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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Beverly Garland Replaced Mid-Scene in "THE NEANDERTHAL MAN" (1953) (video)

Popular genre actress Beverly Garland goes behind some bushes to change into her bathing suit...

...and changes into a different person!

I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it.  Thanks for watching!


Matt Damon Gets Small in "DOWNSIZING" Now On 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ & DVD and Digital

An Ingenious Comedy” - Owen Gleiberman, Variety

Downsizing Is Wildly Imaginative” - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post   


On 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ & DVD March 20, 2018 On Digital March 6 

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  – Hailed as “a tremendously entertaining heart-felt comedy” (Julian Roman, Movieweb), director Alexander Payne’s (The Descendants, Nebraska) hilarious DOWNSIZING arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD  March 20, 2018 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  The film arrives on Digital March 6.

When scientists find a way to shrink humans to five inches tall, Paul Safranek (Academy Award winner** Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to ditch their stressed out lives in order to get small and live large in a luxurious downsized community.  Filled with life-changing adventures and endless possibilities, Leisureland offers more than riches, as Paul discovers a whole new world and realizes that we are meant for something bigger.  “Brilliant and daring” (Shawn Edwards,  Fox-TV) and “full of surprises” (Noah Gittell, Nerdist), DOWNSIZING also stars Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz*** and Hong Chau in a breakthrough performance that earned her Golden Globe® and SAG nominations.

The DOWNSIZING 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs include nearly an hour of fascinating bonus content with six behind-the-scenes featurettes. Join the incredible cast including Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig, plus Academy Award-winning director Alexander Payne to see how his unique vision was brought to life. Take a journey on set and check out the production design and visual effects behind the miniaturized world of Leisureland, and much more! 
DOWNSIZING Blu-ray Combo Pack

The Downsizing Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 DTSHD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Portuguese and Spanish subtitles. 
The DVD in the Combo Pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  
The Combo Pack includes access to a Digital copy of the film as well as the following:   Blu-ray • Feature film in high definition • Bonus Content: o working with Alexander o the cast o a visual journey o a matter of perspective o that smile o a global concern DVD • Feature film in standard definition    

DOWNSIZING 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack 
Fans can enjoy the ultimate viewing experience with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes the Blu-ray Disc™ detailed above, as well as an Ultra HD Disc presented in 4K Ultra HD and English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Czech 5.1 Dolby Digital, French - Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital, French - Parisian 5.1 Dolby Digital, German 5.1 Dolby Digital, Italian 5.1 Dolby Digital, Polish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese - Brazilian 5.1 Dolby Digital, Russian 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish - Castilian 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish - Latin American 5.1 Dolby Digital, and English Audio Description with English, English SDH, Arabic, Bahasa – Malaysian, Cantonese, Simplified Chinese, Mandarin, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French - Canadian, French - Parisian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Icelandic, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese - Brazilian, Portuguese - European, Romanian, Russian, Slovakian, Spanish - Castilian, Spanish - Latin American, Swedish, Thai and Turkish subtitles. The Combo Pack also includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film.

The DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The disc includes the feature film in standard definition.


About Paramount Home Media Distribution 
Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), home to premier media brands that create television programs, motion pictures, consumer products, and digital content for audiences in 180 countries and territories.  The PHMD division oversees PPC’s home entertainment and transactional digital distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles.  PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and transactional distribution across worldwide digital distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.  

Street Date:      March 20, 2018 (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD)    March 6, 2018 (Digital)
U.S. Rating:    R for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity and drug use
Canadian Rating: 14A, nudity, coarse language


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

THE SADIST OF NOTRE DAME -- Blu-ray Review by Porfle

By now, I've seen a fair amount of Spanish cult director Jess Franco's films, and, despite his popularity among countless ardent fans, I've always found his works to be a great big grab bag of good and bad all swirling around together like socks in a dryer--mostly mismatched and full of holes, but occasionally wearable.

With 1979's THE SADIST OF NOTRE DAME, we see the result of Franco taking his earlier sex-and-horror film EXORCISM (already the result of much tinkering and consisting of various different cuts including a XXX-rated one), re-arranging and repurposing the existing footage, and adding several minutes of new footage to create what he himself considered the definitive version.

Franco stars as Mathis Vogel, who once studied for the priesthood at Notre Dame but ultimately failed the final audition, so to speak, due to the fact that he was a raving loon. 

Now, after years in institutional exile, he returns crazier than ever as your stereotypical "religious fanatic" intent on punishing "sinful women" and becomes a dreaded Jack the Ripper-style serial killer.

Vogel's twisted mind is a maelstrom of conflicting impulses as he stalks and murders women he considers whores (promising that this will purify their souls) while being irresistibly aroused by them.

Franco succeeds in portraying him as a sick, pathetic troll of a man tormented by his own desires while even his former friend in the priesthood denies him the absolution for his crimes that he desperately craves.

He meets and is obsessed by pretty Anne (Franco's lifelong lover and muse Lina Romay) who works for a lurid sex magazine where he submits autobiographical sex stories, and, through her, stumbles upon a group of upper-class swingers who meet regularly in a castle for perverted S&M sex shows followed by intense orgies. 

The rest of the film follows Vogel's stalking and killing of members of the group, usually after he has voyeuristically observed them having sex involving dominant-submissive roleplay.  Romay's fans will enjoy seeing her romping about in various stages, although I found most of the other anonymous, undulating nudes somewhat less appealing.

