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The July Twilight Time Blu-Rays are announced..!
21-Jun-2015 -


The Best Of Everything
A fabulously juicy melodrama based on Rona Jaffe’s spicy novel about working girls at a 1950s-era New York publishing house, The Best of Everything (1959) is brought to the screen by that painterly master of ’Scope, director Jean Negulesco. Starring Hope Lange, Diane Baker and Suzy Parker as a trio of roomies working under an “exacting” female boss (the one and only Joan Crawford), the film details their trials and tribulations, both professional and very very personal. The film is highlighted by a staggeringly beautiful score from the singular Alfred Newman, available on this Twilight Time release as an isolated track.
The Fabulous Baker Boys
Writer-director Steve Kloves made his spectacular directorial debut with The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), a music-drenched romance starring real-life brothers Jeff Bridges and Beau Bridges as Jack and Frank, a pair of tapped-out sibling lounge pianists. Looking to perk up their act, they take on a girl singer in the person of a tough little cookie, Susie Diamond (the stunning Michelle Pfeiffer). But even as the trio finds success, long-buried problems between the brothers rise to the surface, sparked by the wary romance between Jack and Susie. The score is by Dave Grusin.
A Month In The Country
Pat O’Connor (Cal) directs the wonderful Simon Gray’s adaptation of J.L. Carr’s touching novel, A Month In The Country (1987): the simply beautiful tale of a pair of emotionally wounded World War I veterans (Colin Firth and Kenneth Branagh in his film debut) who find some respite in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside and in their supportive friendship. As they work, respectively, on the restoration of an ancient church mural and the possible unearthing of an archeological treasure, they also encounter the local vicar’s young wife (a lovely Natasha Richardson); between them, this trio reflects the many faces of love and longing. Featuring a score by Howard Blake in the style of early 20th-century music, available on this Twilight Time release as an isolated track.
The World Of Henry Orient
Director George Roy Hill’s The World Of Henry Orient (1964), adapted from Nora Johnson’s novel by Johnson and her father, Hollywood veteran Nunnally Johnson, is an utterly original comic drama about two Manhattan schoolgirls (fabulous newcomers Tippy Walker and Merrie Spaeth), both from broken/ breaking homes, who conceive mad crushes on a pompous, ridiculous, deplorably bad pianist, the titular Orient (Peter Sellers). As they trail him, with enviable freedom, from one New York haunt to another, they somehow bust up his every romantic intrigue, even as they embark on their own painful growing up. Featuring a superb Elmer Bernstein score, available here as an isolated track.
Places In The Heart
Places in the Heart (1984) is writer-director Robert Benton’s nostalgic but thoroughly unsentimental memory piece about growing up in a small Texas town during the Great Depression. Focusing on a young widow (the Oscar®-winning Sally Field) who suddenly has to support her two young children, the film celebrates the community she gathers around her: a black hobo who begins as a thief and winds up as a friend and mentor; a cranky blind boarder; a pragmatic sister who is supporting her own family, including a husband with a penchant for her best friend. Their grit and determination are poignantly presented with John Kander's music, here on the isolated score track.
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