SHIRLEY TEMPLE DANCES AGAIN ... You may not remember Shirley Temple, but your parents – or your grandparents – certainly do, and not too long ago, she was American’s favorite ringlet-haired girl.  Known as “Dimples” or “Little Curly Top,” the four-year-old singer and dancer charmed audiences worldwide, performing with Hollywood’s brightest stars.  Now, Fox Home Entertainment has released three of her best films in a digitally-remastered and restored collection called “The Shirley Temple Collection.”

The collection features “Heidi” (1937), “Curly Top” (1935) and “Little Miss Broadway” (1938) in both the digitally-restored black and white and color versions of each film.  The films are also available individually, and each title includes a commemorative bracelet with charm. 

The gift set is priced at $29.98 and the three titles are each $14.98.  Both will be available in stores on August 30. 


BEN HUR RETURNS … One of film’s greatest masterpieces returns on September 13 from Warner Home Video“Ben-Hur,” winner of 11 Academy Awards, will debut as a four-disc collector’s edition DVD with Bible Study Guide.  With 100,000 costumes, 8,000 extras, 300 sets and a budget that was, at the time, the most expensive in MGM’s history, “Ben-Hur” is widely considered to be one of the most accomplished biblical-era epics ever made. 

Originally filmed in a process known as MGM Camera 65, without any computer-generated effects, “Ben-Hur” was one of the widest prints ever made with a width almost three times its height that allowed for spectacular panoramic shots and bold action sequences that still astonish today – especially its legendary chariot race.  This version has been newly remastered and boasts more than 10 hours of bonus features, including an all-new documentary about the film’s influence with some of Hollywood’s leading filmmakers, like Ridley Scott (“Kingdom of Heaven,” “Gladiator”) and George Lucas (“Star Wars”); a ‘making-of’ documentary hosted by Christopher Plummer; scene-specific commentary by Charlton Heston; rare screen tests; a reproduction of the original theatrical souvenir program, and the 1925 silent version of the film with musical score by Carl Davis.

Based on Lew Wallace’s best-selling novel, the film stars Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott, Cathy O’Donnell and Sam Jaffe.  In addition to the Best Actor award, which went to Charlton Heston, “Ben-Hur” also captured Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor (Griffith).  Its 11 Oscars have only been equalled by two films: “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”