Does it seem bright in here? Maybe that’s because the stars are shining because of the caliber of Hollywood icons who are spotlighted in this week’s selection of classic DVD & Blu-ray releases.
|Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)||Frankenstein (1931)||The Wolf Man (1941)|
A masterpiece of film noir cinema from director Billy Wilder, “Double Indemnity” (1944) stars Fred MacMurray as an insurance salesman lured by ice-cold femme fatale Barbara Stanwyck into a diabolical murder plot against her husband. Edward G. Robinson and Tom Powers also star; co-scripted by Raymond Chandler. Two-disc set.
Two-disc set includes “Cleopatra” (1934), “Imitation Of Life” (1934), “Midnight” (1939), and “The Palm Beach Story.”
Frankenstein (1931) (Blu-ray)
Based on the novel by Mary Shelley, this classic chiller helped usher in the age of the Universal monsters. When mad scientist Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) pieces together body parts taken from various corpses with hopes of creating life, his resulting production (Boris Karloff, in a career-defining performance) demonstrates the consequences of toying with nature. With Mae Clarke, Dwight Frye; directed by James Whale.
Bride Of Frankenstein (1935) (Blu-ray)
Boris Karloff’s back and Elsa Lanchester’s got him in one of the greatest horror films ever made. Revealed to be very much alive, Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive) takes the next step in his quest to unlock the mysteries of immortality when he’s convinced by mad scientist Dr. Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger) to construct a mate (Lanchester) for his brutish creation (Karloff). Valerie Hobson also stars; directed by James Whale.
The Wolf Man (1941) (Blu-ray)
“Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolf bane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.” Classic chiller stars Lon Chaney, Jr. as a man marked with the sign of the beast. Returning to his family’s Welsh ancestral home, Chaney is the recipient of a lycanthropic curse when he’s attacked by a vicious werewolf. With Claude Rains, Evelyn Ankers, Bela Lugosi, and the ever-wizened Maria Ouspenskaya.
The Atomic City (Remastered Edition) (1952)
Nuclear scientist Gene Barry, stationed at the government’s Los Alamos research facility, faces a dilemma when his young son is abducted by enemy agents who demand the design secrets for the H-bomb as ransom. Gripping Cold War-flavored suspenser also stars Lydia Clarke, Nancy Gates, Michael Moore.
Funny Girl (1968)
Barbra Streisand took home a Best Actress Oscar for her role as singer-comedienne Fanny Brice in this classic musical comedy. Follow the ups and downs of Brice’s personal and professional lives, from her days as a rollerskating chorus girl to a star-making turn in “Ziegfeld Follies” and her marriage to dashing gambler Nicky Arnstein (Omar Sharif). With Kay Medford, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon; songs include “People” and “Don’t Rain on My Parade.”
Six-disc set includes “Wuthering Heights” (1939), “The Pride Of The Yankees,” “The Best Years Of Our Lives,” “The Bishop’s Wife,” “Hans Christian Andersen,” and “Guys And Dolls.”
Twenty-six episodes of the series are featured in a six-disc set.
Two Men In Manhattan (1959)
Harbor Command (1957)
Airing in syndication from 1957-58, this rarely seen series chronicled the action-packed exploits of a United States Coast Guard harbor patrol unit. Join Captain Ralph Baxter (Wendell Corey) and his team as they keep the San Francisco Bay Area safe from all manner of dangerous criminals. Casey Walters co-starred, with guest appearances by Leonard Nimoy, Brian Keith, Edmond O’Brien, and more.
The Devil Bat (Remastered Edition) (1940)
Angered at being cut out of the profits on his discoveries by his grasping cosmetics mogul bosses, vengeful researcher Bela Lugosi targets their families for destruction by offering them his latest cologne. While it won’t drive the ladies wild, it’ll have just that effect on Bela’s mutated giant bats! Suzanne Kaaren, Dave O’Brien, Guy Usher co-star.
Riot (Remastered Edition) (1969)
A prison uprising and hostage-taking incident serves as camouflage for a daring escape plan in this gripping “big house” thriller from producer William Castle. Gene Hackman plays the mastermind of the siege, and Jim Brown is an inmate reluctantly drawn into the breakout. Can the men overcome the odds and somehow reach freedom? With Mike Kellin, Gerard S. O’Loughlin, Ben Carruthers.