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The Amicus Collection

The Amicus Collection



1972, ’73, ’74/ 1:85 / 88 Min., 91 Min., 93 Min. / January 16, 2018

Starring Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Patrick Magee, Calvin Lockhart

Cinematography by Denys Coop, Jack Hildyard

Written by Robert Bloch

Music by Douglas Gamley,

Produced by Milton Subotsky, Max Rosenberg

Directed by Roy Ward Baker, Paul Annett

Released in 1956, Rock, Rock, Rock was a bantamweight jukebox musical bolstered by the presence of three indelible signifiers of 50’s pop culture, rabble-rousing DJ Alan Freed, Hollywood’s perennial Lolita Tuesday Weld and guitar slinging provocateur Chuck Berry. Produced by Milton Subotsky and Max Rosenberg, the movie’s success inspired the New York-born duo to pack up shop and move to England where they founded Amicus Productions.

Hedging their bets, the fledgling company followed in the footsteps of both Aip and Hammer, putting one foot in teensploitation and the other into a line of shockers with a supernatural bent. To their credit their initial
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December 19th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Suspiria 4K Restoration, The Amicus Collection, American Gothic (1988)

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With Christmas now only a week away, there’s a big day of genre-related home entertainment releases to look forward to in the meantime, just in case you were in need of some last-minute gift ideas (or if you were looking to spoil yourself, which is totally cool). Easily my most anticipated Blu-ray release for all of 2017, Synapse Films' stunning 4K restoration of Suspiria gets the royal treatment via an incredible three-disc limited edition Steelbook set this Tuesday, and Severin Films is also keeping busy with their HD upgrade of The Amicus Collection, which includes Asylum, And Now The Screaming Starts, and The Beast Must Die.

Other notable Blu-ray and DVD releases for December 19th include American Gothic, Leatherface, mother!, and the limited edition Steelbook for Donnie Darko.

American Gothic (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

A new tale of terror from the director of The Legend of Hell House and The Incubus.
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‘The Goose Steps Out’ Review

Stars: Will Hay, Charles Hawtrey, Peter Croft, Barry Morse, Peter Ustinov, Anne Firth, Frank Pettingell, Leslie Harcourt, Julien Mitchell, Jeremy Hawk, Raymond Lovell | Written by Angus MacPhail, John Dighton | Directed by Basil Dearden, Will Hay

I always enjoy reviewing re-releases of old films, they remind us – and in some cases introduce us to – some classics. One such release is The Goose Steps Out which is getting a special 75th Anniversary release, and is a comedy great from the 1940s…

Will Hay plays William Pots, a bumbling teacher who turns out to be the double of a German general. Sent to Germany to impersonate the general and steal a new bomb the Nazis are working on, he finds himself having to teach a group of students how to spy on the British.

Watching The Goose Steps Out it is easy to see this was a piece of propaganda used to
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Win The Goose Steps Out on Blu-ray

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To mark the release of The Goose Steps Out 75th Anniversary Edition on 15th May, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

Inept schoolmaster William Potts (Will Hay: Oh, Mr Porter!, The Black Sheep of Whitehall) is mistaken for a Nazi spy by British Intelligence. When the real spy is captured, Potts is sent to Germany in his place to intercept plans for a new Nazi secret weapon being thought up by inebriate Professor Hoffman (Frank Pettingell: The Remarkable Mr Kipps). Upon his arrival Potts takes charge of a group of trainee spies and, in his own unorthodox fashion, teaches them the manners and customs of the British. Among the young spies are three pro-British Austrians (Charles Hawtrey: Carry On Films, Peter Ustinov: Poirot: Death on the Nile & Barry Morse: The Fugitive TV series), who question Potts’s true motives yet
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Shudder’s October Titles to Include 1980s Anthology Series Tales From The Darkside

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Shudder will take viewers to the place that's "not as brightly lit" this Halloween season, as the 1980s anthology series Tales From the Darkside will be available to watch in its entirety on the horror streaming service beginning October 1st:

Press Release: New York, New York – September 26, 2016 – The AMC-backed streaming service, Shudder, is The entertainment destination for everything you need to watch this Halloween season. Whether you’re a hardcore horror fan or simply looking for the scariest films to celebrate this time of year, Shudder has something for everyone in its sweeping library, carefully curated by some of the top horror experts in the world.

