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'Pause It: High Noon'

    PAUSE IT: What do you see? A lone figure, town marshal Will Kane (Gary Cooper) in a vast frame. From a distance, we note the sparseness of the shot’s design. Director Fred Zinnemann depicts Kane’s sense of isolation … Read More

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July 22, 2016

'Olive Films Releases Rare Film from Preminger and Liza Minnelli, Nostalgic 80’s Action Flicks, and Beloved Classic'

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  PRESS CONTACT Bradley Powell PR/Marketing Director Publicity@olivefilms.com / 630.444.1757   Chicago, IL – Olive Films, a boutique theatrical and home entertainment distribution label dedicated to bringing independent, foreign, and classic films to DVD and Blu-ray, is excited … Read More

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July 21, 2016

'July New Titles: The Best Deals'

Today’s the day! Our 6 July titles are now available on DVD and Blu-ray! We have the acclaimed “lost” directorial debut of Danny DeVito, The Ratings Game; the controversial film about the Irish Troubles, The Outsider; Angie Dickinson’s first starring … Read More

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July 19, 2016

'Introducing Olive Signature'

    This announcement has been hard to keep a secret, because we think it will make a lot of film fans very happy. Introducing Olive Signature, a new series of DVD/Blu-ray titles for the loyal Olive Films fan. Highlighting cult … Read More

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July 11, 2016

'6/27 Film of the Week: Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean'

  Hello and welcome to our film of the week! In honor of Pride month, this June we’ll be highlighting a new LGBTQ title in our catalog every week. We’ll be looking at some facts, quotes, the trailer, and reviews … Read More

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June 29, 2016

'Olive Films Announces September 2016 Titles'

Just in time for Halloween, we have an Italian horror classic, a Republic serial, a funky 80′s horror-comedy spoof, a sci-fi monster flick, and a slasher video title! Horror and sci-fi not your thing? We’ll also bring you a beloved … Read More

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June 28, 2016

'Olive Films September Crossword'

  We’re almost ready to announce what we have planned for September! Just in time for Halloween, we have an Italian horror classic, a Republic serial, a funky 80′s spoof, a Lucille Ball comedy, a sci-fi monster flick, a silent … Read More

'6/20 Film of the Week: Brotherhood'

  Hello and welcome to our film of the week! In honor of Pride month, this June we’ll be highlighting a new LGBTQ title in our catalog every week. We’ll be looking at some facts, quotes, the trailer, and reviews … Read More

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June 22, 2016

'Olive Films Releases Acclaimed “Lost” Film, Controversial Film about the Troubles, and Angie Dickinson’s First Major Role'

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS CONTACT Bradley Powell PR/Marketing Director Publicity@olivefilms.com / 630.444.1757   Chicago, IL – Olive Films, a boutique theatrical and home entertainment distribution label dedicated to bringing independent, foreign, and classic films to DVD and Blu-ray, is … Read More

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June 21, 2016

'Movies about Fatherhood'

  Happy Father’s Day from Olive Films! Last week in our Father’s Day gift guide, we took a look at some films that dads seem to love. This week, we’re going to celebrate by looking at some films that examine … Read More

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June 17, 2016

'6/13 Film of the Week: The Sum of Us'

  Hello and welcome to our film of the week! In honor of Pride month, this June we’ll be highlighting a new LGBTQ title in our catalog every week. We’ll be looking at fun facts, quotes, the trailer, and some … Read More

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June 14, 2016

'Pause It: The Monster Squad'

    PAUSE IT: What do you see? A vortex to another dimension swallows up Van Helsing and Dracula in Fred Dekker’s 1987 film The Monster Squad. Fans of this cult favorite know how central the team of special effects … Read More

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June 10, 2016

'Movies that Dads Love'

  Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Look no further! We at Olive Films have a dad-approved movie that’s sure to wow him. He’ll love being able to sit down and enjoy his favorite old movies all over again … Read More

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June 8, 2016

'6/6 Film of the Week: Bound'

Hello and welcome to our film of the week! In honor of Pride month, this June we’ll be highlighting a new LGBTQ title in our catalog every week. We’ll be looking at fun facts, quotes, the trailer, and some reviews … Read More

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June 6, 2016

'Olive Films Announces August 2016 Titles'

We’re very excited to announce our August titles. There are a lot here that we know fans have been waiting patiently for. Without further ado, the following will be arriving on August 16. They’re all available to preorder now through … Read More

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June 1, 2016

'Pause It: Sands of Iwo Jima'

  PAUSE IT: What do you see? Actor John Wayne in Allan Dwan’s Sands of Iwo Jima (1949). John Wayne appeared in numerous iconic war films, so many people are surprised to hear that he never actually served in the … Read More

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May 27, 2016

'Memorial Day'

To all our men and women who serve in the military, thank you for your service and sacrifice. It’s easy to think of Memorial Day as just the unofficial start of summer, full of swimming and BBQs. We’d like to … Read More

'Olive Films August Crossword'

We’re very excited to announce our August titles. There are a lot here that we know fans have been waiting patiently for. Ready to test your film knowledge and get a sneak peek of what we have planned for August? The … Read More

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May 26, 2016

'Happy Birthday to John Wayne'

