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Old 02-08-17, 04:02 PM
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CLASSICFLIX HOME VIDEO

I am thrilled to announce we are launching our own home video label under the “ClassicFlix” banner with our first releases coming in late March.

Like many good independent labels, we plan to make available long-neglected classic films -- some which have never been released on DVD or Blu-ray and some which badly need restoration. I’m not able to disclose what our releases will be at this time, but I hope to make an announcement early next week.

Stay informed by either visiting ClassicFlix.com or our Facebook or Twitter page. You may also ask questions via our Facebook page or email us at [email protected].

Thank you for your continued support over the years and we look forward to serving you for many more years to come.


This from their website. Interested to find out what becomes available.
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Re: ClassicFlix label

The website says the label is devoted to films made before 1970.
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sounds like they are using the old Netflix model of renting movies for $8-10/month with a membership. At that price, I am not interested in renting.. However, their site also said they sell movies without membership.. I just can't find any titles that have a "buy" button on them. They only say "rent."

I like their selection...can't see me renting anymore, tho..especially at that price point..I would want some of these for my collection.....will wait to see how much they charge to buy these....
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However, their site also said they sell movies without membership.. I just can't find any titles that have a "buy" button on them. They only say "rent."
If you click the word "BUY" up beside their logo, you can see what they're selling. Prices seem about average, but their pre-order on the 3D special edition of SEPTEMBER STORM at $14.99 is good deal. Not sure if shipping would kill it though.
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Originally Posted by Steve
sounds like they are using the old Netflix model of renting movies for $8-10/month with a membership. At that price, I am not interested in renting.. However, their site also said they sell movies without membership.. I just can't find any titles that have a "buy" button on them. They only say "rent."

I like their selection...can't see me renting anymore, tho..especially at that price point..I would want some of these for my collection.....will wait to see how much they charge to buy these....
They've been around for years. I started renting because they have the Warner Archive and MOD titles from Fox, Columbia and MGM/UA for rent. Also TCM Vault and Olive. Can check out some obscure stuff.

They are splitting the rental from the retail. They are no longer accepting new rental memberships and moving it to a different, gated site.

The important part, and reason I posted the announcement, is that they are starting their own label to release titles on BD that haven't been released. The first batch of BD releases will be announced in March.
No details yet. Hoping it's similar to Twilight Time.
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Anybody know if ClassicFlix tends to reduce the price of their titles over time? Logic would say yes but I'm looking at Noose Hangs High (Abbott & Costello) and would like to upgrade my dvd. But $21.99 (@Amazon) is a bit much for me and I was hoping for something closer to $15. Just curious, not trying to be cheap, but judging how much demand there is for their titles.
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"They are splitting the rental from the retail. They are no longer accepting new rental memberships and moving it to a different, gated site."

I've been a member off and on for several years, and recently found to my dismay that they eliminated my account while I was taking a break. Probably because I gave 'em a lot of grief over their general ineptitude and the fact that after screwing up and not sending me any dvd's they always refused to refund my money!

"The important part, and reason I posted the announcement, is that they are starting their own label to release titles on BD that haven't been released. The first batch of BD releases will be announced in March. No details yet."

I've seen one of the dvds - Another Man's Poison starring Bette Davis and Gary Merrill. Looks great. The dvd was made from a very clean print of the film and the company even took the time to add subtitles. A nice surprise, considering how unbelievably bad the rental service was.
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Originally Posted by Kedrix
Anybody know if ClassicFlix tends to reduce the price of their titles over time?
They've likely been around too short a time for anyone to know for sure, but you're probably right. I have yet to buy any of their titles but am considering a few. The reviews are mostly quite good. A concern is that future titles ("Nightmare" from 1956 comes to mind) may lend themselves better to bare-bones DVD or Blu-Ray double features than to elaborate $20+ packages. But we'll see what they do. I am happy to have more labels in the market and at some point may try convincing them to tackle a few obscure films.

