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and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini


Mar 102014

photo for The Best of Bogart BLU-RAYThe Best of Bogart Blu-ray Collection is a four-disc set with previously released Blu-ray versions of  “Casablanca,” “The Maltese Falcon,” “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” and “The African Queen,” packed in a nice, compact box with a great cover shot of Bogart; $49.99. Extras: Collectible art cards plus many of the features from the previous releases:

“The African Queen”: “Embracing Chaos: Making The African Queen.”

“Casablanca”: Commentary by Roger Ebert, commentary by film historian Rudy Behlmer, introduction by Lauren Bacall, additional scenes and outtakes, scoring session outtakes, “Bacall on Bogart,” “You Must Remember This: A Tribute to Casablanca,” “As Time Goes By: The Children Remember,” production research gallery, homage cartoon “Carrotblanca,” Television Adaptation (1955): “Who Holds Tomorrow,” audio only: “Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater Radio Broadcast” of the film with Bogart, Bergman and Henreid reprising their roles, theatrical trailors.

bogart-sell-sheet“The Maltese Falcon”: Commentary by Bogart biographer Eric Lax, featurette “The Maltese Falcon: One Magnificent Bird,” “Breakdowns of 1941”: Studio blooper reel, makeup tests, “Becoming Attractions: The Trailers of Humphrey Bogart,” Warner Night at the Movies 1941 short subjects gallery (newsreel, musical short “The Gay Parisian,” two classic cartoons: “Hiawatha’s Rabbit Hunt” and “Meet John Doughboy”), audio-only bonus: three radio show adaptations — two featuring the movie’s original stars, plus another starring Edward G. Robinson.

“The Treasure of the Sierra Madre”: Commentary by Bogart biographer Eric Lax, featurette “Discovering Treasure: The Story of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” documentary profile on John Huston, Warner Night at the Movies 1948 short subjects gallery (newsreel, Joe McDoakes comedy short “So You Want to Be a Detective,” classic cartoon “Hot Cross Bunny,” trailers), audio-only bonus: radio show adaptation featuring the movie’s original stars.

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Mar 102014

photo for The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete SeriesThe Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Series (1972-78) Nineteen-disc set with all 142 episodes of the sitcom classic that stars the incomparable Bob Newhart as Dr. Robert Hartley, a Chicago psychologist who finds himself surrounded by some unusual and neurotic characters on the job, as well as at home. Stars Suzanne Pleshette as his quick-witted and understanding wife and Bill Daily as his off-kilter neighbor. Formats: DVD. Extras: The original unaired pilot; “Group Therapy” (2014) in which Newhart sits down with Peter Bonerz, Jack Riley, Bill Daily and Michael Zinberg; “The Bob Newhart Show 19th Anniversary” (1991) in which the entire cast assembles for a one-hour clip show that finds the show’s characters in the present day; commentaries with Newhart, Marcia Wallace, David Davis, Peter Bonerz, Fred Willard, Jim Burrows, Suzanne Pleshette, Tom Poston and Jack Riley; gag reel; 40 page collectable booklet. $129.99. (Shout! Factory).

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Mar 062014

The Boy From Stalingrad (1943) boy-stalingrad
At the height of World War II, a group of Russian children are left alone to fend for themselves against the oncoming German army. Through teamwork and their wits, the kids attempt to slow down the advancing horde and give the Russian army enough time to reorganize their troops. A story of youthful initiative and incredible courage, “The Boy From Stalingrad” is a unique and memorable film.

The White Squaw (1956)
Eetay-O-Wahnee (May Wynn, The Caine Mutiny) is a white squaw raised by a Native American tribe. Not knowing her true father, the secret is revealed when he wills her half of his land on his deathbed. A ruthless landowner (David Brian, Intruder in the Dust), however, will do anything to keep Eetay-O-Wahnee and her tribe from getting even an acre of the land.

The Burglar (1957)
Nat Harbin (Dan Duryea, Winchester ’73) and his gang, including the voluptuous Gladden (Jayne Mansfield, The Girl Can’t Help It), have 15 minutes to rob the home of a fake spiritualist (Phoebe Mackay, Splendor in the Grass). Once they steal a valuable necklace from her safe, they go into hiding. As the heat – and a crooked cop trying to get the necklace for himself – closes in on them, tension builds between the crew. They need to get rid of the necklace, and fast.

