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Saturday October 3, 2015

Hello --

I have only one link today, to a page called Cinematically Insane which reports on 20th Century Fox's announcement made a couple of days ago at the New York Film Festival, by Fox chairman Jim Gianopulos. They're starting a high definitiion digital buy or rent program called Century of Cinema. It essentially signals an abandonment of hard media, which Fox has more or less already done despite having its own Burn on Demand DVD program -- a majority of those discs are old transfers, often pan-scanned. I don't find that many I can recommend, so I don't review very many. Here's the article.

Collectors won't be happy, as having access to 'owned' digital media on the cloud means nothing when rights can go away at any time. It is convenient, that's for sure. The announcement contains a list of many interesting titles, including some already represented by klunker pan-scan MOD discs -- Teenage Rebel, for one. If a digital download is involved, that's somewhat better -- but it requires one to maintain a lot of stored data. Can you account for everything you've downloaded? I can't.

The corporation will apparently put together the perfect 'intellectual property' system, one that improves on what so excited the pioneers who opened Nickleodeons over a hundred years ago. Those tough businessmen saw stars when they realized that they could make money just by letting the customers see the product. When the show was over, the audience walked away with nothing. All they needed was a storefront and signs to bring in the unwashed masses. Now the dream is fulfilled -- the corporation sells access to a movie 'product,' but doesn't have to provide or maintain theaters. The customer does that on his own dime.

Millennials are already accustomed to renting their possessions, and are being forced to subscribe to all kinds of services. Maybe this is a the right system for a world where most people will have to live in homes not big enough for possessions, for 'collections' of anything. They accumulate books, music and movies in digital form, and many of them have found a way to satisfy their needs for free. Maybe I'll be considered a 'hoarder' of worthless junk -- I'd object but I have 400 laserdiscs in my attic to testify against me. Perhaps when I hit a certain age, I'll want to minimize my possessions too, but I'm still set in my ways.

Are my readers only collectors? Does Fox's announcement sound attractive? Because of what I do, I'm out of the mainstream of opinion.

More reviews on Tuesday -- Thanks for reading! Glenn Erickson

Tuesday September 29

Savant's new reviews today are:

The Honeymoon Killers
The Criterion Collection

  The advertising made this 1970 show seem the epitome of sleaze -- but it's actually a superior thriller about a real-life, low-rent queasy crime wave. Tony Lo Bianco and the great Shirley Stoler are Ray and Martha, mixed-up lovers running a Merry Widow racket through the personals ads in romance magazines. Leonard Kastle's direction seems derived from John Cassavetes, with a more visually artistic bent. The sensational extras include an exposé docu on the true crime story, which is far, far, sleazier. Also with extras new to this release. On Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.

Emperor of the North
Twilight Time

 It sounds like the perfect project for tough-guy director Robert Aldrich, and it still commands a high reputation with some. Ambitious career hobo Lee Marvin squares off against a nearly demonic Ernest Borgnine, a railroad conductor who routinely murders bums that dare to hitch rides through backwoods Oregon. The ongoing violence culminates in a no holds barred, log chain vs. fire ax battle on a moving flat car. Much high-toned Eugene O'Neil-like dialogue and an air of allegorical pretension get in the way. With Keith Carradine and a large supporting cast. Plus terrific scenery by Joseph Biroc, in a gleaming Blu-ray encoding from Twilight Time.

Arts in Exile
DEFA Film Library

 "Nine East German Shorts on Artists Forced to Flee the Nazis." Take a trip into political art history with nine films produced by the state-run East German film company DEFA, all using the experiences of Communist artists to promote the party line and educate young people on the sacrifices of the past. Some of the personal stories are incredible, and the art they generated is indeed very impressive -- writers, illustrators, a cartoonist, a film director, an actor, a journalist. It's interesting to see what the films emphasize (antifascist zeal) and what they choose to ignore (anti-Semitism). But by the 1980s, one or two films dare to air views that are openly critical of the GDR. A two-disc set, on DVD from the DEFA Film Library.

