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The Bamboo Saucer (1968)


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Street Date: 4/8/14
Quote: Lead by the U.S. military, a team of scientists secretly travel into Red China to find the truth behind rumors of a downed U.F.O. While enroute to the saucer’s hidden location, the Americans meet a group of Russian scientists who are also searching for the spacecraft. The two teams race against time to find the alien craft and its promise of a fantastic jump in technology, while trying to avoid the Red Chinese troops in the area. Television veteran Frank Telford directed this action-packed science fiction thriller with topnotch cinematography by the great Hal Mohr ( The Wild One, Captain Blood). The stellar cast includes Dan Duryea, Bob Hastings, Bernard Fox and James Hong.

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Cry Danger (1951)


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Street Date: 4/8/14
Quote: Restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Restoration with funding provided by the Film Noir Foundation. Dick Powell ( Murder, My Sweet) plays Rocky, an innocent man just released from prison. He’s on the hunt for a $100,000 bankroll he had allegedly stolen and the people who framed him. Delong (Richard Erdman, The Men) is a disabled Marine veteran who produced the recent evidence that led to Rocky’s release. He now wants part of the $100,000 in exchange for his help. However, after serving 5 years of a life-sentence for a crime he didn’t commit, Rocky has a different plan. He wants to bring the real crooks to justice and clear the name of his friend Danny Morgan, who’s unjustly serving time for the same crime.

The stellar cast includes Rhonda Fleming ( Out of the Past) as Rocky’s old flame now married to his best friend Danny, Regis Toomey ( The Big Sleep) as a tough-as-nails honest cop looking to bust the real criminals, William Conrad ( Body and Soul) as Castro, the crime boss who may have framed Rocky and Danny, and Jay Adler ( The Big Combo) the superintendent of a sleazy trailer court where Rocky and Delong are now living. This film noir classic was beautifully shot in glorious black-and white by legendary cinematographer Joseph F. Biroc ( It’s a Wonderful Life) and directed by Robert Parrish ( The Purple Plain).


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Bang! Bang! You’re Dead! (1966)


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Street Date: 4/8/14
Quote: One of the six travelers arriving at the Marrakesh Airport is a diplomatic courier carrying $2,000,000 in bonds. He is paying off a spy, Mr. Casimir (Herbert Lom, A Shot in the Dark), for secret documents that could shift a crucial United Nations vote in favor of the People’s Republic of China. Tony Randall (TV’s The Odd Couple) plays Andrew Jessel, an American architect posing as an oil representative. On the bus to his hotel, Andrew meets fellow passenger Kyra Stanovy (Senta Berger, The Ambushers), a beautiful CIA agent posing as a journalist. The smitten Andrew reluctantly agrees to help Kyra dispose of a dead body planted in her room by Casimir’s henchmen. Andrew becomes even more enmeshed in the intrigue when he inadvertently takes the secret documents during a trip to Casimir to protest the attempted frameup. Marked for death, Kyra and Andrew flee through the streets and bazaars of Marrakesh into the hills, followed by Casimir’s right-hand man Jonquil (Klaus Kinski, Fitzcarraldo) and groups of his henchmen.

One of the many highlights of this action packed comedy is the exotic Moroccan locale beautifully shot by the great cinematographer Michael Reed ( On Her Majesty’s Secret Service). The wonderful cast also includes Wilfrid Hyde-White ( On the Double), Terry-Thomas ( I’m All Right Jack), Margaret Lee ( Secret Agent Super Dragon), Burt Kwouk ( Return of the Pink Panther) and was directed by Don Sharp ( The Kiss of the Vampire, Bear Island).


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The Pawnbroker (1964)


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Street Date: 4/22/14

Quote: Olive Films releases one of the landmarks of American cinema, The Pawnbroker on Blu-ray and DVD April 22nd.  Directed by Academy Award® winner (Honorary Award 2005) Sidney Lumet ( 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon) and released in 1964, it was the first cinematic exploration of the darkest memories and feelings of a Holocaust survivor. Filmed in stark black and white, it was also the first film approved by the Production Code that contained nudity. Newly remastered in HD (1.85:1, 1080p) for this release, The Pawnbroker is also being honored with a special screening as part of the 2014 TCM Film Festival.

Rod Steiger ( In the Heat of the Night) earned a 1965 Best Actor Oscar nomination for his stunning performance as Sol Nazerman, a survivor of a WWII Nazi death camp where his wife, parents and children were murdered. His soul robbed of hope, he takes refuge in misery and a bitter condemnation of humanity while managing a Harlem pawnshop subjected to an endless parade of prostitutes, pimps and thieves. Jamie Sanchez ( The Wild Bunch) plays Ortiz, Sol’s underprivileged and idealistic assistant who dreams of a better life. The Pawnbroker features evocative black-and-white cinematography by the great Boris Kaufman ( On the Waterfront), a memorable jazz-influenced score by the legendary composer/producer Quincy Jones and a stellar supporting cast also including Geraldine Fitzgerald ( Wuthering Heights), Brock Peters ( To Kill a Mockingbird), Raymond St. Jacques ( Cotton Comes to Harlem) as well as the debut of a very young Morgan Freeman.


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Stranger On The Prowl (1952)


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Street Date: 4/22/14
Quote: Upon its initial American release, Stranger on the Prowl’s credits read: written and directed by Andrea Forzano. In truth Forzano was two people: screenwriter Ben Barzman ( Back to Bataan) and director Joseph Losey ( The Servant), both of whom had been blacklisted by Hollywood and were forced to work under pseudonyms. The film stars screen legend Paul Muni ( Scarface) as a disillusioned vagrant who accidentally kills a shop owner. While on the lam he befriends a young street urchin (Vittorio Manunta) who suspects the police are after him for stealing milk from the same shop owner. The police pursue the two lost souls through the war-torn streets and buildings of an Italian port city. This neorealist film noir was based on a story by novelist Noël Calef ( Elevator to the Gallows).

