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Friday, October 19, 2018

The Wolf Man Is Cured: Lon Chaney In "House Of Dracula" (1945) (video)




In Universal's last "serious" film to feature Lon Chaney as the Wolf Man...

...luckless lycanthrope Lawrence Talbot may finally be cured of his curse.


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Thursday, October 18, 2018

John Wayne's Coolest Scenes #3: "Cahill, U.S. Marshal" (1973) (video)




John Wayne's Coolest Scenes #3: "Cahill, U.S. Marshal" (1973)

While bringing a group of suspects into town, Cahill is confronted by a group of townspeople who want to lynch them.


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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Olive Films November Releases: "Mr. Capra Goes To War" and "The 7th Day"



Olive Films is proud to announce the following November 2018​ releases:

Mr. Capra Goes To War: Frank Capra’s World War II Documentaries

The 7th Day


MR. CAPRA GOES TO WAR

FIRST TIME ON
BLU-RAY

US+CANADA
PREBOOK:        10/23/18
STREET:           11/6/18

MR. CAPRA GOES TO WAR   DVD           
CAT:                 OF1418
UPC:       887090141819
SRP:                 $24.95

MR. CAPRA GOES TO WAR      BD          
CAT:                 OF1419
UPC:       887090141918
SRP:                 $29.95
MR. CAPRA GOES TO WAR:
FRANK CAPRA’S WORLD WAR II DOCUMENTARIES
Directed or Produced by
FRANK CAPRA (A Hole in the Head, It’s A Wonderful Life, Meet John Doe)
YEAR: 1942 – 1945
GENRE: DOCUMENTARY
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 310 min
RATING: N/R
VIDEO: 1.33:1 and 1.78:1 Aspect Ratios; B&W and COLOR
AUDIO: MONO

SPECIAL FEATURES
 
“Frank Capra: Why We Fight,” an analysis of Frank Capra’s war documentaries by Joseph McBride, film historian and author of the biography “Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success”
Introductions to each of the five Capra war documentaries by Joseph McBride

Director Frank Capra, known to millions as the man behind the beloved classics It’s a Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and Meet John Doe, also used his talents in support of the war effort by directing, producing and acting as an advisor on a series of World War II propaganda films. Depicting the ravages of combat, the lives of soldiers engaged in battle, as well as those left behind on the home front, five of the films that Capra was involved in bringing to the screen are represented in this special edition presented in cooperation with the National Archives.

Tunisian Victory takes us behind Allied troop lines and documents American and British forces working together to free North Africa from the grip of the Nazi stranglehold. Capra was assisted by film editor Hugh Stewart (49th Parallel) and directors Roy Boulting (The Outsider) and John Huston (The Maltese Falcon, Let There Be Light), in this film that features the voice talents of Burgess Meredith (Story of G.I. Joe, Rocky), Bernard Miles (In Which We Serve) and Leo Genn (Moby Dick), and a powerful film score attributed to Dimitri Tiomkin (High Noon) and William Alwyn (The Fallen Idol).

Prelude to War, the first in Capra's Why We Fight series of propaganda films, is a rallying cry for patriots to join the fight against the Axis powers and the tyranny of Nazism. A host of musical talent contributed to the score, including Alfred Newman (How the West Was Won), winner of nine Academy Awards®, and David Raksin (Laura).

The Battle of Russia, another of Capra’s Why We Fight films, is the longest and most ambitious of the series. Presented in two parts, the film focuses on the Nazi conquest of the Balkans in an attempt to capture Russia. Capra would share directing credit with Russian-born Anatole Litvak (Sorry, Wrong Number) in a film which is aided immeasurably by Walter Huston’s (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre) narration.

The Negro Soldier, produced by Capra and directed by Stuart Heisler (The Glass Key), was used as an enlistment tool to encourage African-American men and women to join the armed forces. The film incorporates footage of Olympic athlete Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Games, highlighting and contrasting the freedom-loving citizens of the United States with Germany’s oppressive and ever-growing Nazi party.

Your Job in Germany, directed by Capra and written by Theodor S. Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss), is a short form film shown to soldiers who would be serving “occupation duty” in Germany in 1945.



 THE 7TH DAY

FIRST TIME ON
BLU-RAY

US+CANADA
PREBOOK:        10/23/18
STREET:           11/6/18

THE 7TH DAY    DVD     
CAT:                 OF1420
UPC:       887090142014
SRP:                 $24.95

THE 7TH DAY    BD       
CAT:                 OF1421
UPC:       887090142113
SRP:                 $29.95
THE 7TH DAY
El 7º Día

JUAN DIEGO
(Paco’s Men, Summer Rain, Painless)
VICTORIA ABRIL
(The Moon in the Gutter, High Heels, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!)
JOSÉ LUIS GÓMEZ
(Broken Embraces, The Skin I Live In, Goya’s Ghosts)
JOSÉ GARCIA
(The Take, The Ax, Now You See Me)
YOHANA COBO
(Volver, Angel of Death, Life Marks)

Directed by
CARLOS SAURA
(Cría Cuervos, ¡Ay, Carmela!, Goya in Bordeaux)

With The 7th Day (El 7º Día), Carlos Saura, the director behind the Academy Award® nominated films in the Best Foreign Language Film category – Mama Turns 100 (1980), Carmen (1984) and Tango (1999) – brings to the screen a riveting story of love and revenge.

YEAR: 2004
GENRE: DRAMA
LANGUAGE: SPANISH (with optional English subtitles)
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 100 min
RATING: N/A
VIDEO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: STEREO


From master filmmaker Carlos Saura (Cría Cuervos) comes a story of love, betrayal and revenge. Set in the Spanish village of Extremadura, and based on a true account, The 7th Day (El 7º Día) is a tale of warring families and bloodshed that would stain the region.

The festering hatred between the Jiménez and Fuentes households, born out of a broken marriage vow, will unleash a vengeful wrath that engulfs an entire village, leaving no one unscathed. The 7th Day features riveting performances from a cast that includes Victoria Abril (High Heels), José Garcia (Now You See Me), Juan Diego (All is Silence), José Luis Gómez (Broken Embraces), Yohana Cobo (Volver), Oriol Vila (Blancanieves), Eulàlia Ramon (Girl Gets Girl), Juan Sanz (One Word from You) and Carlos Hipólito (Crazy Loves).