The Phantom of the Opera
Kino Classics

  Add another release of this silent classic to the stack, except this one is in HD. Lon Chaney's most famous starring vehicle has issues -- silent opera performances? -- but his scenes are so incredibly good that nothing else matters. This is one of the two or three greatest fantasy makeup performances of all time. The silent movie was re-issued with editorial changes, and again reworked as a part-talkie, making sorting out the versions more difficult. The 1929 silent cut in HD is dazzling, with luminous tints and a good-looking Technicolor sequence; the longer 1925 original is from a softer 16mm source -- which is apparently all that now exists. Plus some interesting extras, including audio bits from the lost part-sound reissue. On Blu-ray from Kino Classics.


The Oblong Box
KL Studio Classics

  Gordon Hessler's first horror tale for A.I.P. gets favorites Vincent Price and Christopher Lee tangled up in an African curse, grave robbing, a premature burial and a clutch of throat-slashings. Yet the two stars have no scenes together. The main horror figure is a 'deranged, mutilated' hooded character who is neither a madman nor really all that badly scarred. The colorful transfer presents John Coquillon's cinematography at its best. The draw for Savant is Steve Haberman's well-researched and insightful commentary. With Hillary Dwyer, Rupert Davies and Peter Arne. On Blu-ray from KL Studio Classics.


Links, links ... I have them here somewhere. Ah, Gary Teetzel found this YouTube recording of a 2005 Wonderfest panel, a Tribute to Wah Chang, the artist and designer often linked back in the '50s and '60s to movie work by the prolific Project Unlimited special effects house. Chang is responsible for a lot of great fantasy creations, some credited and some not. Mark Berry hosts along with Bob Burns, who offers the panel presentation some vintage BTS movie footage of monster and effects production.

Gary also forwards this charming Vincent Price interview on The Tonight Show... the host for the night is Kermit the Frog, presumably puppetted (puppeteered?, pupped?) by the great Jim Henson.

I missed reviewing Twilight Time's disc of Michael Ritchie's The Fantasticks, and I should double back and pick it up. But here's a to-the-point Fantasticks review by Joe Baltake over at The Passionate Moviegoer. Joe has inside information that I don't, and assures readers that the never-before-seen Ritchie version (before Francis Coppola cut it down) is quite good.

Correspondent Ed Sullivan points to this page of cartoon caricatures by MAD magazine artist Tom Richmond... many of which I think are really good. I especially like his President Obama.

Since I haven't yet been footnoting reviews in Trailers from Hell's blog template, here's a note from a favorite correspondent equally intrigued by a miniseries I reviewed a couple of weeks back, Deutschland 83. I still highly recommend it:

"Hi Glenn, I'm so glad you mentioned this DVD. I watched the entire series on Sundance and loved it. Part of the reason, I'm sure, was that it is in German with subtitles -- which I much prefer to dubbing -- but most of all because my ex and I were in Germany from '83 through '85 when he was with the army, so it brings back a lot of memories. We even saw Udo Lindenberg in concert, and I have a bunch of his albums. I remember the Maharishi with the pink Cadillacs, who had excellent vegetarian restaurants all over Germany. His followers/waiters wore pink or red, just like the commune that the General's daughter joined. I wrote to the Sundance channel to encourage more programs of this type. I hope, if there's a continuation, they will broadcast it. I seemed to be the only person in the world who knew about Deutschland 83, however, and I posted in Facebook in an army group to encourage others to watch it. Needless to say, I already have the DVD on order. Thanks for bringing it to the attention of others. Sincerely, Janice Pryhoda."

Finally, on Oct. 6 Warners is reissuing two Jackie Chan features, his crossover hits when he entered the U.S. market in a big way, back in the middle 1990s. An editor at MGM turned me on to Chan's earlier Hong Kong action films, which were beyond anything I'd seen before; I thrilled my kids a stack of borrowed VHS tapes. I remember their delight with an action scene that ended with somebody asking what crazy kind of fighting Jackie was doing. The shouted answer: "That Chinese Kung-Fu!" These two titles may be worthy of rediscovery for younger action fans that might be interested in seeing what a real martial arts dervish / stuntman can do, without CGI or editing tricks. The two pictures are Jackie Chan's First Strike and Rumble in the Bronx.

