The Best of Sherlock Holmes 12-Disc Collector’s Set Available Dec. 12th!

Sherlock Holmes 12-Disc Set - 3D Cover Art (Transparent)STREET DATE: December 6, 2016
PRE-BOOK DATE: November 15, 2016

The Best of Sherlock Holmes Collection is an amazing 12-disc set that any collector as well as the casual Holmes fan will want to own. His appeal is elementary!

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Homes has remained in the spotlight for nearly 160 years, first as stories on paper, and later on film with Holmes’ first appearance in Mutoscope machines in arcades in 1900.

See that first appearance, plus 67 more classic Sherlock Holmes programs, parodies and much more in this exclusive 12-disc collector’s set, which also includes the complete first season of the 1954 American TV Series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes starring Ronald Howard plus The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes radio show from 1939 with Basil Rathbone as Holmes!

This package includes:
- The first Sherlock Holmes appearance in a Mutoscope machine
- Over 27 hours of classic Sherlock Holmes radio, film, and TV shows
- Sherlock Holmes’ first appearance in 1900
- The complete first season of the 1954 American TV series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes radio show from 1939
- An actual screen test with Nigel Bruce and Leslie Banks
- Sherlock Holmes original movie trailers
- Funny Sherlock Holmes-inspired programs, parodies, and cartoons


Betty White 4-Disc Collector’s Set Available on Dec. 12th!

Betty White - 3D Cover Art (Transparent)STREET DATE: December 6, 2016
PRE-BOOK DATE: November 15, 2016

This 4-Disc Collector’s Set includes 41 episodes of early Betty White series Life with Elizabeth & Date with the Angels, totaling over 17 hours of content! Also included inside is an Episode Libretto.

Life with Elizabeth aired from October 7, 1953 to September 1, 1955. It stars Betty White as Elizabeth and Del Moore as her husband Alvin; Jack Narz is the on-camera announcer and narrator. Betty White received her first Primetime Emmy Award for her work on this series. The plot revolves around Elizabeth and Alvin, an ordinary suburban couple that inevitably gets into predicaments. In the end, Alvin, in variable degrees of frustration, would say, “I shall leave you at this point, Elizabeth” and would walk out of sight. The announcer would then say, “Elizabeth, aren’t you ashamed?” She would slowly nod, but then, with a slightly devilish grin, would vigorously shake her head to indicate she wasn’t!

Date with the Angels aired on ABC from May 10, 1957 to January 29, 1958. The series, which stars Betty White and Bill Williams, revolve around young Los Angeles newlyweds Vickie Angel and her insurance salesman husband Gus Angel, who get themselves and their friends and neighbors into various comedic situations and antics. Richard Deacon plays neighbor Roger Finley.


Rock ‘n Rhythm Collector’s Set Available on DVD Sept. 29th!

Rock 'n Rhythm Collector's SetSTREET DATE: September 29, 2015
PRE BOOK: September 8, 2015

Rock ‘n Roll Revue & Rhythm and Blues Revue
Filmmakers Joseph Kohn and Leonard Reed present legendary greats from the golden era of Rock ‘n Roll and Rhythm & Blues in these two feature revues. Willie Bryant hosts these timeless historic variety shows of Rock ‘n Roll and Rhythm & Blues music and vocal performances along with comedy and dance routines, recorded live at the Apollo Theater in 1955. The shows feature such acclaimed popular artists as Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, The Clovers, Big Joe Turner, The Delta Rhythm Boys, Martha Davis, and Ruth Brown. This double DVD compilation offers a rare insight into the changing musicals styles from big band and jazz to the emerging era of Rock ’n Roll, Doo-Wop, and R&B. The many standout performances include Big Joe Turner’s “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” Cab Calloway’s “Minnie the Moocher,” Amos Milburn’s “Bad, Bad Whiskey,” The Clovers’ “Your Cash Ain’t Nothin’ But Trash,” Larry Darnell’s “Better Be On My Way,” Delta Rhythm Boys’ “Dry Bones,” and Lionel Hampton’s “Jam Session.”

Rock, Rock, Rock!
A teenage Tuesday Weld, using Connie Francis’ vocals, sets the tone for this 1956 musical feature film. This movie is a must-see for any fan of the early days of Rock ‘n Roll, showcasing incredible musical performances by greats such as The Moonglows, Chuck Berry, The Flamingos, Lavern Baker, The Johnny Burnett Trio, and Frankie Lymon. Featuring rock promoter Alan Freed, Rock, Rock, Rock! is a step back in time for all to enjoy the timeless magic of where it all began… before the new rock styles of the 1960’s would explode and change music forever.

