Monday, August 31, 2015

IMMORAL TALES (1974)

IMMORAL TALES (1974) 
Label: Arrow Video
Region Code: A
Duration: 103 Minutes
Rating: Unrated
Audio: Uncompressed French Mono 2.0 PCM Audio with Optional English SDH Subtitles
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (1.66:1)
Director: Walerian Borowczyk 
Cast: Lisa Danvers, Paloma Picasso, Fabrice Luchini, Charlotte Alexandra, Pascale Christophe, Florence Bellamy, Jacopo Berinizi, Lorenzo Berinizi

Synopsis: Walerian Borowczyk's first explicitly erotic feature, Immoral Tales presents a veritable cavalcade of depravity: cosmic fellatio, transcendental masturbation, blood-drenched lesbianism and papal incest. It tells four stories, each delving back further in time, as if to suggest that the same issues recur constantly throughout human civilization, whether involving notorious historical figures like Lucrezia Borgia and Erzsébet Báthory, or present-day teenagers. Capitalising on the relaxation of censorship laws, Immoral Tales would transform Borowczyk's image from brilliant but obscure avant-garde artist to one of Europe's most confrontational filmmakers when it came to trampling on sexual taboos.

This Borowczyk anthology of strongly-sexual subject matter is quite a fantastic watch, an arthouse exercise in pushing the boundaries of taboo cinema and one that might surprise even the most adventerous lover of Eurocult with the exploration of incest, bestiality, faith-fueled masturbation, the deviant behavior of the clergy and the blood-laced orgies of the infamous Elizabeth Bathory.

The first tale 'The Tide' involves a pair of teen cousins and a bicycle trip through the countryside to an ocean beach where the slightly older male of the pair coerces his more naive cousin down the beach to a spot that strands them alone on a rocky outcropping during the high tide. Once there he confesses to her that he brought here there to teach her a lesson about the power of the tides, a lesson that involves the gorgeous freckle-faced Julie (Lise Danvers) wrapping her innocent lips around his cock until he spills his life's fluid into her throat. This is a gorgeous slice of exploitation with a sweet cumming of age innocence about it. 

The second erotic tale 'Therèse Philosophe' has young Thérèse M. (Charlotte Alexandra) returning home late from Church one day, she's running late as she she was distracted while fondling and caressing varous phallic objects around the church. Her angry granny punishes her by locking her away in room for three days during which she discovers an old trunk of clothing and erotic drawings, which sends the young lady into an erotic religious fervor as she masturbates with zuchini before meeting her unfortunate fate at the hands of lecherous vagrant, which is foretold at the start of the short.

The third tale, at least on the longer L'Age D'or Cut of the movie, is 'The True Story of the Beast of Gévaudan', a beastiality heavy version of Beauty and The Beast that goes places I did not expect it to, a completely over the top tour de force of weirdness starring Sirpa Lane as a countess who wanders away from her home into the woods where she is attacked by a hairy beast with an enormous horse-like cock, the creature rapes the poor woman, who in a Straw Dogs type manner comes to enjoy the rough encounter, a wildly cum-drizzled tale of perversity that you have to see it to beleieve it, I just cannot imagine how this went over in 1974! This segment was removed for the final theatrical cut of the film and Borowczyk later expanded the short into the feature film 'The Beast' which I must now certainly watch.

The fourth entry is somewhat less erotic but no less perverse, 'Erzebet Bathory' stars Paloma Picasso as the notirous blood-thirsty Elizabth Bathory, who at the start of the short is searching the countryside for virginal young women whom if chosen will have the honor of touching her lace and pearl laden gown. The young women are taken back to her castle where they enjoy a communal shower before being placed together in a room completely nude. Bathory then enters the room wearing her infamous laceand pearl robe and the many young women proceed to touch it, working temsleves up into a ferver, tearing it apart before tearing each other into pieces in an orgy of greed, thus supplying a fresh bath of virginal blood from which Bathory can restore her youth. This is probably the most cinematic of the bunch, it definitekly feels more of the arthouse than it does the grindhouse, with a nice stinger of betrayal at the very end.

The final segment 'Lucrezia Borgia' is a clear stab at the corruption of the Church, not sure what Borowczyk's relationship with the Church was but he certainly didn;t seem to be a fan. We have friar Savonarola (Philippe Desboeuf) decrying the Church and the inherent corruption thereof, this corruption is shown through the incestual exploits of Pope Alexander VI (Mario Ruspoli) with his own daughter Lucrezia's (Florence Bellamy) and son, the three involved in an unholy eye-popping threesome.

Seemingly designed to shock and offend the movie succeeds mostly, as I was honestly shocked by what I saw - especialy by 'The True Story of the Beast of Gévaudan' - though hardly offended. Each segment offering some form of taboo or deviant behavior that wouldn't be out of place in a standard slice of exploitation cinema, but as this is a Borowczyk film each has an arthouse aesthetic, they're gorgeously shot, and each has a fairytale quality about it, which could make it easie swallow for some, if you're gonna watch smut you might as well watch it with style.

Audio/Video: Immoral Tales arrives on Blu-ray from Arrow Video with a barnd new high-definition restoration by Argos Films. The image quality is strong throughout with some modest depth and a layer of film grain, with the second tale looking a little rougher than the others having been shot on 16mm from the look of it, a bit grainer and softer, but looking good just the same. The mono French audio is predictably non-dynamic, but it clean and balanced, optional English subtitles are provided.

The bonus material is pretty great, beginning with the option to view the standfard four-part version or the the original five-part 'L'Age D'or Cut' which includes the 'The Beast of Gévaudanan', for the sake of this review I only watched the longer cut. We have an introduction from Borowczyk expert Daniel Bird, a brief featurette with production manager Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin and cinematographer Noël Véry and an hour long archival interview from the BBC archives with the filmmaker discusses painting, cinema and sex. This interview was never aired and makes its debut on this disc, having been newly edited.

Additionaly there's a visual essay by Daniel Bird about Borowczyk's early works on paper showcasing his impressive visual style in the context of his early commisioned artwork. Lastly we have the theatrical trailer for the film, a sleeve of reversible artowork and a booklet with new writing on the film by Daniel Bird and an archive piece by Philip Strick. Apparently there are some differences between this version and the one that Arrow released in the UK last year, though I am unsure of the specifics, each having their own exclsive content from the looks of it.

Special Features:
- New high definition digital transfers of two versions of the feature, the familiar four-part edition and the original five-part conception including the short film The Beast of Gévaudan - which later became the feature The Beast.
- Immoral Tales (L'Age D'or Cut) (120 Mins)
- Introduction by Borowczyk expert Daniel Bird (5 Mins)
- Love Reveals Itself, a new interview programme featuring production manager Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin and cinematographer Noël Véry (17 Mins)
- Obscure Pleasures: A Portrait of Walerian Borowczyk, a newly-edited archival interview in which the filmmaker discusses painting, cinema and sex (63 Mins)
- Blow Ups, a visual essay by Daniel Bird about Borowczyk's works on paper (5 Mins)
- Theatrical trailer (2 Mins)
- Reversible sleeve featuring Borowczyk's own original poster design
- Illustrated booklet containing new writing on the film by Daniel Bird and an archive piece by Philip Strick

Walerian Borowczyk's Immoral Tales looks fantastic on Blu-ray from Arrow Video with some great extras that will no doubt further inform susbsequent viewings, and this is definitely something I will watch again. I loved the blend of the erotic and perverse subject matter with the European arthouse aesthetic, highly recommended for the adventurous movie watchers. 4/5

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON (2014-2015)

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON (2014-2015) 

Label: Warner Bros.

Release Date: September 1st 2015 
Rating: Unrated
Region Code: A
Duration: 928 Minutes
Audio: DEnglish DTS-HD MA 5.1 with Optional English SDH Subtitles
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (1.78:1)
Directors: Jeffrey Hunt, Pascal Verschooris, Michael Allowitz, Kellie Cyrus, Leslie Libman, Garreth Stover, Darren Genet, Joshua Butler, Paul Wesley, Chris Grismer, Julie Plec, Ian Somerhalder, Leslie Libman, Geoff Shotz, Jesse Warn,
Cast: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graha
m, Steven R. McQueen, Candice Accola


Synopsis: The Vampire Diaries continues its sixth season with more delicious drama to sink your teeth into. In season five, after a passionate summer with Damon, Elena headed to Whitmore College with Caroline, not knowing Bonnie sacrificed her life for Jeremy's. Meanwhile, Stefan and Caroline's friendship deepened as they stood up to the Travelers, a nomadic witch tribe driven to strip Mystic Falls of magic and cast out its supernatural residents. In the shocking season finale, Damon, fearing he would lose his loved ones on the crumbling Other Side, made a huge sacrifice to bring them all back — with catastrophic and heartbreaking results. Season six follows the characters' journey back to each other as they explore the duality of good versus evil inside themselves. Matt Davis reprises his role as Alaric Saltzman, recently returned from The Other Side. Plus, the season will make you misty-eyed as the departure of a major character will turn lives upside down and leave us asking what happened to Mystic Falls.


