The Breakfast Club (Criterion BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) If you’re a certain age, you no doubt love John Hughes’ high-school-misfits-in-detention audience pleaser; I’m not that age, and although I’ve enjoyed some of his other pictures, especially 16 Candles, this one always struck me as a bit too “adults awful, kids good” for my taste. I’m grumpy that way.
For Love of Ivy (Kino Classics BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) Sidney Poitier is coerced into romancing a family’s maid, but the more he falls into the role the less she likes it. Based on a story by Mr. Poitier and directed by Daniel Mann, 1968.
Emmanuelle and the Deadly Black Cobra (Kino BD $34.95) Jack Palance is a snake fancier who falls for an exotic dancer who likes pythons and I wish I could dress up the plot with some linguistic gyrations but no, it’s some sort of a snake thriller from the mid-1970s and we have to work with what they send us.
The Garden of Allah (Kino Classics BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) Sex in the desert in this 1936 Technicolor scorcher with Marlene Dietrich and Charles Boyer.
Inherit the Wind (Kino Classics BD $29.95) Stanley Kramer’s 1960 courtroom dramatization of the Scopes monkey trial, putting Darwinism on the stand in the person of Spencer Tracy (pro) and Fredric March (con).
Intermezzo: A Love Story (Kino Classics BD $29.95) In 1939, David O. Selznick brought Ingrid Bergman to Hollywood to star in a remake of her 1936 Swedish triumph, this time opposite Leslie Howard.
Judgment at Nuremberg (Kino Classics BD $29.95) And a year after Inherit the Wind Kramer made another courtroom classic based on a play. This one has Nazi judges on trial after the war; Spencer Tracy and Maximilian Schell star.
Not as a Stranger (Kino Classics BD $29.95) Well, well, it sure is Stanley Kramer month, ain’t it? This is a 1955 medical drama with Robert Mitchum, Olivia De Havilland, and Frank Sinatra.
Matinee (Shout! Factory BD $34.93) Postponed from last month. Joe Dante’s 1993 tribute to director William Castle, starring John Goodman.
Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-in: Complete Season 2 (Time Life DVD $39.95) You bet your sweet bippy. Oh, how we’ve waited 40 years to say that.
The Witches (Arrow US BD $34.95) Five tales of witchcraft from five directors, including Vittorio De Sica and Luchino Visconti, each with a different cast, including… Clint Eastwood? This was released in 1967, it says here.
Young Mr. Lincoln (Criterion BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) Henry Fonda is the Great Emancipator to-be in John Ford’s 1939 classic.
The Young in Heart (Kino Classics BD $29.95) Lewis Milestone directs (1938) this romantic comedy about a family of swindlers loose on the French Riviera. The cast includes Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Janet Gaynor, Roland Young, and Paulette Goddard.
Eye of the Cat (Shout! Factory BD $29.99) Joseph Stefano, who wrote the script for Hitchcock’s Psycho, penned this story about an old cat lady whose pets protect her from a couple of would-be assailants. Hmmm. This disc includes two cuts of the 1969 film.
Macon County Line (Shout! Factory BD $22.97) Richard Compton’s 1974 film about some punk young people who cross the wrong sheriff was a drive-in favorite for years. Max Baer, Jr. produced, wrote, and stars. Way to invest your Beverly Hillbillies earnings, Max.
Raw Deal (ClassicFlix BD $39.99, DVD $24.99) Dennis O'Keefe, Marsha Hunt, and Claire Trevor star in Anthony Mann’s quintessential tough-guy flick (1948), beautifully restored and packed with bonus material. Our Official FNF Best Disc of the Month.