By : Erik Gruenwedel | Posted: 20 Jan 2010
Universal Studios Home Entertainment Jan. 20 said it would make available for the first time on DVD a series rare catalog titles spanning six decades that consumers can order online through Amazon’s CreateSpace on-demand service.
The studio, along with Warner Home Video and others last year, began offering select catalog titles available to consumers as special orders as a more cost-effective means of distribution than typical production runs. Universal and Turner Classic Movies last October partnered to offer film buffs access to classic titles on DVD on a made-to-order basis.
The studio, along with Warner Home Video and others last year with advances in on-demand DVD replication technology, began offering select catalog titles available to consumers as special orders as a more cost-effective means of distribution than typical production runs.
The digitally remastered titles available in the “Universal Vault Series” include A Bronx Tale, the 1993 film directed by and starring Robert De Niro; The Incredible Shrinking Woman, starring Lily Tomlin; Gambit, the three-time Academy Award-nominated film starring Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine; The Black Shield of Falworth, Universal’s first feature film using CinemaScope technology; The Brass Bottle, starring Barbara Eden and the film inspiration for the hit television show “I Dream of Jeannie”; and Resurrection, starring Ellen Burstyn as a modern-day miracle worker.
“CreateSpace’s model allows movie studios and content owners to restore and release oft-requested titles quickly, easily and economically,” said Dana LoPiccolo-Giles, managing director of CreateSpace. “With [our] DVD on-Demand platform, Universal Pictures can ensure its fans have the opportunity to collect and view their favorite films from the past with DVD quality.”
Other titles include: 40 Pounds of Trouble (1962), starring Tony Curtis; Blue Collar (1978), starring Richard Pryor and Harvey Keitel; The Chalk Garden (1964), starring Deborah Kerr and Hayley Mills; Death Takes a Holiday (1934), starring Frederic March; Dragnet (1954), starring Jack Webb; Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain (1995), starring Christina Ricci and Anna Chlumsky; and A Good Man in Africa (1994), starring Sean Connery.
Additional movies include: The House of Seven Gables (1940), starring George Sanders and Vincent Price; Kitten with a Whip (1964), with Ann-Margret and John Forsythe; The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977), starring Marty Feldman; The List of Adrian Messenger (1963), with George C. Scott, Kirk Douglas and Frank Sinatra; The Perfect Furlough (1958), starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh; Pure Luck (1991), starring Martin Short and Danny Glover; Ruggles of Red Gap (1933), with Charles Laughton; Shoot Out (1971), starring Gregory Peck; Shout (1991), with John Travolta; Spawn of the North (1938), starring Henry Fonda, George Raft and Dorothy Lamour; Stick (1985), with Burt Reynolds; and Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1970), starring Robert Redford.