DVDMentia: November 2005

YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY (NoShame)

Fabulous 1972 Italian thriller by Sergio Martino with enough sex and violence for 10 movies.

CINDERELLA (Buena Vista)

This is the first DVD release of the beloved 1950 Walt Disney animated fairy tale. A-bibbidi bobbidi boo to you, too.

THE FLESH EATERS (Dark Sky Films)

Great 1964 gore favorite about a mad Nazi scientist breeding luminous flesh-eating organisms on a deserted island.

GRIMM (Home Vision)

This 2003 fable by Alex van Warmerdam is about a brother and sister who are abandoned in a forest by their father (a la Hansel and Gretel). Their mother sends them on a surreal odyssey to Spain to live with their uncle; they encounter all sorts of sinister characters along the way.

THE INNOCENTS (20th Century Fox)

In this 1961 film, Deborah Kerr is amazing as a 19th-century British governess who suspects her young charges are haunted by malignant spirits. It's based on Henry James's The Turn of the Screw and beautifully directed by Jack Clayton, with a screenplay by Truman Capote.

LIFEBOAT (20th Century Fox)

Alfred Hitchcock's marvelous 1944 wartime thriller takes place on a lifeboat filled with survivors of a German attack at sea. From a fashionable war correspondent (Tallulah Bankhead) to a crafty Nazi (Walter Slezak), Hitchcock's characters make inspired use of the confined space. Bankhead is great.

LIPSTICK & DYNAMITE, PISS & VINEGAR: THE FIRST LADIES OF WRESTLING (Koch Lorber)

Terrific 2004 documentary about the pioneers of female wrestling. Their lives, both in and out of the ring, are fascinating.

NAKED (Criterion)

Corrosively powerful 1993 Mike Leigh film starring David Thewlis as a vicious drifter in London. This edition includes audio commentary, an introduction by Neil LaBute, plus a BBC interview with Leigh conducted by vicious British author Will Self.

SAVE THE GREEN PLANET (Koch Lorber)

Bizarre 2003 Korean film about a paranoid nut who kidnaps the CEO of a company because he's convinced the executive is an alien from the planet Andromeda. Wild and original.

SHE CAME ON THE BUS (Something Weird Video)

Just love that title! A gang of degenerates hijack a bus and torment two female victims for sordid fun and games. A wonderful example of sleaze from 1969.

TRASH, HEAT, FLESH (Image)

Remastered special editions of three underground classics by Andy Warhol Factory director Paul Morrissey, which all star studly Joe Dallesandro. The discs include deleted scenes, outtakes and shorts. These three films from the late '60s and early '70s are still innovative, outrageous and funny.

WIZARD OF OZ (Warner Home Video)

Over the rainbow again for another special edition of this timeless 1939 children's classic starring Judy Garland and those damn ruby slippers. The two-disc set features tons of extras.

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