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Battle Cry

Move over James JonesLeon Uris clobbers the big screen with a sprawling adaptation of his WW2 combat novel, loaded down with roles for promising young actors. This is the one where twice as much time is spent on love affairs than fighting. War may be hell, but if Mona Freeman, Nancy Olson, Dorothy Malone and Allyn McLerie are going to be there for comfort, sign me up.

Battle Cry

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1955 / Color / 2:55 widescreen / 148 min. / Street Date , 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Van Heflin, Aldo Ray, Mona Freeman, Nancy Olson, James Whitmore, Raymond Massey, Tab Hunter, Dorothy Malone, Anne Francis, William Campbell, Fess Parker, Justus E. McQueen (L.Q. Jones), Perry Lopez, Jonas Applegarth, Tommy Cook, Felix Noriego, Susan Morrow, Carleton Young, Rhys Williams, Allyn Ann McLerie, Gregory Walcott, Frank Ferguson, Sarah Selby, Willis Bouchey, Victor Milian.

Cinematography: Sidney Hickox

Film Editor: William H. Zeigler

Original Music: Max Steiner
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What Even Is This Movie? – Plan 9 From Outer Space

Mike and Jake look at a sci-fi classic…

On the latest episode of the What Even Is This Movie? podcast, Amazing Race’s Mikey Zeroe and Jake Draper look at the Ed Wood 1959 classic Plan 9 From Outer Space.

You can find more from What Even Is This Movie? via Podbean and you can join the conversation with the hashtag #WhatEvenPod. Check out the latest episode below:

Plan 9 from Outer Space (originally titled Grave Robbers from Outer Space) is a 1959 American black-and-white science fiction horror film released by Distributors Corporation of America (as Valiant Pictures). The film was written, produced, directed, and edited by Ed Wood and stars Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Tor Johnson, Vampira, and posthumously bills Bela Lugosi as a star (silent footage of the actor had actually been shot by Wood for another, unfinished film just prior to Lugosi’s death in 1956).
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Watch: Revisit 1972's Controversial 'Prime Cut' with Gene Hackman and Lee Marvin

Watch: Revisit 1972's Controversial 'Prime Cut' with Gene Hackman and Lee Marvin
Director Michael Ritchie’s lurid crime tale finds hot buttons to push you didn’t know existed. Lee Marvin plays a mobster trying to collect a debt from meatpacking boss Gene Hackman who runs a human trafficking ring populated by female virgins who, while awaiting the auction block, bide their time in cattle pens (naked, no less). Despite the dicey material (including scenes of animal slaughter), the film opened to fairly positive reviews. Ahh, the amazing ’70s! Notable as the first credited role for a frequently nude Sissy Spacek and a supporting turn from Gregory Walcott ("Plan 9 From Outer Space"!).
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Prime Cut

Director Michael Ritchie’s lurid crime tale finds hot buttons to push you didn’t know existed. Lee Marvin plays a mobster trying to collect a debt from meatpacking boss Gene Hackman who runs a human trafficking ring populated by female virgins who, while awaiting the auction block, bide their time in cattle pens (naked, no less). Despite the dicey material (including scenes of animal slaughter), the film opened to fairly positive reviews. Ahh, the amazing ’70s! Notable as the first credited role for a frequently nude Sissy Spacek and a supporting turn from Gregory Walcott (Plan 9 From Outer Space!)
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Prime Cut | Blu-ray Review

Lovers of odd and neglected vintage cinema can rejoice in the repackaging of Michael Ritchie’s weird sophomore title, Prime Cut. With all the menace of a Dick Francis novel and a perverse comedic streak akin to the tastes of John Waters, this misbegotten feature hasn’t received the notable following it deserves for one glaring reason—it’s increasingly warped treatment of women, which may have seemed enlightened for the period, but eventually only adds to the problematic misogyny that never abates. As far as its handling of more sensational, exploitational elements, Ritchie and screenwriter Robert Dillon manage to smooth its edges with breakneck pacing, sarcastic repartee, and a handful of impressively orchestrated face-offs.

