October 23, 2013

Don't Knock the Rock

A rock and roller is out to prove that rock 'n' roll is not dangerous.
Billy Haley and his Comets ; Alan Dale, Alan Freed, The Treniers, Little Richard, Dave Appell and his Applejacks ; Jovada, Jimmy Ballard. Rock around the clock : Bill Haley and his Comets ; The Platters, Tony Matinez, Freddie Bell and his Bellhops, Alan Freed, Johnny Johnston, Alex Talton.

Representing some of the greats of the new Rock n Roll. The dramatic misunderstood teens make their case for Rock n Roll. I loved the music. Bill Haley is fantastic as always and Little Richard steals the show. This movie provides a great sample of the music of the time. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 6099-D Released in 1956 DVD released in 2006 90 minutes

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October 22, 2013

Get Smart (Original Series)

Bumbling spy Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 for CONTROL, battles the forces of nemesis agency KAOS with a great deal of help from his partner Agent 99.
Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt.
Season One special features include: episode commentaries with Mel Brooks and Buck Henry; featurette, "The secret history of Get Smart"; TV appearances and spots; bloopers; Get Smart reunion seminar.
Includes black and white pilot episode.

We have the whole series. Get Smart is a hilarious spoof comedy about Control (The West) and its constant battle with Kaos (The East) for control of the world. The series invited many standup comedians, a few dramatic actors and many writers to participate. The series ran from 1965-1970. ~Mike

Season 1 46235-D
Season 2 46236-D
Season 3 46237-D
Season 4 46238-D
Season 4 46239-D

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The Lost City

After a series of electrical storms disrupt the world, electrical engineer Bruce Gordon develops a machine to trace the cause of the disasters. He discovers that the source is in central Africa and, backed by the nations of the world, sets out on an expedition. Our hero soon learns that the disturbances emanate from an area called the Magnetic Mountain. But unknown to our hero, the Magnetic Mountain also contains a secret city ruled by a scientific wizard named Zolok, who has unleashed the electrical fury threatening civilization as part of his plan to conquer the world. A 12 chapter serial.
Living dead men -- Tunnel of death -- Dagger rock -- Doomed -- Tiger prey -- Human beasts -- Spider men -- Human targets -- Jungle vengeance -- The lion pit -- Death ray -- The mad scientist.
Kane Richmond, William "Stage" Boyd, Claudia Dell, Josef Swickard, George Hayes, Eddie Fetherstone.
Produced by Sherman S. Krellberg. Directed by Harry Revier
An amazing series from 1935. I can imagine kids watching these films on Saturday afternoon, spending the whole day in the theater.
A series of trailors for other serials is on this disc, almost as much fun as the movie. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61761-D Original release 1935 DVD release 2006 265 minutes

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October 16, 2013

Honey West

After inheriting her spying business from her late father, private eye Honey West outwits criminals and solves crimes using her unique arsenal of martial arts and scientific gadgets.
Anne Francis, John Ericson, Irene Hervey, Gene Barry.
Special features: Anne Francis photo gallery; behind the scenes photo gallery; vintage commercials.

Honey West was groundbreaking. She is a single, rich, crime fighter with men working for her. Her sharp wit and her confidence can be seen in later female private investigator/police shows such as Murder, she wrote, Cagney and Lacy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Mcguyver and Matlock come to mind including others. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 50741-D Released in 2008 (Originally broadcast on television during the 1965-1966 season) 4 discs 900 minutes 30 episodes

Disc one: The swingin' Mrs. Jones --The owl and the eye -The abominable snowman -A matter of wife and death -Live a little, kill a little -Whatever Lola wants- The princess and the paupers -In the bag. Disc two: The flame and the pussycat -A neat little package -A stitch in crime -A million bucks in anybody's language -The gray lady -Invitation to limbo -Rockabye the hard way -A nice little till to tap. Disc three: How brillig, o, beamish boy -King of the mountain -It's earlier than you think -The perfect un-crime -Like visions and omens and all that jazz -Don't look now, but isn't that me -Come to me, my litigation baby. Disc four: Slay, gypsy, slay -The fun-fun killer -Pop goes the easel -Little green Robin Hood -Just the bear facts ma'am -There's a long, long, fuse a'burning -An eerie, airy, thing.

