MILL CREEK DVD RELEASE: Through the Decades: 1980s Collection: The New Kids (1985)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This movie originally appeared on the site on December 12, 2018 when Mill Creek released it as part of their retro VHS box line. 

Have you ever said to yourself, “I’d like to watch a super young James Spader with weird looking bleach blonde hair menace a super young looking Lori Loughlin to the point that I worry for her safety?” If so, you’re a maniac. But hey, you’re on our site, so we have to be nice and tell you that this movie exists. It’s Sean Cunningham’s (Friday the 13th) 1985 opus, The New Kids.

No offense to our friends from Horror and Sons, but Florida is the most frightening state in the nation. Just ask Abby (Loughlin, years before she became Aunt Becky or a convicted felon) and Loren McWilliams (Shannon Presby, who quit acting soon after this movie and became a lawyer). Their parents (Tom Atkins is their military hero dad!) have been killed in an accident and they’ve moved to Glenby, a small town that seems way more like hell — and not the happiest place — on Earth. Their Uncle Charlie (Eddie Jones, C.H.U.D.Q the Winged Serpent and Johnathan Kent on TV’s Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman) and Aunt Fay (who did American voices for Gamera the Invincible and Godzilla vs. Hedorah) take them in, getting them to help them operate a gas station and amusement park, which is based on Santa Claus. If you’re willing to accept this entire paragraph and still say, “I’d watch that movie,” congratulations. You’re as goofy as me.

The kids do pretty well in their new life, with Loren instantly hitting it off with Karen, the vivacious daughter of the local sheriff. And Abby starts seeing Mark, who is played by Eric Stoltz, who also made Mask and lasted five weeks as Marty McFly in Back to the Future the same year that this movie was made.

What gives us the dramatic reason for watching this movie? Eddie Dutra (Spader) and his gang suddenly intrude and remind us that Flordia may be the home of Disney, but it’s also the nexus for American death metal. These boys just randomly do coke and make bets as to who will have nonconsensual sex with Abby first.

Dutra and his gang gradually grow more and more vicious, keying cars and even throwing Abby’s beloved pet rabbit’s bloody corpse at her while she attempts to take a shower — a scene that reminds you that Cunningham may be working for a major studio here, but he has roots in exploitation.

Finally, there’s a showdown at the amusement park that the kids call home, with Dutra covering Abby in lighter fluid and throwing lit matches at her (!) while his gang holds her down and fights over who gets to molest her.

It all ends with the bad guys attacked by dogs, thrown from the Ferris wheel, electrocuted and beheaded by bumper cars, and finally, Dutra lit ablaze by a gas pump that he has turned into a flamethrower. No, I don’t think that gas pumps work that way, either.

Becca woke up and came downstairs to watch some of my late night viewing of The New Kids and said, “This is one of those movies where they just show you stuff that happens to people and it’s all horrible. In fact, this movie is horrible. Who would even like this kind of movie?”

This is when my wife learned that I’m the kind of person who would like this kind of movie, which confirmed my theory: no one can be that good at being a lunatic without being a lunatic. There’s some dark stuff in Spader’s closet, right? Well, according to this Movie Web article, every year Spader and Stoltz get together to watch The New Kids together.

The Mill Creek Through the Decades: 1980s Collection has a ton of great movies at an affordable price. It also has Like Father, Like Son, Vice Versa, Little Nikita, Roxanne, PunchlineWho’s Harry Crumb?Blue ThunderSuspect and Band of the Hand. You can get this set from Deep Discount.

MILL CREEK BLU RAY RELEASE: The Skulls, The Skulls II and The Skulls III (2000, 2002, 2004)

The Skulls* (2000): Sure, it’s set in Yale, but that’s Toronto, but otherwise, this is about the Skulls and Bones Society but they’re called the Skulls. Far be it from me to say it’s disinformation, but writer John Pogue (U.S. MarshallsRollerball and the just finished under the radar reimagining of Eraser; he also made Quarantine 2: Terminal and Deep Blue Sea 3) went to Yale, so either he knows something or he just lucked into three movies out of this idea.

