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And there are those films which maybe didn’t achieve cinematic greatness, but through their inexhaustible watchability became genre touchstones, lesser classics but classics nonetheless, like The War of the Worlds (1953), Godzilla (1954), Them! (1954), The Time Machine (1960).
In the realm of science fiction cinema, those are the cream (and below that, maybe the half and half). But sci fi is one of those genres which has often too readily leant itself to – not to torture an analogy — producing nonfat dairy substitute.
During the first, great wave of sci fi movies in the 1950s, the target audience was kids and teens. There wasn’t a lot in the way of “serious” sci fi. Most of it was churned out quick and cheap; drive-in fodder, grist for the Saturday matinee mill.
By the early 1960s, »
- Bill Mesce
Trolling through Joe Dante's Trailers From Hell site, we came across this: the original trailer for the marvelous 1964 sci-fi flick First Men in the Moon starring Edward Judd and Lionel Jeffries as Victorian era astronauts, with effects by Ray Harryhausen. John Landis provides the suitably enthusiastic commentary on the trailer. Click here to view
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Ty Jeffries, son of actor Lionel Jeffries, tells Maureen Paton how he never revealed his sexuality to his father while he was alive. So what would Lionel have thought of his new drag act?
The look is Dusty Springfield with a towering blond beehive and seven pairs of false eyelashes stuck to the upper lids. The music pays witty homage to Noël Coward and other showbusiness greats in the lyrics and the spirit of 70s cabaret in its yearning torch-song melodies. Miss Hope Springs, a 6ft 2in "ex-Las Vegas showgirl", is the retro-glam, vaudevillian alter ego created by the pianist Ty Jeffries in order to sing his own compositions in theatres and clubs around the country. Although he comes from a performing background, with the occasional foray into drag over the last decade, he never did anything quite as flamboyant and fully realised as his ambitious trilogy of Miss Hope Springs »
World DVD Premieres Written and Directed by John Gilling Out to own individually on DVD January 16th, 2012 "The Scarlet Blade" Starring Lionel Jeffries, Oliver Reed and Jack Hedley "The Scarlet Blade" is a historical adventure set during the English Civil War from the famous Hammer Film Productions. An unlikely romance blossoms between two people from opposing camps . one from the Roundheads, the other from the Cavaliers. Colonel Judd (Lionel Jeffries: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), a villainous anti-royalist loyal to Cromwell, is bewildered by his daughter Clare's (June Thorburn: Tom Thumb) Royalist sympathies. Judd's right-hand man Captain Sylvester (Oliver Reed: The Three Musketeers) is an enforcer for Cromwell's parliamentarians and also June's boyfriend. Much to the »
Released on DVD for the first time ever this week, The Scarlet Blade and The Brigand of Kandahar come from director John Gilling and the famous Hammer Film Productions and both star the legendary Oliver Reed. And we have a copy of each to give away to you, our readers, courtesy of StudioCanal.
The Scarlet Blade is a historical adventure set during the English Civil War. Oliver Reed is in devilish form as a Roundhead soldier who kidnaps the King on the orders of his tyrannical Colonel (Lionel Jeffries). It’s down to a local group of loyal soldiers to rescue him, led by Royalist cavalier, known as The Scarlet Blade.
In The Brigand Of Kandahar, Oliver Reed continues his villainous streak in another Hammer historical adventure. The setting is the Indian desert, where the British army faces scorching temperatures and savage warrior, Reed playing Eli Khan, leader of some »
★★☆☆☆ One of Hammer's lesser-known historical adventures, The Scarlet Blade (1964) proves, if nothing else, that the studio were far better when they stuck to the horror genre. Starring Lionel Jeffries as a power-mad Roundhead and Hammer's resident heartthrob Oliver Reed as his scheming right-hand man, this tale of Cromwellian England was hardly cutting edge even by Hammer's oft-dubious standards.
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The Scarlet Blade, 1963.
Directed by John Gilling.
