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 Posted:   May 7, 2014 - 2:07 AM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

Can anyone confirm that discounts/sales on Olive blu-rays are scarce?

They have announced sales on their Facebook page and their home page. I've taken advantage of a few. You just have to watch out for them.

http://www.olivefilms.com/

Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2014 - 2:55 AM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

Can anyone confirm that discounts/sales on Olive blu-rays are scarce?

Barnes & Noble currently has a buy two, get one free deal.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/olive-films?aref=1524&dref=1050&keyword=olive+films

Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2014 - 12:20 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

If it's multi-region I'll defiantly be buying Operation Petticoat, a really great feel good film, & very funny. If not I'll wait, it's a Universal film & a lot of Universal films get released on Blu in Europe.

Well it was locked to A, but I wouldn't have bought it anyway, as looking at the caps & reviews it looks awful, such a shame. Good news about The Sands Of Iwo Jima (Wayne is really great in this), but it all depends on what Olive have found to use as a master, it could be that it won't be that much better than the DVD.

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2014 - 6:01 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Independent U.S. distributors Olive Films have officially announced that they will release on Blu-ray Allan Dwan's Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), starring John Wayne, John Agar, and Adele Mara, and Santos Alcocer's Blind Man's Bluff a.k.a. Cauldron of Blood (1970), starring Jean-Pierre Aumont, Boris Karloff, Viveca Lindfors, and Rosenda Monteros.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=14655

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2015 - 4:22 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I recently noticed that Olive Films, which heretofore had pretty much been exclusively releasing catalog films from first the Paramount catalog and then the Paramount-owned Republic library, has begun releasing some of the MGM/UA catalog.

They have issued Blu-rays of these AIP films:

BEACH BLANKET BINGO
COFFY
COOLEY HIGH
FOXY BROWN
FRIDAY FOSTER
MUSCLE BEACH PARTY
PSYCH-OUT
THE THING WITH TWO HEADS

and from UA they've issued:

ALICE'S RESTAURANT
CAVEMAN
HAMMER
A HOLE IN THE HEAD
HOW TO MURDER YOUR WIFE
IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE
KISS ME, STUPID
NED KELLY
THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED MINSKY'S
PORK CHOP HILL
ROAD TO HONG KONG
TEACHERS
WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR, DADDY?

and from Orion they've issued:

BEST SELLER
BLUE SKY
LITTLE MAN TATE
WITHOUT A CLUE

and from Cannon they've issued:

ALLAN QUATERMAIN AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD
FIREWALKER

and they have plans to issue BLACK CAESAR and SLAUGHTER on September 22nd. Plus they've issued titles from other MGM-held companies such as Filmways, the Samuel Goldwyn Company, and Trans World Entertainment.

Apparently, MGM, which also has deals with Shout/Scream Factory, Kino-Lorber, and Twilight Time, cannot license these things fast enough. Good times for disc lovers.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2015 - 10:06 AM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

For the record, ROAD TO HONG KONG is a United Artists film, not an American-International film.

I DO wish Olive would release much more of the "true" Republic Pictures library after concentrating so much on Republic film noir and the John Wayne library. Although most is admittedly minor B-product, there are so many other interesting films in every creative category in this library---westerns, murder mysteries, adventures, musicals, comedies---and it is technically very well-made, scored, and shot, for its level.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2015 - 1:38 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

For the record, ROAD TO HONG KONG is a United Artists film, not an American-International film.


Thanks. I knew that. Just slotted it the wrong group as I scrolled up and down the list in my post, inserting them alphabetically in each group as I came upon them in Amazon. Corrected.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2015 - 7:33 PM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

For the record, ROAD TO HONG KONG is a United Artists film, not an American-International film.


Thanks. I knew that. Just slotted it the wrong group as I scrolled up and down the list in my post, inserting them alphabetically in each group as I came upon them in Amazon. Corrected.



Actually, Bob, I wonder if, after ROAD TO BALI in 1952, the "Road" series HAD eventually been picked up by AIP and in the later '50s and '60s, had been redeveloped for younger audiences, it might have extended its life.

I can see Frankie Avalon and Jody McCrea as two entertainer/surfers travelling the world, performing and searching for waves---and always running into Annette---in such exotic comedy adventures as THE ROAD TO HANALEI, THE ROAD TO FIGI, THE ROAD TO SAMOA..... And, of course, at some point in each film as a running gag they also always come upon two old guys, played by guest stars Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, who manage the local beach bar.

