By Bob Nelson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — As most of us realize, the Summer Olympics are launched officially on Friday.  But we’ve been psyched for the various contests thanks to our familiarity with a number of enduring five-ring classics over the years.

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The year 1981 was famous for Chariots of Fire, Hugh Hudson’s rousing best-picture Oscar winner.  And from 1986: Kurt Thomas and Mary Lou Retton in American Anthem.

On other topics, Jim Jarmusch’s Down By Law is now out on Blu-ray, along with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall, an unrelentingly violent brain teaser seen by many as a historic mind-bender.

The fourth and final season of the celebrated ABC series, “The Untouchables,” is out.  It ran from 1959 to ’63 with Robert Stack as the federal agent fighting organized crime in Chicago.

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And, from 1996, a Blu-ray edition of The Island of Dr. Moreau, which some critics have termed Marlon Brando’s “worst movie ever.”  But still, perhaps, worth watching.

 

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