"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Jul 122016


SILK STOCKINGS (1957) on Blu-ray Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse say sayonara to cinema song and dance in this eye-poppingly delightful musical film adaptation of the stage musical version of Ninotchka from director Rouben Mamoulian and producer Arthur Freed. And it’s given a perfect polychromatic sheen along with a room-filling 5.1 DTS audio mix on this new master presented in 1080p HD. Fred Astaire stars as master manipulator Steve Canfield, a film producer behind some Soviet citizen backsliding (Peter Lorre, Jules Mushin, Joseph Buloff, Wim Sonneveld) who may have met his match in the dour and indomitable Nina ‘Ninotchka’ Yoschenko (Charisse). Janis Paige adds glam and gams to Charisse’s extraordinary contributions as Canfield’s leading lady. Packed with Cole Porter tunes and choreography from Eugene Loring & Pan Hermes, Silk Stockings is a heady cosmopolitan confection. Special Features: Cole Porter in Hollywood: Satin and Silk, hosted by Cyd Charisse; vintage theatrical shorts Paree, Paree (Remastered in HD) and The Poet and Peasant Overture (Remastered in HD); Theatrical Trailer (HD). 16×9 Widescreen and Newly Remastered


In honor of the release of the poignant and powerful documentary CINEMA’S EXILES: FROM HITLER TO HOLLYWOOD (2009), we are pleased to release this selection of films that reflect the extraordinary contributions and lasting legacy of these refugees from fascism.

A DISPATCH FROM REUTERS (1940) Exile William Dieterle directs Edward G. Robinson in a tale about the man who invented wire services, ushering in the modern media age. As 19th Century Europe roils with the coming of the information age delivered along incomplete telegraphic wires, Julius Reuters (Robinson) plugs the gaps with his ingenious pigeon post. As the lines begin to criss-cross the globe, Reuters makes a daring bid to deliver a whole new kind of subscription service. But his proof-of-concept may just ruin him… Co-starring Edna Best and Eddie Albert. Newly remastered

IT’S A DATE (1940) Exile Joe Pasternak produces this lilting musical comedy featuring Deanna Durbin and Kay Francis as a daughter and mother that find themselves angling for the same man (Walter Pidgeon). Thinking she has the lead in a new show, Broadway luminary Georgia Drake (Francis) decamps to Hawaii only for her daughter Pam (Durbin) to unwittingly land the part in her absence. When she discovers what she’s done, Pam nobly decides to sacrifice her career and marry a millionaire twice her age (Pidgeon). But said finance-to-be may have other ideas… Newly remastered

IN OUR TIME (1944) Exile Paul Henreid stars, while fellow exile Franz Waxman scores, this tale of Poland coming under Nazi occupation. Polish aristo Stephan Orvid (Henreid) falls for visiting English woman Jenny Whittredge (Ida Lupino) and in the blush of sudden love, marry. The newly minted countess Jenny sets about to modernizing the indolent aristocrats when the Nazi’s invade and their sheltered world is forever smashed. Now the question the pair must face is simple, and all-encompassing – fight or flight? Directed by Vincent Sherman. Newly remastered

FIVE DAYS ONE SUMMER (1982) For his final feature film, exile Fed Zinneman granted Sean Connery the gift of one of his best, and most unique performances. Set amidst the Swiss alps, and shot entirely on location, this film is an affecting rumination on the secrets of the human heart. In the late summer of 1932, a Scottish doctor (Connery) heads to an Alpine chalet accompanied by a much younger woman (Betsy Brantley) who claims to be his wife. But she is not, and the secret of her identity threatens to consume their guide (Lambert Wilson). 16×9 Widescreen and Newly remastered

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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