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Warner Archive Collection New Releases May 7: Youngsters, Sailors & the Missing

NOTE: These DVDs are Manufactured on Demand (MOD); to order, fans must visit The Warner Archive Collection (www.WarnerArchive.com or www.wbshop.com)


Cool Kid Classics

POPEYE: THE 1960s CLASSICS VOLUME 1 (1962) With TV reruns of the Fleischer/Famous Studios theatrical shorts proving that Popeye still packed a spinach-powered punch that delivered smash ratings, King Features commissioned a new series of Sailor Man shorts under the aegis of executive producer Al Brodax. The TV incarnation of Popeye made up for its scaled back animation with a broadened narrative scope while still staying true to the source. Thanks to the continued use of voice actors Jack Mercer (Popeye), Mae Questel (Olive) and Jackson Beck (Bluto who was now called Brutus) as well as the use of veteran Popeye animation talents who were then working at Paramount Cartoon Studios, these shorts remained authentic.  The addition of a number of Thimble Theater comic strip characters making their cartoon debuts including King Blozo, Toar, and Sea Hag - only added to the shorts “yam what I yam” charm. All of the Paramount TV Popeye cartoons are contained in this stupendous 2-Disc, 72-Episode set.


PENROD AND SAM (1931) Years before he would helm many installments in the Bowery Boys series of laffers, prolific director William Beaudine directed another sort of boy picture altogether, bringing Booth Tarkington's Penrod and Sam to the screen in their first talking feature. Leon Janney and Frank Coghlan Jr. play the titular "In or In Club" founders, while Billie Lord and Nestor Aber make for a dynamite pair of pre-teen nemesis. And Cameo the dog comes close to stealing your heart - and the show - as Penrod's pooch, Duke. Yep - children and dogs. No one tell W.C. Fields.


TENTH AVENUE ANGEL (1947) Kid thesp phenom Margaret O'Brien headlines this late Forties fabular look back at tenement life during the Great Depression. Flavia Mills is the darling of the street and self-appointed guardian angel of the hard-scrabble and stout-hearted denizens of Tenth Avenue. But Flavia's world comes crashing down when she learns those she loves best have been lying to her and it will take a miracle to restore her faith. Outstanding cast includes Angela Lansbury, George Murphy and Phyllis Thaxter. Directed by Row Rowland.


THE SECRET GARDEN (1949) Frances Hodgson Burnett's children's classic gets a top notch adaptation courtesy of MGM that makes the gothic roots of Mary Lennox's journey delightfully apparent. The cast includes leading kids Margaret O'Brien and Dean Stockwell along with Herbert Marshall as the embittered lord of the manor, Elsa Lanchester as a cackling maid with no sense of place, Brian Roper's as forest-lad Dickon and a real star-turn by an uncanny trained raven. Beware!, Lurking inside the black and white walls of The Secret Garden are (spoiler alert!) some stunning TechniColor sequences. Directed by Fred M. Wilcox.


Lost No Longer

WITHOUT A TRACE: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON (2007-2008)  The penultimate season of Without a Trace, although truncated by the writer's strike, delivered the drama in spades (not to be confused with Samantha Spade) as the show skillfully played out an year-long arc that might best be described as Jack Malone: His Fall and Rise. The season starts with the team slowly being pulled into uncovering a massive human trafficking syndicate responsible for the disappearance of hundred of girls. Soon after, the dedicated investigators of the Missing Persons Unit are tasked with a particularly important person to locate: Jack Malone, who disappeared after trying to tackle the ring solo. And that's just the beginning of Jack's long slog back to the light as his history of warrantless searches, witness intimidation and violation of FBI case protocol in pursuit of justice may finally cost him his career. Other missing persons include a waitress who won 32 million in the lottery to an extreme fighter, a mall Santa Claus  and a case uniting the MPU with head CSI Gil Grissom (William Peterson). Other notable guests in this 5-Disc, 18-Episode Collection include James Marsters, Henry Thomas, Nancy McKeon and Sprague Grayden. Stars Anthony La Paglia, Poppy Montgomery, Enrique Murciano, Jr., Eric Close, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Roselyn Sanchez.


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DUFFY OF SAN QUENTIN (1954) New warden Clinton T. Duffy takes a walk down noir street to confront violence and corruption at San Quentin in a gritty tale of romance and redemption. Based on Duffy’s memoir and starring Louis Hayward, Joanne Dru, Paul Kelly and Maureen O’Sullivan. Newly Remastered

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