CineSavant Column

Saturday December 1, 2018


Twilight Time just announced their February titles, which should be a cause for excitement for Peter Cook and Dudley Moore fans: Bedazzled (above) is on the bill, along with Frank Tashlin’s Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter, Oliver Stone’s Talk Radio and Lewis Gilbert’s The Admirable Crichton, aka Paradise Lagoon.

And Kino announced that they have three vintage Ealing comedies with Alec Guinness on the docket for early next year: Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Lavender Hill Mob and The Man in the White Suit, which is of course also a science fiction classic.

Over at Joe Baltake’s The Passionate Moviegoer today we’ve got an article with a good round-up of Lost TV Musicals over the last 60 years … I was aware of some of these and really wish they were viewable: Lee Remick in Damn Yankees, (right) Lesley Ann Warren in It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman!”, Anthony Perkins and Charmian Carr in Stephen Sondheim’s Evening Primrose, and more that I never heard of. It’s hard to believe that most of these weren’t preserved.

As I explained last Tuesday, the Blu-ray industry experienced a ‘replication capacity shortfall,’ which is short for ‘they couldn’t print the things fast enough.’ The effect is certainly being felt here, although I’m told that the crunch is over and the presses are rolling again (so to speak).

As for discs that were delayed, I just got in some of the hotter Kino Lorber titles but am still waiting on November titles from Twilight Time, Criterion and The Warner Archive. So I’ll have reviews forthwith for Kino’s The Outer Limits 2 set and The Puppet Masters. (below) I’ve been getting review requests for BIG titles already out — Some Like it Hot, The Thing from Another World, The Magnificent Ambersons, True Stories — and apologize for being tardy. Warners has Dark of the Sun for December 18, as well as a new collection of Popeye cartoons due out on December 11.

Thanks for reading! — Glenn Erickson