And So They Were Married (1936)
Stephen (Melvyn Douglas, Being There) and Edith (Mary Astor, The Maltese Falcon, 1941) are a widower and a divorcee, respectively, spending their winter at the same ski resort with their families. When a snowstorm traps the two at the resort, Stephen and Edith start falling for each other. But both Stephen’s and Edith’s children don’t want their parents to get married again, and will do whatever it takes to keep them apart in this beguiling romantic comedy.

Mr. Soft Touch (1949)
Joe Miracle (Glenn Ford, 3:10 to Yuma) is a WWII hero returning home only to find out that his nightclub has been taken over by gangster Barney Teener (Roman Bohnen, The Best Years of Our Lives) and his partner has been killed. Joe steals $100,000 from Barney and goes into hiding in a settlement house where Jenny (Evelyn Keyes, Here Comes Mr. Jordan) works. As Barney’s men chase after Joe, Joe risks the lives of the people inside the home. Also starring John Ireland (All the King’s Men), MR. SOFT TOUCH has it all ­ drama, romance and intrigue.

Adventure in Sahara (1938)
American pilot Jim Wilson (Paul Kelly, Flying Tigers) joins his late brother’s former Foreign Legion troop where they are stationed in Agadez, “The Inferno of the Sahara,” under the command of the cruel Captain Savatt (C. Henry Gordon, Scarface, 1932). The legionnaires revolt, casting Savatt out into the desert. But Savatt returns with new troops, looking to get back his command. Co-written by Samuel Fuller (The Big Red One), “Adventure in Sahara” is a tense military drama.

Passion Flower (1986 – TV Movie)
In Singapore, the streets are filled with danger, passion and excitement. For American businessman Larry Janson (Bruce Boxleitner, TRON), his life changes when he meets Julia Gaitland (Barbara Hershey, Hannah and Her Sisters), the daughter of powerful art smuggler Albert (Nicol Williamson, Excalibur) and the wife of cruel and sadistic businessman Leslie (John Waters, Breaker Morant). As Larry and Julia have an affair, Larry finds himself caught up in crooked dealings, treacherous deceit and murder.

Side Out (1990)
Midwestern kid Monroe Clark (C. Thomas Howell, The Outsiders) moves to Los Angeles to intern for his lawyer uncle (Terry Kiser, Weekend at Bernie’s). But Monroe ends up hanging out at the beach instead and finds himself in the beach volleyball scene. Suddenly, Monroe gets teamed up with former King of the Beach Zack Barnes (Peter Horton, 2 Days in the Valley) to compete in the biggest tournament in the sport. Featuring several volleyball greats – including Randy Stoklos and Sinjin Smith – and Courtney Thorne-Smith (TV’s “According to Jim”), SIDE OUT is a fast-paced and energetic movie.

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Mar 062014

photo for After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. While recording everything for posterity, the husband begins to notice odd behavior in his wife that they initially write off to nerves, but, as the months pass, it becomes evident that the dark changes to her body and mind have a much more sinister origin. Blu-ray extras: Deleted scenes, “Radio Silence: A Hell of a Tea,” commentary by drectors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, director’s photo album. Vitals: Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett. Stars: Allison Miller, Zach Gilford, Sam Anderson. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 89 min., Horror, Box office gross: $15.722 million, Fox.

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Mar 062014

photo for The dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Tracy Letts’ play made its Broadway debut in December 2007 after premiering at Chicago’s legendary Steppenwolf Theatre earlier that year. It continued with a successful international run. Extras: TBA. Vitals: Director: John Wells. Stars: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney, Sam Shepard, Margo Martindale, Julianne Nicholson. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 121 min., Drama, Box office gross: $37.066 million, The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay.

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Mar 052014


MGM’s Modern Maiden

With this crackling quintet of Crawfords, we are pleased to announce that, thanks to the combined efforts of Warner Home Video and Warner Archive Collection, Joan’s entire run of MGM talkies is now available on DVD. Achievement unlocked! Time to start dancing the Charleston!

