The Art of Love (Kino BD $24.95, DVD $19.95) Norman Jewison directs Carl Reiner and Dick Van Dyke (I wonder if they worked well together) plus James Garner, Angie Dickinson, and Elke Sommer in a comedy about a painter who fakes his own death to increase the value of his paintings . The movie would’ve been better with Alan Brady, Rob Petrie, Maverick, Police Woman, and Maria Gambrelli, I’ll bet you.
The Bitter Tea of General Yen (Sony BD $24.99) Frank Capra’s Pre-Code 1932 drama about a Chinese warlord (Nils Asther) and his love for American missionary Barbara Stanwyck.
Christ Stopped at Eboli (Criterion BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) 1979 Francesco Rosi film set in 1930s Italy, as a young artist in exile due to his anti-fascist beliefs becomes his town’s doctor.
Fellini's Casanova (Kino BD $29.95) Starring Donald Sutherland as Casanova. Really? Hmmmm. No idea who directed Fellini’s Casanova, but it was released in 1976.
Inner Sanctum Mysteries (Mill Creek BD $69.98) The six films in this series – all starring Lon Chaney, Jr., and released from 1943 to 1945 – aren’t too good, are all about an hour long, and all put forth the idea that Lon was some sort of much-sought-after sexual bohunk, but they played incessantly along with “real” monster movies as part of the various Chiller Theatre offerings on TV. Titles include Calling Dr. Death, Weird Woman, Dead Man’s Eyes, The Frozen Ghost, Strange Confession, and Pillow of Death.
Lord Love a Duck (Kino BD $24.95, DVD $14.95) 1966 teen comedy spoof with Roddy McDowall and Tuesday Weld and not much of a plot to speak off beyond Roddy attempting to make Miss Weld’s dreams come true, including her wish to star in a Beach Party movie (don’t we all).
The Masque of the Red Death (Shout! Factory BD $27.99) This special edition has new bonus material, plus restores about 70 sec. shorn from the film as originally released in 1964. Some people, including me, consider this Roger Corman’s best film. Vincent Price (of course) stars.
Never Steal Anything Small (Kino BD $24.95, DVD $19.95) 1959 musical with James Cagney (age 60) as a crooked mob boss and Shirley Jones (age 25) as the married woman he pursues and EWWWWW.
The Passenger (Sony BD $24.99) Jack Nicholson and Maria Schneider star in Antonioni’s 1975 thriller about a journalist who assumes the identity of a dead man and gets in some very lively trouble.
The Vincent Price Collection (Scream! Factory BD $59.97) Out of print for the past few years, this reissue features the restoration of Masque of the Red Death mentioned above, plus House of Usher, Pit and the Pendulum, The Haunted Palace, Witchfinder General (a/k/a The Conqueror Worm) and The Abominable Dr. Phibes and again, if you don’t already own it, get it. There is new bonus material included, but not the Vincent Price introductions to each film included on the previous release.