Industry veteran and film restoration expert, Phil Hopkins, revealed this past week that Sept. 2 will mark the launch of The Film Detective, a new label for both DVD and Blu-ray product offerings that boasts a 3,000-strong film library to select from.
The first wave — all priced at just $9.98 each and featuring classic packaging and closed captioning — will consist of 12 films.
Restored from original film elements in this first group of DVD releases are director John Huston’s 1953 action/comedy, Beat the Devil, starring Humphrey Bogart, Gina Lollobrigida, Jennifer Jones, Peter Lorre and Robert Morley and director Rudolph Maté’s 1950 film noir masterpiece, D.O.A., starring Edmond O'Brien as a murder victim who solves his own murder.
On the comedy front, My Favorite Brunette (1947, with Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour and Peter Lorre), My Man Godfrey (1936, Carole Lombard and William Powell) and Nothing Sacred (1937, also starring Carole Lombard, who is teamed this time out with Fredric March) are included in this first wave of DVD releases.
War films to select from are The Big Lift (1950, Montgomery Clift stars in the life-and-death story of the Berlin airlift) and Go For Broke (1951, Van Johnson stars in this story of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team).
Rounding out the Sept. 2 selections are Carnival of Souls (1962, director Herk Harvey horror classic) The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954, all-star cast featuring Elizabeth Taylor, Van Johnson, Donna Reed, Walter Pidgeon and Eva Gabor) Salt of the Earth (1954, from blacklisted filmmaker Herbert J. Biberman) and Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947, starring Best Actress nominee Susan Hayward).
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