OUR BLUSHING BRIDES (1930) The third film in a thematically linked Jazz Age bad gal trilogy (following Our Dancing Daughters and Our Modern Maidens) provides an early step in Joan Crawford’s transition from frivolous flapper to femme force of nature. This talkie outing also features Anita Page (also in all three films), returns Our Dancing Daughter’s Dorothy Sebastian and re-pairs Joan up with a talkie Robert Montgomery (Untamed). The fizz of the free-wheeling Twenties goes pop in this more sobering speak-easy showcase as three shop girls take three very different approaches to romance and life with three very different outcomes. Directed by Harry Beaumont. Newly Remastered

THE LAST OF MRS. CHEYNEY (1937) The second screen adaptation of Frederick Lonsdale’s drama of cons and conquest features a trilogy of powerhouse players as the film’s central triangle. Robert Montgomery plays supercilious seducer Lord Arthur Dilling who thinks he’s competing with the wealthiest man in England (Frank Morgan) for the amours of young American widow Cheyney (Crawford), but it’s her steel-eyed and steel-spined manservant Charles (William Powell) that Lord Dilling should be worried about. A romantic comedy of crime and manners, The Last of Mrs. Cheyney is frivolity at its finest. Directed by Richard Boleslawski. Newly Remastered

MONTANA MOON (1930) When a society frill (Crawford) takes a powder to extricate herself from the enticements of the man her sister loves (Ricardo Cortez); she stumbles into the arms of a tall sexy stranger -er- cowboy (John Mack Brown). As prairie life ignites passions, the pair take the plunge into sudden matrimony. Now the couple needs to see if they have the mettle to muddle through life between ranch and manor. A romantic modern western musical, Montana Moon’s genre mishmash works surprisingly well thanks to a swell bunch of supporting ranch hands including Dorothy Sebastian, Benny Rubin, and Cliff Edwards. Directed by Malcolm St. Clair. Newly Remastered

I LIVE MY LIFE (1935) This time ’round, society frill Crawford jumps yacht in a pique of boredom and decides to do a little Greek island sight-seeing. She ends up falling at archeological dig, whose working class Irish archeologist (Brian Aherne) falls for her. She flirts with the prof, while pretending to simply be her magnate father’s secretary. Much to her shame and chagrin, the love struck digger follows her to the Big Apple but she discovers she may just dig him too. With Frank Morgan, Aline MacMahon and Eric Blore. Directed by W.S. Van Dyke. Newly Remastered

THE BRIDE WORE RED (1937) At the fulcrum for this romantic fable’s triangle, a decidedly earthier incarnation of Crawford anchors the opposing points of Robert Young’s affable aristo and Franchot Tone’s sincere country posto. When a wealthy Count decides to prove that circumstance creates character, he plucks the chanteuse of Trieste’s lowest dive from obscurity and sends her Cinderella-style to an exclusive mountain resort to hobnob with the nobs. There she pours on the charm to snag the very wealthy and very engaged Rudi Pal (Young) but finds herself distracted by the attentions of a very eccentric postman (Tone). Directed by the then only female director, Dorothy Arzner from an unproduced play by Ferenc Molnar. Newly Remastered.

NOTE: These DVDs are Manufactured on Demand (MOD); to order, fans must visit The Warner Archive Collection or WB Shop.com

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Mar 052014

photo for Director Wong Kar Wai is in love. In love with his actors and actresses, his stories, his camera, his movies … he’s in love with moviemaking. It shows in his films, which, for the most part, are love stories and romances — “Chungking Express” (1994), “In the Mood for Love” (2000), “2046” (2004), “My Blueberry Nights” (2007). “The Grandmaster” is no exception. It’s a love story to Ip Man, the famous martial arts grandmaster who popularized the wing chun style of fighting and who trained Bruce Lee; it’s a love story to China, to martial arts, to loyalty. Beautifully photographed and choreographed with some spectacular action scenes, the film follows Ip Man from the 1930s in Foshan, in Southern China, to his flight to Hong Kong after World War II and, in particular, his love for his art and for Gong Er, the daughter of one of the greatest grandmasters of all time, Gong Yutian. His love for Gong Er is never consummated, which is kind of the tone for the whole film: unrequited love. Despite the strong presence of Tony Chiu Wai Leung as Ip Man and Ziyi Zhang as Gong Er, the film falters in its languid and at-times muddled chronicle of Ip Man’s life and times. In Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles. Extras: “The Grandmaster: From Ip Man to Bruce Lee,” “A Conversation With Shannon Lee (daughter of Bruce Lee), “The Grandmaster: According to RZA,” behind-the-scenes footage. Vitals: Director: Wong Kar Wai. Stars: Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Chang Chen. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 108 min., Action, Box office gross: $6.505 million, The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay. 2 stars

