Directed by Victor Saville
Starring Anthony Quinn, Charles Coburn, Gene Evans, Peggie Castle, James Millican
Looks like the New Year’s gonna be pretty good — at least when it comes to DVDs and Blu-Rays. ClassicFlix has just announced another Mickey Spillane picture, The Long Wait (1954), with Anthony Quinn and the great Peggie Castle.
It was shot by Franz Planer, who did all kinds of great stuff: The Face Behind The Mask (1941), Criss Cross (1949), The 5,000 Fingers Of Dr. T (1953), 99 River Street (1953). 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954), The Big Country (1958), The Unforgiven (1960), King Of Kings (1961), Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961) and many more. Seeing Planer’s work in high definition is always a treat.
ClassicFlix does great work, so this’ll look wonderful. They’re promising a commentary from Max Allan Collins and an image gallery. This is one I’ve never seen, and I can’t wait. (The long wait, indeed!) Coming in March.
Directed by Edward L. Cahn
Starring Marshall Thompson, Shawn Smith, Kim Spalding, Dabbs Greer, Ray Corrigan
It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958) provided a clear, if somewhat cheesy, inspiration for Alien (1979). It’s a cool little monster movie, not just an interesting footnote in the history of a blockbuster. It’s also quite effective, making much of what is decides not to show us. Ray “Crash” Corrigan, the B Western star and owner of Corriganville, plays the monster. United Artists sent it to theaters with Curse Of The Faceless Man, also directed by Edward L. Cahn.
Kino Lorber is bringing It! The Terror From Beyond Space to Blu-Ray, where its widescreen (vs. full-frame) framing will make some of that aforementioned cheesiness fall away. Highly recommended.
This is a good one. First, this would’ve been a great night in Vineland, New Jersey — Vincent Price, twice!, and a cool Gordon Scott peplum. I’m going to assume the Laurence Harvey picture is actually The Ceremony (1963); not sure where “OF DEATH” came from.
Second, I’m so happy to report that the Delsea Drive-In is still in business!
Hope y’all are enjoying these old Halloween movie ads. They’ve been a lot of fun to track down.
Filed under 1961, 1964, A Night At The Movies, AIP, Beverly Garland, Gordon Scott, Halloween Marathons, Peplum, Richard Denning, Roger Corman, Sergio Corbucci, Sidney Salkow, United Artists, Vincent Price
Directed by Sam Peckinpah
Starring James Caan, Robert Duvall, Arthur Hill, Bo Hopkins, Mako, Gig Young, Burt Young
Imprint is bringing Sam Peckinpah’s The Killer Elite (1975) to Blu-Ray in December. It’s not prime Peckinpah, thanks to the set being thoroughly dusted with cocaine, but James Caan and Robert Duvall are excellent (come to think of it, the whole cast is) and the action scenes bear Sam’s touch. Philip Lathrop’s cinematography really shows off San Francisco (it doesn’t look like that anymore, sadly).
The picture’s a bit confusing at times, as one double-cross after another piles up. But I’ve always liked it, and I wish Sam and Caan had worked again under better circumstances.
While the American Blu-Ray from Twilight Time included Sam’s Noon Wine (1967) done for television, this one promises an alternate cut of The Killer Elite. Since the unravelling of many of Peckinpah’s films almost always included mishaps in editing, it’s always interesting to see various cuts. Of course, Imprint is loading the set up with plenty of other extras, from commentaries and documentaries to still galleries and Jerry Fielding’s score isolated.
Don’t let my listing of the picture’s problems dissuade you (my big word of the day). As a Peckinpah nut and huge fan of Caan’s 70s work, it’s easy to recommend this one.
Directed by Terence Young
Starring Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman, Jack Lord
Over the years, I’ve had the Connery Bond movies in about every format there is — film, Beta tape, laserdisc (three different editions of some of them), DVD and Blu-Ray. And while I don’t see that list getting any longer any time soon, this new package is really cool and worth looking at.
Dr. No (1962), the first in the series, is 60 years old. Time flies when you have a license to kill! A new 60th anniversary “steelbook” edition is one the way from MGM UK — and it’s a really terrific package.
The deluxe package gives you:
• Steelbook of Film on Blu-ray
• A Rigid Slipcase (good idea since those steelbook things scuff easily)
• Theatrical Poster
• New 32-Page Booklet
• Dragon Tank Buildable Board Figure
• 4 Lobby Card Reproductions and Envelope
The Dragon Tank model sounds like fun, and the cover reflecting Maurice Binder’s innovative title design (there’s a great story behind those) is a nice touch. If you don’t have Dr. No, this’d be a great way to get it. Coming in October.
The Graham Cinema in Graham, North Carolina, is running a James Bond film every Monday and Tuesday night. Tonight is From Russia With Love (1964).
The Graham Cinema
119 N Main St, Graham, NC 27253
This is a great old theater and they typically put a great image on the screen. Of course, you can’t go wrong with these early Bond pictures. I’m hoping they include On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969).
Imprint has announced a set of six films directed by Walter Hill: Hard Times (1975), The Driver (1978), The Long Riders (1981), Extreme Prejudice (1987), Johnny Handsome (1989) and Broken Trail (2006).
This is good news, first, because I absolutely love The Driver and The Long Riders— and because among the many extras to be including in this thing, I get to do a commentary for The Long Riders.
The folks at Imprint do extraordinary work, always, and I’m overjoyed to be a tiny part of this one. Highly recommended.
Filed under 1975, 1978, 1980, 20th Century-Fox, Bruce Dern, Charles Bronson, DVD/Blu-ray News, Imprint Films, James Coburn, Robert Duvall, Ryan O'Neal, Strother Martin, United Artists, Walter Hill
Directed by Harry Essex
Starring Biff Elliot, Preston Foster, Peggie Castle, Margaret Sheridan, Alan Reed, John Qualen, Joe Besser, Elisha Cook, Jr.
Peggie Castle appears in the first film based on one of Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer novels — and it’s in 3-D shot by the great John Alton. And to top it all off, the folks at The 3-D Film Archive are getting I, The Jury (1953) ready for Blu-Ray for ClassicFlix.
Will come through with more info as it comes available. Man, I can’t wait!
Directed by Basil Dearden
Starring Cliff Robertson, Jack Hawkins, Marisa Mell, Michel Piccoli, Bill Fraser, Charles Gray
Kino Lorber has announced that they’re bringing Basil Deardon’s spy comedy Masquerade (1965) to Blu-Ray in September.
Cliff Robertson replaced Rex Harrison in the lead, and the script was revised by William Goldman to add an American spin on Robertson’s dialogue. For fans of Bava’s Danger: Diabolik (1968) Maris Mell has a great part here. There were so many of these types of things playing theaters in the mid-60s as Bond-mania spread across the globe not unlike the coronavirus.
Shot in Spain by the great Otto Heller (The Ladykillers, Peeping Tom, The Ipcress File), this will be a real piece of eye candy in high definition. Recommended.
Benjy Benjamin (Buddy Hackett): Look! We’ve figured it seventeen different ways, and every time we figured it, it was no good, because no matter how we figured it, somebody don’t like the way we figured it! So now, there’s only one way to figure it. And that is, every man, including the old bag, for himself!
For Mr. Richard Vincent.