From the Big Screen:
This Week’s Best Bets
From one of the masters of the film noir, Robert Siodmak (“The Killers,” “The Dark Mirror”), comes “Phantom Lady” (1944), a consummate crime classic. After a fight with his wife, Scott Henderson (Alan Curtis) heads to a bar to drown his sorrows. There he strikes up a conversation with a mysterious, despondent lady who agrees to accompany him to a show uptown but withholds her name. Arriving home, Scott is met by grimly countenanced cops — his wife has been strangled with one of his neckties and he is the prime suspect. He has a solid alibi but his theater companion is nowhere to be found and no one remembers seeing them together. When Scott is charged with murdering his wife, it falls to his devoted secretary “Kansas” (Ella Raines) to find the phantom lady and save Scott from the electric chair. Adapted from a hit novel by acclaimed crime writer Cornell Woolrich, “Phantom Lady” boasts stylish cinematography, cruel characters and memorable performances from Raines and Franchot Tone. The film is presented here for the first time in stunning High Definition. On Blu-ray from Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment … The “Sister Street Fighter Collection” (1974) is a two-disc set that includes all three films in the Sister Street Fighter trilogy. Etsuko Shihomi is the half-Chinese, half-Japanese Li Koryu, who travels to Yokohama to investigate the disappearance of her brother, an undercover cop. When she discovers a smuggling ring run by a drug lord with his own personal army of deadly fighters, she must penetrate his evil lair and defeat not only his champion (Masashi Ishibashi from the Street Fighter films) but also a group of female Thai kickboxers called The Amazon Seven. Shin’ichi Chiba appears in a cameo as a fellow karate master who helps Koryu in her mission. Released only three months later, the sequel, “Sister Street Fighter: Hanging By a Thread,” once again follows Li Koryu as she investigates another smuggling ring, this time involving diamonds implanted into the derrieres of prostitutes! Teaming up with enigmatic fighter Tsubaki (Yasuaki Kurata), she once again calls upon her fighting skills to take down another round of colorful bad guys. The final film of the official trilogy, “Return of the Sister Street Fighter,” finds her back in Yokohama searching for a woman who has become the mistress of another crime kingpin. Kurata again co-stars but this time as a crazed fighter working for the villains who swears that he’s the man who can kill Li Koryu. Genre entertainment of the highest order, the Sister Street Fighter films are a wild ride through some of the best exploitation cinema Japan produced in the 1970s. Funky and over-the-top, filled with wall-to-wall action, and featuring some of the craziest villains ever depicted onscreen, the series embodies female power in a male-dominated genre and is a magnificent showcase for the physical presence and martial arts skills of its lead star. On Blu-ray from Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment.
From TV to Disc:
“Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season” (2018) is a four-disc set with all 16 episodes. In Season 4, we see the world of Madison Clark and her family through new eyes — the eyes of Morgan Jones, who is joining the story from the world of “The Walking Dead.” The characters’ immediate pasts mix with an uncertain present of struggle and discovery as they meet new friends, foes, and threats. They fight for each other, against each other, and against a legion of the dead, and work to build an existence strong enough to resist the crushing pressure of lives coming apart. There’s darkness and light; terror and grace; and the heroic, mercenary, and craven, all crashing together toward a new reality. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate … “House of Cards: Season Six” (2018) is a three-disc set with all eight episodes. The final chapter in the critically acclaimed and award-winning political drama. Following the death of President Frank Underwood, Vice President Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) has ascended to the position of Commander in Chief of the United States, working to rally her allies and outwit those who oppose her. The intrigue and political maneuverings inside the White House continue as the first female president seeks to solidify her legacy. Co-stars Michael Kelly, Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Sony … “Krypton: The Complete First Season” (2018) is a two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the series that tells the origin story of DC’s iconic Superman in a whole new way. What if Superman never existed? Set two generations before the destruction of Superman’s home planet, Krypton follows a young Seg-El, the legendary Man of Steel’s grandfather, who is faced with a life and death conflict — save his home planet or let it be destroyed in order to restore the fate of his future grandson. With Krypton’s leadership in disarray and the House of El ostracized, Seg fights alongside Earthly time-traveler Adam Strange to redeem his family’s honor and protect the ones he loves while saving the future of his legacy from DC Super-Villain Brainiac.On DVD, Blu-ray, from Warner … “When Calls The Heart: The Greatest Blessing” (2018) is the latest entry in the series based on the books by celebrated author Janette Oke (“The Love Comes Softly” series). When a group of orphans become stranded in Hope Valley for Christmas, their caretakers — sisters who have a mysterious backstory — lead Bill to investigate the circumstances of their arrival. He discovers the sisters and their orphanage are in jeopardy, so Abigail and the other residents rally to make it a Christmas to remember for the orphans. From Shout! Factory.