This week in the New York Times I demonstrate my newly conferred status as King of the Hipsters by interviewing Claude Lelouch and enthusizing over Shirley Temple. Hipper than this you simply do not get.
The screen grab above is from Fox Home Video’s excellent new version of John Ford’s “Wee Willie Winkie,” which was included in the Ford box last December and is now part of the final installment of Fox’s Shirley Temple collection (along with William A. Seiter’s pleasant “Stowaway” and Allan Dwan’s quite interesting “Young People”). After all the work Fox’s archivist Schawn Belston put into restoring the sepia tinting (and blue toned night scenes) used for the first release of Ford’s film, Fox Home Video has thoughtfully released it as a flipper disc, with what they are calling the “colorized” version on one side (i.e., the sepia print) and the black-and-white on the other. Oh, the irony! But Fox seems increasingly to have their corporate heart in the right place. The company is issuing a do-over of their dismal transfer of “The Gang’s All Here” in an upcoming Carmen Miranda collection, and after issuing the Academy ratio version of Raoul Walsh’s key 1930 Western “The Big Trail” as part of their “Studio Classics” collection a few years ago, they will be putting out the 70mm widescreen version — perhaps the most stunning early example of Walsh’s pioneering use of extreme deep focus — as part of a collection of Fox Westerns in the weeks to come. Now there’s something I’d love to see in Bluray — might even make me buy a player.