HTF EXCLUSIVE! Twilight Time January 2019 Release Announcements

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Twilight Time has given us an exclusive early look at these January Announcements. Enjoy!
If you see these titles posted elsewhere within 8 HOURS without credit being given to HTF, rest assured it came from us first! 

Note: Moving forward we are going to announce our schedule ONE month at a time instead of two.

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BEAT THE DEVIL (1953) (alternate extended version; 2016 restoration)

THE RETURN OF FRANK JAMES (1940)

UNTAMED (1955) (brand new 4K transfer)

YANKS (1979)

On Sale January 22, 2019

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38 Comments

  1. I'm happy to have Beat the Devil on Blu-ray while I hope The Return of Frank James is improved upon with regard to its Technicolor. I don't believe I ever saw Untamed. Unfortunately, I did see Yanks which I don't have fond memories of.

    What are the January release dates?

  2. Fortunately I hadn't got around to importing Frank James from Germany, so I'll go for that since it will hopefully be a better transfer. I wonder how Beat the Devil will compare to the Blu-ray put out by The Film Detective? Also Untamed, because you know me, when it comes to CinemaScope 2.55:1, I'm all over it.

  3. Mark-P

    Fortunately I hadn't got around to importing Frank James from Germany, so I'll go for that since it will hopefully be a better transfer. I wonder how Beat the Devil will compare to the Blu-ray put out by The Film Detective? Also Untamed, because you know me, when it comes to CinemaScope 2.55:1, I'm all over it.

    I have both Frank James and Beat the Devil Blu-rays so I'm buying these again as I'm not satisfied with either of them. This TT Blu-ray should have the restoration work done on Beat the Devil unlike "The Film Detective" release.

  4. Untamed is an excellent film. It was Fox most expensive film that year.
    Extensive location in Africa filming.
    Ty Power went there, Susan Hayward did not. She couldn't leave town because of divorce procedings and possibility of losing the children.
    Fox developed a new rear projection system to make it looke like she was there.
    several shot show her in long shot roaming around Africa. that's a double. Fox had to do the same thing that year for Susan in Soldier of Fortune.
    Untamed is also one of Franz Waxmans gretest scores.

  5. Kyrsten Brad

    Just dropped $65.76 on three TT titles tonight (two sale items, one reg price) and this gets announced.

    In for Beat The Devil . Anything Bogie related has my interest.

    I would say that gaining three films on one night in October (with two at the sale price), while awaiting another title (or two) in January is doing pretty darned good. And don't forget, Kyrsten, these will be a new stack of 3,000 x 4 titles; so they're no way near to being Sold-Out for at least a couple of more months, thereafter. Hope this reminder helps and, in advance, Happy 2019.:)

    Definitely fantastic to have one more Bogie and one more Huston. 4K restored, no less.

    And, on a final note, being traditionally HTF pumped and greedy in the face a fresh TT announcements, all we need now is "The Cardinal".
    If ever there were a "meant for TT" release, this one would have to be up there. Otto Preminger directed; Leon Shamroy photographed; Columbia Pictures released; and John Huston's sole nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Here's to hoping that "The Cardinal" does take flight at Twilight.:thumbs-up-smiley:

  6. I wish I liked Beat the Devil. Great cast, but I remember being bored.

    Three 1940's/1950's films though, so that's nice to see. Only thing that would be even better is if there were a couple of 1930's pictures to go with them. 🙂

  7. atcolomb

    Very disappointed with the Blu-ray release of Beat The Devil a few years ago by The Film Detective. Happy Twilight will release the restored version.

    Yes it was a very disappointing release. I plan to upgrade to Twilight’s release.

  8. LeoA

    I wish I liked Beat the Devil. Great cast, but I remember being bored.

    Three 1940's/1950's films though, so that's nice to see. Only thing that would be even better is if there were a couple of 1930's pictures to go with them. 🙂

    It's been reported that Bogart disliked the film because he lost money helping produce the film and he said "only phonies like it". I like the film and seeing Robert Morley, Peter Lorre, Gina Lollobrigida and Jennifer Jones together.

  9. Thrilled beyond words about Untamed and Beat The Devil. Definite upgrades (the legit Spanish DVD of Untamed was not anamorphic). I have both Yanks and Return Of Frank James on DVD and my interest in them is minimal so DVD is good enough for me. Sparking HD transfers won't make them better movies.

  10. PMF

    I would say that gaining three films on one night in October (with two at the sale price), while awaiting another title (or two) in January is doing pretty darned good. And don't forget, Kyrsten, these will be a new stack of 3,000 x 4 titles; so they're no way near to being Sold-Out for at least a couple of more months, thereafter. Hope this reminder helps and, in advance, Happy 2019.:)

    Oh, yah, one other thing; fantastic to have one more Bogie and one more Huston. Restored in 4K, no less.

