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"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Feb 152018
 

WITH VIGGO MORTENSEN, ELLEN BARKIN, ROBERT URICH, PAUL MUNI, LUCILLE BALL, JANIS PAIGE AND MARIO LANZA

LEATHERFACE: THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE III (1989) New to Blu-ray with a 2018 1080p HD Remaster
Director Jeff Burr redirected the seminal Texas Chainsaw series back to severe shock and slash with this new installment. Focusing squarely on the Sawyer clan’s troubled youngest, Jedidiah Bubba Junior Sawyer (R. A. Mihailoff), the film places the usual family challenges, like feuding older siblings Tex (Viggo Mortensen) and Alfredo (Tom Everett) and an emotionally distant Grandpa, in Jedidiah’s way as he learns the true meaning of “The Saw is Family”. Aiding Junior in his destiny quest to make a final peace for all mankind are his newfound friends Michelle (Kate Hodge) and Ryan (William Butler) as well as their wacky survivalist pal Benny (Ken Foree). Overlooked in its initial release, Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III has risen high in fan esteem in the years since, climaxing in the acclaim that greeted the director’s cut release in 2003. Now that release is given extra shine and gleam in this horrifying high definition release on Blu-ray looking more leather than ever. Special Features: Filmmaker Commentary;”The Saw is Family”, “We Know What To Do With Them Parts” (Deleted Scenes), Alternate Ending, Original Theatrical Trailer (HD), TV Spot trailers. 16×9 Widescreen
TV ON BLU-RAY AND DVD
ANIMAL KINGDOM: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON (2017) New to Blu-ray
Adapted from the Down Under international sensation surf noir feature film of the same name, the second season of this hit crime show sees the SoCal Cody clan’s family ties stretched to the breaking point by failure, betrayal and secrets. Starting things out on a high note with an adrenaline pumping high stakes heist (stunningly seen in true 1080p HD) things go south quickly as Cody matriarch Smurf (Ellen Barkin) schemes to stay in control, while second-in-command Baz (Scott Speedman) struggles to keep the gang together while grandson Joshua struggles to find his place. Special Features: Featurette “Dissecting Pope”; Deleted Scenes. 16×9 Widescreen
THE LAZARUS MAN: THE COMPLETE SERIES (1996) New to DVD
Robert Urich stars as The Lazarus Man in this unique Western mystery thriller about a man’s quest for vengeance… and his own identity. After the close of the Civil War on Halloween night, a stranger that would come to be called Lazarus digs his way out of the grave – alive. Nursed back to health, his memory remains shattered – fragments and visions of a past filled with menace like the “Derby Hat Man,” and promises like the “Dark-Haired Woman” who pledged her devotion. And so the Lazarus Man rides alone, in search of his own dark past.
THE BISKITTS: THE COMPLETE SERIES (1983) New to DVD
Hidden deep in the swamp, tiny Biskitt Castle is home to the smallest dogs in the world, the Biskitts! For years kings have entrusted their royal treasure to these pups. Now, from a nearby castle, rules the wasteful King Max… and so begins every fantasy and fun-filled episode of this little seen bit of animated family magic from the maestros at Hanna-Barbera. Effectively bridging the gap between two eras of the storied studios output, The Biskitts blends the kid-friendly vibe of shows like The Monchhichis and The Snorks with the funny adventure blend found in shows like Wacky Races and Jabberjaw . The Merry Men-like band of miniature medieval mutts guard the treasures of Biskitt Castle from the likes of evil King Max (Kenneth Mars), Max’s jester Shecky (Kip King), Max’s Dogs Fang and Snarl (Mars and Peter Cullen) while trying to avoid getting eaten by The Moat Monster (Frank Welker) or the wildcat Scratch (Cullen).
CLASSICS NEW TO DVD
THE STORY OF LOUIS PASTEUR (1936) New to DVD
Something of an in-studio sleeper, this William Dieterle directed biopic woke to blockbuster status upon release, ultimately netting a pile of award nominations and garnering the gold statue for leading man Paul Muni. Master of the craft Muni plays Louis Pasteur, from ridicule to recognition in a decades-long battle against his skeptical antagonist Dr. Charbonett (Fritz Leiber) with the depth and intensity he brought to bear in a run of remarkable performances following this, including The Life of Emile Zola and The Good Earth. Much requested, this classic film finally arrives on DVD. With Anita Louise and Josephine Hutchinson.
