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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.
Fifteen years after four bandits massacred his family, a young man (John Phillip Law) seeks revenge. Several of the men responsible now hold positions »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The transition from the summer to fall movie season tends to be pretty mild. A lot of films are in active release at the moment that still draw strong audiences, and a few things just didn't take off. The fact that Lee Daniels' The Butler hasn't been knocked off the top of the box-office chart in three weeks is a clear indicator that there's not a lot of compeition for viewers right now. That's going to change a lot in the weeks ahead, but this weekend there's really only one mainstream release and one specialty release opening in Austin.
As far as repertory screenings go, with the Paramount Summer Film Classics series wrapped up, things are slowing down a touch on that front. The Austin Film Society is bringing a new 35mm print of Death Rides A Horse to town tonight and Sunday afternoon that's fresh from playing a revival screening at Telluride, »
- Matt Shiverdecker
Apart from the three sneak screening titles that will stir up the buzz in the coming days, Julie Huntsinger and Tom Luddy’s 40th edition of the Telluride Film Festival excels in bringing a concentration of solid docus from the likes of Errol Morris and Werner Herzog who this year cuts the ribbon on a theatre going by his name and introduces Death Row, a pinch of Berlin Film Fest items (Gloria, Slow Food Story, Fifi Howls from Happiness) Palme d’Or winner (this year Abdellatif Kechiche will be celebrated), upcoming Sony Pictures Classics items (Tim’s Vermeer, The Lunchbox), Venice to Telluride to Tiff titles (Bethlehem, Tracks and Under the Skin), the latest Jason Reitman film (Labor Day) and the barely known docu-home-movie whodunit (by helmers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine) The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden which features narration from the likes of Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger and Connie Nielsen. »
- Eric Lavallee
The lineup, unveiled Wednesday, includes Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney; Robert Redford’s “All Is Lost”; Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” starring Bruce Dern, who won the actor award at Cannes; Scarlett Johansson’s sci-fier “Under the Skin”; Gia Coppola’s debut “Palo Alto,” starring Emma Roberts; the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis,” which won the Grand Prix at Cannes; Jason Reitman’s “Labor Day,” starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet; and Ralph Fiennes’ “The Invisible Women.”
French love story “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, is the most prominent international title in a lineup that features several notable films that will head to the Toronto Intl. Film Festival including Cambodian doc “The Missing Picture, »
- Dave McNary
It is impossible for me to believe next weekend will mark the 200th edition of the "What I Watched" feature on this site and I absolutely love how much it has grown over the last year or so, especially after I almost scrapped it altogether. So, to that I say, Thank you for keeping movie discussion alive and kicking on this site! As for what I watched this week, it was a massive week for me. Here's the list: The Heat The Lone Ranger Despicable Me 2 Shoot the Piano Player (dir. Francois Truffaut) Gasland (dir. Josh Fox) Gasland Part II (dir. Josh Fox) The Third Man (dir. Carol Reed) Death Rides a Horse (dir. Giulio Petroni) They Live (dir. John Carpenter) The Beach (dir. Danny Boyle) As I've already mentioned, we will be interviewing Josh Fox on the podcast next week (most likely on Tuesday's episode) and my decision »
- Brad Brevet
This went over pretty well last week so let's keep it rolling. I will definitely be watching Gasland Part II either tonight or this weekend as we are planning on talking to director Josh Fox on the podcast next week and I'd recommend, if you haven't seen it already, checking out Fox's 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland. It's available on Netflix Instant. I also have a few Netflix titles in my possession that I want to watch. The first is Danny Boyle's The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio, which I haven't seen since it was released in 2000. I didn't like it much then so I'm giving it a rewatch to see what I think about it now. I'm also hoping to watch John Carpenter's They Live for the first time. It seems just as relevant now as it would have been in 1988, if not more so, and having never seen it »
- Brad Brevet
Nest of Vipers (Night of the Serpent)
Directed by Giulio Petroni
Though Giulio Petroni has only rather few titles to his name when compared with his prolific, and better known, counterparts, the Italian director does have the bragging rights of working with both Lee Van Cleef (Death Rides a Horse, 1967) and Orson Welles (Tepepa, 1969).
It’s Petroni’s Nest of Vipers, recently released alongside Pierro Pierotti’s less successful Tails You Lose (1969), by Wild East Productions, that showcases the director’s talent for complex plotting and atmospheric set pieces.
Similar to the earlier Ringo series by Duccio Tessari, and to the now time-honored traditions of Leone and Corbucci, the structure of Nest of Vipers pits the outsider (here, and often, the“gringo”) versus a band of outlaws, where a largely unassuming and tight-knit community is caught in between and unawares.
- Neal Dhand
December was Tarantino Month here at Sos, and since January is dedicated to westerns, I thought it would be best to whip up some articles spotlighting films that influenced Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Since I began my list back in December, I’ve noticed similar lists popping up online – all of which are somewhat suspect, since they recommend some terrible films. For my money, all of the movies listed below are essential viewing for fans of Django Unchained, and come highly recommended.
Note: This is the third of a three part article.
Directed by Tonino Valerii
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