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Initial Slate of Iconic, Classic Films, Restored & Digitally Remastered in HD, Available for the First Time Ever on Blu-ray, September 8


ROCKPORT, Mass. — Sept. 2, 2015 — The Film Detective, helmed by long-time film industry veteran Phil Hopkins who launched the specialty label in 2014, has signed an agreement for worldwide distribution of DVD/Blu-ray with Allied Vaughn.

The Film Detective — which restores and distributes broadcast-quality, digitally remastered, classic programming for television, DVD, Blu-ray, VOD and other digital platforms — plans to release two to three titles per month through the company on Blu-ray.

All titles released through Allied Vaughn will also be syndicated worldwide through broadcast, VOD and all leading movie portals. Additionally, the Massachusetts-based company plans to launch a classic movie subscription service on a VOD platform, featuring a veteran movie host, later in the fall.

The Film Detective’s extensive library of more than 3,000 titles — which includes feature films, television programming, foreign imports and documentaries — are now being re-mastered for today’s new media. All titles are transferred from original film elements and many will be restored in HD. With original artwork available for most titles, all releases will be available worldwide with region-free DVD and Blu-ray release.

The first slate of new releases, available Sept. 8, includes:

salt-of-the-earth-dvdSalt of the Earth (1954)

Starring Juan Chacón, Rosaura Revueltas & Will Geer; Directed by Herbert J. Biberman; Screenplay by Michael Wilson

Centering on a long, difficult workers’ strike against a mining company in New Mexico, Ramon Quintero fights for equity of wages as well as health and safety issues … But at home he mistreats his wife, Esperanza. When the men are forced to end their picketing, Esperanza joins the other women who demand to play a role against their husband’s wishes. Written, directed and produced by members of the original blacklisted “Hollywood Ten,” a powerful and persuasive drama.

Drama-History / B&W / NR / 94 Min. / SRP: $14.99 / UPC: 818522011578 / Aspect Ratio: 1:33:01

Hollow Triumph (1948)

Starring Paul Henreid & Joan Bennett; Directed by Steve Sekely; Screenplay by Daniel Fuchs & Murray Forbes

John Muller, a career criminal on the run from vengeful gangsters after a botched casino robbery, finds the ultimate hideout, masquerading as a successful psychoanalyst to whom he bears a strong resemblance. However, he fails to take into account that when you take over someone’s life, you inherit the good with the bad …

Crime-Film Noir-Drama / B&W / NR / 83 Min. / SRP: $14.99 / UPC: 818522011585 / Aspect Ratio: 1:33:01

Beat the Devil (1953)

Starring Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida & Peter Lorre; Directed by John Huston; Screenplay by John Huston & Truman Capote

An exquisitely dry comedy with a witty script, this film finds subtle, absurdist laughs in the misadventures of Humphrey Bogart’s tough customer, who – aboard a ship enroute to Africa – becomes involved with an unlikely group of rogues in a complex scheme to gain control of a patch of uranium-rich land. The fifth and final movie Bogart made with Peter Lorre.

Action Adventure-Comedy / B&W / NR / 89 Min. / SRP: $14.99 / UPC: 818522011592 / Aspect Ratio: 1:33:01

Other Film Detective library titles now available through Allied Vaughn include: A Bucket of Blood (1959), Angel and the Badman (1947), Carnival of Souls (1962), D.O.A. (1950), Dementia 13 (1963), Dick Tracy’s Dilemma (1947), Go for Broke (1951), Kansas City Confidential (1952), Love Affair (1939), My Favorite Brunette (1947), My Man Godfrey (1936), Night of the Living Dead (1968), Nothing Sacred (1937), Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942), Sherlock Homes: Dressed to Kill (1946), Smash Up: The Story of a Woman (1947), The Big Lift (1950), The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962), The Inspector General (1949), The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954), The Red House (1947), The Stranger (1946) and The Terror (1963).

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