Twilight Time’s tremendous five-film November 1080p hi-def Blu-ray lineup is one for this small but sturdy label’s record books in diversity and geography: two fabled dramas set in Japan, two sweetly shaggy comedy gemstones, and a long-awaited 50th-anniversary-marking movie musical in a sparkling new 4K restoration transfer. It’s also distinguished: two of the titles claimed a combined six Academy Awards® and another won its own triumphant six trophies, including Best Film, from the Japanese Academy. One is hitting the Southern California surf in its original widescreen Cinemascope for the first time ever on home video, and another is vintage, valuable “early, funny” Woody Allen. As Richard Attenborough’s circus ringmaster Blossom musically declares: “You’ve never seen anything like it in your life!”
Coming November 14 are: Bananas (1971), starring Woody Allen, Louise Lasser and Carlos Montalbán, directed by Woody Allen, score by Marvin Hamlisch; Doctor Dolittle (1967), starring Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar and Anthony Newley, directed by Richard Fleischer, song score by Leslie Bricusse (including the Oscar®-winning Best Song Talk to the Animals), arranged/conducted by Lionel Newman and Alexander Courage; Gidget (1959), starring Sandra Dee, James Darren and Cliff Robertson, directed by Paul Wendkos, music supervised/conducted by Morris Stoloff; Sayonara (1957), starring Marlon Brando, Miiko Taka, James Garner, Ricardo Montalban and Academy Award® winners Miyoshi Umeki (Best Supporting Actress) and Red Buttons (Best Supporting Actor), directed by Joshua Logan, score by Franz Waxman; and The Yellow Handkerchief (Shiawase no kiiroi hankachi) (1977), starring Ken Takakura, Chieko Baishô and Kaori Momoi, directed by Yôji Yamada, score by Masaru Sotû. Details of each release will follow in October.