The Doug McClure Fantasy Adventure Triple Bill…!

January 7th, 2007

A triple bill of Sunday afternoon television classics from Britain:

The from Cinema Club UK contains:

With generally good transfers all round, all of the films are available as single disc releases too, and Warlords of Atlantis is only available on DVD in this collection.

Editor’s notes: Some reviews from the archives to keep you busy while I complete work on the latest big project! You might notice the absence of People that Time Forgot (1977) here. Rest assured I will be reviewing the British MGM disc as a one-off title in the next month. Sadly Arabian Adventure, the fifth and final film in this series seems to be MIA on DVD (except for a now OOP r4 disc), lets just hope that it will find its way onto disc soon.

You might also notice a new feature debuting with this trio of reviews – every review page now links back to its blog post allowing you to leave comments and feedback, plus read my exciting editor’s notes!

2007 eh?

January 3rd, 2007

What no updates yet? No I’ve not just been recovering from a particularly impressive party, I’ve got something big brewing for the middle of the month, and its going to take quite a bit more work. Until then, there will be some new reviews posted at the end of this week for you all to enjoy, so stay tuned for that…

Some other news, in order to further integrate this blog with the site, all the new reviews will have links back to their blog announcement posts – giving you a chance to comment directly and discuss the reviews. Meanwhile, the Guide pages are going to be linked to their own blog catagories, allowing you to comment on the section, and to look out for updates. Over the next few months, all of the Actor and Genre pages will be upgrade to the new look Guides (the first of these coming up soon…).

The Girl Slaves of Morgana le Fay (1971)

December 30th, 2006

The last review of 2006, and a beautiful piece of French erotic cinema, given the full special edition treatment by Mondo Macabro.

Read the Review

2006 and 2007…

December 29th, 2006

Well, its that time of year when everyone does their “best DVD of the year” lists. Well I have no plans to bore you with a complete rundown of the best and worst of 2006, so here is a quick (and fully linked summary) of good news for cult DVD fans:

Some of our reviewed titles from 2006

In the USA, it has been a very good year for fans of obscure and cult cinema, with NoShame and Blue Underground continuing to put out plenty of Italian genre cinema, newcomers Severin have really impressed with their Jess Franco discs. Meanwhile in the UK, Optimum have done decent (if rather inconsistent) work with their re-issuing of the Wickerman, Dalek and Hammer DVDs. More Spaghetti Westerns from Germany, and cult films from Italy have also been the order of the day. Ultimately, cult fans are getting it great. If I was asked to pick a single best DVD of the year, I think Mondo Macabro might take it for Lifespan – an incredibly obscure film, given the sort of special edition treatment that even most Hollywood films don’t get.
What does 2007 hold though? While the introduction of HD might be confusing the markets, 2007 is likely to bring some sort of sanity, hopefully in the form of a dual format player, at an affordable price – although HD as a widespread medium is probably not likely until 2008. Meanwhile for the cult fans, news is already good, with the Paul Naschy collection hopefully due to impress fans from March, and a good list of other titles already announced from various companies.
We review a varied selection here at MEs!

For Mondo Esoterica, 2006 has been a very big year, the site has exploded, now boasting 150 reviews and top billing on several search engines. In 2007 I hope to more than double the review archive and expand the outlook of the site even further, from the heights of European arthouse, to the grimy depths of exploitation. The most popular feature on our site this year has been the Complete Guide to the Karl May Westerns and I plan to write several more Guides in the next year, packed full of information that you can only find here at Mondo-Esoterica.net!

Merry Christmas…!

December 24th, 2006

and we’ll be back before the new year with more of the insightful comments and obscure reviews that you all love!

Spaghetti Westerns reviewed….

December 23rd, 2006

The last reviews before Christmas, and its a triple bill of seasonal films (?!):

Spara, Gringo, Spara (1968)

I Giorni Della Violenza (1967)

Ringo: The Face of Revenge (1966)

All three are available in English friendly editions from Germany, see the reviews for more…

Paul Naschy… legend?

December 19th, 2006

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The hero of cult cinema or a talentless hack? We’ve got reviews of 5 Paul Naschy films with loads more to come in the new year, but for now enjoy this rare clip of Naschy in action in a dual role as Waldemar Daninsky and Frankenstein’s monster!

The Virgin of Nuremberg (1963)

December 16th, 2006

New today, a review of this interesting Italian gothic horror. Available on a decent DVD from Shriek Show, Virgin of Nuremberg is a well directed but rather muddled film, with a brief appearance by Christopher Lee. Worth seeing if you are a gothic horror fan.

Read the review.

Book reviews and new upcoming…

December 15th, 2006

Just a summary of some of the new stuff to the site recently:

 

Book Reviews:With Christmas almost here there’s bound to be a few book tokens coming your way, and we’ve got a set of reviews of film related books that might be worth picking up. I’ll be updating this section and adding more book reviews over the next year.

Plus, I’ve got more details of early 2007 releases from Blue Underground, BCI and Severin on the upcoming page.

All new Blog!

December 15th, 2006

Howdy Mondo Esoterica readers! Welcome to our all new blog, now with more frequent posts (honest), including latest DVD news from around the web, some interesting discussion points – plus blog exclusive mini-reviews and more! I will be allowing comments on all posts, but as an anti-SPAM measure, all comments will have to be approved first (don’t worry, there will be no censoring).

For anyone wondering why there have been no new reviews for a while, here is the reason:

An all new 26″ Samsung LE26R74BDX HD LCD TV, with an Oppo OPDV-971H player. A fantastic combo, and SD discs look amazing upscaled.

Don’t worry, there will be more reviews coming later this month and we hope to more than double Mondo Esoterica‘s review base during 2007, more on that later….!