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September 19, 2013

Bewitched

A witch married to an ordinary man cannot resist using her magic powers to solve the problems her family faces. -IMDB

A very comfortable series which ran from 1964-1972. It's a lot of fun with inoffensive comedy. It started in black and white and later was produced in color. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 46442-D

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Lost in space

First four episodes of the 1965 season. In 1997, Professor John Robinson along with his wife and three children, and Major Don West are chosen to establish a colony on the third planet of the Alpha Centauri system. As they leave Earth, Zachary Taylor, a sabateur, is trapped aboard the ship, and his extra weight means the ship can't reach Alpha Centauri. Now the ship is lost, and fighting for survival as they search for the way home.

Producer Irwin Allen became very big in television and films in the 1960s and 1970s. He pretty much set a decade long tone for television shows.

Enter the way back machine and have a good time. Yes we have the whole series. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 40433-D The series ran from 1965-1968 starting in black and white and ending in color.

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The atomic kid

When Barnaby 'Blix' Waterberry and fellow prospector Robert Strauss go searching for uranium in a remote part of Nevada, they wander into the exact spot where the Army is about to detonate an atom bomb. Waterberry manages to emerge in perfect condition along with his peanut butter and sardine sandwich. An instant celebrity, he quickly senses the huge commercial potential in being the first human being to survive an atomic blast, but first he has to help the FBI break up an enemy spy ring.

An interesting film from Mickey Rooney Productions; where atomic bombs are not really understood. However, a fun movie. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61009-D Released in 1954 86 minutes

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February 11, 2013

The Green Hornet

The ultimate set for Green Hornet collectors. This special edition contains the two feature films: "The green hornet" (1974), and Fury of the dragon (1976) along with all 26 Green Hornet episodes from 1966-1967, and all 13 Green Hornet Serial episodes from 1940. It also contains a rare interview with Bruce Lee, a documentary on the "Black Beauty" car, classic Green Hornet Trailers, a bonus short film, and the two Batman/Greenhornet crossover episodes. All in all, over 22 hours of material spread out on 4 dual layer DVD-9 discs.
Disc 1. The Green Hornet (1974) -- Fury of the dragon (1976) -- Documentary "The Black Beauty" (2000, 14 min.) -- Rare interview with Bruce Lee.
Disc 2. Batman/Green Hornet crossover 1: "A piece of the action" - Batman/Green Hornet crossover 2: "Batman's satisfaction - Green Hornet pilot episode, "The silent gun" - Green Hornet short film [(2006)] - Green Hornet episodes (1966): The silent gun -Give 'em enough rope - Programmed for death - Crime wave -- The frog is a deadly weapon - Eat, drink and be dead - Beautiful dreamer, part 1 -Beautiful dreamer, part 2 - The ray is for killing.
Disc 3. Green Hornet episodes (1966-1967) ; The preying mantis - The hunters and the hunted - Deadline for death -- The secret of the Sally Bell - Freeway to death - The Hornet and the firefly - Seek, stalk and destroy - Corpse of the year, part 1 - Corpse of the year, part 2 - Ace in the hole - Bad bet on a 459-silent - Trouble for Prince Charming - Alias The Scarf - Hornet save thyself - Invasion from outer space, part 1 -- Invasion from outer space, part 2.
Disc 4. Green Hornet movie serial episodes (1940, b&w): The tunnel of terror - The thundering terror - Flying coffins - Pillar of flame - The time bomb - Highways of peril - Bridge of disaster - Dead or alive - The Hornet trapped - Bullets and ballots - Disaster rides the rails - Panic in the zoo - Doom of the underworld.

