Recent Articles

BR: Dogs of War, The (1980)

BR: Dogs of War, The (1980)

October 22, 2014 | By

  Film: Excellent Transfer:  Excellent Extras: Good Label: Twilight Time Region: All Released:  September 9, 2014 Genre:  War Synopsis: A mercenary’s attempt to rebuild his marriage is superceded by a contract to lead a team and replace a despotic African leader with a lesser evil. Special Features:  118 min. European Cut + 104 min. U.S. Cut / Isolated Stereo Music […]

Read More

BR: Resurrected (1989)

BR: Resurrected (1989)

October 22, 2014 | By

After toiling in TV documentaries, Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips, The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93) made his feature film debut with Resurrected (1989), a small drama set just after the Falklands War, and based in part on the real life circumstances of Philip Williams, a British soldier presumed lost in combat, feted in death as a war hero at home, and suddenly found wandering the Argentinean countryside seven weeks after being written off as dead…

Read More

BR: Man Hunt (1941)

BR: Man Hunt (1941)

October 11, 2014 | By

  Film: Excellent Transfer:  Excellent Extras: Very Good Label: Twilight Time Region: All Released:  August 12, 2014 Genre:  Espionage / Suspense / War Synopsis: A big game hunter is caught trying to assassinate Hitler, and becomes the hunted when he escapes and returns to England. Special Features:  Isolated Mono Music Track / 2009 featurette “Rogue Male: The Making of […]

Read More

BR: Curtains (1983)

BR: Curtains (1983)

October 10, 2014 | By

What became a troubled production during the early eighties eventually evolved into a cult horror film, thanks to multiple airings on TV in the U.S. and Canada, if not a brilliant poster design and teaser trailer that were as haunting and impressionable on kids as the original The Shining (1980) publicity art…

Read More

Film: Melanie (1982)

Film: Melanie (1982)

October 10, 2014 | By

  Film: Very Good Transfer:  n/a Extras:   n/a Label:   n/a Region:   n/a Released:    n/a Genre:  Drama / CanCon Synopsis: An illiterate woman travels from Texas to Los Angeles to retrieve her son from an abusive husband. Special Features:    n/a     Review: In spite of its melodramatic wrap-up, Melanie is an oddly affecting little drama, largely because of Glynnis […]

Read More

BR: Prom Night (1980)

BR: Prom Night (1980)

October 10, 2014 | By

The roots of Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson’s Scream (1996) also owes its fair share to Paul Lynch’s film, and the gradual genesis of Prom Night from idea to final film is itself a remarkable tale of success for its makers. Wanting to switch genres, Lynch, who’d recently directed a wrestling drama Blood & Guts (1978), attended a Telefilm Canada meet & greet in Los Angeles where he met Simcom producer Peter Simpson…

Read More

Podcast Interview with composer Ceiri Torjussen + the music of Test (2014)

Podcast Interview with composer Ceiri Torjussen + the music of Test (2014)

October 10, 2014 | By

Podcast Interview with composer-orchestrator Ceiri Torjussen who discusses his entry into film scoring, orchestrating for Marco Beltrami, and scoring Test (2014) with a vintage synth sounds + a link to the making-of blog detailing the eighties-styled video feedback within the podcast.

Read More

Soundtrack Reviews

Soundtrack Reviews

October 6, 2014 | By

Soundtrack reviews of Frederik Wiedmann’s The Damned (Lakeshore Records) + Field of Lost Shoes (La-La Land), Victor Reyes’ Grand Piano (MovieScore Media / Kronos), and Paul Haslinger’s No God Deed (Madison Gate).

Read More

CD: Damned, The (2014)

CD: Damned, The (2014)

October 6, 2014 | By

Perhaps in keeping with the apparent tradition of Spanish horror films being graced with muscular orchestral scores, director Victor Garcia’s The Damned features a very robust score by Frederik Wiedmann, a composer known for combining classical orchestral writing with modernism and an organic use of electronic elements…

Read More

CD: Field of Lost Shoes (2014)

CD: Field of Lost Shoes (2014)

October 6, 2014 | By

With an orchestra and choir at his hands, Frederik Wiedmann’s written an epic score for the Civil War drama Field of Lost Shoes, based on the 1864 battle in which teen recruits defended the Shenandoah Valley…

Read More