New Spy DVDs Out This Week: The Satan Bug
Fox's promised Twilight Time limited edition release The Kremlin Letter is still MIA, but another limited edition rarity we first heard about in November is finally available this week: The Satan Bug, a made-on-demand DVD-R from MGM's new Limited Edition Collection. It still hasn't turned up on Amazon, but it's available to order from Screen Archives, the same retailer who's supposed to carry The Kremlin Letter. So if you like sweaty, middle-aged men running around in the desert looking for germs, this is your day! No, no, I'm selling the film short. I'm not a fan personally (read my full review here), but I know lots of people do like this movie, and it's certainly got a great pedigree. The Satan Bug is directed by John Sturges (in fact, it was the follow-up to his masterpiece The Great Escape), written by James Clavell (Noble House - review here) from a book by Alistair MacLean (whose material would also serve as the basis for Sturges' spy classic Ice Station Zebra), and stars George Maharis, Dana Andrews, Ed Asner, Richard Basehart and Honey West herself, the (sadly) late, great Anne Francis.