My Two Cents: Blu-ray/DVD News Catch-up – Universal to restore 15 silent films, plus Olive's July Slate & more http://t.co/ic656p7DFE
John Garfield gets the spotlight this week and another MGM musical spectacular from the 1950s makes its Blu-ray debut. Let’s take a gander at this week’s MOD deliveries, available with the click of a mouse via the banners yonder.
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We’re closing out the week with a bit of a slow news day here at The Bits, but we do have a new column for you to enjoy...
Our own Bud Elder has turned in a new View from the Cheap Seats – The Sundance Kid Rides into Town features a good story about a Robert Redford visit to Oklahoma. Bud also talks about some of his favorite books on film, and picks a few great recent catalog DVD and Blu-ray tiles too. Enjoy!
In announcement news today, MGM has set a new Escape from New York (1981) Blu-ray for release on 6/3, along with The Birdcage (1996). We have no other details yet on either, aside from the fact that each will SRP for $19.99. [Read on here...]
The various MOD services haven’t exactly hit the ground running in 2014, with only a handful of new releases trickling out each week.
That might be starting to change this week.
Warner Archive has a number of interesting titles and the Sony Choice Collection has five new ones for your consideration. [Read on here...]
Remember the Universal Vault Series, Universal’s intermittent foray into the world of MOD? Well, apparently Universal just remembered about it, too. On August 30, they released several new entries, quietly and with zero fanfare, presumably out of respect for those of us who were reverently observing the Feast of Alexander of Constantinople that day.
Of the various MOD programs, Universal and 20th Century Fox seem to be having the most trouble (I’ll be talking about Fox next week). Sony and MGM went through similar growing pains before partnering with Warner Archive for promotion and distribution. I’m not saying that all MOD needs to go through Warner Bros. But all MOD programs should be able to learn from Warner’s model. At least people know what’s available and when from them.
Anyway, here’s a look at what’s new from the Universal Vault Series. And if you’re interested in a complete list of available Universal Vault titles, I’ve posted one on the Jahnke’s Electric Theater Facebook page. All Universal Vault titles are available for purchase on Amazon here at this link. [Read on here...]