Mike’s Picks: ‘Detour’ and ‘Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?’

Detour

Street Date 3/19/19
Criterion, Drama, $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake.
1945.
Seeing director Edgar G. Ulmer’s absorbing Detour after its restoration is an entirely fresh experience, though “fresh” is not necessarily how you feel after spending a blistering hour-and-a-quarter with its cast of mostly misfits.
Extras: A major part of this Criterion package is the 2004 documentary Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen. The package also includes an interview with film scholar Noah Isenberg, a long essay by critic Robert Polito, and a primer on how the restoration was done with the cooperation of sundry institutions and materials.
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Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

Available via ScreenArchives.com
Twilight Time, Comedy, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Tony Randall, Jayne Mansfield, Betsy Drake, Joan Blondell.
1957.
Tony Randall plays a struggling agency copywriter looking to sign a big star in this engaging romp that is one of director Frank Tashlin’s best.
Extras: NYU film prof Dana Polan is featured in a rather academic commentary carried over from the long-ago DVD release.
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