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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Porfle's Movie Trivia #5: "Airport" (1970) (video)




Question: What was the name of the airplane bomber played by Van Heflin?

A. B.O. Barrakus
B. C.O. Monsanto
C. D.O. Guerrero
D. B.J. Hunnicutt

Bonus: Which cast member won an Academy Award for his/her role?


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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Mattel Films, Daniel Kaluuya's 59% and Valparaiso Pictures Announce Plans to Bring "BARNEY" To The Big Screen




“Barney” marks the first collaboration between Mattel Films and production companies 59% and Valparaiso Pictures

Development project is the eighth live-action film Mattel Films has announced since its creation one year ago



EL SEGUNDO, CA, Oct. 18, 2019 – Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) and production companies 59% and Valparaiso Pictures announced a partnership to develop a live-action motion picture based on Barney, Mattel’s iconic loveable, purple dinosaur.

Mattel Films will co-produce “Barney” alongside Academy Award®-nominee Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out,” “Black Panther”), Rowan Riley and Amandla Crichlow at 59%, as well as Valparaiso's David Carrico, Adam Paulsen and Bobby Hoppey. Kevin McKeon will also shepherd the project for Mattel Films. “Barney” represents the first partnership between the production companies and Mattel Films.

“Working with Daniel Kaluuya will enable us to take a completely new approach to ‘Barney’ that will surprise audiences and subvert expectations,” said Robbie Brenner, Mattel Films. “The project will speak to the nostalgia of the brand in a way that will resonate with adults, while entertaining today’s kids.”

"Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood,” said Daniel Kaluuya, 59%. “We're excited to explore this compelling modern-day hero and see if his message of 'I love you, you love me' can stand the test of time."

“Barney is a dinosaur from our imagination, and we can’t wait to get ‘I love you, you love me’ stuck in heads everywhere, yet again,” said David Carrico, Valparaiso Pictures.

“Barney” will join other Mattel Films projects in development including ones based on Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, Masters of the Universe®, American Girl®, View Master®, Magic 8 Ball® and Major Matt Mason®.


About Mattel
Mattel is a leading global children's entertainment company that specializes in design and production of quality toys and consumer products. We create innovative products and experiences that inspire, entertain and develop children through play. We engage consumers through our portfolio of iconic franchises, including Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, American Girl®, Fisher-Price®, Thomas & Friends® and MEGA®, as well as other popular brands that we own or license in partnership with global entertainment companies. Our offerings include film and television content, gaming, music and live events. We operate in 40 locations and sell products in more than 150 countries in collaboration with the world's leading retail and technology companies. Since its founding in 1945, Mattel is proud to be a trusted partner in exploring the wonder of childhood and empowering kids to reach their full potential. Visit us online at www.mattel.com.

About 59% Productions
59% is a newly formed production company founded by Academy Award-nominated actor, writer and producer, Daniel Kaluuya, with a first look deal at Paramount Players. 59% is striving to bridge the gap between the next wave of storytellers and the studios. As an actor, Kaluuya has chosen roles that defy stereotypes and subvert expectations. The creatives behind 59% are applying the exact same approach towards producing, championing fresh narrative styles and perspectives. Kaluuya can next be seen in Universal’s upcoming film QUEEN & SLIM of which he is also an executive producer.

About Valparaiso Pictures
With an eye towards projects that have the potential to shift culture and reach wide audiences, Valparaiso Pictures is quickly ramping up their production and development slate. They’re currently in development on the Kumail Nanjiani led political action comedy “No Glory” being written by Sam Bain, which they’re producing with Adam McKay, Will Ferell, and Chris Henchy. They also recently premiered “The Sound of Silence” starring Peter Sarsgaard and Rashida Jones that was acquired in competition at Sundance 2019. Currently, they’re in production on “Pig” starring Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage and “Hereditary‘s” Alex Wolff.


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Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Human Calculator" (video)




The third Stooge acts like a calculator when the Stooges need to add a few numbers up.

And usually when he's done, the third Stooge pulls an actual paper out of his mouth or jacket with the final calculations on it.

(threestooges.net)

NO CENSUS, NO FEELING (1940)
CACTUS MAKES PERFECT (1942)
THREE PESTS IN A MESS (1945)
SING A SONG OF SIX PANTS (1947)
INCOME TAX SAPPY (1954)
SPACE SHIP SAPPY (1957)

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Lon Chaney Breaks The 4th Wall in "Son of Dracula" (1943) (video)




In this dynamic entrance by Lon in "Son of Dracula"...

...he breaks the fourth wall by turning and glaring directly at us.

His is not only one of the eeriest Draculas...

...but a hostile and ill-tempered one as well.


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"NIGHT SWEATS" Thriller-Chiller Opens Nov. 14 in NY & on VOD




Prana Public Relations Presents

"NIGHT SWEATS"


Written & Directed by Andrew Lyman-Clarke
Story by Andrew Lyman-Clarke and Seth Panman
Starring John Wesley Shipp, Kyle DeSpiegler and Mary Elaine Ramsey



A chilling and suspenseful drama set in New York City, NIGHT SWEATS tells the story of a mysterious, sudden death that leads a young skateboarder to investigate the inner workings of the self-help company where his deceased roommate was employed. While going under-cover there, he discovers a scheme to spread a new virus that could devastate the city. At great risk to his own life, including contracting the disease himself, he will not stop until he finds the source of the virus and destroys the company that stands to profit when it becomes an epidemic.

An edge-of-your-seat thriller, NIGHT SWEATS is a frighteningly plausible story with many twists and a conspiracy that keeps the viewer guessing.

The film features the exclusive, unreleased track “It’s Gonna Come,” written and performed by indie rock darling Jagwar Twin and The White Poppy. Jagwar Twin has collaborated with Lana Del Ray, DJ Alesso and Blink 182 and is currently touring with rocker Avril Lavigne.

