The Warner Archive has a number of new DVD releases for January 2013, including the 1969 "The Illustrated Man" anthology based on the works of Ray Bradbury. Other new releases this month star Boris Karloff, the Dead End Kids, and Robert Taylor, and the latest additions to the Archive also include more recent films from the 1970s through the 1990s. Here are a few of the newest DVDs on offer from the Archive.
"The Dead End Kids on Dress Parade" (1939) and "Hell's Kitchen" (1939) make a double feature starring the assortment of juvenile actors collectively known as the Dead End Kids, who are probably most familiar to viewers today for their appearance in the 1938 James Cagney gangster drama, "Angels with Dirty Faces." The Kids made their debut in "Dead End" (1937), starring Sylvia Sidney, Joel McCrea, and Humphrey Bogart, but they went on to make several pictures of their own. In "The Dead End Kids on Dress Parade," the Kids trade their usual slums for a military academy, while "Hell's Kitchen" puts the boys in the a violent reform school. Release date: January 22, 2013.
"The Illustrated Man" (1969) - Ray Bradbury's sci-fi story anthology gets a cinematic adaptation from director Jack Smight, with Rod Steiger and Claire Bloom in the lead roles. The release serves as a poignant tribute to the legendary author, who died in June last year at the age of 91. Release date: January 22, 2013.
"Angels in the Outfield" (1951) - This family-friendly baseball classic mixes comedy and fantasy in the story of a team that experiences divine intervention. Clarence Brown directs a cast that includes Paul Douglas, Janet Leigh, Keenan Wynn, Spring Byington, and Bruce Bennett, as well as cameo appearances by Joe DiMaggio and Ty Cobb. Release date: January 22, 2013.
Other new releases for January 22 include "Tip on a Dead Jockey" (1957), "Return of the Gunfighter" (1967), "The Bill Engvall Show" (2008 - 2009), and "Othello" (1995). Releases from earlier in the month include "The Silk Express" (1933), "Death in Small Doses" (1957), and a triple feature of films starring horror icon Boris Karloff.
Jennifer Garlen writes as the Huntsville and National Classic Movies Examiner. Her book, "Beyond Casablanca: 100 Classic Movies Worth Watching," is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com.