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New on Disc: 'Jamaica Inn' and more …

8 Jun, 2015 By: Mike Clark

Jamaica Inn: 75th Anniversary Edition

Cohen, Drama, $29.98 DVD, $39.98 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Charles Laughton, Maureen O’Hara, Robert Newton, Leslie Banks.
Nobody much, it seems, liked or likes Alfred Hitchcock’s big-screen version of Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn very much, but it was a huge box office hit, and within clearly stated limitations is a lot more fun to watch than its reputation would indicate — certainly in this new 4K restoration that’s pleasing to watch just on general principle.
Extras: Includes a commentary by film historian Jeremy Arnold and an overview by Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto that’s kind of a model of its featurette kind.
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Children of Giant

PBS, Documentary, $24.99 DVD, NR.
The documentary about George Stevens Sr.’s adaptation of Edna Ferber’s novel Giant definitely adds to the literature of a blockbuster that remains fascinating in so many ways.
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