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Review: "Sunset In The West" (1950) Starring Roy Rogers; Kino Lorber Blu-ray Special Edition

  • CinemaRetro
By John M. Whalen

The stars must have formed a fortuitous alignment. Somehow, a great wrong has been righted and order has been restored to the universe. Kino Lorber, under its Kl Classics brand, has just released “Sunset in the West,” the first-ever high definition Blu-Ray edition of a Roy Rogers Trucolor western. This may not sound like a big deal to some people, but for the initiated—those who grew up watching Roy on the big screen at countless Saturday matinees in the 1950s— it is monumental. Because, until now the only Roy Rogers movies available for home viewing were dark, faded, and badly edited transfers released first on VHS and later DVD by Republic Studios. Republic treated Roy’s movies with criminal disrespect. The studio let the movies fade away with in their vaults, and then sold them to TV where they were butchered to fit time slots.
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Sunset in the West

This charming Roy Rogers oater could reboot interest in vintage ‘series’ westerns. Basically a film for little kids, it’s earnestly played by all concerned and director William Witney’s direction sparkles. The added filip that makes the difference is the beautifully restored Trucolor image — Roy’s wonder horse Trigger is indeed magnificent. I listened carefully, but I don’t think Roy actually says, “Yippie-ki-yay, M_____f____r.”

Sunset in the West

Blu-ray

Kl Studio Classics

1950 / Color / 1:37 flat Academy / 67 min. / Street Date April 18, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 19.95

Starring: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Estelita Rodriguez, Penny Edwards, Gordon Jones, Will Wright, Pierre Watkin, Charles La Torre, William Tannen, Gaylord Pendleton, Paul E. Burns, Dorothy Ann White, Riders of the Purple Sage.

Cinematography: Jack Marta

Color by Trucolor

Film Editor: Tony Martinelli

Original Music: R. Dale Butts

Special Effects: Howard & Theodore Lydecker

Written by Gerald Geraghty

Produced by Edward J. White

Directed
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Strike Me Pink

Neurotic coward Eddie Cantor decides to defend an amusement park against gangsters, and nothing but fun ensues! Ethel Merman has a small role here, but we're more than entertained by Parkyakarkus, Brian Donlevy, William Frawley, Jack Larue. Plus Sally Eilers, the Goldwyn Girls and a terrific forgotten talent, billed in this movie as Rita Rio. Strike Me Pink DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 1936 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 100 min. / Street Date August 4,, 2015 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Eddie Cantor, Ethel Merman, Sally Eilers, Parkyakarkus, Rita Rio (Dona Drake), Brian Donlevy, William Frawley, Jack Larue, Gordon Jones, Helen Lowell The Goldwyn Girls. Cinematography Merritt Gerstad, Gregg Toland Film Editor Sherman Todd Original Music (Alfred Newman) Dance Director Robert Alton Special Effects Gilbert Pratt, Ray Binger, Paul Eagler Written by Francis Martin, Frank Butler, Walter Deleon from the story and novel Dreamland by Clarence Buddington Kelland Produced by Samuel Goldwyn Directed by
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The Hilliard Ensemble: how we chose the music for our final Christmas concert

After 40 years of singing together, Gordon Jones of the Hilliard Ensemble explains how the group is preparing to bow out with a programme running from medieval masses and carols to 21st-century music from Arvo Pärt

Over the years, the Hilliard Ensemble has developed a flexible approach to the construction of concert programmes. In our many performances with the great saxophonist Jan Garbarek, we usually had a good idea of the music we would sing, but it was not until the sound check in the afternoon that we fine-tuned the set list, adjusting things to suit the acoustic of the building, or to our mood. But for our concert on 20 December at Wigmore Hall, we thought it wise to firm things up further in advance.

As it’s December, it will be no surprise that the audience will hear some Christmas music. But this is not just an event to mark
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Turner Classic Movies Garner Tribute Next Monday

James Garner movies on TCM: ‘Grand Prix,’ ‘Victor Victoria’ among highlights (photo: James Garner ca. 1960) James Garner, whose film and television career spanned more than five decades, died of "natural causes" at age 86 on July 19, 2014, in the Los Angeles suburb of Brentwood. On Monday, July 28, Turner Classic Movies will present an all-day marathon of James Garner movies (see below) as a tribute to the Oscar-nominated star of Murphy’s Romance and Emmy-winning star of the television series The Rockford Files. Among the highlights in TCM’s James Garner film lineup is John Frankenheimer’s Monaco-set Grand Prix (1966), an all-star, race-car drama featuring Garner as a Formula One driver who has an affair with the wife (Jessica Walter) of his former teammate (Brian Bedford). Among the other Grand Prix drivers facing their own personal issues are Yves Montand and Antonio Sabato, while Akira Kurosawa’s (male) muse Toshiro Mifune plays a
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SXSW Film Review: ‘The Great Invisible’

SXSW Film Review: ‘The Great Invisible’
There’s a recurring map graphic in “The Great Invisible” that charts the staggering impact of the 2010 Bp oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico and its bordering states, an image that sums up the wide net cast by Margaret Brown’s diffuse but deeply sobering and sympathetic new documentary. Understanding that her subject is a tragedy with many faces, Brown seeks to paint as complex and wide-ranging a portrait as possible, interviewing survivors of the deadly Deepwater Horizon explosion, family members of victims, as well as fishermen, oyster shuckers and others left unemployed in the wake of the devastated Gulf seafood industry. The result may not be quite as distinctive an inquiry into Southern subcultures as her 2009 stunner “The Order of Myths,” but this SXSW grand jury prizewinner nevertheless stands as a uniquely thought-provoking chronicle of an event that, in the absence of any real preventive action taken by oil companies or the U.
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Pacific Rim Limited Edition Prints from Odd City

