TCM Spotlight: Boris Karloff - Before he gained notoriety as “The Monster” in the Frankenstein movies, Boris Karloff appeared in more than 75 feature films and serials. Three of those early classics are now coming to DVD for the first time ever in Karloff Criminal Kind, a new exclusive collection from Turner Classic Movies (TCM).
The Karloff Criminal Kind collection will also feature an introduction by TCM host Robert Osborne. On-screen digital bonus materials include publicity stills, lobby cards, movie posters and more. The set includes fully restored and re-mastered editions of The Criminal Code (1931), The Guilty Generation (1931) and Behind the Mask (1932).
The Criminal Code (1931) – In this thriller directed by Howard Hawks, Boris Karloff plays a prisoner who is both a ruthless killer and a steadfast friend to other convicts – as long as they maintain the prisoners’ code of silence. Walter Huston stars as the tough-but-fair warden, with Phillips Holmes as the man who falls for the warden’s daughter. The adapted screenplay by Seton I. Miller and Fred Niblo Jr. earned an Oscar® nomination.
The Guilty Generation (1931) – This Prohibition-era twist on Romeo & Juliet casts Karloff as a notorious bootlegger whose son falls in love with the daughter of his mortal enemy, played by Leo Carillo. Robert Young and Constance Cummings play the star-crossed lovers under the direction of Rowland V. Lee.
Behind the Mask (1932) – Karloff is a small-time criminal who helps a federal agent (Jack Holt) bust a narcotics syndicate whose leader’s identity is not even known to his own henchman. Constance Cummings co-stars, with John Francis Dillon directing.
Available only through TCM’s online store, Karloff Criminal Kind will be released as part of the TCM Vault Collection on Monday, May 20.
GRIMM I am a week behind in keeping everyone on the up and up in each episode. Fortunately I was able to catch up just in time for this week sizzling episode Ring of Fire. Not only are we going to see an interesting new Wesen–Adalind (Coffee) is creating a fire all her own. We all know she is “powerless” for now. Nick (Giuntoli) planted a bloody lip embrace on her last season. Somehow I knew she would do anything to not only get her powers back–and exact revenge on the very one who rendered her powerless. Nick has a lot to deal with. Luckily, he now has Hank (Hornsby) and Monroe (Mitchell) to help hold it all together.
Synopsis: Nick (David Giuntoli) finds himself fighting a wildly different sort of nature freak in a desperate attempt to keep a volcano from burying Portland in lava. Meanwhile a pregnant Adalind (Claire Coffee) meets a powerful new ally (guest star Shohreh Aghdashloo) in Europe. Meanwhile, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) seeks out help after becoming overwhelmed by the latest side effect of her recovery – multiple memories of Nick showing up everywhere.
Still, I am concerned regarding Capt. Renard’s (Roiz) real interest overall in Nick? It is really good that the story is progressing along with in this respect–but who knows what’s going to happen with Juliette (Tulloch). When things get bad–she get’s crazy! This memory subplot has gone on long enough. Let’s hope this remedies in this episode. We don’t need her to keep taking up everyone’s time–especially Monroe’s–he is trying to cement his romance with Rosalee (Turner). These two really need more time alone together.
This has been a fantastic season so far! Let’s see what’s going to happen now with Adalind’s “baby daddy” drama and will she ever get her powers back?
Grimm also stars Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz, Reggie Lee and Bree Turner.
Directed by highly acclaimed photographer, filmmaker and environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand (Home) and narrated by actor Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Life As We Know It), Planet Ocean is a cinematic adventure that invites viewers of all ages to change the way they look at the ocean and appreciate its greatest natural mystery.
Planet Ocean captures extraordinary images of our remarkable oceans – the source of all life on our planet. Filmed by directors Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot, along with an outstanding team of international underwater cinematographers in partnership with OMEGA and with the scientific support of Tara Expeditions. The film aims to explain some of the planet’s greatest natural mysteries, while reinforcing how essential it is that mankind learns to live in harmony with our oceans. Planet Ocean serves as a reminder of the bond between humans and nature, and the duty that exists to protect and respect our planet.
Through dazzling aerial and underwater imagery captured in extreme geographical conditions worldwide, Planet Ocean delivers an unprecedented journey into the least known regions of our planet. The stunning documentary aims to captivate as well as provide understanding of humankind’s relationship to the ocean and stress the urgency of making sustainable change. Brought to life with dynamic and relatable narration, this groundbreaking film can be enjoyed by the entire family.
