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Review: "Queen Of Blood" (1966) Starring John Saxon And Basil Rathbone; Blu-ray Special Edition From Kino Lorber

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By Hank Reineke

Though the 1966 space-age vampire flick Queen of Blood is not new to home video, it has been one of the more elusive science-fiction titles of the 1960s. Issued on VHS as Planet of Blood back in the early 1980s on the budget “Star Classics” label and later in 1990 on a much improved laser disc from Image (paired with Mario Bava’s similarly-themed Planet of the Vampires), Queen of Blood has been mostly unavailable to collectors for nearly twenty-five years. In March 2011 MGM finally re-issued the title as part of its Limited Edition Collection, but only as a made-on-demand release. In 2015, Kino Lorber has – very happily for genre fans and collectors - rescued this title from the wasteland of cult-film marginalia with their superb Blu-Ray release of this Roger Corman-Curtis Harrington classic.

Queen of Blood (for reasons we’ll get into a little later on) more
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Queen of Blood

Curtis Harrington took an assignment nobody else would and fashioned a gem of low-budget Sci-Fi. A Russian space epic provides expensive-looking special effects scenes for a new horror show about a deadly alien rescued from a crash landing on Mars. The extras include excellent interviews with Roger Corman and effects specialist / historian Robert Skotak.

Queen of Blood Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1966 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 80 min. / Street Date December 1, 2015 / 29.95 Starring John Saxon, Basil Rathbone, Florence Marly, Judi Meredith, Dennis Hopper, Robert Boon, Don Eitner, Forrest J Ackerman. Cinematography Vilis Lapenieks Film Editor Leo Shreve Original Music Ronald Stein Written by Curtis Harrington from the Soviet film Mechte navstrechu Produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff, George Edwards Directed by Curtis Harrington

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A.I.P. released some tacky movies in its day but none were less respected than those cobbled together from foreign imports spiked with new filmed-in-Hollywood storylines.
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Damned

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 13, 2013

Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $34.98

Studio: Cohen

Henri Vidal is taken for an underwater ride in The Damned.

The 1947 noir-ish French drama The Damned by René Clément (Purple Noon) makes its first-ever appearance on Blu-ray and DVD in the U.S.

Set in the closing days of World War II, the movie focuses on a group of Nazis and sympathizers (a Wehrmacht general, an SS leader and his “assistant”, an Italian industrialist and his wife who is also the general’s lover, a French collaborator) on board a submarine that will take them to South America, where they hope to find shelter. While they sail off the shores of liberated Royan, they manage to kidnap a French doctor to have him look after a wounded passenger. And then things get even tenser…

The 1947 Cannes winner for Best Adventure and Crime Film, The Damned (or Les Maudits in
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Bogart and the Stuff That Both Dreams and Nightmares Are Made Of

Humphrey Bogart movies: ‘The Maltese Falcon,’ ‘High Sierra’ (Image: Most famous Humphrey Bogart quote: ‘The stuff that dreams are made of’ from ‘The Maltese Falcon’) (See previous post: “Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall Movies.”) Besides 1948, 1941 was another great year for Humphrey Bogart — one also featuring a movie with the word “Sierra” in the title. Indeed, that was when Bogart became a major star thanks to Raoul Walsh’s High Sierra and John Huston’s The Maltese Falcon. In the former, Bogart plays an ex-con who falls in love with top-billed Ida Lupino — though both are outacted by ingénue-with-a-heart-of-tin Joan Leslie. In the latter, Bogart plays Dashiel Hammett’s private detective Sam Spade, trying to discover the fate of the titular object; along the way, he is outacted by just about every other cast member, from Mary Astor’s is-she-for-real dame-in-distress to Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nominee Sydney Greenstreet. John Huston
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Humphrey Bogart Movie Schedule: Beat The Devil, Tokyo Joe

Jennifer Jones, Humphrey Bogart, Gina Lollobrigida, Beat the Devil Humphrey Bogart on TCM: The Caine Mutiny, The Maltese Falcon, Sahara Schedule (Et) and synopses from the TCM website: 6:00 Am Bogart: The Untold Story (1996) Stephen Bogart hosts this one-hour special on the life and career of his legendary father, Humphrey Bogart. Dir: Chris Hunt. Cast: Stephen Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Robert Sklar. C-46 mins. 7:00 Am Bullets Or Ballots (1936) A cop goes undercover to crack an influential crime ring. Dir: William Keighley. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Blondell, Barton MacLane. Bw-82 mins. 8:30 Am San Quentin (1937) A convict's sister falls for the captain of the prison guards. Dir: Lloyd Bacon. Cast: Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan. Bw-70 mins. 9:45 Am King Of The Underworld (1939) A lady doctor gets mixed up with a criminal gang. Dir: Lewis Seiler. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Kay Francis, James Stephenson. Bw-67 mins. 11:00 Am To Have And Have Not
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Tmp Reviews: Queen of Blood on DVD!

The Movie Pool hails the DVD release of the sci-fi cult classic Queen of Blood!

Blu-ray Specs

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 enhanced for widescreen TVs

Running Time: 81 minutes

Rating: Not rated

Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: None  

Special Features: None

The DVD is offered as part of MGM's "Limited Edition Collection" on DVD, which are available from select online retailers and are manufactured only when the DVD is ordered. The DVD features a simple menu with no menu for chapters or scenes. Chapters are set every ten minutes. Manufacture-On-Demand (Mod) DVDs will play in DVD playback units only and may not play in DVD recorders or PC drives. This DVD did not play in our laptop DVD drive but did play in our Toshiba DVD recorder.

The Set-up

American astronauts on a rescue mission to Mars find a sole survivor: an alien woman, who turns out to be much more dangerous than she appears to be.
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Scorpion Releasing to Bring Two Obscure Classics to DVD

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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