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Twilight Time and Screenarchives.com Present 2 Limited Edition Blu-ray Releases


Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
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High Time (1960)


Greetings,

Twilight Time is a boutique brand that produces high quality, limited edition transfers of mainstream and lost Hollywood Classics.They only produce 3000 copies per title and are available exclusively through Screeenarchives.com. I was interested in the company and their releases when they put out 1985s Fright Night in a limited run of which I didn't get a copy (so if you are interested in a release, act quick!). I am happy to report that their transfers are superb and the utmost care has gone into their releases.

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Bye Bye Birdie

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Overview:
Anne Margret leapt to stardom in this in this version of the smash Broadway musical, playing a middle-American sweetie-pie who is chosen to receive the last kiss of teen idol Conrad Birdie before he is inducted into the army. Directed by musical veteran George Sydney The Harvey Girls) this film features turns by Dick Van-Dyke, Janet Leigh and Maureen Stapleton.


Quick Specs:
Run Time: 112 mins, Audio Format: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1, Region FREE, Blu-ray Disc release Date: August 14th, 2012


Quick Thoughts:
Having seen the stage version of Bye Bye Birdie, I was surprised with how different and really colorful and glossy this 1963 film was. Not that it was bad, I did quite enjoy the chance to look at the lovely Anne Margret, but Bye Bye Birdie sure shows its 60s dreamboat middle American roots. The songs and dance pieces were marvelous as were all the performances. This is another piece of American film history that should be checked out. The A/V sure did wow me on this one. The audio track is far from perfect but it was punch and filled the room and was generally pleasing enough to stand out. The video is spectacular, with the requite 60s colors that just pop off the screen. there is no damage to be seen on the source , and at times there is even a bit of a three dimensional feel. Very worth a viewing for fans and curious parties.


Special Features:
· Isolated Song and Music/Effect Track
· Original Theatrical Trailer






High Time

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Overview:
Directed by Blake Edwards (The Pink Panther), Bing Crosby stars in High Time (1960) as a middle-aged restaurant tycoon who decides to go back to college, discovering that youth is less a matter of years and more a matter of zest. Among the fellow students helping him find his way: heartthrob of the moment Fabian, fetching co-ed Tuesday Weld, and ideal roomie Richard Beymer. Featuring a score by the great Henry Mancini (available here as an isolated track), and introducing a Crosby-warbled standard, Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen’s immortal “The Second Time Around.”




Quick Specs:
Run Time: 103 mins, Audio Format: English 4.0 DTS-HD MA, Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1, Region FREE, Blu-ray Disc release Date: August 14th, 2012


Quick Thoughts:
Long before he put a glow-in-the-dark condom on John Ritter in Skin Deep, and before his classic Pink Panther series, prolific writer/director Blake Edwards brought us 1960s High Time. Its a 60s version of Rodney Dangerfield's "Back to School", but in this we have the legendary Bing Crosby as Harvey Howard, the widowed restaurant tycoon who goes back to school at the age of 51. Where Dangerfield's Thornton Melon loved to splurge, live lavishly and even cheat a bit, Harvey wants to live and work hard like the rest of the students. Never really funny or really dramatic, High Time is a fluffy and ultimately enjoyable piece of American cinema history. The A/V quality of this release was decent, but as a product of the 60s, colors are a bit overly-saturated and the source could use a good scrubbing. For its age fine details are a welcome sight as are above average black levels. The Audio was very neutral, doing its job just fine with dialogue and most things in the front sound-stage. Sonically there is not much to wow over.


Special Features:
· Isolated Score Track
· Original Theatrical Trailer
· Extensive Julie Kirgo liner notes



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