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 Posted:   Mar 19, 2014 - 2:19 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

Due April 8th from Fox Archives are two Biblical epics :

SODOM AND GOMORRAH (1963)
ESTHER AND THE KING (1960)
one can hope they are widescreen since Esther ...has been shown on Fox widescreen and Sodom... was released in Germany on a widescreen dvd-

also coming that day is DANTE'S INFERNO(1935) - too bad they dont have the silent version.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2014 - 3:25 PM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

That should be ESTHER AND THE KING. Unless there is something about Esther we didn't know about before.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2014 - 3:57 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

That should be ESTHER AND THE KING. Unless there is something about Esther we didn't know about before.

corrected - I has to rush so a couple errors -

The Queen - Vashti - is a villian in the movie I think...who knows what else happened ?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2014 - 4:08 PM   
 By:   paulw   (Member)

I'd go for SODOM AND GOMORRAH (1963) on Bluray but not sure about DVD these days. Wonder if it will be complete??

 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2014 - 5:48 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
INTRODUCES NEW WAVE OF CLASSIC FILMS TO
FOX CINEMA ARCHIVES

18 Classics Available on DVD Beginning March 18

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 13, 2014) – Film aficionados everywhere, rejoice! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment today announced it will release a new wave of classic films on DVD from the Fox Cinema Archives vault. More than 18 classic film titles – ranging from the 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s – will be added to the Fox Cinema Archives collection this spring.

Featuring some of Hollywood’s most-beloved classics, this rich collection of iconic Fox films highlights key dramas, comedies, romances and Biblical tales giving film buffs the opportunity to enhance their collection by purchasing a variety of iconic movies at major top-tier retailers.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is committed to bringing classic films from the studio’s vault into the homes of film aficionados and collectors with its Fox Cinema Archivescollection. We aim to provide the best home entertainment experience possible for titles released under the Fox Cinema Archives banner, but are often limited to the film’s available source material.

The following 18 films will be available on DVD beginning March 18 through April 25.


March 18

Sodom and Gomorrah (1962), 154 min.
Sex, torture and betrayal follow the characters of this striking Biblical tale. After Lot leads the Hebrew people into the sinful cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, believing his people can co-exist, he must wait for divine intervention in order to help them escape. The film stars Stewart Granger, Stanley Baker and the lovely Pier Angeli.

Esther and the King (1960), 109 min.
Esther comes to the attention of the widowed King Ahasuerus, who has attempted to end hatred against the Jews led by the evil Haman. Joan Collins, Richard Egan, Denis O'Dea and Sergio Fantoni star in this Biblical tale.

Dante’s Inferno (1935), 88 min.
A ruthless carnival barker, blinded by ambition, keeps a fair open — despite warnings from an inspector that the fair is unsafe — which leads to a fatal disaster. Spencer Tracy, Claire Trevor, and Rita Hayworth star in Dante’s Inferno.

March 25

Cardinal Richelieu (1935), 81 min.
The intrigues and counter-intrigues that swirled around 17th century statesman Cardinal Richelieu and his attempt to thwart the insidious passion behind King Louis XIII of France are unveiled. George Arliss, Maureen O’Sullivan, Edward Arnold and Cesar Romero star in this 1935 classic.

I’d Climb The Highest Mountain (1951), 87 min.
This simplstory directed by Henry King follows a Methodist minister called to a rural Georgia mountain community. There he and his city-bred wife use their love to help a small town find God. Susan Hayward, William Lundigan, Rory Calhoun and Barbara Bates star in the film.

April 1

The Gay Deception (1935), 76 min.
Ecstatic over her winnings in a sweepstakes, a woman heads for New York City to make her dreams come true. This Oscar®-nominated film stars Francis Lederer, Alan Mowbray, Benita Hume and Frances Dee.

Bachelor Flat (1961), 87 min.
British Anthropology Professor Bruce Patterson moves into his fiancée Helen’s apartment to get away from pursuant female college students. His plan to scare the girls away backfires when his fiancée's daughter, Libby, arrives home incognito. Bachelor Flat stars Terry Thomas, Celeste Holm, Richard Beymer and Tuesday Weld.

