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New on Disc: 'Forbidden Planet' on Blu-ray and more…

27 Sep, 2010 By: Mike Clark

Forbidden Planet (Blu-ray)

Warner, Sci-Fi, $24.98 Blu-ray, ‘G.’
Stars Leslie Nielsen, Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis.
Though it hasn’t the lobby card miniatures that offered a sweet nostalgic touch for fans who were around during the movie’s original release, Forbidden Planet’s Blu-ray pretty well replicates the standard two-DVD 50th Anniversary Edition that Warner brought out in 2006. This version’s soundtrack has more muscle, but visually, the quality is very close.
Extras: The prodigious extras — all available with the earlier DVD, but this time packed comfortably on a single disc — include a Turner Classic Movies documentary on 1950s outer space cinema; an episode from TV’s “The Thin Man” in which Robby the Robot guest-appeared; plus Robby’s follow-up 1957 feature The Invisible Boy.
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The Essential Games of the Seattle Mariners

Street 9/28
A&E, Sports, $39.95 four-DVD set, NR.
Assembling this kind of set must be like a lobbyists’ picnic as those in charge strive to reach consensus. In this case, the selection committee has deemed as “essential” these four baseball games: the 1995 one-game playoff against the Angels for the Western Division crown, Game 5 of the 1995 ALDS against the Yankees, Game 3 of the 2000 ALDS against the White Sox, and the game in 2001 that clinched the Western Division en route to a record 116 wins.
Extras: The extras naturally deal with key principals we see in the games. Jay Buhner, for instance, plays in two of them and rates his own bonus footnote featurette about  the 1993 game where he hit for the cycle. Also, Seattle’s rich minor league history gets explained in the bonus section of the fourth disc.
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Where Love Has Gone

Street 9/28
Olive, Drama, $24.95 DVD, NR.
Stars Susan Hayward, Mike Connors, Joey Heatherton, Jane Greer, George Macready, DeForest Kelley, Bette Davis.
Two veteran actresses, both known for their off-screen toughness, battle it out as wealthy mother and daughter. The source material is a Harold Robbins bestseller inspired by, notwithstanding denials to the contrary, one of the most famous murder cases of the preceding decade. The aforementioned daughter and her own 15-year-old femme offspring share a lover (the yarn’s murder victim). There’s blackmail, adultery and heavily implied nymphomania — everything that trash-loving moviegoers would have wanted in 1964, including a title ballad sung by Jack Jones. The DVD looks fairly pristine compared to some of Olive Films’ other recent color releases of Paramount catalog titles.
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The Sea Around Us

Available via WBshop.com’s Warner Archive
Warner, Documentary, $19.95 DVD, NR.
The author of the book The Sea Around Us was the eventually world-renowned Rachel Carson, and it isn’t hard to understand why she threw up her hands over this hour-long screen treatment, which nonetheless proved popular with audiences and won the Oscar for best documentary. It’s a safe assumption that many moviegoers who got off on Sea’s shark-octopus battle or its queasy encounter with a moray eel had never seen anything like this on screen, at least in Technicolor.
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