From the Big Screen:
“Muppets Most Wanted,” “Locke,” “A Haunted House 2” and “Frankie & Alice.” For more information on these and other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.
This Week’s Highlights:
“The Marx Brothers TV Collection” (2014) is the first set of its kind dedicated to the great comedic trio. The set features more than 50 performances on TV programs including The GE Theater, The DuPont Show With June Allyson, The Jack Benny Program, The Jackie Gleason Show, The Colgate Comedy Hour, The Dick Cavett Show, All Star Revue, The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, The Kraft Music Hall, The Red Skelton Hour, The RCA Victor Show, The Perry Como Show, The Arthur Murray Party, Championship Bridge, Celebrity Golf, Celebrity Billiards and many, many more. The collection also features a 40-page book with rare photos from the Marx Brothers family archive, program notes and an essay by Marx Brothers historian Robert S. Bader. In a three-disc DVD set, $39.97. Extras include bonus clips and short films. A must for Marxists of all stripes. From Shout! Factory … To coincide with this year’s Elvis Week, which will be held August 9-August 17 in Memphis at Elvis Presley’s Graceland, Warner Home Video is releasing two classic Elvis outings on Blu-ray, in premium Digibooks that include rare, behind-the-scenes photos: “Viva Las Vegas 50th Anniversary” (1964), directed by George Sidney and starring Elvis, Ann-Margret, Cesare Danova and William Demarest. This is one of Elvis’ better musical outings; here he plays a race car driver who wants to enter the first Las Vegas Grand Prix — but first he has to get the money to repair his car and woo Ann-Margret. Extras include commentary by Steve Pond, rock journalist and author of “Elvis in Hollywood”; “Kingdom: Elvis in Vegas” featurette; theatrical trailer … and “Elvis: That’s The Way It Is” (1970), a ground-breaking film that documents Elvis’s Summer Festival in Las Vegas during August 1970; it was his first return to live performances after 13 years of making clunky musicals. The two-disc Blu-ray/DVD special edition premium Digibook is newly remastered with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack. Extras include “Patch It Up: The Restoration of Elvis: That’s The Way It Is,” 12 outtakes: song/nonmusical sequences, 1970 original theatrical version.
Also due this week: “Favourites of the Moon” (1984 — France) in a 30th anniversary edition, digitally remastered and now available for the first time ever in the U.S. This absurdist comedy is filled with a sprawling cast of crooks, thieves, anarchists, prostitutes, chief inspectors, art dealers, and inventors that revolves around two objects, a rare set of 18th-century Limoges china, and a 19th century aristocratic portrait. As these items are passed, sold, or stolen from one character to another, a giddy round dance of excess begins to take shape, one which suggests that if history doesn’t repeat itself, it certainly rhymes. Directed by Otar Iosseliani. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Cohen Media Group … “Santa Sangre” (1989 — Mexico/Italy), directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky and starring Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra and Guy Stockwell, is visionary writer-director Jodorowsky’s (“El Topo” and “The Holy Mountain”) modern masterpiece, the story of a young circus performer, the crime of passion that shatters his soul, and the macabre journey back to the world of his armless mother and his deaf-mute lover. It’s an odyssey of ecstasy and anguish, belief and blasphemy, beauty and madness … an epic of surreal genius. Extras include commentary with Jodorowsky and journalist Alan Jones, deleted scenes with Jodorowsky commentary, theatrical trailer, Japanese trailer. From Severin Films/CAV Distributing … and don’t forget the Blu-ray debut of one of the goofiest films of all time, “The Toxic Avenger” (1984), Troma’s cult classic about a health club mop boy who falls into a vat of toxic waste and emerges as a superheroe to battle corruption, thuggish bullies and indifference; from CAV Distributing.
From TV to DVD::
“Bitten: The Complete First Season” (2014) is a four-disc set with 13 uncut episodes, including footage not seen on U.S. Television. DVD: $39.98, Blu-ray Disc: $49.98, from Entertainment One … “The Blacklist: The Complete First Season” (2013-14) is a five-disc set with 22 episodes. From Sony … “The Devil’s Ride: Season 2” (2013) is a two-disc set with eight episodes of the Discovery Channel’s motorcycle club series. $29.93 from Cinedigm … In “Gunsmoke: The Tenth Season, Volume One and Volume Two” (1964-65), James Arness returns in his legendary role as Matt Dillon, the U.S. Marshal in charge of Dodge City, the wildest town in the West. This adventurous installment has Marshal Dillon up against deceptive carnies, a stagecoach hijacking, and a would-be bank robber putting a baby in the line of fire. It’s up to Dillon and company to find the truth and restore order to a town where anything can happen. A collection of amazing guest stars include Katharine Ross, Kurt Russell and Dennis Hopper. Each volume contains 18 episodes. From CBS/Paramount … “The Legend of Shelby the Swamp Man: Season 1” (2013) is a two-disc set with nine episodes, $19.98. From Lionsgate … “Low Winter Sun: The Complete Series” (2013) is a three-disc set with 10 episodes of the AMC remake of the 2006 award-winning British two-part mini-series of the same name about murder, deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred, set in contemporary Detroit. $49.98 from Anchor Bay … “Romance Classics” is a five-disc set with A&E’s most memorable romance productions: “Pride and Prejudice,” “Victoria & Albert” and “Edward & Mrs. Simpson,” $24.98. Extras include “The Definitive Pride and Prejudice” featurette, “Love or Money? Courtship and Marriage in Pride and Prejudice,” “Lifestyles of the Wealthy in Early 19th Century England,” “Victoria & Albert” cast biographies and filmographies, Wallis Simpson episode from A&E’s Biography series. From Lionsgate.