Also includes the 1956 Don’t Knock the Rock movie trailer with Bill Haley & His Comets and an episode/song guide!

Rock ‘n Roll Revue Performances
1. Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – “The Mooche”
2. Larry Darnell – “What More Do You Want Me to Do?”
3. Coles & Atkins (Tap Dance)
4. The Clovers – “Your Cash Ain’t Nothin’ But Trash”
5. Dinah Washington – “Only a Moment Ago”
6. Nat King Cole – “The Trouble with Me is You”
7. Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, featuring Louie Bellson – “Jazz Interlude”
8. Big Joe Turner – “Okimoshebop”
9. Lionel Hampton & His Band – “Jazz Number”
10. Larry Darnell – “Better Be on My Way”
11. Little Buck (Tap Dance)
12. Delta Rhythm Boys – “Take the ‘A’ Train”
13. Martha Davis and Her Spouse – “Vippety Bippety Bop”
14. Nat King Cole – “You Call it Madness”
15. Ruth Brown – “The Tears Keep Tumbling Down”
16 Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra – “Jazz Finale”

Rhythm and Blues Revue Performances
1. Lionel Hampton & His Band – “Jam Session”
2. Faye Adams – “Everyday”
3. Bill Bailey (Tap Dance)
4. Herb Jeffries – “In My Heart (There’s a Song)”
5. Amos Milburn – “Bad, Bad Whiskey”
6. The Larks – “The World is Waiting for the Sunrise”
7. Lionel Hampton & His Band – “Jam Session”
8. Sarah Vaughan – “Perdido”
9. Count Basie & His Orchestra – “One O’Clock Jump”
10. Big Joe Turner – “Shake, Rattle & Roll”
11. Delta Rhythm Boys – “Dry Bones”
12. Martha Davis and Her Spouse – “Goodbye, Honey, Goodbye”
13. Little Buck (Tap Dance)
14. Nat King Cole – “Calypso Blues”
15. Cab Calloway – “Minnie the Moocher”
16. Ruth Brown – “It’s Raining Teardrops from My Eyes”
17. Count Basie & His Orchestra – “He Plays Bass in the Basie Band”

Rock, Rock, Rock Performances
Jimmy Cavallo & His House Rockers – “Rock, Rock, Rock”
Connie Francis – “I Never Had a Sweetheart”
Teddy Randazzo – “The Things Your Heart Needs”
Ivy Schulman & the Bowties – “Rock, Pretty Baby”
Alan Freed & His Rock ‘n Roll Band, featuring Big Al Sears – “Rock ‘n Roll Boogie”
The Moonglows – “I Knew from the Start”
Chuck Berry – “You Can’t Catch Me”
The Flamingos – “Would I Be Crying”
Jimmy Cavallo & His House Rockers – “The Big Beat”
Teddy Randazzo – “Thanks to You”
The Three Chuckles with Teddy Randazzo – “We’re Gonna Rock Tonight”
Connie Francis – “Little Blue Wren”
Jimmy Cavallo & His House Rockers – “Rock, Rock, Rock”
Johnny Burnette Trio – “Lonesome Train (on a Lonesome Track)”
The Moonglows – “Over and Over Again”
LaVern Baker – “Tra La La”
Cirino & the Bowties – “Ever Since I Can Remember”
Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers – “Baby Baby”
Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers – “I’m Not a Juvenile Delinquent”
Teddy Randazzo – “Won’t You Give Me a Chance”
Alan Freed & His Rock ‘n Roll Band featuring Big Al Sears – “Right Now, Right Now”


They Call it Murder Available on DVD June 2nd!

They Call it Murder - 3D Cover Art (transparent)STREET DATE: June 2, 2015
PRE BOOK: May 5, 2015

Based on an original novel by Erle Stanley Gardner (creator of Perry Mason), They Call it Murder, a made-for-TV pilot that unfortunately never led to the series it deserved, is an intense “whodunnit” murder mystery with many twists and turns, that manages to put the pieces amazingly together with full summation at the end. Featuring Jim Hutton (ala Timothy) in an excellent performance as the relentless DA, he investigates a murder that soon leads to even more homicides. A contemporary nod to the Film Noir movies of the 1940′s, They Call it Murder demands the viewer’s concentration to follow the plot development from beginning to end. Also featuring Edward Asner and Leslie Nielson.