The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker (1971), 95 min.
Richard Benjamin plays a stockbroker who is bored with his marriage and job and tries to spice his life up. In order to deal with this dilemma, he becomes a peeping Tom much to the chagrin of his wife. Benjamin stars alongside Joanna Shimkus, Elizabeth Ashley, Patricia Barry and Adam West.

April 8

The Pleasure Seekers (1964), 106 min.
In a remake of the 1954 hit Three Coins in the Fountain, The Pleasure Seekers tells the story of three women searching for love in Madrid. As the story unfolds, the women find themselves in bad relationships. Ann Margret, Carol Lynley, Gene Tierney and Anthony Franciosa star in this Oscar®-nominated film.

Footlight Serenade (1942), 80 min.
When a boxing champ turned Broadway star falls in love with his married co-star, he goes too far and causes her jealous husband to seek revenge. The film stars John Payne, Betty Grable and Victor Mature.

April 15

Marry The Boss’s Daughter (1941), 59 min.
Jefferson Cole, a young man from Kansas, ventures to New York in search of a bright career in the city. When he meets the daughter of a city tycoon, she persuades her father to give him a job, so he can find what he is capable of. Brenda Joyce, Bruce Edwards, George Barbier, and Hardie Albright star in this 1941 classic.

Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! (1948), 95 min.
Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! is an old-style romance about a Midwest farmhand who gets more than he bargained in his new job. He buys a pair of strapping mules from his employer. Meanwhile, his boss’ daughter keeps him guessing about her true feelings. June Haver, Lon McCallister, Walter Brennan and Natalie Wood star in this 1948 classic.

That Other Woman (1942), 76 min.
A secretary by the name of Emily Borden comes up with a convoluted plan to get her boss to marry her, which backfires after some bad advice. That Other Woman stars Virginia Gilmore, James Ellison and Dan Duryea.

April 22

Good Morning, Miss Dove (1955), 107 min.
While she rehabilitates in the hospital, Miss Dove, an aging teacher, recollects some of the students who have passed through her classroom over the years. Jennifer Jones, Robert Stack, Kipp Hamilton and Peggy Knudsen star in Good Morning, Miss Dove.

Star Dust (1940), 85 min.
Star Dust is loosely based on the true story of actress Linda Darnell’s rise to fame. Linda plays a young actress with talent to spare, who is helped on her rise to stardom by those around her. John Payne, Roland Young and Charlotte Greenwood also star in the film.

Decline and Fall of A Bird Watcher (1968), 112 min.
This satire from a novel by Evelyn Waugh, tells a story of young British teacher Paul Pennyfeather after he is dismissed from Oxford. Eventually, he works his way into the private school system in Wales where he becomes involved with Margot Beste-Chetwynde, the glamorous mother of one of his pupils. Robin Phillips, Michael Elwyn, Norman Scace and Geneviève Page star in this 1968 classic.

April 25

Kentucky (1938), 96 min.
Based on the novel, "The Look of Eagles," the film tells the story of the feud between two Kentuckian families that begins during the civil war and lasts for three generations. The feud ends when the two family heirs fall in love eighty years later. Loretta Young, Richard Greene, Douglas Dumbrille, Karen Morley and Oscar® winner3 Walter Brennan star in Kentucky.

Forever Amber (1947), 138 min.
Amber, a woman confined by her Puritan upbringing, ventures to London where she finds a better life as a courtesan. Linda Darnell, Cornel Wilde, Richard Greene and George Sanders star in this Oscar®-nominated film.

http://www.hometheaterforum.com/topic/330361-fox-cinema-archives-debuts-18-new-classic-films-on-dvd-starting-march-18/

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2014 - 10:55 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
INTRODUCES NEW WAVE OF CLASSIC FILMS TO
FOX CINEMA ARCHIVES

18 Classics Available on DVD Beginning March 18

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 13, 2014) – Film aficionados everywhere, rejoice! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment today announced it will release a new wave of classic films on DVD from the Fox Cinema Archives vault. More than 18 classic film titles – ranging from the 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s – will be added to the Fox Cinema Archives collection this spring.

