World War II Classic ‘A Walk in the Sun’ Headed to Blu-ray Feb. 8 From MVD

The 1945 World War II film A Walk in the Sun will be released on Blu-ray Disc Feb. 8 from Kit Parker Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

The film is also available on DVD.

The release features a 4K Master from the UCLA Film and Television Archive’s 35mm photochemical restoration.

Lewis Milestone, Academy Award Best Director winner for All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), directs the drama of American soldiers in combat during the Allied invasion of Italy in September 1943. Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, John Ireland, Lloyd Bridges and Norman Lloyd head an ensemble cast comprising the lead platoon of the Texas Division of the U.S. Fifth Army. The eclectic group of citizen-soldiers are thrust into a life-or-death mission to blow up an enemy bridge while attempting to capture a strategic farmhouse heavily garrisoned by German troops. The dilemma of the common soldier trudging to an unknown fate under a blazing Italian sun is captured by the different thoughts and personalities of a disparate group of men under stress. Robert Rossen’s script dramatizes the narrative from the perspective of the infantryman whose mundane routine of service-related ennui is interspersed with heart-pulsing action amid the ever-present specter of sudden death. 

Camerawork by six-time Academy Award nominee Russell Harlan is supported by the title ballad written by Millard Lampell and Earl Robinson and performed by renowned African-American operatic singer Kenneth Spencer.

A Walk in the Sun was named as one of the year’s top films by the National Board of Review, was nominated for Best Film by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and was added to the National Film Registry in 2016 for its cultural, historical and aesthetic significance.

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Special features include commentary by Alan K. Rode; “Zanuck Goes to War: The WWII Films of Fox”; “Living History: Norman Lloyd on Saboteur and A Walk in the Sun” (2014); “The Battle of San Pietro,” an uncut version from the Academy Film Archive preservation negative; WWII Fox Movietone newsreels; and the theatrical trailer.

Oscar-Nominated Classic ‘Navajo’ Available on DVD From MVD

Navajo, a 1952 documentary drama nominated for two Academy Awards, is available on DVD from MVD Entertainment Group and Kit Parker Films.

In the film, a Navajo boy stoically endures hardship, hunger and the death of his family. He is taken away to attend a white man boarding school and escapes but is pursued to ancient Navajo caves. In the title role, a 7-year-old Navajo boy, Francis Kee Teller, received a Golden Globe special award even though he had never seen a movie until viewing his own performance.

Filmed at majestic Canyon de Chelly and nominated for Oscars for Best Documentary and Best Cinematography, the film showcases the talent of cinematographer Virgil Miller, who started out in silent pictures and became known primarily for filming travelogues. He had a reputation for keeping cameras rolling in remote locations under adverse weather conditions. The producers needed a cameraman with those qualities and tracked him down at a camera shop where he repaired photographic equipment. At age 64, Miller took on the challenge of working in freezing cold, with only one camera, a tripod and four reflectors, and came away with an Academy Award nomination.

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The working title was The Voice of the Wind, and despite a shoestring $30,000 production budget, a threatened ban by the Indian Service, harsh weather and terrain, infighting between the co-producers, the picture went on to earn critical acclaim.

Bonus features include commentary by Teller; a “Canyon de Chelly” photo-essay by Deborah Lem, Diné; “The Canyon Matters” by Genny Yazzie, Diné; the 1952 national publicity tour with Teller (age 8); and “Our Navajo Neighbors” 1952 documentary.

‘Noir Archive Vol. 3’ Coming to Blu-ray Sept. 17 From MVD and Kit Parker

The film noir collection “Noir Archive Vol. 3: 1957-1960” is coming to Blu-ray Disc Sept. 17 from MVD Entertainment Group and Kit Parker Films.

Making its debut in HD for the first time, this collection of nine film noir pictures is curated from the Columbia Pictures library. The three-disc set also features the film’s original aspect ratios.

Titles include The Crimson Kimono (1959), directed by Samuel Fuller and starring Victoria Shaw, Glenn Corbett and James Shigeta; The Lineup (1958), directed by Don Siegel and starring Eli Wallach, Robert Keith and Warner Anderson; Man on a String (1960), directed by Andre DeToth and starring Ernest Borgnine, Kerwins Mathews, Colleen Dewhurst and Alexander Scourby; The Shadow in the Window (1956), directed by William Asher and starring Phil Carey, Betty Garrett, and John Barrymore, Jr.; The Long Haul (1957), directed by Ken Hughes and starring Victor Mature, Diana Dors and Patrick Allen; Pickup Alley (1957), directed by John Gilling and starring Victor Mature, Anita Ekberg and Trevor Howard; The Case Against Brooklyn (1958), directed by Paul Wendkos and starring Darren McGavin, Maggie Hayes and Bobby Helms; The Tijuana Story, directed by Leslie Kardos and starring Roldolfo Acosta, James Darren and Robert McQueeney; and She Played With Fire (1957), directed by Sidney Gilliat and starring Jack Hawkins, Arlene Dahl, Dennis Price, Bernard Miles and Ian Hunter.

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