Amazing Space Available on Blu-ray/DVD/CD May 26th!

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PRE BOOK: April 19, 2015

Amazing Space: An Audio/Visual Meditation on the Cosmos will lift you gently from your fast paced life on Earth into the colorful, floating bliss of the cosmos, where you can peacefully enjoy the immense awesomeness of space while meditating on the enormity, significance and mysteries of the Universe!

The powerful and ethereal music of Kristin Hoffmann will both calm and elevate you. Your spirit will soar on sonic waves directly into magnificent star clusters, nebulas and galaxies… feeling a deep re-connection to existence on personal and collective levels.

Amazing Space can be used as an incredible companion and guide to meditation, yoga, dance, dreaming or just chilling out!


Jungle Girls 2-Disc Set Available on DVD April 28th!

Jungle Girls - 3D Cover Art (Transparent)STREET DATE: April 28, 2015
PRE BOOK: March 31, 2015

Tarzan knockoff films were very popular during the 1930s and 40s as well as female Tarzan-like films. As a result, these “Jungle Girl” films were made to cash in on this widespread interest of Tarzan and the curiosity of Africa. Two popular examples of Jungle Girl shows that could stand on their own were The Savage Girl and Sheena, Queen of the Jungle.

The Savage Girl (1932): The Savage Girl, while perhaps not achieving the same production level as Tarzan the Ape Man, which was shot in the same year (1932) and featured Maureen O’Sullivan in her first appearance as Jane, is still good fun and presents an important early predecessor for many films about jungle women that followed, including those made popular by Dorothy Lamour.

Rochelle Hudson stars in this “fantasy” poverty row classic as the stunning female Tarzan heroine, swinging from vines, befriending, living with and protecting wild animals, and uttering only the simplest of language. The Savage Girl is a throwback film to an earlier era that still entertains and that lovers of B-movies will enjoy.

Sheena, Queen of the Jungle (1955): Starring pin-up model Irish McCalla as the jungle queen, she was the first female comic book character to have a strip with her name and she was the female Tarzan. The 16 episodes included, which featured Sheena and hunter guide, Bob Rayburn, fighting assorted bad guys in the jungle, are generally standard fare stories produced with lower budgets that give the series the feel of a B-movie, but remains entertaining years later as the original Sheena on film.

For most fans of the jungle girl genre, Irish McCalla is Sheena, and no one has ever taken her place… or ever will.


One Step Beyond Available on DVD April 7th!

One Step Beyond - 3D Cover Art (Transparent)STREET DATE: April 7, 2015
PRE BOOK: March 10, 2015

Created by Merwin Gerard, One Step Beyond presents storylines that defy understanding as well as an exploration of the unknown and supernatural. The original series ran for three seasons on ABC from January 1959 to July 1961.

Produced a year before Twilight Zone, this series sparked the growing interest in paranormal suspense in the late 1950’s. The primary difference between the two shows was the effort One Step Beyond made to discover and present “real” stories of supernatural events and recreate them for each episode – all said to be based on true events. Ultimately, solutions to the mysteries were never found, leaving viewers bewildered as to the scope of their reality.

Includes 70 episodes on 6 DVDs and an Episode Guide!


Classic Western 3-Pack Available on DVD March 31st!

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PRE BOOK: March 3, 2015

Includes three Westerns on one DVD! Enjoy Johnny Mack Brown in Branded a Coward (1935), Jack Perrin in The Cactus Kid (1934), and Buck Jones in The Gunman from Bodie (1941).


Victory at Sea: The Feature Film on DVD March 17th!

Victory at Sea - 3D Cover Art - TransparentSTREET DATE:  March 17, 2015
PRE BOOK:   February 17, 2015

Victory at Sea is a wonderful overview of World War II. The film is fast-paced with excellent narration featuring Alexander Scourby, and legendary music by Richard Rodgers.

A well-produced feature-length version of the TV documentary series with actual footage from the battles described, it’s emotional and provides a good look at what our men and those of our allies, and even enemies, faced in WWII.

