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Monday, January 29, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
My Top Ten:
In no real order and this list would probably change daily, but hey:
1. The Beyond - A true horror classic and one of the best Fulci movies ever, add in the superb score and you have a masterpiece in my opinion. Also it was the 1st Fulci movie I ever bought on DVD (The Anchor Bay Tin Edition) and the anticipation of receiving this was palpable. Wish they would bring back the tins!
2. Profondo Rosso - Argento at his best and that Goblin score, fantastic!
3. Cannibal Holocaust - Much maligned for it's more questionable scenes, but at the core it's a fantastic film, that demands to be in every horror fans collection.
4. Eccezzziunale ...Veramente - An Italian comedy trash classic,although not seen by many outside of Italy, if you know the languageor culture at all then track this one down.
5. Milano Calibro 9 - Di Leo has made lots of Italian crime flicksbut this really blew me away when I saw it. Great cast with superbturns from Gaston Moschin and Mario Adorf in particular.
6. Kriminal - Lenzi brings this ultra hip fumetto to life and although only released in Italian, it's another DVD to track down ifyou know the language.
7. L'Insegnante - An Edwige Fench Italian sex comedy, that was a mainstay of the late night Italian TV schedules when I was younger and she certainly opened my eyes a little wider!
8. Zombi 2 - What more can be said? Another Fulci goretastic classic.
9. Kilink Istanbul Da' - The Turkish Kriminal/Diabolik rip off, but great fun and totally politically incorrect. Recently brought out on DVD by Onar Films and they should be applauded for doing so.
10. Four times that night - Bava has made many classics, but of all the films I've watched recently this was so enjoyable and just so different from Bava's usual style but at the same time totally enthralling!
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Source: E! Online
The Sopranos Goes Long
The Sopranos won't be sleeping with the fishes as soon as we thought.
HBO will air an extra episode of the series after creator David Chase and his fellow producers decided that eight wasn't enough to tie up all the loose ends of the seminal mobster drama before it goes to the great Bada Bing in the sky, a network rep confirmed.
"They going to give it a bonus episode, so fans are getting a bit of a holiday gift," HBO spokesman Quentin Schaffer tells E! Online. "They were originally going to do eight, but David Chase wanted the added episode to tell the story, and we obviously said, 'sure.' "
The extra episode was green-lighted "several weeks ago," Schaffer says, adding that shooting is complete on the first six episodes.
Cast member Steve Schirrippa, who plays Bobby "Bacala" Baccalleri, the husband of Tony's sister Janice, first broke the news about the surprise ninth episode to Celebrity Week at last weekend's Comedy Festival in Las Vegas. The actor, a Las Vegas native, also revealed that his character has so far avoided getting whacked."
Episodes and when they will be broadcast on HBO:
Episode # 01 / 613 / 78 - 04/08/2007
Episode # 02 / 614 / 79 - 04/15/2007
Episode # 03 / 615 / 80 - 04/22/2007
Episode # 04 / 616 / 81 - 04/29/2007
Episode # 05 / 617 / 82 - 05/06/2007
Episode # 06 / 618 / 83 - 05/13/2007
Episode # 07 / 619 / 84 - 05/20/2007
Episode # 08 / 620 / 85 - 05/27/2007
Episode # 09 / 621 / 86 - 06/04/2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
|Source: Severin Films |
Limited Edition Collection Features A Never-Before-Seen Interview With Cult Director Joe D'Amato & All-New Soundtrack Compilation CD!
The breathtakingly beautiful Laura Gemser stars as the infamous sexual adventuress in these three erotic epics now on DVD for the first time ever in America:
EMANUELLE IN BANGKOK - Emanuelle prowls the steamy underbelly of the Thai city on an odyssey of opium orgies, depraved Republicans and flying ping-pong balls.
SISTER EMANUELLE - Emanuelle renounces her wanton ways and joins a convent for wayward schoolgirls, only to face temptation from some very unholy sins of the flesh.
EMANUELLE AROUND THE WORLD - In director Joe D'Amato's notorious jaw-dropper, Emanuelle uncovers a global conspiracy of enslaved women, kinky Senators and inappropriate uses for exotic pets.
BONUS CD: GETTING DOWN WITH BLACK EMANUELLE - An all-new compilation of remastered soundtrack music by composer Nico Fidenco.
...plus eye-popping deleted scenes, an exclusive featurette and more, all waiting within the succulent confines of BLACK EMANUELLE'S BOX.
“SUPERHUMANLY SEXY... Laura Gemser Is A Honey-Dipped Cup Of Juicy Java Goodness!”
|Director: Aristide Massaccesi (as Joe D'Amato) + Giuseppe Vari (as Joseph Warren)|
EMANUELLE IN BANGKOK: Laura Gemser, Gabriele Tinti, Ely Galleani [Elide Galleani], Ivan Rassimov, Venantino Venantini...
