For the Release Week of 6/27/17:
Garv’s Pick of the Week —
The Pink Panther Collection (Blu-Ray / Shout Select): It’s a packed week, but this is the top of the top. Shout Select has packaged together the first six Inspector Clouseau films directed by Blake Edwards and starring Peter Sellers — The Pink Panther (1963), A Shot in the Dark (1964), Return of the Pink Panther (1975), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978), and Trail of the Pink Panther (1982 — Assembled after Sellers’ death using outtakes from the previous films).
Additional Titles of interest —
Curse of the Pink Panther [Blu-ray / Kino Lorber]: Kino Lorber has stepped in to release the Clouseau films that were not included in the Shout Select box set. Curse (1983) completes the “missing Clouseau” storyline from Trail; and if memory serves, it’s a little better than its predecessor.
Son of the Pink Panther [Blu-ray / Kino Lorber]: Blake Edwards completed his Panther saga in 1993 with Roberto Benigni as Clouseau’s son.
Inspector Clouseau [Blu-ray / Kino Lorber]: Between A Shot in the Dark and Return of the Pink Panther, the Mirisch Corporation wanted to make another Clouseau film, but neither Blake Edwards or Peter Sellers was interested at the time. Bud Yorken directed and Alan Arkin starred in this “odd man out” of the series.
The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog [Blu-ray / Criterion]: Hitchcock’s silent Ripper film hits blu-ray.
Straw Dogs [Blu-ray / Criterion]: Sam Peckinpah’s 1971 triller gets the Criterion treatment on blu-ray.
Doberman Cop [Blu-ray + DVD / Arrow Video]: Sonny Chiba — That’s all I should have to say.
Death Line (aka Raw Meat) [Blu-ray / Blue Underground]: Something horrible is happening in the tunnels beneath London, and it’s up to Donald Pleasence to get to the bottom of it.
Trespass [Blu-ray / Shout Select]: Walter Hill’s underrated 1992 actioner.
Money From Home [Blu-ray / Olive Films]: Martin & Lewis’ horse racing comedy, adapted from a story by Damon Runyon.