The DVD-on-demand division of Warner Bros., Warner Archives, continues to be a film fan’s best friend, delivering intriguing discs that might not appeal to a larger audience. Here are a few recent releases:

The DVD-on-demand division of Warner Bros., Warner Archives, continues to be a film fan’s best friend, delivering intriguing discs that might not appeal to a larger audience. Here are a few recent releases:

“No Blade of Grass” (1970): Former actor Cornel Wilde directing this bleak drama about society’s collapse after a plant disease wipes out the world’s crops. A London family, led by eye-patched architect Nigel Davenport, tries to make its way to a fortified farm in northern England, but angry hijackers, desperate thugs and a roving band of motorcycle maniacs stand in its way.

“No Blade of Grass” alternates between some sharp satire (rich Brits feast while footage of starving people plays on the local telly) and brutal action (those bikers are surprisingly nasty, especially for a 1970 film). Unfortunately, there’s also a whole lot of walking and talking, and the entire movie is wrapped up in a distinctly ’60s style, with scolding narration and mind-bending visual effects. But if you’re a fan of post-apocalyptic cinema, you’ll want to see it. It’s what the end of the world looked like before Mad Max hit the road.

“Fingers” (1978): In this strange slice of late ’70s cinema, would-be concert pianist Harvey Keitel spends his days beating people up for his loan shark dad. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but it does give writer/director James Toback an excuse to patrol the scummy streets and back alleys of New York, back when it seemed like the worst place on Earth. Naturally things go very bad, and Harvey winds up taking on a local mob boss, and naturally things go even worse. Don’t expect a great movie, but do keep an eye out for football great Jim Brown, “Charlie’s Angels” actress Tanya Roberts and, as that mob boss, a shockingly young Tony Sirico — aka Paulie Walnuts from “The Sopranos.”

“Get Carter” (1971): Far and away the best of the archives bunch, “Get Carter” is a reminder of how scary Michael Caine can be. Playing Jack Carter, a vicious gangster investigating his brother’s mysterious death, Caine is nothing less than mesmerizing as his bullies his way through the British underworld. Critics have compared his character to Arnold Schwarzenegger in “The Terminator,” and they’re not wrong — Carter is like a robot, unstoppable in his pursuit and liable to explode into violence at any moment. What makes Carter even scarier is that Caine’s distinctive, edgy charm shines through, even when he’s beating something to death.

Normally, the Warner Archives DVDs are bare-bones affairs (“No Blade of Grass” doesn’t even have a trailer, for example), but both “Fingers” and “Get Carter” have commentary tracks, featurettes, trailers and more. You can order them from warnerarchives.com.

Will Pfeifer writes about DVDs and movies. Contact him at wpfeifer@rrstar.com or 815-987-1244. Read his blog at blogs.e-rockford.com/willpfeifer/