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Mario Bava’s Roy Colt And Winchester Jack – The Blu Review

Review by Roger Carpenter

It is arguable exactly when the first so-called spaghetti western was filmed (some critics go all the way back to 1943), but there isn’t much argument about when the genre was popularized, and that was with Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars, released in 1964 and quickly followed by even more commercial success with 1965’s For a Few Dollars More. Of all the Italian film genres, spaghetti westerns may have been the most popular worldwide, and literally hundreds were produced, spawning subgenres like Zapatas (political films that criticized imperialism), gunslingers (featuring bounty hunters), betrayal stories, tragic heroes, and even comedy westerns.

The height of the spaghetti western craze was 1968, with 1969 seeing a marked decrease in these types of films being produced. Even though the cycle lasted well into the 1970’s—and some of the best of the genre were produced during that time—the genre was
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Blu-ray Review: The Devil’S Honey (1986)

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Lucio Fulci, the master of the soft-core thriller, is back with… wait, what? Let’s start over, shall we? Lucio Fulci, the Italian maestro of the viscerally dangerous and compellingly disgusting, dips his toe into—for me, that is—uncharted waters with The Devil’s Honey (1986), a melodramatically erotic piece resurrected by Severin Films for a packed Blu-ray release. This is not your dad’s Fulci. (Unless he had a special drawer…)

Johnny (Stefano MadiaBody Count) is a successful saxophone player carrying out a torrid love affair with his girlfriend, Jessica (Blanca Marsillach – Flesh + Blood) when he is felled in a motorcycle accident. The doctor who performs the surgery, Wendell Simpson (Brett HalseyReturn of the Fly), botches it and Johnny dies. Jessica does not take the news well, kidnaps Wendell, and submits him to various humiliating violent and sexual acts while he’s tied up like a dog,
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Entertainment Education: 30 Stellar Film Schools in 2017

Variety picks 30 stellar academies in the U.S. and abroad:

Altos de Chavon Film School

Dominican Republic

The La Romana film school is a two-year program in audiovisual media, offering both theoretical and practical study in screenwriting, film production, animation techniques, digital post-production and design. The school integrates its other disciplines — fine art, fashion and visual communication — into the film studies program to provide a broader perspective of artistic and cultural images.

Boston University

Boston

Entering the second year of offering its pioneering Mfa in cinema and media production, Boston University’s Department of Film and Television at its College of Communication promotes a collaborative team approach focused on developing, prepping and shooting a thesis project, aimed at preparing students for the creative collaboration they will experience in the professional sphere.

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, Calif.

CalArts boasts a list of distinguished alumni, including Tim Burton, Brenda Chapman,
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I Want to Live!

It’s a powerful plea against the death penalty, but also an Oscar bid for a fiery actress. And don’t forget the cool jazz music score. On top of this Robert Wise adds a formerly- taboo sequence, a realistic depiction of an execution in the gas chamber. Of such things were gritty, hard-hitting reputations made.

I Want to Live!

Blu-ray

Twilight Time

1958 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 121 min. / Street Date November 15, 2016 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring Susan Hayward, Simon Oakland, Theodore Bikel, Virginia Vincent, Wesley Lau, Philip Coolidge.

Cinematography Lionel Lindon

Original Music Johnny Mandel

Written by Nelson Gidding, Don M. Mankiewicz

Produced by Walter Wanger (for Joseph Mankiewicz)

Directed by Robert Wise

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Robert Wise’s I Want to Live! from 1958 is a Can of Worms movie… start discussing its subject matter, and opinions immediately become a stumbling block. So I’ll
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July 12th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Cat In The Brain, Green Room

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We have a busy week of horror and sci-fi entertainment releases to look forward to, especially for those of you cult and indie horror fans out there. Grindhouse Releasing is bringing Lucio Fulci’s insane Cat in the Brain to Blu-ray, and the recent indie thriller Road Games is getting a release on July 12th as well, courtesy of Scream Factory. One of my personal favorites from 2016, Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room arrives on both formats this Tuesday via Lionsgate, and Synapse Films is releasing the recent Creepshow documentary Just Desserts.

Other notable Blu-ray and DVD releases for July 12th include Model Hunger, Slasher: Season One, 13 Cameras, the Steelbook edition of Blood and Black Lace, and Pop Art editions of The Birds, Psycho, and King Kong.

