MVD Adds Five Titles to Its ‘Rewind Collection’

MVD Entertainment Group has added five classic films on Blu-ray and DVD to its MVD Rewind Collection, which celebrates video store culture. They include Action U.S.A. (1989), Drive (1997), Mortuary (1983), The House on Sorority Row (1982) and The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films (2014), each loaded with extras.

“I’m excited to be working with our great content partners to bring both Drive and The Go-Go Boys to Blu-ray for the first time, and to give collectors a second chance to pick up Action U.S.A., Mortuary and The House on Sorority Row on disc once again,” Eric D. Wilkinson, MVD director of acquisitions and producer of the MVD Rewind Collection, said in a statement. “I’m a geek for video store culture and our packaging reflects that. It gives fans that lived through the video store era an opportunity to enjoy the nostalgia, and for our younger collectors, they get to experience these for the very first time, just as they were.”

Due May 11 is Action U.S.A. In the 1989 film, after her boyfriend is murdered by the gangsters whose diamonds he stole, a girl is protected by two FBI agents who plan to keep her from sharing the same fate. It stars Gregory Scott Cummins (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” Cliffhanger), Ross Hagen (Armed Response), Cameron Mitchell (How to Marry a Millionaire) and Barri Murphy (Armed for Action). Originally released on VHS by Imperial Entertainment, MVD Rewind Collection brings this cult classic action film to disc in conjunction with Verdugo Entertainment. Blu-ray bonus material include audio commentary with director John Stewart, star Cummins and cinematographer Thomas Callaway moderated by filmmaker Steve Latshaw; an interview with Stewart; a behind-the-scenes stunt featurette; the theatrical trailer; a mini-poster; reversible artwork; and, for the first pressing only, a limited edition retro slipcover that celebrates the rental packaging of legendary video store chain Erol’s Video (1980-1990).

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Also due May 11 is Drive, which follows a prototype enhanced human from Hong Kong who enlists help from a hostage and a free-spirited woman to evade killers-for-hire in a race against time in order to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Originally released in 1997 from A-Pix Entertainment, Drive makes its debut on Blu-ray with a brand new 4K HD scan of the original camera negative of the extended director’s cut of the movie. The cast includes Mark Dacascos (John Wick 3: Parabellum), Kadeem Hardison (White Men Can’t Jump), Brittany Murphy (Clueless), Sanaa Lathan (Alien vs Predator), Tracey Walter (Repo Man) and Ron Yuan (Mulan). Special features on Blu-ray include audio commentary by director Steve Wang, fight choreographer Koichi Sakamoto, and stars Dacascos and Hardison; the “Drive: The Force Behind the Storm” documentary; six deleted scenes; an interview gallery with cast, director and crew, including stars Dacascos and Hardison, Wang, second unit director Wyatt Weed and stunt coordinator Koichi Sakamoto; two versions of the film, the director’s cut and the original theatrical version; the original theatrical trailer; reversible artwork; a mini-poster; and, for the first pressing only, a limited edition retro slipcover. The Drive: Director’s Cut will also be released on a standard edition DVD.

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Coming July 6 is Mortuary. In the film, convinced that her father’s death was not accidental, Christie Parson decides to investigate to find out the truth. Her sleuthing draws her to a local mortuary, where deadly secrets are revealed. Originally released on VHS from Vestron Video in 1984, the film’s cast includes Lynda Day George (TV’s “Mission Impossible”) in her final film role, Christopher George (Pieces), Bill Paxton (Aliens), Mary McDonough (“The Waltons”) and David Wallace (Humongous). The special edition Blu-ray features bonus material courtesy of Scorpion Releasing and includes an interview with composer John Cacavas; the original theatrical trailer; a mini-poster; and, for the first pressing only, a limited edition retro slipcover.

Also due July 6 is The House on Sorority Row. In the film, after a seemingly innocent prank goes horribly wrong, a group of sorority sisters are stalked and murdered one by one in their sorority house while throwing a party to celebrate their graduation. Originally released on VHS from Vestron Video in 1983, The House on Sorority Row stars Kathryn McNeil (Sudden Death), Eileen Davidson (“Days of Our Lives”), Harley Jane Kozak (Arachnophobia) and Jean Schertler (Runaway Bride). The special edition Blu-ray features bonus material courtesy of Scorpion Releasing and includes audio commentary with director Mark Rosman; audio commentary with director Rosman and stars Davidson and McNeil; interviews with cast and crew, including Rosman, Kozak, Davidson, McNeil, composer Richard Band and producer Igo Kantor; the original pre-credit sequence; alternate ending storyboards; TV spots; the theatrical trailer; reversible artwork; a mini-poster; and, for the first pressing only, a limited edition retro slipcover.