  “I stick to simple themes. Love. Hate. No nuances. I stay away from psychoanalyst’s couch scenes. Couches are good for one thing.” At Olive Films, we know that there’s nothing quite like sitting down to watch a great John … Read More

'Pause It: The Private Affairs of Bel Ami'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? Actress Angela Lansbury, pictured here, co-stars alongside George Sanders in director Albert Lewin’s The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (1946). Lansbury’s photo is prominently displayed in the lid of Sanders’ old-fashioned cigarette case. This … Read More

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May 20, 2016

'Olive Films Announces July 2016 Titles'

  What do John Wayne, Tupac, Tim Roth, Danny DeVito, Craig Wasson, and James Arness have in common? They’re all actors featured in our July titles! We’re happy to announce that the following July Blu-rays are now available to preorder … Read More

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May 16, 2016

'Great Films from Great Plays'

  With the Tony nominations just announced, we thought this would be a perfect time to take a look at some of the wonderful films inspired by plays. With their original debuts spanning from 1599 to 1976, these films represent … Read More

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May 6, 2016

'July 2016 Crossword'

Ready to test your film knowledge and get a sneak peek of what we have planned for July? The clues that reveal what titles are slated for July 19 are marked with an asterisk and the words “Olive July Release.” … Read More

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May 3, 2016

'Pause It: Woman They Almost Lynched'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? A camera slowly tracks from right to left as actress Audrey Totter paces forward. A duel has commenced in Director Allan Dwan’s Woman They Almost Lynched (1953). In this scene, Dwan shows us how … Read More

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April 29, 2016

'Mother’s Day Gift Guide'

  Happy Mother’s Day from Olive Films! Are you worried about what to get the mother figure in your life to show them how much you care? Look no further! We’ll help you find a film that they’re sure to … Read More

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April 26, 2016

'BestBuy.com Sale on Select Science Fiction'

Good news! You still have a couple days left to take advantage of the awesome BestBuy.com sale on select Science Fiction DVDs and Blu-rays. You can browse the entire sale here. Or, to make it easier for you to choose … Read More

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April 25, 2016

'Pause It: That Cold Day in the Park'

  PAUSE IT: What do you see? In Robert Altman’s That Cold Day In the Park, Sandy Dennis stands arms crossed in her posh living room. Outside, rain streaks down the windowpane and the chilly winds blow. Posed in the … Read More

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April 22, 2016

'Films Adapted from Pulitzer Prize Winners'

  The 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced! It’s probably only a matter of time before this year’s winning works of fiction become their own films. In the meantime, here are some films from the Olive catalogue that are … Read More

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April 19, 2016

'PAUSE IT: Cauldron of Blood'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? It’s famed horror star Boris Karloff (Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Isle of the Dead, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, and Targets). Born William Henry Pratt, Karloff possessed a knack for embodying all that was … Read More

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April 15, 2016

'Olive Films Announces June 2016 Titles'

We have some great classics that will be ready for you to enjoy on a hot summer day this June 21! We have a noir, a couple classic comedies, some more recent westerns, and nostalgic favorites. These are all available … Read More

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April 13, 2016

'PAUSE IT: Try and Get Me'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? A drama of light and shadow. In this scene from director Cy Endfield’s film noir classic, Try and Get Me (a.k.a. The Sound of Fury, 1950), two men, Lloyd Bridges and Frank Lovejoy, tussle … Read More

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April 8, 2016

'Olive Films Takes You Out to the Ball Game'

America’s favorite past-time is back again! Each sport has its fair share of beloved films. Boxing has Rocky, Raging Bull, and of course the one that started it all, Body and Soul. Basketball has Hoosiers, Space Jam, and Hoop Dreams. Football … Read More

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April 7, 2016

'Happy Birthday to Gregory Peck, Bette Davis, Melvyn Douglas, Spencer Tracy, and Roger Corman!'

  April 5 is quite a big date for our favorite Hollywood icons. Gregory Peck, Bette Davis, Melvyn Douglas, Spencer Tracy, and Roger Corman all share this day as their birthdays! Without further ado, here are some wise words and … Read More

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April 5, 2016

'June 2016 Crossword'

Ready to test your film knowledge and get a sneak peek of what we have planned for June? The clues that reveal what titles are slated for June 21 are marked with an asterisk and the words “Olive June release.” … Read More

'PAUSE IT: Deadly Prey'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? What is the difference between a good movie and a bad movie, between a guilty and a genuine pleasure? In David A. Prior’s Deadly Prey we might ask ourselves just this. What is taste? … Read More

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March 30, 2016

'Films To Do Your Taxes To'

  Happy (?) Tax Season from Olive Films! We hope everyone has had a blast filling out their taxes this year. As hard as it might be to take a break from all that fun, here are some films about … Read More

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March 29, 2016

'Pause It: Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street'

  PAUSE IT: What do you see? Four shots from Samuel Fuller’s Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street help to exemplify the director’s cinematic philosophy: “Film is like a battleground: love, hate, action, death … In one word, emotion.” Dead Pigeon … Read More

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March 23, 2016

'Pause It: The Trip'

  PAUSE IT: What do you see? In the opening shot from from Roger Corman’s The Trip (1967) two lovers appear to walk on water in the center of the frame. It is a surreal image to say the least. … Read More

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March 16, 2016

'Happy 90th birthday to Jerry Lewis!'