The 7th Day is directed by Carlos Saura, written by Ray Loriga (Live Flesh), photographed by François Lartigue (Black Really Suits You), edited by Julia Juaniz (Goya in Bordeaux), with music composed by Roque Baños (Don’t Breathe).



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Lon Chaney Werewolf Transformation: "La Casa Del Terror" (Mexican, 1959) (video)




In this Mexican chiller, Lon Chaney plays a mummy...

...who, after being revived, turns into a werewolf!


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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

DRAGNET: COLLECTOR'S EDITION -- Blu-ray Review by Porfle




I've heard several people over the years say that they liked, or even loved, the 1987 feature comedy adaptation of the classic TV cop series "Dragnet" starring Dan Ackroyd and Tom Hanks. To those people I would recommend Shout! Factory's new Blu-ray release DRAGNET: COLLECTOR'S EDITION, which features a new 4K HD scan and an assortment of bonus features.

The film certainly is lively and full of blustery comedic action that people not all that familiar with the TV show can enjoy without a lot of bothersome comparisons to it.

Basically it's the story of a very straight-laced, by-the-book cop (Dan Ackroyd as Sgt. Joe Friday) and his flighty, fun-loving, all-rules-barred new partner "Pep" Streebek (Tom Hanks) having to work together--while constantly getting on each other's nerves--to stop a growing organization of deranged criminals bent on citywide chaos.


For these viewers the film offers a wealth of one-liners and raucous situations as Friday and Streebek must overcome their "odd couple" differences and eventually develop a grudging mutual respect.  The investigation into the crime group known as "P.A.G.A.N." (People Against Goodness And Normalcy) also yields wild car chases, lots of stunts, gorgeous babes, some romantic schmaltz, and a constant barrage of generic action-movie stuff to keep us occupied.

That said, as a longtime devoted fan of the actual TV series (both in its 1950s and 1960s incarnations), I find the movie as a whole to be consistently problematic.  (That's the first time I've ever used that word!)

As a parody of the series, the movie is surprisingly unsimilar to it despite the usual references to "just the facts, ma'am" and other tropes ("This is the city...I work here, I carry a badge", "The story you are about to see is true", etc.) and Friday's unyielding adherence to the rules and loyalty to strict civil order in general.


Ackroyd is actually playing the original Joe Friday's nephew, but his character is meant to be a carbon copy of his late uncle.  It's troubling, then, that he is so far off base in capturing Jack Webb's intonations and body language, instead doing a sort of generic stiff-backed type with clipped speech and no sense of humor.

The more human and even, at times, casual aspects of Webb's portrayal are lost in Ackroyd's robotic interpretation. It often seems as though he's doing more of a take-off on Robert Stack's Elliot Ness from "The Untouchables" than Webb's more haggard, world-weary cop.  And while the old Joe might occasionally hit a bad guy with a long, rapid-fire verbal scolding, this one tends to speechify every other time he opens his mouth.  

As for Hanks, still at the age where he looked like a big, goofy kid, he plays a new character whose main trait is a childlike disregard for propriety and is designed simply to clash with Joe Friday's dogged conservatism in comic ways.  Mostly it works, although the two are at such odds that we miss the teamwork and comradery of Friday and his loyal partners Frank Smith (Ben Alexander) and Bill Gannon (Harry Morgan) from the TV series.


Speaking of Morgan, he plays the same character as before, now promoted to captain.  His devotion to his late partner doesn't carry over to the nephew, hence Captain Gannon spends much of the film bellowing at Friday and threatening to take away his badge (which he eventually does at the insistence of shrewish police commissioner Elizabeth Ashley).

The plot itself is a convoluted affair that bears little resemblance to the usual "Dragnet" investigations.  Friday's traditional "just the facts, ma'am" questioning of a civilian witness is represented by an unfunny exchange in which venerable comic actress Kathleen Freeman must portray a grotesquely foul-mouthed old lady who even has Streebek shaking his head along with Friday.

Dabney Coleman plays softcore sex magazine magnate Jerry Caesar, giving the film an excuse to be fully stocked with bikini babes, and Jack O'Halloran, the big, dumb member of the evil Kryptonian trio in SUPERMAN II, plays a big, dumb P.A.G.A.N. henchman who menaces the good guys.


Alexandra Paul is the button-cute Connie, a kidnapped virgin meant as a sacrifice in the bad guys' big pagan ritual but is rescued by the good guys and eventually develops romantic feelings for fellow virgin Friday. (Again, Jack Webb's Friday was a low-key sort of guy but he was never portrayed as either nerdy or virginal.)  The most surprising bit of casting is Christopher Plummer as a pious TV evangelist who may have a darker side.

But as I said before, all of these misgivings stem from my affection for the TV show and desire to see a more faithful parody of it.  As for everyone else, this "Dragnet" spoof may be a perfectly adequate and perhaps even gutbusting comedy romp.  If so, DRAGNET: COLLECTOR'S EDITION should prove an ideal way to enjoy it. 

Special Features:
NEW "A Quiet Evening in the Company of Connie Swail": An Interview With Co-Star Alexandra Paul
NEW Audio Commentary with Pop Culture Historian Russell Dyball
"Just the Facts!": A Promotional Look at Dragnet with Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks
Original Theatrical Trailers & Promos
Photo Gallery 


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"ANT-MAN AND THE WASP" -- Watch Instantly On Digital and Add To Your Blu-ray™ Collection Today




A LAUGH-OUT-LOUD ADVENTURE FOR ALL AGES

FEATURING MARVEL’S FIERCE, PINT-SIZED SUPER HEROES 

MARVEL STUDIOS' “ANT-MAN AND THE WASP”

WATCH INSTANTLY ON DIGITAL AND ADD TO YOUR BLU-RAY™ COLLECTION TODAY

Moviegoers are still buzzing about Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” the follow-up to 2015’s “Ant-Man” and the 20th consecutive Marvel Cinematic Universe film to debut at No. 1 opening weekend and ranked in the box office top 10 for six consecutive weeks this summer. Fans can instantly watch the laugh-out-loud super hero adventure Digitally in HD and take it home today on Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD™.

