As we bid farewell to October, here’s a list of what DVD and Blu-ray new releases you’ll be ushering in November with. Take a look!
Warren William was the first to bring Erle Stanley Gardner’s savvy attorney to big-screen life in “The Case Of The Howling Dog” (1934), as an eccentric new client vanishes after making neighbor Mary Astor his sole beneficiary. Next, Mason (William) aids a friend (Margaret Lindsay) whose presumed-dead first husband (Errol Flynn, in his U.S. debut) reappears and is subsequently murdered in “The Case Of The Curious Bride” (1935). When a beauty contest promoter with a penchant for skipping out on the winners turns up dead, Perry (William) has to crack “The Case Of The Lucky Legs” (1935). Genevieve Tobin, Lyle Talbot co-star. William’s last outing finds Perry’s wedding to Della Street (Claire Dodd) interrupted by a scandal rag publisher’s slaying in “The Case Of The Velvet Claws” (1936). Perry (Ricardo Cortez) discovers that three murders are linked by a feline’s cries in “The Case Of The Black Cat” (1936). And Mason (Donald Woods) is engaged by an Australian cleric to look into a potentially phony heiress in “The Case Of The Stuttering Bishop” (1937). Ann Dvorak, Anne Nagel co-star.
Seven Yuletides have come and gone, and a now-16-year-old Ralphie Parker (Braeden Lemasters) has his eyes set on his first-ever car. Wish him luck with getting the Old Man (Daniel Stern) to pick up the hint! Follow-up to the beloved holiday opus inspired by the writings of Jean Shepherd also stars Stacey Travis, Valin Shinyei, David Buehrle, David W. Thompson.
Suffering from writer’s block ever since his success as a teenage author, Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano) believes he’s on the verge of a breakthrough while sketching out a new story about a young, beautiful woman. When that fictional character (Zoe Kazan) magically appears in the flesh and becomes his girlfriend, Calvin begins a charming trip through romantic metaphysics. Whimsical comedy from the “Little Miss Sunshine” co-directors co-stars Chris Messina, Annette Bening.
Cynical magazine intern Darius (Aubrey Plaza) gets caught up in a strange investigation when she accompanies another intern (Karan Soni) and a writer (Jake M. Johnson) to the coastal town where the enigmatic Kenneth (Mark Duplass) has placed a want ad seeking a volunteer to join him on a mission of time travel. “Training” with Kenneth for the unlikely voyage soon forces Darius to come to terms with herself, in this quirky indie comedy. With Jeff Garlin, Mary Lynn Rajskub.
Chilling coming-of-age tale in the tradition of “Carrie” concerns Pauline, a disturbed high school student who dreams of a career in medicine. Obsessed with earning the approval of her domineering mother, she goes to murderous extremes in order to find the acceptance she so desperately seeks. AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords, Malcolm McDowell star; with cameos from John Waters, Ray Wise, and Marlee Matlin.
When she discovers that her husband is a powerful gangster, a distraught woman travels to the Nevada ranch of a kindly stranger in order to hide out until she can get a divorce. But when the beauty’s no-good hubby sends his cronies out to find her, the heroic rancher must step in to save the day. Richard Arlen, Virginia Grey, Norman Willis star.
Iconic comic book hero Captain Marvel made his small-screen debut in this well-remembered Saturday morning series that aired on CBS from 1974-1976. Young Billy Batson (Michael Gray) and his mentor, Mentor (Les Tremayne), traveled the highways in an RV offering help to those in need, and when danger surfaced, Billy uttered his magic word to transform into the World’s Mightiest Mortal (Jackson Bostwick for the first season, then John Davey).
It’s “another fine mess” of laughs, courtesy of this entertaining collection of Laurel and Hardy comedy! In addition to an enlightening and amusing profile of the boys in “This Is Your Life: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy” (1954), you’ll get a compilation of classic trailers, with some of Stan and Ollie’s funniest bits ever! Includes both original black-and-white features and newly colorized material.
This engaging caper comedy stars David Niven as a master thief (bearing the titular nickname) out to rob a trainload of NATO money en route through Europe. Things get complicated when a pair of French crooks and a Sicilian gangster get into the act, each targeting Niven for assassination. Jean-Paul Belmondo, Eli Wallach, and Silvia Monti co-star.