 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2015 - 8:47 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Independent U.S. distributors Olive Films have announced that they will add a number of new titles to their Blu-ray catalog in November. Amongst them are John Turturro's Romance & Cigarettes, Gary Sinise's Of Mice and Men, and John Sayles's Eight Men Out.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=17684

 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2015 - 9:05 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

So happy for Eight Man Out. Just about anything by Sayles I'll pick up. Would love to see Matewan and Lone Star on BD.

 
 Posted:   May 27, 2016 - 5:11 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Independent distributors Olive Films have announce that they will add eight new titles to their Blu-ray catalog in August. Amongst them are American Ninja and American Ninja 2, The Pride and the Passion, and Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon.

American Ninja

The first film in the successful martial arts franchise, American Ninja stars Michael Dudikoff as Joe Armstrong, a one-man ninjitsu fighting machine. Serving in the army to avoid a prison sentence, Joe will find himself battling the deadly ninjas of the Black Star Order, as well as corrupt military leaders inorder to bring down an illegal arms sales conspiracy. Joining inon the adventure is Joe's comrade-in-arms Curtis Jackson (Steve James, I'm Gonna GitYou Sucka) and Patricia Hickock (Judie Aronson, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), the daughter of Joe's commanding officer Colonel William Hickock (Guich Koock, North Dallas Forty). American Ninja is directed by Sam Firstenberg (Avenging Force) from a screenplay by Paul De Mielche (based on a story by Gideon Amir and Avi Kleinberger) and produced by Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan.

Special Features:
Audio Commentary with director Sam Firstenberg
"A Rumble in The Jungle" - The Making of American Ninja: Featuring interviews with director Sam Firstenberg, actors Michael Dudikoff and Judie Aronson, Screenwriter Paul De Mielche and Stunt Co-ordinator Steve Lambert
Theatrical Trailer
Optional English SDH subtitles
STREET DATE: AUGUST 16.

American Ninja 2: The Confrontation

Michael Dudikoff is back in action as Joe Armstrong in American Ninja 2: The Confrontation, the sequel to the highly successful martial arts extravaganza American Ninja.

Joining Joe is Curtis Jackson (a returning Steve James, American Ninja) who, like Joe, is promoted to the Army Rangers and sent on a mission to the Caribbean in search of missing Marines. Quicker than you can say déjà vu, Joe and Curtis are battling scientifically-engineered Super Ninjas in an attempt to bring down a dreaded drug lord known as The Lion (Gary Conway, Once is Not Enough).

American Ninja 2, directed by Sam Firstenberg (American Ninja) from a screenplay by Gary Conway and James Booth (from a story by Conway based on the characters created by Gideon Amir and Avi Kleinberger), is produced by Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan.

Special Features:
Audio Commentary with director Sam Firstenberg
"An American Ninja in Cape Town" - The Making of American Ninja 2: Featuring interviews with Director Sam Firstenberg, actors Michael Dudikoff and Gary Conway, Executive Producer Avi Lerner and Stunt Co-ordinator BJ Davis
Theatrical Trailer
Optional English SDH subtitles
STREET DATE: AUGUST 16.

American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt

Martial artist David Bradley (Cyborg Cop) takes the reins as Sean Davidson in this third installment of the American Ninja franchise, teaming up with the returning Steve James (American Ninja and Amerian Ninja 2: The Confrontation) in yet another explosive action-packed adventure, American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt.

With the aid of Curtis Jackson (James), Davidson battles "The Cobra" (played to the hilt by Marjoe Gortner, Earthquake), a maniacal terrorist experimenting with biological warfare and an army of genetically-cloned ninjas led by Chan Lee (Michele Chan, TV's Danger Bay).

American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt is directed by Cedric Sundstrom (Captive Rage) from a screenplay by Gary Conway based on the characters created by Gideon Amir and Avi Kleinberger.

Special Features:
"Strike Me Deadly" - The making of American Ninja 3: Featuring interviews with Director Cedric Sundstrom, Executive Producer Avi Lerner, and actor Gary Conway
David Bradley Audition Tape
Theatrical Trailer
Optional English SDH subtitles
STREET DATE: AUGUST 16.

