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News From the Lake for the Week of July 24th, 2013


Lots of DVD and Blu-ray news this week, probably to make up for the less than busy news segment from last week.  On top of that I’ll briefly look at some upcoming TCM Classic Cruise news.

Who wouldn’t want to be on the high seas with Robert Osborne, Ben Mankiewicz and the rest of the TCM crew?  You have the opportunity if you’re going on the upcoming TCM Classic Cruise from December 8th-13th.  The cruise this year will be sailing on the Disney Magic for ports in the Bahamas; Disney and TCM feel so right together!  Not only are the TCM guys we love preparing to sail, but two special guests have been announced: Jane Powell, Theodore Bikel and Robert Wagner will be sailing this voyage along with the Alloy Orchestra, marking their third TCM Cruise.  All three actors have deep ties to the TCM community, and they’re the icing on a cake that includes special screenings, panels, interviews, and games!  The TCM Classic Cruise sails from Miami and visits Nassau and Disney’s own Castaway Cay.  If you’re interested in sailing this year, you can purchase tickets at

  New on DVD and Blu-ray

Olive Films: On September 24th, you can purchase Blu-ray copies of six Olive films; The Big Combo (1955), Ambush at Cimarron Pass (1958), Guest Wife (1945), Americano (1955), The Fighting Kentuckian (1949) and Plunder Road (1957).  These will be first-time Blu-ray releases for all the films, and for all except The Big Combo this is the first time all of these will have any home video release.  Bonus content has not been announced.  You can pre-order any of these on Olive’s website.

20th Century Fox: Fox has plans to release their HD-upgrade of Vincent Price’s classic, The Fly, on September 10th.  Originally released on 2-disc DVD back in 2007 (that included sequels and a bonus disc), the HD Blu-ray will include several of the same features such as audio commentary and Vincent Price featurettes.  The movie retails for $24.99 and you can pre-order it via Amazon.

Fox also set up more release dates as part of their Fox Cinema Archives collection.  23 films will be released through August 20th, and they have quite the diverse assortment.  Highlights include: John Huston’s A Walk with Love and Death (1969) available now, Rex Harrison and Richard Burton in Staircase (1969) available now, Jimmy Stewart in No Highway in the Sky (1951) available July 30th, Tyrone Power in American Guerrilla in the Philippines (1950) available August 6th, White Fang (1936) available August 13th, and Spencer Tracy in Me and My Gal (1932) available on August 20th.  You can see the complete list through the Fox website.

Sony Pictures: In honor of its 60th Anniversary, Sony Pictures will be debuting the classic, From Here to Eternity, for the first time on Blu-ray on October 1st.  The bonus features will carry over from the last DVD release; they are an audio commentary and featurettes.

Warner Archive: A great mix of movies available now from Warner Archive.  Edna May Oliver’s Hildegard Withers Mystery Collection is now available to order (there’s six in the series), along with a swinging’ 70s collection including  Martin Balsam in Mitchell.  The movies-on-demand service continues to possess a solid combination of new and old classics, so if you’re interesting purchasing anything head over to

That’s all from the Lake for this week!


Kristen Lopez View All

A freelance film critic whose work fuels the Rotten Tomatoes meter. I've been published on The Hollywood Reporter, Remezcla, and The Daily Beast. I've been featured in the L.A. Times. I currently run two podcasts, Citizen Dame and Ticklish Business.

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