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News From the Lake for August 22nd, 2013


This week is all DVD/Blu-ray releases, and with the holidays right around the corner, you’ll be wanting to add a few of these to your wishlist.  On a side note, I can’t believe this year is almost over!  Once my birthday rolls around in two weeks I’m full-speed ahead for the holidays!  Here’s some gift ideas for me things you should be telling people to set aside for future reference.


TCM: TCM and Universal Home Entertainment are pairing up to put out a collection of value-priced DVD box sets of legendary stars in the roles that made them famous.  Titled TCM Showcase, each set will continue four iconic features starring a classic film legend.  Kicking off the series are TCM Showcase: Barbara Stanwyck and TCM Showcase: Claudette Colbert.  Stanwyck’s set will include her star-making turn in The Lady Eve and Double Indemnity, as well as All I Desire and There’s Always Tomorrow.  Colbert’s set will contain her 1934 turn as Cleopatra, Imitation of Life, Midnight, and The Palm Beach Story.  There doesn’t appear to be any bonus content included with the sets.  You can purchase both now via the TCM Store.


Walt Disney Home Entertainment: Is it a coincidence that Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks, which details Walt Disney’s struggle to get Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers to give him the rights to her book, is coming out around the same time as Mary Poppins’ 50th Anniversary?  I say hell no; it’s a fantastic piece of marketing.  On December 10th, the practically perfect nanny is going to be available on Blu-ray and DVD.  There’s no announcement on bonus content, but with this being 50 years old and the biopic coming out this year to boot, I can bet some fantastic features will be added on.


Warner Brothers: The studio has announced the DVD return of two out-of-print Samuel Goldwyn titles: Barbara Stanwyck’s Stella Dallas and Danny Kaye’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Mitty is also getting a remake with Ben Stiller due out later this year…another coincidence?).  Both will be remastered and released December 10th although there is no word on Blu-ray release or bonus content.  If you’re curious, Walter Mitty has been out of print since 2003, while Stella Dallas has been unavailable for the last three years, so rush out to purchase these before they’re lost again.


Olive Films: A brief announcement from Olive this week.  They’ve secured an October 15th release for the Dick Powell noir, Cry Danger and the 1954 film Young at Heart.


Criterion: Criterion never fails to please  the classic film fan (THANK YOU for releasing I Married a Witch!).  On November 12th, you can purchase Charlie Chaplin’s immortal film, City Lights, on Blu-ray.  The release will be dual-format and include the DVD and Blu-ray, in case you haven’t updated your technology.  The bonus features are as follows: Audio commentary with Charlie Chaplin historian, Jeffrey Vance; a 2003 Aardman Animation documentary about the film’s production; an interview with visual effects expert Craig Barron; archival footage from the set, along with costume tests, rehearsal, and a deleted scene; excerpts from Chaplin’s 1915 short, The Champion; trailers and the requisite Criterion booklet featuring essays on the films merits.  November 12th everyone, add it to your Amazon wishlist.


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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