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Friday, May 25, 2018

The Jekyll-to-Hyde Transformations (Barrymore, March, Tracy) (video)

The Jekyll-to-Hyde Transformations (Barrymore, March, Tracy)

"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (John Barrymore, 1920)
"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (Fredric March, 1932)
"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (Spencer Tracy, 1941)

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Truth Can Be Prescribed in "ALTERED PERCEPTION", a Psychological Thriller Starring Jon Huertas ("This is Us") and Jade Tailor ("The Magicians") On 6/5



Street Date: June 5, 2018
SRP: $14.99

Directly Following its Theatrical Release, Synkronized Films Releases Director Kate Reed Davies' Feature-Length Debut on DVD from Travis Romero, The Creator of USA Network's "White Collar" and Executive Producer Michael Biehn; Also Starring Jennifer Blanc and Matthew Ziff


Truth can be prescribed in ALTERED PERCEPTION, a taut thriller from Travis Romero, the creator the USA Network's "White Collar" and executive producer Michael Biehn.

When the government attempts to produce a designer drug aimed at correcting the false perceptions that people develop during trauma and stress, the implications are deadly. Advertised as a cure for socio-political tensions, four couples volunteer, but end up with far more than they bargained for as their past and present are examined while taking variations of the new drug.

However, this causes them to doubt their own memory, perceptions -- and even their own sanity in this thriller in the vein of Disturbing Behavior and The Faculty.

Jon Huertas ("This is Us," "Castle")
Jade Tailor ("The Magicians," "Murder in the First")
Jennifer Blanc (The Night Visitor, "Dark Angel")
Matthew Ziff (Trafficked, Kickboxer: Vengeance, Six Gun Savior)
Ehmrys Cooper (Nosferatu, Frank and Ava, "Vanity")
Nichola Fynn ("Transparent," "Hot in Cleveland")
Hallie Jordan ("Ladies Like Us," She Rises, The Girl)

Type: DVD
Running Time: 73 minutes
Genre: Thriller
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 Widescreen
Audio: 2.0 Dolby Digital

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Founded in 2000, SKD has distributed the work of some of the world's major directors and box office worthy movies. Synkronized boasts the independent content industry's preeminent end-to-end supply chain solution for physical and digital distribution. Synkronized is one of the only labels outside of the major studios to be exclusively distributed to the industry's largest physical content providers (Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Sam's Club) and is the leading independent supplier to digital platforms including iTunes, Netflix and all the VOD market. With a catalog of over 250 film titles and over 100 TV properties, Synkronized has deals for the ongoing distribution of film titles produced by clients including Paramount, Amazon, LionsGate, SND/M6, Warner bros., Netflix, Sony, Microsoft, among many others.

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Terror Films Unveils Twenty-Two Horror Titles on the Steam Platform


Placing 22 Horror Films on the Massive Gamer Platform!

Los Angeles, CA. (Thursday, May 24, 2018) As part of their ongoing effort to release diverse, indie horror films all over the globe while expanding consumer awareness of their content, genre distributor TERROR FILMS has placed 22 films from its library onto the popular gamer site STEAM.

STEAM is the largest digital distribution platform for PC gaming. In recent years, it has started to make movies available on their platform with the most notable content coming from LIONSGATE. LIONSGATE made over 100 films available on the platform in 2016.

Although Terror Films doesn’t have the same star power behind their films, company president Joe Dain believes that’s what makes the placement special. Dain said of the change: “this was a calculated move on our part. There is a natural, connective tissue between gamers and horror, science fiction and fantasy film fans.  We believe our films are interesting, entertaining and diverse enough to gain the attention of STEAM’s massive user base. It was an easy decision on our part as we continue to expand onto new platforms and territories around the world.”

As of early 2018, STEAM had over 150 million registered accounts with a peak of 18.5 million concurrent users.  Terror Films intends to launch a marketing effort to drive attention to their developer page on the platform. The STEAM slate of films can be found HERE.

This most recent move comes on the heels of the company’s Amazon Prime expansion, which now has the ability to release films directly onto the platform in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Austria, Belize, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and the UK.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Wildly Risque' 1933 Pre-Code Shower Scene: "Meet The Baron" (video)

Before the Motion Picture Production Code of 1930 became seriously enforced around 1934...

...movies were getting away with an awful lot of naughty stuff, like this frothy semi-nude shower scene from 1933's "Meet the Baron."