Much of the violence is surprisingly non-graphic while still managing to be deeply disturbing, especially when juxtaposed with ample amounts of nudity and fevered Freudian sexuality. 

Occasionally, however, there are flashes of more graphic violence that increase the shock value, and, taken as a whole, this must've presented late 70s audiences with quite a heady concoction.

Meanwhile, there's a subplot (mostly from the original version, I think) involving some bickering police detectives on Vogel's trail.  This is meant mainly to show us that the net is indeed tightening around our perverted protagonist as he goes about his murderous ways, although some of the conflict between the veteran French detective and a young hot-shot cop on loan from Switzerland is interesting.


Technically, THE SADIST OF NOTRE DAME is the wildly-prolific Franco's standard rushed production--he often burned through several projects at once--filled with quick set-ups, lots of zooming and meandering camerawork, and the occasional evidence of a talented film visualist at work. 

Often Franco simply allows his cinematic mind to wander, resulting in long stretches that may delight his fans while lulling others to sleep.  The story itself is pretty threadbare and dependant upon its outlandish, grotesque imagery and themes for whatever impact it may have on individual viewers.

The new Blu-ray and DVD release by Severin Films is taken from the only known existing copy of the film, a 35mm print scanned in 4K after reportedly being discovered "in the crawlspace of a Montparnasse nunnery."  The various resulting imperfections only add to its visual appeal for me since I find perfect, flawless clarity in a film to be off-putting.  When it comes to old-style exploitation such as this, I like a print that looks like it has been around the block a few times.

I found THE SADIST OF NOTRE DAME sporadically interesting but never particularly appealing for either its horrific or erotic qualities. Francophiles, I assume, will find it fascinating.  And still others will doubtless agree with the Spanish film board's assessment of it--proudly touted in the film's publicity--as "an absolute abomination."

Special Features:
The Gory Days Of Le Brady – Documentary Short On The Legendary Parisian Horror Cinema
Stephen Thrower On Sadist Of Notre Dame – Interview With The Author Of ‘Murderous Passions – The Delirious Cinema Of Jesus Franco’
Selected Scenes Commentary With ‘I’m In A Jess Franco State Of Mind’ Webmaster Robert Monell
Treblemakers: Interview With Alain Petit, Author Of ‘Jess Franco Ou Les Prosperites Des Bis’
Spanish language or English dubbed with subtitles

Pre-order it at Severin Films
(Release date: April 3, 2018)


Worst Special Effect Ever? "THE NEANDERTHAL MAN" (1953) (video)

Mad scientist Robert Shayne invents a reverse-evolution formula...which he first tries out on his kitty cat.

And then...

Tell me I didn't just see a giant plush toy with fangs.

It is!  It's a giant plush toy with fangs!

I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it.  Thanks for watching!


Monday, March 19, 2018

ART OF THE HEIST -- DVD Review by Porfle

I'm not a particular fan of the typical heist film, but some of them really do it for me--really good ones such as the original OCEAN'S ELEVEN, the remake of THE ITALIAN JOB (yes, the remake), and now the exciting, suspenseful, and funny ART OF THE HEIST, aka "Fakers" (Indican Pictures, 2004).

I wasn't that thrilled at first during the opening scene in 1911 Sicily when a young artist goes from sketching a nude girl to having sex with her just as her Mafia Don father and his thugs break the door down and turn him into a historical footnote. 

But give this one five minutes or so, because after some opening titles that look like something out of a 60s TV series like "I Spy", the story jumps ahead to present-day England and starts getting interesting.

That's when small-time hustler Nick Edwards (Matthew Rhys) is given five days to pay back $50,000 to urbane but unbalanced baddie Foster Wright (Art Malik in fine form) or have his internal organs rearranged.

Nick stumbles across the Sicilian artist's unfinished sketch (now worth tens of thousands), then hatches a scheme to sell forgeries of it to various art dealers (including Rula Lenska herself) quickly enough so that they don't have time to compare notes. 

This will involve a shy, insecure young artist named Tony (Tom Chambers) and his big sister Eve (Kate Ashfield), a brash bartender for whom Nick carries a torch. 

But when she finds out about the deal, she blackmails Nick for half the take, forcing him to persuade Tony to make more copies to sell to more art dealers, making the whole scheme more likely to explode in their faces. 

Rhys' "Nick" is a likable lowlife with such an optimistic attitude (he's even gotten used to getting beaten up) that when things get messed up enough to make him sweat, we get nervous too. 

In fact, Paul Gerstenberger's keenly-written script is such a slow-burning fuse of nailbiting suspense that the middle third of the film doesn't ease up for a second. Richard Janes' direction is top-notch as well, making the whole thing effortlessly entertaining.

I won't give away just what happens next (not as much as the trailer and DVD notes do, anyway), but suffice it to say that, as in just about all heist films, the intial success of the clockwork perfect undertaking is then quickly and disastrously unraveled. 

In short, Nick loses the money he needs to pay off Foster Wright, the police show up and start arresting people, brawny gangster types show up and threaten to break people in half, and, worst of all, Nick loses Eve.

Can't there ever be a heist flick where they get the money and get to keep it?  Every time I watch one, I'm on edge the whole time just waiting for the other shoe to drop and the good guys--that is, the good bad guys--to lose everything they've worked so hard for at the last minute.  Like that's supposed to teach us a lesson just as we're vicariously enjoying their sudden incredible financial success.

