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Olive Films March 2017 Releases (March 21st street date) (1 Viewer)

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The Delinquents, maverick filmmaker Robert Altman's feature film debut, is the ultimate in the kids-gone-bad film genre. Pre-Billy Jack actor Tom Laughlin stars as Scotty, a young man drawn into a potentially deadly friendship when he inadvertently becomes involved with "the wrong crowd."Naiveté will lead Scotty and his girlfriend, Janice (Rosemary Howard) into dangerous waters when adolescent fun escalates into robbery, assault and kidnapping. The Delinquents, written and directed by Robert Altman (MASH, Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean), co-stars Peter Miller (Forbidden Planet), Dick Bakalyan (Chinatown) and Helen Hawley (Two-Gun Betty).

With optional English SDH subtitles.


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Loosely based on the writings of Euripides, Phaedra stars international screen sensation Melina Mercouri (Never on Sunday) in the title role of a woman, as the theatrical trailer announced, who "had everything... was queen... until destiny uprooted her world."

Set against some of Europe's most beautiful backdrops including Paris, London and Greece, Phaedra presents its classical mythological tropes in a modern setting, where the beautiful, moneyed and bored Phaedra will face the tragic results of a doomed love affair with her stepson, Alexis (Anthony Perkins, Psycho). Raf Vallone is cast as Thanos, Phaedra's Greek shipping magnate husband.

Directed by Jules Dassin (Never on Sunday) from a screenplay by Dassin and Margarita Liberaki (The Magic City), Phaedra co-stars Elisabeth Ercy (Fathom),is photographed by Jacques Natteau (Les Misérables) and features costume design by Academy Award-winner Theoni V. Aldredge (Best Costume Design, The Great Gatsby– 1975) who's work in Phaedra was also nominated for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White – 1963.

With optional English SDH subtitles.

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Inspired by the writings of Jules Vern, Blast-Off (aka Those Fantastic Flying Fools) brings together a host of American and British entertainment icons in a comedy-adventure that pays homage to the inventive slapstick mashups The Great Race and Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines.

Burl Ives (The Big Country, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) stars as P.T. Barnum, the blustering showman who at first balks at, then embraces the idea of a projectile which could travel to the moon. And if anyone is going to make sure that America reaches the moon first, it's Phineas T. Barnum! The eccentric cast of characters that populate Blast-Off include the nefarious Sir Harry Washington-Smythe (Terry-Thomas, How to Murder Your Wife), his equally devious brother-in-law Sir Charles Dillworthy (Lionel Jeffries, Camelot), the dashing young American Gaylord Sullivan (Troy Donahue, A Summer Place) and Madelaine (Daliah Lavi, Casino Royale), Gaylord's voluptuous paramour.

Blast-Off, directed by Don Sharp (The Kiss of the Vampire) from a screenplay by Dave Freeman (based on an original story by Peter Welbeck/Harry Alan Towers) and produced by Harry Alan Towers, features supporting performances by Gert Frobe (Goldfinger), Hermione Gingold (Gigi), Dennis Price (Kind Hearts and Coronets), Stratford Johns (The Professionals) and Graham Stark (A Shot in the Dark).

With optional English SDH subtitles.

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Depicting the power struggles and political intrigue within the 16th century Italian court, The Cardinal stars Matheson Lang (Drake the Pirate) as Cardinal Giovanni de' Medici, confessor and co-ruler of Florence.

When the Cardinal's brother, Giuliano (Eric Portman, One of Our Aircraft Is Missing) is wrongfully accused of murder, the Cardinal is unable to use what has transpired during confession, information that would set his brother free. Faced with a crisis of conscience and an obligation to church doctrine, the Cardinal is torn between his faith and his family.

Directed by Sinclair Hill (Follow Your Star), from a screenplay by D.B. Wyndham Lewis (The Man Who Knew Too Much),The Cardinal co-stars O.B. Clarence (Great Expectations), Wilfred Fletcher (Cross Currents),Douglas Jefferies (A Safe Affair), Robert Atkins (Stairway to Heaven) and F.B.J. Sharp (The Man in the White Suit).

With optional English SDH subtitles.


