Mike’s Picks: ‘Tucker: The Man and His Dream’ and ‘Village of the Damned’

Tucker: The Man and His Dream

Lionsgate, Drama, $14.99 Blu-ray, ‘PG.’
Stars Jeff Bridges, Martin Landau, Joan Allen, Frederick Forrest.
1988. Aptly and often characterized as a screen biography with direct applications to its director’s own life and psyche, Francis Ford Coppola’s Tucker: The Man and His Dream feels totally fanciful, but a consistent directorial vision throughout makes it work against the odds.
Extras: Beyond Coppola’s intro and commentary, the Blu-ray also comes equipped with a making-of featurette and a 1948 promotional film for the car that Coppola modified and used as the basis of Tucker’s opening scene.
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Village of the Damned

Available via Warner Archive
Warner, Horror, $21.99 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars George Sanders, Barbara Steele, Martin Stephens, Michael Gwynn.
1960. For a movie that proved popular enough to inspire 1964’s Children of the Damned as a sequel, MGM’s Village original unsettled the studio so much that it initially delayed even filming John Wyndham source novel — then kept the completed picture on the shelf in America until a successful Brit release paved the way for a December 1960 launch over here.
Extras: Includes an effectively low-key but occasionally droll bonus commentary from horror specialist Steve Haberman.
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