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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Strap in for Takeshi Kitano's Explosive Cinematic Masterpiece "HANA-BI" on Blu-ray 9/19 for the Very First Time!



"Frequently surprising... sure to keep an audience on its toes." -- Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"Bracing and original... a personal film that speaks to everyone." -- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

THIS SEPTEMBER, STRAP IN FOR THE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF TAKESHI KITANO'S NEWLY-RESTORED CINEMATIC MASTERPIECE, AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NORTH AMERICA

"HANA-BI (FIREWORKS)"


Winner of 19 International Awards, Including the Prestigious Golden Lion for Best Film at the Venice Int'l Film Festival, The Exclusive Collector's Release from Film Movement Classics Includes Commentary from Rolling Stone Film Critic David Fear, a "Making of Hana-Bi" Featurette and a Collector's Book

Beautifully Restored in HD, This Highly Original Crime Drama Will be Available on Blu-ray ($39.95srp) and DVD ($29.95srp) on September 19, 2017

SYNOPSIS
Feeling responsible for the shattered lives of his loved ones, beleaguered police detective Nishi (Takeshi Kitano, Ghost in the Shell, Brother, Violent Cop, Boiling Point) takes desperate measures to try and set things right in a world gone wrong. With his wife suffering from leukemia and his partner paralyzed from a brutal gangster attack, Nishi borrows money from a yakuza loan shark and then robs a bank to clear his debt.  The yakuza, however, are not so easily bought off, sending Nishi down a road paved with nihilism and violence. Considered Kitano's first true cinematic masterpiece, HANA-BI demonstrates the auteur's immense talents both in front of and behind the camera.

Available for the first time on Blu-ray in North America, this new digital HD restoration from Film Movement Classics offers cinema buffs a singular viewing experience of the film that Entertainment Weekly calls a "rich and visually beautiful work that, for all its stylized violence, manages to convey stillness, sweetness, and affecting emotional depth."

WATCH THE TRAILER


BONUS FEATURES
Commentary by Rolling Stone Film Critic David Fear
"Making-of Hana-bi" featurette
Collector's booklet featuring a new essay from film writer Jasper Sharp

CAST
Takeshi Kitano (as Yoshitaka Nishi)
Ren Osugi (as Horibe)
Kayoko Kishimoto (Nishi's wife)
Susumu Terajima (as Nakamura)
Tetsu Watanabe (as Junkyard Owner)

AWARDS
Awards of the Japanese Academy (1999) - Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Music Score
Blue Ribbon Awards (1999) - Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director
Camerimage (1998) - Silver Frog (Hideo Yamamoto)
European Film Awards (1997) - Screen International Award
Film Critics Circle of Australia (1997) - Best Foreign Language Film
French Syndicate of Cinema Critics (1998) Best Foreign Film
Grand Prix de I'UCC (1999)
Hochi Film Award (1998) - Best Film, Best Supporting Actor
Kinema Junpo Awards (1999) - Best Film, Reader's Choice Award/Best Film
Mainichi Film Concours (1999) - Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography
Nikkan Sports Film Award - Ishihara Yujiro Award, Best Supporting Actor
Russian Guild of Film Critics (1999) - Best Foreign Actor
São Paulo International Film Festival (1997) - Critics' Award
Venice Film Festival (1997) - Golden Lion for Best Film
Yokohama Film Festival (1999) - Best Supporting Actor

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Type:  Blu-ray/DVD
Running Time: 103 mins. + extras
Rating:  N/A
Genre:  Crime/Drama
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio:  Stereo
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

About Film Movement
Celebrating its 15th year, Film Movement is a North American distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films based in New York City.  Film Movement has released more than 250 feature films and shorts culled from prestigious film festivals worldwide, and last year it had its first Academy Award-nominated film, Naji Abu Nowar's THEEB. Film Movement's theatrical distribution strategy has evolved to include promising American independent films, documentaries, and an even stronger slate of foreign art house titles.  Its catalog includes titles by directors such as Hirokazu Kore-eda, Maren Ade, Jessica Hausner, Andrei Konchalovsky, Andrzej Wajda, Diane Kurys, Ciro Guerra and Melanie Laurent. In 2015, Film Movement launched its reissue label Film Movement Classics, featuring new restorations released theatrically as well as on Blu-ray and DVD, including films by such noted directors as Eric Rohmer, Peter Greenaway, Bille August, Marleen Gorris, Takeshi Kitano, Arturo Ripstein, and Ettore Scola. For more information, please visit www.filmmovement.com


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This week: Frightfest Premiere of "MINDHACK" with Spencer Locke (TARZAN), Faran Tahir (IRON MAN), Chris Mason (BETWEEN TWO WORLDS)



HAS YOUR MIND BEEN HACKED?
FILM MODE ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES THE FRIGHTFEST PREMIERE OF
"MINDHACK"

 
New sci-fi thriller featuring amazing special F/X delves deep into the controversial, chilling and terrifying world of bio-hacking starring SPENCER LOCKE (TARZAN), FARAN TAHIR (IRON MAN), SCOTT MECHLOWICZ (DEMONIC) and CHRIS MASON (BETWEEN TWO WORLDS)

   
LONDON (22, August 2017) – Film Mode Entertainment is pleased to announce the 2017 FRIGHTFEST Premiere of Sci-Fi Thriller MINDHACK: #savetheworld. The film stars Spencer Locke (TARZAN), Faran Tahir (IRON MAN), Scott Mechlowicz (DEMONIC) and Chris Mason (BETWEEN TWO WORLDS) and is commercial director Royce Gorsuch’s feature directorial debut.

