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Fox Releasing 100 Classics Digitally to Mark 100 Years

1 Oct, 2015 By: John Latchem

As part of its 100th anniversary celebration, 20th Century Fox is restoring and digitally releasing 100 films spanning the silent era to the 1990s.

The studio traces its origins to the 1915 founding of Fox Films, which merged with 20th Century Pictures in 1935 to form the larger studio that we know today.

Oct. 2, Fox released five five classic films on Digital HD for the first time: F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise (1927), Drums Along the Mohawk (1939), Man Hunt (1941), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and The Flight of the Phoenix (1965).

More films will follow throughout the year, including 10 that have never been released on any home video format: the Raoul Walsh classics The Red Dance (1928), The Cock-Eyed World (1929), The Bowery (1933), Hello Sister (1933) and Sailor’s Luck (1933); John Ford’s Men Without Women (1935), Will Rogers in State Fair (1933), Shirley Temple in Mr. Belvedere Goes to Washington (1949), the Marilyn Monroe documentary Marilyn (1963) and Metropolitan (1935), the first film from 20th Century Fox.

Fox representatives told Variety that digital distribution is a potential boon to the appreciation and re-discovery of older films.

“You’re not trying to hold shelf space in a retail outlet,” said Mike Dunn, president of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. “It allows you to have more of your catalog readily available, because you put it on iTunes and it stays there. You’re not being judged by how many units it sells. Services like iTunes want to be a completists.”

Apple will have a dedicated iTunes landing page featuring the newly available titles at .

“Acquiring movies is so easy now,” Dunn told Variety. “You read about something and maybe there’s a reference to a filmmaker’s historical work, and my thumb moves across my phone and I’ve bought it.”

“We are custodians of a great legacy of filmmakers whose contributions here span 100 years,” said Jim Gianopulos, chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox Film. “We owe their work our best efforts to preserve and protect it, and to make these important films accessible in their best possible presentation for generations to come.”

Fox 100 Digital Releases

The Affairs of Cellini (1934)
Alien Nation (1988)
Anna and the King of Siam (1946)
Baby, Take a Bow (1934)
Bad Girl (1931)
The Best of Everything (1959)
The Big Trail (1930)
The Black Watch (1929)
Black Widow (1954)
Blood and Sand (1941)
Blood and Wine (1996)
The Blue Bird (1940)
Born Reckless (1930)
The Bowery (1933)
Boy on a Dolphin (1957)
Call Northside 777 (1948)
The Call of the Wild (1935)
Can-Can (1960)
Captain From Castile (1947)
Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)
The Cock-Eyed World (1929)
Come to the Stable (1949)
A Connecticut Yankee (1931)
Crash Dive (1943)
Daddy Long Legs (1955)
Dangerous Years (1948)
The Detective (1968)
Doctor Bull (1933)
Down Argentine Way (1940)
Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
Four Sons (1928)
Gay Deception (1935)
Greenwich Village (1944)
Guadalcanal Diary (1943)
Hangman’s House (1928)
A Hatful of Rain (1957)
Hello, Frisco, Hello (1943)
Hello, Sister (1933)
The House on 92nd Street (1945)
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
In Old Arizona (1929)
It Happens Every Spring (1949)
Jane Eyre (1944)
Judge Priest (1934)
Just Pals (1920)
Kagemusha (1980)
Kentucky (1938)
The Keys to the Kingdom (1944)
King of Burlesque (1935)
Lillian Russell (1940)
The Luck of the Irish (1948)
Man Hunt (1941)
Marilyn (1963)
Marines Let’s Go (1961)
The Mark of Zorro (1940)
Me and My Gal (1932)
Men Without Women (1930)
Metropolitan (1935)
Mister 880 (1950)
Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949)
My Darling Clementine (1946)
Pigskin Parade (1936)
Poor Little Rich Girl (1936)
The President’s Lady (1953)
Prince of Foxes (1949)
Prisoner of Shark Island (1936)
A Private’s Affair (1959)
The Rains Came (1939)
The Red Dance (1928)
Romancing the Stone (1984)
Rookie of the Year (1993)
Sailor’s Luck (1933)
Scudda Hoo Scudda Hay (1948)
The Seas Beneath (1931)
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947)
Sing, Baby, Sing (1936)
Sleeping With the Enemy (1991)
The Snake Pit (1948)
Soup to Nuts (1930)
Stand Up and Cheer! (1934)
The Star Chamber (1983)
State Fair (1933)
Street Angel (1928)
The Sun Also Rises (1957)
Sun Valley Serenade (1941)
Sunrise (1927)
The Tall Men (1955)
Tall, Dark and Handsome (1941)
Teenage Rebel (1956)
This Above All (1942)
Three Bad Men (1926)
To the Shores of Tripoli (1942)
Tobacco Road (1941)
Under Pressure (1935)
Up the River (1930)
Wizards (1977)
World Moves On (1934)
The Young Lions (1958)
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

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