4 items from 2012
Black Sunday: Remastered Edition (1960) Lorber Films Blu-ray and DVD Available Now
One of director Mario Bava’s most acclaimed works, Black Sunday is a strikingly photographed “old dark castle” thriller revolving around witchcraft and possession. Barbara Steele (Piranha) gives a hypnotic performance as Katia, the unfortunate look-alike descendent of a witch who intends to possess her. This highly influential film, also shot by Bava, was the precursor to countless American and European gothic horrors. This is the uncut European print with a few extra minutes of footage, a different English track and Robert Nicolosi’s haunting original score. After years of ugly public domain releases, Black Sunday is finally being presented in its original aspect ratio with a high definition transfer struck from a pristine 35Mm archival print.
• Audio commentary by Tim Lucas (author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark).
• Original Bava theatrical trailers. »
- Bradley Harding
In this day and age, it's becoming harder and harder to distinguish YouTube parody videos from genuinely bad stuff. So when a trailer for a movie called Vampire Dog hits the web and happens to go viral, it's easy to assume that it must be a joke. But no, as it turns out, this is a real direct-to-dvd movie that will be hitting store shelves next week and it looks pretty hilarious. The story revolves around a boy named Ace (Collin MacKechnie), who inherits his grandfather's Transylvanian dog, Fang. What he doesn't know is that the dog is also a vampire. Norm MacDonald voices Fang, which makes this feel even more like some sort of meta-parody of terrible family films. However, the fact that it is directed by Geoff Anderson, a visual FX supervisor on such films as Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch and Snow Buddies, says otherwise. Whether or not it is truly self-aware, »
Recently, our own Nathan Adams bemoaned comedian-turned-actor Kevin Hart’s decision to sign on to Valet Guys, as a sidekick to Kevin James in a surely unfunny Kevin James vehicle. But while that was perhaps a bad idea on Hart’s part, we should not forget Hart’s other recent project pick-up: a buddy cop comedy with Seth Rogen that has a misleading and/or totally brilliant tagline. Paired with today’s announcement that Hart is taking cues from Jim Belushi, it seems as if the funny man is seriously interested in mixing up his comedic outings – and, as is so rare when it comes to talking about Jim Belushi’s career cues (Snow Buddies, really?), that’s probably a fantastic idea. THR reports that Hart has joined the cast of Screen Gems’ remake of About Last Night. The 1986 film was directed by Edward Zwick and comes from no less than David Mamet‘s play, Sexual »
- Kate Erbland
DVD or Blu-ray? Redbox or Netflix? Streaming? And hardest of all: Justin Timberlake or Ryan Gosling? Whatever your poison, here's the breakdown on all the week's new releases. Moviefone's Picks of the Week "Drive" What's It About? Ryan Gosling stars as a stuntman-by-day, getaway-driver-by-night who gets caught up in a violent con-job involving his beautiful neighbor and her young son. See It Because: It's an original idea with good acting performances and unique direction -- which is becoming more and more of a rarity in Hollywood these days. By now you should know this is not the "Fast and Furious" car racing movie some people thought it would be; it's a gritty, stylish crime thriller in the vein of the genre's best output from the 70s and 80s. Also Available on: Redbox DVD & Blu-ray | Amazon Instant Video "In Time" What's It About? Justin Timberlake flexes his action hero muscles in »
- Eric Larnick
4 items from 2012