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation

American Ninja star Michael Dudikoff returns for the fourth installment in the popular action series, American Ninja 4: The Annihilation. Teamed with CIA operative Sean Davidson (martial artist David Bradley, American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt), Joe Armstrong (Dudikoff) is out to help foil the plans of Mulgrew (James Booth, The Breed), a terrorist hell-bent on annihilating New York City.

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation, directed by Cedric Sundstrom (American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt) from a screenplay by David Geeves based on the characters created by Gideon Amir and Avi Kleinberger, is produced by Christopher Pearce.

Special Features:
"Last Tango in Lesotho" - The making of American Ninja 4: Featuring interviews with Director Cedric Sundstrom, Executive Producer Avi Lerner, and actor Michael Dudikoff
"The Cobra Strikes" Music Video
Theatrical Trailer
Optional English SDH subtitles
STREET DATE: AUGUST 16.

Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon

Hot off of her Best Actress Oscar nominated performance in The Sterile Cuckoo, Liza Minnelli embodies Junie Moon, the physically and emotionally scarred heroine in director Otto Preminger's (Such Good Friends) Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon. Considered misfits by society, hospital mates Junie Moon (Minnelli, Cabaret), a victim of an acid attack that has scarred her face; Arthur (Ken Howard, Such Good Friends), an epileptic; and Warren (Robert Moore, TV's Diana), a gay paraplegic; set up house together in a rented property owned by the eccentric heiress Miss Gregory (Kay Thompson, Funny Face).

Together the trio will face life's challenges, romantic entanglements and assorted adventures in the film version of the novel by Marjorie Kellogg, who adapted it for the screen. Directed by Otto Preminger, the film co-stars James Coco (Man of La Mancha, Such Good Friends), Fred Williamson (Hammer, Black Caesar) and Leonard Frey (Fiddler on the Roof), and features a score composed by Philip Springer with Pete Seeger performing the opening & closing credits tune "Old Devil Time."

With optional English SDH subtitles.

STREET DATE: AUGUST 16.

The Pride and the Passion

Cary Grant (North by Northwest), Frank Sinatra (From Here to Eternity) and Sophia Loren (Two Women) set the screen ablaze with a burning passion in director Stanley Kramer's (Judgment at Nuremberg) epic The Pride and the Passion.

Set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, Cary Grant stars as Captain Anthony Trumbell, a British soldier tasked with securing a large cannon abandoned by the Spanish army when Napoleon's troops marched through and conquered Spain. The cannon, believed to be the largest in the world, would help England in their fight against the French. With the aid of peasant rebels lead by Miguel (Frank Sinatra) and Juana (Sophia Loren), Trumbell must first agree to help them restore the gun to defeat the French on Spanish soil.

The Pride and the Passion is directed by nine-time Academy Award nominee Stanley Kramer from a screen story and screenplay written by Edna Anhalt and Edward Anhalt based on the C.S. Forester novel The Gun, photographed by five-time Academy Award nominee Franz Planer (Champion, Roman Holiday) and features supporting performances by Theodore Bikel (My Fair Lady), John Wengraf (Judgment at Nuremberg) and Jay Novello (What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?).

With optional English SDH subtitles.

STREET DATE: AUGUST 16.

Wild in the Streets

Striking a zeitgeist nerve, Wild in the Streets stars Christopher Jones (Ryan's Daughter) as Max Frost, rock singer and poster boy for the counterculture revolution of the 60's. While performing with his band The Troopers at a political rally for Senate candidate Johnny Fergus (Hal Holbrook, Into the Wild), Max seizes the opportunity to spout his own political philosophies which include, among other things, that the voting age should be lowered to 14.

And thus begins the tale of Max's meteoric rise. But as he moves further and further into uncharted waters, first as a voice for the youth movement (or is he just a mouthpiece for opportunist politicians?) and then as a nominee for President of the United States, Max will not bend to the will of the old guard. Instead he begins implementing his own ideas of what would make a better world, including "re-education camps" for those over the age of 35 along with a liberal dosing of LSD.

Wild in the Streets, directed by Barry Shear (Across 110th Street), co-stars Shelley Winters (The Night of the Hunter) as Max's mother; Millie Perkins (The Diary of Anne Frank) as Senator Fergus' daughter Mary, and Richard Pryor (Silver Streak) as Stanley X, The Troopers' drummer.

With optional English SDH subtitles.

