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New on Disc: 'Leave Her to Heaven' and more …

10 Jun, 2013 By: Mike Clark

Leave Her to Heaven

Available via ScreenArchives.com
Twilight Time, Drama, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price.
That 20th Century Fox studio chief Darryl F. Zanuck personally produced it and music department chieftain Alfred Newman scored it qualified this three-strip feast of underlyingly nasty Technicolor noir as a preconceived blockbuster of its day — though, if anything, the movie version of novelist Ben Ames Williams’ bestseller may have a better critical reputation now than it did going on 70 years ago. Gene Tierney plays a woman who is possessive to sociopathic extremes after feeling shortchanged by her beloved father’s death. But she knows what she wants: a broken engagement to politically ambitious Russell (Vincent Price) and marriage to Richard (Cornel Wilde) within days of meeting the latter on a train. Heaven is one of the most beautiful-looking movies ever made.
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Sincerely Yours

Manufactured on demand through online retailers via WBshop.com
Warner, Drama, $18.95 DVD, NR.
Stars Liberace, Joanne Dru, Dorothy Malone, William Demarest.
Notorious merely for existing but also as one of Warner’s biggest money losers of its decade, Liberace’s only starring
vehicle divides into somewhat unequal thirds as a concert film, a medical drama and a sexual skirmish for ultimate possession of Lee’s loins between co-stars Joanne Dru (patiently loyal secretary) and Dorothy Malone (sweet soul of a society girl on what turns out to be a romantic whim). This is one weird 115-minute package. Whether all this automatically translates into absolutely one of the worst movies ever is a possible subject of debate.
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