Network presents Miss Leslie’s Dolls on Blu-ray/DVD/VOD 3rd September, and Who Killed Teddy Bear on Blu-ray/VOD 17th September
Network is proud to unveil two lesser-known drive-in gems from the golden age of American genre cinema, both restored in glorious HD and making their Blu-ray debuts in stunning multi-region releases, as well as DVD and Digital releases too.
First up, fasten your seatbelts for the deranged, lost grindhouse classic Miss Leslie’s Dolls, which is being unearthed on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD for the first time on 3rd September after decades of gathering dust. Then on 17th September, the criminally underseen psychedelic 1960s noir Who Killed Teddy Bear starring Sal Mineo makes its worldwide Blu-ray and VOD debut, complete with fascinating extras.
MISS LESLIE’S DOLLS (1973)
A rare specimen from the more deranged end of the grindhouse spectrum, Miss Leslie’s Dolls is a memorably demented tale of possession and transvestitism from director Joseph G. Prieto (who, under the name Joseph P. Mawra, directed the outrageous 1965 lesbian sexploitation ‘documentary’ Chained Girls). Believed lost for decades, it has been remastered from original film elements especially for this release.
Stranded in the backwoods during a thunderstorm, a beautiful teacher and her three promiscuous students take refuge at a lonely house owned by the middle-aged Miss Leslie. Miss Leslie, however, is less a mild-mannered spinster and more an axe-wielding, homicidal cross-dresser intent on transferring his spirit into the nubile body of any girl foolish enough to come visiting…
Miss Leslie’s Dolls has been newly scanned from one of the few surviving prints in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The restoration carried out involved careful grain management, both automated and manual removal of film dirt and damage, and correction of major instability, warping and density fluctuations.
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WHO KILLED TEDDY BEAR (1965)
A grim police detective embarks on a one-man crusade to track down a depraved sex maniac when a nightclub dancer receives a disturbing series of obscene phone calls. Finding himself getting far too close to the victim for comfort, the hard-boiled cop must track down the unbalanced pervert before he can carry out his sick threats…
Refused certification on its original theatrical release due to its sleazy, taboo-breaking nature, this psychological crime thriller features strong performances from Sal Mineo as a bodybuilding, pornography-addicted bus boy and Juliet Prowse as a victimised nightclub hostess. Showcasing Oscar-nominated cinematographer Joseph Brun’s breathtaking imagery of pre-clean-up Times Square and 42nd Street, this forgotten neo-noir masterpiece of American independent cinema still retains the power to shock, and crackles with energy from its smart dialogue, electrifying performances and groovy dance sequences.
Previously available only on DVD, Who Killed Teddy Bear has been newly scanned from one of the few surviving 35mm prints in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The restoration carried out involved careful grain management, both automated and manual removal of film dirt and damage, and correction of major instability, warping and density fluctuations. Missing frames/sections have been re-instated from a 16mm print and the image matched as far as possible but a difference in visual quality may be occasionally noticed.
• Court Martial episode
• LSD: Insight or Insanity?
• Stills gallery
• PDF material
Court Martial: The House Where He Lived (1965)
Bradford Dillman and Peter Graves star as Captain David Young and Major Frank Whittaker of the Judge Advocate General’s office, in a series set in Europe during, and in the aftermath of, the second World War. This edition guest stars Sal Mineo and Anthony Quayle.
Written by S.S. Schweitzer
Directed by Peter Maxwell
Original ITV Transmission 2 October 1965
LSD: Insight or Insanity (1967)
Sal Mineo narrates a short film that outlines the dangers of taking LSD. Done in a typically psychedelic ‘60s style, this film combines men in white coats lecturing on drug abuse and hallucinogenic imagery to create something particularly of its time.
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Network presents Miss Leslie’s Dolls on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital 3rd September, and Who Killed Teddy Bear on Blu-ray & Digital 17th September