Again I find myself jumping into the deep end of an already established horror series I know very little about, this particular vampire melodrama has very little by way of bite for me, unfortunately.The series is based on a series of books by author  L.J. Smith and developed for TV by none other than Kevin Williamson of Scream fame, it follows the exploits of Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev), who falls for a handsome century-old vampire named Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) in the supernaturally charged town of Mystic Falls, Virginia. 


Special Features:

- The Vampire Diaries: Good Bite and Good Luck - The executive producers and cast of The Vampire Diaries say a final farewell to Nina Dobrev, Steven R. McQueen, Marguerite MacIntyre, and Michael Trevino, after six memorable years. (14 Mins) HD 
- The Vampire Diaries: Best.Reaction.Ever - Fan reactions to big moments throughout the season will be curated from Twitter, fan sites and other social media, and pieced together to tell the story of season six via fans' reactions. (6 Mins) HD 
- Ep.615 Audio Commentary - Writer/Director Julie Plec provides commentary on her directorial debut
- The Vampire Diaries: 2014 Comic-Con Panel (28 Mins) SD
- Come Visit Georgia PSA (3 Mins) HD 
- Deleted Scenes (2 Mins) HD 
- Second Bite: Gag Reel (4 Mins) HD 
- Ultraviolet Digital HD 

The Vampire Diaries is not my cup of tea and I had trouble watching the overly dramatic and the emotionally manipulative happenings which definitely felt they were more suited to my teen daughters - who just so happen to love the show - than to my forty-something self. I'm a hardcore horror fan, I love visceral gore and violence, I want my vampires to be fang-deep in the blood of the innocent ...not deep in love. That being said WB have put together a great looking HD collection for the fans of the movie with some decent extras, they were a bit too fan-service oriented for my tastes but I am certain more age appropriate fans of the series will enjoy it. 2/5

SUPERNATURAL - THE COMPLETE 10TH SEASON (2014-2015)

SUPERNATURAL - THE COMPLETE 10TH SEASON (2014-2015) 

Label: Warner Bros.
Release Date: September 8th 2015 
Region Code: A
Rating: Unrated
Duration: 967 Minsutes
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1with Optional English SDH Subtitles
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (1.78:1) 
Director: Robert Singer, Thomas J. Wright, Jensen Ackles, Jeannot Szwarc, Phil Sgriccia, John MacCarthy, Tim Andrew, Guy Bee, John Badham, Serge Ladouceur, John Showalter, Rashaad Ernesto Green, P. J. Pesce, Stefan Pleszczynski, Steve BoyumCast: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark A. Sheppard, Ruth Connell, Curtis Armstrong 

Synopsis: After Dean Winchester lost his battle with power-mad angel scribe Metatron last season, he was resurrected by the power of the First Blade and transformed into a demon, cursed with the Mark of Cain. The road to recovering wayward Dean takes brother Sam down sinister paths himself with consequences that will shake the boys to their core. The Winchesters' angelic comrade-in-arms Castiel must pick up the pieces in the aftermath of Metatron's campaign to overtake Heaven. With his divine "grace" failing and rogue angels still loose, Cas faces the ticking clock of his own mortality while all-new and ages-old threats again push our heroes to their human and otherworldly limits. At the same time, the King of Hell, Crowley, must deal with dissension within his own twisted family. Supernatural: The Complete Tenth Season will unleash your inner demon and hold you spellbound.



I am not typically a fan of glossy supernatural TV shows with gorgeous cast but I did get sucked into the first season of the show and never returned, I liked it but I didn't love it and I tend to limit my TV watching to one or two series a season. Now jumping into season 10 after not having watched seasons 2-9 was off putting to say the least - a LOT has happened through the seasons and the Winchester's have been up to quite a bit over the years, though they still ride around in that sweet Impala! For starters Dean is now Demonic at the start of the 10th season, we have a host of demons, angels are everywhere, werewolves abound, there are scarecrows, ancient supernatural relics and even a musical about the Winchesters... Okay, obviously the show has a rich mythology forged over ten years and I had very little chance of absorbing it all in once sitting with out the benefit of the previous eight season between one and ten. 

Luckily there are quite a few bonus features on this set to enjoy, many of which pay fan service to the legions of Supernatural loyalists out there, which there seem to be many. we have a group commentary on three select episodes, which I didn't have a chance to sit down with. There's an hour long Supernatural Fans featurette spotlighting the fandom of not only the cast and crew but the many enthusiastic and creative fans of the show. There's another 20-minute video piece documenting Supernatural at Comic-Con 2014.

My favorite feature was the half-hour A Very Special Supernatural Special with the creators speaking about their favorite and least favored episodes through the years, which made me want to cue up a few seasons on Netflix and binge watch, but honestly that would be a bit daunting 10 seasons in at this point.  

The show remains at it's heart about the relationship between brothers Sam and Dean, and Dean makes for quite a sarcastic demon-fueled character, his arc is the center of the story this season, and there's a lot of mythology to suffer through for those unfamiliar with the series- like myself - and I wanted more monster-of-the-week episodes, but that's only because of my own ignorance about the series. I might be in the minority about that though, even my beloved  X-Files bored me to tears with the mythology episodes, which were never resolved by the series finale. 

Special Features:

- A Very Special Supernatural Special (30 Mins) HD 
- Supernatural Theatre: Staging the 200th Episode (25 Mins) HD 
- The Winchester Mythology: Battling the Mark and the Blade (21 Mins) HD 
- Supernatural Fans (57 Mins) HD 
- Supernatural at Comic-Con 2014 (20 Mins) 
- Three (3) Audio Commentaries on 'The Hunter's Game', 'There's No Place Like Home' and 'The Executioner's song'
- Deleted Scenes
- Gag Reel (7 Mins) HD

While my lack of familiarity with the show hindered my viewing experience I still found a lot to love about the horror series, the Winchester's are a charismatic pair and they drive a sweet vintage Impala and the supernatural and horror themed shenanigans are fun, but this isn't the type of show I see myself catching up on any time soon. I definitely preferred the monster of the week type episodes as I was not versed with the rich mythology they've created for themselves, but for the legions of fans out there though WB have put together a great looking collection for season ten with superb HD image and sound with loads of extras. 3/5


THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON (2015)

THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON (2015) 
5-DISC SET BLU-RAY 

Label: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Region Code: A
Rating: Unrated
Duration: 710 Minutes
Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 7.1, English Dolby Surround 2.0 stereo with Optional English SDH Subtitles 
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (1.78:1) 
Directors: Ernest Dickerson, Greg Nicotero, David Boyd, Jeffrey F. January, Michael E. Satrazemis, Seith Mann, Billy Gierhart, Julius Ramsay, Larysa Kondracki, Jennifer Lynch
Cast: Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Chad L. Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green, Lawrence Gilliard, Jr., Michael Cudlitz, Emily Kinney, Alanna Masterson, Christian Serratos, Josh McDermitt, Andrew J. West.

Synopsis: The previous season of “The Walking Dead” ended with Rick and the group outgunned, outnumbered, and trapped in a train car awaiting a grim fate. What follows is a story that weaves the true motives of the people of Terminus with the hopeful prospect of a cure in Washington, D.C., the fate of the group’s lost comrades, as well as new locales, new conflicts, and new obstacles in keeping the group together and staying alive. Stories will break apart and intersect. The characters will find love and hate. Peace and conflict. Contentment and terror. And, in the quest to find a permanent, safe place to call home, one question will haunt them… After all they’ve seen, all they’ve done, all they’ve sacrificed, lost, and held on to no matter what the cost... Who do they become?


Alright, the complete fifth season of The Walking Dead has arrived, and I will stay away from any spoilery stuff so fear not and read on... 

I've been a huge fan of TWD since the first episode, having never read the comics I came in completely cold and free of any baggage and I remain so to this day, I have no plans to read it until the series ends. That has probably helped me weather a lot of the issues fans of the comics have had, and might have made a few of the slower season, too. Season five starts of with a visceral episode "No Sanctuary" and finished up the Terminus storyline that ended in pretty awful place for the group, trapped in a train car awaiting to be slaughtered like cattle by yet another group of human-flesh hungry survivors. It's brutal stuff from the very beginning, in an episode chock full of visceral stuff, the opening scenes are tense

Various factions of the core group are regrouped - and unfortunately Judith comes back into the fold - call me crazy but I just wanted that kid dead. Okay, that was a tiny bit spoilery but we all know she was alive at the end of the last season anyway. With terminus resolved we have the group back to getting mullet headed idiot-savant Eugene to Washington, which has a pretty interesting resolution in and of itself, one that pushes Abraham to his limits.

We have some new characters this season, namely Father Gabriel Stokes, a man of the cloth with a few secrets, plus a young man named Noah who the group connect with on a return journey to Atlanta. Of course we lose a few along the season, some of which are pretty painful losses, one in particularly was a deep cut, we all have our favorite episodes and we just hope none of them get too much time on-screen talking about their hopes and dreams for the future, because you know they are the next to go, ha ha. 

