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Peter Baldwin obituary

Actor best known as Derek Wilton in Coronation Street

For 21 years the actor Peter Baldwin, who has died of cancer aged 82, played the dopey fusspot Derek Wilton in Coronation Street. With Thelma Barlow in the role of his dithery wife, Mavis, he formed one of the great comedy partnerships of the television soap opera.

Baldwin joined the show in 1976 when his character, a furniture salesman, turned up at the Kabin newsagent, where Mavis Riley worked. Derek spent the next 12 years toying with her emotions before the couple finally married. The assessment of Derek’s domineering mother, Amy (played by Hilary Mason), summed up the pair. “You’re as alike as two robins,” she told him. “Neither of you could decide what time of day it was in a roomful of clocks.”

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Blu-ray Release Details and Cover Art for Stuart Gordon’s Robot Jox

In a future devastated by a nuclear war, major conflicts are settled with big robot brawls. Scream Factory's Blu-ray of Stuart Gordon's Robot Jox hits home media on Blu-ray beginning July 7th, complete with audio commentaries and interviews aplenty.

Press Release -- "In the distant future, mankind has forsaken global wars for battles of single combat. The world has been divided into two opposing super powers, with each side represented by trained champions. Their weapons are huge robotic machines, capable of battle on land, sea and in the air. From celebrated director Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, From Beyond) and executive producer Charles Band comes Robot Jox, a riveting sci-fi action adventure. Directed by Stuart Gordon, the film stars Gary Graham (TV’s Alien Nation), Anne-Marie Johnson (TV’s In The Heat of the Night, Jag), Paul Koslo (Voyage of the Damned), Robert Sampson (Re-Animator, The Dark Side of the Moon), Danny Kamekona (Hawaii Five-o,
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Criterion Collection: Don’t Look Now | Blu-Ray Review

Criterion brings British auteur Nicolas Roeg’s most famous title to the fold, 1973’s enigmatic Don’t Look Now, a title that has influenced generations of filmmakers since its successful reception, and marks the director’s fifth title to be included in the illustrious collection. A refracted dreamscape of symbols and motifs, the film is a brooding jigsaw puzzle that doesn’t insist on answering all your questions, and happens to feature an unforgettable finale that’s lost none of its affect (despite providing iconic fodder for famed parodies, ranging from memorable bits in “Spaced” to “Absolutely Fabulous”).

After the drowning of their preadolescent daughter, Christine, in the backyard of their estate, John and Laura Baxter (Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie) take off for Venice, where John accepts a job to restore some mosaics in one of the city’s many dilapidated churches. However, once there, the couple is introduced
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'They walk. They talk. They kill.' Director Stuart Gordon talks 'Dolls'

'They walk. They talk. They kill.' Director Stuart Gordon talks 'Dolls'
Stuart Gordon shot his first film, 1985's much beloved gorefest Re-Animator, in Los Angeles but then decamped to Italy to shoot Dolls, his second movie and second terror tale. While there, Gordon was also taken down a peg, or 12, by a local craftsman. "They didn’t shoot sound in Italy, they weren't used to that," says Gordon, whose other directing credits include From Beyond, Castle Freak, and 2005's William H. Macy-starring Edmond. "I remember there was one day when I was shooting something and there was a carpenter hammering in the background, working on another one of our sets—hammering and sawing.
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Top 100 Horror Movies: How Truly Horrific Are They?

Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman,
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Release Details for Dolls Collector’s Edition Blu-ray

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Dolls is the latest cult horror title to receive the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray treatment from Scream Factory and they’ve provided us with the final list of bonus features for the November 11th release:

“Do you like handmade puppets, toy soldiers, ballerinas and dolls? Charming elderly toymaker Gabriel Hartwicke and his wife Hilary have the perfect play toys just for you! From celebrated cult filmmaker Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), executive producer Charles Band, producer Brian Yuzna (Society) and screenwriter Ed Naha (Troll) comes a campy, horror cult classic that combines the pint-sized playmates of childhood with bone-chilling fun. The 1987 horror film Dolls is a bloody good terror trap that delivers its frights, fun and fantastic effects in equal measure. The film stars Stephen Lee (The Pit and the Pendulum), Guy Rolfe (Puppet Master III, Mr. Sardonicus), Hilary Mason (Don’t Look Now), Ian Patrick Williams (Re-Animator), Carolyn Purdy-Gordon (From Beyond
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Scream Factory Invites You to Play with Dolls on Blu-ray

At the San Diego Comic-Con back in July, Scream Factory announced that Stuart Gordon's Dolls would soon be getting the Collector's Edition Blu-ray treatment, and today full details have revealed all the stuffing that'll be found inside the release. Read on!