Available July 20 is The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films. This definitive documentary about Cannon films follows Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, two Israeli-born cousins who, in pursuit of the American Dream, turned the Hollywood power structure upside down, producing more than 300 films and becoming the most powerful independent film company in the world. Directed by Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee Hilla Medalia (After the Storm), The Go-Go Boys is an up close and personal documentary that examines the complex relationship between two contradictory personalities whose combined force fueled their success and eventual collapse. It features interviews with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michael Dudikoff, Eli Roth, Boaz Davidson and more, along with Golan and Globus themselves, as well as archive footage of Sylvester Stallone, Charles Bronson and Chuck Norris. Blu-ray special features include the original theatrical trailer; reversible artwork; a mini-poster; and, for the first pressing only, a limited edition retro slipcover.

Classic Musical ‘My Fair Lady’ Heading to 4K Ultra HD May 25

The classic musical My Fair Lady will debut on 4K Ultra HD combo pack May 25 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Winner of eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, My Fair Lady also won the Best Picture Golden Globe and was selected for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.

Adapted from the Broadway stage hit, the film stars Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins, a role that earned him the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle, a sassy, working-class London street vendor. The elitist Higgins attempts to turn Eliza into a sophisticated lady through proper tutoring. But when the humble flower girl blossoms into the toast of London society, her teacher has a lesson or two to learn himself.

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The 4K Ultra HD release features a recent 8K film transfer, as well as English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD. The 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo pack also includes access to a digital copy of the film and more than two hours of previously released bonus content.

Paramount to Bow ‘John Wayne Essential 14-Movie Collection’ on DVD May 11

Paramount Home Entertainment will unveil the John Wayne Essential 14-Movie Collection on DVD May 11.

Wayne had an epic, 50-year film career in which he played the lead in more than 140 films. He was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning Best Actor for his performance in True Grit.

Representing Paramount’s biggest Wayne collection ever, the 14-movie set spans nearly 25 years of Wayne’s career and includes his Oscar-winning performance in True Grit and his final lead role in The Shootist.

The films in the DVD collection are:

  • Hondo (1953)
  • Island in the Sky (1953)
  • The High and the Mighty (1954)
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
  • Hatari! (1962)
  • Donovan’s Reef (1963)
  • McLintock! (1963)
  • In Harm’s Way (1965)
  • The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
  • El Dorado (1966)
  • True Grit (1969)
  • Rio Lobo (1970)
  • Big Jake (1971)
  • The Shootist (1976)

Comedy Classic ‘The Court Jester’ to Bow on Blu-ray in Paramount Presents Line Jan. 26

The classic comedy The Court Jester, starring Danny Kaye, celebrates its 65th anniversary Jan. 26 with a new Blu-ray release as part of the “Paramount Presents” line from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Originally released in 1956, The Court Jester was shot in Paramount’s trademark “VistaVision” widescreen format, capturing a grander scope of information on the film negative. For this new restoration, the original negative was scanned at 6K and one of the “separation masters” was also scanned and recombined with the negative scans to address color fading in the negative. The result is an incredibly vibrant picture that faithfully captures the colors and textures of Edith Head’s costumes and Hal Pariera’s sparkling art direction.

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Kaye earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor – Comedy or Musical for his leading role in this comic farce, which was added to the National Film Registry in 2004 and included on the AFI’s list of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time.

The limited-edition Paramount Presents Blu-ray is presented in collectible packaging that includes a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster, and an interior spread with key movie moments. The Blu-ray also includes a new “Filmmaker Focus” with film historian Leonard Maltin, access to a digital copy of the film and the theatrical trailer.