Originally broadcast as segments of Jay Ward Studios’ 1959-64 “Rocky & Bullwinkle” animated series, these irreverent adaptations of popular fairy tales took everyone’s favorite beloved, classic stories and altered the details to produce comedic treasures. Among the complete collection of 91 fractured fables are “Leaping Beauty,” “Little Fred Riding Hood,” and “Cutie and the Beast.” Stars the voices of Paul Frees, June Foray, and Edward Everett Horton.
The first 12 episodes of season five–including the two-part season opener “The Thrill Killers,” “No Minor Vices,” “Child of Anger,” “One Last Trick,” and “Monkey Is Back”–are included in a three-disc set.
The final 12 episodes of season five–including “The Cannibals,” “Once a Con,” “Let’s Pretend We’re Strangers,” “Time Out,” and “The Canine Collar”–are included in a three-disc set.
Fifteen-disc boxed set includes “Saboteur,” “Shadow Of A Doubt,” “Rope,” “Rear Window,” “The Trouble With Harry,” “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (1956), “Vertigo,” “North By Northwest,” “Psycho,” “The Birds,” “Marnie,” “Torn Curtain,” “Topaz,” “Frenzy,” and “Family Plot.” Includes a 48-page book.
Rosemary’s Baby (Criterion Collection)
Rosemary (Mia Farrow) and Guy (John Cassavetes) are a young couple living in a New York apartment building who are delighted by the news that Rosemary is pregnant. But strange physical changes, bizarre cravings, and the increasingly suspicious behavior of her husband and neighbors cannot begin to prepare her for the horrific truth about her baby. Ralph Bellamy, Sidney Blackmer, and Best Supporting Actress Oscar-winner Ruth Gordon co-star in writer/director Roman Polanski’s chilling adaptation of Ira Levin’s novel.
All 24 episodes from the second season–including “The Second Time ‘Round,” “That Old Back Magic,” “Close Encounters of the Worst Kind,” “Don’t Lock Now,” and “The Bus”–are featured in a three-disc set.
Based on the Dashiell Hammett story “Woman In The Dark,” this noirish melodrama stars Ralph Bellamy as an ex-con who is desperate to put his past mistakes behind him. After moving to a remote cabin, he finds his plans complicated when the beautiful Louise (Fay Wray) arrives on his doorstep during a storm with hopes of finding shelter and a safe place to hide from her abusive gangster boyfriend. With Melvyn Douglas, Roscoe Ates. AKA: “Woman In The Dark.”
Twenty-eight-disc set includes all 213 episodes of the series, the pilot episodes of the spinoff shows “Archie Bunker’s Place,” “Gloria,” and “704 Hauser,” two documentaries, an interview with Norman Lear, a collectible 40-page book, and more.
Robin Cook’s 1977 novel (first adapted into a hit 1978 film) becomes a gripping two-part TV movie that follows student Susan Wheeler’s (Lauren Ambrose) terrifying journey through the dark side of medical science. Puzzled by a rash of patients inexplicably descending into comas at Boston Memorial Hospital, Susan uncovers a grim conspiracy–and puts her own life in terrible danger. With James Woods, Geena Davis, and Richard Dreyfuss.
First, the animals of Central Park Zoo come to the aid of a poor polar bear preparing to spend the holidays all by himself, in the animated adventure “Madagascar Penguins In A Christmas Caper” (2005). The celebrations are jeopardized when the youngest penguin gets waylaid in the big city! Stars the voices of Christopher Knights, Elisa Gabrielli. Next, Donkey (voiced by Murphy) tries to get everyone in the holiday spirit with a sing-along, in the Yuletide-themed cartoon “Donkey’s Christmas Shrektacular” (2010). Co-stars the voices of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, and Antonio Banderas. Also includes “Shrek The Halls” (2007), “Merry Madagascar” (2009), and “DreamWorks Dragons: Gift Of The Night Fury” (2011).
Join the “King of Cool” for hour after hour of nostalgia-packed variety show entertainment! This 17-disc set features 48 episodes of “The Dean Martin Show”–each installment packed with celebrity guest stars, riotous comedy, and over 300 sterling musical performances. Includes appearances by Bob Hope, Sammy Davis, Jr., Bob Newhart, Phyllis Diller, Red Buttons, Lucille Ball, Johnny Carson, Ella Fitzgerald, and many others. Includes a 32-page collectible book.