NIGHT SWEATS stars John Wesley Shipp (“The Flash,” “As the World Turns”), Mary Elaine Ramsey (“Runaways,” “The Blacklist”), Brett Azar (Terminator: Dark Fate, “The Blacklist”), Allison Mackie (“The Affair,” Our Very Own) and newcomer Kyle DeSpiegler. Written and Directed by Andrew Lyman-Clarke. Story by Andrew Lyman-Clarke and Seth Panman. Producers are Jason Abrams and Seth Panman. Cinematography by Hilarion Banks and Music by John Kaefer.

NIGHT SWEATS will open November 14 in New York City at the Regal Essex Crossing & RPX theater. It will also be available on all major digital platforms.

WATCH THE TRAILER

Website: https://www.nightsweatsmovie.com 


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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Two Men In One Coat" (video)




A thug has has one arm in one arm of his coat...
...and a Stooge has an arm in the other side.

When another thug tries to punch the Stooge...

...he gets punched himself, repeatedly...

...until the two thugs knock each other out.

(threestooges.net)

HORSES' COLLARS (1935)
CALLING ALL CURS (1939)
CRASH GOES THE HASH (1944)
SLAPHAPPY SLEUTHS (1950)

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Porfle's Movie Trivia #4: "The Mummy" (1932) (video)




Question: In "The Mummy" (1932), Boris Karloff played an Egyptian prince named...
A. Ankh-es-en-amon
B. Imhotep
C. Kharis
D. Turhan Bey

Bonus: After returning to life, Imhotep went under what assumed name?


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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Blazing Saloon Fight in "Hoppy Serves A Writ" (1943) (video)




William Boyd ("Hopalong Cassidy") and Victor Jory clash...

...in one of the most furious, two-fisted saloon brawls ever filmed.

While the actors hold their own in the close shots...

...it's the stuntmen who really earned their paychecks that day.


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Twenty-one Film Titles from TERROR FILMS and Sister Company GLOBAL DIGITAL RELEASING Head to ROKU




Twenty-one Film Titles from TERROR FILMS and Sister Company GLOBAL DIGITAL RELEASING Head to ROKU

Los Angeles, CA (Tuesday, October 15th, 2019): In their ongoing quest to expand the reach and digital footprint of their growing libraries, TERROR FILMS and sister label GLOBAL DIGITAL RELEASING are set to begin placing films directly on ROKU for the first time!

After reviewing over sixty films between both labels, ROKU has selected twenty-one films from the  respective libraries to be placed on their main page. TERROR FILMS and GLOBAL DIGITAL RELEASING President Joe Dain said of the partnership: “up until now we had only been placing films on various ROKU sub-channels. However, being on the main ROKU Channel itself will afford our films the opportunity to find a wider audience. We’re very excited about this new relationship.” Soon, film fans will have another Digital platform on which to watch their favourite TF and GDR films.



The films will include top performers. The first twenty-one films to show on ROKU from TERROR FILMS include: the found footage feature Hell House LLC (2015), the psychological Patient Seven (2016) and the documentary Untold and Unearthed: The Path to Pet Sematary (2017). From GLOBAL DIGITAL RELEASING, the releases include award winning films Without Name (2016) and Elizabeth Blue (2017). The entire slate of films can be seen on the promotional poster. (click to enlarge)

The films are expected to go live on ROKU in the coming months. A more specific release date will be announced soon.

To Learn More about Terror Films visit: https://www.terrorfilms.net/

And here: https://www.facebook.com/TerrorFilmsLLC

To Learn More about Global Digital Releasing visit: http://www.globaldigitalreleasing.com/

And here: https://www.facebook.com/GlobalDigitalReleasing/


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Monday, October 14, 2019

The Best Of Otis! ("Superman", 1978) (video)




One of the highlights of 1978's "Superman"...

...is the performance of Ned Beatty...

...as Lex Luthor's bumbling henchman, Otis.

Who can forget "Otisburg"?


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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "He Ducked Too Soon" (video)




When Moe is about to hit another Stooge...

...the Stooge ducks and covers his face.

Moe then ducks down next to the Stooge and hits him.

(threestooges.net)

POP GOES THE EASEL (1935)
FLAT FOOT STOOGES (1938)
THREE PESTS IN A MESS (1945)
HALF-WITS HOLIDAY (1947)
SCHEMING SCHEMERS (1956)

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Hilarious Hit Comedy/Horror Film "GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE" Hits Amazon Prime This Week!



Some People are the Death of the Party

Pix/See Productions'

"GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE"


HOLLYWOOD, CA (Thursday, October 10th): Just in time for Halloween, Gregory Blair's award-winning screwball comedy meets slasher spoof GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE is now available to stream exclusively on Amazon Prime. The film has won handfuls of awards on the festival circuit: 'Best Feature Film,' 'Outstanding Horror/Comedy Feature,' ‘Best Director of the Year’ and more, including nine acting awards for the cast. Currently available only on DVD and Blu-ray, the Amazon Prime debut will be the premiere chance to see the film on VOD.

Beloved by audiences and critics alike, GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE is Blair's follow-up to his much-lauded DEADLY REVISIONS. His latest is a fast-paced, wacky spoof in the vein of Shaun of the Dead and Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. The fun begins when a friendly backyard gathering goes hilariously awry as an unexpected guest arrives. With a pickaxe. And an attitude.


Director Blair has talked about the film recently. He says of the Digital release: "we're excited to finally open the door and widen the audience through VOD." Blair also says of the changing Digital and home entertainment markets: "streaming has become the preferred home-viewing option and Amazon Prime is one of the leading platforms, so we thought that was a great place to start. But collectors will still want to get the DVD or Bluray, because we all know that physical media is the only way to guarantee you can watch the movie when you want, since streaming catalogues change all the time." GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE will be available in just a few days, on one of the largest Digital distributors currently online.

GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE is a PIX/SEE Productions film. It was released on DVD and Bluray through SGL Entertainment who will also be helming the VOD release. The film will be released on other VOD platforms closer to Christmas.  Finally, the film stars Andy Gates ("Grimm"), Nichole Bagby ("On The Rocks"), Lise Hart (Deadly Revisions), Gregory Blair ("Love That Girl"), Dawna Lee Heising (Samurai Cop2: Deadly Vengeance), Matt Weinglass ("Jimmy Kimmel Live!") and David Leeper.

