DVDmentia: June & July 2006

3 FILMS BY LOUIS MALLE
(Criterion)

Three wonderful classics by the French master Louis Malle are given the superior Criterion treatment: Murmur of the Heart (1970), Lacombe Lucien (1974) and Au Revoir les Enfants (1987).

BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS
(Fox)

Russ Meyer and screenwriter Roger Ebert's sardonic 1970 swipe at the swinging Hollywood scene is about a female rock band conquering L.A. Wildly over the top from start to finish. Rock promoter Ronnie "Z-man" Barzell (John Lazar) sums it up: "It's my happening and it freaks me out!"

CHARLIE CHAN COLLECTION VOL. 1
(Fox)

Earl Derr Bigger's Chinese detective, played by Warner Oland, delivers pearls of wisdom amid his deduction in these classic mysteries: Charlie Chan in London (1934); Charlie Chan in Paris (1935), which introduced Keye Luke as #1 son; Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935); and Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935).

DON'T DELIVER US FROM EVIL
(Mondo Macabro)

Two convent girls decide to embrace Satan and commit wicked acts in this controversial 1970 French film by Jol Sria, loosely based on the true-crime story Peter Jackson used for Heavenly Creatures.

H.G. WELLS's INVISIBLE MAN: SEASON ONE
(Dark Sky)

All 13 episodes of the first season of the silly but enjoyable 1958 British TV series about a lab accident that causes scientist Peter Brady to become invisible. Brady, who lives with his sister and freckle-faced niece Carol, helps the authorities fight criminals and spies.

I LOVE LUCY: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON
(Paramount)

The Ricardos and, eventually, the Mertzes move to Connecticut in this final but hilarious season of the wildly popular 1950s TV series starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.

I WAKE UP SCREAMING
(Fox)

No kidding. Actually, this is a terrific 1941 noir thriller starring Victor Mature, Betty Grable and the unforgettable Laird Cregar.

MARY TYLER MOORE: THE COMPLETE SEASON 4
(Fox)

Mary tossed her hat in the air and set out to work for a TV newsroom in this well-written, warm and wonderfully funny '70s series.

THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE/THE RED QUEEN KILLS 7 TIMES
(No Shame)

A two-DVD special edition with stunning print quality of two Italian thrillers from the early 1970s. The former is about a sadistic count who is haunted by the spirit of his dead first wife. The latter features a deadly apparition in a red cape who cackles while she murders before disappearing into the night.

THAT GIRL: SEASON ONE
(Shout Factory)

Marlo Thomas moves to New York to be an actress in this charming TV comedy from the 1960s, which co-starred Ted Bessell as Thomas's put-upon boyfriend. This is the entire first season.

VALLEY OF THE DOLLS
(Fox)

Riotous 1967 camp classic based on Jacqueline Susann's best-seller about career girls who turn to booze and pills. Starring Patty Duke, Barbara Parkins and Sharon Tate.

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