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Universal Vault Series opens at Amazon

Along the same line as Warners Brothers archive program, Universal has made available decades worth of films that have never been on DVD. The one from the batch I’m picking up is the early Joel Schumacher film The Incredible Shrinking Woman.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment Jan. 20 said it would make available for the first time on DVD a series rare catalog titles spanning six decades that consumers can order online through Amazon’s CreateSpace on-demand service.

The studio, along with Warner Home Video and others last year, began offering select catalog titles available to consumers as special orders as a more cost-effective means of distribution than typical production runs. Universal and Turner Classic Movies last October partnered to offer film buffs access to classic titles on DVD on a made-to-order basis.

The studio, along with Warner Home Video and others last year with advances in on-demand DVD replication technology, began offering select catalog titles available to consumers as special orders as a more cost-effective means of distribution than typical production runs.

The digitally remastered titles available in the “Universal Vault Series” include A Bronx Tale, the 1993 film directed by and starring Robert De Niro; The Incredible Shrinking Woman, starring Lily Tomlin; Gambit, the three-time Academy Award-nominated film starring Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine; The Black Shield of Falworth, Universal’s first feature film using CinemaScope technology; The Brass Bottle, starring Barbara Eden and the film inspiration for the hit television show “I Dream of Jeannie”; and Resurrection, starring Ellen Burstyn as a modern-day miracle worker.

“CreateSpace’s model allows movie studios and content owners to restore and release oft-requested titles quickly, easily and economically,” said Dana LoPiccolo-Giles, managing director of CreateSpace. “With [our] DVD on-Demand platform, Universal Pictures can ensure its fans have the opportunity to collect and view their favorite films from the past with DVD quality.”

Other titles include: 40 Pounds of Trouble (1962), starring Tony Curtis; Blue Collar (1978), starring Richard Pryor and Harvey Keitel; The Chalk Garden (1964), starring Deborah Kerr and Hayley Mills; Death Takes a Holiday (1934), starring Frederic March; Dragnet (1954), starring Jack Webb; Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain (1995), starring Christina Ricci and Anna Chlumsky; and A Good Man in Africa (1994), starring Sean Connery.  

Additional movies include: The House of Seven Gables (1940), starring George Sanders and Vincent Price; Kitten with a Whip (1964), with Ann-Margret and John Forsythe; The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977), starring Marty Feldman; The List of Adrian Messenger (1963), with George C. Scott, Kirk Douglas and Frank Sinatra; The Perfect Furlough (1958), starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh; Pure Luck (1991), starring Martin Short and Danny Glover; Ruggles of Red Gap (1933), with Charles Laughton; Shoot Out (1971), starring Gregory Peck; Shout (1991), with John Travolta; Spawn of the North (1938), starring Henry Fonda, George Raft and Dorothy Lamour; Stick (1985), with Burt Reynolds; and Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1970), starring Robert Redford.”

Source: Home Media Magazine

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