New & Upcoming Releases

SEPTEMBER 5
SEPTEMBER 19

Arrow: The Complete 5th Season (Warners BD $54.97, DVD $49.99) It’s a TV show about the Green Arrow. I saw a little bit of it once. Ummm… That’s all I got. I used to read GA in the back of World’s Finest Comics when I was a kid. though. Of course, even then, he seemed rather lame: “We’re trapped by the Clock King in a sticky spider web made out of tapioca pudding, Speedy! Use your tapping-pudding dissolving web-slashing rotating saw arrow!” That sort of thing.

Porky Pig 101 (Warner Archive DVD $47.99) The first Looney Tunes superstar gets the first Warner Archives classic cartoon set (on DVD, not a MOD offering). More than 100 Porky cartoons, the complete chronology up through 1943. Mostly in B&W, some in original Technicolor, no colorized cartoons! An easy cherce for Official In The Balcony D-D-D-D-D-DISC OF THE M-M-M-MONTH!

The Adventures of Captain Marvel (Kino Lorber BD $29.95) The original, 1941 12-chapter serial starring Frank Coghlin, Jr. as Billy Batson and Tom Tyler as the superhero he turns into when Billy says “SHAZAM!” A classic of thrills and excitement.

The Illustrated Man (Warner Archive BD $21.99) Rod Steiger stars (1969) in this adaptation of Ray Bradbury science-fiction stories; I’ve never met anybody who liked this film, frankly.

Jean-Luc Godard + Jean-Pierre Gorin: Five Films (Arrow Academy BD+DVD Combo $99.95) Experimental political films shot on 16mm in the late 1960s; the collection includes Un Film Comme les Autres; British Sounds; Vent ‘d’Est; Lotte in Italia; Vladimir et Rosa.

The Lost World (Flicker Alley BD $39.95) 1925 adaptation of the H.G. Wells classic about dinosaurs in today’s world; special effects by Willis O’Brien, who’d go on to create King Kong. Restored from a 2K scan with additional footage not seen in many years. Highly recommended.

Love with the Proper Stranger (Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) Natalie Wood gets knocked up by Steve McQueen and goes looking for abortion money in Robert Mulligan’s 1963 comedy/drama/romance.

Red Line 7000 (Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) Howard Hawks directed a film about stock car racers? Who knew? James Caan and Laura Devon star, 1965; watch for young Teri Garr as a go-go dancer (about the same time she danced in Pajama Party).

The Vietnam War (PBS BD $129.99, DVD $99.99) Ken Burns’ new documentary about America’s greatest clusterf*ck.

Wonder Woman (Warners, various prices) Yes, they actually CAN make a good movie with DC Comics characters besides Batman.

This month’s web-only releases from Twilight Time (BD $29.95) include Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953, Robert Wagner), Gun Fury 3D (1953, Rock Hudson; includes 2D version), Hour of the Gun (1967, James Garner), and Lawman (1971, Burt Lancaster).

SEPTEMBER 26

All the Sins of Sodom / Vibrations (Film Movement Classics BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) Two 1960s classics (of a kind) directed by Joseph Sarno, “the Ingmar Bergman of 42nd St.”

Brigadoon (Warner Archive BD $21.99) Vincente Minnelli directs an MGM CinemaScope musical (1954) with Gene Kelly.

Cannibal Ferox: Director's Cut (Grindhouse Releasing BD $39.95) Oh, boy! Umberto Lenzi’s 1981 film about, well, cannibals in South America. I am not certain why we list films like this in our Calendar; anybody know?

Cyborg 2087 (Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) Michael Rennie is a robot man sent from the far, far future to the then-current year of 1966 to prevent mankind’s forthcoming destruction by writing “Don’t Vote for Me” on Donald Trump’s forehead in indelible marker. (No, no, just kidding about that last part.) Franklin Adreon, who helmed some of Republic’s worst serials, directs.

Dimension 5 (Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) And this is a 1966 sci-fi time travel spy thriller, also directed by Mr. Adreon. Jeffrey Hunter and Harold “Oddjob” Sakata star.

Don't Torture a Duckling (Arrow Academy BD+DVD Combo, $39.95) Okay, we won’t. Lucio Fulci directs, 1972.

The Long Riders (Special Edition) (Kino Lorber BD $29.95) Walter Hill directs (1980) the saga of Jesse James and his friends, starring four packs of real-life brothers: The Carradines, Quaids, Guests, and Keaches. And I didn't even know Christopher Guest HAD a brother.

OSS 117: Five Film Collection (Kino Lorber BD $59.95, DVD $49.95) Some of you (maybe) might be familiar with the two recent comic takes on the character with Jean Dujardin, but the French superspy has been around since the ’50s and starred in more novels and movies than we can count. This pack includes OSS 117 se Déchaîne (OSS 117 Is Unleashed), 1963, with American actor Kerwin Matthews (Jack the Giant Killer) as secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath. Matthews is back for OSS 117: Banco à Bangkok (Panic in Bangkok), 1964, and then Frederick Stafford stars in OSS 117: Furia à Bahia (Mission for a Killer), 1965, and a year later in OSS 117: Atout Coeur à Tokyo (Mission to Tokyo). Finally, we’ve got John Gavin in 1968’s OSS 117: Pas de Roses (Double Agent).

Orgy of the Dead (Vinegar Syndrome BD $32.98) Edward D. Wood, Jr. wrote this 1965 soft-core porn starring monsters and the Amazing Criswell. It’s terrible, but there’s one thing for sure: there’s no other film like it. And now it’s in HD! We are living in an amazing age, my friends.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Shout! Factory BD $26.99) In hindsight, I’m sorry all four Beatles lived to see this, a 1978 “adaptation” of their classic 1967 album with, uh, the Bee Gees, Peter Frampton, and George Burns. "A film with a dangerous resemblance to wallpaper" – David Anson, Newsweek.