But in this case, their total success would mean a shorter and less exciting movie.  ART OF THE HEIST is at its best once things start to go wrong, making us care about the characters, keeping us in suspense until the very end, and playing the story out just right.  As heist movies go, this one pulls it off like clockwork.

Tech Specs
Runtime: 85 mins.
Format: 2:35 Scope (35mm)
Sound: Dolby Digital/5.1
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: R
Genre: Action/Romance/Comedy
Bonus: audio commentary, cast interviews, trailers, captions

Amazon video
Amazon DVD


Phantom Henchman in "GOLDFINGER" (James Bond, 1964) (video)

James Bond, Goldfinger, and pilot Pussy Galore are supposed to be the only ones on the plane.

So who's that guy standing behind Goldfinger in the doorway?

There are further glimpses of him during the scene, but his presence is never acknowledged.

He is, without a doubt, one of the most useless henchmen in movie history.

I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it.  Special thanks to Mark Redfield. Thanks for watching!


Sunday, March 18, 2018

5TH STREET -- DVD Review by Porfle

It looks like it's going to be yet another variation on the classic revenge thriller, but 5TH STREET (Indican Pictures, 2013) veers its way through enough unexpected twists and turns to keep us both guessing and thinking.

Writer Eric Arthur Martinez stars as Joe Montoya, a chiropractor whose loving relationship with wife Sarah (Anne Leighton) is about to be blessed with child.  But while hunting for a new house, they enter a way-wrong neighborhood where Sarah is shot down in the middle of a sudden gang hit.

Before you can say "Death Wish" the newly-widowed Joe, now mad with grief, gets armed and forms a plan to find out who was responsible for the killing so that we can enjoy some good old-fashioned bloody payback.  He even enlists a couple of dads who've suffered similar unavenged losses as his crew.

The story chugs along as expected for awhile.  It's a slowburn that we know is building to something while keeping us pretty occupied even during a few slightly draggy spots.  Making it all the more watchable is the solid direction by Alex Meader, who delivers a quality indy film that looks good.

While Joe and his guys work their way up the criminal food chain, we see the big fish Beto (Christian Monzon), a cold-blooded narcissist who does business in sadistic fashion that even has his own men in fear of what he'll do next. 

But even Beto is a loving father, which is just one of the ways 5TH STREET screws around with our expectations.  Joe himself meets a vivacious young lady named Jessica (Annie Fetchu) who works with troubled kids, and from her he's reminded of how even the good ones can go bad due to unfortunate circumstances rather than some inherent evil. (A flashback to Joe's own childhood is harrowing enough.)

So at just about the point where the usual revenge flick would be shifting into top gear, violence-wise, this one eases back and offers some food for thought.  Mind you, there's still some satisfying (though mainly non-graphic) violence against the bad guys here and there, without which I'd have felt really cheated.  But the causes and consequences of it all are thoughtfully explored as well. 

Making things more interesting is the presence of a cop, Detective Gonzalez (Joe Voltierra), who suspects Joe of being behind some recent bad-guy deaths and starts shadowing him and his friends. 
This subplot conjures still more legal and moral ambiguity for both us and the characters to ponder.

Performances are fine and, for the most part, pleasingly realistic.  The film is above-average in all technical aspects including good production design and an effective musical score.

I'll admit, there will always be a place in my DVD player for a bit of the old mindless ultra-violence as far as revenge tales go.  But in the case of 5TH STREET, it's nice to see how such a loaded premise can develop in ways other than the usual lather-rinse-repeat fashion.

Tech Specs
Runtime: 93 minutes
Format: 1:78 HD
Sound: Dolby SR
Genre: Action/Crime
Country: USA
Language: English


VERY Visible Cameraman in "Bad Boys" (Sean Penn, 1983) (video)

I watched "Bad Boys" a bunch of times on cable in the 80s. 

But I never noticed this until it was pointed out to me.

It's during the big fight between Sean Penn and Esai Morales.

VERY Visible Cameraman!

I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it.  Thanks for watching!


Saturday, March 17, 2018


IMDb calls it "the original rapid fire sketch comedy show." Which is exactly what drew me to the first season when I was a kid--one relentlessly silly joke after another, coming at us pretty much non-stop until the very last second of the show.  No guest vocalist singing sappy love songs, no June Taylor dancers, and best of all, no discernible bounds of taste or restraint.

ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON, a 7-disc DVD set from Time-Life, shows us how the free-form, surreal, unstructured, utterly and unabashedly silly conglomeration of sight gags and creaky one-liners continued with even more abandon into the show's third year without any sign of running out of steam.

If anything, by this time the show had really found its footing and established a solid basis from which to go off in any direction they chose at any time. None of the show's regular features are ever in the same order, and sometimes the intro doesn't occur until five minutes in or more.

Running gags intentionally drive already-flimsy jokes into the ground during the course of an episode.  One-liners that would've had vaudeville audiences groaning are delivered in quick succession as though they were comedy gold, scoring the occasional bullseye. 

Bloopers abound; like Red Skelton before them, these people realize that the mistakes are often funnier than the scripted material, and their performances are so loose and uninhibited it's often hard to tell the difference.

Comedy duo Dan Rowan (straight man) and Dick Martin (giggling sex-crazed wacko) are a couple of straight-looking but silly guys in suits who co-opt just enough of a seemingly modern attitude to appeal to the "kids" while also playing up to the older drink-in-hand, wife-swapper crowd as seen in the regular "Party" segment that plays like an episode of "Playboy After Dark." 