WATCH THE OFFICIAL TRAILER:


The film’s official site: http://www.GardenPartyMassacreFilm.com

A Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GardenPartyMassacre

The GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE Twitter page: https://twitter.com/GardnPrtyMasacr

Available on DVDs and Blurays now at: https://sglmoviestore.com/comedy/garden-party-massacre/




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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Porfle's Movie Trivia #3: "A Christmas Story" (1983) (video)




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Friday, October 11, 2019

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "It's For You!" (video)




When a Stooge is in the middle of being chased by a villian....

...he stops, picks up a phone and says "Hello?"

Then he says to the villian "It's for you!" and hands him the phone.

When the villian says "Hello?" to the phone, the Stooge either hits him or makes his escape.

(threestooges.net)

SLAPHAPPY SLEUTHS (1950)
THREE ARABIAN NUTS (1951)
SPOOKS! (1953)
A MERRY MIX-UP (1957)

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

ROBIN WILLIAMS: COMIC GENIUS (5-DISC SET) -- DVD Review by Porfle




Having never been a fan of Robin Williams' stand-up act, talk show appearances, or hit ABC television series "Mork and Mindy", it might be surprising to find that I'm recommending ROBIN WILLIAMS: COMIC GENIUS (Time-Life), a 5-disc chronicle of his astounding stand-up comedy career.

I recommend it mainly to his many, many fans, who should find this collection a treasure chest of joy and laughter along with a bittersweet mixture of other emotions. 

And for those who, like me, never warmed up to his comedy style, it's a fascinating look at a man who gave happiness to others even though his lifelong struggle to find it for himself eventually proved too much for him to bear.


Disc 1 begins with Robin already a known and very popular commodity with HBO's "On Location--Off the Wall" (1978), then shows us how he got to that point in the featurette "Robin Williams--The Early Years." Then follows some of Robin's early TV stand-up performances, his "Dick Cavett Show" appearance, Robin's brief encounter with Frank Sinatra on "Laugh-In", and an interview with Robin's manager, David Steinberg.

Disc 2 features "An Evening With Robin Williams" (1983) along with a variety of featurettes including various stand-up appearances and his stirring patriotic routine "I Love Liberty."

Disc 3 gives us "Robin Williams: An Evening at the Met", one of the most glittering and prestigious showcases of his talent, along with several other featurettes.

Disc 4's highlight is "Robin Williams: Live on Broadway", followed by promos and interviews.


Disc 5 concludes the collection with the 2009 comedy special, "Robin Williams: Weapons of Self-Destruction", which showcases Robin at the height of his comedic powers before a wildly appreciative audience. Finishing off the disc is a selection of featurettes including People's Choice Awards presentations, a taping of "Shakespeare: The Animated Tales", and other items.

Through it all, we see hours upon hours of Robin Williams performing at a lightning-fast pace with comic improvisations pouring from his imagination, his frenetic style both profane and childlike, as his audiences respond with utter delight and affection. 

ROBIN WILLIAMS: COMIC GENIUS gives us this utterly unique, once-in-a-lifetime comic superstar at his most happy and content, onstage and basking in the shared experience that only charged him to go farther, faster, and funnier.


Also available in 12 and 22 disc sets

(Portions of this review appeared in our look at the 12-disc version as seen HERE)



Disc 1: Off The Wall


    HBO On Location: Robin Williams—Off the Wall
    Original Air Date: October 27, 1978

    Featurette: Robin Williams—The Early Years

    The Second Annual HBO Young Comedians Show
    Original Air Date: September 24, 1977

    The Great American Laugh-Off
    Original Air Date: October 22, 1977

    Robin Meets Mr. Sinatra
    Original Air Date: November 2, 1977

    The Dick Cavett Show
    Original Air Dates: May 16 and 17, 1979
    
    Interview with David Steinberg, Robin’s Manager


Disc 2: An Evening with Robin Williams


    An Evening with Robin Williams
    Original Air Date: March 12, 1983
    
    Featurette: San Francisco—Where It All Began
    
    Director Howard Storm Demo Taping with Robin
    Taped 1982
    
    Comedy Celebration Day
    San Francisco: 1982, 1984, 1990

    I Love Liberty
    Original Air Date: March 21, 1982

    Catch a Rising Star’s 10th Anniversary
    Original Air Date: September 30, 1982

    The Comedy Store 10th 11th Anniversary
    Original Air Date: July 17, 1983
    
    The Comedy Store 15th Year Class Reunion
    Original Air Date: November 23, 1988

    Robin Remembers the Comedy Store
    Taped 2001


Disc 3: An Evening at the Met


    Robin Williams: An Evening at the Met
    With Introduction by Lewis Black
    Original Air Date: October 11, 1986

        HBO Press Interview
    
        Promo Taping
    
    “Beverly Hills Blues” with Bobby McFerrin
    Taped March 4, 1986
    
    The Young Comedians All-Star Reunion
    Original Air Date: November 15, 1986
    
    Superstars and Their Moms
    Original Air Date: May 3, 1987
    
    Interview with David Steinberg, Robin’s Manager
    
    Interview with Lewis Black


Disc 4: Live on Broadway

    Robin Williams: Live on Broadway
    With Introduction by David Steinberg, Robin’s Manager
    Original Air Date: July 14, 2002

        Interview with Robin and Director Marty Callner
    
        Noises
    
        Explicit Language
    
        HBO Promos
    
        HBO Promos Rough Cuts
    
        Robin’s Promo Riff
    
    E! Press Room after Robin’s LIVE 2002 Grammy Win
    Original Air Date: February 23, 2003


Disc 5: Weapons of Self Destruction



    Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction
    With Introduction by Lewis Black
    Original Air Date: December 6, 2009
    
        A Backstage Pass
    
        A View from the Director’s Chair
    
        Local Highlights
    
    Mrs. Doubtfire Toasts Richard Pryor
    Taped 1993
    
    People’s Choice Award for Favorite Actor in a Comedy Motion Picture
    Original Air Date: March 8, 1994
    
    People’s Choice Award for Favorite Comedy Motion Picture
    Original Air Date: March 8, 1994
    
    E! Press Room after Robin’s People’s Choice Wins
    Original Air Date: March 8, 1994
    
    Shakespeare: The Animated Tales—HBO Promos
    Taped August 25, 1995
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William Ragsdale of “Fright Night” Stars in New Psychological Thriller “When We Dance The Music Dies”




William Ragsdale of “Fright Night” Stars in New Psychological Thriller 

“When We Dance The Music Dies”

A desperate father in search of his missing daughter discovers a myriad of circumstances set in motion that leads to sinister developments that will forever change his life.


