Our first new DCP update of 2017 is a bumper edition, so we've picked out a few key additions to the Park Circus digital catalogue below. Some of the titles steppin' out on DCP for the first time include a dynamic duo of song and dance classics and a new 4K restoration of a well-oiled action movie machine.
Golden Age Musicals
Our Golden Age musicals revival continues apace with the introduction of a duet of favourites newly available on digital. Easter Parade features Fred Astaire and Judy Garland performing some of their best-loved numbers as a Broadway act who hit the big time after an unlikely beginning. Irving Berlin numbers include We’re a Couple of Swells and Steppin’ Out with My Baby, and Astaire reprises his ingenious tap dance and drum playing party piece first showcased in A Damsel in Distress.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is Stanley Donen’s raucous romantic comedy about the wild Pontipee brothers; backwoodsmen who make the West look positively tame - that is, until their eldest sibling brings home a bride. Choreographer Michael Kidd gives the spit and sawdust frontier lifestyle an unprecedented degree of polish with set pieces full of athleticism and grace that lend the phrase “barn dance” a whole new meaning.
Postcards from the Edge
Based on Carrie Fisher’s semi-autobiographical novel of the same name, Postcards from the Edge is an unflinching account of rehabilitation and redemption. Shifting the focus of the story to the relationship between the protagonist and her mother - here played by Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine - it follows a Hollywood actress whose road to recovery from drug addiction reluctantly leads her back to her estranged mother’s Beverley Hills mansion.
Legendary for being the first on-screen meeting of acting titans Al Pacino and Robert De Niro - a scant few minutes that belies their magnetic cat-and-mouse, cop-and-robber chemistry - Heat is a crime thriller colossus. Michael Mann proves his genre mettle; handling an expansive running time, extended action set pieces and engrossing character exposition with the same muscular assuredness. Now restored in 4K.
Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Hoagy Carmichael, Louis Armstrong, Artie Shaw, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday all make appearances in a swinging ensemble of jazz shorts from the 20s and 30s.
Brief narrative segments punctuate the pieces and place their showcase numbers in a variety of contexts. Bessie Smith launches into St. Louis Blues after a gritty slice of life set-up that sees her brutally spurned by her lover, Cab Calloway’s Hi-De-Ho has the bandleader gleefully playing a womanising version of himself who seduces a married fan, while Duke Ellington and Ivie Anderson imbue Stormy Weather with a new dimension in A Bundle of Blues through a performance that moves seamlessly from the club to a rain-soaked dreamworld.