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New on Disc: 'Johnny Guitar' and more …

27 Aug, 2012 By: Mike Clark

Johnny Guitar

Olive, Western, $24.95 DVD, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Scott Brady, Mercedes McCambridge.
If you’re a fan of middle-aged Joan Crawford, a cultist for director Nicholas Ray, a feminist of either sex, gay, a student of anti-
McCarthy allegories, or love Victor Young, Peggy Lee and the kind of expressionistic color that drives Martin Scorsese crazy in the good way, you may understand why few movies ever have given me the degree of sustained pleasure as this one. Crawford plays a gambling saloon owner who squares off against a local land baron for the rights to New Mexico real estate that may increase in value by a railroad expansion. 
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High Time (Blu-ray)

Available via ScreenArchives.com
Twilight Time, Comedy, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Bing Crosby, Fabian, Tuesday Weld, Nicole Maurey, Richard Beymer.
On paper any day of the week, I’ll take the concept of Blake Edwards directing Bing Crosby and Fabian (now, there’s a battle of the bands) as college roomies — even without Tuesday Weld hanging around the dorm and frat house in and with an array of costumes and men.
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They Made Me a Fugitive (Blu-ray)

Kino Lorber, Drama, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Sally Gray, Trevor Howard, Griffith Jones.
Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti, this is a very tough movie for its day. Amid the noir glisten (the restoration has snap), the narrative keeps renewing itself, all the way to an ending that is not sugar-coated.
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