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New DVDs: Universal’s Gregory Peck Collection

A new box set of six Gregory Peck films, four of them new to DVD, give me an excuse to write about Raoul Walsh once again: the highlight of the collection is a magnificent Technicolor restoration of Walsh’s underappreciated “The World in His Arms,” of 1952. The selection includes repacks of Universal’s recent releases of “To Kill a Mockingbird” (a great film, in spit of all those Oscars) and the crass “Cape Fear,” plus three other fresh titles: David Miller’s didactic “Captain Newman, M.D.”, Stanley Donen’s stylish “Arabesque” and a solid paranoid thriller, “Mirage,” written by Peter Stone and directed by Edward Dmytryk. Universal does so little with its fantastically rich library that I always try to plug them when they do — they need the encouragement.

Also in today’s New York Times, a provocative article by Michael Kimmelman, “In France, It’s Vive Le Cinema of Denial,” in which the paper’s European cultural correspondent writes: “Serious-minded Americans traditionally love to idealize the French movie industry, but as French cinephiles tend to see it, it’s their own filmmakers, unlike those in the United States, who shy away from tackling head-on tough issues like contemporary French politics, scandals and unrest.” Anyone else have an opinion?

103 comments to New DVDs: Universal’s Gregory Peck Collection

  • Shawn Stone

    “Someone wrote that Paramount destroyed many silent movies by burning to get silver content. Is this true?”

    As far as I’ve read/heard, Paramount kept everything until nitrate deterioration got too bad, only then would they junk the film. They didn’t have a preservation program, though. Universal, however, deliberately destroyed most of their silent library in the late 1940s.

  • John W.

    Sorry to return again to the original post but: regarding the question on French film, some have already mentioned Haneke’s CACHE and CODE UNKNOWN and Kassovitz’s HATE (La Haine), but there is also the pornographic but very political BAISE-MOI, Karim Dridi’s BYE-BYE, the Dardenne Brothers’ THE CHILD (L’ENFANT), ROSETTA, and THE PROMISE (though they are admittedly Belgian), Belvaux’s MAN BITES DOG (C’EST ARRIVE PRES DE CHEZ VOUS) (again, Belgian), Cantet’s newest THE CLASS, as well as his TIME OUT and HUMAN RESOURCES, Desplechin’s ROIS ET REINE, and even Rohmer’s TRIPLE AGENT… just to name a few. I think what the superficial examination of French society and cinema in Kimmelman’s superficial article really means that French cinema is not a facile as American cinema when it approaches social and political issues. Just my two cents.

  • Ad de Koning

    “Can you please tell me if the film “The World In His Arms” is subtitled in english?
    I could try Amazon ofcourse but they sometimes make mistakes in their offerings, and when you sent a message their reply always is to look at their offerings so that is of no help. And I prefer to know in advance because to get this movie I have to buy the whole box thet contains several films I already have on DVD, besides that I need subtitles to really enjoy the film.
    Ad de Koning
    Almere, Holland