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New on Disc: 'Beggars of Life' and more …

4 Sep, 2017 By: Mike Clark


Beggars of Life

Kino Lorber, Drama, $19.95 DVD, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Wallace Beery, Richard Arlen, Louise Brooks.
1928.
Director William A. Wellman’s story of a woman (Louise Brooks) taken in by the hobo lifestyle after killing a farmer who abused her is not a story of the Depression, but of a pre-Crash period when there were still a lot of hoboes to go around.
Extras: The Blu-ray includes an accompanying essay by Nick Pinkerton, plus two commentaries — one by William Wellman Jr. and another by Thomas Gladysz, founding director of the Louise Brooks Society.
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Kid Galahad (Blu-ray)

Available via ScreenArchives.com
Twilight Time, Drama, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Elvis Presley, Gig Young, Lola Albright, Joan Blackman, Charles Bronson.

1962. Elvis Presley’s turn as a boxer is quintessential drive-in fare for the era: a few songs (the score is definitely beyond decent), a few hoodlums, a few punches, and Gig Young looking (as ever) half-swacked.
Extras: Julie Kirgo’s liner notes do a good job of explaining why Kid is a pleasantly inoffensive time killer and why we’d all like to be able to cure our problems just by singing a song.
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