STREET DATE: AUGUST 16.

Saved!

Christian high school student, the devout Mary (Jena Malone, Sucker Punch) will have her world turned upside down when her boyfriend Dean (Chad Faust, Descent) reveals that he's gay. Try as she may, Mary can't pray … or sleep … the gay away. Much to her surprise (not to mention Dean's), Mary discovers that she's pregnant. Ostracized by her holier-than-thou schoolmates, led by the pious Hilary Faye (Mandy Moore, A Walk to Remember), Mary will find acceptance from kindred spirits: the school's geeks, including the wheelchair-bound Roland (Macaulay Culkin, Home Alone) and Cassandra (Eva Amurri, The Life Before Her Eyes).

Directed by Brian Dannelly (Struck by Lightning) from a screenplay by Dannelly and Michael Urban, Saved! features Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous), Heather Matarazzo (Welcome to the Dollhouse), Martin Donovan (Agent Cody Banks) and Mary-Louise Parker (Fried Green Tomatoes) in supporting roles.

Special Features:
Featurettes
Deleted Scenes
Bloopers
With optional English SDH subtitles.

STREET DATE: AUGUST 16.

***

DVD ONLY ANNOUNCEMENT:

Not Without My Daughter

Not Without My Daughter, starring Sally Field (Norma Rae) and Alfred Molina (Prick Up Your Ears), is the dramatic true-life tale of a mother and daughter trapped halfway around the world and their struggle to return to their home.

By all outward appearances well-to-do Iranian-American physician Sayed Bozorg "Moody" Mahmoody (Alfred Molina, Prick Up Your Ears), his wife Betty (Sally Field, Norma Rae) and daughter Mahtob (Sheila Rosenthal) seem to be living the American dream. But looks can be deceiving. Sayed announces that they'll travel to Iran to see his family who will be meeting his wife and child for the first time. Though fearful of travel to Iran due to the Iranian Hostage Crisis, Betty relents. Once in Iran, Sayed announces that he, Betty and Mahtob will remain their permanently. Betty must find a way to return with her daughter to the U.S.

Based on the book by Betty Mahmoody and William Hoffer, Not Without My Daughter is the extraordinary tale of the bond between mother and child, directed by Brian Gilbert (Wilde) from a screenplay by Pat Riddle, co-starring Roshan Seth (Gandhi), Georges Corraface (Impromptu) and Ed Grady (Chattahoochee).

With optional English SDH subtitles.

STREET DATE: AUGUST 16.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=19124

 
 
 Posted:   May 29, 2016 - 12:36 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I'm amazed, but pleased, to see that Olive is releasing TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME, JUNIE MOON. Leonard Maltin gives the “moving story” 3 and a half stars, noting that “moments of comedy, melodrama [and] compassion [are] expertly blended by Preminger in one of his best films.”

The 1970 film was originally copyrighted by Otto Preminger's production company, Sigma Productions. A year after Preminger's death in 1986, ownership transferred to the Preminger estate. In 1989, title to the film was shifted from the estate to a new company, Otto Preminger Films, Ltd., where it has apparently remained for the past 27 years. Since distributor Paramount has never controlled the film, I figured that was why no video release has been forthcoming from Paramount or its licensees over the years. But now, here it is. I wonder who Olive obtained the rights and the elements from.

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2016 - 5:26 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Independent U.S. distributors Olive Films have announced that they will add a number of new titles to their Blu-ray catalog in September. Amongts them are: Yours, Mine and Ours (1968), The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1962), and The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959).

Yours, Mine and Ours

Yours, Mine and Ours, based on the bookWho Gets the Drumstick, stars Lucille Ball (The Facts of Life) and Henry Fonda (The Grapes of Wrath) as Frank and Helen Beardsley, parents to a blended family of twenty.

When Navy officer Frank Beardsley meets nurse Helen North (with a little help from mutual friend Darrel Harrison, played by Van Johnson, Brigadoon) there's an undeniable attraction although both are apprehensive about any potential romantic involvement, having recently lost their spouses leaving them responsible for raising ten children and eight children respectively. When they decide to wed, unconventionality turns into hilarity in the wacky Yours, Mine and Ours.

