The 3-D Nudie-Cuties Collection (Kino BD $34.95) Topless 3D films of the ‘50s and ‘60s, including such classics as Beauty in 3rd Dimension, Love for Sale, Adam and Six Eves, The Bellboy and the Playgirls, and Oh My Gosh Those Things’ll Knock Your Eyes Out (okay, we made the last one up).
An American Werewolf in London (Arrow Video BD $49.95) John Landis’ 1981 fan-favorite werewolf movie is given a deluxe treatment with several hours of bonus material, including new documentaries on the history of werewolves in Universal pictures.
The Blob (Shout! Factory BD $29.99) 1988 remake of the 1950s cult masterpiece, and while we’re fans of the original and of co-star Candy Clark, the film is not a favorite. Kevin Dillon (who is no Steve McQueen), Shawnee Smith and Donovan Leitch, Jr. star.
Days of Wine and Roses (Warner Archive BD $21.99) Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick are a typical American couple – you know, alcoholics – in Blake Edwards’ 1962 film.
The Devil Rides Out (Shout! Factory BD $27.99) Richard Matheson wrote and Terence Fisher directed this 1968 adaptation of the classic Dennis Wheatley novel about Satanism. One of the more highly regarded of all Hammer films; Christopher Lee stars.
Fuller at Fox - Five Films 1951-1957 (Eureka! Masters of Cinema BD £47.99) We have an all-region player; not certain how many of you do, so we rarely discuss European releases unless they’re of special interest, and this certainly qualifies: Masters of Cinema is the UK answer to Criterion (only, frequently, better) and here are five remarkable films in one set stuffed with bonus material and a 100 page book, all limited to only 2,000 sets. Includes Fixed Bayonets!, Pickup on South Street, Hell and High Water, House of Bamboo, Forty Guns, all directed of course by Sam Fuller.
Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films (Criterion BD $224.95) Well this is the (you should pardon the expression) monster set of the year, with 15 movies, all in Japanese and some with English versions. The set includes (okay, take notes, there’s going to be a test) Godzilla (1954), Godzilla Raids Again (Gigantis the Fire Monster) (1955), King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963), Mothra vs. Godzilla (Godzilla vs. the Thing) (1964), Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964), Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965), Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966), Son of Godzilla (1967), Destroy All Monsters (1968), All Monsters Attack (1969), Godzilla vs. Hedorah (Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster) (1971), Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972), Godzilla vs. Megalon, (1973), Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974), Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975). This is the debut of the Japanese version of King Kong vs. Godzilla and the debut in any version of Son of Godzilla, and obviously, it’s got to be our Official ITB Best Release of the Month.
The Human Monster (a/k/a The Dark Eyes of London) (VCI Blu-ray $24.95, DVD $19.95) Bela Lugosi went to England for this horror show, which was released in the U.S. by Monogram Pictures. It’s based on a novel by Edgar Wallace.
Logan’s Run: The Complete Series (Warner Archive DVD $29.99) A spinoff from the 1976 theatrical film, but while Logan and his girlfriend try to find Sanctuary in Earth’s far future before the reach the mandatory euthanasia age of thirty, they only made it to 14 episodes of the TV show before it was cancelled.
Man of a Thousand Faces (Arrow BD $34.95) James Cagney is silent screen legend Lon Chaney in this excellent (but only occasionally accurate) 1957 biopic with Dorothy Malone and Jane Greer.
La Marseillaise (Kino BD $29.95) Jean Renoir’s 1938 film about the French Revolution was widely dismissed in its time but has grown in critical estimation.