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More Spaghetti Western reviews

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

Back to basics this week with an all new trio of Spaghetti Western reviews, from the recent Koch Media Halleluja boxset. Alongside two light hearted movies is the excellent gem, Raise Your Hands Dead Man starring Peter Lee Lawrence. Fans of the genre will certainly want to pick up this great looking set:

Hallelujah Italo-Western Collection

I have also added more information to the Spaghetti Western Guide page. Enjoy!

Ace of Wands (1970/2)

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Another exclusive first look here at Mondo Esoterica

Ace of Wands was a very popular British children’s television show in the 1970s, but don’t let the “children’s” tag put you off, it is actually a very enjoyable bit of television with plenty of mystery and fantasy (enough to keep this fan of gory Italian horror films watching through all 20 episodes!)

The feature laden boxset should be of interest to anyone who enjoyed the show, and fans of classic mystery and fantasy television shows:

Ace of Wands

New review and exciting DVD news…

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

Another new release from Severin films, an another top quality DVD – this bit of 1970s erotica is best known for being written by the author of the original Emmanuelle novels, but stands alone as an artistic and erotic film. Read the review.

In other news, the biggest DVD announcement of the year so far has been the news that DDHE have secured the DVD rights to a wide selection of previously unreleased films, including 13 long awaited Hammer titles. Details on these titles, and more at our upcoming pages.

The Invisible Man (1958) Season 1

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

This early British sci-fi TV series about the adventures of Dr. Peter Brady, who has sucessfully (although accidentally) made himself completely invisible, is coming to special edition DVD in the UK on Monday. I’ve just completed a complete review of the first season of this rather mixed quality show:

The Invisible Man Season 1 review

Editor’s notes: The review of season 2 will follow later this month. For this first TV series review on the site I’m trying out a new format for the review pages. Any feedback on this is more than welcome!

Another Franco double-bill from Severin

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Severin Films have again excelled with a superb looking pair of Jess Franco films from the 1980s:

Sexual Story of O (1984) – a rather well filmed and written, if slow paced piece of de Sade inspired erotica with a must-see surreal climax.

The Inconfessable Orgies of Emmanuelle (1981) – despite the title this film has to rank as one of Franco’s worst with no plot and some insanely dull sex scenes.
Released on the 24th of April in the USA, and also coming to DVD in the UK later in the year from Anchor Bay UK (details).

Spaghetti Frenzy

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

Being a Spaghetti Western fan is tough work, once you’ve gone through the rather limited selection of DVDs available in the UK/USA you’ve got to start importing discs from Europe or Japan – especially with boxsets, trying to find one with English options and no repeated films can really be a chore. So when I heard about this new set from Italy, with five great looking and sounding films, all with English soundtracks – all five of which are not available anywhere else on DVD – not to mention English subtitled interviews and bonus features, I thought I was dreaming, but I wasn’t, and I duly ordered and reviewed the complete set, and very good it was too:

The Pistole Non Discutono Western Collection – fully reviewed!

Emanuelle and Emmaneulle – from art to sleaze!

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

A quartet of all new reviews for you today, and all of them of a distinctly adult nature:

Emmanuelle (1974)  – the original softcore film from the masters of erotica – the French, although rather a disappointment with a slow and poorly placed plot. A first look at the upcoming Optimum UK DVD of this film, uncut for the first time in the UK.

Black Emanuelle’s Box (1976/7) – this trio of films from the very unofficial Black Emanuelle series, starring Laura Gemser, runs the gambit from softcore nunsploitation, to some very sleazy almost hardcore antics. An all new boxset from Severin Films USA.

Ferdinando Baldi retrospective

Friday, March 16th, 2007

From his early days directing sword and sandal pepla, to being the only Western director to voluntarily shoot a film in North Korea, Ferdinando Baldi should be one of the best known Euro-cult directors, but has slipped into almost complete obscurity, known now only for his interesting selection of Spaghetti Western titles – which are sadly some of the only titles of his currently available on DVD.

Using some of the few available resources to learn more about this director, we present the all new Mondo Esoterica Guide to Ferdinando Baldi, including all new reviews of Blindman (1971) and Little Rita nel West (1967), as well as updated reviews of his other films…

Five Golden Dragons (1967)

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Our prime directive here at Mondo Esoterica is to bring reviews of obscure films, and obscure DVDs, that no other websites offer. We may be accused of losing our way a little recently (surely no-one can call Airport (1970) obscure?) but here is a little something to make it all better!

Five Golden Dragons is a completely overlooked film, despite its cast list boasting Klaus Kinski, Christopher Lee and Brian Donlevy – plus a barrage of other well known actors from mainstream and cult cinema. Shot in Hong Kong it is a well made Edgar Wallace thriller, with plenty of surprises. It comes on a neat little DVD from Italy that has a superb print and great sounding English audio (with no forced subtitles). I recommend both the film and the DVD, but check out the review for lots more.

The Fu Manchu Collection (1965-69)

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Released without much attention outside of Germany last year was this five disc boxset from Kinowelt containing all five of the Fu Manchu films produced by Harry Alan Towers and starring Christopher Lee.

Full review with loads of background information: Dr. Fu Man Chu Collection

You can also check out a brand new Mondo Esoterica Guide, to producer Harry Alan Towers.