The carnage this season remains high, the grotesque creations of the special effects teams continue to be awesome from season to season with gooey smashed faces of the undead, the flesh of the living being chewed off, and those grotesque head shots all come at us with good frequency. Last season we had the awesome burned zombies, this season we have two sets of zombies that stood apart. Water-logged zombies trapped in a flooded basement were my favorite, followed by a parking lot full of walkers that were napalmed early on and have since melted into disgusting puddles of gooey chompers, those one looked like something out of the shunting scene from Brian Yuzna's Society. 

The group do find a new home after a temporary stay at a church early on in the season, a new fortified community that almost seems like a more idyllic and pastoral version of Woodbury, minus the governing of a certain one-eyed murderous menace. The storyline is a good one, with the team pulling apart from each other to a certain degree while others keep secrets from each other, the usual array of apocalyptic undead drama unfolds to varying degrees of success.

This season I did not win any who-will-die next predictions I made at the top of the season, which funnily enough is how we start each season, always guessing who will be gone by the season finale, which is a bit morbid but this is a sort of morbid show. 

Onto the special features on the five disc set from Anchor Bay, as usual it is stuffed with bonus content beginning with seven audio commentaries on select episodes with cast and crew, and honestly when it comes to TV series I rarely partake of the commentaries and TWD is no exception to the rule. However, I am all about the deleted scenes and featurettes, thankfully we have hours of content for the fans of the series who just cannot get enough of the behind-the-scenes stuff beginning with 16-minutes worth of deleted scenes spanning the entire season, nothing here is a revelation but I loved watching them in HD. 

There are about two hours worth of Inside The Walking Dead and The Making of The Walking Dead featurettes, I love these, one they gve you a fun recap of the episode from the cast and crew and then you get a behind the scenes making of for each one, seeing the nitty gritty of how they created certain effects and the challenges faces capturing them.

There's also about 20-minutes dedicated to he cast members who were killed this season, the creation of gated-community Alexandria, and a day in the life of actors Michael Cudlitz and Josh McDermitt on-set, a fun peak at what a typical day on-set is like for each of the actors. We also get a short featurette about the making of the napalm-burned zombies from the season, which it deserved, these were among the standout effects of the season.  On top of that we get a Digital HD UV  code so you can enjoy the series on the go, whenever I travel these come in handy when I need to fight of boredom at the airport or the doctor's office, 

Special Features: 
- UV Digital HD Copy
- Audio commentaries featuring Showrunner/Executive Producer/Writer Scott M. Gimple, Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer Tom Luse, Executive Producer/Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor /Director Greg Nicotero, Director Julius Ramsay; Actors Lauren Cohan, Chad L. Coleman, Michael Cudlitz, Sonequa Martin-Green, Danai Gurira, Alana Masterson, Melissa McBride, Josh McDermitt, Norman Reedus, Christian Serratos and Steven Yuen.
- Deleted Scenes (16 Mins) HD
- Inside “The Walking Dead” (Approx. 75 Mins)
- The Making of “The Walking Dead” (Approx. 53 Mins)
- The Making of Alexandria (10 Mins)
- Beth’s Journey (4 Mins)
- Bob’s Journey (5 Mins)
- Noah’s Journey (4 Mins)
- Tyreese’s Journey (7 Mins)
- A Day in the Life of Michael Cudlitz (8 Mins)
- A Day in the Life of Josh McDermitt (8 Mins)
- Rotters in the Flesh (5 Mins)


The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season comes highly recommended, of course I am preaching to the quire if you are already a fan of the series, and I cannot imagine anyone is jumping in cold with season five of the series, but if so you can expect a top notch HD presentation with a quality surround sound presentation plus a wealth of extras that should keep you satisfied until season six starts up,  or perhaps in between episodes of the prequel series Fear the Walking Dead which is currently airing on AMC. 4/5 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

DARK SKY FILMS ACQUIRES 'SCHERZO DIABOLICO'

DARK SKY FILMS ACQUIRES 'SCHERZO DIABOLICO'

Directed by Adrian Garcia Bogliano (HERE COMES THE DEVIL) and coming to theaters in 2016 from DARK SKY FILMS. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

HARD TO BE A GOD - on BD/DVD September 14th 2015 from Arrow Video UK

'HARD TO BE A GOD' ON BLU-RAY AND DVD SEPTEMBER 14th

Arrow Films is thrilled to announce the release of one of Aleksei German’s modern masterpiece, Hard to Be a God, which premiered at the London Film Festival in 2014 and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD from 14th September 2015.

Based on the novel by legendary Russian sci-fi authors Arkady and Boris Strugatsky (whose ‘Roadside Picnic’ was adapted by Andrei Tarkovsky as Stalker) the film, a dream project for director Aleksei German since the late 1960s, commenced shooting in 2000, would take six years of shooting, a further six of post-production and a posthumous premiere before his masterpiece was finally unveiled. His son, Aleksei German Jr. (a respected director in his own right) finished the editing of the film before its premiere where it has gone on to play the festival circuit in various cities including Rome, Göteborg, Karlovy Vary and Seattle.

Presented on DVD and Blu-ray with specially revised subtitles and brand new extras presented in Blu-ray packaging designed be celebrated graphic artist Andrzej Klimowski and on DVD with artwork featuring the stunning new UK poster artwork.

Synopsis: A group of scientists visits the distant planet Arkanar, and discovers a society still trapped in its own medieval era. Unable to interfere with the course of its history, they can only watch in mounting horror as all sparks of intelligent and independent thought are mercilessly snuffed out by Arkanar’s cruel rulers. Will they remain enmired in their squalid existence for ever, or can the visitors subtly nudge the more open-minded in the right direction? Truly, it’s hard to be a god.

Legendary Russian sci-fi authors Arkady and Boris Strugatsky (whose Roadside Picnic was filmed as Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky) wrote the source novel, and adapting it was director Aleksey German’s dream project for decades. It would take six years of shooting, a further six of post-production and a posthumous premiere before his masterpiece was finally unveiled.

But masterpiece it is: a visually astonishing, almost tactile recreation of an unnervingly recognisable alternative universe, drenched in blood, mud and the tears of the oppressed.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:
· High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
· Original Russian 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Surround Sound
· Optional English subtitles, revised especially for this edition
· Introduction by co-screenwriter Svetlana Karmalita
· Exclusive interview with Aleksei German Jr, who completed his father’s film after his death
· The History of the Arkanar Massacre, an appreciation of the film by Daniel Bird
· The Unknown Genius: Michael Brooke looks at Aleksei German’s creatively dazzling but politically troubled career
· Extensive galleries of film and behind-the-scenes stills
· Theatrical trailer
· Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Andrzej Klimowski
· Limited Edition booklet featuring new writing on the film and more!

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:
· Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
· Optional English subtitles, revised especially for this edition
· introduction by co-screenwriter Svetlana Karmalita
· Exclusive interview with Aleksei German Jr., who completed his father's film after his death
· Theatrical Trailer

Check out the Official Poster for KNOCK KNOCK Starring Keanu Reeves!

Lionsgate Premiere will release KNOCK KNOCK in theaters and On Demand 10/9

KNOCK KNOCK 

Directed by: Eli Roth
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, Ana de Armas, with Aaron Burns, Ignacia Allamand, and Colleen Camp

When a devoted husband and father is left home alone for the weekend, two stranded young women unexpectedly knock on his door for help. What starts out as a kind gesture results in a dangerous seduction and a deadly game of cat and mouse. A sexy new thriller from director Eli Roth and written by Eli Roth & Nicolás López & Guillermo Amoedo, KNOCK KNOCK stars Keanu Reeves as the family man who falls into temptation and Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas as the seductresses who wreak havoc upon his life, turning a married man’s dark fantasy into his worst nightmare.

Rating: R
Running Time: 95 minutes

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

HAMMER FILMS COLLECTION VOL. 1 (1960-1964)



HAMMER FILMS COLLECTION VOL. 1 (1960-1964) 



Label: Mill Creek Entertainment 
Duration: 384 Minutes
Rating: Unrated
Region Code: Region 1
Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0 
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1), Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) 
Directors: Terence Fisher, Seth Hout, Val Guest, Michael Carreras
Cast: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Paul Massie, Susan Strasberg, Terence Howard, Claude Dauphin, Tony Bonner, Ronald Lewis


Another fun set of 60's b-movie has arrived from Mill Creek Entertainment! This set of five Hammer horrors comes licensed from Columbia Pictures and sports anamorphic widescreen transfers - you get a lot of bang for your buck with this one.


THE TWO FACES OF DR. JECKYLL (1960) – Color – 89 Mins – Not Rated
Starring: Paul Massie, Dawn Addams, Christopher Lee, David Kossoff, Norma Marla, Francis De Wolff

Synopsis: Absorbed in research directed towards freeing the two natures of man, Dr. Jekyll degenerates in to Mr. Hyde, a vengeful maniac. While Hyde wants revenge against a gambler whom his wife is in love with, Dr. Jekyll, takes steps to do away with his evil self.


