News in a nutshell: Universal decides to save their silent films, Fathom Events announces two upcoming screenings, getTV celebrates Rosalind Russell, and what’s new on DVD and Blu-ray!
It comes with mixed emotions but Universal Studios recently announced plans to restore 15 classic silent films over the next four years. The titles haven’t been announced but the studio has plans to work alongside the Library of Congress, the George Eastman House, and other places renowned for their preservation efforts. Universal has 25 silent films in their vaults, and it’ll be interesting to see what films they pick for restoration. And, let’s face it, the studio could use some goodwill after classic film fans voiced their disgust at the studio demolishing the beloved Stage 28th, aka the home of The Phantom of the Opera (1925) set. What silent films would you like Universal to restore?
Many were upset that TCM didn’t honor actress Rosalind Russell’s birthday this year and getTV rides in to solve the problem. Every Thursday in June will be honoring Russell’s 108th birthday with presentations of several of her films including His Girl Friday (1940) and Picnic (1955). You can get the complete month of getTV films at their website.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…. Fathom Events, TCM, and Universal will be presenting a 40th-anniversary screening of Jaws (1975) on June 21st and 24th in theaters nationwide. Preceding the film will be a specially filmed introduction by Ben Mankiewicz. A list of theaters can be found at the Fathom Events website. The next month will see TCM present a screening of Billy Wilder’s noir classic Double Indemnity (1944), keeping with their Noir Summer/Summer of Darkness theme. Double Indemnity will screen July 19th and 20th. It hasn’t been announced whether Robert Osborne will be returning for the introduction. You can find tickets and theater information for that at Fathom Events.
And for those of you who enjoy streaming your movies via Fandor, it looks to be a good month of movies. Starting this week you can stream classic fairy tales and fables like the French Beauty and the Beast (1946), Black Orpheus (1959) and The Devil and Daniel Webster (1937). Other films streaming during the month include Eraserhead (1977) and The Kid (1921).
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Kino: Kino is on a roll right now, releasing a cadre of diverse titles throughout the month of August. On August 4th you can pick up Big House U.S.A. (1955) on Blu-ray, and John Garfield’s He Ran All the Way (1951), Robert Mitchum in Foreign Intrigue (1956), and Storm Fear (1955) on both DVD and Blu; on August 11th The Monster That Challenged the World (1957) will debut on Blu-ray, as well as The Front Page (1931) and War-Gods of the Deep (1965) on DVD and Blu; and on August 18th you can snag Burn Witch Burn (1962) on Blu-ray and Navajo Joe (1967) on both DVD and Blu.
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