Complications arise when two sailors on leave find themselves in the expensive hotel suite of a wealthy woman, and a con artist, believing one of the swabbies is the woman’s son, attempts to steal her savings. Can the seamen sort out their problems? Engaging blend of drama, comedy, and adventure stars Ralph Byrd, Veda Ann Borg, Stubby Kruger.
In this humorous French-Italian adventure film, Jean-Paul Belmondo is a thief who steals a truck traveling through the Sahara. The hijacking pits him and accomplice Anne-Marie Coffinet against Gert Frobe, the truck company boss. Determined to retrieve his property, Frobe dispatches men–including a friend of Belmondo’s–to put the brakes on their getaway. With Lino Ventura, Reginald Kernan, and Bernard Blier.
One of Hollywood’s first feature-length westerns, this silent film stars William S. Hart as a road agent who gets help from the town “sky pilot” during a brutal brawl. But when both men fall for the local dance hall girl, things get complicated quick. With Robert Edeson and Rhea Mitchell. AKA: “The Bandit And The Preacher.”
This first feature-length chiller based on the popular ’60s gothic soap opera stars Jonathan Frid as the vampiric Barnabas Collins, released from his 170-year captivity to wreak havoc on the residents of the great house at Collinwood while falling for the reincarnation of his lost love, Josette. Series regulars Joan Bennett, Roger Davis, Grayson Hall, and Kathryn Leigh Scott co-star.
A seasoned detective teams with a brave police dog to track down a ring of thieves believed to be responsible for stealing some valuable bonds. But can the investigator and his canine companion track down the bad guys and clear the name of a hard-working man who was wrongly suspected of committing the crime? Rex Lease, Marion Shilling, Charles King, and Tarzan the Police Dog star.
Lighthearted romantic romp about a woman who elopes with a millionaire after drinking too much at a party. Problem is, she’s already married, and her sister must impersonate her in order to save the twice-wed woman from a bigamy charge! Sally Eilers, Neil Hamilton, Patricia Farr star.
Eugene O’Neill’s explosive autobiographical drama follows a 1910s Connecticut family whose members include a morphine-addicted mother, an alcoholic father, and an emotionally unstable brother. Dynamic performances from Katharine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards, and Dean Stockwell highlight director Sidney Lumet’s moving screen adaptation.
Politics gets dirty–and very funny–in this irreverent satire about a seasoned congressman (Will Ferrell) whose notorious election season gaffe inspires two powerful businessmen to bankroll an out-of-nowhere everyman (Zach Galifianakis) as his opponent. As both candidates embrace wildly negative rhetoric and increasingly vicious tactics, the contest becomes a total (and highly recognizable) farce. Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, Katherine LaNasa co-star; directed by Jay Roach.
All 32 episodes from the third season–including the two-part “Go West, Young Martian,” “The O’Hara Caper,” “Man from Uncle Martin,” “My Nut Cup Runneth Over,” and “Pay the Man the $24″–are included in a five-disc set.
Painter Quentin Collins (David Selby) and his new bride, Tracy (Kate Jackson), return to his family estate, only to find that the spirits of his ancestors and a vengeance-seeking witch still roam its halls, in this spooky second entry in the “Dark Shadows” film series. With Grayson Hall, John Karlen, and Lara Parker as the bewitching Angelique.
Broadway legend George M. Cohan wrote the play and starred in this adaptation of the classic story from Charlie Chan creator Earl Derr Biggers. Cohan plays a soon-to-be wed writer who checks into a remote inn for quiet while trying to finish his latest novel, only to get caught up in a mystery concerning missing money. Anna Q. Nilsson, Hedda Hopper (as Elda Furry) star.
A writer who must complete his latest novel in 24 hours in order to win a bet thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in a remote country inn. However, he finds himself caught up in a bizarre scheme of deception, missing money, and murder that outdoes any book’s plot. RKO Pictures brought Earl Derr Biggers’ lighthearted, oft-filmed whodunit “Seven Keys To Baldpate” to the screen three times, with the 1929 version starring Richard Dix, Miriam Segar, Margaret Livingston, and Lucien Littlefield; the 1935 take with Gene Raymond, Margaret Callahan, Eric Blore, and Grant Mitchell; and the 1947 redo headlined by Phillip Terry, Jacqueline White, Eduardo Ciannelli, and Margaret Lindsay.
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