Richard Rodgers, fresh off of several hit Broadway musicals, was retained to compose the musical score for the series. Rodgers would contribute twelve “themes” – short piano compositions a minute or two in length – while Robert Russell Bennett did the scoring and conducted the NBC Symphony Orchestra on the soundtrack recording sessions. Rodgers’ “Beneath The Southern Cross” became “No Other Love” and was a big hit of the time.


Second Chorus (1940) Comes to Blu-ray and DVD May 14th

Rival Trumpeters and Their Manager vie for Positions in Artie Shaw’s Big Band

1940 Musical Comedy Starring Fred Astaire, Paulette Goddard, and Artie Shaw comes to DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack May 14th

Second Chorus 3D with BR AmarayBRIDGEPORT, Conn. — April 1, 2013 — For Immediate Release — Two college veterans are friendly trumpet rivals looking for spots in Artie’s Shaw’s big band in this hilarious musical comedy, Second Chorus (1940), available in a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack May 14 from Film Chest on the HD Cinema Classics label.

STARRING: Fred Astaire (Funny Face, Royal Wedding), Paulette Goddard (Modern Times, The Women), Artie Shaw (1940s big band leader with appearances in several films), Charles Butterworth (Love Me Tonight, Swing High, Swing Low), and Burgess Meredith (Man on the Eiffel Tower, Rocky).

Danny O’Neill (Astaire) and Hank Taylor (Meredith) prolong their college career by purposefully failing for seven years to lead the college band, “O’Neill’s Perennials.” Ellen Miller (Goddard) serves Danny and Hank a collection notice for a set of encyclopedias the pair never paid for. Danny and Hank woo Ellen away from the debt collection agency to be their manager. Artie Shaw, playing himself, and his band grow tired of losing gigs to the Perennials and try to draw Ellen away to work for them. O’Neill and Taylor audition for Shaw’s band, but their shenanigans get them both fired quickly. Finally O’Neill acts professionally and successfully dance-conducts his own composition.

“We were delighted to give Second Chorus its due respect with transferring and restoring it from an original 35mm nitrate,” comments Phil Hopkins, President of Film Chest. “Fans of Fred Astaire and Artie Shaw will be thrilled with their brilliant performances.”

With lyrics by the legendary Johnny Mercer (“Dream,” “Moon River”) and music by both Hal Borne (Astaire’s rehearsal pianist) and Artie Shaw, Second Chorus received Academy Award nominations for Best Song (“Would You Like to Be the Love of My Life?”) and Best Score.

Film Chest transferred the film from an original 35mm fine grain nitrate print. After a 2k scan, the film was digitally restored in high definition to attain the highest quality audio-visual experience possible.

Second Chorus is presented in full screen with an aspect ratio of 4 x 3 and original sound. Special features include a commentary track by author Tom Santopietro (Sinatra in Hollywood, Considering Doris Day), a before-and-after restoration demo, movie trailer, Spanish subtitles, and an original movie art postcard.

About Film Chest:

Founded in 2001, Film Chest offers high-quality feature film and TV content from its library of classic film and television series, boasting one of the world’s largest archival libraries. In addition, it also distributes and licenses to such companies as Turner Classic Movies and American Movie Classics, and has its own streaming channel on Hulu, American Pop Classics. Film Chest was awarded “Best Restoration 2012” by Videoscope Magazine for its restoration of The Red House (1947). Headquartered in Bridgeport, Conn., with offices in New York City, the company launched HD Cinema Classics in 2011 for the purpose of releasing high quality restoration work of classic movies that have yet to see full restoration into the Blu-ray market. Visit us online: www.filmchestmediagroup.com

Second Chorus (2 Discs)

Film Chest
Genre: Fred Astaire, Family Classic Entertainment, Music, Musical, Romance, Dance
Original Release: 1940 (B&W)
Not Rated / Rated: NR
Format: Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Pack
Running Time: Approx. 84 Minutes (Plus Special Features)
Suggested Retail Price: $19.98
Pre-Order Date: April 23, 2013
Street Date: May 14, 2013
Catalog #:  HDCC-015
UPC Code:  # 851169003155

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Contacts:
Film Chest, Inc. – 978.546.3685
Phil Hopkins @ phopkins@filmchest.com


TCM Classic Film Festival 2013

Phil Hopkins is excited to attend the TCM Classic Film Festival again this year in LA! He will be in the are April 25-28. Shoot us an email if you will be in the area. For more information on the festival, check out, filmfestival.tcm.com.