Lucas John “Luke” McNamara  (Joshua Jackson) grew up an orphan on the wrong side of the tracks but he still made into Yale on a rowing scholarship which is totally a thing. His only friends are his girlfriend Chloe (Leslie Bibb) and his friend Will (Hill Harper), yet he’s still invited to join one of Yale’s secret societies, the titular Skulls, and made a soulmate with Caleb Mandrake (Paul Walker), a legacy whose father Judge Litten Mandrake (Craig T. Nelson) is still very involved in Skulls business, along with Senator Ames Levritt (William Petersen) and provost Martin Lombard (Christopher McDonald, who is, always, Shooter McGavin).

As you can imagine, the Skulls are so connected that they run the cops, the courts, the government, pretty much anywhere rich people are. They kill Will when he gets too close to exposing their secrets and is killed, which pits Skull brother against Skull brother, Skull father against Skull son and Skull boyfriend against non-Skull girlfriend.

Director Rob Cohen didn’t go to Yale, but he did go to Harvard and Amherst. He followed this movie up with The Fast and the Furious and XXX, so maybe he did have something to do with that whole secret society making its members wealthy thing. Then again, he followed those up with Stealth and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, so maybe he wasn’t in all that tight.

Also, if you ever saw the 1970 TV movie The Brotherhood of the Bell, you may have already seen this movie.

*You can read our original review of this movie here.

The Skulls II (2002): Joe Chappelle is well-regarded for episodes of CSI: NYCSI: Miami and The Wire, but he made this back in 2002, a direct-to-video sequel to the original movie.

Star Robin Dunne, who plays Ryan Sommers, seems to take over for Joshua Jackson in direct-to-video sequels, what with him showing up in Cruel Intentions 2 (and yes, I own it; I am a self-professed sequel lover). He and his best friend Jeff (Christopher Ralph, who was in the Animorphs series) get picked for the Skulls; Jeff is super down, Ryan less so as his older brother Greg (James Gallanders) was a member and it’ll take time away from his demanding girlfriend Ali (Ashley Tesoro).

Ryan and Jeff are punished when a prank goes wrong and end up cleaning the attic of the Skulls’ headquarters, which gives them the perfect view to see senior Skull member Matt “Hutch” Hutchison (Aaron Ashmore) and field hockey team captain Diana Rollins (Margot Gagnon) partying on the roof and that party ends with her falling to her death. But is it real? Or just another part of the initiation?

Ryan’s research ends up taking him to the parents of Will Beckford from the first film who reveal how the Skulls killed their son. Then, his brother is fired from his lawyer job (do the Skulls own The Firm?) and Ali accuses him of assaulting her. Luckily, he can trust Kelly (Lindy Booth) and the two of them — along with Greg — work to undermine the secret society.

This movie may have been Michele Colucci-Zieger’s only writing credit, but her co-writer Hans Rodionoff wrote the two Lost Boys sequels (I have no idea how I haven’t gotten to those yet) and Deep Blue Sea 2.

The Skulls 3 (2004): Taylor Brooks (Clare Kramer, Glory from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is a legacy of the Skulls, as her father Martin (Karl Pruner) and dead brother were both members. Now, she wants to challenge the group and be the first female member, which is a great hook for the story as it’s literally an old boy’s club.

This whole thing has a kinda, sorta giallo structure in that we see the cops trying to solve the case as we arrive in the middle of the story and see flashbacks. Her boyfriend Ethan (Shaun Sipos) also tried to join and was just plain embarrassed that a woman would try to join, so she decides that she totally has to join and I’m all for it.

This is the only full length film that J. Miles Dale has directed, but he’s produced several of Guillermo del Toro’s projects. Written by Joe Johnson, who also scribed Don’t Hang Up, this has one major advantage and it’s Barry Bostwick as the evil elder Skull that puts the whole plot in motion just to advance the military-industrial complex, so they’ve moved on from killing JFK to intimidating high school girls and their absentee fathers.

That said, I liked this way more than I should have. But traditionally I am easy on later sequels of movies I didn’t like so much in the first place, kind of like the kid brothers of bullies that beat me up. We have something in common, as we’ve both had to deal with the older sibling in similar, if different ways, so there’s some kinship. Or when I should beat them up, I realize that the circle of violence — or dunking on bad movies — can stop with me and I can try to find something to like.

