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.
Discussion starts with Horror on Blu-ray, Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1989). New TV on Blu-ray, Animal Kingdom: The Complete Second Season (2017). 90s TV on DVD, The Lazarus Man (1996). Classic TV Animation on DVD, Biskitts: The Complete Series (1983). Classics New to DVD include The Story of Louis Pasteur (1935), A Girl, a Guy and a Gob (1941) and Love and Learn (1947). Back in Print DVDs include That Midnight Kiss (1949), The Toast of New Orleans (1950) and The Crimson Pirate (1952)
New TV on DVD - Static Shock: The Complete Third Season (2003) arrives dynamically double-charged as Virgil becomes Gear and joins Static in his fight to protect Dakota while Static demonstrates big-league level seasoning with Batman and pals. Then we chat about five new pre-code classics new to DVD including The Finger Points (1931) with Richard Barthelmess and Fay Wray, Chances (1931) with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., I Like Your Nerve (1931) with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Loretta Young, and Goodbye Again (1933) with Warren William and Joan Blondell. Also we go over some films back in print on DVD including Romeo and Juliet (1936) with Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer, The Belle of New York (1952) with Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen, The Long, Long Trailer (1953) and Forever Darling (1956) with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and Don Siegel's Telefon (1977) starring Charles Bronson and Lee Remick.
We are delighted to herald this stunning new 2018 Blu-ray presentation of The Hanging Tree (1959) starring Gary Cooper in a unique cinematic combination of six-gun spectacle and human parable. Then we take off with the legendary purveyors of kid vid classics Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass as they swung for the heavens with a decidedly A-list all-ages animated fantasy fest culled from two superior literary sources The Flight of Dragons (1982) on Blu-ray. Teen Titans Season 1 (2003) Blu-ray shows off where the world of DC animation took a left turn at anime town and came up with this classic inspired by Wolfman and Perez's legendary New Teen Titans run of comics and the wild world of Japanimation under the genius aegis of creator Glen Murakami. Then we discuss the new release of Trial and Error Season 1 on DVD- a faux non-fiction 'true' crime sit-dramedy from creators Jeff Astrof (The New Adventures of Old Christine) and Matt Miller (Forever). The Super (1991) starring Joe Pesci and Judgement Night (1993) starring Emilio Estevez and Cuba Gooding, Jr. may have been out before, but are making their WB DVD debuts. Richard Linklater's subUrbia (1996) makes it's DVD debut featuring a screenplay by Eric Bogosian and starring Parker Posey, Steve Zahn and Giovanni Ribisi. Classics back in print on DVD include Too Many Girls (1940) starring Lucille Ball, The Nun's Story (1959) starring Audrey Hepburn along with The Sundowners (1960) and Home from the Hill (1960) both starring Robert Mitchum.
Rosalind Russell delivers a career-high performance as the quintessential Bohemian bon vivant in Auntie Mame (1958), new to Blu-ray with a beautiful new master. New to DVD, Alice: The Complete Sixth Season (1981-82) sees the staff of this classic sitcom settling in for a steady service of hopes, dreams, chili and grits-kissing. We round off the releases with two classic Hanna-Barbera animated series back on DVD, Space Ghost and Dino Boy (1966) and Birdman and The Galaxy Trio (1967). Then, after we make some Holiday Gift Guide recommendations, we finish off by answering three hand-written letters from listeners like you!
Based on the searing Stephen King best-seller, Dolores Clairborne (1995) starring Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh comes to Blu-ray along with the comedy Doc Hollywood (1991) starring Michael J. Fox. Also on Blu-ray, we head back to Star's Hollow ten years later in the four part special sequel series, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016) written, directed and executive produced by series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. Heading back to the 90s,Living Single Season 3 (1995-96) starring Queen Latifah comes to DVD. Then we chat about two double feature DVDs which feature a 1930s original and its 50s remake including Strictly Dishonorable (1930 and 1951) and Kind Lady (1935 and 1951). We have two westerns new to DVD including Renegades of the West (1932) starring Tom Keene and The Kid From Texas (1939) with Dennis O'Keefe. Finally, we have several DVDs coming back into print including The Old Maid (1939) and The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) starring Bette Davis as well as Starlift (1951), April in Paris (1952) and Tunnel of Love (1958) starring Doris Day.
New to Blu-ray, a true sleeper hit, Robert Mulligan's tender coming-of-age during wartime classic, Summer of '42 (1971) starring Jennifer O'Neill, took the studio by surprise while stealing the hearts of a Vietnam War weary nation. Raoul Walsh's Battle Cry (1955) follows the triumphs and tragedies endured by a group of Marines cutting through hearts on their way to Pacific looks amazing in HD. The Wayans Bros. Season 3 (1997-98) is new to DVD along with a whole bunch of classic films back in print including Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953), Parrish (1961), Susan Slade (1961), Rome Adventure (1962), Palm Springs Weekend (1964) as well as a group of MGM Musicals including Lady Be Good (1941), Nancy Goes to Rio (1950), and Two Weeks with Love (1950).
Screen icon Alan Ladd produces and stars in Hell on Frisco Bay (1955). This crime spectacle, shot on location in noir central - San Francisco appears for the first time on both Blu-ray and DVD. Director Jerry Schatzberg's masterclass in empathetic acting from two very different, but equally dynamic, acting titans, Scarecrow (1973) starring Gene Hackman and Al Pacino, comes to Blu-ray. Rachel Ward makes her "scream" debut in the early eighties slasher, Night School (1981). Directed by Ken Hughes (Casino Royale and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) comes to Blu-ray red with blood. On DVD, The Jamie Foxx Show: The Complete Fourth Season (1999-2000) sees the young staff of The King's Towers enter into a new maturity while its proprietors begin to make plans to step aside. This week we have two triple feature DVD Collections featuring classic WB character actors. Glenda Farrell Triple Feature includes the films, The Law in her Hands (1936), Here Comes Carter (1936) and Dance Charlie Dance (1937) while the Guy Kibbee Triple Feature includes Mary Jane's Pa (1935), Going Highbrow (1935) and The Big Noise (1936).
