Warner Archive Podcast
Summary: George Feltenstein hosts the Warner Archive Collection podcast, bringing you vintage radio dramas, interviews and weekly round-table discussions culled from the rich film and television history contained within the Warner Bros. vaults.
World Without End (1956), "CinemaScope's first Science-Fiction thriller," comes to Blu-ray looking better than ever. Next we discuss our latest KidsWB show to come to DVD, Static Shock: The Complete First Season (2000-01) based on the Milestone/DC Comics property. Then it's off to RKO studios to encounter a passle of Ladies, Women and Girls with Smart Woman (1931) starring Mary Astor, Ladies of the Jury (1932) starring Edna May Oliver, The Richest Girl in The World (1934) starring Miriam Hopkins and Fay Wray, Fight for Your Lady (1937) starring Jack Oakie and A Girl in Every Port (1952) starring Groucho Marx.
After wishing ourselves a Happy 8th Birthday, we tackle the latest releases on disc. First up, Batman Brave and the Bold Season 3 (2011) finally comes to Blu-ray looking bolder than ever. Next up, from the creative team behind the irreverent, award-winning comedy Childrens Hospital comes Newsreaders Season 1 (2013) on DVD - the series explores the vital issues that actually don't affect us every day. Take your front-row seats to the best variety show of rarities from the Jazz Age, as the vaunted and venerable Vitaphone sound shorts present a third DVD collection of vintage Vaudeville and more with Vitaphone Varieties Volume 3 (1928-29). The Girl and the General (1967) is a haunting Italian neorealist dramedy about an Italian private, Umberto Orsini, who captures an Austrian general, Rod Steiger. Then we wrap the podcast up with a Flashback discussion of the 2010 release of the must-see oddball classic, Gabriel Over the White House (1933) starring Walter Huston and Franchot Tone.
Two sci-fi classics come to Blu-Ray! It's cowboys versus dinosaurs as FX man extraordinaire Ray Harryhausen animates The Valley of Gwangi (1969). Julie Christie takes on the sentient (and lusty) computer in her basement in Demon Seed (1977). Warner Bros. Animation's The Zeta Project is a spin-off series based on the character Zeta from Batman Beyond. Season One (2001) is now back in print and we're proud to be releasing the long-awaited Season Two (2002) new to DVD. Finally we chat about two classics starring Lee Tracy that are new to DVD including Wanted! Jane Turner (1936) and Millionares in Prison (1940).
This week we're releasing two new Blu-rays. First, we see Fred Astaire off in his last screen musical, FINIAN'S RAINBOW (1968) about an Irishman who steals a pot of gold from a leprechaun and then buries it in America. Then we chat about Blake Edwards' savage satire on all things Hollywood, S.O.B. (1981) staring his wife, Julie Andrews who plays an actress who has to bare it all. Then we turn to some second TV seasons new to DVD including JAMIE FOXX SHOW Season 2 (1997-98) and WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU Season 2 (2003-04) starring Amanda Bynes and Jennie Garth. Then to cap it off we anticipate the new FOX TV series Feud about the battle of wills between superstars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford during the making of the must-see-classic WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (1962).
Hammer Film Productions' goes back in time to the poetically accurate era when the moon was forming while sauropods and cavemen battled to the death in When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970) - and now presented on Blu-ray with a new 2017 master in high dino definition featuring the "spicy" International Cut. Next we celebrate the storied career of Joan Crawford by bringing some of her seminal cinema Back in Print to DVD including Dancing Lady (1933), Sade McKee (1934), Strange Cargo (1940), A Woman's Face (1941), Flamingo Road (1949) and Torch Song (1953).
Cinema provocateur Ken Russell's The Boy Friend (1971) featuring Twiggy and Tommy Tune comes to Blu-Ray looking incredibly sharp and fresh and sounding even better thanks for a new 5.1 DTS soundtrack. Then we chat about four MGM Dream Factory classics new To DVD including A Lady's Morals (1930) with soprano Grace Moore, the killer comedy Whistling in the Dark (1933) with Ernest Truex and Una Merkel, the divorce drama Woman Against Woman (1938) with Mary Astor, and Challenge to Lassie (1949) starring the beloved dog in Edinburgh's beloved 19th century true Terrier tale, "Greyfriars Bobby."
Sydney Pollack's ground-breaking cinema blend, The Yakuza (1974) starring Robert Mitchum, arrives on a newly remastered 1080p HD Blu-ray with all honor restored. And now, here they are - back in print on DVD - Wacky Races:The Complete Series (1968-70) featuring Hanna-Barbera's most daredevil group of daffy drivers to ever whirl their wheels. Also Back in Print on DVD we chat about Camille (1936) starring Greta Garbo at her finest, two entries from The Thin Man series, The Thin Man Goes Home (1945) and Song of the Thin Man (1947) starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, and finally The Star (1952) featuring Bette Davis as an aging movie queen.
New to Blu-ray, Billy Wilder's May-December romance, Love in the Afternoon (1957) starring Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper and Maurice Chevalier. Then we tackle 5 Back In Print DVDs including Flying Down To Rio (1933) with Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire's first pairing, Marked Woman (1937) starring Bette Davis, East Side, West Side (1949) with Barbara Stanwyck and Ava Gardner, The West Point Story (1950) starring James Cagney and Doris Day, and finally Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse star in Silk Stockings (1957) - which is also available on Blu-ray.