SISTER EMANUELLE: Laura Gemser, Monika Zanchi, Gabriele Tinti...
EMANUELLE AROUND THE WORLD: Laura Gemser, Ivan Rassimov, Karin Schubert, Don Powell, George Eastman [Luigi Montefiori]...
Disc 1: EMANUELLE IN BANGKOK
Disc 2: EMANUELLE AROUND THE WORLD
Disc 3: SISTER EMANUELLE
Disc 4: GETTING DOWN WITH BLACK EMANUELLE (Bonus CD)
Friday, January 19, 2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
This March expect the first volume of Black Emanuelle's Box in a Limited Edition of 4000 Units. This four disc set will contain the uncut version of Joe D'Amato's EMANUELLE IN BANGKOK, the X Rated Version of the outrageous EMANUELLE AROUND THE WORLD, Giuseppe Vari's SISTER EMANUELLE and a newly mastered compilation cd of Nico Fidenco music produced by Claudio Fuiano called IN BED WITH BLACK EMANUELLE. Box comes with six poster art reproduction post cards from around the world. Extras will include interviews with D'Amato and Nico Fidenco, deleted scenes and trailers.Severin Films have come up trumps once again and this release will go nicely with the Black Emanuelle Polish DVD's I picked up a little while back. More news when we get a look at the transfers and extras!
Source: Severin Films
Coming from Severin Films on February 27th, is the long out of print Fulci classic "Una sull'altra" or to give it, it's english title "Perversion Story"
|What is the Most Incredible Thing a Woman ever did for $1,000,000?|
AN EXQUISITELY CRAFTED THRILLER... Guaranteed To Keep You On The Edge Of Your Seat! - THE SPINNING IMAGE
In a controversial career that flayed every envelope of cinematic excess, nothing can prepare you for this stunning thriller from the infamous director of ZOMBIE and THE BEYOND. Jean Sorel (BELLE DE JOUR) stars as an arrogant San Francisco doctor trapped between his sultry mistress (Elsa Martinelli of BLOOD AND ROSES) and an amoral stripper (Marisa Mell of DANGER: DIABOLIK) who bears an uncanny resemblance to his recently deceased and possibly murdered wife. What follows has been called Fulci's first true masterpiece, where sexual obsession, cruel deception and depraved murder all come together in one unforgettable PERVERSION STORY.
John Ireland and Faith Domergue co-star in this gripping giallo - also known as ONE ON TOP OF THE OTHER - that features eye-popping nudity, provocative locations (including the gas chamber at San Quentin) and a badass jazz score by Riz Ortolani (MONDO CANE, KILL BILL). Severin Films is proud to present PERVERSION STORY in a startling new high definition transfer from the original vault negative thought to be lost for more than 35 years!.
|Director: Lucio Fulci|
|Starring: Marisa Mell, Jean Sorel, Elsa Martinelli, John Ireland...|
|Aka: Una sull'altra / One on Top of the Other / Una historia perversa|
Friday, January 12, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Just like to draw your attention to another top class blog entitled Giallo Fever, by Keith Brown, someone I met while attending a Extreme Cinema discussion group back in September. It's dedicated to the genre and Dario Argento in particular and is well worth spending some time perusing!
Source: LA Times
Yvonne De Carlo, the beautiful star who played Moses' wife in "The Ten Commandments" but achieved her greatest popularity on TV's slapstick comedy "The Munsters," has died. She was 84.
De Carlo died of natural causes Monday at the Motion Picture & Television facility in suburban Woodland Hills, longtime friend and television producer Kevin Burns said today.
De Carlo, whose shapely figure helped launch her career in B-movie desert adventures and Westerns, rose to more important roles in the 1950s. Later, she had a key role in a landmark Broadway musical, Stephen Sondheim's "Follies."
But for TV viewers, she will always be known as Lily Munster in the 1964-1966 horror movie spoof "The Munsters." The series (the name allegedly derived from "fun-monsters") offered a gallery of Universal Pictures grotesques, including Dracula and Frankenstein's monster, in a cobwebbed gothic setting. Lily, vampire-like in a black gown, presided over the scary household.
The vampire-like Lily presided over the faux scary household and was a rock for her gentle but often bumbling husband, Herman, who was played by 6-foot-5-inch character actor Fred Gwynne (decked out as the Frankenstein monster).
The series lasted only two years, but it had a long life in syndication and resulted in two feature movies, "Munster Go Home!" (1966) and "The Munsters' Revenge." (1981, for TV).
At the series' end, De Carlo commented: "It meant security. It gave me a new, young audience I wouldn't have had otherwise. It made me 'hot' again, which I wasn't for a while."
"I think she will best remembered as the definitive Lily Munster. She was the vampire mom to millions of baby boomers. In that sense, she's iconic," Burns said Wednesday.
"But it would be a shame if that's the only way she is remembered. She was also one of the biggest beauty queens of the 40s and 50s, one of the most beautiful women in the world. This was one of the great glamour queens of Hollywood, one of the last ones."
