Cold Sweat (Kino BD $29.95) In this 1970 Terence Young-directed film, Charles Bronson is a nice guy until somebody messes with his family and then he gets nasty. Oh, that’s a clever twist on the typical Bronson plot, eh?
The Cowboy Quarterback (Warner Archive DVD $19.99) Bert Wheeler, of all people, is a football whiz kid signed to play in the pros but who runs afoul of gangsters in what purports to be a comedy. William Hopper, William Demarest, and Marie Wilson co-star, 1939.
Emmanuelle series (Kino BDs, $29.95 each) Say, aren’t these dirty movies? Why Kino, you devil dogs, you. Maybe they were just notorious back in the ‘70s, but I recall these being the kind of films Pee-Wee Herman could get arrested for. Offered titles, sold separately, include Emmanuelle (1974), Emmanuelle II (1975) and Goodbye Emmanuelle (1977). Sylvia Kristel stars.
Enigma (S'More Entertainment BD $24.95, DVD $14.95) Jeannot Szwarc’s 1982 Cold War thriller with secret agent Martin Sheen(!) and this has “terrible” written all over it, doesn’t it?
Frankenstein 1970 (Warner Archive BD $21.99) Speaking of terrible, Boris Karloff made some great films in his day, didn’t he? This isn’t one of them. Not even close. Not even as good as Ghost in the Invisible Bikini. And despite the title, it was a 1958 release. A film crew goes to the laboratory of the real Dr. Frankenstein to film a monster movie and discover his descendent living there, up to no good and still engaged in the family business. Despite this synopsis and the presence of good ol’ Boris, it’s still a stinker.
The Heart of New York (Warner Archive DVD $19.99) The comedy team of Smith & Dale recreate their hit stage play about a plumber who invests the rent money in his new invention – an electric dishwasher!
Hemisphere Box of Horrors (Severin Films BD $79.95) Includes such Filipino 1960s classics (and boy, do we through the word “classics” around lightly or WHAT?!?!) as The Blood Drinkers, Curse of the Vampire, Brain of Blood, The Black Cat, and a film that can’t be as good as it sounds, The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism. Most of these are also available separately for you pikers out there ($29.95 BD, $19.95 DVD each).
The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire (Arrow Video BD $39.95) Uh-huh. Riccardo Freda directs, 1971. If I ever go back on a dating app, I’m going to use this movie’s title as my moniker.
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (Shout! Factory BD $29.99) 1974 Hammer film with Peter Cushing returning as Van Helsing, battling Dracula and his kung-fu vampire minions, who did nothing to erase the memory of all the heaving-bosom fanged maids the Count used to hang out with. The Blu-ray includes the American cut of the film, called The 7 Brothers meet Dracula.
Noir Archive Volume 1: 1944-1954 9 Movie Collection (Kit Parker/Mill Creek BD $49.95) Stellar collection of Columbia pictures B-movie (mostly) crime dramas, in socko prints. We’re really enjoying this one; review up this week. Includes 711 Ocean Drive, The Black Book, Escape in the Fog, and others. Our selection as Official ITB BEST Release of the Month.
Over the Goal (Warner Archive DVD $19.99) William Hopper is a star college quarterback pressured to play despite a life-threatening injury in this 1937 drama. Wonder where he could find a good lawyer?
Rider on the Rain (Kino BD $29.95) Another Charles Bronson movie, this one from 1970. He plays a detective stalking a woman who killed a man in self-defense, or something like that.
Sweepstakes Winner (Warner Archive DVD $19.99) Marie Wilson is cheated out of her inheritance by race track tout Allen Jenkins in this 1939 comedy that, if it’s more than an hour long, we’ll be surprised.
This Gun for Hire (Shout! Factory BD $29.99) NOW we’re talkin’. Frank Tuttle’s classic 1942 noir with Veronica Lake, Robert Preston, and Alan Ladd.