Alfred Hitchcock in 3-D leads a variety of vintage titles to home video this week
“The Scarlet Coat” (Warner Archive, 1955, not rated, $18.95, trailer). “Spyjinks” was a word coined to describe double-agent films, and it fits this one, set against the Revolutionary War as rival spies Cornel Wilde and Michael Wilding try to outwit each other. Anne Francis and George Sanders co-star. Colorful costume fun.
“The King’s Thief” (Warner Archive, 1955, not rated, $18.95, trailer). This 17th century London swashbuckler has a devious duke (David Niven) manipulating the king (George Sanders) so he can steal wealthy landowners’ property. But one of the duke’s victims (Ann Blyth) and a highwayman (Edmund Purdom) plot to take him down. Good performances, with Niven in a rare villain role. Look for Roger Moore as one of Purdom’s cohorts. (These last four titles are available at www.WarnerArchive.com)
“Pet Sematary” (Paramount/Blu-ray, 1989; R for violence, language; $19.99). Very popular film based on the very popular novel, but it is nonetheless a candidate for the worst Stephen King adaptation ever. A family moves into a rural home fronted by a highway with speeding trucks and with a spooky pet cemetery in the back that somehow resurrects the dead (animals and people) as murderous zombies. King scripted and has a cameo.
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