The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother
Manufacturer: 20th Century Fox Brand: TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENT
Gene Wilder comedy also stars Marty Feldman and Madeline Kahn. Wilder plays Holmes' brother. After co-writing and starring in Mel Brooks' smash hit Young Frankenstein, Gene Wilder graduated to his own directing debut with another spoofy take on a cultural icon. The 1975 Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother gives Wilder some great trademark meltdowns, even if the movie doesn't sustain its initial comic energy. Wilder plays Sigerson Holmes, third (and bitterly resentful) brother to the more fabled Sherlock and Mycroft. Two Young Frankenstein co-stars help bring the game afoot: Madeline Kahn, as an opera singer with a problem in distinguishing truth from lies, and Marty Feldman, as a Scotland Yard man with "photographic hearing." The long early sequence that introduces all three characters to each other--and culminates in a lunatic song-and-dance number, "The Kangaroo Hop"--is truly funny, and Dom DeLuise summons up some broad yoks as a singer with a bad toupee. The British are represented by Leo McKern and Roy Kinnear, as well as a mysterious cameo by Albert Finney. (Mel Brooks isn't around, but you can spot his unmistakable pipes in a moment of voiceover.) Things become routine fairly quickly, and the last half-hour is something of a slog, so you'll have to be a Gene Wilder fan to love this one. Still, the rapport of Wilder and Kahn is something to behold: two expert comedians who always suggested an undercurrent of melancholy beneath their clowning. --Robert Horton
Charlie Chan Collection, Vol. 2 (Charlie Chan at the Circus / Charlie Chan at the Olympics / Charlie Chan at the Opera / Charlie Chan at the Race Track)
Manufacturer: 20th Century Fox Brand: FOX Home Entertainment
Disc 1: CHARLIE CHAN AT THE OPERA Full Screen Feature (Black & White) Charlie Chan's Lucky Director: H. Bruce Humberstone Restoration Comparison Trailer Disc 2: CHARLIE CHAN AT THE OLYMPICS Full Screen Feature (Black & White) Layne Tom,Jr: The Adventures of Charlie Chan, Jr. Restoration Comparison Trailer Disc 3: CHARLIE CHAN AT THE RACE TRACK Full Screen Feature (Black & White) Number One Son: The Life of Keye Luke Restoration Comparison Trailer Disc 4: CHARLIE CHAN AT THE CIRCUS Full Screen Feature (Black & White) Charlie Chan At The Movies Restoration Comparison Trailer "Size of package does not indicate quality within," Honolulu's finest, Charlie Chan sagely observes in Charlie Chan at the Circus, and while this boxed set contains only four films, it does this venerable franchise justice, with some of Chan's most arresting cinematic outings. All four films star Swedish-born Warner Oland, who is to Charlie Chan what Sean Connery is to James Bond. The high note of this set is Charlie Chan at the Opera, in which the curtain comes down on two opera singers during a performance. Boris Karloff (whose frightening presence accounts for a very funny reference to Frankenstein) costars as an amnesiac who escapes from a sanitarium to haunt the theatre like some phantom of the... well, you know. William Demarest steals his scenes as a cop in dire need of sensitivity training. He refers to Chan as "Chop Suey" and "Egg Fu Young," and when No. 1 son (Keye Luke) gives his dad a...
The Glass Slipper
Manufacturer: Warner Archive Brand: Warner Manufacturing
Leslie Caron, whose portrayals of graceful gamines set aglow Gigi, An American in Paris and Daddy Long Legs, dons Cinderellaâ€™s fabled footwear for this dance-and-fantasy-infused retelling of the fairy tale. Reunited with her Lili director Charles Walters and screenwriter Helen Deutsch, Caron moves from sooty drudge to radiant belle of the ball with pluck, resourcefulness and the aid of a loopy â€“ and larcenous â€“ fairy godmother (the delightful Estelle Winwood). Cinderellaâ€™s transformation is everything a young girlâ€™s heart could desire. But the grandest magic is saved for two Roland Petit ballets that Caron, joined by the Ballet de Paris, turns into extravagant on-screen joy. For witty, family-friendly enchantment, The Glass Slipper is a perfect fit.When sold by Amazon.com, this product will be manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.
Manufacturer: Warner Archive
Resounding with such songs as â€œRose-Marie, I Love You,â€ â€œSong of the Mountiesâ€ and the beloved â€œIndian Love Call,â€ Rose-Marie immortalized Hollywoodâ€™s greatest singing team. This 1936 screen version of the Rudolf Friml-Herbert Stothart Broadway hit is set in the breathtaking wilderness of the Canadian Rockies. Marie de Flor (MacDonald), a glamorous Canadian prima donna, is renowned for her beauty, exquisite voice and fierce temperament. When news arrives that her brother Jack (Jimmy Stewart in one of his earliest screen roles) has been wounded in a prison escape, Marie realizes she must go to him despite the danger. Lured into the wilderness, she encounters Sgt. Bruce (Eddy), who is hunting the fugitive. Sgt. Bruce is soon hot on Marieâ€™s trail as well! The New York Times called Rose-Marie a â€œblithely melodious film rich in scenic beauty.â€ And after all these years, this rugged romance is as wonderful as ever.When sold by Amazon.com, this product will be manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.
The Monkees: Season 2
Manufacturer: Eagle Records (Fontana) Model: 17600175
Assembled in Los Angeles in 1966, The Monkees Emmy Award-winning television show spotlighted the group (featuring Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork & Micky Dolenz) as they tried to make it big in the music world. The show helped promote the band s albums and singles, helping bring songs such as I m A Believer , Last Train To Clarksville , (I m Not Your) Steppin Stone & others to the upper reaches of the chart. Season 2 features the final 26 episodes on 5 discs.
Elvis Presley: The Great Performances [DVD]
Manufacturer: SOFA Entertainment, Inc. Brand: DVD Model: 17616219
The ultimate DVD collection celebrating the life of Elvis Presley returns to the marketplace, after several years, boasting over 2 hours of remastered video, new packaging and never-before-seen interviews with legendary artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins along with others who were close to the beloved and undisputed King of Rock `n Roll. The two-disc Elvis: The Great Performances (Hip-O/SOFA Entertainment), released August 2, 2011, brings together classic performances spanning more than 20 years, from his first televised appearance that shocked a nation to a concert a few weeks before his death on August 16, 1977.
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