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Adrienne Corri obituary

Actor who played Shakespearean roles and in Hammer horror movies, as well as such well-known films as Dr Zhivago

Adrienne Corri, who has died aged 85, was an actor of considerable range and versatility whose career ranged from the high – with Shakespearean roles alongside Ralph Richardson and Alec Guinness – to the decidedly low, including appearances in many quota quickies and low-budget horror movies that showcased her striking red-haired beauty. Although seen regularly on big and small screens in the 1950s and 60s, Corri is mainly remembered for her participation in the short but notorious gang rape scene from Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange (1971). Despite complaining to Kubrick about the multitude of takes, Corri retained a friendship with the director for a short while afterwards. One Christmas she gave him a pair of bright red socks, a reference to the scene, in which she is left naked but for such garments.
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New on Video: ‘The River’

The River

Written by Rumer Godden and Jean Renoir

Directed by Jean Renoir

France/India/USA, 1951

As the camera looks down upon an ornamental design created from rice powder and water, the narrator (voiced by June Hillman), who speaks throughout the film, welcomes us to the world of The River. This is Bengal, “where the story really happened,” and this is Harriet speaking, reflecting back on her life at a very confusing and significant time. For all intents and purposes, The River is primarily her story. And in this, the film is an intimately personal cinematic memoir. But The River is also something else. In its depiction of the “river people” who inhabit this region of India, the film also takes on an ethnographic appeal, capturing the “flavor” of the setting and its inhabitants.

Guiding this journey is the great French director Jean Renoir, fresh off a tumultuous sojourn in Hollywood,
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Criterion Collection: The River | Blu-ray Review

Criterion repackages Jean Renoir’s 1951 classic The River for Blu-ray, one of the master filmmaker’s several titles in the collection (fans may recall that Renoir’s Grand Illusion was the very first Criterion title). A title significant in many respects, being the first Technicolor film in India and Renoir’s first color feature, it’s simplistic beauty has gone on to influence future generations of filmmakers, including its prominently vocal champion Martin Scorsese. It also served as a launching pad for Satyajit Ray, who worked as an assistant on the film, and who would go on to create his own stunning debut four years later with the first chapter of his Apu trilogy, Pather Panchali (1955).

We experience the childhood of Harriet (Patricia Walters) in retrospect, her off-screen adult voice recounting one particular stretch of time while growing up in India with her mother (Nora Swinburne) and father (Esmond Knight
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Madhouse, The Land That Time Forgot & Deranged Blu-rays Announced by Kino Lorber

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Paul Toombes has played a horror movie antagonist for years, but the wicked ways of his onscreen persona are now trickling into his real life world in 1974’s Madhouse. In 1975’s The Land That Time Forgot, World War I-era castaways wash ashore on Caprona, a place where dinosaurs still stomp the scenery. And in similar fashion to Psycho‘s Norman Bates, Ezra Cobb kills people with his mother in mind in 1974’s Deranged. Kino Lorber recently announced that they are bringing these three diverse films out on Blu-ray in the near future, and we have the trio’s release details for those interested in making them new additions to their collections.

Madhouse: Featuring a fresh HD master, Madhouse will hit Blu-ray in July. Bonus features and the cover art have not been revealed yet. Directed by Jim Clark, Madhouse stars Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Robert Quarry, and Adrienne Corri.

Synopsis: “Masters of macabre Vincent Price,
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A Look Back At: Madhouse

Editor’s Note: Hey fiends! Our own Josh Soriano returns with A Look Back At 1974′s Vincent Price starring, Madhouse! Read on below!

There’s no arguing that Vincent Price is a horror icon, a prolific character actor whose performances are synonymous with the genre. From his earlier work with schlockmeister William Castle to the Edgar Allen Poe-themed films directed by Roger Corman, Price was a titan that can be mentioned among greats like Boris Karloff or Bela Lugosi. Towards the beginning of the seventies, he starred in a crop of solid cult horrors under the keeping of American International Pictures. The Abominable Dr. Phibes is the most popular among them, an epic and bizarro revenge story with Price playing the eponymous ghoulish anti-hero. Phibes is a cult touchstone for his later years and was a surprise hit. Intended to become a franchise, only one sequel was made. Following the Phibes sequel,
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Long Before Obi-Wan There Were the Eight D'Ascoynes: Guinness Day

