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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage 4K

by Glenn Erickson

The newest addition to the stable of horror and sci-fi on Ultra HD is Dario Argento’s debut feature, the game-changer that launched the full-blown giallo thriller. Argento takes a few twists from the Hitchcock playbook but otherwise shapes his whodunnit with a new, slick style of his own. Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro and design by…

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The Daimajin Trilogy

by Charlie Largent

The Daimajin Trilogy Blu ray – All Region Arrow Films 1966 Starring Miwa Takada, Kojiro Hongo, Hideki Ninomiya Cinematography by Fujio Morita, Shozo Tanaka, Hiroshi Imai Directed by Kimiyoshi Yasuda, Kenji Misumi, Kazuo Mori Japanese monsters seem to bring out the best in home video companies—Arrow Films’ The Daimajin Trilogy is the most beautifully wrought…

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Columbia Noir #4

by Glenn Erickson

Powerhouse Indicator moves forward to their fourth fancy box of noirs from the studio of Harry Cohn, six pictures stretching from the postwar boom to the end of the original classic noir era. This time around we have some notable directors, and a nice selection of stars — Dennis O’Keefe, George Murphy, Fred MacMurray, Kim…

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The Deceivers

by Glenn Erickson

Nicholas Meyer’s ‘other’ fantastic film project was ignored for all the wrong reasons; Pierce Brosnan fills a heroic leading role in a revisit of The Stranglers of Bombay, but filmed on location with great attention to authentic details. An officer of the East India Company detects an incredibly murderous cult of Kali-worshipping Thugs, a criminal…

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Some Came Running

by Glenn Erickson

Vincente Minnelli’s best non-musical drama hits on a magic combination — a tough tale of small-town malaise, his patented hyper-expressive sense of visual design, and a triple-win in casting, including Frank Sinatra in his most committed performance this side of The Manchurian Candidate. Frankie may even have said Yes to a Take 2 now and…

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It’s A Wonderful Life 75th Anniversary

by Glenn Erickson

It’s the Gold Standard of Christmas movies and likely the oldest feature still broadcast on network TV during the holidays: Frank Capra’s sentimental favorite is his most human movie, the kind of show that convinced people that raising a family is a great idea. Although we’re now a full three generations removed from the world…

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Unearthly Stranger

by Glenn Erickson

CineSavant reaches back to a U.K. disc released in 2014, because the subject is (what else) a semi-obscure science fiction effort. Favorite John Neville stars as a scientist opposite newcomer Gabriella Licudi, a beauty who may be an invader from outer space. This is the one with the teardrops that burn; not having seen it…

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The Mystery of Picasso

by Charlie Largent

The Mystery of Picasso Blu ray Milestone/Kino Lorber 1956/ B&W, Color / 1.33:1, 2.35:1/ 78 Minutes Starring Pablo Picasso Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot Attending a performance in the artist’s studio is one thing—to be there at the precise moment that inspiration strikes is quite another. Peter Jackson gives us the next best thing in Get…

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Even More Movies You Never Heard Of

by Randy Fuller

Pairing‌‌‌ ‌‌‌wine‌‌‌ ‌‌‌with‌‌‌ ‌‌‌movies!‌‌‌  ‌‌‌See‌‌‌ ‌‌‌the‌‌‌ ‌‌‌trailers‌‌‌ ‌‌‌and‌‌‌ ‌‌‌hear‌‌‌ ‌‌‌the‌‌‌ ‌‌‌fascinating‌‌‌ ‌‌‌commentary‌‌‌ ‌‌‌for‌‌‌ ‌‌‌these‌‌‌ ‌‌‌‌‌movies‌,‌‌ ‌‌‌and‌‌‌ ‌‌‌many‌‌‌ ‌‌‌more‌,‌‌ ‌‌‌at‌‌‌ ‌‌‌Trailers‌‌‌ ‌‌‌From‌‌‌ ‌‌‌Hell.‌‌‌  This week, we are letting the turmoil of the holidays get to us, with another hodgepodge of movies that probably escaped your attention.  Let us inform you, hopefully while entertaining you. The Steagle…

