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Saturday October 10, 2015

Hello, news and links today, and more reviews on Tuesday.

I don't normally explain the 'column top' images I choose every few days; the idea is that they're click-links to older movies I've been thinking about, or an old review I re-read and thought to promote. As I like to say, if you're stuck on a plane with wi-fi and you can't sleep, go cruising through Glenn's old... well, maybe you have better things to do. This photo isn't from a feature film, but from a 1971 'dormie' movie I shot with other UCLA undergraduates on Sproul Hall's 5th floor, then called Sparta. I wonder if it still is called Sparta, or if the whole named- floors thing vanished when the dorms went co-ed. I'll have you know I attended an honest-to-bedsheets Toga Party my first semester in the Fall of 1970, so John Belushi wasn't kidding. Anyway, I'd have to dig out the 8mm film and read my credits to remember the name of the actor seen above. He told us he was a nephew of Harold Arlen, the songwriter; he also read Tarot cards. (Randy remembers, the name was Larry Noel. Can we reach him?) He mainly was tall and imposing, which made him perfect to play the horror role in this effort, the title of which also escapes me. I think my little movie was an unconscious gloss on Not of this Earth, but I don't remember being aware of the Corman movie at the time. This monster character ran around with a hood over his head, said hood sewn by my girlfriend Ruth Ann Barnett, bless her memory. When the hood came off, just looking at the monster's eyes was instant death. Alas, in film school I made no movies about simple human things.

Fellow film student Randall William Cook lived one floor up in Sproul, on the floor aptly named Chaos. He animated his notorious Attack of the Stew Men up there, but before that helped me out with this makeup job, which he completely designed himself. We went to Max Factor in Hollywood to get the mortician's wax that he used. That was memorable because we walked into the Highland Avenue showroom, which looked like a fashion salon from some fancy movie, with products sitting in little lit alcoves or sconces or whatever. A woman wearing white gloves found out what we wanted and directed us to a back room shop, a cluttered place with ordinary wooden benches, where the goop was actually mixed. It was a veritable mad lab. A man in a white lab coat sold Randy the magic stuff. Randy had to sculpt the wax right on the actor's face, which took at least a couple of hours.

I think Randy must have applied the makeup twice, because we filmed from midnight to 3am the first time. Randy played one of the victims, clutching his eyes and falling like a rock at the sight of the monster's blank eyeballs. On a later date we went out on the roof of Sproul Hall to film the conclusion. The monster-actor was a little scared because he couldn't see anything, which didn't help him look very menacing. My brilliant, incredible finish had the monster kill himself by looking at a mirror, see...   wait, don't go away, it didn't seem lame at the time... No matter what you think, I can claim that two future Oscar winners helped me make my UCLA student films.

That was fun. I'm still heading over to CineFamily at 5 tonight to see the L.A. Premiere of the 3-D Archives' restoration of The Mask, which is due out on 3-D Blu-ray later in November. I'm hoping to connect with the Archive's Bob Furmanek and Greg Kintz at the screening. And I'm still deciding whether to go see Wim Wenders Until the End of the World once again this October 25 at West L.A.'s NuArt Theater.

Finally, Alan K. Rode's Palm Springs Classic Science Fiction Festival spools out the best of the 1950s this Oct 23-25. Rode's special guests will include Kathleen Hughes and Barbara Rush of It Came from Outer Space, David Hedison of The Fly and Julie Adams of Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Let's see, I just saw Tomorrowland on the new Disney Blu-ray, and hope to review it shortly. And if things work out I will attend an Editor's Guild screening of The Martian next Wednesday night. So it's definitely a Sci-fi October this year.

Finally, DVD Beaver has put up a review of a UK Region B disc of the Savant favorite On the Beach. I want to grab it just to see the bountiful extras promised -- but Beaver doesn't even mention the fact that most of the audio track of our domestic Kino disc (reviewed here at Savant) was badly out of sync. The UK Beach disc streets, or beaches, on Oct 12. I'd really like to hear from a purchaser if its track aligns properly before buying.

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

Tuesday October 6, 2015

Savant's new reviews today are:

Horror Classics:
Four Chilling Movies from Hammer Films

Warner Home Video

  Warners answers the call for horror from Hammer Films, with four thrillers starring the great Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee: The Mummy (1959), Dracula Has Risen From the Grave, Frankenstein Must be Destroyed and Taste the Blood of Dracula. The transfers are immaculate, and the Terence Fisher/Jack Asher is one of the top titles in the Hammer library, one that nails the company's special gifts. Technicolor was never richer than this. The only drawback drawback is that Chris Lee’s Dracula has so few lines of dialogue. The Frankenstein movie is a major re-discovery on HD as well. On Blu-ray from Warner Home Video.

