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Despite some creaky plot points, Bad Girl (1931) holds up well. Filmed before Hollywood imposed a self-censorship code on its productions, Bad Girl is an emotionally, socially, sexually frank glimpse of working-class life and gender mores at the dawn of the Great Depression. With sly humor that remains funny after all these years, Bad Girl lays bare the cruel misogyny of its time and poses the still relevant question of balancing childrearing and professional success.
Depeche Mode: Video Singles Collection
Depeche Mode made good use of the nascent music video medium during the â80s-MTV era. The three-DVD Video Singles Collection amasses more than 50 videos, many directed by respected filmmakers-videographers such as Julien Temple and Anton Corbijn. The best of Depeche Modeâs songs were melodic, compact gems built on post-Kraftwerk electronics; the best of their videos presented visual stories that alluded vaguely to the lyrics. The hits are here, including âSee Youâ and âPeople are People.â
Man of the World: The Peter Green Story
The Fleetwood Mac that went platinum in the â70s had almost no connection with the Fleetwood Mac that emerged in the â60s. The first incarnation, led by the brilliant guitarist Peter Green, is the focus of this documentary. Steeped in blues, Green retained a blues feeling as his creativity expanded into less charted fields. Unfortunately, he left the band after being damaged by too much LSD. He is interviewed here, along with family and band members.
Alfred Hitchcockâs The Lodger (1927) was among the most memorable Jack the Ripper films. Out on Blu-ray, director John Brahmâs 1944 remake starred Laird Cregar as an unsubtly disturbed prowler on the foggy gas-lit London streets who takes rooms in a respectable house. The sight of beautiful women unhinges him, especially his landlordâs lovely niece (Merle Oberon). No mystery that Cregar is the Ripper: The suspense lies in whether heâll get caught before he kills again.
âThe Red Skelton Hour: in Colorâ
Red Skelton is remembered as a creature of the black-and-white era, but this three-DVD set culls from his final years, the 1960s, when color television entered middle-class homes. Skelton was a gifted performerâclown, elf, mime and stand-up comic whose barrage of one-liners sometimes looked improvised. The programs followed the eraâs variety show format with a live orchestra, song and dance routines and a bevy of guest stars including Vincent Price, Phyllis Diller and Boris Karloff.