Exclusive extras provide an inside look at some of Marvel Comics’ most celebrated characters and the consummate, comedic actors who portray them in “Ant-Man and The Wasp.” Featurettes spotlight Paul Rudd, who returns as good-hearted thief turned hero, Scott Lang, and delivers big laughs both on set and in theaters; Evangeline Lilly, who transforms into The Wasp, the first female character to be featured in the title treatment of a Marvel Studios film; and iconic actors Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer as super couple Hank and Janet Van Dyne.


Viewers can explore more about the visual development artists and effects used to bring the characters to life and drastically alter the size of the Super Heroes and their surroundings. Additional extras include deleted scenes, bloopers, outtakes, and audio commentary by “Ant-Man” franchise director Peyton Reed.

“Ant-Man and The Wasp” comes packaged in several formats to best fit today’s varying consumer desires. Viewers can instantly bring home the film two weeks early on Digital SD/HD/4K Ultra HD and receive access to two exclusive features — including a clever commercial promoting a close-up look at the online magic school that FBI agent Jimmy Woo references to learn his card tricks and a 10 years of Marvel Studios featurette profiling the artists of the MCU — or they can purchase a physical copy of the film as either a Cinematic Universe Edition (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital Code) or a Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray and Digital Code), granting the flexibility to watch the device of their choice.



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Hokey Hitchcock: Diner Scene From "The Birds" (1963) (video)




Alfred Hitchcock's editing choices were often brilliantly inventive.

But sometimes they didn't work quite as well as he envisioned...

...as in this brief moment from "The Birds."


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Monday, October 15, 2018

John Wayne's Coolest Scenes #1: "McLintock!" (1963) (video)




John Wayne's Coolest Scenes #1: "McLintock!" (1963) (video)


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Sunday, October 14, 2018

CITY SLICKERS: COLLECTOR'S EDITION -- Blu-ray Review by Porfle




Being a devout non-Billy Crystal fan might be considered a drawback when delving into a comedy like CITY SLICKERS (1991, Shout! Factory), seeing as it actually stars Billy Crystal.  Fortunately, it didn't take long for me to accept him as his character, a not unlikable family man named Mitch with a crummy job and an impending mid-life crisis.

His buddies Phil (Daniel Stern) and Ed (Bruno Kirby, THE GODFATHER PART II) are also going through pretty much the same thing in various ways.  Phil just broke up with his harridan of a wife and lost his job, his house, and his direction in life. Ed has a beautiful young wife yet still finds life unsatisfying, leading him to embark on wild daredevil vacations once a year and dragging Mitch and Phil along with him.

Naturally, this will result in the trio ending up at a Colorado ranch and participating in a cattle drive that will test their "city slicker" mettle while giving them plenty of opportunity to find themselves.  The long hours on horseback and huddled around the campfire at night will be like an extended group therapy for them, but with cows.


There's also Curly (Jack Palance), the roughest, toughest old cowboy of them all, who terrifies them all at first until Mitch manages to get through to his human side.  The rest of the crew consists of Cookie (Tracey Walter) and a couple of no-account saddle bums including "Homicide: Life on the Streets" regular Kyle Secor.

Surprisingly, CITY SLICKERS doesn't go for belly laughs, instead content to give us a fair amount of pleasant chuckles throughout along with several scenes that are actually designed to be either heartwarming (there's a good deal of male bonding and mutual emotional support going on with these guys), thought-provoking (deep meaning-of-life stuff and all that), and downright exhilarating, as when Mitch, Phil, and Ed end up having to drive the herd though uncertain territory all by themselves.

Billy, of course, gets a constant supply of throwaway gag lines, but he's restrained and fairly realistic here, which is nice.  The same goes for his co-stars, who each have a seperate journey through their own mid-life pitfalls which the film gently chronicles while keeping us pleasantly amused with the fish-out-of-water stuff.


Western buffs will be pleased to discover that for all its comedic aspects, the film actually does function much as a real western, especially in its second half when the cattle drive is fully under way and subject to a few jarring plot twists.

Also to the story's advantage is the fact that the leads are basically nice guys that we can root for during their emotional ups and downs on the journey.  Director Ron Underwood (TREMORS, THE ADVENTURES OF PLUTO NASH, IN THE MIX) does a solid, unobtrusive job of bringing the script by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel to life.

Familiar faces abound including Noble Willingham as the ranch owner, Jeffrey Tambor as Mitch's dour boss, Patricia Wettig as his understanding wife, and Yeardley Smith (the voice of Lisa Simpson).  Other city slickers include Helen Slater (SUPERGIRL), David Paymer (GET SHORTY), Josh Mostel, and Bill Henderson.  A tiny Jake Gyllenhaal (DONNIE DARKO) plays Mitch's son, and Danielle Harris can be spotted as a classmate.


The Blu-ray from Shout! Factory features an all-new 4K scan with English subtitles.  Extras consist of:

Audio Commentary By Director Ron Underwood And Stars Billy Crystal And Daniel Stern
Featurettes:
"Back In The Saddle: City Slickers" Revisited
"Bringing In The Script: Writing City Slickers"
"A Star Is Born: An Ode To Norman"
"The Real City Slickers"
Deleted Scenes
Trailer
Reversible Cover Art


While CITY SLICKERS doesn't try to steamroll us with comedy or drench us in pathos, it has enough of each quality in addition to some genuine warmth and sparkling character interaction to succeed as a solid, enjoyable comedy western about three everyday guys coming of age late in life.  And while I'm not normally a Billy Crystal fan, I must admit that this time he actually won me over. 


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All The Giant Gila Monster Scenes From "The Giant Gila Monster" (1959) (video)




Aside from the notorious ballad "Laugh, Children, Laugh"...

...written and performed by the great Don Sullivan...

..."The Giant Gila Monster" is best known for its title monster.


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Saturday, October 13, 2018

GET SHORTY: COLLECTOR'S EDITION -- Blu-ray Review by Porfle




I haven't seen any of his more recent movies, but there was a time when John Travolta could play "Mr. Cool" better than just about anybody. That time spanned at least from GREASE to PULP FICTION, and it most definitely includes the making of Barry Sonnenfeld's 1995 Elmore Leonard adaptation GET SHORTY: COLLECTOR'S EDITION (Shout! Factory).

