Wow. In the ten years since Movies Unlimited began, there has never been a week as crammed with exciting new releases as this one. Starting with the title Action of the Tiger that is available exclusively from Movies Unlimited on DVD and Blu-ray and spanning various genres and decades, this batch of new titles includes a jaw-dropping amount of talent spanning the course of Hollywood history. Take a look, we think you’ll be as excited about these new offerings for your collection as we are!
Action of the Tiger (1957)
Idling in Athens, cynical contraband-running skipper Carson (Van Johnson) heard the cash talking when gorgeous French heiress Tracy (Martine Carol) sought his help in getting into Albania to find her imprisoned diplomat brother (Gustavo Rojo). Getting back out might be the impossible part, thanks to the suspect aid of a shifty guerrilla leader (Herbert Lom). Adventure story from the James Wellard novel co-stars José Nieto, Anthony Dawson and, in an early role, Sean Connery; Terence Young directs.
Just Mercy (2019)
In the late ‘80s, with Harvard law degree in hand, Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) headed for Alabama to offer representation to the poor. After meeting death row inmate Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx)–and discovering that his conviction turned on a felon’s compromised testimony–he’d face a daunting challenge to reopen the case and see justice done. Effective true-life legal drama adapted from Stevenson’s memoir also stars Brie Larson, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall, O’Shea Jackson, Jr.
Computer tech Norah Price (Kristen Stewart) got unwanted change from her isolated grind at a subsea research station–courtesy of an earthquake that caused a catastrophic breach. She, as well as the handful of other survivors, faced a mile’s trek in pressure suits across the ocean floor to safety…and they’d discover to their terror that they weren’t alone. Throwback sci-fi shocker also stars Vincent Cassel, T.J. Miller, John Gallagher, Jr., Jessica Henwick, Mamoudou Athie.
Footlight Parade (1933)
Washed-up Broadway impresario Chester Kent (James Cagney) stakes what’s left of business and reputation on staging live curtain-raising mini-musicals for movie theaters, but if crooked partners don’t write his final act, cutthroat competitors will. Crackling Warners pre-Code effort co-stars Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Guy Kibbee, Hugh Herbert, Frank McHugh; out-of-this-world production numbers from Busby Berkeley include “Honeymoon Hotel,” “By a Waterfall,” “Shanghai Lil.”
Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935)
Would-be stage star Irene Foster (Eleanor Powell) couldn’t sell producer/high school flame Robert Gordon (Robert Taylor) on giving her a role…so she connives with a scheming newspaper columnist (Jack Benny) to masquerade as the toast of Paris! Frothy fling from M-G-M co-stars Buddy Ebsen, Una Merkel, Frances Langford, June Knight; Nacio Herb Brown-Arthur Freed tunes include “You Are My Lucky Star,” “Broadway Rhythm,” and “Sing Before Breakfast.”
Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937)
Stage producer Steve Raleigh (Robert Taylor) is won over by the hoofing of talented horse trainer Sally Lee (Eleanor Powell), but his backers don’t want to gamble on an unknown. Can she steer her prized steed into winning a purse that’ll fund the show? Rollicking revue from MGM co-stars Buddy Ebsen, George Murphy, Robert Benchley, Sophie Tucker, Binnie Barnes, and Judy Garland (who sings “Dear Mr. Gable”); score also includes “Follow in My Footsteps,” “Everybody Sing.”
Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)
There’s fun and frolicking in this lavish musical comedy starring Red Skelton as a hat check man who gets knocked on the head and wakes up in 17th-century France where he, as King Louis XV, courts Madame DuBarry (Lucille Ball), who looks remarkably like the nightclub star he loves back home. Gene Kelly, Virginia O’Brien, Zero Mostel also star; score includes Cole Porter’s “Friendship,” “Do I Love You?,” “Katie Went to Haiti,” and more.
Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
Doris Day and James Cagney star in this glossy, gritty, song-filled biodrama of ’20s singer Ruth Etting. Fired from her job in a Chicago dive, the beautiful Etting (Day) allows gangster Martin “the Gimp” Snyder (Cagney) to take charge of her career. As she begins to achieve success, she tries to free herself from the clutches of the controlling mobster–who is desperate to possess her as a romantic partner. With Cameron Mitchell, Robert Keith.
V: The Final Battle (1984)
A brave band of freedom fighters, having learned the alien Visitors’ true reasons for coming to Earth, begins a struggle to expose the truth and free the planet from their scaly clutches. The exciting second miniseries in the “V” saga stars Marc Singer, Jane Badler, Faye Grant, Michael Durrell, and Robert Englund.