From the Press Release

Do you like handmade puppets, toy soldiers, ballerinas, and dolls? Charming elderly toymaker Gabriel Hartwicke and his wife, Hilary, have the perfect play toys just for you!

From celebrated cult filmmaker Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), executive producer Charles Band, producer Brian Yuzna (Society), and screenwriter Ed Naha (Troll), comes a campy, horror cult classic that combines the pint-sized playmates of childhood with bone-chilling fun. The 1987 horror film Dolls is a bloody good terror trap that delivers its frights, fun, and fantastic effects in equal measure. The film stars Stephen Lee (The Pit and the Pendulum), Guy Rolfe (Puppet Master III, Mr. Sardonicus), Hilary Mason (Don
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Dolls: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray – November 11th From Scream Factory

I can’t wait for this release to finally come to fruition. It has been a long time since I have seen Stuart Gordon’s magical killer dolls film, so when Scream Factory announced it, they had my attention immediately. This is a “Collector’s Edition” so it looks as if it is getting the appropriate treatment. The artwork has been revealed, and the extras exposed. There appears to be a good mixture of both old and new. Including, but not limited to - all-new retrospective featuring interviews with director Stuart Gordon, producer Brian Yuzna, stars Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Ian Patrick Williams, executive producer Charles Band, and special make-Up effects artists Gabe Bartalos, andJohn Vulich and more! Check out the press release below, and pre-order your copy by either clicking here for Shout!’s website, or here for Amazon.

Scream Factory™ Presents

A Film by Stuart Gordon and Executive Produced by
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Don’t Look Now (1973) review

Reviewed by Kevin Scott, More Horror.com

Don’t Look Now (1973)

Directed by: Nicolas Roeg

Written by: Daphne Du Maurier (Short Story), Allen Scott (Screenplay)

Cast: Donald Sutherland (John Baxter), Julie Christie (Laura Baxter), Hilary Mason (Heather), Clelia Matania (Wendy), Nicholas Salter (Johnny Baxter), Sharon Williams (Christine Baxter), Renato Scarpi (Inspector Longhi), Massimo Serato (Bishop Barbarrigo)

There’s a term for a spinoff hybrid of country music that I really can appreciate. “Countrypolitan” is the label used for country music with lush arrangements, maybe some horns and unconventional stringed instruments thrown in. A refined version of an elemental thing that was good on its own, but elevated while retaining the same beloved and established characteristics of its genre. The thing that is so great about “Countrypolitan” is that it gave some culture to the masses in a palatable way so that they almost didn’t know it. My Dad would
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‘Dolls’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Ian Patrick Williams, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Carrie Lorraine, Guy Rolfe, Hilary Mason, Bunty Bailey, Cassie Stuart, Stephen Lee | Written by Ed Naha | Directed by Stuart Gordon

The second collaboration between Stuart Gordon, Brian Yuzna and Charles Band, Dolls was originally lensed as a “stop-gap” feature between Gordon’s debut feature Re-Animator and its follow-up, From Beyond – a filler piece if you will, to be shot at Charles Band’s newly purchased Italian soundstage (bought from Dino De Laurentiis no less) – from a script by Ed Naha, who had already penned one monster movie, the infamous Troll, for Band’s Empire Pictures shingle. Little did anyone know that the low-budget, quickly shot film would still, to this day, be regarded as one of the highlights of Empire Pictures horror output in the 80s…

And did I mention it just happens to still be one of my all-time favourite 80s horrors?
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Exploitation Alley: The Devil Within Her

While viewing the film that I have chosen for the return of Exploitation Alley, a few questions came to mind: “what is this?” “What the hell is happening?” and of course “Why am I still watching this?” If you ever find yourself asking those questions during any film, most likely you are having a bad time. Unless, you just so happen to be watching a mid 1970s film involving a nun, strippers, terrible Italian accents, a curse, and an adorable possessed baby. If the film you are watching contains all of those elements, then you are watching The Devil Within Her.

This film was released in 1975, and directed by Peter Sasdy. It was originally called I Don’T Want To Be Born, and is also known under the title Sharon’S Baby. This is odd, because there is no one named Sharon in the film. The movie begins with a very awkward birth scene.
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Spiderbaby’s Terror Tapes: Stuart Gordon's 'Dolls' with Carrie Lorraine

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Spiderbaby’s Terror Tapes: Stuart Gordon's 'Dolls' with Carrie Lorraine
If you grew up in the 80s, you remember the first time you watched Halloween and Friday the 13th; you remember how dark the room was, how the popcorn tasted, and how many times you almost peed your pants from fear. You also probably remember the first time you saw Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator and From Beyond. Call me crazy, but I have much more vivid memories of watching Gordon’s not-so-popular horror gem, Dolls (1987). Picture this: during an all-girls sleepover in the heart of suburbia, my friends and I walked to the video rental store with a few dollars. While browsing endless titles, out of the corner of my eye, I caught the front cover of Dolls on VHS with the skeletal doll holding her gouged eyeballs – I couldn’t resist. That night I became the bravest girl in the fourth grade; I stayed up to watch Dolls alone in the dark,
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What to Buy This Week: DVD and Blu-ray releases for May 28th

Another week, another Monday. So it’s time for the rundown of DVDs and Blu-ray’s hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s another packed week, with plenty of movies waiting to take you money, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, May 28th 2012.

