New Releases for April 6!

It’s New Release Tuesday! This week Barb and Star arrive along with a full compliment of classic Abbot and Costello, a metric ton of titles from Kino, and loads more.

4X4 (2019)

A thug breaks into a specialized car with a special security system that keeps him trapped inside with no one being able to hear him crying for help. A thriller that incites debate about a universal issue that is a daily subject in Argentina: insecurity. The plot tackles contentious and controversial topics such as enforcing justice outside the law and the narrow line that separates victims from assailants. (DVD)

ACASA, MY HOME (2020)

In the wilderness of the Bucharest Delta, an abandoned water reservoir just outside the bustling metropolis, the Enache family lived in perfect harmony with nature for two decades, sleeping in a hut on the lakeshore, catching fish barehanded, and following the rhythm of the seasons. When this area is transformed into a public national park, they are forced to leave behind their unconventional life and move to the city, where fishing rods are replaced by smartphones and idle afternoons are now spent in classrooms. As the family struggles to conform to modern civilization and maintain their connection to each other and themselves, they each begin to question their place in the world and what their future might be. (DVD)

AMAZONS (1986) / BARBARIAN QUEEN (1986)

Amazons

Mystery and excitement await as you enter the fantastic medieval world of the Amazons, where magic reigns supreme and betrayal looms at every turn! In order to defeat an evil wizard (Joseph Whipp) and his vicious minions, the Amazons must recover a talisman sword that has been lost for 500 years. Only the beautiful young warrior, Dyala (Windsor Taylor Randolph), has the vision needed to retrieve the sword. She is joined on her mission by the lovely Tashi (Penelope Reed) on a perilous journey against the power of the wizard’s magic, the savagery of fierce tribesmen and generations of family rivalry.

Barbarian Queen

On the eve of her wedding, Amethea (Lana Clarkson) sees her world dissolve – her groom imprisoned, her village razed, and her friends attacked and slaughtered. Becoming the Barbarian Queen, she vows revenge and retribution, enticing and then destroying her adversaries. (BLU-RAY)

ANTIGONE (2019)

Writer-director Sophie Deraspe’s incisive liberal adaptation of the Greek tragedy by Sophocles is the daring story of one young woman’s commitment to her family, even if it means sacrificing herself. Newcomer Nahéma Ricci gives a stunning, luminous performance as Antigone, an Algerian-born teenager living in Montreal with her immigrant family. Her world is shaken when her oldest brother is wrongfully gunned down by police during the arrest of her other brother who, if convicted, faces deportation. She invents a fearless, dangerous plan to free him, but can it succeed? As Antigone’s predicament intensifies and the consequences of her actions spiral out of control, the film deftly incorporates urgent and explosive contemporary questions of immigration and belonging, social media and identity, and the power of idealism. (DVD)

BALCONY, THE (1963)

In a very special brothel known as the “Balcony,” the customers live out their wildest dreams, oblivious to a revolution that’s going on outside. Directed by the award-winning Joseph Strick (Tropic of Cancer) and based on acclaimed French avant-garde dramatist Jean Genet’s (The Maids) play, this star-studded film features Shelley Winters (He Ran All the Way) as the brothel’s madam and Peter Falk (The Brink’s Job) as her occasional lover, who enlists her help in halting the revolution. The leader of the rebels (a young Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek) falls for the madam’s executive assistant (Lee Grant, The Landlord), who longs to return to her former role as just “one of the girls.” Featuring Oscar-nominated cinematography by the great George J. Folsey, this classic satire co-stars Ruby Dee (Jungle Fever), Peter Brocco (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Jeff Corey (Jennifer), Joyce Jameson (The Outlaw Josey Wales) and Kent Smith (The Spiral Staircase). With its insightfulness and delightfully fresh sense of humor, The Balcony continues to provide a unique view of the world’s ironies. (DVD)

BARB & STAR GO TO VISTA DEL MAR (2021)

Lifelong friends Barb and Star embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they decide to leave their small Midwestern town for the first time – ever. (DVD and BLU-RAY)

BIG BUST-OUT (1972)

Inside a high-security prison, seven beautiful women become allies against their sadistic cellblock matrons and stage a massive, violent escape. They make their way to the home of one woman’s ex-boyfriend, who reveals his true sympathies by selling them into white slavery. In a furious gun battle, the women escape from the slavers, but it is only the beginning of a long and desperate journey to freedom. (BLU-RAY)

BIGAMIST, THE (1953)

The Bigamist is an amazingly sympathetic portrait of a figure historically given very short shrift: the title character is not only a two-timer—he’s a traveling salesman as well. But, as embodied by that perpetually pressured everyman of the 1950s, Edmond O’Brien, the bigamist comes across as a victim of his own sensitivity. Caught between two complementary spouses, O’Brien’s dazed indecisiveness dominates the narrative. As always in Ida Lupine’s directorial efforts, a strong social consciousness informs all choices: Joan Fontaine is an upper-crust “lady, ” reverently attached to her dying father, while Lupino herself plays a tough-talking working woman, waitressing in a cheap Chinese restaurant. (BLU-RAY)

BREAKING NEWS IN YUBA COUNTY (2021)

A woman catches her husband in bed with another woman, causing him to die of a heart attack. She buries his body and takes advantage of the growing celebrity status that comes from having a missing husband. However, she soon finds herself in over her head, dodging cops and criminals, all while trying to hide the truth. (DVD)

BURNING BUDDHA MAN (2013) (Region B)

There is a series of Buddha statue thefts in Kyoto. Beniko, a high school girl, gets the Buddha statue at her family’s temple stolen and has her parents killed at the same time. She needs to know what caused the death of a parents and dreams of revenge. She goes on a fantastical journey to ultimately face the demon. (BLU-RAY)

BUTLEY (1974)

On any given day Ben Butley, a self-made train wreck of an English literature professor at a London University, can shrug off everyone and everything with equal ease. But today, the disaster of Butley’s proudly misspent life threatens to dwarf even his cynically fatalistic non-expectations. Arriving at his cramped cave of an office, Butley is informed that his adored protégé is moving in with another man, his estranged wife is re-marrying and his seemingly untalented colleague has been published ahead of him. As embodied by Alan Bates, Butley falls back on the surgically precise wit and savage eloquence that helped put him in his current circumstance in the first place. The blitzkrieg of vitriolic commentary with which Butley engages lovers, students, rivals and allies, all with equal ferocity, becomes a glass bottom boat illuminating the churning depths of his bankrupted soul. (BLU-RAY)

COEUR EN HIVER, UN (1992)

Daniel Auteuil (Caché), Emmanuelle Beart (Mission: Impossible) and André Fusilier (Amelie) star in this sublimely sensual, provocative and critically-acclaimed film from director Claude Sautee (Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud). Camille (Beard), a concert violinist, becomes intrigued by her lover’s business partner Stephane (Auteuil), an aloof restorer of musical instruments. She interprets his distance as a kind of flirtation, but Stephane is more of a voyeur, preferring to watch than engage in romance. A bizarre love triangle forms in which each member slowly unveils their imperfections and insecurities. Un Coeur en Hiver (A Heart in Winter) is a sexy and enthralling film that unearths the origins of desire. (BLU-RAY)

