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The Vincent Price Collection III

Shout Factory opens the crypt once more, for the last remaining UA and Aip fright movies starring our favorite gentleman of horror. The label lays on the extras, with Steve Haberman commentaries and episodes of Science Fiction Theater. Now where are the Vincent Price cooking shows? The Vincent Price Collection III Master of the World, The Tower of London, Diary of a Madman, An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe, Cry of the Banshee Blu-ray Scream (Shout!) Factory 1961-72 / B&W + Color / 1:85 & 1:66 widescreen / 420 min. / Street Date February 16, 2016 / 69.97 Starring Vincent Price Directed by William Witney, Roger Corman, Reginald Le Borg, Kenneth Johnson, Gordon Hessler.

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Scream Factory now brings us Part Three of its Vincent Price collection, pretty much emptying the closet over at MGM. Not counting his twilight feature The Whales of August every Vincent Price film under the MGM banner will soon be out on Blu-ray.
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Movie Review – The Knowledge (1979)

The Knowledge, 1979.

Directed by Bill Brooks.

Starring Mick Ford, Nigel Hawthorne, Michael Elphick, David Ryall, Jonathan Lynn, Kim Taylforth, Maureen Lipman and Leslie Joseph.


Four out-of-work Londoners decide to train to be taxi-drivers. But, before they can take charge of a Hackney cab, they need to learn ‘The Knowledge’…

All Brits know about “The Knowledge”. In fact, many tourists to England’s capital may know of it too. It’s the legendary expectation of London Cabbies. Even in this Sat-Nav era, Hackney-cab drivers need to know every road in a six miles radius from Charing Cross by heart. A challenge that takes between two and four years to learn. They need to recall over 400 ‘runs’, between different locations, and over 25,000 roads to speed between. According to a 2012 article in The Guardian, “it takes over your life” – and judging by the four characters in Bob Brooks four-part film, it changes your life forever.
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‘Withnail and I’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

Stars: Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths, Ralph Brown, Michael Elphick | Written and Directed by Bruce Robinson

I have a list of films inside my head that are ones that I haven’t seen yet, and each time I watch one of them I can tick them off. Some of these sit there for years but deserve to be seen, and some I consider as a crime against my geekhood that I’ve not seen them yet. One these is Withnail and I but the good news is that now that Arrow Video have released their limited edition of the film I’ve finally managed to see it, and it has become one of my favourite films.

Seen as a cult favourite popular with students, it tells the tale of Withnail (Richard E. Grant) and Marwood (the “and I” of the title, portrayed by Paul McGann). Two unemployed actors
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DVD Review – Withnail & I (1987)

Withnail & I, 1987.

Directed by Bruce Robinson.

Starring Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths and Ralph Brown.


Withnail (Richard E. Grant) is an unsuccessful, pill-popping actor; ‘I,’ or Marwood (Paul McGann), is Withnail’s roommate and another equally underemployed actor. The time is 1969: Withnail is fast becoming a burned-out relic of the ’60s, while Marwood is trying to reassimilate into society. The two take a trip to the country in hopes of rejuvenating themselves, but things go from worse to even worse.

Perpetually wasted Withnail and the introspectively uptight I (Marwood), disappear half way up a mountain near Penrith to share some quality time……

There is a difficulty encountered by all reviewers when it comes to writing something subjective on a confirmed cult classic. In terms of tricky it sits somewhere between negotiating an extension from a loan shark, while convincing lie detectors Age of Extinction was a good idea.
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Blu-ray Review – Withnail & I (1987)

Robert W Monk reviews the new release of Withnail & I…

Withnail & I, 1987.

Written and Directed by Bruce Robinson.

Starring Richard E.Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths, Ralph Brown and Michael Elphick.


Two London based ‘resting’ actors and flatmates, Withnail and Marwood, decide to embark on a holiday in the countryside…

Withnail & I is, without any squabbling, a definitive cult film. Gathering a steady pull of devotees and fans following its release first on VHS and then DVD, the film has inspired countless festivals, conventions and – most famously of all – high intensity drinking games. This restored dual format DVD/Blu-ray release captures much of this ongoing fandom with all sorts of lovingly created extras and features, including four documentaries originally shown in 1999 exploring the world of Withnail.