    Olive Films would like to wish a very happy birthday to one of our favorite comedic minds, Jerry Lewis. He might be best known for films like The Nutty Professor, The King of Comedy, and The Bellboy, but … Read More

'Beware the Ides of March! And stay in with a movie instead'

Here are some films that feature betrayal so treacherous and intrigue so intriguing that they rival the assassination of Caesar!     BLACK CAESAR The brutal assault at the hands of a racist cop will inform the life of Tommy … Read More

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March 15, 2016

'Take a Tour of Irish Film for St. Patrick’s Day with Olive Films'

    Can’t make it to Ireland this year to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Do the next best thing and tour Ireland through film. At Olive Films, we’re very proud of our catalogue of films from, filmed in, and inspired … Read More

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March 10, 2016

'Pause It: Impromptu'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? In this scene from director James Lapine’s Impromptu (1991), actors Emma Thompson and Anton Rodgers sit up in bed clearly having had a recent marital tiff. At first, the mood between the two characters … Read More

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March 9, 2016

'Olive Films Announces May 2016 Titles'

Spring is almost here, and Olive Films is celebrating by announcing a great slate of titles that will be available May 24, 2016. We’ve got some old favorites on the way just for you, with classic actors like George Sanders, … Read More

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March 8, 2016

'Olive Films Celebrates Women’s History Month'

Olive Films is proud to highlight 24 outstanding female-directed and feminist films found within our catalogue in celebration of National Women’s History Month. Join the discussion as we look at the many contributions women and their stories have made to the art … Read More

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March 3, 2016

'Olive Films May 2016 Crossword'

Spring is almost here, and so is a new Olive announcement! Get an insider sneak peek on our May 2016 titles with this Olive Films Crossword. Put your film knowledge to the test! This crossword is themed around classic actors and … Read More

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March 2, 2016

'Pause It: La belle captive'

  PAUSE IT: What do you see? A Frame within a frame. Formalist director Alain Robbe-Grillet, a leading voice of the Nouveau Roman (new novel) movement of the late 1950s and early 1960s, paints a pretty picture. A painting rests … Read More

'And the Winners Were… Olive Films Looks Back at Past Oscar Winners'

    With the Oscars almost upon us, Olive Films would like to take a look back at some of the films in our catalog that received this prestigious award. We hope you can join us in celebrating the often-unsung … Read More

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February 26, 2016

'Pause It: Amazing Grace'

  PAUSE IT: What do you see? It’s Moms Mabley in Stan Lathan’s Amazing Grace (1974). Actor, Civil Rights and LGBT activist, singer, and stand-up extraordinaire Mabley made her first mark performing as a vaudevillian on the famed Chitlin’ Circuit. … Read More

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February 24, 2016

'Happy 89th Birthday to Sidney Poitier'

“If I’m remembered for having done a few good things, and if my presence here has sparked some good energies, that’s plenty.” Sidney Poitier has done a tremendous amount more than a few good deeds and sparked many more than … Read More

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February 19, 2016

'Pause It: The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry'

  PAUSE IT: What do you see? George Sanders and Ella Raines embrace on a New England country hillside, a romantic scene perfect in a way that only a Hollywood film can be. But, look closer and you’ll see that … Read More

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February 17, 2016

'Pause It: Extremities'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? A menacing James Russo stares back at the camera in Robert M. Young’s Extremities (1986). Using the compositional technique “The Rule of Thirds,” cinematographer Curtis Clark (ASC) frames an image of great impact. If … Read More

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February 10, 2016

'Olive Films Announces April 2016 Titles'

We have some really great titles in store for April 19, 2016. We’re very excited to be bringing you some old classics of film noir as well as some great new foreign titles, and everything in between. If you don’t … Read More

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February 8, 2016

'Olive Films Celebrates Black History Month'

  At Olive Films, we believe that the need for diversity in the films we watch and cherish is a cause that continues to be worth fighting for. This February, delight in the artistically rich and culturally diverse tradition of … Read More

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February 5, 2016

'Pause It: Breaker! Breaker!'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? If what you think you see is a sweaty-faced Chuck Norris in Don Hulette’s Breaker! Breaker! (1977), then you would be wrong. Chuck Norris doesn’t break a sweat. He obliterates it. He doesn’t even … Read More

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February 3, 2016

'April 2016 Crossword'

Another batch of new releases, another Olive Films crossword. Put your film knowledge to the test! This one is themed around genre classics and focuses on our April releases. Clues about films that we’ll be releasing soon are marked with … Read More

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February 2, 2016

'Valentine’s Day Film Guide'

Happy Valentine’s Day from Olive Films! Are you bored of the same old films every Valentine’s Day? Mix it up with some of the romantic films from Olive’s library. You can find a fair share of both comedy and drama … Read More

'Pause It: Beat Street'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? A b-boy struts his stuff before a crowd of onlookers. In midair he twists and flips to uproarious applause. The setting, the Bronx; the time, the early 1980s; the movie, Stan Lathan’s Beat Street … Read More

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January 27, 2016

'Pause It: Let There Be Light'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? A single frame captures the horrors of war preserved on several different faces. In director John Huston’s newly released Let There Be Light (1946), soldiers suffering from what would later be known as Post-Traumatic … Read More

