Burnt Offerings: MOD DVD

Burnt Offerings for September 30, 2014

September 30, 2014 - 9:24 am   |   by
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This is going to be a quick one this week, thanks primarily to the studios for their usual end-of-month slowdown. But we’ll still take a look at the few new MOD releases and offer a glance at any interesting islands in the streams. I apologize for that last joke, it was beneath us both. As always, click on the banners below if you see anything that strikes your fancy and you’ll be helping to support our work here and earning a hearty handclasp from Bill Hunt next time you run into him. [Read on here...]

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NEW FROM THE WARNER ARCHIVE COLLECTION

Wings Of The Navy (1939) – National treasure Olivia de Havilland takes center stage in this week’s batch from Warner Archive. In this one, Naval pilots (and competitive siblings) George Brent and John Payne vie for Miss Olivia’s affections.

Government Girl (1943) – More wartime entertainment as naïve car manufacturer Sonny Tufts heads to Washington, D.C., to help in the production of armaments. Secretary Olivia de Havilland shows him the ropes and teaches him how to play politics.

Gold Is Where You Find It (1938) – Michael Curtiz directs this Technicolor JET’s Most Wanted pick. The California gold rush provides the backdrop and Olivia de Havilland, George Brent and Claude Rains star. Available for preorder and scheduled to ship 10/7. Speaking of preorders, I think we’ve mentioned this before but WAC’s next two Blu-ray releases will be the James Cagney classic Yankee Doodle Dandy (10/14) and the Joan Crawford film noir Possessed (10/21). Both are currently available for preorder at the Warner Archive shop.

Beware The Batman: Dark Justice – Season One, Part Two (2014) – That title’s a real mouthful, isn’t it? The dark Cartoon Network series concludes on Blu-ray with the final 13 episodes.

 

NEW FROM 20TH CENTURY FOX CINEMA ARCHIVES

Straight Place And Show (1938) – Seems like there should be some commas in that title but it was the Depression, so maybe they couldn’t afford any. The Ritz Brothers and Ethel Merman star in this race-track comedy based on a play by Damon Runyon.

Song Of The Islands (1942) – Victor Mature falls in love with Betty Grable in an island paradise in this colorful musical.

Molly And Me (1945) – Gracie Fields stars as an out-of-work actress who goes to work as a housekeeper for cantankerous politician Monty Woolley and gives his life a much-needed shaking-up.

The Lieutenant Wore Skirts (1956) – Another Most Wanted pick gets captured this week, this one from the great underrated Frank Tashlin. Sheree North enlists in the Air Force, thinking that husband Tom Ewell has been drafted again and wanting to be near him. But Ewell’s failed his medical and is stuck being a house husband while North rises up the ranks. This is also available to rent on Amazon Instant and speaking of which…

 

WIDE AWAKE IN STREAMLAND

Saturday Night (Hulu Plus) – Like a lot of people, I could use a nice, long break from the living art installation that is James Franco. But this Franco-directed documentary about the seven days of work that go into making an episode of Saturday Night Live sounds genuinely interesting. Not available on DVD.

A Room With A View (Netflix) – One of the very best Merchant-Ivory productions and the movie that introduced audiences to Helena Bonham Carter and Daniel Day-Lewis. This was released on Blu-ray but it’s going for crazy-koo-koo prices these days, so Netflix may be your best shot at catching this classic in HD.

Freeway (Amazon Prime) – Kiefer Sutherland and Reese Witherspoon star in Matthew Bright’s gonzo take on Little Red Riding Hood. This movie is beyond awesome-dome and apparently also out of print on DVD. Somebody needs to take care of that.

The Frozen Dead (Warner Archive Instant) – Get in the mood for this year’s Hell Plaza Oktoberfest (starting tomorrow, kids!) with one of last year’s goofiest entries. Available on MOD DVD but now streaming in high-def.

- Adam Jahnke

 

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