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'In the Heat of the Night': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Sidney Poitier Classic

7 August 2012 10:27 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

They called it the "Slap Heard 'Round the World." It happened partway through "In the Heat of the Night" -- a movie released at the height of racial tensions during the Civil Rights Era exactly 45 years ago (on August 2, 1967) -- in a scene where a bigoted Southern cotton plantation owner slaps Sidney Poitier (and Poitier slaps back just as hard). Years of deferential behavior, both from Poitier in saintly role-model performances, and from every black actor ever to perform in a Hollywood movie, halted with a mighty thwack. It's one of the most memorable moments in film history and helped earn "In the Heat of the Night" the Best Picture Oscar that year. Even today, the scene remains brutally effective, a reminder of how much has changed in 45 years, and how much has not. The film -- in which a racist Southern sheriff (Rod Steiger) and a haughty black police »

- Gary Susman

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Olive Films Brings the Original Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Colossus of New York, and The Boogens to Blu-ray this Summer

11 May 2012 1:28 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Olive Films is quickly making a name for itself releasing classic and overlooked gems to DVD and, in particular, Blu-ray.

That trend will continue this summer when they bring us an all-time classic to Blu-ray and a cult favorite that has never before appeared on digital.

July 17th will see the Blu-ray debut of one the greatest science fiction horror films of all time (not to mention one of the most often remade movie ever). I speak of Kevin McCarthy running through the streets to warn us of the pod people in Don Siegel’s 1956 masterpiece Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

One of the greatest and most influential Sci-Fi films of all time stars Kevin McCarthy as a doctor in a small California town whose patients are becoming hysterical and accuse their loved ones as emotionless imposters. Plant-like extra-terrestrials have invaded Earth, replicating the villagers in giant seed “pods” and »

- Foywonder

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

3 May 2012 3:25 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 17, 2012

Price: DVD $19.95, Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Olive Films

Bodies froth before being snatched in Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

The classic 1956 science fiction/horror thriller film Invasion of the Body Snatchers finally arrives on Blu-ray.

Kevin McCarthy (Kansas City Bomber) stars as a doctor in a small California town whose patients are becoming hysterical and accuse their loved ones of “becoming” emotionless imposters. It doesn’t take too long for McCarthy and his friends to discover that plant-like extra-terrestrials have invaded Earth and are replicating the townsfolk in giant seed “pods,” taking possession of their souls while they sleep. Realizing that the epidemic is out of control and spreading everywhere, the remaining humans find themselves in a terrifying race for their lives.

Directed by the great Don Siegel (Dirty Harry) and co-starring Dana Wynter (On the Double), Carolyn Jones (TV’s The Addams Family) and Larry Gates »

- Laurence

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