Featuring some of Hollywood’s most-beloved classics, this rich collection of iconic Fox films highlights key dramas, comedies, romances and Biblical tales giving film buffs the opportunity to enhance their collection by purchasing a variety of iconic movies at major top-tier retailers.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is committed to bringing classic films from the studio’s vault into the homes of film aficionados and collectors with its Fox Cinema Archivescollection. We aim to provide the best home entertainment experience possible for titles released under the Fox Cinema Archives banner, but are often limited to the film’s available source material.

The following 18 films will be available on DVD beginning March 18 through April 25.


March 18

Sodom and Gomorrah (1962), 154 min.
Sex, torture and betrayal follow the characters of this striking Biblical tale. After Lot leads the Hebrew people into the sinful cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, believing his people can co-exist, he must wait for divine intervention in order to help them escape. The film stars Stewart Granger, Stanley Baker and the lovely Pier Angeli.

Esther and the King (1960), 109 min.
Esther comes to the attention of the widowed King Ahasuerus, who has attempted to end hatred against the Jews led by the evil Haman. Joan Collins, Richard Egan, Denis O'Dea and Sergio Fantoni star in this Biblical tale.

Dante’s Inferno (1935), 88 min.
A ruthless carnival barker, blinded by ambition, keeps a fair open — despite warnings from an inspector that the fair is unsafe — which leads to a fatal disaster. Spencer Tracy, Claire Trevor, and Rita Hayworth star in Dante’s Inferno.

March 25

Cardinal Richelieu (1935), 81 min.
The intrigues and counter-intrigues that swirled around 17th century statesman Cardinal Richelieu and his attempt to thwart the insidious passion behind King Louis XIII of France are unveiled. George Arliss, Maureen O’Sullivan, Edward Arnold and Cesar Romero star in this 1935 classic.

I’d Climb The Highest Mountain (1951), 87 min.
This simplstory directed by Henry King follows a Methodist minister called to a rural Georgia mountain community. There he and his city-bred wife use their love to help a small town find God. Susan Hayward, William Lundigan, Rory Calhoun and Barbara Bates star in the film.

April 1

The Gay Deception (1935), 76 min.
Ecstatic over her winnings in a sweepstakes, a woman heads for New York City to make her dreams come true. This Oscar®-nominated film stars Francis Lederer, Alan Mowbray, Benita Hume and Frances Dee.

Bachelor Flat (1961), 87 min.
British Anthropology Professor Bruce Patterson moves into his fiancée Helen’s apartment to get away from pursuant female college students. His plan to scare the girls away backfires when his fiancée's daughter, Libby, arrives home incognito. Bachelor Flat stars Terry Thomas, Celeste Holm, Richard Beymer and Tuesday Weld.

The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker (1971), 95 min.
Richard Benjamin plays a stockbroker who is bored with his marriage and job and tries to spice his life up. In order to deal with this dilemma, he becomes a peeping Tom much to the chagrin of his wife. Benjamin stars alongside Joanna Shimkus, Elizabeth Ashley, Patricia Barry and Adam West.

April 8

The Pleasure Seekers (1964), 106 min.
In a remake of the 1954 hit Three Coins in the Fountain, The Pleasure Seekers tells the story of three women searching for love in Madrid. As the story unfolds, the women find themselves in bad relationships. Ann Margret, Carol Lynley, Gene Tierney and Anthony Franciosa star in this Oscar®-nominated film.

Footlight Serenade (1942), 80 min.
When a boxing champ turned Broadway star falls in love with his married co-star, he goes too far and causes her jealous husband to seek revenge. The film stars John Payne, Betty Grable and Victor Mature.

April 15

Marry The Boss’s Daughter (1941), 59 min.
Jefferson Cole, a young man from Kansas, ventures to New York in search of a bright career in the city. When he meets the daughter of a city tycoon, she persuades her father to give him a job, so he can find what he is capable of. Brenda Joyce, Bruce Edwards, George Barbier, and Hardie Albright star in this 1941 classic.

Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! (1948), 95 min.
Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! is an old-style romance about a Midwest farmhand who gets more than he bargained in his new job. He buys a pair of strapping mules from his employer. Meanwhile, his boss’ daughter keeps him guessing about her true feelings. June Haver, Lon McCallister, Walter Brennan and Natalie Wood star in this 1948 classic.

