Tag: Mario Nascimbene

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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BR: Solomon and Sheba (1959)

BR: Solomon and Sheba (1959)

June 3, 2015 | By

After a steady stream of films, screen star Tyrone Power had his eyes on producing his own biblical epic, given the genre had become a mainstay in cinemas with widescreen formats and stereophonic sound – perfect for exploiting sprawling vistas, rich colours, and lavish romantic soundtracks that bridged classic tales of romance and tragedy with modern audiences…

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A Scent of Mystery and a Holiday in Spain – Part 1

A Scent of Mystery and a Holiday in Spain – Part 1

December 15, 2014 | By

Scent of Mystery aka Holiday in Spain makes its premiere debut on home video, and alongside a review of the new Blu-ray, there a review of the Kritzerland soundtrack CD + interviews with Cinerama preservationist Dave Strohmaier and Redwind Productions producer Brian Jamieson.

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BR: Scent of Mystery / Holiday in Spain (1960 / 1962)

BR: Scent of Mystery / Holiday in Spain (1960 / 1962)

December 15, 2014 | By

Holiday in Spain / Scent of Mystery was initially planned as an alternative evolution of film exhibition by its original benefactor, Mike Todd, one of the partners in the 3-panel, super-widescreen format Cinerama in the early fifties. Widescreen films had existed as early as the twenties and early thirties…

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CD: Scent of Mystery (1960)

CD: Scent of Mystery (1960)

December 15, 2014 | By

Long a top collectible LP, Kritzerland’s limited CD rescues a very rare Mario Nascimbene score from oblivion, as well as providing some details on an even more rare film – the first and only movie presented in the branded Smell-O-Vision process…

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CD: Blob (and other creepy sounds), The (1958)

CD: Blob (and other creepy sounds), The (1958)

December 1, 2014 | By

Mention The Blob and the first sounds likely playing in your brain come from the film’s theme song, co-crafted by a young Burt Bacharach and performed by The Five Blobs (who else?), and while not deep or sophisticated – the lyrics are goofy, mouth pops punctuate the catch-phrase “Be-ware of the Blob” – like any evil music, it worms its way into your subconscious, ensuring that even while you’re sleeping, that looped tune will be the first thing to which you wake up…

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