Welcome back to Collector’s Corner, the bi-weekly series in which I discuss all things related to my film collection.
It’s time for another collection update! The last one was posted in September, so this one will cover new additions from late September, October and November. In a miraculous feat of self control, I managed not to purchase a single thing from the November B&N Criterion sale, but I’ve still picked up a few things in recent months. Here’s the list!
- Classic Western Round-up: Volume 2
Universal DVD. Includes The Texans (1938), California (1947), The Cimarron Kid (1952), and The Man from the Alamo (1953). Purchased for the Stanwyck project, though I’m interested in watching all of the included films. Alongside Stanwyck, the set features big names like Randolph Scott and Glenn Ford.
- Born Yesterday (1950)
Columbia Classics DVD. A genuine classic comedy starring Judy Holliday and William Holden. Special features include production notes, vintage advertisements, a theatrical trailer, and something called “talent files.”
- Flesh and Fantasy (1943)
Purchased for the Stanwyck Project, though the rest of the cast is fantastic, too: Betty Field, Edward G. Robinson, Charles Boyer! A bare bones DVD from the Universal Vault Series.
- The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
20th Century Fox Studio Classics DVD. Special features include commentary by Greg Kimble, Christopher Husted, Jeanine Basinger, and Kenneth Geist, plus a Rex Harrison biography special, a still gallery, and an original theatrical trailer.
- Grace of My Heart (1996)
Universal Collector’s Edition DVD. A retro music industry dramedy starring none other than TCM’s “Trailblazing Women” host, Illeana Douglas! Special features include commentary from director Allison Anders, a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, and a theatrical trailer.
- No Man of Her Own (1950)
Olive Films DVD. Doesn’t include any special features. Purchased for the Stanwyck project.
- Rope (1948)
DVD. Special features include a theatrical trailer, production photographs and notes, and a featurette called “Rope Unleashed.”
- Wonder Woman (2017)
Blu/DVD/Digital combo pack. Special features include an epilogue, extended scenes, a blooper reel, and behind-the-scenes featurettes.
- Audrey Hepburn: An Intimate Portrait by Diana Maychick
I’m in trouble, because there’s a fantastic new book dealer at my favorite local antique shop. He carries a lot of vintage paperbacks… and classic Hollywood books. I managed to restrain myself and pick up just one this time around (though I was tempted by a larger, more expensive Marlene Dietrich book, too!). This little book about Audrey is apparently not the most accurate bio around, but I’m still interested to read it.
- Casablanca: As Times Goes By (50th anniversary commemorative book) by Frank Miller
One of the most exciting additions to the collection in a while — and added at an appropriate time, seeing as this year we celebrate the 75th anniversary! This was one of my mom’s book sale finds.
- The Complete Book of Oscar Fashion: Variety’s 75 Years of Glamour on the Red Carpet by Reeve Chace
This gorgeous velvet hardcover (yes, velvet!) was gifted to me by my mom, who found it at a book sale. (Pictures don’t really do the cover justice, but you can see a thumbnail from Amazon here.) A fun look back at some of the looks that have graced the red carpet, from the 1920s through 1990s.
- Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant by Dyan Cannon
Another one to add to my Cary collection, thanks to mom! She came across this at a book sale and thought I owned it already, but snatched it up for me after calling to check.
That’s it for this edition of Collector’s Corner! Stay tuned in two weeks, when there’ll be a special Christmas edition of this series!