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The Saint RKO Films on DVD

Friday, May 25, 2012

The Saint RKO Films on DVD

We're playing a little bit of catch up here, as all of the RKO films of The Saint from the 1930s 1940s have been out on DVD for a few months now.   This is great news for fans of The Saint, as they can now watch Leslie Charteris' creation of Simon Templar be played by George Sanders, Hugh Sinclair, and Louis Hayward in DVD digital quality. And, these have been released in both Region 1 and Region 2 formats.  It's time to catch up on these great old films from RKO, and watch the first movies of The Saint all over again for the first time!

American/ Region 1 DVDs:

The George Sanders Saint Movies Collection (The Saint Strikes Back / The Saint in London / The Saint's Double Trouble / The Saint Takes Over / The Saint in Palm Springs)

The Saint's Vacation / The Saint Meets the Tiger: The Saint Double Feature

British / Region 2 DVDs:

The Falcon

Additionally, and just for added interest.  You could also pick up a copy of The Falcon collection.  When George Sanders left The Saint, RKO made a series of him as The Falcon. These are done in such a similar style, with the same crew, same writers, same casting, same studio, and same promotion, that Leslie Charteris sued them over it. In fact, if you re-read The Saint Steps In, you'll find Charteris having some fun at The Falcon's expense. To us, it's just more Saint films for us to enjoy, albeit under a slightly different name.

The Falcon Mystery Movie Collection: Volume One (The Gay Falcon / A Date with the Falcon / The Falcon Takes Over / The Falcon's Brother / The Falcon Strikes Back / The Falcon in Danger / The Falcon and the Co-Eds)


British DVD Editions of The Falcon -- Odeon has released a large collection of the Falcon in Region 2:

MIA - Missing in Action

The Saint in New York -- There are two films which are MIA... both starring Louis Hayward. In America, you can't find the first Saint film, The Saint in New York, on DVD yet. It is only available in the British series.

The Saint's Girl Friday -- The other missing film is the very last one, from the 1950s. It was released in England in 1953 under the name, The Saint's Return, and distributed by RKO in the USA during 1954 as The Saint's Girl Friday. Neither version is available on DVD at this time.

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5 comments for The Saint RKO Films on DVD

5 Comments:

Blogger saint mark said...

You forgot to mention the British Region 2 releases by Odeon of the Falcon. Which by this time are more titles than the US version contains.

Friday, May 25, 2012  
Blogger Dan Bodenheimer said...

Agreed, I wasn't sure if I should include them as there are so many -- and it might overpower the actual story about The Saint releases. However, you make a good point, and I've added them! Cheers,

Friday, May 25, 2012  
Blogger saint mark said...

But for the fans, the "so many" is a sheer pleasure. Now you can watch a lot of them whenever you want. For your information: The Odean releases have no special features at all and lack any subtitles.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012  
Blogger Oulu said...

The Saint RKO Films have been available on DVD here in Finland since 2005.

Thursday, January 09, 2014  
Blogger Ted Pastuszak said...

Any hope of seeing the missing tow Hayward episodes during 2014? I've checked the Warner's Archive site, to no avail.!

Saturday, April 05, 2014  

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