And Hope to Die (La Course du Lièvre à Travers les Champs) (Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) And here we have a 1972 French-Italian thriller by René Clément starring tough guys Jean-Louis Trintignant, Aldo Ray and Robert Ryan.
The Astrologer (Severin Films BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) A low-budget 1975 film also known as Suicide Cult but not known as “good” or even “watchable.”
El Bruto (VCI BD $24.95, DVD $19.95) Luis Buñuel’s 1953 drama about a slaughterhouse worker (Pedro Armendáriz) hired to intimidate tenants into moving out of an apartment house. Katy Jurado co-stars.
The Candy Snatchers (Vinegar Syndrome BD/DVD Combo $32.98) 1973 thriller about a young woman kidnapped and buried alive, based on a true story.
The Deadly Trap (La Maison sous les Arbres) (Kino Lorber BD $19.95, DVD $17.95) Faye Dunaway and Frank Langella are an American couple living in Paris; when their children go missing, the question is did the unbalanced mom have something to do with it, or is there a sinister plot afoot? Barbara Parkins co-stars; René Clément directed.
Gappa the Triphibian Monster (Media Blasters BD $19.99) This 1967 Japanese effort is virtually a remake of the British Gorgo but it’s fun in its own right. It was sold directly to U.S. TV as Monster from a Prehistoric Planet.
Hudson River Massacre (MVD BD $19.99) 1965 spaghetti western set in Canada, with George Martin.
Line of Demarcation (Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) In this 1966 French film, a married couple find themselves on opposite sides when the Nazis set up a command center in their town. Maurice Ronet and Jean Seberg star.
Manon (Arrow BD $39.95) We are big Henri-Georges Clouzot fans here in the Balcony, and this 1949 drama about doomed young lovers in the French Resistance has been oft-overlooked due to the fame of his later films.
Max and the Junkmen (Max et Les Ferrailleurs) (Kino Lorber BD $19.95, DVD $17.95) A 1971 crime drama with Michel Piccoli and Romy Schneider and say, we wonder how many copies of 1970s French-Italian crime dramas these companies actually sell these days?
Maya Deren Collection (Kino Lorber BD $34.95, DVD $29.95) Eight films from the avant-garde filmmaker, 1943-1979, including Meshes of the Afternoon, A Study in Choreography for Camera, and The Private Life of a Cat.
Forbidden Fruit: Golden Exploitation Pictures Vols 1-3 (Kino Video BD $29.95 each, sold separately) Beginning a new series of cult classics. Vol. 1 offers Mom and Dad (1945, dir. William Beaudine), about venereal diseases; Vol. 2 delivers us the one-two punch of Reefer Madness (1936) and Sex Madness (1938); Vol. 3 spurts up a pair of nudist colony films, Unashamed: A Romance (1938) and Elysia: Valley of the Nude (1933). Taken together, this is our Official ITB Best Release of the Month.
It Started with a Kiss (Warner Archive BD $21.99) Glenn Ford and Debbie Reynolds are newlyweds struggling to make things work in this romantic comedy from 1959.
Perfect Friday (Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) Stanley Baker and Ursula Andress plot the perfect heist, 1970.
The Phantom Rider (VCI BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) Buck Jones stars in this 15 episode Universal serial from 1936, not to be confused with an inferior Republic serial from the 1940s.
Quai des Orfèvres (Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) Kino sure will be getting a lot of our money this month. This 1947 Clouzot film is about a jealous husband who murders the man his wife is using to further her singing career – or did he?
Return of Ultraman (Mill Creek Steelbook BD $49.95) The fourth in the long-running “Ultra” series brings the original Ultraman back to earth with a new cast of supporting characters. 51 episodes, 1971-1972. We are enjoying the heck out of these Ultra series, and the Blu-rays are gorgeous.
Skeleton of Mrs. Morales (VCI BD $24.95, DVD $19.95) Our friends at VCI keep rollin’ out Mexican classics; this is a 1960 black comedy about a taxidermist who comes up with an unique way to dispose of his shrewish wife.
The Third Lover (Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) In this 1962 French classic directed by Claude Chabrol, a struggling young man taken in by a helpful couple breaks up their happy relationship. Jacques Charrier, Walter Reyer and Stéphane Audran star.
Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman (Criterion Collection BD $99.95, DVD $79.95) A trio of fantasies from the renowned Czech filmmaker, including Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955), Invention for Destruction (1958), and The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (1962).