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New on Disc: 'Only Angels Have Wings' and more …

22 Dec, 2014 By: Mike Clark

Only Angels Have Wings (Blu-ray)

Available via TCM Shop
TCM/Sony, Drama, $29.99 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth, Richard Barthelmess.
This restored key Howard Hawks movie is such a 4K looker that you can see details of the rain dripping from Cary Grant’s hat. His character leads a group of pilots whose job it is to deliver mail to a town in a valley through brutal storms and fog that only periodically clears.
Extras: An unexpected extra is a roughly 15-minute featurette with sound designer Ben Burtt and visual effects maestro Craig Barron, both fans of the movie. You get a sense here of how the sound (excellent for its day) works with the miniature work to make rain-swept plane crashes look more convincing than they otherwise might.
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Appointment With Danger (Blu-ray)

Street 12/23
Olive, Drama, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Alan Ladd, Phyllis Calvert, Jack Webb, Paul Stewart, Harry Morgan, Jan Sterling.
Much underrated (or at least under-seen) purely on the “fun” level, Danger joins a new slew of other past Olive releases previously available only on DVD and on two Blu-ray boxed sets. In Olive fashion, no one has given these prints much of a fresh wax job, and the final product is mostly a product of how good the printing material was in the first place.
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