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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Explicit, Violent, and Disturbing "WE" Coming Out on DVD/Blu-ray -- See Unrated Or Edited Trailer HERE!




A Group of Millennials Fall off the Morality Cliff in "WE"

Dutch Coming-of-Age Tale Takes an Unflinching Look at Aimless Youth


Artsploitation Films has announced the release We, a film considered controversial even by Artsploitation's admittedly amoral standards.  Director Rene Eller’s lurid, unflinching look at a group of youths and their summer of illicit fun will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 18th.

The film, which enjoyed a long festival run (including Rotterdam, Raindance and Rome), is adapted from the novel "Wij" by Elvis Peeters.

 


During one hot summer, eight privileged but bored suburban teens begin to pull a series of harmless pranks which quickly escalate into increasingly depraved games. Their descent from innocence to ruthless predators involve arson, prostitution, pornography, assault and blackmail. Drenched in bared flesh and naked nihilism the film is reminiscent of the films of Harmony Korine, Larry Clark and Lars von Trier.

Artsploitation Films will release WE on DVD & Blu-ray February 18th and VOD/Streaming April 14th.

NOTE: The DVD and Blu-ray are presented in the original, unedited version. When the film is released on VOD/Streaming in April, most sites (but not all) will offer an edited version, approximately 2 minutes shorter. 

The DVD and Blu-ray will offer a reversible wrap:


Non-Rated Trailer for WE

Edited Trailer for WE


Title: We; Director: Rene Eller; Country: Netherlands; Year: 2018; Running Time: 100 minutes; Language: Dutch and Flemish with English subtitles; Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1; Sound: Dolby 5.1

DVD and Blu-ray Are Available for Pre-booking at AMAZON

Copyright © 2020 Artsploitation Films, All rights reserved.

 
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Nailbiting Narrow Escape! From "Horror of Party Beach" (1964) (video)




Two teenage girls are walking down a lonely street at night...

...unaware that they're being stalked by a horrible sea creature!

They're waiting for a ride, but will he get there in time?

See if you can endure the nailbiting suspense!


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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Saban Films Nabs U.S. Rights To André Øvredal’s Fantasy Adventure "MORTAL" Starring Nat Wolff



SABAN FILMS NABS U.S. RIGHTS TO André Øvredal’S FANTASY ADVENTURE

“MORTAL” 


STARRING NAT WOLFF 

 
LOS ANGELES (January 25, 2020) – Saban Films announced today that they have acquired U.S. rights to André Øvredal’s Mortal starring Nat Wolff (Death Note), Iben Akerlie (Victoria), Priyanka Bose (Lion) and Per Frisch (Farewell Illusions).  Written by Øvredal (Trollhunter) and Norman Lesperance (Door to the Other Side), the fantasy adventure is produced by John Einar Hagen, Ben Pugh and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones for Nordisk Film Production, 42 and Automatik. The film is backed by Nordisk Film, Zefyr and Umedia.

Mortal follows Eric (Wolff), an American backpacker in the wilderness of western Norway, who gets arrested after accidentally killing a teenager, and manages to flee with the young psychologist he met during his detention. While on the run, with both Norwegian and American authorities tracking him down, Eric finally discovers he has godlike powers based on ancient Norwegian mythology.

“We love André’s work, from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, to Troll Hunter and The Autopsy of Jane Doe,” said Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley. “This is a coming-of-age origins story but also a genre mashup with Wolff rising as a legend with God-like powers.  Our audiences will love this.”

Bill Bromiley and Ness Saban negotiated the deal for Saban Films along with Endeavor Content on behalf of filmmakers.  TrustNordisk is handling international rights.

Saban Films continues to grow its presence in the industry, remaining active in the acquisition, production and distribution space. The company’s successes have run the gamut from critically acclaimed theatrical films such as The Homesman starring Hilary Swank, to two of the biggest Fathom events with horror icon and heavy metal mastermind Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell last year and Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, the sequel to the 2001 comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back which the company partnered on after coming onboard at script stage. Its upcoming slate includes: Jason Lei Howden’s Guns Akimbo starring Daniel Radcliffe, Ant Timpson’s Come to Daddy starring Elijah Wood, and Vivarium starring Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg.

About Saban Films
Saban Films, an affiliate of Saban Capital Group (“SCG”), is a film acquisition and distribution company which acquires high-quality, feature films to distribute in North America.  Focusing on commercial, talent driven films, the company looks at projects in all stages of production for release across multiple platforms, including a day and date theatrical/VOD release strategy. Based in Los Angeles, Saban Films was established by Haim Saban, SCG Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and is led by Bill Bromiley who serves as President, Shanan Becker, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer and Ness Saban, Vice President of Business Development.


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Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Study This Map" (video)




This one features a map that resembles a man's profile...

..."sort-of" resembling the east coast of Europe.

It boasts the countries of "Great Mitten", "Jerkola", the "Hot-Sea" and the "Tot-Sea", "ATisket" and "ATasket"...

...plus many other silly names for the Stooges to muse over.

(threestooges.net)

YOU NAZTY SPY! (1940)
I'LL NEVER HEIL AGAIN (1941)
MALICE IN THE PALACE (1949)
STONE AGE ROMEOS (1955)


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Friday, January 24, 2020

I GOT YOU BABE: THE BEST OF SONNY & CHER -- DVD Review by Porfle




I'm old enough to remember watching TV on August 1, 1971 when "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour" premiered on CBS. It would go on for four seasons, and I would be right there in front of the TV watching just about every episode. 

That's why seeing Time-Life's 5-disc, 10-episode DVD set I GOT YOU BABE: THE BEST OF SONNY & CHER (1971-73) is like playing back actual memories that are still floating around inside my head.