”We were blown away by the originality and timeliness of Royce’s directorial debut.  This is one of the most creative and commercially relevant films in the marketplace that knows exactly who its audience is; Millennials and Gen Z” Said Clay Epstein, President of Film Mode Entertainment.

MINDHACK: #savetheworld is an action-packed sci-fi thriller about a brilliant scientist on a mission to hack into the human mind in order to save humanity from its own catastrophic errors. Once he begins work on the controversial project, there is no stopping him as he is pushed to do whatever is necessary to accomplish his mission.

The film comes at an extremely poignant and timely juncture where hacking has taken the world by storm, from governments and other sources hacking into the systems of their adversaries to actual mind hacking incidents throughout the Silicon Valley and elsewhere throughout the world. Major news outlets including The Telegraph, Yahoo News and others have been reporting on how scientists have discovered how to upload knowledge to the human brain. Additionally, there is scientific evidence noted in articles in these media outlets and many more that “mind-hacking” has been going on since ancient Egypt.

Never in the history of the human race has there been such rampant hacking.
"This film was born from the exponentially evolving technological world we now live in and tells the paradoxical story of a generation who can currently change the world from their computers, and in the future will change the world by enhancing the power of the human mind. It was incredible to see the cast not only grasp these far reaching concepts of the film, but bring it to life with incredibly thrilling and emotionally charged performances. We assembled a team of geniuses to execute film, and we are thrilled to now partner with Clay Epstein and his team of geniuses for its release." Said Gorsuch.


                                          MINDHACK trailer


Screening info at FRIGHTFEST 2017


FRIGHTFEST reported on MINDHACK: A brilliant scientist is on a mission to hack the human mind to save humanity from its own catastrophic errors and is pushed to do whatever is necessary to complete the assignment. An extraordinary visionary experience about the inner conflicts of being a culture-jamming creator, director Royce Gorsuch’s kaleidoscopic mindbender is an astonishingly visual tour de force about the cacophony of voices in our heads pushing us, confusing us, mixing signals, the ego, reason, and the mistaken evils which might come from accomplishing the goal.  An inner space odyssey through reconciliation, forgiveness and self-sacrifice for the greater good.

The film was produced by VIX PROD. CO.

Royce Gorsuch is represented by Matt Shichtman at The Gotham Group

Spencer Locke is represented by Paradigm, Faran Tahir by Greene & Associates, Scott Mechlowicz also by Greene & Associates, Chris Mason by 3 Arts / UTA / United Agents UK, Gbenga Akinnagbe by APA and Brandon Scott by Innovative Artists.

Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment is representing worldwide rights on MINDHACK: #savetheworld.

Lon Haber & Co is handling PR for the film, and for Film Mode Entertainment.

About Film Mode Entertainment
Film Mode Entertainment is a leading worldwide sales agent and production entity, focusing on commercially driven feature films of all genres and budget sizes. Film Mode represents projects at all stages of the filmmaking process, often as Executive Producer, with the aim of helping our producers and distributors achieve maximum exposure for their films. Film Mode’s recent successes include SUGAR MOUNTAIN starring Jason Momoa, LITTLE PINK HOUSE starring two time, Academy Award nominatee, Catherine Keener and the SXSW official entry, THE GOOD NEIGHBOR starring the legendary Academy Award nominee James Caan. Upcoming productions include VIKING DESTINY starring Academy Award nominee Terence Stamp. In 2017, Film Mode launched DocMode to focus on award winning Documentaries that impact the world. Film Mode is based in Beverly Hills, CA. with a satellite office in New York City.


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Monday, August 21, 2017

One Woman Must Face Her Fears In This Movie Poster and Clip for Walter Moise's "THE DOCUMENTARY"



A Young Woman Finds Out What Really Scares Her in THE DOCUMENTARY Releasing from Terror Films

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 21, 2017) - Terror Films is set to release THE DOCUMENTARY onto digital platforms this Tuesday, August 22. The film was written and directed by Walter Moise (producer/editor of the award winning sci-fi indie Counter Clockwise).  The cast is comprised of Tristin Rupp, Jake B. Miller, and Aaron Bowden. The film’s official artwork and trailer are available now.

Through a found footage aesthetic, the story follows Sandra Novak (Rupp) who has agreed to be the subject of a documentary film. The documentary deals with “conquering fear.” Unbeknownst to her, the filmmaker that has chosen her may have ulterior motives as he infiltrates her home and begins to gather information to sabotage her relationship and her life.


Moise has something to say of the filmmaking process. Moise has said: “I was trying to capture the closest thing to actual reality. I shot the whole film in chronological order and chose not to write a script but a treatment that the actors would improvise.”  Moise also says that he has derived inspiration from the works of Michael Haenke and Stanley Kubrick.