In the film, Kaye plays kind-hearted entertainer Hawkins who disguises himself as the legendary king of jesters, Giacomo. Hawkins infiltrates the court of an evil villain (Basil Rathbone), but when a sorceress hypnotizes him, royal chaos ensues as the jester alternates identities at the snap of a finger, between swordplay and wordplay. The supporting cast includes Glynis Johns, Angela Lansbury, Mildred Natwick, Cecil Parker and John Carradine.

‘Inner Sanctum Mysteries’ Starring Lon Chaney Jr. Coming on Blu-ray Sept. 22 From Mill Creek

Inner Sanctum Mysteries, a six-film collection starring Lon Chaney Jr., is due on Blu-ray Sept. 22 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

The collection ($69.98), presenting the films on Blu-ray for the first time, will include more than 80 minutes of new special features.

Based on the radio shows of the 1940s, the six features on the set of Universal’s classic “Inner Sanctum Mysteries” are Calling Doctor Death, Weird Woman, Dead Man’s Eyes, The Frozen Ghost, Strange Confession and Pillow of Death.

Daniel Griffith of Ballyhoo Motion Pictures serves as producer of the new Blu-ray bonus features.

“I am thrilled to be working with Mill Creek Entertainment and developing new featurettes for the ‘Inner Sanctum’ film series,” Griffith said in a statement. “The behind-the-scenes story of the book series turned radio show turned movie franchise is a subject that has never been documented with as much detail and care as we are on this exciting release.”

“Daniel’s incredible knowledge and expertise of film history makes him the ideal partner,” said J.W. Starrett, director of product development for Mill Creek Entertainment, in a statement.

Extras include “This is the Inner Sanctum: Making a Universal Mystery Series”; “The Creaking Door: Entering the Inner Sanctum,” a history of the radio series with author/radio historian Martin Grams Jr.; “Mind Over Matter: An Archival Interview With Actor Martin Kosleck (The Frozen Ghost)”; a 28-page color booklet with a detailed franchise history, Lon Chaney Jr. biography, detailed film guide, trivia and more; and three feature-length commentaries.

Calling Dr. Death (1943) features commentary from screenwriter/film historian C. Courtney Joyner and Regina LeBorg (daughter of director Reginald LeBorg). Weird Woman (1944) features commentary from author Justin Humphreys (The Dr. Phibes Companion) and Del Howison (Dark Delicacies Horror). Strange Confession (1945) features commentary from screenwriter Peter Atkins (Hellraiser II, III and IV) and screenwriter/film historian C. Courtney Joyner.

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“More than half-a-century after their release, the ‘Inner Sanctum’ films endure as part of Universal’s history of classic horror and mysteries of the ‘30s and ‘40s,” stated Joyner, author/contributor to the bonus features, in a statement.  “Built as showcases for Lon Chaney, the six films are prime examples of old-school studio product, made by skilled craftsmen for audiences eager for an hour of chills with one of horror’s most enduring figures.”

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Mill Creek’s transactional VOD service movieSpree will feature a digital bonus in standard-def of Lady of Burlesque (1943) and Inner Sanctum (1948), and three “Inner Sanctum Mysteries” radio episodes, “The Tell-Tale Heart” featuring Boris Karloff, “The Black Sea Gull” featuring Peter Lorre, and “Melody of Death” featuring Mary Astor.

‘Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations’ Coming on Disc June 16 From MVD

Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations will come out on Blu-ray and DVD June 16 from MVD Entertainment Group.

The comedy films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy have been beloved around the world since they were first released between 1927 and 1940. Unfortunately, many of the available copies are blurred dupes printed from worn-out negatives. The best of their short comedies and two of their features have been fully restored for the MVD release.

The release includes new 2K and 4K transfers from the best original 35mm materials. The release also includes the 1927 silent “pie fight” film The Battle of the Century, making its video debut after being “lost” for 90 years; the only reel of the duo’s bloopers and outtakes, “That’s That!”; shorts “Berth Marks,” “Brats,” “Hog Wild,” “Come Clean,” “One Good Turn,” “Helpmates,” “The Music Box” (the legendary Academy Award winning “piano moving” short), “The Chimp,” “County Hospital,” “Scram!,” “Their First Mistake,” “Towed in a Hole,” “Twice Two,” “Me and My Pal,” “The Midnight Patrol” and “Busy Bodies”; and the feature films Sons of the Desert and Way Out West (which includes the team’s famous soft shoe dance routine).