It's a Blu-ray Bonanza with three films coming to HD with sparkling new 1080p masters. First up, Spencer Tracy stars as the one-armed stranger in John Sturges' stark and sweeping Noir/Western/Social Commentary film Bad Day at Black Rock (1955). Reprising her Tony-winning Broadway role, Judy Holliday plays an answering service operator in the 1960 musical Bells are Ringing co-starring Dean Martin. Audrey Hepburn brings all her formidable skills to bear in the suspense classic Wait Until Dark (1967). Then we move on to five WB rarieties presented for the first time on DVD including the frothy comedy Easy to Love (1934) with Mary Astor, the scandalous romannce of Desirable (1934) with George Brent, the sensitive, underplayed and compelling character study Journal of a Crime (1934) with Ruth Chatterton and Adolphe Menjou, the fast-paced rouser Red Hot Tires (1935) with and finally Errol Flynn delivers up one of his best dark dramatic performances in Silver River (1948), the tale of a good man gone bad.
William Wellman's war drama Battleground (1949) explodes on to Blu-ray with a stunning new master for 2017 featuring an all-star ensemble that includes Van Johnson, George Murphy, Ricardo Montalban, John Hodiak, James Whitmore and Marshall Thompson. Hanna-Barbera's canny cartoon classic Top Cat: The Original Series is back in print on DVD deftly mixes Bilko-like scheming and scamming with Bowery Boys buffoonery with Arnold Stang voicing Top Cat and the great Allen Jenkins as Officer Dibble. Also back in print is the 2003-4 anime-inspired toon, Xiaolin Showdown: The Complete First Season along with with Xiaolin Showdown: The Complete Second Season (2004-05) presented for teh first time in DVD and in it's original 16x9 aspect ratio. Finally we go over a series of back in print DVDs including Libeled Lady (1936) with Jean Harlow, The Harvey Girls (1946) and In the Good Old Summertime (1949) with Judy Garland, and I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955) with Susan Hayward.
First up for this Holiday Podcast are Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors (2015) and Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love (2016) - both contemporary TV holiday movies are now available on Blu-ray. Then we present The Snorks Season 3 and 4 collected in one volume on DVD which finishes off the series. Next we review several incredible films finally Back in Print on DVD including Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell in Macao (1952), Rock Hudson and Sidney Poitier in Something of Value (1957), John Ford directing the great Woody Strode in Sergeant Rutledge (1960) along with Mitchum and George Kennedy in The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969). To wrap up the year we bring back three of our most requested sets, Forbidden Hollywood Volumes 1-3 which collectively feature Waterloo Bridge (1931), Baby Face, Red-Headed Woman, The Divorcee, A Free Soul, Night Nurse, Three on a Match, Female, Other Men's Women, The Purchase Price, Frisco Jenny, Midnight Mary, Heroes for Sale and Wild Boys of the Road. Happy Holidays and wishing everyone the best 2017!
Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen reunite for It's Always Fair Weather (1955) featuring Kelly, Cyd Charisse and Dan Dailey in top form and now on stunning Blu-ray. Edmond O'Brien stars as a defense attorney in Sam Benedict (1962-63), a riveting legal drama new to DVD. Back in Print DVDs discussed include Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' final film pairing The Barkley's of Broadway (1949), the rockin' revue Jamboree (1957) and John Frankenheimer's Seven Days in May (1964) starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas.
Deftly mixing comedy, romance, suspense and wonder, Nicholas Meyer's Sci-Fi bonanza, Time After Time (1979) arrives looking time-warp fresh in this new 1080p Blu-ray. The third volume of FitzPatrick TravelTalks shorts were produced for MGM from 1940 to 1953 to provide poignant and picturesque postcards of the four corners of the Earth, from pre-war New Orleans to post-war Western Germany and are now on DVD. The Middle Season 7 (2015-16) sees each member of the Heck clan breaking out of their comfort zones and navigating new. We move on to four back-in-print Western DVDs starring Errol Flynn including Virginia City (1940), San Antonio (1945), Montana (1950) and Rocky Mountain (1950). We wrap up with a back-in-print six part mini-series, Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood (2010), a lavish original documentary that chronicles the advent of a new American art form, from humble peep shows to tent pole spectaculars.
Neil Simon pens an acerbic Valentine for then wife Marsha Mason and hands a young Richard Dreyfus a breakout career-defining role in The Goodbye Girl (1977) now on Blu-ray. Then we discuss the final entry in the Steve Urkel saga, Family Matters Season 9 (1997-98) which literally ends with Urkel shot into space. Next, we bring several films back in print to DVD including two with Gary Cooper -- westerns Dallas (1950) and Springfield Rifle (1952) -- two with Robert Mitchum (noir thrillers The Racket (1951) and His Kind of Woman (1951) -- and two with Paul Newman -- The Mackintosh Man (1973) and a sequel to 1966's Harper, The Drowning Pool (1975).
First up, we chat about Michael Anderson (Logan's Run) directs the great George Pal's final production, Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975) now on Blu-ray. Moving on to TV Animation on DVD, we unearth The Peter Potamus Show - one of the great animal cartoons from Hanna Barbera. Then we highlight a bunch of DVDs reissued for the first time in 16x9 Widescreen including Michael (1996) with John Travolta, the animated musical Cats Don't Dance (1997) and Grind (2003). Also of note, although Deathtrap (1982) and Ladyhawke (1985) have been issued in widescreen on Blu-ray, we've updated the DVDs to reflect the new master. Also back in print, The Hudsucker Proxy (1994).