It's all a weird combination of pseudo-hip and cringe-inducingly corny humor that pretends to be "with it" but really pokes fun at the counterculture, hippies, etc.  Still, there's a distinctly liberal slant to the show's humor although today much of that humor would be considered very politically-incorrect.  Topical references to such then-trending things as "Myra Breckinridge", the Viet Nam war, air pollution, and the space program abound. 

Other familiar segments are "Mod, Mod World" (where we see the famous bikini girls with one-liners painted on their bodies), "Laugh-In Salutes", "The Flying Fickle Finger of Fate Award" (usually awarded to some current political or social pariah), "The Joke Wall", and "Laugh-In News of the Past, Present, and Future."  These offer an excuse to have jokes follow a particular theme for awhile until chaos takes over again.

The returning cast is comprised of solid comedy pros such as Goldie Hawn, Arte Johnson, deadpan announcer Gary Owens, Judy Carne, Ruth Buzzi, and the hilarious Jo Anne Worley (the "Laugh-In" women are way more talented than the ones on the later SNL, save perhaps for Gilda Radner). Flip Wilson is such a frequent guest as to be a semi-regular. 

Newer cast members include kewpie doll Pamela Rodgers, mildly amusing Brit comic Jeremy Lloyd, and token black castmembers Teresa Graves and Byron Gilliam, who are consigned to doing the usual 70s "jive" humor most of the time.  (Graves would later score her own classic series "Get Christie Love!")

My favorite newer castmember is the wacky, eye-rolling Alan Sues, thanks to his aggressive, flamboyantly-gay persona and regular characters consisting of perpetually hungover kids' show host Uncle Al ("The Kiddies' Pal") and bell-ringing sportscaster Big Al ("Oh, I just love my tinkle!").
The show scored lots of big and not-so-big guest stars eager for a chance to look hip and be silly, including Ringo Starr, Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson, Diana Ross, Carol Channing, Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Sid Caesar, Debbie Reynolds, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Monkees Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, and Mickey Dolenz, comic Jackie Leonard (a natural for the show with his old-style burlesque humor), Sonny and Cher, Lana Wood, Peter Sellers, Buddy Hackett, Roger Moore, Tony Curtis, Phyllis Diller, Michael Caine, Romy Schneider, Mitzi Gaynor, and many more.

Especially noteworthy in this, the third season, is the debut of Lily Tomlin and her trademark characters, precocious little girl Edith Ann ("And that's the truth") and brash, snort-laughing telephone operator Ernestine ("Is this the party to whom I am speaking?")  Tomlin went on to become a post-"Laugh-In" comedy superstar, but those of us who remember her debut here will find these episodes quite nostalgic. 

One thing that appealed to me about the show as a kid is its similarity to a live-action issue of MAD Magazine with its grab-bag abundance of satires, parodies, song spoofs, running gags, and blackout comedy bits reminiscent of Sergio Aragones' cartoons that filled the margins of every page. 

ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON is just such an immersive experience in sublime silliness that you'll want to watch from cover to cover. 

Format: DVD/7 Discs
Running Time: 1413 minutes
Genre: TV DVD/Comedy
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: Stereo
Street Date: March 20, 2018
DVD SRP: $39.95
Bonus features: exclusive new interview with Lily Tomlin, and the featurette "Still Laugh-In -- A Tribute to George Schlatter".

Read our original coverage HERE

Read our review of the complete first season HERE


Friday, March 16, 2018

Same Actor, Two Characters: "The Sons of Katie Elder" (John Wayne, 1965)(video)

It's common for an actor to play multiple parts in a fantasy or comedy film such as "The Wizard of Oz", "Dr. Strangelove", or "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

But not so common in a relatively realistic film such as the John Wayne western "The Sons of Katie Elder."

Here, familiar character actor Karl Swenson plays two totally unrelated characters.

First, Swenson is the local bartender.

Later, Duke summons Old Doc Isdell to tend to his wounded brother.

And Old Doc Isdell is played guessed it...Karl Swenson. 

Same actor, two unrelated characters.  Totally random!

I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it.  Thanks for watching!


Olive Films' April 2018 Releases: "JOE", "HOPE AND GLORY", "MERMAIDS" on Blu-ray and DVD

Olive Films' April 2018 Releases: "JOE", "HOPE AND GLORY", "MERMAIDS" on Blu-ray and DVD

JOE                  DVD
CAT:                 OF1409
UPC:       887090140911
SRP:                 $24.95

JOE                  BD      
CAT:                 OF1410
UPC:       887090141017
SRP:                 $29.95

PREBOOK:        3/27/18
STREET:           4/24/18

(Taxi Driver, Young Frankenstein, TV’s Everybody Loves Raymond)
(Dead Man Walking, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Atlantic City)
(Chances Are, The Air Up There, TV’s Dark Shadows)
(They Saved Hitler’s Brain, The Madmen of Mandoras)
(American Gigolo, A Touch of Class, The Onion Field)

Directed by
JOHN G. AVILDSEN (Rocky, The Karate Kid, Save the Tiger)

Joe, directed by Academy Award winner John G. Avildsen (Best Director, Rocky – 1977) and written by Academy Award nominee Norman Wexler (Best Screenplay, Joe – 1971, Serpico – 1974), would capture the nation’s zeitgeist.

