Monday, December 22, 2014

Director Roger Corman's The Wild Angels Heads To Blu-ray On Feb. 17 As One Of Olive Films Ten-Title Blu-ray Slate

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey, Nancy Sinatra
Olive Films announced a ten-strong selection of film vault treasures for release on both DVD and Blu-ray this coming Feb. 17.

We begin with legendary filmmaker Roger Corman’s summer of 1966 biker flick, The Wild Angels, which teamed Peter Fonda (pre-Easy Rider) with songstress Nancy “These Boots are Made For Walking” Sinatra in one of her rare film appearances that took place between 1964 and 1968.

It’s making its Blu-ray debut here (previously out on DVD through MGM Home Entertainment).

Of note, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Dern co-star in this all-action film … that would, of course, be Diane Ladd (nominated three times for Best Supporting Actress … including Wild at Heart and Rambling Rose, both of which co-starred her daughter, Laura Dern).   Also counted among the cast members are newcomers Michael J. Pollard, Gayle Hunnicutt and in an uncredited brawl sequence Peter Bogdanovich (two years later this future auteur filmmaker would make his directorial debut with the Corman-produced Targets).   

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey, Nancy SinatraThat’s one hell of a cast for a drive-in movie … Roger Corman sure knew (knows) how to spot talent!

Bruce Dern returns with the 1968 Dick Clark-produced Psych-Out, which is also making its Blu-ray debut on Feb. 17.   Directed by Richard Rush (Best Director nominee for The Stunt Man), the film starred Jack Nicholson (also pre-Easy Rider) and Susan Strasberg, plus Dean Stockwell, Adam Roarke and future cult filmmaker Henry Jaglom … and of course the Haight-Ashbury district in San Francisco.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey, Annette FunicelloShifting to something a little lighter, we have the late Annette Funicello starring as Dee Dee and teaming with Frankie Avalon in both Muscle Beach Party (1964) and Beach Blanket Bingo (1965).

Other vintage comedies getting a Blu-ray push from Olive Films on Feb. 17 include Kiss Me, Stupid (1964, directed by Billy Wilder and teaming Dean Martin with Kim Novak), How To Murder Your Wife (1964, Jack Lemmon and Virna Lisi) and the final of seven Bing Crosby/Bob Hope “Road” movies, The Road to Hong Kong (1962, co-starring Joan Collins, with a cameo by Dorothy Lamour).

Rounding out this ten-strong selection of new Blu-ray releases is the 1981 Ringo Starr comedy, Caveman, co-starring the future Mrs. Starr, Barbara Bach, along with Shelley Long and Dennis Quaid … and lastly, director Just Jaeckin’s 1981 film adaptation of the D.H. Lawrence novel, Lady Chatterley's Lover, with the late Sylvia Kristel (who rose to fame Emmanuelle in Jaeckin’s 1974 film of the same name) as Lady Chatterley.

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