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Yours, Mine, and Ours (1968) (Blu-ray)

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Here's the story of a lovely lady who was bringing up threefour very lovely girls...and four boys. Recently-widowed Helen (Lucille Ball) is instantly taken with handsome Navy warrant officer Frank Beardsley (Henry Fonda) when they meet-cute at the commissary, but she'd love to get through at least one night out before breaking the news that she's the mother of eight children. Little does she know that Frank, himself a widower, has her beat: he's a father of ten and woefully out of his depth. Forget about the "...and they knew that it was much more than a hunch" part of the song; Helen and Frank both agree that this should be their first and last date. Eighteen kids between 'em? That'd be nuts! ...but, well, maybe "nuts" is just what the doctor ordered.

Based on the real-life North and Beardsley broods, Yours, Mine, and Ours was a colossal success when it roared into theaters in 1968, and it's not at all hard to see why. I love the way it shatters the fourth wall, with Frank and fellow Naval officer Darrel Harrison (Van Johnson) both staring directly into the camera and addressing the audience. It's neat to see how tightly the Navy is woven into this narrative, complete with spectacular shots of jets taking off and an aerial view of an aircraft carrier, with Henry Fonda sharing the frame all the while. The only way to successfully manage a household this massive is through discipline and organization, and there are some clever ways in which Frank draws from his Naval experiences to help with that. Yours, Mine, and Ours is wonderfully cast, as if you need more than Ball, Fonda, and Johnson's names on the bill to tell you that. The central romance is...[read the entire Blu-ray review of Yours, Mine, and Ours (1968)]

H.G. Wells' The Shape of Things to Come (Blu-ray)
Dateline! The tomorrow after tomorrow. What's left of mankind has largely shuffled away from a no-longer-habitable Earth -- great robot wars will do that -- and has largely relocated to a series of domed cities on the lunar surface. Even many of those who survived didn't escape from those wars unscathed. Radiation poisoning runs rampant, kept in check only through the miracle of RADIC-Q-2: a drug produced solely on the far-flung planet of Delta Three. Oh, look! Another shipment of RADIC is arriving in that massive space-freighter right now. Wait, the ship isn't responding to hails. There's no trace of life aboard. It's loaded with explosives and (gulp!) bearing down on the capitol of New Washington. A speedy evacuation underground keeps the body count to a minimum, but the city lay in ruins. That's all according to plan. Omus (Jack Palance) doesn't want to slaughter those who call the moon home; he seeks to rule them. He will be declared Supreme Commander of the moon, what's left of Earth, and all extraplanetary colonies and outposts. Otherwise, more freighters will make a suicide run towards the moon, and not so much as a single tablet of RADIC will ever find its way off Delta Three.

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What should we do, LOMAX? The governing super-computer advises against retaliation in favor of...well, nothing, I guess. Dr. John Caball (Barry Morse) has never been one to march in lockstep with the rules, so he swipes an experimental space craft and makes a beeline towards Delta Three. Joining him are his son Jason (Nicholas Campbell), the daughter (Sledge Hammer!'s Anne-Marie Martin) of one of his most vocal opponents, and their cloying, doofy robot pal Sparks. This untested ship probably wouldn't survive the trek to Delta Three under the best of...[read the entire Blu-ray review of H.G. Wells' The Shape of Things to Come]

The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (Blu-ray)
"Doesn't it seem strange for the doctor to bury his wife in his laboratory?"
"Yes, but you must admit that the good doctor is a little strange himself, isn't he?"

If you only knew.

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Dr. Bernard Hichcock (Robert Flemyng) has devoted himself to perfecting an anaesthetic of his own concoction -- one that allows him to engage in medical procedures no one else in the late 19th century would dare attempt. When these surgeries are a roaring success, as they so often are, he's hailed as a hero. When they don't...well, sometimes it leaves the good doctor with a new plaything in the morgue. You see, Dr. Hichcock is a necrophiliac, and his sexual fascination with lifeless, immobile women extends to his own bedchamber. The good doctor has been routinely injecting his own wife (Teresa Fitzgerald) with this anaesthetic, sending her into a sleep so deep as to be indistinguishable from death. Dr. Hichcock increases the potency of his concoction for work and play until one tragic evening, an injection doesn't simulate death so much as cause it.

Devastated by the loss of his Margaret, Dr. Hichcock can no longer bear the sight of his palatial home. He instructs his housekeeper (Harriet White Medin) -- who'd assisted in her master's unspeakable pleasures -- to care for the estate in his absence. As the saying goes, time heals all wounds, and Hichcock does one day muster the strength to return: this time with a new wife, Cynthia (Barbara Steele), by his side. She doesn't take to her new home. Shrill screams. Ominous footsteps. The sound of someone -- or something -- attempting to open her door as she lay in bed...a bed that was once Margaret's. The housekeeper's gaze locked upon a towering portrait of the late Mrs. Hichcock. The sight of a figure in white dashing through...[read the entire Blu-ray review of The Horrible Dr. Hichcock]

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Stuff I've Watched Recently

  • 9/22: Dead End Drive-In (Special Edition) (Blu-ray)
  • 9/21: Yours, Mine and Ours (Blu-ray)
  • 9/20: The Brides of Dracula (Blu-ray)
  • 9/19: The Shape of Things to Come (Blu-ray)
  • 9/15: The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (Blu-ray)
  • 9/13: The Monster of Piedras Blancas (Blu-ray)
  • 9/11: The Iron Giant: Signature Edition (BD) (Blu-ray)
  • 9/7: Ash vs Evil Dead - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray; Commentary)
  • 9/4: Charade (The Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray)
  • 8/28: A Hard Day's Night (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray + DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • 8/25: Sausage Party (Theatrical)
  • 8/22: Beauty and the Beast (Three-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging) (Blu-ray)
  • 8/21: Ratchet & Clank (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) (Blu-ray)
  • 8/20: The Decoy Bride (Hdtv)
  • 8/19: The Bloodstained Butterfly (2-Disc Special Edition) (Blu-ray; Commentary)
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Movies I've Acquired Recently

  • 9/22: The Hills Have Eyes (1977) (Limited Edition) (Blu-ray)
  • 9/22: Dead End Drive-In (Special Edition) (Blu-ray)
  • 9/14: Hammer Horror 8-Film Collection (Blu-ray)
  • 9/12: The Shape of Things to Come (Blu-ray)
  • 9/12: The Monster of Piedras Blancas (Blu-ray)
  • 9/12: Yours, Mine and Ours (Blu-ray)
  • 9/12: The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (Blu-ray)
  • 8/28: X-men: Apocalypse 4k Ultra Hd (Uhd)
  • 8/23: The Walking Dead, Season 6 (Blu-ray)
  • 8/19: It Came from Outer Space! (3D) (Blu-ray)
  • 8/12: Ratchet & Clank (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) (Blu-ray)
  • 8/12: Marvel's Captain America: Civil War (3D BD+BD+Digital HD) (Blu-ray)
  • 8/11: The Bloodstained Butterfly (2-Disc Special Edition) (Blu-ray)
  • 8/11: Microwave Massacre (2-Disc Special Edition) (Blu-ray)
  • 8/11: Ash vs Evil Dead - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
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