Savant Column

Tuesday February 27, 2018


Gee, is it time to cash in one’s chips, drink the Kool-Aid, and join the cat in the bag in the river?

We all know that ageism doesn’t exist here in America, right? A friend just had this interaction with Warner Home Video’s marketing department, which does some pretty strange things now and then. They sent him a (random?) invitation to take a survey. Writes my friend: “I thought, hey, great; a chance to support some of WB’s better efforts.” I clicked on it. The first question was gender. The next was, they wanted to know my age. I typed in 65. The next thing that came up was a short paragraph saying, Thanks for your contribution. Unfortunately you do not qualify for this survey.

I guess it’s to be expected, but this seems a particularly harsh way to tell interested customers to go jump in a lake, and to take one’s geezer friends with one. The actual WB Home Video people are very receptive to customers, of all ages. At least in terms of the studio‚Äôs historical library, who the *&$#& do these survey people think are the fans of those pictures?

That’s it for my rant; I need to go oil my walker.

Twilight Time announced their May Blu-ray titles last Saturday: Walter Hill and John Milius’s Geronimo: An American Legend with Jason Patric; Paul Mazursky’s Next Stop, Greenwich Village, Jean Simmons in Philip Dunne’s Hilda Crane, and very interestingly, Kevin Brownlow’s recent Photoplay restoration of D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation.

Kino Lorber issued a long memo with a schedule of their releases through June. Just a few of the notable titles that grabbed me are, March 6 A Fistful of Dynamite, March 13 A Lion in Winter, March 20 Highway Dragnet, March 27 The Outer Limits season 1, April 24 The Maze in 3-D, and Trapeze, May 15 The Sacrifice and May 22 A Fistful of Dollars, hopefully the new restoration.

And I’m happy to see that Trailers From Hell are promoting CineSavant even more strongly on social media, especially Twitter. Being hosted was the only solution for me, as after twenty years I still know very little about website management. The pub specialist is even finding better images than the ones I come up with, too:

Thanks for reading! — Glenn Erickson