In their ongoing effort to bring the best and most diverse indie horror content to the masses, Terror Films will release this film across multiple digital platforms. Platforms include:  iTunes, Amazon Instant/Prime, Vudu, Google Play/You Tube, X-Box Live and many others.  The release begins with North America and will be followed by a worldwide digital release on iFlix.

THE DOCUMENTARY Official Trailer


THE DOCUMENTARY clip “You told me about a fear…”


For more information on Terror Films, visit: www.terrorfilms.net
And here: www.facebook.com/TerrorFilmsLLC/


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Sunday, August 20, 2017

THE ERRAND BOY -- Movie Review by Porfle



THE ERRAND BOY (1961) recalls the previous year's THE BELLBOY in that we find writer-director-star Jerry Lewis shooting a low-budget black-and-white feature which is simply a plotless series of gags set in one location (in THE BELLBOY it was a busy Miami Beach hotel, while this takes place in and around a bustling movie studio).

There's a semblance of plot involving studio head Brian Donlevy and his obsequious toady, played with verve by Howard McNear (Floyd the barber from "The Andy Griffith Show") but it's just an excuse to give Lewis the run of the place once again, packing each scene with as many imaginative gags as he can devise

Jerry is helped in this task by an excellent cast that also includes Stanley "Cyrano Jones" Adams, Kathleen Freeman, Doodles Weaver, Sig Ruman, Fritz Feld, Iris Adrian, and some surprise guest stars.


Much of it is as laugh-out-loud funny as you'd expect, while the rest is rather hit-and-miss. Jerry, of course, disrupts the orderly filmmaking process at every turn, at one point dubbing his own ear-splitting vocals into a lovely young actress' song interlude and elsewhere attempting to eat a quiet sidewalk lunch on the set of a war film.

The usual bathos occurs when the errand boy befriends some cute little puppets which come to life for him in a dusty storeroom--it's in these moments that Lewis tries too hard to be charming when we really want him to keep making with the funny.

This he does in one of his most celebrated sequences, in which he pretends to be the chairman of the board non-verbally chewing out his underlings while broadly pantomiming the instruments in a blaring big band tune. For this scene alone THE ERRAND BOY is well worth a look for Lewis fans, but it has so much more to offer as well including a raucous, slapstick finale.



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Friday, August 18, 2017

Olive Films Announces August 2017 DVD & Blu-ray Releases



COMING IN August 2017
ON DVD & BLU-RAY


From OLIVE FILMS

Olive Films is proud to announce the following August 2017 releases:

The Wedding Banquet (1993) - DVD/BD
Hell Up In Harlem (1973) - DVD/BD
Flipper Season 1 (1964 - 1965) - DVD/BD
Flipper Season 2 (1965 - 1966) - DVD/BD
The Stranger (1946) - DVD/BD
The Island Of Dr. Moreau (1977) - DVD
Dracula In Vegas (1999) - DVD
Spirits Of The Somme (2012) - DVD

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FIRST TIME ON
BLU-RAY!

US+CANADA
PREBOOK:        8/22/17
STREET:            8/29/17

THE WEDDING BANQUET
DVD

CAT:                 OF1356
UPC:       887090135610
SRP:                 $19.95

THE WEDDING BANQUET
BD
       
CAT:                 OF1357
UPC:       887090135719
SRP:                 $29.95
THE WEDDING BANQUET
MITCHELL LICHTENSTEIN
(Flawless, Streamers, Kangaroo Man)
WINSTON CHAO
(Eat Drink Man Woman, Island of Greed, Intimates)
MAY CHIN
(Woman Soup, Magic Sword, May Jane)
SIHUNG LUNG
(Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Eat Drink Man Woman; Pushing Hands)
AH-LEH GUA
(Eat Drink Man Woman, Intimates, Fleeing by Night)

Directed by
ANG LEE (Brokeback Mountain; Life of Pi; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)

Ang Lee, the two-time Academy Award winner for Best Director (Brokeback Mountain – 2006, Life of Pi – 2013) co-wrote, directed and makes a cameo appearance in the comedy-with-heart The Wedding Banquet.

YEAR: 1993
GENRE: DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH and MANDARIN (with optional English subtitles)
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 107 mins
RATING: R
VIDEO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO

EXTRAS
Trailer
“A Forbidden Passion” Featurette

Ang Lee (Life of Pi) directs this heartwarming comedy about a young gay man who, in order to placate his traditional parents, must hide his “secret” and marry in The Wedding Banquet.

Gay couple Wai-Tung (Winston Chao, Eat Drink Man Woman) and Simon (Mitchell Lichtenstein, Streamers) are happily cohabitating in New York when word comes from Wai-Tung’s parents, who, tired of waiting for their son to marry and give them grandchildren, have hired a dating service to get him closer to the altar. Wai-Tung and Simon hatch a plot that’ll see Wai-Tung married to Wei-Wei (May Chin, Woman Soup), an acquaintance in need of her green card. Problem solved. That is, until Wai-Tung’s parents announce a visit and insist that a customary wedding banquet is given to atone for the less-than-spectacular city hall marriage ceremony. And there’s another surprise. Could there soon be the pitter patter of little feet?