It also rekindles the feelings I had while watching these shows, which consists mainly of a warm fondness for the two leads and a giddy appreciation of the silly, often zonked-out comedy displayed by their onstage comedy bits and frenetic ensemble skits.


Each show begins with the titular couple themselves coming out to perform for the live studio audience, usually singing some clumsy, showbiz version of a popular pop song of the time, before lapsing into their comedy act.

This consists of Sonny reveling in his own inflated ego while the dry, utterly deadpan Cher cuts him down to size (almost literally) with a non-stop arsenal of short jokes, Italian jokes, withering remarks about his sexual prowess, and general putdowns.

This aspect of their act, in fact, is what gave them renewed popularity after their huge chart success during the 60s (with such hits as "I Got You, Babe" and "The Beat Goes On", both of which are used as themes for the show) had wound down and found them struggling in small venues.

Even after their career as a vocal duo had run its course, they were now delighting audiences with this mixture of songs and caustic putdown humor, Sonny brilliantly portraying the insecure schlub and Cher as the dead-shot insult machine (although Sonny could always fire back with jokes about Cher's big nose and American Indian heritage).


With their customary live-audience intro out of the way, each episode then proceeds to avail us with some of the corniest, cringiest comedy skits imaginable, which at the time somehow seemed more "hip" than the usual variety show content but in retrospect are just as old-fashioned as the oldest vaudeville routines.

What livens these moments up are the sheer exuberance shown by Sonny & Cher, who are surprisingly adept at comedy, as well as their celebrity guests who all seem to be having a fun time doing the show.

This is especially true of Tony Curtis when he portrays the corpulent "Detective Fat" (a take-off on the current series "Cannon") and Jerry Lewis, who gets a chance to go nuts with a succession of goofy characters and the silliest comedy routines the writers could devise.  A casual atmosphere that encourages botched lines and improvisation adds to the show's appeal.


Just about all of the guests seem to share this chance to let their hair down, including such names as Jimmy Durante, Carroll O'Connor, Art Carney, Jim Brown, Bobby Vinton, Jim Nabors, and Joe Namath. Even musical guests Dinah Shore, Bobby Vinton, The Supremes, and the Righteous Brothers get into the act.

Among the regular bits that long-time viewers will recall are the memorable "V-A-M-P" skits in which Cher portrays famous historical femme fatales, and spoofs of opera and other highbrow entertainment hosted by an irreverent Freeman King.

Then, after all the silliness had run its course, Sonny & Cher would return for a straight singing segment featuring more of their strident, soulless recycling of past and current pop hits before their traditional goodbye to the audience which consisted of a reprise of their theme song "I Got You, Babe" and often included an appearance by cute-as-a-button daughter Chastity (who is now their son, Chaz).

The final two shows in the set, "The Sonny & Cher Years Special (Parts 1 and 2)", are of interest as retrospectives of their 60s success as well as featuring a cast of musical superstars such as Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Paul Anka, Peter Noone, Neil Sedaka, and the Coasters. Period celebrities Dick Clark, Edd Byrnes, and Wolfman Jack are also on hand to join in the fun.


Oddly, all of these performers are relegated to brief segments of their best songs during a medley that begins each of the two episodes, and then for the rest of the show they participate in the silly comedy skits. It's fun to see them having fun, but I'd think their musical talents would've been given more air time than their comedy chops.

Be that as it may, the series as a whole is a lot of dumb, often wince-inducing fun (thanks in part to great regulars such as Ted Ziegler, Teri Garr, Freeman King, Murray "The Unknown Comic" Langston, and a young, bearded Steve Martin, who was also a writer along with Bob "Super Dave" Einstein).

And as I GOT YOU BABE: THE BEST OF SONNY & CHER demonstrates, Sonny and Cher in their glitzy, showbiz prime, before their eventual divorce and ensuing gossip-mag scandals, were two of the most appealing variety-show entertainers who ever graced our TV screens.


Buy the 20, 10, or 5 disc set at Time Life

Bonus Features:
  Interviews:
        Cher
        Frankie Avalon
        Producers Allan Blye and Chris Bearde
  The Barbara McNair Show (“Sonny & Cher Pilot,” Original Air Date: February 15, 1970)
  Jerry’s Place (1970)
  Illustrated booklet




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Sylvia Sidney Injured (?) During Monster Attack In "SNOWBEAST" (1977) (video)




Sylvia Sidney's career included such classics as SABOTAGE and DEAD END...
 
...and notable later films such as BEETLEJUICE and MARS ATTACKS!

In 1977 she appeared in the made-for-TV horror SNOWBEAST.

During one scene the 67-year-old actress takes a scary fall...
...which appears to be both unplanned and painful.

It's unlikely that an actress of her age and stature...
...would be expected to attempt such a stunt.


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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Swishing Branches" (video)




The Stooges are crawling through some bushes in the woods... 
...and when one of the Stooges pushes a big branch in front of him...

then ducks and lets the branch go...

it swishes back and hits the Stooge behind him (usually Moe) in the face.

(threestooges.net)

UNCIVIL WARRIORS (1935)
BACK TO THE WOODS (1937)
ROCKIN' THRU THE ROCKIES (1940)
PHONY EXPRESS (1943)
IDIOTS DELUXE (1945)
FLYING SAUCER DAFFY (1958)


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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Mad Monster Montage From "Horror Of Party Beach" (1964) (video)




As a frenzied newscaster frantically blurts out the news...

...a horror-packed montage of murder and mayhem ensues...

...that outdoes anything in the rest of the movie!

"Sea Monster Kills Girl! Monsters Still At Large!"


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