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Top 11 Cinematic Experiments Gone Wrong

27 November 2012 1:53 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions." Truer words were never spoken. So when someone decides to construct a body from cadaver parts and reanimate it with a lightning bolt, or surgically connect three people with one gastroenterological tract, they always hope for the best. Unfortunately, that's not usually the result.

Which leads us to our latest list of the best and the brightest. In honor of the DVD/Blu-ray release of The Apparition on November 27th, we bring out our list of Top 11 films featuring Experiments Gone Wrong.

As always, we've got to give a shout out to a few honorable mentions. Who would think that things would go wrong with keeping a cryogenically frozen Jason Voorhees, as in Jason X? Surprisingly, things went bad there. The splicing of DNA from different animals sounds like a brilliant idea, no? Splice proved that was a wonky idea as well. »

- Doctor Gash

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Why A Sequel To Casablanca Is So Wrong

13 November 2012 4:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Every now and then the idea of a sequel to Casablanca rears its ugly head. Like every other seemingly sacred cow in Hollywood, it is susceptible to bottom-line thinking, regardless of how treasured a product it might be. It is still a product and products are there to be re-packaged, re-sold, exploited and so forth.

I remember when Titanic came out, there was so much speculation as to how a sequel might be spun out despite the film being (unusually) crafted so as to make such a thing all but unworkable. What about Rose starting a new life in the Us but being haunted by Jack’s ghost? In the end, Hollywood just ate itself in the usual way, taking the “love triangle plays out against epic historical backdrop” idea and giving us *shudder* Pearl Harbo(u)r.

So what of Casablanca? Is it untouchable? There was a TV series »

- Dave Roper

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Review: "Lawrence Of Arabia" Restored On Blu-ray

13 November 2012 3:15 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

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Epic Grandeur Captured In Blu-ray Gift Set

By Raymond Benson

It’s probably the quintessential motion picture epic. If you’re looking for an intimate story told on a grand scale, an adventure set in an exotic location and against the backdrop of significant historical events, and an engrossing portrait of an important First World War figure… seek no further. Lawrence of Arabia has it all. This 1962 roadshow attraction from arguably Britain’s greatest director, David Lean, Lawrence is simply a magnificent achievement—both technically and artistically. With star power such as Peter O’Toole (in his first major role), Omar Sharif, Anthony Quinn, Alec Guinness, Claude Rains, Jack Hawkins, and Jose Ferrer, and a master cinematographer such as Freddie Young, Lawrence of Arabia is not only gorgeous to look at, it is dramatically compelling.

O’Toole states that on the first day of shooting, Lean told him, “We »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Homophobe Much? What’s With All The Effeminate, Fey (And Often Blonde) Villains In Hollywood?

8 November 2012 9:01 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Effeminate, campy, queenish villains in Hollywood aren't exactly a new thing. Examples go as far back as say, Claude Rains' bad guy in "The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1938), Peter Lorre as the delicate Mr. Cairo in “The Maltese Falcon” (his business cards are gardenia-scented for crying out loud), Conrad Veidt as the SS villain in “Casablanca,” Charles Laughton in “Mutiny on the Bounty” (1935), and can be these types can be found in plenty of eras (Vernon Wells as the leathery, Pillsbury Doughboy-esque villain in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s "Commando" is sort of known as the plump Freddie Mercury of action movie villains). But as of late, this trend, the fey, not-so-ambiguously gay villain (often with bleached blonde hair for some reason) seems to be coming back with a vengeance in modern cinema. While we're not completely omg offended per se -- we're not so politically correct to assume we can tell. »

- The Playlist Staff

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Check Out Our Review and Image Gallery for Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection on Blu-Ray

6 November 2012 1:31 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

One thing we always make time for here at Dread Central is honoring the masters, and we wanted to take a moment to point out our recent review of Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection on Blu-ray along with the overflowing image gallery Universal provided to us as a supplement.

Click Here to read our review of Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection (as you can imagine, it earned pretty high marks), and enjoy perusing the exclusive photos below.