Thanks for reading! --- Glenn Erickson

Saturday September 26, 2015


More reviews coming up on Tuesday -- maybe one or two less violent titles this time. I thought I'd use today's column space to do a quick rundown on what's cooking for Halloween discs this go-round. Contributor and advisor Gary Teetzel has remarked every Fall for at least the last ten years, 'When is Criterion going to remaster and reissue Kwaidan in Blu-ray, uncut?"  Since that blessed event has finally come to pass, I thought to highlight some of the other horror, fantasy and otherwise Hallowween-related releases from this year that some readers may not be aware of.

Released since last January and already reviewed here at Savant are Blu-rays of:  The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension,  The Andromeda Strain,  The Babadook,  The Beyond,  Black Sabbath,  Black Sunday,  Blood and Black Lace,  Burn, Witch, Burn,  CavemanThe End of Violence,  First Men in the Moon,  A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night ,  The Girl Who Knew Too Much,  God Told Me To,  The Hound of the Baskervilles,  The Hunchback of Notre Dame,  The Hunger,  I, Madman,  The Incredible Shrinking Man  (Region B),  Innerspace,  Invaders from Mars (1986),  The Island of Dr. Moreau,  It Follows,  It! The Terror from Beyond Space,  Journey to the Center of the Earth,  Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau,  Miracle Mile,  The Monster that Challenged the World,  Nightmare Castle,  The Premature Burial,  Rabid  (Region B),  Reptilicus,  The Satan Bug,  Tarantula  (Region B),  The Thing with Two Heads,  Videodrome,  Wolfen,  "X" - the Man with the X-Ray Eyes and  Zardoz.

Some worthy DVD titles from last year that I've spotted are:  The Black Scorpion (widescreen),  The Day Mars Invaded Earth,  Face of Fire,  Fearless Frank (Frank's Greatest Adventure),  Hand of Death,  Our Mother's House and the documentary  That Guy Dick Miller.

As for titles due in the next two or three weeks, I may not be able to get to some of them before Halloween is upon us. So consider this a snoop-buying guide.

Likely to be very much coveted are two multi-disc offerings from Warners. A new Horror Classics Blu-ray set features four Hammers: the classic 1959 The Mummy, the excellent Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed and two later Christopher Lee pictures, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave and Taste the Blood of Dracula. That's up for grabs in just a couple of weeks, but delayed until a bit later in October is the second four-title WB Blu set, Special Effects. It's going to contain the once-again-fully-appreciated Them! in widescreen, plus three stop-motion favorites, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Mighty Joe Young and Son of Kong.

Synapse has a picture I've never seen, but have read much about: Manos, the Hand of Fate. It's supposed to be terrible yet everybody wants to talk about it. The Oct 13 disc is reportedly a painstaking restoration, accompanied with a lot of extras.

Twilight Time has chosen to go horror this Halloween. Some of their fastest sell-outs, like their Fright Night, have been fantasy titles. They've posted carefully restored limited edition releases of John Carpenter's Vampires, Count Yorga Vampire (neither of which I've seen), Strange Invaders and Gordon Hessler's Scream and Scream Again with Vincent Price, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. That last title has always been a frustration for me, so it'll be interested if the new audio commentary will alter my thinking.

Olive has some promising offerings, starting with two full Republic serials in Blu-ray, The Invisible Monster and Flying Disc Man from Mars. Are Commander Cody and Purple Monsters from the Moon about to come back into fashion? The details are not to be believed. One character's name is 'Mota,' which we are told is 'Atom' spelled backwards. Fascinating. Olive is also releasing Blus of Amicus Films' The Deadly Bees and a standard cut of Saul Bass's Phase IV, plus the much desired 1964 picture that kicked off a renewed horror omnibus craze, Dr. Terror's House of Horrors. Fans have been waiting a long time for a decent copy of that one. I remember loving it at age 12.

