Watch Duke Ellington on "Parkinson," Feb. 28, 1973


New on Video: 'Secret of the Incas' Special Edition

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Screen legend Charlton Heston (Touch of Evil, The Big Country) stars as rugged adventurer Harry Steele in Secret of the Incas, a thrilling action yarn breathtakingly shot at Machu Picchu. Harry earns his living as a tour guide in the jungles of Peru, but plans to make his fortune by finding the Sunburst, an ancient Incan treasure that holds an awesome power. On his perilous quest, he comes across cutthroat Ed Morgan (Thomas Mitchell, Alias Nick Beal), archeologist Stanley Moorehead (Robert Young, Western Union) and beautiful Romanian refugee Elena Antonescu (Nicole Maurey, The Day of the Triffids). Directed by Jerry Hopper (Pony Express, Naked Alibi) and featuring a rare film appearance by Peruvian-American singer Yma Sumac, Secret of the Incas is a colorful, rip-roaring and romance-filled adventure often cited as a key source of inspiration for the Indiana Jones series.

Special Features:

  • Remastered in HD by Paramount Pictures – From a 4K Scan of the 35mm Original Camera Negative
  • NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Toby Roan
  • Trailers
  • Optional English Subtitles 

New on Video: Filmation's "Adventures of Batman: The Complete Collection'

Oh yeah, I watched the hell out of this show when I was a kid.

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Get ready to swing into action with this collection of classic crime-fighting fun! Revered by cartoon fans and originally produced by Filmation Studios, these 34 exciting adventures feature the voice talents of animation veterans Olan Soule as Batman and Casey Kasem as Robin. Join the dynamic duo as they take the fight to criminals all across Gotham City. And what a cast of criminals it is. From foiling Joker’s many twisted plans to keeping Catwoman, The Riddler and The Penguin behind bars. Batman and Robin won’t have a moment to spare. So, keep an eye out for the bat-signal, hone those detective skills and join the caped crusaders in this must-have timeless collection.

New on Video: 'Marathon Man' 4K UHD

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Is it safe? From the best-selling novel by William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men, Misery) comes one of the most daring and affecting thrillers ever brought to the screen. Dustin Hoffman (Papillon) plays the likable graduate student and marathon runner of the title, unwillingly trapped in a killing game of intrigue involving a Nazi fugitive, Christian Szell. Laurence Olivier (Sleuth) received an Academy Award nomination for his chilling portrayal of Szell, who turns dental instruments into tools of torture with dispassionate ease. Directed by John Schlesinger (Billy Liar, Midnight Cowboy, The Day of the Locust), Marathon Man moves with nail-biting suspense to its gripping, fever-pitched conclusion. Featuring Roy Scheider (Jaws), William Devane (Rolling Thunder), Marthe Keller (Black Sunday) and the extraordinary cinematography of Conrad Hall (Electra Glide in Blue).

Special Features:

DISC 1 (4K UHD):

  • -Brand New HDR/Dolby Vision Master – From a 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative
  • -NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson
  • -5.1 Surround and Lossless 2.0 Audio
  • -Optional English Subtitles

DISC 2 (Blu-ray):

  • Brand New 2022 HD Master – From a 4K Scan of the 35mm Original Camera Negative
  • NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson
  • The Magic of Hollywood: Original Making of Marathon Man
  • Going the Distance: Remembering Marathon Man
  • Rehearsal Footage
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • 10 TV Spots
  • 2 Radio Spots
  • Optional English Subtitles

Pop Culture Roundup: Batman! Robin! James Bond! More!

Celebrating the various incarnations of that classic Batman and Robin rooftop art by the great Carmine Infantino. 

ITEM! TCM is ending its TCM Underground programming block.

ITEM! Reissues of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels will feature revised content due to racist content in the originals. My take on things like this is that the original content is best left alone, but new editions should feature a notice that they contain language/concepts that are outdated and may offend. We can't learn from the past if we erase it. But we also shouldn't excuse it.


Watch the New Vaudeville Band Perform 'Winchester Cathedral' on 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' 1966

Big Albums from February 1973: Elvis! Iggy! Temptations! More!

Here's a look at some of the big albums released 50 years ago this month. Click the links to order them from Amazon.

The #1 charting soundtrack to the King's groundbreaking TV special, which was filmed in January and beamed worldwide from space in April. The original double LP features performances of "See See Rider," "Burning Love," "My Way," "Suspicious Minds" and "American Trilogy."

The classic third LP by Iggy and crew, co-produced by David Bowie and featuring "Search and Destroy," "Gimme Danger," "Shake Appeal" and the lovingly titled "Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell."

Produced by Norman Whitfield (overseer of Temps' classics "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" and "Ball of Confusion") this LP was heavy on long-form tunes that stressed instrumental passages over vocals, which attracted some criticism at the time, but still sold incredibly well and stands up as one of the group's bests. Songs include "Hey Girl (I Like Your Style)," "Plastic Man," "Hurry Tomorrow" and the 13-minute-plus title track.

The Night Tripper really broke through on this, his sixth and all-time bestselling album. The title track was a Top 10 single and the LP features instrumental backing from the doctor's New Orleans colleagues the Meters and the legendary Allen Toussaint, who produced the platter.

The eighth record by British singer/songwriter/guitarist Martyn is now regarded as a classic, weaving in elements of folk, blues and jazz into a gentle, spacey, contemplative sound that's quite unique. The title track is dedicated to Martyn's late friend, Nick Drake. Backup musicians include fellow British folksters Richard Thompson, Danny Thompson, David Pegg and Dave Mattacks.

Watch the Faces Perform 'Cindy Incidentally,' Feb. 24, 1973

Pop Culture Roundup: Velvet Underground! Roald Dahl! Lord of the Rings! More!

ITEM! A publisher will provide readers the option to read Roald Dahl's books as originally issued, or in new politically-corrected versions.

ITEM! A new film adaptation of "The Lord of the Rings" is planned.

ITEM! An expanded, nine-LP reissue of the Velvet Underground's Loaded is on the way.

ITEM! Cookie Monster eats Lizzo's flute


New Music Releases: Gorillaz! Vince Guaraldi! Del Shannon! Dionne Warwick! More!

Our picks this week.