Archive for February, 2008

Terror in Space!

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

As fans of this site will doubtless know, I am not the biggest Mario Bava horror fan. I love his non-horror work, but have been rather disappointed by the horror titles I have seen so far. So for this horror/sci-fi fusion I had mixed expectations.

Fortunately the film turned out to be completely worth watching and one of the best films I have seen this year. Despite a ludicrously low budget, Bava provides his unique look and feel to the production and the planet has an hellish, alien feel that has rarely if ever been bettered.

The Italian DVD has the original Italian print, and very good it looks too, with solid English subs. Read the full review – Terrore Nello Spazio

Criminal Cinema, British style

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

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Optimum UK continue their library of releases this Tuesday with a trio of classic British crime films, including two making their first appearances on DVD anywhere.

  • The Long Arm (1956) – Jack Hawkins is well cast as a police detective in this rather traditional British crime/mystery film from Ealing studios. DVD debut.
  • The Frightened City (1961) – Herbert Lom and Sean Connery star in this decent crime story, let down by a rather poorly written and acted police subplot.
  • Payroll (1961) – a vividly brutal attack on an armoured car is the highlight of this well written, directed and acted thriller. DVD debut.

As usual, we have got the first look and it is good news. Although completely lacking in extras, the picture quality is a good as we have come to expect with all three films boasting superb prints and only The Long Arm suffering from some slight audio problems.

Titles you can understand

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Don’t worry, there will be new reviews by the end of the week…

Until then, check out the menu screens. Yep, I’ve redone the titles so that instead of using the DVD titles as before, films are known by their ‘common’ titles. So no more Bestien lauern vor Caracas instead of The Lost Continent. The review pages for these films have also been changed so that the titles are generally consistent throughout the site.
Of course deciding what to call the Spaghetti Westerns is still a bit of a challenge, Italian or English titles? Generally I have gone with which ever sounded best. English titles if they are commonly used or the Italian titles for the more obscure films.Hopefully this all makes sense, please browse around and let me know if you think any titles should be changed.

On a similar topic, I am aware that the site does not look best on monitors above 1024 * 768. I will be making some more formatting changes over the next few months. Suggestions are of course welcome.