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'114 years of Cary Grant'

  Cary Grant, born Archibald Leach, lived an illustrious life that impacted millions, and today marks what would have been his 114th birthday. His biography is peppered with stories that show his kindness and strong priciples. In honor of him, we’d like to share a few of those stories and how they relate to some … Continue reading 114 years of Cary Grant

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January 18, 2018

'Pause It: The Wedding Banquet'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? A picture from a wedding photo montage of happy couple Wei-Wei (May Chin) and Wai-Tung Gao (Winston Chao) in director Ang Lee’s The Wedding Banquet (1993). But wait — the nuptial bliss of the photo belies a deeper and unhappy truth. In order to please his traditional Taiwanese parents, … Continue reading Pause It: The Wedding Banquet

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January 12, 2018

'Olive Films Announces January 2018 Titles'

¡Saludos desde España! From the Oscar-winning Belle Epoque and the superbly sexy Jamón Jamón to Julio Medem at his quirky best, Olive has some of Spain’s finest film offerings this January. These DVDs and Blu-rays will all be available to own on January 30th. Preorder now!   BELLE EPOQUE (1992) PENÉLOPE CRUZ (Volver, Vicky Cristina … Continue reading Olive Films Announces January 2018 Titles

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January 4, 2018

'With All Due Credit: The Stranger'

Year in review: In August, we released Orson Welles’s The Stranger  (1946) on DVD and Blu-ray. Even from the opening credits, the motif of clocks is in the foreground of The Stranger. The clock serves many roles in the film, both narratively (Welles’s Kindler is a clock repairman and one of the film’s most tense set pieces … Continue reading With All Due Credit: The Stranger

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December 27, 2017

'Color Palette: Blanche'

Year in review: In April, we released Walerian Borowczyk’s second live-action feature, Blanche (1971), on DVD and Blu-ray. In the opening scene of this fairytale-turned-tragedy, a turquoise gem stands out strongly against an otherwise neutrally toned color palette. Borowczyk was devoted to period accuracy in Blanche‘s production design and music, and this remarkable piece of jewelry provides one of the … Continue reading Color Palette: Blanche

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December 20, 2017

'Pause It: Wagon Tracks'

Year in review: in January, we released the William S. Hart western Wagon Tracks on DVD and Blu-ray. PAUSE IT: What do you see? Cardshark Donald Washburn (Robert McKim) shoots a menacing expression our way in director Lambert Hillyer’s Wagon Tracks (1919). What we notice is the expressive use of light and color that gives Washburn the … Continue reading Pause It: Wagon Tracks

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December 19, 2017

'Frame by Frame: The Vampire’s Ghost'

Year in review: in October, we released the Republic horror film The Vampire’s Ghost (1945). In The Vampire’s Ghost, Adele Mara’s character is introduced with a high-octane and sultry dance number that culminates in a breaking of the fourth wall as she stares through the camera at us. The Vampire’s Ghost (1945) Directed by Lesley Selander Written by … Continue reading Frame by Frame: The Vampire’s Ghost

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December 18, 2017

'Pause It: The Miracle Worker'

Year in review: in October, we released The Miracle Worker on DVD and Blu-ray. PAUSE IT: What do you see? In a scene from Arthur Penn’s 1962 classic, The Miracle Worker, teacher for the blind and deaf Annie Sullivan (Anne Bancroft) gives Helen Keller (Patty Duke) her first lesson. The story of Helen Keller, the remarkable … Continue reading Pause It: The Miracle Worker

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December 14, 2017

'Olive Holiday Gift Guide: Give the gift of movie memories'

  These days, it can seem like physical media plays second fiddle to streaming far too often. But all that changes during the holidays. DVDs and Blu-rays are practical, collectible, and a thoughtfully selected one means that your loved ones will think of you every time they see their favorite DVD or Blu-ray on their … Continue reading Olive Holiday Gift Guide: Give the gift of movie memories

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December 13, 2017

'102 years of Frank Sinatra'

Frank Sinatra’s legacy as one of the greatest performers of the last century endures. His charisma and screen presence is widely appreciated, but we also think that he was an exceptionally talented actor. Legend has it that Frank Capra once told Sinatra that if he quit his singing career to focus only on film, he … Continue reading 102 years of Frank Sinatra

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December 12, 2017

'Frame by Frame: King Solomon’s Mines'

Year in review: in February, we released the Cannon Group’s adventure romp King Solomon’s Mines (1985). What would a cheesy 80s action movie be without an excessive explosion? King Solomon’s Mines delivers on that and plenty of other forms of your daily recommended cheese. King Solomon’s Mines (1985) Directed by J. Lee THompson Starring Richard Chamberlain, Sharon … Continue reading Frame by Frame: King Solomon’s Mines

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December 11, 2017

'2017 Olive Signature Blu-rays: Best Deals'

With today’s release of A New Leaf and Letter from an Unknown Woman, 2017 has seen the Olive Signature blu-ray debut of four excellent films in special limited editions. Because we want to make sure that nobody misses their opportunity to own these fantastic releases or give them as a gift, we’ve compiled this guide to help … Continue reading 2017 Olive Signature Blu-rays: Best Deals

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December 5, 2017

'Olive Films Announces Nutcracker, The Motion Picture for December 2017'

Just in time for the holidays, Olive Films will be releasing Nutcracker, The Motion Picture on DVD and Blu-ray. Take home this film version of the beloved ballet, and share the wonderful tradition with your whole family on December 12th.   NUTCRACKER, THE MOTION PICTURE (1986) Director Carroll Ballard (The Black Stallion) brings Tchaikovsky’s classic musical fantasy (derived … Continue reading Olive Films Announces Nutcracker, The Motion Picture for December 2017

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December 1, 2017

'Frame by Frame: Dark City'

Noirvember continues with Dark City (1950). The closeups, obscuring shadows, and canted angles ramp up the intensity and panic of this struggle in Dark City, which features Charlton Heston in his first Hollywood film. Dark City (1950) Directed by William Dieterle Starring Charlton Heston, Lizabeth Scott, Viveca Lindfors, Dean Jagger, Don DeFore, JackWebb, Ed Begley, Harry Morgan. Available … Continue reading Frame by Frame: Dark City

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November 29, 2017

'With All Due Credit: The Big Combo'

Noirvember continues with The Big Combo (1955). The bright lights of the big city… Do they stand for liveliness, glamor, and opportunity? Or urban anonymity and a seedy underbelly?  This essential conflict of noir is suggested by the opening credits in The Big Combo. You can take home The Big Combo on DVD and Blu-ray. With All Due … Continue reading With All Due Credit: The Big Combo

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November 21, 2017

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