Flickchart Daily: Matchup of The Day and the Week’s DVD/Blu-ray Releases

13 Mar
2012

Flickchart Matchup of the Day

Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Neil Sedaka turns 73 today.  In his honor, we have two films that feature his music:

Sextette vs. Sting of Death

Sextette is the last movie Mae West ever appeared in.  It came eight years after her role in the legendary 1970 Hollywood fiasco Myra Breckinridge.  Before that, she hadn’t been in a film since The Heat’s On back in 1943.  By the time West starred in Sextette, which was based on a play that she wrote, the saucy actress was 85 years old.  Future Bond Timothy Dalton, who was 34 at the time, co-stars as her new husband. 

Neil Sedaka originally released the song “Love Will Keep Us Together” in 1973.  It attained its greatest popularity when Captain & Tennille covered it two years later.  In Sextette, Dalton and West sing it together as a duet on their wedding night.  When it comes to actors who played James Bond ruining a good song, Dalton’s attempt at “Love Will Keep Us Together” is almost as alarming as Pierce Brosnan‘s butchery of  “S.O.S.” in Mamma Mia!:

This is Captain & Tennille’s version, for the sake of comparison:

Sting of Death is about a half-man/half-jellyfish monster.  Sedaka performs the song “Do the Jellyfish”, to which the cast members pull off some impressive dance moves.  I would rather listen to this than Dalton or Brosnan:

 

New Blu-ray and DVD Releases

 

Melancholia

 

The Adventures of Tintin

 

The Three Musketeers

 

My Week with Marilyn

 

The Descendants

 

Stephen King’s Bag of Bones

 

Killer’s Moon

 

Absentia

 

Paranormal Incident

 

House of Pleasures

 

The Women on the 6th Floor

 

My Joy

 

Neverland

 

Loosies

 

Young Adult

 

The Swell Season

 

Turner Classic Movies is releasing several collections on DVD: 

 

TCM Greatest Classic Legends Collection – Doris Day

Love Me or Leave Me (1955)

Calamity Jane (1953)

Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (1960)

Romance on the High Seas (1948)

 

 

TCM Greatest Classic Legends Collection – Katharine Hepburn

Little Women (1933)

Stage Door (1937)

Morning Glory (1933)

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

 

 

TCM Greatest Gangster Films Collection – Edward G. Robinson

Bullets or Ballots (1936)

Kid Galahad (1937)

The Little Giant (1933)

Larceny, Inc. (1942)

 

 

Alpha Video is putting out quite a few films from a bygone era this week:

 

Born to Battle (1927)

Charley’s Aunt (1925)

City Park (1934)

A Desert Wooing (1918)

From Broadway to Cheyenne (1932)

The Local Bad Man (1932)

The Lone Avenger (1933)

The Man from Texas (1948)

Meet the Boy Friend (1937)

Paint and Powder (1925)

Police Patrol (1933)

Prison Mutiny (1943) 

Shed No Tears (1948)

Valley of Vengeance (1944) 

 

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