From Kino comes a classics with three more modern titles. I'm at present checking out a very handsome multi-disc set of the 1925 The Phantom of the Opera. Also listed are Burnt Offerings with Karen Black and Oliver Reed, and Scissors with Sharon Stone. Finally, Gordon Hessler's The Oblong Box with Vincent Price and Christopher Lee will arrive late in the month.

Next comes Criterion, with three definite winners: Leonard Kastle's The Honeymoon Killers with Shirley Stoler and Tony Lo Bianco, David Cronenberg's The Brood with Samantha Eggar and Oliver Reed, and the aforementioned Japanese masterpiece Kwaidan by Masaki Kobayashi. We're looking forward to the better transfer. It will also be complete, with an additional 22 minutes of footage.

Beyond Halloween and technically off the radar are two more desirables. A German (Region B) Blu is on the way for the Universal sci-fi classic This Island Earth (October 30), while on November 24 Kino and the 3-D Archive have scheduled a 3-D release of the well remembered The Mask, the Canadian horror movie from 1961. I'll be reporting on a Los Angeles screening of this planned for October 10, at CineFamily.

And for a final note, Wim Wenders' long cut of his sci-fi saga Until the End of the World, the three-film version, is going to screen at the end of October at the Nuart, in Wenders' new traveling exhibition of his films. The news from the forums is that a Blu-ray release from Criterion is in the works, at long last. Even if that's a couple of years away, it qualifies as another dream coming true. I started waxing enthusiastic about that favorite movie back in 1998...

Thanks for reading -- ! Glenn Erickson

Tuesday September 22, 2015

Savant's new reviews today are:

The Satan Bug
KL Studio Classics

  Techno-thriller fans have been waiting a long time for a good disc of this '60s sci-fi espionage suspenser, and Kino's transfer is a winner. George Maharis, Richard Basehart, Anne Francis and Dana Andrews have to stop a madman who has snatched a full case of flasks of deadly bio-warfare viruses from a super-secret government lab. Each flask can wipe out an entire city, and one of them will kill every living thing on the planet. Action ace John Sturges turns Alistair MacLean's annihilating end-of-the-world tale into a memorable nail-biting experience. With a commentary and the original trailer. On Blu-ray from KL Studio Classics.

Fat City
Twilight Time

  The legendary John Huston sets the bar for director-driven quality filmmaking of the early 1970s, adapting Leonard Gardner's novel of the travails of a boxing bum who scrapes by picking crops in the San Joaquin Valley. The cast is equally legendary: punchy loser Stacy Keach teams up with the ambitious newcomer Jeff Bridges, risking terrible punishment in bouts to win feeble purses. The glowing discovery is the amazing Susan Tyrell, film history's most convincingly caustic floozy-alcoholic, bar none. Her voice can peel paint, but we love her dearly. Newly remastered; looks great on Blu-ray from Twilight Time.

Turkey Shoot
Severin Films

 Brian Trenchard-Smith's outrageous futuristic gore-fest imagines an Australian government concentration-extermination camp, run by the sadistic Michael Craig and Roger Ward, where jaded rich folk come to (unofficially) hunt human prey, as in The Most Dangerous Game. The leading targets for this week's jaunt are Steve Railsback and Olivia Hussey. The music is by the Mad Max veteran Brian May. Severin's generous extras give us the entire production history -- a wilder tale never was -- from the great raconteur Trenchard-Smith. It is snarky or subversive? An alternate title was Blood Camp Thatcher! On Blu-ray from Severin Films.

Man With the Gun
KL Studio Classics

  It may sound like a ho-hum generic B&W 50s western, but this one is different. Robert Mitchum is on-task as a town tamer having believable problems, both in exterminating gunslingers Claude Akins and Leo Gordon, and with making peace with his estranged wife, Jan Sterling. First-time director Richard Wilson shows some good moves, and his co-screenplay gives Mitchum two more tangential relationships to sort out, with the local pacifist Karen Sharpe, and a ditzy showgirl, Barbara Lawrence. And in for extra window dressing, is an incredibly young Angie Dickinson. Woof woof ! On Blu-ray from KL Studio Classics.


