Weekly New Releases – May 11, 2021

7 Seeds
Amazon
Babylon
Amazon
Comments Political drama with some very unpleasent supernatural elements.
Bachelor in Paradise
Amazon
Dolly Parton and Friends: 50 Years at the Opry
Amazon
Drive (Special Collector’s Edition)
Amazon
Comments This is the action film with Mark Dacascos, not the neo-noir with Ryan Gosling.
Drive (Special Collector’s Edition)
Amazon
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Criterion Collection)
Amazon
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Criterion Collection)
Amazon
Final Stand
Amazon
Final Stand
Amazon
Giants and Toys (Arrow)
Amazon
Hillbilly’s in a Haunted House
Amazon
Horizons West
Amazon
Infinite Dendrogram
Amazon
Comments Anime series set in a VR MMO. The limited edition release comes with an artbook, art cards, sticker sheets, and a keychain.
Infinite Dendrogram
Amazon
John Wayne Essential 14 Movie Collection
Amazon
Comments Includes Big Jake, Donovan’s Reef, El Dorado, Hatari, The High and the Mighty, Hondo, In Harm’s Way, Island in the Sky, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, McLintock, Rio Lobo, The Shootist, The Sons of Katie Elder, and True Grit.
Justice Society: World War II
Amazon
Justice Society: World War II
Amazon
King Kong (1976)
Amazon
Land
Amazon
Legend of Hei
Amazon
Comments Chinese fantasy animated film.
Legend of Hei
Amazon
Man With a Camera
Amazon
Marksman
Amazon
Marksman
Amazon
Mauritanian
Amazon
Mauritanian
Amazon
Merrily We Go To Hell (Criterion Collection)
Amazon
Naruto
Amazon
Nina Wu
Amazon
One Piece
Amazon
One Piece
Amazon
Pixie
Amazon
Quantez
Amazon
Reason I Jump
Amazon
Reason I Jump
Amazon
Saw
Amazon
Senior Moment
Amazon
Shark! Double Feature
Amazon
Comments Includes House Shark and Bad CGI Sharks.
Shrek
Amazon
Shrek
Amazon
Shrek
Amazon
Suitable Boy
Amazon
Tank
Amazon
They Won’t Believe Me
Amazon
To New Shores/La Habanera (Kino Lorber)
Amazon
Twilight’s Kiss
Amazon
Wild Geese II
Amazon
Wild Geese II
Amazon
Yearling
Amazon

Finally, the picks of the week. Alex says, “Nothing really grabs my interest this week. Maybe next week.” Blaine says, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a very enjoyable film, now available through the Criterion Collection. That will be worth picking up.”

3 replies on “Weekly New Releases – May 11, 2021”

  1. JD DeLuzio says:

    I was going to say, if you haven’t seen Fast Times at Ridgemont High, see it. Most recent releases even include both versions– a few scenes were shot twice, for R-movie-release and TV-broadcast.

    Tank has a few good moments. A Suitable Boy has its literary pedigree and positive reputation.

    The John Wayne collection has a few classics, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, True Grit, and The Shootist. The last one is a must-see, the serious film from the 70s that, along with the comedic Blazing Saddles killed the western for about a decade. It was Wayne’s last film. Incidentally, Mel Brooks asked Wayne to appear in Blazing Saddles. He declined, but promised he’d see it opening night. That might have been a very different film with the Duke and Richard Pryor in the leads, as was proposed early on. The collection also contains a number of films of varying reputation, and the bizarre early-60s western comedy McLintock!, the popularity and reputation of which I will never understand.

    I have never heard of Hillbillys in a Haunted House, but it’s free oniine. I suspect that’s the best way to see it, although a double bill with Hobo with a Shotgun might prove interesting:

      • JD DeLuzio says:

        The song and the film, both based on the short story by Dorothy M. Johnson, came out in 1962, but they’re technically, possibly not otherwise connected. Pitney claims that Paramount paid for the recording session and that he assumed it would be used in the movie. Whatever the truth may be, it wasn’t used in the film. Obviously, each helped promote the other.

        The story and film are examples of a somewhat more realistic western, at least in historical context. They undercut some of the romanticism and myth-making of the genre, while still telling the kind of story fans of that genre could appreciate.

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