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Original Maltese Falcon Sells For $4,085,000 At Auction

1 December 2013 3:38 AM, PST

 

At a recent auction of classic movie memorabilia conducted by Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies in New York City, an original Maltese Falcon sold for $4,085,000. There were two falcons built for John Huston's classic 1941 movie but this one can be verified as actually having been in the film. It was purchased by an anonymous collector. The piece is thought to be the third highest valued movie collectible in history having sold for slightly less than the original Batmobile and James Bond's original Aston Martin DB5. Click here for more   »

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"Not Forgetting James Bond", Autobiography Of Syd Cain, Available In Limited Quantities

30 November 2013 6:56 AM, PST

The following press release has been received by Cinema Retro:

MI6 Confidential – Syd Cain Signed Autobiography :The Rare Autobiography Is Available Again In Limited Numbers

(London, UK, November 27th 2013) MI6 Confidential, has taken possession of a limited number of signed copies of the autobiography of Production Designer Syd Cain.

‘Not Forgetting James Bond’ is the autobiography of Syd Cain, one of cinema's most highly acclaimed Production Designers and Art Directors. This is a mesmerising volume filled with humour, drama and exotic travel, and never before told accolades about the legendary people Syd worked with during his 57 years in the film industry.

He recalls extraordinary revelations about making such films as Frenzy, The Wild Geese, Lolita, Shout at the Dead, Gold, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Fahrenheit 451, and of course the James Bond classics: Dr. No, From Russia With Love, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, »

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Lee Van Cleef Special Editions Released By Explosive Media

29 November 2013 3:50 AM, PST

Swiss label Explosive Media (www.explosive-media.com) has  just released two classic Italian spaghetti westerns on Blu-ray from brand new HD transfers: Giulio Petroni's Death Rides a Horse (1967), starring Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law, and Mario Brega and Gianfranco Parolini's Sabata (1969), starring Lee Van Cleef, William Berger and Ignazio Spalla. Both films have their world-wide premiere on the Blu-ray format.

These new releases have newly-produced special features, bonus DVDs and illustrated booklets. Both are available for purchase in Switzerland and Germany via Amazon and have English tracks. Explosive Media released the brilliant Blu-ray version of Lee Van Cleef's The Big Gundown last year, so fans already know the calibre of content and quality presented by this Swiss company.

Death Rides a Horse

Fifteen years after four bandits massacred his family, a young man (John Phillip Law) seeks revenge. Several of the men responsible now hold positions »

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Cinema Epoch Acquires New Titles For Digital Release

28 November 2013 9:13 PM, PST

George Lazenby, Laurene Landon and Douglas Dunning in "Hunter".

 

Douglas Dunning, Cinema Epoch’s Director of Acquisitions, has just announced that the company has obtained the rights to release four films from XPosse Productions for worldwide distribution on DVD and on all digital platforms. Scary Tales is among the titles scheduled for release. Here is a brief trailer for the film.

Mr. Dunning is currently also appearing opposite actor George Lazenby, who is best known for playing James Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), in the recently completed film Hunter, which was directed by Gregory Hatanaka, who is also the president of Cinema Epoch. Mr. Lazenby plays General Bullmont in the film. Also starring is actress Laurene Landon who has starred in the Peter Falk film All the Marbles (1981), I, the Jury (1982), Hundra (1983) and Yellow Hair and the Fortress of Gold (1984).

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Swiss James Bond Club Honors Caroline Munro

28 November 2013 8:38 AM, PST

‘Operation Naomi’ was the first signing event organized by the Swiss James Bond Club for its members. 52 guests met The Spy Who Loved Me star Caroline Munro, who arrived in member Gernot Wolf’s white Lotus Esprit - of course! Caroline spent the day signing autographs and posed for photographs, before everyone enjoyed a sumptuous 3 course steak dinner at the amazing Runway Restaurant where the event took place - including a Jet Ranger helicopter similar to the one in the film flying in especially for the day. At the end of the day club president Markus Hartmann asked Caroline to be the club’s honorary Patron, to which she readily agreed.

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British Actor Lewis Collins Dead At Age 67

28 November 2013 8:25 AM, PST

 

Lewis Collins, the popular British actor who played men of action, has died at from cancer at age 67. Although his fame was largely relegated to his native England, he maintained a loyal fan following primarily attributed to his role in the long-running UK TV series The Professionals which is still being presented in re-runs on ITV4. Collins also had roles in other popular British TV series including Z Cars, The New Avengers and The Cuckoo Waltz. He also starred in producer Euan Lloyd's 1982 feature film Who Dares Wins about a daring Sas operation. The film, released in the United States as The Final Option, was a personal favorite of President Ronald Reagan, who requested a private screening at the White House. Collins was touted by many as a suitable candidate for playing James Bond. In fact, Collins screen tested for the role of 007 but failed to convince legendary producer »

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Actor Tony Musante Dead At Age 77

28 November 2013 7:19 AM, PST

Tony Musante, the popular character actor who was a fixture in Italian films and TV series, has died in a New York hospital at age 77. Musante, who brought intensity to all of his roles, was driven more by artistic satisfaction than a desire to make the big money. He made a splash with U.S. audiences in 1967 playing a thug who terrorizes passengers on a New York City subway train in the film The Incident. He won acclaim for his role as a gay man who is wrongly convicted and executed for murder in the 1968 Frank Sinatra film The Detective. He also had a co-starring role with George C. Scott in the 1971 crime film The Last Run and starred in director Dario Argento's 1970 cult classic The Bird With the Crystal Plumage. In 1973 he reluctantly starred in the TV series Toma about a maverick cop. Despite the show's ratings success, »

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DVD Review: William Castle's "Homicidal" (1961) Starring Glenn Corbett And Jean Arless

27 November 2013 3:50 AM, PST

By Lee Pfeiffer

Sony has reissued its 2002 special edition of producer William Castle's horror exploitation film Homicidal a burn-to-order DVD, although there is no mention of the extra bonus feature on the packaging or publicity for the film. (Sony seems determined not to capitalize on special features that are especially marketable to collectors.) Castle, of course, was the proud master of exploitation films and relished his reputation as the King of Schlock. He excelled in making low-budget, "quickie" films that often capitalized on major hit movies of the day. Castle seemed to fancy himself as a low-rent version of Alfred Hitchcock, who was also not shy about promoting his own image in connection with marketing his films and TV series. Castle's films were not meant to be taken seriously by critics but he did have high standards for the genre in which he worked and it's rare to find »

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Review: "Oliver!" (1968) Starring Ron Moody, Mark Lester And Oliver Reed, Twilight Time Blu-ray Limited Edition

25 November 2013 4:32 PM, PST

By Lee Pfeiffer 

The magnificent Oscar-winning best picture of the year for 1968, Oliver!, has been released as a Blu-ray special limited edition (3,000 units) by Twilight Time. This adaptation of the smash stage hit was a dream project for director Lewis Gilbert but, much to his dismay, the director's seat was given to Sir Carol Reed. How Gilbert's version of the film would have differed will never be known but suffice it to say, it's hard to imagine he could have improved on Reed's vision. There had been numerous previous screen versions of Dickens' classic novel Oliver Twist, with the most notable being David Lean's 1948 movie with a star-making turn by Alec Guinness as Fagin. The 1963 stage musical by Lionel Bart was a sensation and it stood to reason that the screen rights were quickly scooped up. The film went against the tide when considering other major musicals of the period. »

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