An Actor’s Revenge (Criterion BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) A young man avenges the death of his parents in this 1963 Japanese film directed by Kon Ichikawa.
The Covered Wagon (Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) History tells us that Paramount’s 1923 film was the first “epic, big-budget western” but you know how history is. In any case, it’s considered a film classic. James Cruze directs J. Warren Kerrigan and Lois Wilson and a lot of horses.
Eaten Alive! (Severin Films BD $34.95) Oh, for heaven’s sake. What won’t they come out with next? This is a 1980s foreign horror film, I’ll bet you.
Farewell, My Lovely / The Big Sleep (Shout! Factory BD $22.97, DVD $19.97) Robert Mitchum is Philip Marlowe in a pair of mid-1970s films that don’t look very good when compared to the originals.
The Hero (Criterion BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) A movie star on a train in Satyajit Ray’s 1966 drama.
The Master: Complete Series (Kino Lorber BD $59.95, DVD $49.95) Lee Van Cleef and Timothy Van Patten star in a TV series that was buried and forgotten until the MST3K robots got ahold of it.
The Night Walker (Shout! Factory BD $29.95) One of William Castle’s psychological thrillers, this time with Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Taylor. She’s haunted by dreams; we’re haunted by bad Psycho imitations.
Scalpel (Arrow Video BD $39.95) But it’s the SPECIAL edition, you see. 1977 horror film about a plastic surgeon who does something awful to a topless dancer. They should’ve made it a musical.
This month’s web-only releases from Twilight Time (BD $29.95 each) include The Incident (1967), The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972), Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976), and Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (Shout! Factory BD $29.99) Three minutes of terror in 78 camera setups and 52 edits; a documentary that looks at the famous Psycho murder frame by frame, including interviews with a wealth of filmmakers.
Basket Case: Limited Edition (Frank Henenlotter, 1982) Arrow Video BD $39.95) Yeah, but it’s the LIMITED edition, see.
Birdman of Alcatraz (Olive Films BD $29.95) Films formerly available only in Twilight Time limited editions continue to show up afterwards from other companies. This is of course the Burt Lancaster picture.
Colossus: The Forbin Project (Shout! Factory BD $29.99) A super computer takes over the world in this 1970 science-fiction picture; hey, it’s just like the brainiacs we have running things now!
Five on the Black Hand Side (Olive Films BD $29.95) A wedding brings a disjointed Black family together in this 1973 comedy.
Hallelujah Trail (Olive Films BD $29.95) 1965 comedy western from John Sturges with an all-star cast including Burt Lancaster, Lee Remick, and Pamela Tiffin, and that doesn’t sound much like an all-star cast to US, but what th’ heck do WE know?
Harper and The Drowning Pool (Warner Archive BD $21.99 each) Paul Newman as a private eye named Archer. Well, okay, he changed the name to Harper – he thought movies that started with an “H” were lucky for him (see also Hud and Cool Hand Luke). Well, okay, that doesn’t explain The Drowning Pool. Look, let’s just forget the whole thing.
Female Chauvinists/Hot Connections (Pop Cinema BD $39.95) Well, they sound like 1970s sex movies, but heck, I just liked the titles. Get your own website if you don’t approve of my Calendar choices, bub.
The Oldest Profession (Kino Lorber BD $29.95, BD $19.95) Six European directors, including Jean-Luc Godard, look at the history of prostitution in this omnibus comedy from 1967. Includes the dubbed English cut of the film. Hmmm.
The Outlaw (Howard Hughes, 1943) Kino Lorber BD $29.95) Notorious 1943 western directed by Howard Hughes and an uncredited Howard Hawks; Jane Russell and her breasts star with Thomas Mitchell and Walter Huston. Long in the public domain, this is a 2K restoration. Our co-pick for Official ITB BEST Disc of the Month.
Tom Jones (Criterion BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) Albert Finney stars in this Oscar®-winning Best Picture of 1964, based of course on the classic Henry Fielding novel. 4K restoration.