7 items from 2012
Last October I wrote a post about the illustrator and poster designer Jacques Kapralik. I had stumbled across Kapralik’s name and found a small amount of information about him online. My article generated interest from movie title afficionado Christian Annyas who provided me with some of Kapralik’s title sequence designs for MGM. But I was delighted a few months later to get a message on one of the posts telling me that the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming holds an archive of Jacques Kapralik’s work and papers. Archivist Emily Christopherson told me that the university has the paper dolls that were used in the title sequence for Presenting Lily Mars that I had featured. Since I had previously seen only black and white photos from that sequence it was a treat to see them in color and in so much eye-popping detail (click to »
Blu-ray Release Date: Nov. 13, 2012
Price: Blu-ray $19.98 each
Studio: Warner Home Video
The first adaptation of James M. Cain‘s novel stars Lana Turner (The Bad and the Beautiful) and John Garfield (Gentleman’s Agreement) as a married woman and a drifter who fall in love then conspire to murder the woman’s husband. Of course, there are always consequences.
The 1981 version was directed by Bob Rafelson (Five Easy Pieces) from a script by thriller guru David Mamet (TV’s The Unit). Jack Nicholson (Chinatown) and Jessica Lange (Cape Fear) took over the starring duties, »
From the internet archives, check out two Ten Best lists from Martin Scorsese, which he did as a promo with Philips Electronics several years ago, via DVDtalk. The two lists are of films (one for domestic, another international) chosen for their use of light and color. Included are four films from the '40s, eight from the '50s, four from the '60s, two from the '70s, one from the '80s and only one from this century - Wang Kar-Wai's 2000 "In the Mood For Love." Trailers for "Mood" and 1943's "Phantom of the Opera" (the oldest on the lists) below. How many have you seen? English Language Films (in alphabetical order) • Barry Lyndon (1975, Dir. Stanley Kubrick; Cin. John Alcott) • Duel in the Sun (1946, Dir. King Vidor; Cin. Lee Garmes, Ray Rennahan, Hal Rosson) • Invaders From Mars (1953, »
- Sophia Savage
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 21, 2012
Price: DVD $19.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Olive Films
Robert Mitchum (Night of the Hunter) stars as Jeb, a man emotionally scarred by his tragic past and inner demons. Judith Anderson (Rebecca) plays Mrs. Callum, a widow who rescues Jeb when he was a child and raises him as her own with her two biological children. Making Jeb’s life even more complicated is the fact that he and his adopted sister, Thorley (Teresa Wright, Shadow of a Doubt) fall in love with each other, while his adopted brother, Adam (John Rodney) has come to hate him. A sticky and potentially dangerous situation..
For moviegoers growing up in the last 20-30 years, big is the new normal. I’m talking about those big-budget, over-produced, effects/action-packed extravaganzas that are as expected and routine an arrival as a commuter bus, and never more so than during the summer months. Come a rise in temperatures, there’s an almost ceaseless parade of these megabuck behemoths through multiplexes starting in May and continuing until the kids go back to school, one rolling out almost every week.
Consider these May-August releases and their eye-popping price tags:
5/4: Marvel’s The Avengers — $220 million
5/11: Dark Shadows — $150 million
5/18: Battleship — $209 million
5/25: Men in Black 3 — $250 million
6/8: Prometheus — $120-130 million
7/3: The Amazing Spider-Man — $220 million
7/20: The Dark Knight Rises — $250 million
7/31: Total Recall — $200 million
8/5: The Expendables 2 — $100 million
For those of you who haven’t been keeping count, that’s a little over $1.7 billion in productions »
- Bill Mesce
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 1, 2012
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Kino Lorber
Joel McCrea (Sullivan’s Travels) portrays Johnny, an intrepid young sailor traveling the South Seas who falls in love with Luana (Dolores del Rio, Journey Into Fear), the beautiful daughter of an island chief. But their idyllic romance is destined to come to a sudden and violent end when tribal custom decrees that Luana is to be sacrificed to the local volcano. What to do….?
Restored and remastered in high definition by the George Eastman House, Kino Lorber’s edition »
Ask my wife or daughter and they’ll tell you: it doesn’t take a lot to make me happy. It could be something as simple as a matchbook tie-in for David O. Selznick’s Duel in the Sun (although I don’t think I’ll be saving the peel-off stickers I noticed on my bananas advertising the new Alvin and the Chipmunks movie.) I cackled like a child when I recently opened the package containing my latest “find”—a 12-inch wooden ruler advertising the 1943 movie The Song of Bernadette. The fact that I paid five bucks for it made the acquisition all the sweeter. I love movie memorabilia, including stills and posters, but I have a special...
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7 items from 2012
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