borgia (Orson Welles, Compulsion), is determined to capture neighboring lands and expand the family's empire, power, and wealth. As a Borgia spy-soldier, Orsini is dispatched to a small territory Cesare hopes to capture. But Orsini becomes captivated by the intelligence and charm of the Duke and his young wife. Torn between allegiance to his master and a growing friendship with his assigned victims, Orsini becomes embroiled in a fierce and spectacular battle for justice and nobility. The great Henry King (David and Bathsheba) directed this glorious epic, which was beautifully shot on location by legendary cinematographer Leon Shamroy (Daisy Kenyon, Daddy Long Legs).

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Henry King

Starring: Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, Wanda Hendrix, Marina Berti, Everette Sloane

Genre: Adventure, Drama, History

Runtime: 107 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary by Film Historian Troy Howarth
  • Isolated Score Track
  • Trailers
  • Movietone News: Tyrone Powers Weds Linda Christian in Rome Ceremony



NO HIGHWAY IN THE SKY (1951)


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Product Description: Screen legends James Stewart (Broken Arrow) and Marlene Dietrich (Witness for the Prosecution) go behind the scenes of commercial aviation in this gripping, suspense- filled classic about one man s fight to prevent disaster in the air. An eccentric scientist (Stewart) has no proof, but is convinced that England s new Reindeer planes will fall apart after 1,440 hours of flying time. When he finds himself on a Reindeer that is about to reach that stress point, his frantic warning rings true for a famous actress passenger (Dietrich) and a flight attendant (Glynis Johns, The Court Jester) who later supports his drastic action to permanently ground the aircraft. Henry Koster (Harvey) directed this suspenseful thriller based on a novel by Nevil Shute (On the Beach), with a screenplay by R.C. Sherriff (Odd Man Out), Oscar Millard (Angel Face) and Alec Coppel (Vertigo). The stellar cast includes Jack Hawkins (The Bridge on the River Kwai), Janette Scott (The Day of the Triffids), Elizabeth Allan (A Tale of Two Cities) and Kenneth More (A Night to Remember).

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Henry Koster

Starring: James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Glynis Johns, Jack Hawkins, Janette Scott

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Runtime: 99 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary by Film Historian Jeremy Arnold with Bob Koster, son of director Henry Koster
  • Trailers




DELUGE (1933)


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Product Description: Newly Restored! Earthquakes in the Pacific send a massive tsunami around the globe, reducing New York City to rubble. Martin Webster (Sidney Blackmer, Rosemary's Baby) survives the catastrophe but is separated from his wife (Lois Wilson) and children. Pairing up with a headstrong young woman (Peggy Shannon), Webster struggles to rebuild civiilzation and cultivate a new post-apocalyptic moral code amidst the pillagers and vigilantes who remain. For years considered a lost film, and later emerging in a poor-quality Italian-dubbed version, Deluge is the holy grail of disaster movies. In 2016, Serge Bromberg of Lobster Films, with the help of the Library of Congress, located the original 35mm film elements, including the English-language soundtrack, and it is from these materials that the restoration has been meticulously performed. Directed by Felix E. Feist (The Devil Thumbs a Ride, Donovan s Brain), DELUGE lives up to its near-mythic reputation. Not only are the destruction scenes truly extraordinary, the drama of survival among the rubble is presented with a dark candor that is far more complex than one expects of a film of this vintage. Also featured on this disc is the Pre-Code drama BACK PAGE, starring Peggy Shannon (DELUGE) as a small-town newspaper woman who tries to bring down a notorious white-collar criminal.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Felix E. Feist

Starring: Peggy Shannon, Lois Wilson, Sidney Blackmer

Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 70 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith
  • Back Page (1934) Complete Feature Film Starring the Star of Deluge, Peggy Shannon
  • Reversible Blu-ray Art
  • Trailer Gallery








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