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!

Amazing Space - 3D Cover Art (transparent)STREET DATE: May 26, 2015
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!

Classic Western 3-Pack - 3D Cover Art (transparent)STREET DATE: March 31, 2015
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