Also appearing in the film--fully clothed, thank goodness--were Ted Healy & His Stooges and Jimmy Durante.

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"THE SISTERS BROTHERS" With Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, Jake Gyllenhaal -- See the Official Trailer Here!

Brothers by blood. Sisters by name.

Written and directed by Jacques Audiard, stars Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Riz Ahmed

In Theaters Fall 2018

Based on Patrick Dewitt's acclaimed novel of the same name, follows two brothers - Eli and Charlie Sisters - who are hired to kill a prospector who has stolen from their boss.

The story, a genre-hybrid with comedic elements, takes place in Oregon in 1851. The film is Jacques Audiard's follow-up to his Palme D'Or Winning DHEEPAN, which premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.


Genre: Dark Comedy
Release: 2018
Director: Jacques Audiard
Writers: Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reill, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed        
Production Company: Why Not Productions
Distributor: Annapurna Pictures

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

7 Times John Wayne Got Killed In A Movie (video)

7 Times John Wayne Got Killed In A Movie


Reap the Wild Wind (1942)
Fighting Seabees (1944)
Wake of the Red Witch (1948)
Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
The Alamo (1960)
The Cowboys (1972)
The Shootist (1976)

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

SHOCKING DARK -- Blu-ray Review by Porfle

"So bad it's good" has a new name, and that name is SHOCKING DARK (Severin Films, 1989), a mind-rotting Italian sci-fi/horror fever dream from director Bruno Mattei and writers Claudio Fragasso and his wife Rossella Drudi.

As Drudi admits in an interview included on the Blu-ray, she and Claudio were hired to pen a direct rip-off of James Cameron's ALIENS and TERMINATOR, which would be released to theaters in time to cash in on Cameron's own upcoming TERMINATOR 2 (in some countries, they even used the same title along with copycat posters).

The main difference here, besides the rock-bottom budget, is that Mattei's film is set in scenic Venice as well as a genuine nuclear power plant, complete with control room, endless hallways, and massive machinery surrounded by walkways.  It's a goldmine of found locations that add immeasurably to the production values. 

Not that this makes SHOCKING DARK look like a lavish or even competent effort. The film is laughably bad from start to finish, with subpar performances and some really poor dialogue (some of which is lifted right out of ALIENS), and the big, scaly creatures that menace our heroes aren't far removed from the ones that stalked THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH.

And yet these very qualities are what make it such an involving experience.  The story is about a future Venice that's so polluted it's uninhabitable, and a research company called Tubular that's working to solve the problem when something goes terribly wrong (something involving monsters, that is) and all contact with them is lost.

Enter this movie's version of Cameron's colonial marines to venture into Tubular's vast underground system of corridors, laboratories, etc. and try to sort things out along with a brainy civilian, Dr. Sara Drumbull (Haven Tyler), who will be our official equivalent of Ripley.

Part of the fun of SHOCKING DARK is spotting all the other equivalents, such as the female marine who reminds us of Vasquez, other soldiers who remind us of other ALIENS characters, and the Newt-like little girl Samantha who latches onto Sara (even though the actress playing her appears to be far past adolescence).

Last but not least, there's the member of the group who is secretly a robot (or "replicant") and will eventually stalk Sara and Samantha through the compound like a Terminator as the familiar countdown to self-destruct ticks away. 

Whole scenes are copied, as when Samantha asks Sara, "Why do monsters exist?" during an intimate moment, right before they get locked in a lab with two of the slimy buggers while the traitor in the group turns off their surveillance camera.  Earlier, victims of the initial attack are, as you might guess, found cocooned.

Things don't really take off until the final third when all the stalking and counting down to self-destruct begin.  As a recorded voice reels off the elapsing seconds, Sara chugs through a series of Ellen Ripley/Sarah Connor moments until finally there's a rather unexpected time travel finale involving the one and only set built specifically for the movie. 
SHOCKING DARK is one of those movies that's sort of beyond criticism since the worse it is, the more fun I have watching it.  It's sincerely, almost creatively bad.  The filmmakers set out to entertain, and in their own colorful, flamboyantly inept, and wholly inadvertent way, they pretty much did just that.

Buy it at Severin Films

Special Features:
Terminator in Venice – An Interview with Co-Director / Co-Screenwriters Claudio Fragasso and Co-Screenwriter Rossella Drudi
Once Upon A Time in Italy – An Interview With Actress Geretta Geretta
Alternate Italian Titles


Most Violent Three Stooges Comedy Ever? ("They Stooge to Conga", 1943) (video)

Is "They Stooge To Conga" (1943) the most violent Three Stooges comedy ever?