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Mar 052014

photo for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Even if you’re not a fan of the worldwide phenomenon that is “The Hunger Games,” there’s three very good reasons to see the second of the quartet of films based on the books: the formidable acting talents of Jennifer Lawrence, the presence of Philip Seymour Hoffman (as the new Gamemaker), and the firm directing hand of Francis Lawrence, who helmed one of our favorite (and overlooked) recent films, “Water for Elephants.” In this edition, Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), whose victory in the 74th Hunger Games has sparked an insurrection of sorts in the 12 districts of Panem, become the enemies of the Capitol and, after a tour of the country, are forced to participate in the most diabolical games yet devised. The first hour is given over to the political machinations of the government and the beginnings of the rising insurrection, keying in on Katniss’ strengths and setting the stage for her role as a symbol for the dispossessed underclass; the second hour is devoted to the 75th Games and its tropical jungle death match, which Katniss and Peeta barely survive. If the first half is a little heavy on explication, the second half more than makes up for any wordiness with spectacular fight and special effects sequences. At the heart of the film is Lawrence, who imbues Katniss with an earthiness and honesty that makes her a modern-day cinematic hero. Despite Katniss coming out on top, however, there’s no resolution: You’ll have to wait for the two-part finale later this year and 2015: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” both of which are being directed by Lawrence. Extras: Commentary with director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson, deleted scenes, sneak peek of “Divergent.” Blu-ray adds “Surviving the Game: Making Catching Fire” nine-part feature-length documentary. Vitals: Director: Francis Lawrence. Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Willow Shields, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Stanley Tucci, Liam Hemsworth, Jeffrey Wright, Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland, Amanda Plummer. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 146 min., Sci Fi Action, Box office gross: $418.019 million, Lionsgate. 3 stars Due Friday, March 7.

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Mar 032014

From the Big Screen:

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (due Friday), “12 Years a Slave” and “The Grandmaster.” For more information on these and other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.


The top release this week is the Blu-ray debut of iconoclastic director John Waters’ “Hairspray” (1988), starring Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Divine, Deborah Harry, Ricki Lake, Jerry Stiller, Mink Stole and Pia Zadora. It’s Baltimore, 1962, and rebellious “pleasantly plump” teenager Tracy (Ricki Lake) attempts to be one of the featured stars on a popular dance photo for Hairspray BLU-RAY DEBUT show and win the coveted “Miss Auto Show” crown. Waters’ first “mainstream” pic takes an ironic and tongue-in-cheek look at the 50s/60s dance show craze and dance fads, segregation, class warfare and the soon-to-be born protest movement of the 1960s. Oh, and there’s plenty of generation-gap hijinks between Tracy and her parents ((Divine and Jerry Stiller) and a pair of proto-hippies (Ric Ocasek and Pia Zadora). “Hairspray” was adapted into a Broadway musical in 2002 and then made again into a 2007 musical feature (adapted from the play) starring Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden and Queen Latifah. A must for any collection. From Warner.

From TV to DVD:

“Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Series 11” (2008-09) is a two-disc set with four Poirot (David Suchet) mysteries in the U.K. broadcast order: “Mrs. McGinty’s Dead,” “Cat Among the Pigeons,” “Third Girl” and “Appointment with Death.” From Acorn Media … “Ancient Aliens: Season 5 – Volume 2” (2013) is a three-disc set with the second half of the fifth season. On DVD and Blu-ray from Lionsgate … “Bible Secrets Revealed” (2013) is a six-hour miniseries that explores the mysteries and uncovers the hidden facts about one of the most read books in photo for Noah and the Great Ark history. $14.98 from Lionsgate … “A Cross to Bear” (2012) is a TV movie about a would-be dancer with no family connections who finds herself fighting alcoholism and living on the streets with her newborn child who eventually finds refuge at the home of a former nurse who has dedicated her life to helping women like her. Stars Danielle Deadwyler, Jackie Long, Kim Fields, Malinda Williams. From One Village Entertainment … “Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor” (2013) features the final appearance of Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor in this Christmas special. DVD, 14.98; Blu-ray Disc, 19.98. From BBC Home Entertainment … “Mr. & Mrs. Murder, Series 1” (2013) is a four-disc set with 13 episodes of this warm and witty whodunit from Down Under that follows fun-loving and flirtatious couple Nicola (Kat Stewart) and Charlie Buchanan (Shaun Micallef) who run a cleaning service for crime scenes who find that closing cases comes just as naturally as cleaning them up. $59.99 from Acorn Media … “Noah and the Great Ark” (2013) is comprised of three History Channel documentaries “Noah and the Ark: Voyage to a New Beginning,” “Mega Disasters: Noah’s Great Flood” and “Mysteries of the Bible: Noah and the photo for Rawhide The Seventh Season Volume One & Volume Two Flood.” Arrives in time for the theatrical release of “Noah,” starring Russell Crowe and directed by Darren Aronofsky. $14.98 from Lionsgate … “Rawhide The Seventh Season Volume One & Volume Two” (1964-65) are four-disc sets with 15 episodes each, $46.99 each. Guests joining Clint Eastwood for the seventh season included Dean Martin, Barbara Eden, Slim Pickins, Gavin MacLeod, Harry Dean Stanton, Robert Blake and Brock Peters. From CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount … “The Venture Bros. Season Five” (2012-13) features eight episodes of the popular Adult Swim animated series about the Venture family; in Season Five they roam from the steamy jungles of Central America, to the sparkling sands of the Greek Islands, to the seedy back alleys of Tangier, to the jagged cliffs of By-Golly Gulch. DVD, $24.98; Blu-ray Disc, $31.97. From Warner … “The Vikings: Dark Warriors” (2013) consists of three History Channel documentaries: “Vikings: Voyage to America,” “Leif Ericson: Voyages of a Viking” and “Viking Underground.” $14.98 from Lionsgate.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