Alec Guinness: Before Obi-Wan Kenobi, there were the eight D’Ascoyne family members (photo: Alec Guiness, Dennis Price in ‘Kind Hearts and Coronets’) (See previous post: “Alec Guinness Movies: Pre-Star Wars Career.”) TCM won’t be showing The Bridge on the River Kwai on Alec Guinness day, though obviously not because the cable network programmers believe that one four-hour David Lean epic per day should be enough. After all, prior to Lawrence of Arabia TCM will be presenting the three-and-a-half-hour-long Doctor Zhivago (1965), a great-looking but never-ending romantic drama in which Guinness — quite poorly — plays a Kgb official. He’s slightly less miscast as a mere Englishman — one much too young for the then 32-year-old actor — in Lean’s Great Expectations (1946), a movie that fully belongs to boy-loving (in a chaste, fatherly manner) fugitive Finlay Currie. And finally, make sure to watch Robert Hamer’s dark comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets
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Vampire Circus – A Look Back at 1972

The St. Louis Globe-Democrat is a monthly newspaper run by Steve DeBellis, a well know St. Louis historian, and it.s the largest one-man newspaper in the world. The concept of The Globe is that there is an old historic headline, then all the articles in that issue are written as though it.s the year that the headline is from. It.s an unusual concept but the paper is now in its 25th successful year! Steve and I collaborated last year on an all-Vincent Price issue of The Globe and I’ve been writing a regular movie-related column since. Since there is no on-line version of The Globe, I post all of my articles here at We Are Movie Geeks as well. In honor of the 40th anniversary of Blueberry Hill, the landmark St. Louis restaurant and music club that.s filled with pop culture memorabilia, this month.s St.
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Inside the First Screening of A Clockwork Orange

"I think it's my most... skillful film," Stanley Kubrick stated in his calm, equanimous voice, the day after screening the first assembly of A Clockwork Orange. We were standing on either side of Stanley's desk in his functionally chaotic home office at Abbots Mead in Elstree, England, going over the agenda for our imminent meeting with Dick Lederer, senior vice president of advertising-publicity at Warner Bros. Stanley always spoke precisely, especially on matters of great importance, and he had to have contemplated all available adjectives before deciding on "skillful" to contextualize Clockwork within his body of work. It was a word I'd never heard him use before. The highest echelon of Warner executives, headed by chairman Ted Ashley, had flown in from Burbank for the event, their first look at any frame of Kubrick's latest film. Overwhelmed at what they saw, they conveyed their enthusiasm in a euphoric meeting immediately following the screening.
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Blu-Ray Review: Stanley Kubrick’s ‘A Clockwork Orange’ Gets 40th Anniversary Treatment

Chicago – To coincide with the Blu-ray box set of Stanley Kubrick films (including “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “The Shining,” and eight more films), Warner Bros. has released a very special edition of “A Clockwork Orange,” timed to the four-decade anniversary of one of the most influential movies ever made. With stellar new special features, a great transfer, and a timeless film, this is one of the best Blu-ray releases of the year to date.

Blu-Ray Rating: 5.0/5.0

Honestly, what more could I possibly add to the conversation about “A Clockwork Orange”? It’s one of the most written-about films of the last fifty years and one of the most important of its era. I don’t think it’s a perfect film but it’s undeniably one of the most influential of all time. One of my favorite bits in the excellent collection of special features on this release features a
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Exclusive: A Clockwork Orange Blu-ray Special Feature Clip

Exclusive: A Clockwork Orange Blu-ray Special Feature Clip
We have an exclusive clip from the brand new 40th Anniversary Edition of A Clockwork Orange, which just hit the shelves on Blu-ray today, May 31. Take a look at our exclusive clip below, which deals with the threats director Stanley Kubrick faced after A Clockwork Orange's release.

Click to watch Exclusive: Turning Like Clockwork: Aftermath!