DEADLY TRAP (1971)

From René Clément, the acclaimed director of Forbidden Games, Purple Noon, Joy House, Rider on the Rain and And Hope to Die, comes this top-notch thriller starring Faye Dunaway (The Thomas Crown Affair, Chinatown, Network), Frank Langella (The Twelve Chairs, Dracula, Frost/Nixon), Barbara Parkins (Valley of the Dolls, The Mephisto Waltz, Shout at the Devil) and Maurice Ronet (Elevator to the Gallows, The Fire Within, Line of Demarcation). Jill and Philip (Dunaway and Langella) are an American couple who live in Paris with their two children. Their world is torn apart when the children go missing and may have been kidnapped. In a frantic struggle to recover them alive and well, the couple’s lives begin to fall apart at the seams, as Jill’s mental state deteriorates and Philip struggles to make sense of what is happening to them. Based on the bestselling novel The Children Are Gone by Arthur Cavanaugh. (BLU-RAY)

DELICIOUS LITTLE DEVIL (1919)

The Delicious Little Devil (1919) is a delightfully risqué silent comedy starring Mae Murray and Rudolph Valentino (The Sheik), presented in a 4K restoration by Universal Pictures. Murray stars as Kitty Maguire, the virtuous daughter of a washerwoman who loses her job as a hat-check girl. She is forced to make ends meet as a dancer at a roadhouse cabaret, but she can only get the job by pretending to be Gloria du Moine, the notorious mistress of the Duke de Sauterne (Bertram Grassby). Mary falls in love with Jimmie Calhoun (Valentino), who is wary of marrying her because of her supposedly sordid past, and the film careens to a rollickingly funny conclusion as her true identity is revealed. (BLU-RAY)

DON’T DRINK THE WATER (1969)

A New Jersey caterer’s vacation to Europe turns into an international espionage incident in this hilarious send-up of the Cold War, based on a play by acting/writing/directing legend Woody Allen (Take the Money and Run, Bananas, Love and Death, Sleeper). When the plane carrying Walter Hollander (Jackie Gleason, Papa’s Delicate Condition, TV’s The Honeymooners), his wife (Estelle Parsons, Bonnie and Clyde) and beautiful daughter (Joan Delaney, The President’s Analyst) is hijacked to Vulgaria, all it takes is Walter snapping a few photos on his first Iron Curtain tarmac and the family is arrested for spying. After taking refuge in the American Embassy and with no hope of ever getting out, it’s up to Walter to outfox the Vulgarian army and prove he’s a lot smarter than chopped liver. Character actor greats Michael Constantine (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Richard Libertini (The In-Laws), Avery Schreiber (Scavenger Hunt) and Phil Leeds (History of the World, Part I) co-star in this uproarious comedy helmed by actor/director Howard Morris (Who’s Minding the Mint?, With Six You Get Eggroll). (BLU-RAY)

EARWIG AND THE WITCH (2020)

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, comes a bewitching film for the entire family, directed by Goro Miyazaki (From Up On Poppy Hill), with planning by Academy Award-winner Hayao Miyazaki. Growing up in an orphanage in the British countryside, Earwig has no idea that her mother had magical powers. Her life changes dramatically when a strange couple takes her in, and she is forced to live with a selfish witch. As the headstrong young girl sets out to uncover the secrets of her new guardians, she discovers a world of spells and potions, and a mysterious song that may be the key to finding the family she has always wanted. (DVD and BLU-RAY)

FEMME-OBJET, LA (1981)

Nicolas is a science-fiction writer. He is sexually insatiable. Every woman ends by leaving him, exhausted by his limitless appetites. Thanks to his fertile imagination, he designs the perfect partner and gives life to an android creature who obeys to each of his desires. But Kim, the women-objet he believes he can control with his remote, soon begin to express her own will… (BLU-RAY)

FRANCISCA (1981)

A tale of an obsessive love affair, Manoel de Oliveira’s Francisca is based on a novel by Agustina Bessa-Luís, whose work he’d later adapt twice more. The book’s re-telling of a troubled passage in real-life author Camilo Castelo Branco life (his friend José Augusto embarked on a perverse game of marital cat and mouse with Francisca, the woman the novelist loved) led Oliveira to new levels of stylistic and formal imagination. (It helped that his wife, a distant relative of the historical Francisca, gave him access to a cache of the woman’s letters.) With its elaborate title cards, its abundance of shots in which the action is oriented directly toward the camera, its gloomy interiors, and its show-stopping gala set-pieces, Francisca is an exacting, sumptuous and utterly inimitable cinematic experience, and one of Oliveira’s crowning achievements. (DVD)

GALLANT HOURS (1960)

Hollywood legend James Cagney (White Heat, The Roaring Twenties) stars as Fleet Admiral William F. Bull Halsey Jr. Acting great Robert Montgomery (Ride the Pink Horse) produced and directed this classic WWII classic a semi-documentary dramatization tracing the days before the battle of Guadalcanal, in which Admiral Halsey, Commander of the South Pacific Forces, makes courageous and crucial decisions that start to turn the tide against the Japanese. Beautifully shot by Joseph MacDonald (The Sand Pebbles) and featuring a stellar cast that includes Dennis Weaver (Storm Fear, Duel) and Richard Jaeckel (The Dirty Dozen). (BLU-RAY)

GATTACA (1997) (2 DISKS)

In this futuristic thriller, “designer people”-forged in test tubes-rule society, and carefully engineered genetics determine a person’s life. Ethan Hawke stars as Vincent Freeman, a young man labeled an “In-Valid” because he was conceived not in the lab, but in love. Determined to achieve his goals, he buys an identity from a DNA broker, changing places with genetically perfect but paralyzed Jerome (Jude Law). Altering his appearance and hiding his imperfections, Vincent rises through the ranks of the Gattaca Corporation while he begins a love affair with beautiful co-worker Irene (Uma Thurman). He is on the verge of fulfilling his dream of interplanetary space exploration when the director of the space agency is murdered and the attendant investigation threatens to expose his counterfeit life. (BLU-RAY + 4KULTRAHD)

GIANTS BEING LONELY (2019)

In a leafy, semi-rural Southern enclave; high-school seniors Adam, Bobby, and Caroline navigate their final year together through the ups and downs of love, sex, loneliness, friendship, baseball, and death – as the pressure mounts to make it out alive. (DVD)

GOING MY WAY (1944) (SHOUT SELECT) (75TH ANNIVERSARY)

Father Charles O’Mailey, a young priest at a financially failing Church in a tough neighborhood, gains support and inspires his superior. (BLU-RAY)

GREAT SMOKEY ROADBLOCK (1977)

Put the pedal to the metal and hang on tight, cause that high-ballin’ bandit is rollin’ tonight! Screen legend Henry Fonda (Once Upon a Time in the West, The Ox-Bow Incident) shines in his role as worn-out trucker Elegant John who has his 18-wheeler repossessed only months before his retirement. Determined to make one last big haul before he says goodbye, Elegant John steals his big rig back, then further turns his back on the law by escorting people over the border – determined to just keep on driving in this action-packed comedy. (BLU-RAY)

