Newly Restored Classic THE SEA WOLF Debuts on Blu-ray October 10
The Sea Wolf — one of the great Warner Bros. classics which has existed only in truncated form for 70 years — has been restored to its original length as first released in 1941, with 14 minutes of long-missing footage, remastered from a 4K scan. The Warner Archive Collection (WAC) will debut the film simultaneously on Blu-ray and DVD October 10 in a stunning new restoration. The film is now available to pre-order at www.wb.com/warnerarchive.com or at online retailers everywhere.
The new release of the coveted classic from the world’s largest filmed entertainment library represents a team effort from WAC and Warner Bros.’ Motion Picture Imaging facility (MPI) and underscores the studio’s continuing commitment to film restoration and preservation.
The Sea Wolf stars Edward G. Robinson, Ida Lupino and John Garfield and is directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, The Adventures of Robin Hood). It was one of Warner Bros. highest-grossing titles of 1941, well-received by both critics and audiences. Robert Rossen’s (Body and Soul, Oscar®-winning All the King’s Men, The Hustler) adapted screenplay — which contemporized the story by adding a strong anti-fascist component by making the main character a thinly disguised figure reminiscent of a European dictator — is still considered the benchmark version of Jack London’s best-selling psychological thriller. Executive producer Hal B. Wallis brought together a stellar team of Warner talents to further the studio’s reputation for prestigious, action-packed, yet socially conscious productions. The Sea Wolf was the fifth screen version of London’s 1904 best-seller. The story had been filmed three times during the silent era and was released as an early talkie from Fox Film Corp. in 1930, before the rights were eventually acquired by Warner Bros. Eight worldwide film and television versions followed.
Bonus content includes the original trailer remastered in HD and a 1950 condensed radio production from the “Screen Director’s Playhouse” series starring Edward G. Robinson and directed by Michael Curtiz. The radio program also provides a rare glimpse at witty banter between Robinson and Curtiz, who had previously collaborated on several Warner Bros.’ classics.
The 14 Minutes
In order to present a 1947 ‘sea-faring’ double feature re-issue with 1940’s The Sea Hawk, Jack Warner cut both films to accommodate more daily showings in theaters. The 14 minutes from The Sea Wolf were physically edited and removed from the original camera negative and no 35 mm copies were thought to have remained — until a recent extensive archival search yielded a thought-lost nitrate positive fine grain master made at the time of the film’s production. The latter became the basis for the new 4K scan which was used by Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging to meticulously restore the picture. An audio restoration was also performed to take full advantage of the rich musical underscoring by Erich Wolfgang Korngold (The Adventures of Robin Hood).
From George Feltenstein, WBHE’s George Feltenstein, SVP, Theatrical Catalog Marketing
“We are deeply gratified to be bringing this restoration to the public,” said Feltenstein. “For so many years the 100-minute version of The Sea Wolf seemed impossible to properly restore, as the only known copy of the full version was John Garfield’s 16 mm personal print. Initially we were going to add the missing minutes from that print, despite visible loss in quality. Thanks to WB’s film preservation archivists, we are pleased that the original version is now protected, and can be seen by new generations as originally intended.”
More about the Film
In The Sea Wolf, Edward G. Robinson gives one his strongest performances as Wolf Larsen, the brutal sea captain of the seal-hunting schooner “Ghost,” who gives save haven to fugitives George Leach (John Garfield), Ruth Webster (Ida Lupino) and writer Humphrey van Weyden (Alexander Knox). Larsen’s crew mutinies against his horrific abuses; van Weyden, Webster and Leach attempt an escape, only to return to find what they think is a deserted ship. They tangle with Larsen, during which the commander reveals a dark secret he’s been hiding as he and the boat sail toward disaster. The supporting cast includes Barry Fitzgerald, Gene Lockhart and Howard da Silva in pivotal roles. Sol Polito (Arsenic and Old Lace, Sergeant York) was director of photography and George Amy (Yankee Doodle Dandy) was film editor. Byron Haskin and Nathan Levinson were Academy Award® nominees for Best Special Effects.
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CHASING TITLES VOL. 1 demands your attention!
Brian Austin Green is back in his new short “Cashing Titles Vol. 1” from writer/director Ryan Egypt. However, it seems this story isn’t just popcorn fiction anymore. Last Wednesday U.S. Postal Service letter carrier Gabriel Anno was arrested on the job and accused of dealing and possession of marijuana, cocaine, and a machine gun. Resulting searches also revealed additional marijuana, codeine, Xanax pills, and $2,000 in cash. In Chasing Titles Vol 1. Brian Austin Green’s character Joe finds himself face to face with the consequences of a very similar string of bad decisions and the resulting effects they have on his family. The actor and real life postal drug dealer even look eerily alike!
“Chasing Titles Vol. 1” is currently campaigning for an Academy nomination for Best Live Action Short Film. Make sure to check out the website below for additional info on the film.
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES hits video this week. Check out a clip
THE LOVE TRIALS, A short film by Theodore James world premieres at the Austin Film Festival Oct 26th!
‘Jack Whitehall: At Large’ Netflix Original Stand-Up Special Coming October 24
Award-winning comedian, writer and actor Jack Whitehall returns to the stage for his biggest-ever UK arena tour Jack Whitehall: At Large. Filmed at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, Jack Whitehall: At Large will debut in all Netflix territories, on October 24, 2017.
All I See Is You | New Poster Featuring Blake Lively
Gina (Blake Lively) and husband James (Jason Clarke) have an almost perfect marriage. After being blinded as a child in a nearly fatal car crash that claimed her parent’s lives, Gina depends on James to be her eyes-a dependence that appears to solidify their passionate relationship. She sees her world in her own vivid imagination with help from James’ descriptions. Despite her disability, the two enjoy a colorful existence in Bangkok, Thailand where James works in insurance and Gina explores life in a foreign country. It seems the only real hardship this loving couple faces is difficulty conceiving a child but when Gina is given the opportunity to have a corneal transplant and regains her vision, their life and relationship are upended. Gina now sees the world with a new sense of wonder and independence which James finds threatening. It is only when Gina suddenly begins to lose her sight again that she finally realizes the disturbing reality of their marriage and their lives.
GKIDS and Fathom Events Continue STUDIO GHIBLI FEST with “Spirited Away” in Select U.S. Cinemas!
STUDIO GHIBLI FEST, a six film monthly series of anime classics, continues in October with the Academy Award-winning masterpiece “Spirited Away” from the legendary Studio Ghibli and director Hayao Miyazaki. This special event will play in movie theaters nationwide for three days only on October 29, October 30, and November 1.
Following the smash-hit 15th anniversary celebration, “Spirited Away” returns to movie theaters as part of the unique Studio Ghibli celebration, just in time for Halloween. Chihiro thinks she is on another boring trip with her parents, but when they stop at a village that is not all that it seems, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, and Chihiro is whisked into a world of fantastic spirits, shape-shifting dragons and a witch who never wants to see her leave. She must call on the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world.
This event also features the GKIDS MINIFEST, an ongoing festival of award-winning short animated films from around the world, as part of the exclusive event experience.
GKIDS and Fathom Events
Sunday, October 29th at 12:55 p.m. local time (English- dubbed)
Monday, October 30th at 7:00 p.m. local time (English-language subtitled)
Wednesday, November 1st at 7:00 p.m. local time (English-dubbed)
Tickets for “Spirited Away” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Moviegoers throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy these events in nearly 600 select movie theaters. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).