The Wedding Banquet, written for the screen by Ang Lee, Neil Peng and James Schamus, brings together an eclectic cast of American and Asian actors including Sihung Lung and Ah-Leh Gua, who would both appear in Ang Lee’s follow-up film, Eat Drink Man Woman.

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FIRST TIME ON
BLU-RAY!

US+CANADA
PREBOOK:        8/22/17
STREET:            8/29/17

HELL UP IN HARLEM       DVD     
CAT:                 OF1360
UPC:       887090136013
SRP:                 $19.95

HELL UP IN HARLEM       BD       
CAT:                 OF1361
UPC:       887090136112
SRP:                 $29.95
HELL UP IN HARLEM
FRED WILLIAMSON
(Black Caesar; Hammer; Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon)
JULIUS W. HARRIS
(King Kong, Live and Let Die, Super Fly)
GLORIA HENDRY
(Black Caesar, Live and Let Die, Black Belt Jones)
MARGARET AVERY
(The Color Purple, Magnum Force, TV’s Being Mary Jane)
D’URVILLE MARTIN
(Black Caesar, Rosemary’s Baby, Dolemite)
TONY KING
(Shaft, Bucktown, The Toy)
GERALD GORDON
(One Man’s Way, Patty Hearst, The Judas Project)
BOBBY RAMSEN
(God Told Me To, It Lives Again, Nobody’s Perfekt)

Directed by
LARRY COHEN
(Special Effects, Black Caesar, It’s Alive)

Writer and director Larry Cohen’s ability to move smoothly between genres (Special Effects, It’s Alive, God Told Me To, Original Gangstas) is on full display in the blaxploitation film Hell Up in Harlem, starring Fred Williamson.

YEAR: 1973
GENRE: ACTION, DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 95 mins
RATING: R
VIDEO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO

EXTRAS
NEW audio commentary with director Larry Cohen, moderated by Steve Mitchell, director of the upcoming documentary King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen.


He’s alive!?!

Fred Williamson (Black Caesar) returns as the Godfather of Harlem in director Larry Cohen’s sequel to the blaxploitation hit Black Caesar.

Recovering from an onslaught of bullets that would have killed a lesser man, Tommy Gibbs is out for revenge against DiAngelo (Gerald Gordon, One Man’s Way), a sleazy New York District Attorney with mob ties who set up the hit-gone-wrong. Tommy, with the aid of his father, Papa Gibbs (Julius W. Harris, Super Fly) is soon on the mend and putting his Harlem empire back on track. But there’s a catch. Could Tommy’s near-death experience have changed the man who was once called the “Overlord of the Underworld”? Is redemption stronger than temptation? All will be revealed in the action-packed sequel to Black Caesar featuring Gloria Hendry (reprising her role as Helen in Black Caesar), Margaret Avery (The Color Purple), D’Urville Martin (the returning Reverend Rufus of Black Caesar), Tony King (Shaft) and Bobby Ramsen (God Told Me To). Written, produced and directed by Larry Cohen (Black Caesar, Special Effects), Hell Up in Harlem is a Samuel Z. Arkoff presentation featuring a musical score by Fonce Mizell and Freddie Perren with songs performed by Edwin Starr.

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FIRST TIME ON
BLU-RAY!

US+CANADA
PREBOOK:        8/22/17
STREET:            8/29/17

FLIPPER SEASON 1        DVD     
CAT:                 OF1362
UPC:       887090136211
SRP:                 $34.95

FLIPPER SEASON 1        BD       
CAT:                 OF1363
UPC:       887090136310
SRP:                 $39.95
FLIPPER SEASON 1
BRIAN KELLY
(Around the World Under the Sea, TV’s Straightaway, TV’s 21 Beacon Street)
LUKE HALPIN
(Island of the Lost, Shock Waves, Nobody’s Perfekt)
TOMMY NORDEN
(Five Miles to Midnight, TV’s Search for Tomorrow, TV’s Naked City)

Flipper, created by Ricou Browning and Jack Cowden and shepherded to the small screen by Ivan Tors, the veteran producer of the TV classics Sea Hunt, Science Fiction Theatre and Daktari, featured one of the catchiest theme songs (written by William “By” Dunham and Henry Vars) ever composed for television.

YEAR: 1964-1965
GENRE: DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  780 mins
RATING: N/R
VIDEO: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO


No one you see, is smarter than he! They call him Flipper …

The classic TV series Flipper, starring Brian Kelly (Around the World Under the Sea) as Porter Ricks, Chief Warden and Park Ranger at Coral Key Park and Marine Preserve, comes to DVD and Blu-ray in a beautiful new presentation that captures the pristine aquatic Florida backdrop in all its glory. Ricks, along with his two young sons Sandy (Luke Halpin, Island of the Lost) and Bud (Tommy Norden, Five Miles to Midnight) share weekly adventures aided by Flipper, their friend and pet, a highly intellectual and daring dolphin adept at protecting the preserve and sleuthing out unsavory characters.