GREAT WALDO PEPPER (1975) (SHOUT SELECT)

Robert Redford takes to the skies in this rousing and dramatic thrill-ride! Waldo Pepper (Redford) is a former WWI biplane pilot who feels he missed out on his chance to earn glory during the war and dreams of being the first man to perform the risky “outside loop.” Desperate for cash, he resorts to “barnstorming” with his unique style of aerial showmanship, but soon lands in Hollywood as a stunt pilot. When German ace fighter pilot Ernst Kessler (Bo Brundin) is cast to recreate his famous dogfight in a Hollywood blockbuster, Waldo sees an opportunity to redeem his war record in a dramatic and death-defying airborne fight … that proves to be a little too real. (BLU-RAY)

GREEN CARD (1990)

The story of two people who got married, met and then fell in love. Green Card lights up the screen with its irresistible charm, lighthearted humor and critical acclaim. The fun starts when two strangers, Andie MacDowell (Unstrung Heroes) and Gérard Depardieu (My Father the Hero), agree to a marriage of convenience—thinking it’s going to be hassle-free. She’ll get to live in the apartment of her dreams; he’ll get a “green card” to live in the U.S. But before they know it, the two opposites encounter far more difficulties than most married couples could ever imagine—and worse yet, this mismatched twosome just might be falling in love.  (BLU-RAY)

GUN FOR A COWARD (1956)

Screen great Fred MacMurray (Murder, He Says) stars as ranch herder Will Keough, who wants nothing more than to tend to his cattle and live in peace. His two younger brothers, Hade (Dean Stockwell, Compulsion) and Bless (Jeffrey Hunter, A Kiss Before Dying) are as different as night and day—Hade is wild and reckless and Bless refuses to use a gun, branding him a coward. Making matters worse is the brothers’ merciless mother (Josephine Hutchinson, Son of Frankenstein) and Will’s sweetheart (Janice Rule, Invitation to a Gunfighter) who finds herself drawn to the sensitive Bless. Ultimately, a showdown will have to take place—but which sibling will survive? (BLU-RAY)

HANDS ACROSS THE TABLE (1935)

From Mitchell Leisen, the acclaimed director of Easy Living, Midnight, Remember the Night and To Each His Own, comes this classic screwball comedy starring Hollywood legends Carole Lombard (No Man of Her Own) and Fred MacMurray (Murder, He Says). Regi Allen (Lombard) is a marriage-minded manicurist employed in a swanky hotel barbershop where she hopes to find herself a wealthy husband. She soon meets charming playboy Theodore Drew III (MacMurray), a dedicated customer who won t take no for an answer. There s one big problem: neither of these two gold diggers has what the other really wants money! The plot thickens when Regi discovers that Theodore is engaged to marry a very wealthy woman. However, Theodore s infatuation with Regi has him attempting to extricate himself from his upcoming nuptials in a hilarious sequence of mishaps and miscommunication. Ralph Bellamy (His Girl Friday) co-stars. (BLU-RAY)

HELL BENT (1918)

Hell Bent (1918) is a rousing Western from the series of Cheyenne Harry adventures that director John Ford (still credited as Jack Ford early in his career) made with star Harry Carey (Straight Shooting). Cheyenne Harry was an outlaw with a heart of gold, played with stoic warmth by Carey, whose performances were a pivotal influence on John Wayne. In Hell Bent Harry flees the law after a poker game shootout, and arrives in the town of Rawhide, where he becomes friendly with local cowboy Cimmaron Bill (Duke Lee) and the kindly dance hall girl Bess Thurston (Neva Gerber), who is tending to her sick mother. Gang leader Beau Ross (Joseph Harris) falls hard for Bess, and kidnaps her. Cheyenne Harry goes to desperate lengths traveling across the deadly desert in order to free Bess from the hard-bitten Ross. (BLU-RAY)

HER NAME WAS JO (2020)

Ten year old Jo spends her days along the Shenandoah River with her best friend Selma, fishing, scrapping for metal—surviving. Her only comfort is an old CD left her by her deceased mother, a folk album by her father Johnny Alvarez. She spends her nights listening to it, longing to meet a man she’s never met. She get’s her chance when Bill, her abusive junkie stepdad, OD’s on heroine. She’s unfazed at first, same stuff different day, but soon the money runs out, and his body begins to smell. She dumps him in the river, and flees when the cops come looking for answers. Selma in tow, she steals Bill’s beat-up Buick, hocks his tools and an old flatscreen for quick cash, and heads off bound for Los Angeles, in hopes of finding her biological father. As she journeys across the country, Jo must contend with trains, meth heads, unexpected deaths, a lost baby, and ultimately her own wounds. (DVD)

HITCHER IN THE DARK (1989)

Young and handsome Mark Glazer roams around the southeastern United States in his decked out camper, picking up single female hitchhikers. Once he has the unsuspecting travelers trapped inside his RV, Mark savagely assaults and then murders them by slashing their throats, taking photos of the grisly aftermath to add into his macabre collection. But everything changes when he happens to meet Daniela, a spitting image for his deceased mother, who soon becomes the victim of his most savage torments… (BLU-RAY)

HITCH-HIKER, THE (1953)

The only true film noir ever directed by a woman, this tour-de-force thriller (considered by many, including Lupino herself, to be her best film) is a classic, tension-packed, three-way dance of death about two middle-class American homebodies (Edmond O’Brien and Frank Lovejoy) on vacation in Mexico on a long-awaited fishing trip. Suddenly their car and their very lives are commandeered by psychopathic serial killer Emmett Myers (William Talman). (BLU-RAY)

HOMECOMING, THE (1973)

In North London, an all-male beehive of inactivity is ruled with a foul mouth and an iron fist by the abusive Max (Paul Rogers) and his brother, the priggish palace eunuch Sam (Cyril Cusack). Rounding out The Homecoming’s “situation tragedy” are the sons: [punch-drunk demolition man Joey (Terence Rigby) and the pimp-smart Lenny, played by the magnificent Ian Holm (Alien, The Sweet Hereafter). When the prodigal son Teddy (Michael Jayson) brings his wife Ruth (Vivien Merchant) home to meet the family, it unleashes a tangled web of Freudian dread, venal family values, and naked neediness that could only come from the mind of Harold Pinter. (BLU-RAY)

IN CELEBRATION (1975)

Utilizing the same cast that appeared in the play’s acclaimed Royal Court Theatre run, director Lindsay Anderson (If. . . . ) transforms the stage triumph of In Celebration into a riveting cinematic experience. In their tiny house in a Yorkshire mining town, God-fearing and hardworking Mr. and Mrs. Shaw (Bill Owen and Constance Chapman) welcome their sons home to celebrate the couple’s fortieth wedding anniversary. But with each son’s arrival, more of the Shaw’s’ model family facade begins to wear away. Colin (James Bola) is on the path to a loveless marriage. Steven (Brian Cox) is on the threshold of a nervous breakdown. But it is eldest son Andrew (Alan Bates) who tears into the Shaw family’s carefully maintained fictions, to either heal the painful rifts or else finally tear apart the fabric that binds them together. (BLU-RAY)

