April 24, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Video Library New Releases

Week of April 25th

By Casey St. Charnez

Media Rare

Casey St. Charnez has been video editor for Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide since 1986 and buyer for Lisa Harris' Video Library since 1981. He likes Lisa, cats, crosswords, and the Metropolitan Opera, probably in that order.

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AFTER TILLER (2013) C-88min. CoD: Martha Shane & Lana Wilson. Documentary about America’s four remaining third trimester abortion providers. [PG-13]

ALEX IN WONDERLAND (1970) C-112min. D,Sc: Paul Mazursky. Donald Sutherland, Jeanne Moreau, Ellen Burstyn. Mazursky’s semi-autobiographical take on Hollywood fame and fortune is like his California version of 8 ½. [R]

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (1945) B&W-97min. D: René Clair. Agatha Christie’s classic TEN LITTLE INDIANS in its first screen version.

THE BOBO (1967) C-102min. Robert Parrish. Peter Sellers, Britt Ekland, Rosanno Brazzi. Barcelona farce about a singing bullfighter and his amorous misadventures. Ekland was Mrs. Sellers at the time.

BORGEN (2010-Denmark) Season 1, 10 episodes, 4 discs.

BORGEN (2012-Denmark) Season 2, 10 episodes, 4 discs.

BORGEN (2012-Denmark) Season 3, 10 episodes, 4 discs.

THE BOY FRIEND (1971) C-136min. D: Ken Russell. Twiggy, Christopher Gable, Tommy Tune, Glenda Jackson.  Elaborate and eye-filling movie version of Sandy Wilson’s stage musical spoof of 20s comedy. Twiggy is adorable, and perfectly cast. [G] Poster (French version):

CONCUSSION (2013) C-96min. D,Sc: Stacie Passon. Robin Weigert, Maggie Siff, Johnathan Tchaikovsky. Suburbanite Abby gets a hit in the head, then decides she wants to be Eleanor, with a loft in the city, where she entertains curious women by appointment only. Smartly written character drama has a lot of sex, but little nudity, and is thoughtful and provocative throughout. Highly recommended. [R] 


CRY DANGER (1951) B&W-79min. D: Robert Parrish. Dick Powell, Rhonda Fleming. Noir about an innocent man released from prison and looking for payback. Print restored by UCLA Archive.

THE DIRTY DOZEN (1967) C-149min. D: Andrew V. McLaglen. Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Richard Jaeckel, George Kennedy, Trini Lopez, Ralph Meeker, Robert Ryan, Telly Savalas, Clint Walker, Robert Webber. Double-disc double-feature with THE DIRTY DOZEN: NEXT MISSION (1985 TV-movie with Marvin, Borgnine, Jaeckel).

GODS AND MONSTERS (1998) C-105min. D,Sc: Bill Condon. Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave. McKellan as gay director James Whale.[R]

MADE IN HEAVEN (1987) C-102min. D: Alan Rudolph. Timothy Hutton, Kelly McGillis, Maureen Stapleton. Romantic fantasy, set in heaven and on earth. [PG]

MÖBIUS (2012-France) C-108min. D: Éric Rochant. Jean Dujardin, Cécile de France, Tim Roth. Corporate espionage circulating around a corrupt Monaco bank whose chairman is under scrutiny by Russia and the CIA. [R] Trailer:

THE PAWNBROKER (1965) B&W-116min. D: Sidney Lumet. Rod Steiger, Brock Peters, Geraldine Fitzgerald. Steiger won the Best Actor Oscar for his lowkey portrayal of a Holocaust survivor and his memories. Music by Quincy Jones. [NR]

PLENTY (1985) C-120min. D: Fred Schepisi. Meryl Streep, Charles Dance, Tracey Ullman, John Gielgud, Sting, Ian McKellen. French resistance fighter has trouble adjusting to the postwar world. From the play by David Hare. [R]

THE PRIVATE LIFE OF A MASTERPIECE: MASTERPIECES OF SCULPTURE (2008/BBC)  197min. Michelangelo, Degas, Rodin.

THE PRIVATE LIFE OF A MASTERPIECE: RENAISSANCE MASTERPIECES (2008/BBC) 197min. Botticelli, Uccello, da Vinci, della Francesca.

SLEEP MY LOVE (1948) B&W-97min. D: Douglas Sirk. Claudette Colbert, Robert Cummings, Don Ameche. Is she really nuts or is her husband just trying to get rid of her? Produced by Mary Pickford!

THE STARS FELL ON HENRIETTA (1995) C-110min. D: James Keach. Robert Duvall, Aidan Quinn, Frances Fisher, Brian Dennehy. Oil field wildcatting in 1935 Texas. Produced by Clint Eastwood. [PG]

THESE BIRDS WALK (2014-US-Pakistan) C-71min. CoD: Omar Mullick & Bassam Tariq.  Wrenching documentary about a resilient young runaway. [NR]

TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT (1972) C-109min. D: George Cukor. Maggie Smith, Alec McCowen. Across Europe, with a severed finger in a keepsake box. Best Costume Oscar. From the comic novel by Graham Greene. [PG]

VICTOR VICTORIA (1982) C-133min. D,Sc: Blake Edwards. Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren. Sophisticated gender-bender farce based on the 1933 German comedy VIKTOR UND VIKTORIA. Seven Oscar nominations. [PG]

WAR OF THE BUTTONS (1994) C-94min. D: John Roberts. Irish schoolboys with their rules of engagement and spoils of battle. [PG]

WE’RE NO ANGELS (1955) C-105min. D: Michael Curtiz. Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray, Peter Ustinov, Basil Rathbone. Three Devil’s Island escapees get involved in the lives of a shopkeeper and his daughter. From the Broadway comedy, and just absolutely delightful.

WESTWARD THE WOMEN (1951) B&W-116min. D: William A. Wellman. Robert Taylor. Not just another western, but one with a major feminist bent, as a wagon train full of females undertakes a 2,000-mile covered wagon trek. Story by Frank Capra.

WRESTLING ERNEST HEMINGWAY (1993) C-123min. D: Randa Haines. Robert Duvall, Richard Harris, Shirley MacLaine. Elderly Floridians are enemies, then frenemies, then friends. A rare late-career appearance by MacLaine. [PG-13]

YOLANDA AND THE THIEF (1945) C-108min. D: Vincente Minnelli. Fred Astaire, Lucille Bremer. Enchanting fable by the author of the Madeline books about a con man pretending to be the guardian angel of a naïve heiress. Gorgeous production, very underrated, with a spectacularly surreal centerpiece ballet. Poster: 

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