Throughout its three-season run (1964 through 1967), Flipper featured a galaxy of guest stars including Burt Reynolds (Shark), John Kerr (South Pacific), Jessica Walter (Play Misty for Me), Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now), Barbara Feldon (TV’s Get Smart), David Soul (TV’s Starsky and Hutch), Bo Svenson (Heartbreak Ridge), Huntz Hall (The Bowery Boys), Daniel J. Travanti (TV’s Hill Street Blues), Marshall Thompson (It! The Terror from Beyond Space), Julie Sommars (TV’s Matlock), Pat Henning (On the Waterfront), Denise Nickerson (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory), John Castle (Blow-Up), Michael Conrad (TV’s Hill Street Blues), Aline Towne (The Invisible Monster), John Abbott (Gigi), Jon Cypher (TV’s Major Dad), Karen Steele (Marty), Andy Devine (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance), Wende Wagner (Rosemary’s Baby), Jean-Pierre Aumont (Day for Night), and Gloria DeHaven (Summer Stock).

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FIRST TIME ON
BLU-RAY!

US+CANADA
PREBOOK:        8/22/17
STREET:            8/29/17

FLIPPER SEASON 2        DVD     
CAT:                 OF1365
UPC:       887090136518
SRP:                 $34.95

FLIPPER SEASON 2        BD       
CAT:                 OF1366
UPC:       887090136617
SRP:                 $39.95
FLIPPER SEASON 2

BRIAN KELLY
(Around the World Under the Sea, TV’s Straightaway, TV’s 21 Beacon Street)
LUKE HALPIN
(Island of the Lost, Shock Waves, Nobody’s Perfekt)
TOMMY NORDEN
(Five Miles to Midnight, TV’s Search for Tomorrow, TV’s Naked City)

Flipper, created by Ricou Browning and Jack Cowden and shepherded to the small screen by Ivan Tors, the veteran producer of the TV classics Sea Hunt, Science Fiction Theatre and Daktari, featured one of the catchiest theme songs (written by William “By” Dunham and Henry Vars) ever composed for television.

YEAR: 1965-1966
GENRE: DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  780 mins
RATING: N/R
VIDEO: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; Color
AUDIO: MONO


No one you see, is smarter than he! They call him Flipper …

The classic TV series Flipper, starring Brian Kelly (Around the World Under the Sea) as Porter Ricks, Chief Warden and Park Ranger at Coral Key Park and Marine Preserve, comes to DVD and Blu-ray in a beautiful new presentation that captures the pristine aquatic Florida backdrop in all its glory. Ricks, along with his two young sons Sandy (Luke Halpin, Island of the Lost) and Bud (Tommy Norden, Five Miles to Midnight) share weekly adventures aided by Flipper, their friend and pet, a highly intellectual and daring dolphin adept at protecting the preserve and sleuthing out unsavory characters.

Throughout its three-season run (1964 through 1967), Flipper featured a galaxy of guest stars including Burt Reynolds (Shark), John Kerr (South Pacific), Jessica Walter (Play Misty for Me), Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now), Barbara Feldon (TV’s Get Smart), David Soul (TV’s Starsky and Hutch), Bo Svenson (Heartbreak Ridge), Huntz Hall (The Bowery Boys), Daniel J. Travanti (TV’s Hill Street Blues), Marshall Thompson (It! The Terror from Beyond Space), Julie Sommars (TV’s Matlock), Pat Henning (On the Waterfront), Denise Nickerson (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory), John Castle (Blow-Up), Michael Conrad (TV’s Hill Street Blues), Aline Towne (The Invisible Monster), John Abbott (Gigi), Jon Cypher (TV’s Major Dad), Karen Steele (Marty), Andy Devine (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance), Wende Wagner (Rosemary’s Baby), Jean-Pierre Aumont (Day for Night), and Gloria DeHaven (Summer Stock).

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US+CANADA
PREBOOK:        8/22/17
STREET:            8/29/17

THE STRANGER DVD
CAT:                 OF1367
UPC:       887090136716
SRP:                 $19.95

THE STRANGER BD       
CAT:                 OF1368
UPC:       887090136815
SRP:                 $29.95
THE STRANGER
ORSON WELLES
(Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil, Chimes at Midnight)
LORETTA YOUNG
(The Bishop’s Wife, Come to the Stable, The Farmer’s Daughter)
EDWARD G. ROBINSON
(A Hole in the Head, Key Largo, Double Indemnity)
RICHARD LONG
(The Dark Mirror, House on Haunted Hill, TV’s The Big Valley)

Directed by
ORSON WELLES
(Citizen Kane, Macbeth, Touch of Evil)

Academy Award winner Orson Welles (Best Screenplay, Citizen Kane) directs and stars in the thought-provoking noir The Stranger. Starring alongside Welles are Loretta Young (Academy Award winner for Best Actress, The Farmer’s Daughter – 1948) and Edward G. Robinson (Double Indemnity) in a film photographed by Academy Award winning cinematographer Russell Metty (Spartacus – 1961) from a story by Victor Trivas (Academy Award nominee for Best Writing, Original Story – 1947).


