Blu-Ray News #312: Rage (1967).

Directed by Gilberto Gazcón
Starring Glenn Ford, Stella Stevens, David Reynoso, Armando Silvestre, Jose Elias Moreno, Dacia Gonzalez, David Silva

Imprint out of Australia has brought out some terrific stuff in recent months, and they’re shining a light on Rage (1967), a film that’s spent way too much time stuck in the dark. This Blu-Ray will be a worldwide first.

Rage is a solid suspense picture. Glenn Ford’s a doctor in a remote construction camp in Mexico. He’s bitten by a rabid dog and has to race to a hospital for the vaccine. Ford is as good as ever, and Stella Stevens is terrific as an “entertainer” who comes to the camp and takes a liking to the doctor. David Reynoso and Jose Elias Moreno are both excellent.

Rage (it was called El Mal in Mexico) was the first true Mexican-American co-production. It was shot entirely in Mexico, in English. And it was one of the first handful of pictures to wear the “Suggested For Mature Audiences” badge in its advertising.

The Blu-Ray has a release date of December 30, 2020.

Special Features:
• Audio Commentary by film historian Toby Roan
• “Stella” a visual essay on Stella Stevens by Critic Kat Ellinger
• Theatrical Trailer
• Limited Edition slipcase on the first 1,500 copies

It’d been decades since I’d seen Rage, and I was really knocked out by it. Recommended.

4 Comments

Filed under 1967, Columbia, DVD/Blu-ray News, Glenn Ford, Imprint Films, Stella Stevens

4 responses to “Blu-Ray News #312: Rage (1967).

  1. john k

    Mighty fine to see Toby working with Imprint,even finer if he can persuade
    them to release some of those most wanted Paramount/Republic titles
    which include many most sought after Allied Artists titles.
    At the moment,and I hope this improves over time Imprint titles are
    very expensive for UK fans. I’ve been eyeing WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE
    which at the moment seems to be going for about £36.00.

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  2. Walter

    Toby, RAGE(1966) is a very suspenseful thriller that I haven’t seen in decades, but I have never forgotten it, because of the subject matter. I lived in a rural area as a youngster and was very aware of rabies. Aggressive acting skunks were always a good sign of being rabid. So, beware of skunks, and not just for their aroma. Although, in RAGE there are no skunks.

    Glenn Ford and Stella Stevens are good in this movie. This is the third and final time they acted together. RAGE is very different from their previous movies: THE COURTSHIP OF EDDIE’S FATHER(filmed in 1962, released 1963) and ADVANCE TO THE REAR(filmed in 1963, released 1964). Glenn Ford is compelling as the downtrodden Doctor Reuben haunted by his previous perceived failure and on his way toward drinking himself to death. Stella Stevens portrays the proverbial hooker with a heart of gold looking for a way out of that type of life. She is sensual, spirited, and a delight.

    RAGE is quite a movie and I think it is well worth watching.

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    • You’re so right, Walter. It’s a movie that really deserves a reappraisal.

      I’ve always been a fan of Stella Stevens. She was terrific in The Silencers, The Ballad Of Cable Hogue, The Poseidon Adventure and others. She’s really good in Rage.

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  3. Walter

    Toby, I’ve been a fan of Stella Stevens ever since I saw her in THE NUTTY PROFESSOR(filmed in 1962, released 1963) on the ABC SUNDAY NIGHT MOVIE in 1968. This is her favorite movie along with THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE(1972). Stella’s favorite TV role is in the BONANZA episode “Silent Thunder,” which first aired December 10, 1960. She is wonderful in all three. She is a very talented and beautiful actress.

    Today is Stella Stevens’ 82nd Birthday. It really saddens me that she suffers from Alzheimer’s and has resided in a nursing facility since 2016.

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