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Set in Hollywood circa 1923, Won Ton Ton, The Dog Who Saved Hollywood is a light-hearted spoof that tells the tale of a multi-talented mutt who, in the tradition of Rin Tin Tin, wags his way out of the kennel and onto the silver screen thanks to Estie Del Ruth (Madeline Kahn, Paper Moon), a starlet in search of a break, and studio bus driver and would-be director, Grayson Potchuck (Bruce Dern, The Trip). In no time flat, Won Ton Ton becomes the toast of the town and the reigning star of New Era Studios under the watchful eye of studio head J.J. Fromberg (Art Carney, Harry & Tonto). It's full-throttle comic hijinks when Rudy Montague (Ron Leibman, Zorro: The Gay Blade), Hollywood's leading matinee idol, is dethroned by the canine star.

Won Ton Ton, The Dog Who Saved Hollywood features a Who's Who of stars of yesteryear in cameos including Phil Silvers, Dorothy Lamour, Joan Blondell, Yvonne De Carlo, Jackie Coogan, Stepin Fetchit, Ann Miller, Victor Mature, Fernando Lamas, Cyd Charisse, Ricardo Montalban, Aldo Ray, Andy Devine, Broderick Crawford, Nancy Walker, Gloria De Haven, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Johnny Weissmuller and Huntz Hall.

Directed by Michael Winner (Death Wish), from a screenplay by Arnold Schulman and Cy Howard, Won Ton Ton, The Dog Who Saved Hollywood also features Billy Barty (Foul Play), Shecky Greene (The History of the World: Part I), Dennis Morgan (Christmas in Connecticut), Sterling Holloway (The Jungle Book), William Demarest (The Miracle of Morgan's Creek) and Henny Youngman (Silent Movie).

With optional English SDH subtitles.
 

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I saw PHAEDRA some months ago for the first time, and I quite liked it. I think I'll get this.

The thing I didn't like much is that I cannot think Anthony Perkins as a handsome straight loverboy.
Someone like Alain Delon or Spiros Focas (from Rocco and his brothers) would be more fitting to me.

Another thing:
The DVD I watched said in the start:

"The film has been manufactured using the best source material available."

And you know what that means usually. Although i don't remember being put off by the quality.
So, I'm curious to see how this Bluray will be.

Anyway, I'm really happy that Olive brings lately Greek (Iphigenia) or Greek-related (Phaedra) films.
 

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Won Ton Ton on Blu-ray, well, we must be living in end times.

I actually saw this in a theater during its initial (and final) run. Incredible cast, but just not a very engaging or funny movie. I don't think that Michael Winner was a great match for the material.
 

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Actually, some of the rather obscure (and never before released on home video) Republic titles are pretty interesting. The recent release of BRAZIL is one case in point. Of course, I would love to see some of the Republic horror films, the release of which should be no-brainers. THE MONSTER AND THE LADY, VALLEY OF THE ZOMBIES, and THE VAMPIRE'S GHOST to name three notable titles. These were available for awhile on Amazon Prime, but have been taken down.

Can't argue that they probably won't sell many of these titles, but it's nice to see such releases. The Republic catalogue is generally in great shape and these Olive releases have looked great. One exception is MAN OF CONQUEST (1939), but Olive notes up front that the available master has problems.
 

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Of course, I would love to see some of the Republic horror films, the release of which should be no-brainers. THE MONSTER AND THE LADY, VALLEY OF THE ZOMBIES, and THE VAMPIRE'S GHOST to name three notable titles. These were available for awhile on Amazon Prime, but have been taken down.

Can't argue that they probably won't sell many of these titles, but it's nice to see such releases. The Republic catalogue is generally in great shape and these Olive releases have looked great.

YES! That's exactly what I'm talking about. I'm OK with obscure lo-budget (or bottom-of-the-barrel, as noted above) titles so long as they're fun obscurities -- genre or cult titles, for example. To your list I'd add '50s Republic-library titles like Back from the Dead, Secret Venture and OSS 117 Is Not Dead.
 

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I keep hoping for Cagney's "Blood on the Sun".... it was cancelled by Olive because the elements weren't good enough. But they also initially cancelled Pimpernel Smith and One of our Aircraft is Missing for the same reason but just released those a couple of months ago.
 

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Dear Olive Films, is your agreement with Paramount is still in effect?
I - and many others, ofcourse - would be particularly keen on a remastered Signature edition of one or more of the following John Wayne classics (especially the first one):

HATARI! (existing Paramount Bluray is very poor)
THE HIGH & THE MIGHTY
IN HARM's WAY
HONDO (in 3-D)

By the way, any chance of a "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" ('56) remastered edition?
 

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I'm curious about blind buying Phaedra. I enjoy ancient Greek literature and plays, and I love films shot on location in Greece. I realize this is a "modern" adaption of the play, but how is it? Anyone clue me in on this?
 

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