January 24, 2020

BLACK ANGEL and the Power of Forgiveness

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BLACK ANGEL (1946)
Starring Dan Duryea, June Vincent, Peter Lorre, Broderick Crawford, Constance Dowling. Directed by Roy William Neill. (81 min)
ON BLU-RAY FROM ARROW ACADEMY

Review by Mr. Paws😽

Bitchy lounge singer Mavis Marlowe is murdered in her apartment and John Bennet is the poor sap who goes down for the crime. However, John’s wife, Catherine (June Vincent), is convinced he’s innocent. Well, maybe innocent is the wrong word. After all, he was having an affair with Mavis, who was also blackmailing him. But Catherine certainly doesn’t think he’s capable of murder.

That’s pretty damn forgiving, if you ask me. Maybe it’s my inherently vindictive nature, but if my wife was banging a guy who later turned up dead, I doubt I’d work that hard to clear her name.

Instead, Catherine requests the help of Martin Blair (Dan Duryea), Mavis’ perpetually drunk ex-husband who was still hopelessly in love with her. He’s also the last person to see her alive, having previously visited her apartment hoping to rekindle their relationship (which she cruelly rejected). Still, he goes all-in to help find the real killer.

Not that I wish ill will on my own ex-wife, but we got divorced for a reason and I’m not sure how much concern I’d muster if she were to meet a sudden end through foul play. I guess that makes Mavis a better man than me.

"Guess where you can stick that, Martin."
The investigation seems simple enough. Mavis was wearing a unique brooch Martin once gave her, but now missing. Find the brooch, find the killer. Their primary suspect is shady nightclub owner Marko (Peter Lorre). Martin and Catherine pose as a lounge act to get closer to him, during which time Martin falls in love with her (boy, he sure got over Mavis fast).

Black Angel is a minor but enjoyable piece of film noir, well directed by the prolific Roy William Neill (best-known for Sherlock Holmes films). Additionally, the performances are good, especially Lorre’s. The film really pops when he’s on- screen, which unfortunately isn’t all that long. The initial set-up is intriguing, as is the race against time to find the culprit before John is executed. However, the story grows increasingly predictable, with Martin’s alcoholism more-or-less telegraphing the twist ending.

Until then, Black Angel won’t make anyone forget Double Indemnity, but it's entertaining enough to be worth seeking out by film noir fans. Rescued from relative obscurity by Arrow Academy, the film has been nicely restored for Blu-ray and comes with a few interesting bonus features.

EXTRA KIBBLES
"A FITTING END” - A twenty-minute interview with film historian Neil Sinyard, who discusses the film’s relative obscurity, as well as how it deviates from the source novel.
AUDIO COMMENTARY – By writer Alan K. Rode.
TRAILER
IMAGE GALLERY – Production photos and various promotional material.
SUPPLEMENTARY BOOKLET (Not Reviewed)
REVERSIBLE COVER ART (Not Reviewed)

KITTY CONSENSUS:
NOT BAD. LIKE CAT CHOW.

CIMARRON and the Great Escape

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CIMARRON (1960)
Starring Glenn Ford, Maria Schell, Anne Baxer (mee-ow!), Arthur O’Connell, Russ Tamblyn, Mercedes Cambridge, Harry Morgan. Directed by Anthony Mann. (147 min).
ON BLU-RAY FROM 

Review by Mr. Paws😼

Maybe it’s just the way I’m wired, but while watching Cimarron, I found myself often questioning Yancey Cravat’s real motives for his actions, not-to-mention his taste in women.

Yancey (Glenn Ford) is a man whose past sounds far more interesting than his present status. Throughout the film, we’re dropped hints of his old life. Gunfighter, rustler, gambler, man-of-action, he’s been around the block a few times, which also included a tumultuous relationship with lusty Dixie Lee (Anne Baxter).

