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Ulzana’s Raid

Blu-ray fans are now well aware that many great movies unavailable in the U.S., can be easily found in Europe. One of the best westerns of the ’70s is this jarringly realistic cavalry vs. Apaches drama from Robert Aldrich and Burt Lancaster, which used the ‘R’ rating to show savage details that Hollywood had once avoided. In this case it works — the genuinely scary movie is also a serious meditation on violent America.

Ulzana’s Raid

(Keine Gnade für Ulzana)

All-region Blu-ray + Pal DVD

Explosive Media

1972 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 103 min. / Street Date November 9, 2017 / available through the Amazon Germany website / Eur 17,99

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Richard Jaeckel, Bruce Davison, Jorge Luke, Joaquín Martínez, Lloyd Bochner, Karl Swenson, Douglass Watson, Dran Hamilton, Gladys Holland, Aimee Eccles, Tony Epper, Nick Cravat, Richard Farnsworth, Dean Smith.

Cinematography: Joseph Biroc

Film Editor: Michael Luciano

Original Music: Frank De Vol

Written by Alan Sharp

Produced by
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TCM goes to war on Memorial Day: But thorny issues mostly avoided

Submarine movie evening: Underwater war waged in TCM's Memorial Day films In the U.S., Turner Classic Movies has gone all red, white, and blue this 2017 Memorial Day weekend, presenting a few dozen Hollywood movies set during some of the numerous wars in which the U.S. has been involved around the globe during the last century or so. On Memorial Day proper, TCM is offering a submarine movie evening. More on that further below. But first it's good to remember that although war has, to put it mildly, serious consequences for all involved, it can be particularly brutal on civilians – whether male or female; young or old; saintly or devilish; no matter the nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other label used in order to, figuratively or literally, split apart human beings. Just this past Sunday, the Pentagon chief announced that civilian deaths should be anticipated as “a
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Off The Shelf – Episode 103 – New Blu-ray Releases for September 13th and 20th

In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the weeks of September 13th and 20th, 2016.

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September 13th

Aliens 30th Anniversary Edition The Captive Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe De Palma Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler The Exotic Dances Of Bettie Page The Fits Frankenstein: Complete Legacy Collection Hammer Horror 8-Film Collection The Horrible Dr. Hichcock Jekyll and Hyde Together Again Love Me or Leave Me Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War Metalstorm: The Destruction Of Jared-Syn The Monster of Piedras Blancas Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Raising Cain Road House Sin The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum Transformers: The Movie The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection Yours, Mine and Ours Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman

September 20th

Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition Beware!
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Off The Shelf – Episode 87 – FilmStruck, Alien Day, and New Blu-rays for the Week.

In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for Tuesday, April 26th, 2016. They also discuss the new streaming service: FilmStruck.

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Follow-Up Ryan buys a Blu-ray from Australia! News FilmStruck Alien Day Labyrinth 4k Criterion Collection: July Line-up Kino Lorber: Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother, Road House, The Enemy Below, Caboblanco, Star Crystal, Man on Fire, The Earth Dies Screaming, and Chosen Survivors Scorpion Releasing: Force Five, Haunting of Morella Image Entertainment: The Commitments Twilight Time May 2016 Pre-orders: Garden of Evil, Cat Balou, Eureka, I Could Go On Singing, and Appasionata Links to Amazon 4/19 Barcelona Betrayed Cary Grant: The Vault Collection Dangerous Men Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street Doris Day and Rock Hudson Romantic Comedy Collection Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon Fatal Beauty The File of the Golden Goose
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What’s new on Amazon November 2015

New on Amazon November 2015 will be the fascinating original series The Man in the High Castle on Prime Video (pictured), while Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation is a blockbuster available for purchase on Amazon Instant Video. Piv: New In November 2015 — Available for Streaming on Prime Instant Video Available November 1 Desk Set The Enemy Below The Craft Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights The Newton Boys Available November 5 Tell Awakenings The Adventures of Milo and Otis The Mask of Zorro Seven Years in Tibet The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Available November 7 The Yes Men Are Revolting Available November 10 Prince Wolf Hall Available … Continue reading →

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Progressive social activist, 'The Sound of Music' Broadway Star, and Oscar-Nominated Actor Bikel Dead at 91

Theodore Bikel. Theodore Bikel dead at 91: Oscar-nominated actor and folk singer best known for stage musicals 'The Sound of Music,' 'Fiddler on the Roof' Folk singer, social and union activist, and stage, film, and television actor Theodore Bikel, best remembered for starring in the Broadway musical The Sound of Music and, throughout the U.S., in Fiddler on the Roof, died Monday morning (July 20, '15) of "natural causes" at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The Austrian-born Bikel – as Theodore Meir Bikel on May 2, 1924, in Vienna, to Yiddish-speaking Eastern European parents – was 91. Fled Hitler Thanks to his well-connected Zionist father, six months after the German annexation of Austria in March 1938 ("they were greeted with jubilation by the local populace," he would recall in 2012), the 14-year-old Bikel and his family fled to Palestine, at the time a British protectorate. While there, the teenager began acting on stage,
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Theodore Bikel, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Star, Dies at 91

Theodore Bikel, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Star, Dies at 91
Oscar- and Tony-nominated character actor and folk singer Theodore Bikel, who originated the role of Captain von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” on Broadway and starred in “Fiddler on the Roof” onstage in thousands of performances, died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. He was 91.

To some, he is best known for his 1990 appearance on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” as the Russian adopted father of the Klingon Worf.

