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Warner:

Oceans 8 (2018)  (** ½) The latest in the ongoing Oceans series is the first to feature a mostly female cast as the team attempt to pull off a diamond heist. Extras include featurettes and deleted scenes.

 

Universal:

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) (** ½) is probably the best of the Jurassic sequels but that isn’t saying much. At least the dinosaurs get to run amuck in a large mansion during the final section. Extras include multiple featurettes.

 

Twilight Time:

(Limited to 3,000 units and available for purchase at www.twilighttimemovies.com and www.screenarchives.com)

The Other Side of Midnight (1977) (** ½) So bad it’s good is the best way to describe this infamous, nearly three hour, big screen adaptation of Sidney Sheldon’s best seller. Marie-France Pisier stars as a woman seeking revenge against the lover (John Beck) who abandoned her during WWII.  Extras include audio commentary, isolated music track and original trailer.

The Last Hurrah (1958) (***) Spencer Tracy teams with filmmaker John Ford in this well made adaptation of Edwin O’ Connor’s celebrated novel. Extras include audio commentary, trailer and isolated music track.

The Bravados (1958) (***) Gregory Peck reteams with director Henry King in this tale of vengeance set in the old west as Peck decides to even the score after his wife is murdered. Extras include Fox Movietone Newsreels, music track and trailer.

In My Country (2004) (** ½) is the final film to date from veteran filmmaker, John Boorman, concerning the developing relationship between a journalist (Samuel L. Jackson) covering a story on apartheid and the poet (Juliette Binoche) he chances to meet. Extras include director commentary, deleted scenes, talent interviews, isolated track and the film’s trailer.

 

Warner Archive:

(available at www.wbshop.com)

Big Wednesday (1978) (***) John Milius’ coming of age tale concerning the lives of three best friends during the years 1962-74, has become quite the cult classic during the years since its release. Worth seeing for the three lead performances if nothing else. Extras include director commentary, behind the scenes doc and the film’s trailer.

Looker (1981) (** ½) Murder in the fashion industry is the subject of this thriller from writer/director Michael Crichton. Albert Finney stars. Extras include commentary, deleted scene and the film’s trailer.

The Swarm (1978) (* 1/2) One of the entries that killed the disaster film genre as an all star cast battles an attack of killer bees in a Texas community. Fascinating for all the wrong reasons. Extras include a vintage featurette and the film’s trailer.

The Queen of Outer Space (1958) (**) stars Zsa Zsa Gabor in probably her best-remembered role as a man-hating woman inflicting distress on a group of stranded space voyagers. Goofy fun for those in a certain frame of mind.

 

Criterion:

A Raisin in the Sun (1961) (*** ½) Lorraine Hansberry’s play serves as the basis for this moving look at the lives of an African American family trying to survive in Chicago. Extras include vintage interview with the film’s author, director interview and essay booklet.

 

Kino:

Filmworker (2017) (***) is a terrific documentary profiling Stanley Kubrick’s personal assistant, Leon Vitale. Extras include bonus Q & A.

Good Times (1967) (**) is the only film to star Sonny and Cher. They pretty much play themselves, dreaming up scenarios for a potential film project. Extras include commentary by film historian, Lee Gambin and director interview.

Gold (1974) (** ½) It’s up to Roger Moore to thwart a plot to drive up the world’s gold prices. Extras include audio commentary and the film’s trailer.

 

Arrow Video:

Deep Red (1976) (***) A musician attempts to solve a series of murders in one of Dario Argento’s better efforts. Extras include new 4K transfer, audio commentary and director interview.

The Baby (1973) (***) A social worker becomes fixated with the case of a grown man living as an infant. A very unique horror film that’s not to be overlooked. Extras include commentary, essay booklet, the film’s trailer and several featurettes.

Day of the Jackal (1973) (*** ½) Fred Zinneman directs this exciting adaptation of the story of the failed attempt on the life of French president, Charles De Gaulle. Extras include interview with the director’s biographer, two behind the scenes clips and essay book.

 

Scream/Shout Factory:

The REC Collection (2007-2014) (*** average) contains all four of the Spanish films in this horror series in a four-disc box set. In the first film, a news crew gets more than it bargained for when it decides to do a story on a team of firemen. The remaining films continue the story. Extras include behind the scenes footage, featurettes, outtakes, deleted scenes and trailers.

Exorcist 2: The Heretic (1977) (**) is the flawed but fascinating sequel to the horror classic. Extras include commentaries, two cuts of the film, trailers and new interviews.

The Bride (1985) (** ½) Sting is Dr. Frankenstein and Jennifer Beals is the Bride of the title in this retelling of the oft-told tale. Extras include new interviews and a commentary.

Scream for Help (1984) (**) A teenaged girl fears her stepfather is out to kill her and her mother in this goofy horror entry. Extras include commentary, trailer and new interviews.

The Seventh Sign (1988) (**) It’s up to Demi Moore to save the world from the apocalypse in this thriller.  Extras include new talent interviews.

Ghost Stories (2017) (** ½) is a somewhat interesting horror anthology film. The ending makes it worthwhile. Martin Freeman stars. No Extras.

Sid Caesar: The Works (1949-2014) (***) Fourteen hours spotlighting some of the beloved funnyman’s best work in the classic era of television are presented in this multi disc set. Includes the feature film, Ten From Your Show of Shows and many other appearances.

 

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Images: Zsa Zsa Gabor, a Kardashian of her time

Claudia McNeil & Sidney Poitier in A Raisin In The Sun

 

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