A GIRL, A GUY AND A GOB (1941) New to DVD
The guy is Edmond O’Brien playing Steve, a shy shipping magnate. The girl is Lucille Ball playing Dot, a down to Earth, bright as a penny executive assistant. The gob (sailor slang for swabbie) is George Murphy playing ‘Coffee Cup,’ a light on his feet soon-to-be-former Navy man who plays all the angles with heart to spare. Together they make three sides of a triangle that sparks more laughs and affection than tension and division. When Steve and Dot meet cute (she accidentally steals his opera box seats and drops her purse on his head) her sense and sensibility, along with her You Can’t Take It With You-style clan, prove the tonic that Steve needs to escape his shell. When Dot’s fiancé Coffee Cup arrives on leave from the Navy, he proves more comrade than complication and a delight of confusions ensues as each tries to do right by the other. Silent comedy king Harold Lloyd produces, and his deft hand is felt throughout this fine, fizzy film.
LOVE AND LEARN (1947) New to DVD
Jingles Collins (Jack Carson) and Bob Grant (Robert Hutton) are Tin Pan Alley’s greatest pair of undiscovered, unpublished song-men. So much so that Bob has decided to pack it in and head back to Small Town, USA. Meanwhile, on the other side of the tracks, wealthy heiress Barbara Wyngate (Martha Vickers) is chafing at the social conventions that confine her, especially her upcoming marriage to vapid society boy Willard (Craig Stevens). In a last ditch bid to persuade Bob to stick around, Jingles and his gal pal Jackie (Janis Paige) take Bob to Danceland in the hopes that they can convince the house band to play one of their tunes. But Babs has pulled a reverse Cinderella and is posing as a ticket dancer at the club. Bob and Babs do a tango or two, and Bob is inspired to save Babs from the life she isn’t living. But when Babs conspires to help Bob, she continues to pose as a working gal, but her secret could cost her.
BACK IN PRINT ON DVD
THAT MIDNIGHT KISS (1949) Back on DVD
Aspiring diva Prudence Budell (Kathryn Grayson) knew what she wanted in a singing partner… and she found it on the street! Mario Lanza, already a recording sensation in 1949, made his screen debut in this glowing box-office success. As singing truck driver Johnny Donnetti, the broad-shouldered tenor proved he could handle lines with ease and warmth. And he amply showcased what everyone already knew – he could belt out a song! (Highlights include Donizetti’s “Una Furtiva Lagrima” and Verdi’s “Celeste Aida”). Grayson, who had a lifelong ambition to perform on the operatic stage, graced Verdi’s “Cara Nome” with her bright coloratura. And, in his final movie, Jose Iturbi teamed with his sister for Chopin’s stirring “Revolutionary Etude.”
THE TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS (1950) Back on DVD
Consummate tenor Mario Lanza and Kathryn Grayson star in this colorful, song-filled romance. Lush settings, light-hearted comedy and soaring music flow freely in this lively tale of a Cajun fisherman who leaves the bayou and falls in love with a beautiful New Orleans opera star. J. Carrol Naish co-stars as Pepe’s (Lanza) irrepressible pal while David Niven lends his elegant presence as the director of Suzette’s (Grayson) opera company and Rita Moreno is seen kicking up her heels in the “Tina Lina”, a wildly exuberant dance number. The triumphant soundtrack features arias from “Mignon”, “Carmen”, “La Traviata” and “Martha”. Lanza and Grayson also perform two stunningly passionate duets from “Madame Butterfly” and the popular song, “Be My Love”. Break out the bubbly and join in the celebration of this rare vintage musical!
THE CRIMSON PIRATE (1952) Back on DVD
Burt buckles the swash like no one else can, happily showing off the acrobatic skills he mastered in the circus alongside co-star Nick Cravat. Long before a space pirate ran solo in a far, far away galaxy, as the flames of revolution are ignited on a Caribbean island, Captain Vallo (Lancaster) plays both sides to get his score. Robert Siodmak directs (with some Lancaster assists) and Eva Bartok brings the lass. Keep your eyes peeled for a young Christopher Lee.

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

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