He’s since given all that up to settle down with new bride Sabra (Maria Schell), hoping to claim a prime piece of property during the Oklahoma Land Rush. But he’s bested by Dixie herself and ends up starting a newspaper in the newly-established town of Osage. He’s also developed an unshakable code of ethics, frequently advocating for Indian rights, exposing injustices and trying to steer troubled young outlaws down the right path.

Looks like the honeymoon's over.
But Yancey often goes out for a pack o' smokes – sometimes for years – to engage in some kind of adventure or crusade. Upon returning, he professes his love his wife and son. He probably really means it, too, though I suspect that, in reality, he simply can’t stand being around her.

Nagging, petty, whiny, self-absorbed and nearly as racist as some of the guys Yancey’s squared off against, Sabra’s a real shrew. While it’s difficult to fathom what he saw in her in the first place – especially with Dixie throwing herself at him (good God, are you blind, man?) - it’s easy to see why risking his life on the front lines is preferable to staying home. Which is ironic when you consider Sabra’s actually the main character in Edna Furber’s original novel. Maybe she’s more engaging in the book, but here, it’s no wonder much of the film’s focus is on Yancey.

Yancey takes-in Oklahoma's most scenic landmark.
When depicting Yancey’s overall badassery, whether avenging a lynching or rescuing children from bandits, Cimarron is a lot of fun. He’s a tough-but-compassionate hero whose stoicism is admirable and Ford provides the understated gavitas his character needs. It’s too bad the story doesn’t follow Yancey on all his adventures, because what he’s doing in Cuba has to be more interesting than watching Sabra run the newspaper, bitch about her husband and alienate her son. So while I certainly understand why Yancey’s always stepping out, the story slows to a crawl when he ain’t around.

Until the anti-climactic final act – Yancy’s completely out of the picture by now - Cimarron is generally pretty interesting as one of Hollywood earliest revisionist Westerns. It’s also beautifully shot, filled with vivid, panoramic landscapes which add to the epic feel of the film. Still, I can’t help but think if he had just re-connected with Dixie, Yancey would feel less compelled to leave home all the time. Then again, I’ve always had a thing for Anne Baxter, so maybe it’s just me.

KITTY CONSENSUS:
NOT BAD. LIKE CAT CHOW.

January 22, 2020

RIP, Terry Jones




















January 21, 2020

TERMINATOR: DARK FATE: Back to the Chase

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TERMINATOR: DARK FATE (2019)
Starring Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, Diego Boneta. Directed by Tim Miller. (128 min)
ON BLU-RAY FROM PARAMOUNT

Review by Tiger the Terrible😸

While the world may not have needed another Terminator movie, this one cuts to the chase, so to speak, reverting back to what made the first two films undisputed classics.

Gone is most of the convoluted plot baggage that muddied Terminator Salvation and Terminator Genisys. Those films aren’t without merit, but both seemed forget what really drove Terminators 1 & 2 (and even the underappreciated Terminator 3) was the thrill of the chase. We were given a crash course in time travel – just enough to accept the premise without scrutinizing it too hard – before pummeling us into submission. I haven’t met many people who cared much about the franchise’s temporal logistics anyway.

Terminator: Dark Fate ignores the last three films altogether, which is ironic since it essentially cops the “Judgment Day is inevitable” assertion of Terminator 3. Only this time it isn’t Skynet sending terminators back in time to dispatch the Connors. Now it’s a computer network called Legion and the  target is Dani (Natalia Reyes), a feisty young assembly line worker in Mexico. It’s never effectively explained how Legion evolves to threaten all humankind, nor does it really matter. Once the Rev-9 terminator (Gabriel Luna) arrives in the present day, it’s up to mechanically-enhanced super-soldier Grace (Maclenzie Davis) to keep Dani alive for whatever purpose she serves in the future (revealed late in the film, though the viewer will have figured it out long before).

Of course, the big drawing card (or at-least it should have been) is the welcome return of Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor. Ever since preventing Judgment Day decades earlier, she’s been hunting terminators, though Grace has never heard of her, Skynet or John Connor (unceremoniously killed by a terminator in the very first scene). In fact, Sarah and Grace have an amusingly antagonistic relationship throughout most of the film. Still, she sees a lot of herself in Dani. Playing Sarah as a grizzled, cynical and bitter warrior, Hamilton is clearly having a lot of fun.

