Thursday, May 13, 2010

Olive branches

As I was skating around DVD Price Search this morning and scoping out some of the new titles they added to their database, I discovered with some amazement that Appointment with Danger (1951)—the classic Alan Ladd “postal noir” recently written up here on the blog by guest reviewer Philip Schweier—is coming to DVD. Further examination of the Price Search inductees turned up another pair of noirs making their disc debuts: Dark City (1950) and Union Station (1950).

So I did a little detective work on the Internets and learned through a Home Theater Forum thread that these three films—Danger, City and Station—are part of a list of twenty-seven feature films licensed by Paramount to a company entitled Olive Films:

Ansikte mot ansikte (Face to Face) (1976)

Appointment with Danger (1951)

Crack in the World (1965)

Dark City (1950)

Escape from Zahrain (1962)

Fear Is the Key (1972)

Hannie Caulder (1971)

Harlow (1965)

Hurry Sundown (1967)

Knock on Wood (1954)

The Mountain (1956)

My Favorite Spy (1951)

Off Limits (1953)

On the Double (1961)

Once Is Not Enough (1975)

Promise Her Anything (1965)

Riot (1969)

Rope of Sand (1949)

Sands of the Kalahari (1965)

The Savage Innocents (1960)

Skidoo (1968)

Such Good Friends (1971)

Summer and Smoke (1961)

Tropic of Cancer (1970)

Union Station (1950)

Where Love Has Gone (1964)

WUSA (1970)

As you can see, there are some mouth-watering titles on this list—I’m particularly pumped about Knock on Wood, My Favorite Spy (I guess this explains why this wasn’t a candidate for the new Bob Hope box set), Off Limits, On the Double and Rope of Sand. (She Blogged by Night’s Stacia is probably turning over couch cushions to save up for Skidoo—which will be letterboxed!—and freelance cartoonist/former classic movies pal Pete Fitzgerald is probably dancing in the streets at the prospect of a widescreen Sands of the Kalahari release [one of his DVD Holy Grails]).

These movies will be released in a slow trickle (the only other films on this list that share the same street date [July 27th] as the noirs are Caulder and Crack) and are listed at the Olive Films website at $24.95 a pop—but if you pre-order any of these bad boys at Buy.com, they’ll only run $15.99 apiece. (I already have Danger and Station in the dusty TDOY archives...now the question is whether or not I want to spring for a copy of City.)

In other DVD-release news, Cheezy Flicks—a small company who has in the past brought such classic Republic serials such as G-Men vs. The Black Dragon (1943), Jesse James Rides Again (1947), King of the Rocket Men (1949) and Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952) to disc will trot out the 1945 Columbia chapter-play opus (and Laughing Gravy fave) The Monster and the Ape on May 18th. Speaking only for myself, I was not nearly captivated by Monster as my good friend Mr. Gravy—I reviewed this odious piece of fromage at TDOY’s old Salon Blog environs back in July 2007.

Finally, if you were interested in obtaining that Timeless Media Group release of the first season of The Virginian which is due out on May 25th you can order the whole enchilada (none of this split season nonsense) at Amazon.com for the amazing low price of $44.49. (DVD Pacific has got an even better deal: the ten-disc collection in the collective tin can be had for $40.31.)

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3 comments:

KC said...

Wow--there are so many trash classics on this list that I've been dying to see: Harlow, Once is Not Enough, Where Love Has Gone--and I wouldn't mind seeing Skidoo again (always good to see Jackie Gleason tripping on acid. . .).

Tom said...

There was another Harlow released the same year; that one's not on DVD yet either.

Stacia said...

SKIDOO IS COMING OUT ON DVD! I never thought I'd see the day. How did this even happen? Seeing "Skidoo" used to mean you were hard core when it came to watching almost-lost films; Rob Zombie referenced it in "Devil's Rejects" precisely for that reason, to up his film historian cred. (And I always suspected, but never confirmed, that TCM got "Skidoo" for Zombie back when he was hosting "Underground".)

I'm shocked. SHOCKED. I can't wait to see what the transfer looks like.