Running Time: 97 minutes
Home Entertainment House: Warner Bros.
Clint Eastwood: American Icon Collection
You never realize what Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine owes to Clint Eastwood until you watch some of Eastwood’s earlier films. Young Clint smolders with the same kind of steely “I don’t care” gruffness that masks how much he really does, in fact, care. In this new collection of Eastwood’s catalogue, his directorial debut, Play Misty For Me, puts this on display as he plays a radio DJ who gets more than he bargained for when he has (so he thinks) a one-night-stand with a hot little number of a fan. This clingy (read: psycho) woman, played with maniacal brilliance by Jessica Walter, had a certain hand in inspiring other films like Fatal Attraction, but Eastwood really only gets into trouble because, deep down, he’s really a nice guy.
Box Set contains: Play Misty For Me, The Eiger Sanction, Coogan’s Bluff, The Beguiled
Home Entertainment House: Universal
Friday The 13th Uncut
Jason was domitable once, when he drowned at 13, and never again. In the original, a lot of bad coincidences joined a batch of Camp Crystal Lake counselors (those “randy teenagers”), things like a full moon, Jason’s birthday, and the jinxed calendar day itself. But what makes this a classic slasher film is that it’s not just a slasher film, it’s got nuances like the demented village idiot Ralph warning of certain doom, Harry Manfredini’s never-emulated musical score, and Jason’s mother, who may or may not be possessed by the spirit of her son. This film had a budget of $600,000 but went on to gross $78 million, and this Uncut edition includes a cast reunion (the sole survivor Adrienne King’s hair is exactly the same) and commentary.
Running time: 95 minutes
Home Entertainment House: Paramount