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In a decade of oddities, Paul Sylbert’s 1971 satire is high on the list of unconventional entertainments. Set in the fall of 1962, Richard Benjamin plays a professor so unnerved by the Cuban missile crisis he sets out on a cross-country tour of America, changing his identity in each new city. Chill Wills and Cloris…

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Dennis Cozzalio’s Year End List

by Dennis Cozzalio

There’s no pretending on my part to have seen everything there was to see in 2021. I’ve still got a pretty long list of movies from the year that I would like to catch up on, including the other movie from director Ryusuke Hamaguchi, WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY, Hamaguchi’s was a name that was…

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The Great Moment

by Glenn Erickson

Every once in a while a movie studio would ruin what might have been a masterpiece — and Preston Sturges’ last-released Paramount comedy suffered exactly that. “Triumph Over Pain” was supposed to be something new, a daring blend of comedy and tragedy. Studio politics intervened and tried to turn it into a straight comedy. Disc…

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The Brain Eaters

by Glenn Erickson

They’re after you, and your wives and children!  This Corman/VeSota/Ed Nelson shocker with the excellent poster is a Robert Heinlein knockoff that can’t quite sustain the paranoid pitch of other ‘parasitic possession’ sci-fi horror epics. One of the cheapest of the drive-in cheapies, it remains a must-see title just for the audacity of its ad…

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The Unknown Man of Shandigor

by Glenn Erickson

It’s something completely different . . . a genuine obscurity, a Swiss spy fantasy from the 1960s with major appeal to fans keen on (not in this order) art cinema, Fritz Lang, superspy romps, surreal silent serials, Eurocult actors, and visuals with a New Wave-ish flair. Teams of assassins vie for an atom secret held…

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Kitten with a Whip

by Glenn Erickson

Showbiz dynamo Ann-Margret tries on ‘teenage hellion’ for size. She terrorizes the straight, impossibly patient John Forsythe, sending him on a weekend ordeal with razor-wielding hooligans. He can kiss both his marriage and his political ambitions goodbye: who will believe David when Jody claims he took advantage of her?  Douglas Heyes’ sordid suspense thriller has…

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The Godfather Trilogy 4K

by Glenn Erickson

The most prestigious franchise in the Paramount corral hasn’t dimmed in esteem or popularity despite its somewhat lesser third installment. The whole trilogy was given an impressive restoration by Robert A. Harris, and this new remastered 4K set retains that very good work. Francis Coppola can’t be faulted for not wanting to revive the old…

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Edgar G. Ulmer Sci-Fi Collection

by Glenn Erickson

Kino’s triple-threat Edgar Ulmer show has great commentaries plus HD debuts of his two ‘Texas’ movies, that likely have not been seen in their original widescreen aspect ratios since the 1960s. Ulmer’s first tale of a solo space invader has the pleasing look of a silent-era expressionist film. His take on a time travel paradox…

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Stingray: The Complete Series Deluxe Edition

by Charlie Largent

Stingray: The Complete Series Deluxe Edition Blu ray Network 1964, 1965 / 1.33:1 / 975 Min. Starring Ray Barrett, Robert Easton, David Graham, Don Mason, Lois Maxwell Written by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson Directed by Alan Pattillo, David Elliott, John Kelly, Desmond Saunders If nothing else, Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s Stingray should be celebrated for…

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Dementia (Region A)

by Glenn Erickson

The Cohen Film Collection brings to Region A its beautifully remastered disc of American fringe filmmaking’s weirdest, most obsessively arty shock-fest — a loving return to silent expressionist horror. The New York censors scuttled its commercial chances, and it wound up as a movie-within-a-movie footnote for Steve McQueen. We never thought we’d see the show…

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Shaft 4K

by Glenn Erickson

Richard Roundtree’s two-fisted detective tale burst on the scene announcing that a craze called Blaxploitation was on the way. No matter that the movie is somewhat slow and drab — John Shaft was the identification figure denied black audiences for 60 years, a hero who takes no guff from nobody and consistently tells The Man…

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