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"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Jul 192019
 

FOOTLIGHT PARADE (1933) New 2019 1080p HD Master 

James Cagney demonstrates his Big Apple hoofer bonafides while adding his one-of-a-kind fiery grit to this Busby Berkeley musical packed with the usual sensational suspects. Chester Kent (Cagney) sees the song and dance business hitting the skids with the advent of talkies so he joins the enemy and becomes an impresario of curtain-raiser pre-movie show prologues. But Kent’s crew hides a spy for the competition, his business partners (Guy Kibbee and Arthur Hohl) are pocketing the profits, his ex-wife (Renee Whitney) turns out to be not-so-ex, a gold digger (Claire Dodd) has her hooks in him and his musical director (Frank McHugh) thinks “it can’t be done!” So it’s a good thing the greatest secretary in the world (Joan Blondell) is carrying a supersized torch for him. And that’s not even mentioning Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Hugh Herbert and Ruth Donnelly… Footlight Parade gets a glorious refresh in this incandescent show-stopping HD master for 1080p Blu-ray Disc. Special Features: Featurette “Footlight Parade: Music for the Decades”; 2 Vintage Warner Bros. Shorts “Rambling ‘Round Radio Row #8” and “Vaudeville Reel #1”; 4 Vintage Warner Bros. Cartoons: Honeymoon Hotel, Young and Healthy, One Step Ahead of My Shadow and Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence; Theatrical Trailer (HD)

 

BRONCO BILLY (1980) New 2019 1080p HD Master

Clint Eastwood was well on the way of his extraordinary journey from screen icon to cinema auteur when he helmed this quirky character drama about a ragtag band of Wild West showmen led by the titular Bronco Billy (Eastwood). A fateful encounter with Antoinette (Sondra Locke), a spectacularly down-on-her-luck heiress, leads to a new member of team and a marked change in their fortunes. Eastwood pokes fun at his screen persona while delivering a moving and heartfelt paean to the power of personal imagination and American re-invention. Reinvigorated on this hue-riffic Blu-ray thanks to a brand new HD master, Bronco Billy arrives with all the shading and grain of proper early Eighties film stock, ready to make a bullseye in your memories. 16×9 Widescreen

 

New to DVD

BEST OF PETE SMITH’S SPECIALTIES VOL. 1  (1936-48) Now on DVD

Studio-publicist-turned-producer Pete Smith catapulted to national fame as a narrator for the MGM short subjects created under his aegis such as the “Dogville” comedies. Recognizing that Smith was now a name in comedy in his own right, the Pete Smith Specialty series was launched and over the next two decades, Smith lent his signature arch comedic tone to short subjects that ranged from “Animal Antics,” to home life advice from the LA Examiner’s Penny Prudence, to “Football Thrills” and “What’s Your I.Q.?” quiz shows, and even the occasional, more sober “Serious Topics”. This 4-disc collection of 75 Pete Smith Specialty shorts includes the Oscar®-winning Penny Wisdom.

NOTE: These DVDs are Manufactured on Demand (MOD); to order, fans must visit The Warner Archive Collection, WB Shop.com, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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