    Now, being traditionally HTF needy in the face a fresh TT announcements, all we now need is "The Cardinal".
    If ever there were a "meant for TT" release, this one would have to be up there. Otto Preminger directed; Leon Shamroy photographed; Columbia Pictures released; and John Huston's sole nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Here's to hoping that "The Cardinal" does take flight at Twilight.:thumbs-up-smiley:

    Though released by Columbia Pictures I believe that The Cardinal is controlled by WB. Could be wrong though. Something may be up with this title as Kritzerland has already stated that they will be releasing the Jerome Moross score in 2019.

  11. This version of BEAT THE DEVIL has never been released in any format.
    To quote Grover Crisp,
    "Our U.K. distributor came up with some missing footage, and the version they found in a vault in London was a revelation. It had all this other material in it, four minutes' worth. And that version told us, effectively, how we should put it all back together."

    Result: The new introductory scenes focus on Jones' character in an intriguing way. The Bogart narration vanishes. The flashback structure is no more. Certain sexual aspects of the so-called storyline come through more clearly now, including dialogue about Jones waiting for Bogart to make a pass at her, and a rhyming scene (the movie tiptoes up to a double infidelity) featuring an outrageous shot of Lollobrigida's cleavage, unseen by U.S. audiences in 1953."
    In 4K
    FYI, Stephen Sondheim was the clapper boy on the film.

  12. PMF

    Now, being traditionally HTF needy in the face a fresh TT announcements, all we now need is "The Cardinal". If ever there were a "meant for TT" release, this one would have to be up there. Otto Preminger directed; Leon Shamroy photographed; Columbia Pictures released; and John Huston's sole nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Here's to hoping that "The Cardinal" does take flight at Twilight.:thumbs-up-smiley:

    I stand to be corrected but I believe the rights to The Cardinal are (were?) with Warners which licensed it from the Otto Preminger estate and released it on DVD. Warners also released a DVD of Preminger's The Man With The Golden Arm and Archive MODs of Preminger's The Moon Is Blue and Saint Joan.

  13. PMF

    I would say that gaining three films on one night in October (with two at the sale price), while awaiting another title (or two) in January is doing pretty darned good. And don't forget, Kyrsten, these will be a new stack of 3,000 x 4 titles; so they're no way near to being Sold-Out for at least a couple of more months, thereafter. Hope this reminder helps and, in advance, Happy 2019.:)

    Oh, yah, one other thing; fantastic to have one more Bogie and one more Huston. Restored in 4K, no less.

    Now, being traditionally HTF needy in the face a fresh TT announcements, all we now need is "The Cardinal".
    If ever there were a "meant for TT" release, this one would have to be up there. Otto Preminger directed; Leon Shamroy photographed; Columbia Pictures released; and John Huston's sole nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Here's to hoping that "The Cardinal" does take flight at Twilight.:thumbs-up-smiley:

    THE CARDINAL is a major achievement that would be most welcome from anyone.

  14. Mark-P

    Fortunately I hadn't got around to importing Frank James from Germany, so I'll go for that since it will hopefully be a better transfer. I wonder how Beat the Devil will compare to the Blu-ray put out by The Film Detective? Also Untamed, because you know me, when it comes to CinemaScope 2.55:1, I'm all over it.

    According to Sony the Film Detective release is unauthorized – and in any case ours is a 4K restoration of the alternate version which has never been available on home video.

  15. Paul Rossen

    Though released by Columbia Pictures I believe that The Cardinal is controlled by WB. Could be wrong though. Something may be up with this title as Kritzerland has already stated that they will be releasing the Jerome Moross score in 2019.

    You are correct. Warner controls both The Cardinal and Advice and Consent.

  16. ahollis

    […]Warner controls both The Cardinal and Advice and Consent.

    Oh, well, this just leaves more room and one more spot for future TT surprises.
    An excellent January is ahead.:thumbs-up-smiley:

  17. Twilight Time

    According to Sony the Film Detective release is unauthorized – and in any case ours is a 4K restoration of the alternate version which has never been available on home video.

    I hope Sony gets to the other Bogart films with 4k restorations soon.

  18. Twilight Time

    According to Sony the Film Detective release is unauthorized – and in any case ours is a 4K restoration of the alternate version which has never been available on home video.

    As I mentioned earlier 🙂

  19. Robert Crawford

    I'm happy to have Beat the Devil on Blu-ray while I hope The Return of Frank James is improved upon with regard to its Technicolor. I don't believe I ever saw Untamed. Unfortunately, I did see Yanks which I don't have fond memories of.

    What are the January release dates?

    Just got the release date from TT: It is January 22nd

  20. For the first time in a long time, all 4 have my interest – especially Beat The Devil, which I missed when it played at the Film Forum.
    (Note to Twilight Time: If you add the words alternate version or restored version or newly-found footage it means Day 1 purchase to me.)

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