Olive Films has five new Blu-ray and DVD releases ready for market on Jan. 20.
Director Allan Dwan, whose career dated from the dawn of the art of filmmaker, both as a director and technical innovator, was noted for such films as Heidi and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm starring child star Shirley Temple, Brewster’s Millions, Montana Belle (starring Jane Russell) and Sands of Iwo Jima, which earned John Wayne a Best Actor Oscar nomination … and more.
In 1953 he directed Audrey Totter (Lady in the Lake, The Set-Up and many more) as Kate Quantrill, wife of Charles Quantrill (Brian Donlevy) — of Quantrill’s Raiders fame — in the luridly titled Western, Woman They Almost Lynched. Frank and Jesse James (Ben Cooper and James Brown respectively) are also on hand … as is Joan Leslie as a “good” girl who is very much out of her league (a saloon owner). This is one of those guilty pleasures that we are glad to see, not only on DVD, but as a Blu-ray product offering as well!
Also on the Jan. 20 calendar are director Robert Aldrich’s 1954 film noir entry, World for Ransom, starring Dan Duryea and Gene Lockhart, with veterans Reginald Denny and Nigel Bruce on hand for “color;” filmmaker R.G. Springsteen’s 1956 crime thriller, Track the Man Down, teaming songstress Petula Clark with B-movie veteran Kent Taylor and director Val Guest’s 1956 murder mystery, The Weapon, teaming Lizabeth Scott and Steve Cochran with Herbert Marshall.
Rounding out the Jan. 20 DVD and Blu-ray selections from Olive Films is Le Belle Captive is the 1983 French-language import from writer/director Alain Robbe-Grillet.