New & Upcoming Releases

La Poison (Criterion BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) 1951 French comedy written and directed by Sacha Guitry. It’s the charming story of a husband and wife bent on murdering each other and getting away with it.

Hercules and The Adventures of Hercules II (Shout! Factory BD $29.99 each) Lou Ferrigno stepped his hulking frame into the sandals of the mythological hero in two 1980s movies. Uh-huh.

Beggars of Life (Kino Lorber BD $29.95) Early talkie (well, silent with sound sequences) with Louise Brooks and Wallace Beery as rail-riding nomads. Because there are so few films from that era available, let's make this our Official ITB BEST Release of the Month.

The Love of a Woman (Arrow BD+DVD $39.95) 1954 French drama directed by Jean Grémillon; Micheline Presle is a young doctor who encounters prejudice because of her gender. Includes a 1969 feature-length documentary on the director.

New Battles Without Honor and Humanity: The Complete Trilogy (Arrow BD+DVD $99.95) No idea. Seriously. Arrow, send me a press release or somethin’. Don’t keep leavin’ us hangin’ here.

Varieté (Kino Classics BD $29.95) 1925 German film with Emil Jannings, directed by Ewald André Dupont, cinematography by Karl Freund. Life in a seedy carnival.

The Slayer (Arrow BD+DVD $39.95) Well, THIS one we know about. It’s a 1982 horror film that was also released as Nightmare Island. Never seen it, but I’m sure this deluxe edition is worth every penny of its 3,995 penny cost.

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The Big Knife (Arrow BD+DVD $39.95) Well, those Arrow folks are busy as the dickens this month, aren’t they? This is a 1955 Robert Aldrich film based on a Clifford Odets play and starring Jack Palance, Ida Lupino, Wendell Corey, Jean Hagen and Rod Steiger and gosh, it SOUNDS like a great movie, don’t it?

Erik the Conqueror (Arrow BD+DVD $39.95) Welcome to Arrow’s Auxiliary Website. This is a 1961 Italian film, directed by Mario Bava and starring Cameron Mitchell. It was dubbed and released in the U.S. by (who else?) American-International.

The Legend of Hillbilly John (Kino Lorber BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) 1972 film about, um, a ballad singer from the mountains who traverses the country battling agents of Lucifer. No, no, it is – that’s really the movie. Honestly. How did Arrow miss THIS puppy?

The Man with Two Brains (Warner Archive BD $21.99) 1983 Carl Reiner comedy starring Steve Martin and Kathleen Turner and for what it’s worth, we think it’s Martin’s best film.

The Manster (Shout! Factory BD $27.99) Popular early ‘60s dubbed film about a man with another man growing out of his shoulder. Better than it sounds, but it would almost have to be, wouldn’t it?

Snapshot (a/k/a The Day after Halloween) (Vinegar Syndrome BD+DVD $32.98) A beautiful model is stalked by a psycho in this 1979 thriller from Australia.

Trinity Twin Pack (Henstooth BD $29.95) Includes both My Name is Trinity and Trinity is Still My Name so you get the whole story, kind of like those Harry Chapin songs with sequels. Yeah, JUST like that.

Two Female Spies with Flowered Panties (Severin BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) Jess Franco directed but with a title like that, who cares?

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The Bitter Tea of General Yen (SPE BD $26.99) 1933 Frank Capra film about a missionary (Barbara Stanwyck) caught with orphans in a war zone.

The Devil’s Brigade (Kino Lorber BD $29.95) An all-star cast (well, William Holden, Cliff Robertson, Vince Edwards, Claude Akins, and Richard Dawson, anyway) lead a charge against an 'impregnable' Nazi mountain fortress.

MacArthur (Universal BD $14.98) Gregory Peck is the legendary “I shall return!” general in this 1977 bio-pic, but the movie isn’t very good. On the other hand, it’s way better than Inchon!, made a few years later with Laurence Olivier as Gen. Doug.

Shin Godzilla (Funimation BD $34.98, DVD $29.98) A Japanese reboot of the series, and almost by default it’s probably better than the recent American version.

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The Breaking Point (Criterion BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) Michael Curtiz directed this 1950 version of Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not. John Garfield, Patricia Neal, and Wallace Ford star.

Clambake (Kino Lorber BD $29.95) Elvis is a millionaire who masquerades as a ski instructor to see if girls like him for anything besides his dough. Uh-huh. Shelley Fabares and Bill Bixby co-star in this 1967 classic. Songs include, um, “Confidence” and “Who Needs Money”.

Frankie and Johnny (Kino Lorber BD $29.95) Elvis again, this time with Donna “Elly Mae Clampett” Douglass by his side, 1966. Songs include, um, “Beginner’s Luck” and “Shout it Out”. This and Clambake are hardly Elvis’ finest cinematic achievements, in case you’re wondering.

Freebie and the Bean (Warner Archive BD $21.99) Alan Arkin and James Caan are comical cops in this 1974 action film from director Richard Rush.

The Night of the Sorcerers / The Lorelei's Grasp (Shout! Factory BD $29.99) Well, what would a month be without foreign horror obscurities? These are both from 1974.

The Taisho Trilogy (Limited Edition) (Arrow Academy BD+DVD $99.95) No idea. No, seriously, no idea whatsoever. Just none. I know all about Clambake and I’ve seen Frankie and Johnny but this thing? Nope. You’re on your own.

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Duel in the Sun: Roadshow Edition (Kino Lorber BD $29.99, DVD $19.99) David O. Selznick tried to outdo Gone with the Wind. This edition includes a prologue and entrance and exit music and times at 144 min. King Vidor directs Jennifer Jones, Gregory Peck, Lionel Barrymore, Lillian Gish, Joseph Cotten, and Walter Huston.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (50th Anniversary Edition) (Kino Lorber BD $29.99) Includes 4K restorations of the original theatrical cut and the European cut.

Hopscotch (Criterion BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) Walter Matthau is an ex-CIA agent writing his memoir, which annoys his former bosses to no end. Glenda Jackson and Herbert Lom co-star in this 1980 cult favorite.

Night Moves (Warner Archive BD $21.99) A 1975 neo-noir directed by Arthur Penn and starring Gene Hackman, but if Warner Archive is gonna upgrade its offerings, let’s pester them for Queen of Outer Space, shall we?

The Noose Hangs High (Classic Flix BD $29.98, DVD $24.98) After several years working for Universal and MGM, Abbott & Costello made an independent picture – and stuffed as many of their classic routines as they could into it. The 1948 result, distributed by Eagle-Lion, is one of their funniest films. Cathy Downs and Leon Errol co-star, and I sure wish we had more of Errol’s films available these days.

One Dark Night (BD $29.95, DVD $24.95) Adam West and Meg Tilly made a horror film together in 1983? Who knew? RIP Mr. West.

This month’s web-only offerings from Twilight Time (BDs, $29.95 each) include another Elvis winner, Kid Galahad (1962), plus a couple of good dog days movies, The Long, Hot Summer (1958) and Suddenly, Last Summer (1959).