Nov. 9 Releases
Gone With The Wind (4 disc collector's edition) -- Warner Bros.
Marx Bros. Collection (their five Paramount films) -- Universal
W.C. Fields Collection (including "It's a Gift" and "My Little Chickadee") -- Universal
GWTW has previously been released on dvd, but this version not only has a lot of additional extras, it also has undergone an "ultra-restoration" process (previous WB dvds to undergo this process include "Singing in the Rain" and "Robin Hood").
The Marx Bros. Paramount movies have all been released on dvd, but those titles have long been out of print. Now they are packaged together and at a reasonable price.
None of the Fields films in the new collection have, as far as I know, been released on dvd except for "The Bank Dick."
All in all, a terrific day for lovers of classic films.
And more good news. In an article in the Chicago Tribune
(registration required) regarding the GWTW release, it also mentioned other films that have been waiting for restoration and dvd release:
One glaring example is the mighty "King Kong," which film fans have been demanding since the advent of DVD. Yet Feltenstein and Price felt that any DVD release would be substandard, given that the film's original camera negative was missing. "We knew `King Kong' had to be gorgeous, it had to look wonderful, and Ned said he wanted to keep scouring the globe until he found the best possible elements," Feltenstein says.
And lo and behold, the wait paid off. "We found -- can I talk about this? -- we found wonderful nitrate materials, which we didn't know about up to this point in time," says an elated Price. Already a year into the restoration process, the eventual "King Kong" DVD promises a picture quality not seen in decades.
King Kong has been on my dvd "most wanted" list for a long time now, and it's exciting to hear that a newly restored version is in the works.
EDIT: corrected a thoroughly ungrammatical sentence