>> Thursday, October 18, 2007
John Hodgson's blog, From the Cheap Seats on Filmjournal.net posted the following intriguing item regarding a W.C. Fields DVD box set being released in the UK. The announced set contains five films that are currently unavailable in the U.S. (Million Dollar Legs, If I Had a Million, Tillie and Gus, Mississippi, and Follow the Boys). Hopefully, Universal will put together a third Region 1 box set containing those titles. However, if that never comes to pass, you can still enjoy the UK box set if you pick up a region-free DVD player (a fairly inexpensive purchase).
Here's the post from John's Blog:
Universal has unveiled details of it’s W.C. Fields; The Movie Collection, featuring 17 titles on 10 discs and coming at last on December 10. The full press release as found at Zeta Minor, tells us that, unlike the R1 sets there are no extras to be found. However, those extras are frankly pretty underwhelming, they are relatively expensive sets, and the U.K. box has the advantage of, I think I’m right in saying, all but two of Fields Universal titles in a single collection that can currently be found online at just over £50. Not bad.
Those titles are, I’ll remind you: Million Dollar Legs, My Little Chickadee, If I Had A Million, Tillie and Gus, Mississippi, The Bank Dick, Follow The Boys, Six of a Kind, International House, You Can’t Cheat An Honest Man, The Old Fashioned Way, You’re Telling Me, It’s A Gift, The Man on the Flying Trapeze, The Big Broadcast of 1938, Poppy and Never Give a Sucker An Even Break.
The set now includes Follow The Boys but there’s no sign of Mrs Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch or Alice In Wonderland, both listed in previous specs and possibly the cause of this box being shunted around the schedules.
W.C. Fields Comedy Collection (The Bank Dick / My Little Chickadee / You Can't Cheat an Honest Man / It's a Gift / International House)
W.C. Fields Comedy Collection, Vol. 2 (The Man on the Flying Trapeze / Never Give A Sucker An Even Break / You're Telling Me! / The Old Fashioned Way / Poppy)