You can get all three of The Skulls movies on one blu ray from Mill Creek. While there aren’t any extras, you do get every movie for a low price and can have them in one set, saving you room on your overflowing shelves. Am I speaking to myself? Because trust me, I spent an hour or more today just trying to rearrange things. You can get this from Deep Discount.

MILL CREEK DVD RELEASE: Ancient Alien Enigma (2022)

Mill Creek has been releasing several of these alien and conspiracy related collections, so let’s take a look at one that goes into the idea that mankind was born not from evolution or divine design, but by alien gods from beyond the stars.

AnunnakiAs a stock footage fire blazes on your screen, director, writer and narrator Philip Gardiner explains how giants once ruled our planet and created so much of our history, from the Garden of Eden to the Great Flood and all the secrets of the Book of Enoch. There’s also a long stretch of names being translated. It basically feels like a college course that you get no grade for, just a credit, so if you’re into that and want to know more about alien engineers, this movie is the place to be. You can watch this on Tubi.

Aliens in Egypt: Who really built the pyramids — in the exact places — so quickly? This movie gets into the evidence of high precision machining on Egypt’s Giza plateau, as well as glyphs of futuristic vehicles within the pyramids. Sure, you’ve seen it all before, but if you’d like to have one voice lecture you for an hour on it while still images get the Ken Burns effect, I can’t stop you, right? You can watch this on Tubi.

Alien Encounters in America: UFOs and Extraterrestrial Visitations: This is where the Ancient Alien Enigma set takes a step away from ancient aliens to tell us all about encounters from the late 40’s to today in America. I learned that a series of UFO encounters are called a flap, which I didn’t know before. Funny enough, the cover of this says “Staggering evidence that we are clearly NOT alone.” and it’s credited to OH Krill, author of Montauk Babies. Krill also directed this movie, so even the way it’s being sold to you is a conspiracy.

Alien Contact Outer SpaceStock footage combines with droning narration to create the kind of movie that I love most, one that somehow brings Tesla, the sound of the planets and numbers stations all into one sprawling narrative that just bombards you with facts. Space probes getting pictures of UFOs? Yeah, that’s in here as well. This is the kind of thing I put on and drop out of reality with, the kind of magic narrative that I wish the world was like instead of the sad cloud of bile that I cough through every day. Normal people will be bored by this. I am not normal.

Top 20 Mind Blowing UFO Cases: Aliens and the Biggest Cover-up in HistoryThis is the same extra that is on the Mill Creek Alien Agenda box set. It was my favorite part of that set, despite it being made with the care of a slideshow. I mean, Jackie Gleason investigating UFOs? Aliens attacking Los Angeles? It moves quick, there isn’t much content beyond some photos, but I had a complete blast.

This set is a lot of fun, so if you’re looking for a lot of info to be smashed into your skull for a low price, Mill Creek is ready to deliver. You can get this from Deep Discount.

MILL CREEK DVD RELEASE: New World Order – American Apocalypse (2022)

Man, we were once in a place where this DVD set would have been a cute addition to my collection but I live in 2022 where even conspiracy theory has been ruined. Nothing is fun, but you know, when one of these movies is called 666: New World Order, well, I can still smile through the tears in my eyes.

Anyways, I’m in love with this malicious intent, let’s talk New World Order.

666: New World Order“All the locals hide their tears of regret. Open fire ’cause I love you to death. Sky high, with a heartache of stone. You’ll never see me ’cause I’m always alone.” Yeah, I get it. This isn’t about Ministry. It’s about the elites that really run things, as told by director and writer Philip Gardiner. Supposedly, there’s no real free will, so I was predestined to write about Jess Franco and movies like this. So maybe you can get this and scare yourself into complacency. You can watch this on Tubi.

American Illuminati: Yes, the Illuminati invaded and took control of America from the very beginning with the ultimate goal of a one-world government. I mean, it’s taken them hundreds of years and you can barely convince people to wear a mask when they’re in WalMart, but certainly numerous people can all work together to fool the entire world. You can watch this on Tubi.

American Illuminati 2: I love that the sales copy for this movie claims that “Once you learn these facts, you will never be able to unlearn them. Are you truly ready?” almost as much as the fact that the DVD art looks like a No Limit album cover for the end of the world. I also was going to make an Electric Boogaloo joke, but now racists who want a second civil war have even co-opted the term boogaloo and I’m incensed. What’s so civil about war, anyway?