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Betty Boop: The Essential Collection Vol. 3 (1932-38)


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Street Date: 4/29/14
Quote: Regarded as one of the first and most famous sex symbols on the animated screen; she was a symbol of the Depression era and a reminder of the more carefree days of the Roaring Twenties. Her popularity was drawn larger from adult audiences and the cartoons, while seemingly surreal, contained many sexual and psychological elements.

‘Boop-Oop-A-Doop’ The queen of the animated screen returns to allure and entice audiences all over again in this fantastic four-volume compilation featuring many of her greatest adventures. Volume Three includes 12 animated short films available for the first time on DVD and Blu-ray.

All 12 shorts were produced by Max Fleischer and directed by his brother Dave Fleischer. Featuring the voices of Mae Questel, Bonnie Poe, Ann Little and Margie Hines as Betty Boop. Also featuring guest voices of Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Don Redman, Jack Mercer and William Pennell with music by Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra, Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra, and Don Redman and His Orchestra.


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Young At Heart (1954)


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Street Date: 4/8/14
Quote: Young at Heart centers on a family headed by a music-loving patriarch (Robert Keith, Men in War) and his musically inclined daughters looking for romance. Doris Day ( That Touch of Mink) plays the youngest daughter, Laurie, and Gig Young ( City That Never Sleeps) plays Alex Burke, a likable composer who comes for an extended visit and eventually wins the hearts of all three sisters. Frank Sinatra ( Come Blow Your Horn) plays Barney Sloan, a cynical songwriter hired by Alex to do arrangements for an upcoming Broadway show. The praiseworthy cast also includes Dorothy Malone ( The Tarnished Angels) and Elisabeth Fraser ( So Big) as the older sisters, Ethel Barrymore ( Portrait of Jennie) as the family’s matriarch and Alan Hale, Jr. (TV’s Gilligan’s Island) as Robert Neary, a successful businessman engaged to the oldest daughter ( Malone).

The first screen pairing of ‘Old Blue Eyes’ and ‘America’s Sweetheart’ will have your heart smiling and your toes tapping with timeless tunes by the Gershwin brothers, Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer. Young at Heart was directed by Gordon Douglas ( Only the Valiant) and beautifully shot in color by the great Ted D. McCord ( The Sound of Music, East of Eden).


Men In War (1957)


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Street Date: 4/15/14
Quote: Director Anthony Mann ( The Naked Spur) was best known for his intelligent westerns and hard-boiled film noirs. Men in War[I] is an unflinching and intense look at the realities of combat set against the backdrop of the Korean War. Lieutenant Benson (Robert Ryan, [I]Beware My Lovely) and Sergeant Montana (Aldo Ray, God’s Little Acre) are two soldiers trying to deal with the shock and devastation of War. Montana has been ordered to escort a colonel (Robert Keith, Young at Heart) suffering from extreme battle fatigue to a field hospital for treatment. Benson’s loyalty lies with his platoon and his mission to overtake a hill occupied by the enemy. Beautifully shot in black and- white by the great Ernest Haller ( Gone with the Wind) with a rousing score by renowned Elmer Bernstein ( Cape Fear). The great supporting cast includes Phillip Pine, Nehemiah Persoff, Vic Morrow, James Edwards and L.Q. Jones. Anthony Mann was nominated for a 1958 DGA Best Director award.

Sleep My Love (1948)


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Street Date: 4/15/14
Quote: The great Douglas Sirk ( Magnificent Obsession) directed the third and final teaming of Claudette Colbert and Don Ameche, they first appeared together in Mitchell Leisen’s Midnight and later in Sam Wood’s The Guest Wife. This Hitchcockian thriller casts Colbert as Alison Courtland, a wealthy New York socialite who awakens on a Boston bound train with no memory of how she got there. A kind, elderly woman helps Alison call her husband Richard (Ameche), who in the meantime had contacted Detective Sgt. Strake (Raymond Burr, TV’s Perry Mason) to help him find his missing wife. On the plane back home, Alison meets Bruce Elcott (Robert Cummings, The Devil and Miss Jones), who’s immediately enamored with her. Upon Alison’s return, Richard urges her to consult a psychiatrist, but the doctor’s bizarre behavior and abusive manner nearly drives Alison mad. Is she really losing her mind or is there an elaborate scheme at play? This classic film noir features wonderful atmospheric cinematography by Joseph A. Valentine ( Shadow of a Doubt, Saboteur) and stylish art direction by William Ferrari ( Adam’s Rib). Co-starring the Beautiful Hazel Brooks ( Body and Soul).

Up The Junction (1968)


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Street Date: 4/29/14
Quote: Based on Nell Dunn’s iconic tale of life in London’s swinging sixties, Up the Junction is a memorable slice of British cinema starring Suzy Kendall ( Tales That Witness Madness) as Polly and Dennis Waterman (TV’s The Sweeney) as her hardup boyfriend, Pete. The tale is of a bored, young party girl who decides to cast off her affluent Chelsea lifestyle to move to the industrialized ghetto of Battersea. In search of realism, Polly takes a factory job where she befriends sisters Rube (Adrienne Posta) and Sylvie (Maureen Lipman) and moves into a rundown apartment in the area. She soon discovers the seedier side of life in an impoverished world of crime, desperation and questionable morality–a side of life that everyone but Polly is desperately trying to leave behind. This beautiful and haunting film was directed by cult-filmmaker Peter Collinson ( Innocent Bystanders, The Italian Job).

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