Burnt Offerings: MOD DVD

Burnt Offerings For May 6, 2014

May 06, 2014 - 10:13 am   |   By 

It’s a mixed bag of debuts and back-in-print favorites as the world of MOD DVD enters the very merry month of May. And check it out, we’ve got ourselves a banner-rama here! Just find the studio you wish to patronize, click on through and find yourself transported to Warner Archive or Amazon and, unless I’m very much mistaken, help support our work here at Los Bits Digital. Gracias, amigos! [Read on here...]

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NEW FROM THE WARNER ARCHIVE COLLECTION

Challenge Of The GoBots: The Series, Volume One (1985) – The transforming robot toys that weren’t Transformers return to the small screen in Hanna-Barbera’s animated epic. This three-disc set includes the first 30 episodes.

The Biggest Bundle Of Them All (1968) – Raquel Welch stars in the first of three Euro-flavored 60s comedies released this week. Raquel, Robert Wagner and their gang of idiot accomplices kidnap gangster Vittorio De Sica, only to discover nobody’s too eager to get him back. Edward G. Robinson costars in this heist picture from director Ken Annakin.

Lady L (1965) – Peter Ustinov writes and directs this period comedy. Sophia Loren stars as the title character, looking back over her many affairs with the likes of Paul Newman and David Niven.

More Than A Miracle (1967) – Sophia Loren returns, this time paired with Omar Sharif in a comedic fairy tale from director Francesco Rosi.

Alice Adams (1935) – One of Katharine Hepburn’s best early films is finally back in circulation. George Stevens directed this slice of small-town American life, based on the novel by Booth Tarkington.

Pennies From Heaven (1981) – I’m a huge fan of this terminally penniesfromheavenunderrated musical, so I’m glad it’s coming back into print. Unfortunately, the Gordon Willis photography, Bob Mackie costumes and Philip Harrison production design really cry out for the Blu-ray treatment and that’s not what we’re getting. That’s a shame but if you haven’t seen this, do yourself a favor and check it out.

The Sunshine Boys (1975) – Walter Matthau. George Burns. Neil Simon. You’ve heard of it, right? I’m also surprised this one isn’t getting the Blu-ray treatment. Not that the movie is necessarily going to look astonishing in HD, just that I thought this was popular enough to warrant a bigger re-release.

Summer Of ’42 (1971) – Robert Mulligan directs this low-key nostalgia piece that frequently appears on lists of “the best movies you’ve never seen”. I wouldn’t know. I’ve never seen it.

 

NEW FROM THE SONY PICTURES CHOICE COLLECTION

The Fighting Marshal (1931) – The latest wave of Sony Choice titles is heavy on what the kids used to call oaters. Tim McCoy stars as a wrongfully convicted prison escapee who swaps places with a frontier marshal and fights to clear his name.

The Hawk Of Wild River (1952) – The Durango Kid (Charles Starrett) and Smiley Burnette take on The Hawk (played by The Lone Ranger himself, Clayton Moore).

Klondike Kate (1943) – Director William Castle goes north to Alaska (or at least, a soundstage covered in fake snow) with stars Ann Savage and Tom Neal.

Mary Ryan, Detective (1949) – Marsha Hunt has the title role, going undercover to nab a ring of jewel thieves. This has one of those titles that sound like it was intended as the first of a series.

Tyrant Of The Sea (1950) – Napoleon plans to invade England and only retired British Navy Captain Rhys Williams can stop him.

- Adam Jahnke

 

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