YEAR: 1946
GENRE: DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (optional English subtitles)
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 95 mins
RATING: N/R
VIDEO:  1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; B&W
AUDIO: MONO

EXTRAS
New audio commentary by Nora Fiore
“The Stranger: Murderers Among Us” – essay by Dr. Jennifer Lynde Barker


The Stranger, Orson Welles’ fourth outing as director, is a tautly paced noir that features Welles as Franz Kindler, a Nazi on the run who, posing as Professor Charles Rankin, insinuates himself into the town of Harper, Connecticut. Unbeknownst to Mary Longstreet (Loretta Young, The Bishop’s Wife), now married to Kindler, her husband’s past is quickly catching up with him when Mr. Wilson of the United Nations War Crimes Commission (embodied by Key Largo’s Edward G. Robinson) closes in on the sleepy hamlet.

The Stranger stands the test of time with its use of noir tropes, Russell Metty’s (Touch of Evil) chiaroscuro black & white photography and the bold decision to incorporate footage of actual Nazi atrocities into its plot to moving effect. With this striking new edition of The Stranger, Welles fans and film aficionados alike will fall under its spell.

The Stranger, directed by and starring Orson Welles (Citizen Kane) from a screenplay by Anthony Veiller, adapted by Victor Trivas (Academy Award nominee for Best Writing, Original Story, The Stranger - 1947) and Decla Dunning from a story by Trivas with uncredited contributions by Welles and John Huston, features supporting performances by Richard Long (The Dark Mirror), Philip Merivale (Mr. & Mrs. Smith), Konstantin Shayne (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) and Byron Keith (Journey Into Light).

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US+CANADA
PREBOOK:       8/22/17
STREET:          8/29/17

THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU        DVD   
CAT:                 OF1371
UPC:       887090137119
SRP:                 $19.95
THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU
BURT LANCASTER
(Elmer Gantry, Atlantic City, 1900)
MICHAEL YORK
(Cabaret, The Three Musketeers, Logan’s Run)
BARBARA CARRERA
(Embryo, Lone Wolf McQuade, Never Say Never Again)
RICHARD BASEHART
(TV’s Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Moby Dick, La Strada)
NIGEL DAVENPORT
(Phase IV, Chariots of Fire, A Man for All Seasons)

Directed by
DON TAYLOR
(Damien: Omen II, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, The Final Countdown)

With a total of four Academy Award nominations under his belt for Best Actor (including a win for his performance as Elmer Gantry – 1961), Burt Lancaster stars as the twisted genius Dr. Paul Moreau in The Island of Dr. Moreau, based on the novel by H.G. Wells.
 

YEAR: 1977
GENRE: HORROR
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 99 mins
RATING: PG
VIDEO:  1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO

EXTRAS
New audio commentary with Jeff Belanger and Dr. Dreck
“The Island of Doctor Moreau as Theological Grotesque” – essay by Gorman Beauchamp

The Island of Dr. Moreau, based on the H.G. Wells novel, stars Academy Award winner Burt Lancaster (Best Actor, Elmer Gantry – 1961) as the titular doctor in this screen adaptation that also features Michael York (Cabaret) and Barbara Carrera (Never Say Never Again).

Following a shipwreck, crewman Andrew Braddock (York) washes up on a mysterious island ruled by the seemingly benevolent Dr. Moreau (Lancaster). Braddock will learn that this “man of science” has been testing a serum on the island animals which is able to transform them into near-human beings.  As the deranged doctor slips ever closer to insanity, Braddock’s plans to escape the island along with Maria (Carrera), another of the doctor’s guests, is thwarted at every turn. Has Braddock’s discovery come too late? And at what cost?

Rounding out the cast in this top-notch horror film are Nigel Davenport (Phase IV) as Montgomery, Dr. Moreau’s right-hand man, and Richard Basehart (TV’s Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) as the island’s Sayer of the Law.

The Island of Dr. Moreau, directed by Don Taylor (Damien: Omen II) from a screenplay by Al Ramrus and John Herman Shaner (based on the novel by H.G. Wells), is photographed by Gerry Fisher (Fedora, Don Giovanni) and features a score by Academy Award nominee Laurence Rosenthal (Becket – 1965, Man of La Mancha – 1973).

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FIRST TIME ON
DVD!

US+CANADA
PREBOOK:       8/22/17
STREET:          8/29/17

DRACULA IN VEGAS       DVD     
CAT:                 ME036
UPC:       887090703604
SRP:                 $19.95
DRACULA IN VEGAS
MAXIMILLIAN GRABINGER
APRIL LEIGH
FLORA MYERS (Death Nurse, Death Nurse 2, Criminally Insane 2)
SAM GARTNER

Directed by
NICK MILLARD (Death Nurse, Death Nurse 2, Cemetery Sisters)

Cemetery Sisters director Nick Millard returns to fertile ground with the coming-of-age vampire comedy Dracula in Vegas.