De Carlo was able to sustain a long career by repeatedly reinventing herself. A longtime student of voice, she sang opera at the Hollywood Bowl. When movie roles became scarce, she ventured into stage musicals.
Her greatest stage triumph came on Broadway in 1971 with "Follies," which won the 1972 Tony award for best original musical score. She belted Sondheim's showstopping number, "I'm Still Here," a former star's defiant recounting of the highs and lows of her life and career.
Over the years, De Carlo augmented her stardom by shrewd use of publicity. Gossip columnists reported her dates with famous men. In her 1987 book, "Yvonne: An Autobiography," she listed 22 of her lovers, who included Howard Hughes, Burt Lancaster, Robert Stack, Robert Taylor, Billy Wilder, Aly Khan and an Iranian prince.
The Canadian-born De Carlo began her career with a parade of bit parts in films of the early 1940s, then emerged as a star in 1945 with "Salome -- Where She Danced," a routine movie about a dancer from Vienna who becomes a spy in the wild West.
She recalled her entrance in the film: "I came through these beaded curtains, wearing a Japanese kimono and a Japanese headpiece, and then performed a Siamese dance. Nobody seemed to know quite why."
Universal Pictures exploited her slightly exotic looks and a shape that looked ideal in a harem dress in such "sex-and-sand" programmers as "Song of Scheherazade," "Slave Girl," "Casbah" and "Desert Hawk."
The studio also employed her to add zest to Westerns, usually as a dance hall girl or a gun-toting sharpshooter. Among the titles: "Frontier Gal," "Black Bart" (as Lola Montez), "River Lady," "Calamity Jane and Sam Bass" (as Calamity Jane) and "The Gal Who Took the West."
In 1956 she veered from her former image when Cecil B. DeMille chose her to play Sephora, wife to Charlton Heston's Moses in "The Ten Commandments." The following year she co-starred with Clark Gable and Sidney Poitier in "Band of Angels" as Gable's upper-class sweetheart who learns of her black forebears.
Among her later films: "McClintock" (John Wayne), "A Global Affair" (Bob Hope), "Hostile Guns" (George Montgomery), "The Power" (George Hamilton), "American Gothic" (Rod Steiger) and "Oscar" (Sylvester Stallone).
She was born Peggy Yvonne Middleton in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sept. 1, 1922, (some sources say 1924). Abandoned by her father, she was raised by her mother in poor circumstances. The girl took dancing lessons and dropped out of high school to work in night clubs and local theaters. She continued dancing in clubs when she and her mother moved to Los Angeles.
Paramount Pictures signed her to a contract in 1942, and she adopted her middle name and her mother's middle name. Dropped by Paramount after 20 minor roles, she landed at Universal, which cast her as the B-picture version of the studio's sultry star Maria Montez.
In 1955, De Carlo married Bob Morgan, a topflight stunt man, and the marriage produced two sons, Bruce and Michael, as well as much-publicized separations and reconciliations.
During a stunt aboard a moving log train for "How the West Was Won," Morgan was thrown underneath the wheels. The accident cost him a leg, and for a time De Carlo abandoned her career to care for him. They later divorced.
In her late years, De Carlo lived in semi-retirement near Solvang, north of Santa Barbara. Her son Michael died in 1997, and she suffered a stroke the following year.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Been trawling the January sales as well and have recently added some new (and older) titles to the collection:
-The Shawshank Redemption, 3 disc SE
-Memoirs of a Geisha
-Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
-Good Night and Good Luck
-DOA: Dead or Alive (just for the fight scenes, not Holly Valance or Sarah Carter, honest!)
-So Darling, So Deadly
-Lord of War
-Venture Brothers S1
-Harvey Birdman S1
-Robot Chicken S1
Also got Iguana with the Tongue of Fire, Crank, an Evening with Kevin Smith II: Evening Harder on the way. So plenty to do until my pub is ready again!
Media Blasters gave us the first look and supplemental details for its new DVD of Lucio Fulci’s giallo fave LIZARD IN A WOMAN’S SKIN, slated to debut March 13 on the Shriek Show label. This disc will include a 103-minute cut of the movie (the longest available anywhere), remastered in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen with English 5.1 and mono and Italian mono soundtracks. The special features are:
• Half-hour interview with Fulci expert Professor Paolo Albiero
• Featurette on the history of the film’s censorship, with Albiero
• Original Italian titles
• Fulci trailer reel
• Shriek Show trailers
Retail price is $19.95.
All the extras are directly ported from the recent Italian DVD, but none from the the original MB release, but it's well worth tracking down the original for the documentary "Shedding the Skin" by Kit Gavin.
Not sure how much better this will be compared to Mike McKenzie's version over at Whiggles, but time will tell. However one wishes, that MB had bothered to do some research and bring out this version first time round rather than forcing fans to double or even triple dip!