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RIP, Sir Christopher Lee.

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Sir Christopher Lee
(May 27, 1922 – June 7, 2015)

Christopher Lee has passed away at 93. He’s an icon to monster kids of my generation, thanks largely to the Hammer Dracula films. But to focus on those would do him a great injustice. He’s in a James Bond movie, some of the Star Wars things and The Lord Of The Rings series. That’s a popular culture Triple Crown that’s gonna be hard to beat. (He’s even on the cover of Paul McCartney and Wings’ Band On The Run album.)

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If you want to get a thorough understanding what an actor can bring to a movie, watch Lee in anything. From the Dracula films to some late-70s, no-budget junk, his presence onscreen is incredible.

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DVD News #13: The Black Scorpion (1957).

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Directed by Edward Ludwig
Director Of Photography: Lionel Lindon

I’m really excited about this one. Right after mentioning Tarantuta! (1955), we get The Black Scorpion (1957). Another big-bug movie, another Mara Corday picture. And that, my friends, is always a good thing. Richard Denning c0-stars, and Edward Ludwig also directed Wake Of The Red Witch (1948).

The old DVD was OK, but it was full-frame. And that really, well, bugged me. But now Warner Archive’s got it, and they’re offering it up widescreen. Place your orders with confidence. You won’t get stung. (Couldn’t resist all the bug puns — blame it on too many issues of Famous Monsters.)

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