Cat in the Brain (Grindhouse Releasing, Blu/CD Combo)

The most Violent movie ever made! Acclaimed Italian horror maestro Lucio Fulci, director of Zombie and The Beyond,
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Grindhouse Releasing Announces Blu-ray Details & Theatrical Screenings of Lucio Fulci’s Cat In The Brain (1990)

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This summer, Grindhouse Releasing will unleash a three-disc Blu-ray of Cat in the Brain—directed by and starring Lucio Fulci—and they will also bring the horror film to cities nationwide with a theatrical re-release beginning in June and ending in August:

Press Release: Hollywood, Calif. — Grindhouse Releasing has set a July 12 street date for the new deluxe 3-disc Blu-ray edition of Lucio Fulci’s nightmare classic Cat In The Brain. The movie will be touring theaters all over the U.S. this summer, starting June 2.

Cat In The Brain is a psychological masterpiece in the tradition of such cinematic classics as Psycho, Strait-jacket, Eraserhead and Fellini’s 8 1/2. Acclaimed Italian horror maestro Lucio Fulci, director of Zombie and The Beyond, stars in this blood-soaked epic as a director being driven insane by his own movies. Fulci is thrust into an ultra-violent nightmare of death and depravity where murder and madness
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Gunman’s Walk, Land Raiders & A Man Called Sledge

Germany's Explosive Media company has a serious itch for American westerns, and they have a trio of new releases. One is a minor Hollywood classic with major graces, from the late 1950s. A second sees an American producer based in England filming in Italy with a rising international star, and for the third an established American star goes European  to stay in the game. The best thing for Yankee buyers? The discs are Region-free.

Gunman's Walk, Land Raiders, A Man Called Sledge Three Westerns from Explosive Media Blu-ray Separate Releases 1958-1970 / Color Starring Van Heflin, Tab Hunter; George Maharis, Telly Savalas; James Garner

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

The majority of American studios now choose not to market their libraries for digital disc, and license them out instead. Collectors unwilling to settle for whatever's on Netflix or concerned about the permanence of Cloud Cinema, find themselves increasingly tempted by discs from Europe,
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Review: "Twice Told Tales" (1963) Starring Vincent Price And Sebastian Cabot; Kino Lorber Blu-ray Special Edition

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By Hank Reineke

On the eve of the November 1963 release of Twice Told Tales, the British actor Sebastian Cabot would tell a reporter from the Copley News Service, “They’ve been after me to do more of the horror pictures with Vincent Price. I wouldn’t mind that a bit, though I must say I wouldn’t want to do them exclusively.” He intimated that he and his co-star had discussed a possible future pairing in “a light comedy” motion-picture. Alas, it was not to be; the two actors would not work together again. Cabot, of course, would soldier on and enjoy success as both a television personality and a recognizable voice-over actor. Following the passing of Boris Karloff in 1969, Vincent Price would reign as the big-screen’s uncontested “King of Horror.” Cabot’s estimation of Price as an actor “extremely adept” at light-comedy was incisive. Throughout his long and fabled career,
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Kino Lorber Announces Blu-ray / DVD of Twice-Told Tales, Starring Vincent Price

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Though he's perhaps best known for writing The Scarlet Letter, author Nathaniel Hawthorne also left his mark on the macabre, penning tales that can still be told to chilling effect around the campfire. Three of these stories made it onscreen in Sidney Salkow's 1963 anthology horror film, Twice-Told Tales. Not long after announcing they are bringing Burnt Offerings to Blu-ray and DVD this October, Kino Lorber has revealed they have another Halloween goodie up their sleeve, as they will also release Twice-Told Tales on Blu-ray and DVD before the flickering flames of jack-o'-lanterns cast shadows across your doorstep.

Via Facebook, Kino Lorber announced they will release Twice-Told Tales (1963) on Blu-ray and DVD with a brand new HD transfer this October.

