Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment recently announced a slate of classic movies to be released on Blu-ray for the first time.
Selected through their Voice Your Choice campaign, Fox allowed classic movie buffs to vote on what they would like to see restored and released based on movies in their catalog from the 1930s to the 1960s. For each decade, Fox decided to release the top two picks due to an overwhelming response.
Starting with the 1930s, the studio will release Henry King's Western Jesse James (1939), which starred Tyrone Power as the titular outlaw, Henry Fonda as his brother Frank and Nancy Kelly as Jesse's conflicted wife. Also from that decade, Fox will street Call of the Wild (1935), William Wellman's adaptation of Jack London's story starring Clark Gable and Loretta Young.
From the 1940s, fans will get to see The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) finally make the transfer to Blu-ray. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the film starred Gene Tierney as a widow who moves into a seaside cottage with her daughter (Natalie Wood), where she becomes enamored by the ghost of a ribald sea captain (Rex Harrison). Also look for the swashbuckling adventure Black Swan (1942), which featured Tyrone Power as a reformed pirate and Maureen O'Hara as his strong-willed captive.
Topping out the choices from the 1950s is Otto Preminger's all-black musical Carmen Jones (1954). Inspired by the Henri Meilhac's 1845 novella and Georges Bizet's 1875 opera, the film starred Best Actress nominee Dorothy Dandridge and featured lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. The second choice from the 1950s is the romantic comedy Desk Set (1957), the eighth onscreen pairing of Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn.
From the 1960s classic movie fans will get the chance to see John Wayne and Stewart Granger trying to strike it rich in Henry Hathaway's comic Western North to Alaska (1960). For their second choice, fans picked another Wayne film, The Undefeated (1969), which featured the Duke as a Union Calvary officer who forms an uneasy alliance with a Confederate officer (Rock Hudson) in order to fight Mexican rebels in the aftermath of the Civil War.
As a bonus, Fox will also release their write-in candidate, Cavalcade (1933), Frank Lloyd's Oscar-winning upstairs-downstairs drama spanning thirty years of the lives of an upper class British family and their servants.
All films with be released on Blu-ray on December 3, 2013, just in time for holiday shopping.
Movie posters for 'Jesse James' (1939), 'The Ghost and Mrs. Muir' (1947), and 'Carmen Jones' (1954)/20th Century Fox