The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (Kino Lorber BD $34.95) 1978 Australian classic about an Aborigine on the run for murder.
Cluny Brown (Criterion BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) Ernst Lubitsch’s last completed film (he died of a heart attack a few months later); a romance (what else?) with Charles Boyer and Jennifer Jones.
Fright (Shout! Factory BD $26.99) 1971 horror film about a teenaged babysitter and a homicidal maniac. Oh. Susan George and Honor Blackman(!) star.
Lost City of the Jungle (VCI BD $29.95, DVD $19.95) 1946 serial in which Lionel Atwill took ill (he died soon after) and so was replaced by a double, just like Plan 9 from Outer Space.
My Favorite Year (Warner Archive BD $21.99) Early live TV, and a young comedy writer has to deal with a drunken celebrity guest (played by Peter O’Toole) in this 1982 comedy directed by Richard Benjamin.
Noir Archive Volume 3: 1957-1960 9-film Collection (Kit Parker/Mill Creek BD $49.95) We’re enjoying the heck out of these volumes, but alas, this is the last one scheduled. Watch for a Balcony review coming soon; meanwhile, note that it includes The Shadow on the Window (1956), with Betty Garrett and Jerry Mathers; The Long Haul (1957) with Victor Mature and Diana Dors; Pickup Alley (1957) with Mr. Mature and Anita Ekberg; The Tijuana Story (1957) with James Darren and Bobby Blake; She Played with Fire (1957) with Arlene Dahl and Dennis Price; The Case Against Brooklyn (1958) with Darren McGavin and Maggie Hayes; The Lineup (1958) with Eli Wallach and Robert Keith, directed by Don Siegel; The Crimson Kimono (1959) with Glenn Corbett and Victoria Shaw, directed by Sam Fuller; and Man on a String (1960), with Ernest Borgnine and Colleen Dewhurst. Our selection as Official ITB Best Release of the Month.
Polyester (Criterion BD $39.95, DVD $29.95) Oh, that John Waters, he’s such a scamp. This 1981 romantic comedy with Divine and Tab Hunter will include a replication of the original Odorama card, so you can scratch-and-sniff along with the movie.
Popeye: The 1940s Vol. 3 (Warner Archive BD $21.99, DVD $19.99) Seventeen more color Popeye cartoons, this time from calendar years 1948-1949. (One surmises the next volume will be Popeye: The 1950s Vol. 1, doesn’t one?)
The Prey (Arrow BD $39.95) This 1979 horror film about a wild man in the woods attacking three young couples off on a vacation sat on the shelf for five years before release, but here we are, restored from the original camera negative, a two-disc deluxe set, just for you fine people. Well, some of you.
Red Sun (Warner Archive DVD $19.99) A 1972 spaghetti western from the director of Thunderball, Dr. No and From Russia with Love and starring Charles Bronson, Toshirō Mifune, and Ursula Andress? You’ve GOT to be kidding me.
Snow Job (Warner Archive DVD $19.99) A 1971 heist caper on skis? “Oh, I know, let’s get Jean-Claude Killy to star!” somebody said, I’ll bet.
Straight on Till Morning (Shout! Factory BD $26.99) 1972 Hammer thriller about a lady who’s dating a psychopath. And they didn’t even have Tinder yet!
Support Your Local Sheriff and Support Your Local Gunfighter (Kino Lorber BD $29.95 each) Jim Garner produced and Burt Kennedy directed this pair of popular western comedies (1969 and 1971) that are still very, very funny. Supporting casts include Walter Brennan, Suzanne Pleshette, Jack Elam, Bruce Dern, and Harry Morgan.
Who Saw Her Die? (Arrow US BD $39.95) Well, in case you were wondering whatever happened to George Lazenby after he flunked out of the James Bond series, this happened to him: a 1972 Italian horror film.
This month’s Twilight Time offerings (BD $29.95 each) are The Tall Men (1955) with Clark Gable and Jane Russell, and Whirlpool (1949) with Gene Tierney and Richard Conte. So far as we’ve been advised, further Twilight Time offerings are on hiatus.