The Old Gun
MGM Limited Edition Collection

  Robert Enrico's literally searing terror tale from the French occupation is a revenge saga with a dark conscience, and a thriller not for the faint of heart. Fearing reprisals, surgeon Philippe Noiret sends his wife Romy Schneider out of harm's way of the retreating, unpredictable Germans -- but things go horribly wrong. What follows is almost like Straw Dogs but with more sympathetic heroes, far more heinous villains and a medieval castle as the arena for a violent confrontation. A must for fans of Noiret and Schneider; also with Joachim Hansen, Karl Michael Vogler and Antoine St. John. And it's a great transfer too. On DVD-R from MGM Limited Edition Collection.


This turned out to be a week stacked with really violent pictures, even after I pushed back Robert Aldrich's Emperor of the North, a slugfest aboard an Oregon freight train, for next week. The bruise & blast ordeals range from an escapist, 'fun' gore picture to one that personally makes my skin crawl, even as I admire it as a fine film in every other respect. Plus I get to flaunt review a disc with my own commentary. I review the disc but simply describe the commentary, thankyouverymuch.

Getting ready to SCREAM for Halloween? My plan for next week's column includes a rundown of new horror-fantasy disc offerings, plus some recommendations of recent genre gems worth checking out. If you want to enjoy some top-quality screaming NOW, Daniel Erickson and Wayne Schmidt offer two worthy links. Facebook's ear-blasting Screaming Marmot is reportedly a dub job. I assume that's what remix means in the post-rap world. The shouts, screams and yelling in YouTube's "Non-Silence of the Lambs" The Screaming Sheep and Goats Yelling like Humans are said to be authentic. Sweet Dreams!

Oh -- and a DVD Savant Newsletter should be going out this week -- Thanks for reading! --- Glenn Erickson

The Little House
  An excellent new Japanese film. Yoji Yamada comes through with a domestic family epic that follows the fortunes of a maid (Haru Kuroki) who helps a Tokyo family cope through the years 1935-1945. The 'little red house on the hill' deals with sickness, the war, and marital infidelity -- the husband's new co-worker, unfit for the draft, proves to be the wrong woman's dreamboat lover. Yamada tells the story through the filter of grandchildren solving family mysteries; new star Haru Kuroki is a sentimental find. A very classy traditional drama, this is a special import, on Blu-ray from Twilight Time.

The Bear
  Jean-Jacques Annaud gives us a view of nature unlike Old Hollywood's or the nonsense of latter-day children's epics. An orphaned bear cub lucks out by forming a relationship with an enormous rogue male bear. The adorable cub needs all the protection it can get -- from a trio of hunters and their mountain hunting dogs, and a lean mountain lion in dire need of a square meal. Teach your kids what bears really do in the woods -- this non-Disney-fied, de-sentimentalized tale lets us appreciate nature without getting sappy. Probably too much blood for tiny small fry, but essential viewing for kids forming notions of how the world functions outside the living room. With a 50-minute making-of docu. On Blu-ray from Shout! Factory.

Kings of the Sun
  J. Lee Thompson made some great movies, a few later hack jobs, and also some impressively strange shows like this UA epic about pre-Columbian days, with Mayan refugees clashing with Mississippi Native Americans. George Chakiris and Richard Basehart cut fine figures wearing some of the weirdest hairstyle and headgear ever devised; former dancer Chakiris moves darn good in the fight scenes, hefting a teakwood sword. But nobody can top the buff, copper-toned Yul Brynner, who looks and moves like the most fit man ever to walk the earth. Plus, a selection of pyramids, toughs like Leo Gordon and Brad Dexter holding their stomachs in, and gorgeous Shirley Anne Field as Ixchel, the Mayan princess with a cultured London accent. Great second unit fight work. On Blu-ray from KL Studio Classics.

The Wonderful Country
  Producer-star Robert Mitchum, writers Tom Lea and Robert Ardrey, director Robert Parrish, and composer Alex North are responsible for this rich, soulful tale about a gunslinger in trouble on both sides of the border. Employed as a hired killer for Mexican politico Pedro Armendariz, Mitchum's Martin Brady is caught in a power struggle, and must hide his wanted status from U.S. Army major Gary Merrill and Texas Ranger captain Albert Dekker. He has a chance to redeem his life, but an illicit romance stands in the way -- with Julie London, the Major's wife. Floyd Crosby and Alex Philips on-location images are gorgeous -- this was one of the best-looking Technicolor westerns Savant's ever seen. On Blu-ray from KL Studio Classics.