"Yes...I am a lumberjack. But I am not okay."
It just occurred to me I haven’t yet even mentioned Arnold Schwarzenegger. That’s probably because he doesn’t show up for at-least an hour, his existence & motivations are sort-of contrived and – narratively speaking – he’s the least essential character in the film. But hey, it’s not a Terminator movie without Arnold, even if he’s often regulated to being comic relief.

Like the original Terminator, there are no concurrent timelines, no altering the future to save the world. It’s all about the simplicity of the chase, with exciting action sequences and large-scale destruction (though nothing as groundbreaking as T2), relenting just long enough for occasional story or character exposition. None of it ends up being really necessary, but it sure is a lot of fun.

EXTRA KIBBLES
FEATURETTES - “A Legend Reforged” (behind-the-scenes, interviews with cast, director Tim Miller & producer James Cameron); “World Builders” (sort-of an extension of the first featurette, with more emphasis of action scenes); “Dam Busters: The Final Showdown” (this one focuses on the epic scale climax); “VFX: The Dragonfly”
DELETED/EXTENDED SCENES
DVD & DIGITAL COPIES
KITTY CONSENSUS:
PURR-R-R...LIKE A GOOD SCRATCH BEHIND THE EARS.

THE POOP SCOOP: Movie of the Week Edition

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FROZEN 2 on Digital 2/11 and Blu-ray & 4K UHD on 2/25
In Frozen 2, the answer to why Elsa was born with magical powers is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she sets out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. In Frozen, Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. Now she must hope they are enough. From the Academy Award-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, producer Peter Del Vecho and songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez—Frozen 2 features the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad.  Bonus features include deleted scenes, deleted songs, Easter eggs, outtakes and a sing-along version with lyrics to the film’s forever-infectious songs. Go behind-the-scenes to hear personal, making-of stories from the cast and crew. Fans who bring the film home early on Digital will receive two exclusive extras: an interview with songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who won an Oscar for Best Original Song (“Let It Go,” 2014) and wrote seven original songs for “Frozen 2,” and a deleted song titled “Unmeltable Me.”
 
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UNCUT GEMS on Digital 2/25 and Blu-ray & DVD 3/10
Adam Sandler gives “a mythologically great performance” (Robbie Collin, The Telegraph) in a critically-acclaimed thriller co-written and directed by brothers Josh and Benny Safdie (writers and directors of Good Time). The film played at both the Telluride Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews and is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Uncut Gems stars Golden Globe nominee Adam Sandler (2003, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, Punch-Drunk Love), LaKeith Stanfield, Kevin Garnett, Idina Menzel, Eric Bogosian, and Academy Award nominee Judd Hirsch (1981, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Ordinary People). Executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

Remember the "ABC MOVIE OF THE WEEK?"
Well, we do...
 
PRAY FOR THE WILDCATS and SUPERDOME on Blu-ray 3/20
In PRAY FOR THE WILDCATS, a power-mad tycoon (Andy Griffith) challenges three advertising executives to a motorcycle trip down Mexico's Baja Peninsula, a weekend getaway that turns into a nightmare of desert warfare. For the trio (William Shatner, Robert Reed and Marjoe Gortner), the initial lure is a multi- million-dollar account, but a sudden terrifying incident along the ride reveals their unpredictable client's real intentions: to test just how far the men will go to save their careers and their families. As the action intensifies, so do the fascinating character dynamics, driving this engrossing thriller to its startling climax. Wonderfully directed by Robert Michael Lewis and co-starring Angie Dickinson, Janet Margolin and Lorraine Gary. 