On May 31, Warner Home Video will honor Stanley Kubrick and the film with A Clockwork Orange 40th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray ($34.99 Srp). The two-disc release includes two newly-produced bonus features: Turning Like Clockwork, a 25-minute documentary about the film's "ultra-violence" and its cultural impact, and a short documentary where Malcolm McDowell reminiscences on working closely with the legendary director. This two-disc edition will also contain the feature-length documentaries, Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures and O Lucky Malcolm! The 40th Anniversary Edition will be packaged in a 40-page Blu-ray book with rare photos and production notes.
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Exclusive: Malcolm McDowell Talks A Clockwork Orange

Exclusive: Malcolm McDowell Talks A Clockwork Orange
Stanley Kubrick is among the handful who come to mind when discussing the greatest directors of all time. Although his career spanned nearly 50 years, he only directed 13 feature films, all of which are considered classics to this day, with titles such as Spartacus, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, The Shining, and Full Metal Jacket. This year, his unforgettable adaptation of Anthony Burgess' novel A Clockwork Orange celebrates its 40th anniversary, and Warner Home Video is honoring this occasion by debuting A Clockwork Orange on Blu-ray for the very first time May 31. The studio is also releasing Stanley Kubrick: Limited Edition Collection on Blu-ray and DVD May 31, a nine-movie, 10-disc collection featuring the director's finest work, a 40-page collectible booklet, and numerous other special features.

I recently had the chance to speak with two men whose work lies at the
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Exclusive: Malcolm McDowell Talks Silent Hill: Revelation 3D and Vamps

Exclusive: Malcolm McDowell Talks Silent Hill: Revelation 3D and Vamps
I recently had the privilege of speaking with actor Malcolm McDowell for the 40th Anniversary Blu-ray edition of A Clockwork Orange, which will be released on high-def shelves everywhere on May 31. While most of our chat was devoted to his experience on the iconic Stanley Kubrick classic, I also asked Malcolm McDowell about two upcoming genre projects, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D and Vamps. Click on the video player below to see what Malcolm McDowell had to say about these horror projects.

Click to watch Exclusive: Malcolm McDowell Talks Silent Hill: Revelation 3D and Vamps!

Be sure to check back for my full video interview with Malcolm McDowell for the 40th Anniversary Blu-ray edition of A Clockwork Orange, which will hit the shelves in 1080p on May 31.

A Clockwork Orange was released December 20th, 1971 and stars Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke, John Clive, Adrienne Corri, Carl Duering, Paul Farrell.
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A Clockwork Orange is 40! New Blu-ray coming May 31

On May 31, Warner Home Video honors Stanley Kubrick and his controversial masterpeice A Clockwork Orange with a 40th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray!

The two-disc release includes two newly-produced bonus features: "Turning Like Clockwork," a 25-minute documentary about the film's "ultra-violence" and its cultural impact, and a short documentary with Malcolm McDowell reminiscencing about working closely with the legendary director. This two-disc edition will also contain the feature-length documentaries, Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures and O Lucky Malcolm! The 40th Anniversary Edition will be packaged in a 40-page Blu-ray book with rare photos and production notes.

Order A Clockwork Orange (Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]

A Clockwork Orange 40th Anniversary Edition is also available On Demand and for Download from iTunes., including bonus iTunes. extra content.

New trailer after the break!

Special Features:

* Malcolm McDowell Looks Back: Malcolm McDowell reflects on his experience working with Kubrick on one of the seminal films of
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James Reviews Robert Young’s Vampire Circus [Blu-Ray Review]

Hammer Films was a premier company when it came to making horror films in the 1950′s and 1960′s. But as times were changing, the company started faltering and were putting out watered down stories and sexually exploitative cinema. It seemed as if there were no more gems in their collection and that they’d just crank out the same old Dracula films with Christopher Lee starring in them. But then came a title that just sounds so interesting, you can’t believe it’s a real film. Vampire Circus is a bright spot of the later Hammer Films and thankfully Synapse Films has put it out on Blu-ray.

Vampire Circus begins with a prologue, showing a little girl frolicking in the forest. She is being led by a beautiful woman, Anna (Domini Blythe) to the castle of Count Mitterhaus (Robert Tayman), a sadistic and handsome vampire. He feeds on the
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A Clockwork Orange 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Debuts on May 31st

A Clockwork Orange 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Debuts on May 31st
Stanley Kubrick was one of the great filmmakers of our time and his profound influence on motion pictures continues to this day. His 1971 film, A Clockwork Orange, starring Malcolm McDowell, portrayed an oppressive lawless society where man was reduced to little more than a machine. The film introduced into popular culture the concept of "ultra-violence," as singing, tap-dancing, derby-topped hooligan Alex (McDowell) has a "good time" - at the tragic expense of others. His journey from amoral punk to brainwashed proper citizen and back again forms the dynamic arc of Stanley Kubrick's future-shock vision of Anthony Burgess' novel.

