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New on Disc: 'Harry Brown,' 'Tommy,' 'Thriller' and more …

6 Sep, 2010 By: Mike Clark

Thriller: The Complete Series

Image, Horror, $149.98 14-DVD set, NR.
Stars Boris Karloff.
“Thriller” was a pretty good concept, derivative as it was, when it ran on NBC opposite “The Red Skelton Show.” Premiering a year after “The Twilight Zone” and well after anthology series such as “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and “Suspicion,” it dealt heavily but not exclusively in the supernatural but would sometimes venture into melodrama or psychological suspense drama. Generally speaking, the supernatural episodes are the set’s strongest.
Extras: The set contains frequent commentaries by living participants plus fans with legitimate knowledge of the show. Host Boris Karloff, wearing glasses, is introduced via a DVD menu that employs a bongo-backed musical score. Boris and Bongos — it sounds like a concept album.
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Harry Brown

Sony Pictures, Thriller, B.O. $1.8 million, $27.96 DVD, $30.95 Blu-ray, ‘R’ for strong violence and language throughout, drug use and sexual content.
Stars Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer.
I was intrigued by some of the polarized reviews this movie got, but it isn’t very difficult to sort out what its virtues are and aren’t. Just about every professional viewer reacted to the same things, and your own reaction will almost be solely based on whether you think the actor’s assured performance is enough to carry 103 minutes. It basically becomes a story loop about Caine entering some pretty crummy places — the kind, for instance, where young women are drugged into making porno films — and taking care of business with some serious kabooms!
Extras: Director Daniel Barber joins cast members on a bonus commentary. 
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Tommy (Blu-ray)

Street 9/7
Sony Pictures, Musical, $24.95 Blu-ray, ‘PG.’
Stars Ann-Margaret, Roger Daltrey, Oliver Reed.
Any movie that drenches Ann-Margret in baked beans that burst out of a busted TV screen isn’t just any old collection of auteur antics. This is why I remain intrigued by, and even somewhat sympathetic to, Ken Russell’s exhausting attempt to sustain The Who’s rock opera for almost two hours of screen time, even though the result gets on my nerves and sometimes seems to be the reason the fast-forward button and chapter stops were invented. This 35th Anniversary edition restores the “Quintaphonic” sound utilized for the film’s big city engagements, an offshoot of relatively short-lived Quadraphonic sound and a kind of surround-sound-in-the-round format utilized on this film only. As rendered, the sinus-clearing orchestrations occasionally smother the singing here (though not particularly on any numbers that matter) — yet because of it, the movie did grab me more than it ever has since I saw it during the initial release.
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None But the Lonely Heart

Available via WBshop.com’s Warner Archive
Warner, Drama, $24.95 DVD, NR.
Stars Cary Grant, Ethel Barrymore, June Duprez, Jane Wyatt.
Adapted from a novel by How Green Was My Valley author Richard Llewellyn, None But the Lonely Heart begins immediately after World War I’s Armistice Day in 1918, with Oscar nominee Cary Grant’s jack-of-all-trades Ernie Mott (his specialty is tuning pianos) looking for a better lot in a period of recently terminated global chaos.
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