YEAR: 1970
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
VIDEO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; Color

“I’m the ‘Joe’ everbody’s talking about,” heralded movie print ads for director John G. Avildsen’s (Rocky) film Joe, proving that there’s truth in advertising. The modestly budgeted film would go on to become a multi-million-dollar box-office success, garnering an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay.

Peter Boyle (TV’s Everybody Loves Raymond) stars as Joe Curran, the titular everyman and unabashed hippie-hater. Joe, who equates hippies with everything un-American, finds a kindred spirit in Bill Compton (Dennis Patrick, Chances Are), an advertising executive who makes Joe’s acquaintance at a neighborhood bar, boasting that he killed a drug-dealing hippie (Patrick McDermott, The French Connection). Bill, pressed for facts by the intrigued Joe, recants saying that he was merely joking. But when a news report confirms the incident, vigilante justice akin to Taxi Driver is set in motion.

Joe, directed by John G. Avildsen, written by Norman Wexler (Serpico) and featuring the screen debut of Susan Sarandon (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), also stars Audrey Caire (They Saved Hitler’s Brain), K Callan (American Gigolo) and K Callan (American Gigolo).

CAT:                 OF1407
UPC:       887090140713
SRP:                 $19.95

HOPE AND GLORY        BD      
CAT:                 OF1408
UPC:       887090140812
SRP:                 $29.95
PREBOOK:        3/27/18
STREET:           4/24/18

(Ryan’s Daughter, White Mischief, Blow-Up)
(Braveheart, Gandhi, The Hill)
(The Big Blue, Breaking the Waves, Dogville)
(Four Rooms, Mona Lisa, A Prayer for the Dying)

Directed by
(Deliverance, Excalibur, The Emerald Forest)

John Boorman, the writer, director and producer of Hope and Glory, would receive Academy Award® nominations – Best Director, Best Screenplay (written directly for the screen) and Best Picture - for his work on the film.

YEAR: 1987
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
VIDEO: 1.66:1 Aspect Ratio; Color

Hope and Glory, John Boorman’s (Deliverance) autobiographical film is a nostalgic and gently comic remembrance of England during the turbulent Blitz as seen through the eyes of 10-year-old Billy Rohan (Sebastian Rice-Edwards). While the beauty of the aircrafts and tanks holds endless wonders for the young boy, others know all too well the destruction they bring.

Navigating difficult times are mother Grace (Sarah Miles, Academy Award® nominee for Best Actress - Ryan’s Daughter, 1971), who finds herself head of the household when her husband is drafted; Billy’s sister, Dawn (Sammi Davis, Mona Lisa), whose romance and pregnancy with the dashing Canadian airman Corporal Carrey (Jean-Marc Barr, The Big Blue) is yet another challenge for the stoic Grace; and George (Ian Bannen, Gandhi), Billy’s curmudgeonly grandfather whose idyllic country home will open Billy’s eyes to a whole new world.

Written, directed and produced by Academy Award® nominee John Boorman (Director and Best Picture - Deliverance, 1973; Director, Screenplay and Best Picture – Hope and Glory, 1988), Hope and Glory is photographed by Academy Award® winner Philippe Rousselot (A River Runs Through It - 1993), costumed by two-time Academy Award® nominee Shirley Russell (Agatha – 1980, Reds – 1982) with production design by two-time Academy Award® nominee Anthony Pratt (Hope and Glory – 1988 shared with Joanne Woollard, Phantom of the Opera – 2005 shared with Celia Bobak).

MERMAIDS       DVD    
CAT:                 OF1411
UPC:       887090141116
SRP:                 $14.95

MERMAIDS       BD      
CAT:                 OF1412
UPC:       887090141215
SRP:                 $29.95


PREBOOK:        3/27/18
STREET:           4/24/18

(Moonstruck, Silkwood, Mask)
(Heathers, Beetlejuice, Stranger Things)
(The Addams Family, The Ice Storm, Black Snake Moan)
(Mona Lisa, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Long Good Friday)
(Sixteen Candles, Vision Quest, Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken)

Directed by
RICHARD BENJAMIN (Racing with the Moon, My Favorite Year, The Money Pit)

The seriocomic Mermaids features inspired performances by Academy Award® winner Cher (Best Actress – Moonstruck, 1988) and Academy Award® nominees Winona Ryder (Best Supporting Actress – The Age of Innocence, 1994; Best Actress – Little Women, 1995) and Bob Hoskins (Best Actor – Mona Lisa, 1987).

YEAR: 1990
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
VIDEO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; Color

Mermaids, directed by Richard Benjamin (My Favorite Year) and based on the novel by Patty Dann, features Academy Award® winner Cher (Actress - Moonstruck, 1988) as Rachel Flax, the eccentric matriarch of the Flax family that includes daughters Charlotte (Academy Award® nominee Winona Ryder, Supporting Actress - The Age of Innocence, 1994; Actress – Little Women, 1995), an awkward, quirky teen torn between her personal devotion to becoming a nun (despite being Jewish) and her longing for romance, and Kate (Christina Ricci, The Addams Family), a nine-year-old whose interest in swimming may be a result of an inherited gene from Rachel’s one-night stand with an Olympic contender.

This dramatic comedy also stars Academy Award® nominee Bob Hoskins (Actor – Mona Lisa, 1987) as Lou, Rachel’s latest flame, and Michael Schoeffling (Sixteen Candles) as Joe, a convent handyman and Charlotte’s love interest.