The darkly comedic TV musical sensation Crazy Ex-Girlfriend back with Season 2 (2016-17) on DVD with DVD Exclusive Commentaries by Co-creators Aline Brosh McKenna and Rachel Bloom. Then we jump back to the early 30s with Pre-Code Classics new to DVD including Wide Open (1930) with comic relief titan Edward Everett Horton, Washington Masquerade (1932) starring Lionel Barrymore as a corrputed politician, the ever-timely business drama and Busby Berkely's co-directing debut She Had to Say Yes (1933) starring Loretta Young , and Stage Mother (1933) starring the one-of-a-kind stage, silent and sound star Alice Brady. Ruby Keeler, Joan Blondell and Aline McMahon star as three suddenly out of work Broadway Chorus girl in the timeless musical Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) featuring Busby Berkeley's peerless production numbers and is now back in print on DVD.
Restored to its original theatrical length for the first time in over 75 year, The Sea Wolf (1941) features an all-star team of A-listers including Michael Curtiz, Edward G. Robinson, John Garfield and Ida Lupino to tackle the silver screen adaptation of Jack London's dark adventure novel of the sea, survival and the Nietzschean Superman. Ivan Reiner, chief writer on the gonzo Italio-American "Gamma One" quadrilogy (Wild, Wild Planet, War of the Planets, War Between the Planets and The Snow Devils) and his co-writer on The Snow Devils, the legendary Batman-scribe Bill Finger, team up with the legendary Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale) to direct The Green Slime (1968) - an instant mondo cine-sensation. Created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, and based on Perrotta's novel, The Leftovers: Season 3 (2017) comes to Blu-ray and DVD. Switching gears, danger and wonder abound during the prehistoric animated adventures of a young dinosaur and his pals in Dink the Little Dinosaur (1989-90) now on DVD. Next we briefly chat about a series of Noir double features that are back in print including Act of Violence/Mystery Street (1948/1950), Crime Wave/Decoy (1954/1946), Illegal/Big Steal (1955/1949) and Where Danger Lives/Tension (1950/1949). Finally we wrap up with a chat with our special in-studio guest, Chris Yogerst the author of From the Headlines to Hollywood: The Birth and Boom of Warner Bros.
Superman: The Movie got a special make-over for his network television premiere - nearly forty-minutes was added back in, creating a two-night television event never before available on Home Video and now released in a double disc set, Superman: The Extended Cut (1978) is now on Blu-ray! The Hidden (1987), one of the greatest Crime-Horror-Science Fiction-Cop-Buddy flicks produced in the era of neon and big hair, is also now available on Blu. From the world of current TV, iZombie Season 3 (2017) ups the undead ante for its fast-paced flesh-eating third smash season also on Blu-ray. Finally we turn to recent New Line horror releases on DVD which include the housing crisis-inspired tale,Within (2016) and Wolves at the Door (2016), loosely based on the infamous Manson family murder spree. We wrap things up with a shout out to the new release of Blade Runner (1982) in the 4k UHD format.
George Feltenstein interviews an American legend, the comedian, actor, director and writer Carl Reiner whose career spans nearly seven decades. They chat about working with Steve Martin on the classic 80s comedy film, The Man with Two Brains (1983) which is new to Blu-ray.
Christopher Guest's community theater improv comedy mockmentary, Waiting For Guffman (1996), charges its way to Blu-ray featuring stellar performances from Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, David Cross, and Eugene Levy. Also new to Blu, MGM's legendary Freed unit takes on a musical of legend with a Cinemascope adaptation of the Scottish Highlands fantasy, Brigadoon (1954) with Gene Kelly, Cyd Charise and Van Johnson. Journey back to the Big Sky wonders and New West dangers of Absaroka County with Longmire: The Complete Fifth Season (2016) with Robert Taylor on Blu-ray. Then we tackle three RKO Rarities coming to DVD for the first time including Beauty for the Asking (1939) with Lucille Ball, Full Confession (1939) with Victor McLaglen and Sorority House (1939) with Anne Shirley.
John Landis' revisionist mobster vampire flick, Innocent Blood (1992) comes to Blu-ray this week. Rod Steiger and Claire Bloom star in an intriguing adaptation of American master-storyteller Ray Bradbury's beloved anthology-cum-novel, The Illustrated Man (1969). Although we already posted an entire hour long podcast dedicated to it, Porky Pig 101 (1935-43) - a huge collection of 99 black and white Porky Pig shorts (with two in color!) comes to DVD . It's a 90s kind of world with Queen Latifah who is back on DVD with Living Single: The Complete Second Season (1994-95) along with co-stars Kim Coles, Erika Alexander and Kim Fields.
Jerry Beck and the Warner Archive Podcast educate us all about the early carrer of Porky Pig and the new 5 disc DVD set, Porky Pig 101 with 99 rare black and white Porky Pig cartoons - and two in color!
Director John Sturges' western, The Law and Jake Wade (1958) starring Richard Widmark and Robert Taylor, comes to Blu-ray guns balzing in 1080p HD. From Conan O'Brien and Greg Daniels (The Office) along with creator David Jenkins comes the sci-fi comedy, People of Earth: The Complete First Season (2016) to DVD. Then we shift tp three new DVDs from the notorious Pre-Code era including Broadway Babies (1929) and Playing Around (1930) starring Alice White as well as Big Business Girl (1931) with Loretta Young and Joan Blondell.