A War Over RealityIf the Illuminati doesn’t get you, you know what will? Virtual reality. And robots. And grocery delivery. And look, I’ve seen Terminator enough times to be obsessed over Skynet for more than two decades, so everything in this movie made me get constipated I was so upset. I kind of adore, however, that this movie came to me in a high tech way while telling me to be a Luddite, so it is having its cake and eating it too. Well done.

Anyways, you can learn more about this set from Mill Creek on their site or order it from Deep Discount. And I’ll come clean, I totally could have made one of these with the vast amount of conspiracy information that’s currently in my head, which makes me wonder, why didn’t this movie mention that Adam Weishaupt killed George Washington and took his place? What’s the real agenda here? When I walk down the street and my neighbor has a flag that says “Masons built America,” I know he’s not lying and I also don’t think he has any idea what that means.

Then again, James Shelby Downard will always be right: “The eternal pagan psychodrama is escalated under these “modern” conditions precisely because sorcery is not what 20th century man can accept as real.”

MILL CREEK DVD RELEASE: Knights Templar and Freemasons (2022)

The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, the Knights Templar were also known as the Order of Solomon’s Temple. A Catholic military order founded in 1119 and based in the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, where they protected pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land.

Beyond their skill in battle, 90% of the Templars were non-combatant members that invented the concept of banking and were the first multi-national corporation ever. This gave them great power and led to their demise, as King Philip IV of France was deeply in debt to the order.

Their power had led to distrust, which he used to destroy them and erase his debt. He arrested and tortured several members of the order, burning them at the stake and pushing Pope Clement V to disband them. The date that he started his plan — Friday, October 13 1307 — is one of the reasons why Friday the 13th is considered a cursed day.

The claim was that the Templars made new members spit on the Cross, deny Christ and engage in indecent kissing. They were also accused of worshipping false idols and engaging in homosexuality, as well as potentially having their own religion based around the demon Baphomet and speaking to the mummified head of John the Baptist, which they found in a the Holy Land.

Despite all the torture, Grand Master Jacques de Molay was defiant, even demanding to face Notre Dame as he was burned at the stake, condemning both Pope Clement V and King Phillip by saying, “God knows who is wrong and has sinned. Soon a calamity will occur to those who have condemned us to death.”

They’d both be dead within a year.

Today, the Roman Catholic Church states that the trial of the Knights Templar was unjust, that nothing was inherently wrong with the order and that Pope Clement was forced by King Philip to attack them as he was a relative of the king.

In pop culture, we’ve seen the Templars show up in everything from the Blind Dead movies to National Treasure, The Da Vinci CodeIndiana Jones and the Last Crusade and so many conspiracy documentaries, like the four on this new Mill Creek DVD.

Did the Templars have the Holy Grail or the Ark of the Covenant? Did they become warlocks in the service of a demon they found in the Temple of Solomon? What treasures did they have from their battles in the Holy Land?

Let’s see if these films have the answer.

Knights Templar: Rise and Fall: Director Philip Gardiner has made more than a hundred conspiracy movies and this one concerns how the Holy Grail, the Ark of the Covenant and even the bloodline of Jesus Christ has been linked to the warrior holy men. It also gets into the shocking artifact that the Templars found buried deep beneath the Temple of Solomon and how they protected mankind’s greatest secret of all.

Gardiner, OH Krill (who appears on plenty of conspiracy-related movies) and Paul Hughes all appear within this doc which gives a pretty decent overview of the order. You can watch this on Tubi.

Legend of the Grail: Philip Gardiner and OH Krill return for a deep exploration about what the Holy Grail truly was. Was it the cup that Jesus drank from? A cauldron used for dark magic? The bloodline of Jesus? Or was it from ancient aliens or even Atlantis?

Did the Holy Grail exist before — and was already magical — before it was used to collect the blood of Jesus. That’s one fact that you’ll learn here, as well as how it contains a secret so powerful that it could destroy the religion that has been built around Christ. You can watch this on Tubi.

Illuminati: The Grand Illusion: Ah, it used to be so quaint and fun to consider that there was a secret society that ran the world before everyone took things way too far. I feel like conspiracies the way that I used to feel about bands that sold out. I liked the first Illuminati album way better.