Travolta plays "Chili" Palmer, a Miami loanshark who loves movies and ends up getting involved in the business when he goes to Hollywood to help a Las Vegas casino owner collect on a delinquent debt.  The delinquent in question is B-movie mogul Harry Zimm (Gene Hackman), who sidesteps the debt by offering Chili a chance to co-produce his upcoming dream project.  Tired of the loansharking business, this offer is right up the fanatical film buff's alley.


Trouble is, Harry has other debtors wanting a big chunk of his future movie profits, including tough-guy enterpreneur Bo Catlett (Delroy Lindo) and his strong-arm thugs Ronnie (Jon Gries) and Bear (James Gandolfini in a decidedly non-"Sopranos"-type role).  When Chili's murderous mob nemesis from Miami, Ray "Bones" Barboni (Dennis Farina), shows up to settle old scores and runs afoul of both Harry and Chili, things get wonderfully complicated.

GET SHORTY isn't really all that complicated, but the constant twists and turns of this Hollywood crime comedy make keeping up with it a giddy delight from start to finish.  Fans of both gangster pictures and self-referential satires on Tinsel Town should thoroughly enjoy watching Travolta's cool-as-a-cucumber protagonist--he isn't really a bad guy even though he worked for the mob--push people and situations to the edge and come out on top every time.

There's the delightful subplot about the weaselly dry cleaner named Leo (David Paymer) who collected his own life insurance after everyone thought he died in a plane crash and then skipped off to Vegas with the money (he's the one Chili was originally sent by Ray Bones to track down).  And I love the way Hackman's Zimm clumsily steps all over Chili's efforts to handle things for him and then tries to play tough with Ray, which ends really badly for him.


Travolta looks like he just stepped out of GQ magazine the whole time and totally sells the character like nobody else could.  He's tough and shrewd, but his love for movies is endearingly childlike (there's a great scene of him excitedly watching TOUCH OF EVIL in a dark theater and reciting all the dialogue himself) and he only gets violent in self-defense or to prove a point.

Hackman is a hoot as Zimm, the typical junk filmmaker aspiring to make his one great movie but forever getting in trouble trying to finance it.  As his actress girlfriend Karen who's tired of being in cheap horror films, Rene Russo proves she can keep up with the guys just as she did in LETHAL WEAPON 4.  Danny DeVito is a scream as her ex-husband Martin Weir, now a superstar actor with a colossal ego whom Chili and Harry covet as their lead.

The film itself reflects Chili's sense of savoir faire with a cool score (consisting mainly of Booker T. & the MGs songs) and a slick, easygoing visual style.  The story is richly satirical and filled with scintillating dialogue and situations that evoke a sense of giddiness at times, it's just so right on the money.


The Blu-ray from Shout! Factory looks and sounds great, remastered from a new 4K transfer. The fully-stocked bonus menu includes:

Audio Commentary with Director Barry Sonnenfeld
Featurettes: "Get Shorty - Look at Me," " Get Shorty - Wise Guys + Dolls," "Going Again"
Get Shorty Party Reel
Page to Screen of Get Shorty
Vignettes
The Graveyard Scene
Trailer
Reversible Box Art 


There's action, suspense, and some violence at times, but it's all in service of the overall good vibes the film radiates.  The delightufully unexpected ending alone is worth the price of admission.  And once you've seen it, you'll know just what I mean when I say that GET SHORTY is truly "the Cadillac of minivans." 


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First Screen Frankenstein: Edison's 1910 "Frankenstein" (video)





Thomas Edison's film studio released the first screen adaptation of "Frankenstein" in 1910.

The Monster was played by Charles Ogle.

A young scientist named Frankenstein creates life in his laboratory.
But his "perfect being" turns out to be a hideous creature.

Frankenstein's impure thoughts are to blame.

Frankenstein rejects his creation, but it is insanely devoted to him...
...and jealous of Frankenstein's bride-to-be, Elizabeth.

Finally, Frankenstein's pure love for Elizabeth causes the Monster to fade away.

The film was lost for many years.  A rediscovered print became widely seen in the 1970s.


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Friday, October 12, 2018

What's With That Thing Arnold Throws In "Eraser"? (1996) (video)




"Eraser" is one of the best of Arnold's old-school action movies.

And the airplane sequence still blows us away.

But in the first showdown between Arnold and James Caan…

...Arnold throws a blade weapon that behaves very strangely.

The thing's just sort of spinning in mid air in front of Caan's arm.

Yet later we clearly see it sticking out of him.

And twenty-two years later, it's still a mystery.


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Thursday, October 11, 2018

JET TRASH -- DVD Review by Porfle




An interestingly novel crime drama, JET TRASH (Indican Pictures, 2016) takes place mainly on a beautiful beach front in Southern India with characters who are laidback beach bums just taking it easy.

Until, that is, the harsh reality of how they got there catches up with them.  At which point, to coin a phrase, life's a beach and then you die.

Lee (Robert Sheehan, MORTAL ENGINES) is the impulsive, irresponsible one who got himself and his more levelheaded friend Sol (Osy Ikhile, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION) in serious trouble with the smalltime crime boss Marlowe (Craig Parkinson) they worked for back in England, forcing them to steal a hunk of Marlowe's dirty money and hightail it to their remote paradise.


When one of Marlowe's other employees, the lovely Vix (Sofia Boutella, THE MUMMY, STAR TREK BEYOND), suddenly shows up looking for them, warning buzzers go off in their heads and they start looking for their vengeful former boss to jump out at them with his cronies from behind every corner.  Eventually, of course, their fears are realized in a big, scary way.

Until then, Lee and Sol--along with their really weird ex-military friend Mike (Jasper Pääkkönen), who's now deep into monk-like spiritualism and agonized self-reflection--get into even more trouble when Lee's caught selling drugs (something local big-dog Shay frowns upon).

But that's nothing compared to when they accidentally run over a cow (the phrase "Holy cow!" comes to mind) and find themselves being rousted by Shay's goons and robbed of their nest egg.


The film has a pace as languid as its setting, yet the story gradually heats up as the boys' peril increases along with their own heated interpersonal conflicts (Sol's going nuts over Lee's constant irresponsible behavior, and Mike's just plain nuts).

Vix's arrival complicates things even further since it reignites the love affair that had started between her and Lee back in England, while he and Sol remain torn between trusting her and suspecting that she's still working for Marlowe.