A Hammer take on Robert Louis Stevenson's most famous novel stars Paul Massie in a dual-role as both the bearded Dr. Jekyll and the more debaucherous Mr. Hyde, it also notably features Christopher Lee as Jekyll's money-borrowing slimeball friend Paul Allen, who happens to be sleeping with Jekyll's wife Kitty, who is bored by her reclusive husband who would much rather keep himself locked away in his laboratory than attend social parties. When the boring doc injects himself with his potion he becomes the dapper and reprehensible playboy Mr Hyde, who fails to seduce his own wife, but instead hooks up with a steamy snake-dancer Maria (Norma Marla). Mr. Hyde sets into motion a series of events that will pretty much ruin everyone of the players involved, this Hammer entry has some surprising moments of deviancy that might surprise a few people, it certainly did me. Directed by Hammer alum Terrenec Fisher (The Devild Rides Out) the movie has some pacing issues but it an interesting variation of the time weathered story, draped in gorgeous Victorian sets and fashions, this one might be a bit slow but it had some juice to it.

SCREAM OF FEAR (1961) – B/W – 82 Mins – Not Rated
Starring: Susan Strasberg, Ronald Lewis, Ann Todd, Christopher Lee, John Serret, Leonard Sachs

Synopsis: A young wheelchair-bound woman returns to her father's estate to find he's away on business, but she keeps seeing his dead body in various places. Her stepmother and other house guests employ a plan to drive her insane and take her inheritance.


Scream of Fear or Taste of Fear as it was known in the UK is a surprise filled suspense film concerning young Penny Appleby (Susan Strasberg), a wheelchair bound young lady who returns home from school after her best friend dies in a drowning accident, only to discover that her beloved father has gone missing, and her cold step mother Jane (Ann Todd) whom at first seems to be ever so nice might be up to no good. She starts to snoop around for answers with the aid of her chauffeur Bob (Ronald Lewis), and begins to see visions of her father's corpse around the house, particularly in the guest house. Meanwhile her mother's friend Doctor Gerrard (Christopher Lee) visits nightly and suggests the visions are a product of  nervous disorder.


This one is loaded with some very fine suspense and twisty turns, a top notch black and white thriller that makes great use of Penny's wheelchair, a scary accident that plunges her into the mansion pool is a particularly effective scene, loved this one. 


THE GORGON (1964) – Color – 83 Mins – Not Rated
Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Richard Pasco, Barbara Shelley, Michael Goddliffe, Patrick Troughton

Synopsis: In a rural village, a series of murders have been committed where each victim was turned into stone. A local professor investigates and finds an evil Gorgon haunting a nearby castle and in search of more victims.


Back into the realm of Gothic horror we gave The Gorgon directed by Hammer vet Terrence Fisher, set in the German village of Vandorf in 1910 we have a series of unsolved murders in the village, each occurring on the night of a full moon. Paul Heitz (Richard Pasco) arrives in the village after his younger brother is found dead. his body turned to stone, and for some reason Dr. Namaroff (Peter Cushing) is falsifying the death certificates to obscure the truth behind the strange deaths. Heitz calls in friend Professor Karl Meister (Christopher Lee) to help him get to the bottom of things. Meanwhile Heitz begins to form a romantic relationship with Namaroff's nurse Carla (Barbara Hershey) and discovers that the spirit of a fabled snake-haired Gorgon sister may be haunting the nearby castle ruins. 

The Gorgon is laced with vintage Gothic fashion and set dressing, dripping with atmosphere and creepiness, but all is nearly undone when the final scene of the snake-haired Megaera is finally revealed, it's a bit on the cheap side but this doesn't spoil the movie, this is good stuff and worth a watch! 

STOP ME BEFIRE I KILL! (1961) – B/W – 108 Mins – Not Rated
Starring: Claude Dauphin, Diane Cilento, Ronald Lewis, Françoise Rosay, Bernard Braden, Katya Douglas

Synopsis: After a horrific car crash, race car driver Alan Colby goes on vacation to recover, but suffers blackouts and violent outbursts. With his wife by his side, he visits a psychiatrist who promises to cure Alan's suffering but they have now encountered a mind more unbalanced and disturbed.


This was a let down considering the Giallo-esque title of the movie, it turned out that not all Hammer thrillers are of the suspenseful variety, straying far from the superior Scream of Fear we have a story about race car driver Alan Colby (Ronald Lewis) vacationing in France after a near fatal accident, in the aftermath he is inexplicably overcome with the desire to strangle his wife Denise (Diane Cilento), both seek the help of psychiatrist David Prade (Claude Dauphin), but even a touch of nudity cannot save this stale thriller. This is the one movie on the set I would say just Skip it.

THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB (1964) Color - 81 Mins - Not Rated

Starring: Terence Morgan, Ronald Howard, Fred Clark, Jeanne Roland, George Pastell, Jack Gwillim

Synopsis: An American showman and financier disrupts the coffin of a mummified Pharaoh and finds it empty. The mummy has escaped to fulfill the dreadful prophesy and exact a violent and bloody revenge on all those who defiled his final resting place.


The last feature on the two-disc set is The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb, a pretty typical set-up for a mummy movie, an American showman Alexander King (Fred King) unearths a tomb f a disgraced Pharaoh. He plans to take it on the road as a way to print money, he steadfastly refuses to allow the discovery to be whisked away to some dusty old museum, and he makes a few enemies because of his entrepreneurial ways. As expected they open the sarcophagus at some point and the mummified Pharaoh is nowhere to be found, but soon those who have done wrong by the ancient Pharaoh are found dead and the lurching creature starts making quite a mess of things. 

Not the most pulse pounding of Hammer entries and a pale shadow of the Terrence Fisher classic The Mummy starring Christopher Lee who was by far a more threatening mass of moldy bandages, but this one has some pretty opulent Egyptian set pieces, the Pharaoh's tomb looks fantastic, but this is still a bit on the slow side, thank goodness for Freddie King who does a fantastic job as the fast-talking PT Barnum type American Showman.

The Hammer Films Collection from Mill Creek Entertainment is highly recommended, not all of them are upper crust Hammer entries but for under $10 this is a fantastic deal and the movies are certainly entertaining to varying degrees. Now bring on the Hammer Films Collection Vol. 2 and make it a Blu-ray! 2.5/5 

October Releases from Olive Films

Some great horror titles on the way from Olive Films this October including the Freddie Francis classics The Deadly Bees and  Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors, the Italian thriller A Black Veil for Lisa from Massimo Dallamano, plus the cult-classics Breeders and Phase IV and Stephen King's Sometimes They Come Back...! 

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KING OF THE HILL
THE COMPLETE 13TH SEASON

MIKE JUDGE (Hank Hill and Boomhauer) 
KATHY NAJIMY (Peggy Hill) 
PAMELA SEGALL ADLON (Bobby Hill) 
BRITTANY MURPHY (Luanne Platter) 
JOHNNY HARDWICK (Dale Gribble) 
STEPHEN ROOT (Bill Dauterive) 
TOBY HUSS (Cotton Hill and Kahn)
 
From Mike Judge, the creator of Office Space, Idiocracy, “Beavis and Butthead” and the new hit HBO series “Silicon Valley”.

YEAR: 2008-2009
GENRE: TELEVISION / COMEDY / ANIMATED
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 540 mins
RATING: NR
ASPECT RATIO: Episodes 1-7: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio / Episodes 8-24: 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio; Color
AUDIO: 5.1
DISCS: 3 DVD / 3 BD
 
SYNOPSIS
A hilarious slice of middle-class life in small-town America, “King of the Hill” has become one of the most beloved and long-running prime-time animated series in television history. Outrageously funny but remarkably truthful, the series follows the exploits of propane salesman Hank Hill (Mike Judge) as he reigns over a family of underachievers, a group of beer-guzzling friends, and the everyday challenges of life in Arlen, Texas. Comprised of all 24 episodes from the thirteenth and final season, this three-disc collection features guest appearances by Andy Richter, Jake Steinfeld, Jerry Lambert, Paget Brewster, Diedrich Bade, Colin Mochrie and Chris Elliott.

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BREEDERS

LANCE LEWMAN (Riot on 42nd Street, TV’s House of Cards)
TERESA FARLEY (Bad Girls Dormitory)
FRANCES RAINES (Disconnected, Bad Girls Dormitory)
NATALIE O’CONNELL (Bad Girls Dormitory)
 
Directed by
TIM KINCAID (Mutant Hunt, Robot Holocaust)
 
Breeders director Tim Kincaid AKA Joe Cage is the Grabby Award-nominee for Men’s Room: Bakerfield Station.
 
YEAR: 1986
GENRE: HORROR
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 77 mins
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO
 
SYNOPSIS
Fearing that their city is the target of a serial rapist, Manhattan Detective Dale Androtti (Lance Lewman, Riot On 42nd Street) finds an unlikely ally in Dr. Gamble Pace (Teresa Farley, Bad Girls Dormitory) when they are teamed up to investigate the brutal crimes. Their suspicions, unbelievable as they may seem, will lead them to a terrifying discovery that an alien life form is impregnating women to reproduce his species.
 