As Halloween approaches, Shudder is expanding its database with a variety of new titles including cult favorites, blockbuster hits, and classic thrillers. Additionally, for the first time ever, Shudder will be offering horror TV series to complement its expansive film library.

Premiering October 20th
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Kings of the Sun

Who needs epics about Ancient Rome, Egypt, or Greek mythology when we have a thousand years of exotic Central and South American civilizations to exploit? Well, it's only been done a handful of times. This cinematic concatenation of nifty architecture, fruity multicolored headgear and athletic oiled warriors is, well, nifty, fruity and athletic!   Kings of the Sun Kl Studio Classics Savant Blu-ray Review 1963 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 108 min. / Street Date May 26, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95  Starring Yul Brynner, George Chakiris, Shirley Anne Field, Richard Basehart, Brad DexterBarry Morse, Armando Silvestre, Leo Gordon, Victoria Vettri, Rudy Solari, Ford Rainey, Chuck Hayward, James Coburn (narrator). Cinematography Joseph MacDonald Film Editor William Reynolds Original Music Elmer Bernstein Written by James R. Webb, Elliot Arnold  Produced by Lewis J. Rachmil Directed by J. Lee Thompson

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Epics don't get wilder than this. According to producer Walter Mirisch, 1963's Kings of the Sun
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'The Changeling' review

Reviewed By: Chris Wright

The Changeling

Directed By: Peter Medak

Written By: Russell Hunter, William Gray, Diana Maddox

Starring: George C. Scott (John Russell), Melvyn Douglas (Senator Joseph Carmichael), Trish Van Devere (Claire), Eric Christmas (Albert Harmon), John Colicos (De Witt), Jean Marsh (Joanna Russell), Roberta Maxwell (Eva Lingstrom), Barry Morse (Doctor Pemberton) Terence Kelly (Sgt. Durban)

A good ghost story is hard to come by today. The various attempts of haunted houses and ghost tales today rely heavily on jump scares and loud sound affects to propel the story along. Thankfully “The Changeling” doesn’t follow the model! I had only heard of this film in passing but never actually made an attempt to watch but now I am glad I did. Plus, don’t we all love a good ghost story?

The story follows John Russell to a new old style home after the tragic loss
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R.I.P. Don Medford

Prolific television director Don Medford, who is perhaps best known for the two-episode finale of the 1960s drama The Fugitive, died December 12 at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 95. His family reported the death Wednesday. The 1967 conclusion of Fugitive, the popular series about a man falsely accused of murdering his wife (played by David Janssen) and relentlessly pursued around the country by a determined detective (Barry Morse), was seen by a then-record of an estimated 78 million viewers — a milestone that stood until the “Who Shot J.R.” episode of Dallas drew an estimated 83 million in 1980. Medford’s TV career stretched from the early 1950s Tales Of Tomorrow through the late ’80s Jake And The Fatman. Among the many major and varied series he worked on were the anthologies Alfred Hitchock Presents and The Twilight Zone, The Untouchables with Robert Stack, M Squad with Lee Marvin,
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Funeral Home (1980) Review

By Chris Wright,

It’s the “Psycho” of the 1980s! I came in to this movie expecting it to be mediocre but was pleasantly surprised that it was good. This Canadian horror film has multiple overtones of Hitchcock’s “Psycho”: a creepy house with a person running this bed and breakfast not being “all there” in the head. This was released on VHS by Paragon Video and is in demand with movie collectors. It was released on DVD in 2007.

The plot is Heather goes on school vacation to her Grandmother’s recently renovated Bed-n-Breakfast to help out. We learn that Maude Chalmers’ husband disappeared and she converted his funeral home for guests to stay. Mrs. Chalmers has a man named Billy, who is mentally slow, as a ground worker. This creepy ex-funeral home isn’t so peaceful when bodies turn up dead with no just cause. The
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Space: 1999: New 2099 TV Series Announced

Back in the 1970s, Gerry and Sylvia Anderson created the syndicated sci-fi series Space:1999. Set some 25 years into the future, humans had established a research center on the moon and had been storing nuclear waste on the far side. After a massive explosion, the moon is ripped from Earth's orbit and sent hurtling through space. The 311 men and women that are trapped on Moonbase Alpha encounter strange aliens out in space as they search for a new planet to colonize and call home.