This was a powerful film made by a director at the height of his artistry and its impact generated worldwide controversy. Forty years later, the world is a different place but the film's power still entices, shocks and mesmerizes today.

On May 31, Warner Home Video will honor Stanley Kubrick and

A Clockwork Orange 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Debuts on May 31st

A Clockwork Orange 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Debuts on May 31st
Stanley Kubrick was one of the great filmmakers of our time and his profound influence on motion pictures continues to this day. His 1971 film, A Clockwork Orange, starring Malcolm McDowell, portrayed an oppressive lawless society where man was reduced to little more than a machine. The film introduced into popular culture the concept of "ultra-violence," as singing, tap-dancing, derby-topped hooligan Alex (McDowell) has a "good time" - at the tragic expense of others. His journey from amoral punk to brainwashed proper citizen and back again forms the dynamic arc of Stanley Kubrick's future-shock vision of Anthony Burgess' novel.

This was a powerful film made by a director at the height of his artistry and its impact generated worldwide controversy. Forty years later, the world is a different place but the film's power still entices, shocks and mesmerizes today.

On May 31, Warner Home Video will honor Stanley Kubrick and
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Doctor Who complete reviews: The Leisure Hive

Seven months is not a long time. At the time of writing, October 2010 is still pretty much the same for me as it was in March. In Doctor Who-land though, time is all relative, and seven months can make a hell of a difference. The most glaring example is in 1980, when The Leisure Hive burst onto the screens.

It's a case of new brooms everywhere, as new producer John Nathan-Turner makes his debut. As a result, everything's changed in a drastic new makeover. After all it's the hip 'n' trendy 1980s, so why not get with the times? The Leisure Hive boasts all of these new changes, so much so that it's nigh-on difficult to absorb them all.

Hmmm, I feel a list coming on...

Change 1: The Theme Music

I'lll be honest with you. I used to be terrified of the original title music - to the point
See full article at Shadowlocked »

Doctor Who complete reviews: The Leisure Hive

Seven months is not a long time. At the time of writing, October 2010 is still pretty much the same for me as it was in March. In Doctor Who-land though, time is all relative, and seven months can make a hell of a difference. The most glaring example is in 1980, when The Leisure Hive burst onto the screens.

It's a case of new brooms everywhere, as new producer John Nathan-Turner makes his debut. As a result, everything's changed in a drastic new makeover. After all it's the hip 'n' trendy 1980s, so why not get with the times? The Leisure Hive boasts all of these new changes, so much so that it's nigh-on difficult to absorb them all.

Hmmm, I feel a list coming on...

Change 1: The Theme Music

I'lll be honest with you. I used to be terrified of the original title music - to the point
See full article at Shadowlocked »

Doctor Who complete reviews: The Leisure Hive

Seven months is not a long time. At the time of writing, October 2010 is still pretty much the same for me as it was in March. In Doctor Who-land though, time is all relative, and seven months can make a hell of a difference. The most glaring example is in 1980, when The Leisure Hive burst onto the screens.

It's a case of new brooms everywhere, as new producer John Nathan-Turner makes his debut. As a result, everything's changed in a drastic new makeover. After all it's the hip 'n' trendy 1980s, so why not get with the times? The Leisure Hive boasts all of these new changes, so much so that it's nigh-on difficult to absorb them all.

Hmmm, I feel a list coming on...

Change 1: The Theme Music

I'lll be honest with you. I used to be terrified of the original title music - to the point
See full article at Shadowlocked »

Doctor Who complete reviews: The Leisure Hive

Seven months is not a long time. At the time of writing, October 2010 is still pretty much the same for me as it was in March. In Doctor Who-land though, time is all relative, and seven months can make a hell of a difference. The most glaring example is in 1980, when The Leisure Hive burst onto the screens.

It's a case of new brooms everywhere, as new producer John Nathan-Turner makes his debut. As a result, everything's changed in a drastic new makeover. After all it's the hip 'n' trendy 1980s, so why not get with the times? The Leisure Hive boasts all of these new changes, so much so that it's nigh-on difficult to absorb them all.

Hmmm, I feel a list coming on...

Change 1: The Theme Music

I'lll be honest with you. I used to be terrified of the original title music - to the point
See full article at Shadowlocked »
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