The terrifying Breeders, written and directed by Tim Kincaid (Mutant Hunt) co-stars Frances Raines (Disconnected) and Natalie O’Connell (Bad Girls Dormitory).
 
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THE METEOR MAN


ROBERT TOWNSEND (Hollywood Shuffle, Streets of Fire)
JAMES EARL JONES (Star Wars, The Great White Hope)
MARLA GIBBS (TV’s The Jeffersons, TV’s 227)
DON CHEADLE (Ocean’s Eleven, Flight, TV’s House of Lies)
ROBERT GUILLAUME (TV’s Soap, TV’s Benson)
 
Directed by
ROBERT TOWNSEND (Hollywood Shuffle)
 
The Meteor Man is written, directed and stars Robert Townsend, the Independent Spirits Awards nominee forHollywood Shuffle; Cable ACE Award-winner for TheBest of Robert Townsend & His Partners In Crime and the American Black Film Festival Career Achievement Award-winner.
 
YEAR: 1993
GENRE: ACTION COMEDY
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 109 mins
RATING: PG
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: STEREO
 
SYNOPSIS
Triple-threat Robert Townsend (writer, director & actor) stars as the shy and retiring schoolteacher, Jefferson Reed in The Meteor ManJefferson, who gains mysterious super powers when he’s struck by a meteor fragment, uses those powers to help his neighborhood combat gang crime. A time-honored tradition of superheroes, Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Jefferson’s courage will be tested as his super powers diminish and he must decide where true strength really lies.
 
The Meteor Man, a comic-action film with heart, co-stars James Earl Jones (Star Wars, Convicts), Marla Gibbs (TV’sThe Jeffersons and 227), Robert Guillaume (TV’s Soap andBenson), Don Cheadle (Ocean’s 11, TV’s House of Lies), Eddie Griffin (Undercover Brother, TV’s Malcolm & Eddie), Frank Gorshin (TV’s Batman), Sinbad (TV’s A DifferentWorld) and singer Nancy Wilson (The Big Score).

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CHEECH & CHONG’S
THE CORSICAN BROTHERS
 

CHEECH MARIN (Up In Smoke, After Hours)
TOMMY CHONG (Yellowbeard, Up In Smoke)
ROY DOTRICE (Amadeus, The Cutting Edge, Hellboy II)
RAE DAWN CHONG (The Color Purple, Commando)
 
Directed by
TOMMY CHONG (Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie)
 
YEAR: 1984
GENRE: COMEDY
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  91 mins
RATING: PG
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO:  STEREO
 
SYNOPSIS
From bongs to bon mots, Cheech and Chong proudly place their names alongside such luminaries as the Brothers Karamazov, the Marx Brothers, the Ritz Brothers and the Smothers Brothers portraying the brothers Corsican inCheech & Chong’s The Corsican Brothers, a comic adventure inspired by the Alexandre Dumas novella.
 
As the story unfolds, our two heroes, down-on-their-luck rock musicians (Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, Up In Smoke) wandering the streets of France after a disastrous performance (the locals have actually paid them to stop performing), happen upon a gypsy storyteller. The gypsy regales them with stories of the noble Corsican Brothers (also played by Cheech and Chong) who plot to take down the evil nobleman Fuckaire, portrayed with scenery-chewing glee by Roy Dotrice (Amadeus).
 
Cheech and Chong’s The Corsican Brothers, as written for the screen by Tommy Chong, Cheech Marin and Rikki Marin, is a Dumas tale of adventure like no other and features a cast that includes Jean-Claude Dreyfus (Delicatessen), Rae Dawn Chong (The Color Purple) and Edie McClurg (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off).

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THE END


BURT REYNOLDS (Semi-Tough, Deliverance, Boogie Nights)
SALLY FIELD (Places in The Heart, Steel Magnolias)
DOM DELUISE (Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie)
ROBBY BENSON (Ice Castles, Beauty and The Beast)
JOANNE WOODWARD (The Three Faces of Eve)
PAT O’BRIEN (The Front Page, Some Like It Hot, Ragtime)
MYRNA LOY (The Thin Man, The Best Years of Our Lives)
 
Directed by
BURT REYNOLDS (Sharkey’s Machine, Gator, Stick)
 
Academy Award-nominee Burt Reynolds (Best Supporting Actor, Boogie Nights) directs Academy Award-winners Joanne Woodward (Best Actress, The Three Faces of Eve), Sally Field (Best Actress, Norma Rae and Places in the Heart) and Myrna Loy (Lifetime Achievement Honorary Oscar) in the darkly comic The End.
 
YEAR: 1978
GENRE: COMEDY
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  101 mins
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO:  MONO
 
SYNOPSIS:
When California real-estate agent Wendell “Sonny” Lawson (Burt Reynolds, Semi-Tough) is told that he only has six months to live he decides to try and beat the grim reaper to the punch in the darkly comic The End.
 
After a failed overdose (a handful of pills and sour milk do not mix), the hospitalized Sonny finds the solution to his problem in his fellow inmate, the certifiably insane Marlon (Dom DeLuise, Blazing Saddles). As it turns out Marlon is of little help, botching Sonny’s suicide attempts at every turn. Nothing works – not hanging, not jumping from a tower, not bludgeoning by an adjustable hospital bed, not even holding his breath until he dies. During a drowning attempt, Sonny has a change of heart. How could he possibly leave his daughter, Julie (Kristy McNichol, Little Darlings) orphaned. Marlon, unaware of Sonny’s sudden zest for life, is a man on a mission who’ll stop at nothing to make sure that his friend’s wish is fulfilled in The End.
 
The End, directed by Burt Reynolds (Sharkey’s Machine) from a screenplay by Jerry Belson (Smile) features Joanne Woodward (The Three Faces of Eve), Sally Field (Steel Magnolias), Pat O’Brien (Some Like It Hot), Myrna Loy (The Thin Man), Carl Reiner (Ocean’s Eleven), Norman Fell (TV’sThree’s Company), David Steinberg (Nothing Personal) and Robby Benson (Harry & Son).

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KINJITE:
FORBIDDEN SUBJECTS


CHARLES BRONSON (Messenger of Death, The Dirty Dozen)
PEGGY LIPTON (Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me)
PERRY LOPEZ (Chinatown, Kelly’s Heroes, McLintock!)
NICOLE EGGERT (TV’s Baywatch, TV’s Charles In Charge)
SY RICHARDSON (They Live, Repo Man, Straight To Hell)
JUAN FERNÁNDEZ (Mad Dog Time, The Collector)

Directed by
J. LEE THOMPSON (Messenger of Death, The Guns of Navarone)

Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects would be J. Lee Thompson’s (Academy Award nominee for Best Director, The Guns of Navarone) final film and his ninth collaboration with actor Charles Bronson (Messenger of Death).

YEAR: 1989
GENRE: CRIME DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  98 mins
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO:  STEREO

SYNOPSIS
Straddling the cultural divide between the East and West,Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects stars Charles Bronson (Messenger of Death) as Lt. Crowe, a coarsened Los Angeles cop whose objectivity is compromised when a case he’s investigating hits close to home.

Crowe will reexamine his prejudices when he forges a friendship with a Japanese businessman whose daughter he’s saved from a child prostitution ring. But an unexpected tragedy will lead the out-for-justice Crowe into uncharted waters as he pursues the murderous pimp known as Duke (Juan Fernández, Bulletproof) in the edge-of-your seat crime drama Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects.

Written by Harold Nebenzal (The Wilby Conspiracy), the film features supporting performances by Perry Lopez (Chinatown), Peggy Lipton (TV’s Twin Peaks), Nicole Eggert (TV’s Baywatch) and Sy Richardson (Repo Man).

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MESSENGER OF DEATH


CHARLES BRONSON (Death Wish, The Dirty Dozen)
TRISH VAN DEVERE (The Changeling, Movie Movie)
LAURENCE LUCKINBILL (The Boys In The Band, Cocktail)
DANIEL BENZALI (The End of Violence, Dead Heat)
JOHN IRELAND (Spartacus, Red River, The Incubus)
 
Directed by
J. LEE THOMPSON (Firewalker, The Guns of Navarone)
 
YEAR: 1988
GENRE: CRIME DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  91 mins
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO:  STEREO
 
SYNOPSIS
The brutal murder of three Mormon women and their children is just the tip of the iceberg as an investigative reporter digs into the seamy side of religious fanaticism and political corruption in the compelling crime dramaMessenger of Death.
 
Newspaper reporter Garret Smith (Charles Bronson, Death Wish) with the help of local editor Jastra Watson (Trish Van Devere, The Changeling) set out to solve the horrific murders which they believe may be linked to a fundamentalist sect whose excommunicated leader, Willis Beecham (Jeff Corey, True Grit) is considered a prophet. Garret and Jastra discover just how deep still waters run as clues and the list of possible suspects pile up, which includes the husband & father of the murder victims (Charles Dierkop, The Sting) and his estranged brother (John Ireland, Red River).
 