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Extras include 2,500 rare photos and studio documents, audio and film interviews with the duo’s co-workers, original music tracks and trailers, and a full restoration of their one surviving color film The Tree in a Test Tube. Also included are commentaries by Laurel & Hardy historians Randy Skretvedt and Richard W. Bann.

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The restorations are provided by Jeff Joseph/SabuCat in conjunction with the UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Library of Congress.

 

80-Year-Old ‘Wizard of Oz’ Gets Makeover for 4K

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment hosted a presentation on the studio lot Oct. 28 to talk about the restoration of The Wizard of Oz for the 4K UHD release. The studio went back to the three-strip Technicolor negative to restore the film in 8K, 16 bit resolution for the film’s 80th anniversary release.  The classic debuts Oct. 29 on 4K UHD with HDR, including Dolby Vision, on Blu-ray Disc and digital.

Classic Serial ‘Lost City of the Jungle’ Travels to Blu-ray Oct. 1 From MVD

The 1946 Universal serial Lost City of the Jungle is coming to Blu-ray Disc Oct. 1 from MVD Entertainment Group.

The story follows a warmonger, Sir Eric Hazarias (Lionel Atwill), who is searching for an element that is the only known antidote to the atomic bomb in order to sell it to the highest bidder. A group of peace activists are on his trail. They include Rod Stanton (Russell Hayden), United Peace Foundation investigator; Tal Shan (Keye Luke), Pendrang native; and Marjorie Elmore (Jane Adams), daughter of scientist Dr. Elmore (John Eldredge), unwilling assistant to Sir Eric.

The title is available now on DVD.

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Paramount to Bow 24 Republic Classics Curated by Martin Scorsese on Apple TV App

Paramount will release 24 rarely seen films from the Republic library, personally curated by Martin Scorsese and restored and remastered by the studio, on the Apple TV app for rent or purchase.

The titles are $4.99 EST/$3.99 VOD through Sept. 16.  After that, they are $12.99 EST/$3.99 VOD.

The films, part of the series “Martin Scorsese Presents: Republic Rediscovered,” were recently presented as part of a special screening series at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

“From the ’30s through the ’50s, the different studio logos at the head of every picture carried their own associations and expectations, and for me, the name Republic over the eagle on the mountain peak meant something special,” said Scorsese in a statement. “There are so many titles that have been overlooked or forgotten; waiting for decades to be seen again. I can promise you that you have some discoveries in store.”

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While Republic Pictures was considered a ‘B’ movie studio, it gave great directors, actors and other talent the freedom to make movies they wanted to make, as long as they came in on budget.

“Thanks to the efforts of Martin Scorsese and The Film Foundation, audiences will see that Paramount’s work to restore these films has been done with careful attention to every detail,” said Paramount chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos. “We are thrilled that these movies can be experienced once again in the way their filmmakers intended.”

The 24 films now available on the Apple TV app are:

  • Accused of Murder (1956)

David Brian, Vera Ralston, Sidney Blackmer, Virginia Grey

Director: Joseph Kane

When a gangland lawyer is murdered, there are two suspects: a beautiful nightclub singer and a hood named Stan, who has been hired by an underworld boss to assassinate him. House director Joseph Kane adapts the Republic crime film formula to the era of color and widescreen, employing Republic’s anamorphic “Naturama” process to intensify this thriller.

 

  • Angel on the Amazon (1948)

George Brent, Vera Ralston, Brian Aherne, Constance Bennett

Director: John H. Auer

A mysterious woman (Vera Ralston) leads an explorer (George Brent) and his party to safety after a crash-landing in the Amazon rainforest, in an extravagant John H. Auer drama with unexpected fantasy elements.

 

  • City that Never Sleeps (1953)

Gig Young, Mala Powers, William Talman, Edward Arnold, Marie Windsor, Paula Raymond, Chill Wills

Director: John H. Auer

In one night, a decorated Chicago police officer is gripped by an ethical crisis when he considers leaving his wife and job, and accepting a bribe from a corrupt attorney.  Documentary-like naturalism quickly gives way to nightmarish stylization under the direction of John H. Auer.

