New Releases on blu-ray and DVD for July 2nd, 2013
Every once in a while one of those weeks comes along where you can’t help but be disappointed by the selections. We have found that week. With the exception of two classic film releases (one of which came out in the Hitchcock box set last year), there is little to nothing for us movie fans to get excited about. Then again, maybe you feel differently.
- “The Producers” (1968): Mel Brooks is a comic genius. No doubt about it, he will always be one of the greatest directors of comedy films that ever lives. Films like “Young Frankenstein” (1974), “Blazing Saddles” (1974), “Spaceballs” (1987) and “History of the World Part I” (1981) are all staple films that everyone should see… eventually. It is, however, his first film, “The Producers,” that is his most acclaimed film, and the only time in his career that Brooks won an Academy Award (Best Original Screenplay). The plot involves a theater producer who teams with an accountant in an attempt to make the least successful Broadway musical of all time. This amazingly intelligent film stars Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, and would be a welcomed addition to any film collection. Besides, can anything make you smile faster than hearing “Springtime for Hitler”?
- “The Trouble with Harry” (1955): Alfred Hitchcock isn’t remembered as being a director of comedies, but this 1955 dark comedy is a remarkably entertaining film that is certain to please and delight. In this film, the body of Harry Worp has been found dead. Unfortunately for many of the residents of this small Vermont town, they all think they might have been the one who killed him, and they all want to cover it up. Staring Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine and Mildred Natwick, “The Trouble with Harry” is not a typical Alfred Hitchcock movie, but it still is one worth seeing, and promises to leave an impression.
- “The Kentucky Fried Movie” (1977): Before raunchy, sex filled comedies were everywhere, there was “The Kentucky Fried Movie”. This film consists of several unrelated comedy sketches, each making fun of other films and film genres. This film paved the way for many of the comedies that would be released in the 1980’s and 90’s. “The Kentucky Fried Movie” was written by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, and was directed by John Landis.
- “Up Series” (1964-2012): This documentary film series originated in 1964, when director Paul Almond followed 14 seven-year-olds in their day-to-day lives. Every seven years since, director Michael Apted has rejoined with as many of the children (now adults) as are willing to participate. Now at the age of 56, the show is still running and is said to be just as interesting of a social experiment as any film series ever made. Roger Ebert included the “Up Series” on his list of great films, and this is the first time it has ever been available in America. This release is only available on DVD.