Directed by J. Lee Thompson (Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects) from Paul Jarrico’s (The Face Behind The Mask) script (based on the book The Avenging Angel by Rex Burns),Messenger of Death co-stars Daniel Benzali (Dead Heat), Laurence Luckinbill (The Boys in the Band), Marilyn Hassett (The Other Side of The Mountain) and Tom Everett (Air Force One).

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DARK BLUE


KURT RUSSELL (Escape From New York, The Thing)
SCOTT SPEEDMAN (The Strangers, TV’s Felicity)
LOLITA DAVIDOVICH (The Longest Ride, Raising Cain, Blaze)
VING RHAMES (Mission:Impossible, Pulp Fiction, Rosewood)
BRENDAN GLEESON (Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire)
MICHAEL MICHELE (Ali, TV’s ER)
 
Directed by
RON SHELTON (Bull Durham, Blaze, White Men Can’t Jump)
 
YEAR: 2002
GENRE: CRIME DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  118 mins
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO:  5.1
 
SYNOPSIS
A searing indictment of police corruption based on a story by noted crime novelist James Ellroy (The Black Dahlia),Dark Blue stars Kurt Russell as Sergeant Eldon Perry, a Los Angeles police officer faced with a choice so monstrous it will affect his personal life and the lives of those around him while cutting through the heart of the police department.
 
With the jury verdict in the Rodney King case looming in the background, Perry and his partner Detective Bobby Keough (Scott Speedman, Underworld) will be drawn into a cover-up by their commanding officer, Jack Van Meter (played with frightening malevolence and wit by Brendan Gleeson, Edge of Tomorrow) for a robbery gone bad.
 
Murder for revenge, double-crosses and complicity lurk around every corner in the tension-filled Dark Blue, a terrifying glimpse inside the hearts and minds of people who have been anesthetized by the inherent corruption around them.
 
Dark Blue, directed by Ron Shelton (Bull Durham) from a screenplay by David Ayer (Training Day) co-stars Ving Rhames (Mission: Impossible), Michael Michele (How ToLose A Guy In 10 Days), Dash Mihok (The Thin Red Line) and Khandi Alexander (TV’s CSI: Miami).
 
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DANGEROUS GAME


HARVEY KEITEL (Bad Lieutenant, The Piano, Taxi Driver)
MADONNA (Evita, Desperately Seeking Susan)
JAMES RUSSO (Django Unchained, Beverly Hills Cop)
NANCY FERRARA (The Blackout, Molotov Samba)
 
Directed by
ABEL FERRARA (Welcome To New York, Bad Lieutenant, King of New York)
 
Academy Award nominee Harvey Keitel (Best Supporting Actor, Bugsy) and winner of the Venice Film Festival Best Actor Award for his performance in Dangerous Game, stars alongside Golden Globe winner Madonna (Best Actress, Evita) and James Russo in this Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant) directed drama.
 
YEAR: 1993
GENRE: DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  105 mins
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: TBD Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO:  STEREO
 
SYNOPSIS:
Abel Ferrara, the director of the thought-provokingWelcome To New York and Bad Lieutenant explores the dark side of the artistic mind in Dangerous Game.
 
Enfant terrible director, Eddie Israel (Harvey Keitel, Bad Lieutenant) is in Los Angeles working on his latest project, a lacerating tale of a crumbling marriage, in what will become a cinematic Rorschach test as on-screen events mirror his own deteriorating marriage and the personal lives of his actors. Eddie will push the jaded leading lady, Sarah Jennings (Madonna, Desperately Seeking Susan) and her promiscuous co-star, Francis Burns (James Russo,Extremities) to the brink of insanity all while capturing every lurid detail on celluloid.
 
Dangerous Game, written by Nicholas St. John (King of New York) co-stars Nancy Ferrara (The Blackout), Reilly Murphy (Body Snatchers) and Victor Argo (Taxi Driver).

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IMPROMPTU 


JUDY DAVIS (Husbands and Wives, Barton Fink)
HUGH GRANT (Four Weddings and A Funeral, Notting Hill)
EMMA THOMPSON (Love Actually, Sense and Sensibility)
MANDY PATINKIN (The Princess Bride, True Colors, Yentl)
JULIAN SANDS (The Killing Fields, A Room With A View)
 
Directed by
JAMES LAPINE (Life With Mikey)
 
Impromptu is bursting with Oscar and Golden Globe winners & nominees including Judy Davis (Oscar nominee for Best Actress in David Lean’s A Passage To India; Oscar nominee for Best Actress in Woody Allen’sHusbands and Wives); Emma Thompson (Oscar winner for Best Actress in Howards End) and Hugh Grant (Golden Globe winner for Best Actor in Four Weddings and A Funeral).
 
YEAR: 1991
GENRE: BIOGRAPHY/COMEDY
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 108 mins
RATING: PG-13
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO
 
SYNOPSIS
From the accomplished theater director James Lapine (Into The Woods) comes Impromptu, his directorial film debut, and one that could very well be called When Chopin Met Sand. A delightful, witty and beautifully crafted film,Impromptu brings together a number of historical figures of the arts & letters variety who trade bon mots at a breakneck pace in this effervescent romp. The ambitious, social climbing Duchess d’Antan’s (Emma Thompson, Love Actually), salon for the “artists of the moment,” brings face-to-face the wildly unconventional and recently divorced Baroness Dupin AKA author George Sand (Judy Davis, Husbands and Wives) and the object of her unbridled affection -- the talented, introspective and highly sensitive composer Frederic Chopin (Hugh Grant,Four Weddings and A Funeral). These are but two shining stars in a galaxy of 19th Century glitterati that includes composer Franz Liszt (Julian Sands, A Room With A View), French poet, dramatist and author Alfred de Musset (Mandy Patinkin, Homeland) and painter Eugene Delacroix (Ralph Brown, Alien 3).
 
Written for the screen by Sarah Kernochan (What Lies Beneath), Impromptu is enhanced by the cinematography of Brune de Keyzer (The Princess of Montpensier) and the period costumes created by Academy Award-winning costume designer Jenny Beaven (A Room With A View).
 
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THE ONE AND ONLY


HENRY WINKLER (Night Shift, Heroes, TV’s Happy Days)
KIM DARBY (True Grit, Better Off Dead, Don’t Be Afraid of The Dark)
HERVE VILLECHAIZE (Forbidden Zone, Airplane II: The Sequel)
GENE SAKS (A Thousand Clowns, Deconstructing Harry, Lovesick)
 
Directed by
CARL REINER (Fatal Instinct, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, The Jerk)
 
YEAR: 1978
GENRE: COMEDY
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  98 mins
RATING: PG
ASPECT RATIO: 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO:  MONO
 
SYNOPSIS
From director Carl Reiner (The Jerk) and screenwriter Steve Gordon (Arthur) comes The One and Only, a tale of marital bliss and off-kilter relationships told with wry wit and a bit of borscht belt humor. This bittersweet comedy stars Henry Winkler (TV's Happy Days), Kim Darby (True Grit), Gene Saks (Nobody’s Fool) and Hervé Villechaize (TV’s Fantasy Island).
 
From their unconventional courtship and whirlwind college romance, we follow the lives of Andy Schmidt (Winkler) and Mary Crawford (Darby) into adulthood, careers and the beckoning lights of Broadway where Andy is convinced he'll make it big on the stage. However with acting jobs in short supply the unconventional Andy will become conventional when he learns that he’ll be a father.
 
With Andy’s dreams all but dashed, triumph will come not on the boards, but in the wrestling ring. Taking a page from the flamboyant wrestler Gorgeous George, Andy creates a persona - The Lover - that will bring him great acclaim. When his outsized persona overshadows his personal life it will strain his fragile marriage, friendships and the already tense relationship with his resistant in-laws. 

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PARTNERS


RYAN O’NEAL (Love Story, Paper Moon, What’s Up, Doc?)
JOHN HURT (Alien, The Elephant Man)
KENNETH MCMILLAN (Ragtime, True Confessions, Dune)
ROBYN DOUGLASS (Breaking Away, The Lonely Guy, Romantic Comedy)
 
Directed by
JAMES BURROWS (TV’s Cheers, Taxi, Will & Grace)
 
YEAR: 1982
GENRE: COMEDY
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  93 mins
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO:  MONO
 
SYNOPSIS
Straight cop Benson (Ryan O’Neal, Love Story) and gay officer Kerwin (John Hurt, Alien) make an odd couple when teamed to solve a series of murders in the comedy-thriller Partners directed by James Burrows (TV’s Cheers). Thrown together by their boss, Chief Wilkins (Kenneth McMillan, Ragtime), ladies man Benson and the closeted records clerk Kerwin go undercover as a gay couple to hunt down the person responsible for a series of murders in L.A.’s gay community. Initial discomfort melts away as Benson relaxes into his role, while Kerwin finds his bliss in domesticity. But bliss will be short-lived when Benson’s roving eye makes him a target for the killer and only Kerwin's clear-eyed deductions may prevent his partner from becoming the next victim.
 