From the Prior Press Release:

Digitally restored from high resolution film elements in perfect high-definition picture and perfect high-definition sound for the first time ever, Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection brings together the very best of Universal’s legendary monsters—imaginative and technically groundbreaking tales of terror that launched a uniquely American movie genre. This definitive collection features eight films on Blu-ray, a collectible 48-page book featuring behind-the-scenes photographs, original posters, »

- The Woman In Black

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Say It Isn't So -- A "Casablanca" Sequel?

5 November 2012 10:01 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

We all love "Casablanca!" It's one of those classic movies that has become a part of our longstanding American pop culture. We all know the lines from the film ("Play it once, Sam"), the immortal song "As Time Goes By," and the undying love between Rick (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman).

But apparently, WB is mulling a sequel to the classic. This was not the first time the studio wanted a sequel to "Casablanca." According to IndieWire, after winning Best Picture in 1943, WB wanted to create "Brazzaville" as a sequel with Rick as a secret police agent. But it never got past the treatment phase. When that failed, Rick reappeared on the TV series "Warner Bros. Presents" with Charles McGraw in the role. There was also "Passage to Marseilles" which put together Bogart, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Claude Rains but the impact was not as powerful as "Casablanca. »

- Manny

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Casablanca Sequel to Be Based on Howard Koch Treatment

5 November 2012 9:13 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In this day and age of remakes and sequels, hardly anything is sacred anymore, with classics such as Raging Bull and Scarface getting new versions. Today, we have word that Warner Bros. is considering moving ahead with a sequel to Casablanca, based on a treatment written more than 30 years ago by screenwriter Howard Koch.

Warner Bros. had originally planned to make a sequel entitled Brazzaville shortly after Casablanca's release, where it was revealed that Rick (Humphrey Bogart) and Captain Renault (Claude Rains) were actually secret Allied agents. The project never moved forward. Now, Peter Koch, the son of Casablanca writer Howard Koch, is working on a new version that centers on the child of Rick and Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), set 20 years after the original film. Here's what the producer had to say about this follow-up's story.

"After leaving Casablanca for America, Ilsa learned she was pregnant. She gave birth »

- MovieWeb

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Warner Bros. Possibly Interested In 'Casablanca' Sequel From Original Writer Howard Koch

5 November 2012 6:37 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If there is one movie that Warner Bros. prizes and loves above all others in their catalog, it's "Casablanca." The classic movie that even people who don't like classic movies adore, it has become an American cinematic institution, and a film that WB has re-re-re-re-released countless times on home video over the years. The film endures as one of the all time greats, so of course, that means sequels and followups have been tossed around for years. After winning Best Picture in 1943, the studio got a sequel going titled "Brazzaville," following Humphrey Bogart's Rick Blaine as an agent of the secret police, but it never got past the treatment by Frederic Stephani. Rick reappeared on the short lived TV series "Warner Bros. Presents" played by Charles McGraw, and then there was "Passage To Marseilles" which brought together Bogart, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre and Claude Rains for another exotic wartime story, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Rare High-Resolution Universal Monsters Photos

31 October 2012 3:00 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We want to wish all of our readers a Happy Halloween! As a special Halloween treat, we have nine high-resolution photos from some of our favorite classic horror films. Some of these photos you may be seeing for the first time and all of them are the highest resolution versions we’ve seen.

We want to give a big thanks to Universal for providing these photos and you can learn more about their recent Universal Classic Monsters Blu-ray release below:

“For the first time ever, eight of the most iconic cinematic masterpieces of the horror genre are available together on Blu-ray as Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection debuts on October 2, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Digitally restored from high resolution film elements in perfect high-definition picture and perfect high-definition sound for the first time ever, Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection brings together the very best of Universal’s »

- Jonathan James

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Mondo Goes 'Mummy,' 'Creature' and 'Invisible Man'

15 October 2012 11:25 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

All last week I was writing up articles after watching three of the classic Universal monster movies for the first time upon receiving the Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection on Blu-ray. The three were The Invisible Man (read that article here), The Phantom of the Opera (read that article here) and Creature from the Black Lagoon (read that article here). Ironically enough, and not at all related, Mondo has decided its next gallery show will involve the "Universal Monsters". The show will run from October 19 through November 10, featuring both prints and original works of art from dozens of world-renowned artists including Martin Ansin, Rick Baker, Jason Edmiston, Jc Richard, Drew Struzan, Ken Taylor, Kevin Tong and others and as a result, Mondo has released the first look at three of the posters including The Invisible Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon and Boris Karloff's The Mummy. I was »

