HTF EXCLUSIVE! Twilight Time January 2019 Release Announcements

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Twilight Time has given us an exclusive early look at these January Announcements. Enjoy!
If you see these titles posted elsewhere within 8 HOURS without credit being given to HTF, rest assured it came from us first! 

Note: Moving forward we are going to announce our schedule ONE month at a time instead of two.

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BEAT THE DEVIL (1953) (alternate extended version; 2016 restoration)

THE RETURN OF FRANK JAMES (1940)

UNTAMED (1955) (brand new 4K transfer)

YANKS (1979)

On Sale January 22, 2019

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  1. I'm happy to have Beat the Devil on Blu-ray while I hope The Return of Frank James is improved upon with regard to its Technicolor. I don't believe I ever saw Untamed. Unfortunately, I did see Yanks which I don't have fond memories of.

    What are the January release dates?

  2. Fortunately I hadn't got around to importing Frank James from Germany, so I'll go for that since it will hopefully be a better transfer. I wonder how Beat the Devil will compare to the Blu-ray put out by The Film Detective? Also Untamed, because you know me, when it comes to CinemaScope 2.55:1, I'm all over it.

  3. Mark-P

    Fortunately I hadn't got around to importing Frank James from Germany, so I'll go for that since it will hopefully be a better transfer. I wonder how Beat the Devil will compare to the Blu-ray put out by The Film Detective? Also Untamed, because you know me, when it comes to CinemaScope 2.55:1, I'm all over it.

    I have both Frank James and Beat the Devil Blu-rays so I'm buying these again as I'm not satisfied with either of them. This TT Blu-ray should have the restoration work done on Beat the Devil unlike "The Film Detective" release.

  4. Untamed is an excellent film. It was Fox most expensive film that year.
    Extensive location in Africa filming.
    Ty Power went there, Susan Hayward did not. She couldn't leave town because of divorce procedings and possibility of losing the children.
    Fox developed a new rear projection system to make it looke like she was there.
    several shot show her in long shot roaming around Africa. that's a double. Fox had to do the same thing that year for Susan in Soldier of Fortune.
    Untamed is also one of Franz Waxmans gretest scores.

  5. Kyrsten Brad

    Just dropped $65.76 on three TT titles tonight (two sale items, one reg price) and this gets announced.

    In for Beat The Devil . Anything Bogie related has my interest.

    I would say that gaining three films on one night in October (with two at the sale price), while awaiting another title (or two) in January is doing pretty darned good. And don't forget, Kyrsten, these will be a new stack of 3,000 x 4 titles; so they're no way near to being Sold-Out for at least a couple of more months, thereafter. Hope this reminder helps and, in advance, Happy 2019.:)

    Definitely fantastic to have one more Bogie and one more Huston. 4K restored, no less.

    And, on a final note, being traditionally HTF pumped and greedy in the face a fresh TT announcements, all we need now is "The Cardinal".
    If ever there were a "meant for TT" release, this one would have to be up there. Otto Preminger directed; Leon Shamroy photographed; Columbia Pictures released; and John Huston's sole nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Here's to hoping that "The Cardinal" does take flight at Twilight.:thumbs-up-smiley:

  6. I wish I liked Beat the Devil. Great cast, but I remember being bored.

    Three 1940's/1950's films though, so that's nice to see. Only thing that would be even better is if there were a couple of 1930's pictures to go with them. 🙂

  7. atcolomb

    Very disappointed with the Blu-ray release of Beat The Devil a few years ago by The Film Detective. Happy Twilight will release the restored version.

    Yes it was a very disappointing release. I plan to upgrade to Twilight’s release.

  8. LeoA

    I wish I liked Beat the Devil. Great cast, but I remember being bored.

    Three 1940's/1950's films though, so that's nice to see. Only thing that would be even better is if there were a couple of 1930's pictures to go with them. 🙂

    It's been reported that Bogart disliked the film because he lost money helping produce the film and he said "only phonies like it". I like the film and seeing Robert Morley, Peter Lorre, Gina Lollobrigida and Jennifer Jones together.

  9. Thrilled beyond words about Untamed and Beat The Devil. Definite upgrades (the legit Spanish DVD of Untamed was not anamorphic). I have both Yanks and Return Of Frank James on DVD and my interest in them is minimal so DVD is good enough for me. Sparking HD transfers won't make them better movies.

