The Apartment (Arrow Academy BD $39.95) Reissue of the wonderful 2017 release sans some of the limited-edition material, including the book that came with it last year, but you save ten bucks. The film of course is Billy Wilder’s Oscar®-winner from 1960.
The Blue Knight (Warner Archive BD $21.99) William Holden and Lee Remick star in this 1973 TV mini-series about a retiring cop with one more case to crack.
Deep Throat (Sunset BD $39.95) Well, it’s pricey, but it is a special edition. Not sure what bonus material it includes, but I’ll bet it’s sticky. Linda Lovelace stars in the 1972 classic… um… of its kind.
A Dry White Season (Criterion BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) 1989 drama about apartheid in South Africa; the cast includes Donald Sutherland, Susan Sarandon, and – in his final Oscar® nominated role – Marlon Brando. Euzhan Palcy directs.
El Paso (Kino BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) Lewis Foster directs this 1949 western with John Payne and Gail Russell, from a 4K scan of the 35mm original 2-color negative. Also stars Sterling Hayden, Gabby Hayes, Dick Foran, and Mary Beth Hughes. Looks like a winner!
Female on the Beach (Kino BD $29.95) Joan Crawford gets it on with beach bum Jeff Chandler in this seamy 1955 tale of deceit and murder from director Joseph Pevney.
Forty Guns (Criterion $39.95, DVD $29.95) 1957 Sam Fuller western with Barbara Stanwyck as the ruthless matriarch of a band of desperados with – well, see the film’s title.
Foxfire (Kino BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) Say, a LOT of good stuff from Kino this month. This is a 1955 Joseph Pevney (him again!) Technicolor western with Jane Russell, Jeff Chandler (what is it, Jeff Chandler month ‘round here?), and Dan Duryea.
Horror of Dracula (Warner Archive BD $21.99, DVD $19.99) 1958 Hammer Studios classic with Christopher Lee (the Count) and Peter Cushing (his nemesis). We’re told Warners has given the film a complete restoration, so this is one for which to look forward. Terence Fisher directs.
The Last Command (Kino BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) The Alamo, filmed by Republic Pictures in 1955 with director Frank Lloyd. Originally intended for John Wayne, who clashed with studio head Herbert Yates over details and cost so Wayne walked (and made his own Alamo picture a few years later). Sterling Hayden is Jim Bowie, Arthur Hunnicutt is Davy Crockett, J. Carroll Naish is Santa Anna, Richard Carlson, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Slim Pickens, and Ernie Borgnine are in here somewhere.
The Miracle Worker (VCI Entertainment BD $24.95, DVD $19.95) 1979 TV-movie remake of the classic; this time, Patty Duke is Annie Sullivan and Melissa Gilbert is Helen Keller.
Popeye the Sailor: The 1940s, Vol. 1 (Warner Archive BD $21.99, DVD $19.95) actually, takes up where the previous Warner DVD sets of Popeye cartoons left off, in 1943 and covers the 14 releases for ’43-’45, presented here uncut and in original Technicolor® and GOLLY we’re excited about THIS ONE so much we’re making it our Co-Official ITB Disc of the Month.
Tailspin Tommy in the Great Air Mystery (VCI Entertainment BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) Second and final serial (12 chapters) featuring the popular young comic strip aviator; Clark Williams, Jean Rogers, and Noah Beery, Jr., co-star in VCI’s first Blu-ray serial release, from a 35mm fine grain master, it says here. Let’s make it our Co-Official ITB Disc of the Month.
Topper Takes a Trip (VCI Entertainment BD $29.95) Constance Bennett, Roland Young, Billie Burke and Alan Mowbray are back from the previous year’s hit Topper but Cary Grant sat this out – maybe he was spooked. HAH! Get it?!?!? Directed by Norman Z. McLeod, 1938.
The Very Best of Laurel & Hardy: 5-Film Collection (Universal UK BD £19.99) We’re told this is Region-free so will play on your U.S. (or wherever you are) Blu-ray players. Includes five great comedies: Block-Heads, Our Relations, Pardon Us, Sons of the Desert and Way Out West plus three bonus L&H shorts. £19.99 is about $25 American, if you’re wondering. Watch In The Balcony for our upcoming review!
Wild Women (Kino BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) Anne Francis, Marilyn Maxwell and Marie Windsor are the titular characters (you should pardon the expression); Hugh O’Brian is gonna find out exactly how wild they really are. Don Taylor directs, 1970.