Our friends at Kino Lorber Studio Classics have made a new Blu-ray and DVD distribution deal with NBC Universal that apparently includes over 200 deep catalog titles and possibly a TV show or two.
Meanwhile, the company has begun to announce their April Blu-ray slate, which is set to include (so far) Murder, He Says (1945), The General Died at Dawn (1936), The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935), Beau Geste (1939), Supernatural (1933), and Angel (1937) on Blu-ray on 4/7, with more titles TBA. The company is also working on Lonely Are the Brave (1962) for release later this summer. James Whale’s The Kiss Before the Mirror (1933) is coming soon too as well.
Here’s news that’s got a lot of people excited: CBS and Paramount have finally set Gunsmoke: The Eighteenth Season and Gunsmoke: The Nineteenth Season for release on DVD on 2/4. SRP is $49.98 each, but Amazon currently has them here and here for just $34.99 each. And the good news is that Gunsmoke: Season 20, which will complete the release of the classic TV western series on DVD, is coming soon.
For UK readers (and those with all-region Blu-ray players), Studio Canal has officially announced their newly-restored Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release of David Lynch’s The Elephant Man: 40th Anniversary Edition in the UK on April 6. You can see the cover artwork at right and you can pre-order the title here from Amazon.co.uk.
And while we’re talking UK releases, Network Distributing has announced a number of new catalog titles that are coming to Blu-ray and DVD in the months ahead, including Station Six-Sahara (1962) and Wilt (1989) on February 10, Contraband Spain (1955) and Some Girls Do (1969) on February 17, The Fast Lady (1962) and Father Came Too! (1963) on February 24, The Mind Benders (1962), Home at Seven (1952), and Man at the Top (1973) on March 2, Alfie Darling (1975), The Count of Monte-Cristo (1976), and The Man in the Iron Mask (1977) on March 9, Keep Fit (1937) on March 16, Love, Life & Laughter (1934) and Passport to Shame (1958) on March 23, and The Professionals: The Complete Series (1977-1981) on March 30.
Finally, the Warner Archive Collection has announced more great new catalog Blu-ray titles for release in February, including Frank Loesser’s Guys and Dolls (1955) and Sam O’Steen’s Sparkle (1976) on 2/11, and John Huston’s Victory (1981) and It Started with a Kiss (1959) on 2/25. These are in addition to the previously announced Tex Avery Screwball Classics Volume 1 BD due on 2/18.
We’ll post cover artwork and Amazon pre-order links for some of these as soon as they become available.