New & Upcoming Releases

February 20

Drifter (Kino Cult BD $24.95) A bisexual hustler makes his way through the big city and no, this isn’t Midnight Cowboy (good guess though), it’s Pat Rocco’s 1974 unreleased homage to that movie, finally being released by Kino. Jon Adair and Bambi Allen co-star, and I’ve never seen an ugly woman named Bambi so there’s that.

Nothing But a Man (Criterion BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) Ivan Dixon and Abbey Lincoln star in Michael Roemer’s groundbreaking 1964 film about racial prejudice. Not to be shown in Florida.

King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (Kino BD $29.95) Do companies only release these films in Black History Month, or am I imagining that? 1970 documentary by Sidney Lumet and originally released as a “one day only” theatrical presentation.

The Swiss Conspiracy (Film Masters BD $24.95) FM continues to do a superlative job with these cult favorites; Jack Arnold directed this 1976 German-American thriller with David Janssen, Ray Milland, Senta Berger and Elke Sommer.

Alaska Seas (Kino BD $24.95) Fishermen vs. gangsters in this 1954 crime film with Robert Ryan, Brian Keith, and Gene Barry.

Blood on the Sun (Kino BD $24.95) James Cagney and his brother briefly had their own production company; this 1945 war film is one example of the results. Do you know who directed it? Frank Lloyd, right!

Classic Monsters 1931 - 1954 (Universal 4K UHD $129.99) Universal once again re-releases their prime horror films, this time in a big book with new artwork. Includes eight films, and you can probably guess what they are.

Fear Is the Key (Arrow US BD $39.95) From Alistair MacLean’s novel, a 1972 chase thriller starring Barry Newman and Suzy Kendall.

Godard Cinema / Trailer of a Film That Will Never Exist: Phony Wars (Kino BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) Documentary about the French New Wave auteur and his final film, a trailer for a film he’d hoped to make.

Let's Dance (Kino BD $24.95) Fred Astaire and Betty Hutton hoof it up in this 1950 Technicolor musical from Paramount.

Madame DuBarry (Kino BD $29.95) Ernst Lubitsch’s German classic from way back in 1919 stars Pola Negri and Emil Jannings.

Man-Eater of Kumaon (Kino BD $24.95) The great Byron Haskin directed this 1948 jungle thriller about an Indian tiger hunt. Wendell Corey (who, no doubt, won’t get the girl, not sure if he’ll get the tiger) stars with Sabu.

February 13

Black Tight Killers (Radiance Films BD $39.95) Ninjas after WWII treasure(!) in this 1966 Japanese spy adventure.

The Early Films of Asghar Farhadi (Film Movement BD $35.67) A pair of works from the Iranian film director, including Dancing in the Dust (2003) and The Beautiful City (2004).

Fear and Desire (Kino UHD $39.95, BD $24.95) Stanley Kubrick pulled together a little cash and some friends and acquaintances to make this 1952 anti-war movie, his feature directorial debut. He later disowned it and it’s been rarely seen since. Frank Silvera and Paul Mazursky star.

Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XVII (Kino BD $49.95) Kino intends to keep churning these out forever, apparently. This set includes a trio of Edward G. Robinson thrillers, including Vice Squad (1953) with Paulette Goddard; Black Tuesday (1954) with Jean Parker, and Nightmare (1956) with Kevin McCarthy.

The Golden Coach (Raro USA BD $29.95) A fantasy comique by Jean Renoir, 1952.

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (Kino UHD $39.95) 1957 Western film classic starring Burt Lancaster as Wyatt Earp and Kirk Douglas as Doc Holliday, directed by John Sturges.

The Roaring Twenties [4K UHD Blu-ray] (Raoul Walsh, 1939) (Criterion UHD $49.95, BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) One of the great gangster pictures and the final teaming of James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart; directed by Raoul Walsh, 1939, and our Official Selection as ITB Release of the Month.

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February 6

The Big Country (Kino BD $24.95) Kino continues to remaster and re-release Blu-rays of films previously released on Blu-ray from other companies, such as this 1958 William Wyler western starring Gregory Peck, which we have on Blu-ray from MGM but if you don’t have it, now you can get it.

Burnt Offerings (Kino BD $24.95) 1976 Dan Curtis film with Karen Black, Bette Davis, and Oliver Reed, all of whom made better horror films than this one.

Circle of Danger (RB UK Studiocanal BD £13.49) 1951 British thriller from director Jacques Tourneur; American Ray Milland is looking into his brother’s mysterious death. Philip MacDonald wrote the script.

The Head (Cheezy Movies DVD $9.99) A scientist who’s been keeping a decapitated dog’s head alive dies suddenly, so his crazed assistant says, “What’s good for the dog is good for my late boss” in this 1959 dubbed German horror classic.

McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Criterion UHD $49.95, BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) Robert Altman’s famed 1971 “anti-Western” with Warren Beatty and Julie Christie.

The Road to Shame (Kino BD $29.95) No, not a badly written Hope, Lamour & Crosby film; it's a 1959 thriller also known as Des femmes disparaissent, with a riveting score by Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and say, I’ve got a great Blakey story. Remind me to share sometimes.

The Terminal Man (Shout! Factory BD $34.98) 1974 science-fiction film from the novel by Michael Crichton, starring George Segal. The sort of thing that created the rumor that sci-fi was bad box office before Star Wars.