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:

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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’50s TV Classics

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.

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

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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.