Shh! Did you hear that? Why that’s the sound of classic films and TV shows making their DVD and/or Blu-ray debuts. There’s a truly impressive assortment of new releases to check out this week, so let’s get right to it!
A Flea In Her Ear (1968)
Certain that her lawyer husband’s (Rex Harrison) sudden disinterest stems from infidelity, a Frenchwoman (Rosemary Harris) sends him a mash note from an “anonymous admirer” offering a rendezvous at a notorious hotel. Hoping to catch him in the act, she learns some surprising truths about her spouse…to say nothing of certain friends and neighbors. Frothy filming of the Georges Feydeau 1907 farce co-stars Louis Jourdan, Rachel Roberts, John Williams.
Angel And The Badman (Remastered Edition) (1947)
After collapsing at the doorstep of a peaceful Quaker couple, a wounded gunslinger (John Wayne) is ministered to in body and soul by their strong-willed daughter (Gail Russell). Can she get him to renounce the path of violence and forsake his blood vendetta with his foster-father’s killer (Bruce Cabot)? Offbeat frontier saga co-stars Harry Carey, Sr., Irene Rich, Stephen Grant.
Includes the episodes “Indian Justice,” “Sugarfoot Sue,” “The Dutch Gun Maker,” and “The Robin Hood.”
Includes the episodes “Annie and the Outlaw’s Son,” “Annie Takes a Chance,” “Tuffy,” and “The Cinder Trail.”
Bullfighter And The Lady (Remastered Edition) (1951)
While on a sojourn to Mexico, an American skeet champion (Robert Stack) develops a fascination with a beautiful senorita (Joy Page)…as well as the art of bullfighting. Securing an apprenticeship with an iconic matador (Gilbert Roland), his cockiness sets the stage for a tragic ring debut…and a determined quest for redemption. Highly personal project for director Budd Boetticher, who co-authored the Oscar-nominated screen story, co-stars Virginia Grey, Katy Jurado.
Cry Vengeance (Remastered Edition) (1954)
Scarred by the car bomb that took his family’s lives and jailed for three years on trumped-up corruption charges, ex-cop Mark Stevens is finally free…and determined to get even with those responsible. When the trail takes him to a tiny Alaskan town, will retribution be his, or is he merely being set up yet again? Tidy crime tale from first-time director Stevens co-stars Martha Hyer, Skip Homeier, Douglas Kennedy, Joan Vohs.
God’s Little Acre (Remastered Edition) (1958)
Erskine Caldwell’s best-selling novel about the loves and lives of Georgia farmers receives a lusty adaptation in this superb drama. When a poor, white sharecropper becomes convinced that gold is buried on his property, he begins digging on his land instead of cultivating it–resulting in financial and family problems. Robert Ryan, Aldo Ray, Tina Louise, Jack Lord, and Buddy Hackett star.
As an investigative reporter (Edward Norris) pieces together the clues to a double homicide, he unearths secrets in a popular singer’s life that could eventually reveal the killer’s identity. Will the truth be so scandalous it wrecks the entertainer’s career…or could the crooner’s fate be even worse than lasting infamy? Stylish whodunit co-stars Sheila Ryan, Chill Wills.
Hilda Crane (1956)
With two failed marriages and a stalled career, dispirited working woman Hilda Crane (Jean Simmons) leaves Manhattan behind, returning to her small town and her sniping mother (Judith Evelyn). She finds renewed romance in the arms of an old beau (Guy Madison), but his own, manipulative mother (Evelyn Varden) is poised to burden her with more heartache. Superior sudser co-stars Jean-Pierre Aumont, Peggy Knudsen.
