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"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Oct 112017
 
WITH EDWARD G. ROBINSON, JOHN GARFIELD, LUCIANA PALUZZI, RICHARD JAECKEL, JUSTIN THEROUX, CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON & CARRIE COON
THE SEA WOLF (1941) New to Blu-ray & DVD with a 2017 4K Scan from Original Nitrate Elements
Restored to its original theatrical length for the first time in over 75 years! Warner Bros. assembled an all-star team of A-listers including Michael Curtiz, Edward G. Robinson, John Garfield and Ida Lupino to tackle the silver screen adaptation of Jack London's dark adventure novel of the sea, survival and the Nietzschean Superman. Robert Rossen's script turned London's critique of the selfish Ubermenschian philosophy into an outright torpedoing of the Fascist temperament. Adroitly splitting London's milquetoast protagonist in two – Alexander Knox as the autodidact shanghaied bosun and John Garfield as working-class rebel sailor – Rossen was able to amp up the adventure and romance without losing The Sea Wolf's dark roots. Unfortunately, when the hit film was re-released near the end of the decade, its run-time was truncated by 14 minutes and that footage has remained elusive – until now! Restored and remastered from nitrate elements, The Sea Wolf's glorious Black and White cinematography is a wonder to behold, firmly placing this film back in the pantheon of truly classic Warner Bros. motion pictures. Wolf Larsen (Robinson) is an iron-willed and ruthless sea captain who rules his ship, The Ghost, as its capricious and cruel god. Pursued by his vengeance seeking brother, Death Larsen, Wolf gets swept up in a dance of doom with two castaways (Lupino and Knox) and a fierce fighting crewman (Garfield).
THE GREEN SLIME (1968) New to Blu-ray with a 2017 1080p HD Remaster
The brains behind Batman, Battle Royale and Wild, Wild Planet join forces in this Japano-Italo-American Sci-Fi Horror camp classic that underscores the importance of wiping your feet. Ivan Reiner, chief writer on the famed "Gamma One" quadrilogy (Wild, Wild Planet, War of the Planets, War Between the Planets and The Snow Devils ) and his co-writer on The Snow Devils, the legendary Bat-scribe Bill Finger, team up with the legendary Kinji Fukasaku to direct this "Gamma One Plus" tale that was an instant mondo cinesensation. After a perilous mission to blow up a huge Earth-bound asteroid, a crew returns to its space station, unaware a bit of ooze from the surface clings to a crewman's uniform. The green goop grows into murderous tentacled monsters whose festering wounds turn into more monsters! And this slime glows like never before thanks to this pristine 1080p presentation that reveals the film's long hidden secret – behind the wires and latex there lurks a mini-masterpiece of swinging sixties pop-art direction! With Robert Horton, Richard Jaeckel and Luciana Paluzzi. 16×9 Letterbox
THE LEFTOVERS: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON (2017) New to Blu-ray and DVD
In an instant, 140 million people vanished from the face of the earth. The cause of that incredible event remains unknown, and there is no indication that those who are gone will ever be seen or heard from again. The Leftovers follows the lives that were forever changed by the event that shook the world on October 14. In the third season, the Garvey and Murphy families come together as they desperately grasp for a system of belief to better explain what defies explanation. The world is crackling with the energy of something big about to happen, a corresponding bookend to the Sudden Departure that sent them all spinning years earlier, bringing their journey Down Under. With Justin Theroux (Kevin Garvey), Carrie Coon (Nora Durst), Amy Brenneman (Laurie Garvey), Christopher Eccleston (Matt Jamison), Kevin Carroll (John Murphy), Jovan Adepo (Michael Murphy), Scott Glenn (Kevin Garvey Sr.), Lindsay Duncan (Grace), Regina King (Erika Murphy), Chris Zylka (Tom Garvey), Margaret Qualley (Jill Garvey), Janel Moloney (Mary Jamison), Jasmin Savoy-Brown (Evie Murphy) and Liv Tyler (Meg). 16×9 Widescreen
DINK THE LITTLE DINOSAUR: THE COMPLETE SERIES (1989-90) New to DVD
Dink, an Apatosaurus, explores the land around his home of Green Meadow alongside his youthful Saurian soul-mates – Amber, a big sister type Corythosaurus, Scat, a Compsognathus with poor impulse control, Shyler, a timid Edaphosaurus, and Flapper, a braggart Pteranodon – while getting grouchy guidance from Crusty, an elderly Turtle. With boundless energy, endless self-confidence and a nose for fun, Dink joins his dino-buddies for outrageous adventures his primitive playground, but danger abounds along with wonder, as Green Meadow borders Hunter's Valley, the domain of carnivorous dinosaurs, ruled by the savage Tyranno, a T. Rex that would like nothing more than to turn Dink and his pals into a little snack! Jump back to the Jurassic with Dink!
FILM NOIR DOUBLE FEATURES BACK IN PRINT
ACT OF VIOLENCE / MYSTERY STREET (1948/1950) Back on DVD
Master director Fred Zinnemann helms a quintessential noir, as a WWII vet (Van Heflin) sees his life come undone with the arrival of a former comrade (Robert Ryan). Then John Sturges directs a pre-procedural with Ricardo Montalban as the cops race to find a B-girls true killer in a hunt that runs from Boston to Cape Cod.
CRIME WAVE / DECOY (1954/1946) Back on DVD
Sterling Hayden plays a seen-it-all detective trying to keep tabs on an ex-con trying to stay clean. Then three crime-crazy escaped cons go on a spree while Jean Gillie plays a ferocious femme fatale delivering the goods on her duplicitous dealings as she breathes her last.
ILLEGAL / THE BIG STEAL (1955/1949) Back on DVD
Edward G. Robinson plays a bitter DA who turns to mob law after one legal strike too many. Then Robert Mitchum plays an army vet after the grifter that fleeced him in Veracuz alongside Jane Greer.
WHERE DANGER LIVES / TENSION (1950/1949) Back on DVD
John Farrow directs Robert Mitchum in a tale of a doc that saves a suicidal lass and ends up discovering he's fallen for a fatale. Then Audrey Totter tries to set up meek hubby Richard Basehart only to find him turning the table in a tale of post-war Americana gone sour.

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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