From the Big Screen:
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Three cult classic plus Bob Hope arrive this week — what more could one want for a happy Thanksgiving?:
Arturo Ripstein’s landmark Mexican Western “Time to Die” (1966 — Mexico) comes to home video for the very first time in a pristine 2K restoration. Fresh from serving 18 years in jail for shooting a man in self-defense, Juan Sayago comes back to his hometown to start life anew and reunite with old flame Mariana. However, the two sons of the man he killed, consumed by an overwhelming thirst for revenge, have been anxiously awaiting his return … they have other plans for him. From an original story by Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez (“One Hundred Years of Solitude”), and featuring dialogue by iconic Mexican novelist/essayist Carlos Fuentes (“The Death of Artemio Cruz,” “The Old Gringo”). On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Film Movement … Written by legendary Hollywood outsider Edward D. Wood, Jr. (“Plan 9 From Outer Space,” “Glen or Glenda”) and helmed by B-film director William Morgan, the gang-girl saga “The Violent Years” (1956) is the story of Paula Parkins (Jean Moorehead), a good-girl-gone-bad who leads her degenerate teenage hellcats down a path of gas station hijackings, pajama party orgies, and cold-blooded murder. From Wood’s patently deranged dialogue to the scene where the gang performs a “man attack,” “The Violent Years” is an essential exposé on crime, gender politics, and sweater-stealing. Remember, “This is a story of violence!” New 4K scan from the original camera negative. On Blu-ray Disc from American Genre Film Archive/Something Weird … “The Man From Earth” (2007), the provocative final screenplay by renowned science fiction author and screenwriter Jerome Bixby (“Star Trek”, “The Twilight Zone”, “Fantastic Voyage,” “It! The Terror From Beyond Space”) tells the story of a mysterious professor named John Oldman (David Lee Smith). During a cold night in a remote cabin, an uneventful, impromptu goodbye party for Oldman becomes something extraordinary when he makes a prodigious announcement: He is an immortal who has migrated through 140 centuries of evolution and now must move on. Is Oldman truly Cro-Magnon or simply insane? Now one man will force five scholars to confront their own notions of history, religion, science and humanity, all reading to a final revelation that may shatter their world forever. Bixby’s script explores themes first presented in the classic season three “Star Trek” episode “Requiem For Methuselah”. He began work on the script in the early 1960s and completed it on his death bed in 1998. A decade after its initial release “The Man From Earth” has become a world-wide cult classic and has become a favorite film among fans of the genre. The film currently ranks among the top 50 science fiction films of all time on the IMDb, was selected by AOL’s “Sci-Fi Squad”as one of the Top 10 “Best Science Fiction Films of the Decade” (2000 – 2009) and was nominated for a Saturn Award by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films in 2008. The movie’s success has spawned a sequel, “The Man From Earth: Holocene,” which is scheduled for release in theaters Fall 2017. On Blu-ray/DVD Combo with original 2.0 Stereo Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray) and Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. From MVD Entertainment.
And then there’s Bob: “Bob Hope: The Ultimate Movie Collection” features 21 of the funniest movies from the legendary comedian. As a recognized genius of American comedy, Bob Hope has no equal. From his early days in vaudeville to his years as a top Hollywood boxoffice draw and star of radio, TV and live performances, Bob Hope’s innocent charm and lightning-quick wit have delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Co-starring some of Hollywood’s greatest stars including Lucille Ball, W.C. Fields, Dorothy Lamour, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Martha Raye, Betty Grable, Paulette Goddard, Jane Russell and, of course, Bing Crosby, this collection will entertain longtime fans and introduce a whole new generation to the unforgettable style of one of the most famous comedians of all time. Check out the complete list of titles here. Extras include a new documentary, “American Masters: This Is Bob Hope”; “Bob Hope and the Road to Success”; “Entertaining the Troops”; “Command Performance 1944”; “Command Performance 1945”; “Hollywood Victory Caravan.” From Universal.
From TV to DVD:
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: The Complete Series”
(2000-15) is a 93-disc set that includes 19 hours of special features, all 15 seasons and all 337 episodes, plus the two-hour finale, of the drama that changed the television landscape. CSI was the second most-watched show on television by 2002, taking the top position for Season 3, and was named the most-watched show in the world six times, more than any other show (2016 Monte-Carlo TV Festival). All-star cast: William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, Laurence Fishburne, Ted Danson, Elisabeth Shue. During its 15-year run, “CSI” became a global phenomenon producing three spin-off series: “CSI: Miami,” “CSI: NY,” and “CSI: Cyber”; a book series; several video games; and an exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. Extras include “Procedures of Handling Evidence,” “The Autopsy Theater Tour,” “The Gun Lab Tour,” “The Trace Lab Tour,” “The A/V Lab Tour,” commentaries, deleted scenes, gag reels, behind-the scenes featurettes, more. From CBS/Paramount … “CSI: Miami: The Complete Series” (2002-12): Horatio Caine (David Caruso), a former homicide detective, heads a group of investigators who work crimes amid the steamy, tropical surroundings and cultural crossroads of Miami. His team includes Calleigh Dusquene, a bilingual Southern beauty with a specialty in ballistics; Tim Speedle, a cocky yet disarming investigator who is well connected on the street, and Eric Delko, an underwater recovery expert who knows all the twists and turns of the Florida waterways. Rounding out the team is Alexx Woods, the no-nonsense, know-it-all coroner. And, after Speedle is killed in Action, Former Patrolman Ryan Wolfe joins the team. Together, these investigators collect and analyze the evidence to solve the crimes and to vindicate those who often cannot speak for themselves. Extras include “CSI: Miami Uncovered,” “Creating CSI: Miami,” “The CSI Tour: Polie Station,” “The CSI Shot: Making It Real,” “The Writers’ Room,” “CSI Moves Into Season Three,” “Crime Scene Field Kit,” “The Evolution of an Episode From Concept to Completion,” “Pre-Production,” “Production,” “Post-Production,” commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes, character profiles. A 65-disc box set from CBS/Paramount.