NATPE 2013

Phil will be attending NATPE in Miami, FL Tuesday and Wednesday, January 29 & 30. He’s currently making appointments, so if interested, please email phopkins@filmchest.com.


TCM Remembers 2012

TCM’s annual tribute to the movie professionals who passed away in 2012.


FlixChip Introducing a Movie-Loaded Flash Drive to Compete with Blu-ray, Streaming Downloads

9:05 PM PDT 10/5/2012 by Gregg Kilday

The company has announced its first content deal with FilmChest Media Group.

FlixChip Corp., a Chico, Calif.-based startup company, is betting that a pre-loaded USB movie drive can replace DVDs and Blu-rays and compete with streaming media to deliver movies and other entertainment content to computers, televisions, tablets and other hand-held devices.

While the company is still in the midst of a fund-raising campaign, it has announced its first content deal with FilmChest Media Group and says it is in discussions with film studios, indie distributions and video game producers with the aim of starting to sell its products both online and in bricks-and-mortar stores by the end of the year.

FlixChip calls its new product, the muvichip. It’s a USB drive, a solid-state device preloaded with a movie or other content, that comes in a credit-card-sized package and can be plugged into a computer’s USB port.

To accommodate tablets like the iPad that don’t have USB ports, FlixChip also has developed muvifi, a small-portable player that accepts the muvichip and streams its content to any wifi-enabled smartphone, tablet or TV. As many as five devices can stream a movie from muvifi at the same time.

According to FlixChip, muvichip will use the UltraViolet movie distribution and digital rights management protocols. The company also said muvichip is compatible with iOS, Windows, OS X, and Android, and support for other platforms will be available in early 2013.

Muvichip pricing will be compatable with Blu-ray, the company said, while the muvifi players will retail for about $35 each.

FlixChip founder and CEO John Strisower said,  “The time is definitely now for the launch of filmed entertainment on the USB platform. The key thing is that the customer already owns the hardware they need for muvichip playback and muvifi local streaming, and they already know how to use it. Along with hard media, VOD and other digital delivery systems, muvichip promises to be the next major content delivery platform.”

In addition to Strisower, the FlixChip management teams consists of co-founder and COO Greg Helland; CFO Pat BennettAidan Foley, vp, business development; and Han Cho, vp, manufacturing and design.

As part of its fund-raising efforts, FlixChip has turned to indiegogo.com, an online crowdfunding platform. The company has set a $100,000 goal. As of Oct. 5, it has attracted pledges amounting to $15,000.

Source URL: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/flixchip-introducing-a-movie-loaded-376868


’50s TV Classics


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. —
July 24, 2012 — For Immediate Release — Go back to happier times with ’50s TV Classics, a three-disc collector’s edition on DVD Aug. 28  from Film Chest.

Experience the best of the “golden age of television” with this collection of shows including more than eight hours of comedy, music, variety, game shows and drama. Featuring some of Hollywood’s biggest and most iconic stars: Bob Hope, Ed Sullivan, Milton Berle, Red Skelton, Dinah Shore, Lawrence Welk, Art Carney, Paul Winchell, Jerry Mahoney, Ed Wynn and more!

Shows featured in this retro collection include (Disk #1) The Bob Hope Show (1957), The Chevy Show With Dinah Shore & Art Carney (1956), The Ed Wynn Show (1950), The Paul Winchell & Jerry Mahoney Show (1950), (Disk #2) Death Valley Days: Sego Lilies (1953), Death Valley Days: Little Washington (1953), Death Valley Days: Dear Teacher (1953), The Lawrence Welk Show (1956), The Milton Berle Show (1956), (Disk #3) Beat the Clock (1950s), Do You Trust Your Wife? (Episode #1 – 1957), Do You Trust Your Wife? (Episode #2 – 1957), Name That Tune (1950s) and The Red Skelton Show: Deadeye and the Indians (1954).

Commented Phil Hopkins and Ralph Stevens, co-owners of Film Chest, “This thrilling compilation features shows rarely available to the public—wholesome fun from simpler and, frankly, funnier times. We think fans and collectors of classic TV will truly enjoy these rare episodes and are excited to be a part of this project.”

 ’50s TV Classics is presented in full screen with an aspect ratio of 4 x 3 and original mono sound.


ZAAT Screens at Alamo Drafthouse, Austin, TX – July 11th

Writer Ron Kivett IN PERSON. Special video intro from director Don Barton.