That Other Woman (1942), 76 min.
A secretary by the name of Emily Borden comes up with a convoluted plan to get her boss to marry her, which backfires after some bad advice. That Other Woman stars Virginia Gilmore, James Ellison and Dan Duryea.

April 22

Good Morning, Miss Dove (1955), 107 min.
While she rehabilitates in the hospital, Miss Dove, an aging teacher, recollects some of the students who have passed through her classroom over the years. Jennifer Jones, Robert Stack, Kipp Hamilton and Peggy Knudsen star in Good Morning, Miss Dove.

Star Dust (1940), 85 min.
Star Dust is loosely based on the true story of actress Linda Darnell’s rise to fame. Linda plays a young actress with talent to spare, who is helped on her rise to stardom by those around her. John Payne, Roland Young and Charlotte Greenwood also star in the film.

Decline and Fall of A Bird Watcher (1968), 112 min.
This satire from a novel by Evelyn Waugh, tells a story of young British teacher Paul Pennyfeather after he is dismissed from Oxford. Eventually, he works his way into the private school system in Wales where he becomes involved with Margot Beste-Chetwynde, the glamorous mother of one of his pupils. Robin Phillips, Michael Elwyn, Norman Scace and Geneviève Page star in this 1968 classic.

April 25

Kentucky (1938), 96 min.
Based on the novel, "The Look of Eagles," the film tells the story of the feud between two Kentuckian families that begins during the civil war and lasts for three generations. The feud ends when the two family heirs fall in love eighty years later. Loretta Young, Richard Greene, Douglas Dumbrille, Karen Morley and Oscar® winner3 Walter Brennan star in Kentucky.

Forever Amber (1947), 138 min.
Amber, a woman confined by her Puritan upbringing, ventures to London where she finds a better life as a courtesan. Linda Darnell, Cornel Wilde, Richard Greene and George Sanders star in this Oscar®-nominated film.

http://www.hometheaterforum.com/topic/330361-fox-cinema-archives-debuts-18-new-classic-films-on-dvd-starting-march-18/


Thanks for the complete list -

seven titles should be widescreen --- wonder how many Fox will get right? That disclaimer about best "available source material" is discouraging.

Hope their tranfers of FOREVER AMBER + I'D CLIMB THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN are good ones too.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 20, 2014 - 11:56 AM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

According to the Movies Unlimited website, SODOM AND GOMORRAH will be full frame while ESTHER AND THE KING will be letterboxed.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 20, 2014 - 11:56 AM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

dp

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 20, 2014 - 12:20 PM   
 By:   Joe Caps   (Member)

We need a Sodom that at least has the Overture, end of Act one music, Entracte and Exit music.
How about finding the original stereo track for the film. (not used in the US).

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 20, 2014 - 12:36 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

We need a Sodom that at least has the Overture, end of Act one music, Entracte and Exit music.
How about finding the original stereo track for the film. (not used in the US).


What did you expect from Fox Archives? They have no interest in restoration . It took 16+ years to even get a US release. This happens depite the recent gogeous Fox Blu-ray of THE AGONY AND THE ECSTACY(1965)

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2014 - 10:00 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

I must admit, I tend to yawn whenever I read about another Fox release, full knowing that it will either be some cut-down version, or in pan-and-scan.

They just don't seem to care what they release. They must have a low opinion of their potential customers, thinking they'll buy whatever they throw at them.

Even the Fox Movie Channel continues to show pan-and-scan versions of these films. I watched a pan-and-scan version of ESTHER AND THE KING that they showed only a few weeks ago.

And then, of course, after the low-grade version is put out, no one is likely to release a better version, on the grounds that no one will want it, after it's already been released.

Ho hum...

 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2014 - 12:25 AM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

According to the Movies Unlimited website, SODOM AND GOMORRAH will be full frame while ESTHER AND THE KING will be letterboxed.

Ironic that the euphemism for "practically square" is "full frame." Most people have wide flat screen TVs these days, so these films with their wide black bars on either side of the screen are exactly the opposite of "full frame."

