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"Lost In Space: The Complete John Williams Collection" On Vinyl

  • CinemaRetro
By Darren Allison

Before inheriting the title "Master of Disaster", a perfectly justified honour for his reputation of creating some of the greatest disaster movies of the 1970s, Irwin Allen was also the man responsible for some of the classic TV shows to emerge in the 1960’s. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Time Tunnel, and Land of the Giants have all survived the test of time and become immortalised among the best in terms of cultural importance. However, above all others, Lost in Space (1965-1968) is arguably the series that endured. Very loosely inspired by Johan David Wyss's classic 1812 adventure novel “Swiss Family Robinson”, the premise for the show was fairly uncomplicated and followed the adventures of the Robinson family, a crew of space colonists who encounter a number of strange and otherworldly situations after their ship is sabotaged and thrown off its original course. A great
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Western Director Andrew V. McLaglen Dies at 94

Director Andrew V. McLaglen, best known for his work on Westerns including John Wayne’s “McLintock!” and James Stewart’s “Shenandoah,” has died at the age of 94.

According to the Journal of the San Juan Islands, McLaglen died on Saturday, Aug. 30 at his home in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, Wa. A cause of death was not reported.

McLaglen was born in England to Oscar-winning actor Victor McLaglen (“The Informer”) and Enid Lamont in 1920, and moved to Hollywood with his family soon after his birth.

Before transitioning to the director’s chair with “Gun the Man Down” in 1956, he served as an assistant director on 14 pics, including Wayne films such as “Big Jim McLain,” “Island in the Sky” and “Blood Alley.” He would go on to direct Wayne in four Westerns — “McLintock,” “The Undefeated,” “Chisum” and “Cahill U.S. Marshal” — as well as action movie “Hellfighters.” McLaglen served as unit
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Restored ‘Silent Night, Bloody Night’ is Coming to DVD

  • DailyDead
Many horror fans have seen Black Christmas and Silent Night, Deadly Night, but there’s one Christmas-themed horror movie that pre-dates them both. We have word that 1974′s Silent Night, Bloody Night has been digitally restored and will be released just in time for Christmas:

“It’s Christmas Eve in a small town, but the local children aren’t dreaming of sugarplum fairies in Silent Night, Bloody Night, on DVD Dec. 10, from Film Chest.

A ’70s drive-in, B-movie flick, Silent Night, Bloody Night gained notoriety in the mid-1980s when it was featured on Elvira’s Movie Macabre, gaining a dedicated cult following. Now don’t miss a bloody drop … Enjoy this thriller in HD for the first time ever!

In Silent Night, Bloody Night, a young man inherits a mansion once used as an insane asylum … and in which his grandfather died in a fire.When he puts it up for sale,
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Silent Night, Bloody Night Restored and Hitting DVD in December

Now that Halloween is over and millions of turkeys are embarking on their death march, it's time to start thinking about the holiday season. And what better way to kick off your December than with a demented little movie fully restored for the first time?

From the Press Release

It’s Christmas Eve in a small town, but the local children aren’t dreaming of sugarplum fairies in Silent Night, Bloody Night, on DVD December 10 from Film Chest.

A ’70s drive-in, B-movie flick, Silent Night, Bloody Night gained notoriety in the mid-1980s when it was featured on Elvira’s Movie Macabre, gaining a dedicated cult following. Now don’t miss a bloody drop … Enjoy this thriller in HD for the first time ever!

In Silent Night, Bloody Night, a young man inherits a mansion once used as an insane asylum… and in which his grandfather died in a fire.
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James Arness obituary

Us actor known for playing Marshal Matt Dillon in the popular TV series Gunsmoke

James Arness, who has died aged 88, may not have been the biggest film star ever, but he was certainly one of the tallest, at 6ft 7in. His height and large bulk made a lasting impression in his role of Us Marshal Matt Dillon in the television western series Gunsmoke, which Arness played for 20 years.

As the poker-faced, taciturn marshal of Dodge City who works to preserve law and order on the western frontier in the 1870s, Arness, in medium-close shots, often had to perform standing in a hole, or else other actors stood on boxes so their faces could be in frame. His height was also a factor in his casting in the title role of The Thing from Another World (1951), also known as The Thing, which gave impetus to his career.

Arness himself found the
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James Arness obituary

Us actor known for playing Marshal Matt Dillon in the popular TV series Gunsmoke

James Arness, who has died aged 88, may not have been the biggest film star ever, but he was certainly one of the tallest, at 6ft 7in. His height and large bulk made a lasting impression in his role of Us Marshal Matt Dillon in the television western series Gunsmoke, which Arness played for 20 years.

As the poker-faced, taciturn marshal of Dodge City who works to preserve law and order on the western frontier in the 1870s, Arness, in medium-close shots, often had to perform standing in a hole, or else other actors stood on boxes so their faces could be in frame. His height was also a factor in his casting in the title role of The Thing from Another World (1951), also known as The Thing, which gave impetus to his career.

Arness himself found the
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Talent level at Post Logic rises

Two post industry talents, colorist Bryan McMahan and Denis LaConte, have joined Post Logic Studios.

LaConte was one of the members of the team that this year earned Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' SciTech Awards for the development of the Rosetta process for creating digital YCM archival masters for digital film restoration. He starts at Post Logic midmonth as vp software engineering, arriving from Pacific Title and Art Studio, where he was vp and head of software development.

McMahan has returned to Post Logic after some 18 months at Technicolor. He brings more than two decades of experience in film mastering and telecine-based color correction and has done extensive work on digital intermediate projects.

McMahan's credits include DI color timing for A Plumm Summer and Walking Tall; feature mastering for The Prestige, The Devil Wears Prada and Bug; and remastering of Paramount library titles including Island in the Sky, The High and the Mighty and Sunset Blvd.

"This represents how important the talent in the room and the talent behind the curtain are," Post Logic CEO Larry Birstock said.

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