In SUPERDOME, the star players for the Cougars, gathered in New Orleans for the big game, are preoccupied with some serious off-the-field issues. Dave Walecki's (Ken Howard, 1776) marriage to his wife Nancy (Susan Howard, TV's Dallas) is falling apart, while Jim McCauley (Tom Selleck, An Innocent Man) is involved in a shady deal with a management firm that could destroy his career. But that's nothing compared to the real drama. There's an assassin killing off many of the team's personnel (as well as their chances of winning)! David Janssen (S.O.S. Titanic) stars as the team manager, who races against time to identify the killer before it's too late. This made-for-television thriller was directed by veteran filmmaker Jerry Jameson (Airport '77, Raise the Titanic) and co-stars Edie Adams (The Oscar), Donna Mills (Play Misty for Me), Van Johnson (23 Paces to Baker Street), Vonetta McGee (The Eiger Sanction), Jane Wyatt (Pitfall), Robin Mattson (Return to Macon County), M. Emmet Walsh (Blood Simple) and NFL legends Bubba Smith (Police Academy) and Dick Butkus (TV's Blue Thunder).

January 20, 2020

BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE: One Little Victory

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BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE (2019)
Starring Pernilla August, Peter Haber, Anders Mossling, Lancelot Ncube, Malin Levanon, Olle Sarri, Mahmut Suvakci. Directed by Tuva Novotny. (97 min)
ON BLU-RAY FROM COHEN MEDIA GROUP

Review by Fluffy the Fearless😸

Since the tragic death of her more free-spirited sister when they were children, Britt-Marie’s (Pernilla August) entire life has been fueled by routine. She makes daily to-do lists, does the shopping, cleans the house and cooks for her husband of 40 years, Kent (Peter Haber). It’s not-so-much a loving relationship as it is a comforting one. Being reliable, efficient and organized is how she defines happiness.

Then life throws her a curveball. Britt-Marie learns Kent has been having an affair and subsequently leaves him. But starting over at 63 is daunting, especially since she hasn’t worked an actual job since getting married. The only thing available is temporary position at a rundown rec center in the small town of Borg. She’s also expected to coach the youth soccer team, despite her lowly opinion of the game – likely because Kent appeared to care more about soccer than his own marriage. The community, of course, is dumbfounded by all this.

"Fine. I'm taking my ball and going home."
Plotwise, Britt-Marie was Here isn’t exactly brimming with surprises. It follows a narrative pattern similar to many American sports comedies: A reluctant coach forced to guide a scruffy bunch of underdogs, finding purpose and self-respect along the way. This one is more bittersweet in tone, but generates a lot of the same warm fuzzies. Much of that is due to the performances, especially August in the titular role. Despite appearing joyless throughout most of the film, Britt-Marie is an likably-engaging character. Stubborn, vulnerable and always uncertain of her decisions, she’s easy to empathize with. Surrounding her is a variety of interesting secondary characters, such as potential love-interest, Sven (Anders Mossling), who’s nearly as insecure as Britt-Marie.

A charming spin on a familiar premise, Britt-Marie was Here is an understated, congenial little gem. A film without massive highs or lows, the personal victories are small, but no less important to its characters and just as enjoyable for the viewer.

EXTRA KIBBLES
TRAILER
KITTY CONSENSUS:
PURR-R-R...LIKE A GOOD SCRATCH BEHIND THE EARS.

January 19, 2020

The Yin and Yang in THE KNIGHT OF SHADOWS

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The hours that must have been spent on that tagline.
THE KNIGHT OF SHADOWS (2019)
Starring Jackie Chan, Zhong Chuxi, Ethan Juan, Lin Peng, Austin Lin. Directed by Jia Yan (aka Vash). (109 min)
ON BLU-RAY FROM WELL GO USA

Review by Stinky the Destroyer😼

Though isn’t shown anywhere on the cover or in the opening credit sequence, The Knight of Shadows apparently carries the subtitle, Between Yin and Yang, which might also describe this review of the film itself….

