Archive for July, 2006

Spaghetti Western reviews here….

Monday, July 31st, 2006

We take a look at the genre classics, Sergio Leone’s Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965) on the amazing new German special edition DVDs.

We’ve also taken a look at the decent Gunmen of Ave Maria (1969) and the bizarre Shakespearian/Western fusion film Johnny Hamlet (1968) – both on decent German DVDs, with English options.

Stay tuned this coming week for Mario Bava reviews…

A great October for classic Horror fans…

Monday, July 24th, 2006

Well, this October is shaping up to be a good-one for fans of horror cinema. Firstly Universal are bringing out the Boris Karloff Collection with three of the missing Universal Horror pictures, plus some lesser known 1950s titles. The Inner Sanctum boxset also fills a gap in our collections. However, the lack of bonus features in these two sets is rather disappointing, instead Universal are release a duo of feature laden re-releases: Dracula (1931) and Frankenstein (1931). WB followed suit with the Hollywood Legends of Horror Collection that looks set to fill a lot of gaps, with audio commentaries for 5 of the 6 films and original trailers for them all. The latest announcement is from Columbia/Sony for a 4 film Karloff Collection and we are waiting on a list of features to be included.

It was recently announced that a collection of the Studio Canal owned Hammer Horror films will be released as part of a Hammer Ultimate Boxset in the UK, and we are waiting very excitedly on any news on whether this set will include new prints of these films, and any bonus features. October also marks the start of the Spanish Horror Collection, some exciting movies from the 1970s with Paul Naschy and more.
These releases look set to fill a lot of gaps in our collections, filled until now with bootlegs and VHS prints. We’ve got a new Upcoming DVDs section here at Mondo Esoterica and we’re going to keep you updated on all the latest news on these and other new cult DVD releases there.

Spaghetti Western Week #2

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

The first reviews of our latest review week are here, and its Spaghetti Westerns again. This week we are taking a look at some German SW DVDs, all with English soundtracks:

First up The Bounty Killer (1966) a.k.a The Ugly Ones, the debut SW appearance of Tomas Milian. Plus as a bonus, Massacre at Grand Canyon (1965), the first SW from director Sergio Corbucci.

Stay tuned for reviews of the rarely discussed Karl May Winnetou films, some of the earliest European Westerns, plus a double-bill of Westerns from 1968 and 1969.

Hammer Week conclusion…

Friday, July 21st, 2006

For the final reviews of Hammer week we take a look at the studio’s first moves into… HORROR!

Four Sided Triangle(1953)

A clever little sci-fi film with hints of the later Frankenstein pictures. Boasts some good acting, and very nice camerawork by Terence Fisher.

The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)

Based on the highly popular TV serial, this film marked Hammer’s first moves into X-rated, horror themed cinema, and they never looked back. An often tense film is well directed by Val Guest.

X the Unknown (1956)

Hammer’s thematic sequel to Quatermass, this often quite gory picture is a solid monster B-movie, that avoids falling into many of the cliche traps of many American pictures. Featuring the first full script from Jimmy Sangster.

Quatermass 2 (1957)

This much larger scale sequel goes from monsters to government conspiracies. A very grim tone and some rather brutal scenes, especially for the time, make this a very impressive film.

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

More early Hammer reviews:

A double-bill of early Terence Fisher – the motor-racing movie Mask of Dust (1954) and sci-fi/detective film Spaceways (1953).

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

The Mondo Esoterica Early Hammer Week is here. This week we’ll be reviewing several of the lesser known early films from the British studio, including Spaceways (1954) and Mask of Dust (1954) and finishing the week off with the exciting science fiction of Quatermass that marked the studio’s first moves into horror…. keep your eyes on this blog for more.
But first, we have reviews of the Dick Barton Trilogy – a series of spy films based on a popular BBC radio play and available in a decent boxset from DD-Video in the UK.

Four new SW reviews…

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

We’ve got the rest of the SW week reviews posted now:

Death Rides a Horse – UK DVD

Django Kill… If you Live Shoot – USA DVD

Keoma – USA DVD

Run, Man, Run – USA DVD

Next week we take a look at some early Hammer films, before returning to the Spaghetti West at the end of the month to look at some of the exciting German SW DVDs out there.

Spaghetti Western Double-Bill!

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

Its Spaghetti Western week here at Mondo Esoterica, and the first of our exciting double-bills is here:

The main feature is Sergio Corbucci’s impressive and dark The Great Silence (1969) and stick around for our B-picture, the enjoyable Django Shoots First (1966).

More double-bills to come later this week.