Olive Films announced its August DVD and Blu-ray lineup this past week … eclectic to be sure.
Leading the pack on Aug. 26 are Blu-ray and DVD editions of iconic filmmaker Jack Arnold’s 1958 exploitation gem, High School Confidential, teaming Russ Tamblyn with Mamie Van Doren and featuring the likes of John Drew Barrymore, Jackie Coogan, Jan Sterling and Jerry Lee Lewis as himself!
Director Jack Arnold, known for such sci-fi masterpieces as It Came from Outer Space, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Tarantula and The Incredible Shrinking Man, was equally adept at film noir, crime-thrillers and even comedies (The Mouse that Roared with Peter Sellers in 1959) … High School Confidential wonderfully (in a pure exploitation sense) blends together the elements of crime (drug dealing at the local high school), suspense (pulp fiction and detective magazines) and teen sexual angst without skipping a beat!!!
Also on the release calendar from Olive Films during the month of August are Blu-ray and DVD editions of three of director Frank Borzage’s post-war dramas … his 1946 drawn-from-history tale, Magnificent Doll (Aug. 19), starring Ginger Rogers as Dolly Madison, Burgess Meredith as James Madison and David Niven as Aaron Burr; the 1947 racetrack drama That’s My Man (also on Aug. 19 – with Don Ameche and Catherine McLeod) and finally in 1946 he delivered the romantic drama I’ve Always Loved You (Aug. 26), also starring Catherine McLeod, who is joined by Philip Dorn and Bill Carter.
Arriving in August as DVD-only product offerings are: Director Henk Pretorius’ multi-racial romantic comedy from Johannesburg, South Africa, Fanie Fourie’s Lobola (in Zulu, Afrikaans and English with English subtitles and available on Aug. 12) and writer/director Emmanuel Shirinian’s award-winning black comedy, It was You Charlie, starring Michael D. Cohen (street date is Aug. 26).
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