Bikel did his first bigscreen work in John Huston’s 1951 classic “The African Queen” and Huston’s “Moulin Rouge.” After acting in a series of English films, he did supporting work in two high-profile pics in 1957: historical epic “The Pride and the Passion,” starring Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra and Sophia Loren, and “The Enemy Below,” a WWII submarine thriller starring Robert Mitchum.

He often played Germans or Russians — in his autobiography, Bikel said that his facility with accents resulted in
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Theodore Bikel, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Star, Dies at 91

Theodore Bikel, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Star, Dies at 91
Oscar- and Tony-nominated character actor and folk singer Theodore Bikel, who originated the role of Captain von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” on Broadway and starred in “Fiddler on the Roof” onstage in thousands of performances, died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. He was 91.

In a statement Tuesday, Actors’ Equity Association said it “mourns the passing of our dear friend, our brother and former President Theo Bikel. From the time he joined Equity in 1954, Bikel has been an advocate for the members of our union and his extraordinary achievements paved the way for so many. No one loved theater more, his union better or cherished actors like Theo did. He has left an indelible mark on generation of members past and generations of members to come. We thank you, Theo, for all you have done.”

To some, he is best known for his 1990 appearance on “Star Trek: The Next Generation
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Review: Watchable But Forgettable 'Black Sea' Starring Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn & Scoot McNairy

Take a bunch of grizzled character actors and stick them in a metal tube under the ocean, add some depth charges and torpedoes and the like, and drama is bound to result. From "The Enemy Below" and "Run Silent, Run Deep" to "The Hunt For Red October" and "Crimson Tide" by way of "Das Boot," the submarine thriller sub-genre has been a popular one for decades. But in recent years, it has run aground, without a major new film in the genre since Kathryn Bigelow's misfire "K-19: The Widowmaker" over a decade ago. Kevin Macdonald is hoping to change that. The Oscar-winning documentarian-turned-features-director is coming off a few disappointments ("State Of Play," "The Eagle," "Marley"), plus his last film "How I Live Now," which was pretty good, but which literally no one saw. Now he's heading under the waves for "Black Sea," a below-the-water thriller that hopes to reinvigorate.
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Justice League Animated Part 8: Behind the Scenes on Episodes 6-11

Episodes 6-7 “The Enemy Below” Part 1 Original Airdate: December 3, 2001 Part 2 Original Airdate: December 10, 2001 Written by Kevin Hopps Directed by Dan Riba Guest Starring: Kristin Bauer (Mera), Scott Rummel (Aquaman), Richard Green (Orm), Xander Berkeley (General Brak), Michael Rosenbaum (Deadshot), Jason Marsden (Snapper Carr) Plot Summary: While Aquaman addresses the World Assembly about his determination to protect the oceans from human contamination following the sinking of a nuclear submarine, his half-brother, Orm, attempts to take over his underwater kingdom. The Justice League tries to save the Atlanteans while at the same time stopping Orm’s plan of melting the polar ice caps. Production Notes: “My complaints are mostly in the look of it,” says Bruce Timm. “We had switched over to a digital palette, because we’d switched over to doing digital ink and paint and camera work and that’s something that plagued us all the way through season one.
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DVD Review: Some True Classics in ‘The Robert Mitchum Film Collection’

Chicago – They don’t make ‘em like Robert Mitchum any more. Every few years, there’s a DVD collection of classic movies that rises above the others for the holiday season. One of this year’s most star-packed entries includes not only Mitchum but John Wayne, Deborah Kerr, Kirk Douglas, Shirley MacLaine, Richard Widmark, Gene Kelly, Paul Newman, Shelley Winters, Marilyn Monroe, and many more. Mitchum may be the face on the cover but the set is a trip through the golden era of Hollywood through more than just one star.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

With a 10-dvd set, it can be difficult to sum up in one review. The quality of the films, the transfers, and the special features are wildly variable. “River of No Return” looks surprisingly good. “Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison” needs a better remastering (some of the darker scenes look horrendous). The Criterion Blu-ray edition of “Night of the
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Worth Remembering: Robert Mitchum (1917-1997) – “Baby I Don’t Care”

The title of Lee Server’s acclaimed 2002 biography, Robert Mitchum: Baby I Don’t Care (MacMillan), offers a perfect encapsulization of the eponymous actor: a hard-partying Hollywood Bad Boy who didn’t give a damn what moralizing finger-waggers thought of him, or what his peers in the movie business thought, or the press, or even the public. He was going to go his own way and to hell with you, and anyone positioning themselves to make strong objection was just as likely to get a punch in the nose as shown the actor’s broad back. He worked hardest at conveying the idea that the thing he did for a living – acting – was also the thing he cared least about; an impression that may have been his most convincing performance.

The Bad Boy part of Mitchum’s reputation was honestly come by. As a youth, he’d been booted from more than one school,
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Hollywood’s First War

As happens every year around this time, the cable spectrum has been heavily laced with programming throughout the week commemorating Veterans Day. HBO trundled out its full epic and brutal miniseries The Pacific for a one-day re-run broken up by the debut of the James Gandolfini-hosted documentary War Torn 1861-2010, a disturbing look at the psychological scars America’s soldiers have suffered in every conflict since The Civil War; The History Channel ran an all-day marathon of Ww II in HD, sprinkling its commercial breaks for the week with commemorative spots; AMC ran a day of war movies like The Enemy Below (1957) and A Few Good Men (1992) under the umbrella, “Vets Best” ; and so on.

The bulk of memorializing programming focused on World War II – unsurprising, in that it remains, to this day, America’s greatest, defining, and least morally problematic war. Even 65 years later, despite a half-century of
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