New & Upcoming Releases

The Bat People (Shout! Factory BD $27.99) From 1974, and yet another film we don’t have to describe beyond giving you the title.

Blood Alley (Warner Archive BD, $21.99) 1955 William Wellman film with John Wayne as a Merchant Marine. Hey, my DAD was a Merchant Marine. Maybe HE got to hang out with Lauren Bacall, too! I should’ve asked him.

Coronet Blue - The Complete Series (1967) Kino Lorber DVD $49.95) Forgotten TV series about an amnesiac (Hey! Atsa some joke, eh, boss?). Originally aired as a summer replacement in 1967, but we were all too busy getting stoned and listening to Sgt. Pepper to watch.

Father Knows Best: Season 6 (Shout! Factory, $34.99) This was the final season, in case you are wondering, which you’re probably not.

Freeway (Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) 1988 thriller about a religious fanatic shooting people on the L.A. freeway; comic Richard Belzer is a disc jockey trying to stop him. Hmmmmm.

Kong: Skull Island (Warner Bros., various prices and formats) The Big Monkey gets a tuneup in, in preparation for his upcoming rematch with Godzilla (yes, really). No comment.

No Man's Land (Kino Lorber BD $29.95) John Boorman-directed 1987 thriller with Charlie Sheen and D.B. Sweeney and we don’t mention ALL BDs and DVDs being released in a given month, but heck, we DO like to throw a D.B. Sweeney movie in there once in a while.

Seduction (aka La Seduzione) [Raro Video / Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $24.95) 1973 film that probably isn’t about a cartoon chicken and his pet mouse, either. At least, we HOPE not.

Stalker (Criterion BD $39.95) I know what you’re thinking, that it’s about celery, but no, we thought that too but we were wrong. It’s Soviet sci-fi from the 1970s.

The Untouchables: The Scarface Mob (Paramount DVD $16.99) The original two-part TV show that introduced Robert Stack as Elliot Ness, battling Al Capone for the streets of Chicago. Or at least Cicero.

This month’s web-only offerings from Twilight Time (BDs, $29.95 each) include a double-feature of Tom Sawyer (1973) and Huckleberry Finn (1974); Woody Allen’s Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) (1972), State Fair (1962), and The Crimson Kimono (1959).

JULY 28

Beyond the Darkness (Severin BD $34.95, DVD $19.95) I sure hope all the people who made drive-in movies like this in the 1970s and didn’t make any money ‘cause of crooked distributors are making some of the dough off the BD and DVD releases. Don’t you?

Lost in America (Criterion BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) Albert Brooks and Julie Haggerty have the vacation from hell in Brooks’ 1985 comedy. Highly regarded, but we always way preferred Defending Your Life. Criterion?

My Chauffeur (Vinegar Syndrome BD+DVD $32.98) A young woman becomes a chauffeur for the rich and famous, and I know somebody who had that job in Malibu while she was in law school, and what stories she told! Anyway, this is a 1980s comedy that practically went straight to late-night TV.

Night People (Kino Lorber BD $29.95) New 4K Restoration in 2.55:1 CinemaScope. CIA agent Gregory Peck is kidnapped by the Russkies. Nunnally Johnson wrote and directed, 1954.

Re-Animator: Limited Edition (Arrow BD $39.95) Multiple versions of the popular 1985 cult film, a lot of bonus material, and all that. So you Re-Animator fans, picky souls that are you, you’ll want this for sure.

Scorchy (Shout! Factory BD $27.99) Connie Stevens as an action star? Uh, we don’t have a lot of confidence in that potentiality. This is a 1976 film with Miss Stevens as a super-secret-agent. No, really, we don’t make this stuff up, honestly, we don’t.

The Sea Chase (Warner Archive BD $21.99) John Farrow directs this 1955 war thriller with John Wayne as the captain of a German ship(!!!!) fleeing from the Brits on the high seas. Lana Turner co-stars; maybe she plays Eva Braun? Hmmm.

Where the Boys Are (Warner Archive BD $21.99) This one we like; it looks like another Beach Party movie, and it’s set at Ft. Lauderdale during spring break 1960, but it’s actually pretty dramatic. Delores Hat, George Hamilton, Yvette Mimieux, and Paula Prentiss star.

Who's Crazy? (Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) The adventures of escaped mental patients in Belgium. Nope, I’ve never heard of it, other. Low-budget ad-libbed wonder, 1966.

