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Black Sunday: Remastered Edition (1960) Lorber Films Blu-ray and DVD Available Now
One of director Mario Bava’s most acclaimed works, Black Sunday is a strikingly photographed “old dark castle” thriller revolving around witchcraft and possession. Barbara Steele (Piranha) gives a hypnotic performance as Katia, the unfortunate look-alike descendent of a witch who intends to possess her. This highly influential film, also shot by Bava, was the precursor to countless American and European gothic horrors. This is the uncut European print with a few extra minutes of footage, a different English track and Robert Nicolosi’s haunting original score. After years of ugly public domain releases, Black Sunday is finally being presented in its original aspect ratio with a high definition transfer struck from a pristine 35Mm archival print.
• Audio commentary by Tim Lucas (author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark).
• Original Bava theatrical trailers. »
- Bradley Harding
DVD Release Date: Sept. 25, 2012
Price: DVD $65.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
The original beautiful badass P.I.s — Kate Jackson (TV’s Scarecrow and Mrs. King), Jaclyn Smith (TV’s The District) and Farrah Fawcett (The Apostle) — return in Sony’s Charlie’s Angels: The Complete Series DVD set.
Containing 27 discs, the pack offers all episodes of the TV show’s five seasons, which ran from 1976 to 1981.
In the television series, Jackson, Smith and Fawcett play the original angels, but only Smith stayed for the show’s full run. When Fawcett left, Cheryl Ladd (TV’s Las Vegas) took over her spot, and when Jackson departed, her role was reinvented by Shelley Hack (Me, Myself and I) and then Tanya Roberts (That ’70s Show).
20th Century Home Entertainment continues to explore their library, releasing Blu-ray editions of popular and important films. Recently, two of Woody Allen’s best films were released and are worth a second look.
Allen as a comedian was a witty, smart writer and performer, coming from a literate line of humor that was in rapid decline by the 1960s. In some ways, he was the bridge between that era and today when men like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert carry the mantle. His early films were very funny and as a director, he was learning the ropes, figuring out what worked while entertaining the masses.
That culminated in Annie Hall, his 1977 serious comedy featuring his then-paramour Diane Keaton. The movie was a quantum leap in sophistication, partially from the smart script co-written with Marshall Brickman, but a most self-assured hand behind the camera. Allen shows a maturity as a filmmaker »
- Robert Greenberger
3 items from 2012
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