In “Cold Comes the Night” (2013), starring Alice Eve, Bryan Cranston, Logan Marshall-Green, Ursula Parker, Leo Fitzpatrick and Erin Cummings, a struggling motel owner and her daughter are taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal to be his eyes as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop. On DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Sony … In “The Last Days on Mars” (2013), starring Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas, Romola Garai and Olivia Williams, the very first manned expedition to Mars is about to return to Earth when they make an photo for Cold Comes the Night astounding discovery — fossilized evidence of life on Mars — and they succumb one by one to a mysterious and terrifying force. On DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Magnolia Home Entertainment … “Oldboy” (2013) is director Spike Lee’s remake of Chan-wook Park’s 2003 modern cult classic about a man, kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, who, after being released, has five days in which to figure out why he was imprisoned and find his captor. Here, troubled advertising executive Joe Doucette (Josh Brolin) is abruptly kidnapped and framed for the murder of his wife. After being held hostage in solitary confinement for 20 years, Doucette is released without explanation and struggles to reacclimate himself until he crosses paths with a caring social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and sets out on an obsessive mission to find out who imprisoned him. Co-stars Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Imperioli, Pom Klementieff, James Ransone and Max Casella. On DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Sony … In “Hours” (2013), starring Paul Walker (in one of his last roles before his untimely death), Genesis Rodriguez, photo for Oldboy Nancy Nave and Shane Jacobsen, a father struggles to keep his infant daughter alive in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Includes a PSA for Walker’s charity Reach Out World Wide. From Lionsgate … “Children of Sorrow” (2014) is a horror thriller about a young woman who infiltrates a cult to look for her missing sister. Stars Bill Oberst Jr., Hannah Levien, Whitney Nielsen. From Lionsgate … Eight strangers at a remote medical facility find themselves fighting for their lives when a drug trial goes horribly wrong, sending several of the volunteers into an uncontrollable murderous rage in “The Facility” (2012), starring Alex Reid, Chris Larkin, Jack Doolan, Steve Evets and Amit Shah. On DVD and Blu-ray from Tribeca Film/Cinedigm … In “Wicked Blood” (2014), starring Abigail Breslin, Alexa Vega, Sean Bean, James Purefoy and Lew Temple, a teenage girl, desperate to free her family from the corrupt Southern underworld of violence, guns, meth and biker gangs that surrounds them, falls in love with an outlaw biker, meth trafficker and family rival, and devises a plan to pit one against the other in a cunning game of revenge. On DVD and Blu-ray from Entertainment One … “For Love or Money” (2014) stars Denise Boutte, Tommy Ford, Lavell Crawford and Bokeem Woodbine in a photo for Hours romantic urban comedy about a businesswoman who turns to her ex-boyfriend for help when her business manager loses everything, causing her current man to feel threatened, which posits the question: Should she make her next move for love … or money? From Entertainment One … “1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story” (2014), starring David Henrie and Beau Bridges, is the inspirational true story of Cory Weissman, a college basketball player who suffers a devastating stroke, but perseveres to find new meaning in his life both on and, more importantly, off the court. From Cinedigm … In “New World (Shinsekai Story)” (2013), a rich Beijing party girl, bored with her boyfriend, her giggly friends and her whole frivolous life, books a trip to Osaka, Japan where she’s heard they celebrate Christmas with heartwarming nostalgia. But when she arrives at her hotel, she’s shocked to find that it’s located in Shinsekai, Osaka’s crime-ridden underbelly of poverty, vice and colorful characters. Stars Shi Ka, Tomonaga Koumei, Ogawa Takeru. From Tidepoint Pictures/MVD Entertainment.

