Saturday, February 15, 2014

One more set of briefs: February 15, 2014

Calgary Stampede is one of those shorts that got nominated for an Oscar and so shows up seemingly every year during 31 Days of Oscar. This year's showing is at about 3:39 PM, or just after another airing of the documentary And the Oscar Goes To..., which comes on at 2:00 PM and runs 97 min, plus presumably an intro and outro from Ben Mankiewicz.

TCM's online schedule is acting up: everything is listed as being in the genre "TCM Presents". It's no big deal to me, since I don't normally use the genre information as to what I might want to watch. But it always surprises me when TCM's schedule goes awry like this. I'd think the connection to the database would make it easy to get the genre information and plug that in to the appropriate part of the table.

The prime time lineup is movies nominated for Best Picture of 1929/30, starting with the winner, All Quiet on the Western Front. That one is listed as available at the TCM Shop. The next one, The Big House at 10:30, isn't, for whatever reason. It was released via the Warner Archive back in the summer of 2009, and as you can see, you can get it at Amazon.

Disraeli, on the other hand, still isn't on DVD. It rounds out the night at 4:00 AM, and if you haven't seen it before, is well worth watching. It also really ought to get a DVD release.

Interestingly enough, TCM ran all five of the Best Picture nominees back in February 2011, albeit in a different order. After all, there are only so many ways in which you can group Oscar-nominated movies.

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