Planet Ocean will be available on Blu-ray™ and DVD on April 9, 2013 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Planet Ocean will be available on Blu-ray™ and DVD.
Blu-ray™ disc unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound.
DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing the movie in more places, both at home and while away.
BONUS FEATURES (BLU-RAY™ and DVD):
The Making of Planet Ocean
In The Skies Above Rio: Breathtaking images of Rio de Janeiro’s magnificent shores will inspire you with wonder and delight.
Underwater: Uncover the natural mysteries of marine life with Planet Ocean’s team of underwater cinematographers.
Shanghai: Extraordinary aerial photography of Shanghai’s busy harbor underscores the significance of ocean commerce.
GRIMMhas been kicking up the ante with the dramatic subplots–Nick’s (Giuntoli) other 4-senses are heightened when he loses his sight! Nick was blinded by the “Sandman”, and he still was able to solve the case! Of course, he had help from Monroe and Hank, but can he get any more bad ass? Meanwhile, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) is still “crazy.” I’m afraid that there is no letting up on this one folks. Now Rosalee (Bree Turner) has a step in to lend her a hand. Honestly, I don’t see why she is wasting her time. I don’t think the Juliette aspect of the show resonates this season. Technically, she has been “dreaming” since last season. Whatever. It’s like her character’s subplot is constructed as an after thought. Fortunately for us, the rest of the show continues to prove intriguing:
Synopsis: Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) Takes on the tale of Rumpelstiltskin when a mysterious killer targets a video game company! When a gruesome homicide brings an office party to a screeching halt, Nick and Hank find themselves battling a Wesen on a completely new platform – online. Meanwhile, Juliette’s (Bitsie Tulloch) mysterious hallucinations finally start to take shape, giving them a whole new meaning. Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz, Reggie Lee, Bree Turner and Claire Coffee also star.
Yeah, so umm, Adalind (Coffee) has her own awesome thing going. One of the royal brother’s may be her baby daddy. A mysterious old woman is there to help her–this child is worth a lot. It’s royal blood and Adalind is either seeing dollar signs–or she is getting ready to birth the Antichrist. I wonder if she sees it as a way to get her Hexenbiest powers back.
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This new season ofGRIMMhas again left us with more questions than answers. Mainly, this faulty memory ordeal with Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch). For all we know, that hole we seen in “Natural Born Wesen” was all in Juliette’s head. As part of a currently ongoing GetGlue community forum, we have debated whether or not Nick (David Giuntoli) should dump Juliette and find someone else–to maybe wishing that Juliette’s character head would explode. Some of the comments were harsh, but I understand what fans of the show are getting at. Allow me a moment to say: I told you so.Last season I went a little overboard on Juliette’s character lack of importance on the show. When the romance thing between her and Renard (Roiz) began to heat up I admit I was pretty excited; however, this story subplot has lingered on way too long. Before we can see this annoyance resolved–here we are alluded to another subplot: Adalind’s pregnancy. How about this? Let’s finish what we started in the first season before mucking up any chances for resolve in the new season.
Mr. Sandman(Season 2 Episode 15) Synopsis: When a mysterious case of sudden blindness causes a woman’s death, Nick (Giuntoli) and Hank (Hornsby) come across a disturbing Wesen that feeds off its victim’s tears. Meanwhile, Adalind (Coffee) contemplates the significance of her new situation while Juliette (Tulloch) continues to work with Rosalee (Turner) in an effort to fix her memory. Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz and Reggie Lee also star.
Finally Nick, Hank and Monroe know exactly what Renard is, they still need to find out his origin story. Tonight episode about a Wesen “sandman” proves to be very interesting. Traditionally, we all maybe know about those childhood tales about a sandman coming to visit nightly to sprinkle magic sand in our eyes, which supposedly allows us to dream. That rheum (the crust that gathers in the corners of the eyes) is evidence of his visit. Of course, we can count on a gory twist to this tale. Aside from the aforementioned miscellanies–call me a hypocrite–but I always look forward to each and every episode.
Damn it, Grimm, I can’t quit you.
GRIMM is back with Mr. Sandman on NBC 9/8 p.m.
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