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Odd City Entertainment has teamed up with Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures to offer limited edition Pacific Rim prints leading up to the release of the movie. Today, they have have officially revealed the first of their upcoming prints and we have a look at all three editions:

“Odd City Entertainment is excited to announce, in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, a series of limited edition screen prints from varying talented artists (Gabz, Todd Slater, Ne, Gordon Jones and Graham Erwin) all inspired by Oscar® nominated director Guillermo del Toro’s Epic new movie, Pacific Rim. When looking for artists to approach this soon to be classic sci-fi flick, Odd City Founder, Roman Morales, quickly zeroed in on the perfect lot that could bring the director’s vision to screen printed glory. Gabz, a world-renowned Polish artist, will be the first in this series to release his
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Exclusive First Look at Odd City Entertainment’s Pacific Rim Print Series

  • Collider.com
Collectors of movie screen prints have been keeping a close eye on the new company, Odd City Entertainment. With already two releases under their belts, and a completely sold out subscription, they have been teasing a major announcement via Twitter. Well they were not overstating, as they have successfully teamed up with Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, to release a series of prints for Guillermo Del Toro’s new film, Pacific Rim! Kicking the series off is Polish artist, Gabz. Check out the print, where and when to get it, and what other artists are participating after the jump. Pulling no punches right out of the gate, Gabz really nailed it. I haven’t seen the film yet, but as of right now, this is what I would want in a Pacific Rim print. A giant robot, ready to kick some ass, and some flair that typical studio prints are sorely vacant of.
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Serials on DVD: The Green Hornet (1940)

Howdy fellow movie geeks. With all the interest in bringing classic heroes to the big screen, I thought I’d begin this column dedicated to discussing classic movie serials available on DVD. And since this masked crime buster is the focus of a brand new feature film this weekend, I thought I’d start with a look at the 1940 Universal thirteen chapter movie serial The Green Hornet.

First a little history of movie serials. You younger film fans may wonder what I’m talking about. First it’s serials with an “s”, not a “c”, so I’m not talking about something you pour out of a box into a bowl and douse with milk in the mornings. Film serials started appearing in 1913. Theatre owners and studios thought this new story telling format would be a great way to get patrons returning week after week. Serials were big, thrilling, adventure
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New this Week: ‘The Green Hornet,’ ‘The Dilemma’ and ‘The Social Network (DVD)’

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

The DilemmaVince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder

The Green HornetSeth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz

The Heart SpecialistWood Harris, Zoe Saldana, Brian J. White (limited)

Movie of the Week

The Green Hornet

The Stars: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz

The Plot: Following the death of his father, Britt Reid (Rogen) teams up with his late father’s assistant Kato to become a masked crime fighting team.

The Buzz: This looks to be an off-weekend for Hollywood. The Green Hornet is the ‘Movie of the Week’ only because I’m in the mood to rant, and because I don’t want to rant about the latest Vince Vaughn romcom, and because I know absolutely zippo about The Heart Specialist.

So…

I believe The Green Hornet will likely be the ‘B.O. Bomb of the Week.’ Based on its horrible trailer,
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Gore Verbinski Intrigued by The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

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Last we checked, an offer was out to Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen to star in a remake of the 1947 Danny Kaye comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. No update on that, but Fox has made advancements on the directorial front, entering into early negotiations with Gore Verbinski (The Pirates of the Caribbean) to helm. Steven Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness) will adapt James Thurber’s 1939 short story, in which the ordinary Mitty daydreams of heroics. When the script was in the hands of Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon), Mitty was a mega-store owner. More after the jump:

Now I didn’t want to be the one to bring it up, but Risky Business does point out that Verbinski coming on board increases the probability that Johnny Depp will assume the titular role. Including the Pirates trilogy and the March 2011 animated film Rango, Verbinski has worked without Depp only once
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[TV] The Abbott and Costello Show: The Complete Series

In the golden age of classic film and television, few comedians could match the success and popularity of legendary comic duo Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. The pair was successful in almost every medium, including stage, radio, film, cartoon, and television. Toward the end of their career, the duo had already hosted the Colgate Comedy Hour and decided to do a TV series that would utilize their classic gags while still reaching a newer, younger audience. The result was The Abbott and Costello Show.

Premiering in 1951, The Abbott and Costello Show was a short-lived success. Although it ran only two seasons, it showcased the pair’s reliable repertoire of routines which they had originally done in vaudeville and reintroduced to new generations of film and TV fans. You don’t have to be an Abbott and Costello fan to have heard of their routines, which were usually based on Costello
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[DVD Review] The Abbott and Costello Show: The Complete Series

In the golden age of classic film and television, few comedians could match the success and popularity of legendary comic duo Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. The pair was successful in almost every medium, including stage, radio, film, cartoon, and television. Toward the end of their career, the duo had already hosted the Colgate Comedy Hour and decided to do a TV series that would utilize their classic gags while still reaching a newer, younger audience. The result was The Abbott and Costello Show.

Premiering in 1951, The Abbott and Costello Show was a short-lived success. Although it ran only two seasons, it showcased the pair’s reliable repertoire of routines which they had originally done in vaudeville and reintroduced to new generations of film and TV fans. You don’t have to be an Abbott and Costello fan to have heard of their routines, which were usually based on Costello
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