So their rental business is winding down? I'd wanted to try it since the early days (mostly for MOD's, which I can't bring myself to buy), but guess that moment has passed. I wonder if you can get these through interlibrary loan?
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Just FYI, but Noose Hangs High is now down to $15 on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073HJJD9F/
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Bump this thread but Noose Hangs High has been jumping around in price quite a bit (it's fluctuated from
$25 to $16), but it's finally $15 again. I finally bit.
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New release for May 29: THE MAN WHO WATCHED TRAINS GO BY (1952). Not familiar with it, but seems interesting as a "technicolor noir".



ewly transferred and restored.

Mild-mannered bookkeeper Kees Popinga lives a mundane life and dreams about the places he can go on the trains that travel through his hometown of Groningen, Holland. But when a French police detective shows up at his firm to inspect the books, Popinga’s unremarkable existence is instantly altered, and he soon finds himself on the way to Paris with a suitcase of cash, on the run from the law and entranced by a strange and beautiful woman.

Based on the 1938 novel by Georges Simenon—the author who created fictional sleuth Jules Maigret, and whose books like The Man on the Eiffel Tower and The Brothers Rico were also adapted for the big screen—The Man Who Watched Trains Go By casts beloved Warner Bros. character actor Claude Rains (Mr. Skeffington) as the meek Popinga. The supporting cast includes Herbert Lom, Marta Toren and Anouk Aimee… with appearances by such solid British veterans as Felix Aylmer, Marius Goring, Lucie Mannheim and Ferdy Mayne.

This taut and suspenseful classic, shot in Technicolor, also benefits from beautiful location shooting in both the Netherlands and "The City of Light."
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Re: ClassicFlix label

Abbott & Costello's Africa Screams - Special L.E. April 28th - Now available to pre-order for $27.99

Scanned in 4K and beautifully restored from original 35mm nitrate film elements, Abbott and Costello's jungle romp Africa Screams (1949) will be released in a special limited edition on April 28th.

Loaded with bonus features, this soon to be collectible will be exclusively available for pre-order only at ClassicFlix.com. It will also be available for purchase at Twilight Time Movies in late April (but is not available for pre-order on their site).

This release will be limited only to its initial pressing (up to 3,000 for Blu-ray & 1,000 for DVD) and no more units will be replicated once they are sold. A wide release to all major retail outlets may occur at a later date depending on initial units sold.

Synopsis, bonus features and more about the release:

Newly restored from original 35mm nitrate film elements and looking better than ever in this special limited edition!

During the 1940s, the comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were among Universal's top moneymakers, and, by the end of the decade, were allowed to make one independent film per year. Hot off the success of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Bud and Lou teamed up with independent producer Edward Nassour to release Africa Screams—a hilarious jungle romp where the boys hightail it to the dark continent and encounter wild beasts, dangerous natives, and… an affectionate gorilla!

Department store clerks Buzz Johnson and Stanley Livington (Bud and Lou) are hired by treasure hunter Diana Emerson (Hillary Brooke, The Abbott and Costello Show) for an African expedition when it is believed Stanley has memorized a map that will lead her to a rare orangutan. It's all a cover, of course, as Diana is really after a secret trove of diamonds and is counting on Stanley’s memory guide her to the treasure.

Frequent Bud and Lou collaborator Charles Barton directs Africa Screams which features an array of supporting players: real-life big-game hunter Frank "Bring ‘em back alive" Buck, real-life circus owner/animal trainer Clyde Beatty, Shemp Howard (Three Stooges), Joe Besser (Shemp's eventual Stooges replacement and also an A&C TV show regular), as well as heavyweight boxing brothers Buddy and Max Baer.

BONUS FEATURES:
Audio commentary from noted author and Abbott and Costello historian Ron Palumbo

The Rubdown sketch (restored Abbott and Costello comedy sketch from live television in 1953)

Abbott and Costello radio show with Bela Lugosi (the complete recording session as transcribed on February 23, 1948 and the final broadcast master of May 5, 1948)

Lou Costello filmed interview with Max Baer and Joe Louis on July 2, 1940 following Baer's fight with Tony "Two Ton" Galento in Jersey City (this footage was taken nearly four months before the world premiere of Lou's first feature film One Night in the Tropics)

Restored Abbott and Costello 3-D comic book from November 1953. This photo gallery can be viewed in either discrete polarized Blu-ray 3-D for viewers with that capability or standard red/cyan anaglyphic 3-D which requires no special equipment and can be seen on any display or monitor

One pair of replica Super-Sight 3-D glasses

Selected outtakes/bloopers taken on set during production

Photo gallery with original posters, lobbycards, pressbook ballyhoo and trade magazine/newspaper advertisements from both the 1949 and 1953 theatrical releases.

