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Golden Age of Television on Criterion

Postby SmokestackJones » Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:37 am

Hey there,

Score another one for Criterion! They're releasing this fine PBS series in November.

THE GOLDEN AGE OF TELEVISION

The hugely popular live American television plays of the 1950s have become the stuff of legend. Combining elements of theater, radio, and filmmaking, they were produced at a moment when TV technology was advancing and making art accessible to a newly suburban postwar demographic. These astonishingly choreographed, brilliantly acted, and socially progressive “teleplays” constituted an artistic high for the medium, bringing Broadway-quality drama to homes across the country. The following award-winning programs—curated for PBS in the early 1980s as the series The Golden Age of Television, with recollections from key cast and crew members—were conceived by such up-and-comers as Rod Serling and John Frankenheimer, and star the likes of Paul Newman, Mickey Rooney, Rod Steiger, Julie Harris, and Piper Laurie.

SHOWS:

Marty
Patterns
No Time for Sergeants
A Wind from the South
Requiem for a Heavyweight
Bang the Drum Slowly
The Comedian
Days of Wine and Roses

SPECIAL EDITION THREE-DISC SET

* The live kinescope broadcasts of Marty (1953), Patterns (1955), No Time for Sergeants (1955), A Wind from the South (1955), Requiem for a Heavyweight (1956), Bang the Drum Slowly (1956), The Comedian (1957), and Days of Wine and Roses (1958)
* Commentaries by directors John Frankenheimer, Delbert Mann, Ralph Nelson, and Daniel Petrie
* Interviews with key cast and crew, including Frankenheimer, Andy Griffith, Julie Harris, Kim Hunter, Richard Kiley, Piper Laurie, Nancy Marchand, Jack Palance, Cliff Robertson, Mickey Rooney, Carol Serling, Rod Steiger, and Mel Torme
* PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by curator Ron Simon and his extensive liner notes on each program


FINALLY! I've been dying to get my hands on the original teleplays of Requiem for A Heavyweight and Marty, PLUS a lot of other great Live TV Drama!

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Re: Golden Age of Television on Criterion

Postby Jim_Thomas » Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:14 am

Oh, this is great news!
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Re: Golden Age of Television on Criterion

Postby tucco » Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:06 pm

I love No Time For Sergeants!
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Re: Golden Age of Television on Criterion

Postby barnaclelapse » Thu Sep 03, 2009 8:45 am

Ooooo.

Hells yeah.
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