INDISCRETION OF AN AMERICAN WIFE (1954)

From Vittorio De Sica, the legendary director of The Bicycle Thief, Umberto D., Two Women, Marriage Italian Style, The Garden of the Finzi-Continis and Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, comes this heartrending romantic drama starring screen icons Jennifer Jones (Portrait of Jennie, Gone to Earth, Duel in the Sun) and Montgomery Clift (Red River, A Place in the Sun, Judgment at Nuremberg). An American housewife (Jones) vacationing in Italy reluctantly decides to put an end to her brief affair with an Italian academic (Clift). She flees to Rome’s Stazione Termini, where she bids him farewell, but he begs her to stay. The film’s plot is simple; its production was not. The troubled collaboration between De Sica and producer David O. Selznick (Gone with the Wind) resulted in two cuts of the same film. De Sica’s version, Terminal Station, was screened at a length of one-and-a-half hours, but after disappointing previews, Selznick severely re-edited it and changed the title to Indiscretion of an American Wife without De Sica’s permission. This Special Edition includes both versions of this controversial release.  (DVD)

JUNGLE TRAP/RUN COYOTE RUN (1990)

Two lost horror projects from director James Bryan (DON’T GO IN THE WOODS) and producer-writer-star Renee Harmon (LADY STREET FIGHTER)!

JUNGLE TRAP is the final collaboration between James Bryan and Renee Harmon; a surreal horror dreamscape about a jungle hotel haunted by kill-crazy ghosts in loin cloths. Shot in 1990, the movie was unedited, unscored, and unseen by human eyes for over two decades… until the the Bleeding Skull! team meticulously edited the movie under Bryan’s guidance and recorded a soundtrack utilizing vintage synthesizers.

RUN COYOTE RUN is the ambitious, nightmarish lost project from Renee Harmon and James Bryan. Compiled from over a decade of footage and a sequel to the earlier LADY STREET FIGHTER, this patchwork synapse-fryer features psychic cops, axe-murdering cult members, and reality-defying fist fights. (BLU-RAY)

LIGHT AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD (1971)

A classic adventure from Jules Verne, the legendary writer of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Around the World in Eighty Days, From the Earth to the Moon and The Mysterious Island! On the bleak, storm-tossed southern tip of South America, a lonely lighthouse guards the world’s most treacherous—and lucrative—shipping lane. But beyond the forces of nature, the lighthouse keepers must also face an even more formidable foe, and soon the turbulent waters become the bloody battleground of two men who fight for control of the cruel Cape Horn and for the pleasures of a helpless, shipwrecked beauty. Kirk Douglas (The Vikings) is Denton, the iron-willed lighthouse keeper who confronts the murderous pirate captain Kongre, played with delicious malevolence by Yul Brynner (Kings of the Sun) in one of his favorite roles. Samantha Eggar (Return from the Ashes) is Arabella, an English noblewoman imperiled by her beauty, desired by both men. The only hope to save the seas and their many travelers flickers in a single dim beacon, known to sailors as The Light at the Edge of the World! (BLU-RAY)

LORENZO’S OIL (1992)

From George Miller, the acclaimed director of Mad Max, The Road Warrior, The Witches of Eastwick, Babe: Pig in the City and Mad Max: Fury Road, comes this heartbreaking drama starring screen legends Nick Nolte (Extreme Prejudice, 48 Hrs.), Susan Sarandon (Atlantic City, Dead Man Walking) and Peter Ustinov (Death on the Nile, Topkapi). For Augusto and Michaela Odone (Nolte and Sarandon), the news that their five-year-old son, Lorenzo, has a rare terminal disease is sobering; to learn there is no known cure is devastating. Despite the prognosis, they embark on an extraordinary mission of love, consulting and sometimes colliding with the world’s top doctors and scientists in the quest to save their son. Their relentless struggle tests their marriage, their beliefs and the boundaries of conventional medicine in this critically acclaimed hit. Based on a true story and beautifully shot by award-winning cinematographer John Seale (Witness, The English Patient), the unforgettable Lorenzo’s Oil was nominated for two Oscars: Best Actress (Sarandon) and Original Screenplay (Miller and Nick Enright). (BLU-RAY)

LOVE BEFORE BREAKFAST (1936)

From Walter Lang, the outstanding director of State Fair, Cheaper by the Dozen, There s No Business Like Show Business, The King and I, Desk Set and Can-Can, comes this wacky screwball comedy starring screen goddess Carole Lombard (Supernatural) as a beautiful socialite who must choose between two men. Madly in love with Kay Colby (Lombard), wealthy businessman Scott Miller (Preston Foster, The Last Days of Pompeii) buys the oil company her fiancé Bill (Cesar Romero, The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend) works for and transfers him to Japan. Finally able to make his move, Scott woos the Park Avenue beauty until she finally agrees to be wed. However, when Kay claims she is only marrying him for his money, Scott breaks the engagement and brings back Bill so she can choose which suitor she loves the most. (BLU-RAY)

MADAME X (1966)

Screen goddess Lana Turner (Portrait in Black) stars in one of the best roles of her career in this stunning and emotional adaptation of Alexandre Bisson’s classic play. The ill-fated Holly Parker (Turner) is blackmailed by her evil mother-in-law (Constance Bennett, Topper) into leaving her politician husband (John Forsythe, The Captive City) and their baby. Twenty years later, Holly finds herself on trial for her life… where she is defended by her own son (Keir Dullea, 2001: A Space Odyssey). Directed by David Lowell Rich (A Lovely Way to Die, Eye of the Cat) and co-starring Ricardo Montalban (Border Incident), Burgess Meredith (Rocky), Virginia Grey (The Last Command) and Warren Stevens (Forbidden Planet). (BLU-RAY)

MAN IN SEARCH OF HIS MURDERER (1931)

Prior to emigratng to the U.S., where he would make such classics as The Spiral Staircase and The Killers, Robert Siodmak took a familiar black comedy premise and transformed it into a diabolical thriller. Heinz Rühmann, employing his trademark persona of the childlike naïf, portrays Hans, a despondent young man who decides to murder himself by hiring a burglar to commit the crime. But when Hans’s life takes an unexpected turn for the better, he realizes he must locate and stop the killer before the contract can be fulfilled. Combining morbid comedy with broad slapstick, The Man in Search of His Murderer owes much of its comic sensibilities to screenwriters Billy Wilder (Double Indemnity) and Curt Siodmak (The Wolf Man) who were also soon to leave Germany, to later enjoy fruitful careers in Hollywood. Special Features: -Audio commentary by film historian Josh Nelson (BLU-RAY)

MAN IN THE GLASS BOOTH (1975)