Directed by Sidney Salkow, Twice-Told Tales stars Vincent Price, Sebastian Cabot, Brett Halsey, Beverly Garland, Richard Denning and Joyce Taylor. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on this release.
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[Home Invasion] New Blu-ray Releases For October 21, 2014

This week we don’t have as many new releases, but there’s still some great titles coming out. I’m particularly excited for the second Vincent Price Blu-ray collection which includes “House on Haunted Hill.” Who doesn’t love sassy billionaire playboy Vince Price? Here are your Blu-ray releases for Tuesday the 21st:

The Vincent Price Collection II. United States. The Last Man on Earth / The Comedy of Terrors / Dr. Phibes Rises Again / Tomb of Ligeia / The Raven / Return of the Fly / The House on Haunted Hill. Shout Factory. 1959-1972.

From the press release:

Scream Factory, the horror-thriller offshoot of independent film distributor Shout Factory, has detailed The Vincent Price Collection II. The box set set is scheduled to arrive on the market on October 21.

Additional special features for this collection:

The Raven

Introduction and parting words by Vincent Price

New Audio Commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman
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October 21st Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Vincent Price Collection II, Snowpiercer

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For the third week of October, genre fans have several new and classic titles coming out this week on DVD and Blu-ray to look forward to, including The Vincent Price Collection II, Snowpiercer, Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort, See No Evil 2 and the badass follow-up to last year’s box office home invasion hit, The Purge: Anarchy.

Several notable indie titles are being released this Tuesday as well, including Play Hooky (the first title to come out under Pollygrind’s new distro label), To All a Good Night (directed by the late-great David Hess), Life After Beth and The Scribbler, the film adaptation of Daniel Schaffer’s wildly popular graphic novel.

Spotlight Titles:

The Purge: Anarchy (Universal Home Entertainment, Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD & DVD)

The New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge. The Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to summer 2013’s sleeper hit that opened to No.
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Exploitation Alley: High School Hellcats!!

High School Hellcats!!

For this week’s Exploitation Alley, I decided to take it way back. Back to 1958 to be exact. A time where wearing pants was considered a form of rebellion (if you were female), and parents were the most unhip people ever. Ok, maybe that last part is still valid, but either way, it was a different time. That is very apparent in this fun little film that goes by a bad ass name. Forget about all that happy bopping around that went on in Grease, this is the one that is really about the struggle of being a teen in the 1950’s. Get ready for High-school Hellcats!!!

The film begins with innocent little Joyce Martin (Yvonne Lime), a new student who is so desperate to fit in that she even wears a pair of slacks to school. Gasp!! Not slacks…anything but slacks!! Well, she does because
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Scream Factory Details The Vincent Price Collection Vol. II

Last year we fell crazy in love with Scream Factory's The Vincent Price Collection Blu-ray box set. Now the purveyors of all that is spooky cool are back with another round of classic horror goodness featuring the man himself in The Vincent Price Collection Volume II. Read on for details.

From the Press Release

On October 21, 2014, collectors, classic film aficionados, and horror enthusiasts will relish the 4-Disc Blu-ray™ release of Scream Factory’s The Vincent Price Collection Volume II, perfectly timed for Halloween and this year’s holiday gifting season.

This extraordinary collector’s set is an essential movie collection for every home entertainment library and brings together Seven Vincent Price masterpiece classics, featuring the first-ever Blu-ray movie presentation of The House On Haunted Hill (1959), The Return Of The Fly (1959), The Comedy Of Terrors (1963), The Raven (1963), The Last Man On Earth (1964), The Tomb Of Ligeia (1964), and Dr. Phibes Rises Again
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Bonus Features Revealed for The Vincent Price Collection II

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The Blu-ray release I’m most excited for this year is The Vincent Price Collection II, a follow up to last year’s Scream Factory collection with seven more Vincent Price movies making their debut on Blu-ray, including The House on Haunted Hill. Here’s a look at the official list of bonus features:

“On October 21, 2014, collectors, classic film aficionados and horror enthusiasts will relish the 4-Disc Blu-ray™ release of Scream Factory’s The Vincent Price Collection Volume II, perfectly timed for Halloween and this year’s holiday gifting season. This extraordinary collector’s set is an essential movie collection for every home entertainment library and brings together Seven Vincent Price masterpiece classics, featuring the first-ever Blu-ray movie presentation of The House On Haunted Hill (1959), The Return Of The Fly (1959), The Comedy Of Terrors (1963), The Raven (1963), The Last Man On Earth (1964), The Tomb Of Ligeia (1964) and Dr. Phibes Rises Again
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Blu-ray Review: "The Scarlet Worm": Indy Filmmaking At Its Best

