It’s been a while since we’ve had a collection update here on the blog! The last one I shared was Christmas Additions (films I got as gifts, or bought with Christmas money). That was way back at the beginning of January.
A lot has happened in the intervening time. In addition to making a few in-store discount buys, I managed to rack up a pretty hefty spending balance on Amazon through trading in an old phone and saving up a few gift cards. Naturally, I decided to spend most of that on DVDs. Here are the pick-ups!
- 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
You may remember from my January wrap-up that this was my first watch of 2018, and I freakin’ loved it! Naturally, I couldn’t resist picking it up when I found it on DVD for just $7.50 at Target. This is the only non-Amazon purchase in this update.
- Apollo 13 (1995)
Universal collectible pop art series DVD. A childhood favorite. Bonus features include director commentary, commentary from the real Jim and Marilyn Lovell, “and more!” (I have yet to see what the “more” is since I haven’t popped the DVD in yet, haha.)
- The Heiress (1949)
Universal Cinema Classics DVD. Super excited to finally watch this one again. You can expect it to be featured in the “Favorite Things” series some time soon! Special features include an introduction from Robert Osborne and the original theatrical trailer.
- Hell’s House (1932)
Alpha Video edition. You know the drill with Alpha: this was super cheap on Amazon and doesn’t appear to have any special features. It’s an early Bette Davis film I’ve never seen, so I’m very excited to watch it soon!
- Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
20th Century Fox Studio Classics DVD. I gained a new appreciation for this film (which I already loved) after reading its source material, and I’m ecstatic to finally have it in my collection! Special features include commentary, Movietone News footage of the premiere, a restoration comparison, a stills gallery, and the original theatrical trailer.
- The Talk of the Town (1942)
Sony Pictures DVD. One of my very favorite Cary Grant films! This disc is pretty bare (under special features it lists “interactive menus” and “scenes selections”… which aren’t really special features, haha), but nevertheless, I’m glad to own this film and be one step closer to completing my Cary Grant collection.
- What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Warner Bros. Anniversary Edition DVD. I was surprised to discover I didn’t already own, this, in my recent shelf-read. I guess I usually just record it from TCM! Now, I can reserve that space on my DVR for new-to-me stuff, and wear this DVD out instead. Special features include commentary, three documentary profiles about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, a behind the scenes featurette, and Bette Davis’ 1962 appearance on The Andy Williams Show.
- BOX SET: The Classic Sci-Fi Ultimate Collection
This set from Universal has five corny-fun sci-fi flicks from the 1950s: Tarantula, The Mole People, The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Monolith Monsters, and Monster on the Campus. I don’t believe I’ve seen any of these before… so hopefully they’ll make for a grand return of the Classics of the Corn series!
- BOX SET (TV): Wonder Woman: The Complete Collection
After watching it in re-runs on MeTV for forever, I finally own all three seasons of the Lynda Carter-starring Wonder Woman series!
“Monolith Monsters” may surprise you: it’s a fairly cerebral science fiction thriller that tends to get overlooked because (despite the title) there aren’t any monsters in it. “Incredible Shrinking Man” is also pretty good.
I’m of the opposite view on ‘Monolith Monsters’. The other four films I enjoy, but I always found ‘Monolith’ dull and boring. The best thing about that set – you can decide for yourself!!
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I guess we’ll have to wait a few weeks to find out about ONE of those films from the Universal Sci-Fi set…but the other half of that set is pretty good as well (Dr Cyclops, Cult of the Cobra, and The Land Unknown are ones I’ve seen, and are all fun). I really like those Fox Studio Classics discs…always a good handful of bonus features; there’s still a few I’d like to pick up, and Leave Her to Heaven is one of them.
I do plan on picking up the other half of that set! Can’t have a collection with incomplete sets, haha.
I like the Fox Studio series, too. The transfers are usually pretty nice. My favorites will always be Criterion editions and Warner discs with the “night at the movies” feature, but the Fox discs are great additions.