A manic Jewish millionaire (Maximilian Schell), already teetering on the edge of sanity, becomes purely diabolical when he is abducted from his Manhattan penthouse by Israeli agents and put on trial for war crimes committed while serving as colonel in a Nazi concentration camp. Testifying within a sound-proof, bullet-proof glass case, he unleashes a torrent of vitriol upon his accusers, and exposes a secret that is as tragic as it is terrifying. Upon its release, the Los Angeles Times called the film, daring, outrageous, utterly provocative, endlessly ambiguous and strikingly effective. In this new 2K restoration from the original 35mm negative, the film proves itself to be just as powerful today as it was more than forty years ago. (BLU-RAY)

MAN WHO HAUNTED HIMSELF (1970)

In this creepy psychological thriller, conservative executive Harold Pelham (a harrowing and atypical performance by Roger Moore, ffolkes, The Naked Face, Gold) is involved in a car accident and declared momentarily dead. When he’s eventually released from the hospital, Pelham discovers that his exact double has recently been seen in places that he’s never been, taken over his family, undermined his business and even begun an extramarital affair. Is Pelham being stalked by a doppelgänger with a taste for the wild life, or is he simply a man going insane? The Man Who Haunted Himself was Roger Moore’s last movie before taking over the role of James Bond on seven 007 classics, as well as the final film by legendary director Basil Dearden (The Mind Benders, Dead of Night, The League of Gentlemen). (BLU-RAY)

MAX AND THE JUNKMEN (1971)

From Claude Sautet, the legendary director of Classe Tous Risques, César and Rosalie, Un Coeur en Hiver and Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud, comes this sophisticated policier starring screen greats Romy Schneider (The Trial, What’s New Pussycat?) and Michel Piccoli (Contempt, Belle de Jour). Lone-wolf detective Max (Piccoli) is obsessed with bringing criminals to justice at any cost. He devises a plan to lure a scrap thief (Bernard Fresson, La Prisonnière, French Connection II) and his gang into committing a bank robbery—so that he can catch them red-handed. His plan is complicated when he tries to save a German-born prostitute (Schneider) from the top cop in the bank’s district (François Périer, Le Samouraï, The Nights of Cabiria). Striking cinematography by René Mathelin (The Man from Acapulco, The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe) and a rousing score by Philippe Sarde (The Tenant, La Grande Bouffe) highlight this deviously compelling psychological thriller. (BLU-RAY)

MINDHORN (2016) (PAL/Region 2)

British comedy and debut feature from director Sean Foley. The film follows Richard Thorncroft (Julian Barratt), a washed-up actor who enjoyed fleeting success in the 1980s playing a TV detective named Mindhorn. Now living in poverty in London after throwing his career away trying to make it in Hollywood, Thorncroft has been left to watch on helplessly as his glamorous ex-girlfriend and former co-star Patricia Deville (Essie Davis) continues to find success as a news reporter and is now happily married to his former stunt double Clive Parnevik (Simon Farnaby). However, despite his desperate situation, Thorncroft is suddenly given another shot at stardom when a crazed fugitive obsessed with his old TV show contacts police and demands to negotiate with Mindhorn in a bid to prove his innocence. The cast also includes Steve Coogan, Nicholas Farrell and Harriet Walter. (DVD)

MIRROR CRACK’D (1980)

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL, WHO IS THE MURDERER AMONG THEM ALL? Angela Lansbury (Death on the Nile) is Agatha Christie’s (Evil Under the Sun) legendary detective, Miss Marple. Elizabeth Taylor (Cleopatra), Rock Hudson (Giant), Tony Curtis (The Vikings), Kim Novak (Vertigo), Geraldine Chaplin (Doctor Zhivago) and Edward Fox (The Day of the Jackal) are the suspects. With stars like that, this case is going to be murder! Jane Marple is thrilled when glamorous Hollywood actors arrive in her quaint English village to shoot a movie. But when the superstar cast begins feuding, the production takes a murderous turn. Can Miss Marple identify the killer before the director yells ‘that’s a wrap’? Jonathan Hales (Loophole) and Barry Sandler (Crimes of Passion) adapted this beloved Miss Marple novel. Directed by Guy Hamilton (An Inspector Calls), The Mirror Crack’d is filled with some of the most priceless performances and delectable dialogue of any Christie mystery. (BLU-RAY)

MODERNS, THE (1988) (SHOUT SELECT)(COLLECTOR’S EDITION)

Director Alan Rudolph (Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Cycle, Afterglow) invites you to the elegant world of Café Society in The Moderns. Paris, 1926. A time when anything could happen…and usually did. At the center of this world is Nick Hart (Keith Carradine, Nashville), a struggling painter who makes a meager living drawing caricatures at his favorite café. Nick longs for success and even agrees to forge masterpieces for a wealthy divorcée (Geraldine Chaplin, Doctor Zhivago). But what he truly desires is Rachel (Linda Fiorentino, The Last Seduction), the alluring wife of an obsessively jealous and lethally dangerous businessman (John Lone, The Last Emperor). Also starring Geneviève Bujold (Anne of the Thousand Days) and Wallace Shawn (My Dinner with Andre), The Moderns is a stylish and witty exploration of the manners and mores within a lost generation. (BLU-RAY)

MONSTER DOG (1984)

Rock legend Alice Cooper stars in one of the wildest horror films of the 1980s! When singer Vince Raven returns to his hometown to shoot a music video, he and his crew are confronted by a terrifying local legend. Packs of wild, bloodthirsty dogs seem to be on the loose attacking the population, but in fact, there s something even more monstrous and supernatural at work: a clawed, demonic beast straight from the depths of hell. Featuring two Alice Cooper songs, Identity Crisis and See Me in the Mirror, this outrageous slice of Euro horror from Claudio Fragasso, director of the beloved Troll 2, will make you think twice the next time you take your dog out for a walk. (BLU-RAY)

MR. LONG (2017) (PAL/Region 2)

A Taiwanese hit-man goes Japan to kill a man. But nothing turns out in the way he expected. He finds himself in a dumpster and with neighbors’ helps he gets his own stall where he cooks delicious noodles. But his past won’t leave him alone. (DVD)

MUMFORD (1999)

From writer/director Lawrence Kasdan, the creator of Body Heat, The Big Chill, Silverado, The Accidental Tourist and Grand Canyon. When a wanna-be psychologist, curiously named Mumford (Loren Dean, Space Cowboys) comes to the idyllic town of the same name, he offers his talent for listening and a disarming frankness as the town’s quirkiest citizens scramble for a seat on his couch. As he lightens hearts darkened by old secrets—including those of the beautiful and troubled Sofia Crisp (Hope Davis, About Schmidt)—no one realizes he’s hiding a whopper of his own, or that he’s fallen head over heels for one of his patients. Filled with personality disorders, surprises, offbeat alliances and some hilarious fantasies, Mumford is just what the laugh doctor ordered. (BLU-RAY)

MY REMBRANDT (2019)

Aristocrats cherish, experts rule, art dealers hunt, collectors crave and museums battle for Rembrandt. 350 years after the grand master of intimacy s death, entire nations are more than ever obsessed with his paintings. My Rembrandt is an epic art thriller into the super exclusive world of the Old Masters collectors. (DVD)

NAKED ALIBI (1954)