Space: 1999 ran for two seasons and stars Martin Landau and Barbara Bain, a then-married couple who'd worked together on from Mission: Impossible. Barry Morse co-starred on the first season and season two saw the addition of Catherine Schell and Tony Anholt. Other castmembers include Nick Tate, Zienia Merton, and Anton Phillips.

The series never had a true
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Exploring The Twilight Zone #87: A Piano In The House

With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #87): “A Piano In The House” (airdate 2/16/62) The Plot: A theater critic by the name of Fitzgerald Fortune buys one of those creepy player pianos and soon discovers it plays more than music. It strums the ethereal chords of the human soul! The Goods: Fitzgerald Fortune (Barry Morse) is not a nice man. He’s a theater critic known for excoriating artists’ efforts with wit and derision, but it’s not a facet of his personality he saves only for his day job. Everyone from his wife Esther (Joan Hackett) to his housekeeper Marvin (Cyril Delevanti) have felt the sting of his words. Fitz buys a player piano for his wife since she’s spoken of
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Music in the movies: more scores of John Barry 1968-1979

Our round-up of John Barry’s non-Bond movie scores continues with a look at some romantic compositions from the disco decade…

As we embark on the fourth part of our appreciation of John Barry’s career beyond Bond, we move into a decade renowned for its glitter balls, bell-bottoms and jiggle television. However, this phase of Barry’s career is representative of a burgeoning interest in more emotionally charged, fractured and complex ideas, viewed through the filter of a maturing, mellowing artist.

Even the most vibrant, exotic scores could not disguise the introspection and sensitivity of the man himself. He continued to chase universal themes – and he was still capable of conjuring up worlds of intrigue and drama – but the projects he gravitated towards more in the wake of Midnight Cowboy were those that allowed him to explore more intimate musical textures.

Barry still accepted a range of eclectic assignments,
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Party Favors: The Audio & The Visual

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Rochester, NY - Ever wonder why schools today stink compared to decades ago? Every think tank moron has their dubious reasonings that appeases their corporate masters. But the truth is extraordinarily simple: Schools dumped their education films.

Do you remember those days when the gym teacher had to pad out health class by wheeling in the 16mm projector from the Av department? They’d thread up classic tales about your body, narcotics, driving safety and manners. Things which kids nowadays can’t seem to handle.

When the Vcr arrived in schools, the 16mm projector was quickly dumped as teaching tool.

Where did these classic films go? Many arrived at the city dump. However a few lucky tens of thousands found themselves on the racks of the Av Geeks Archive. This repository of cinematic education is overseen by Skip Elsheimer. He started collecting the films after I moved out of the infamous PineHaus.
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DVD and Blu-Ray Releases: February 15th - Cthulhu Caught in Twilight Zone

Not a very busy week for horror releases on Blu-ray and DVD. At least The Twilight Zone: Season 3 is here to keep us busy for hours before we dig on the DVD premiere of The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu directed by Henry Saine and starring Kyle Davis, Devin McGinn, Matt Bauer.

In addition, Peter A. Dowling's Stag Night (starring Breckin Meyer, Scott Adkins, Kip Pardue, Karl Geary) and David A. Cross's Respire (starring Tracy Teague, Mat Wright, Vince Eustace, Jessica Keeler, Ellie Torrez) round up the offerings this week.

The Twilight Zone: Season 3 (1962) (Blu-ray Review)

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Starring Rod Serling, Bill Mumy, Lois Nettleton, William Windom, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Cornthwaite, Cliff Robertson, Lee Marvin, James Best, Strother Martin, Russell Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Peter Falk, Robert Redford, Elizabeth Montgomery, Charles Bronson, Jack Albertson, James Gregory, Jack Klugman, Buster Keaton, Dean Stockwell, Barry Morse, Andy Devine,
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Trailer Park: Digital Holiday Buying Guide

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Little Fockers - Screening

Live in Phoenix or the nearby environs? Interested in seeing Little Fockers on December 16? Then, pal, I have just the ticket for you. In fact, I have a lot of tickets so by all means shoot me a line at and I’ll see about hooking you up with passes to see it.

