'A League of Their Own' and a bevy of 'Looney Tunes' theatrical shorts have received Blu-ray upgrades

Published: Friday, Oct. 19 2012 8:06 p.m. MDT

“Confessions of an Opium Eater” (Warner Archive, 1962, not rated, b/w, $18.95). Vincent Price plays a 19th century adventurer who narrates his own story of involvement in a Tong war in San Francisco when he tries to rescue young women forced into servitude. Bizarre, sometimes confused low-budget yarn nevertheless benefits from Price and some imaginative camerawork, particularly during an opium-induced hallucination.

“Greatest Horror Classics” (Mill Creek, 1925-79, b/w and color, various ratings, 24 discs, $44.98, 100 movies). This set combines the previously released “Horror Classics” and Legends of Horror,” each with 50 public-domain movies ranging from classics to movies that are so bad they’re good. Among the better choices are several by Alfred Hitchcock, most notably “The Lodger,” “The 39 Steps” and “The Lady Vanishes.” Stars range from Lon Chaney to Vincent Price to Boris Karloff to Bela Lugosi, and the films include “Phantom of the Opera,” “Night of the Living Dead,” “The House on Haunted Hill,” “Carnival of Souls,” The Killer Shrews,” etc.

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