New & Upcoming Releases

The Jacques Rivette Collection (Arrow Academy BD+DVD Combo $99.95) Pardon our ignorance: never heard of him, but apparently he directed Noli Me Tangere (1971), Out 1: Spectre (1974), Noroît (1976), Duelle (1976) Merry-Go-Round (1981). Apparently.

Voodoo Black Exorcist (Film Detective BD $14.99) 1970s Spanish Mummy movie. Well, it SOUNDS good, anyway.

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Blackenstein (Severin BD $24.98) 1973 Blaxploitation film that was, surprisingly, not made by the guys who made Blacula. This was produced by a lawyer wanting to get into the film business and who procured the not-quite-A-list stars John Hart and Liz Renay to star; the producer was later murdered in a house that had once belonged to Bela Lugosi(!).

Blood of Fu Manchu / Castle of Fu Manchu (Blue Underground BD $29.98) Just in case you’d forgotten, Christopher Lee starred in no less than five low-budget Fu Manchu in the late 1960s in between appearances as Dracula, and here, my friends, are two of ‘em.

Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2 (Criterion BD+DVD Combo $124.95) Six features spanning the years 1931-2000, from the Philippines (Insiang), Thailand (Mysterious Object at Noon), Soviet Kazakhstan (Revenge), Brazil (Limite), Turkey (Law of the Border), and Taiwan (Taipei Story).

One, Two, Three (Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) Highly enjoyable Cold War Comedy by Billy Wilder, 1961, with James Cagney, who retired after making it, wishing to go out on a high note.

The Paradine Case (Kino Lorber BD $29.95) Gregory Peck played OTHER lawyers, you know: in this underrated 1947 Hitchcock thriller, he’s falling for client Alida Valli, who may or may not have poisoned her husband. Charles Laughton is the judge.

The Sheik (Kino Lorber BD $29.95) 1921 adventure classic starring Rudolph Valentino; also available today, same company, format, and price, the 1926 sequel, Son of the Sheik.

Speed Racer: The Complete Series (Funimation BD $29.98, DVD $24.98) All 52 episodes of yet another television series I’ve never seen a single minute of. Hey, we were too busy watchin' Mummy movies.

Spotlight on a Murderer (Arrow Academy BD+DVD Combo, $39.95) Georges Franju (Eyes without a Face, Judex) directed this 1961 Old Dark House mystery-thriller.

 

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Seven Days in May (Warner Archive BD $21.99) A military coup – in the U.S.? Wow, the Cold War is gettin’ hot. John Frankenheimer’s 1964 thriller stars Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March, and Ava Gardner, from a script by Rod Serling.

The Hindenburg (Universal BD $14.98) George C. Scott and Anne Bancroft star in Robert Wise’s 1975 speculative thriller about sabotage aboard the doomed Nazi zeppelin.

The Naked Cage (Shout! Factory BD $27.99) 1986 is a little late in the game to be producing a “topless chicks in prison” movie, but whom are we to complain? Shari Shattuck and Angel Tompkins star, and no, we don’t know who they are, either.

Payback Time Triple Feature (Mill Creek DVD $14.98) Well, all in one low-cost package, you can thrill to White Line Fever (1975), Silent Rage (1982), and Blind Fury (1989). “Thrill” may be too strong a term, though.

Saturday Night Fever: Director’s Cut (Paramount BD $16.99, DVD $15.99) No, thanks.

Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (Mill Creek BD $14.98) No, no, no thanks.

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The Accidental Tourist (Warner Archive BD $21.99) William Hurt, Geena Davis, and Kathleen Turner star in this 1988 Oscar-winning adaptation of our favorite Anne Tyler novel.

Return of Sabata and Adios, Sabata (Kino Lorber BD $29.95 each) Classic spaghetti westerns, t’one with Lee Van Cleef and t’other with Yul Brynner.

The Indian Fighter (Kino Lorber BD $29.95) Kirk Douglas… well… he fights Indians, is what he does. An all-star cast includes Elsa Martinelli, Walter Matthau, Diana Douglas, Lon Chaney, Jr., Alan Hale, Jr., Elisha Cook, Jr., and some other guys who weren’t named after their dads.