The head of the Irish mob in Chicago hires Nick Devlin (Lee Marvin), an enforcer, to travel to Kansas City and collect money he’s owed by Mary Ann (Gene Hackman), the man who runs
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Plan 9's Gregory Walcott dies, aged 87

Plan 9's Gregory Walcott dies, aged 87
Gregory Walcott, star of Plan 9 From Outer Space has died, aged 87.

The actor died on Friday (March 20) at his home, his son Todd Mattox confirmed.

Writing on Facebook, Mattox said: "We said goodbye to my dad today. He spent his life making people feel good. Gregory Walcott, 1928-2015."

While Walcott appeared in Plan 9 From Outer Space, considered by some to be one of the worst films ever made, he also starred in films such as Mister Roberts, The Eiger Sanction and Norma Rae.

Walcott's final film role was a cameo appearance in Tim Burton's 1994 biopic Ed Wood.

The actor is survived by his son Todd and his daughters Jina and Pam, as well as several grandchildren.

Watch the trailer for Plan 9 From Outer Space below:
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‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’ Actor Gregory Walcott Dies Age 87

‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’ Actor Gregory Walcott Dies Age 87
Gregory Walcott, a prolific character actor whose career was often overshadowed by a starring role in Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space, has died. He was 87. The news was made public earlier this weekend on his son’s Facebook page. Born Bernard Mattox in North Carolina in 1928, he began his acting career with an appearance as a drill instructor in the 1955 World War II drama Battle Cry, made while he was still serving in the Us Army. This led to several other roles as…
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Plan 9 From Outer Space Hitting Blu-ray

Widely regarded as the worst film ever made, the Ed Wood classic Plan 9 from Outer Space is on its way to Blu-ray so you can see all those cardboard sets come to life in glorious 1080p!

Look for the flick starring Bela Lugosi, Gregory Walcott, Tom Keene, Mona McKinnon, Duke Moore, and Carl Anthony in stores on March 6, 2012 from Legend Films. No word yet on special features if any at all.

"This is it! The most popular Atomic Age cult film of the twentieth century. Winner of two Golden Turkey Awards for Worst Picture and Worst Director of All Time, the immortal Edward D. Wood, Jr.! It's all here, the not-so-special effects, aliens in skating skirts zooming around in string-powered flying saucers to implement the ninth plan of Earth's conquest (the first eight failed) with an army of zombies (well, three actually), Vampira, Tor Johnson and Bela Lugosi in
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The Ed Wood box set: make room for some classic B

The Ed Wood Box I Had and lost this wonder and then went and got it again because its just a box of terrible terribly good films! Ed Wood, the master of B movies who's films range from cross-dressers to ghouls. For any body who likes the classics, B-movies, or Edward D. Wood Jr., Bela Lugosi, Gregory Walcott, Tom Keene, Lyle Talbot then this is a must have. The box set does not include all of ed woods films but 6 of his most well known films wh…
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Saturdays with Spielberg #2: The Sugarland Express

This week we hitch a ride on The Sugarland Express as we continue our journey through the filmography of Steven Spielberg.  As his first theatrical release, does The Sugarland Express stack up to the rest of his films, or is it a car crash of epic proportions?  Find out after the jump.

The Basics:

Recently released ex-convict Lou-Jean is mortified when she finds out her child had been taken from her by the State of Texas.  Despite serving her time and staying well behaved, the State of Texas finds her to be an "unsuitable" mother.  In an act of desperation, she breaks her husband out of minimum security prison and plots to take back her son from his foster parents up in Sugarland.  But things go awry when the couple have no choice but to take a police officer hostage and steal his vehicle.  Soon enough, the entire state of

One More Killer App for Nintendo: Saving Lives

The American Heart Association wants to create a program to teach CPR using the Wii, while Bayer has created a blood-glucose monitor that plugs into the Nintendo DS.

Given all the capabilities built into today's gaming platforms, you can guarantee that they'll prove useful in ways never anticipated. Two new projects are proving that, by applying Nintendo hardware to medicine.

Greg Walcott, a professor bi-mechanical engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is working with this students to develop a program that will use the Wii remote to teach CPR. The program already received a $50,000 grant from the American Heart Association, which to post the software on its website as a free download this fall. Which could be genius, but as Kotaku points out, this thing would really take off it was distributed for free by Nintendo directly. We'll go even further and propose a full on, life saving game: I mean,
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