If you follow this film’s logic — which claims no credits on IMDB — practically every single one of us is controlled by an ancient order that has even controlled the way America was created from the very beginning of our country.

If you want to know their symbols and how they want a one world government, this is a pretty decent overview. But man, the Illuminati is practically normal compared to the idea that JFK has come back from the dead and will appear in Dallas, right?

Angels, Demons and FreemasonsNow we’re getting into what I love. Just look at this description: “Who runs the world? Is there a shadow world of powerful and elite men pulling the strings of our global society? If so, when did it originate and why? What is the real significance of Rosslyn Chapel? What were the Templars, Assassins, Druids, Augurs, Sufi’s and many more really planning for all of mankind?”

They also claim that this features cutting edge CGI and yes, for 2008, perhaps.

But hey — I’m always down to learn more about this, even if Dan Brown, whose books and movies popularized these myths stole everything from Holy Blood, Holy Grail.

You can get Knights Templar and Freemasons from Deep Discount and learn more on the Mill Creek site. It’s a lot of conspiracy for not a lot of money, but make sure to flip over your dollar so the all seeing eye doesn’t know what you’re doing.

MILL CREEK DVD RELEASE: Alien Agenda (2022)

I spent my childhood both fascinated by aliens and alternatively terrorized by them, enjoying Battlestar Galactica on a Sunday night and then staying up all night watching the skies, the Project Blue Book square up reel at the end sending me into a spiral of anxiety and sheer mania, sure that at any time that I would be abducted and taken away to my true home planet never to see my Earth family again.

I’ve spent so much time studying UFOs so Mill Creek’s four — actually five — documentary release Alien Agenda feels like coming back home to see some old friends.

Abducted by Aliens: UFO Encounters of the 4th Kind: This movie asks, are we being taken by beings from outer space or another dimension? While abductions have taken place for centuries, now the question comes up, what if our own government is aware of abductions and is powerless to prevent it?

While we may never know the full agenda of the beings responsible for alien abductions, each case — this movie claims — gets us closer to disclosure.

Directed by J. Michael Long, who has made 46 of these movies, and written by Warren Croyle, who has produced more than 400 of them, this film gathers several abductees to tell their stories. You can also watch this on Tubi.

Alien Reptilian LegacyMan, I’ve been tracking David Icke since the late 90s/early 00s and it’s amazing how his reptilian theories were once laughed at and now seem as if they’re some of the most realistic of all Q conspiracies. Man, the world has changed and I won’t lie — what was once fun to explore, now conspiracies are as tiresome as being in a room with a bunch of fundamentalists.

This Chris Turner film even has Icke in it as it explores the presence of “a supreme and nefarious inter-dimensional intelligence that has been manipulating mankind for centuries.” Shadow people? Lizard humans? Shape changers?  This one has it all. It’s also on Tubi.

Alien Mind Control: The UFO Enigma: Directed and written by Dan Marrow and Dan Marro, who may or may not be the same person — conspiracy within a conspiracy! — this one is all about individuals who claim to have had life-altering UFO encounters and the psychic abilities they gained like prophetic dreams, clairvoyance and astral projection.

Remember how I said I used to stare out and wish that I was abducted? Man, I’m jealous of these experiencers. Then again, I always thought aliens were using probes on our bodies, not our minds, so maybe I actually did learn something from this. You can watch it on Tubi.

Alien Agenda Planet Earth: Rulers of Time and SpaceWritten by OH Krill — how’s that for an alien name? –and directed by Anthony and Robert D. Miles, this movie has an extended interview with Stephen Bassett, who we were lucky enough to interview a few years back. It also has Richard Dolan and Stanton Friedman, making this the best overall movie in the set.

The shocking truth with be revealed about aliens, like how Fastwalker is the NORAD (North American Air Defense Command) code word used to classify unidentified flying objects (UFOs) approaching Earth from outer space and entering our atmosphere. You can watch this on Tubi.

Top 20 Mind Blowing UFO Cases: Aliens and the Biggest Cover-up in HistoryThis is my favorite part of the set, despite it being made with the care of a slideshow. I mean, Jackie Gleason investigating UFOs? Aliens attacking Los Angeles? It moves quick, there isn’t much content beyond some photos, but I had a complete blast.

