Mittwoch, Januar 21, 2009

Universal führt die 'Backlot Series' ein - und wie!

Hatte ich schon einmal erwähnt, dass das Jahr gut für uns Liebhaber alter Schinken beginnt? Zumindest, wenn man US-DVDs kauft, denn die guten Sachen gibt es nunmal fast ausschließlich auf der anderen Seite des Atlantiks. Und im April geht es dann auch weiter, denn die guten Menschen von Universal haben es gewagt und sind tief ins Archiv gestiegen und rufen die sog. Backlot Series ins Leben - hoffentlich als Ergänzung und nicht als Ersatz der Cinema Classics Reihe. Den Anfang machen zwei VÖs, die ab dem 07. April 2009 käuflich zu erwerben sein werden und eine ist ein richtiger knaller, handelt es sich doch um ein Pre-Code BoxSet: Pre-Code Hollywood Collection - Universal Backlot Series, das wie folgt ausgestattet sein wird.

For the first time ever, Universal opens its vaults to bring you 6 classic films from the most decadent era in motion picture history: Pre-Code Hollywood. In 1934, Hollywood was turned upside down by the enforcement of a strict “Production Code” that would change the way movies were made for the next 34 years. During the “pre-Code” period (1929 to mid-1934), censorship barely existed in Hollywood and filmmakers had free reign to make the movies they wanted and the public demanded. No subject was taboo including adultery, murder or sex. Starring screen legends Cary Grant, Fredric March, Claudette Colbert, Tallulah Bankhead, Randolph Scott, and Sylvia Sidney, the Pre-Code Hollywood Collection forever captures one of the most unique periods in cinema history.

The Cheat (1931, 74 min.)
A compulsive gambler (Tallulah Bankhead) will do anything to pay off her debt - including turning to a wealthy businessman behind her husband’s back.

Merrily We Go to Hell (1932, 78 min.)
An abusive alcoholic (Fredric March) reunites with a woman from his past and drives his wife (Sylvia Sidney) to drastic measures.

Hot Saturday (1932, 73 min.)
Scandal erupts after a young woman (Nancy Carroll) innocently spends the night with a notorious playboy (Cary Grant) and neglects to tell her fiancé (Randolph Scott).

Torch Singer (1933, 71 min.)
After giving up her illegitimate child for adoption, a notorious nightclub singer (Claudette Colbert) attempts to find her daughter through a children’s radio show.

Murder at the Vanities (1934, 89 min.)
While sexy musical revue “The Vanities” captivates an audience on its opening night, a murder investigation takes place backstage.

Search for Beauty (1934, 78 min.)
Olympic swimming champions (Buster Crabbe and Ida Lupino) are tricked into endorsing a racy magazine - and much worse.


* Forbidden Film: The Production Code Era (Disc 1)
* Includes Reproduction of the Original "Production Code" Document

Darüber hinaus wird auch noch Cecille B. DeMilles Cleopatra, bisher nur als Teil eines 2006 erschienenen BoxSets, als 75th Anniversary Edition veröffentlicht:

Cecil B. DeMille’s Cleopatra, one of the most spectacular motion pictures ever to hit the silver screen, is now available in a new 75th Anniversary Edition DVD.

Nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture, it stars Claudette Colbert who gives a stunning performance as the alluring Queen of the Nile in this colossal epic of passion and deception. Determined to exert her power of Julius Caesar (Warren William), Cleopatra uses her beauty and wit to seduce the famous Roman leader into leaving his wife for her. After Caesar's tragic downfall, Cleopatra turns her attentions to the dashing Marc Antony (Henry Wilcoxon). But as their passionate love affair threatens the peace of the empire, Cleopatra fights a desperate battle to hold on to her happiness and her throne.

Filled with spectacular sets and amazing performances, Cleopatra is a triumphant cinematic masterpiece. Featuring a digitally remastered picture and all-new bonus features, Cleopatra 75th Anniversary Edition is a stunning tribute to one of the most breathtaking motion pictures ever made.


* Claudette Colbert: Queen of the Sliver Screen
* Cecil B. DeMille: Hollywood's Epic Director
* Forbidden Film: The Production Code Era
* Feature Commentary with Filmmaker F.X. Feeney
* Theatrical Trailer
* 3 Collectible Poster/Photo Card Reproductions

Kaufen, Leute! Dann gräbt man hoffentlich weiter in den Archiven. Wie immer zu erst gelesen bei!

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