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January 20, 2016

'Pause It: Coffy'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? Dope pushers and junkies beware, it’s badass Pam Grier in director Jack Hill’s Coffy (1973). That’s right, Coffy’s coming and she’s got the business end of a large gun pointed right at her foe. … Read More

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January 13, 2016

'Olive Films Announces March 2016 Titles'

March is a great month for forgotten favorites here at Olive Films! Take a look at what we have slated for March 22. There’s a healthy mix of films from the last five decades waiting to be rediscovered. Click on … Read More

'March Release Crossword'

Another batch of new releases, another Olive Films crossword. Put your film knowledge to the test! This one is themed around genre classics and focuses on our March releases. Clues about films that we’ll be releasing soon are marked with … Read More

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January 11, 2016

'Pause It: The Night They Raided Minsky’s'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? Sets, costumes, and makeup play a huge role in crafting the look and feel of a film. Working alongside costume designer Anna Johnstone, makeup artist Irving Buchman, and production designers Jean Eckart and William … Read More

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January 6, 2016

'Olive Films Announces Titles for February 2016'

This February, we have a diverse and entertaining catalogue of new releases for you, with plenty of romance for a perfect Valentine’s Day. Don’t worry – the releases don’t end with rom-coms, because several other fan favorites also find their … Read More

'Now Through January: Best Buy Sale'

The following titles will be on sale online at BestBuy.com beginning now! We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to stock up on your old favorites and give some new films a watch too. Special Sales Under $5 Beyond … Read More

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January 5, 2016

'February Release Crossword'

Want a sneak peak into Olive Films’ February Releases, or just want to put your cinephelia to the test? Try your knowledge out with this special Olive Films crossword! Hidden in the clues and answers are the titles of all … Read More

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January 4, 2016

'Pause It: The Deadly Bees'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? Bees! In this shot from The Deadly Bees (1966) director Freddie Francis made use of special effects to simulate the attacking swarm. Employing techniques similar to those in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963), Francis … Read More

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December 30, 2015

'Olive Team Picks: Favorite Olive Films Titles of 2015'

As 2015 comes to a close, so does another year’s catalog of classic Hollywood, independent, and foreign gems. We asked Olive Films staff to tell us about their favorite Olive Films titles of the year.   Maria: Extremities (1986) Director: Robert M. … Read More

'January 2016 Releases'

With holiday shopping winding down, it’s time to get excited for the Olive Films titles that will be released January 19, 2016. We have some really great films for you from all different genres and eras, many of which have … Read More

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December 28, 2015

'Pause It: Beach Blanket Bingo'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? In the lighthearted teen comedy Beach Blanket Bingo (1965), director William Asher makes perfect use of anamorphic aspect ratio. Notice how actress Annette Funicello, hoisted up by co-star Frankie Avalon, is horizontally positioned. By … Read More

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December 23, 2015

'Roar stampedes onto iTunes'

We are thrilled to announce that Roar will be available on iTunes beginning January 5, 2016. Produced over the course of ten years, Roar is an audacious cinematic experiment: a thriller showcasing the majesty and ferocity of African lions, filmed on location … Read More

'Pause It: Baby It’s You'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? Jill Rosen (Rosanna Arquette), a young woman at a school assembly, peers out at us from the center of a crowd. Dressed plainly in a 1960s style plaid outfit, she draws our focus immediately … Read More

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December 16, 2015

'Happy 100th Birthday to Frank Sinatra'

“May you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine.” -Frank Sinatra During the filming of Young at Heart (1954), Frank Sinatra planned a surprise Birthday party for Ethel Barrymore that touched her deeply. This … Read More

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December 12, 2015

'Holiday Gift Guide'

Are you looking for the perfect gift for that film buff in your life who seems to already have everything? Here are some unique gift ideas from Olive Films that are sure to thrill any cinephile.   THE BELLS OF … Read More

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December 8, 2015

'John Huston’s Wartime Documentaries'

To all our men and women who serve in the military, thank you for your service and sacrifice. – Olive Films Many of Hollywood’s leading men — John Wayne (Sands of Iwo Jima), Gregory Peck (Pork Chop Hill), Sterling Hayden … Read More

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November 11, 2015

'Phase IV'

In response to the many inquiries we’ve received about Saul Bass’ PHASE IV – questions about the ‘lost’ ending and which version is being released on October 27, 2015 – we can confirm we are releasing the original 1974 Paramount Pictures 84-minute … Read More

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September 2, 2015

'“It’s just like life you get the funny and the tragic, just with them you get the gentle and the ferocious too.”'

The scourge of hunting big game in the wild has never been more topical. With the recent killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, part of big game trophy hunting for sport, has set off a global firestorm. Perhaps this … Read More

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August 6, 2015

'Celebrating the life of Theodore Bikel'

Celebrating the life of Theodore Bikel, who passed away this week at the age of 91, is easy. Cataloging his vast accomplishments is a bit more difficult. Born in Vienna, Austria to Jewish parents, Bikel’s early career would find him drawn to … Read More

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July 24, 2015

'Celebrate the 2015 Emmy Nominees with Olive Films!'