Need to know more? Here’s some information:

This holiday season come Little Fockers the third installment in this blockbuster series (Meet The Parents and Meet the Fockers.) The test of wills between Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) and Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) escalates to new heights as Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) and Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) and the family
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Party Favors: Call It Hof Vegas

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Pahrump - Call it Hof Vegas. Dennis Hof of HBO’s Cathouse no longer wants me to warn readers that his Bunny Ranch empire is in only Reno and not Las Vegas. He’s bringing his style of adult fun to the outskirts of Sin City. He called up the hotline from the middle of Crystal, Nevada to spread the news. The sounds of hammering and drills came from his end of the phone.

“We’re moving around here and getting some things done,” Dennis Hof said. “I bought two 35 year old rundown, rat trap brothels. What you’re buying is the licenses.”

The two old names were Cherry Patch Ranch and Mabel’s Whore House. The new places are Love Ranch and Dennis Hof’s Cathouse. “Those are name that are synonymous with good times.”

There are no good times for the former owner. He got arrested for bribing a county official.
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Everything old is new again: TV adaptations on the Big Screen

The new remake of The A-Team will put a modern spin on a popular television series of the eighties, bringing nostalgic feelings to old fans of the show while introducing a new generation to one of their fathers' favorites. The A-Team is just the latest in a very long line of classic TV shows that have received a big screen makeover.

The appeal of these small-screen-to-big-screen revamps is twofold. One purpose is to recapture older audiences who grew up on classic TV and who may not go to the movies very often anymore, but the lure of seeing one of the shows they grew up with on a the silver screen might entice them to visit their local theater. The second advantage is that Hollywood executives always feel safer using proven ideas rather than gambling on new ones, hence the reason so many sequels are made.

For the sake of brevity,
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DVD Round Up, Nov. 19, 2009: ‘Spread,’ ‘Open Road,’ ‘Train’

Chicago – The DVD Round-Up is back! Did you miss us?’s intermittent column designed to serve as a safety net for releases that may otherwise fall without notice is back with a motley crew of titles that have nearly nothing in common. Classic TV, drama, horror, copious sex, and Justin Timberlake. You make the connections.

The Fugitive: Season Three, Volume One” was released on October 27th, 2009

The Dead” was released on November 3rd, 2009.

Spread” was released on November 10th, 2009.

The Canyon,” “Open Road” and “Train” were released on November 17th, 2009

The Fugitive: Season Three, Volume One”

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Synopsis: “The hit series The Fugitive is back, featuring the first 15 Season Three episodes, on DVD for the first time ever! Golden Globe Award winner David Janssen expertly portrays Dr. Richard Kimble, the pediatrician falsely accused of killing his wife, who needs to prove his innocence by leading the obsessive Lt.
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New On DVD This Week

Here’s a list of some of the new movie and TV shows coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week that we’re looking forward to seeing. Also, there’s some classic, and not-so-classic, movies hitting Blu-ray for the first time this week as well.

Of all the new releases, we’re particularly interested in the Blu-ray versions of movies and TV shows such as Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, Night of the Creeps, the original Stargate, The Sam Fuller Collection, Orphan and the complete The Prisoner series starring and created by Patrick McGoohan (pictured above).

Check them out.


Battlestar Galactica: The Plan ~ Edward James Olmos, Tricia Helfer (DVD and Blu-ray)

42nd Street Forever 5: Alamo Drafthouse Edition ~ Charlton Heston, Robert Englund (DVD)

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ~ Ray Romano (DVD and Blu-ray)

Into Temptation ~ Kristin Chenoweth, Jeremy Sisto (DVD and Blu-ray)

Messiah of Evil: The Second Coming ~ Michael Greer,
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DVD Playhouse: April 2009

DVD Playhouse—April 2009


Allen Gardner

Milk (Universal) Sean Penn deservedly captured his second Best Actor Oscar (and Dustin Lance Black a statuette for his original screenplay) in director Gus Van Sant’s portrait of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to hold public office in the U.S. Alternately heartbreaking, infuriating and very funny, a film that both captures a bygone era and is still very timely. Fine support from Josh Brolin, Victor Garber, James Franco and Emile Hirsch. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Three featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS 5.1 surround.

Slumdog Millionaire (20th Century Fox) The Best Picture of 2008 is a kinetic, clever audience-pleaser about a determined lad (Dev Patel) from the slums of Mumbai, who has his chance at literal and financial redemption as a contestant on India’s version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Best Director Danny Boyle dazzles
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