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Oct 302014


In Anamorphic Duo-Vision!!!

WICKED/WICKED (1973) Film and TV journeyman Richard L. Bare (Joe McDoakes, “Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend,” “Cheyenne,” “Green Acres”) writes and directs this tongue-in-cheek slasher with a twisted gimmick worthy of William Castle. Thanks to the technological marvel that is Duo-Vision, TWO SEPARATE IMAGES are projected AT THE SAME TIME! Think split-screen but with … no, that’s it – just think split-screen. With DUOVISION the audience experiences the terror as both the hunter and the hunted. Shot on location at San Diego’s spectacular Hotel del Coronado, “Wicked, Wicked” takes us inside the lives of staff, residents, and visitors to the hotel – an orphaned handyman, a loose lounge singer, a haunted ex-cop, a feckless hotel manager, a faded starlet and a desperate drug mule – where one of them is a killer, and more than one will be a victim. Starring Tiffany Bolling, David Bailey, Randolph Roberts, Edd Byrnes, Diane McBain, Madeleine Sherwood and Arthur O’Connell. 16×9 Widescreen Duovision Stereophonic Sound.

From Bobby to Robert

MOKEY (1942) Michael James Vincenzo Gubitosi was already a multi-year vet of the beloved Our Gang shorts playing lovable waif Mickey under the nom du screen Mickey Gubitosi when MGM placed him in a full-length feature as Bobby Blake. Mokey Delano (Blake) is a motherless child of boundless vim and little judgment whose absent and over-indulging dad (Dan Dailey) presents him with a new mom (Donna Reed, in one of her first leading roles). Infatuated with his step-mother, Mokey can do no right in his quest to prove himself to the new woman in his life. Delinquency, parole, and double-disappearances do little to help the tyke prove his worth. Also stars Etta McDaniel and fellow Our Gang star Billie “Buckwheat” Thomas.

REVOLT IN THE BIG HOUSE (1958) The child star turned young working actor makes one of his first appearances as Robert Blake in this Allied Artist prison picture that wears it influences on its sleeves and succeeds, despite its leaner limitations. Gene Evans stars as mean and cunning career criminal Lou Gannon, who has a daring and potentially deadly escape plan. Blake plays Rudy Hernandez, a young Latino railroaded by the system, intent on doing clean time. But when fate, and a callous penal system, puts Rudy inside a cell with Gannon, innocence is the price paid. 16×9 Widescreen.

CORKY (1972) Bleak, lyrical, and jolting, this pure piece of ’70s cinema is a heady mix of road trip, neo-noir doom, and redneck-loss-of-innocence that plays out like a NASCAR nihilist opposite number to “Easy Rider.” Proud son of the South, Corky Curtiss is a big racing fish in a small Texas town who believes he has the blessings of racing titan Richard Petty himself. But when his reckless ways put him on the outs with his sponsor, he abandons his young bride (Charlotte Rampling) and infant children for the dream of becoming a NASCAR name. His own worst enemy, Corky’s quest spirals down the drain of dashed dreams for one final third act explosion. Also stars Patrick O’Neal and Christopher Connelly, with cameos from NASCAR legends Petty, Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, Buddy Baker, and Cale Yarbrough. 16×9 Widescreen.

Silent Sensations

THE COSSACKS (1928) “The Big Parade’s” John Gilbert and Renée Adorée reunite for this silent swashbuckler about a “cowardly” Cossack and the comely wench he loves. Based on a story by Tolstoy, Gilbert plays Lukashka, the son of a Cossack chieftain, who humiliates his father by refusing to participate in the slaughter of the Turks. But when the local paramour Maryana (Adorée) begins to harden her heart, and some treacherous Turks escape, the “Woman Man” becomes the fiercest warrior of all. And while Lukashka is off to war, a son of the Czar comes calling on Maryana … Sweeping, silent spectacle as only MGM could deliver.

WHY BE GOOD? (1929) Long thought lost, and only recently rediscovered and lovingly restored, Colleen Moore and Neil Hamilton star in this risqué romp about a girl whose morals are questioned by some questionable cretins. Colleen plays the appropriately named “Pert,” a flapper who has a high-stepping fling with a gent who turns out to be her boss. Fired from her job, Pert is invited to the scion’s manse where his family attempt to tempt her, to prove she is not the lady for their lad. Silent with Vitaphone music and sound effects.

They’re Impossible!

SUPER GLOBETROTTERS: THE COMPLETE SERIES (1979) Living Legends of Basketball, Secret Super-Heroes! It’s true — to the public at large they’re the clown princes of the parquet, the internationally renowned sports superstars, The Harlem Globetrotters. But, unbeknownst to John and Jane Q. Sportsfan, high above the Earth orbits the Globetrotter Crime Globe, a different kind of “eye-in-the-sky” (voiced by Frank Welker!). Whenever and wherever the Crime Globe detects dastardly doings, the call goes out to the Globetrotters and they ditch the court for crime-fighting –­ Nate Branch, Liquid Man (voiced by Scatman Crothers), Freddie “Curly” Neal, Super Sphere (voiced by Stu Gilliam), James “Twiggy” Sanders, Spaghetti Man (voiced by Buster Jones), Louis “Sweet Lou” Dunbar, Gizmo (voiced by Adam Wade), and Hubert “Geese” Ausbie, Multi Man (voiced by Johnny Williams)! With fantastic powers and even more fantastic teamwork, they slam dunk the super-villains with style in this two-Disc, 13-Episode complete series collection.

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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