Charles Henri Belleville's direction is eye-pleasing and stylishly dreamlike.  He seems to revel in filming practically every shot in a visually interesting way that contributes to the film's colorful, easy narrative flow and encourages the viewer to interpret what's happening instead of just passively observing.


The conflict between the pastoral concerns of the beachfront village and the ruthless mob violence that Marlowe brings with him from the outside world builds to a suspenseful conclusion.

Rather than relying on big action scenes (save for sort of a chase between a car and a motor scooter), the excitement comes from seeing characters we like in peril and watching them try to blunder their way out of it.

I thought it was going to be boring at first, with salty slackers Lee and Sol on the beach having what seemed like yet another "Royale  With Cheese"-inspired dialogue scene.  But give JET TRASH five or ten minutes, and, if you're like me, you'll find yourself drawn right into this easygoing crime story and sticking around till it plays itself out.
 

Tech Specs
Runtime: 85 minutes
Format: 1:78 HD
Sound: Dolby Sr 5.1
Country: USA
Language: English
Website: www.IndicanPictures.com
Genre: Action




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All The Giant Turkey-Buzzard Puppet Scenes From "The Giant Claw" (1957) (video)




"The Giant Claw" is a passable 50s monster/sci-fi flick.

But it features one of the worst monsters of all time...

...the infamous giant turkey-buzzard puppet.


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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956) -- Blu-ray Review by Porfle




I remember watching INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (Olive Signature, 1956) on TV as a kid and being severely creeped out by it.  It's definitely a sci-fi/horror movie that kids can appreciate--creepy, atmospheric, and featuring some horrific special effects and themes.

Watching it again as an adult (as I have several times), I find the film loses none of its effectiveness and is indeed a wholly adult, mature story that develops its characters well and places them in situations that are relatable while still brimming with elements of horror and even film noir.

Dr. Miles Bennell (Kevin McCarthy, INNERSPACE, SLIPSTREAM) returns to his hometown of Santa Mira, California to find old high school sweetheart Becky (Dana Wynter, THE CRIMSON PIRATE, AIRPORT) back in town after many years.  Now both divorced, their reunion is sweetly romantic with a clear likelihood of growing deeper.


The trouble is, Santa Mira seems to have been hit by an epidemic of people convinced that their loved ones have been replaced by physically exact but emotionally empty duplicates. Miles and Becky are skeptical at first, until friends Jack (King Donovan) and his wife Teddy (Carolyn Jones, "The Addams Family") find a body in their house which appears to be a dormant, half-formed copy of Jack himself.

As the mystery deepens, Miles discovers a duplicate of Becky in her own cellar, placed there by what appears to be her own father.  It quickly becomes clear that the duplicates come to life and take over when the actual person goes to sleep. Trying to convince others of what is happening, they realize that many townspeople including former trusted friends and family have already been replaced.

The film's slow and subtle build-up soon gives way to growing fear as Miles and Becky don't know who to trust or confide in.  It kicks into high gear when they and friends Jack and Teddy discover giant seed pods in Jack's greenhouse which are in the process of manufacturing duplicate bodies for them all, ready to be inhabited when they go to sleep.


Special effects in this scene are flawless, the grotesque pod replicas being the result of full-body and facial casts of the actors, and Siegel stages it with impressive imagination and skill.  It's an iconic sequence that still retains every bit of its original emotional power.

INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS then becomes a true cinematic nightmare of hysteria and deep paranoia.  The still-human characters, struggling to stay awake, are forced to flee while almost everyone else in town conspires to stop them.

It's an alien invasion of the most insidious kind, so different from the usual spaceships and death ray stuff of the 50s that it strikes home in ways that make it uniquely unsettling, disturbing, and personal.
Director Don Siegel (DIRTY HARRY, THE SHOOTIST) does some of his absolute best work here, his seemingly simple style yielding consistently effective shots that are deftly staged yet lean and economical.


The camerawork and black-and-white photography and lighting are exquisite, giving the middle third of the film, which takes place at night, the look and feel of the most visually arresting film noir.  Carmen Dragon (father of Daryl Dragon of "Captain and Tennille" fame) offers a highly effective musical score which some think is overpowering at times but I consider a major asset in the film's emotional power.

Siegel's cast is stocked with great actors, with both the leads and supporting players handling their roles with utter conviction.  Familiar character actors include Virginia Christine (THE MUMMY'S CURSE, "Mrs. Olsen" in the old Folger's coffee commercials), Jean Willes, Dabbs Greer, Larry Gates, and even future iconic director Sam Peckinpah.

Miles and Becky's flight from the "pod people" grows more frantic and desperate with each passing minute, culminating in an exhausting chase through the mountains in which the two protagonists are pursued by hundreds of human-looking alien "monsters."  Trying to make it to the main highway, they will endure a final, heartrending nightmare that is still burned into the memories of many viewers over the years.


The original ending by Siegel was abrupt, open-ended, and disheartening.  Test screenings showed it to be either confusing or just too downbeat for the audience, so the studio demanded new scenes to bookend the story. In them, Miles is desperately trying to convince skeptical psychiatrists and police of his wild story before they lock him away for good as a raving lunatic.

Many viewers still bristle at these added scenes, preferring the film to end at its most pessimstic point, and also object to a new voiceover by Miles (imposed by the studio to help clear up various plot points) which they liken to the one in BLADE RUNNER.

Personally, I feel Miles' narration gives his experiences a heightened immediacy and better draw us in to his story.  Likewise, the bookend scenes work very well for me, increasing the urgency of Miles' account and ending with a priceless moment when the truth dawns on the faces of Dr. Bassett (the great Whit Bissell at his powerful best) and "Dick Van Dyke Show" icon Richard Deacon.

Rather than offering a "happy ending" as its detractors insist, this merely sets the stage for what we can imagine will be a long, protracted, and horrific war between the humans and the invaders.


The Blu-ray from Olive Films' "Olive Signature" label (limited to 5,000 units) is a high-def digital restoration that looks better than I've ever seen it before, with a 2.00:1 aspect ratio and mono sound. Optional English subtitles are available.

Extras consist of two audio commentaries, one by film writer/historian Richard Harlan Smith and another with stars Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter and director Joe Dante.  "The Stranger in Your Lover's Eyes" is a two-part visual essay by Siegel, read by his son Kristoffer Tabori.