Murder suspect Al Willis (Gene Barry, The War of the Worlds), released for lack of evidence, vows vengeance on the cops who brutalized him. When one of those cops turns up dead, his partner Chief Joe Conroy (Sterling Hayden, The Asphalt Jungle) hunts down Al who has skipped town for a border city. Both men end up in thrall to bad girl Marianna (Gloria Grahame, In a Lonely Place), whose unique sexiness is on full display in this film noir potboiler. Written by Lawrence Roman (A Kiss Before Dying) and directed by Jerry Hopper (Secret of the Incas). The strong supporting cast includes Marcia Henderson (Thunder Bay), Max Showalter (Niagara), Billy Chapin (The Night of the Hunter) and Chuck Connors (The Big Country). (BLU-RAY)

NELLY AND MONSIEUR ARNAUD (1995)

Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud, starring the luminous Emmanuelle Beard (Mission: Impossible), is the profoundly moving final lm from masterful French director Claude Sautet (Un Coeur end hiver). Nelly (Beard), 25, is stuck in a loveless marriage while barely making ends meet. A friend introduces her to the wealthy and much older Arnaud (Michel Perrault, La Cage aux Follies) in order to help him write his memoirs. Thus begins a playful, tentative flirtation that is forever threatening to bloom into a romance. But instead Nelly gets involved with Arnaud’s charming editor (Jean-Hughes An glade, La Femme Nikita). Arnaud and Nelly get stuck in a silent dance of sideways glances and off-hand gestures, the secret choreography of unrequited love. (BLU-RAY)

NEVER FEAR (1950)

Carol Williams (Sally Forrest, Not Wanted) is a beautiful young dancer whose body, and promising career, is suddenly crippled by polio. Carol’s dance partner and fiancé, Guy Richards (Keefe Brassall, A Place in the Sun), wants to see her through her illness, but the angry, self-pitying Carol prefers to go it alone. Her father (Herb Butterfield, Shield for Murder) takes her to the KABA-Kaiser Institute for rehabilitation, where she meets fellow patients like Len Randall (Hugh O’Brian, Ambush Bay) on her tough road to recovery. The second feature directed by Ida Lupine (The Hitch-Hiker), who herself had been stricken with polio as an adolescent, Never Fear is a psychologically probing look at coping with chronic illness.  (BLU-RAY)

NIGHTMARE BEACH (1989)

From Umberto Lenzi, notorious director of such Euro-sleaze classics as Paranoia, Seven Blood-Stained Orchids, Spasm, Eyeball and Cannibal Ferro comes Nightmare Beach, a shockingly gory tale of a madman in a motorcycle helmet who is taking out young co-eds all over the sparkling sands of South Florida during Spring Break. As the body count creeps up, Miami detective John Saxon (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Black Christmas, Evil Eye) tries to keep ahead of the curve in this carnage-packed slasher gem from the maestro of macabre. Featuring a rollicking score by Goblin’s Claudio Simonetta (Suspire, Dawn of the Dead, The Heroin Busters) and co-starring the great Michael Parks (Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & 2 and TV’s Then Came Bronson). (BLU-RAY)

NOT WANTED (1949)

In Ida Lupine’s directorial debut Not Wanted, young and naive “unwed mother” Sally Forrest’s life spirals out of control after her musician beau (Leo Penn) ditches her for an out-of-town gig, despite the presence of another man (Keefe Brassall) determined to win her heart. After leaving Warner Brothers, legendary screen actress Ida Lupine co-founded The Filmmakers, an independent production company conceived as an alternative to the dominant aesthetics of Hollywood. With the low-key, intimate Not Wanted, Lupine tackled the “taboo” topic of out-of-wedlock pregnancy, immediately venturing into terrain where big-budget mainstream fantasy-spinners feared to tread. In many ways this extraordinary first directorial effort, while uncredited, already bears the stamp of Lupine’s unique vision: the remarkable empathy felt for the lead character (Sally Forrest as the dazed, traumatized young waitress thrust into the world of unwed motherhood), the hallucinatory moments (note the amazing subjective camerawork of the childbirth sequence), and the deft location shooting (as Forrest wanders through the bus stations and boarding houses of small-town America). (BLU-RAY)

NUDE BOMB (1980)

Join Don Adams as Maxwell Smart (aka Agent 86) of the original Get Smart TV series in The Nude Bomb! Agent 86 is assigned to battle an evil villain who is threatening to drop a “nude bomb” capable of destroying all the fabric in the world. With only 48 hours, some voluptuous assistants, and his questionable spy skills to help him, Maxwell Smart certainly has his hands full trying to save the world from severe nakedness.  (BLU-RAY)

PILLARS OF THE SKY (1956)

From George Marshall, the acclaimed director of Destry Rides Again, The Ghost Breakers, Murder, He Says, The Blue Dahlia and The Mating Game, comes this action-packed cavalry western starring Jeff Chandler (Red Ball Express), Dorothy Malone (The Tarnished Angels), Lee Marvin (Prime Cut) and Ward Bond (Canyon Passage). First Sergeant Emmett Bell (Chandler) faces off with Apache chieftain Kamiakin (Michael Ansara, Texas Across the River) in this nuanced portrayal of racial tensions between Native Americans and white settlers in 1860s Oregon Country. Bell must lead his men and civilian charges on a mad dash to federal sanctuary. Pillars of the Sky is a tale of frontier survival that’s truly an action-thriller set against widescreen western horizons. (BLU-RAY)

PORTRAIT IN BLACK (1966)

Screen icons Lana Turner (Madame X) and Anthony Quinn (Across 110th Street) star as an adulterous couple who conspire to kill her tyrannical husband. Soon after the murder, the lovers in crime receive an anonymous letter that says only, “Dear. Mrs. Cabot: Congratulations on the success of your murder.” With this alarming complication, their new life together begins unraveling as they become trapped in the realization that someone, somewhere, knows their dark secret. Directed by Michael Gordon (The Web, Woman in Hiding) with a screenplay by the writing team of Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts (White Heat). The strong supporting cast includes Richard Basehart (The Satan Bug), Sandra Dee (Gidget), John Saxon (The Appaloosa), Ray Walston (Kiss Me, Stupid), Virginia Grey (Target Earth), Anna May Wong (Piccadilly) and Lloyd Nolan (The House on 92nd Street). (BLU-RAY)

PREPARATIONS TO BE TOGETHER FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME (2020)

A hauntingly provocative psychological thriller that is Hungary s official entry for Best International Feature Film at the Academy Awards®. Márta, a 40-year-old neurosurgeon, falls in love. She leaves her shining American career behind and returns to Budapest to start a new life with the man she loves. But she waits for him at the Liberty Bridge in vain he does not appear at their rendezvous. Márta starts to search for him desperately, but when she finally finds him, the love of her life claims that they have never met before. (DVD)

PRINCESS COMES ACROSS (1936)