(Oct, 2019) Moviegoers with a passion for psychological thrillers will welcome the return of “Fright Night” star William Ragsdale in director Anthony de Lioncourt’s new film, “When We Dance the Music Dies,” which takes moviegoers along on a riveting ride that will have them questioning the very nature of reality.

Those film lovers are in for a special treat, if they also happen to share de Lioncourt’s nostalgic fondness for the 1980s horror classic, ”Fright Night!”

Watch the trailer on Vimeo here: https://vimeo.com/279179477


The new film features William Ragsdale, the star of that 1985 movie, in his return to the thriller genre that first brought him widespread fame.

Eric Roberts also brings his intensity to this new film, following performances that have earned him three Golden Globe Award nominations (“King of the Gypsies,” “Star 80,” and “Runaway Train”) and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor (“Runaway Train”) during his long and celebrated career.

Rounding out the lead cast is Catherine Mary Stewart, who also developed a large and dedicated following thanks to her work in two 1980s films that took moviegoers into the unknown – “The Last Starfighter” and “Night of the Comet.”


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Porfle's Movie Trivia #2: "The Wizard Of Oz" (1939) (video)




 Can you answer today's trivia question?


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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

AMERICAN STORYTELLERS -- DVD Review by Porfle




Four American movie directors of varying stature talk about directing movies in Kevin Mukherji's documentary AMERICAN STORYTELLERS (2003). 

It seems a fairly random foursome--indy legend John Sayles, actor and sometimes director Forest Whitaker, lesser-known John McNaughton, and Hollywood blockbuster success Harold Ramis.

McNaughton I know mainly as the director of the notorious HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER (1986). His most familiar subsequent work would probably be WILD THINGS a full twelve years later.


Sayles' celebrated indy films (LONE STAR, PASSION FISH, RETURN OF THE SECAUCUS SEVEN) have mostly eluded me thus far, and I know him mainly as the writer of such titles as THE HOWLING, BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS, ALLIGATOR, and THE LADY IN RED.

Whitaker, of course, is a highly-recognizable actor with around five directorial efforts to his credit, some for HBO. Ramis' film credits include such popular classics as ANIMAL HOUSE, GHOSTBUSTERS, and CADDYSHACK. 

What Kevin Mukherji has done here is to sit these guys down for some static interview segments and intercut them with mostly generic clips of movies being filmed (no actual clips from their works).


His questions are rather broad, as evidenced by the chapter titles (Influence, Getting Started, First Film, Acting, Philosophy, Advice, Favorite Film, Future).

The responses are mildly interesting, consisting mainly of behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the ABCs of getting movies made.  Each man reveals how he got into the business and what it took to actually get his cinematic ideas onto our neighborhood movie screens. 

All of which can get rather dry, unless of course this is of particular interest to the viewer.  I was thinking that this film would be especially useful if shown to students in film classes, or to anyone seriously considering moviemaking as a profession.


Of the four interview subjects, Ramis is by far the most engaging. This is due not only to his personality but also to the fact that most of us recognize his work and have enjoyed so many of his movies to such a degree over the years. Ramis understands popular filmmaking and knows how to give the audience what it wants without appealing to the lowest common denominator.

An interesting contrast is provided by the accounts of McNaughton and the others in their struggles to get the green light for their more personal and/or modestly-budgeted efforts, often with subjects Hollywood would rather shy away from.

None of which is particularly deep--even when questioned about their "philosophy" or advice to aspiring filmmakers, their responses are mostly just the standard stuff people toss off when they don't want to delve too deeply into their personal feelings.


The DVD from Indican Pictures contains the following extras: trailers for this and other Indican films, a 20-minute sneak preview of Mukherji's "Magnum Stories", additional interview material, and a ten-minute Mukherji short, "American Pets", also featuring Ramis and Whitaker.

A jack-of-all-trades himself in the movie business, Mukherji has assembled a technically bland but fairly watchable documentary in AMERICAN STORYTELLERS. How much it garners your own interest will depend entirely upon how curious you are about the nuts and bolts of moviemaking.



Find out more about this film at Indican Pictures

TECH SPECS
Runtime: 90 mins.
Format: 1:85 Flat
Sound: Dolby 2.0
Country: USA
Language: English
Website: www.IndicanPictures.com
Genre: Documentary



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Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Three Wristwatches" (video)




Moe wonders what time it is, and a Stooge pulls up his sleeve...

...revealing three wristwatches.

"How do you tell the time with three wristwatches?" he asks.

The answer makes about as much sense as you'd expect.

(threestooges.net)





DUTIFUL BUT DUMB (1941)
RHYTHM AND WEEP
STUDIO STOOPS (1950)


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Just Announced - "Krypton: The Complete Second & Final Season" Comes Home to Blu and DVD 1/14/20




There Is No Victory Without Sacrifice

Krypton: The Complete Second
& Final Season

Watch as the Battle to Free Krypton Begins
When the Blu-ray™ & DVD Become Available January 14, 2020


BURBANK, CA (October 9, 2019) – Watch as the battle to free Krypton from Zod begins! Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the action-adventure hit series Krypton: The Complete Second & Final Season on Blu-ray and DVD on January 14, 2020. From executive producers David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Cameron Welsh (Constantine, The Last Ship), Krypton tells an entirely new story in the mythology of DC’s iconic Superman universe! Fans can purchase the sets with all 10 exhilarating episodes from season two plus two bonus featurettes including, “The Fate of Superman” and “Villains: Modes of Persuasion.” Krypton: The Complete Second & Final Season is priced to own at $24.98 SRP ($30.99 in Canada) for the DVD and $29.98 SRP ($39.99 in Canada) for the Blu-ray which includes a Digital Copy (US Only). Krypton: The Complete Second & Final Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from all major digital retailers.