Featurettes include "The Fear is Real" with filmmakers Larry Cohen and Joe Dante, "I No Longer Belong: The Rise and Fall of Walter Wanger", "Sleep No More: Invasion of the Body Snatchers Revisited" featuring the film's stars and celebrity admirers, a 1985 interview with Kevin McCarthy, a look at the film's locations in the present day, and "What's In a Name?" which explores the origin of the film's title.

There's also a gallery of production documents, an essay by author and film programmer Kier-La Janisse, and the film's original theatrical trailer.

Whatever your age (this film works great for both young and old) or political persuasion (people have been interpreting its metaphorical intent however they choose since it was first released), INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS remains one of the most perfectly realized and enduringly effective horror films of the 50s or any era. 


YEAR: 1956
GENRE: SCI-FI
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 80 mins
RATING: N/R
VIDEO: 2.00:1 Aspect Ratio; B&W
AUDIO: MONO

US+CANADA
STREET: 10/16/18
CAT: OS018
UPC: 887090601801
SRP: $39.95 


OLIVE SIGNATURE FEATURES
New High-Definition digital restoration
Audio Commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith
Audio Commentary by actors Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter, and filmmaker Joe Dante
“The Stranger in Your Lover’s Eyes” – A two-part visual essay with actor and son of director Don Siegel, Kristoffer Tabori, reading from his father’s book A Siegel Film
“The Fear is Real” – Filmmakers Larry Cohen and Joe Dante on the film’s cultural significance
“I No Longer Belong: The Rise and Fall of Walter Wanger” – Film scholar and author Matthew Bernstein discusses the life and career of the film’s producer
“Sleep No More: Invasion of the Body Snatchers Revisited” – An appreciation of the film featuring actors Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter, along with comments from film directors and fans, John Landis, Mick Garris, and Stuart Gordon
“The Fear and the Fiction: The Body Snatchers Phenomenon” – Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter, along with film directors John Landis, Mick Garris and Stuart Gordon, discuss the making of the film, its place in history, and its meaning
1985 archival interview with Kevin McCarthy hosted by Tom Hatten
“Return to Santa Mira” – An exploration of the film’s locations
“What’s In a Name?” – On the film’s title
Gallery of rare documents detailing aspects of the film’s production including the never-produced opening narration to have been read by Orson Welles
Essay by author and film programmer Kier-La Janisse
Original theatrical trailer


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Most Spectacular Scene Ever Filmed: "Intolerance" (1916, D.W. Griffith) (video)




The "Babylonian Story" segment of D.W. Griffith's 1916 epic "Intolerance"...

...features the massive "Belshazzar's Feast" sequence.

It's one of the largest movie sets ever built.

The set extended back almost one mile.

Several thousands of extras were used.

The crumbling set towered over old Hollywood...

...until it was finally demolished in 1919. 


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Music By Ender Güney



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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Laurel & Hardy--"Jeanie Weenie" Scene (BEAU HUNKS, 1931) (video)




Stanley reads a letter to Ollie from his sweetheart Jeanie...

...in which she informs him that he's being dumped.

Stan's nonplussed, but Ollie reacts with melodramatic angst.

The scene plays out in a subtly comical way...

...and then ends with a sudden, hilarious burst of slapstick.


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Monday, October 8, 2018

The Three Stooges Meet The Wolf Man: "Idle Roomers" (1944) (video)




In the 1944 comedy, "Idle Roomers"...

...the Stooges first meet long-time leading lady Christine McIntyre.

They also meet Duke York as Lupe the Wolf Man.

York's makeup recalls that of werewolf Matt Willis in an earlier Columbia film, "Return of the Vampire" (1943).

The Stooges are about to find out the hard way that Lupe can't stand music!


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Sunday, October 7, 2018

"Leave It To V'Ger": A Star Trek Foolie (video)




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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Legendary "King Kong" Volkswagen Ad (1972): Stop-Motion Animation By Dave Allen (video)




Dave Allen was one of film's leading stop-motion animators.

His work can be seen in such films as "The Crater Lake Monster" and "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids."

In 1972 Volkswagen hired him to recreate the classic King Kong for a TV commercial.

The woman is Fay Wray's daughter, Victoria Riskin.

The commercial was aired only once.

Volkswagen pulled it because viewers didn't remember the car...just Kong.
(I got to see it!) 


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Friday, October 5, 2018

Most Expensive Silent Film Shot Ever: Train Wreck From "The General" (Buster Keaton, 1926) (video)




Buster Keaton is a Confederate train engineer in this classic Civil War comedy.

Pursued by two Union trains, he crosses a bridge and then sets it on fire.

The Union officer orders his own train to cross anyway.

The result is the costliest, and perhaps most spectacular, shot in all of silent film.


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Thursday, October 4, 2018

WHO'S JENNA...? -- DVD Review by Porfle




Writer-director Thomas Baldinger shows off his flair for sharp, smart comedy in WHO'S JENNA...? (Indican Pictures, 2018), the story of an up-and-coming money management executive named Jonathan (Bill Sorvino) who discovers that his advancement up the ladder depends on whether or not he can sacrifice his scruples for a crude, cretinous boss who wants him to do his dirty work for him.

It's also sort of a rom-com, which gave me pause until I discovered that the rom takes a back seat to the com and doesn't really bog things down even when Jonathan cute-meets the gorgeous Jenna (Tracey Birdsall, DAWN OF THE CRESCENT MOON) and falls in love right before finding out that she's his vile boss's sister-in-law.

Jenna also is a dead ringer for porn star Jenna You-Know-Who, according to Jonathan's coworker, housemate, and lifelong friend Andy (Joseph D'Onofrio, A BRONX TALE, ANALYZE THAT, Young Tommy in GOODFELLAS), a porn addict who's thrilled beyond measure to find that one of Jonathan's new clients is studly porn god Kevin Steele (Michael Tota).


He's also convinced that Jenna really is a porn actress and is forever digging through his massive collection of XXX tapes in search of proof. It gets to a point where we're not so sure she isn't the real thing ourselves.

The conflict kicks in when one of the first orders that boss Barcia (Garry Pastore, GOODFELLAS, DO THE RIGHT THING, DONNIE BRASCO) gives Jonathan is to dump Kevin as a client because of his profession, and also to fire Jonathan's friend because in addition to being a great worker who deserves a promotion, he's both black and gay.

