News + Soundtrack Reviews

January 9, 2014 | By

I just finished a short-short film as bonus material for the imminent review of Rewind This! a great new doc that’s ostensibly about VHS collecting, but goes much broader in both subtext and its massive special features section. I’ve a review of the 1080p Digital edition and the DVD released by MPI / filmbuff.

Another related bonus is a review of No Man’s Land (1987), watched not on DVD, but Betamax, because it seemed appropriate to review a film using a similarly obsolete format. The Editor’s Blog will have some thoughts on that experience, plus a scan of some rare ephemeral material related to this particular tape release.

Lastly, there’s a review of David Gregory’s Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) which comes as a bonus disc with Severin’s House on Straw Hill Blu-ray / DVD combo. Gregory’s doc is a necessary chronicle of the crazy fervour that resulted in Britain’s Video Nasty era – a far more dangerous period than the era when Mary Brown and her successors at the old Ontario Censor Board went overboard, mandating cuts to art house and slasher films.

Uploaded are a trio of soundtrack reviews: Lior Ron’s Pablo (Light Drop Music) – a documentary on legendary graphic designer / montage and main title designer Pablo Ferro that I’m dying to see, and two Doctor Who sets from Silva Screen: Murray Gold’s music from Series 7 and a winter double-bill of The Snowmen + The Doctor, the Widow, and the Snowmen.

I’ve settled on a new Word Press theme for the soon-to-be revamped, and the new look should be up by mid-February.

Lastly, I’ll also have some related reviews tied to Severin’s House on Straw Hill (call it ‘tormented artists & poseurs’), reviews of Twilight Time’s really, REALLY pretty Blu-ray editions of Ray Harryhausen’s The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, and soundtrack reviews.





Mark R. Hasan, Editor ( Main Site / Mobile Site )

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