  10. PMF

    I would say that gaining three films on one night in October (with two at the sale price), while awaiting another title (or two) in January is doing pretty darned good. And don't forget, Kyrsten, these will be a new stack of 3,000 x 4 titles; so they're no way near to being Sold-Out for at least a couple of more months, thereafter. Hope this reminder helps and, in advance, Happy 2019.:)

    Oh, yah, one other thing; fantastic to have one more Bogie and one more Huston. Restored in 4K, no less.

    Now, being traditionally HTF needy in the face a fresh TT announcements, all we now need is "The Cardinal".
    If ever there were a "meant for TT" release, this one would have to be up there. Otto Preminger directed; Leon Shamroy photographed; Columbia Pictures released; and John Huston's sole nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Here's to hoping that "The Cardinal" does take flight at Twilight.:thumbs-up-smiley:

    Though released by Columbia Pictures I believe that The Cardinal is controlled by WB. Could be wrong though. Something may be up with this title as Kritzerland has already stated that they will be releasing the Jerome Moross score in 2019.

  11. This version of BEAT THE DEVIL has never been released in any format.
    To quote Grover Crisp,
    "Our U.K. distributor came up with some missing footage, and the version they found in a vault in London was a revelation. It had all this other material in it, four minutes' worth. And that version told us, effectively, how we should put it all back together."

    Result: The new introductory scenes focus on Jones' character in an intriguing way. The Bogart narration vanishes. The flashback structure is no more. Certain sexual aspects of the so-called storyline come through more clearly now, including dialogue about Jones waiting for Bogart to make a pass at her, and a rhyming scene (the movie tiptoes up to a double infidelity) featuring an outrageous shot of Lollobrigida's cleavage, unseen by U.S. audiences in 1953."
    In 4K
    FYI, Stephen Sondheim was the clapper boy on the film.

  12. PMF

    Now, being traditionally HTF needy in the face a fresh TT announcements, all we now need is "The Cardinal". If ever there were a "meant for TT" release, this one would have to be up there. Otto Preminger directed; Leon Shamroy photographed; Columbia Pictures released; and John Huston's sole nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Here's to hoping that "The Cardinal" does take flight at Twilight.:thumbs-up-smiley:

    I stand to be corrected but I believe the rights to The Cardinal are (were?) with Warners which licensed it from the Otto Preminger estate and released it on DVD. Warners also released a DVD of Preminger's The Man With The Golden Arm and Archive MODs of Preminger's The Moon Is Blue and Saint Joan.

  13. PMF

    I would say that gaining three films on one night in October (with two at the sale price), while awaiting another title (or two) in January is doing pretty darned good. And don't forget, Kyrsten, these will be a new stack of 3,000 x 4 titles; so they're no way near to being Sold-Out for at least a couple of more months, thereafter. Hope this reminder helps and, in advance, Happy 2019.:)

    Oh, yah, one other thing; fantastic to have one more Bogie and one more Huston. Restored in 4K, no less.

    Now, being traditionally HTF needy in the face a fresh TT announcements, all we now need is "The Cardinal".
    If ever there were a "meant for TT" release, this one would have to be up there. Otto Preminger directed; Leon Shamroy photographed; Columbia Pictures released; and John Huston's sole nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Here's to hoping that "The Cardinal" does take flight at Twilight.:thumbs-up-smiley:

    THE CARDINAL is a major achievement that would be most welcome from anyone.

  14. Mark-P

    Fortunately I hadn't got around to importing Frank James from Germany, so I'll go for that since it will hopefully be a better transfer. I wonder how Beat the Devil will compare to the Blu-ray put out by The Film Detective? Also Untamed, because you know me, when it comes to CinemaScope 2.55:1, I'm all over it.

    According to Sony the Film Detective release is unauthorized – and in any case ours is a 4K restoration of the alternate version which has never been available on home video.

  15. Paul Rossen

    Though released by Columbia Pictures I believe that The Cardinal is controlled by WB. Could be wrong though. Something may be up with this title as Kritzerland has already stated that they will be releasing the Jerome Moross score in 2019.

    You are correct. Warner controls both The Cardinal and Advice and Consent.

  16. ahollis

    […]Warner controls both The Cardinal and Advice and Consent.

    Oh, well, this just leaves more room and one more spot for future TT surprises.
    An excellent January is ahead.:thumbs-up-smiley:

  17. Twilight Time

    According to Sony the Film Detective release is unauthorized – and in any case ours is a 4K restoration of the alternate version which has never been available on home video.

