Savant Column June 27, 2017
Deadlines loom and there’s too much to do, so just one announcement today. Kino Lorber doesn’t have a date yet, but they did announce that they’re releasing Billy Wilder’s Avanti! on Blu-ray. The charming comedy with Jack Lemmon, Juliet Mills and Clive Revill bombed in 1972 yet has a acquired a solid fan base. When this one hits Blu, the only remaining Wilder film controlled by MGM and not yet released on Blu will be 1963’s Irma La Douce. Interestingly, the Wilder film being saved for last was the writer-director’s biggest theatrical hit, surpassing even Some Like it Hot and The Apartment.
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