The Invisible Monster
Olive Films

  Welcome to the weird world of Republic Serials, an art form with its own strict rules of content and conduct, which often have no resemblance to other movies, or any reality we know. This makes them irresistible. "The Phantom Ruler" has plans of world conquest, but can't seem to pull off an ordinary robbery or a simple murder, even with his (not very practical) invisibility rig. There's a punch-out every five minutes and a terrific Lydecker miniature special effect in almost every episode. Richard Webb and Aline Towne star, but we love the bad guys, who throw 1,001 punches and attempt as many evil acts of mayhem, but never seem to come out on top. "Calling Phantom Ruler! Come in Phantom Ruler!" On Blu-ray from Olive Films.

Two O'Clock Courage
The Warner Archive Collection

  An early entry from Anthony Mann, this light comedy thriller is also a borderline noir, what with amnesia as the plot hook and an all-night prowl on the streets of Los Angeles the RKO back lot. Tom Conway is the mixed-up possible murderer and cheerful Ann Rutherford the taxi driver who takes him on an adventure dodging the cops and the press. But the real thrill is in the secondary female leads -- Jean Brooks from the Val Lewton movies is a cagey murder suspect, and (Bette)Jane Greer makes her billed feature debut as a Gilda- like hot number swoon-bait noir babe, complete with a slinky wardrobe. There aren't many Jane Greer pictures where she turns on the sex appeal -- making this a must for her fans. On DVD from The Warner Archive Collection.

Diary of a Lost Girl
Kino Classics

  G.W. Pabst's silent German classic, intact, restored and looking great. Louise Brooks is the virginal innocent abused by her father and his employee on the night of her own First Communion, who is betrayed by every level of the sex double standard. Brooks is nothing less than amazing, with a performance that doesn't date, and Pabst only has to show how things are to make a statement about societal hypocrisy. With arresting performances from an array of striking actors -- Valeska Gert, Sybille Schmitz, Fritz Rasp, Franziska Kinz, Edith Meinhard, Andrews Engelmann, Kurt Gerron, Siegfried Arno. Great German cinema doesn't get better. With a good commentary, and a later American short subject starring Brooks. On Blu-ray from Kino Classics.


Masterworks of American Avant-Garde
Experimental Film 1920-1970

Flicker Alley

 Producer-archivist Dennis Shepard and curator Bruce Posner collect upwards of thirty famous and noteworthy art shorts through history, starting with the early-'20s attempts to translate various art 'isms' to the screen, to graphics-oriented abstractions, to 'city symphonies' to the dream visions of Maya Deren and later aesthetic experiments. Some of the most famous titles are here, and the list of artists includes most of the important names, from Kenneth Anger to Slavko Vorkapich. Many of the HD transfers are careful remasters at the proper projection speed and with original music. On Blu-ray from Flicker Alley.

Hello readers...

I've been on a Hammer kick this week, after watching most of the films in the new Warners box. I've been a fan since 1959 and The Mummy, and caught up with Curse of Frankenstein and Horror of Dracula at a kiddie matinee in 1964. Boy, it seemed as if there was something unforgettable happening every week on screens back then. I really got caught up in the excitement of the crowd of kids yelling and screaming in enthusiasm. These days parents wouldn't dare let kids go to the movies by themselves, it's all different now. I'm what could be called a passive fan. A best friend has visited Bray in England (and got a great jacket there, too) and counts himself a much more serious adept after seeing Kiss of the Vampire at an impressionable age. Most of the '60s Hammers where I came from showed at drive-ins, so were out of reach before television screenings, and remained remote except through stills in Famous Monsters. Actually, it wasn't until home video came along that one could really catch up with all the weird things seen in FM.

Savant college friends included other Hammer fans, a pair of published authors on film horror, and later a producer for Albert Band who took a job maintaining the film library in a large studio. For a few months around 1998-1999, this pal had 'discretionary access' to a screening room. His noted collector friends would drop by to show their choice film bits and also to see what my friend had found. I wrote up these 'secret screenings' in DVD Savant back in the day, where I'm sure they created the illusion that I was at the center of collector culture, which wasn't true at all. Notice here that I'm not naming names. It's not to be mysterious. I don't believe in collecting unearned 'association cred,' aka name-dropping, something that bugs me to no end on Facebook. I can't claim to have a personal relationship with these people, and if I did, it would be personal, not for broadcast.

