Category: Blu-ray / DVD Film Review

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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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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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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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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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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BR: Brutal Tales of Chivalry / Shôwa zankyô-den (1965)

BR: Brutal Tales of Chivalry / Shôwa zankyô-den (1965)

June 30, 2017 | By

It’s almost a tale of a reformed pacifist driven by loyalty to his late father’s non-violence decree, with Seiji suppressing his fine-honed instinct to make precisions strikes as the clan’s business and areas of control are whittled down by a once-respectful nemesis…

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