New & Upcoming Releases

Car Wash (Shout Select BD $27.99) We suspect that more people remember the hit theme song by Rose Royce than this film, which featured a day in the life of the titular commercial establishment. The ensemble cast includes Franklyn Ajaye, George Carlin, Prof. Irwin Corey, Ivan Dixon, the Pointer Sisters, and Richard Pryor.

Island of Terror (Shout! Factory BD $27.99) Well, despite being directed by Terence Fisher and starring Peter Cushing, this isn’t a Hammer film. It’s a 1966 sci-fi movie that used to be on TV all the time when I was a kid; something about things that looked like tentacled turtles wreaking havoc.  

The Marseille Trilogy (Criterion BD $99.95, DVD $99.95) Includes Marius (1931, directed by Alexander Korda), Fanny (1932, directed by Marc Allégret), and César (1936, directed by Marcel Pagnol)

The Paul Naschy Collection (Shout! Factory BD $79.97) Well, HERE we go. Includes the 1970s classics Vengeance of the Zombies, Horror Rises from the Tomb, Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll, Night of the Werewolf, and Human Beasts – so at least ONE werewolf this month. Outstanding!

Ten Little Indians (Scorpion Releasing/Kino Lorber BD $29.95) 1974 version of the oft-filmed tale, this time set in an abandoned hotel in the Iranian desert(!). Our doomed cast includes Charles Aznavour, Elke Sommer, Herbert Lom, Oliver Reed, Richard Attenborough, and a pair of prime James Bond villains, Gert Fröbe and Adolfo Celi.

Thunderbirds Are GO / Thunderbird 6 (Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) Garry Anderson’s little puppet people star in two full-length, big screen adventures, from 1966 and 1968. The first one has little puppet versions of Cliff Richard and the Shadows!

Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Series (Time/Life DVD $249.95) The ENTIRE series? You bet your bippy! Look THAT up in your Funk & Wagnall’s. Sock it to ME! And so on.

JUNE 27

The Rockford Files: The Complete Series (Mill Creek BD $129.98) That’s a lotta money, but a lotta Jim Rockfords.

The Angry Red Planet (Shout! Factory BD $27.99) Ib Melchior’s oddball 1959 sci-fi movie is so bizarre we’ve never figured out if it’s an outré classic or a no-budget mess. Or both.

The Apple (Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) In the far, far future year of 1994 all that’s left on earth are Adam, Eve, and disco music(!!!) Manahem Golan wrote and directed a film reputed to be something you could serve with stuffing and cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving.

Being Different (Code Red / Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) 1981 film about people large and small and otherwise… different. No, no, LARGE and SMALL (Billy Barty is in the film, for one.)

Curse of the Pink Panther (Blake Edwards, 1983) Kino Lorber BD $29.95) Well, there’s a big Pink Panther set starring Peter Sellers out today, so Kino is tossing out the NON-Sellers films, which as we recall all pretty much stink. This is a Blake Edwards film from ’83.

Death Line (a/k/a Raw Meat) (Blue Underground BD+DVD $39.98) All we know about this is that it’s from 1972, and with that pedigree and those titles, well, at least you know what you’re getting.

Doberman Cop (Arrow US BD+DVD $39.95) And this is a Kinji Fukasaku film from 1977, and the title rather tells it all, too, don’t you think?

The Evictors (Shout! Factory BD $27.99) Yeah, yeah, it sounds like a Matt Helm movie, but no: it’s a 1979 horror film from the Chuck Pierce, the guy who did The Legend of Boggy Creek and The Town that Dreaded Sundown.

The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (Shout! Factory $27.99) Pretty good voodoo horror film from Edward Cahn, 1959.

Hell in the Pacific ( Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) Lee Marvin and Toshirō Mifune are WWII enemies in a 1968 movie that can’t possibly be as good as it sounds, can it? John Boorman directed.