Many believe this raucous comedy short contains the most concentrated amount of pure, over-the-top physical mayhem of any Stooges film...

...including the notorious "climbing spike" scene.

You be the judge!

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"EARLY MAN" - Now Available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital! See Trailer and Pics Here

Star-Studded Animated Comedy for the Entire Family!


The Hilarious Tale Rolls onto Digital on May 15 and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on May 22 from Lionsgate®

SANTA MONICA, CA (April 17, 2018) – Meet the team that rocked the Stone Age when Early Man arrives on Digital May 15 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand on May 22 from Lionsgate. From Aardman, the award-winning tribe that brought you Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run, and Shaun the Sheep Movie, this prehistoric romp tells the epic story of Dug the caveman and his goofy friends who challenge invaders to a game of soccer in order to win back their home.

Perfect for the young and young-at-heart alike, the cheerful tale told in charming, well-crafted claymation is Certified Fresh™ on Rotten Tomatoes and is full of “abundant delights” (Ella Taylor, NPR). Starring in the film are Oscar®-winner Eddie Redmayne (Best Actor, The Theory of Everything, 2014; Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Tom Hiddleston (Thor: Ragnarok, Kong: Skull Island), Maisie Williams (TV’s “Game of Thrones”), as well as Timothy Spall (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Harry Potter Franchise).

Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures roamed the Earth, Early Man tells the story of courageous caveman hero Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his best friend, Hognob, as they unite their tribe against a mighty enemy — Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age City — to save their home.

The animated world of Early Man has extensive special features including never-before-seen featurettes that reveal the love, passion, hard work, and magic that goes into creating an Aardman Studios animated film. Early Man will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $29.99, respectively.

⦁ “Before the Beginning of Time: Creating Early Man” Featurette
⦁ “Nick Park: Massaging the Funny” Featurette
⦁ “The Valley Meets the Bronze” Featurette
⦁ “Hanging at Aardman Studios: A Workshop Exploration” Featurette


Instagram: @earlymanmovie
Twitter: @earlymanmovie

Year of Production: 2017
Title Copyright: Early Man © 2018 Studiocanal S.A.S. and The British Film Institute. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2018 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: PG for Rude Humor and Some Action
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
Feature Run Time: 89 minutes
BD Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 Widescreen 2.39:1 Presentation
DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen 1.85:1 Presentation
BD Audio: English Dolby Atmos, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, English Descriptive Audio 
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, English Descriptive Audio

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Monday, May 21, 2018

THE GREAT SILENCE -- Blu-ray Review by Porfle

In 1968, the same year Italian director Sergio Leone unleashed his western masterpiece ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, his compatriot Sergio Corbucci (DJANGO, NAVAJO JOE) gave us this very different take on the usual "spaghetti western"--THE GREAT SILENCE, aka "Il grande silenzio" (Film Movement Classics).

It's a fascinating change of pace from the usual lurid, bombastic entries in the genre with sweaty men fighting and dying amidst much sound and fury in the blazing heat of the desert.  Corbucci's film takes place in a snowbound setting with dark figures riding their horses over plains of stark white or walking down the streets of a town glazed with frost.

Like the setting, everything's muted in this film, including its hero, The Great Silence (French actor Jean-Louis Trintignant, ...AND GOD CREATED WOMAN, Z, IS PARIS BURNING?).  His backstory, seen in familiar flashback form, tells of him having his throat cut as a child by the same bounty hunters who just killed his parents as his father was surrendering to them. 

Silence, with his rapid-fire automatic pistol (the story takes place near the turn of the 20th century), is a hero who's also atypical in that, in addition to having deep feelings, he isn't the stoic, emotionally distant figure we see in Clint Eastwood's self-centered mercenary. In fact, he's a bit of a white knight, avenging women whose men have been murdered by bounty hunters. (Although he's not above charging a fee for his services.)

This time, in another departure from Leone, all of the bounty hunters in the story--namely, sadistic thrill-killer Loco (Klaus Kinski, FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE) and his motley cohorts--are the bad guys, preying upon a haggard group of outlaws hiding out in the mountains until word of their amnesty comes through from the government. 

