A new DVD specialty label, Twilight Time, featuring limited editions of vintage 20th Century Fox films, was launched Tuesday. The first film under the Twilight Time banner is John Huston's rarely seen 1970 spy thriller, "The Kremlin Letter," which will be available Jan. 25. A new title will be offered on the last Tuesday of each month thereafter.
Only 3,000 units of each title will be made available for a limited time, geared to the classic-film DVD collector. Besides the disc, the package will come with an eight-page booklet about the movie, featuring original essays, stills and poster art, and in some cases, the musical score. Priced at $19.99, Twilight Time titles will be available only at http://www.screenarchives.com.
After "Kremlin Letter," the label will release Richard Fleischer's 1955 melodramatic thriller "Violent Saturday"; the 1964 aviation thriller "Fate Is the Hunter," with Glenn Ford; the 1957 musical "April Love," with Pat Boone and Shirley Jones, and the 1954 epic "The Egyptian," starring Jean Simmons and Victor Mature.
"I wanted to come up with five films that had never been released on DVD in the United States and five films that were basically different genres," says Nick Redman, a filmmaker and restoration specialist who came up with the idea for Twilight Time with 30-year Warner Bros. veteran Brian Jamieson. "That way, we would say to our potential audience we are going to go right across the map. The common denominator is that these are, for the most part, '50s and '60s widescreen classics."