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BR: Jack the Ripper (1959)

BR: Jack the Ripper (1959)

April 21, 2019 | By

Jack the Ripper was arguably the first ‘star’ serial killer, and the public’s interest in gory details proves how little human nature has changed in the past 31 years…

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BR: Blue Movie / Session in Amsterdam (1971)

BR: Blue Movie / Session in Amsterdam (1971)

March 20, 2019 | By

The frankness within Blue Movie is quite astonishing – full frontal male & female naughty bits, with active handling & touching on camera, as filmed by a young Jan de Bont…

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DVD: Phantom Light, The (1935)

DVD: Phantom Light, The (1935)

March 12, 2019 | By

In 1935, Michael Powell directed 7 films, and The Phantom Light (1935) is among the few of his early quota work to make it to DVD. For North Americans familiar with his more daring artistic experiments with Emeric Pressburger (such as The Red Shoes, or Black Narcissus)…

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BR: Vanishing, The  / Keepers (2018)

BR: Vanishing, The / Keepers (2018)

March 8, 2019 | By

Based on the still-unsolved Flannan Isle Mystery in which three lighthouse keepers vanished from an isolated isle without a trace in 1900, Joe Bone and Celyn Jones’ script unravels like a classic thriller in which isolation + greed drives men mad…

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France Nuyen, Part 1: Satan Never Sleeps (1962) + Man in the Middle (1964)

France Nuyen, Part 1: Satan Never Sleeps (1962) + Man in the Middle (1964)

March 8, 2019 | By

Former Fox starlet France Nuyen is showcased in reviews of SATAN NEVER SLEEPS (1962) on Twilight Blu + MAN IN THE MIDDLE (1964) on Fox DVD.

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BR: Satan Never Sleeps (1962)

BR: Satan Never Sleeps (1962)

March 8, 2019 | By

Whether Pearl S. Buck’s first screenplay required heavy work by Claude Binyon isn’t known, but the author of The Good Earth (published in 1931, and made into a film in 1937 by MGM) reportedly wrote China Story around 1950…

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DVD: Man in the Middle (1964)

DVD: Man in the Middle (1964)

March 8, 2019 | By

A whydunnit transposed to a WWII military courtroom in India, this adaptation of Howard Fast’s novel deals with a U.S. lieutenant facing the death penalty after shooting a British colleague in cold blood…

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Walter Wanger’s Arabian Adventures

Walter Wanger’s Arabian Adventures

February 15, 2019 | By

Reviews of two Arabian adventure-romance mini-epics from producer Walter Wanger: THE ADVENTURES OF HAJJI BABA (1954) on Blu from Twilight Time + ARABIAN NIGHTS (1942) from Universal.

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BR: Adventures of Hajji Baba, The (1954)

BR: Adventures of Hajji Baba, The (1954)

February 15, 2019 | By

When Monogram Pictures morphed into Allied Artists around 1953, the poverty row studio took several cracks at B+ and the odd A-level picture during the mid-1950s, including their first foray into CinemaScope…

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DVD: Arabian Nights (1942)

DVD: Arabian Nights (1942)

February 15, 2019 | By

Inspired by the success of Rank’s Technicolor extravaganza The Thief of Bagdad (1940), producer Walter Wanger set up a sweet deal to produce films for Universal, and the first production to benefit from the studio’s talent and cash pool was Arabian Nights…

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