It’s been a great year for Television. So naturally, we were excited to learn who’s been nominated for Emmy’s. Looking at the list of nominees, we recognized quite a few names from our very own catalog. Olive Films is proud … Read More

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July 17, 2015

'Some hot Sci-Fi for a hot summer'

Sci-Fi is as hot as ever! Ex-Machina, Mad Max and Terminator Genisys are proof positive that inventive storytelling, spectacular set pieces and striking visuals never go out of fashion with moviegoers. Olive Films has a selection of entertaining Sci-Fi offerings that include The Running … Read More

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July 10, 2015

'The Red, White & Blue'

Old Glory. Apple Pie. Fireworks. All are synonymous with Independence Day AKA The 4th of July. Now add these Olive Films titles that celebrate the holiday to that list. History has never looked as beautiful … Magnificent Doll One woman’s … Read More

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June 30, 2015

'Father’s Day Gift Guide'

This Father’s Day celebrate dad’s special day with these cream of the crop Western, War & Action genre titles from Olive Films. WESTERNS McLintock Wayne’s most popular film of the 60s is a broad, boisterous comedy-western loosely based on William … Read More

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June 19, 2015

'Pam Grier – Queen of the Blaxploitation film'

We’re celebrating Pam Grier, the Queen of the Blaxploitation films, with the release of COFFY, FOXY BROWN and FRIDAY FOSTER on DVD and Blu-ray. Following supporting roles in several American International Pictures releases in the early 70s, Pam Grier would have a … Read More

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June 10, 2015

'Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Part 4'

Actresses of Hollywood’s bygone era are indelibly linked to the film genre know as “noir.” But, don’t discount the brilliance on display by many of today’s actresses and filmmakers who have dabbled in this genre. And, what would a good … Read More

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May 7, 2015

'Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Part 3'

Contrary to popular belief, Mom enjoys a good Western just as much as Dad. Proof positive are several Olive Films titles with outstanding lead performances by some of the best actresses of their generation. Joan Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge shoot … Read More

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May 5, 2015

'Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Part 2'

Read our Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Part 1 (Romance) here. How many times have you said “Mom sure could use a laugh today?” Well, make her Mother’s Day with these comedies courtesy of Olive Films. The charming and urbane Cary … Read More

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May 3, 2015

'Celebrate May Day'

May Day – definition – noun 1) May 1, celebrated in many countries as a traditional springtime festival or as an international day honoring workers. 2) A connection to the Labor/Communism/Socialist/Anarchist movements. It is also known as “International Workers’ Day.” … Read More

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May 1, 2015

'Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Part 1'

M is for the million things she does for you. O is for Olive Films releases you’ll give Mom to celebrate her special day. M is for the money you’ll save by shopping at OliveFilms.com. From the Duke and the … Read More

'Buy an apple for Teachers Appreciation Day… Or, a copy of “Teachers”'

Celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day this May 5th by picking up a copy of Teachers, a satirical, dramatic and absurdly comic look inside the life of the modern day teacher. Nick Nolte stars as a once idealistic teacher who is now … Read More

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April 30, 2015

'Freshman directing efforts prove a treat for the viewer'

Pick up these films, which are a showcase for first-time directors & stars Jodie Foster and Robert Townsend when Olive Films releases Little Man Tate and Hollywood Shuffle on DVD and Blu-ray. Jodie Foster (Taxi Driver, Contact) makes her directorial … Read More

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April 28, 2015

'ROAR charges into theaters'

Produced over the course of ten years, Roar is an audacious cinematic experiment: a thriller showcasing the majesty and ferocity of African lions, filmed on location amidst dozens of actual untrained cats. Photographed by Jan De Bont (d.p. of Die Hard and director of Speed), … Read More

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April 24, 2015

'April (showers) brings (May flowers and) a “Blue Sky”'

Jessica Lang (Frances, Tootsie, TV’s American Horror Story) would take home the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as the sultry, seductive and high-strung wife of Tommy Lee Jones in Tony Richardson’s (Tom Jones, The Border) final film, Blue Sky. Rounding … Read More

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April 21, 2015

'Tax Day Flicks: Find Your April 15 Pick-Me-Ups'

April 15th is Tax Day — not ‘tax your mind day!’ Plop yourself down on the couch and pop in the following feel-good films from Olive Films. Irreconcilable Differences In this bittersweet comedy, aspiring writers Albert (Ryan O’Neal) and Lucy … Read More

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April 2, 2015

'Don’t Be Fooled'

April Fool’s Day is a time for publicly acceptable jokes, pranks, and hoaxes for one day only. In celebration, we’ve picked out a few of our favorite fools and pranksters from our catalog that you can enjoy all year long… … Read More

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March 30, 2015

'Three biographical dramas from Olive Films'

March roars in like a lion with three biographical dramas from Olive Films: Robert Altman’s Vincent & Theo, Mick Jackson’s Chattahoochee, and Peter Masterson’s Convicts. Each film will make its Blu-ray debut on Tues, March 24th. VINCENT & THEO With Vincent & Theo, … Read More

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March 23, 2015

'Movies To Watch For Women’s History Month'

We continue to honor women in front of and behind the camera during National Women’s History Month. Olive Films is proud to include the following as part of a growing list of female filmmakers, past and present, who make an … Read More

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March 18, 2015

'Movies for St. Patrick’s Day'