  Savant couldn't resist, even though the only good commercial disc for this title is from Germany, and has no English subtitles or audio. Gorgeous Hildegarde Knef is an, 'unholy, unnatural' young woman 'created' by a cynical, unscrupulous doctor, played to the hilt by Erich von Stroheim. As a thing without a soul, she's naturally Evil, and bad news for any and all men and women that come under her influence, including handsome Karheinz Böm, Savant digs into the history of this sick concept. What is the 'Mandragore' that is Alraune's spiritual talisman? And what's with that hairy ape-man von Stroheim keeps caged in his laboratory? On Region 2 (German) DVD from Arthaus.

I, Madman
  Pulp fiction nightmares run amuck as the dreaded maniac author Malcolm Brand emerges from his own horror novel to terrorize beautiful Jenny Wright. The lady doesn't know if she's reading Brand's book, or living it. To please her, he's carving away pieces of his face and replacing them with facial features straight- razored from various unhappy victims. Tell that to Vincent Van Gogh. Oh, and there's also a demon-monster called 'Jackal Boy' hidden in the steamer trunk. Director Tibor Takács does some clever time-shifting between 1989 and 1959, while Randall William Cook wears multiple hats -- as the designer of the gory makeup effects, creator of the stop-motion special effects sequences -- while also playing the lead role of the murderous Malcolm Brand. It's an overachieving little shocker that earns extra points for originality. On Blu-ray from Scream Factory.

  Author-screenwriter E.L. Doctorow and director Sidney Lumet dig deep into Cold War controversy with this fictionalized drama about the Rosenbergs, who were executed for conspiring to give atom secrets to the Soviet Union. Timothy Hutton and Amanda Plummer are Daniel and Susan, the son and daughter of the 'Isaacsons,' who were just children when their Communist parents were arrested. Fifteen years later, Susan is crumbling into mental illness over the trauma, while the resentful Daniel seeks the truth about murky past events -- the government never proved anything, and nobody knows what really happened. Lindsay Crouse, Mandy Patinkin and Edward Asner co-star in this absorbing film, one of Sidney Lumet's most personal. On Blu-ray from Olive Films.

  Joe Dante's sci-fi comedy is one of the most entertaining fantasies of the 1980s. Dennis Quaid and his submarine pod are miniaturized a la Fantastic Voyage to be injected into the bloodstream of a rabbit. But he ends up inside wimpy grocery clerk Martin Short, who must adjust to the strange sensation of a voice in his head advising that killer spies are after him. It's like the ultimate Martin & Lewis film, and a marvelous comedy showcase for Martin Short. With a big early role for cute Meg Ryan, plus major fun from Kevin McCarthy, Fiona Lewis, Robert Picardo and a huge cast of Dante regulars. With a world-class commentary, too. The Oscar-winning ILM effects look great on Blu-ray from Warner Home Video.