All six of the storied RKO whodunits based on Stuart Palmer’s canny schoolteacher/amateur sleuth and her flinty foil, Inspector Oscar Piper, are collected in this three-disc set. The surfacing of a stockbroker’s corpse at an aquarium sets Withers (Edna May Oliver) and Piper (James Gleason) out to crack the “Penguin Pool Murder” (1932). Robert Armstrong, Mae Clarke co-star. The duo has to determine who erased Withers’ music teacher colleague in “Murder On The Blackboard” (1934). Oliver, Gleason, Bruce Cabot, Regis Toomey star. Withers’ Catalina vacation gets sidetracked when a fellow plane passenger doesn’t finish the trip in “Murder On A Honeymoon” (1935). Oliver, Gleason, Lola Lane star. Withers (Helen Broderick) concludes that a thrown rider’s death was no accident in “Murder On A Bridle Path” (1936). Gleason, Louise Latimer co-star. “The Plot Thickens” (1936) for Withers (ZaSu Pitts) as she suspects a link between separate slayings. Gleason, Paul Fix co-star. Withers and Piper look into backstage murders at a Broadway opening night in “Forty Naughty Girls” (1937). Pitts, Gleason star.
Mardi Gras (1958)
VMI cadet Pat Boone couldn’t believe his luck when he won the raffle for a date with French starlet/Mardi Gras queen Christine Carere. How will he handle it when he falls in love with a young beauty at the festival, and it turns out she’s his prize? Fun musical co-stars Tommy Sands, Sheree North, Gary Crosby, Dick Sargent, Barrie Chase. Songs includes “I’ll Remember Tonight,” “Bourbon Street Blues,” and the title tune.
Sissi: Forever My Love (1962)
This condensation of Austrian cinema’s 1950s “Sissi” trilogy follows the remarkable life of 19th-century regent Empress Elisabeth (Romy Schneider) throughout her courtship and marriage with Franz Joseph I (Karlheinz Bohm). Magda Schneider, Vilma Degischer, Gustav Knuth co-star. AKA: “Forever My Love.”
Daring-for-its-day comedy-drama casts Richard Burton and Rex Harrison as aging, gay London hairdressers whose decades-long union just might have reached its breaking point, between Harrison’s serial infidelities and Burton’s being left to have to deal with infirm mother Cathleen Nesbitt. Beatrix Lehmann, Stephen Lewis co-star under Stanley Donen’s direction; score by Dudley Moore.
Sweet Revenge (1976)
Being goal-oriented’s a good thing, but consider the case of motorhead Stockard Channing, whose dream is to buy a Dino Ferrari of her very own. She doesn’t care how many false identities she has to assume, or sports cars she has to boost and then sell on the black market, to do it! Can compassionate public defender Sam Waterston get her to ease onto the brakes? Cult comedy co-stars Franklin Ajaye. AKA: “Dandy, The All-American Girl.”
The Duke Comes Back (1937)
A self-confident boxer known as “The Harvard Hurricane” retires to settle down with his wife after winning the championship belt. But when his father-in-law loses a fortune in the stock market and faces a prison term, the boxer must lace up the gloves again and head back into the ring. Allan Lane, Heather Angel star in this drama that boasts “Romance with a Sock!” AKA: “The Call Of The Ring.”
The Enemy General (1960)
In this compelling WWII suspenser, Van Johnson is American OSS operative Allan Lemaire, assigned to help the French Resistance break a German general charged with treason out of prison in occupied Paris and bring him safely to London. But Lemaire is none too happy when the German turns out to have been responsible for Lemaire’s French girlfriend’s execution years earlier…and even less so once he suspects the general of being a double agent. Jean-Pierre Aumont, Jon Van Dreelen co-star.
The Talk Of Hollywood (1929)
As the popularity of talking pictures takes hold in Tinseltown, a famous silent movie producer (Nat Carr) finally relents and plans a sound feature. The production proves so expensive that the movie mogul’s entire future depends on the picture’s success. Lampooning show business types and cinema history, this comic drama co-stars Fay Marbe, Hope Sutherland.
Three Faces East (1930)
In World War I-era Britain, the First Lord of the Admiralty had no reason to suspect that his ostensibly loyal manservant (Eric Von Stroheim) was actually a plant smuggling military secrets to the Kaiser. The spy’s schemes, however, run up against an unexpected houseguest (Constance Bennett) with a covert agenda of her own. Stirring espionage story co-stars Anthony Bushell, William Courtenay.