    I hope Sony gets to the other Bogart films with 4k restorations soon.

  18. Twilight Time

    According to Sony the Film Detective release is unauthorized – and in any case ours is a 4K restoration of the alternate version which has never been available on home video.

    As I mentioned earlier 🙂

  19. Robert Crawford

    I'm happy to have Beat the Devil on Blu-ray while I hope The Return of Frank James is improved upon with regard to its Technicolor. I don't believe I ever saw Untamed. Unfortunately, I did see Yanks which I don't have fond memories of.

    What are the January release dates?

    Just got the release date from TT: It is January 22nd

  20. For the first time in a long time, all 4 have my interest – especially Beat The Devil, which I missed when it played at the Film Forum.
    (Note to Twilight Time: If you add the words alternate version or restored version or newly-found footage it means Day 1 purchase to me.)

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    For the first time on home video – and in pristine hi-def Blu-ray form – comes the revelatory Sony Pictures/Film Foundation restoration of a 65-year-old cult favorite to the original form its creators intended with recovered footage and improved audio! This comical criminal affair co-produced by The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The African Queen colleagues John Huston and Humphrey Bogart adds up to “such wonderful nonsense that there isn’t a moment when the picture doesn’t take a left turn when you expect it to turn right” (The Motion Picture Guide).

    BEAT THE DEVIL

    Limited Edition BLU-RAYRelease

    Only 3,000 units available athttp://www.twilighttimemovies.com& http://www.screenarchives.com

    Once they are gone – they are gone!

    RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2019

    “The plot is an afterthought…The movie has above all effortless charm…we can relax and share the amusement of the actors, who are essentially being asked to share their playfulness.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

    “The film careens from scene to scene with barely contained, wholly invigorating chaos. The disorder is made even more delectable by a game cast, each performer, without exception and regardless of celebrity status, embracing and in sync with the movie's shambolic energy.”

    – Melissa Anderson, The Village Voice

    A wildly eccentric collaboration between director John Huston, writer Truman Capote, and an astonishing cast of stars and character actors, Beat the Devil(1953) offers a sly send-up of caper films. In this one, everything goes amusingly wrong for its gallery of liars, thieves, and fantasists, including Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Robert Morley, Peter Lorre, and Edward Underdown. Even more amusingly, they hardly care, so enraptured are they with each other’s company and with the gorgeous Italian scenery, magnificently shot by the great Oswald Morris.

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    Henry Fonda headlines an exciting Hollywood Western sequel that sports fine direction by Fritz Lang (the first of his three Hollywood shoot-’em-ups), a standout debut role for the lovely Gene Tierney and gorgeous Technicolor photography by prolific George Barnes (in the same year of his Oscar®-winning black-and-white work on Rebecca).Jackie Cooper, Henry Hull, John Carradine and Donald Meek also saddle up for an action-packed ride on hi-def Blu-ray!

    THE RETURN

    OF FRANK JAMES

    Limited Edition BLU-RAYRelease

    Only 3,000 units available athttp://www.twilighttimemovies.com& http://www.screenarchives.com

    Once they are gone – they are gone!

    RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2019

    “Lang’s first Western and his first film in color…displays the director’s interest in the psychology (and indeed the pitfalls) of revenge.”

    – Geoff Andrew, Time Out Film Guide

    “A handsome and spacious affair set against Technicolored mountains and night skies; many of its small-town scenes carry the flavor of the post-Civil War years.”

    – Bosley Crowther, The New York Times

    A sequel to Henry King’s 1939 Jesse James,The Return of Frank James(1940) is, significantly, directed by the one and only Fritz Lang; even more significantly, it stars Henry Fonda as an otherwise good-hearted man bent on avenging the death of his brother at the hands of Bob and Charlie Ford (John Carradine and Charles Tannen). Beautifully shot by George Barnes, highlighted by a score from David Buttolph, and featuring the screen début of the sensational Gene Tierney.

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    Feel the thunderous impact of a mammoth-scaled romantic action epic – marking Tyrone Power’s final film under his long-term Twentieth Century Fox contract after becoming a star there 19 years earlier – in an all-new 4K restoration transfer showing off stunning location lensing in Ireland and South Africa and an equally spectacular Franz Waxman score! Susan Hayward, Richard Egan, Agnes Moorehead and Rita Moreno also star in this undersung Cinemascope rouser.

