Anchor Bay Announcements

Following a live chat on the Home Theater Forum, the internet co-ordinator of Anchor Bay Entertainment made an announcement of the titles to be released during 2001/2. These included:

Some of the Carry On films, seemingly the early Anglo-Amalgamated ones such as Teacher, Cruising, Spying.

-We'll get a chance to have a good laugh at Mrs Slocombe's pussy in the film of Are You Being Served and also practice our bad impressions with Steptoe And Son.

-The Northern comedy/dramas A Kind of Loving, The Family Way, Spring And Port Wine. It's grim up 'ere, I can tell tha'.

-The bizarre 1951 Festival of Britain tie-in The Magic Box.

-The films of Joe Orton's first two successes, Entertaining Mr Sloane and Loot.

-Two camp extravaganzas Can't Stop The Music with Steve Guttenberg AND the Village People and The Jazz Singer with Neil Diamond and Sir Laurence Olivier, which is even worse than it sounds.

-The Peter Cushing Dr. Who films, Dr Who And The Daleks and Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 AD.

-The Ealing comedies such as Passport To Pimlico, The Lavender Hill Mob, and the divinely funny The Ladykillers

-Some of the early Hitchcock films including Number Seventeen and the first British 'talkie' Blackmail.

-The magnificent Joseph Losey/Dirk Bogarde collaborations, The Servant and the elliptical Accident.

-The seminal Ealing horror anthology Dead Of Night

-The long awaited, allegedly, Zoltan Hound of Dracula

-Classic British war films, mostly featuring the inevitable John Mills or Jack Hawkinsincluding The Cruel Sea.

-Akira Kurosawa's superb Ran (2002)

-British comedies including Ken Russell's French Dressing, Lindsay Anderson's Britannia Hospital and Alister Sim in The Green Man.

-Also, nine Hammer titles, from their underrated seventies output:

Blood From The Mummy's Tomb, Demons Of The Mind, Scars Of Dracula (with a commentary from Christopher Lee), Demons Of The Mind, To The Devil A Daughter, Fear In The Night, Lust For a Vampire, Dr Jekyll And Sister Hyde, Straight On Till Morning, Horror of Frankenstein.

Thanks to DVD File for this information.

Mike Sutton

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