Krypton: The Complete Series, which includes both seasons of Krypton will also be available for fans to own on Blu-ray and DVD for $54.97 / 44.98 SRP ($63.99 / $52.99 in Canada). Order due date for both releases is December 10, 2019.

Season two brings us back to a changed Kandor, locked in a battle over its freedom and its future. With Zod now in control, he’s on a ruthless mission to rebuild Krypton according to his ideals and to secure its future by conquering the universe. Faced with a bleak outlook, Superman’s ancestor, Seg-El, attempts to unite a dispersed group of resisters in an effort to defeat Zod and restore hope to their beloved planet.

“Krypton has captivated audiences through its incredible action, talented actors, and impressive special effects,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, Television Marketing. "We are excited to reveal Season two’s secrets, villains and plot twists, which will keep you glued to the screen, and wishing for more Krypton!”

With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, the Blu-ray release of Krypton: The Complete Second & Final Season will include 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. The 2-disc Blu-ray will feature a high-definition Blu-ray and a Digital Copy of all 10 episodes from season two.

Krypton stars Cameron Cuffe (New Year’s Eve), Georgina Campbell (One Night, Black Mirror), Shaun Sipos (Final Destination 2), Colin Salmon (Arrow), Ann Ogbomo (Wonder Woman, Justice League), Aaron Pierre (Britannia, The A Word), Rasmus Hardiker (Your Highness), Wallis Day (The Royals, Will), Hannah Waddingham (Game of Thrones) with Blake Ritson (Da Vinci’s Demons, Indian Summers) and Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones). Based on the DC characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Krypton is from Phantom Four Films in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television and is executive produced by David S. Goyer and Cameron Welsh.

MARKETING SUPPORT
The release of Krypton: The Complete Second & Final Season will be supported by a national media and publicity campaign.

BLU-RAY & DVD FEATURES

    The Fate of Superman
    Villains: Modes of Persuasion

10 ONE-HOUR EPISODES

    Light Years From Home
    Ghost in the Fire
    Will to Power
    Danger Close
    A Better Yesterday
    In Zod We Trust
    Zods and Monsters
    Mercy
    Blood Moon
    The Alpha and the Omega

DIGITAL
The second season of Krypton will be available to own on Digital. Digital purchase allows consumers to instantly stream and download to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital movies and TV shows are available from various digital retailers including Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu and others. A Digital Copy is also included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage.

BASICS
Street Date: January 14, 2020
Order Due Date: December 10, 2019
BD and DVD Presented in 16x9 widescreen format
Running Time: Feature: Approx. 420 min
Enhanced Content: Approx. 41 min

DVD
Price: $24.98 SRP ($30.99 in Canada)
2 DVD-9s
Audio – English (5.1)
Subtitles – English, French
UPC# 883929700646
Catalog# 1000750320

BLU-RAY
Price: $29.98 SRP ($39.99 in Canada)
2 BD-50s
Audio – DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 – English
BD Subtitles – English, French
UPC# 883929700653
Catalog# 1000750321

KRYPTON: THE COMPLETE SERIES

DVD
Price: $44.98 SRP ($52.99 in Canada)
4 DVD-9s
Audio – English (5.1)
Subtitles – English, French
UPC# 883929705481
Catalog# 1000756889

BD
Price: $54.97 SRP ($63.99 in Canada)
4 BD-50s
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 – English
Subtitles – English, French
UPC# 883929705498
Catalog# 1000756890

 
About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Porfle's Movie Trivia #1: "The Fifth Element" (1997) (video)




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"The Swan Princess - 25th Anniversary Collectors Edition" Coming To Blu-ray October 29




CELEBRATE THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF A BELOVED ANIMATED FRANCHISE

"THE SWAN PRINCESS"

AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON
BLU-RAY™ AND DIGITAL 4K HDR OCTOBER 29
 

CULVER CITY, CALIF. – In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Golden Globe®-nominated[1] animated classic THE SWAN PRINCESS, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is making the fan-favorite available in brilliant high definition for the first time ever with a collectible anniversary edition Blu-ray and in 4K HDR on digital, both available on October 29th.

THE SWAN PRINCESS, a magical, musical animated adventure based on the classic fairy tale "Swan Lake" has captured the hearts of audiences around the world. The winner of the Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence and the Parents' Choice Award, it's the heartwarming story of the beautiful princess Odette, who is transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer's spell.

Held captive at an enchanted lake, she befriends Jean-Bob the frog, Speed the turtle and Puffin the bird. Despite their struggle to keep the princess safe, these good-natured creatures can do nothing about the sorcerer's spell, which can only be broken by a vow of everlasting love. THE SWAN PRINCESS is bursting with color, dazzling animation, beautiful music and the vocal talents of Jack Palance, John Cleese, Steven Wright, Sandy Duncan and Michelle Nicastro.


The 25 anniversary Blu-ray release includes an all-new featurette entitled “A Look Back, Tease Ahead,” plus a variety of additional archival features.

THE SWAN PRINCESS has a runtime of approximately 90 minutes. The film is rated G.

THE SWAN PRINCESS CAST AND CREW
Director: Richard Rich
Executive Producers: Jared Brown and Seldon Young
Co-Executive Producer: Matt Mazer
Co-Producers: Terry Noss and Tom Tobin
Producers: Richard Rich and Jared Brown
Story By: Richard Rich and Brian Nissen
Screenplay By: Brian Nissen
Cast: Jack Palance, John Cleese, Steven Wright and Sandy Duncan

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "We're Trapped Like Rats!" (video)




The boys find themselves in a predicament.

One of them (usually Larry) exclaims, "We're trapped like rats!"

To which Moe retorts, "Speak for yourself!" and gives him a slap.

Other responses by Moe include, "Don't get personal!"

