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Fright At Home: August 21st’s Blu-ray & DVD Releases

Frightful readers, I’d like to personally welcome you to Fright At Home, our very own weekly Blu-ray/DVD column that’s dedicated solely to genre, cult & horror Blu-ray & DVD releases that adamantly deserve your attention and support.

I myself am a voracious home video enthusiast, especially of those that are released by first class cult video labels that include Synapse Films, Shout! Factory and dozens more. It’s these companies that are the true heroes, releasing obscured oddities or cult classics onto remastered, bonus feature packed discs just for us. It’s truly a “by the fans, for the fans” kind of attitude that is clearly present once you pop that disc and relish in the spectacular video quality or feature length retrospective documentary. This weekly column is essentially a big thank you to those behind-the-scenes people who spend thousands of dollars and countless hours tirelessly perfecting their releases,
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Sydney 2011 Review: Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Probably the most telling Roger Corman mantra is the belief that the more money you put in a movie the less artistic imagination there will be in it. It’s easy in retrospect to see this as a sly dig at George Lucas. Indeed Star Wars was Corman’s biggest threat – it subsequently derailed his career and made studios savvy to something he always knew: that you could make even more money out of movies if you put more money into them. And from being the pioneer of low-budget money-making monster flicks and bloody revenge dramas Corman was relegated to the sidelines.

It’s easy to write-off Corman as simply a tasteless exploitative hack of Z-grade movies who has no artistic integrity of his own to speak of, but then that wouldn’t justify the deep-seated admiration he has acquired. This witty, brilliantly entertaining and insightful
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'My subconscious must be an inferno'

A one-man movie factory, Roger Corman is now the subject of a film himself. The 'pope of popular cinema' speaks to Xan Brooks in Cannes

Down at the Cannes Marché du Film, the stalls sell monster flicks and "erotical thrillers", gun-toting revenge dramas and a film about a band of kung-fu ninja girls who join a beach volleyball team ("very romantic," insists the sales agent). It is a jumbled, lively place, teeming with circus barkers and recalling a bygone B-movie heyday when you could escort Betty-Sue to the drive-in, watch some screaming teenagers being chomped by a radioactive crustacean and still have change from a dollar. If Roger Corman walked in now, they'd probably hail him as a god.

Instead, I find Corman a little further up the prom, resting his bones in a hotel salon. He explains was up until 3am the night before, attending a reception on Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's yacht,
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Weekend Shopping Guide 1/8/10: Kung Fu Fightin’

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The weekend’s here. You’ve just been paid, and it’s burning a hole in your pocket. What’s a pop culture geek to do? In hopes of steering you in the right direction to blow some of that hard-earned cash, it’s time for the Fred Weekend Shopping Guide - your spotlight on the things you didn’t even know you wanted…

(Please support Fred by using the links below to make any impulse purchases - it helps to keep us going…)

It’s been a long, long, Long wait, but the fine folks at Cinematic Titanic make a strong return with their road-tested riff of the awkward merging of both Kung-Fu And Blaxsploitation, all wrapped in a model of poor filmmaking and worse acting… I give you East Meets Watts (Cinema Titan, Not Rated, DVD-$14.99). Not only is the riffing tight, but this is also the first Cinematic Titanic Live release,
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Roger Corman: Scorsese, Stallone, Sayles, and other A-listers talk about the B-movie king

He gave life to teenage cavemen and candy-stripe nurses. Crab monsters and humanoids from the deep. T-bird gangs and towns that dreaded sundown. His name is Roger Corman. And on Nov. 14, he will receive an honor that no one would have predicted: an honorary Academy Award. The 83-year-old B-movie titan has made nearly 400 films as a director and producer. From the start, Corman was a magnet for hungry young actors, writers, and directors who would work for slave wages for the chance to make their first film. They called it the "University of Corman," and the alumni include Francis Ford Coppola,
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