Back to those screenings. I borrowed an MGM print or two of my own, only to find that A.I.P.'s only surviving 35mm copy of Voyage to the End of the Universe had totally rotted -- before we finished the first reel, the film was crumbling. A collector-director loaned his 35mm print of Tomb of Ligeia. A collector-producer brought in his reel of rare, prime-quality Roger Corman trailers, all the great items from the 1950s. A really nice collector I met through DVD Savant drove all the way from Phoenix with his IB Tech print of Mario Bava's Hercules in the Haunted World, which was a real treat.

Another highlight was a screening of a short reel of outtakes from Terence Fisher's The Revenge of Frankenstein, uncut silent dailies that had survived because they had been used to test a coating that would keep the color from fading. The color was indeed great, and the five minutes of film was a Hammerphile's dream come true. Complete with slates, we'd see Peter Cushing enter a room, deliver a line, remove his coat, etc. it looked as though he jumped to later dialogue lines that were to be seen from the same angle. It was obviously to conserve film; Fisher apparently pre-cut the movie in his shooting continuity. Hammer expert Ted Newsom was in attendance at that screening -- I barely knew him at the time. The amazing thing was that Ted knew Revenge so well that he was able to lip-sync the dialog of shots as they came up, and he hadn't seen the outtakes before. Whenever I've had a pressing Hammer question, Newsom has been the man with the answer.

These are just pre-Halloween musings; I'll try to slip in a couple more odd Halloween-themed items between now and the 31st. In this week's Hammer review, I grouse a bit about the uneven color/transfer treatment that's been given lately to classic Hammers over in England. I've asked my color/transfer specialist, who's also the major Hammerphile, to give me a quick assessment of the Blu-rays of the last few years -- some look smashing while others have odd issues. Maybe next week!

Oh, by the way, here's a Hammer-oriented link, to some Pathé newsreel snippets: Behind-the-Scenes at Hammer (X the Unknown, Frankenstein Created Woman & More). The Pathé site is a bit odd -- two times out of three I was sidetracked to a newsreel about Queen Elizabeth. So keep trying.

Thanks for reading! -- Glenn Erickson

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

The Satan Bug
  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
  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
 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
  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
  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.

Deutschland 83
 How did this sneak by? It's a combo escapist spy story, engrossing soap opera, and historically accurate Cold War flashback to the time of Duran Duran and Blondie, produced in Germany with a great cast of young and/or unfamiliar actors. Sure, the expected unlikelihoods are there, but so is an essential authenticity. Great fun! The 'hero' is an East German agent, but every player on either side is either corrupt, naive, or dangerously reckless. It's an eight-episode miniseries, which is planned to continue?   Highly recommended. On DVD from Kino Lorber.

Breaker Morant
  Bruce Beresford says that by 1980 most Australians had forgotten that their countrymen had fought in the Boer War. This scathing condemnation of England's scapegoating of commonwealth volunteers had a big impact. Stars Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson and Bryan Brown front a protest from the past, in one of the most respected features of the Aussie Renaissance of the late '70s. It's still a class act, and not sullied by later assertions that the Aussies were guilty as charged. It's a war, who wasn't? -- and their superiors both condoned and ordered guerilla ruthlessness. On Blu-ray from Criterion.

Eaten Alive
 Neville Brand is Judd, a born-on-the-bayou shaggy maniac. He runs the spacious, inviting Starlite Motel. He lives by a higher morality and therefore just can't resist feeding random visitors to his gargantuan crocodile. If walk-in customers like Mel Ferrer, Marilyn Burns and Robert Englund don't like that idea, Brand keeps a giant scythe handy, as a persuader. Tobe Hooper's sopho-gore feature boasts name stars -- Stuart Whitman, Carolyn Jones. Plus, in this new edition, a brightly colored picture-perfect transfer. A Dual-Format edition on Blu-ray and DVD from Arrow (U.S.).

September 2015
 The Reivers  Blu-ray  The Black Stallion  Blu-ray  The Little House  Blu-ray  The Bear  Blu-ray  Kings of the Sun  Blu-ray  The Wonderful Country  Blu-ray  Alraune  Region 2 DVD  I, Madman  Blu-ray  Daniel  Blu-ray  Innerspace  Blu-ray  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

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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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