Author Archive: Mark R. Hasan

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Super Action in Superscope: UNDERWATER! (1955) + VERA CRUZ (1954)

Super Action in Superscope: UNDERWATER! (1955) + VERA CRUZ (1954)

April 1, 2020 | By

Two Superscope classics on Blu: John Sturges’ fluffy UNDERWATER! (1955) from Warner Archives + Robert Aldrich’s outstanding buddy western VERA CRUZ (1954) from MGM.

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BR: Underwater! (1955)

BR: Underwater! (1955)

April 1, 2020 | By

Hailed in the original theatrical trailer as taking 3 years to make and costing $3 million dollars (ha!), Underwater! was also RKO’s first Superscope film – the studio’s own anamorphic process branded by some critics as ‘the poor man’s CinemaScope…

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BR: Vera Cruz (1954)

BR: Vera Cruz (1954)

April 1, 2020 | By

By the early 1950s, Burt Lancaster had substantially grown from movie star to producer, forming the famous Hecht-Hill-Lancaster and Hecht-Lancaster productions, and Vera Cruz was their second collaboration with director Robert Aldrich, with whom they’d made the well-received Apache…

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Kinski, Cozzi, and Caminito: NOSFERATU IN VENICE (1988), PAGANINI HORROR (1989), and WHITE HUNTER (1990).

Kinski, Cozzi, and Caminito: NOSFERATU IN VENICE (1988), PAGANINI HORROR (1989), and WHITE HUNTER (1990).

March 6, 2020 | By

Three films connecting director Luigi Cozzi, actor & temperamental cyclone Klaus Kinski, & producer Augusto Caminito.

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BR: Paganini Horror (1989)

BR: Paganini Horror (1989)

March 6, 2020 | By

1989 was a peculiar year for Luigi Cozzi, in that he worked on two films set within the environs of Venice: Paganini Horror, which he directed and co-wrote, and the disastrous Nosferatu in Venice (1988), a mess…

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Film: Grandi Cacciatori / White Hunter (1990)

Film: Grandi Cacciatori / White Hunter (1990)

March 6, 2020 | By

Klaus Kinski’s final film is a genuine oddity, and while more coherent than Nosferatu in Venice (1988), his prior film for producer-writer and once-in-a-blue-moon director Ausgusto Caminito…

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DVD: Nosferatu in Venice / Nosferatu a Venezia / Vampire in Venice / Prince of the Night (1988)

DVD: Nosferatu in Venice / Nosferatu a Venezia / Vampire in Venice / Prince of the Night (1988)

March 6, 2020 | By

Begun as an attempt by producer Augusto Caminito to craft a sequel to Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu (1979), Klaus Kinski’s third-last feature film is…

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Unleashing Michael Mann’s THE KEEP (1983)

Unleashing Michael Mann’s THE KEEP (1983)

February 22, 2020 | By

Review of Michael Mann’s THE KEEP (1983), the maligned, misunderstood & messy supernatural thriller making its legit DVD release from Australia’s Via Vision.

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DVD: Keep, The (1983)

DVD: Keep, The (1983)

February 22, 2020 | By

After making his feature film debut with the critically acclaimed dramatic thriller Thief (1981), Michael Mann set his sights on the WWII supernatural shocker The Keep…

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Podcast: ANNE WITH AN E composers Amin Bhatia & Ari Posner

Podcast: ANNE WITH AN E composers Amin Bhatia & Ari Posner

January 30, 2020 | By

Podcast interview with ANNE WITH AN E’s composing team Amin Bhatia and Ari Posner.

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