(threestooges.net)
 



BACK TO THE WOODS (1937)
THREE LITTLE SEW AND SEWS (1939)
NUTTY BUT NICE (1940)
CRIME ON THEIR HANDS (1948)
SPOOKS! (1953)


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Sunday, October 6, 2019

THE MAD ADVENTURES OF "RABBI" JACOB -- Blu-ray Review by Porfle




I was bored one night back in 1973, so I drove ten miles to see this obscure (to me, anyway) foreign comedy that had a funny trailer. Not expecting much, I ended up having the time of my life (well, one of them, anyway) because this kooky little French romp turned out to be one of the funniest, wildest and most delightful farce comedies I'd ever seen.

Now, forty some-odd years later, THE MAD ADVENTURES OF "RABBI" JACOB (Film Movement Classics) is just as funny, just as wild, and somehow even more delightful because it has aged like fine bubbly champagne that gets up your nose and makes you giggle.

Popular, rubber-faced French comic Louis de Funès plays Victor Pivert, a diminutive hothead speeding cross-country to his daughter's wedding while berating his chaffeur Solomon and yelling at other drivers, especially the foreign ones (he hates Belgians, Germans, Englishmen, anyone who isn't French).


Somehow--I'm not going to go into it here--Pivert gets mixed up in violent political intrigue between two Middle Eastern countries and is fleeing on a moped with a revolutionary named Slimane (Claude Giraud), a gang of ruthless killers hot on their heels.  And he can't depend on his chauffeur Solomon for help because he just fired him after finding out he was Jewish. (That wasn't the actual reason but it's an added factor.)

Then, somehow--I'm not going to go into it here--Pivert and Slimane assume the identities of a Hassidic rabbi named Jacob and his assistant. The real Rabbi Jacob is due to return to his French community after years in the U.S.A., and the imposters are welcomed by gleeful mobs of admirers as Pivert is expected to preside over the bar mitzvah of Jacob's nephew in addition to several other ceremonies and such of which he has absolutely no knowledge.

And as all this is going on, the little town is beseiged by Slimane's gun-blazing enemies, police detectives on the trail of Pivert because they think he's a killer, and Pivert's frantic wife who wants to throttle him for not showing up at their daughter's wedding.


Obviously I've tried to summarize the plot as well as possible, but it just can't come close to describing what a wonderfully wacky comic delight this movie is.  Pivert may be the most lovable bigot in any film comedy, especially since we know he's eventually going to learn his lesson before it's over.

He has a hilarious talent for deadpan mugging (I love the part where he tries to get the attention of two cops by making faces at them) and the frantic, cartoonish physicality of Leon Errol. Not only that, but when he's eluding his would-be killers in a chewing gum factory he and they all end up sliding into a vat of the stuff and emerging as gooey green blobs.

As Pivert contends with these murderous political zealots (the actors play their roles wonderfully straight) I was reminded of Woody Allen's perilous comedic entanglements with South American revolutionaries in BANANAS.


Indeed, much of the raucous slapstick comedy in this film is just as intensely off-the-wall and often startlingly bent as anything Woody came up with in his early, funnier films. 

The Tex Avery-level sight gags and outlandish situations come fast and furious. Pivert's nagging, spoiled wife berates him over the phone while working on a nervous patient (she's a dentist, of all things) and Pivert flees in a car with a boat on top that eventually goes into a lake and becomes a boat with a car on top. 

His experiences in the Jewish community filled with well-wishers who adore him (as Rabbi Jacob) are both achingly funny and heartwarming without ever getting sappy.  Needless to say, his daughter's belated wedding becomes the scene of a calamitous collision of all the different characters and plot elements that never lets up until the fadeout.

THE MAD ADVENTURES OF "RABBI" JACOB has a nice message of tolerance, but it shows it instead of preaching it to us and never lets it get in the way of the sparkling fun.  If you're looking for a truly feelgood comedy that will have you giddy with joyful laughter, this is it.



Buy it at Film Movement

Blu-ray Features
Interview with co-screenwriter Danièle Thompson
New essay by author Phoebe Maltz Bovy
Sound: Mono


DVD Features
Interview with co-screenwriter Danièle Thompson
New essay by author Phoebe Maltz Bovy
Sound: Mono





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CMA AWARDS LIVE: GREATEST MOMENTS 1968-2015 (10-DISC SET) -- DVD Review by Porfle




I've never been that much of a country music fan.  But when I have to choose, I much prefer the old-fashioned, authentic (in my opinion) country-western stuff over this watered-down soft rock that they call "young country" or whatever these days. 

Of course, there are those who like or even love country music in all its phases, from every era, and it's those people who will most appreciate Time-Life's 10-disc DVD set, CMA AWARD LIVE: GREATEST MOMENTS 1968-2015.

As the title suggests, it covers the genre from the old days up until recent years and includes many of the acts deemed worthy of various awards by the Country Music Association.


Fortunately (for me, anyway, since I hate award shows), all the fat has been trimmed from these ceremonies, save for a few assorted presentations for "Entertainer of the Year" and such, and even then, the acceptance speeches are short and sweet. Closing credits for each show are also included.

The rest of the collection consists of music, music, music.  Only a few performances are chosen from each award show, and I assume these are the cream of the crop.  So if you wanted to, you could just play these discs in the background like you would a country music sampler.

The first thing we see on Disc 1 is black-and-white video footage of hosts Roy Rogers and Dale Evans standing at the podium on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, and that's when I knew I would enjoy this part of the collection the most. 



The acts featured during the earlier shows covered here include "Tennessee" Ernie Ford ("Sixteen Tons"), Bobby Goldsboro, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette ("D-I-V-O-R-C-E"), Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard ("Okie From Muskogee"), Marty Robbins, Jerry Reed, Lynn "Rose Garden" Anderson, Charley Pride, Earl Scruggs, Tanya Tucker, Jeanne Pruett, Jeannie C. Riley ("Harper Valley PTA"), and Loretta Lynn.