First, the “yin” (the negative): 
 
The film may feature Jackie Chan, but a far cry from the Chan we’ve grown to know and love. Where he was once his own special effect, here he’s literally surrounded by CGI almost the entire time. Nor does he display the personality or formidable physical skills we’re used to seeing. Granted, age catches up with all of us and I don’t expect him to be leaping across rooftops anymore, but that was never all he had going for him. Chan is a charming comic actor, but really, his role as a demon hunter could have been played by anybody.

The writing is sometimes terrible. Characters often explain their predicaments as they are happening, as if the audience is too dumb to figure it out on their own. Likewise, they announce their actions before actually doing them, sort of like those old Saturday morning superhero cartoons from the ‘70s.

Some of Chan’s animated assistants are horrid creations, namely “Gassy,” who paralyzes demons with his farts. It’s a blatant and stupid attempt to pander to the kiddie crowd with bathroom humor. And yes, he announces in-advance when he’s planning to use his power, because the very word fart is apparently very funny.

Jackie gets hammered.
Now the “yang” (the positive):

On the other hand, the story itself isn’t bad. Chan plays Pu Songling, who vanquishes demons by using his trusty yin & yang brush, which traps them in a book. Once there, they are unable to reincarnate, banished to a nether world. One particularly hungry demon, Xiaoqian (Zhong Chuxi), feeds on young girls’ souls to stay alive, while her ex-lover and former demon himself, Caichen (Ethan Juan), pleads for Pu to help return her to human form. After a woefully shaky start, this turns into a pretty engaging story.

Though I think most would agree Chan is underused, the rest of the cast is pretty decent. Juan and Chuxi make an aesthetically appealing set of doomed lovers, while Lin Bo-hong has a few amusing moments as a bumbling lawman-turned-apprentice.

Visually, there’s a lot of imagination at work. The production design is suitably lush, vibrant and colorful, enhancing the whimsical setting. The extensive CGI gives most scenes an artificial quality, but at the same time, that’s part of what makes it interesting to look at. The climax, where the major characters clash in the demon world, is a dizzying spectacle that might be a little over-the-top, but is certainly entertaining.

Ultimately, The Knight of Shadows is far-removed from vintage Jackie Chan. Some characters and narrative elements are almost distressingly bad, particularly during the first act. But if one’s able to slog through the lame slapstick and fart gags, the rest of the film has some moments that might be worth the effort. Yin and yang indeed.

KITTY CONSENSUS:
NOT BAD. LIKE CAT CHOW.

January 15, 2020

Getting Cagey in PRIMAL

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PRIMAL (2019)
Starring Nicholas Cage, Famke Janssen, Kevin Durand, Michael Imperioli, Lamonica Garret. Directed by Nicholas Powell. (97 min)
ON BLU-RAY FROM LIONSGATE

Review by Tiger the Terrible😸

National treasure Nicholas Cage squares-off against a deadly jungle cat and a vicious assassin on-board a cargo ship. Man, I don’t see how anyone could pass that up. It’s a concept as wonderfully bonkers as Samuel L. Jackson battling Snakes on a Plane. Primal doesn’t milk its premise to the campy heights of that kitschy classic, but it’s a lot more fun than the average Nick Cage Movie of the Week.

Cage plays Frank Walsh, a grizzled, grumpy game hunter who traps wild animals to sell to zoos. His latest haul includes birds, angry monkeys, poisonous snakes and – his biggest prize – a rare white jaguar. Sharing the boat ride home, however, is rogue assassin Richard Loffler (Kevin Durand), who’s been captured by U.S. forces and being returned in chains to stand trial for his crimes. Naturally, he manages to escape and frees all the animals. So now it’s man vs. man and man vs. nature, with Loffler and the cat picking off the supporting cast one by one.

"BOY FOR SALE!"
Primal has less actual animal action than I hoped. Not that the conflict involving Loffler isn’t enjoyable. Durand does a decent job playing your standard over-confident bad guy, but watching nature get even is a lot more entertaining, especially in an unusual setting. Still, the beasties manage to get-in their licks here and there. Those scenes are the goofiest, therefore the liveliest, even if the CGI-rendered jaguar is laughably unconvincing.