This is an outstanding collection for fans and those who might want to know more about the Green Hornet. The 1940s serials and movies are great but nothing can compare to the 1960s TV show with Bruce Lee. Mr Lee was truely amazing. He played this part as a serious character. There is a short interview with him where he demonstrates some of his moves. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 57587-D

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January 21, 2013

Iron sky

At the end of World War II the Nazis set up a secret project on the Dark Side of the Moon where over the next seven decades they create a space fortress and flying saucers.

I don't think I would ever say a film about Nazis could be wonderful unless it is a production by Mel Brooks. For shock value and almost decent production value this film is wonderful. It is over the top in American pop culture. Everyone in this film fits a stereotype. However "Nazis on the Moon?". If you have a taste for the absurd and don't mind some insults thrown at you from the screen than what more can be said, enjoy the movie. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58966-D 93 minutes 2012

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December 18, 2012

Carnage

Two pairs of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. However, the evening becomes quite chaotic as the parents become increasingly childish.
Based on the play, Le dieu de carnage by Yasmina Reza.
Starring Christoph Waltz, Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly.

This is a very good adaptation of the play. Every parent can relate to this topic. The all-star cast pulls it off masterfully. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58005-D 80 minutes 2012

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December 14, 2012

The Gamers

A parody of fantasy films and the adventure gaming community, The Gamers: Dorkness Rising is a hilarious romp through the world of sword and sorcery -- in this case, a world of exploding peasants, giant house cats, and undead roast turkeys.

I approached this film with the "oh no" this might be another Scott Pilgrim movie. I didn't have high expectations. Within about 15 minutes I found myself really enjoying this movie. It's fun, funny and a parody of a gamers lifestyle. It's made by gamers with a sense of humor and not just for gamers. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58650-D 105 minutes 2011

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December 03, 2012

Get a Life

"Get a life" features the surreal and happily delusional character of Chris Peterson. As a 30-year old "professional paperboy", he lives with his perennially pajama-clad parents and involving himself in various bizarre exploits while continually ignoring life's realities.
disc 1. season one. Terrror on the Hell Loop 2000 ; The prettiest week of my life ; Dadicus ; A family affair ; Pile of death ; Paperboy 2000 -- disc 2. season one. Driver's license ; The sitting ; Bored straight ; Zoo animals on wheels ; Roots ; The counterfeit watch story ; Chris vs. Donald -- disc 3. season one. Chris wins a celebrity ; Houseboy 2000 ; Married ; Camping 2000 ; The construction worker show ; The big city ; Neptune 2000 -- disc 4. seasons one & two. The one where Chris and Larry switch lives ; Psychic 2000 ; Chris moves out ; Larry on the loose ; Meat Locker 2000 ; Health Inspector 2000 ; Chris gets his tonsils out -- disc 5. season two. Prisoner of love ; Chris becomes a male escort ; Girlfriend 2000 ; Chris' brain starts working ; Bad fish ; SPEWEY and me --disc 6. season two. 1977-2000 ; Clip show.

Chris Elliot is the master of the creepy (in a weird neighbor or strange family member sort of way), awkward and uncomfortable comedy. He could be considered to be the predecessor to comedians like Will Ferrell and Kevin Smith. The humor is uncomfortable and in the finest Chris Elliot vein everyone hates him and he is totally oblivious to it.
~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58548-D
The show ran from 1990- 1992
6 videodiscs 840 min

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November 15, 2012

Car 54 where are you?

The series follows the misadventures of NYPD officers Gunther Toody and Francis Muldoon in the fictional 53rd precinct in the Bronx, assigned to Patrol Car 54.Toody was short, stocky, nosy, not very bright, and lived with his loud, domineering wife Lucille. Muldoon, a shy bachelor who lived with his mother, was very tall, quiet, and more intelligent.
Starring Joe E. Ross, Fred Gwynne. Beatrice Pons, Al Lewis, Charlotte Rae, Paul Reed, Hank Garrett.