St Patrick’s Day is about the wearing of the green, not the spending of the green! Find affordable titles from Olive Films to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Our selection features charming, heartwarming and dramatic films. Let’s start with an all-time classic – John … Read More

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March 14, 2015

'Spring-inspired “TO DO” List'

Now that we’ve changed our clocks and sprung ahead, we bring you our Spring-inspired checklist. 1) Find romance with YOUNG AT HEART YOUNG AT HEART centers on a family headed by a music-loving patriarch (Robert Keith, Men in War) and … Read More

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March 9, 2015

'The 13 Best Horror Movies from Olive Films'

Friday the 13th is just around the corner. If you’ve got an appetite for horror and sci-fi, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for the best movies we have to offer for a spooky night in with a Friday the … Read More

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March 5, 2015

'EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION DAY Gift Ideas'

This Friday, March 6th is EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION DAY and there’s no better time for an employee (or friend and relative for that matter) to receive a special gift of A New Leaf and How To Murder Your Wife, two comic … Read More

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March 4, 2015

'Movies To Celebrate Women’s History Month'

Strong female characters abound in these March releases from Olive Films. From dramas and comedies to historical and biographical film titles, celebrate National Women’s History Month with any one (or more!) of these entertaining films. The End of Violence, Wim … Read More

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March 3, 2015

'Catch Bruce Dern On Blu-ray'

Olive Films is proud to showcase the talent of Bruce Dern on Blu-ray and DVD with the release of The Wild Angels, Psych-Out, and 1969. The prolific actor turns in an array of performances across the three titles — as … Read More

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February 27, 2015

'Two Beach Movies To Warm You Up This Winter'

We’re keeping warm with two beach genre favorites, BEACH BLANKET BINGO and MUSCLE BEACH PARTY, now available on DVD and, for the first time, Blu-ray. These films from a simpler time star two of the most popular performers of the … Read More

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February 25, 2015

'Olive’s Oscar Picks: Best Female & Male Lead Actors'

The Academy Awards are two days away. As we wait in anticipation of this year’s ceremony, we bring you a list of some of the top male and female actors to have graced the big screen.   The nominees are… … Read More

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February 20, 2015

'FEBRUARY 19, 2015 MARKS THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF IWO JIMA'

There may be no better filmed expression of patriotic sentiment than Allan Dwan’s Sands of Iwo Jima, a film that is commonly regarded as the definitive WWII film. John Wayne earned a 1949 Best Actor Academy Award® nomination for one … Read More

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February 19, 2015

'It’s too cold outside — stay in with a movie!'

Chances are you’re experiencing a cold winter blast this week. There’s no better reason to stay in, stay warm, and catch up on any number of films from a variety of genres. Here’s a list of suggested Olive Films titles. Robert … Read More

'Olive’s Oscar Picks: Best Writing'

We’re now in the middle of awards season with the Academy Award ceremony right around the corner. At Olive Films, we offer a variety of films honored for their achievements by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Now’s … Read More

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February 9, 2015

'Before Madea, there was Moms'

“The subject of Whoopi Goldberg’s documentary two years ago, “I’ve Got Something to Tell You,” Mabley was genuinely one of the great pioneers of black comedy (and of comedy period), and there isn’t a black comic today who doesn’t owe … Read More

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February 4, 2015

'Olive’s Oscar Picks: Foreign Language Films'

Waiting to see what will take home the top prize in the Best Foreign Language Film category come Oscar time? While you’re waiting, catch up on several well-deserving titles, courtesy of Olive Films, that Oscar overlooked. The Top Five contenders … Read More

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January 27, 2015

'A Look Back'

Take a look back in appreciation at those who have paved the way and inspired students of film, Oscar hopefuls, and Oscar winners. Boasting a stellar line-up of films by these revered talents, here are but a few classics considered … Read More

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January 21, 2015

'Experience Jean-Luc Godard with Olive Films'

Director Jean-Luc Godard is legendary. Having worked steadily since the mid-1950’s, this prolific filmmaker continues to embrace all that film technology has to offer, from high definition video to 3D, and is always pushing against the cinematic boundaries. He transformed … Read More

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January 13, 2015

'New Year = More New Films'

2015 is going to be an exciting year and we’re starting it off with a bang! Here’s a sampling of just a few of the titles coming your way this month: two very different in tone dramas book-ended by two … Read More

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January 7, 2015

'Olive Films’ Year In Film: 2014'

It’s been a great year of film releases for Olive Films — from 3D restorations to John Wayne in HD and many “first time” releases in-between. For discerning tastes (in a variety of genres — from classic noirs to action … Read More

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December 30, 2014

'Happy Holidays From Olive Films'

Thank you for a terrific year and your continued support. From all of us at Olive Films, we wish you a happy holiday season and prosperous new year. 2014 was a year packed with new, stand-out Blu-ray and DVD releases. … Read More

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December 23, 2014

'Four Stylish Films Noir in HD'

Vintage noirs previously released in a box set will be available on Blu-ray as individual purchases on December 23rd. This a quartet of thrillers, one from 1949 and three from 1951, are all serious noir films:   ROPE OF SAND … Read More

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December 16, 2014

'Olive Films directed by Otto Preminger'