Jungle Queen (2K Restored Special Edition)(1945)
Ruth Roman plays the title role of Lothel, mysterious leader of an African tribe whose homeland is caught in the middle of a battle between Nazi spies and Allied agents, in this exciting mix of wartime drama and jungle action. With Edward Norris, Douglass Dumbrille, Tala Birell. Includes all 13 chapters.
Bugs Bunny: Golden Carrot Collection
Every season can be wabbit season with this comprehensive collection of 74 shorts spanning the career of the one, the only Bugs Bunny! Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, and all of the devil-may-care hare’s favorite foils are on board for “Baseball Bugs” (1946), “Rabbit Hood” (1949), “What’s Up Doc?” (1950), “Operation: Rabbit” (1952), “Duck! Rabbit, Duck!” (1953), “Broom-Stick Bunny” (1956), “Ali Baba Bunny” (1957), and many, many more.
Uphill All the Way (1986)
A misunderstanding involving a shotgun and a bank teller leads to trouble-prone good ol’ boys Ben Hooker (Roy Clark) and Booger Skaggs (Mel Tillis) being mistaken for common thieves. With a posse hot on their trail, the fellas can’t even collect some well-deserved reward money after they manage to foil a trading post robbery. Hilarious western/comedy also stars Burl Ives, Glen Campbell, Frank Gorshin, Trish Van Devere, Elaine Joyce, and, in an uncredited cameo, Burt Reynolds.
Song of Norway (1970)
Screen take on the operetta celebrating Edvard Grieg takes an opulent if fanciful look at the preeminent 19th-century Norwegian composer’s life, as a struggling Grieg (Toralv Maurstad)–newly and scandalously married to first cousin Nina Hagerup (Florence Henderson)–embarks on an affair with a wealthy ex-classmate (Christina Schollin) to further his career. Effort leavened by Grieg compositions and lavish locations also stars Frank Porretta, Edward G. Robinson, Robert Morley, Harry Secombe.
Criminal Minds: The Final Season (2020)
After years of life-or-death standoffs, tense showdowns, and confrontations with the most dangerous killers alive, the best and brightest of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit finally reach their last cases in their 15th and final season. As the BAU race against time to find their most cunning and vicious adversary yet the murderous master of disguise, Chameleon (Michael Mosley) they find closure in the ongoing drama of their personal lives, including David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness). Bring home the long-awaited answers and conclusions fans have been waiting for in this 3-disc set featuring the final 10 episodes of the series.
Criminal Minds: The Complete Series
All 321 episodes of the series are included in this 85-disc set.
Witness to Murder: A Darrow Mystery (2019)
Could it get worse for Claire (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) when the corporate whistleblower who wants her representation is Cassie Piper (Elysia Rotaru), the lawyer who drove mom and partner Joanna (Wendie Malick) from her former high-end firm? It could, when Cassie is thereafter fingered for the slaying of a key witness…and Miles (Tom Cavanagh) is assigned the prosecution! Michelle Harrison, Barclay Hope also star.
The Righteous Gemstones: The Complete First Season (2019)
Danny McBride created and co-stars in this hilarious and irreverent HBO series that premiered in 2019. Jesse Gemstone (McBride) is a member of a famed family of televangelists whose devotion to the Lord is surpassed only by their desire to make piles of cash for themselves. The show chronicles the Gemstones’ dysfunctional dynamics as they attempt to build upon their already extensive empire of megachurches. John Goodman, Adam Devine, Edi Patterson also star. All nine episodes from the first season are featured in this two-disc set.
Pregnant after a fling, small-towner Jenny Marsh (Marlo Thomas) fled to Manhattan, where she encountered Delano (Alan Alda), a filmmaker with a draft notice on his desk. Willing to claim paternity and provide support in order to get a deferment, he proposes a marriage of convenience…but keeping the arrangement strictly business might prove more challenging than either thought. Hard-to-find big-screen vehicle for Thomas co-stars Vincent Gardenia, Elizabeth Wilson, Charlotte Rae, Estelle Winwood.
Bottled with Love (2019)
For Boston businesswoman Abbey Lawrence (Bethany Joy Lenz), her current office project would have stressful enough without the presence of the CEO’s imperious son, Nick Everson (Andrew W. Walker). At least she had her anonymous correspondence with the sweet mystery guy who recovered the open-ended bottled love note she tossed in the harbor months ago…but what happens when he turns out to be Nick? Kate Isaac, Kevin McNulty, Frances Flanagan also star.
Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1981)
In the Oklahoma territory of the 1890s, teenagers Anna McDoulet (Amanda Plummer) and Jennie Stevens (Diane Lane) thrilled to the dime novel exploits of notorious outlaws–and decided that was the life for them. Tracking down the gang spearheaded by Bill Doolin (Burt Lancaster), the young ladies would prove invaluable to the bemused bandit in staying a step ahead of lawman Bill Tilghman (Rod Steiger). Fact-inspired oater co-stars John Savage, Scott Glenn, Buck Taylor, William Russ.
Destry Rides Again (Criterion Collection)(1939)
After the town’s sheriff is gunned down, corrupt saloon keeper Kent (Brian Donlevy) and his gal Frenchy (Marlene Dietrich) hold sway over the good folk of Bottleneck, as well as the local cattle ranchers. The call goes out for justice, and the answer comes in the form of gunless gunslinger Tom Destry, Jr. (James Stewart, in the first of many western roles), who brandishes only his unique wit and charm to bring order back to the town. Charles Winninger, Mischa Auer co-star; George Marshall directs from Max Brand’s novel.
Time Limit (1957)
Colonel William Edwards of the U.S. Army (Richard Widmark) is assigned to investigate Major Harry Cargill (Richard Basehart), who’s accused of treason while a POW during the Korean War. Although Cargill freely admits his guilt, his exemplary record leaves Edwards unconvinced. As his superiors pressure him to expedite a court martial, Edwards becomes determined to uncover the truth. Dolores Michaels, June Lockhart co-star in Karl Malden’s sole directing effort.
Harry Langdon: At Hal Roach: The Talkies 1929-1930
The baby-faced star comic of the silents transitioned to the sound era with these eight shorts from Roach: “Hotter Than Hot” (1929), “Sky Boy” (1929), “Skirt Shy” (1929), “The Head Guy” (1930), “The Fighting Parson” (1930), “The Big Kick” (1930), “The Shrimp” (1930), and “The King” (1930).
The Golem: How He Came Into the World (1920)
The legend of “the Golem,” a man-made creature magically brought to life by a learned rabbi to prevent the persecution of the Jews in a pogrom in Prague, Czechoslovakia, is portrayed in this atmospheric German fantasy that was an early entry in the horror film genre. Starring writer/co-director Paul Wegener (who filmed the tale once before in a 1914 version), Albert Steinrück and Lyda Salmonova.
Sixteen Candles (1984)
Classic John Hughes comedy stars Molly Ringwald as Sam Baker, an awkward teen whose world is thrown into turmoil when her family forgets her 16th birthday. Along the way, Sam contends with her sister’s impending nuptials, the unwanted advances of a geeky schoolmate (Anthony Michael Hall), and sharing her house with a foreign exchange student, all while she tries to win the heart of her dream man. With Paul Dooley, Michael Schoeffling, Gedde Watanabe.
The Crucible (1967)
Before he was “The Wrestler,” Mickey Rourke stepped into another type of fighting ring in this hard-hitting drama, which he also scripted. Rourke stars as a washed-up club boxer who finally gets a shot at a top middleweight contender, only to have a sleazy promoter (Christopher Walken) encourage him to keep fighting while not telling him that one more punch could wind up killing him. Debra Feuer co-stars; music by Eric Clapton and Michael Kamen.
Long-sought and acclaimed broadcast presentation of Arthur Miller’s allegorical stage classic stars George C. Scott as John Proctor, the proud Puritan of 17th-century New England whose silence over a clandestine affair with spiteful ex-servant Abigail Williams (Tuesday Weld) allowed her to enflame the local hysteria that culminated in the Salem witch trials. Colleen Dewhurst, Melvyn Douglas, Fritz Weaver, Will Geer, Cathleen Nesbitt, Henry Jones also star.
Police Squad!: The Complete Series (1982)
Creators Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker spoofed the TV cop drama genre with this short-lived 1982 CBS series that would serve as the backdrop for their popular “Naked Gun” films. Watch as bumbling, deadpan detective Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) battles bad guys amidst a host of hilarious sight gags and over-the-top humor. With Alan North, Peter Lupus, Ed Williams, William Duell, and Rex Hamilton as Abraham Lincoln. All six episodes from the series are featured in this release.
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