Welcome back! Well, to some of you, anyway. To the rest of you, glad you decided to stop by and I hope this humble column helps you navigate the stacks of new releases each week. My goal is to point you toward titles of interest and warn you away from those films that seek to do nothing but leech away your time and give you nothing in return.
Full disclosure: I have not seen many of these titles, and what follows are not necessarily reviews, but opinions based upon what I know of the titles I pluck from the new release lists I peruse. The opinions I give based on the new releases are my own, and my recommendations are based on my personal interest. In any case, I hope you enjoy and perhaps find something you like or a title to point me towards.
This week there was no single title that jumped out at me. However, there is a trio of compilations coming out that look fantastic, and if I didn't already own many of the titles I would be jumping all over them.
TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Murder Mysteries (The Maltese Falcon / The Big Sleep / Dial M for Murder / The Postman Always Rings Twice). This is the set most likely to find its way to my collection, seeing as I only have two of the films, The Maltese Falcon and Dial M for Murder. This a really nice collection. I am a particular fan of The Maltese Falcon, which is worth the cost of this set on its own (just $20 at Amazon). If you are looking for some classic mysteries, you can't go wrong with this set.
TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Science Fiction (2001: A Space Odyssey / Soylent Green / Forbidden Planet / The Time Machine). If murder mysteries are not your thing, perhaps science fiction is. This set gives a nice cross-section of classic science fiction, with the undeniable classic 2001, the fantastic Shakespeare in space of Forbidden Planet, the Heston romp Soylent Green, and the HG Wells adaptation, The Time Machine. A variety of styles, all well worth your time.