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Bambi and other vintage titles are on home video this week
Goldie Hawn stars in "Protocol" (1984), which is on DVD in its original widescreen format for the first time. - photo by Chris Hicks
For its 75th anniversary, Disneys classic animated feature Bambi is available in a new DVD/Blu-ray release.

Bambi: Anniversary Edition (Disney, 1942, G, deleted scenes, featurettes, trailer, short cartoons: The Old Mill, Africa Before Dark). Bambi is a young deer we observe from his birth into his adulthood, along with his woodland friends: Thumper the mischievous bunny, Flower the bashful skunk, wise old Owl, etc. Age hasnt dimmed this rich and artful, charming and poignant animated feature, which remains one of Disneys greatest achievements. This set includes all previous extras as well as four new featurettes, two new deleted scenes and an Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon.

Protocol (Warner Archive, 1984, PG). Or, Goldie Goes to Washington. This Goldie Hawn vehicle is very much a reworking of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, with the charming actress as a kooky D.C. cocktail waitress who becomes a pawn in the political machine after she innocently foils an assassination attempt. This disc marks the films first widescreen release. (The manufacture-on-demand DVD-R available is at

Vision Quest (Warner Archive, 1985, two trailers). This slick, overly familiar coming-of-age melodrama stars former Utahn Matthew Modine as a high school wrestler (despite looking every one of his 25 years at the time), who has an affair with an adult woman (Linda Fiorentino in her film debut and the same age as Modine). Young Forest Whitaker and Daphne Zuniga have supporting roles and, in her first film, Madonna sings two abbreviated songs in a bar. (The Blu-ray debut is available at

Juice (Paramount, 1992; R for violence, language, sex, drugs; audio commentary, featurettes). The title is slang for respect in this potent crime thriller with something to say about race relations. This one gets better as it goes along, and Omar Epps and Tupac Shakur are terrific, but the extreme violence and constant profanity are off-putting. Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah and Donald Faison have supporting roles.

The Bird With the Crystal Plumage (Arrow, 1970; not rated/probable R for violence and sex; in Italian with English subtitles or dubbed in English, audio commentary, featurettes, 60-page booklet). An American writer (Tony Musante) in Rome innocently witnesses an attempted murder, then agrees to help police, which puts his girlfriend (Suzy Kendall) and him on the assailants radar. Dario Argentos first film is a chilling and disturbing yarn, and one of the founding films in the Italian giallo horror-thriller genre.

Spotlight On a Murderer (Arrow, 1961, b/w, not rated/probable PG-13, in French with English subtitles, featurettes, trailer, booklet). This is an offbeat French mystery about a dying count who hides in a secret room so his body wont be found, forcing his heirs to wait years to collect their inheritance. They naturally begin a search but then find themselves being killed off one by one. It is directed by Georges Franju (Judex, Eyes Without a Face) and written by novelists Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac (Vertigo, Diabolique).

Where the Buffalo Roam: Collectors Edition (Shout Select, 1980, R for language and drugs, featurette, trailer). This is the allegedly true comedy of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson (Bill Murray) covering the 1972 presidential election and other events in episodic fashion but constantly getting sidetracked by drugs and his even more manic sidekick (Peter Boyle). It is arguably Murrays worst film.

Cheech & Chongs Next Movie (Shout Select, 1980; R for language, drugs, nudity; featurette, trailer, radio spots). Speaking of drugs, this is another stoner clunker, Cheech Marin & Tommy Chongs follow-up to their well-received movie debut, Up in Smoke. They both wrote the script, and Chong directed this incoherent series of unfunny skits. At one point, Paul Reubens shows up in his Pee-wee Herman guise.
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