New Release: Five Star Final and other classics DVD

Five Star Final movie scene

Five Star Final

Among the classic films restored and available on DVD through the Warner Archive Collection are Five Star Final (1931), Verboten (1959) and Two On a Guillotine (1965).

If you haven’t heard of Warner’s Archive Collection, it’s a different way of distributing movies on DVD for the studio, using print on demand. Instead of producing a few thousand discs and shipping them to retail, Warner burns a disc only when a consumer or retailer buys it on the Warner Archive Collection website. This way, movies that have a somewhat smaller potential audience still get a release on DVD without the higher costs of a full DVD release.

The remastered movies have been available on DVD since June 22, 2010. Each disc was priced at $24.95.

Five Star Final stars Edward G. Robinson (Soylent Green) in the frenzied world of tabloid journalism. A headline-hungry editor uncovers an unsolved murder mystery, and the crime of passion affects the lives of all involved.

In cult classic film Two On a Guillotine, directed by William Conrad (TV’s Cannon), a woman trying to collect her inheritance, must survive seven nights in a house of horrors once owned by her father, a maniacal magician. The movie stars Connie Stevens (James Dean: Race With Destiny), Dean Jones (The Love Bug) and Cesar Romero (TV’s Falcon Crest).

Samuel Fuller’s controversial classic movie Verboten is about the forbidden love between an American serviceman and a young woman in post-World War II Germany. The film includes documentary footage from Fuller’s own war-era archives.

About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.