Mermaids was scored by Academy Award® winner Jack Nitzsche (Music, Original Song – An Officer and a Gentleman, 1983), photographed by Howard Atherton (Fatal Attraction), costumed by Academy Award® nominee Marit Allen (Costume Design – La Vie en Rose, 2008) with production design by Academy Award® nominee Stuart Wurtzel (Art Direction-Set Decoration – Hannah and Her Sisters, 1987).


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Ed Wood In Drag (video)

Filmmaker Edward D. Wood, Jr. "came out" as a transvestite in his autobiographical 1953 film GLEN OR GLENDA?

Here are some scenes of him in drag from that movie as well as clips from "Take It Out In Trade" (Something Weird Video) and home movie footage (Legend Films), both from the 70s.

I neither own nor claim any rights to this material. Just having some fun with it. Thanks for watching!


Boston Film Family Releases Official Trailer For “PARTS UNKNOWN” Wrestling Horror Movie -- Watch the Trailer Now

Boston Film Family Releases Official Trailer For “PARTS UNKNOWN” Wrestling Horror Movie

Boston, MA, United States – March 10, 2018 – Boston Film Family, LLC, has released the official trailer of its upcoming feature film, “Parts Unknown." The wrestling horror movie will have its world premiere in Arlington, Massachusetts, on June 9, 2018.


Written, produced, and directed by Boston Film Family CEO Richard Chandler, “Parts Unknown” is the story about how the infamous Von Strasser family (of professional wrestling fame) seek to violently reclaim their notorious status through supernatural means despite being blackballed by forces within the industry.

The movie stars retired pro-wrestler/actor William DeCoff, pro-wrestling manager/actress Lizzie Havoc, and Boston Film Family alumni Alexandra Cipolla, Alexander Hauck, and Sarah Michelle.
Legendary independent movie actress Melantha Blackthorne, who had a leading role in Chandler’s feature film “Gilgamesh” (2014), returns in a smaller role while former pro-wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts lends his vocal talents to the movie. Cameos are also provided by the indie tag team The Devil’s Doormen as well as YouTube and podcast personality Brian Zane (of “Wrestling with Wregret” fame).

The movie was shot by Director of Photography Denez McAdoo, costumes were created by Jenny French, and composer Andre Fernandea created the movie’s score. 

Boston Film Family, LLC, is an award-winning Massachusetts-based independent film production company that specializes in the creation of visual horror and grindhouse stories. 

Its previous works include the featurette “Witch Hunt” (2016), the feature film “Gilgamesh” (2014), and the webseries “Boston Massacre” (2012-2013). 

For more information on Boston Film Family, LLC, the company’s homepage can be accessed at Facebook -  or on the company’s website.
The movie’s IMDb page can be found here.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Telephone Pole Blooper in "CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON" (Universal-International, 1954) (video)

This classic monster-hunt adventure takes place in the farthest unexplored reaches of the Amazon.

A place untouched by human beings and their scientific gadgets.

So you wouldn't expect to find even the smallest trace of modern technology...much less, a telephone pole. 

Matted widescreen versions of the movie obscure the telephone pole.

But not the original full screen version.

I guess even the Creature has to call Mom on Mother's Day!

I neither own nor claim any rights to this material. Just having some fun with it. Thanks for watching!


6:66 PM -- DVD Review by Porfle

If you liked the 2016 horror comedy "Massacre on Aisle 12", then you'll probably also like 6:66 PM (2017) since both are done by pretty much the same filmmakers and cast. I, myself, not having seen and enjoyed the earlier film, had to venture into this newer one without such blessed assurance. 

But I came through it okay, with no discernible or lasting ill effects, which is more than I can say for some horror comedies that I've had to endure.

This spoof of reality-TV "ghost hunter" shows benefits from an exuberant cast and a pretty wacky sense of humor.  Both are somewhat unrefined for the most part, but the energy given off by this highly kinetic spookfest is sort of infectious.

Autumn Federici plays Lorraine, a down-on-her-luck TV producer so desperate for a hit that she makes her cast (director Jim Klock as fake ghost investigator "Daniel" and Alexis Kelley as fake psychic "Sheryl") and crew (producer and co-writer Chad Ridgely as lone cameraman "Peter") keep filming their new ghost-hunter pilot even when the spirit of the psychotic serial killer who died in the house that they're in (Scott Burkhardt as "Jimmy Timmy Beck") returns to resume his murderous ways where he left off.

There's more to the story, including the brother of one of Jimmy Timmy's victims (Michael Buonomo as "Emmett") terrorizing all involved in a twisted plot to get revenge by invoking the killer's spirit for his own purposes (it's a long story) via a supernatural ritual. 

Naturally, this poorly-thought-out scheme goes haywire and allows Jimmy Timmy's evil entity to leap from one dead body to another, setting the whole cycle of running and screaming and hiding and getting killed into cartoonish motion.

But is it funny?  Well, let's just say 6:66 PM tries awful hard in its own blunt, mostly artless way, keeping us occupied by sheer frenetic action and giddy silliness between rare moments of actual wit and finesse.

Klock's direction is okay even though he stages much of the comedy simply by doing wide shots of everyone going bananas. The cast gets the job done, with Ridgely a standout as cowardly lensman Peter.  Robin F. Baker plays Stan, the house's current owner whose plans of cashing in on its notoriety go woefully awry.

While there aren't that many genuine chills to be had, if any, the film manages a sort of Halloween spookhouse aura that's fun.  There's a bit of pleasantly fake-looking gore as well, as some of the dead bodies reanimated by Jimmy Timmy's ghost require having their brains bashed in.  Things do get pretty wild near the end as we're kept constantly wondering just who'll get killed and reanimated next. 

