5 items from 2011
Mod, or manufacturing on demand, means studios and DVD labels don’t press the DVD until you order it. MGM’s Limited Edition Collection and the Warner Archive Collection are the two big names in the Mod game right now, and each month they make dozens of titles available on DVD for the very first time. And The Mod Quad will take a look at as many of them as we can handle on a semi-irregular basis. Which will probably average out to some number divisible by four. This Halloween-themed installment includes eight horror films from the Warner Archive including one of the best made-for-tv horror films ever made (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark), a freaky and timely movie about a madman who owns exotic animals (Black Zoo), one of the scariest TV mini-series (Salem’s Lot), the best killer pig movie to ever grace the screen (Razorback) and more. * The »
- Rob Hunter
Can you ever really go home again, even if your director is the guy who made Tootsie? The Twilight Zone, Episode #45: "The Trouble with Templeton" (airdate 12/09/60) The Plot: An actor in the twilight of his life is still haunted by the loss of his one true love. The Goods: Booth Templeton (Brian Aherne) observes a "new guest" paying attention to young Mrs. Templeton by the swimming pool on his palatial grounds. He is rueful but not surprised, accepting her indiscretions as the price he must pay for marrying such a young woman. Templeton, a renowned star of the stage, knows that he's living in his twilight years, and he's occupied by memories of Laura (Pippa Scott), his first wife and one true »
This TV western looks great, has marvellous guest appearances and is unashamedly literate – and the complete series one has 30 episodes
James Drury starred throughout, playing the man known only as The Virginian, and whose eyebrows are for ever drawn up in an expression of pained exasperation, as if everyone around him is a big disappointment.
The set-up is based on the 1902 Owen Wister novel of the same name: The Virginian is the taciturn, vaguely mysterious foreman of Shiloh ranch – just outside Medicine Bow, Wyoming – keeping order on behalf of its owner, Judge Garth (Lee J Cobb). The only other character to stick out the entire run is square-jawed ranch hand Trampas, played by Doug McClure.
The Virginian looks great – it was filmed in lush colour in wild California hills. »
- Tim Dowling
Director: Steven Peros Writer: Steven Peros Starring: Sybil Temtchine, H.M. Wynant, Pippa Scott People often escape to Hollywood to start their lives anew...and once upon a time a young woman (Sybil Temtchine) wearing a green dress takes that quest quite literally. The woman mysteriously awakens, sprawled across the famed footprints and handprints in front of the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. We never learn her name (she seems to have amnesia) and she rarely speaks, but we are given the opportunity to listen to her internal dialogue. A series of "quirky Hollywood types" try to "help" the dazed and confused woman, including a vagrant (Jeris Lee Poindexter) and a man wearing a bolo tie, Victor (H.M. Wynant). Is she Mira Sorvino? Is she Wonder Woman? Is she Daisy? Why is William Wyler's 1949 film The Heiress important to her? And who the hell is "fountain boy"? With Footprints, »
- Don Simpson
From award-winning writer Steven Peros, author of the play and screenplay for The Cat.s Meow (directed by Peter Bogdanovich) and twice-published Samuel French playwright, comes Footprints, a haunting, hopeful and unforgettable mystery. The film chronicles a young woman.s journey of discovery in one day, from sunrise to sunset.
Sybil Temtchine (Ten Benny, Passion of Ayn Rand) stars as a young woman who wakes up at dawn on the footprints and handprints of the famed Grauman.s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood with no idea who she or how she got there. Upon awakening, she wonders if she isn.t, in fact, lost in a dream. And perhaps she is.
Regardless of whether she is dreaming or wide awake, Our Gal sets off on her journey, from one person to the next, one famous locale after the other. Among the Hollywood fringe denizens with whom she comes into contact are »
- Melissa Howland
5 items from 2011
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