John Wayne - Genius (Mania.com)
Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
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SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK
This week, the celebration of the 100th anniversary of John Wayne - which was May 26 -continues, though only Genius chose to release Duke titles this week with a batch of his early westerns. (For some reason Universal is holding theirs until June 12.)
(O) COLD VENGEANCE (Genius) 1935 John Wayne western
(O) GOLD STRIKE RIVER (Genius) 1934 John Wayne western
(O) GUNS ALONG THE TRAIL (Genius) 1935 John Wayne western
(O) AN INNOCENT MAN (Genius) 1933 John Wayne western
(O) JOHN WAYNE Box Set (Genius) 3-disc set includes Cold Vengeance, Guns Along the Trail and Stagecoach Run.
(O) JOHN WAYNE Gift Set (Genius) 3-disc set includes Cold Vengeance, Guns Along the Trail, Stolen Goods, Gold Strike River, An Innocent Man and Stagecoach Run, plus a bonus documentary disc.
(O) STAGECOACH RUN (Genius) 1936 John Wayne western
(O) ABLE EDWARDS (Heretic) The clone of a deceased animation/entertainment giant is brought in to revive his crumbling empire. Shot ala Sky Captain against green screens. Includes commentrak, behind-the-scenes and more.
(O) ABOVE THE LAW (Dragon Dynasty/Weinstein) 1986 Corey Yuen action classic starring Yuen Biao as a DA who turns vigilante when a crime boss gets away with killing an innocent family. Includes commentrak, interviews, alternate ending, featurette and more.
(O) THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW Complete Series (Paramount) 40-disc set.
(O) BERMUDA TRIANGLE / CYCLONE (VCI) Mexi-disaster twin bill.
(O) BIG TRAIN Seasons One and Two (BBC) 1998 UK sketch comedy series.
(O) BIRDS OF PREY / LADY ICE (VCI) 1970s suspense twin bill.
(O) THE CALL OF CTHULHU (Microcinema) The H.P. Lovecraft Society’s acclaimed film adaptation of Lovecraft’s 1926 story receives wider distribution. Beautifully shot in the manner it might have been filmed in the year it was written. includes Making-Of featurette, two slide shows, deleted footage, prop PDF of the Sydney Bulletin and intertitles in 24 languages.
(O) CATTLE QUEEN OF MONTANA / TENNESSEE PARTNER (VCI) Western twin bill.
(O) CISCO KID WESTERN TRIPLE FEATURE Volume 1 (VCI) Gilbert Roland in The Gay Cavalier, Beauty and the Bandit and South of Monterey.
(O) CISCO KID WESTERN TRIPLE FEATURE Volume 2 (VCI) Gilbert Roland in Riding the California Trail, Robin Hood of Monterey and King of the Bandits.
(O) CIRCLE OF IRON (Blue Underground) David Carradine, Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall and Eli Wallach star in this acclaimed 1978 cult hit that brings Bruce Lee's personal philosophy to the screen with a still-potent combination of mysticism, humor and martial arts mayhem. 2-disc “Kick Ass” edition includes commentrak, interviews, script, featurettes and more.
(O) CLASSIC WESTERNS: Bob Baker (VCI) Includes Singing Outlaw, Border Wolves, Guilty Trails and The Last Stand.
(O) CLASSIC WESTERNS: Bob Steele (VCI) Includes Border Phantom, A Demon for Trouble, Trusted Outlaw and Brand of Hate.
(O) CLASSIC WESTERNS: Buster Crabbe (VCI) Includes Western Cyclone, Sheriff of Sage Valley, Fugitive of the Plains and Fuzzy Settles Down.
(O) CLASSIC WESTERNS: Johnny Mack Brown (VCI) Includes Crooked Trail, Boot Hill Brigade, Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie and Lone Star Trail.
(O) CLASSIC WESTERNS: Singing Cowboys (VCI) Includes Rex Allen in Colorado Sundown, Gene Autrey in The Big Show, Roy Rogers in Come On Rangers and Eddie Dean in Wild Country.
