New Digitally Restored Gene For Fall!
Posted September 2004
More of Gene Autry's wonderful performances on film and records have been newly restored with the latest digital technology, bringing America's Favorite Singing Cowboy into the 21st Century for new and long-time fans alike. Two terrific films from 1951, Silver Canyon and Whirlwind, are now digitally remastered and available for the first time on DVD from Image Entertainment. In addition, we are very pleased to announce a new CD from Varèse Sarabande Records, Gene Autry: The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings, and as the title says, it includes all of Gene's original Columbia Records Christmas songs, several of which have never been on CD.
The new DVDs, available September 14, 2004, continue our tradition of including extra bonus material about the film, along with the beautifully restored original full-length version of the movie. You'll find original poster and lobby card art, production and publicity stills, original press kit material, trivia and movie facts, and excerpts from Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show. Plus, you'll see and hear Gene Autry and Pat Buttram discuss the film in clips from the 1987 Melody Ranch Theater television program. And, since each film stars Gail Davis, we've included clips of Gail from her Flying A Pictures television program Annie Oakley, courtesy of Gail Davis Enterprises. See the Silver Canyon and Whirlwind DVD Information Pages for complete details and purchasing information.
Christmas arrives September 21st this year for Gene Autry fans – that's when the CD Gene Autry: The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings is available to purchase. Gene recorded 26 different Christmas songs for Columbia Records and this is the first CD to have them all, including eight rare, never-before-on-CD tracks: An Old Fashioned Tree; (Hard Rock, Coco and Joe) The Three Little Dwarfs; Thirty-Two Feet – Eight Little Tails; Poppy The Puppy; He'll Be Coming Down The Chimney (Like He Always Did Before); Merry Texas Christmas, You All!; Freddie, the Little Fir Tree; and the 1953 hit recording of Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane).
The Official Gene Autry Biographer, Holly George-Warren, wrote the liner notes, which feature vintage label and sleeve art from the original record releases. See the Gene Autry: The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings CD Information Page for the complete track listing, production details, and purchasing information.