Directed by Melville Shavelson (Houseboat) from a screenplay by Mort Lachman and Shavelson and a story by Bob Carroll Jr. and Madelyn Davis based on the Helen Beardsley book, Yours,Mine and Ours features supporting performances by Tim Matheson (Animal House), Tom Bosley (TV's Happy Days), Gary Goetzman (Married to the Mob), Morgan Brittany (Gypsy) and Tracy Nelson (Down and Out in Beverly Hills).

With optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature.

STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 13.

The Monster of Piedras Blancas

The sleepy little lighthouse community of Piedras Blancas has a big problem when bodies begin piling up (thankfully there's the ice room at Kochek's Store for meats and groceries) and a scale from a thought-to-be-extinct prehistoric amphibian is found nearby. Could this be the work of...The Monster o fPiedras Blancas?

For a town photographed in black & white, Piedras Blancas is teeming with colorful characters. There's Sturges (John Harmon, Monsieur Verdoux), the lighthouse keeper who makes it a ritual to leave food out near a secluded beach cave for, well, something; Lucy (Jeanne Carmen, Born Reckless), Sturges' zaftig daughter, a free thinker who clearly doesn't pay attention to daddy's warnings about skinny dipping near the cave; Lucy's boyfriend Fred (Don Sullivan, The Giant Gila Monster), a young man more than willing to keep an eye on Lucy; and the dedicated man of science Dr. Sam Jorgensen (Les Tremayne, The Fortune Cookie) who's out to solve the mysterious murders. It will become painfully obvious to Sturges (and the unfortunate inhabitants of Piedras Blancas): never miss a feeding! The Monster of Piedras Blancas, directed by Irvin Berwick (Malibu High), co-stars Forrest Lewis (All That Heaven Allows), Frank Arvidson (The 7th Commandment) and Wayne Berwick (The Naked Monster) and is photographed by Philip Lathrop, two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Cinematography (The Americanization of Emily, Earthquake).

With optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature.

STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 13.

The Horrible Dr. Hichcock

From director Robert Hampton, (Lust Of The Vampire) comes The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (L'orrible segreto del Dr. Hichcock), the twisted and terrifying tale of Dr. Bernard Hichcock (Robert Flemyng, The Quiller Memorandum) whose secret desires and perverse passions lead to the death of his wife, Margaret (Teresa Fitzgerald, Class of Iron).

Remarrying years later, the doctor's new bride Cynthia (Barbara Steele, Pit and the Pendulum) is unaware that her husband intends to use her blood toreanimate the corpse of his dearly departed Margaret.

With optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature.

STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 13.

Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe

Commando Cody, the venerable Sky Marshal of the Universe (Judd Holdren, Captain Video, Master of the Stratosphere), along with trusted aids Joan Gilbert (Aline Towne, RadarMen from the Moon) and Ted Richards (William Schallert, TV's The Patty Duke Show) and later joined by Dick Preston (Richard Crane, The Eternal Sea), must foil the various schemes of The Ruler (Gregory Gay, Flying Disc Man from Mars),an evil alien life form hell-bent on taking over Earth.

All twelve pulse-pounding episodes of Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe (including Enemies of the Universe, Nightmare Typhoon, Robot Monster from Marsand the exciting final installment, Captives of the Zero Hour), directed by Fred C. Brannon (The Invisible Monster, The Crimson Ghost), Harry Keller (Tammy and the Doctor) and Franklin Adreon (Panther Girl of the Kongo) are now available for your home viewing enjoyment in one exciting package.

Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe also features Craig Kelly (The Furies), Dale Van Sickel (Johnny Reno), Gloria Pall (The Crimson Kimino),and William Henry (Secret of the Incas).

With optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature.

STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 13.

The Captive

Cecil B. DeMille's thought-to-be-lost 1915 silent film The Captive,is a found treasure. Set during the Balkan Wars, The Captive tells the story of Sonia (Blanche Sweet, The Woman in White), a young woman living in Montenegro and left to care for her younger brother Milos (Gerald Ward, The Warrens of Virginia) and the family farm when older brother Marko (Page Peters, Davy Crockett) goes off to battle. Unable to handle the day-to-day tasks following her brother's tragic death, help comes in the form of Mahmud Hassan (House Peters, Prisoners of the Storm) a captured Turk nobleman now a prisoner of war. Tasked with helping Sonia, their initial frosty relationship soon melts into love. As the war rages on Sonia, Mahmud and Milos will face near-insurmountable obstacles in their quest for a better life amidst the hell of war.

