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"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Sep 132017
 
STARRING RICHARD WIDMARK, ROBERT TAYLOR, WYATT CENAC, BRIAN HUSKEY, LORETTA YOUNG AND ALICE WHITE.
THE LAW AND JAKE WADE (1958) New to Blu-ray with a 2017 1080p HD Remaster
A pair of acting titans team up with director John Sturges for this lean and mean duel in the sun Western. A good sheriff with a bad secret (Robert Taylor) squares off against his nemesis, a bad man that shares that same secret (Richard Widmark). Although far from revisionist, the efficiency with which the film hits its marks, thanks to Sturges ruthless efficiency and cinematographer Robert Surtees ability to place the personal within the sweeping sagebrush scope, places it high in the Western pantheon. Taylor is all tight lipped and laconic, while Widmark returns to his superb sneering villain stylings and the pair are supported by a great ensemble that includes Patricia Owens, Robert Middleton, Henry Silva and DeForest Kelley all in service to a great story that combines jailbreaks, epic journey, night time sieges and ghost town duels without wasting a frame. And now, thanks to this sparkling new transfer, all the colors and grit have never looked better. 16×9 Letterbox
Situational Sci-Fi
PEOPLE OF EARTH: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (2016) New to DVD
From Emmy® winners Conan O'Brien and Greg Daniels (The Office) along with creator David Jenkins comes People of Earth, a comedy series about a support group for alien abductees. The show centers on skeptical journalist Ozzie Graham (Wyatt Cenac) who investigates a support group to write about the member's supposed alien encounters. The more he digs into their oddball claims, however, the more he realizes a semblance of truth to their stories and, possibly, to his own alien abduction. The show's ensemble cast includes Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show), Ana Gasteyer (Saturday Night Live), Oscar Nuñez (The Office), Michael Cassidy (Argo), Alice Wetterlund (Silicon Valley), Luka Jones (Her ), Brian Huskey (Mr. Neighbor's House), Nancy Lenehan (Catch Me if You Can), Tracee Chimo (Orange is the New Black), Da'Vine Joy Randolph (Selfie), Björn Gustafsson (Spy) and Ken Hall (Straight Man). 16×9 Widescreen
First National Pre-Code Style
BIG BUSINESS GIRL (1931) New to DVD
Loretta Young and Joan Blondell co-star in this Pre-Code romantic comedy about a small-town little lady learning the ins and outs of Big Apple big business. Pretty young co-ed Claire (Loretta Young) is in love with university bandleader Johnny Saunders (Frank Albertson) but graduation sees Johnny bound for Paris and Claire to an ad agency in Manhattan. Claire is quickly promoted out of the secretarial pool and into a corner copywriter office by her boss, cynical and seductive RJ Clayton (Ricardo Cortez). In time, Claire comes to be tempted by RJ's offers of extra lessons outside the office, just in time for Johnny to surprise her with a sudden return from Paris. Johnny calls it quits with Claire, and his band rockets to fame, thanks to some secret help from Claire. Seizing his chance to seal the deal with Claire, RJ steers Johnny towards Pearl (Joan Blondell), a professional home wrecker. But this home wrecker may have a heart of gold… Directed by William A. Seiter.
BROADWAY BABIES (1929) New to DVD
The "Broadway Musketeers" – a trio of chorus girls – are all for one and one for all in this musical drama about their quest for the golden groom. At the wild end of the Roaring '20s, when Prohibition still forces alcohol into underground speakeasies and rumrunners control organized crime, dancers Delight (Alice White), Navarre (Sally Eilers) and Florine (Marion Byron) set their sights on husbands who can afford to keep them in style. But Delight falls for Billy (Charles Delaney) even though he falls short of the monetary minimum she has set for a beau. Then during an argument with Billy, Delight agrees to see Perc Gessant (Fred Kohler) before she realizes he's a gangster. Now, Delight may not be able to leave Gessant without someone being killed in this musical drama. Based on the story "Broadway Musketeers" by Jay Gelzer. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy.
PLAYING AROUND (1930) New to DVD
Working class stenographer Sheba Miller (Alice White) thinks she's heading for a dull, luxury-less married life with her Regular Joe beau, Jack (William Bakewell), a soda jerk that works for Sheba's father, cigar store owner Pa Miller (Richard Carlyle). Trying to show Sheba a good time on his meager earnings, Jack takes her to an exclusive underworld nightclub, The Pirate's Den. Realizing he does not have the dough-re-mi, Jack tries to leave when Sheba defiantly enters a "knees contest" judged by gentlemanly gangster Nicky Solomon (Chester Morris). Nicky selects Sheba for the silver cup by slipping a garter on her thigh, and the rest is sparks and swoons. Sheba promptly defies Pa, leaves Jack in the cold and hitches her star to Nicky. But the smooth-talker has a secret… he has less jack than Jack, and is desperate to do anything to change that – including robbing Pa's cigar store! Directed by Mervyn LeRoy.
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