Partners, directed by James Burrows (TV’s Cheers) from a screenplay by Francis Veber (La Cage aux Folles) and featuring a musical score by Georges Delerue (Beaches), co-stars Robyn Douglass (Breaking Away), Darrell Larson (Stepmom), James Remar (Django Unchained) and Jay Robinson (Bram Stoker’s Dracula).

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BLUE CITY


JUDD NELSON (The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire)
ALLY SHEEDY (The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire)
DAVID CARUSO (Jade, Kiss of Death, TV’s CSI: Miami)
PAUL WINFIELD (Sounder, Twilight’s Last Gleaming)
SCOTT WILSON (In Cold Blood, TV’s The Walking Dead)
ANITA MORRIS (The Hotel New Hampshire, Ruthless People)
 
Directed by
MICHELLE MANNING (The Breakfast Club co-producer)
 
Golden Globe nominee Judd Nelson (Best Actor,Billionaire Boys Club) is reunited with his Breakfast Club and St. Elmo’s Fire co-star Ally Sheedy in the modern day crime drama Blue City based on the Ross MacDonald novel.
 
YEAR: 1986
GENRE: CRIME DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 83 mins
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO
 
SYNOPSIS
Black sheep Billy Turner (Judd Nelson, The Breakfast Club) returns to his rural Florida home to find that his father, the town's mayor, has been murdered. With little interest from local law enforcement in bringing his father's killer to justice, Billy sets out to solve the mystery with the aid of an embittered high school friend, Joey Rayford (David Caruso, TV's CSI: Miami) and Joey's sister Annie (Ally Sheedy, The Breakfast Club). Their lives are put in jeopardy when the local mob boss, Perry Kersh (Scott Wislon, The Great Gatsby), takes none too kindly to their investigation.
 
Blue City, directed by Michelle Manning (The BreakfastClub co-producer) from a screenplay by Walter Hill (48 Hours) and Lukas Heller (The Dirty Dozen) based on Ross MacDonald's novel, features a supporting cast that includes Paul Winfield (Sounder) and Anita Morris (The Hotel New Hampshire) with cinematographer Steven Poster (Donnie Darko) and composer Ry Cooder (The End of Violence) lending their considerable talents to the proceedings.

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MANDINGO


JAMES MASON (North By Northwest, A Star Is Born)
PERRY KING (The Day After Tomorrow)
SUSAN GEORGE (Straw Dogs, A Small Town In Texas)
KEN NORTON (Drum, Kiss And Be Killed, Delta Pi)
BRENDA SYKES (Cleopatra Jones)
 
Directed by
RICHARD FLEISCHER (The Boston Strangler, The Last Run, Mr. Majestyk)
 
Academy Award-winner Richard Fleischer (Best Documentary, Design For Death) directs three-time Academy Award-nominee James Mason (Academy Award – Best Supporting Actor nominee for The Verdict; Academy Award – Best Supporting Actor nominee forGeorgy Girl; Academy Award – Best Actor nominee for A Star Is Born) in the antebellum potboiler Mandingo.
 
YEAR: 1975
GENRE: DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 127 mins
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO
 
SYNOPSIS
“Provocative” and “potent.” An anti-Gone With The Windthat treats the pre-Civil War South as a swamp of degradation for white masters and black slaves alike.”  - Dave Kehr, The New York Times
 
“One of the most neglected and underrated Hollywood films of its era, Richard Fleischer’s blistering and undeniably lurid 1975 melodrama … it’s doubtful whether many more insightful and penetrating movies about American slavery exist.”  - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
 
Richard Fleischer’s (The Boston Strangler) film adaptation of Kyle Onstott’s torrid novel, Mandingo, has been called“provocative,” insightful” and “penetrating.”
 
Warren Maxwell (James Mason, North By Northwest) and his son Hammond (Perry King, The Day After Tomorrow) rule their plantation and its inhabitants with an iron fist. Warren needs to see Hammond wed a woman from a respectable family, sire a son, and acquire a Mandingo slave to breed a stronger slave colony. Hammond finds that “respectable woman” in his bride, Blanche (played at fever pitch by Susan George, Straw Dogs), but her questionable chastity soon has Hammond returning to his wandering ways. When he purchases the beautiful Ellen (Brenda Sykes, Cleopatra Jones) to be a “house slave” … and his mistress … Blanche is pushed to the edge.
 
When the vengeful Blanche forces Mede (Ken Norton,Drum), the newly acquired Mandingo slave, into her bed she is ill prepared for the dire consequences.
 
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NO MAN’S WOMAN

 
MARIE WINDSOR (The Killing, Force of Evil)
JOHN ARCHER (White Heat, Blue Hawaii)
PATRIC KNOWLES (Auntie Mame, How Green Was My Valley)
NANCY GATES (Some Came Running, World Without End)
RICHARD CRANE (The Great Adventures of Captain Kidd)
JIL JARMYN (Swamp Women, Lay That Rifle Down)
 
Directed by
FRANKLIN ADREON (Hell’s Crossroads, Man With The Steel Whip)
 
YEAR: 1955
GENRE: CRIME DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  70 mins
RATING: N/R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.66:1 Aspect Ratio; B&W
AUDIO: MONO
 
SYNOPSIS:
When the scheming, double-crossing Carolyn Ellenson-Grant (Marie Windsor, The Killing) is found murdered, the list of possible suspects is very long. Those who may have killed this most unpleasant woman include her husband Harlow (John Archer, White Heat), a man desperate to divorce his money-grubbing wife so that he can move on with his life; Wayne Vincent (Patric Knowles, Auntie Mame) a newspaper columnist and art collector who believed that Carolyn loved him only to find out that her interests were not purely of a romantic nature; Betty Allen (Jil Jarmyn, Lay That Rifle Down), Carolyn’s assistant who discovered that Carolyn had designs on her fiancé; Dick Sawyer (Richard Crane, Mysterious Island), Betty’s fiancé and the object of Carolyn’s recent seduction … and blackmail plot.
 
The stage is set for this thrilling drama directed by Franklin Adreon (Hell’s Crossroad) and photographed in silken black & white by Bud Thackery (The Crimson Ghost).
 
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PHASE IV

 
MICHAEL MURPHY (Manhattan, An Unmarried Woman)
NIGEL DAVENPORT (Without A Clue, A Man For All Seasons)
LYNNE FREDERICK (Nicholas and Alexandra, The Prisoner of Zenda, Voyage of The Damned)
 
Directed by
SAUL BASS (Why Man Creates)
 
Saul Bass (Why Man Creates), the graphic designer responsible for some of cinema’s most iconic movie poster images (Vertigo, The Man With The Golden Arm, The Shining) and credit sequences (Psycho, The Facts of Life, North By Northwest), tackles feature film directing with the hallucinatory Phase IV.
 
YEAR: 1974
GENRE: SCI-FI/HORROR
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  84 mins
RATING: PG
ASPECT RATIO: 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO
 
SYNOPSIS
This gripping film, part science fiction, part philosophical musing on man’s place in the universe, has gained cult status. Michael Murphy (Manhattan) stars as James Lesko with Nigel Davenport (A Man For All Seasons) as Dr. Ernest Hubbs, scientists in search of answers to an evolutionary shift in the ant population that's adopted a hive mentality allowing the ants to team with others of their species to create a super colony. In an effort to better understand the intelligent and powerful new life form, Lesko and Hubbs are faced with the choice of either communicating with, or eradicating their antagonists. Lynne Frederick is cast as Kendra, an ant attack survivor who’ll play a pivotal role in deciphering the ants’ mysterious existence.
 
Phase IV is written for the screen by Mayo Simon (Futureworld), photographed by Dick Bush (Ken Russell’sTommy and Mahler) and scored by Brian Gascoigne (The Emerald Forest) with contributions by Stomu Yamashta, David Vorhaus and Desmond Briscoe. 
 
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STEPHEN KING’S
SOMETIMES THEY COME BACK

 
TIM MATHESON (Animal House, 1941, TV’s The West Wing)
BROOKE ADAMS (Invasion of the Body Snatchers)
ROBERT RUSLER (Thrashin’, Weird Science, Vamp)
WILLIAM SANDERSON (Blade Runner, Last Man Standing)
 
Directed by
TOM MCLOUGHLIN (One Dark Night, Date With An Angel, The Unsaid)
 
Tim Matheson (two-time Primetime Emmy-nominee for Best Guest Appearance in TV’s The West Wing) gives what Entertainment Weekly called a “truly moving” performance in the “well-acted and skillfully produced”Stephen King’s Sometimes They Come Back.
 
YEAR: 1991
GENRE: HORROR
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 98 mins
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: STEREO
 
SYNOPSIS
Based on the short story by Stephen King (The Shining),Sometimes They Come Back, stars Tim Matheson (Animal House) as the troubled Jim Norman who moves back to his hometown with his wife Sally (Brooke Adams, The Dead Zone) and son Scott (Robert Hy Gorman, Forever Young) after accepting a teaching job at the local high school.
 