Three late-period Otto Preminger titles hit the street this December 23rd … just in time for Christmas. Previously released in a Blu-ray box set, HURRY SUNDOWN, SKIDOO and SUCH GOOD FRIENDS are now available for single disc purchase. HURRY SUNDOWN (1967), adapted for … Read More

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December 9, 2014

'Let The Holiday Shopping Begin'

It’s that time of year and what better time to shop for great films on DVD and Blu-ray. Whether you’re looking for the classics, the near classics and the not so near classics … it’s really all a matter of perspective, … Read More

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December 2, 2014

'NEW RELEASES FOR PRE-ORDER'

The following titles are available for pre-order on DVD and Blu-ray at the Olive Films website: YOUNG AT HEART (Starring Frank Sinatra and Doris Day) STRANGER ON THE PROWL (Directed By Joseph Losey and starring Paul Muni) MEN IN WAR … Read More

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March 20, 2014

'Happy Memorials to Gene Siskel, Sidney Poiter and Robert Altman'

There are many actors and directors who share celebrations today but Olive Films would like to like to first and foremost remember and honor lifelong Chicago resident Gene Siskel who passed 15 years ago today. Along with film critic Roger … Read More

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February 20, 2014

'Winter blues, Olympics, & other happy stuff …!'

Keeping in spirit with the Winter Olympics, Olive Films would like to direct your attention to one of our lesser known titles, Visions Of Eight. Visions Of Eight is a documentary shot in eight separate segments (The Beginning, The Strongest, … Read More

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February 18, 2014

'Happy Birthday To José Ferrer!'

Happy Birthday José Ferrer! José Ferrer successfully recreated his stage role as Cyrano De Bergerac in the film directed by Michael Gordon. He also won an Academy Award for the role and was the first Hispanic actor to do so. … Read More

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January 8, 2014

'Happy 45th Birthday To Ami Dolenz!'

Olive Films would like to extend a Happy Birthday to actress Ami Dolenz. Ami is the daughter of Monkee Mickey Dolenz and stars in the 90s Horror Classics, “Ticks” & “Witchboard 2“. And wouldn’t you know? We have SIX signed … Read More

'Olive Films Wishes A Happy 85th Birthday To Terry Moore!'

Happy 85th birthday to actress Terry Moore who stars as Kotty (aka “The Living Doll” & Tomata”) in Shack Out On 101. This 80 minute Crime-Drama-Noir is a real gem with quick-paced, witty dialogue, a great ensemble cast and all … Read More

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January 7, 2014

'Happy Birthday To The King Of The Cowboys: Tom Mix'

Tom Mix was born on this day, 1880, in Mix Run, Pennsylvania. Together with “Tony The Horse,” he made several hundred silent cowboy films throughout his career. He was also the highest paid actor during his day and eclipsed in … Read More

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January 6, 2014

'HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JACK LORD ! ! !'

Jack Lord was born on December 20, 1920 and is probably best known for his reprising role as Steve McGarrett on television’s Hawaii Five-O. The show was the first of it’s kind to be filmed entirely on the island and … Read More

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December 30, 2013

'Farewell to a legendary actress…'

Olive Films extends condolences to family, friends, and fans of the Academy Award winning actress, Joan Fontaine who passed away this weekend at the age of 97. Ms. Fontaine was nominated for three Oscars and was the only actor to … Read More

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December 16, 2013

'For the film lover on your list…'

15 more shopping days till Christmas!  If you need a gift for Uncle Larry, or Grandma Lucy … Olive Films has you covered.  Olive has a film for every interest and a genre for every generation:   Classic Hollywood Cinema - … Read More

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December 9, 2013

'A film for every movie lover on your list!'

Only 3 more shopping days until Hanukah commences and 29 more shopping days till Christmas!  Whether you need a hostess gift for Thanksgiving, a gift for Uncle Larry, or Grandma Lucy … Olive Films has you covered.  Olive has a … Read More

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November 25, 2013

'Gifts for everyone on your list!'

    Only 10 more shopping days until Hanukah commences and 36 more shopping days till Christmas!  Whether you need a hostess gift for Thanksgiving, a gift for Uncle Larry, or Grandma Lucy … Olive Films has you covered.  Olive … Read More

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November 18, 2013

'Happy Birthday Jack Elam!'

Olive Films would like to say Happy Birthday to one of our favorite baddies with a warm heart, JACK ELAM. Elam is probably most famous for his roles in Once Upon A Time In The West, Night Of The Grizzly, … Read More

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November 13, 2013

'40%-50% OFF – Top 100 Olive Films'

Don’t miss this incredible sale! BestBuy.com and Olive Films have teamed up to bring you savings of 40%-50% OFF our Top 100 Olive Films on DVD and BLU. Follow the link to start saving now! BestBuy.com sale can be found … Read More

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October 7, 2013

'Save up to 50% on Olive Films DVD and Blu at Best Buy!'

We have teamed up with Best Buy to bring you saving of 40-50% OFF our top 100 Classic Films on DVD and Blu-Ray!  Head on over to BestBuy.com to start saving now! First 15 people to share this post with … Read More

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October 6, 2013

'Olive Films has had a busy September…'

We have released 10 new titles in the month of September! Stay tuned for our Spooktacular “31 Days of Horror” where we will spotlight many of our favorite scary, spine-tingling, and fun films to add to the Halloween mood! Titles … Read More

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September 30, 2013

'Huge New Release Day (10 titles!)'