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By Lee Pfeiffer

When I received an unsolicited screener of a new film called The Scarlet Worm from Unearthed Films, I let it languish for weeks. Finally, primarily because it is a Western, I got around to viewing it. It's a gritty, grim affair that ranks among the best independent movies I've seen lately. However, I was curious about the cast members because, as talented as they are, I had not heard of any of them. The reason why became clear when I looked at the "making of..." extras on the Blu-ray. Incredibly, this ambitious movie was put together by a team of virtual strangers who met each other on-line. They conceived of the plot and shot the movie on such a low budget that they had to live in an abandoned house that had been foreclosed by a bank. When viewed from this context, The Scarlet Worm is an even more impressive achievement.
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The Presence of Price

The Presence of Price
An almost spectral-looking 2011 portrait by artist Rich Bernal of Vincent Price as he appeared in The Raven. Commissioned for the St. Louis Vincentennial.

2011 is the birthday centennial for Vincent Price, and the anniversary was celebrated by various magazines, blogs, film screenings and other events that honored the late actor. It was most memorably observed in Price’s hometown of St. Louis, where the Vincentennial was marked by a series of events organized primarily by Price fan Tom Stockman. Local newspaper reporter Raymond Castile and I attended many of the screenings, interviews, museum and gallery events in the more-than-month-long observance of the multifaceted man many think of as the “King of Horror.”

Raymond talked with a number of fans from around the world about their love of Price (including myself), and their encounters with him in life or on the screen. I later talked with a number of Vincent Price’s
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Spaghetti Western Festival March 19 In Los Angeles

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The first Spaghetti Western Film Festival will take place in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 19. There will be big screen showings of a A Fistful of Dollars and a soon-to-be announced film premiering through Wild East Productions. There will also be live music and guests including Brett Halsey, Michael Forest and Robert Woods. There will be screenings of rare Spaghetti Western trailers as well. Click here for details.
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Abortion Meets the Wild West in The Scarlet Worm

Westerns have their constants -- drunken brawls, gunfights, cowboys, barren landscapes -- but the genre is rather malleable and can support all kinds of interesting narrative and thematic angles.  For example, consider the indie western called The Scarlet Worm. It's about, of all things, abortion.

The Scarlet Worm seems to be going for a Spaghetti Western vibe as evidenced by the trailer, its gritty subject matter -- John Ford didn't make movies about cathouse abortions -- and a cast that includes actors such as Dan van Husen (Sartana, A Bullet for Sandoval) and Montgomery Ford aka Brett Halsey (Cut Throats Nine). 

The description provided by the filmmakers is as follows: 

Based on an original screenplay by Western historian David Lambert, the story concerns a cruel brothel owner (van Husen) who mandates abortions on all his prostitutes, seeming to derive some sick pleasure out of the act. A rancher (Ford) with
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New Western Looking For Backers; Brett Halsey To Star

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The independent Western The Scarlet Worm is about to go into production, with 1960s leading man Brett Halsey returning to the screen in a lead role. Halsey was a popular presence in European films of the era. As with most grass-roots films, funding always poses a challenge and the producers have set up a site with details on the movie for anyone interesting in donating to the project. Click here for details.
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Monsterpalooza Guest List and Presentation Updates

We're exactly two months away from the second annual Monsterpalooza, which is returning to the Marriott Burbank Convention Center April 9-11, 2010. To help get people fired up for the event, which features special effects artists from the horror industry along with their many works, the promoters have revealed the expanded guest list along with a slew of presentations and demos that will be taking place over the weekend.

Confirmed guests so far include:

Verne Langdon - Monster Of Ceremonies

Michael Westmore - Academy Award Winning Makeup Artist - Mask, Star Trek, Raging Bull

Tom Burman - Award Winning Makeup Artist - Island Of Dr. Moreau, The Goonies, Nip/Tuck

Barney Burman - Proteus F/X - Dawn Of The Dead, Matrix Reloaded, Star Trek 09

Rob Burman - The Fly, The Thing, Star Trek 09

Amalgamated Dynamics - Academy Award Winners Tom Woodruff & Alec Gillis - Starship Troopers, Avp

Knb - Academy
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