But the town holds dark memories for Jim who moved away years earlier following the murder of his brother, Wayne (Chris Demetral, Blank Check). The young men responsible for the murder met with their own horrific deaths and now those restless spirits have come back for revenge.
 
Director Tom McLoughlin’s chilling Stephen King’s Sometimes They Come Back is adapted for the screen by Lawrence Konnor and Mark Rosenthal (Planet of the Apesco-writers) and co-stars Robert Rustler (Thrashin’), William Sanderson (Blade Runner) and Nicholas Sadler (Scent of A Woman).
 
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THE DEADLY BEES

 
SUZANNA LEIGH (Boeing, Boeing; Son of Dracula)
FRANK FINLAY (The Pianist, The Three Musketeers)
GUY DOLEMAN (Thunderball, On The Beach)
CATHERINE FINN ( The Reckoning, The Creeping Flesh)
 
Directed by
FREDDIE FRANCIS (Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors, Dracula Has Risen From The Grave, Tales From The Crypt)
 
Freddie Francis, the two-time Academy Award winning cinematographer (Sons and LoversGlory) would step behind the camera as director of The Deadly Bees. The in-demand Francis would split his time lensing some of cinema's most outstanding works (The Innocents,The Elephant ManCape FearThe French Lieutenant’s Woman) and directing horror genre favorites Dracula Has Risen From The GraveTales From The Crypt andDr. Terror’s House of Horrors.
 
YEAR: 1966
GENRE: HORROR
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  84 mins
RATING: N/R
ASPECT RATIO: 1:78:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO:  MONO
 
 
SYNOPSIS
First there was The Birds. Now there's The Deadly Bees
 
Something terrifying is taking place on Seagull Island. When pop singer Vicki Robbins (Suzanna Leigh, Lust For A Vampire) arrives at the island to recuperate from nervous exhaustion, she'll soon discover that the cottage belonging to beekeeper Ralph Hargrove (Guy Doleman, Thunderball) and his wife Mary (Catherine Finn, The Creeping Flesh) is not the idyllic accommodation she'd hoped for. Following a series of deadly bee attacks, Vicki becomes an amateur detective at the urging of the island's other beekeeper, the mysterious H.W. Manfred (Frank Finlay, The Three Musketeers) uncovering clues to determine if the deaths were accidental or murder.
 
What she discovers will put her life in grave danger in The Deadly Bees.
 
From Freddie Francis, the renowned cinematographer ofGlory (for which he’d win his second Academy Award) and the director of the spine-chilling Dr. Terror’s House ofHorrors, comes The Deadly Bees written for the screen by Robert Bloch (author of the novel Psycho) and Anthony Marriott (The Ghost of Monk’s Island) based on the novel A Taste For Honey by H.F. Heard. 
 
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FLYING DISC MAN FROM MARS

 
WALTER REED (Thunderbirds, Horizons West)
LOIS COLLIER (Boston Blackie, The Cat Creeps)
GREGORY GAYE (Ninotchka, The Eddy Duchin Story)
JAMES CRAVEN (Captain Midnight, The Clay Pigeon)
SANDY SANDERS (Phantom From Space, Outlaw Women)
 
Directed by
FRED C. BRANNON (The Invisible Monster, The Crimson Ghost)
 
The prolific Flying Disc Man From Mars director, Fred C. Brannon, would helm a number of the highly popular and entertaining Republic Pictures theatrical serials including The Invisible Monster and Radar Men FromThe Moon, as well as TV’s Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe.
 
YEAR: 1950
GENRE: ACTION / ADVENTURE / CRIME
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  167 mins
RATING: N/R
ASPECT RATIO:  1.37:1 Aspect Ratio; B&W
AUDIO: MONO
 
SYNOPSIS:
Mota (Gregory Gaye, Ninotchka), a Martian invader intent on ruling Earth, finds a more than willing accomplice in Dr. Bryant (James Craven, Captain Midnight), a brilliant scientist with a secret Nazi past. Together they plan to harness atomic technology to further their evil goal.
 
But whatever diabolical plan Mota may have in mind, intrepid pilot and would-be investigator, Kent Fowler (Walter Reed, Thunderbirds), along with his crack team, Steve (Sandy Sanders, Phantom From Space) and Helen (Lois Collier, Boston Blackie), will foil Mota, his Nazi stooge and evil henchmen Drake and Ryan, at every turn, leading to a climactic battle inside of a live volcano.
 
All twelve episodes of Flying Disc Man From Mars(including Menace From MarsThe Volcano’s SecretDeath Rides The Stratosphere and the exciting final installment,Volcanic Vengeance), directed by Fred C. Brannon (The Invisible MonsterThe Crimson Ghost), are now available for your home viewing enjoyment in one exciting package.
 
Flying Disc Man From Mars also features Harry Lauter (The Cry Baby Killer), Richard Irving (Sons of Adventure) and Michael Carr (Hills of Oklahoma).

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A BLACK VEIL FOR LISA

 
JOHN MILLS (Ryan’s Daughter, Great Expectations, Hamlet)
LUCIANA PALUZZI (Thunderball, Muscle Beach Party)
ROBERT HOFFMAN (The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe)
 
Directed by
MASSIMO DALLAMANO (Dorian Gray)
 
Honoring the “giallo” genre (Italian for yellow denoting a “thriller”), director Massimo Dallamano (the renowned cinematographer of Fistful of Dollars and For A Few Dollars More) brings together an international cast featuring an Academy Award-winner (John Mills, Best Supporting Actor, Ryan’s Daughter), a Bond girl (Luciana Paluzzi, Thunderball) and an adventurer (Robert Hoffman, The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe) in the tension-filled drama A Black Veil For Lisa.
 
YEAR: 1968
GENRE: CRIME THRILLER
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  88 mins
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO
 
SYNOPSIS:
In A Black Veil For Lisa, John Mills (Ryan’s Daughter) is Franz Bulon, a police inspector intent on bringing down a major drug ring operating in Hamburg. Thwarted at every turn by an assassin who is systematically killing informants, jealous of his beautiful, younger wife Lisa (Luciana Paluzzi,Thunderball) and suspecting her of having an affair (is it real or imagined?), Bulon can scarcely focus on his work.
 
With jealousy nearing the boiling point, Bulon hires Alex (Robert Hoffman, The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe), the assassin he’s arrested for the recent informant murders, to kill his wife. With nods to both Alfred Hitchcock (Vertigo) and Henri-Georges Clouzot (Diabolique), the film builds on the suspense from scene to tension-filled scene.
 
Directed by Massimo Dallamano (Dorian Gray director and the cinematographer of Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollarsand For A Few Dollars More), A Black Veil For Lisa co-stars Tulio Altamura (Blood For A Silver Dollar), Carlo Hinterman (Women Of Devil’s Island) and Enzo Fiermonte (Grand Prix).
 
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DR. TERROR’S
HOUSE OF HORRORS

 
PETER CUSHING (Star Wars, Horror of Dracula)
CHRISTOPHER LEE (Lord of the Rings, Horror of Dracula)
MICHAEL GOUGH (Horror of Dracula, Batman, Berserk)
MAX ADRIAN (The Devils, The Boyfriend, The Music Lovers)
DONALD SUTHERLAND (1900, M.A.S.H., Don’t Look Now)
 
Directed by
FREDDIE FRANCIS (The Doctor and The Devils, Tales From The Crypt, Dracula Has Risen From The Grave)
 
Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors is an entertaining horror anthology directed by Freddie Francis, the two-time Academy Award winner for Best Cinematography (Sons and Lovers and Glory) and the renowned cinematographer of Jack Clayton’s classic Gothic thrillerThe Innocents.
 
YEAR: 1965
GENRE: HORROR
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 98 mins
RATING: N/R
ASPECT RATIO: 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio; Color
AUDIO: MONO
 
SYNOPSIS
Five men who board a train as strangers will soon find commonality when joined by a sixth passenger, the mysterious traveler known as Dr. Schreck (Peter Cushing). Watch as their destinies unfold in the chilling and “life”-altering horror-thrill ride, Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors.
 
To while away the time, the good doctor offers to read each passenger’s Tarot cards. The innocent parlor game has an unexpected conclusion as each reading unfolds on screen as a terrifying vignette (a werewolf on the loose; a vengeful creeping vine; a tale of voodoo; a disembodied hand coming to life; and a vampire story) the results of which are unpredictable and shocking.
 
From director Freddie Francis (The Doctor and The Devils,Dracula Has Risen From The GraveTales From The Crypt) and starring horror film royalty Peter Cushing (Horror ofDracula, Evil of Frankenstein) and Christopher Lee (Horror of Dracula, Lord of the Rings), Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors features a stellar cast of supporting players including Donald Sutherland (Robert Altman’s M.A.S.H.,Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1900), Max Adrian (Ken Russell’s The Devils and The Boyfriend) and Michael Gough (Horror of Dracula, Tim Burton’s Batman and Sleepy Hollow).

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