As retail stores shrink their DVD self space and titles in the vault become a bit more obscure, several MGM titles are getting the Manufacture on Demand (MOD) treatment. This allows a studio to offer more films to collectors without the fear of massive returns. MGM has 20 more titles available through Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s MOD program. The hottest is Queen of Blood with John Saxon and Dennis Hopper. You can order them through your favorite online retailer. Here’s the press release from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Offers Classic Films from
MGM’s Limited Edition Collection
Starting in March, Look for More Classic Films to Reach Consumers through
Special Manufacturing-on-Demand Platform
LOS ANGELES (March 2, 2011) – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is excited to bring classic film lovers and cult movie fans twenty new films to DVD this month, utilizing its “manufacturing on demand” program (“MOD”). These DVDs will be part of the MGM Limited Edition Collection and available from their favorite online retailer. The vast catalog of new releases spans five decades, ranging from 1952’s thriller The Captive City to 1990’sBuried Alive.
Giddy up, partner! Revisit the old frontier with these Western favorites:
● BILLY TWO HATS (1974): A middle-aged Scotsman (Gregory Peck), pursued by the law for a bank robbery, adopts a half-Indian boy (Desi Arnaz, Jr.). Directed by Norman Jewison.
● FORT MASSACRE (1958): Joel McCrea gives a compelling performance as a cavalry sergeant apparently leading his men to safety, but actually slowly going mad in an insane attempt to avenge an Indian massacre. Directed by Joseph M. Newman.
● MAN FROM DEL RIO (1956): Mexican gunfighter Dave Robles outdraws the town’s outlaw-turned-sheriff and is invited to fill the dead man’s shoes. Directed by Harry Horner.
These scary-to-the-bone Midnite Movies incorporate elements of mystery, science fiction, and the occult:
● THE BLACK SLEEP (1958): The masters of classic horror (Basil Rathbone, John Carradine, Bela Lugosi, and Lon Chaney, Jr.) gather together and meet in a spooky old house in which a crazed scientist creates frightening human mutants. Directed by Reginald LeBorg.
● DAUGHTERS OF SATAN (1972): An antique dealer living in Manila falls victim to an ancient Satanic curse—the result of his wife joining a cult. Directed by Hollingsworth Morse.
● QUEEN OF BLOOD (1966): When an alien ship crash-lands on Mars, a rescue ship sent to look for survivors. They find just one: an alien vampire, who starts killing the crew by sucking their blood. Directed by Curtis Harrington.
Hold on tight, because these action, suspense, horror, and mystery flicks will have you on the edge of your seat:
● THE AMBULANCE (1990): When the woman of his dreams is snatched by a strange ambulance, Josh (Eric Roberts) looks into a series of similar disappearances and finds a ring of doctors who traffic in human guinea pigs. Also stars James Earl Jones, directed by Larry Cohen.
● BODY SLAM (1986): A rock & roll wrestling comedy with an unscrupulous music promoter (Dirk Benedict) latching onto wrestling as his meal ticket. Directed by Hal Needham.
● THE CALLER (1987): A strange visitor (Malcolm McDowell) finds his way into the home of a lone woman, and undertones of fear quietly begin to surface as a series of twisted, chilling games ensue. Directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman.
● COHEN & TATE (1988): Two Mafia hitmen kidnap a nine-year-old trial witness, who uses his youth and street smarts to play the two men against each other before being killed. Directed by Eric Red.
● COP HATER (1958): Imaginative filmmaking enhances this tale of summer violence in New York City as police seek a cop killer (Roy Scheider). Directed by William Berke.
● BURIED ALIVE (1990): Students at a correctional school for girls start disappearing, when it is found they are being buried alive by someone who has a connection to the school’s insane past. Directed by Gerald Kikoine.
These poignant dramas will stir your soul:
● THE CAPTIVE CITY (1952): Robert Wise’s taut direction and masterful cinematography by Lee Garmes enhance this taut film-noir thriller about a federal investigation into the total corruption of a small town by organized crime.
● A COLD WIND IN AUGUST (1961): An older woman seduces an impressionable working-class boy who falls deeply in love with her, until he realizes that she is a stripper and prostitute. Directed by Alexander Singer.
● THE EXPLOSIVE GENERATION (1961): When an angry school board suspends a schoolteacher for asking his teenage students to write essays describing their feelings about sex, the students unite to defend their teacher. Directed by Buzz Kulik.
● THE MURDER OF MARY PHAGAN (1988): A man is found guilty and sentenced to death of a thirteen year old girl but the governor declares that the trial was unfair which leads to the murder of the accused by a lynch mob. Two-disc mini-series, directed by Billy Hale.
● NOT AS A STRANGER (1955): In this compelling drama, Robert Mitchum stars as a heartless medical student who marries a nurse (Olivia de Havilland) for her savings account until an operating room tragedy changes him forever. Directed by Stanley Kramer.
● RETURN FROM THE ASHES (1965): A chess champion (Maximilian Schell) sees his wife (Ingrid Thulin) dragged off to apparent death at Dachau. He is remarried when his former wife reappears, and his solution is to kill them both. Directed by J. Lee Thompson.
Laugh out loud with the following classic comedies:
● GREAT SCOUT AND CATHOUSE THURSDAY (1976): Lee Marvin, an ex-trail Scout and Oliver Reed, his half-breed Indian partner decide to settle accounts with a former partner who cheated them out of stolen money. Directed by Don Taylor.
● QUEEN OF HEARTS (1989): An Italian couple (Joseph Long and Anita Zagaria) defy both their families and marry for love. Four children later, they are running a diner in England. Humorous, dramatic, sad – everything a movie should be. Directed by Jon Amiel.