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The Wonder Years at last, Nosferatu the Vampyre extras, Sid Caesar RIP & more

February 12, 2014 - 1:26 pm   |   By 

Our own Tim Salmons has turned in an epic review of Criterion’s fantastic new Blu-ray/DVD release of It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World, which is available in stores now. Don’t miss it – both the review and the disc itself.

Also today, the good Dr. Jahnke has tuned in a new Burnt Offerings: MOD DVD installment today, running down the latest “manufactured on demand” DVD titles from Warner Archive and Fox Cinema Classics, so be sure to check it out. Marine Boy anyone?  [Read on here…]

The truly big announcement news today is something a lot of you have been waiting for a long time: StarVista and Time Life are finally releasing The Wonder Years: The Complete Series on DVD in the second half of 2014! Episodes will be complete, “un-edited and untouched from the original broadcast masters,” with the rights to virtually every song having been secured by the producers. The set will also include “deluxe packaging, robust extras and a lot more.” There are no other details available at this time, but an official website has been created where more information will be made available over the coming months leading up to the release. Great news indeed!

In other news today, Scream Factory has revealed the extras that will be included on its forthcoming Blu-ray edition of Nosferatu the Vampyre (due 5/20). Look for audio commentary with writer/producer/director Werner Herzog, a second commentary with Herzog moderated by Laurens Straub (in German with English subtitles), the vintage The Making of Nosferatu featurette, and theatrical trailers.

Finally today, there’s more sad news: Television and comedy legend Sid Caesar has passed away today at the age of 91. Caesar created the ground-breaking weekly program Your Show of Shows, toured across the country, appeared on Broadway and starred in many a comedy film including (by coincidence) It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World and Mel Brooks’ Silent Movie. You can read more here at Variety.

Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt

 

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