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Tuesday, May 24, 2011


It’s Tuesday, and that means sites and stores will be full of new goodness to tickle your eyeballs with. So sit-back, relax, and take a look at what’s good enough to stick in the movie playing machine.

The release of the week that will be first on our order list is a triple feature of tits, boobs behind bars, women in prison. Available for the first time on one disc: CHAINED HEAT, RED HEAT, and JUNGLE WARRIORS. They have all been previously available separately so why go all-in on a double-dip? How about an uncut, re-mastered version of CHAINED HEAT, one of the best WIP films of all time? Done and done.

Here are the extras on the set:

Introduction: By the Legendary Mr. Skin
Interview(s): With Actresses Stella Stevens (Chained Heat) and Sybil Danning (Chained Heat, Jungle Warriors)
Original theatrical trailer: Trailers for all 3 features

TLA Cult has this almost a full two months before Amazon so jump on it:

By now the deal is well known: Ron Howard told Roger Corman he would star in EAT MY DUST if Corman would produce Howard's directorial debut, GRAND THEFT AUTO (which the is the better of the two films I think). This is an awesome double-feature so double up and hit these together.

Here are the extras:

Eat My Dust!:

New anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.78:1)

New interview with star, Ron Howard

How To Crash On a Dime – The making of Eat My Dust!

Leonard Maltin interviews Roger Corman

The Illustrated Man – A conversation with Corman poster artist, John Solie

Theatrical trailer and TV spot

Grand Theft Auto:

New anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.78:1)

Introduction by Roger Corman

Audio commentary with Ron Howard and Roger Corman

Audio commentary with Actor/Cowriter Rance Howard, Second Unit Director Allan Arkush, Editor Joe Dante and Key Grip Ben Haller

A Family Affair – An interview with Rance and Clint Howard

Interview with Ron Howard and Roger Corman

Leonard Maltin interviews Roger Corman

Theatrical trailer and TV spots

You can grab this from Amazon here:

A double dose of 70's grindhouse sleaze. This must be purchased for the cover alone. I havetn seen HOW TO SCORE WITH GIRLS but THE WHITE RAT is 12 kinds of cool and stars Alisha Fontaine who wasn't a great actress but she didn't need to be, she just needed to be there.

No features mentioned on this set.

Grab this from TLA Cult here:

We haven't seen this one yet, but from TLA's description, sounds awesome!

Emanating sleaze out of its shameless pores, Eyes of the Chameleon features hordes of gratuitous nudity, a bunch of splatterific gore, hot chicks making out and a whole lot more sticky sordidness. This low budget exploitation horror flick follows a young woman as she goes insane while everyone around her is killed off by a ysterious slasher. Features a handful of women bound by a sadistic killer, a chick who gets her boob carved with a razor, a group sex scene that turns into a bloodbath and more.

Pick this up from TLA Cult here:

Oliver Stones first film in his Vietnam trilogy is still to this day the best film he ever made, and its finally on Blu-ray. This is a truly haunting film about good and evil and how those lines are blurred in war. A great performance by Charlie Sheen, a remarkably villainous performance by Tom Berenger, and a moving performance by Willem Dafoe (who also has one of the greatest death scenes of all-time).

Here are the extras on the set:

**Audio Commentary by Director Oliver Stone
**Audio Commentary by Military Advisor Dale Dye
**Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional Commentary by Oliver Stone
**Flashback to Platoon: Snapshot in Time: 1967 – 1968; Creating the ’Nam; Raw Wounds: The Legacy of Platoon
**Documentaries: One War, Many Stories; Preparing for ’Nam
**Vignettes: Caputo & the 7th Fleet; Dye Training Method; Gordon Gekko
**Theatrical Trailer and TV Spots

Grab this from TLA Video here:

By all accounts, Criterion has done an amazing job with The Tramp's most controversial film. Though this film doesn't work for me as well as some of his others, the moment he lampoons Hitler is some of the best work he has ever done.

Here are the extras on the set:

New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition

New audio commentary by Charlie Chaplin historians Dan Kamin and Hooman Mehran

The Tramp and the Dictator (2001), a documentary narrated by filmmaker Kenneth Branagh and featuring interviews with author Ray Bradbury, director Sidney Lumet, historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., screenwriter Budd Schulberg, and a host of others

Two new visual essays, by Chaplin archivist Cecilia Cenciarelli and Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance

On-set, color production footage shot by Chaplin’s half-brother, Sydney

Deleted scene from Chaplin’s 1919 film, Sunnyside

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This is a stunning film that is a meditation on life and humanity in general. I know that sounds obtuse, but if you haven't seen this film, do yourself a favor and pick this up. Looks like Criterion did a great job here.

High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition

Audio essay by Andrei Tarkovsky scholars Vida Johnson and Graham Petrie, coauthors of The Films of Andrei Tarkovsky: A Visual Fugue

Nine deleted and alternate scenes

Video interviews with actress Natalya Bondarchuk, cinematographer Vadim Yusov, art director Mikhail Romadin, and composer Eduard Artemyev

Excerpt from a documentary about Stanislaw Lem, the author of the film’s source novel

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Phillip Lopate and an appreciation by director Akira Kurosawa

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This is a brutal, tough, and gritty prison tale that features Steve McQueen's best performance. Who ever thought he would chase Dustin Hoffman off the screen? Not to say that Hoffman is bad in this, he isn't, McQueen was just that good.

the extras are light on this one, only a trailer and a featurette.

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If PAPILLON is McQueen's best performance, LE MANS is his most personal film. McQueen did all of his own driving in this with a broken foot in a cast no less. Many think he actually would have won this race had his car been a little better.

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Probably the second best film about racing after LE MANS.

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That's it for this week kids. Next week we have BRUTE CORPS, THE CAT O'NINE TAILS on Blu, A MAN CALLED HORSE on Blu, ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST on Blu, DRIVE ANGRY 3D, Ridley Scott's LEGEND on Blu, and AMERICAN GRAFFITI on Blu.

Until then...

Here's to good watching, salute!

See you on forty deuce,