History, Legacy & Showmanship

“The fact that we aren’t preparing an anniversary celebration of My Mother the Car or Captain Nice is an indication of how many shows are deemed dispensable while a handful of others such as Get Smart resonate for generations to come.” — Lee Pfeiffer

Would you believe… Get Smart has turned 50? The Digital Bits is pleased to commemorate the golden anniversary of the premiere of Get Smart, the classic 60s era comedy series that spoofed the popular secret agent genre. Starring Don Adams as the unforgettable Maxwell Smart and Barbara Feldon as the beautiful and brilliant Agent 99, the series originally ran in prime time from 1965 to 1970 (four seasons on NBC plus an additional season on CBS) and since then has enjoyed a steady syndication and home-video afterlife.  [Read more here...]

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All right, sorry about the lack of a daily column yesterday. A friend of Sarah and me had a family emergency and needed some help, so that took up a portion of the day on Sunday and Monday. In any case, I’m going to do a couple updates today to catch up.

First things first: Our own Michael Coate posted a new History, Legacy and Showmanship column yesterday, featuring a look back at Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas on the occasion of the film’s 25th anniversary. The column features a roundtable interview with film historians Robert Casillo, Leighton Grist, and Glenn Kenny. If you haven’t already checked it out, I think you’ll really enjoy it.  [Read on here…]

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“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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