First, we just wanted to give a nod to a couple of releases that came out on March 12, since we didn't do this column last week. The 1976 drama Ode To Billy Joe, with Robby Benson and Glynnis O'Connor, based on the Bobbie Gentry hit song, is available through Warners. Criterion has also released Fritz Lang's excellent underrated wartime suspense film Ministry of Fear.
This week, Criterion has also released Terence Malick's first film as a director, Badlands (1973), featuring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek, based on the Starkweather-Fugate case. They have also re-issued the Powell and Pressburger masterpiece The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943).
Olive Films has a new release this week as well (we're still making our way through their recent boatload of titles): Beyond the Clouds (1995), co-directed by Wim Wenders and Michelangelo Antonioni, starring John Malkovich and Sophie Marceau.
For the midnight movie fans, VCI has released a special edition of the monster movie favourite, Gorgo (1961), which ought to be a great substitute for all those cheap PD versions floating around. Also, Fred Olen Ray's Retromedia (in partnership with Bayview Entertainment) has re-issued the two sets of The Edgar Wallace Collection. If you're a fan of German krimi films from the 1960s, these are must-haves. Volume One features The Mad Executioners (1963) and Fellowship of the Frog (1959); Volume Two presents Curse of the Yellow Snake (1963) and The Phantom of Soho (1964).
More next week!