The Zodiac Killer (Something Weird Video / AGFA BD+DVD $34.95) In 1971, a guy who owned a chain of pizzerias shot this 16mm cookie with the idea of luring the notorious Zodiac Killer to the theatre where he could be caught. Didn’t work. Thank you, Something Weird/AGFA, for bringing this to us. Maybe the plan will finally come to fruition.

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JULY 21

An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (Universal BD $14.98) A cartoon mouse becomes a cowboy. Never saw an American Tail movie (there are at least two of them) but gosh, one simply can’t have enough cartoon mice, can one? They should’ve made a Saturday morning version of Willard.

Death Valley Days: The Ronald Reagan Years (UMDV, $24.97) A Walmart exclusive, although I can find no record of our 40th President ever having shopped there.

Doberman Cop (Arrow BD+DVD $39.95) Kinji Fukasaku directed this action thriller, 1977, and there’s something comforting about knowing what a movie’s about from just the title. Saves us the trouble of looking it up, after all

The Lemon Drop Kid (Kino Lorber BD $24.95) Several Bob Hope comedies come to Blu-ray this month, and they’re all good ones, in fact. This is a 1951 Christmas movie based on a Damon Runyon story, and co-stars Marilyn Maxwell and Tor Johnson(!). Introduced the song Silver Bells.

My Favorite Brunette (Kino Lorber BD $24.95) This Hope picture is a 1947 detective comedy-thriller with Dorothy Lamour and Lon Chaney, Jr.

Road to Bali (Kino Lorber BD $24.95) And a 1952 installment in the long-running road series with Bob, Bing, and Dorothy.

Road to Rio (Kino Lorber BD $24.95) And a 1947 installment in the long-running road series with Bob, Bing, and Dorothy.

Son of Paleface (Kino Lorber BD $24.95) And a 1952 comedy with Jane Russell and Roy Rogers.

A Shock to the System (Shout Select BD $27.99) 1990 black comedy; Michael Caine discovers that murdering your way to the top is a way better to succeed in business than hard work.

The Taisho Trilogy (Arrow US BD+DVD $99.95) Surrealistic Japanese gangster movies from the 1980s, it says here. Okay, then.

JULY 14

L'Argent (Criterion BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) Robert Bresson’s last film (1983) is the story of a counterfeit bill and the lives it touches; inspired by a Tolstoy story.

The Hunting Party (Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) Gene Hackman and Oliver Reed fight over Candy. Candace Bergen, that is. It’s a 1971 western.

The Man from Planet X (Shout! Factory BD $27.99) Edgar Ulmer directed this low-budget but effective and highly enjoyable 1951 film about an invasion from space. Our choice as Official ITB BEST Disc of the Month, which will tell you all you need to know about us.

Roberto Rossellini’s War Trilogy (Criterion BD $99.95) Includes Rome Open City, Paisan, and Germany Year Zero.

Shalako (Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) Edward Dmytryk directs Sean Connery, 1968 (after You Only Live Twice, before Diamonds are Forever). Brigitte Bardot co-stars, and it’s based on a Louis L'Amour novel. Well, it SOUNDS great.

Smokey and the Bandit - 40th Anniversary Edition (Universal BD+DVD $19.98) My GOSH how the years are flying by.

Star Crystal (Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) 1986 Alien-type film that’s… well, an Alien-type film. So if you like Alien-type films, well, here’s one.

Star Slammer (Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) Ah, and this one’s a 1986 Fred Olen Ray movie about a Prison Ship in Space, so if you like Prison Ship in Space movies….

Stormy Monday (Arrow BD+DVD $29.95) 1988 movie, and Tommy Lee Jones and Melanie Griffith and Sting star in it. I read three plot descriptions of this thing and didn’t understand any of ‘em; some sort of neo-noir, I think. Or maybe a cartoon about a chicken and his pet mouse. Hard to tell from the title.

Terror in a Texas Town (Arrow US BD $39.95) Joseph H. Lewis directed this 1958 western; it was his last film, in fact. Dalton Trumbo, fighting to get off the blacklist, wrote it; Sebastian Cabot is the villain, Sterling Hayden is his nemesis.

You Only Live Once (Classicflix BD $29.95, DVD $24.95) Fritz Lang directed Henry Fonda and Syvia Sidney in this 1937 drama about a couple on the run during the Great Depression; it was Lang's second American film (after Fury).