Screen greats Carole Lombard (Nothing Sacred) and Fred MacMurray (There s Always Tomorrow) star in The Princess Comes Across, a fast-paced murder mystery with a touch of comedy. A stage-struck Brooklyn actress (Lombard) draws on her talent, posing as royalty aboard an ocean liner bound for Hollywood. Her ruse soon becomes hilariously complicated when she unwittingly becomes involved in a murder. Meanwhile, a fellow passenger (MacMurray) is smitten by the princess and he soon gets swept up in her charade. Set aboard a glorious ship, this clever caper which was inspired by a true-life incident includes an unforgettable scene featuring MacMurray performing My Concertina during a talent show. Directed by William K. Howard (Johnny Come Lately). (BLU-RAY)

PURSUING HAPPINESS (2015)

Join the journey and discover the secrets to living a truly happy life as two film-makers travel the country in search of the happiest people in America. Be ready to laugh and cry as they uncover real-life heartfelt stories from the most compelling characters. A young woman battling stage 4 colon cancer, a single dad who lost both of his arms, an impoverished painter single-handedly revitalizing his condemned neighborhood, and two vigilante artists fighting to save their bankrupt city. These are among the happiest people in America. Pursuing Happiness compares and contrasts these amazing stories with findings and teachings of some of the leading researchers on the subject of happiness. (DVD)

RAZZIA SUR LA CHNOUF (1955)

Based on a novel by the legendary writer Augusta Le Breton (Raffia, Bob Le Flambeau) with direction by Henri Deco in (One Step to Eternity) — After A Spell in the USA. , master criminal Henri Ferro did ‘Le Nantes’ (Jean Gabon, Touches Pas Au Grimsby) returns to Paris and is recruited by Paul Laski (Marcel Dali, To Have and Have Not), head of a major narcotics ring, to oversee and improve the efficiency of their distribution. Merchandise has been disappearing and unreliable dealers must be eliminated. For the latter, Henri is assigned two hitmen, Roger le Catalan (Lion Ventura, The Sicilian Clan) and Bibi (Albert Remy, The Train). (BLU-RAY)

RECKONING, THE (2020)

After losing her husband during the Great Plague, Grace Haverstock (Charlotte Kirk) is unjustly accused of being a witch and placed in the custody of England’s most ruthless witch-hunter, Judge Moorcroft (Sean Pertwee). Forced to endure physical and emotional torture while steadfastly maintaining her innocence, Grace must face her own inner demons as the Devil himself starts to work his way into her mind. (DVD and BLU-RAY)

RED SNOW (2019)

Tells the story of Dylan, a First Nations soldier from Canada who is caught in an ambush in Afghanistan. He is interrogated by a Taliban Commander until he makes his daring escape. Now he must run for his life from his captors across treacherous landscapes and through a blizzard that becomes his last hope for survival. (DVD-R)

REDHEAD FROM WYOMING (1953)

In this action-packed, 1870s western, screen legend Maureen O’Hara (Miracle on 34th Street, Against All Flags) sparkles as Kate Maxwell, a saloon proprietress caught between her feelings for suave promoter Jim Averell (William Bishop, The Texas Rangers) and the town’s appealing, but less flamboyant, sheriff (Alex Nicol, Red Ball Express). Unknown to Kate, Jim, who has set her up to buy and sell mavericks, is using her saloon as a clearinghouse for rustled beef. There’s plenty more about Jim that Kate doesn’t know, and by the time she learns the truth, both she and the town are in grave danger. With villainy stalking them at every turn, Kate and the sheriff must battle overwhelming odds to set things right—if they can! The athletic agility and cool beauty associated with Maureen O’Hara are well displayed here. She rides the range with skill, her red hair and makeup undisturbed, as she expertly fires her Winchester. (BLU-RAY)

RHINOCEROS (1974)

Reunited for the first and only time after their triumph in Mel Brooks’s The Producers, Gene Wilder and Zero Mostrel push their shared genius for physical slapstick, manic wit, and sly satire to a level of fearless absurdity that virtually no other comedy team would dare approach. Director Tom O’Horgan, originator of the Broadway smash Hair, transforms Eugene Ionesco’s Theater of the Absurd curio Rhinoceros into a fluid, character-rich screen comedy that The Hollywood Reporter deemed, “an excellent film.” (BLU-RAY)

RUNNING TIME (1997)

Bruce Campbell stars as Carl, a man who launches a full-scale heist to steal mob money from the prison that just released him. With the help of an old friend (Jeremy Roberts, ”The People Under the Stairs”), a driver and a safe-cracker, Carl’s attempt to carry out the heist is fraught with incompetence and bad luck. As the clock ticks and the circumstances turn tragic, Carl is forced to make the most important decision of his life. Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s ”Rope” and filmed over twenty years before Sam Mendes’ ”1917”, writer/director Josh Becker designed ”Running Time” to play out using the ”one continuous shot” technique with no computer-assisted trickery. Expertly photographed and edited on film to take place over 70 minutes of real-time, this gritty crime drama was shot entirely on location in the streets of Los Angeles. (BLU-RAY)

S.O.S. TITANIC (1979) (2 VERSIONS) (2 DISKS)

The saga of the Titanic has captured the world’s imagination for almost a century. Its story of greed, loss and survival remains as fascinating today as it did on that fateful, moonless night in April, 1912. Long before James Cameron’s blockbuster “Titanic,” “S.O.S. Titanic” meticulously recreated the world’s most lavish luxury liner and its sumptuous, gala atmosphere during the four-day journey leading to the disaster. The all-star cast includes Harry Andrews as Captain Smith, Cloris Leachman as the unsinkable Molly Brown, Susan Saint James, Ian Holm, Helen Mirren and David Warner. (DVD)

SAVAGE WEEKEND (1979)

Do you have the guts to find out who’s behind the ghoulish mask? SAVAGE WEEKEND, the darker and primitive side of human nature. A weekend in the country turns into a nightmare of terror when a killer, wearing a gruesome mask, stalks and kills the partygoers in horrific grisly ways. Starring David Gale (RE-ANIMATOR), Caitlin O’Heaney (HE KNOWS YOU RE ALONE), William Sanderson (BLADE RUNNER) , Jeffrey Pomerantz (RETRIBUTION), Christopher Allport (DEAD & BURIED) and the screen debut of Yancy Butler (HARD TARGET), and directed by David Paulsen (SCHIZOID), this is an early entry into the slasher genre, made in 1976, but not released until 1980.  (BLU-RAY)

SHADOW IN THE CLOUD (2020)

A female WWII pilot traveling with top secret documents on a B-17 Flying Fortress encounters an evil presence on board the flight. (DVD and BLU-RAY)

SILENT WITNESS: SEASONS 14 and 15

Dead bodies speak the shocking truth to London University’s team of forensic pathologists. (DVD-R)

SON OF ALI BABA (1952)

From Kurt Neumann, the outstanding director of Tarzan and the Amazons, Rocketship X-M, Kronos and The Fly, comes this sensational adventure starring screen greats Tony Curtis (The Vikings, Taras Bulba) and Piper Laurie (The Hustler, Carrie). In ancient Persia, Kashma Baba (Curtis) spends his days as a military cadet and devotes his nights to merrymaking. Everything changes when he meets Kiki (Laurie), who claims to be an escaped slave on the run from an evil caliph (Victor Jory, The Loves of Carmen). Soon, Kashma learns that there is more to her regal story in this exotic classic filled with clattering sword battles and thunderous horseback chases. Beautifully photographed in Technicolor by Maury Gertsman (Singapore, The Glass Web), Son of Ali Baba co-stars Susan Cabot (The Wasp Woman), Hugh O’Brian (Ambush Bay), William Reynolds (All That Heaven Allows) and Gerald Mohr (Sirocco). (BLU-RAY)