- Brad Brevet

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Get a Sneak Peek at Francesco Francavilla’s ‘Invisible Man’ Poster For Mondo’s Universal Monsters Show

15 October 2012 9:30 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

How do show the world an invisible man? That was the challenge for James Whale when he directed an adaptation of H.G. Wells‘ story for Universal. It was also the challenge facing Francesco Francavilla, the comic book artist who has scored some acclaim for work on “Zorro,” “Black Panther: The Man Without Fear,” and various “Captain America” tales when he took the task of creating a new poster for the iconic flick. To be fair, he had some help from how Whale dressed up Claude Rains for the role, but the poster he’s crafted for the forthcoming Mondo gallery show dedicated to The Universal Monsters is still a thing of beauty. The show takes place on October 19th (running through November 10th), and will feature art from Rick Baker, Kevin Tong and more. Lucky for you, we have a sneak peek of Francavilla’s work: A little antique feeling with some modern comic flair. Not »

- Cole Abaius

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'Phantom' Thoughts

12 October 2012 12:34 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

After watching The Invisible Man for the first time as part of the recently released Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection on Blu-ray, I moved to The Phantom of the Opera last night. Prior to watching this 1943 version directed by Arthur Lubin and starring Claude Rains as the Phantom (aka Erique Claudin), I had only seen the 1925 silent version starring Lon Chaney, which I must say was far more disturbing and effective than I found this version. Awash in Technicolor and continually stalled by operatic breaks in the narrative, as lush as the colors may look on this restored Universal Blu-ray, I wasn't nearly as taken with it as I hoped I would be. I felt Claudin's transformation from innocent, 20-year veteran violinist of the Paris Opera to wronged musical composer to outcast and murderer was poorly developed and paced. His obsession with operatic soprano Christine Dubois (Susanna Foster) was »

- Brad Brevet

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'We'll begin with a reign of terror...'

9 October 2012 4:19 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Dracula, Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein and The Wolf Man, these four movies seem to be the four always thought of when someone says Universal's "Classic Monsters". I'd seen all four along with probably the fifth most thought of in these terms, The Mummy. Only last week, Universal released the amazon asin="B008FL8OTK" text="Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection" on Blu-ray and yesterday my copy finally arrived. Inside were three movies I had never seen -- The Invisible Man, The Phantom of the Opera and The Creature from the Black Lagoon -- and just because it was first chronologically, I began with The Invisible Man and wow, it's deliciously wicked. Certainly the film has aged, the effects are far more "obvious" than today's, but if you're realistic about these kinds of things, the effects today are no less obvious than those of 1933. A man can't turn invisible »

- Brad Brevet

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Blu-ray Review: Gorgeous Transfers, Hours of Bonus Material For ‘Universal Classic Monsters’

3 October 2012 1:16 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – It’s incredible to think about the influence of the wave of Universal monsters movies released by the studio in the ’30s and ’40s and recently collected in a gorgeous box set titled “Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection.” Sure, several of the iconic characters like Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Mummy had source material to draw from but it really is the way that the Universal films, their directors, and the actors cast in them brought them to life that really defined them. Are films like “Hotel Transylvania” working off Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley or Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff? However you answer that question, these are films that still resonate eighty years after their release and they’ve never been given a perfect collection like this one.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Every one of the eight films — 1931’s “Dracula,” 1931’s “Frankenstein,” 1932’s “The Mummy,” 1933’s “The Invisible Man,” 1935’s “The Bride of Frankenstein, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Blu-ray Review: Gorgeous Transfers, Hours of Bonus Material For ‘Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection’

3 October 2012 1:10 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – It’s incredible to think about the influence of the wave of Universal monsters movies released by the studio in the ’30s and ’40s and recently collected in a gorgeous box set titled “Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection.” Sure, several of the iconic characters like Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Mummy had source material to draw from but it really is the way that the Universal films, their directors, and the actors cast in them brought them to life that really defined them. Are films like “Hotel Transylvania” working off Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley or Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff? However you answer that question, these are films that still resonate eighty years after their release and they’ve never been given a perfect collection like this one.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Every one of the eight films — 1931’s “Dracula,” 1931’s “Frankenstein,” 1932’s “The Mummy,” 1933’s “The Invisible Man,” 1935’s “The Bride of Frankenstein, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Lawrence of Arabia returning to cinemas in 50th anniversary restoration

3 October 2012 12:53 PM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Reintroduced to the geek generation as the film Michael Fassbender's android character David was watching in Ridley Scott's Prometheus, Lawrence of Arabia is an undoubted classic. And now it's coming back to cinemas.