This was one of the standards of situation comedy during the early 1960s on television. All of the actors are familiar faces from many film and television productions. The humor is very well executed.
~Mike

Askwith Media Library 53645-D Season One 1961-62
Askwith Media Library 57475-D Season Two 1962-63

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October 24, 2012

Fear of a Black Hat (NWH)

A filmmaker infiltrates rap band NWH in this mock-documentary comedy.

This film is a lot of fun, however there is suggested violence, drug use, a little nudity and profanity (okay a lot of profanity). The concept is a "homage" to Rob Reiner's gem This is Spinal Tap. Everyone in this film is a stereotype, representing the worst or at least the less than good of their particular group. It is very humorous and made with a sense of fun. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 38874-D 88 minutes 1992

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September 21, 2012

Patriot Guard Riders

Documents the work of the Patriot Guard Riders, a 200,000-member motorcycle group whose members act as honor guards at funerals for American soldiers killed in action and shield the families of the fallen from protests staged by the hate group known as the Westboro Baptist Church.

One group full of contempt for its fellow citizens and country, another group trying to honor and respect the peace of families whose loved ones were killed in battle and a government that doesn't know how to respond. Westboro still has contempt, Patriot Guard still rides and the Government passed a no protest law within a certain distance of the funerals. It's up to you to decide how you feel about each side of the issue. This is an American tragedy. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 57044-D 73 minutes 2011


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July 17, 2012

There's Always Tomorrow

A successful toy manufacturer is highly rated at the factory but is ignored and bypassed at home by his wife and children. He sparks a relationship with an old flame but is soon found out by his son.

Special features: "Days with Sirk", a 61-minute documentary from 2008 featuring rare 1982 footage with Sirk ; original theatrical trailer ; original 1956 dialogue and continuity script (as an on-disc pdf) ; 40-p. booklet featuring an essay by Andrew Klevan, excerpts from a 1977 interview with Sirk, and rare production stills.

This film is perfect in its technical aspects; cinematography, script, pacing and editing. The outstanding quality of Sirk and the production crew take us to the time and family and do not release us until the credits roll. Sirk is the master of the melo-drama.
The story is a slap in the face of the spoiled youth of and wandering desires of men in America. As the drama unfolds our victims fall prey to situations they mostly developed in their minds, it takes Barbara Stanwyck's Norma Vale a strong independent woman to restore the family.
This film is as pertinent today as it was in 1956.
~Mike

Askwith Media Library 52077-D 81 minutes 1056

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December 07, 2011

Soul of the game

The film features the story of three famous baseball players of the 40s, when for the first time a black player took the field.

A look into the personal lives of the three great baseball players, Satchel Paige, Jackie Robinson and Josh Gibson, on the eve of signing the first black baseball player to the major league. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 56055-D 97 minutes 1996

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August 22, 2011

Female Comedy Teams

Two disc set, released in PAL format. Will play on your computer, may not play on your DVD player unless you have the European format.

Feed 'em and Weep 1928 Anita Garvin & Marion Byron
Anita & Marion take a temporary job as waitresses in Max's diner, next to a train station. When the train stops off, pandemonium erupts when the passengers fill the diner and all want meals immediately.

A Pair of Tights 1929 Anita Garvin & Marion Byron
Two girls are invited by one of the girls boy-friend's tight boss for dinner. On the way they stop for a cheap ice-cream...

...and many more.

Early American film female comedy duos from the 1920s and 1930s. Wonderful. ~Mike

Released in 2010 Germany PAL Format

Askwith Media Library 55503-D

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June 22, 2010

Schizopolis

Fletcher Munson, a corporate drone and speechwriter for a New Age guru, discovers he has a doppelganger in the crazed dentist Dr. Jeffrey Korchek. A deranged comedy of confused identity, doublespeack and intrigue. Starring director Steven Soderbergh.
"Inspired by rumors, bald-faced lies, and half-remembered dreams"

I loved the rhythm of the dialog. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 37291-D

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