56 episodes

Mike DeKalb and Chad Smart break down every film that Disney released under the Touchstone Pictures banner, discussing their box office performance as well as the state of Hollywood at the time of each release.

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Mike DeKalb and Chad Smart break down every film that Disney released under the Touchstone Pictures banner, discussing their box office performance as well as the state of Hollywood at the time of each release.

    Episode 55 - Social Commentary or Coming of Age?

    Episode 55 - Social Commentary or Coming of Age?

    April 1994 has arrived on Out of Touchstone, as we look at three Disney films that feature younger characters growing up somewhat quickly.  First up from Touchstone Pictures is THE INKWELL, a unique look at affluent African Americans in the 1970s and the psychological progression of an impressionable young man.  Mike and Chad both agreed that the film was not what they expected and had a great cast, but was doomed by its mismatched tone.  The co-hosts then look at the maturation of young men in two unique settings: HOLY MATRIMONY, the Hollywood Pictures story involving bizarre marriage laws; and WHITE FANG 2: MYTH OF THE WHITE WOLF from Walt Disney Pictures, the mediocre sequel to their 1991 Jack London adaptation.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 54 - Christmas in March

    Episode 54 - Christmas in March

    It's March 1994 and Disney has decided to release three movies set during the holidays or around winter - time for the guys from Out of Touchstone to put on their warm weather clothes!  First up, Mike and Chad do a deep dive into Touchstone's THE REF, a wonderfully underrated dark comedy with a stellar cast that deserves to be a Christmas staple.  From there, the co-hosts look at ANGIE (from Hollywood Pictures) and D2: THE MIGHTY DUCKS (from Walt Disney Pictures) to see how they fared in the crowded box office landscape of family comedies and Oscar contenders.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 53 - This Should Be Against the Law

    Episode 53 - This Should Be Against the Law

    We continue into February 1994 on Out of Touchstone, which features two films that include questionable romantic entanglements.  We start with the unsettling Touchstone comedy MY FATHER THE HERO, which creeped out both of the hosts and made them question the laws in the Bahamas.  Maybe something was lost in translation from the original French version of the film?  Thankfully, Mike and Chad both found comfort in Disney's BLANK CHECK, a much more harmless look at a kid spinning an elaborate lie.  They may have come out in the same month, but the films are miles apart in terms of entertainment value.

    • 57 min
    Episode 52 - Troublesome Adventures

    Episode 52 - Troublesome Adventures

    We've come to 1994 on Out of Touchstone, which brings us a series of adventures for the new year.  We kick things off with the low-budget (and low-brow) comedy CABIN BOY, a star vehicle that Mike had a real hard time watching, though Chad did find it slightly enjoyable.  Thankfully there were two other films released by Disney in the same month - THE AIR UP THERE (from Hollywood Pictures) and IRON WILL (from Walt Disney Films) - for the co-hosts to compare to Touchstone's flop.  It's Chris Elliott on the high seas!  It's Kevin Bacon in Africa!  It's Mackenzie Astin in the Great White North!  Adventure awaits!!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 51 - 1993: The Year in Review

    Episode 51 - 1993: The Year in Review

    1993 brought us several notable films and performances from the Touchstone library, so Mike and Chad take this opportunity to shine a light on their favorites.  While one film dominates the Ronnie Awards due to its technical achievement and another draws praise for its superb acting, there were also a few hidden gems that the co-hosts found pleasantly surprising.  On top of that, both Walt Disney Pictures and Hollywood Pictures managed to release some easily overlooked films during the year that definitely merit reconsideration in the streaming age.  All in all, it was an unspectacular-but-solid year for Disney and we had a blast reminiscing about how these movies left their mark both during their initial release and now three decades later.

    • 49 min
    Episode 50 - Heroes Come in Many Forms

    Episode 50 - Heroes Come in Many Forms

    We’re looking at the role of saviors as we come to the end of 1993 on Out of Touchstone: we start with Whoopi Goldberg’s return to the fold in SISTER ACT 2, another mostly unnecessary sequel from Touchstone that doesn’t quite capture the charm of the original film.  Mike and Chad then turn their gaze to period pieces involving soldiers (Disney’s THE THREE MUSKETEERS) and lawmen (Hollywood’s TOMBSTONE), in order to compare their heroic exploits to Touchstone’s singing nuns.  Listen as we answer several burning questions, including “Which group needed saving the most?” and “Who had the best mustache in TOMBSTONE?”

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Mr. Fox ,

Fun Exploration of a Very Interesting Studio Division

I love movie podcasts like this one that dive deep into the history of films, and the Touchstone angle is a great, creative way to explore some landmark (and some not-so-landmark) movies. Mike and Chad are an awesome duo & really know their stuff. Can't wait for more!

InkedRavens ,

Wonderful and insightful

A tad biased here, as I help produce this podcast, but I love this show. Out of Touchstone is an in-depth look at the films released by Touchstone Pictures and reviews each film as well as researches how and why they were made. The hosts give fun commentary on all aspects of film-making too, since they have worked in the business for years. Mike and Chad are great hosts - Mike provides more serious and informative commentary while Chad comes through with comic and ironic observations. The show is just starting off, but I can't wait to see how they illuminate the Touchstone era of Walt Disney Pictures.