History, Legacy & Showmanship

“I think the insane nature of the material pushed everyone to really innovate and react with their most deft artistic muscle.” — Glenn Kenny

The Digital Bits is pleased to present this retrospective commemorating the silver anniversary of the release of GoodFellas, Martin Scorsese’s revered crime drama starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, and Joe Pesci in an Oscar-winning role.

The film, based upon Nicholas Pileggi’s book Wiseguy and which also starred Lorraine Bracco and Paul Sorvino, opened 25 years ago this week.

For the occasion The Bits features a Q&A with a trio of film historians and authors who offer their recollections and insight into the acclaimed film. [Read more here...]

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We’re rounding out the week today with a new History, Legacy & Showmanship column from Michael Coate, in which he marks the 50th anniversary of TV’s I Dream of Jeannie with a great roundtable discussion of experts on the series, including Steve Cox, Judy Moore, and Herbie J. Pilato. Don’t forget, we posted another column from Michael earlier this week featuring TV’s Lost in Space. And next week, Michael is going to check back in here to celebrate the anniversaries of Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas and the classic Get Smart TV series. So be sure to tune in for that.  [Read on here…]

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I Dream of Jeannie speaks to a wish-fulfillment aspect in us all.” — Herbie J Pilato

The Digital Bits is pleased to present this retrospective commemorating the golden anniversary of the premiere of I Dream of Jeannie, the fantasy-comedy series starring Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman that originally ran on NBC from 1965 to 1970 and has been seen in syndication ever since.  [Read more here...]

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We’re starting out here at The Bits today with a new Blu-ray review from Jim Hemphill, featuring Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s The Honey Pot (1967) from Kino Lorber.

Also today, our own Michael Coate has posted a new installment of his History, Legacy & Showmanship column here on The Bits in which he celebrates the 50th anniversary of TV’s Lost in Space and also today’s release of Lost in Space: The Complete Series on Blu-ray by 20th Century Fox. His piece includes a great interview with the set’s producer, Kevin Burns. We plan to post a review of the Blu-ray set as soon as Fox sends review materials, so be sure to watch for it. In the meantime, enjoy Michael’s column.  [Read on here…]

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“Jonathan Harris as Dr. Smith is one of the most original and memorable characters in the history of television—ranking right up there with Barney Fife, Herman Munster, Gilligan and the Fonz.” — Kevin Burns

The Digital Bits commemorates the golden anniversary of the premiere of Lost in Space, the science-fiction/adventure series that originally ran on CBS from 1965 to 1968. The classic series debuted 50 years ago this week, and for the occasion The Bits features a Q&A with one of the show’s biggest fans, Kevin Burns, who offers his recollection of watching the series in its original run as a kid and discusses overseeing the show’s high-definition remastering and Blu-ray release, which arrives in stores this week from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.  [Read more here...]

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All right, we’ve got some very cool and interesting release news for you today...

But first, our own Michael Coate has posted a new History, Legacy & Showmanship column featuring a look back at Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief in celebration of the film’s 60th anniversary! He’s got release details, plus a great roundtable interview with film historians John Cork, Steven DeRosa, and Martin Hart. It’s a great read, so don’t miss it.  [Read on here…]

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“VistaVision makes you feel like you’re actually on the beautiful Riviera!“

The Digital Bits is pleased to present this retrospective commemorating the 60th anniversary of the release of To Catch a Thief, Alfred Hitchcock’s classic romantic thriller set on the French Riviera and starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.

The Bits celebrates the occasion with this article that highlights the film’s VistaVision presentations and features an interview segment with a group of historians who discuss the attributes of the film and examine its place in the Hitchcock oeuvre.  [Read on here…]

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All right, this is a quick one for you today…

Our own Michael Coate has a brand new History, Legacy & Showmanship column for all of you this morning, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future! He’s got lots of production trivia, original release information, and a film historian roundtable too. So we hope you enjoy it!

And that’s really it for today. Don’t forget that The Bits will be at San Diego Comic-Con next week (on Thursday) for our Blu-ray Sneak Peek – Star Trek: Axanar discussion panel. You can find all the details here.

With that, we wish you all a great and safe Fourth of July holiday! See you Monday!

Bill Hunt

 

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We’ve got a few things for you all today…

First, you may have seen yesterday that our own Michael Coate has a brand new History, Legacy & Showmanship column up celebrating the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking Jaws. It includes all kinds of great information about the film’s initial theatrical release, as well as trivia and other production information. Best of all, it includes a great roundtable interview with film historians on the impact of the film. Don’t miss it. [Read on here…]

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Jaws was something of an accidental blockbuster. It should not be blamed for being a good movie.” — Joseph McBride

The Digital Bits is pleased to present this retrospective commemorating the 40th anniversary of the release of Jaws, Steven Spielberg’s legendary tale of a Great White preying on a coastal New England resort community during the lucrative summer tourism season.

Based upon Peter Benchley’s best-selling novel and starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss, Jaws shattered all existing box-office records, scared the wits out of beachgoers, and became every studio’s dream model of a summer blockbuster (and, in some circles, a whipping boy for popular, successful movies). [Read on here…]

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