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Michael Coate on Cleopatra's 50th, plus Fox classic BDs, Oz: The Great and Powerful and more

June 12, 2013 - 12:01 am   |   By 

All right, just a quick heads-up today.  I’ve got limited e-mail and Internet connection all week here so release news updates may be a little slim for the next few days.  Rest assured though, I’ll check back when contact is restored to update you all on any major announcement news.

In the meantime, Michael Coate returns again this morning with another new History, Legacy & Showmanship column detailing the roadshow engagement history of Fox’s Cleopatra, which is newly released on Blu-ray Disc and officially celebrates its 50th anniversary today.  Enjoy!

Also today, we’ve got Jeff Kleist’s new review of Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful on Blu-ray 3D for you – sounds like a great 3D experience but the lack of extras on the BD3D version is an epic fail.  FYI, the disc arrived in stores yesterday.

And in a bit of announcement news today, you might recall that a while back 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment held an online vote for Blu-ray fans to pick from among a list of great classic catalog titles that they’d like to see released on BD.  Here are the titles that won, and also the runners up for each decade (winner listed first), plus a write-in winner.  Fox is releasing them all on Blu-ray on 12/3:

1930sJessie James (1939) and Call of the Wild (1935)

1940sThe Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) and Black Swan (1942)

1950sCarmen Jones (1954) and Desk Set (1957)

1960sNorth to Alaska (1960 and Undefeated (1969)

And a write-in winner: Cavalcade (1933)

Finally, in a bit of unrelated news, for those of you who live in the Chicago area and have young kids (grades 2-6) that are looking for something fun and genre-related to do in July, my brother Jason Smith and his company Three Cat Education are hosting a series of science fiction-themed theater summer camps.  The first is Acting Out – Comic Capers (7/15-19), followed by Acting Out – Space Aliens, Monsters and Villains (7/22-26) and finally Puppet Masters and Storytelling (7/29-8/2).  They’re a chance for your kids to have fun and get creative too.  You can find all the details here.

That’s all for now.  Stay tuned!

- Bill Hunt

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