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Fox to Release Eight Classic Films Through its "Voice Your Choice" Program

Posted October 2, 2013 03:14 PM by Webmaster

20th Century FoxTwentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced that it will release eight classic films on Blu-ray through its "Voice Your Choice" campaign on December 3rd. The films have been digitally restored and transferred to Blu-ray for the first time. All titles will be available for purchase through Amazon.com.

1930s
  • Jesse James (#1)
    • (1939) Jesse James stars Tyrone Power as the most infamous bandit in the history of the West. Jesse James was a young Missouri farmer forced outside the law after ruthless agents for the transcontinental railroad kill his ailing mother and steal his family's land. Together with his brother Frank (Henry Fonda), Jesse forms a gang of masked outlaws to strike back at the railroad company and the banks that have joined forces to swindle the oppressed farmers.
  • Call of the Wild (#2)
    • (1935) Jack Thornton has trouble winning enough at cards for the stake he needs to get to the Alaska gold fields. His luck changes when he pays $250 for Buck, a sled dog that is part wolf to keep him from being shot by an arrogant Englishman also headed for the Yukon.
1940s
  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (#1)
    • (1947) A romance between a young widow and a sea captain's ghost weaves a magical tale of immortal love. Determined to live her life the way she wants, newly widowed Lucy Muir (Gene Tierney) declines her straitlaced in-laws demand that she live with them and moves with her daughter (a young Natalie Wood) to the seaside into a cottage haunted by the handsome, blustering Captain Gregg (Rex Harrison). A deal is struck between the two in the wee hours of the morning allowing Lucy to stay in the house and the captain to materialize only in the master bedroom. As they gradually get to know each other better, Lucy's spunk and stubbornness gains first the captain's grudging respect, then his heart. But when another man woos Lucy, both must face that her future lies with the living, not in the spirit world.
  • The Black Swan (#2)
    • (1942) Tyrone Power and Maureen O'Hara cross romantic swords in this epic Oscar®-winning swash buckler about a pirate determined to reform his thieving ways – after he steals one last heart! Recently reformed pirate Jamie Boy (Power) is supposed to be helping the new Governor of Jamaica, Captain Morgan, rid the Caribbean of black-hearted buccaneers. But when Jamie falls head over keel for the heavenly – but hotheaded – Lady Margaret (O'Hara), he gives caution the heave-ho, kidnaps Margaret and sets sail for the adventure of a lifetime! Packed with "action, excitement, thundering guns and a maiden in distress"
1950s
  • Carmen Jones (#1)
    • (1954) Powered by Georges Bizet's grand music and Oscar Hammerstein II's magnificent lyrics, this Americanized all-black version of the classic opera Carmen is "a dynamic superb show" with a positively "incandescent Carmen." (Newsweek) Oscar-nominee Dorothy Dandridge stars in the title role, a passionate, sexy creature who lures Joe (Harry Belafonte), a handsome soldier, away from his sweetheart (Olga James). Following a fatal brawl with his sergeant, Joe deserts his regiment with the sultry femme fatale. But Carmen soon tires of him and takes up with a heavyweight prize-fighter (Joe Adams). Triggering Joe's tragic revenge. Helping to set the screen on fire are Pearl Bailey and Diahann Carroll, part of the "sensational troupe" that makes this jubilant musical film "hard to beat."
  • Desk Set (#2)
    • (1957) Bunny Watson (Katharine Hepburn) heads up the research department at the Federal Broadcasting Company, a major TV network. And she does her job very well, thank you very much. Assigned by the network president to introduce computers into some of the department's functions, Richard Sumner (Spencer Tracy) arrives at Bunny's well-run division to observe daily activities. Unfortunately, however, Sumner is ordered to keep his mission secret. As a result, the whole staff believes they are being replaced. To make matters worse, there appears to be more than a little electricity between Bunny and Sumner, which upsets Bunny's boyfriend Mike (Gig Young). As the tension mounts in the office, so do the laughs in this classic romantic comedy.
1960s
  • North to Alaska (#1)
    • (1960) John Wayne and Stewart Granger strike it rich in this rousing comedy-adventure set in the heyday of the Alaskan gold rush. When prospectors Sam McCord (Wayne) and George Pratt (Granger) hit the mother lode, George asks Sam to go to Seattle and fetch his sweetheart, Jennie, but she has already married someone else. Determined to bring George a new love, Sam invites a saloon dancer (Capucine) back to Nome as Jennie's replacement.
  • The Undefeated (#2)
    • (1969) In the tumultuous aftermath of the Civil War, Union Calvary officer John Henry Thomas takes his heroic men west while southerner James Langdon takes his soldiers to Mexico. When their paths cross, they forge an uneasy friendship that is quickly tested as they get caught between Mexican rebels and the Emperor's forces, and find themselves fighting side by side.



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News comments (39 comments)


beric3236
  Oct 02, 2013
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Day 1 for Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Black Swan, Desk Set and North to Alaska. I have these on DVD and will look forward to the Blu ray editions.
reidw
  Oct 02, 2013
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It will be interesting to see to what extent Fox restores/cleans up these titles.

martymagicman
  Oct 02, 2013
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Desk Set- Wonderful!