Focusing on actor turned writer and filmmaker Robinson’s – in the form of I (named as Marwood in the script) – early life in
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Watch Withnail and I at Crow Crag? I'll drink to that!

Cumbrian arts group to screen 1980s cult film at real-life location of Uncle Monty's house, with all proceeds going to charity

To Withnail and I fans, it will always be Uncle Monty's country bolthole, where alcoholic luvvie Withnail and his uptight best friend Marwood go on holiday "by mistake"; the ramshackle Lake District cottage where a rampant Monty tells Paul McGann's character he must have him, "even if it must be burglary".

But this summer the real-life Crow Crag – Sleddale Hall, near Shap in Cumbria – becomes the ultimate open-air cinema where fans like me get to endlessly parrot lines from perhaps the most quotable of quotable cult films (though The Big Lebowski might give it a run for its money).

This calls for a drink! Maybe two large gins, two pints of cider. Ice in the cider.

And perhaps the best thing about it all – in addition to the
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Alice Lowe interview: Sightseers, Michael Elphick and the Daily Mail

Interview Simon Brew 25 Mar 2013 - 06:59

The co-star and co-writer of Sightseers chats to us about the film, as well as the Midlands, women and Michael Elphick in cinema...

Sightseers arrives on disc in the UK today, off the back of well-deserved awards and acclaim. It was quite a journey for its co-star and co-writer, Alice Lowe, to get the film made. And she spared us a bit of time to talk about it all...

It almost seems folly to say congratulations on the film now, given that it's been quite the journey it has. I'm a Midlander first and foremost, so to see a movie open with a map of Halesowen gave me real glee. It did get me thinking that the cinema of the West Midlands has been sadly lacking on the big screen. The best I could do was Michael Elphick in I Bought A Vampire Motorcycle.
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Revisiting Lynch- Part One: Early Life, Eraserhead and Elephant Men

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Few filmmakers have had as profound an effect on me as director David Lynch. When I was exposed to Twin Peaks during its initial run back in late 1990 my mind was blown out the back of my head by the possibilities of what film and television could be.

For many it was first seeing Star Wars and for other more recent generations it will be their first viewing of Fellowship of the Ring but for me it was the scene where an older Kyle Maclachlan speaks to a backwards talking dwarf in a red room and my life was changed forever.

As a result I have eagerly watched all of David Lynch’s directorial work many times over the years and await each new project eagerly. Sadly he seems to have slowed down somewhat from the productive decades of the 80’s and 90’s and has only directed two movies in the last ten years.
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Looking back at Krull

As part of our Enchanted 80s week, we look back at the action family epic, Krull

How can you remain objective about a film you enjoyed so much as a youngster? The answer, of course, is that you can't. And it's true that, when viewed in 2011, the influences of 80s fantasy film, Krull, are more apparent than ever. It borrows freely from Greek and Arthurian myths, Tolkien, and most noticeably, a certain sci-fi blockbuster directed by George Lucas.

And yet, at the same time, it's impossible for me to view Krull without a sense of genuine affection. This is made easier by the fact that, while it's showing its age in places, Krull is a well-made film, and an entire galaxy away from other cheap, quickly made knock-offs that showed up in the wake of Star Wars. This is probably thanks in large part to the experience of Peter Yates,
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Daniels: 'Don't Remake Quadrophenia'

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Daniels: 'Don't Remake Quadrophenia'
British actor Phil Daniels is wary of starring in a Quadrophenia remake - because he's convinced film bosses should focus on making new movies.

The star played hero Jimmy Cooper in the 1979 film set in 1960s England, but he's anxious about plans for a big screen revamp.

He tells Britain's The Sun, "I think they've got a script and are seriously thinking about a remake. If there was a sequel I could play Michael Elphick's part, the drunken dad.

"But I don't think there should be a remake. They should move on, do something else, make another cult youth movie."

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