These 10 Blu-ray titles hit the streets today (Tues, Sept. 24th) and are available at the olive films website and other reputable outlets. Betty Boop – The Essential Collection v2 The Americano Ambush At Cimarron Pass Shack Out On 101 The Big … Read More

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September 24, 2013

'Raquel Welch stops everyone in their tracks at the pre-Emmy party!'

73 year old Raquel Welch attended the 2013 Emmy Awards pre-party in a stunning leopard print dress.  Raquel has only improved with age.  Check her out in these Olive Films titles: Hannie Caulder (available on Blu-Ray or DVD) The Magic Christian (available on … Read More

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September 23, 2013

'8 Cylinder Film with a 2 Cylinder Budget'

Shack Out on 101, starring Terry Moore, Lee Marvin and Frank Lovejoy, is one of the most entertaining Red-Scare Film Noirs residing in our library. Don’t let the small production fool you – the dialogue and writing is where it’s … Read More

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September 20, 2013

'Happy Birthday To Jack Warden!'

Jack Warden was born in Newark NJ in 1920 and was reared in Louisville, KY. He is a D-Day survivor and has served in three branches of the United States Armed Forces. After shattering his leg in England while night … Read More

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September 18, 2013

'New Release Day!'

These three Blu-ray titles hit the streets today (Tues, Sept. 17th) and are available at the olive films website and other reputable outlets. The Atomic City Escape From Zahrain Riot

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September 17, 2013

'Happy 60th Birthday to Kurt Fuller!'

Happy 60th Birthday to Kurt Fuller! Kurt appears in “The Running Man” along with all-star (and multi talented) cast:  Arnold Schwarzenegger, Marica Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura, Mick Fleetwood, Dweezil Zappa, and Richard Dawson. The film was directed … Read More

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September 16, 2013

'Remebering Ray Dolby – The Audio Pioneer'

Ray Dolby, the man who transformed cinema by inventing Dolby Digital surround sound, died on Thursday at the age of 80. His contributions to film industry and home entertainment are countless and have changed the movie-going experience forever. What’s your … Read More

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September 13, 2013

'Happy Birthday to Brian DePalma !'

Olive Films would like to congratulate Brian DePalma on his birthday and US release of his new film in close to five years, Passion! On this day film director Brian DePalma (Carrie, Dressed to Kill) was born in Newark, New … Read More

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September 11, 2013

'September will be busy for Olive Films with 13 titles due for release this month!'

Follow this link for Glenn Erickson’s (‘DVD Savant’) excellent review of our Blu-ray for The Atomic City which will be released NEXT TUESDAY, September 17th along with Blu-ray titles for: Escape From Zahrain and Riot!

'How do you remember Burgess Meredith?'

“I was born a character actor. I was never really a leading man type.” – Burgess Meredith. On this date in 1997, Burgess Meredith died. His sixty year acting career earned him many accolades, Academy Award and Emmy nominations. Depending … Read More

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September 10, 2013

'In Case You Missed It!'

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye starring James Cagney, was released last Tuesday on DVD and Blu-ray. Read the New York Times review and Combustible Celluloid reviews below: New York Times | Combustible Celluloid

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September 4, 2013

'Before she was Lily Munster…'

Yvonne De Carlo (née Margaret Yvonne Littleton)  was Mrs. Louise Warren in the John Wayne Classic, McClintock! McClintock! on DVD  McClintock! on Blu-Ray Ms. De Carlo would have been 91 years old on Sunday.

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September 3, 2013

'L.A. Times reviews Betty Boop Volume 1'

Decades later, Betty Boop is still hard to resist. By Sheri Linden A Second Look: The animated Jazz Age baby is boop-oop-a-dooping back into filmgoers’ radar with ‘The Essential Collection, Volume 1,’ the first in a projected four-volume compilation of … Read More

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August 30, 2013

'New Release Day!'

These four Blu-ray titles hit the streets today and are available at the olive films website and other reputable outlets. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Penny Serenade Only The Valiant Flat Top

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August 27, 2013

'Allow us to introduce …'

Let us introduce you to Alice Guy-Blaché . Alice is the first female director to use narrative style in film. She was also one of the first to sync sound to moving pictures.  This trail blazing pioneer started in the … Read More

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August 26, 2013

'Did you know…?'

Frank Tashlin‘s (It’s Only Money, The Geisha Boy, Rock-A-Bye Baby) first cartoon, “Porky’s Poultry Plant” was released by Warner Bros Studio on this day, August 22, 1936!

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August 22, 2013

'Happy Birthday To Robert Stone'

Today is novelist Robert Stone’s 76th birthday. Here at Olive Films we recognize him as the screenwriter to the film, WUSA which was adapted from his debut novel, “A Hall Of Mirrors.”   Robert Stone was born in Brooklyn, New … Read More

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August 21, 2013

'New Release Day!'

These five Blu-ray titles hit the streets today and are available at the olive films website and other reputable outlets. Betty Boop “The Essential Collection Volume 1″ My Favorite Spy Off Limits On The Double Knock On Wood

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August 20, 2013