6:66 PM isn't one of the best horror comedies you'll ever see, but it's just so doggoned unabashedly silly that I couldn't help having a fairly good time watching it.  And it's definitely a nice change from the same old "dead teenagers" thing. 

Tech Specs
Runtime: 82 minutes
Format: 1:78 HD
Sound: Dolby Sr.
Country: USA
Language: English
Genre: Horror
Bonus: featurette, outtakes, producer/director commentary, trailers for "Massacre on Aisle 12" and other Indican releases


"GIANT: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film" -- New Book By Don Graham

"GIANT: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film" By Don Graham

A noted authority on all things Texas, Graham turns his attention to film with this authoritative tale of 'Big Texas Oil' and the epic movie Giant . . . A delightful work of film/cultural history for movie fans.” —Kirkus Reviews

Lively . . . deeply researched and efficiently paced.” —Publishers Weekly

Don Graham is a masterful storyteller . . . Just as Giant the movie was the talk of the town back in 1956, I know Don’s lively narrative will be the talk of the town today. He captures West Texas and the big screen stars perfectly.” —Mrs. Laura Bush

George Stevens's ​​Giant is one of the most iconic films in American history. It made the list for the American Film Institute's 100 best American movies announced in 2007 and in 2005 it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for its cultural and historical significance. 

Now in Don Graham’s ​​GIANT: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film​ (St. Martin's Press / On Sale: April 10, 2018),​​​ Graham presents a larger-than-life narrative of the making of the classic film, marking the rise of America as a superpower, the ascent of Hollywood celebrity, and the flowering of Texas culture as mythology.

In this compelling and impeccably researched narrative history of the making of the film, Don Graham chronicles the stories of Stevens, whose trauma in World War II intensified his ambition to make films that would tell the story of America; Edna Ferber, a considerable literary celebrity, who meets her match in the imposing Robert Kleberg, proprietor of the vast King Ranch; and Glenn McCarthy, an American oil tycoon; and Errol Flynn lookalike with a taste for Hollywood.

Drawing on archival sources Graham’s ​​GIANT is a comprehensive depiction of the film’s production showing readers how reality became fiction and fiction became cinema.

GIANT: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film
By Don Graham
St. Martin’s Press
On Sale: April 10, 2018
Hardcover: $27.99 USD
eBook: $14.99 USD


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Walter Huston Breaks the 4th Wall in "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (Warner Bros., 1948) (video)

Walter Huston's character, Howard, takes time off from gold hunting in 1920s Mexico... save the life of a little Indian boy.

In gratitude, he is treated like a king. And in a brief but delightful example of "breaking the fourth wall"...

...Howard shares his good fortune with us, the viewer.

I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it. Thanks for watching!


See Legendary, Never-Before-Released Live Concerts with Time-Life's Multi-Disc Set, "ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME IN CONCERT" -- 4/24

"Watch out for the music. It should come with a health warning: It can and should make you think the world can be a better place." -- Peter Gabriel



Available for the First Time at Retail on Any Format, the Four Hall of Fame Ceremonies Featured Include 53 Live Performances from Iconic Inductees Such as Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Journey, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ringo Starr, Rush and Yes -- Rare Artist Collaborations and More!

The DVD (4 Discs; $34.99srp) and Blu-ray (2 Discs; $39.99srp) Sets Will Be Available on April 24, 2018, Currently Available to Pre-Order Today; Also Available Day-and-Date AreFive ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME IN CONCERT Digital Albums ($9.99srp) Available on iTunes, Amazon and Leading Digital Platforms

FAIRFAX, VA (March 13, 2018) -Each year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors rock music's pioneering figures during a prestigious, black-tie ceremony. As the Hall of Fame enters its third decade, it's these singular induction ceremonies -- featuring the biggest names in classic rock from the '60s, '70s and '80s - that have become nearly as iconic as the artists they celebrate. This April, Time Life and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame give home audiences front row seats to the four most recent incredible induction ceremonies with ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME: IN CONCERT.

Never before available at retail on any format, these four memorable live concert events are filled with the kind of collaborations and jam sessions that have made Rock Hall concerts legendary. With egos set aside -- in many cases original band lineups perform together for the first time in years -- inductees and friends take the stage to deliver once-in-a-lifetime performances, often with a truly mind-blowing combination of talent.

"From the first induction ceremony in 1986, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has sought to honor the top names in all genres of rock 'n' roll," says Joel Peresman, President of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. "These ceremonies have provided unique once-in-a-lifetime moments as the inductees and presenters come together to celebrate the legacy of these artists and it's a privilege to produce this important part of music history and to share it with you!"

This ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME IN CONCERT, 2014-2017 set - a must-have for every music lover -- features poignant reunions, moving and often hilarious induction speeches, and 53 iconic performances.