September 2015
 The Robin Hood of El Dorado  DVD  Murder, My Sweet  Blu-ray
August 2015
 Mad Max: Fury Road  3-D Blu-ray  War-Gods of the Deep  Blu-ray  Videodrome  Blu-ray  Street Smart  Blu-ray  Quick! Before It Melts  DVD  That Guy Dick Miller  DVD  The Hunger  Blu-ray  Nightmare Castle + Castle of Blood, Terror Creatures from Beyond the Grave  Blu-ray  Burn, Witch, Burn  Blu-ray  House of Bamboo  Blu-ray  Citizenfour  Blu-ray  The Andromeda Strain  Blu-ray  Message from Hiroshima  DVD  Viva Villa!  DVD  For Whom the Bell Tolls (Wem Die Stunde Schlägt) Region B Blu-ray  Baby It's You  Blu-ray  Our Mother's House  DVD  Agnès Varda in California: Uncle Yanco, Black Panthers, Lions Love (...and Lies), Mur Murs, Documenteur  DVD  Thunder Road  Blu-ray  Black Sabbath U.S. version  Blu-ray
July 2015
 Fearless Frank (Frank's Greatest Adventure)  DVD  Pit Stop  Blu-ray  Places in the Heart  Blu-ray  The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension  Blu-ray  Night and the City  Blu-ray  Mississippi Mermaid  Blu-ray  Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau  Blu-ray  The World of Henry Orient  Blu-ray  The Clay Pigeon  DVD  The Best of Everything  Blu-ray  He Ran All the Way  Blu-ray  The Spider  Danish miniseries;  Region 2 DVD  Around the World with Orson Welles  Blu-rayDVD  The Monster that Challenged the World  Blu-ray  Come and Get It  DVD  Hiroshima mon amour  Blu-ray  Storm Fear  Blu-ray  Escape from East Berlin  DVD  It Follows  Blu-ray  Miracle Mile  Blu-ray  The Young Lions  Blu-ray
June 2015
 Kern & Hammerstein: Showboat  Blu-ray  Riffraff '47  DVD
 The Killers '46 & The Killers '64  Blu-ray  Report to the Commissioner  Blu-ray  Absolute Beginners  Blu-ray  The Incredible Shrinking Man  Region B Blu-ray  3-D Rarities  3-D Blu-ray   The Golden Year: Five Classics from 1939: Dark Victory, Ninotchka, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dodge City, Gone With the Wind  Blu-ray  The Thing with Two Heads  Blu-ray  The Night of the Generals  Blu-ray  Pandas: The Journey Home  3-D Blu-ray  Monte Walsh  Blu-ray  The Hound of the Baskervilles  Region B (UK) Blu-ray  John Ford: Dreaming the Quiet Man  Blu-ray  Mississippi Burning  Blu-ray  Vincent & Theo  Blu-ray  The Sunshine Boys  Blu-ray  The Onion Field  Blu-ray  American Guerilla in the Philippines  DVD
 The Bridge  Blu-ray  Tentacles &  Reptilicus  Blu-ray  Show Them No Mercy!  DVD
May 2015
 State of Siege  Blu-ray  The Island of Dr. Moreau  Blu-ray  Magician: The Astonishing Life & Works of Orson Welles  Blu-ray  Wolfen  Blu-ray  Shy People Savant Revival Review  A Man for All Seasons  Blu-ray  Carla's Song  Blu-ray  Cops and Robbers  Blu-ray  The Best House in London  DVD  1776  Blu-ray  Face to Face and  The Tramplers by Lee Broughton  DVD  The First Deadly Sin  DVD  Jamaica Inn  Blu-ray  The Confession  Blu-ray  Hombre  Blu-ray  Moonlighting  Blu-ray  Thank Your Lucky Stars  Blu-ray  Tarantula  UK Region B Blu-ray  It! The Terror from Beyond Space  Blu-ray  Ladyhawke  Blu-ray  The Midnight Special  DVD  Make Way for Tomorrow  Blu-ray  Seven Angry Men  DVD  The Beyond  Blu-ray  Richard III 1995  Blu-ray  The Premature Burial  Blu-ray  The Long Good Friday  UK Region B Blu-ray & PAL DVD
April 2015
