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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 2:33 pm 
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On their FB page, Kino Lorber Studio Classics has announced that True Confessions (1981) will be released in October.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:51 pm 
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All of September's covers. And only one of these suffers from font issues (Yikes, Run Silent)! Elmer Gantry is wolf-whistle-worthy gorgeous

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 Post subject: Kino: MGM Acquisitions
PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 7:03 pm 
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Funny Thing... looks a lot, lot, lot, lot like a recent ill-regarded Criterion release.

EDIT: I bet it's based on an original poster, though.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 7:17 pm 
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The posters for both "A Funny Thing..." and "It's A Mad..." (both MGM) were done by Mad Magazine's Jack Davis, as was Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye" (released by UA). He was a very busy guy during that period.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:25 pm 
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Ah. I figured as much. I like the style, I was just stricken by the similarity.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:36 pm 

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Though technically not part of the Studio Classics line, Bloody Mama (1970) is getting a Blu-ray release on September 23rd via Scorpion Releasing; I thought I'd bring this up since it was originally available as part of the Roger Corman Collection box set MGM released a few years ago.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 3:54 pm 
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I have a lot of affection for it (really too much), but I guess Meteor can be seen as similar to When Time Ran Out in showing the disaster film trend running on its lowest ebb. I seem to remember it having worse special effects (the same establishing shot of the ominously approaching Meteor repeated again and again) but not being quite as cheesy and long-winded in its relationship dramas as Armageddon would later be!
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And it has a nice Crack In The World-style ending in which all of the people ensconced safely in their bunker through the majority of the film come under threat too.

I am curious to finally get to see it in its correct aspect ratio. Maybe that might make the film better, or perhaps worse!

I remember really enjoying The Great Train Robbery (known in the UK as The First Great Train Robbery, presumably to differentiate it from the 1960s Buster Edwards crime story), although over the years the only sequence that has really stayed vivid in my mind is the one involving the precisely timed run to the guardroom during shift changeover in order to make impressions of the keys stored there.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 10:09 pm 
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Great Train Robbery is one of my favorite films of all time. Very excited to buy it for the fourth time and upgrade the non anamorphic DVD from the LD transfer. Let's hope they keep Crichton's wonderful commentary.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 5:25 pm 
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Lee Tamahori's Mulholland Falls (1996) will be released on Blu-ray October 7th.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 1:19 pm 

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Topkapi will be released on October 7.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:37 pm 
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Looks like a solid transfer for Witness for the Prosecution. Interesting that Kino is using excerpts from Billy Wilder Speaks (which they own the U.S. rights to) as supplements. I wonder if they might have picked up all seven of the Wilders that MGM didn't release on Blu themselves, as a way to get a little extra mileage out of that acquisition.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 12:20 am 
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That would be: Private Life of Sherlock Holmes + Witness for the Prosecution (Both confirmed) and Irma la Douce, One Two Three, Avanti!, Kiss Me, Stupid, and the Fortune Cookie-- I hope you're right, as I'd like over half of those and since there's no guarantee anyone'd agree on which half are the keepers, might as well unleash 'em all!


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 8:47 am 
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Sabata BD review at DVDBeaver

Looks quite good compared to the old MGM DVD. Just the trailer for extras.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 10:48 am 
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Why, oh why can't they include subtitles?


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 2:09 pm 
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Ken Russell's Billion Dollar Brain October 7th.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:02 pm 
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manicsounds wrote:
Sabata BD review at DVDBeaver

Looks quite good compared to the old MGM DVD. Just the trailer for extras.

I hope the voice syncing issue has been corrected.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:38 pm 

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Ken Russell's Billion Dollar Brain October 7th.

As a Russell fan and apologist, it's great to see another one of his films hitting Blu-Ray, but man, Billion Dollar Brain is not a good film. I do hope that this means Kino has some level of interest in his other, much better MGM titles (Women in Love, The Music Lovers, and to a much lesser extent, Valentino).


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:39 am 
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Jeff wrote:
Interesting that Kino is using excerpts from Billy Wilder Speaks (which they own the U.S. rights to) as supplements. I wonder if they might have picked up all seven of the Wilders that MGM didn't release on Blu themselves, as a way to get a little extra mileage out of that acquisition.

So much for that theory, as it seems no excerpts were used for The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. The Beav is underwhelmed with the transfer, but the film has always been soft.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:41 am 
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So "Sherlock Holmes" has optional English subtitles? Is this a Kino first?


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:49 am 
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I checked the posts on their FB page and it looks like a lot of their upcoming titles will have optional English subtitles.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:06 am 
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All the MGM titles with subtitles on the original release will have subs on the Blu


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 10:10 am 
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DVDBeaver reviews "The Scalphunters"


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 Post subject: Kino: MGM Acquisitions
PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 3:23 pm 

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Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye in November or December. It will be extremely difficult to better the UK Arrow release.

EDIT: seemingly forgot to say what would be difficult to better!


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 3:25 pm 
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What? I thought for sure Criterion would be doing that. Ah well, another sale here for the Arrow.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 3:30 pm 
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10/14/14

Jennifer (1978)


And really looking forward to The Long Goodbye in Nov/Dec myself. Would have preferred Criterion, but glad it's coming from one of the MGM catalog distributors in the US.


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