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Pirate King
  Oct 02, 2013
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I want all eight movies. Thanks Fox. and yes, I voted for most of these films that were selected. I thought it was a great idea. A studio that listened to what the public wanted. Bravo Fox.

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Blu Titan
  Oct 02, 2013
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Great news. Interested in all of them.

stlcards
  Oct 02, 2013
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North To Alaska and The Undefeated for me!

Jett Rink
  Oct 02, 2013
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Yeah! Desk Set!

Nika
  Oct 02, 2013
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Desk Set has been available on blu-ray for over a year in Germany, so is not exactly 'transferred to Blu-ray for the first time'. But aside from that, great initiative from Fox!

themadpanner
  Oct 02, 2013  
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bluknight1
  Oct 02, 2013
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Bravo, Fox! I'll be buying all of these to support their catalog restoration efforts. Here's hoping we get another chance to vote next year!

dsman71
  Oct 02, 2013
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I didn't voice these choices either..I would rather have the Best of Everything, Kiss of Death , Lost World, Innocents, Peyton Place, etc

fdm
  Oct 02, 2013
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It will be nice if these are actually sold in stores. Just saying.

hagios
  Oct 02, 2013
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Thanks very much Fox, getting Jesse James, Call of the Wild, Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Black Swan, North to Alaska & Undefeated!
moverob
  Oct 02, 2013
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Excellent.

It's great to see classic movies from Hollywood's Golden Age finally hit the BD format big time! Many of them will very much end up in my collection.

I'm lovin' it...

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wnicholas76
  Oct 02, 2013  

donald.brown
  Oct 02, 2013  
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Kuros
  Oct 02, 2013
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Fox also owns the United Kingdom rights to all these films, i.e. with the possible exception of Call of the Wild (1935), so here's hoping that Fox releases some or all of these films to general retail in the UK.

Blu Fanatic
  Oct 02, 2013
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Can't wait to pick up Desk Set and Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Hopefully Fox will give us another crack at choosing How to Steal a Million in a later group.

Atreyu
  Oct 02, 2013
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What the heck is The King and I?????

ChiefSequatchie
  Oct 02, 2013
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In for Jesse James, North To Alaska and The Undefeated

EManT2200
  Oct 03, 2013
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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir - gotta have it day one ! ! !

MetalMike666
  Oct 03, 2013
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The Undefeated is a definite (and only) purchase for me.

JimDiGriz
  Oct 03, 2013
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Voice your choice?!

Sounds rather like 'Speak your Brains!' (noone reading this will understand!)

Rich65
  Oct 03, 2013
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Good Choices and hopefully more great titles to come.

EricJ
  Oct 03, 2013  

THUNDERSTRUCK
  Oct 03, 2013  

Fingerlakes Dave
  Oct 03, 2013
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Ghost and Mrs. Muir

Mr. Cinema
  Oct 03, 2013
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I asked for True Lies. I don't think they heard me.

Rory
  Oct 03, 2013
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Are we only going to be able to get these through Foxconnect.com, or will they be sold retail?

Robert Siegel
  Oct 03, 2013
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Great selection but where is OKlahoma! and The King and I?

rafaelsalguero
  Oct 03, 2013
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I'll be buying all of these to support their catalog restoration efforts
DVD Phreak
  Oct 03, 2013
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@Atreyu and @Robert Siegel,
Oklahoma! and The King and I were not even nominated for the polling.

The films that were polled (btw, this was done back in January, and the results were announced in March, so all this is old news):

1930s — Jesse James, Call of the Wild, The Little Princess, Steamboat Round the Bend and Swanee River

1940s — The Return of Frank James, Pin Up Girl, That Night in Rio, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, The Black Swan, Kiss of Death, My Gal Sal, Captain From Castile, To the Shores of Tripoli, The Blue Bird, My Friend Flicka, A Letter to Three Wives, Crash Drive, Mother Wore Tights and Hello Frisco, Hello

1950s — Don’t Bother to Knock, Cheaper by the Dozen, Carmen Jones, On the Riviera, Anastasia, Black Widow, Broken Lance, The True Story of Jesse James, The Tall Men, Desk Set, The Best of Everything, The River’s Edge, The Bravados, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness and Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

1960s — From the Terrace, Morituri, Two for the Road, North to Alaska, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Let’s Make Love, Do Not Disturb, The Agony and the Ecstasy, Back Door to Hell, How to Steal a Million, The Undefeated, The 300 Spartans, Can-Can, the 1968 Bedazzled and Bandolero!

Brad1963
  Oct 03, 2013
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A Letter to Three Wives, On the Riviera, The 300 Spartans have been released or are coming. I think everything on this poll will eventually be released on Blu ray.
MoulinBlu
  Oct 04, 2013
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Great! Hope they still do the runner ups next. Would love to see How to Steal a Million and some of the others on Blu!

rockinrick
  Oct 04, 2013
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I'll probably buy them all. Way to go Fox ! I hope they are planning to do this again with more titles like some Film Noir.

Cinemave
  Oct 04, 2013
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They didn't release any of the ones I voted for :-(

lobo81865
  Oct 07, 2013
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Both of the John Wayne movies, and The Black Swan for me.

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vdmello
  Oct 08, 2013
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Carmen Jones = ugly artwork

jetthead
  Oct 09, 2013
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I will definitely be buying Call of the Wild, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, and The Black Swan. Very excited for these!


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