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Yul Brynner double-bill

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Coming out this Monday (20th) from Optimum is a double bill of Yul Brynner epics. Released last year in the US but making their first appearance on UK DVD, these two films are enjoyable but not the best epics from the era.

Taras Bulba (1962)

Kings of the Sun (1963)

The Steve Reeves Collection

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Released earlier this year by Retromedia this double bill set provides two of Reeves’ historical Pepla in their full widescreen ratios.

The Giant of Marathon (1959) – is one of the genre’s very best titles with some incredibly battle scenes and a good storyline as well. Mario Bava appears to have shot most of the film himself and it looks great. Recommended to all genre fans.

War of the Trojans (1962) is the sequel to the earlier Wooden Horse of Troy (available on German DVD) and is not as impressive – the battle scenes in particular could use a little work, but it is still enjoyable and really you can count it as a bonus as the set is worth getting for ‘Marathon’ alone.

Blacula meets Black Dracula…

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

With funky dialogue abound, you might expect Optimum’s latest DVD release (released today) to be pure exploitation, but in fact Blacula and sequel Scream Blacula Scream are more akin to 1960s gothic horrors than their 70s cousins.

Take a read of our super detailed newest reviews: Blacula & Scream Blacula Scream

Cannibal Terror (1981)

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Released this week is Cannibal Terror from Severin.

Severin have built up a very strong reputation for releasing seriously obscure films on seriously good looking discs and this is no exception. Unfortunately there is a reason most of these films are obscure and that is that they are simply not very good. In this case a cannibal movie with only a couple of gore scenes and clearly filmed in a Spanish forest rather than a jungle.

Still, fans of the genre might well enjoy and there are many many worse films out there – Cannibal Terror

Grindhouse Trailer Classics 2

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Trailers are always a favourite of mine, and the Grindhouse era saw some of the most enjoyable and original trailers being created as producers desperately tried to make it clear to the drink and drug addled audience that their film would have more blood, breasts and/or explosions than the last one.

Put simply, this is a collection of 55 of the best of these trailers and is very enjoyable. Read the review then place an order -  it comes out tomorrow (ie. in about 7 hours…)

Sergio Corbucci Retrospective

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Its a special week of Spaghetti Westerns this week as we look at the career of one of the genre’s real legends, Sergio Corbucci

I’ve got three all new reviews:

Hellbenders (1967)

Navajo Joe (1966) – released next week in the UK by Optimum

The White, The Yellow and the Black (1975)

Plus, the Sergio Corbucci page has had an update – and I’ve updated all five of the other reviews, including an almost completely new review of Django and The Great Silence.

Two plates of Spaghetti…

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

Two more reviews from Optimum’s upcoming Western Classics collection (due in September), and this time they are both Westerns and of the Italian variety:

Man of the East (1972) – a light hearted Terence Hill film sees him playing a post Englishman sent to the Old West by his father to be made into a man. The script needed a little tweaking but Hill is always enjoyable and this is recommended to his fans. The film is not yet released in the US but available from Scandinavia and the Netherlands, and rumoured to be due from Koch Media in Germany later this year.

The Hills Run Red (1966) – a more serious Western from the genre’s boom year, this has not the most original storyline but the script is solid as is the direction while Henry Silva gives an outstanding performance. Previously released in the US on an identical DVD.

Legend of the Lost (1957) coming to DVD 8th Sept

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

A lesser known John Wayne Sahara desert adventure is bafflingly the first release from Optimum’s Western Classics line… Still the film itself is enjoyable – provided you don’t expect any action – and Sophia Loren is always worth watching.

Check out the full review of Legend of the Lost
We’ll be reviewing more from this collection throughout August.

Euro-War!

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Newly released by Severin is that most long awaited Eurocult DVD – Inglorious Bastards, unquestionably the most over-the-top and enjoyable war film ever made. With a three disc edition, Severin have really pulled out all of the stops for what is, so far, the best DVD of the year. See the full review for more details and then go buy this DVD!

The Eurowar film was one of the more minor Eurocult genres and is very poorly served on DVD. Since a lot of people are likely to be hungry for more I thought I’d also take a look at the only other non-PD Eurowar DVD to be released in the US, the Wild East double bill of Churchill’s Leopards and Salt in the Wound – neither is sadly an all out action-fest like Bastards but both are pretty enjoyable and for the right price this two-fer is worth picking up.

Stanley Baker

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Born in Wales in 1928, Stanley Baker grew up to become one of Britain’s best loved actors but his career declined and he died tragically young in 1976.

We pay tribute this week to this most manly of British actors with a complete new Stanley Baker biography which includes four new film and DVD reviews.

This includes Robbery (1967) – produced by and starring Baker, retelling the story of the Great Train Robbery. It is released next Monday in the UK by Optimum, the first DVD release of the film. We’ve got a first peak at the good quality (but sadly open-matte) release.