Assignment in Brittany (Warner Archive DVD $19.99) MGM’s big 1943 wartime thriller set in occupied France; French actor Jean-Pierre Aumont and Swedish actress Signe Hasso star.
Men Must Fight (Warner Archive DVD $19.99) Interesting 1933 MGM picture set in the near future when a “fictitious” second World War is about to break out, and how a young pacifist deals with it. Stars Lewis Stone, Diana Wynyard, and Robert Young.
Notorious (Criterion BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) In our not-so-humble In The Balcony opinion, the best of all Hitchcock’s masterpieces, a dizzying romantic thriller with Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, and a wine bottle full of WW2 secrets. Never grows old. Our selection as Official ITB Best Release of the Month.
Pacific Liner (Warner Archive DVD $19.99) Say, this looks swell: tough Cap’n Victor McLaglen’s shipped is infected with cholera and intrigue in this 1939 RKO film by director Lew Landers. Chester Morris and Wendie Barrie co-star.
The Prize (Warner Archive BD $21.99) Mark Robson’s 1963 American spy thriller was written by Ernest Lehman from a novel by Irving Wallace, so it SOUNDS good. Paul Newman, Elke Sommer, and Edward G. Robinson star.
The Forbidden Photos of a Lady above Suspicion (Arrow Video BD $39.95) Well, the title pretty much says it all with this 1970 Italian psychological thriller directed by Luciano Ercoli.
Four Times that Night (Kino BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) Mario Bava’s 1971 Italian film isn’t a horror gorefest! No, it’s a SEX COMEDY! Woo-hoo!
The Glass Key (Shout! Factory BD $27.99) Second adaptation of the Dashiell Hammett classic novel about crime, murder, and politics. Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, and William Bendix star; directed by Stuart Heisler, 1942.
Jack the Ripper (Severin BD $24.95, DVD $19.95) Fondly remembered 1959 version of the immortal stalker of the whores of London, with a bloody color insert at the climax. Released as a Limited Special Edition a couple of years ago and now here it is for the unwashed masses.
Knives of the Avenger (Kino BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) Cameron Mitchell stars in Mario Bava’s 1966 film described as “A remake of Shane, but with Vikings!”
Obsession (Shout! Factory BD $34.93) Brian De Palma’s 1976 ode to Vertigo – including a score by Bernard Herrmann – reportedly pleased Mr. Hitchcock not a whit. Cliff Robertson and Geneviève Bujold star.
The Plague Dogs (Shout! Factory BD $27.99) Rowf and Snitter, on the run across England from the government laboratory from which they’ve escaped. Woof, woof! Martin Rosen directs, 1982.
The Plague of the Zombies (Shout! Factory BD $29.99) One of the best and scariest of the Hammer Films shockers; a mine full o’ the living dead, 1966. John Gilling directs, and it originally played here in the U.S. with Dracula, Prince of Darkness.
Saturday the 14th (Shout! Factory BD $27.99) Real-life married couple Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss move into a haunted mansion full of monsters in this popular 1981 spoof.