The Warner Archive is expanding its offerings in 2013 by adding a line of Blu-ray releases to its ongoing DVD catalog of rare classic films. Currently, only a few films are available in the new format, but Warner has plans to release more Blu-ray selections throughout the coming year, which ought to please movie buffs who are building their personal Blu-ray collections.
The first films to be released in the Blu-ray format are "Gypsy" (1962) and "Deathtrap" (1982). "Gypsy" stars Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, and Karl Malden in the Oscar-nominated story of burlesque superstar Gypsy Rose Lee. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy, the musical earned Oscar nominations for Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, and Best Musical Score. "Deathtrap" features direction by Sidney Lumet and performances by Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, and Dyan Cannon.
The "Deathtrap" Blu-ray only provides the actual feature film, but "Gypsy" includes two outtake musical numbers and the theatrical trailer. The fairly limited selection of special features is typical of Warner Archive releases, although other upcoming Blu-rays might offer more bonus material depending on the film.
In addition to its new Blu-ray releases, Warner Archive continues to provide made-to-order DVDs of rare classic films and television series. Check the official Archive site for more information about new releases and special sales.
Jennifer Garlen writes as the Huntsville and National Classic Movies Examiner. Her book, "Beyond Casablanca: 100 Classic Movies Worth Watching," is now available in paperback and on Kindle at Amazon.
Warner Archive has made free review copies of these films available to the author. The reviewer makes no promise of a positive or negative review to any studio based on the receipt of review copies or any other material goods.