DVDmentia: December 2005

TEOREMA (Koch Lorber)

Pier Paolo Pasolini's fascinating 1968 tale is about a handsome stranger (Terence Stamp) who enters the life of a bourgeois family. His sexual energy drives them to spin crazily out of control.

THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE (Blue Underground)

A two-disc special edition of Italian horror maestro Dario Argento's influential 1970 spine tingler about an American author in Rome (Tony Musante) who witnesses a crime in an art gallery and watches as it sets off a chain of brutal murders. This watershed giallo thriller is restored from the original nitrate negative.

THE CANDY SNATCHERS (Subver-sive)

I really adore this offbeat 1973 pulp fiction about three lowlifes who kidnap a girl named Candy and bury her in a shallow grave with a breathing pipe in hopes of getting a windfall from her dad. But their plan goes horribly awry. Filled with surprisingly nasty dark humor, this film was never released on VHS.

CET AMOUR-LE (New Yorker Video)

Jeanne Moreau is fabulous as the legendary French author Marguerite Duras in this 2001 movie about the writer's love affair with a much younger man, who eventually becomes her apprentice. Just terrific.

ED SULLIVAN'S ROCK 'N' ROLL CLASSICS AND MOTOWN GOLD ON THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW (Ventura)

Great musical performances from The Ed Sullivan Show, including artists like Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross and the Supremes and rock legends like Janis Joplin and the Rolling Stones.

LAST DAYS (HBO Video)

Released this past summer, Gus Van Sant's portrait of the last days in the life of a Kurt Cobain-like rock star (played beautifully by Michael Pitt) stumbling around his remote country mansion is enchantingly surreal.

THE LAST ROUND (No Shame)

A 1976 Italian spin on Dashiell Hammett's hard-boiled thriller Red Harvest, starring Luc Merenda as a man, hell-bent on revenge, who deliberately puts himself between two rival gangs.

MY BABY IS BLACK! (Something Weird Video)

A girl traveling through France falls for a handsome black medical student and gets knocked up in this irresistible piece of vintage sleaze from 1961.

LE SAMOURA (Criterion)

Alain Delon is unforgettable in his fedora and trench coat as a contract killer in this stylish, genre-busting 1967 French crime drama by Jean-Pierre Melville.

SOUTH PARK (SEASON 6) (Para-mount)

Trey Parker and Matt Stone's hilarious Comedy Central cartoon series only gets more outrageous and satirical every year. This edition includes the riotous "Biggest Douche in the Universe" episode about TV psychic John Edwards.

UNBORN BUT FORGOTTEN (Tartan)

Creepy 2002 Korean shocker about a cybercop investigating a weird website that has supernatural power over the women who unwittingly log on -- they swell up pregnant and die 15 days later.

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