Inspector Clouseau (Kino Lorber $29.95) Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers both sat this 1968 installment out; Alan Arkin starred and Bud Yorkin directed. Hmmmmm.

It’s About Time (ClassicFlix DVD $24.99) So many old TV shows I don’t recall beyond the title (mostly westerns) but THIS one I remember: A pair of astronauts end up in the Flintstones era and meet Shad (Imogene Coca) and Gronk (Joe E. Ross). Later in the season (the only season), the astronauts dragged their hosts back to the 1960s but it didn’t save the show from cancellation.

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (Criterion BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) Alfred Hitchcock’s first suspense film (1927) and first certified masterpiece; an innocent man is suspected of being a Ripper-like killer. Our Selection as Official ITB BEST Release of the Month.

The Pink Panther Film Collection starring Peter Sellers (Shout! Factory BD $99.99) Includes restored (mostly to 4K) remastered versions of The Pink Panther (1964), A Shot in the Dark (my vote for funniest in the series, 1964), The Return of the Pink Panther (1975), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978), and the posthumous Trail of the Pink Panther (1982).

Son of the Pink Panther (Kino Lorber BD $29.95) Don’t ask. Roberto Benigni stars.

Straw Dogs (Criterion BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) Is it a violent masterpiece, or simply violent? Sam Peckinpah directed Dustin Hoffman and Susan George, 1971, in a revenge thriller.

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Fahrenheit 451 (Universal BD $14.98) Originally a Best Buy or Taco Bell special or something like that, now general distribution. This is the 1966 British version directed by François Truffaut.

Hee Haw - Pfft! You Was Gone! (Time-Life/WEA DVD $29.95) 4 complete episodes of the cornpone series that ran for more than 20 years, and we have nothing else to say about it.

Hondo: The Complete Series (Warner Archive DVD $39.99) Well, “complete series” is only 17 episodes; it debuted in the fall of 1967 and by Christmas it was gone. They shoulda producted it in 3D. Ralph Taeger and Noah Beery, Jr. starred.

The Man in the Glass Booth (Kino Lorber BD $29.95) 1975 drama directed by Arthur Hiller; Maximillian Schell is an accused Nazi war criminal.

Ugetsu (Criterion BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) Kenji Mizoguchi’s unforgettable Japanese ghost story, 1953, upgraded to 4K by Criterion.

Where the Buffalo Roam (Shout Select BD $34.99) Hunter S. Thompson as portrayed by Bill Murray in Art Linson’s weird 1980 comedy.

Zaza (Kino Lorber $29.95 BD, $19.95 DVD) Gloria Swanson and H.B. Warner star in Allan Dwan’s 1923 dance hall romance. “The fastest, easiest, most enjoyable picture I ever made.” – Miss Swanson

JUNE 13

Inquisition (Mondo Macabro BD $29.95) A Paul Naschy movie from 1976, but it has no werewolf in it, apparently. Or… does it?

The Killer Is Loose (ClassicFlix BD $29.99, DVD $24.99) A Budd Boetticher film from 1956 and it has no werewolf in it either, I don’t think. Wendell Corey is a vicious criminal, and Joseph Cotten and Alan Hale, Jr. (!) are the cops on his trail.

Madhouse aka And When She Was Bad (Arrow BD+DVD $39.95) A 1981 horror film that we only mention because it was directed by Ovidio G. Assonitis, and we liked the name.

They Live by Night (Criterion BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) Nicholas Ray directs one of the quintessential noirs, 1948. Innocent ex-con Farley Granger is coerced by a couple of ruthless types; y’know, it’s noir.

Three Sisters (Kino Lorber BD $29.95) Laurence Oliver co-directs and stars in this adaptation of the Chekov classic, which we include here for you folks who like the classics (or at least, don’t like werewolves).

This month’s web-only releases from Twilight Time (BD $29.95 each) include Hell and High Water (1954), The Quiet American (1958), The Bridge at Remagen (1969), and The Valachi Papers (1972).