Author Archive: Mark R. Hasan

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Sam Fuller: Crimson Kimonos & Dead Pigeons

Sam Fuller: Crimson Kimonos & Dead Pigeons

August 10, 2017 | By

Two detective thrillers from very distinct periods in Sam Fuller’s career: The Crimson Kimono (1959) from Twilight Time on Blu + Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street (1972) from Olive Films on DVD & Blu.

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DVD: Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street / Tatort: Tote Taube in der Beethovenstraße (1973)

DVD: Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street / Tatort: Tote Taube in der Beethovenstraße (1973)

August 9, 2017 | By

Around 1970, German director Hans-Christoph Blumenberg had flown to Hollywood with a camera crew to interview Howard Hawks and John Ford, but lacking the right contacts, Sam Fuller interceded, enabling Blumenberg to get the material for the series which ran on TV that year…

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BR: Crimson Kimono, The (1959)

BR: Crimson Kimono, The (1959)

August 9, 2017 | By

During the 1950s Sam Fuller managed to put his stylistic and idiosyncratic imprimatur on pictures for the major studios, often in big gorgeous CinemaScope productions for Fox (Hell and High Water, the Japan-shot House of Bamboo), but the succession of almost yearly films became a trickle, ultimately forcing the writer-producer-director…

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Revisiting No Man’s Land (1987)

Revisiting No Man’s Land (1987)

August 9, 2017 | By

Review of No Man’s Land (1987), Peter Werner’s upper-B actioner, new on Blu from KL Studio Classics + links to vintage P.R. ephemera & the ridiculous bonus short ‘The Magic Beta Case’.

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Jean Negulesco’s Tales of Three: Woman’s World (1954)

Jean Negulesco’s Tales of Three: Woman’s World (1954)

July 28, 2017 | By

Review of Woman’s World (1954), Jean Negulesco’s lesser-known entry in his ‘Tales of 3 Women’ series, nicely mastered on Blu by Fox on MOD.

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BR: Woman’s World (1954)

BR: Woman’s World (1954)

July 28, 2017 | By

Having already directed Fox’s second CinemaScope film, How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), Jean Negulesco reunited with that film’s co-star Lauren Bacall plus Three Coins in the Fountain (1954) headliner Clifton Webb…

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Postwar Espionage: The Quiet American (1958) + Foreign Intrigue (1955)

Postwar Espionage: The Quiet American (1958) + Foreign Intrigue (1955)

July 22, 2017 | By

Postwar espionage is featured in two unique productions: Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s adaptation of Graham Greene’s The Quiet American (1958) from Twilight Time Blu + Sheldon Reynolds’ unusual Foreign Intrigue (1955) from KL Studio Classics.

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BR: Quiet American, The (1958)

BR: Quiet American, The (1958)

July 22, 2017 | By

Although Graham Greene was less than pleased with the first film version of his 1955 novel, Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s 1958 effort remains a haunting rendition, mostly due to the excellent performances by two leads and actual filming in the relatively new republic of South Vietnam…

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DVD: Foreign Intrigue (1955)

DVD: Foreign Intrigue (1955)

July 22, 2017 | By

A genuine curio for mystery and Robert Mitchum fans, Foreign Intrigue actually has its roots in a successful syndicated mystery TV series created by Sheldon Reynolds, who handled writing, directing, and producing chores…

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The Fate of the Furious and Studio-Crafted Special Features

The Fate of the Furious and Studio-Crafted Special Features

July 16, 2017 | By

Review of Fate of the Furious (2017), the latest entry in Universal’s bullet-proof franchise + thoughts on a very dumb trend in Special Features.

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