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Warner Archive Collection New Releases: Bakshi, Benson, Buck & more!

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



Laughs, Lost and Found

HEY, GOOD LOOKIN' (1982) Sandwiched between the releases of American Pop and Fire and Ice, came this personal vision from animation pioneer Ralph Bakshi. This long gestating film is both cynical and heartfelt; an unabashed love letter to the glory days of Brooklyn and Coney Island, as told by someone who now knows better. Time has been kind to the film, as it now offers dual glimpses of two lost New Yorks - the greaser era of the fifties and the urban dystopia of the early eighties - as well as an arresting glimpse at a road not taken by American animation.


I WILL, I WILL…FOR NOW (1975) Swinging seventies sex therapy and taboo-breaking cohabitations come to light in this comic gem that harkens back to the classic screwball set-ups of remarriage comedies. Elliott Gould and Diane Keaton plays the exes that re-connect, while Paul Sorvino gets "the Bellamy" - and we get to hear him sing! Norman Panama (Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House) directs and co-authors, while a young and lovely Victoria Principal plays "the distraction."


WHIFFS (1975) The Army Chemical Corps comes under satirical attack in this delirious seventies distraction that transgresses genre conventions with the abandon of a Merry Prankster. When the army retires Dudley Frapper (Elliott Gould) after abusing him as a human guinea pig, the now addled, dosed, and dopey Dudley discovers that chemicals and crime make a potent mix. Sex farce, drug film, crime caper and military comedy all combine in this cine-brew that awaits your inhaling. Prolific TV helmer Ted post directs, Eddie Albert, Harry Guardino, Godfrey Cambridge and Jennifer O'Neill co-star.


SECOND-HAND HEARTS (1981) Acclaimed off-beat auteur Hal Ashby directs Robert Blake and Barbara Harris in this ahead-of-its-time picaresque romance than harbingers the arrival of the decade's later Indie Cinema. Harris plays Dinette Dusty who finds herself suddenly hitched to drinking drifter Loyal Muke. The pair, along with Dinette's two children, soon set out a cross-country odyssey through Woody Guthrie's Dustbowl America albeit decades later. Earnest and winsome, Second-Hand Hearts is not afraid to wear its own on its sleeve, thanks to a solid supporting cast and real chemistry between its pair of leads.


FIRST FAMILY (1980) Comedy king Buck Henry calls in a who's-who of ha-ha in this political comedy that takes on all conventions and comers, sometimes to startling effect. Bob Newhart plays the befuddled prez, Manfred Link (elected by tragic mishap), while Madeline Khan and Gilda Radner round out the first family as tippling first lady and sex-starved first daughter. Filling out the comedy cabinet are such notables as Rip Torn, Fred Willard, Richard Benjamin, Bob Dishy, Austin Pendleton, Harvey Korman and Mr. Henry himself.


DIE LAUGHING (1980) Robby Benson stars, co-writes, produces and performs in this Hitchcockian comedy in which a simple song-writing cab driver (Benson) ends up as the unwitting custodian of a monkey maguffin. But this monkey's mystery includes murder, nuclear arms, lurking Feds, Soviet spies, and a sinister vintner (the always amazing Bud Cort), all while our poor hackney is doing his best to win a battle of the bands. Also stars Charles Durning, Elsa Lanchester, Linda Grovenor and Peter Coyote. The songs, "MR. WEINSTEIN", "ALL I WANT IS LOVE", "FAR SIDE OF A DREAM", are all written and performed by Robby Benson, with lyrics by Jerry Segal.       


Back to the Diner, Back to the Jungle

ALICE: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON (1978-79) Alice serves up comedy gold in the third season of the sitcom smash, with its service now down to a science while inhabiting a regular slot in TV's top twenty. Series regulars Vic Tayback (Mel), Vera (Beth Howland),  Polly Holliday (Flo), and Philip  McKeon (Tommy) fit their roles perfectly, while Linda Lavin (Alice) sets the comedy temperature, whether it be a slow-burn simmer, smoking hot slapstick, or on-the-boil gut-buster. Situations in this 3-Disc, 24-Episode collection include a used “Car Wars” between the girls and Mel, Vera coming down with “A Slight Case of ESP” and “Flo Finds Her Father” (played by F Troop great Forrest Tucker!). Meanwhile Tommy falls in love, Alice falls for a (younger) theatre director and most horrifying of all Mel sells the diner! And keep your eyes peeled for Philip McKeon’s sister Nancy (Facts of Life) playing a young orphan alongside Corey Feldman (Stand by Me).


DAKTARI: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON (1966-67) The Wameru Study Center for Animal Behavior makes a welcome return to a second season, this time delivering a full slate (and then some) of 30 action-and-appeal-packed animal adventures. “Daktari” (Swahili for doctor) Dr. Marsh Tracy (Marshall Thompson) continues the Wameru's mission to study and preserve the African veldt’s abundant and sometime deadly life. Also returning are daughter Paula (Cheryl Miller), assistants Mike Makula (Hari Rhodes) and Jack Dane (Yale Summers), and the show's prized pair of scene-stealers, Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion and Judy the Chimp. Between poachers, bandits and deadly predators, the staff of Wameru has their hands full, so it’s a good thing they get plenty of animal assistance! Newly Remastered


Not So Funny

THE GIRL (2012) This BBC and HBO co-production stars Toby Jones and Sienna Miller as the master of suspense and the mistress of his imaginings, Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren. The Girl tells the story of the director’s obsessive relationship with his leading lady during the making of "The Birds" and "Marnie." Attempting to sculpt Hedren into the perfect Hitchcock blonde of his imagination, he became obsessed with the impossible dream of winning the real woman’s love. Her rejection of his misguided attempts only added to his obsession, putting both their careers and personal lives in jeopardy. Directed by Julian Jarrold from a screenplay by Gwyneth Hughes, and based on the book "Spellbound by Beauty," by Donald Spoto. Imelda Staunton, Carl Beukes and Penelope Wilton also star.



This March 29-31, Comic-con International is presenting Wondercon in Anaheim, CA - and we're making the (short) trek down to OC. Not only will be there presenting two panels, but we'll be in a booth on the floor where you can pepper us with questions for hours  and even purchase some of our latest Blu-Ray™ discs and DVDs. On Friday, don't miss our panel on the Film and TV Heroes of Pulp, and then Sunday morning we'll present A Brief History of Saturday Cartoons just BYOP - Bring Your Own Pajamas! Hope to see you all there!

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