The Adventures of Prince Achmed (Milestone BD $39.95) Lotte Reiniger’s 1926 delightful animated silent feature, filmed in silhouettescope, plus a bevy of bonus animated shorts.
The Blood Island Collection (Severin BD $79.99) Notorious 1960s gore-and-nudity films from director Eddie Romero and star John Ashley, for the most part, filmed in the Philippines. Includes Brides of Blood, Mad Doctor of Blood Island, Beast of Blood, Terror is a Man. Also available separately ($29.98 each); the boxed set includes a CD of music from the films.
The Blue Dahlia (Shout! Factory BD $27.99) Murder and Mystery and a “honey of a rough ‘em up romance” (NY Times) in this noir classic, 1946, from director George Stevens and Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, and William Bendix.
Bogart & Bacall: The Complete Collection (Warner Bros. BD $39.99) Well, as I’m sure you’re all aware, this will contain To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Dark Passage, and Key Largo. Of course.
Cabaret (Warner Archive BD $21.99) Bob Fosse directed this hit 1972 musical loosely adapted from the Broadway show; Cabaret is the answer to the trivia question, “Which movie won the most Oscars® without winning Best Picture?” One of the trophies went home to star Liza Minnelli.
De Palma & De Niro: The Early Films (Arrow US BD $69.95) What fresh hell is this? Includes The Wedding Party (1963), Greetings (1968), and Hi, Mom! (1970).
Divorce in the Family (Warner Archive DVD $21.99) On of Jackie Cooper’s first MGM features (1932), a drama with Lewis Stone and Jean Parker.
Fanchon the Cricket (Flicker Alley BD+DVD Combo, $39.95) 1915 film with Mary Pickford, newly restored with a specially commissioned score courtesy of the Pickford Institute. Also available today, Miss Pickford as Little Annie Rooney (1925), same company, formats, and price.
The Fifth Floor (Code Red BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) A young disco dancer overdoses and is committed to an asylum and that’s enough plot for any of us, I should think, regarding this 1978 film.
The Jerk (Shout! Factory BD $39.95) One of those “film classics” I’ve never seen; Carl Reiner directed, 1979, Steve Martin’s big-screen breakout role. My dad thought this movie was hysterical, for what THAT’S worth.
The Last Movie (Arbelos Films BD $39.99, DVD $29.99) Dennis Hopper directed and stars in this notorious flop from 1971, filmed in Peru with Michelle Phillips and Peter Fonda. Easy Rider it ain’t.
Made for Each Other (Kino BD $29.95) Jimmy Stewart and Carole Lombard get married on the day they meet, and have to deal with the consequences later. John Cromwell directs for David O. Selznick, 1939. Also available today, same format and price, Selnick’s 1937 screwball comedy Nothing Sacred, with Miss Lombard and Fredric March.
Man of the People (Warner Archive DVD $21.99) Joseph Calleia is an idealistic Italian immigrant who tangles with gangsters in this 1937 drama with an interesting cast, including Florence Rice, Ted Healy, and Thomas Mitchell.
Passion Flower (Warner Archive DVD $21.99) 1930 love story with Kay Francis and Charles Bickford.
Perversion Story (Mondo Macabro BD $29.95) No idea, but it was directed by Lucio Fulci, 1969.
The Satanic Rites of Dracula (Warner Archive BD $21.99) In the 1970s Hammer Films wrung what it could out of Christopher Lee and a set of blood-shot eye contact lenses. The results, my friends, were not pretty.
School for Love (Futures Vedettes) (Cinetrove International BD $29.98) 1955 role for sexpot Brigitte Bardot.
Some Like It Hot (Criterion BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) Many people consider Billy Wilder’s 1959 classic the greatest of all screen comedies; Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon co-star.
Take It Out in Trade (AGFA BD $29.95) Long-lost 1970 Ed Wood softcore shabbyfest (he starred in, wrote, and directed it).
Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure (Warner Archive BD $21.99) Gordon Scott is a literate Tarzan in this 1959 installment of the long-running series; Anthony Quayle and Sean Connery co-star in what fans consider one of the best of all Tarzan pictures (hence the title, I guess).
Topper Returns (VCI BD $29.95) 1941 conclusion to the Topper trilogy from the Hal Roach studio. Roland Young and Billie Burke return from the earlier films; the spunky she-spirit this time is Joan Blondell. (The first Topper film is already on Blu-ray; the second film in the series is being released later this month.)
The Thirteenth Chair (Warner Archive DVD $21.99) Includes both the 1929 Todd Browning-directed version with Bela Lugosi as a police inspector(!) and the 1939 remake directed by George Seitz and starring Lewis Stone in the Lugosi role.
The Wizard of Gore (Arrow Video BD $34.95) Oh, brother. If you don’t know the name of Herschell Gordon Lewis, flee from it. This is a film from 1970 that lives up to its title and down to its budget.