In 2012 I attended the 3rd Annual TCM Classic Film Festival (and my 1st). In 2010 I was unable to attend because I had a bun in the oven and in 2011 the little bun was too young for me to leave. It was hard for me to stay here, watching the commercials, seeing the live blogs and tweets, and of course the footage from the Festival itself. I honestly didn’t think it would ever be a possibility for me to go. When the opportunity arose for me to attend in 2012, everything fell into place. All of the things I worried about were non-issues and all of the things I didn’t think would be issues? Well…
Twentieth Century Fox has announced a brand new interactive campaign “Voice Your Choice” which allows fans to select films for digital restoration and Blu-ray release. In addition to this program, Fox Home Entertainment will be releasing at least one classic film title on Blu-ray each month categorized as “20th Century Fox Studio Classics.”
Voice Your Choice Titles
Call of the Wild
The Little Princess
Steamboat Round the Bend
The Return of Frank James
That Night in Rio
Pin Up Girl
The Black Swan
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
My Gal Sal
Kiss of Death
To the Shores of Tripoli
Captain From Castile
My Friend Flicka
The Blue Bird
A Letter to Three Wives
Hello, Frisco, Hello
Mother Wore Tights
Don’t Bother to Knock
Cheaper by the Dozen
On the Riviera
The True Story of Jesse James
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
The Tall Men
The Best of Everything
The River’s Edge
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
From the Terrace
Two for the Road
North to Alaska
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Let’s Make Love
Do Not Disturb
The Agony and the Ecstasy
Back Door to Hell
How to Steal a Million
The 300 Spartans
20th Century Fox Studio Classics scheduled releases on Blu-ray:
How Green Was My Valley
Panic in the Streets
What titles would you like to see released on Blu-ray through this new program?
Happy Holidays from The Fence!
It’s never been a better time to be a classic film fan. With numerous theatre screenings across the country, the TCM Film Festival, never before released and remastered films on DVD/Blu-ray– there’s an abundance of goodies for every fan. With only two weeks until Christmas, I have put together a gift guide for the classic film fans on your list. Already done with your shopping or don’t celebrate Christmas? Then pick something out for yourself! Make sure to scroll through the entire post for some fantastic deals and enter the giveaway.
I love reviewing books here at The Fence. It’s been a while since I’ve posted a review, but I’ve been keeping an eye on new releases. There are a few must-haves for classic film fans:
Harlow in Hollywood: The Blonde Bombshell in the Glamour Capitol, 1928-1937
by Darrell Rooney and Mark A. Viera
Angel City Press
Released in March 2011, Harlow in Hollywood is quite possibly the best classic film related book in my collection. With a well-researched biography and stunning photos of Harlow all throughout her career, this is an absolute must for Jean Harlow fans. You can find my detailed review of the book here.
Silhouettes From Popular Culture
by Olly Moss
Titan Books has released a collection of Olly Moss silhouettes from the hugely popular Paper Cuts exhibition. This is a fun book for not just film fans, but pop culture buffs too! Look for a review coming soon.
You can order Silhouettes From Popular Culture from Amazon.
Marilyn in Fashion
by Christopher Nickens and George Zeno
There are countless books on Marilyn Monroe. Let’s face it: most of them are complete garbage. There are gems scattered throughout the trash, and Marilyn in Fashion is one of those beautiful gems. The photos alone are worth the price, but the book is so much more. With anecdotes of Monroe’s working relationship with designers and her fashion transformation throughout her career, Marilyn in Fashion is a lovely book to add to your collection. Order on Amazon.com
Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies
by Christel Schmidt
University Press of Kentucky
I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about this book. I just won a copy from TCM’s monthly Book Corner giveaway. I haven’t had a chance to sit down and read it yet, but have thumbed through it a bit. It is absolutely stunning.
Here is a collection of some of my favorite DVD/Blu-ray releases along with some can’t miss deals:
Terry Gilliam’s Brazil (1985) on DVD and Blu-ray
Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (1936) on DVD/Blu
Ernst Lubitsch’s Design for Living (1933) on DVD/Blu
* All of these Criterion titles and others are on sale at Amazon.com.