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2014 - 1:45 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I expect nothing from this Fox series, and usually get it.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2014 - 6:35 AM   
 By:   mulan98   (Member)

Somebody's probably mentioned this but SODOM AND GOMORRAH wasn't shot in scope originally.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2014 - 6:38 AM   
 By:   mulan98   (Member)

The film is a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine. My first X certificate movie which, at the time in the UK meant no one under 16. I was 14.

A print shown on the BBC recently was of variable quality but generally not great.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2014 - 6:49 AM   
 By:   joec   (Member)

Somebody's probably mentioned this but SODOM AND GOMORRAH wasn't shot in scope originally.

True, very odd for the release period, but S&G was shot "flat". However the laser disc did have a "matted" wide-screen image.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2014 - 5:09 PM   
 By:   paulw   (Member)

According to IMBD it was shot in 1.85 : 1 which I think is 16x9 in TV talk. When I saw it back in the roadshow days it was in widescreen..

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2014 - 7:18 AM   
 By:   Doug Raynes   (Member)

According to IMBD it was shot in 1.85 : 1 which I think is 16x9 in TV talk. When I saw it back in the roadshow days it was in widescreen..

It was shown theatrically in 1.85:1 which, to filmgoers in 1962, wasn't thought of as widescreen because by then 1.85:1 had become the standard ratio having replaced 1.33:1 after 1953. I was distinctly disappointed on seeing the film to find it wasn't in a CinemaScope ratio, as tended to be the case for film epics.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 22, 2014 - 9:19 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Here's the DVD Talk review of SODOM AND GOMORRAH. Just what I expected.

"Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.

"Fox Cinema Archives' manufactured-on-demand DVD-R of The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah (1962), released outside the U.S. and better known simply as Sodom and Gomorrah, is an abomination.

"The label, as cinephiles well know, is maddeningly inconsistent. You'd think there would be some concern on their part in not wanting to be known as a fourth-rate enterprise releasing junk at premium prices, but as the loud complaints of consumers has so far fallen on deaf ears they just don't seem to care. Some of Fox's mostly pre-widescreen era titles look stupendously good though not always, and even some of their widescreen movies are properly transferred. But, for movie fans, it's been a frustrating crapshoot, and this ambitious Euro-Biblical epic comes up snake eyes.

"Rather than create a new high-definition transfer, one that could be utilized not only for a marginal MOD release such as this but also for free and cable television release, home video (including Blu-ray), and digital download in the U.S. and other markets in which Fox holds rights, instead they've fallen back on a transfer at least 20 years old, perhaps significantly older. Its greatest sin is that it pans-and-scans the film, shot for 1.85:1 widescreen but apparently shot "hard-matte," leaving panning-and-scanning as the only option to fit the image onto 4:3 television monitors.

"What's that you say? That nobody watches movies or anything else on old cathode-ray tube sets any more than Nintendo releases new games in 8-bit NES systems?

"Some would argue better to have Sodom and Gomorrah in this bastardized release than not at all but I say, "Not at all." This release does the film no favors. It's ruinous to Robert Aldrich's direction, Alfio Contini's cinematography and in splicing actors' faces off the viewable image seriously damages the performances of the film's fine cast: Stewart Granger, Anouk Aimée, Pier Angeli, Stanley Baker among them. The work of emerging filmmaker Sergio Leone, one of the film's second unit directors, can no longer be fully appreciated, nor production designer Ken Adams's sets, nor title designer Maurice Binder's prologue, which is partly squeezed with a strange white border caging in that entire sequence.

"Fox's home video division really needs to rethink its marketing strategy. Another bit of conventional wisdom, probably true, is that the bean-counters at Fox will see only that a title like Sodom and Gomorrah doesn't sell and will be loathe to try releasing it again, and especially not on Blu-ray where it really belongs. They'll look only at the sales figures, not the obvious-to-all-but-them reasons why titles like this are so thoroughly rejected by consumers, film fans who for their $19.98 expect a release compatible with 2014 home video technologies, not those of 1985.

"Not Recommended."

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 22, 2014 - 10:24 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

I am not surprized -- a total botch of a film deserving restoration --

somewhere I have a decent WS dvd from Germany of this (in English) -- it is about 10 years old .

 
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