Author Archive: Mark R. Hasan

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BR: Fate of the Furious (2017)

BR: Fate of the Furious (2017)

July 16, 2017 | By

Besides Tokyo Drift, Fate of the Furious is the first entry in Universal’s ludicrously successful franchise to not feature the character of Brian (the late Paul Walker), who in the prior film quite literally drove off into a sunny paradise where the long and winding road gave fans closure…

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Tales From Below: Hell and High Water (1954) + Above Us the Waves (1955) + The Frogmen (1951)

Tales From Below: Hell and High Water (1954) + Above Us the Waves (1955) + The Frogmen (1951)

July 11, 2017 | By

This week, tales from below the ocean surface: Sam Fuller’s nutty Hell and High Water (1954) on Blu from Twilight Time, Ralph Thomas’ very intense Above Us the Waves (1955) from VCI, and The Frogmen (1951) from the KQEK.com archives.

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DVD: Above Us the Waves (1955)

DVD: Above Us the Waves (1955)

July 11, 2017 | By

Based on the 1953 best-selling book by Charles E.T. Warren and Thornton Warren, this dramatization of Britain’s midget submarine program to sink Nazi Germany’s Tirpitz battleship proved very successful at the box office, and was reportedly a pet project of producer William MacQuitty…

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DVD: Frogmen, The (1951)

DVD: Frogmen, The (1951)

July 11, 2017 | By

Set against the Pacific War with the Japanese, The Frogmen regurgitates the tried and true storyline of a disliked leader who eventually wins the approval of his mournful and cynical team, but it’s the underwater assaults that are of chief interest here…

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Blaxploitation Horror: Blackenstein (1973) + Abby (1974)

Blaxploitation Horror: Blackenstein (1973) + Abby (1974)

July 9, 2017 | By

Reviews of two blaxploitation classics: the newly mastered Blackenstein (1973) from Severin on Blu + William Girdler’s Exorcist knock-off Abby (1974), still missing on disc.

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BR: Blackenstein (1973)

BR: Blackenstein (1973)

July 9, 2017 | By

Blackenstein was the first of several planned ‘horror spoofs’ by Los Angeles attorney, occasional bit player, and aspiring filmmaker Frank R. Saletri, but the film represents his only produced script, which is both good and bad for blaxploitation and bad cinema enthusiasts…

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Film: Abby (1974)

Film: Abby (1974)

July 9, 2017 | By

During a 6 year period, William Girdler managed to beat the odds and carve out a respectable position as an indie writer-producer-director within the exploitation area until his sudden death at the age of 30 while scouting locations for what would’ve been his 10th film…

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Dreaming of Electrified Wires: Robert Fantinatto & Jason Amm’s epic documentary on modular synths

Dreaming of Electrified Wires: Robert Fantinatto & Jason Amm’s epic documentary on modular synths

July 4, 2017 | By

Review of Robert Fantinatto and Jason Amm’s epic documentary on modular synths, I Dream of Wires (2014), on Blu in the 4 hour Hardcore Edition.

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BR: I Dream of Wires (2014)

BR: I Dream of Wires (2014)

July 4, 2017 | By

Robert Fantinatto and Jason Amm’s film is ostensibly a chronicle of the birth, rise, development, refinement, explosive use, decline, rejection, rediscovery, nostalgia for, and resurgence of modular synths, and that’s probably the main take average viewers will have on the 96 min. theatrical cut of the film released in 2014, but there are layers beneath its formal structure, especially in the follow-up 4 hour Hardcore Edition…

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Ken Takakura and Brutal Tales of The Yakuza

Ken Takakura and Brutal Tales of The Yakuza

June 30, 2017 | By

Reviews of two new Blu-rays starring Japan’s inimitable Ken Takakura: Brutal Tales of Chivalry / Shôwa zankyô-den (1965) from Twilight Time + The Yakuza (1974) from Warner Archives.

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