Whether you are looking for B-Westerns or Beatles, this week’s assortment of new releases features plenty of great films and TV shows. See for yourself!
|Ada (1961)||Duel on the Mississippi (1955)||Avenging Waters (1936)||Appointment in Berlin (1943)|
Ada (1961) Susan Hayward plays a “lady of the evening” and Dean Martin portrays the candidate for governor who marries her in this romantic melodrama. As it turns out, once Martin weathers the storm of controversy that erupts over their relationship, Hayward proves invaluable to him once he’s in office–taking a more controlling role than he does in steering the ship of their destiny. Wilfrid Hyde-White, Ralph Meeker, and Martin Balsam co-star.
Appointment in Berlin (1943) Discharged from the RAF for openly criticizing Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler, airman George Sanders is approached by British intelligence for a covert mission. Feigning betrayal of his country, he’s hired by the Nazis to deliver propaganda broadcasts. What will the Reich do if it’s discovered that he’s transmitting coded military secrets to the Allies? Marguerite Chapman, Gale Sondergaard, Onslow Stevens co-star.
Avenging Waters (1936) Hired wrangler Ken Maynard brings in the beef for his bosses, but neighbor Ward Bond is so infuriated with the new cattle fence that he dams up the local water supply. Ken rides to make peace, but gets captured for his trouble, and is literally left to sink or swim when the poorly rigged dam breaks. Range-busting rouser also stars Beth Marion, Wally Wales.
Burn Notice: Season Three All 16 episodes from the third season–including “Friends and Family,” “Fearless Leader,” “Long Way Back,” “Partners in Crime,” and “Devil You Know”–are featured in a four-disc set.
Combat: Fan Favorites (50th Anniversary) Twenty favorite episodes from the show’s run–including “Masquerade,” “Bridge At Chalons,” “Rear Echelon Commandos,” the two-part “Hills Are for Heroes,” and “Anatomy Of A Patrol”–are collected in a five-disc set.
Duel on the Mississippi (1955) In early 19th-century Louisiana, a Creole pirate queen (Patricia Medina) is determined to put the local gentry in its place, and she begins by forcing an aristocrat (John Dehner) into bankruptcy and making a bonded servant of his son (Lex Barker). Will she forego her ambitions when she falls in love with her new charge? Swashbuckler co-stars Warren Stevens, Craig Stevens; William Castle directs.
Hart to Hart: TV Movie Collection, Vol. 1 Four-disc set includes “Hart To Hart Returns,” “Hart To Hart: Home Is Where The Hart Is,” “Hart To Hart: Crimes Of The Hart,” and “Hart To Hart: Old Friends Never Die.”
Hart to Hart: TV Movie Collection, Vol. 2 Four-disc set includes “Hart To Hart: Secrets Of The Hart,” “Hart To Hart: Two Harts In Three-Quarter Time,” “Hart To Hart: Harts In High Season,” and “Hart To Hart: Till Death Do Us Hart.”
I Thank a Fool (1962) When attorney Peter Finch needs help to care for his mentally ill wife, he hires physician Susan Hayward for the job. Having previously prosecuted her for a mercy killing, the choice seems an unusual one…and then becomes painful for Finch once his spouse dies under suspicious-looking circumstances. Diane Cilento, Cyril Cusack co-star in this intriguing drama from England.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Complete Season 7 All 13 episodes from season seven–including “Frank’s Pretty Woman,” “Sweet Dee Gets Audited,” “The Anti-Social Network,” “How Mac Got Fat,” and the two-part “The High School Reunion”–are featured in a two-disc set.
Magical Mystery Tour “Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour.” Originally airing on British television, this colorful, music-filled odyssey follows The Beatles on a wild holiday bus trip. Along the way, John, Paul, George, Ringo (all of whom appear as themselves, as well as in a variety of other roles), and the rest of the eccentric passengers experience a series of bizarre occurrences. Songs include the title tune, “The Fool on the Hill,” “I Am the Walrus,” “Your Mother Should Know,” and more.
Masterson of Kansas (1954) George Montgomery saddles up as legendary Dodge City lawman Bat Masterson, riding to the aid of a landowner framed for murder because of his peaceful relations with the Kiowa. Masterson turns to Wyatt Earp (Bruce Cowling) and Doc Holliday (James Griffith) in uncovering the real killer before range war erupts. Nancy Gates, Jay Silverheels co-star; William Castle directs.
The 49th Man (1953) Acting on a tip that A-bomb parts are being smuggled from abroad for assembly stateside, federal investigator John Ireland tracks the clues to France. He finds himself abruptly recalled by his bosses, who state that the whole matter was merely a training exercise. Where can he turn with his proof that the threat is both genuine and imminent? Richard Denning, Suzanne Dalbert, Mike Connors co-star.
The Barrens (2012) “True Blood” star Stephen Moyer shines in this indie scarefest as Richard, a loving husband and father who takes his family on a camping trip to the New Jersey Pine Barrens. What should be a fun getaway quickly turns into a nightmare when Richard becomes convinced that he and his loved ones are being stalked by the legendary Jersey Devil. But could that be possible? Find out, if you dare! With Mia Kirshner, Erik Knudsen.
The Courier Whatever the package, wherever the destination–the Courier (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) will deliver. When the price is a cool million and the package belongs to a feared hit man, the job is sure to be dangerous. Since the lives of his family members are hanging in the balance and a new partner (Josie Ho) on the job, the Courier is taking no chances…or is he? Twist-packed thriller co-stars Mickey Rourke, Lili Taylor.
The Giant Mechanical Man Offbeat romantic comedy follows unemployed thirtysomething single Janice (Jenna Fischer) as she is forced to move in with her overbearing sister. Meanwhile, street performer Tim (Chris Messina) struggles with his own woes. As her sibling pressures her to date an irritating self-help guru, Janice discovers that Tim may just be the man she was looking for. With Malin Ackerman, Topher Grace, Lucy Punch.
The Golden Hawk (1952) Seafaring saga stars Sterling Hayden as a 17th-century privateer who finds himself in an ongoing race for plunder with rivalrous pirate queen Rhonda Fleming. Cartegena governor John Sutton has pledged to belay them both, but will he follow through when a family secret is unearthed? Rousing take on the Frank Yerby novel co-stars Michael Ansara, Raymond Hatton.
The Phantom Stagecoach (1957) With his business reeling from a string of audacious holdups, a stage line operator hires investigator William Bishop to ride shotgun on his next run and bring down those responsible. What happens when he’s confronted by the culprit–a driverless, armored stagecoach that can’t be stopped? Enjoyable oater co-stars Kathleen Crowley, Frank Ferguson, John Doucette, Ray Teal.
Treasure Train (1982) A brother and sister make fast friends with the Cambodian refugee that their aunt and uncle are fostering, and their hike through the woods brings them to the door of an eccentric retired engineer (Mickey Rooney). When the kids discover an abandoned locomotive, he helps restore it to working order for a fantastic and unexpected journey. Fanciful family fare from Canada co-stars Jonathan Starr. AKA: “Odyssey Of The Pacific,” “The Emperor Of Peru.”
Yancy Derringer: The Complete Series (1958) Post-Civil War New Orleans was the setting for this 1958-59 CBS adventure series, with Jock Mahoney starring as the ex-Confederate Army officer who–armed with a namesake gun hidden in his hat–worked undercover to bring Crescent City criminals to justice. Aiding Yancy in his fight for justice was his silent Pawnee Indian companion Pahoo-Ka-Ta-Wah (X Brands) and city administrator John Colton (Kevin Hagen).