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"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Mar 262019
 

NEW ON BLU-RAY!

THE GLASS BOTTOM BOAT (1966) New 2019 1080p HD Master  

Frank Tashlin directs Doris Day as “the drip-dry spy licensed for laughs” in this delightful spy spoof/romantic comedy co-starring the always welcome Rod Taylor and all-star assemblage of comedic supporting players. Day plays Jennifer Nelson, a PR pro who finds herself under suspicion as a spy and under pursuit from her boss when she takes a job at a state-of-art aeronautics firm. Tashlin’s gift for reality-bending visuals that amuse and amaze are on ample display thanks to the deep-sea clarity and color of this new 1080p HD transfer. Animation fans will be doubly delighted to discover Chuck Jones’ Academy Award® winning short “The Dot and The Line” in HD nestled in among the disc’s special features. Special Features: 3 Vintage Featurettes – Catalina Island, Every Girl’s Dream, and NASA; cartoon short “The Dot and The Line” (HD); Theatrical Trailer. (HD) 16×9 Letterbox

 

CLEOPATRA JONES (1973) New 2019 1080p HD Master  

Cleopatra Jones (Tamara Dobson) is a special agent in the international war against dope, but she has her own private vendetta going against the pushers who operate in the ghettos.  Her most ruthless enemy is Mommy (Shelley Winters). After Cleopatra supervises the spectacular napalm burning of her Turkish poppy fields, Mommy lures Cleopatra stateside by framing Cleopatra’s anti-drug crusading man (Bernie Casey) as a dopester. But Mommy has just unwittingly opened a can of karate-kitten whup-ass. This over-the-top A-list action classic signaled the arrival of this exploitation genre to mainstream studio status and features a fight choreography assist from martial arts master Bong Soo Han (Billy Jack). And now Cleopatra Jones’ “Ten of Miles of Bad Road” is badder than ever thanks to this 6 feet 2″ busting high-dynamite 1080p HD Blu-ray disc with colors that pop and karate chops that pow! Special Feature: Theatrical Trailer (HD). 16×9 Letterbox

 

RKO RARITIES

OUR BETTERS (1933) Now on DVD

When American heiress Pearl Saunders (Constance Bennett) marries Sir George Grayston (Alan Mowbray), everyone thinks it’s a brilliant match. Sir George is delighted with Pearl’s money, and Pearl is in love with her new husband’s title in director George Cukor’s adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s biting stage comedy Our Betters. Marital bliss quickly ends when Pearl discovers that George has no intention of abandoning his philandering ways. She decides to match him affair for affair, plunging headlong into the scandal set and turning London high society into her personal playground. But when Pearl’s younger sister Bessie (Anita Louise) appears to follow Pearl’s example rather than her own heart, Pearl realizes the mistakes she has made in this sharp-edged pre-Code classic.

 

IN PERSON (1935) Now on DVD

After the dashing Emory Muir (George Brent) comes to the rescue of Clara Colfax (Ginger Rogers) after she faints inside a large crowd, he gets a rather frightening peek behind her veil. Beauty – and fame – turn out to be skin deep, indeed, because her startling visage disguises the world-famous face of movie star Carol Corliss. Carol, now under treatment for trauma after getting mobbed by a group of overzealous fans, has gone undercover to test her ability to handle crowds and open spaces with her homely Clara Colfax disguise. Deciding that Emory is the perfect gentlemanly escort to get her through the final stages of treatment, Carol connives an invitation to tag along on Emory’s mountain retreat. While Emory pursues his amateur ornithology, Carol is forced to learn the life skills she had hitherto missed. Gaining the confidence to drop her Clara disguise, Carol reveals herself to Emory. But Emory has never heard of Carol Corliss!

 

Early Talkies

COQUETTE (1929) Now on DVD

In her first talkie, Mary Pickford won 1929’s Best Actress Academy Award® for her delightful portrayal of Norma Besant, a flirtatious socialite who falls in love with a poor ne’er-do-well. When Norma tells her father she has fallen in love with Michael Jeffery (Johnny Mack Brown), her widowed father forbids the two to see each other, knowing that Michael will never rise to their family’s social class. But their love for each other is stronger than her obligation to obey her father, and the lovers secretly continue their romance. But when they are seen together late one night, her father, gun in hand, sets out to settle things once and for all. Full of romance, passion and suspense, Coquette is also quite risqué for its time. Some scenes, which could have upset censors, are filled more with innuendo than blatant lovemaking, adding a bit of fun to the entertainment.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US! WARNER ARCHIVE TURNS 10!

Thanks to your unwavering support and dedication, Warner Archive now encompasses over 3000 DVD and Blu-ray releases spanning over one hundred years of film and television history! Warner Archive came into this world on March 23, 2009 with 150 made-to-order feature films and grew into the On Demand video publisher we are today. What made that happen? It was YOU – and thanks to your support we expanded from just feature films to releasing a whole world of entertainment found inside our vaults – shorts, made-for-TV movies, mini-series, animated shows, full seasons of TV shows and more –  many of them previously unavailable! Our small team thanks you as we end our first decade with a bang!

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