Stylized suspense, swashbuckling swordplay and fanciful Arabian nights intrigues are the key ingredients of the four scintillating Twilight Time widescreen offerings for October. These include a rousing if lesser-known Robin Hood tale from England’s versatile, genre-sampling Hammer Studios; a colorful screen adaptation of a fabled 1824 novel chronicling the ancient adventures of a Persian barber and the royal princess he rescues and woos; a well regarded Italian giallo thriller concerning a mysteriously paralyzed reporter who recalls in unnervingly gripping detail the events that lead up to his being mistaken for dead; and a star-studded investigation of murder and romantic deception among the Manhattan theater scene smart set. Whether in Cinemascope, Megascope or Techniscope, the entertainment scope covered by this fabulous quartet of ripe-for-revisitation titles looms large, lively and lovely in scrupulously mastered 1080p high definition.
Marking their North American hi-def Blu-ray arrivals October 16 are: The Adventures of Hajji Baba (1954, its first authorized home video disc appearance), starring John Derek, Elaine Stewart, Thomas Gomez and Amanda Blake, directed by Don Weis, score by Dimitri Tiomkin; Black Widow (1954), starring Ginger Rogers, Van Heflin, Gene Tierney and George Raft, directed by Nunnally Johnson, score by Leigh Harline; Short Night of Glass Dolls (1971, aka La corta notte della bambole di vetro), starring Ingrid Thulin, Jean Sorel, Mario Adorf and Barbara Bach, directed by Aldo Lado, score by Ennio Morricone, in both original Italian with English subtitles and English-dubbed versions; and Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960), starring Richard Greene, Peter Cushing, Niall McGinnis and Oliver Reed, directed by Terence Fisher, score by Alun Hoddinot. Details of each title will follow in September.