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The Hope of ‘Welcome to L.A.’ and the Restraint of ‘The Fourth War’

As an supplement to our Recommended Discs weekly feature, Peter Labuza regularly highlights notable recent home video releases with expanded reviews. See this week’s selections below.

Welcome to L.A. (Kino Lorber)

Alan Rudolph’s first major feature under the tutelage of his mentor and frequent collaborator Robert Altman demonstrates the filmmaker’s penchant for grooving interweaving narratives into intoxicating tones. Altman turned the City of Angels into a crashing melodramatic kaleidoscope in 1993’s Short Cuts, but Rudolph prefers jarring effects to come through more organic moments of minor gestures. Take the film’s opening shot: after establishing its cast of characters over the soulful tunes of Keith Carradine’s title song, Rudolph cuts to a shot looking up from the back of a cab, the palm trees barely visible over the cab’s leather seating. The camera pans over to Geraldine Chaplin’s ponderous face until she suddenly turns
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Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson | Review

Director: Robert Altman Writers: Arthur Kopit (play Indians), Alan Rudolph (screenplay), Robert Altman (screenplay) Starring: Paul Newman, Joel Grey, Kevin McCarthy, Harvey Keitel, Allan F. Nicholls, Geraldine Chaplin, John Considine, Robert DoQui, Denver Pyle, Frank Kaquitts, Will Sampson, Pat McCormick, Shelley Duvall, Burt Lancaster Thanks to Kino Lorber Studio Classics, there’s now an excuse to revisit a film you […]
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Fright At Home: September 10th’s DVD & Blu-ray Releases!

It’s Tuesday, so it’s time for the weekly rundown of what’s hitting stores with Fright At Home! This week may be one of the most important and jam packed as it’s filled with must-own cult obscurities & horror classics alike that deserve a spot in your collection. For better or worse, Friday The 13th: The Complete Collection Blu-ray set is finally out. It’s been met with quite a bit of controversy for many reasons (no Blu-ray 3D for Friday The 13th Part III: 3D, no unrated cut for Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday, missing extras, etc.), but for those just happy to just have the entire franchise collected in HD and housed all in one set, then this is for you. For those who feel burned once again by Paramount/Warner Bros, have no fear because the definitive documentary Crystal Lake Memories: The
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Chance to Check Out Heston Directing Self in 'Man" Remake

Charlton Heston movies: ‘A Man for All Seasons’ remake, ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’ (photo: Charlton Heston as Ben-Hur) (See previous post: “Charlton Heston: Moses Minus Staff Plus Chariot Equals Ben-Hur.”) I’ve yet to watch Irving Rapper’s melo Bad for Each Other (1954), co-starring the sultry Lizabeth Scott — always a good enough reason to check out any movie, regardless of plot or leading man. A major curiosity is the 1988 made-for-tv version of A Man for All Seasons, with Charlton Heston in the Oscar-winning Paul Scofield role (Sir Thomas More) and on Fred Zinnemann’s director’s chair. Vanessa Redgrave, who plays Thomas More’s wife in the TV movie (Wendy Hiller in the original) had a cameo as Anne Boleyn in the 1966 film. According to the IMDb, Robert Bolt, who wrote the Oscar-winning 1966 movie (and the original play), is credited for the 1988 version’s screenplay as well. Also of note,
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Scorpion Releasing to Bring Two Obscure Classics to DVD

  • Dread Central
While DVD companies like Anchor Bay and Blue Underground have slowed their output to a near crawl, we're happy to see some smaller guys picking up the slack and bringing some obscure genre stuff into the digital age. The folks at Scorpion Releasing have certainly got me excited for their upcoming releases!

On January 26, you'll be able to get your grubby little hands on Doctor Death: Seeker of Souls and Goodbye Gemini:

Meet the charming Doctor Death: Seeker of Souls from Scorpion Releasing! The flamboyant Dr. Death (John Considine), a 1,000-year-old man who has mastered the art of "selective reincarnation", promising to keep one's soul alive forever! The catch? He needs a fresh body to host it for you, and finding willing volunteers is an impossibility. When Fred's beloved wife dies, he refuses to believe she is gone forever. Dr. Death's loyal assistant, Tana (Florence Marly), offers a supernatural
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