Directed by Cecil B. DeMille (The Ten Commandments, The Buccaneer) from a screenplay written by DeMille and Jeanie Macpherson (based on her play), the wartime romantic drama The Captive features supporting performances by Jeanie Macpherson (The Girl of the Golden West), Theodore Roberts (The Ten Commandments), William Elmer (The Devil and MissJones) and features a musical score newly composed by Lucy Duke.

With optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature.

STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 13.

Jekyll and Hyde...Together Again

The Robert Louis Stevenson classic is turned on its ear, or in this case its funny bone, in the Jerry Belson (TV's The Odd Couple) directed Jekyll an dHyde ... Together Again. While researching a drug that would make surgeries obsolete, Dr. Daniel Jekyll (Mark Blankfield, Robin Hood: Men inTights) inadvertently discovers a substance that unleashes the animal that lives inside every man. Using himself as a guinea pig, Jekyll reverts from his shy, self-effacing, serious self to the hyper-sexual, party-'till-you-drop alter ego, Mr. Hyde.

Jekyll and Hyde ... Together Again, written for the screen by Monica Johnson, Harvey Miller, Jerry Belson and Michael Leeson, co-stars Bess Armstrong (High Road to China) as Mary, Jekyll's loving fiancée; Krista Errickson (Little Darlings) as Ivy, Hyde's lusty paramour; and Tim Thomerson (Near Dark) as Jekyll's smarmy colleague Dr. Knute Lanyon.

With optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature.

STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 13.

Mankillers

A female homage toThe Dirty Dozen, Mankillers features a rag tag group ofbottom feeders —murderers, thieves and other assorted miscreants— who, unless they coalesce into a lean, mean fighting machine to stop a rogue agent and the drug cartel that employs him, have the option of a prison cell orthe electric chair. It's wall-to-wall action and adventure in Mankillers.

Directed and written by David A. Prior (Deadly Prey, Killer Workout), Mankillers stars Edd Byrnes (TV's 77 Sunset Strip), Gail Fisher (TV's Mannix), Edy Williams (The Naked Kiss), Lynda Aldon (Doctor Detroit),William Zipp (Deadly Prey), Christine Lunde (The Masque of the Red Death) and Suzanne Tegmann (Death Chase).

With optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature.

STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 13.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=19325

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2016 - 5:39 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Independent distributors Olive Films have announced that they will add five new titles to their Blu-ray catalog in February: Terence Young's The Klansman (1974), J. Lee Thompson's King Solomon's Mines (1985), Maurice Pialat's Police (1985), Bruce Beresford's Evelyn (2002), and Franklin Adreon's Panther Girl of the Kongo (1955).

The Klansman

A powder keg of racial tensions is ignited in a small Alabama town when a black man is accused of raping a white woman. The lurid tale is played out against the backdrop of the civil rights movement and features lead performances by Lee Marvin (Cat Ballou) as the town sheriff taxed with keeping the peace, and Richard Burton (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) as the liberal-minded landowner who finds himself caught in the middle of a heated war involving the town and the Ku Klux Klan. The Klansman, directed by Terence Young (Thunderball) from a screenplay written by Millard Kaufman and Samuel Fuller based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by William Bradford Huie, features supporting performances by Luciana Paluzzi (A Black Veil for Lisa), Linda Evans (TV's Dynasty), Lola Falana (The Liberation of L.B. Jones), Cameron Mitchell (Deadly Prey) and O.J. Simpson (The Towering Inferno).

With optional English SDH subtitles.

STREET DATE: FEBRUARY 21.

King Solomon's Mines

Director J. Lee Thompson's (Cape Fear) action-packed adventure film (based on the H. Rider Haggard novel of the same name) stars Richard Chamberlain (Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold) as intrepid explorer Allan Quatermain and Sharon Stone (Basic Instinct) as his adventurous paramour, Jesse Huston. Hired by Jesse to find her father who she believes disappeared in an attempt to find the fabled mines of King Solomon, Quatermain will run afoul of the evil Colonel Bockner (Herbert Lom, Villa Rides), a German explorer also on a quest to locate the mythic treasures. And neither Bockner nor his partner in crime, the merciless Turkish slave-trader, Dogati (John Rhys-Davies, Raiders of the Lost Ark), like the competition.