The Ultimate Buster Keaton Collection on Blu-ray
W.S. Van Dyke’s Rage in Heaven (1941)
Jean Harlow Collection
Forbidden Hollywood Collection, Volume 4
Forbidden Hollywood Collection, Volume 5
Fox Home Entertainment
Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection DVD/Blu-ray
Princess Bride: 25th Anniversary Edition DVD/Blu-ray
Can’t miss bargains
The Complete Thin Man Collection
This retails for $60.00. Right now on Amazon it is only $17.99! If you don’t have this set, it’s a must!
Myrna Loy and William Powell Collection
Another great deal for Powell/Loy fans (and really, who isn’t a fan of theirs?) at only $18.49. This is a great set. My personal favorites are Manhattan Melodrama and I Love You Again.
Tracy & Hepburn: The Definitive Collection
This set includes every single film Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn made together. It’s under $25.00. Need I say more?
Christmas in Connecticut
One of the greatest Christmas films ever is only $4.00! You can find it at Amazon and at your local Target.
For those of you with a Costco membership, you might want to take a trip to check out their movie section. Recent finds include The Joan Crawford Collection, Warner Gangsters Collections, The Premiere Frank Capra Collection, Busby Berkeley, The Marx Bros Collection– all for under $15.00. Also in stores are numerous “Signature Collection” sets including: Bogie/Bacall, Tracy/Hepburn, James Stewart, Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart, and Clark Gable. Of course there are no guarantees on what is in stock, but I always find lots of goodies! I’m still kicking myself for passing on the Preston Sturges set…
Other classic film goodies
- Love Charlie Chaplin? Then you definitely need to check out this lovely canvas print of The Little Tramp over at Ikea. There’s an Audrey Hepburn version, too.
- Fans of TCM are all too familiar with Robert Osborne’s signature TCM bistro mug. I own two and drink my coffee out of them every single day. A must have!
- If you’re a big spender, you can always go for a pass to the TCM Classic Film Festival. I can guarantee you will not be disappointed. Money well spent!
Last, but certainly not least…
- My pal Cliff over at Immortal Ephemera has an amazing deal right now: Free shipping on all orders over $25.00 with additional discounts depending on your total. Cliff sells classic film related photos, postcards, tobacco cards, and other ephemera. Great selection and fantastic customer service.
It’s giveaway time!
The lovely folks over at Fox Home Entertainment are providing a copy of Patton (1970) on Blu-ray.
To enter the giveaway there are two requirements:
1) In an effort to curb spam entries, I’m requiring all entrants to subscribe to this website via email. You can do so at the very bottom of the page. Don’t worry– your email will remain private.
2) You must send an email to Contests (at) sittinonabackyardfence (dot) com. Please include “PATTON GIVEAWAY” in the subject line.
You have until Monday, December 17th at Midnight EST to enter. The winner will be chosen via random drawing and contacted during the day on the 18th.
This contest is only available to U.S. residents.
Full disclosure: Some of the links to Amazon are linked to this site’s affiliates page.
It’s Marilyn Monroe day! We have a great group of bloggers lined up to honor the brilliant and tormented starlet.
- Good friend Bobby Rivers on the unusual dynamic of Monroe & Merman: The Odd Couple.
- Lesya from Eternity of Dream takes a look at the haunting technicolor noir Niagara.
- H.P. Oliver is back at the blogathon! Today he takes a look at the The Seven Year Itch.
- Also returning is Aurora from Once Upon a Screen with a lovely pictorial covering Marilyn’s career
- Sarah from True Classics takes the time to get to know Marilyn
- Calum Campbell of Manalishi Films on Some Like It Hot
- Cliff from Immortal Ephemera is back with some interesting press clippings on Monroe.
- The Lady Eve joins the blogathon with the excellent essay Marilyn Monroe: Out of a Dream
- Angela from The Hollywood Revue, who is in the midst of her annual Blogging Under the Stars event, lists her five favorite Monroe performances
- Jessica from Comet Over Hollywood joins us with a video submission
- Le is back with a wonderful essay entitled Profiles of Women: Marilyn Monroe (note: hit the translate button at the bottom of the page)
- R.C. from The Shades of Black and White with her wonderful piece entitled Just Marilyn
- Carley of Kitty Packard weighs in with a a great entry: The Birth of an Actress: Marilyn Monroe in ‘Don’t Bother to Knock’