This week’s NYT column is mainly about Joseph Losey’s “The Romantic Englishwoman,” which has returned to distribution after a long absence in a handsome new Blu-ray (and standard DVD) from Kino-Lorber.
But the poster for “Night Flight” is so much better! It’s a 1932 Clarence Brown film, very loosely based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, that’s been out of legal distribution since the 40s, when MGM’s rights to the novel lapsed. Warner Home Video has resecured the title and the film is now available as a handsome, full-fledged (not Warner Archive) DVD. It may not be a major rediscovery but it’s a good picture, perhaps chiefly of interest for the way Howard Hawks clearly plundered it for his much superior “Only Angels Have Wings” (the same way he helped himself to “Underworld” for “Scarface” and “Casablanca” for “To Have and Have Not”). The art of the steal . . .