 

  • Come Next Spring (1956)

Ann Sheridan, Steve Cochran, Walter Brennan

Director: R.G. Springsteen

After a 12-year absence, a recovering alcoholic returns to the family he left behind and vows to win their hearts again. Tired of playing psychotic gangsters for Warner Bros., actor Steve Cochran started his own independent production company with the hope of tackling ambitious fare like this rural drama of redemption.  The film eventually landed at Republic, masterfully directed by R.G. Springsteen.

 

  • Driftwood (1947)

Ruth Warrick, Dean Jagger, Natalie Wood, Margaret Hamilton

Director: Allan Dwan

A young Natalie Wood stars as an orphan who helps a doctor (Dean Jagger) fight an epidemic in a small western town, in one of Allan Dwan’s closely observed studies in Americana.

 

  • The Flame (1947)

John Carroll, Vera Ralston, Robert Paige, Henry Travers

Director: John H. Auer

A man who is constantly jealous of his half-brother tries to con him by concocting a gold digging scheme with his girlfriend, only to have her actually fall in love with their mark.

 

  • Flame of the Islands (1956)

Yvonne De Carlo, Howard Duff, Zachary Scott, Kurt Kasznar

Director: Edward Ludwig

New York working girl Yvonne De Carlo uses money from an unexpected bequest to purchase an interest in a Nassau nightclub, where she installs herself as the host. Her vigorous interpretation of “Bahama Mama” and other Nelson Riddle-arranged hits earns her a wide-ranging collection of admirers, including a publicist, a gambler, and a philosophical angler.

 

  • Hellfire (1949)

Bill Elliott, Marie Windsor, Forrest Tucker, Jim Davis

Director: R.G. Springsteen

A reformed gambler turned preacher, partners with a pretty female fugitive outlaw, runs into an old pal who is also a marshal and they both fall for the same bad gal. Republic staff cinematographer Jack A. Marta uses the studio’s unique two-color Trucolor process to create a stylized world of shifting orange and blue.

 

  • Hell’s Half Acre (1954)

Wendell Corey, Evelyn Keyes, Marie Windsor, Elsa Lanchester

Director: John H. Auer

The notorious Hell’s Half-Acre quarter of Honolulu, Hawaii serves as a background to a complex tale of transgression and redemption. Wendell Corey is a reformed racketeer whose past catches up with him when his lover shoots and kills one of his former partners in crime.

 

  • I, Jane Doe (1948)

Ruth Hussey, John Carroll, Vera Ralston

Director: John H. Auer

During World War II, an American pilot marries his French girlfriend but then leaves without her. What she does not know is that he is already married in the United States, so she sets out on a mission to find him with disastrous results.

 

  • The Inside Story (1948)

Marsha Hunt, William Lundigan, Charles Winninger

Director: Allan Dwan

A heartwarming lesson in economics from director Allan Dwan in which a stack of cash miraculously finds its way to a small town struggling during the Depression.  The incident affects the lives of everyone who finds it, with various results.

 

  • I’ve Always Loved You (1946)

Philip Dorn, Catherine McLeod, William Carter

Director: Frank Borzage

An orchestral conductor engages in a merciless professional rivalry with a piano student who adores him. Republic made a rare foray into high-budget filmmaking with this 1946 prestige production containing color by Technicolor, piano solos by Arthur Rubinstein, and direction by A-lister Frank Borzage.

 

  • Johnny Guitar (1954)

Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge

Director: Nicholas Ray

From acclaimed director Nicholas Ray, a gambling house operator seeks control of a town as an archrival sets out to force her out of town. The timely arrival of Johnny Guitar thwarts the dark plans, but does not prevent a showdown between the women. The Library of Congress selected this cult classic for preservation in the National Film Registry.

 

  • Laughing Anne (1953)

Wendell Corey, Margaret Lockwood, Forrest Tucker

Director: Herbert Wilcox

Laughing Anne is a Parisian club singer torn between two sailors on the tumultuous South Seas. Based on Joseph Conrad’s novel “Between the Tides” and produced and directed by Herbert Wilcox.

 

  • Moonrise (1948)

Dane Clark, Gail Russell, Ethel Barrymore

Director: Frank Borzage

The locals shun the son of a murderer; only one person defends him, but she happens to be the girlfriend of his chief tormentor. After a confrontation, he kills his bully in self-defense but then becomes tormented by the fact that he may be following in his father’s footsteps.