Photo gallery with production stills taken on the set during principal photography

Clyde Beatty's Animal Thrills short film released by Castle Films in November 1943

Trailers (Two Cinecolor trailers for comparison as Africa Screams was originally reported to be shot in Cinecolor):
35mm nitrate Cinecolor trailer for El Paso, scanned in 4K resolution
35mm SuperCinecolor trailer for Bud and Lou's first color feature Jack and the Beanstalk, scanned in 4K resolution

RELEASE NOTES:
The transfer and restoration of this release has been supervised by Bob Furmanek of 3-D Film Archive who successfully located and sought the preservation of Africa Screams’ nitrate film elements in 1986; who earlier this month successfully completed a crowdfund campaign for Africa in which over 600 supporters participated.
Five reels of the film’s original camera negative have been combined with remaining fine grain film elements to present this classic Abbott and Costello comedy in high definition to be seen as never before. Bob has also carefully curated and assembled the bonus features made available for this release.

https://www.classicflix.com/blog/202...ition-in-april

Pre-order link:
https://www.classicflix.com/products...imited-edition


My pre-order is in!!!
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This restoration was actually undertaken by Bob Furmanek and company at the 3D Film Archive, their first 2D project, I believe. These folks are just class, all around. Their Kickstarter only requested $7,500. They received nearly $33,000. Shows how passionate people really are about saving these old shows, particularly ones like this that have been ruined in the public domain trenches for far too long.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...africa-screams

I'm hopeful that they'll continue in this vein, mixing 3D and 2D restorations. There are a LOT of films still languishing in the public domain for which workable elements still survive.

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Got an email from ClassicFlix last night. Not of interest to me personally, but I've heard so-so reviews about just about every video release of these shorts, so this might be cool news for others around here:

COMING SOON: The Little Rascals Preservation & Restoration Project

ClassicFlix is thrilled to announce that we have licensed all 80 Hal Roach Our Gang (Little Rascal) sound shorts and will soon be announcing a crowdfund project to preserve and restore these beloved and iconic shorts.Go over to Indiegogo right now and click "watch the video" then sign up today and be the first to know when the campaign goes live.
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Just got an eblast this afternoon about several ClassicFlix titles about to go OOP. I doubt these will be seen again unless Kino takes a shine; no classics, but there’s some good stuff in the CF catalog:

MGM Titles Now Out of Print, Raw Deal Coming Back

About 4 hours ago by Staff WriterMGM Titles:

Ten titles that ClassicFlix licensed from MGM in 2017 will not be renewed and are now out of print. We do, however, have a limited time to sell off all the remaining stock.

Our yearly Anniversary Sale begins next week and all titles listed below will be discounted. Depending on how many units are left, we may have a last clearance sale down the road specifically for MGM titles.

The 10 titles are:Also, because our John Alton Film Collection contains He Walked by Night, it too is out of print.

Stock on each title varies, but Blu-ray's for The Noose Hangs High and the John Alton Film Collection are the lowest and likely won't last long. DVDs for Alton, Killer & Steps are already gone.

Raw Deal:

Good news regarding Raw Deal (1948) as we were able to renew our agreement on this essential film noir.

Currently only available in the John Alton Film Noir Collection, we will release it at a later date either as a bare bones stand alone or as a re-press of our out of print special edition.

Regarding a possible re-press, like special editions for T-Men (1947) and He Walked by Night, we had originally expected to replicate 5,000 units on Raw Deal back in 2018, but we only pressed 2,500. We did not expect to repress the special edition due to customer demand and a limited license window. Now that it has been renewed, we may bring back between 500-1000 units which should carry us through to the end of the license period.

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