"I thought I paid this."
Cage attacks his role with his inimitable brand of gusto, tongue planted firmly in-cheek, which is always enjoyable. Less vital is Famke Janssen as Ellen Taylor. She plays a Navy doctor tasked with monitoring Loffler’s health, but mostly exists to bicker with Cage and place herself in peril. The remaining cast – including Michael Imperioli – are essentially cannon fodder (or cat food).

Well made on a relatively limited budget, Primal won’t win any Oscars, but it’s hardly Razzie-worthy, either. Fast-paced and enjoyably silly, this features Nick Cage in prime any-role-to-pay-off-my-debts mode. And that isn’t always a bad thing, especially once he breaks-out his trusty blowgun.

EXTRA KIBBLES
FEATURETTE - The Making of Primal
DIGITAL COPY
KITTY CONSENSUS:
NOT BAD. LIKE CAT CHOW.

January 14, 2020

THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY 3-Disc Limited Edition: Lucio Does Lovecraft (sort of)

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THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY (1981)
Starring Catriona MacColl, Paolo Malco, Ania Pieroni, Giovanni Prezza, Silvia Collatina, Dagmar Lassander. Directed by Lucio Fulci. (86 min)
ON BLU-RAY FROM BLUE UNDERGROUND

Review by Josey, the Sudden Cat😾

Some films are deserving of reassessment. I once wrote a pretty scathing review of The House By the Cemetery for another website, mostly attacking Lucio Fulci himself over his penchant for using audacity and gore to mask a perceived lack of directorial skill. I still think he’s overpraised in horror circles and doesn’t deserved to be mentioned alongside such Italian masters as Bava and Argento, but have to admit I kind-of enjoyed it this time around, for reasons other than the violence that endeared him to gorehounds.

The third and final chapter in Fulci’s tenuously-linked “Gates of Hell” trilogy, The House By the Cemetery is less ambiguous than The Beyond, not as over-the-top as City of the Living Dead, but arguably better-crafted than both.

Why I don't go to Supercuts.
The film still has some of the usual issues typical of Fulci...lapses in logic, questionable performances, some atrocious dubbing and shallow characters. From a story standpoint, however, this is also his most accomplished effort since Zombie, a Lovecraftian tale trimmed of the isolated set-pieces created to amp-up the gore but don’t really advance the narrative.

Not that The House By the Cemetery isn’t violent. There’s still plenty of brutal bloodletting – most of it pretty well done – but relatively restrained by Fulci’s sickly standards. Especially memorable is the murder which opens the film, where a young woman is knifed through the back of the head, ending with the tip of the blade protruding from her mouth. While still gleefully gratuitous, these scenes actually serve the narrative, not vise-versa. Even if you took Fulci’s bag o’ tricks away from him, there’s still a fairly engaging story here. At the very least, there’s enough substance between the gore scenes to maintain interest.

The Adventures of Snotman.
The emphasis on atmosphere helps immensely. For the most part, the film features impressive cinematography and haunting imagery, both of which are enhanced by a moody score from Walter Rizzati, whose sonic palate is more varied than Fulci’s usual collaborator, Fabio Frizzi.

Speaking of which, that score is one of many bonus features included in this beautifully-packaged 3-disc set. Like recent similar 4K restorations from Blue Underground, The House By the Cemetery is accompanied by extensive supplemental material, both new and carried-over from previous releases (outlined below). From a technical standpoint, the movie has never looked or sounded better. As the third Fulci film to get such royal treatment in less than two years, it’s a must-own for his fans.

While I wouldn’t go as far as to say The House By the Cemetery is a great film, it approaches good more often than my original review suggested. It still suffers from some of the trappings that have torpedoed most Lucio Fulci films, but a decent story and suitably moody tone go a long way in glossing over the rough spots, including child character Bob’s daffy dubbing (which I’m glad they retained, because it’s hilarious).