There’s two cult favorites due this week:
“The Visitor” (1979 — Italy), starring John Huston, Shelley Winters, Glenn Ford, Lance Henriksen, Franco Nero, Mel Ferrer, Sam Peckinpah. Incredibly ambitious — but derided and largely neglected upon its initial release — “The Visitor” is an unforgettable assault on photo for Bloodlust reality, a phantasmagoric sci-fi/horror/action hybrid from writer-producer Ovidio G. Assonitis (“Tentacles”) and director/actor/body builder Michael J. Paradise (aka Giulio Paradisi — “Fellini’s 8 1/2”). Huston plays an intergalactic warrior who joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Features multidimensional warfare, pre-adolescent profanity and brutal avian attacks. On DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Drafthouse Films/Cinedigm … In “Bloodlust” (1961), starring Robert Reed, June Kenney, Joan Lora, Eugene Persson and Wilton Graff, a group of young adults on a boat excursion become the prey of a sadistic hunter when the two couples come across an uncharted tropical island, which they soon find is inhabited by a wealthy recluse and his staff. HD restoration from the original 35mm film elements. From Film Chest Media Group.

For the Family:

“Snowflake the White Gorilla” (2013) is an animated adventure about Snowflake, the world’s only white gorilla, and her attempts to fit in with the other animals in the zoo. Features the voices of David Spade, photo for Snowflake the White Gorilla Jennette McCurdy, Ariana Grande, Nathan Kress, Keith David, Christopher Lloyd and Dallas Lovato. From Lionsgate … “Teen Titans Go!: Mission to Misbehave Season 1 Part 1” (2014) is a two-disc set with 26 episodes of the DC Comics Super Heroes, $19.97 from Warner … “Dora the Explorer: Dora in Wonderland!” (2014) features two episodes: Join Dora and Boots in the double-length special “Dora in Wonderland!” and the never-before-released on DVD episode “Book Explorers!” $16.99 from Nickelodeon/Paramount … “Thomas & Friends: Spills & Thrills” (2014) features six episodes plus a “Biff Bash Bosh” game, “Go Go Thomas” karaoke music video, and “Guess Who” puzzles. $14.98 from Lionsgate.

Special Interest:

The documentary “Girl Rising” (2013) journeys around the world to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Girls from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Peru, Nepal and Sierra Leona confront tremendous photo for Girl Rising challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds — arranged marriages, child slavery, poverty and other heartbreaking injustices — to achieve their dreams. Nine extraordinary girls from nine countries, written by nine celebrated writers and narrated by nine renowned actresses. Featuring Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez, Kerry Washington, Priyanka Chopra, Chloe Moretz, Freida Pinto, Salma Hayek, Meryl Streep, Alicia Keys and Liam Neeson. From Cinedigm … It’s a golden age for planet hunters: recently, they’ve discovered more than 750 planets orbiting stars beyond our sun. Some of them, such as a planet called Kepler-22b, might even be able to harbor life. What would that life look like? Combining animation with input from expert astrobiologists, “NOVA: Alien Planets Revealed” (2014) takes viewers on a journey of the imagination as NOVA “builds” aliens from the ground up. $24.99 from PBS Distribution.

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Mar 022014

Here’s Lucy: The Complete Series (1968-74) features all 144 uncut and digitally remastered photo for Here's Lucy: The Complete Seriesepisodes in a 24-disc box set, $159.98. The legendary queen of television comedy is joined by her real-life children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., as well as Gale Gordon, her co-star from the earlier “Lucy Show.” Ball plays Lucille Carter, widowed mother of teenagers Kim and Craig. Lucy works for her brother-in-law Harry (Gordon), who owns Carter’s Unique Employment Agency, leading Lucy into endless predicaments and hilarious hijinks. Guest stars included Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Andy Griffith, Joan Rivers, Danny Thomas, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Frankie Avalon, Eddie Albert, Milton Berle, Chuck Connors, Ed McMahon, Don Knotts, Donny Osmond, Eva Gabor, Joe Namath, Petula Clark, Ricardo Montalban, Elsa Lanchester and many more.  Extras: Episode introductions; featurettes; “Let’s Talk to Lucy” lost interviews; special TV appearances and interviews; “Treasures From Lucy’s Vault”; special U.S. savings bond episode and public service film; slide shows; series production files; original CBS-TV network and syndication promos; original sponsor billboards. From MPI Home Video.

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