(O) CLASSIC WESTERNS: Tex Ritter (VCI) Includes Marshal of Gunsmoke, Oklahoma Raiders, Arizona Days and Trouble in Texas.
(O) COMEDY KINGS 50 Movie Pack (Mill Creek) Includes . Admiral was a Lady, The Affairs of Cappy Ricks, All Over Town, Animal Kingdom, Behave Yourself, Boys of the City, A Bride for Henry, Colonel Effingham's Raid, Country Gentleman, Escape to Paradise, False Pretenses, Flying Wild, Freckles Comes Home, The Gang's All Here, Goodbye Love, The Groom Wore Spurs, Hay Foot, Heading for Heaven, Her Favorite Patient, Here Comes Trouble, His Double Life, His Private Secretary, Hollywood and Vine, I'm from Arkansas, The Inspector General, The Kid, The Lady Says No, Life With Father, Lonely Wives, Lost Honeymoon, Meet The Mayor, The Milky Way, Money Means Nothing, Never Wave at a WAC, Niagara Falls, Nothing Sacred, The Nut Farm, Palooka, Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus, Perils of Pauline, The Rage of Paris, Riding on Air, Road to Bali, St. Benny the Dip, Swing It Sailor, Three Husbands, Too Many Women, The Villain Still Pursued Her, We're in the Legion Now and When the Girls Take Over.
(O) DEATH GAME / MURDER RAP (VCI)
(O) DEFENCELESS: A BLOOD SYMPHONY (Subversive) A woman defends her property against relentless developers in another violent offering from Australian director Mark Savage. Includes commentrak, Making-Of, booklet and more.
(O) DON’T BE SCARED (First Look) An urban serial killer thriller written, directed and starring Master P.
(O) DRIVE THRU (Lionsgate) Fast food killer clown slasher comedy.
(O) FIGHT FOR THE AGREEMENT (Inspired) 1967 Hong Kong kung fu thriller.
(O) THE FINAL PATIENT (Echo Bridge) A retired doctor holds the secret to immortality, with deadly consequences. Includes commentrak, featurettes and deleted footage.
(O) FRANKENSTEIN’S BLOODY NIGHTMARE (Unearthed) A mad doctor uses a cyborg monster to fetch body parts to re-animate his dead wife in this gory horror.
(O) F-TROOP Complete Second Season (Warner Bros.) 1966 frontier sitcom. Also mavailable bundled with season 1.
(O) GLADIATORS & ANCIENT WARRIORS (VCI) Set includes Sins of Rome, Giant of Thessaly, Hercules and Hercules Unchained.
(O) GUYANA: CRIME OF THE CENTURY / CARLOS THE TERRORIST (VCI)
(O) HALLOWEEN NIGHT (The Asylum) A psycho killer escapes on October 31 to solve his mom’s murder and kill a lot of people. Includes Making-Of, deleted footage and bloopers.
(O) HANNIBAL RISING (Weinstein) Franchise-milking prequel tells the early misadventures of Hannibal Lecter. In standard “fullscreen” and unrated widescreen editions.
(O) HILLBILLY COMEDY COLLECTION (VCI) Set includes Las Vegas Hillbillys, Hillbillys in a Haunted House, Private Snuffy Smith and Li’l Abner.
(O) HISTORY’S MYSTERIES: Area 51 – Beyond Top Secret (A&E)
(O) HISTORY’S MYSTERIES: The Inquisition (A&E)
(O) HISTORY’S MYSTERIES: Lost City of the Incas (A&E)
(O) ICHI THE KILLER Blood Pack (Media Blasters) Takashi Miike’s audacious crime action thriller about a murder savant and the sadomasochist obsessed with him. Special 2-disc edition includes commentrak, featurettes, interviews, Making-Of and more.
(O) JOHNNY LEGEND’S DEADLY DOUBLES Volume 3 (Legend) Includes Prehistoric Women and Spies A Go-Go.
(O) JOHNNY LEGEND’S DEADLY DOUBLES Volume 4 (Legend) Includes Teenage Devil Doll and Teenage Confidential.