SON OF THE SOUTH (2020)

A Klansman’s grandson must choose which side of history to be on during the Civil Rights Movement. Defying his family and white Southern norms, he fought against social injustice, repression and violence to change the world around him. SON OF THE SOUTH is from executive producer Spike Lee and based on Bob Zellner’s autobiography, “The Wrong Side of Murder Creek.” (DVD)

SPIRAL STAIRCASE (1946)

One of the all-time great Hollywood chillers! A murderer is targeting disabled young women in a New England town, and Helen (Dorothy McGuire, Gentleman’s Agreement), a mute servant in a Gothic mansion, is terrified she’s next. Mrs. Warren (Ethel Barrymore, Deadline – U.S.A.), the invalid, bullying mistress of the house, warns Helen to leave at once, rather than rely on her weak son and stepson for protection. But even as Helen is packing her things, she suspects she may be too late and the murderer is closer than she ever imagined. (BLU-RAY)

SWIMMING WITH MEN (2018) (PAL/Region 2)

Faced with a full-blown mid-life crisis, accountant Eric (Rob Brydon) joins an all-male group of synchronised swimmers, discovering that making patterns in a pool can, for a couple of hours at least, smooth out the bumps in his work and marriage. Initially keeping their personal lives in the locker, the ramshackle squad and coach Susan slowly learn to reveal their inner lives, as well as their paunches. But can they get their lives and routines in sync as they embark on an unlikely journey to Milan to compete in the World Championship? (DVD)

TRANSYLVANIA 6-5000 (1985)

Tabloid reporters Jack Harrison (Jeff Goldblum, Earth Girls Are Easy) and Gil Turner (Ed Begley Jr., She-Devil) are sent to Transylvania with two choices: find the Frankenstein monster—or find new jobs. But before the jumpy journalists can dig up their big story, they must first face the horrors of an extremely clumsy butler (Michael Richards, TV’s Seinfeld), a nymphomaniac vampire (Geena Davis, Beetlejuice) and a semi-mad doctor (Joseph Bologna, Blame It on Rio), as well as assorted mummies, werewolves and more Transylvanian oddballs. Can these two bumbling heroes unravel this monstrous mystery—or are they in for some very scary surprises? Co-starring John Byner (The Ant and the Aardvark), Carol Kane (TV’s Taxi), Jeffrey Jones (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), Norman Fell (TV’s Three’s Company), Donald Gibb (Revenge of the Nerds), Teresa Ganzel (The Toy) and writer/director Rudy De Luca (History of the World: Part I). Transylvania 6-5000 was the one and only feature film directed by legendary comedy writer and actor De Luca (Silent Movie, High Anxiety, Caveman, Life Stinks). (BLU-RAY)

TRICK BABY (1972)

Trick Baby is the gritty story of the relationship between two Philly conmen, Johnny “White Folks” O’Brien (Kiel Martin, Moonrunners), a biracial man posing as a white man, and “Blue” Howard (Mel Stewart, Hammer), a black man. From an early age, Blue raised Folks as his own son. However, Blue passed on more than his heritage when he taught him the ways of the street and the art of the con. Folks was a natural, and in no time, they were using their skill and their color to play on people’s prejudices and fears. Then, on one hellish day, things begin to unravel when they get in over their heads with a crooked cop and some shady investors. Now the heat is on, friends are scarce and they must rely on each other. But when the chips are down, can the two men really trust each other? In the next 24 hours, Blue and Folks will learn the disturbing truth about themselves and the world they prey on. Based on the notorious novel by Robert “Iceberg Slim” Beck (Pimp: The Story of My Life) and co-written and directed by Larry Yust (Homebodies). (BLU-RAY)

VALDEZ IS COMING (1971)

Screen legend Burt Lancaster (Elmer Gantry, The Kentuckian) gives a powerhouse performance as an aging Mexican-American lawman who becomes a one-man army in this bold saga of retribution and redemption. Valdez Is Coming boldly recreates America’s western frontier – a place where life was sometimes cheap… but honor was always priceless. When it comes to keeping the peace, former frontier sheriff Bob Valdez has always been the voice of reason in a sea of chaos. But Frank Tanner (Jon Cypher, Lady Ice) is a very different sort of man: greedy, impulsive and rotten to the core. So when Tanner provokes a shoot-out that results in the death of an innocent man, Valdez orders him to provide financial support for the widow. But when Tanner not only refuses but also laughs in his face, Valdez dusts off his old uniform, straps on his guns and vows to exact justice and vengeance at any cost. The stellar cast includes Susan Clark (Coogan’s Bluff), Frank Silvera (Killer’s Kiss), Richard Jordan (The Yakuza) and Hector Elizondo (The Taking of Pelham One Two Three). (BLU-RAY)

VIOLENCE VOYAGER (2018) (Region B)

Bobby and his friend Akkun set out for the mountains to build a secret hideout. On their way, they stumble upon a mysterious amusement park called Violence Voyager. It doesn’t take long for things to get weird as the boys discover a group of scared children who can’t seem to escape and soon find themselves under attack by robot-like humanoids. (BLU-RAY)

Also, all of the following are from ABBOTT AND COSTELLO: THE COMPLETE UNIVERSAL PICTURES COLLECTION:

ONE NIGHT IN THE TROPICS / BUCK PRIVATES (1940) (BLU-RAY)
IN THE NAVY / HOLD THAT GHOST (1941)  (BLU-RAY)
KEEP ‘EM FLYING / RIDE ‘EM COWBOY (1942) (BLU-RAY)
PARDON MY SARONG / WHO DONE IT? (1942) (BLU-RAY)
IT AIN’T HAY / HIT THE ICE (1943) (BLU-RAY)
IN SOCIETY / HERE COME THE CO-EDS (1945) (BLU-RAY)
NAUGHTY NINETIES / LITTLE GIANT (1946) (BLU-RAY)
TIME OF THEIR LIVES / BUCK PRIVATES COME HOME (1946) (BLU-RAY)
WISTFUL WIDOW OF WAGON GAP / ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1947) (BLU-RAY)
MEXICAN HAYRIDE / ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE KILLER, BORIS KARLOFF (1949) (BLU-RAY)
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO IN THE FOREIGN LEGION / MEET THE INVISIBLE MAN (1950) (BLU-RAY)
COMIN’ ROUND THE MOUNTAIN / LOST IN ALASKA (1952) (BLU-RAY)
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO GO TO MARS / MEET DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1953) (BLU-RAY)
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE KEYSTONE KOPS / MEET THE MUMMY (1955) (BLU-RAY)
WORLD OF ABBOTT AND COSTELLO/A & C MEET JERRY SEINFELD (2000) (BLU-RAY)

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