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Burnt Offerings For April 29, 2014

April 29, 2014 - 12:38 pm   |   by

It’s a slow week for MOD releases but, as usual, there are a couple of titles worth investigating.

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The Wind And The Lion (1975) – Writer/director John Milius is enjoying a bit of a resurgence these days with the release of the Epix documentary Milius and a reappraisal of his work. This ’75 adventure, now making its Blu-ray debut, ranks among his best. Sean Connery stars as a sheik who kidnaps American Candice Bergen, lighting an international incident that attracts the attention of Teddy Roosevelt (Brian Keith). This is a good one, folks. Check ‘er out.

Seduced And Abandoned (2013) – James Toback and Alec Baldwin trek to the Cannes Film Festival in search of financing for a new film. At least, that’s the pretext for this state-of-the-art-form documentary snapshot that debuted on HBO. Ryan Gosling, Jessica Chastain, Martin Scorsese and a host of others also make appearances.

Maverick: The Complete Fifth Season (1961-62) – The final 13 episodes of the original series places the focus solely on Jack Kelly as Bart Maverick, with James Garner and the rest of the extended Maverick clan having ridden off into the sunset.

Without A Trace: The Complete Seventh Season (2008-09) – The final 24 episodes of the CBS Missing Persons show with Anthony LaPaglia and Poppy Montgomery.



Kentucky (1938) – Walter Brennan won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in this horse-racing drama. Loretta Young and Richard Greene are young, in love, and forced apart due to an old family rivalry.

Forever Amber (1947) – Finally, from the “It’s About Freakin’ Time” Department, we get this JET’s Most Wanted pick directed by Otto Preminger. Linda Darnell stars as a young country girl who rises through the social strata to join the court of King Charles II (George Sanders). David Raksin’s score was nominated for an Oscar.

- Adam Jahnke