Stars Coming Out for Warner Bros. Tentpole Blu-ray Disc Releases7 Apr, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel
A gathering of Hollywood legends and contemporary stars are set to appear in conjunction with a series of Imax and theatrical screenings of upcoming Warner Bros. Home Entertainment tentpole Blu-ray Disc anniversary and special edition movie releases.
Warner April 7 said six of its classic films — including The Nutty Professor, Blazing Saddles, The Wizard of Oz, The Women, Gone With the Wind, and Sorcerer — will be featured at the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival, April 10-13 in Los Angeles.
Additional WBHE classic films being screened at the festival include Meet Me in St. Louis, with an appearance by Margaret O’Brien, and Best Years of Our Lives (April 11).
Director Mel Brooks will appear April 11 prior to the Blazing Saddles screening at the TCL Chinese Theatre Imax.
A Blazing Saddles: 40th Anniversary Blu-ray (streeting May 6) will include a new featurette, “Blaze of Glory: Mel Brooks' Wild, Wild West,” with Brooks reflecting on his movie-making. The new edition contains 10 quotable art cards, vintage extra content, including Brooks’ commentary, cast reunion documentary, and “Black Bart,” the 1975 television pilot inspired by the movie.
Director William Friedkin (The Exorcist) will be interviewed by film historian Eddie Muller at Club TCM April 11. Friedkin will discuss his career, and sign copies of his autobiography, The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir.
His film, Sorcerer will screen April 12 at TCL Chinese Theatre Imax. Friedkin’s cult suspense thriller, largely overlooked since its 1977 release, has been fully restored by WBHE and packaged as a 40-page Blu-ray book with film stills, a new personal forward by Friedkin and excerpts from his book. The disc streets April 22.
TCM will honor Jerry Lewis with a hand and footprint ceremony in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre April 12, and then The Nutty Professor will be screened later that evening (El Capitan Theater), with Lewis taking part in a Q&A moderated by actress/producer Illeana Douglas, prior to the screening.
Warner is releasing The Nutty Professor: 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition on June 3.
Lewis directed, stars, and co-wrote (with Bill Richmond) the parody of the classic “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” tale. Lewis helped compile the extra content for this release, highlights of which include a new featurette, "Jerry Lewis: No Apologies," a look at The King of Comedy; a 48-page book of the film’s original story boards; a 44-page book of excerpts from Jerry's cutting script with personal notes; and a recreated “Being a Person” book, written by Jerry for the film’s crew.
Two other well-known Lewis comedies, Cinderfella and The Errand Boy will also be included.
Emmy Award-winning producer and author John Fricke honors the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz with a talk entitled, “Judy Garland: A Legendary Film Career,” on April 13. Screening to follow that evening at TCL Chinese Theatre Imax.
The classic is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 3D for the first time, and with limited and numbered 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition units, which includes collectible memorabilia, a new documentary and more than 16 hours of extras.
Warner this fall is releasing Gone With the Wind: 75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition in limited special packaging with collectible memorabilia and brand-new special features.
To celebrate the release, a selection of storyboard and concept art paintings and other items from the film, which starred Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh, will be on display at Club TCM in the lobby of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Screening will take place at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX April 13.
Finally, Oscar-nominated Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air) will lead a pre-screening discussion of The Women at the El Capitan Theater on April 12.
Warner’s The Women: 75th Anniversary Blu-ray debut streets May 6. George Cukor directs an all-female cast in this catty tale of battling and bonding. It stars Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Joan Fontaine, Mary Boland and Paulette Goddard.