Among the unforgettable highlights on the DVD and Blu-ray sets:

Bruce Springsteen joining inductees E Street Band for the deep cut classic "E Street Shuffle" from the Boss's second album, from 1973.
Legendary grunge-rock group Pearl Jam delivering thundering performances of "Alive," "Given to Fly" and "Better Man."
The two surviving members of Nirvana joined on stage by Lorde, Annie Clark, Kim Gordon and Joan Jett for emotional renderings of the group's biggest hits.
Cat Stevens performing a spine-tingling version of "Father & Son" that turned the massive Barclay Center quiet as a church.
Journey performs three classics: "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)," "Lights" and "Don't Stop Believin'."
Ringo Starr being welcomed into the Rock Hall with a little help from Paul McCartney.
Original Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos joining the band for the first time in 6 years tearing through their early hits including "Surrender" and "Dream Police."
Five of the original members of Chicago performing on stage for the first time in 25 years.
Features complete Hall of Fame Induction speeches including Coldplay's Chris Martin inducting Peter Gabriel and Metallica's Lars Ulrich inducting Deep Purple.
Day-and-date, Time Life will also release the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME IN CONCERT Digital Album Collection. Comprised of five digital releases respectively spanning the ceremonies from 2010-11, 2012-13, 2014, 2015 and 2016-7 (each priced at $9.99), they will contain the same groundbreaking live performances from the home entertainment sets, with bonus performances from Rush, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice Cooper, Donovan, Dr. John, Heart, The Hollies, Darlene Love, Leon Russell, Small Faces/Faces, The Stooges, Tom Waits and others. The digital releases will be available on iTunes, Amazon and all other leading digital retailers.

About Time Life
Time Life is one of the world's pre-eminent creators and direct marketers of unique music and video/DVD products, specializing in distinctive multi-media collections that evoke memories of yesterday, capture the spirit of today, and can be enjoyed for a lifetime. TIME LIFE and the TIME LIFE logo are registered trademarks of Time Warner Inc. and affiliated companies used under license by Direct Holdings Americas Inc., which is not affiliated with Time Warner Inc. or Time Inc.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's mission is to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. The institution carries out its mission by giving voice to the stories of the people, artifacts and events that shaped rock and roll - through Museum exhibits, materials in the Museum's Library and Archives, traveling exhibitions, and a wide array of innovative educational programs and activities. The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. For more information, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625), visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@rock_hall) and Instagram (@rockhall).


Type: DVD (4 Discs)/Blu-ray (2 Discs)
Running Time: 674 mins.
Genre: Music
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 (16 x 9)
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1/Stereo 2.0


Monday, March 12, 2018

ZBURBS -- DVD Review by Porfle

It may seem at first like it's going to be just another zombie comedy, but ZBURBS (2017) is a pleasantly different little batch of bloody goodies for fans of undead cinema to snack on.

There's no full-scale zombie invasion this time--in fact, most of the action takes place in the livingroom of Shelly and Bill's house after Bill takes care of a zombie burglar in the middle of the night and gets bitten for his trouble.

In no time, he's acting funny, as in scarfing down raw meat, eating the dead guy, and craving that most dearly-cherished undead delicacy, brains.

This is all new and unsettling for Bill's loving wife Shelly, who tries to take it all in stride while her volatile ex-Marine friend Carrie (Courtney Scheuerman) suggests more extreme solutions.  That is, until Carrie herself gets bitten (Bill was feeling a bit peckish) and goes all living-dead-with-an-attitude.

The fun gets even funner with the introduction of Shelly's conspiracy-theorist brother Charlie (Gabe Greenspan), whose nutty ideas suddenly don't seem so nutty anymore, and various mysterious government agents (including Bill Oberst Jr. of NUDE NUNS WITH BIG GUNS and EXCISION) with very sinister designs on our living-dead protagonists who, it turns out, are the result of scientists venturing where they shouldn't have.

That's pretty much the set-up, and what writer-director Greg Zekowski (BLOODLINE: THE DEVIL'S GAME) does with it is to deliver a brisk, fast-paced comedy that, while not exactly hilarious, is consistently amusing and full of cartoonish action and all sorts of narrative curveballs.

Best of all is simply watching Shelly (Marieh Delfino, DON'T COME KNOCKING, JEEPERS CREEPERS II) trying to maintain a semblance of marital bliss as her life turns into a horror movie around her while Bill (Ian Alda) and Carrie evolve into full-bore flesheaters gnashing their way through all the meat within grabbing distance.

This includes not only expensive trips to the butcher shop, but also a big pizza delivery order that includes the delivery girl herself as dessert.  The inevitable invasion by the non-good-guy outsider zombies is limited to them showing up at the doorstep one by one and doing battle with Bill and Carrie, thus preserving the film's basic single setting (more or less, barring a visit to Charlie's place) while keeping that all-important budget under control.

Which isn't to say that the film looks particularly cheap--in fact, it's nicely-shot and benefits from a fine cast.  As for the gore effects, there are surprisingly few, and certainly not enough to make this a gorehounds' delight.

In fact, you could probably watch this with your kids without overly traumatizing them.  Bill's voracious devouring of various victims is actually depicted by a cartoony effect that recalls, of all things, the Tasmanian Devil from the "Bugs Bunny" cartoons. 

It's certainly less graphic than that Drew Barrymore TV series with a similar premise but so much gore that in earlier years it would've been rated a hard X.

After the shadowy government agents enter the fray, all bets are off and ZBURBS seems to revel in how delightfully nutty it can get.  It didn't exactly blow me away, but if everything blew me away it would get awfully tiresome. Sometimes it's nice to just sit back be pleasantly entertained for a while.

Tech Specs
Runtime: 96 mins
Format: 1.78 Full Frame HD
Sound: Dolby SR
Country: USA
Language: English
Genre: Horror/ Sci-Fi

Captions: English
Bonus: behind-the-scenes featurette, trailers