I may not like all of them (Goldsboro especially gets on my nerves), but this is the kind of country I can appreciate.  These live performances are produced simply and the songs are sometimes truncated, but there's a quality to them which I find most pleasing of all the different eras of country music.

The set gradually moves into the 80s and 90s with the "outlaw" country stylings of the Highwaymen (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson), along with the Judds, Randy Travis, George Strait, Alan Jackson, John Denver, Patty Loveless, Clint Black, Vince Gill, Travis Tritt, and Trisha Yearwood.


The closest thing to old-school, and my favorite moment, is Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty singing "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man." The farthest thing from it, perhaps, is Alabama performing "Deep River Woman" with guest vocalist Lionel Richie. 

The final discs in the set consist of my least-favorite brand of pseudo-country (again, my own opinion) in all its glitzy glory, complete with way more elaborate stage presentations.  It's a good indication of the state of country music in the 2000s.

This includes some familiar acts and some I've never even heard of: Taylor Swift, Little Big Town, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, and Alison Kraus. (Justin Timberlake makes an appearance as well.)


The best part for me is a tribute to George Jones by Alan Jackson and George Strait ("He Stopped Loving Her Today").  The rest of this new stuff pretty much leaves me cold--I think it sounds like warmed-over soft rock with a twang.

But if you're into both old and new country, then there's no reason why you shouldn't enjoy CMA AWARDS LIVE: GREATEST MOMENTS 1968-2015.  It's a straightforward, no-frills (except for a wealth of bonus interviews, an illustrated booklet, and an entire extras disc) collection of live country music performances that pretty well cover the spectrum of what this musical genre has to offer.




Buy it from Time-Life (also comes in 3-disc and 18-disc collections)

(This review contains material from our previous review of the 3-disc set.)



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Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Distilled Yesterday" (video)




After a Stooge or supporting character drinks some strong liquor...
 
...it causes loud ringing and horn noises...

...and/or him to blow smoke from his mouth.

(threestooges.net)


DUTIFUL BUT DUMB (1941)
PHONY EXPRESS (1943)
OUT WEST (1947)
DUNKED IN THE DEEP (1949)
LOVE AT FIRST BITE (1950)
CUCKOO ON A CHOO CHOO (1952)
SHOT IN THE FRONTIER (1954)
GYPPED IN THE PENTHOUSE (1955)


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Saturday, October 5, 2019

All The Best Devil Bat Scenes From "The Devil Bat" (Bela Lugosi, 1940) (video)




(SPOILERS)

Bela Lugosi stars as a mad doctor raising killer bats...


...which he uses to carry out his mad scheme of revenge.

The bats attack anyone wearing a cologne given to them by the doctor.

Will he be a victim of his own evil creation in the end?


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Friday, October 4, 2019

BALLET BLANC -- DVD Review by Porfle




If you're looking for something weird to watch--and I mean, really weird--look no further than writer-director Anne-Sophie Dutoit's BALLET BLANC (2018).  Because this is one seriously weird movie.

Dark, enigmatic, and practically unfathomable, it's the sort of deeply unsettling narrative that most people will either shrink away from pretty quick or else stay riveted to like a bird being hypnotized by a snake, helplessly waiting for it to strike.

A young orphan boy named Coco (Colter Carlbom-Mann), wearing long, girlish hair and dressed in a white tutu, silently dances a somber ballet during church choir practice while a witchy eccentric, Mrs. Willis (Shelley Starrett), looks on with an appreciative smile. She seems to be recognizing and/or evaluating his potential.


Before we know it, she has somehow adopted the troubled boy--whose parents recently died in a fire from which he narrowly escaped--and is now indoctrinating him, steeping him like a highly-absorbent teabag, in the bubbling cauldron of her own warped and deeply disturbing lifestyle and philosophies.

If any other movie had been photographed this dark, I'd probably think it a flaw. But BALLET BLANC belongs in the dark.

I won't even go into the extremes of strangeness to which both we and the regrettably very impressionable Coco are subjected under flickering candles or the fading glow of eerie twilight where unimaginable things are consumed, graves are exhumed, and the hapless social worker (Brian Woods) who arrives to investigate neighbors' complaints is, by our best guess, doomed.

Woods gains our sympathy playing a character with good intentions whose personal religious faith is seriously tested as things go from uncomfortable to insufferable during his traumatic visit. As the monstrous Mrs. Willis, Starrett out-weirds Susan Tyrell in a chilling, full-bodied performance. And Colter Carlbom-Mann is pretty amazing as Coco, the caterpillar who threatens to emerge from its cocoon a monster.


The film is intensely effective for most of its running time, stumbling only in the final act when the increasingly hostile Coco is being held under scrutiny in a white room and interrogated by mysterious people from behind a two-way glass.

Here, the tightly-knit story begins to unravel a bit as some conventional horror movie elements creep in to undermine our anticipation of a fully original and surprising finale.

Even so, horror fans looking for something immersively dark and disturbing should endeavor to experience BALLET BLANC. It's the sort of creepy-crawly chiller that grabs on and clings to you like a leech.


Read more about it at Indican Pictures

TECH SPECS
Runtime: 90 minutes
Format: 1:78 HD
Sound: Dolby Sr.
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: Pending

Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette


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TERROR FILMS Acquires Digital Rights to Netherlands Set Horror Feature "RESONANCE"




“Once You Hear the Hum, it’s Already Too Late.”

Los Angeles, CA (Thursday, October 3rd, 2019): TERROR FILMS has acquired North American rights to Siar Sedig’s mysterious horror thriller RESONANCE and has set the digital release date for Friday, October 11th!

This Netherlands based film has been making the festival rounds. At several festivals, RESONANCE has racked up multiple awards. Awards include: “Best Score” from the Diabolical Horror Film Festival 2018, “Best Horror Feature” - Genre Celebration Festival 2018, “Best Feature Film International” - Move Me Productions Belgium Film Festival 2018, “Best Original Idea” - Top Indie Film Awards and multiple wins including “Best Lead Actor,” “Best Lead Actress,” “Best Horror Feature,” “Best Editing” and “Best Sound,” among others at the Five Continents International Film Festival 2018. RESONANCE has won over ten awards, making the film internationally renowned.