The Loved One (Warner Archive BD $21.99) Obscure 1965 farce about the funeral business; Robert Morse, Rod Steiger, Jonathan Winters and Liberace(!) star. One wonders how the Archive goes about selecting its films for HD upgrade, doesn’t one?

Marjorie Morningstar (Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) May-December theatrical romance with Natalie Wood (age 20) and Gene Kelly (pushing 50) as rising star and Svengali. 

Obsessions (Cult Epics BD+DVD combo $34.95) Pim de la Parra directed this Dutch film in English as an homage to Hitchcock. Fascinating pedigree; Martin Scorsese was one of the writers and Bernard Herrmann composed the score.

Psycho (Shout! Factory BD $27.99) This is the Gus Van Sant remake and it automatically wins our Official ITB WORST Disc of the Month award, hands down. A no-brainer (the film and the award).

Those Redheads from Seattle (Kino Lorber 3D BD $34.95, DVD $19.95) Hey, Redheads, Seattle, what's not to like? Rhonda Fleming and Agnes Moorehead are two of the redheads, but Gene Barry?

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Willard and Ben (Shout! Factory BD+DVD Combo, $29.95 each) Rats! THOUSANDS of them! MILLIONS of them! These have been missing in action during the whole DVD era, but here they are, Michael Jackson theme song and all. And any movie that has Ernest Borgnine eaten by mousies is okay by us.

The Blue Racer and Sheriff Hoot Kloot (Shout! Factory BD $29.95, DVD $19.95 each) I was familiar with the Pink Panther, The Inspector, and Art and the Aardvark, but these 1970s cartoons from the same DePatie-Freleng factory are complete mysteries.

Dracula: Complete Legacy Collection (Universal BD $39.98) Y’know what would’ve been nice? If Universal had licensed Mark of the Vampire from Warner Bros. and Return of the Vampire from Columbia to make this collection more prized: it has six movies, four of which are already on BD. That said, the two premieres are both highly coveted (although neither star Bela Lugosi): Dracula’s Daughter (1936, with Gloria Holden) and Son of Dracula (1943, with Lon Chaney, Jr.). And in case you're wondering, the others in the set are Dracula (1931), House of Frankenstein (1944), House of Dracula (1945), and Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein (1948).

Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology (Flicker Alley DVD $69.95) 25 films from 1902 to 1943, including shorts and features from Alice Guy Blaché, Mabel Normand, Lotte Reiniger, Claire Parker, Leni Riefenstahl, and many others.

Game of Death and Return of the Dragon (Shout Select BD $22.97 each) Bruce Lee kicks ass in both, is all you need to know, folks.

Good Morning (Criterion BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) Ozu’s 1959 color remake of his silent film I Was Born, but…

Last Plane Out (Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) Jan-Michael Vincent stars in a 1983 action film about the revolution in Nicaragua, a tale only Ricky Nelson’s big brother David could bring to the screen. Roger Corman’s New World Pictures produced it, so you know it’s high quality.

The Mummy: Complete Legacy Collection (Universal BD $39.98) Okay, NOW we’re talkin’… along with the already-on-Blu classic The Mummy (1932, with Boris Karloff) we get no fewer than five HD debuts, including The Mummy’s Hand (1940, with Tom Tyler), three with Lon Chaney, Jr.: The Mummy’s Tomb (1942), The Mummy’s Ghost (1944), and The Mummy’s Curse (1945), plus of course Abbott & Costello meet the Mummy (1955). Official ITB BEST Disc of the Month. So there!

Othello (Criterion BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) It took Orson Welles, who directed himself, nearly 3 years to complete the film (1949-1952), and Criterion presents both the ’52 European cut and the 1955 American release version, from new, restored 4K digital transfers of both.

This month’s web-only releases from Twilight Time (BD $29.95 each) include Inferno (1953, in 3D), Brutal Tales of Chivalry (1965), The Stone Killer (1973), and Who’ll Stop the Rain (1978).