Sorry, What to Watch took a turkey day break as last week was really light on new product worth mentioning. This week? Pretty much the same but we don’t want you to miss us too badly. Here’s five recent Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming releases that may have caught your attention on new release shelves lately, ranked in the order we’d add them to our holiday wish list.
Hookup: Pristine DVD Sets of Classic Films Up For Grabs For United Artists Film Festival in Chicago
CHICAGO – As our giveaways continue to grow in popularity, what we give away continues to sweeten, too. In this HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, three lucky winners will be hooked up with our sweetest giveaway yet: a complete DVD set of 20 of the greatest classic films in recent memory.
These DVDs encapsulate some of the most uncontested and cherished films of the last several decades. Titles include “West Side Story,” “Raging Bull,” “Rain Man,” “Rocky,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “Carrie,” “Some Like it Hot,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Die Another Day,” “In the Heat of the Night” and many more.
So why these now? On March 11, 2008, we announced a classic film celebration coming to Chicago called the United Artists 90th Anniversary Film Festival, which will take place at the historic Music Box Theatre at 3733 N. Southport Ave. from April 4 to 10, 2008 and then again from May 9 to 15, 2008.
Several of the films above and others of similar caliber are being brought back into the theater for this limited engagement on the occasion of 90 years of film for MGM and United Artists. United Artists says the Chicago festival, which will comprise the largest catalog event in video history, is leading up to the public release of many of these titles on DVD.
We have partnered with the festival to offer three lucky winners their own classic DVD package of all 20 films. They are all collector, special, decade or anniversary edition DVDs. The full list of these titles follows:
All you have to do for a chance to win is click “Add new comment” at the bottom of this article and respond with your favorite film among that list of 20 and a compelling reason why. That’s it! We’ll then randomly select a winner. To be eligible, you must be a registered HollywoodChicago.com user. If you don’t already have an account, create one quickly and easily here.
Also to be eligible, we must have your e-mail address. We have e-mail addresses on file once you’re an active user. When we randomly select the three winners for this HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we will e-mail you to request your mailing address. We will then mail you your brand-spanking new classic DVD sets. This giveaway closes on April 7, 2008. Good luck!
The dates and films playing as part of the United Artists 90th Anniversary Film Festival at the Music Box follow.
United Artists 90th Anniversary Film Festival (part one): April 4 to 10, 2008
“Raging Bull”: April 4, 2008 (new print)
“Bananas”: April 4, 2008
“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”: April 5, 2008
“West Side Story”: April 6, 2008
“Kiss Me Deadly”: April 7, 2008
“Some Like it Hot”: April 7, 2008 (new print)
“The Killing”: April 8, 2008
“The Manchurian Candidate”: April 8, 2008
“The Night of the Hunter”: April 9, 2008
“Midnight Cowboy”: April 10, 2008
“Network”: April 10, 2008
“James Bond” series (part two): May 9 to 15, 2008
“Goldfinger” (new print)
“From Russia With Love”