(O) KATHERINE HEPBURN 100th Anniversary Collection (Warner Bros.) John Wayne isn’t the only classic star to be celebrating a 100th birthday. Includes Morning Glory, Without Love, Dragon Seed, Undercurrent, Sylvia Scarlett and The Corn is Green. All available separately.
(O) KILL HOUSE (Trinity) Who is killing the great real esztate agents of southern California?
(O) LEGEND OF BEARHEART / CRY OF THE BLACK WOLVES (VCI)
(O) THE LONE RANGER: The Legend Begins (Mill Creek) 32 episodes.
(O) THE MONSTER OF PHANTOM LAKE (Braun) Spoof of 1950s monster movies, made in Minnesota.
(O) OUT THERE (Microcinema) Compilation of spectacular NASA footage shot in outer space.
(O) PROJECT: SHADOWCHASER 3000 / PROJECT: SHADOWCHASER 2: NIGHT SIEGE (Image)
(O) RAPID FEAR (MTI) More campers in trouble.
(O) RAWHIDE Second Season Volume 1 (Paramount) Steve McQueen cowboy series.
(O) RULE OF THE GUN 20 Movie Pack (Mill Creek) Includes Border Cop, Cold Blood, Cold Sweat, Corrupt, Crime Boss, Death Collector, Firing Line, God's Gun, Jive Turkey, Joshua, Manhunt, Midnight Cop, Mr. Scarface, Night of the Sharks, A Real American Hero, Savage Guns, The Sell Out, Target of an Assassin, This Man Can't Die and Trained to Kill USA.
(O) SHANGHAI EXPRESS (Dragon Dynasty/Weinstein) 1986 Sammo Hung action masterpiece (AKA Millionaire’s Express) about a gang of train robbers who take over a small town. Incredible cast includes Yuen Biao, Rosamund Kwan, Yasuaki Kurata, Chin Kar-lok, Hwang Jang Lee, Cynthia Rothrock, Yukari Oshima, James Tien, Eric Tsang, Wu Ma, Yuen Wah, Richard Norton and Bolo Yeung. Includes commentrak, interviews, deleted footage, featurette and more.
(O) STARHUNTER Complete Series (Echo Bridge) 2001 space opera series starring Michael Paré.
(O) STOLEN GOODS (Genius) 1934 John Wayne western
(O) SUPERMAN Ultimate Collector’s Edition (Warner Bros.) Limited edition 14-disc set again available, including corrected discs that were missing content on the first release last Fall. Includes all six films in the Superman franchise, the Donner Cut of Supeman 2, three bonus discs full of documentary material, lenticular packaging, reproduction of Superman #7, booklet and poster mail-in offer.
(O) TREASURE OF THE AMAZON / ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (VCI) Mexican adventure twin bill.
(O) WHEN DARKNESS FALLS (Wolfe) Gay horror anthology.
(O) DRAGONHEART (Universal) With commentrak, Making-Of and outtakes.
(O) THE FRIGHTENERS (Universal) Director’s cut with commentrak, Making-Of and more.
(O) LOST IN TRANSLATION (Universal) Includes interviews, featurette, deleted footage and more.
(O) MIDNIGHT RUN (Universal) With Making-Of.
BLU-RAY DISC CORNER
(O) BASIC INSTINCT (Lionsgate) With 2 commentraks, Making-Of, TV version comparison, screen tests and more.
(O) CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER (Sony) With Making-Of and premiere.
NOT ON DVD CORNER
We welcome the input of Maniacs who want to share input on this section, where we highlight a different genre feature that has yet to come to digital disc format – just send your suggestions toDVD Shopping Listin an email identified with “NOT ON DVD” in the subject line.
(O) THE GIANT CLAW (Sony? MGM?, Warner Bros.?) A decent enough 1957 giant monster programmer – except for the monster. The stars were shocked to find that when the special effects were inserted, the huge superpowered bird they were cowering from was a ridiculous looking buzzard marionette. Deserves release in a box set of other ‘missing ‘57 wonders from director Fred Sears, along with The Werewolf, Calypso Heat Wave and The Night the World Exploded, but so far they’re all NOT ON DVD.
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