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DVD: Escape to Burma (1955)

DVD: Escape to Burma (1955)

March 25, 2017 | By

One of the last batch of films released by dying major RKO Radio Pictures, Escape to Burma was another efficient low-level A picture produced by Benedict Bogeaus with major stars shot on a modest budget, offering some romance, action, exotic escapism, and a tight story that worked as long as you didn’t think too hard and notice its seams…

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DVD: Vintage Erotica – Anno 1970

DVD: Vintage Erotica – Anno 1970

March 24, 2017 | By

Cult Epics’ sixth entry in their adult loop series features more that 2+ hours of smut, largely culled from German sources. Some of the 12 Euro-centric shorts feature dialogue and oral foley effects, but most of the titles are accompanied by vintage stock / porn music which adds both authenticity and heightens the quaintness of films that offered audiences graphic, full-colour…

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DVD: Vintage Erotica – Anno 1960

DVD: Vintage Erotica – Anno 1960

March 24, 2017 | By

The fifth volume in Cult Epics’ Vintage Erotica series gathers 12 films from the swinging sixties and follows the same balance between mechanical depictions of intercourse and a handful of more ambitious efforts that place all the nuances within a simple storyline…

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DVD: Vintage Erotica – Anno 1950

DVD: Vintage Erotica – Anno 1950

March 24, 2017 | By

Volume 4 in Cult Epic’s French erotica series showcases the post-War era, including some of its technological wonders, and affordable equipment. As Anno 1950 reveals, the cinematic shutterbug’s grasp of technology didn’t just embrace the moving film camera…

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DVD: Vintage Erotica – Anno 1940

DVD: Vintage Erotica – Anno 1940

March 24, 2017 | By

The third volume in Cult Epic’s French erotica series shows a marked boost in the use of montage, primitive optical effects, and some elaborately rendered main titles. Perhaps the result of greater familiarity with film technique, the more comfortable use of editing and close-ups also show how filmmakers had started to…

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DVD: Vintage Erotica – Anno 1930

DVD: Vintage Erotica – Anno 1930

March 24, 2017 | By

When a primitive Neanderthal scratched petroglyphs to chronicle the day’s hunting with Fred & the boys, you knew someone was standing nearby, with a giant ember glowing brightly above his creative, crafty little head. The adult mind will always be among the first to exploit the potential of a new technological milestone…

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DVD: Vintage Erotica – Anno 1920

DVD: Vintage Erotica – Anno 1920

March 24, 2017 | By

The first installment in Cult Epics’ Vintage Erotica series covers a collection of surprisingly elaborate and funny shorts made in France during the 1920s, with costumes, brief plots, literary riffing, and inter-titles elevating standard bonking into something a bit more engaging…

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BR: Our Man in Havana (1959)

BR: Our Man in Havana (1959)

March 23, 2017 | By

A bone-dry dark comedy, Graham Greene’s screen adaptation of his 1958 novel also gave director Carol Reed an opportunity to show he possessed a wicked sense of humour, riffing some of the stylistic elements from The Third Man (1949) and walking a fine line between comedy, satire, and genuine drama…

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DVD: Appointment in Honduras (1953)

DVD: Appointment in Honduras (1953)

March 23, 2017 | By

Jacques Tourneur’s career was given a big boost at RKO, especially when he directed a series of low-budget shockers for their B-division, namely Cat People (1942), I Walked with a Zombie (1943), and The Leopard Man (1943), and although he moved into westerns and eventually TV…

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DVD: Nurse Diary: Beast Afternoon / Nurse Diary 3 / Kangofu nikki: kemonojimita gogo (1982)

DVD: Nurse Diary: Beast Afternoon / Nurse Diary 3 / Kangofu nikki: kemonojimita gogo (1982)

March 22, 2017 | By

Although director Naosuke Kurosawa made his directorial debut with the stylish and repugnant giallo / Roman porno Zoom In: Sex Apartments (1980), Nurse Diary: Beast Afternoon seems to show an effort by studio Nikkatsu to not only tone done the nastiness of their adult line, but reign in directors who sought to make more narrative works…

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