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Abbott And Costello Meet Captain Kidd

Nearing the end of their successful 15-year film career, Abbott and Costello produced this independent color picture co-starring the wonderful Charles Laughton. The boys tussle with pirates in a fight for treasure and love on the high seas.


Warner Archive: The Green Slime

Brilliantly bonkers slice of sixties sci-fi kitsch that actually disguises some solid story points, even if the unintentionally hilarious script and rubber monsters derail the fear factor! The disc is pricey, however, for an average transfer and zero extras.


Sherlock: Season One

The Doctor Who team’s excellent contemporary updating of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s brilliant detective, with the disc also surprising in its solid technical and supplemental aspects.


Danger Man / Secret Agent: The Complete Collection

If you’re a Prisoner fan, then it’s well worth going back to see what Patrick McGoohan was doing as the day job, before waking up in the Village, in this classic spy show.


Warner Archive: Atlantis: The Lost Continent / The Power

Two of animator-turned-director George Pal’s underrated works come to the Warner Archive, and what the discs lack in quality, the films manage to overcome with their sheer entertainment value.


Warner Archive: Classic Musical Shorts From The Dream Factory

Warner’s multi-disc serving of classic shorts offers a step back in time to when Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s stars would hang out in Hollywood and enjoy entertainment at the most exclusive locations!


Warner Archive: Red Skelton Whistling Collection

Red “I dood it!” Skelton, the comic that launched numerous classic cartoon catchphrases, stars in his signature Whistling trilogy, here fittingly collected in the Warner Archive Collection.


Armageddon

Touchstone Pictures’ explosively entertaining end of the world epic should be quite the experience on hi-def Blu-ray, but the treatment it receives here is far from spectacular, with only so-so sound and vision, and a complete lack of extras.


Tombstone

Another Buena Vista title gets a Blu-ray upgrade, but once again the excellent hi-def picture and sound are supported by a lackluster extras package that leaves much to be desired.


Warner Archive: Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! – The Complete Vitaphone Shorts Collection

Artist and cartoonist Robert L Ripley’s famed oddities and trivia discoveries began their screen life here, and though this set shows its vintage it does so very entertainingly.


Warner Archive: The Amazing Captain Nemo

Producer Irwin Allen earns his Master Of Disaster tag for all the wrong reasons in this unintentionally hilarious slice of classic kitsch. They sure don’t make ’em like this anymore!


Shorts

Robert Rodriguez adds another children’s film to his resume. This one is mostly for kids, but with fun for adults if you don’t mind some gross-out stuff. Fun special effects and decent bonus features make the Blu-ray worth a look.


Inside The Box: Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs DVD and Blu-ray Disc Comparisons

Still not sure which version of Snow White is right for you? With the DVD now available, we delve into all the options including a peek inside the deluxe big red box!


Warner Archive: The Our Gang Collection

Those original little rascals return in a delightfully nostalgic but exhaustive collection of all 52 of their MGM-produced Our Gang shorts!


Warner Archive: Doc Savage: The Man Of Bronze

Warner’s Archive Collection offers up overlooked and rarely seen movies, including the George Pal-produced tongue in cheek adventure Doc Savage: The Man Of Bronze.


Warner Archive: Freebie And The Bean

Warner’s Archive Collection offers up overlooked and rarely seen movies, including the prototype cop-buddy comedy Freebie And The Bean.


Warner Archive: Captain Nemo And The Underwater City

Warner’s Archive Collection offers up overlooked and rarely seen movies, including the exciting matinee style adventure Captain Nemo And The Underwater City.


Warner Archive: A Distant Trumpet

Warner’s Archive Collection offers up overlooked and rarely seen movies, including legendary director Raoul Walsh’s T A Distant Trumpet.


Warner Archive: Captain Sindbad

Warner’s Archive Collection offers up overlooked and rarely seen movies, including Byron Haskin’s Captain Sindbad reviewed here.


Warner Archive: The Big Circus

Warner’s Archive Collection offers up overlooked and rarely seen movies, including Irwin Allen’s The Big Circus reviewed here.


Sin City: Blu-ray Disc (plus Recut, Extended & Unrated Edition)

Robert Rodriquez turns Frank Miller’s Sin City strips into a visceral movie and a adult, but terrific Blu-ray experience!


The Day The Earth Stood Still: Blu-ray Disc Special Edition

Klaatu Keanu’s latest, The Day The Earth Stood Still, takes a few diversions from the excellent Robert Wise original, aalso handily included in this Blu-ray set in high-definition!


The Odd Couple: Centennial Collection

The classic live-action comedy The Odd Couple is the latest Paramount picture to be added to its Centennial Collection.


Tropic Thunder: 2-Disc Unrated Director’s Cut

DreamWorks regular Ben Stiller pulls off a very funny directorial outing, which this two-disc special edition elaborates upon in serious and mock-documentary fashion.


Sunset Boulevard: Centennial Collection

A Paramount classic is treated to a new two-disc special edition: Billy Wilder’s never old Sunset Boulevard!


Those Daring Young Men In Their Jaunty Jalopies, or Monte Carlo Or Bust!

Director Ken Annakin’s follow up to Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines swaps planes for cars, the result being that Those Daring Young Men In Their Jaunty Jalopies provides just as much entertainment value.


Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood

Director Michael Winner was an “interesting” choice to put in charge of a family film, and it’s not an entirely successful outcome, being tinged ever so slightly with some questionable material in an otherwise engaging film that’s packed with old-time screen legend cameos.



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