In short, if you love UFOs or just like documentaries about them, this is a well-priced way for you to get lots of content. You can get this from Deep Discount and learn more on the Mill Creek site.

Mill Creek Through the Decades: 1970s Collection recap

The Mill Creek’s Through the Decades: 1970s Collection is a great set. But you know us — we love Mill Creek. To learn more info on this one, check out their here or order it from Deep Discount.

This collection of 1970s Columbia movies is definitely worth the price, as is their Through the Decades: 1960s Collection.  Click on any of the titles of these films to see our full review:

The Owl and the Pussycat (1970) – A stuffy author enters into an explosive relationship with his neighbor, a foul-mouthed, freewheeling prostitute.

A Walk in The Spring Rain (1970) – The Merediths move to an isolated farm. Mrs. Meredith and the neighbor Will Cade become friends and anticipate becoming lovers.

$ (Dollars) (1970) – A bank security expert plots with a call girl to rob three safety deposit boxes containing $1.5 million in cash belonging to three very different criminals from a high-tech security bank in Hamburg, Germany.

The Anderson Tapes (1971) – After Duke Anderson is released from prison after ten years for taking the rap for a scion of a Mafia family, he cashes in a debt of honor with the mob to bankroll a caper.

Brother John (1971) – A man who returns to his hometown for a funeral may have a much larger purpose in life than those around him can see.

The Horsemen (1971) – Drama depicting rural life in contemporary Afghanistan and the Afghani people’s love for an ancient traditional sport similar to horseback polo.

Gumshoe (1971) – Nightclub comedian Eddie Ginley puts an ad in the paper as a private eye. The case he gets turns out to be a strange setup and as he digs to the bottom of it his life starts falling apart.

The Last Detail (1973) – Two Navy men are ordered to bring a young offender to prison, but decide to show him one last good time along the way.

The Stone Killer (1973) – A top New York detective is sent to Los Angeles where he must solve a case involving an old Sicilian Mafia family feud.

For Pete’s Sake (1974) – A housewife tries to finance her cab-driving husband’s education.

Fun With Dick and Jane (1977) – When an upwardly mobile couple finds themselves unemployed and in debt, they turn to armed robbery in desperation.

Mill Creek Through the Decades: 1970s Collection: The Last Detail (1973)

Navy lifers Signalman First Class Billy “Badass” Buddusky (Jack Nicholson) and Gunner’s Mate First Class Richard “Mule” Mulhall (Otis Young) have been given orders they’re not happy with: escorting Seaman Larry Meadows (Randy Quaid) to Portsmouth Naval Prison so he can serve eight years in the brig for stealing $40 from a charity fund.

They have a week to get him from Virginia to Maine and if they fail, they will be kicked out of the Navy, losing all of their benefits, pay and pension.

A funny thing happens. They end up liking the kid and decide to show him a good time before giving him over to serve his sentence. What follows are several episodes in their journey, like Meadows trying to see his mother one last time, ice skating, a bar brawl, an encounter with Buddhists at a party, paying (twice) for Meadows first sexual experience and finally taking him in.

With a cast that includes Nancy Allen, Gilda Radner, Luana Anders, Clifton James (Cool Hand Luke and Sheriff J.W. Pepper in Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun), Carol Kane and Michael Moriarty, I’m left wondering, did I cast this movie?

When Robert Towne wrote the script, he ended up facing a Hollywood that didn’t understand all of the profanity. Then again, there were 342 f words in the first five minutes. Once Jack Nicholson became a star, it became easier to get made, and the actor brought director Hal Ashby on board. The production stalled for a year and a half while the star made The King of Marvin Gardens, with Columbia Pictures’ Peter Guber wanting the team to move on and make it with Burt Reynolds, Jim Brown and David Cassidy. Luckily, everyone — including producer Gerry Ayres — stuck together, even when Ashby had a marijuana bust in Canada. Sadly, the script had been written for Nicholson and Rupert Crosse, who died from cancer before the movie could be made.

Still, Columbia was unhappy with how long the movie took to edit and how much profanity remained in the final cut. They wanted 26 lines to be cut and at the end, there were 65 uses of the f word, breaking records for swearing. Ashby talked Columbia into previewing the movie for a real audience to see how they would react and they loved it. And then when Nicholson won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival, they finally did a limited release of the film.