EXTRA KIBBLES
NEW: “HOUSE QUAKE” - An amusing, if somewhat rambling, interview with co-writer Giogio Mariuzzo.
NEW: CATRIONA MACCOLL Q&A – Filmed in 2014, this is an entertaining interview with the film’s star before a live audience. She has quite a few amusing anecdotes about her work in Fulci’s films.
NEW: “CALLING DR. FREUDSTEIN” - As with Blue Underground’s recent Zombie re-issue, Fulci biographer Stephen Thrower discusses the director and the film’s history.
NEW: AUDIO COMMENTARY – By author Troy Howarth.
NEW: LENTICULAR SLIPCASE & REVERSIBLE COVER ART
NEW: SUPPLEMENTARY BOOKLET – Includes photos, promotional art, cart, crew & CD credits and a lengthy essay by Michael Gingold.
NEW: CD SOUNDTRACK – Walter Rizzati’s atmospheric score (31 tracks).
"MEET THE BOYLES” - Interviews with actors Catriona MacColl & Paolo Malco.
"CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT” - Interviews with actors Giovanni Frezza & Silvia Collatina. Amusingly, Frezza begins by apologizing for the famously shitty dub of his voice in the film.
"TALES OF LAURA GITTLESON” - Interview with actor Dagmar Lassander.
"MY TIME WITH TERROR” - Interview with actor Carlo De Mejo.
"A HAUNTED HOUSE STORY” - Interviews with co-writers Dardano Sacchetti & Elisa Briganti.
"TO BUILD A BETTER DEATH TRAP” - Interviews with cinematographer Sergio Salavati, make-up effects artist Marizio Trani, effects artist Gino De Rossi and actor Giovanni De Nava (you know...Snotman).
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2 TRAILERS & A TV SPOT
IMAGE GALLERIES – Chock full of international promo materials

KITTY CONSENSUS:
PURR-R-R...LIKE A GOOD SCRATCH BEHIND THE EARS.

THE POOP SCOOP: Oscar Contenders Edition

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PARASITE Available Now on Digital, on Blu-ray and DVD 1/28
A volatile, symbiotic relationship between the uber-wealthy and the have-nots comes into full display in PARASITE, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and NEON. Proclaimed as “wickedly clever” (GQ) and “the definition of a must-see experience” (The Atlantic), PARASITE is a riveting, genre-bending thriller that combines masterful filmmaking with a fresh look at class discrimination, making it “a flat-out masterpiece” (Deadline). Hailed as “the best work yet from master filmmaker Bong Joon Ho (OkjaSnowpiercer)” (Awards Circuit), who directed and co-wrote the film alongside Han Jin Won (Okja), fans can now delve deep into the mind of Bong, and the symbolism behind PARASITE with an exclusive Q&A bonus feature with the acclaimed director. The captivating PARASITE has made history as the first Korean film to be nominated for an Oscar.  It has garnered six Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best International Film, Best Production Design and Best Editing, a 2020 SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and was the winner of the 2020 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film.  Additionally, the film has racked up over an astonishing 100 award nominations to date. 
 
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FORD v FERRARI on Digital 1/28 and 4K, Blu-ray and DVD 2/11
Matt Damon and Golden Globe Nominee Christian Bale star in this “thunderously exciting” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) film based on the remarkable true story about Ford Motor Company’s attempt to create the world’s fastest car. American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Bale), together battled corporate interference and the laws of physics to build a revolutionary race car and take on Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966. Certified-Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, critics and fans alike have raved about this epic underdog tale that will keep your heart pounding from start to finish. Add FORD V FERRARI to your digital collection on Movies Anywhere January 28 and buy it on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD February 11 to add a piece of history to your film collection.

PAIN AND GLORY on Digital 1/14 and Blu-ray & DVD 1/21
PAIN AND GLORY tells of a series of re-encounters experienced by Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas), a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered: his childhood in the 60s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity, the first desire, his first adult love in the Madrid of the 80s, the pain of the breakup of that love while it was still alive and intense, writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable, the early discovery of cinema, and the void, the infinite void that creates the incapacity to keep on making films.