One of the finest movies ever made about a Nazi fugitive who develops a serum called ZAAT, uses it to transform himself into a walking catfish, and goes on a rampage in North Florida.ZAAT!, also known as BLOOD WATERS OF DR. Z, is a prime example of what I call Planet Florida. What passes for logic and reason in the other 49 states is still viewed with suspicion in Florida. Don’t knock it. This no-rules approach to movie making has given us some of the finest and most entertaining drive-in movies ever and, while ZAAT! may lack the professional flair of its bigger budget counterparts, it gives us a window into a world beyond our own, with its own, somewhat obscure viewpoint. After you see ZAAT!, you will believe in the power of rubber monster suits. We will be joined by Ron Kivett, co-writer of ZAAT!, who will tell us all about the making of this 40-year old microbudgeted swampland gem. There will also be a video intro from director Don Barton, who is unable to attend for health reasons. Don’t miss it. DVDs and Blu-Rays (!) of ZAAT! will be on sale at the show.

For more information, check out Alamo’s website.


Springtime in the Sierras Rides Onto DVD

Classic Western Stars Roy Rogers, Trigger, Stephanie Bachelor & Jane Frazee

Rides Onto DVD June 26th

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — May 30, 2012 — For Immediate Release — Roy Rogers and his faithful steed, Trigger, save the day with guts, gusto and song in Springtime in the Sierras, riding onto DVD June 26 from Film Chest on the American Pop Classics label.

When his best friend, a game warden, is murdered by Matt Wilkes (Roy Barcroft, Oklahoma!, My Pal Trigger) – a henchman for criminal ringleader Jean Loring (Stephanie Bachelor, The Undercover Woman, G.I. War Brides) – Roy Rogers (playing himself as he did in more than 70 films) is determined to find out what happened.

With musical performances by Rogers, the film also features Jane Frazee (Buck Privates, Calendar Girl) and Andy Devine (Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, Stagecoach).

Rarely ever seen in color, restored from the original, rare, 16mm archive print and digitally re-mastered, Springtime in the Sierras, is presented in full frame with an aspect ratio of 4 x 3 and mono sound.  Bonus feature: The Chevy Show Easter special (April 2, 1961) featuring Roy Rogers and Dale Evans with special guests Charley Weaver, Eddie Arnold, George Maharis, and The Limeliters.


Film Chest Builds End-To-End Restoration Pipeline with Digital Vision Tools

May 8, 2012 (Los Angeles, CA)         Digital Vision has announced that Film Chest has chosen the Golden Eye III film scanner and Phoenix, the industry’s premium film, video and digital restoration and mastering solution, to power their expanded pipeline for television and motion picture restoration and distribution. The Golden Eye III film scanner and Phoenix restoration software were installed earlier this year in Film Chest’s Bridgeport, Connecticut facility. Film Chest Media Group was founded by Philip E. Hopkins and Ralph E. Stevens, who helm the company.

Film Chest owns and distributes thousands of titles, boasting one of the largest libraries of classic movies and television series’ in the world. They provide high-quality content to pay cable, public and broadcast television, motion pictures, streaming, distribution, and a variety of other professional uses. Their collection is also notable for its archive of orphan films and family collections. Film Chest delivers to networks, studios and the growing array of outlets including Hulu, Netflix, Turner Classic Movies and American Movie Classics, Amazon, iTunes, Verizon FiOs, and Vudu as well as servicing other libraries.

Given the nature of the projects they work on, and the condition of the elements, it was crucial that they develop a high-quality solution to their restoration needs. Phil Hopkins, Founder and President of Film Chest, stated, “We were committed to building an in-house facility to create the highest quality elements possible, not just for our projects, but for the libraries that we manage on behalf of a number of content holders. In the midst of all of our extensive work, we realized that it was simply inefficient to send negatives away for scanning. After we investigated all of our options, we found that the Golden Eye III and Phoenix offered us an amazing solution, from scan to final with great Digital Vision support, and hardware and software integration.”

After quality, output became the top priority for the Film Chest team. Hopkins continued, “With 200 features to do each year, we had to have a high degree of accuracy and efficiency. Beginning the process with Golden Eye III and going thru the process of Phoenix is an extremely proficient model.  In the near future, when the integration of metadata is complete, we will be incredibly efficient in our service.”