A 50th anniversary restoration of the film is being released in the UK on November 16. The movie will screen at the BFI Southbank, Empire Leicester Square and nationwide. A trailer is included below.

David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia won seven Oscars including 1962 best picture and best director, and four BAFTAs including best film.

It starred Peter O'Toole in the title role alongside Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif, Jose Ferrer, Claude Rains, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Quayle and Arthur Kennedy.

Official synopsis and background

One of the screen's grandest epics, this monumental story recounts the true life experiences of T.E. Lawrence, better known to the world as Lawrence of Arabia.

A young, idealistic British officer in Wwi, »

- David Bentley

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Trailer, Dracula restoration video from Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection on Blu-ray

3 October 2012 3:11 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Watch the trailer as well as a Dracula restoration video from the Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection which finds release on Blu-ray on October 2nd. This marks a first, gathering eight of the most iconic cinematic masterpieces of the horror genre are available together on Blu-ray, digitally restored from high resolution film elements in perfect high-definition picture and perfect high-definition sound. Featuring performances by legends of the horror genre, including Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains and Elsa Lanchester Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection brings together the very best of Universal’s legendary monsters—imaginative and technically groundbreaking tales of terror that launched a uniquely American movie genre. This definitive collection features eight films on Blu-ray »

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Trailer, Dracula restoration video from Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection on Blu-ray

3 October 2012 3:11 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Watch the trailer as well as a Dracula restoration video from the Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection which finds release on Blu-ray on October 2nd. This marks a first, gathering eight of the most iconic cinematic masterpieces of the horror genre are available together on Blu-ray, digitally restored from high resolution film elements in perfect high-definition picture and perfect high-definition sound. Featuring performances by legends of the horror genre, including Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains and Elsa Lanchester Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection brings together the very best of Universal’s legendary monsters—imaginative and technically groundbreaking tales of terror that launched a uniquely American movie genre. This definitive collection features eight films on Blu-ray »

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Trailer Debut for Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection on Blu-ray

2 October 2012 4:12 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Today's the day that Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection debuts on Blu-ray, and in honor of the occasion, Universal has released a trailer for the collection. See Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains, and Elsa Lanchester in the roles that made them famous!

From the Press Release:

Digitally restored from high resolution film elements in perfect high-definition picture and perfect high-definition sound for the first time ever, Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection brings together the very best of Universal’s legendary monsters—imaginative and technically groundbreaking tales of terror that launched a uniquely American movie genre. This definitive collection features eight films on Blu-ray, a collectible 48-page book featuring behind-the-scenes photographs, original posters, correspondence, and much more.

Each iconic film is accompanied by an array of bonus features that tell the fascinating story of its creation and history, including behind-the-scenes documentaries, filmmaker commentaries, interviews, storyboards, »

- The Woman In Black

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New Trailer for the Universal Classic Monsters Blu-ray Collection

2 October 2012 11:15 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

One of the biggest Blu-ray releases of the year is now available and Universal has shared a new trailer that shows off their updated classics. For those that missed our previous story, we’ve included details on the Universal Classic Monsters Blu-ray collection and another video that shows the restoration work done on Dracula:

For the first time ever, eight of the most iconic cinematic masterpieces of the horror genre are available together on Blu-ray as Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection debuts on October 2, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Digitally restored from high resolution film elements in perfect high-definition picture and perfect high-definition sound for the first time ever, Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection brings together the very best of Universal’s legendary monsters—imaginative and technically groundbreaking tales of terror that launched a uniquely American movie genre. This definitive collection features eight films on Blu-ray, a »

- Jonathan James

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