Monday, November 19, 2012

Bowery Boys And More From Warner Home Video

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report
Warner Home Video was busy this past week adding to its selection of new DVD and Blu-ray product offerings.

For example, added to next week’s release calendar (Nov. 20) is a 12-film collection featuring the comedy antics of Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall (who started out in 1937 with Humphrey Bogart as the Dead End Kids in the film, Dead End), along with pals Bobby Jordan and Billy Benedict as the Bowery Boys.  

The collection is titled Bowery Boys, Volume One, which gives one hope that all 48 films in the series will see the light of day from Warner Home Video on DVD.

Also added to the release calendar on Nov. 20 is the double-disc collection of Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show: The Complete Series.

Streeting on Nov. 27 are a trio of rare Robert Mitchum films (one theatrical and two MOWs)  — My Forbidden Past (1951, with Ava Gardner), One Shoe Makes it Murder (co-starring Angie Dickinson) and Promises to Keep (with son Christopher Mitchum and co-starring Tess Harper and Claire Bloom) — plus there will also be the five-disc set of Without a Trace: The Complete Fifth Season available to own on that date.

Added to Dec. 4 release calendar are TV Westerns, Dollar for the Dead (a 1998 MOW starring Emilio Estevez, along with Ed Lauter, Howie Long and William Forsythe) and Two For Texas (also 1998, teaming Kris Kristofferson with the likes of Tom Skerritt and Peter Coyote).

Shifting to Dec. 11, look for a trio of Hitler/Gestapo themed theatrical releases that have been pulled from the film vaults and dusted off for their respective debuts on DVD.   Genre-collectors and film buffs will be keen for these selections.
DVD & Blu-ray Release Report

I Escaped From The Gestapo is a 1943 film directed by Harold Young (The Mummy’s Tomb, The Scarlet Pimpernel, etc.) and starring Dean Jagger and John Carradine … and noted for footage featuring Frances Farmer, who logged one day of shooting before having her legendary breakdown (and chronicled in 1982 film, Frances, starring Jessica Lange).

The other two films arriving on Dec. 11 are Operation Eichmann, the script was literally plucked from the headlines of the day — 1961, with Werner Klemperer as the notorious Adolf Eichmann, who was captured by Mossad in Argentina the year before — and the 1962 Richard Basehart interpretation of Adolf Hitler in director Stuart Heisler’s Hitler.

And the last new addition to the release schedule from Warner Home Video this week takes the form of separate DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (complete with UltraViolet) editions of the made for home entertainment animated feature film, Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon.

Street date for this latest installment in the popular adventure series featuring Shaggy and Scooby-Doo is Feb. 26.

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