Weekend Recommendations: DVDs

Here’s yer DVD goodness…

DVD of the Week: Lifeboat. This Hitchcock film is based on the story by Steinbeck and features Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, Hume Cronyn and more in this claustrophic tale of the survivors of an Allied ship adrift on the title in the open sea. This hits from Fox and like all their special editions, it holds up well: a film professor provides commentary, there’s a making-of docu, and a still gallery as well. Wonderful mind games get played by Hitch, the master, in this film that you simply have to see if you haven’t. (Buy it)

TV DVD of the Week: Friends: The Complete Tenth Season. Well, the show that kept NBC sane for years finally ended with this season. All eighteen episodes are available here across four discs, and like always, these boxed sets are must-haves for any fans. The producers provide commentary on three episodes (including the series wrap-ups), a featurette talking with everybody about the end of the show, gag reels, a slightly terrifying music video, and DVD-ROM content as well. This hits from Warner Brothers. (Buy it)

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Psych-Out/The Trip (1968/1967) – DVD Review

Psych-Out/The Trip DVD

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Betty Tusher, Betty Ulius, and E. Hunter Willett (Psych-Out)/Jack Nicholson (The Trip)
Directed by: Richard Rush (Psych-Out)/Roger Corman (The Trip)
Starring: Susan Strasberg, Dean Stockwell, Bruce Dern, and Jack Nicholson (Psych-Out)/Peter Fonda, Bruce Dern, Susan Strasberg, and Dennis Hopper (The Trip)

Features:

  • Commentary by director-producer Roger Corman (The Trip only)
  • Theatrical trailers
  • “Love and Haight” featurette
  • “Tune In, Trip Out” featurette
  • Psychedelic film effects

Released by: MGM
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Rent it if you want some psychedelic camp.

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The Masque of the Red Death/The Premature Burial (1964/1962) – DVD Review

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Film:
DVD:

The Masque of the Red Death
Written by: Charles Beaumont & R. Wright Campbell, based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe
Directed by: Roger Corman
Starring: Vincent Price, Hazel Court, Jane Asher, David Weston

The Premature Burial
Written by: Charles Beaumont & Ray Russell, based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe
Directed by: Roger Corman
Starring: Ray Milland, Hazel Court, Richard Ney, Heather Angel, Alan Napier

Features:

  • Roger Corman Behind the Masque
  • Roger Corman Unearths Premature Burial
  • Original Theatrical Trailers for both films

Released by: MGM
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Rent it on a Friday night

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