New DVD Releases: Week of 10-11-10

The Busby Berkeley 10 Film Collection

Classics and contemporary favorites combine in this week’s new DVD releases. Amongst the latest DVD and Blu-ray offerings are stylish showbiz classics, schlocky horror picture shows, a recent CGI fave, TV shows old and new, and much, much more. Here’s what’s new and notable for this week!

The Busby Berkeley 9-Film Collection

Ten-disc boxed set includes “42nd Street,” “Gold Diggers of 1933,” “Footlight Parade,” “Dames,” “Gold Diggers of 1935,” “Gold Diggers of 1937,” “Varsity Show,” “Hollywood Hotel,” “Gold Diggers in Paris,” and “The Busby Berkeley Disc,” a toe-tapping compilation of 21 of the choreographer/filmmaker’s greatest dance numbers. Fun, fashionable and timeless, these films are well worth your time.

The William Castle Film Collection

Gimmick king William Castle added a “Fear Break” before the climax of “Homicidal” (1961), a gender-bending horror tale about a woman who pays a hotel bellhop to marry her, then murders the justice of the peace before plotting to gain a family inheritance. Jean Arless (aka actress Joan Marshall), Glenn Corbett star. Next, “Mr. Sardonicus” (1961) tells of a greedy 19th-century count whose face froze in a grimace after he defiled his father’s grave to retrieve a winning lottery ticket. Guy Rolfe, Audrey Dalton star. A mild-mannered college professor finds an ancient amulet that can make people move in slow motion, in “Zotz!” (1962). Tom Poston, Julia Meade, Jim Backus, Margaret Dumont star. And, “The Old Dark House” (1963), Castle’s spin on the J.B. Priestley novel, follows a car salesman to a spooky old estate where the members of an eccentric family begin to get picked off one by one. Poston, Robert Morley star. Five-disc set also includes “The Tingler,” “13 Ghosts” (1960), “13 Frightened Girls!,” and “Strait-Jacket” (1964).

How to Train Your Dragon

In this hit animated adventure for the whole family, Hiccup, a young Viking who dreams of being a brave dragon killer, strikes up an unlikely friendship with one of the flying beasts after wounding it in battle. Together, Hiccup and his new friend–whom he dubs Toothless–must unite their cultures in a fight against a giant evil dragon known as the Red Death. Features the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson,  and Superbad co-stars Jonah Hill and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

Marcus Welby, M.D.: Season Two

ABC’s popular medical drama ran from 1969-76 and starred Robert Young as Dr. Marcus Welby, a family practitioner who dealt with all manner of heath crises and social problems including everything from depression and breast cancer to rape and drug addiction. James Brolin also starred as Welby’s young associate Dr. Steven Kiley, and Elena Verdugo was trusted nurse and secretary Consuelo Lopez. All 24 episodes from the second season–including “A Very Special Sailfish,” “The Labyrinth,” “The Passing of Torches,” “The Contract,” and “The House of Alquist”–are featured in a six-disc set.

Jonah Hex

This supernatural-themed western based on the DC Comics’ anti-hero focuses on Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin), a severely scarred drifter/bounty hunter who lost everything he once had at the hands of terrorist Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich). When the U.S. government offers to remove the price from his head if he can stop his old foe for them, Hex teams with tough prostitute Lilah (Megan Fox) to bring Turnbull down. With Michael Fassbender, Will Arnett. This movie tanked at the box office, but is it really as bad as it reputation suggests? Find out…if you dare.

CSI: Miami: The Eighth Season

The setting may have changed, but the emphasis remains on crime and detection in the first “CSI” spin-off. David Caruso stars as Lt. Horatio Caine, a former homicide detective who now heads an elite forensics unit which includes ballistics expert Emily Procter, underwater specialist Adam Rodriguez, streetwise investigator Rory Cochrane, and Khandi Alexander. All 24 episodes from season eight–including “Out of Time,” “Point of Impact,” “Getting Axed,” “Mommie Deadest,” and “All Fall Down”–are featured in a seven-disc set.

Dollhouse: Season Two

Another day, another cancelled Joss Whedon Fox series. All 13 episodes from the second season–including “Vows,” “The Public Eye,” “The Attic,” “Getting Closer,” and “Epitaph 2: Return”–are featured in a four-disc set.

Ghost Whisperer: The Final Season

Blessed–or cursed–with the ability to communicate with the dead, newlywed antique store owner Melinda Gordon (Jennifer Love Hewitt) uses her gift to help wayward spirits reconcile unfinished business with the living, allowing them to rest in peace. Debuting on CBS in 2005, this unique mix of emotional drama and supernatural chills also stars Aisha Tyler and David Conrad.  All 22 episodes from season five–including “Birthday Presence,” “Head Over Heels,” “Dead to Me,” “Blood Money,” and “The Children’s Parade”–are featured in a six-disc set.

