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    Posted by Mike Finnegan on

    Los Angeles locals and visitors this week have a chance to revisit two of the label’s hi-def Blu-ray favorites on the big screen at the American Cinematheque’s Aero Theater in Santa Monica. The iconic Pat Boone (who headlines the starry cast of Twilight Time’s disc of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair (1962) that arrives this week and makes for a grand night for singing) will appear for a Q&A session at a special 60th-anniversary screening of the fondly remembered musical April Love (1957) on Friday July 21 at 7:30 PM. As the DCP to be shown is derived from the 4K studio restoration that was the basis of TT’s sparkling 1080p disc, the down-homey, outdoorsy Kentucky-filmed story’s Cinemascopic, stereophonic wonders should be as well showcased as its still-thriving 83-year-old star is well preserved. The following Sunday July 23, a 7:30 PM double feature tribute to the singular 71-year-old marvel Dolly Parton features the fabulously feminine workplace comedy classic 9 to 5 (1980, also starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dabney Coleman), followed by The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982). Parton partisans can meet and greet author Randy L. Schmidt, who’ll autograph his new Dolly on Dolly: Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton beforehand and introduce the two movies. If New York City is your current scene, whether as resident or tourist, the enthusiastic response to Film Forum’s grandly gritty Ford to City: Drop Dead – New York in the 1970s film series prompted an extension offering added screenings of the TT titles Interiors (Sunday July 23) and The Panic in Needle Park (Sunday July 24). For those not coastally located, your home theater screen will be sufficiently served by TT’s discs of the joyously nostalgic April Love (offered here: http://screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/28833/APRIL-LOVE-1957/), the darkly involving Interiors (offered here: http://www4.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/32867/INTERIORS-1978/), the wittily topical 9 to 5 (offered here: http://www4.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/32114/9-TO-5-1980/) and the broodingly tragic The Panic in Needle Park (offered here: http://www4.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/31807/THE-PANIC-IN-NEEDLE-PARK-1971/).