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!

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

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.

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.