Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Silk Stockings (1957)

Directed by Rouben Mamoulian and starring Fred Astaire, Cyd Charrise, Janis Paige and Peter Lorre.

DVD bought in 2004
117m 26s

Cole Porter in Hollywood: Satin and Silk
Paree, Paree - vintage musical short
The Poet and Peasant Overture - vintage musical short
Theatrical Trailer

Jailhouse Rock (1957)

Directed by Richard Thorpe and starring Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler and Mickey Shaughnessy.

Deluxe Edition DVD bought in 2009
92m 40s

Audio commentary by music journalist Steve Pond
The Scene That Stole Jailhouse Rock -featurette
Theatrical trailer

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)

Directed by John Sturges and starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming, Jo Van Fleet and John Ireland.

DVD bought in 2003
122m 30s

No extras

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Directed by David Lean and starring William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, James Donald and Sessue Hayakawa.

2-disc Special Edition DVD bought in 2001

Blu-ray bought in 2011
161m 28s


Blu-ray extras - 

"Crossing the Bridge" picture-in-picture track
The Making of the Bridge on the River Kwai (53mins)
The Steve Allen Show with William Holden and Alec Guiness
The Bridge on the River Kwai Premiere narrated by William Holden
The Rise and Fall of a Jungle Giant" featurette
USC Short Film introduced by William Holden
An Appreciation by filmmaker John Milius
Photo Gallery Montage
Theatrical Trailers

The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

Directed by Terence Fisher and starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Hazel Court and Robert Urquhart.

DVD bought in 2004
83m 06s
Part of the 'Hammer Horror Collection'

Theatrical Trailer

The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

Directed by Jack Arnold and starring Grant Williams and Randy Stuart.

DVD bought in 2006

No extras

The Black Scorpion (1957)

Directed by Edward Ludwig and starring Richard Denning, Mara Corday and Carlos Rivas.

DVD bought in 2007
87m 47s

Stop Motion Masters
Dinosaur Footage from "The Animal World" (with introduction by Ray Harryhausen)
Las Vegas Monster & Beetlemen" Test Footage
Theatrical Trailer

20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)

Directed by Nathan Juran and starring William Hopper, Joan Taylor and Frank Puglia.

2-disc DVD bought in 2008
79m 12s

Also includes Colorized version of the movie
Audio commentary by Ray Harryhausen, Dennis Muren, Phil Tippett and Arnold Kunert.
Remembering 20 Million Miles to Earth
The Colorization Process
Tim Burton Sits Down with Ray Harryhausen
Interview with Joan Taylor
David Schechter on Film Music's Unsung Hero
Comic book - 20 Million Miles More
Photo galleries
Bonus trailers

The Mysterians (1957)

Directed by Ishiro Honda and starring Kenji Sahara, Yumi Shirakawa and Takashi Shimura.

DVD bought in 2006
88m 28s

Audio commentary with Toho effects directors Koichi Kawakita and Shinji Higuchi
Isolated score track by composer Akira Ifukube
Photo galleries
Original Japanese trailer

Rodan (1956)

Directed by Ishiro Honda and starring Kenji Sahara and Yumi Shirakawa.

DVD bought in 2012

Bringing Godzilla Down to Size: The Art Of Japanese Special Effects (69mins)

Forbidden Planet (1956)

Directed by Fred M Wilcox and starring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens, Jack Kelly, Richard Anderson, Earl Holliman and Robby the Robot.

2-disc Special Edition DVD bought in 2006

Blu-ray bought in 2010
98m 30s


Blu-ray extras -

Bonus movie - The Invisible Boy (1957) Directed by Herman Hoffman. 90mins

Bonus episode- "Robot Client" from the TV show "The Thin Man" (25mins)
Watch the Skies!: Science Fiction, The 1950s and Us (56mins)
Amazing!: Exploring the Far Reaches of 'Forbidden Planet'  (27mins)
Robby the Robot: Engineering a Sci-Fi Icon (14mins)
Excerpts from "MGM Parade"
Deleted Scenes
Lost Footage
Theatrical Trailers

Earth vs The Flying Saucers (1956)

Directed by Fred F. Sears and starring Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor and Donald Curtis.

2-disc DVD bought in 2008

Blu-ray bought in 2014


Blu-ray extras - 
Includes Colorized version of the movie
Audio commentary with Ray Harryhausen, Arnold Kunert, Jeffrey Okun and Ken Ralston
The Hollywood blacklist and Bernard Gordon
Remembering Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
Interview with actress Joan Taylor
The Colourisation Process" featurette
Original Screenplay Credits
"Flying Saucers vs. the Earth" comic
Ad art and photo galleries

Bonus Trailers

The Searchers (1956)

Directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Natalie Wood and Ward Bond.

2-disc Special Edition DVD bought in 2006

Blu-ray bought in 2011


Audio commentary by filmmaker and historian Peter Bogdanovich
A Turning of the Earth: John Ford, John Wayne and 'The Searchers'
'The Searchers': An Appreciation
Behind the Camera
Inroduction by John Ford's son
Original Theatrical Trailer