In Treatment: Season Two

Adapted from a popular Israeli program, this HBO drama follows the trials and tribulations of psychotherapist Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne) as he treats five sets of challenging patients while struggling with his own insecurities. Realizing one of the pillars of successful human understanding is to “know thyself,” Paul recruits a counselor (Dianne Wiest) to help him through his own personal troubles. All 35 episodes from the series’s second season are featured in this set.

The Essential Bugs Bunny

What’s up, doc? Some of the greatest cartoons ever! Only ultramaroons would miss adding this two-disc collection of Bugs Bunny classics to their home video library! Features 17 shorts with everyone’s favorite wascally wabbit–including “The Wild Hare,” “8 Ball Bunny,” “Rabbit Fire,” and “What’s Opera, Doc?” (possibly the funniest cartoon ever)–plus an episode of Bugs’ ’60s TV show, the TV specials “How Bugs Bunny Won the West” and “Bugs Bunny’s Wild World of Sports,” the uncut original version of “Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers,” and more.

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  • Douglas DeHaan

    Would like to buy some of the great musicals, back to 1950′s or so. How can I locate them for purchase?

  • Chris Cummins

    You can browse an array of musicals that we offer by checking out this link:

    Here’s hoping you find many musical classics that tickle your fancy!

  • Bill Welz

    Will the 1970′s series police story ever be brought out for release?

  • Kai Ferano

    The Christmas gift that would make me so very happy would be for the TV series “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” to be put on DVD. There are a few bogus websites out there that advertise this, but they never seem to follow through completely on an order. Fortunately, I never lost any $$$ with these sites.

  • David Ecklein

    The Busby Berkeley 9-DVD set looks wonderful, but all these films were issued earlier in two seperate box sets, so diehard fans may already have them. When will the rest of the Berkeleys be out in restored form? “20 Million Sweethearts”, “Whoopie”, “In Caliente”, “Palmy Days”, “Flying High”, “Wonder Bar”, and “The Fashions of 1934″. etc. are somewhere in the ozone, a few are on unrestored DVD-Rs. And I am still waiting for the series of eight Nelson Eddy – Jeanette MacDonald MGM gems to be reissued on DVD (preferably in a restored boxed edition). Please.

  • Pam Russell

    Are “My Forbidden Past” (Ava Gardner), “Joan of Arc” (Ingrid Bergman; but not “Joan of Arc at the Stake”), or the Chris Isaak Show available anywhere on DVD? That’s my wish-list!

  • ekim smada

    Still waiting for Northwest Passage with Spencer Tracy to come out on DVD. It’s one of my favorite action movies. The fight scenes are very realistic for their time. One of Tracy’s best. Hard to believe this movie is not available.

  • Blair Kramer

    I was watching a Busby Berkeley film on TCM late one night (don’t ask me the title, I have no idea. I only started to watch it because I just couldn’t sleep) when I saw something that caused me to fall out of my chair! Period music from the 30′s played as a large group of smiling women in tight swim suits swam their hearts out in a pool. They eventually gathered together head-to-head to clasp their hands in a tight formation. Then, one of the women slowly swam through the center of the formation to separate them one at a time. It looked for all the world exactly like a zipper that was slowly coming undone! I swear to God I am not kidding! And I am fully convinced that this was precisely the image Berkeley had in mind! More than that, I’m sure he knew that it would completely go over the heads of the censors at the Breen office. After all, if they actually recognized it for what it was meant to be, do you think they would have allowed it to pass? Not on your life!

  • debra kea

    please try to get a hold of backstreet with susan hayward and john gavin and i think the title is the young and innocent with sandra dee and audie murphy. i would love to add these to my collection.

  • Elizabeth Parker

    No comment, just would like to no who to go to get The Movie On DVD: The President’s Lady,has Charlton Hesten portraying Andrew Jackson and his story leading up to him becomming the President of the United States???? Please someone get this on DVD !!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Dave Buras

    Still hoping Paramount releases two Jerry Lewis gems on DVD:
    “Visit To A Small Planet” and “The Sad Sack”.

  • b ellen

    all I want to x-mas is the wheeler dealers with jim gardner….it was great – but no one wants it…I do….

  • Frank Rivera

    Would like on dvd is (The Purple Mask-Tony Curtis)(Anthony Adverse-Frederick March)(the Pilgrim
    Adventure-Spencer Tracy)(Young Thomas Edison-Mickey Rooney)(The Cantival Ghost-Charles
    Laughton)(Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid-William Powell)