Hopkins and Stevens were familiar with the Digital Vision product line from references in the industry and their extensive research. Stevens stated, “Working with Digital Vision’s products, we considered them to be the high-bar of quality, and Phoenix had become our reference point into the world of restoration. We knew that Digital Vision had nailed the algorithms for dust-busting and grain reduction. Some of the other platforms could accomplish similar goals, but in weeks, not in hours. Phoenix was the only one that could do it on the time scale we needed. Hands down, Phoenix has been the best solution for our needs.”

Hopkins offers an example of how efficient the pipeline is for Film Chest. “’The Strange Love of Martha Ivers’ is a perfect example of a problematic film. The print belongs to the Library of Congress, and we were working with them towards a Blu-ray release of the film. We asked The Library to make a transfer, but when we began to work on the restored master they sent, the film was shrunken and destabilized. I spoke with the head curator, and they agreed to send us the original film elements, which is an extremely rare occurrence. The Golden Eye III transfer was absolutely as good as it could be, and the restoration was much better than it would have been on its own.”

He concluded, “We must have a powerful ability to work with problem films, from S8, to 16, to old 35, we need to make the very best elements possible. We manage a complex and frequently problematic library. This pipeline has given us an arsenal of tools that help us create beautiful and lasting projects. We couldn’t be happier with the Golden Eye III and the Phoenix.”

Kelvin Bolah, President of Digital Vision, noted, “The Film Chest team have been very thorough in the evaluation of our technology and competitive solutions. They are a very impressive group of people, and based on their in-depth knowledge and due diligence they have chosen to work with what they consider to be the best tools in the market. Their stringent processes gives total validation to the efforts of our strong product management and R&D teams. We wish Film Chest undoubted success as they continue to grow and develop their business.”


Strange Love of Martha Ivers Coming to Blu-ray/DVD

Fate Drew Them Together … Only Murder Could Part Them

1946 Film Noir Classic Stars Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott &

Kirk Douglas (In His Film Debut), Wooing a DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack on May 29th 

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — May 1, 2012 — For Immediate Release — A young girl yearns for freedom and love, but is trapped into an adulthood wrought with obligation and guilt in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, available in a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack May 29 from Film Chest on the HD Cinema Classics label.

STARRING: Barbara Stanwyck (Double Indemnity, Dial M for Murder, TV’s The Big Valley), Kirk Douglas in his film debut (Spartacus, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea), Van Heflin (Shane, 3:10 to Yuma), Lizabeth Scott (Dead Reckoning, Too Late for Tears), Judith Anderson (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Ten Commandments), Janis Wilson (Watch on the Rhine, The Creeper), Darryl Hickman, (Network, The Grapes of Wrath), Mickey Kuhn (A Streetcar Named Desire, Gone With the Wind) and Roman Bohnen (The Best Years of Our Lives).

Desperate to escape her wealthy, domineering aunt (Anderson), young Martha (Wilson) plans to run away with her boyfriend, Sam (Hickman). Accidentally killing her aunt, she lies, but her story is supported by Walter (Kuhn), who saw what happened. Martha’s tutor (Bohnen) suspects the truth and extorts the girl, taking control of her life. Years later, Sam (Heflin) returns to town and falls in love again … with ex-con Toni (Scott). When she is arrested, Sam seeks the help of Walter (Douglas), now a lawyer. But unbeknownst to Sam, Walter has married Martha (Stanwyck), blackmailing her into the union. Fearing what Sam knows, he sets out to silence his wife’s unrequited love … Manipulation, conspiracy, forgiveness, heartbreak and tragedy await as this all-star, 1946 film noir classic unfolds.

With the cooperation of the U.S. Library of Congress, the film was transferred by Film Chest from the original, damaged 35mm elements with their new Golden Eye III, a state-of-the-art film scanner, and digitally restored in high definition to attain the highest quality audio-visual experience possible.

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers is presented in full screen (aspect ratio: 4 x 3) and standard Dolby audio. Special features include a commentary track by author William Hare (Early Film Noir: Greed, Lust and Murder Hollywood Style, L.A. Noir: Nine Dark Visions of the City of Angels, Hitchcock and the Methods of Suspense); a before-and-after restoration demo; original theatrical trailer; Spanish subtitles; and an original movie art postcard.


Lancelot Link Highlight Video

Check out the highlight video for the new release, coming May 29th.

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Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp Release

 

Monkey business takes on a whole new meaning in the live-action classic television series Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp, swinging onto DVD in a special, three-disc collector’s set, May 29 from Film Chest.

