Burnt Offerings: MOD DVD

Burnt Offerings for August 19, 2014

August 19, 2014 - 9:34 am   |   By 

This isn’t a huge week for MOD releases but it’s a good one for fans of 1970s cult cinema. And we’re all fans of 1970s cult cinema around these parts, right? I thought so. Let’s take a look and thank you in advance for assisting The Bits by doing your DVD shopping via the array of buttons you see right… about… here.  [Actually just a little farther. Click here...]

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NEW FROM THE WARNER ARCHIVE COLLECTION

The Moonshine War (1970) – Elmore Leonard adapted his own novel for this Prohibition-era action-comedy starring Patrick McGoohan, Richard Widmark and Alan Alda. I can’t exactly picture any of those actors in a movie about hillbilly bootleggers, which makes this one to check out.

Lolly-Madonna XXX (1973) – A feud between two backwoods families escalates into kidnapping and all-out war. Sounds like typical hicksploitation but the over-qualified cast, including Rod Steiger, Robert Ryan, Jeff Bridges, Gary Busey, Randy Quaid and Season Hubley, suggests otherwise.

Nasty Habits (1977) – Glenda Jackson stars as an unscrupulous nun who resorts to dirty tricks in her bid to become head abbess. Any similarities between this comedy and the Watergate scandal are purely intentional. Michael Lindsay-Hogg directs an impressive cast that includes Sandy Dennis, Geraldine Page, Melina Mercouri, Anne Meara, Jerry Stiller, Rip Torn and Eli Wallach. I remember this title popping up on the HBO schedule constantly back in the day.

Maya: The Complete Series (1967-68) – Jay North and Sajid Khan reprise their roles from the 1966 movie of the same name as two teenagers finding adventure in India as they search for North’s missing dad. The set includes all 18 episodes of this one-season wonder spread over five discs.

 

NEW FROM 20TH CENTURY FOX CINEMA ARCHIVES

Fighting Back (1948) – Paul Langton stars as an ex-con who made good in the army and is settling into a comfy post-war life with his wife and kid when his ex-partner comes looking for him. A low-budget crime drama from B-movie producer Sol M. Wurtzel.

The Girl On The Bridge (1951) – Low-budget indie auteur Hugo Haas directs, produces, co-writes and stars in this melodrama about a shopkeeper who saves a beautiful blonde from committing suicide.

Air Patrol (1962) – LAPD choppers take time off from hovering directly over my apartment building to help investigate an art heist. Blue Thunder this isn’t.

- Adam Jahnke

 

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