Burnt Offerings: MOD DVD

Burnt Offerings For April 15, 2014

April 15, 2014 - 9:36 am   |   By 

There are just a handful of new MOD releases this week.

But WonderCon is invading Anaheim this weekend and Warner Archive has a big presence with several panels and a booth on the floor. Smart money says to expect a few announcements to trickle out of the con, so keep your eyes and ears open. In the meantime, here is Warner Archive’s panel schedule, for those of you heading to Anaheim. [Read on here...]

Saturday, 4/19/14

11:30am–12:30pm Popular TV Super Heroes Look Better in Blu – Warner Archive Collection continues to thrill fans with Blu-ray presentations of some of the popular, recent DC-based animated TV series. Revisit Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Beware the Batman with producers, directors, writers and voice talent, and discuss WAC’s potential future offerings. WAC podcast hosts DW Ferranti and Matthew Patterson lead a panel that features GL:TAS producer Giancarlo Volpe and actor Josh Keaton, BTBATB producer James Tucker, and other surprise guests – not to mention unaired, never-before-seen footage of Beware the Batman! Room 300DE

7:00–8:00pm Toonstock with Warner Archive Collection – There’s no better way to start WonderCon’s Saturday night than with a spotlight on toe-tapping, music-themed animated TV series from the past 50 years, including Josie and Pussycats in Outer Space, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids, The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, Jabberjaw and more. Warner Archive Collection podcast hosts Matt Patterson and DW Ferranti – and a few surprises – offer a fun look/listen to great themes songs from 1960-1990s. Room 300AB

Sunday, 4/20/14

Noon–1:00pm From Chuck Norris to Mr. T: Real-Life Toons and Back Again! – Not only have a bevy of live-action stars like Chuck Norris, Mr. T and the Globetrotters played huge roles in nearly forgotten cartoons, but many popular ‘toon heroes – like The Spirit, Captain Marvel and Steel – have made the journey from four-color panels to live-action film. Warner Archive Collection podcast hosts DW Ferranti and Matthew Patterson – and a few surprise guests, like renowned screenwriter Steve E. de Souza (Die Hard, 48 HRS.) – celebrate these luminaries and more in their favorite, sometimes-forgotten adaptations in an undoubtedly hilarious hour-long panel. Room 300AB

3:00–4:00pm GoBots, Warner Archive Collection and beyond! – There are morphing robots and then there’s the GoBots! Warner Archive Collection puts a spotlight on the ultimate transforming robots with a release of the entire series on DVD, and a panel that features the voice of Leader1 himself, Lou Richards; story editor/writer Alan Burnett; writer Kelly Ward; and all-knowing WAC podcast hosts Matthew Patterson and DW Ferranti. Come for the GoBots, stay for all kinds of fun WAC information, including a hearty shout-out to Jonny Quest on his 50th Anniversary. Room 300AB

 

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NEW FROM THE WARNER ARCHIVE COLLECTION

Wildcat Bus (1940) – Fay Wray’s Los-Angeles-to-San-Francisco bus route is jeopardized by saboteurs looking to muscle her and her pop out of business! Good news for those of you looking to finally complete your movies-set-on-a-bus collection.

Race Street (1948) – Ex-bookie George Raft tries to go legit by starting a nightclub. But when his best pal is knocked off by protection goons, he knocks heads with cop William Bendix in his quest for vengeance. Another entry in Warner Archive’s ongoing Film Noir collection.

Sky Full Of Moon (1952) – Carleton Carpenter stars as “Tumbleweeds” Williams, a cowpoke with dreams of becoming a big rodeo star in Vegas. Ah, I remember when I had dreams of making it big in the rodeo circuit. Good luck, Tumbleweeds.

A Slight Case Of Larceny (1953) – The late Mickey Rooney costars with Eddie Bracken in this post-war comedy about two pals who open a service station and end up in a shady price war with their competition.

 

NEW FROM 20TH CENTURY FOX CINEMA ARCHIVES

Marry The Boss’s Daughter (1941) – Bruce Edwards comes to NYC to make it in Big Business and climbs the corporate ladder with the help of boss’s daughter Brenda Joyce.

That Other Woman (1942) – Secretary Virginia Gilmore schemes to win the heart of her boss (James Ellison).

Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! (1948) – Cornpone romantic comedy about a farmhand, the gal he loves and two mules. This would likely be completely forgotten today if it weren’t for its goofball title and an early, uncredited appearance by Marilyn Monroe.

- Adam Jahnke

 

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