Trip with the Teacher (Vinegar Syndrome BD $32.98) 1975 film about biker guys messing with a bus full of teenage girls, all of whom look as though they’re pushin’ 30. And by “full of girls” we mean four, because this was a low-budget film.

Waiting for Guffman (Warner Archive BD $21.99) Hysterical Christopher Guest mockumentary about local “talent” putting on a show. A scream, 1996. Not sure if Christopher's brother is in it, though.

The Big Knife (Arrow Academy BD+DVD, $39.95) Robert Aldrich directs (1955) an adaptation of Clifford Odets’ play with a great cast, including Rod Steiger, Jack Palance, Shelley Winters , and Ida Lupino. It’s a noir-ish tale set in Hollywood.

The Birthday Party (Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) William Friedkin directs (1968) an adaptation of Harold Pinter’s play with a great cast, including Robert Shaw and Patrick Magee. It’s not noir-ish and certainly not set in Hollywood, however.

Crime of Passion (ClassicFlix BD $29.99, DVD $24.99) Gerd Oswald directs (1957) but sorry, it’s not an adaptation of a play by a well-known playwright. It does star Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden, and Raymond Burr, though.

The Flash: The Complete Third Season (Warners BD $54.97, DVD $49.99) The Fastest Man Alive speeds through several more adventures, including meeting some Earth-2 favorites.

Rebecca (Criterion BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) Alfred Hitchcock’s first Hollywood film won Best Picture (1940) but is considered more of a David O. Selznick movie than a Hitchcock movie. Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine star; Criterion promises a 4K restoration and the usual rafter-full of bonus materials.

The Spell (Shout! Factory BD $27.99) A 1977 made-for-TV horror film about a teenage girl with an evil power that comes out when she gets angsty, and she gets angsty a lot. Lee Grant and Susan Myers star and I’m certain that this came out only a year after Carrie is only a coinky-dink.

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) Acclaimed 1969 film about a Depression-era woman (Jane Fonda) intent on winning a dance marathon. Sydney Pollock directs.

SEPTEMBER 12

Abbott & Costello Meet the Mummy (Universal BD $14.98) Yes. Yes, they do. (If you have the Mummy Legacy set from a few months ago, you have this already, incidentally. You’re welcome.)

The Creep Behind the Camera (Synapse BD $24.95) A 2014 docudrama about the mysterious Vic Savage, demented con man responsible for one of the screen’s all-time worst movies, The Creeping Terror (1964). That little gem is also presented in HD as part of this package.

Custer of the West (Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) Robert Shaw, of all people, is George Armstrong Custer in Robert Siodmak’s 1967 biography, filmed in Spain and largely considered, shall we politely say, historically inaccurate.

Erik the Conqueror (Arrow Academy BD+DVD, $39.95) Mario Bava directs a big-screen epic, 1961. Includes both the original Italian and the English dubbed soundtracks.

Festival (Criterion BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) Performances from the Newport Folk Festival, 1963-66, including Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Howlin' Wolf, Johnny Cash, the Staple Singers, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul and Mary, Odetta, and more.

The Fox with a Velvet Tail (Mondo Macabro BD $29.95) This José María Forqué offering from 1971 is a joint Spanish/Italian murder mystery, it says here. Hmmm.

Krakatoa, East of Java (Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) Big-budget disaster picture, 1969, about the volcanic eruption that created tsunamis that killed nearly 40,000 people in 1883. Maximilian Schell, Brian Keithe, and Diane Baker star, so obviously the budget went for special effects and not cast.

The Law and Jake Wade (Warner Archive BD $21.99) John Sturges’ 1958 western starring Robert Taylor and Richard Widmark continues Warner Archive’s eclectic “What’s next?” BD release schedule.

Leonard Part 6 (Mill Creek BD $14.98) One must wonder who at Mill Creek decided it would be a simply swell idea to release Bill Cosby’s notoriously unfunny comedy nadir at this stage in the fallen Cosby’s career.

The Mummy (Universal BD $34.98, DVD $29.98) Universal’s dead-on-arrival reboot of the series stars Tom Cruise and is supposed to kick off a “Dark Universe” web of interconnected Universal monster movies; Bride of Frankenstein is next on the schedule. Oh, boy.

Night Gallery: The Complete Series (Universal DVD $59.98) Rod Serling’s follow-up to The Twilight Zone had its moments but seemed to go more for scares than anything else, and didn’t often hit the mark.

Seven Beauties (Kino BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) One of two Lina Wertmüller offerings this week; the other is the better-known Swept Away (same formats and price).

Tobor the Great (Kino BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) 1954 kiddie-show matinee about an old man, his perky grandson, and their pet robot. Lee Sholem, who did many episodes of TV’s The Adventures of Superman, directs.

Visit to a Small Planet (Kino BD $29.95) Norman Taurog directs (1960) an adaptation of Gore Vidal’s play with a great cast, including Jerry Lewis, Gale Gordon, and Fred Clark. Okay, okay, okay. I’ll stop. This is actually pretty much a misfire of a show, even by Jerry’s standards, may he rest in peace, and one can only imagine what Mr. Vidal thought of it.

One Million B.C. (VCI BD $20.99, DVD $17.49) Dinosaurs, caveman, and a major new release heralding upcoming Hal Roach features and shorts from VCI! This is the 1940 version, so look for Lon Chaney, Jr., not Racquel Welch, in a fur bikini. Postponed from last month.