    UNTAMED

    Limited Edition BLU-RAYRelease

    Only 3,000 units available athttp://www.twilighttimemovies.com& http://www.screenarchives.com

    Once they are gone – they are gone!

    RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2019

    “An entertaining romance…the Zulu action sequences have some real excitement, and the scenery is lusciously photographed with effective use of CinemaScope.” TV Guide

    “Director Henry King…uses the wide CinemaScope canvas to display splendidly the lengthy snake-like ribbon of the wagon train stretching over miles of South African terrain as well as wowing us with the enormity of the two Zulu attacks.”

    – Matt Hough, HomeTheaterForum.com

    Widely touted as a kind of South African Gone with the Wind, 1955’s epic Untamedtells the story of Irish emigrant Katie (Susan Hayward) and Boer cavalry commander Paul van Riebeck (Tyrone Power); their romance begins in Ireland and faces trials and adventures in a roiled South Africa. Directed by veteran Henry King, shot by Leo Tover, and featuring a sumptuous score by the great Franz Waxman.

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    With “a powerful, compelling drama that hits the heart with uncanny accuracy” (Norma McLain Stoop, After Dark), “John Schlesinger has proved himself to be master director, coming up with a lush, plush, romantic entertainment” (Bernard Drew, Gannett Newspapers). This wartime invasion force on hi-def Blu-ray offers a terrific cast, a marvelous Richard Rodney Bennett score, and a new Audio Commentary conversation with co-star Chick Vennera. One of the Year’s 10 Best – Best Director (Schlesinger): National Board of Review. Best Supporting Actress (Rachel Roberts) – Best Costume Design (Shirley Russell): British Film Academy Awards.

    YANKS

    Limited Edition BLU-RAYRelease

    Only 3,000 units available athttp://www.twilighttimemovies.com& http://www.screenarchives.com

    Once they are gone – they are gone!

    RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2019

    “So alluringly captures the quaint spirit of a small English community and the breathtaking beauty of its outlying countryside that after the end credits vanish you’ll want to hop on the next plane to the British Isles.”

    – Jon Matsumoto, Los Angeles Times

    “Thanks to a standout cast and the sure hand of director John Schlesinger, Yanksis deeply felt and emotionally mature. [Gere] is very good here, likable and sensitive. As for Lisa Eichhorn, she can do no wrong.”

    – Glenn Erickson, DVDTalk.com

    Yanks(1979) is perhaps director John Schlesinger’s most tender film, a lovely evocation of life on the northern English home front during World War II. Colin Welland and Walter Bernstein’s screenplay focuses on three couples in a small town “invaded” by American troops in the run-up to D-Day: an Arizona boy (Richard Gere) who pursues an already engaged shopkeeper’s daughter (Lisa Eichhorn); an aristocratic married lady (Vanessa Redgrave) who develops a warm friendship with a sympathetic troop leader (William Devane); and a girl-crazy city kid (Chick Vennera) who falls for a cheeky bus conductress (Wendy Morgan). Beautifully shot by Dick Bush and featuring a score from the singular Richard Rodney Bennett.

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  25. I've just received an email from Screen Archives in which they state that Beat The Devil is Zone A only, unlike all previous Twilight Time discs. I wonder why this disc has been restricted in this way when none of the others have.

  26. Robin9

    I didn't know that. Which were the others?

    I think some of those titles are "Leave Her to Heaven", "Drums Along the Mohawk", "Man in the Dark" 3-D, "Rollerball" and "Fate is the Hunter". I think most of them are Fox titles like "Violent Saturday", "Flaming Star" and "Stormy Weather" or some MGM titles thru Fox and then TT. If I'm not mistaken the first TT release of "Journey to the Center of the Earth" which is a Fox title was released in "A" Region only while the second TT release of it was "A, B & C" Regions.

  27. Robert Crawford

    I think some of those titles are "Leave Her to Heaven", "Drums Along the Mohawk", "Man in the Dark" 3-D, "Rollerball" and "Fate is the Hunter". I think most of them are Fox titles like "Violent Saturday", "Flaming Star" and "Stormy Weather" or some MGM titles thru Fox and then TT. If I'm not mistaken the first TT release of "Journey to the Center of the Earth" which is a Fox title was released in "A" Region only while the second TT release of it was "A, B & C" Regions.

    Thank you for that. I have most of Twilight Time's Fox titles and I never knew they were Zone locked. Just for a laugh, I'm going to try them in my Zone B player! (I think I've mentioned before I have different players for different zones, and I never change the zone in either player)

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