Some decide to give themselves up and are picked off, while the rest will eventually be lured to town only to fall into the bounty hunters' ambush.  It's here, with Silence going up against Loco and his crew as they hold their captives hostage in the saloon, that the film's shocking finale will take place.

But before that, Corbucci lingers upon Silence's increasingly fond relationship with the beautiful widow Pauline (Vonetta McGee) after she pleads with him to avenge her husband's murder by Loco.  Their scenes are thoughtful, contemplative--a respite from the bursts of bloody violence that erupt from time to time.

We also follow the tale of seriocomic sheriff Gideon Burnett, played by Frank Wolff (the ill-fated "Brett McBain" in ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST) who is tasked by the governor to solve the bounty hunter problem but finds it quite a handful.  How Loco manages to outwit him as he's being transported in chains to the nearest prison is almost enough for him to earn a smidgeon of our admiration.

More than anyone else, this is Klaus Kinski's film.  In the cheerfully vile Loco he gives us a delightfully low-key villain, and deftly underplays the role.  Loco never heard of "dead or alive"--his pleasure is in luring errant felons into surrendering and then gunning them down with great satisfaction. 

This tendency will reach its peak in the film's final sequence, which suddenly turns into a bloodbath as the story ends on an incredibly nihilistic note.  I was floored by it, and left unsure how I felt about the movie as a whole as the final music of Ennio Morricone's haunting score began to swell.  And I don't know if that's a bad thing or a good thing.

Corbucci filmed two alternate endings (included in the Blu-ray extras), one of which is exactly how I wanted the film to end.  But regardless of all that, THE GREAT SILENCE is a haunting, beautifully-rendered, and very offbeat western that should stay with you for some time after experiencing it. 

Buy it at Film Movement Classics

Tech Specs:
New 2K digital restoration
1.85:1 widescreen
Italian and English soundtracks, English subtitles

"Cox on Corbucci"--Alex Cox pays tribute to the maestro
"Western, Italian Style"--1968 documentary on the Italian film industry, western style
Two alternate endings
Illustrated booklet with the essay, "Ending the Silence" by Simon Abrams
Original and new trailers


Best Female Fistfight Ever? "SWAMP WOMEN" (1956) (video)

Best Female Fistfight Ever?

You be the judge.  In any case, it's ONE of the best ones ever.

With Beverly Garland, Marie Windsor, and Mike "Touch" Connors

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"SCARFACE" Returns to Theaters for Special 35th Anniversary Celebration feat. Tribeca Film Festival Reunion Talk


The Cult-Classic Will Return to Theatres Nationwide With Special Screening of Tribeca Film Festival Talk Featuring Brian DePalma, Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Steven Bauer

New York, N.Y., May 21, 2018 – Universal Pictures, Screenvision Media, a national leader in cinema advertising, and Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, announced today the return of Scarface to movie theatres nationwide, in celebration of its 35th anniversary. Additionally, film fans outside of New York will have the chance to participate in a Tribeca Film Festival retrospective event on the big screen for the first time ever.

As part of the 35th anniversary celebrations, moviegoers are invited to watch the cult classic film followed by the Tribeca Film Festival post screening conversation, during which Scarface director Brian De Palma, along with actors Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Steven Bauer reunited to discuss the film and its lasting impact. Screenings will take place at select theatres in top cites nationwide such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Dallas on June 10, 11, and 13.

“Scarface is a timeless film that has influenced pop culture in so many ways over the last 35 years. We’re thrilled to partner with Universal Pictures and Tribeca Film Festival to bring it back to the big screen in celebration of its anniversary,” said Darryl Schaffer, executive vice president of operations and exhibitor relations, Screenvision Media. “The Tribeca Film Festival talk was an important commemoration of the film. We’re excited to extend it to the big screen and provide fans a behind-the-scenes insight into what production was like in the 1980s.”

Brian De Palma’s modernization of Howard Hawks’ 1932 classic Scarface is a somber consideration for the humanizing motives of evil men. The film received three Golden Globe nominations and remains one of the most referenced films in pop culture. Al Pacino helped garner a huge cult following for the film after delivering one of his riskiest performance in this career-defining role.

“Tribeca has a rich history of producing legendary reunion events. We are thrilled to be able to replicate the Festival experience with audiences across the country. Our gratitude to Screenvision and Universal,” said Paula Weinstein, EVP, Tribeca Enterprises. “Scarface has had a strong influence on popular culture and reuniting the cast for the 35th anniversary was an evening not to forget.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

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