Jonathan must do these things or risk being fired himself, hence his moral quandary which will keep the plot moving while generating much witty dialogue and amusing situations.


"Witty" and "amusing" are apt words to describe a comedy that isn't going for farce, slapstick, or gross-out laughs, but actually wants to sort of engage our intellect while eliciting pleasant chuckles.  (And you can quote me on that.)  WHO'S JENNA...? is so neatly done, in fact, you could almost eat off of it.  As a fresh, appealing comedy with unobtrusive romantic touches, it practically has a new car smell.

The leads are all just right (look for "The Sopranos" co-star Vincent Pastore and actual porn star Amber Lynn) with Tracey Birdsall looking almost enough like that Jenna to keep us wondering and Garry Pastore hitting a home run as Barcia, one of the most delightfully repugnant fictional slobs I've seen in years.

A major highlight is the scene where Jonathan must join Barcia and his horrible business friends for dinner, listening to their blustery, slimily offensive blather without fleeing in disgust.  A day of golfing with this motley crew is no less insufferable.


Jonathan hatches a plot to turn against boss Barcia and still get his promotion while doing right by his friends and clients without compromising his ideals.  But just as we settle in for some intriguingly complex plot twists and a rising level of comic intensity and suspense, the movie suddenly ends.

It seems the story was simpler than predicted, and quite happy to pop like a party favor instead of building up to any actual fireworks.  (But stay tuned during the closing credits for an extra scene and some outtakes.)

I wanted it to keep going past that point and give us more.  That considered, however, I'm happy with what I got.  WHO'S JENNA...? is the kind of comedy that does its thing and then darts off the stage, leaving us wanting more.  And what we do get in that short time is sparkling fun. 


Tech Specs
Runtime: 95 min
Format: 1:78 HD
Sound: Dolby Sr.
Country: USA
Language: English
Captions: English
Website: www.IndicanPictures.com
Genre: Action, Comedy




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Shapeshifters, Zombies and Ghosts Invade TNT With an All-Day "Supernatural" Marathon Airing on Halloween




Shapeshifters, Zombies and Ghosts Invade TNT With an All-Day "Supernatural" Marathon Airing on Halloween

This Halloween, TNT is bringing fans spooks, chills and thrills with an all-day Supernatural marathon, starting at 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., spanning four seasons of the most terrifying episodes from the fan-favorite series.  From hauntings to ghosts, zombies and even Bloody Mary, TNT is your destination for getting into the Halloween spirit.

In the series, Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force twenty-six years ago. Subsequently, their father John raised them to be soldiers. He taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America ... and he taught them how to kill it.

Please find the full schedule below:

Wednesday, October 31:
Episode 4.07 – “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester” – at 8:00a.m.-9:00 a.m. ET/PT
Sam and Dean meet Castiel and his fellow angel Uriel, who warn the brothers to avoid intervening in a town where a witch is attempting to summon the demon Samhain, opening one of the Seals.

Episode 4.05 – “Monster Movie” – at 9:00am-10:00a.m. ET/PT
Sam and Dean investigate a town plagued with monsters from classic black-and-white horror movies.

Episode 2.18 – “Hollywood Babylon” – at 10:00a.m.-11:00a.m. ET/PT
Sam and Dean discover that a group of ghosts are murdering the crew of a horror movie.

Episode 3.13 – “Ghostfacers” – at 11:00a.m.-12:00p.m. ET/PT
While investigating the haunted Morton Mansion, Sam and Dean run into a couple of familiar faces and become inadvertent participants in a new reality show named Ghostfacers. As events turn deadly and the team are trapped in the house, the investigation becomes a battle to survive until morning.

Episode 1.01 – “Pilot” – at 12:00p.m.-1:00p.m. ET/PT
Sam is about to graduate from college and has an interview set up to join one of the most prestigious law schools in the country.

Episode 2.04 – “Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things” – at 1:00p.m.-2:00p.m. ET/PT
Dean and Sam investigate the death of a young college student who died in a car accident, but whose grave is now surrounded by a circle of dead plants.

Episode 1.19 – “Provenance” – at 2:00p.m.-3:00p.m. ET/PT
The Winchesters must deal with a dangerous spirit bound to an old family portrait that brings misfortune and death to anyone who buys it.

Episode 2.11 – “Playthings” – at 3:00p.m.-4:00p.m. ET/PT
Sam and Dean investigate a Connecticut inn run by a single mother where mysterious deaths are taking place. They find evidence of Hoodoo, and try to figure out who is causing the chaos.

Episode 1.15 – “The Benders” – at 4:00p.m.-5:00p.m. ET/PT
Dean searches for Sam when he is kidnapped by a backwoods family who likes to hunt humans and use their body parts as trophies.

Episode 3.02 – “The Kids Are Alright” – at 5:00p.m.-6:00p.m. ET/PT
Sam and Dean track down Changelings that are pursuing mothers and their children. A boy they protect bears a strange resemblance to Dean, which at first makes Dean uncomfortable because he once had a one-night stand with the boy's mother Lisa.

Episode 4.11 – “Family Remains” – at 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m. ET/PT
Sam and Dean investigate a house occupied by a female ghost, but when a new family moves in things take a turn for the worse.

Episode 1.05 – “Bloody Mary” – at 7:00p.m.-8:00p.m. ET/PT



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How Many Hubcaps Does The Charger Lose In "Bullitt"? (1968) (video)




The car chase in the classic Steve McQueen film "Bullitt" is legendary.

Steve did much of his own driving in the Mustang.
Stuntman/actor Bill Hickman drove the Charger.

Many viewers claim the Charger loses more than four hubcaps during the chase. 
Let's see if we can count them. 


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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

All The She-Monster Scenes From "The Astounding She-Monster" (1957) (video)




The She-Monster is played by Shirley Kilpatrick...

..rumored to have later changed her named to Shirley Stoler of "The Deer Hunter" and "Seven Beauties" fame.

Exterior shooting took place in various parks around Los Angeles.
Interiors were shot at Larchmont Studios in Hollywood.

Much of the music was later reused in "The Beast of Yucca Flats" (1961).

Kenne Duncan was an Ed Wood regular, appearing in five of his productions including "Night of the Ghouls."
Often cast as a bad guy, he was known as "The Meanest Man in Movies."