In the spirit of Get Smart, ABC’s action-adventure/comedy spy series (1970-72) aired Saturday mornings, starring a cast of chimpanzees whose performances were dubbed with human voices, including those of Dayton Allen, Joan Gerber, Steven Hoffman and The Love Boat’s Bernie Kopell, among others. All 17 episodes have been transferred from the original studio ABC masters.

In a world inhabited by chimps instead of humans, Lancelot Link (Allen), along with partner Mata Hairi (Gerber), is one of the top agents of the Agency to Prevent Evil (APE), a secret organization led by Commander Darwin (Allen) that protects the world from wrongdoers.

Their chief nemesis is Baron Von Butcher (Kopell), who leads the Criminal Headquarters for Underworld Master Plan (CHUMP), an evil league bent on world conquest. Assisting the Baron is a band of bad apes including Creto, Wang Fu, the Duchess, Dragon Lady, Ali Assa Seen and Dr. Strangemind.

Episodes also included musical segments featuring the psychedelic music group Evolution Revolution (even spawning the release of a soundtrack album).

Now in retirement, Lancelot has been enjoying his days at Los Angeles’ Wildlife Waystation (WWS), which will receive part of the proceeds from DVD sales. A famed institution that has been assisting wild animals in need for 36 years, WWS is now desperately in need of funds for renovations and to remain open.

“It was very exciting to find that Lance was still around after all these years and being well cared for in his retirement at the Wildlife Waystation,” commented Allan Sandler, producer of the original series and of the DVD collector’s set.  “Bringing back all the memories of filming the series is a highlight for me and I am happy another generation of viewers will have the opportunity to enjoy the show.”

Added Martine Colette, founder and matriarch of WWS, “The Wildlife Waystation is very pleased and grateful to receive these proceeds to help us with the ongoing costs of maintaining the care of our chimpanzees.”

The only approved digital and DVD elements protected by copyright from the original producers and owners (SBM, LLC) with the approval of ABC, Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp is presented in full screen with an aspect ratio of 4 x 3 and original mono sound. Special features include interviews with Sandler and musical director Bob Emenegger; live video footage of Sandler with Lancelot at the Waystation in 2011; the 1999 documentary short I Created Lancelot Link by Diane Bernard and Jeff Krulik; picture slideshow of real-life Lancelot Link (provided by Sandler and Life magazine); and complete Evolution Revolution vignettes from all 17 original episodes.

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ZAAT Released to Blu-ray!

Is the monster man, fish or devil?  Everyone’s dying to know (literally) in Zaat – restored and in HD for the first time ever – available in a special DVD/Blu-ray combo pack February 21st from Film Chest on the CULTRA and HD Cinema Classics labels.

Find out why Zaat is an underground cult favorite, amassing an ever-growing legion of loyal followers over the past 40 years. See why scores of fans have refused to let this funky classic from the ’70s die in obscurity!

In Zaat (also known as The Blood Waters of Dr. Z), an obsessed scientist, Dr. Kurt Leopold (Marshall Grauer) – who has been scorned by his peers – is convinced he can transform humans into fish. In his isolated backwoods laboratory, he proves his hypothesis by turning himself into a horrible, vengeful creature (played by Wade Popwell) that is part man, part walking catfish!

Armed with his mutagenic chemical compound, Zaat, the monster is bent on revenge, determined to turn the tables on humanity by making his fishy friends the dominant species on Earth.  All that stands in his way are a small town sheriff (Paul Galloway), a dedicated young biologist (Gerald Cruse) and a couple of swinging agents (Sanna Ringhaver, Dave Dickerson) from the Inter-Nations Phenomenon Investigations Team (INPIT).  Also starring Archie Valliere and Nancy Lien.

It’s a southern fried fight to the finish (Florida style!) with the ecological state of the entire planet at stake!

Available on video for the first time in its original glory, digitally restored in HD and transferred from original 35mm elements, this DVD/Blu-ray combo pack contains a whole tackle box full of extras, including: feature-length audio commentary by cast and crew; original 35mm trailer; television spots; outtakes; radio interview; before-and-after restoration demo; and an original movie art postcard.

Produced and directed by Don Barton and written by Ron Kivett and Lee Larew, Zaat is presented in widescreen with an aspect ratio of 16×9 and Standard Dolby Audio.  Includes Spanish subtitles.


NATPE 2012

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