The film was written, directed and produced by Sedig. As well, RESONANCE was produced by Roos Jeroense and the film centers around a couple Max (Max Croes) and Elena (Nastassia Firestone). Together, they decide to venture off to a remote wooded area for a much-needed break from work and life. However, once there, they discover strange noises - originating from deep within the woods. Elena is in desperate need of a doctor and Max realizes there's no way out but to go straight through the forest, in search of help; but something doesn't want them to leave...

The digital release date is set for October 11th, 2019. This initial roll out will take place across multiple platforms over the next several months and show on: iTunes, Xbox, Google Play, Prime Video, Tubi TV and many more Digital platforms.

TERROR FILMS is sharing the official trailer and poster here in advance of the release.

The Official Trailer for RESONANCE: 



To learn more about Terror Films visit: https://www.terrorfilms.net

And here: https://www.facebook.com/TerrorFilmsLLC/



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Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Watch That Top Drawer!" (video)




A Stooge opens a top drawer to find something.

When he can't find it, he leaves the drawer open...

...then bends down below it to look through one of the lower drawers.

After finding what he's looking for in the lower drawer, he closes it, lifts his head...

...and hits his head on the top drawer that was left open.

(threestooges.net)

BRIDELESS GROOM (1947)
HOLD THAT LION! (1947)
CORNY CASANOVAS (1952)
HOT ICE (1955)




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Thursday, October 3, 2019

THE WAX MASK -- Blu-ray Review by Porfle




Talk about "Grand Guignol" to the max--the 1997 Gothic gorefest THE WAX MASK (Severin Films) mixes the antique ambience of early 1900s Italy with generous helpings of the extremely morbid and grotesque in this handsomely mounted shocker.

Conceived by Italian horror/giallo maestro Dario Argento (PHENOMENA, TENEBRE, SUSPIRIA) as a vehicle for the ailing Lucio Fulci (DOOR INTO SILENCE, ZOMBIE 3, THE DEVIL'S HONEY), it's a loose remake of the Vincent Price classic HOUSE OF WAX (along with MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM and numerous other wax museum horror flicks), although that's just a jumping off point for a tale of horror and gore that aims to outdo them all.

With the unfortunate passing of Fulci before filming began, directing chores were handed to first-timer Sergio Stivaletti (THE THREE FACES OF TERROR), previously known mainly for his work in the fields of SPFX and makeup.


Working from a screenplay by Argento, Fulci, and Daniele Stroppa, Stivaletti fashioned a gorgeous-looking film that leisurely unfolds its dark narrative with a keenly efficient style that's never quite as self-consciously arty as Argento's or off-the-hook unhinged as Fulci's yet has its own elegant, colorful appeal.

The story begins with the grisly aftermath of a double murder in a Paris hotel room that's witnessed by a little girl who grows up to be the beautiful Sonia Lafont (Romina Mondello), still troubled by her past even as she gets a job in a wax museum in Rome which specializes in gruesome historical horrors.

The museum is run by the mysterious, creepily eccentric Boris Volkoff (Robert Hossein, RIFFIFI) and features incredibly lifelike wax figures in scenes of death designed to horrify. 


But even more horrific is the reason the figures are so lifelike--namely, each one contains the corpse of a murdered human being who has been processed in the museum's nightmarish basement laboratory and given a severe case of unsightly "wax buildup."

These scenes are the result of director Stivaletti's years of SPFX expertise and are absolutely mind-boggling as we watch one still-living victim, a hapless prostitute from a nearby house of ill-repute, strapped to a table and injected with some volatile serum while Kenneth Strickfaden-style electrical machines spark and crackle. 

But this densely-packed screenplay has a lot more to offer in the way of gory killings, dismemberments, and other carnage before the suspenseful finale in which Sonia's journalist boyfriend Andrea (Riccardo Serventi Longhi), her blind aunt Francesca (Gabriella Giorgelli), and a sympathetic police detective from her childhood (Gianni Franco) fight against time to prevent the hideously disfigured villain and his twisted henchmen from turning Sonia into one of the museum's unholy exhibits.


The Blu-ray from Severin Films features a 4k scan from the original negative supervised by Stivaletti himself. Severin outdoes themselves with this bonus menu loaded with interviews with production principles including Argento, Stivaletti, actress Gabriella Giorgelli, and others, along with vintage behind-the-scenes featurettes.

These bonus features include:

    Audio Commentary with Director/Special Effects Artist Sergio Stivaletti and Michelangelo Stivaletti
    Beyond Fulci: Interviews with Producer Dario Argento, Director Sergio Stivaletti, Producer Giuseppe Columbo, Production Designer Massimo Geleng, Actress Gabriella Giorgelli and Filmmaker Claudio Fragasso
    The Chamber of Horrors: Interviews with Producer Dario Argento, Director Sergio Stivaletti, Producer Giuseppe Columbo, Production Designer Massimo Geleng and Actress Gabriella Giorgelli
    Living Dolls:  Interviews with Producer Dario Argento, Director Sergio Stivaletti, Producer Giuseppe Columbo and Actress Gabriella Giorgelli
    The Mysteries of the Wax Museum:  Interview with SFX Artist Sergio Stivaletti
    The Waxworks Symphony:  Interview with Soundtrack Composer Maurizio Abeni
    The Grand Opening:  Interviews with Producer Dario Argento, Director Sergio Stivaletti and Producer Giuseppe Columbo
    Wax Unmasked: Interview with Film Writer Alan Jones
    Vintage Featurettes: Behind the Scenes, Special Effects, On Set with Dario Argento
    5.1 and 2.0 English and Italian Audio
    English with Closed Captioning, Italian with English Subtitles



Easily one of the best wax museum movies ever made, THE WAX MASK fully exploits the horrific potential of the original HOUSE OF WAX and its ilk like no previous version I've ever seen. Although lacking certain qualities of Argento or Fulci, it more than compensates with a richly-hued, stylized visual sense, lush production values, riveting scenes of carnage, and a fiery, face-melting finale.


Buy it from Severin Films




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