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News From the Lake for October 9th, 2013


In this week’s update: Lots of DVD/Blu-ray news and a TCM tidbit.

TCM has announced they’ll be commemorating the late President John F. Kennedy on November 21st, marking fifty years since his assassination.  Thursday, November 21st, will see the premiere of three documentaries directed by Robert Drew looking at Kennedy’s campaign, presidency, and death, all from the 1960s: Adventures on the New Frontier (1961), Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963), and Faces of November (1964).  After those, Mel Stuart’s Oscar-nominated documentary, Four Days in November (1964) will air.  A showing of PT 109 (1963) will air at the end.  I’m astounded that it’s been 50 years, and I’m intrigued to see the documentaries and how TCM will celebrate this somber occasion.

New on DVD/Blu-ray


Universal: Universal’s Vault Series (I always forget this exists) have announced five new titles for release right now.  You can go over to their website and purchase Flesh and Fantasy (1943) starring Edward G. Robinson and Barbara Stanwyck; For Love or Money (1963) starring Kirk Douglas, Margaret Sullavan in Little Man, What Now (1934); The Thing That Couldn’t Die (1958), and Dick Powell in You Never Can Tell (1951).

Kino Classic: Kino’s going Western with their latest release announcement of Shoot the Sun Down.  This revisionist Western stars Christopher Walken and Margo Kidder; Kidder was just coming off the success of Superman.  The movie’s Blu-ray and DVD will include an alternate opening title sequence with original song, and the theatrical trailer.  If you’re a fan of 1970s revisionist Westerns or spaghetti Westerns then be sure to pick this up on November 12th.

Warner Archive: Always something fun from Warner Archive, and this week is no exception.  Their big release this week is Billy Rose’s Jumbo (1962), the last big-screen musical extravaganza.  Jumbo will actually be available on Blu-ray with two Tom and Jerry cartoons, the original overture, and the theatrical trailer.  They’re also releasing more Paramount titles including, predominately from the 1960s and 1970s: The Counterfeit Traitor (1962), Funeral in Berlin (1966), The Assassination Bureau (1969), Posse (1975), Elephant Walk (1954), The World of Suzie Wong (1960), and The Carpetbaggers (1964).  You can purchase all of these via the Warner Archive website.

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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