 The Secret Invasion  Blu-ray  A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night  Blu-ray  Face of Fire  DVD  Mr. Turner  Blu-ray  Mysteries of the Unseen World  3-D Blu-ray  Blood and Black Lace  Region AB Blu-ray & DVD  Inherent Vice  Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD  42nd Street  Blu-ray  April Love  Blu-ray  Le Silence de la mer  Blu-ray  "X"  Blu-ray  Dance with Me, Henry  Blu-ray  That Man from Rio and  Up to His Ears  Blu-ray  Invaders from Mars 1986  Blu-ray  Zardoz  Blu-ray  Silent Ozu: Three Crime Dramas: Walk Cheerfully, That Night's Wife, Dragnet Girl  DVD  The Way Things Go  Blu-ray  The Friends of Eddie Coyle  Blu-ray  Why Be Good?  DVD  Blue Sky  Blu-ray  Hoop Dreams  Blu-ray  A Most Violent Year  Blu-ray + Digital HD  Solomon and Sheba  Blu-ray  Sullivan's Travels  Blu-ray
March 2015
 Odd Man Out  Blu-ray  Massacre Gun  Blu-ray  U Turn  Blu-ray  Hand of Death  DVD  Without a Clue  Blu-ray  The White Buffalo  Blu-ray  The Day Mars Invaded Earth  DVD  The Imitation Game  Blu-ray + Digital HD  The Babadook  Blu-ray  Journey to the Center of the Earth  Blu-ray  First Men in the Moon  Blu-ray  The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry  Blu-ray  Miami Blues  Blu-ray  Day of Anger  Blu-ray + DVD  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies  3-D Blu-ray  Goodbye to Language  3-D Blu-ray  Forbidden Hollywood Volume 8: Blonde Crazy, Strangers May Kiss, Hi Nellie!, Dark Hazard  The Soft Skin  Blu-ray  The Falcon and the Snowman  Blu-ray  Alice's Restaurant  Blu-ray  Like Water for Chocolate  Blu-ray  Musicals: 4-Movie Collection: Kiss Me Kate  3-D, Calamity Jane, The Band Wagon, Singin' in the Rain  Blu-ray  Kiss Me Kate  3-D Blu-ray  The Liberator  Blu-ray  Muscle Beach Party  Blu-ray  Ride the Pink Horse  Blu-ray  The Manchurian Candidate  UK Region B Blu-ray & PAL DVD  Dear Heart  DVD
February 2015
 In the Land of the Head Hunters  Blu-ray  The Prowler  Blu-ray  The End of Violence  Blu-ray  The Sure Thing  Blu-ray  Incident  DVD  To Sir, With Love  Blu-ray  Caveman  Blu-ray  A Day in the Country  Blu-ray  Stormy Weather  Blu-ray  The Night They Raided Minsky's  Blu-ray  The Killing  UK Region B Blu-ray  The St. Valentine's Day Massacre  Blu-ray  Syncopation  Blu-ray  How to Murder Your Wife  Blu-ray  Black Sunday  Blu-ray  The Connection  Blu-ray  Rabid  UK Region B Blu-ray  Lust for Life  Blu-ray  The Wild Angels  Blu-ray  Watership Down  Blu-ray  Kiss Me, Stupid  Blu-ray  The Day They Robbed the Bank of England  DVD  Nightcrawler  Blu-ray  The Purple Rose of Cairo  Blu-ray  A Hole in the Head  Blu-ray  Don't Look Now  Blu-ray  Far from the Madding Crowd  Blu-ray  God Told Me To  Blu-ray
January 2015
 Why Don't You Play In Hell?  Blu-ray  Running On Empty  DVD  55 Days at Peking  UK Region B Blu-ray  Pork Chop Hill  Blu-ray  The Palm Beach Story  Blu-ray  The Black Scorpion widescreen  DVD  No Highway in the Sky  DVD  The Weapon  Blu-ray  The Bride Wore Black  Blu-ray  May in the Summer  Blu-ray  World for Ransom  Blu-ray  Breaking Away  Blu-ray  The Night Porter  Blu-ray  The Girl Who Knew Too Much  Blu-ray  The Russians are Coming the Russians are Coming  Blu-ray  Fury  Blu-ray  Bloody Sunday  DVD  52 Pick-Up  Blu-ray  Till the End of Time  DVD  Into the Woods  Blu-ray  The Twilight Samurai  Blu-ray  The Ultimate Invaders from Mars Savant Article Reboot  Ten Seconds to Hell  Blu-ray  Adua and Her Friends  Blu-ray  Kinoshita and World War II  DVD  The Boys from Brazil  Blu-ray

  Reaching further back in time?
A Chronological List of DVD Savant's Reviews for 2014
... and for 2013 ... 2012 ... and 2011

 Savant's DVD Wish List FINAL NOTE 2012

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