Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Coming to a DVD player near you

Turner Classic Movies’ airing of Stagecoach (1939) last night sort of jogged my recent memory bank that Criterion is planning to release a Cadillac version of the John Ford western classic this coming May 25th, in both Blu-Ray and DVD editions. I’m sorely tempted to plunk down the cash for this—Stagecoach being one of my all-time favorite oaters—but apart from the inclusion of Bucking Broadway, a 1917 silent feature directed by Ford, I’m hard pressed to justify the expense…particularly since I already bought the two-disc edition that was released in 2006. What to do, what to do…

I’m a little more amenable to picking up this Criterion tidbit, however—the 1940 war thriller Night Train to Munich, which will be brought forth from the Criterion stables on June 22nd. I’ve been a big fan of this film ever since I watched it one Saturday evening long ago on West Virginia Public Television, and since that particular print wasn’t what one would call pristine (I won’t swear to this but I was under the impression that Munich had fallen into the public domain) I’d love to take a gander at Criterion’s restored version. The Fox Movie Channel ran this one sometime back and I had the foresight to program my sister Kat’s DVR to record it for a later viewing…unfortunately for me, Kat had other plans and she erased it from the device (she probably had a few pressing Antique Roadshows to save, I’m guessing).

I ran across this while perusing yesterday; a two-disc DVD due to be released from Kino on July 6 entitled Lost Keaton: Sixteen Comedy Shorts 1934-1937. The material in this collection consists of the sixteen two-reel sound shorts The Great Stone Face made for Educational Pictures in the 1930s, and while I would love to obtain a copy of this release (I try to support these kinds of releases whenever I can) I’ve already added the Keaton Educationals to the dusty Thrilling Days of Yesteryear archives via an earlier set produced by my very good Facebook pals Ali and Dave Stevenson at Looser Than Loose. (I did a review of this collection back in those halcyon Salon Blog days, if you’re curious as to the quality.) However, I don’t have a copy of this bookThe Fall of Buster Keaton: His Films for MGM, Educational Pictures and Columbia—which is due out August 16th and is authored by another prized Facebook chum, James Neibaur. (Both of these items kind of compliment each other nicely, don’t you think?)

And in TV-on-DVD news, sent out e-mails this morning to alert fans of Boris Karloff’s Thriller TV series that they have the final skinny on the release of Thriller: The Complete Series collection from Image Entertainment…the set will hit the streets August 31st. The SRP on this baby is $149.98, so I’m probably going to have to wait a while—a long while—to see if this landmark release comes down a bit in price. I have to say, though—the cover art (to your left) is mighty attractive.

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1 comment:

Jeff Overturf said...

That Keaton DVD is mighty tempting!