 

  • The Outcast (1954)

John Derek, Joan Evans, Jim Davis, Catherine McLeod

Director: William Witney

Cheated out of his inheritance by his uncle, a man is outcast from his community and vows to take revenge, in this 1880’s actioner directed by William Witney.

 

  • The Quiet Man (1952)

John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Barry Fitzgerald

Director: John Ford

The Oscar®-winning John Ford classic features John Wayne as a retired boxer who makes a pilgrimage to his home village in Ireland. He meets his match in a spirited young woman, only to find himself confronted by her belligerent brother and the town’s strict customs.  In 2002, the film made AFI’s list of one hundred greatest love stories.

 

  • The Red Pony (1949)

Myrna Loy, Robert Mitchum, Margaret Hamilton, Beau Bridges

Director: Lewis Milestone

John Steinbeck adapted his own novella for this 1949 feature, Republic’s most expensive film up to that time. Robert Mitchum is the ranch hand who helps his employer’s son cope with the death of the pony he raised.  The original score is by Aaron Copland, which he also arranged and published as an orchestral suite.

 

  • Storm Over Lisbon (1944)

Vera Ralston, Richard Arlen, Erich von Stroheim

Director: George Sherman

Director of photography: John Alton

The owner of a Portugal nightclub works as a freelance spy. He tries to seduce information out of a US agent with the help of his nightclub dancer, but when she falls for the agent, both of their lives are endangered.

 

  • Stranger at My Door (1956)

Macdonald Carey, Patricia Medina, Skip Homeier

Director: William Witney

An escaping bank robber finds refuge with a preacher and his wife. The preacher believes he can be reformed but soon finds the robber more trouble than he’s worth.

 

  • That Brennan Girl (1946)

James Dunn, Mona Freeman, William Marshall

Director: Alfred Santell

A selfish San Franciscan with a rough childhood loses a husband in the war and becomes a single mother, forcing her to grow up fast. Unaccountably overlooked, this resonant, formally inventive film was the final work of director Alfred Santell as well as the last leading role of Oscar-winner James Dunn.

 

  • Three Faces West (1940)

John Wayne, Sigrid Gurie, Charles Coburn

Director: Bernard Vorhaus

A Viennese physician and his daughter, refugees from Hitler, become part of a group of North Dakota townspeople planning to relocate from the dust bowl to greener Oregon.

 

  • Trigger, Jr. (1950)

Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Peter Miles

Director: William Witney

A prime example of Republic’s Saturday-matinee musical Westerns, Roy Rogers and Trigger are joined by Trigger’s dashing offspring as they try to save a traveling circus from bankruptcy.

 

  • Wake of the Red Witch (1948)

John Wayne, Gail Russell, Gig Young

Director: Edward Ludwig

A ship captain experiences rough weather, sunken treasure, and a giant octopus on the South Pacific seas. This film was one of Republic’s most expensive productions—and, in the end, one of its most successful.

Classics ‘Conflict of Wings,’ ‘Child’s Play’ and ‘Doublecross’ Available on DVD From MVD and Juno Films

Three classic titles, Conflict of Wings, Child’s Play and Doublecross, are available now on DVD from MVD Entertainment Group and Juno Films.

Conflict of Wings (1954) follows a group of villagers who fight back when the British Air Force threatens to use their bird sanctuary for target practice. Based on the first novel by Don Sharp (The Inbetween Age), the film stars John Gregson (The Longest Day), Kieron Moore (Invasion of the Triffids), Harry Fowler (The Pickwick Papers), Muriel Pavlow (Murder She Said) and Niall MacGinnis (Curse of the Demon).

Child’s Play (1954) explores what happens when a bunch of precocious kids get their hands on an atomic chemistry set. The film stars Mona Washbourne (My Fair Lady), Ballard Berkeley (“Faulty Towers”) and Peter Sallis, who would go on to be the voice of Wallace in the “Wallace and Gromit” shorts and feature films.

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Doublecross (1956) follows a fisherman who ferries two fugitives and a beautiful woman across the English Channel only to suspect them of murder and spying. The classic noir thriller features a cast that includes Fay Compton (The Haunting), Anton Diffring (Where Eagles Dare), Allan Cuthbertson (The Guns of Navarone) and Frank Lawton (A Night to Remember).