Pick Of The Week

Chronicle (DVD, Blu-ray)

Chronicle is an unconventional and slightly darker take on the superhero genre where three ordinary teenagers suddenly gain super powers and are able to do things they never imagined possible. Initially they have fun, but their pranks become ever more dangerous and they must face the inevitable question of whether they can handle the responsibility that comes with extraordinary powers. Chronicle Review

And the rest…

Iron Sky (DVD/Blu-ray)

In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space programme evaded destruction by
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Blu-ray Review: Don’T Look Now – Seminal British Horror in HD!

Originally released in 1973 as part of a double feature with The Wicker Man (now how amazing would that have been!?), Don’t Look Now has gone on to be considered one of the greatest British horror films ever released. Resplendent with an unnerving atmosphere from start to finish, coupled with an extremely symbolic style, artistic director Nicolas Roeg has created a film that remains unsettling to this very day. The team at Optimum Releasing have painstakingly upgraded the film to a full high definition experience, that whilst not free from imperfection is proficient enough to add a new element to the classic tale.

Released on Blu-ray from July 4th, follow the jump for our full review.

Based on a novel by classic suspense writer Daphne du Maurier (who is also responsible for the source material behind three of Hitchcock’s finest works: Jamaica Inn [1939], Rebecca [1940] and The Birds [1963]), Don’t
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Blu-ray Review: Don’T Look Now – Seminal British Horror in HD!

Originally released in 1973 as part of a double feature with The Wicker Man (now how amazing would that have been!?), Don’t Look Now has gone on to be considered one of the greatest British horror films ever released. Resplendent with an unnerving atmosphere from start to finish, coupled with an extremely symbolic style, artistic director Nicolas Roeg has created a film that remains unsettling to this very day. The team at Optimum Releasing have painstakingly upgraded the film to a full high definition experience, that whilst not free from imperfection is proficient enough to add a new element to the classic tale.

Released on Blu-ray from July 4th, follow the jump for our full review.

Based on a novel by classic suspense writer Daphne du Maurier (who is also responsible for the source material behind three of Hitchcock’s finest works: Jamaica Inn [1939], Rebecca [1940] and The Birds [1963]), Don’t
See full article at Obsessed with Film »

Six Degrees Of Inspiration

Whom do bold thinkers look to for inspiration? Other innovators, of course. Here, we trace one creativity chain:

Rachel Shechtman, Cube Ventures

"A serial entrepreneur, Graham Hill integrates design, function, technology, and new ways of doing business, and as a result, his work is successful and meaningful."

Graham Hill, TreeHugger

"As all great designers do, Yves Béhar combines creative out-of-the-box thinking with strong aesthetic skills and therefore creates smart, beautiful products that delight their users."

Yves Béhar, Fuseproject

"David Adjaye has opened up the architectural-style fortress with art influences and African influences, both at the institutional-building scale and in smaller domestic spaces."

David Adjaye, Adjaye Associates

"Stephen Burks is a forerunner in his sphere. From retail interiors and events to lighting, furniture, and industrial design, he is constantly pushing boundaries and pursuing firsts."

Stephen Burks, Readymade Projects

"Kevin Kunstadt and Andrew Kenney of photography gallery K&K are technical geniuses
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Classic supernatural thriller Don't Look Now coming to Blu-ray

Don't Look Now, the 1973 supernatural thriller which topped Time Out's 2011 poll of the 100 best British films, has undergone a digital restoration and is now on its way to Blu-ray, it's been announced.

This creepy and ominous tale starred Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland and was directed by Nicolas Roeg, who also made The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976) starring David Bowie as an alien who arrives from a dying planet, and The Witches (1990), which starred Anjelica Huston. During his long career, Roeg was part of the second unit on David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia and almost directed the 1980 Flash Gordon movie.

Allan Scott and Chris Bryant wrote the screenplay for Don't Look Now, based on Daphne du Maurier's short story.

Released in UK cinemas as a double bill with another horror classic, The Wicker Man, it is notable for its creepy atmospherics and abundant symbolism; the blind psychic
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