Republic—We Like the Sound Of It: After being tossed around like a cinematic hot potato, Republic Pictures—or at least most of the now-defunct film studio’s library—has landed on its feet from Olive Films. They are the same folks who have been cranking out Paramount titles at a rapid clip, from two Cecil B. De Mille versions of the Jean Lafitte/Andrew Jackson adventure The Buccaneer to Jerry Lewis farces like The Geisha Boy to Otto Preminger’s out-there ‘60s spoof Skidoo! In addition to Paramount product, Olive has made some other nifty acquisitions as well– Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Despair and Robert Aldrich’s Twilight’s Last Gleaming among them. Coming from the vaults of Republic in the future will be films that have already been offered on DVD in the past (including several John Wayne efforts), as well as a slew of titles that have yet to get the digital treatment. Among them: Johnny Guitar (1954), Nicholas Ray’s off-centered Freudian western with Joan Crawford and Sterling Hayden; The Bullfighter and the Lady (1951), Budd Boetticher’s semi-autobiographical matador movie with Gilbert Roland, Robert Stack and Joy Page; The Dark Mirror (1946), a noirish gem from Robert Siodmak with Olivia de Havilland in dual roles as good and bad sisters; China Gate (1957), Samuel Fuller’s gritty set-in-Vietnam war tale with Gene Barry, Angie Dickenson and Nat King Cole; and Private Hell 36 (1954), Don Siegel’s intense thriller about missing loot, hoods and tough detectives with Steve Cochran, Howard Duff and Ida Lupino.
Lucy—I’m Home!: You’ll be able to take a trip back to a different era when The Beatles’ 1968 animated opus Yellow Submarine docks itself on DVD and Blu-ray. Gorgeously remastered, loaded with fantastic extras (audio commentary, featurettes, galleries, cel reproductions) and presented with spectacular sound options, Yellow Submarine sails again in all of its psychedelic splendor. See what happens when the Fab Four try to save Pepperland from the dastardly Blue Meanies. Showcasing such Beatles songs as “Nowhere Man,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “All you Need is Love” and “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” Yellow Submarine is bound to be a new experience now, even if you’ve seen it ten times before.