By Bob Nelson
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — If you’re still looking for holiday gifts or stocking stuffers, here are a few suggestions that might brighten the faces of your friends and family.
In 1970, George C. Scott won an Oscar for his portrayal of the World War II general Patton, and then famously declined to accept it. The movie is now out in a crisp Blu-ray version.
From 1978 comes the grisly The Boys From Brazil, starring Gregory Peck and Lawrence Olivier. An elderly Nazi hunter goes to South America where the Third Reich’s mad scientist, Dr. Joseph Mengele, is breeding a new Aryan race.
And while there’s a long tradition of moviemakers poking fun at the movie business, there are few filmmakers with sharper fangs than Billy Wilder. In Sunset Boulevard, one of Tinseltown’s most acid satirists snaps at the hand that fed him. A great retro piece with William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich Von Stroheim, and even a bit of Jack Webb, later of “Dragnet” fame.