YEAR: 1999
GENRE: HORROR
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 62 mins
RATING: N/R
VIDEO:  1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO

EXTRAS
Audio commentary with director Nick Millard, Irmi Millard, and Slasher // Video’s Jesus Terán
Interview with director Nick Millard and Producer Irmi Millard
Photo Gallery
Trailer


Dracula in Vegas … and necking will never be the same.

It’s Auf wiedersehen, Germany. Hello, Las Vegas when young vampire Max (Munich’s very own Maximillian Grabinger) makes the University of Nevada his college of choice. Not only does the school offer great academic corpses, er, courses, the campus is teeming with beautiful young ladies and an ample blood supply.

But when Max falls for gorgeous coed Christine, his love for her and a desire to settle down comes under the scrutiny of his parents, nosferatu with a more traditional vampire ethos. Maybe Max’s Uncle Felonious, a director of “art” films (who espouses the cinematic philosophies of Hitchcock and Rossellini) will put him on the straight and narrow.

But don’t be fooled: Dracula in Vegas is not a bleak, Bergmanesque view of the undead. It offers thrills & chills, and laughs & gasps in equal measure, along with some awesome fang work.

Dracula in Vegas, the vampire film with bite, is written and directed by Nick Millard (Cemetery Sisters) and produced by Flora Myers (aka Frances Millard).

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SPIRITS OF THE SOMME        DVD          
CAT:                 OF1364
UPC:       887090136419
SRP:                 $14.95

SPIRITS OF THE SOMME
Directed by
BOB CARRUTHERS


YEAR: 2012
GENRE: DOCUMENTARY
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  52 mins
RATING: N/R
VIDEO: 1.78:1 and 1.33 Aspect Ratios; COLOR and B&W
AUDIO: MONO


The first day on the Somme, one of the darkest periods of World War I, is chronicled in the emotionally charged documentary Spirits of the Somme. Bob Carruthers, the Emmy Award winning writer of Dinosaurs Myths & Reality (1995), explores the battle that left 60,000 British casualties in its wake on the fields of Somme in France on July 1, 1916. Utilizing rare footage and archival photographs to tell its story, Spirits of the Somme is a gripping tale of the British, French and German soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the Great War and the monumental efforts made by archivists, historians and the public alike to ensure that this piece of history is not forgotten.

Spirits of the Somme, produced and directed by Bob Carruthers, features on-camera commentary by Jeremy Banning, Peter Barton and Simon Jones of La Boisselle Study Group and Richard Dunning, Custodian of Lochnagar Crater, and is edited by Paula Badham with Clare Gambold and Gwilym Davies serving as executive producers.


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HOLY CELEBRATION BATMAN! Walla Walla to Honor Actor and Favorite Son ADAM WEST!



HOLY CELEBRATION BATMAN! WALLA WALLA TO HONOR ACTOR AND FAVORITE SON ADAM WEST WITH DAY OF FESTIVITIES ON SEPT. 19

‘Adam West Day’ includes screening of West documentary, Bat Signal lighting, Q&A panels, music, food, and more


(WALLA WALLA, Wash.) — Quick, to Walla Walla to honor legendary actor Adam West. Walla Walla is celebrating the life of its favorite son on Tuesday, Sept. 19 — known the world over as Batman and later the voice of Mayor Adam West on the show The Family Guy — in a way that only West’s hometown can.

Held on West’s birthday, as proclaimed in June by the City of Walla Walla, “Adam West Day” will include a day full of festivities. The event includes a showing of West documentary “Starring Adam West”, a Q&A panel, music, food, contests, an official lighting of the Bat Signal, activities for kids, and much more.

Adam West died on June 9 in Los Angeles, but his Walla Walla roots run deep. He was born in 1928 in Walla Walla as William West Anderson. He grew up in what was then a tiny southeastern Washington farming community, before moving to Seattle at age 15. After graduating from high school, though, he returned to Walla Walla and graduated from Whitman College.


In 1959, he changed his name to Adam West and began his acting career, famously portraying Batman in the 1960s television version of the comic book hero. Though he moved away from Walla Walla, he returned frequently throughout his life. And it seems most every longtime Walla Walla resident has a personal Adam West story to share.

“Adam West is beloved in Walla Walla like few others, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that he was Walla Walla’s favorite son,” said Ron Williams, executive director of Visit Walla Walla. “So it is only natural for the entire community to honor his life together. And in a way that befits the moniker, ‘The town so nice they named it twice,’ Walla Walla is inviting his fans from near and far to come join us in the celebration.”

Walla Walla, the unofficial capital of Washington wine country with more than 120 wineries, knows how to throw a party. The Adam West Day events include:

--Q&A panel at The Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center in downtown Walla Walla with Ruben Procopio, an American animation and comic book artist, animator, and sculptor, who West once called his personal sculptor.
--A showing of the documentary “Starring Adam West” at the Gesa Power House Theatre in downtown Walla Walla.
--Official lighting of the Bat Signal in the evening.
--Live music and kids activities in the downtown Walla Walla Plaza.
--The Adam West Experience, a joint effort of downtown Walla Walla businesses. Each
participating  business will display a bat sticker that indicates its     involvement, which could     include a special, a giveaway, or a drink or food item named in West’s honor. An award will be given to the three downtown   businesses wit the best decorations.

