"I never drink wine."
Another new release day is upon us so here's the lot (quite a bit of stuff, particularly in the horror category!):
Adventures Sherlock Holmes (1939)
All Things Fair
Book of Love
Boys of St. Vincent
Dick Van Dyke: Season 4
Dracula: Legacy Collection (includes Dracula (1931), Dracula (1931 Spanish), Dracula¬s Daughter, Son of Dracula, House of Dracula.
Dracula Risen from the Grave
ER: Season 2
Fat Man & Little Boy
Frankenstein: Legacy Coll. (includes Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Son of Frankenstein, Ghost of Frankenstein, House of Frankenstein.)
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
Ghosts of the Abyss
Hammer Horror Collection (includes Curse of Frankenstein, Horror of Dracula, The Mummy, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, Dracula Has Risen From the Grave, Taste the Blood of Dracula.)
Helen of Troy (1956)
Hound of the Baskervilles
Ingmar Bergman SE Collection (includes Persona, Shame, Hour of the Wolf, Passion of Anna, Serpent¬s Egg.)
Kids In the Hall: Season 1
The Last King
Like Father, Like Son
Love Don't Cost A Thing
Monster: Legacy Coll. Set (includes all the films in the Dracula/Frankenstein/Wolf Man Legacy Collections. Plus three hand-cast, hand-painted busts of the three principals.)
My Little Eye
My Side of the Mountain
Natl.Geo:Beyond the Movie:Troy
Popeye: 75th Anniversary Coll. (note that there are no Max Fleischer cartoons in this collection, just TV animation from the 1960s.)
Profiler: Season 3
Saved By The Bell:Seasons 3&4
Stuck On You
Taste the Blood of Dracula
Thomas and Sarah
Twist & Shout: Zappa
Wolf Man: Legacy Collection (includes Wolf Man, Werewolf of London, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, She-Wolf of London.)
Warner has announced some more of their classic catalog with The Film Noir Classic Collection. Featuring five classic noir titles never-before released on DVD: Murder My Sweet, The Set Up, Out of the Past, John Huston¬s The Asphalt Jungle and Gun Crazy. Available individually or as a box set, each features audio commentary, from directors Robert Wise and Martin Scorsese and actor James Whitmore as well as other film noir experts including Alain Silver, Jim Ursini and Glenn Erickson. Other extras include a new intro on The Asphalt Jungle, and theatrical trailers on each flick. All are remastered in their original aspect ratios, and retail will be $19.95 a pop or $49.95 for the entire collection.
All you fans of celebrity governors get a new special edition of the Schwartzenegger/Ventura "classic" Predator. Fox has loaded this one up with an anamorphic widescreen film transfer, Dolby Digital/DTS 5.1 surround tracks and tons 'o extras on this two disc set including audio commentary with director John McTiernan, a subtitled trivia track, the "If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It" documentary and seven-part "Inside The Predator" featurette, a deleted scene, three outtakes, three "Red Suit" special effects vignettes, two Predator "Camouflage Tests," a still gallery, the "Predator Profile," multiple easter eggs, and new Alien Vs. Predator sneak peeks. Retail will go for $26.95.
There's word spreading that Warner is contemplating releasing the unrated cut of Eyes Wide Shut (1999), which was shown outside the U.S. (without the stupid CG censorship). This would be cool, but I really wish they'd just done this the first time!
Speaking of goofy directors, it looks like David Lynch's Wild At Heart (1990) will be released late this year as a special edition disc by MGM. Also in the works by MGM (of which there are rumors going on about them being bought out by Sony) are Judgement at Nuremberg: Special Edition, a David Lean Collection featuring Blithe Spirit, Brief Encounter, Great Expectations, In Which We Serve, Madeleine, Oliver Twist, Passionate Friends and This Happy Breed, The Burning Bed, Gotham (aka The Dead Can't Lie - 1988 TV movie), Moving Target Pursuit, and Alexander the Great (1956).
And in the land of TV comes a release of V: The Complete Series (1983) on 7/27. Minimal extras and mono sound, though I suppose it's good for the fans to have this out at all. Plus MGM is supposedly going to release The Martian Chronicles (the 1980 miniseries) this Fall.
Gilmore Girls: The Complete First Season (out on 5/4).
Another Fox Studio Classic entry, The Desk Set (1957).
Blaze (1989, Paul Newman)