The daughter of an anti-royalist loyal to Oliver Cromwell falls for the Scarlet Blade - a dashing Robin Hood figure leading the Royalist rebels.
Civil Wars aren’t the most sensible of affairs at the best of times. Americans at least got some square-jawed heroes out of it all, to the point where a film has actually been made about Abraham Lincoln moonlighting as a vampire hunter. So what do we have to match that? We’ve got Prince Charles II heroically hiding in a tree from some soldiers. This is probably the most famous single act of the English Civil War, and probably also the reason cinema has largely ignored this entire period of English history.
Hence the imaginary hero of The Scarlet Blade, about a Robin Hood type »
Camelot -- the musical classic based on the Tony Award-winning stage production from Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe (Gigi, My Fair Lady) will celebrate its 45th anniversary this year with a newly remastered Blu-ray version, debuting April 24 from Warner Home Video.
Based on T.H. White's "The Once and Future King," this lavish film adaptation recalls a fleeting, mythical time of love and chivalry -- the reign of King Arthur and the Knights of The Round Table. Although torn apart by the conflicts between passion, love, honor and duty, it was a golden era that could have been ... and could yet be. Richard Harris (Harry Potter 1 and 2, Unforgiven) stars as King Arthur, with Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus, Letters to Juliet) opposite him as Queen Guinevere and Franco Nero, Redgrave's current husband (Die Hard 2) as Lancelot. Joshua Logan directed and Jack L. Warner produced.
Winner of three 1968 Academy Awards (Best Adaptation Scoring, »
January 16th sees the first ever DVD release of two classic historical adventures from the revered Hammer Film Productions - The Scarlet Blade and The Brigand of Kandahar - both of which are directed by John Gilling and feature the legendary British star Oliver Reed. To celebrate the release, we have a copy of each DVD to give away to our readers courtesy of the lovely folk at StudioCanal.
Read on for details of how to enter this competition...
An unlikely romance blossoms between two people from opposing camps - one from the Roundheads, the other from the Cavaliers. Colonel Judd (Lionel Jeffries; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), a villainous anti-royalist loyal to Cromwell, is bewildered by his daughter Clare's (June Thorburn; Tom Thumb) Royalist sympathies. Judd's right-hand man Captain Sylvester (Oliver Reed) is an enforcer for Cromwell's parliamentarians and also June's boyfriend. Much to the consternation of Judd and Sylvester, »
Writer/Director: John Gilling
A zombie-like performance from Jack Hedley is the only hint that The Scarlet Blade originates from the legendary Hammer Film Productions. Released on DVD for the first time, this English Civil War adventure is notable mainly for the presence of Oliver Reed, who brings a much-needed air of menace to the proceedings.
We’re all familiar with the stirring adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel during the Reign of Terror. But the premise of The Scarlet Blade (originally released in the Us as The Crimson Blade) is that Edward Beverley (Hedley) was engaged in similar acts of derring-do more than 100 years earlier. He’s the son of a stalwart Royalist family that has been harbouring the fugitive King Charles I and guiding his followers to safety. When the story begins in 1648, Roundheads led by Colonel Judd (Lionel Jeffries) have just commandeered Beverly Manor. Edward »
To mark the release of The Scarlet Blade on DVD for the first time on 16th January, Studio Canal have given us three copies of this Hammer classic movie to give away on DVD. The film stars Lionel Jeffries, Oliver Reed and Jack Hedley and is directed by John Gilling.
An unlikely romance blossoms between two people from opposing camps – one from the Roundheads, the other from the Cavaliers. Colonel Judd (Lionel Jeffries: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), a villainous anti-royalist loyal to Cromwell, is bewildered by his daughter Clare’s (June Thorburn: Tom Thumb) Royalist sympathies. Judd’s right-hand man Captain Sylvester (Oliver Reed: The Three Musketeers) is an enforcer for Cromwell’s parliamentarians and also June’s boyfriend. Much to the consternation of Judd and Sylvester, Clare falls for Edward »
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