“This is a community joining together to honor someone who they love and that the residents of this city are quite proud of,” said Jonathan Grant, front office manager at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center and a co-organizer of the event.  “Frankly, it is something we should have done years ago, but I am excited that we are doing it now.”


All net proceeds from the event will be donated to Camp Rainbow, a camp based in Idaho for children who are either cancer survivors or are undergoing treatment for blood-related cancer diseases. West was a supporter of the camp.

For more information on planning a trip to Walla Walla, go to visitwallawalla.com. For more details on Adam West Day, visit www.adamwestday.com.

About Walla Walla:
As the unofficial capital of Washington wine country, Walla Walla is home to more than 120 wineries, a nationally recognized culinary scene, access to an abundance of outdoor recreation, and an arts & entertainment scene that rivals cities many times its size. This community of just over 30,000 residents is known for many things, including its friendliness and hospitality, the quality of its wine, and of course the famous Walla Walla Sweet Onion. An easy and scenic four-hour drive from Seattle, Portland, or Boise, Walla Walla can also be accessed via Alaska Airlines daily non-stop flights from Seattle. For more information and to begin planning a trip to Walla Walla, visit www.visitwallawalla.com.

Read our review of BATMAN: THE MOVIE


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Monday, August 14, 2017

ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON -- DVD Review by Porfle



Finally, a comedy show that was ALL comedy.  No out of character chit-chat, no maudlin songs, no fake sincerity--just wall-to-wall silliness that kept going right through the closing credits and beyond.  Joke followed gag followed blackout followed non sequitur, with absolutely no qualms about coming off as supremely silly.  As a kid, I felt as though the show had been designed specifically with me in mind.

The format would start to get tired and a bit worn out as time went on, but in 1968, during the groundbreaking, trailblazing ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (Time-Life, 4-disc DVD), it seemed like a totally fresh, endlessly inventive comedy powerhouse.

Dan Rowan, the cigarette-puffing straight man who looked like he should always have a bourbon on the rocks in his hand, and Dick Martin, the wisecracking "funny" one who seemed to have already had a few, were like dinner-theater comics who'd stepped into their own network comedy show by surprise and decided to have the time of their lives.


The cast were an eclectic bunch of crazies who would almost all become household names--Jo Anne Worley, Arte Johnson, Ruth Buzzi, "Get Smart" star Barbara Feldon, Henry Gibson, Eileen Brennan, Larry Hovis, announcer Gary Owens, and "sock it to me" girl Judy Carne.  The show's biggest star, Goldie Hawn, would enter the scene in the third episode and become the show's reigning dumb blonde.

The jokes came fast and furious, practically piling up on each other, much of them silly sight gags and wordplay.  Weekly features included "The Party", "News of the Past, Present, and Future", "Sock It To Me" Time, "The Joke Wall", "It's a Mod, Mod World", and "Potpourri."  All were just excuses for more comic madness. 

And despite the show's counterculture vibe, much of it is actually your standard "old fogey"-type comedy with a veneer of feigned "hip"-ness--a weird mixture to be sure.  But it seemed fresh and rebellious at the time because it was so different from the usual straightlaced variety shows (such as Carol Burnett's over on CBS).


The "Party" sequences play like Hugh Hefner's "Playboy After Dark"--complete with middle-aged swingers awkwardly dressed in mod clothes--but packed with oodles of groan-worthy one-liners ("My brother's a Quaker--some of his best Jews are friends", "I wanted a nose job, but my husband said it would be like putting a new luggage rack on a 1953 De Soto.")

The jokes cover previously taboo subjects such as birth control, marijuana, race, and various kinds of sex, with the censors seemingly letting them get away with a lot more than usual.  But this was back before everyone was so easily triggered and being politically incorrect was an act of social rebellion by the counter-culture against the "establishment."

Weekly guest stars doing their bit(s) included Flip Wilson, Harry Belafonte, Milton Berle, Johnny Carson, Cher, Tim Conway, Sammy Davis Jr., Sally Field, Jerry Lewis, Muriel Landers, Kaye Ballard, Sheldon Leonard, Tommy Smothers, and even John Wayne.  The infamous ukulele-playing folk singer Tiny Tim, who became a superstar because of the show, makes three separate appearances.


The DVD set from Time-Life contains four discs with 14 remastered episodes.  Disc one's bonus features include a cast reunion, blooper reel, a new interview with creator and executive-producer George Schlatter, and the show's entire pilot episode.

ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON was a blast in its time and still comes through as fresh and funny, but with added nostalgia value.  It's just as much a treat to watch now as it was back in 1968.

Buy it at Amazon.com

Street Date: September 5, 2017

CAST
Dan Rowan
Dick Martin
Pamela Austin
Ken Berry
Eileen Brennan
Ruth Buzzi
Judy Carne
Barbara Feldon
Henry Gibson
Goldie Hawn
Larry Hovis
Arte Johnson
Gary Owens
Jo Anne Worley

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Format: DVD/4 Discs
Running Time: 869 minutes
Genre:  TV DVD/Comedy
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: Stereo






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