WILLIAM LUSTIG PRESENTS: A TRIBUTE TO THE WARNER ARCHIVE COLLECTION
November 9 – November 27
For the past several years, we’ve hosted the great William Lustig – filmmaker (VIGILANTE, MANIAC, MANIAC COP) and founder of the indispensible DVD label, Blue Underground – for a series of hand-picked treasures from the inexhaustible and largely un-mined realm of 1960s and 70s genre films. Thanks to the years Lustig spent as a near-permanent denizen of the city’s grindhouses, and his encyclopedic grasp of the subject, he’s consistently come up with an incredible selection of lesser-known, little-remembered, and flat-out astounding movies that have testified to the richness of the era’s commercial filmmaking.
The initial concept of the series was to focus on movies that had not been released on DVD – in other words, films that were effectively out-of-circulation. But in the last couple years, this has become increasingly difficult, thanks almost entirely to the heroic efforts of the Warner Archive Collection, Warner Bros’ manufactured-on-demand (MOD) department, which has been scouring the vast WB catalogue and making titles available on DVD at a truly dizzying rate (including every single one of the Warners titles Lustig has selected for his past series). As a result, for this year’s installment, we’ve decided to pay tribute to the Warner Archive’s efforts, with Lustig making his selections from the incredibly varied range of films they’ve liberated from the vaults. Working with George Feltenstein and his colleagues at the Warner Archive Collection, Lustig has come up with what may be his most amazing lineup yet. With many of these titles impossibly rare, the series will combine archival and imported 35mm prints with digital transfers of those that are totally unavailable on film, all of it adding up to the stuff that film buffs’ dreams are made of!
Selected screenings will feature prizes and other surprises!
Co-presented by the Warner Archive Collection; very special thanks to George Feltenstein, Matt Patterson, and Marilee Womack.
Thanks also to Daniel Bish (George Eastman House), Fleur Buckley & Andrew Youdell (BFI), May Haduong (Academy Film Archive), Mark McElhatten, Eddie Muller (Film Noir Foundation), Rob Stone (Library of Congress), and Todd Wiener & Steven Hill (UCLA Film & Television Archive).
For more info about the Warner Archive Collection, please visit: http://www.wbshop.com/category/wbshop_brands/warner+archive.do