Adapted for the screen by Gene Quintano (Sudden Death) and James R. Silke (Revenge of the Ninja), King Solomon's Mines features supporting performances by Ken Gampu (American Ninja 4: The Annihilation) and Sam Williams (King Solomon's Treasure), with a score by Academy Award-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith (Best Original Score, The Omen – 1977).

With optional English SDH subtitles.

STREET DATE: FEBRUARY 21.

Panther Girl of the Kongo

The jaw-dropping, eye-popping, edge-of-your-seat exploits of the fearless Panther Girl are brought vividly to life in the Republic Pictures serial Panther Girl of the Kongo starring Phyllis Coates (Perils of the Jungle) as Jean Evans, the Panther Girl of the title; Myron Healey (The Unearthly) as big game hunter Larry Sanders; and Arthur Space (The Red House) as the maddest of the mad scientists, Dr. Morgan.

All twelve action-packed jungle adventures (including The Claw Monster, The Killer Beast, Crater of Flame and the thrilling final chapter of the serial, House of Doom), directed by Franklin Adreon (Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe) are now available for your home viewing pleasure in one exciting package.

With optional English SDH subtitles.

STREET DATE: FEBRUARY 21.

Evelyn

Inspired by a custody case brought before the Irish courts in 1955, Evelyn stars Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye) as Desmond Doyle, a father fighting for the custody of his three children after abandonment by their mother. Due to the Irish law of the time, children could not be raised by one parent in what the courts considered "a broken home," thus allowing the Doyle children to be placed in church-run orphanages, where neglect and cruelty were not out of the ordinary. Desmond, with the help of the kindly chemist and love interest (Julianna Margulies, TV's The Good Wife), a local solicitor (Stephen Rea, The Crying Game), and two tough-as-nails lawyers (Alan Bates, Nijinsky; Aidan Quinn, Legends of the Fall), will take his fight to the highest courts to win their freedom. Rounding out the cast of talented actors is Sophie Vavasseur (Becoming Jane) as Evelyn, the little girl who won the hearts of a nation.

Evelyn is directed by Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) from a screenplay written by Paul Pender (The Bogie Man).

With optional English SDH subtitles.

STREET DATE: FEBRUARY 21.

Police

Gerard Depardieu (1900) is cast as a tough French detective in Maurice Pialat's romantic drama Police. Depardieu, praised by Sight and Sound in what they called "one of his strongest performances," portrays Louis Mangin, a policier known for his hard-nosed interrogation tactics. His code of honor will be tested when he finds himself attracted to a drug dealer's girlfriend (Sophie Marceau, Beyond the Clouds) who is also a suspect in a drug smuggling syndicate.

Police, directed by Maurice Pialat (À nos amours) from a screenplay by Pialat, Catherine Breillat, Sylvie Danton and Jacques Fieschi, features supporting performances by Sandrine Bonnaire (À nos Amours), Richard Anconina (A Stone in the Mouth) and Pascale Rocard (Rabbit Fever).

In French, with optional English subtitles.

STREET DATE: FEBRUARY 21.

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DVD ONLY ANNOUNCEMENT

The Last Best Year

Academy Award nominee (Best Actress, Ordinary People – 1981) and multi-Emmy winner Mary Tyler Moore is featured in the dramatic television film The Last Best Year.

After falling ill during a business trip, Jane Murray (Bernadette Peters, Impromptu) must confront her own mortality when she's diagnosed with a terminal illness. Through her physician, Dr. Castle (Brian Bedford, Nixon), Jane is introduced to Wendy Haller (Mary Tyler Moore, Ordinary People), a psychologist who'll help Jane face the emotional fall-out of her diagnosis. What begins as a professional relationship between doctor and patient, soon blossoms into a close friendship. And as their bond deepens, Wendy is able to see her own vulnerability and longing reflected in Jane.

The Last Best Year, directed by John Erman (An Early Frost) from a screenplay by David W. Rintels (Not Without My Daughter), features performances by Kate Reid (Atlantic City), Kenneth Welsh (The Day After Tomorrow) and Erika Alexander (TV's Living Single).

With optional English SDH subtitles.

STREET DATE: FEBRUARY 21.

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 Posted:   Dec 8, 2016 - 8:01 PM   
 By:   RoryR   (Member)

Man, I'm not getting any of these.

 
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