Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Look no further! We at Olive Films have a dad-approved movie that’s sure to wow the father figure in your life. He’ll love being able to sit down and enjoy his favorite old movies all over again on DVD and Blu-ray with the whole family. No matter what his tastes are, we can help you find something in our catalogue sure to make him happy!
THE RETURN OF DRACULA (1958)
If your father is a fan of 1950s horror, this LA-based twist on the classic vampire tale will really hit the spot. In fact, he might remember seeing it at the Drive-In, where its brief color shot inserts shocked audiences. In The Return of Dracula, Francis Lederer (Terror is a Man) stars as the titular Count – this time using the pseudonym Bellac Gordal – as he travels from his Transylvania home to the United States. In the guise of being a distant relative on vacation, The Count takes up residence at the home of the Mayberry family in sunny California. Quicker than you can say “I like my stake rare,” The Count … er … Gordal is up to his old nocturnal tricks and comes under the scrutiny of young Rachel Mayberry (Norma Eberhardt, Problem Girls), whom Gordal has set his sights on.
The Return of Dracula is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
LITTLE FAUSS AND BIG HALSY (1970)
Your father will flip for the forgotten gem Little Fauss and Big Halsy, a film directed by Sidney J. Furie starring Robert Redford, Michael J. Pollard, and supermodel Lauren Hutton. Following the motorcycle racing circuit, the film provides an interesting take on the counterculture bike films of its time. It boasts a soundtrack of songs by Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Bob Dylan. The screenplay, which was one of the first film scripts to be published as a hardcover book, was written by Charles Eastman.
Little Fauss and Big Halsy is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
If your father is a fan of country music, he’ll love seeing all his favorite musicians in this 1986 version of the famous story. Paying homage to the 1939 classic and 1966 version of the tale, Stagecoach tells the story of a group of passengers, a cross-cultural mix that includes Doc Holliday (Willie Nelson), the Ringo Kid (Kris Kristofferson), Marshal Curly Wilcox (Johnny Cash), and Hatfield (Waylon Jennings), aboard the outward-bound Overland Express stagecoach. Also making appearances in the film are John Schneider, Elizabeth Ashley, Anthony Franciosa, Anthony Newley, Merritt Butrick, Mary Crosby, June Carter Cash, Jessi Colter, and David Allan Coe.
Stagecoach (1986) is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR, DADDY? (1966)
This is a war comedy for the ages, and with a great mixture of hilarious antics and involved themes, it’s the perfect viewing for the whole family. Blake Edwards (The Pink Panther) directs a stellar cast led by James Coburn (The Great Escape) in the rollicking comedy What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? Sicily, World War II: A group of American soldiers assigned to occupy a Sicilian village find that the locals have no resistance to being occupied, as long as they are allowed to carry on with a planned festival and the ensuing celebration. Complications arise when Allied forces meet Axis powers with comic results.
What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
ARMORED ATTACK and THE NORTH STAR (1943/1957)
Here’s an interesting piece of history that’s ripe for rediscovery: Armored Attack and The North Star. At the the end of the school year, five friends from rural Ukraine travel to Kiev. Their trip is cut short when German aircraft attacks and their town falls under occupation. While many in the town run to the hills to form a resistance group, a German doctor begins to use the children for medial experiments and as sources of blood for transfusions benefiting Nazi soldiers. Directed by Lewis Milestone, this story of valiant resistance stars Dana Andrews, Anne Baxter, and Walter Huston. At its release in 1943, The North Star was nominated for six Oscars. Then in 1957, during the thick of the Cold War, the film was rereleased as Armored Attack! The changes included removal of original references to the allied Russian military as well as the addition of an overtly anti-Communist narration. The Olive DVD and Blu-ray feature both cuts of the film.
The North Star / Armored Attack is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
This beloved 60s period piece (made in 1975) is an essential part of film history, with equal shares of comedy and heart. Set in 1964 Chicago, Cooley High is a slice-of-life tale of high school students coping with the challenges of everyday life growing up in the shadows of the Cabrini Green housing project. Preach and Cochise are best friends who see their lives irrevocably changed by circumstance in this dramatic comedy, featuring a stellar soundtrack of Motown hits to set the immersive atmosphere.
Cooley High is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
COMMANDO CODY: SKY MARSHAL OF THE UNIVERSE (1955)
This tv series-turned-serial is a nostalgic treasure for any Sci-Fi loving fathers. Commando Cody, the venerable Sky Marshal of the Universe (Judd Holdren), along with trusted aids (Aline Towne, William Schallert, Richard Crane), must foil the various schemes of The Ruler (Gregory Gay), an evil alien life form hellbent on taking over Earth. All twelve pulse-pounding episodes of Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe) are in the DVD and Blu-ray from Olive Films, now available for your nostalgic home viewing pleasure.
Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
HISTOIRE(S) DU CINEMA (1989-1999)
Is your father figure a cinephile who might prefer a slightly more highbrow gift? Get him our beautiful 2-Disc set of Godard’s Histoire(s) du Cinema. Consisting of eight episodes made over a period of ten years, it is an extraordinary look at the medium of cinema through the eyes of its groundbreaking filmmaker. Hugely ambitious in scope, the series covers a wide range of topics from the birth of cinema to Italian neorealism to Hollywood and beyond. A dazzling montage of sight and sound, Histoire(s) du Cinema features a diverse array of film extracts, voices that include Juliette Binoche and Alfred Hitchcock, and an eclectic soundtrack ranging from Beethoven to Leonard Cohen.
Histoire(s) du Cinema is available on DVD.
PORK CHOP HILL (1959)
We’re concluding our gift guide for Dad with a time-tested war flick filled to the brim with his favorite stars. As the Korean War rages, efforts being led to recapture Pork Chop Hill are thwarted at every turn. While leading his infantry forward to gain control of the hill, Lieutenant Joe Clemons (Gregory Peck) finds himself standing at a crossroad: with only 25 soldiers remaining out of an original 135-man unit, he is faced with abandoning the mission (a mission that his superiors are unwilling to concede) or face what may well be certain death. Pork Chop Hill was directed by Lewis Milestone and co-stars George Peppard, Rip Torn, and Woody Strode.
Pork Chop Hill is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
June 9, 2017