New this week on video

July 12, 2007

"Joan Collins Collection"

Before she was a prime-time soap diva, Joan Collins heated up the big-screen alongside Paul Newman, Richard Burton, Edward G. Robinson and other stars. A five-disc set packs five Collins flicks from the 1950s and '60s: "The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing," starring Collins and Ray Milland in an illicit affair that leads to murder; "Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!" with Collins, Newman and Joanne Woodward in a comic love triangle set against an Army plan to put a missile site in their town; "Sea Wife," with Collins as a nun and Burton as an RAF officer who are among four passengers on a life raft after their ship is sunk during World War II; "Seven Thieves," featuring Collins, Robinson and Rod Steiger in a Monte Carlo casino caper; and "Stopover Tokyo," an espionage tale starring Collins as an airline clerk thrown together with an American spy (Robert Wagner) trying to prevent an assassination. DVD set, $49.98; single DVDs, $19.98 each. (20th Century Fox)


"The Woman in the Window"

Fritz Lang's 1944 crime thriller leads a lineup of four DVD releases from old Hollywood's film-noir vaults. Edward G. Robinson stars as an academic and family man drawn into murder through an innocent encounter with a woman (Joan Bennett), with Raymond Massey co-starring as Robinson's buddy - and the prosecutor investigating the case. Robinson stars in two other new releases: Orson Welles' 1946 tale "The Stranger," with Robinson as a government agent on the trail of a Nazi war criminal (Welles) now living a quiet life in America; and 1955's "A Bullet for Joey," with Robinson as a Canadian detective investigating a case of spies and gangsters trying to steal atomic secrets. Also on DVD is 1952's "Kansas City Confidential," with John Payne as a patsy trying to clear his name after he's framed for a bank heist. DVDs, $19.98 each. (MGM)

"Three Films By Hiroshi Teshigahara"

Japanese film master Teshigahara gets great treatment with this elaborate four-disc set packing three acclaimed tales from the 1960s. Included are "Pitfall," the story of a man seeking work in a town of lost souls; "Woman in the Dunes," about an entomologist who becomes prisoner to a woman living among suffocating sand dunes; and "The Face of Another," about a man disfigured in a fire who is given a lifelike mask that seems to be taking over his personality. The set also has four short films by Teshigahara, essays by film scholars and a documentary about the director's collaboration with novelist Kobo Abe, who wrote all three films in the set. DVD set, $79.95. (Criterion)

TV on DVD:

"Extras: The Complete Second Season" - Ricky Gervais, star of the original British version of "The Office," resumes life as a non-speaking background player struggling to write and star in his own TV show. The two-disc set has six episodes, with guest stars that include Robert De Niro, David Bowie and "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe. DVD set, $29.98. (HBO)

"Beauty and the Beast: The Second Season" - The romantic fantasy returns with Linda Hamilton as a prosecutor living above ground and Ron Perlman as her man-beast beau from down under. Year two's 22 episodes come in a six-disc set, with introductions on some episodes by Hamilton and Perlman. DVD set, $49.99. (Paramount)

"Bewitched: The Complete Fifth Season" - Elizabeth Montgomery is back as the housewife who comes from a long line of witches, with Dick York as her mortal hubby and Agnes Moorehead as her meddlesome mother. The four-disc set has 30 episodes. DVD set, $39.95. (Sony)

"Hustle: Complete Season Three" - Robert Vaughn and Adrian Lester lead the cast in this story of con artists who cheat only those that deserve it, never an honest person. The two-disc has six episodes, plus an interview with the cast. DVD set, $34.98. (BBC)

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