New & Upcoming Releases

Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Season 3 (Warner BD $21.99) The final 13 episodes of the 1960s-comics-inspired series matching the Caped Crusader with other heroes from the DC Comics universe.

Being There (Criterion Collection BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) Peter Sellers got an Oscar nomination for his role as a gardener tossed out into the “real world” when his employer dies.

Blast-Off  (Olive Films BD $29.95, DVD $24.95) 1966 slapstick epic better known as Those Fantastic Flying Fools. Burl Ives is P.T. Barnum(!) and he leads an all-star cast including Troy Donahue, Terry Thomas, and Gert Frobe.

The Cardinal (Olive Films BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) British drama from 1936 dramatizing events at the Vatican in the 1500s. Eric Portman and O.B. Clarence star.

Chamber of Horrors (Kino BD $24.95, DVD $14.95) British film (House of Seven Locks) released stateside (paired with Boris Karloff’s stupidest movie, The Ape). Billed as a "horror" film but that's only because there are categories for horror films, thrillers, and mysteries, but no real movie category for "boring mess that you won't care about."

Cinema Paradiso (Arrow Academy BD $39.95) Popular 1988 film about the love of classic movies; this special edition includes the theatrical cut (2 hours) and a director’s cut that’s nearly an hour longer, plus several hours of bonus features.

The Delinquents (Olive Films BD $29.95, DVD $24.95) Troubled youth in Kansas City in this 1957 drama from director Robert Altman; Tom Laughlin stars.  

A Game of Death (Kino BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) 1945 remake of The Most Dangerous Game, directed by Robert Wise and starring John Loder. RKO thriller.

The Invisible Ghost (Kino BD $24.95) The first of the Monogram Nine, a half-dozen-plus-three collection of outstandingly stupid horror films with Bela Lugosi. In this one, he goes insane and strangles his servants whenever he sees the ghost of his dead wife who isn’t really dead, she’s just living under the garage ‘cause she has brain damage, and GOSH I wish I could come up with a plot as clever as THAT one.

Lifeboat (Kino BD $29.95) Alfred Hitchcock’s wartime drama about survivors of a torpedoed ship; one of the smallest movie sets in the history of cinema.

Multiple Maniacs (Criterion Collection BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) John Waters’ second feature (1970) with his usual cast of Baltimore homies, including Divine and Mink Stole (naturally).

Phaedra (Olive Films BD $29.95) Jules Dassin's 1962 updating of the Greek tragedy of a woman who sleeps with her stepson. Melina Mercouri and Anthony Perkins star.

Property is no Longer a Theft (Arrow BD/DVD Combo $39.95) At this point in our narrative, we should perhaps mention that Arrow Academy is ramping up an impressive series of 4K restorations of cult movies, with a lot of interesting titles on the way, including the much-longed-for Caltiki, The Immortal Monster. Any, this one’s a 1973 Italian film about a bank clerk who decides to make a play for the Good Life.

Won Ton Ton, the Dog who Saved Hollywood (Olive Films BD $29.95, DVD $14.95) All-star comedy from the director of Death Wish. Hmmm. Cast includes Madeline Kahn, Bruce Dern, Art Carney, and about a thousand old movie stars in cameos.

MARCH 28

Another Man’s Poison (Classicflix BD $29.98, DVD $24.98) Our friends at Classicflix get into the distribution business with a series of film restorations licensed (mainly United Artists films, it seems). The series kicks off with a rarely revived 1951 Bette Davis movie, her first after the classic All About Eve. Bette murders hubby and tries to cover it up.

Blow-up (Criterion Collection BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) A shutterbug captures a murder by chance in Michelangelo Antonioni’s English-language debut (1966).

Dakota (Kino BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) John Wayne is a sharpy gambler(!) in this 1945 Republic western with Vera Ralston and Walter Brennan.

Mystery Science Theatre XXXVIII (Shout! Factory, $59.97) This collection offers joked-up versions of the films Invasion, U.S.A., Colossus And The Headhunters, High School Big Shot, Track Of The Moon Beast. We’ve kind of lost our enthusiasm for these things.

September Storm (Kino BD $34.95, DVD $19.95) Misguided 1960 attempt to revive 3D movies in theatres; the BD contains both the 3D and 2D versions while the DVD has only 2D. Mark Stevens and Joanne Dru search for gold off the coast of Spain.

Venom (Blue Underground BD $19.95) I saw this when it came out in 1982 and thought it was an incoherent mess, but what a cast: Sterling Hayden, Klaus Kinski, Oliver Reed and Susan George, to name four.

What’s the Matter with Helen? (Shout! Factory BD $27.99) Debbie Reynolds and Shelley Winters scare the shit out of each other in this 1971 shocker with Agnes Moorehead, Dennis Weaver, and Balcony fave Yvette Vickers.

World without End (Warner Archive BD $21.99) 1956 Allied Artists sci-fi film that’s huge (CinemaScope!), colorful (Technicolor!) and stupid (Stupid!) but that doesn’t stop us from making it our Official ITB BEST Disc of the Month. What th’ heck, we’re suckers for ‘50s sci-fi films, particularly those with giant rubber spiders.

Z.P.G. (Kino BD $29.95, DVD $14.95) 1972 science-fiction film that takes place in a far, far future world in which pollution has killed off pretty much everybody except Oliver Reed and Geraldine Page.

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Compulsion (Kino BD $29.95) Richard Fleischer directs (1959) a fictional retelling of the notorious 1920s thrill killers Leopold and Loab (Dean Stockwell and Bradford Dillman); Orson Welles is the attorney based on Clarence Darrow.

Finian’s Rainbow (Warner Archive BD $21.99) Fred Astaire’s last hurrah in a musical; Petula Clark co-stars in this 1968 adaptation of the Broadway hit about stolen Leprechaun gold.

MARCH 14

Demon Seed (Warner Archive BD $21.99) Julie Christie trapped by a psycho killer – a computerized house. Oooookay. 1977 thriller.

The Man who Could Cheat Death (Kino BD $29.95) Minor Hammer horror from 1958, with Anton Diffring a weak replacement for Peter Cushing, although Christopher Lee and Hazel Court are around. Sort of Hammer’s version of The Picture of Dorian Gray. Sort of.

Newhart: Final Season (Shout! Factory DVD $29.93) Awwwe… Sorry to see this one go after 8 funny years. So long to our friends at the Stratford Inn, including Larry, his brother Darryl, and his other brother Darryl. The best final episode of any sitcom ever.

The Skull (Kino BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) This 1965 horror film was built to look like a Hammer – Cushing & Lee are both in it – but it isn’t. It’s not bad, though, with the skull of the Marquis de Sade causing consternation.

The Story of Sin (Arrow Academy BD/DVD Combo, $39.95) Walerian Borowczyk directs this 1975 film about sex and obsession (two of our favorite topics, especially when dealing with Poles).

The Stud and The Bitch (Kino BD $29.95, DVD $19.95 each) Joan Collins stars in both, and both are based on novels by her sister Jackie. We really liked writing “The Stud and The Bitch,” if you want to know the truth.

The Valley of Gwangi (Warner Archive BD $21.99) Cowboys vs. Dinosaur in this not-too-good Ray Harryhausen fantasy from 1969.

This month’s web-only releases from Twilight Time (BDs, $29.95 each) include Peyton Place (1957), Our Man in Havana (1959), and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967).