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Warner Archive Collection New Releases June 11: Rogue Spies, Austrian Brides & Nazi Wives

NOTE: These DVDs are Manufactured on Demand (MOD); to order, fans must visit The Warner Archive Collection (www.WarnerArchive.com or www.wbshop.com)



THE PAINTED VEIL (1934) W. Somerset Maugham's tale of sin and redemption among the Anglos in the Far East is tailor-made for Garbo's trademark blend of sex and suffering. Also tailor-made are the eye-popping array of gowns courtesy of designer Adrian, worn as only "GARBO" can. In fact, the film's opening credits are plastered with the singular name "GARBO". Perhaps most jaw-dropping is director Herbert Marshall's pitch-perfect portrait of English repression. George Brent lays on the charm as a bon vivant cultural attaché that leads Garbo's naïf Austrian bride astray on the streets of Hong Kong. Newly remastered for the first time in 20 years, The Painted Veil makes its DVD debut! Newly Remastered


AIR FORCE (1943) Howard Hawk's aviation epic - the saga of a bomber crew's ill-starred maiden mission - is as great a war picture as they come. Dudley Nichols' screenplay is a model for writing an ensemble piece, as each crew member is fully fleshed while being forged by the fires of war. John Garfield, Arthur Kennedy, Gig Young, Harry Carey, George Tobias, James Brown and John Ridgely all serve superbly, but the bomber Mary Ann is the real star.



WOMEN IN BONDAGE (1943) Monogram pitches in with home front patriotic propaganda and hits one out of the park with this picture of the Nazi occupation as lived by the distaff side. Gail Patrick stars as Margot Bracken, a loyal fraulein of the fatherland who returns home after a decade long absence when her country goes to war. With her husband serving in the army and a brother-in-law Nazi party bigwig, Margot finds herself drafted into the position of section leader to a Hitler Youth girl group. As she tries to instill decent values in the girls, she soon realizes her homeland had descended into a dystopian nightmare run by fanatics and cowards. Nancy Kelly plays Toni, the young maiden whose near-sighted view on romance with the SS proves the tipping point for Margot's conscience. Director Steve Sekely rings everything he can out of Monogram's more modest means and transforms b-movie coal into an uncut diamond. Newly Remastered


BLACK MARKET BABIES (1945) The silver screen Shadow, Kane Richmond, switches sides of the law to play Eddie Condon, a gangster far down the criminal ladder. Condon seizes on a scheme to ice his way to easy street by setting up a gin-joke gang doc (Ralph Morgan, frère to wizard-brother Frank) to run the first of a planned chain of no-questions-asked large-donations-accepted maternity clinics. When fate takes a dark turn, the weakling doc may be all that stands in his way. Directed by William Beaudine with an A-squad of Monogram's B-girls - Jayne Hazard, Marjorie Hoshelle, Teala Loring and Maris Wrixon. Newly Remastered


DON'T GAMBLE WITH STRANGERS (1946) For this slice of noir, Kane Richmond layers in some charm as a scoundrel-with-scruples cardsharp grifter out to make the big play, but forgets to watch his back. Frequent supporting player Bernadene Hayes gets a rare chance to play the lead as a lovely Queen cardshark to Richmond's Joker, while Gloria Warren plays the heiress behind a dangerous gambit. William Beaudine directs and delivers a nifty piece of noir showing that sometimes hitting all the marks is all you need to do. Newly Remastered


Disco-Era Rediscoveries

ZANDY'S BRIDE (1974) Art-house Scandinavian import Jan Troell followed up the success of The Emigrants and The New Land with this US production starring Gene Hackman and Liv Ullman. Although a studio film, Troell continued to use his native cinema's penchant for incorporating landscape as a character and a more languid pace, both to great effect in this seldom revisited revisionist Western. Troell's use of Big Sur is some of the best use of that spectacular coast cinema has ever seen. He also wisely allows his two supremely talented leads all the space they need for this tale of two damaged souls - a gruff rancher and his mail order bride - slowly groping towards each other. Also stars Harry Dean Stanton and Susan Tyrrell. 16x9 Widescreen Newly Remastered


THE HUMAN FACTOR (1980) Grahame Greene's devastating look at the bureaucratic side of cloak and dagger is brought brilliantly to life by Otto Preminger in his final film - and his final pairing with genius title designer Saul Bass. Nicol Williamson leads the cast of UK greats including John Gielgud, Derek Jacobi, Robert Morley, and Richard Attenborough as a cold warrior trapped between the mundane and the mendacious as the "Secret Service" attempts to uncover whether or not they have a viper at the breast. But the actual viper may just be institutional arrogance. The Human Factor is must-see viewing for fans of John LeCarre or Maugham's Ashenden: The British Agent. Iman makes her film debut. 16x9 Widescreen Newly Remastered



NIGHT COURT: THE COMPLETE NINTH SEASON (1991 1992) Don the robes and fire up the chorus of "Auld Lang Synne" as we reach Night Court’s final session! The ninth season finds Judge Harry and co. rethinking their careers and companions all while Bull stumbles through the wedding china on his way to matrimonial bliss. While Harry considers a career in higher education, Christine takes a look at Congress while Dan rethinks his commitment to his primary field of interest (it’s spelled S-E-X). Meanwhile ditzy but stunning court steno Lisette (Joleen Lutz) is harboring a secret of her own, one that concerns a prominent member of the cast. And what on Earth do aliens want with Bull? Mel Torme, Gilbert Gotfried, and Stephen Root are all found among the season’s memorable guest-stars. But as the final hour airs and the cast depart for different climes, whither Judge Harry? A 3-Disc, 22 Episode Collection. Starring Harry Anderson, Richard Moll, Charles Robinson, Marsha Warfield, Markie Post, and John Larroquette.

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