Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles

Review by KC Carlson Interesting things were happening at Hanna Barbera in 1966. The largest provider of cartoons in the early days of original television programming was famous for its funny animal successes, notably Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, and Quick Draw McGraw, as well as their prime-time shows staring humans, including The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and Jonny Quest. The success of the latter led some at HB to start thinking more about adventure-type programming for Saturday morning. They began to […]

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Finishing School

My latest Warner Archive DVD-made-on-demand acquisition is a doozy, one of those films you’ve never heard of but are still entertaining to watch today. Finishing School is a short (73 minutes) morality tale against snobbery. It’s basically an historical version of Gossip Girl, full of wickedness amongst the upper classes with more money than sense, although with a more ethical ending. Francis Dee plays Virginia Radcliff (and doesn’t that name say a bundle?), a girl sent off to school at […]

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Sunday in New York Comes to Warner Archive

I was thrilled to get a copy of one of the Warner Archive’s newest disc-on-demand releases — Sunday in New York, a frothy, glossy sex comedy starring Jane Fonda. I’ve enjoyed this movie the several times before I’ve seen it on TCM, and now I can replace my homemade disc with an official one, especially since this one is remastered. The jazzy self-titled opening tune, gorgeously sung by Mel Tormé and written by Peter Nero, who provides the score, sets […]

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Two-Faced Woman

This is the kind of unusual release the Warner Archive line of made-on-demand DVDs is perfect for. The 1941 Two-Faced Woman was Greta Garbo’s last movie, re-teaming her with Melvyn Douglas, who co-starred so memorably with her in one of my favorites, the two-years-earlier Ninotchka. Now you can order Two-Faced Woman and find out for yourself why she quit pictures after making it. (The studio provided a review copy.) George Cukor directs this misfire, intended to be a screwball comedy […]

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Americathon Due Out November 2

One of my favorite bad movies of all time, Americathon, is coming to DVD courtesy the Warner Archive on November 2. This news thrills me, because I can’t wait to own a copy. Made in 1979, it’s a time capsule of the era. John Ritter is the young (and dumb) President of an America with no oil (so everyone jogs and lives in their parked cars) that’s going bankrupt. National Indian Knitting Enterprises (hee hee) calls the debts due, so […]

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Steel and the Warner Archive

The Warner Archive DVD-on-demand program has expanded its coverage. Now it’s not just old movies but includes fan favorites or early work by known stars from all decades. For example, I just received for review a kitschy favorite of mine, the 1997 Steel. You can buy Steel beginning April 6. Although the DVDs are made to order, based on this, they’re very professional in quality, with attractive cover art, a standard-looking informative back cover, and image on the disc itself. […]

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Warner Begins Selling On Demand DVDs Direct to Customers

Yesterday was the debut of the Warner Archive, an online store where customers can buy made-on-demand DVDs of lesser-known movies. 150 titles are available taken from pre-1986 MGM, RKO Radio Pictures, and Warner Bros. Pictures films, with about 20 more titles added every month. DVDs are priced at $19.95 each for US customers only. [U]pon purchase, a state-of-the-art manufacturing on demand (MOD) system creates a made-to-order DVD indistinguishable in quality from a standard pressed DVD. The system places the DVD […]

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