The actor said, “I like the idea of winning at Cannes with The Last Detail, but not getting our own Academy Award hurt real bad. I did it in that movie, that was my best role.”

Through the Decades: 1970s Collection is new from Mill Creek. It also has A Walk In the Spring Rain, DollarsFun With Dick and JaneThe Owl and PussycatFor Pete’s Sake, The Anderson TapesThe HorsemenThe Stone KillerBrother John and Gumshoe. You can learn more on their site and order it from Deep Discount.

Mill Creek Through the Decades: 1970s Collection: Gumshoe (1971)

The Atlantis Bookshop is an esoteric bookshop that’s been the center of London’s occult scene since it opened in 1921. It’s where the “Father of Wicca” Gerald Gardner attended meetings of The Order of the Hidden Masters and the shop even published his first book. It continues to be a nexus point for magic users and is featured prominently in Gumshoe, a movie that has some magic of its own as Eddie Ginley (Albert Finney) dreams of escaping his bingo hall reality and becoming a detective like in the books he reads. When he places an ad for his detective services as a birthday joke, he discovers himself in the middle of an actual case that may involve his family.

Featuring the first music score for a film by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gumshoe‘s drug scenes kept it from being released on video until 2009. It was the debut film of director Stephen Frears (The GriftersDangerous LiaisonsHigh Fidelity) and was written by Neville Smith, who also plays Arthur in this movie.

There was a big revival of hard boiled detective films and film noir at the start of the 70s and this film does a great job of showing how one man can become lost in the dream of what it would be like to live in their world.

Through the Decades: 1970s Collection is new from Mill Creek. It also has A Walk In the Spring Rain, DollarsFun With Dick and JaneThe Owl and PussycatFor Pete’s Sake, The Anderson TapesThe HorsemenThe Stone KillerBrother John and The Last Detail. You can learn more on their site and order it from Deep Discount.

Mill Creek Through the Decades: 1970s Collection: Brother John (1971)

If racist white audiences were upset when Sidney Poitier retaliated and slapped back the plantation owner in In the Heat of the Night, they had to have had a meltdown when this time, a cop challenges him and he proceeds to complete emasculate the man without breaking a sweat.

Seriously, I was not prepared for this movie, a film in which Poitier plays a man of mystery who just may be the literal angel of death returning every time a family member dies in his small southern hometown when he isn’t showing up for moments of death and destruction all over the world.

This movie wasn’t well-considered when it came out and you know, I completely believe those critics were fools. Author Scott Woods wrote an essay, “Brother John: Reclaiming the Blackest Movie Ever,” in which he said, “In 1971 black people were fresh off several assassinations of people who stood firm in their interests and were starting to resign themselves to the reality that desegregation without enforceability was still segregation. Brother John did not beat what audiences it was able to muster over the head with its wisdom, but it was too much for people to transpose themselves into. Poitier perhaps did his job too well. Poitier wanted to do Brother John but America needed him to do Brother John . And then no one went to see it. Brother John has it all, and does all things well: civil rights, racism, classism, toxic masculinity, black love, house parties, homecooked funeral rites. You haven’t celebrated Black History Month properly until you’ve seen this film. Brother John is a perfect black film, both for its time and now, generating even more resonance as we walk every day in a world aflame with hate and neglect.”

It was written by Ernest Kinoy, who was a POW in World War II in the slave labor camp at Berga before making it back to America and becoming a writer for the radio shows Dimension X and X Minus One, eventually making his way to movies and TV, with Roots and the TV series The Defenders being his best-known scripts. Brother John was directed by James Goldstone, who was the director for episodes of Star Trek and The Outer Limits before working on movies like They Only Kill Their Masters, Rollercoaster and Jigsaw.

This movie is worth the entire price of this set.

Through the Decades: 1970s Collection is new from Mill Creek. It also has A Walk In the Spring Rain, DollarsFun With Dick and JaneThe Owl and PussycatFor Pete’s Sake, The Anderson TapesThe HorsemenThe Stone KillerGumshoe and The Last Detail. You can learn more on their site and order it from Deep Discount.