Robert Clarke would star as "The Hideous Sun Demon" in 1958.
Marilyn Harvey's only other movie role was an uncredited bit part in "Rosemary's Baby" (1968).
Bit player Jeanne Tatum (left) had but one other credited role, in "Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow" (1959).

Director Ronald V. Ashcroft hired his own wife Lorraine as Shirley Kilpatrick's stunt double.
Ashcroft was an assistant director on Ed Wood's "Night of the Ghouls."

The Official Razzie Movie Guide lists this as one of the top 100 most amusingly bad movies ever made.

Shirley Kilpatrick rarely turns her back during her scenes because the zipper on her costume broke during filming.

The film was released in the UK under the title "Mysterious Invader."

The film was made in four days with a cost of $18,000...
...and was sold to American International Pictures for $60,000.


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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

PAINLESS -- DVD Review by Porfle



You'd think that being unable to feel physical pain would be a blessing, but it's a curse for Henry (Joey Klein) in writer-director Jordan Horowitz' absorbing drama PAINLESS (Indican Pictures, 2017).

Henry gains our sympathy from the very start because we can see how lonely and isolated he is from society as he labors alone in his apartment, which has been converted into a makeshift research laboratory, to find a cure for his condition.

He can't allow himself any kind of relationship lest it take away precious time from his research.  We see how desperate he is by the measures he takes to purchase what he needs--selling illicit narcotics he's concocted to a small-time dealer, switching price tags on equipment at the store, pressuring his beleagured doctor (Kip Gilman) to procure forbidden drugs and even stem cells for him, etc.


Henry has suppressed his emotions for so long that they're almost as dead as his physical responses.  Fortunately, he runs into that most mythical of creatures seen only in movies--the beautiful, single woman who's currently unattached and chooses the nerdiest loner dude on the subway to practically throw herself at.

This gave me my first reservations about PAINLESS, fearing an obligatory romantic angle to the story which had done quite well without one up until then.  But it's handled well, with minimal sappiness, and is actually important to Henry's character development. Their odd "meet cute" involves her spilling scalding coffee on his hand, another instance where he can't discern how badly hurt he is.

Henry's involvement with Shani (Evalena Marie) yields one really good scene, in which their coffee shop date is interrupted by Shani's cretinous former coworker blatantly hitting on her right at their table.  I won't go into what happens, but it highlights the disadvantages of not being able to use pain in gauging how badly hurt you are.


A welcome comic aspect to Henry is the way he's learned to instantly diagnose the source of anyone else's pain--he's a Sherlock Holmes of medical deduction. This lends a bit of lightheartedness to what is basically a sober, melancholy drama that invites us to share Henry's emotional pain and desperate yearning to heal himself.

While Henry's goodhearted doctor tries to help him, a shady research scientist named Andrews (Pascal Yen-Pfister) lures him into a dicey experiment that could benefit both of them.  Andrews, it turns out, has the opposite problem--he feels constant pain for no reason.  They're like the main characters in UNBREAKABLE, one susceptible to nothing, the other to everything.

The conflict between these characters intensifies when Andrews' true unscrupulousness is revealed and Henry starts to feel like a human guinea pig.  It forces him to question his own ruthlessness in achieving his goal, and makes him wonder if it's worth depriving himself of other forms of happiness.

It all comes to a head when Henry's true moment of truth arrives and we discover what kind of a person adversity has made out of him.  As straight, no-frills drama, PAINLESS is confidently done in all aspects, and deeply engaging. 


Tech Specs
Runtime: 82 min
Format: 1:78 HD
Sound: Dolby Sr.
Country: USA
Language: English
Captions: English
Website: www.IndicanPictures.com
Genre: Thriller

Extras: Director's commentary, behind-the-scenes featurette, trailers



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"PAINLESS" -- Intense Thriller Based On Real Medical Science, Available Today on VOD + DVD



"PAINLESS"

AVAILABLE ON DVD + ALL MAJOR VOD PLATFORMS TODAY


A film by Jordan Horowitz


Starring Joey Klein, Evalena Marie, Kip Gilman, and Pascal Yen-Pfister


Henry Long was born with a rare condition that leaves him unable to feel physical pain. Life for him is a daily struggle, never knowing when he might become seriously injured without realizing it, or worse, die from an internal injury he never knew existed. He lives in a constant state of fear and is completely alienated from those around him who cannot relate to his daily struggles.

Barricading himself in a world of science, Henry has dedicated his life to finding a cure so that he can one day know what it’s like to feel ‘normal.’   His only temporary reprieve from this isolation is Shani - the one person that draws him out of this world. When he discovers a promising drug that he is unable to obtain on his own, he gets involved with a dangerous scientist with a dark past and his own secret agenda. Henry must decide if his need for normalcy is worth paying the ultimate price before it’s too late.

WATCH THE TRAILER:


Based on actual medical science, PAINLESS looks at the dark side of life with a rare condition and the challenges both symptomatic and social that people with these conditions face.

Director Jordan Horowitz’s previous film ‘Angel of Nanjing’ won Best Documentary at 13 film festivals before receiving a worldwide release, and became an Internet sensation when NowThisNews posted a story about it that was viewed over 23 million times. Jordan has also directed and produced content for MTV and VH1, and his short films have been referenced in the book Making It Big in Shorts: The Ultimate Filmmaker’s Guide to Short Films.

RT: 81 Minutes / Not Rated
Website:       https://www.painlessmovie.com/
IMDB:            https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3412738/
Facebook:    https://www.facebook.com/pg/painlessmovie/posts/
Twitter:          @PainlessMovie
Instagram:     @painlessmovie

About Indican Pictures
Indican Pictures acquires and distributes feature films to a broad range of entertainment outlets. Our business model enables us to directly provide a diverse selection of independent film content (action, art-house, comedy, documentary, drama, family, foreign language, horror, rom-com, sci-fi, thriller, western) through our strategic partnerships, into all media platforms (theatrical, VOD/SVOD, home video, TV/broadcast, ancillary, educational), for consumer enjoyment. Indican Pictures presence throughout the foreign market and territories, include: AFM, Berlin/EFM, Cannes, Hong Kong International Film & TV, MIPCOM, MIPTV, NATPE and Toronto.


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