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DVD SAVANT



Here be found good sites -- A Selection of Fave Savant web stopovers for the Convenience of the Curious.

Stuart Galbraith IV's film review and comment site World Cinema Paradise is just getting started, with a number of well-chosen writers -- including (cough) myself. Here's hoping it catches on.

The winner for 'most readable' is John McElwee's great Greenbriar Picture Shows, a terrific assortment of great old rare photos and savvy text from an exhibitor / historical point of view ... and now back on a daily update basis.

A great, witty site on film is David Cairns' Shadowplay.

The TCM Turner Classic Movies page has become a complex site with many interesting corners to snoop through. Besides their daily schedule, the site carries reviews and a gallery of short films, clips, and trailers, some that even play in CinemaScope. And, since 2004, 'Savant' Glenn Erickson is a contributor to their DVD reviews.

Terrific for prowling and perusing, the eclectic image site this isn't happiness now has about eight years' worth of fantastic graphics and photos to glom, and it is constantly updated. I haven't missed a post.

Equally fun is Tom Sutpen, Stephen Cooke, Richard Gibson and Kimberly Lindberg's If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger, There'd Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats. Where they dig up these amazing visuals is a wonderment ... Savant spent half a night going through the back catalog.

Savant's favorite web board is The Classic Horror Film Board, a prime Genre site with excellent discussions and a gallery of connected contributors like Bill Warren and Tom Weaver. These are the people who give out the Rondo Awards.

Readers on the lookout for reviews and news pertaining to cult horror and fantasy can't go wrong with Nathaniel Thompson's Mondo Digital Website. Nate knows everything there is to be known about his subject, and his reviews often have preview images from the discs in question.

Sean Axmaker's Parallax View is another film review site I can heartily recommend, with a high level of writing. I'm glad I found this one.

Glenn Abel's Screen & Stream is making an effort to cover all bases for the future of film reviewing -- it now reviews both discs and downloads from other sources -- the web, Netflix, etc.

Gotta plug the Online Film Critics Society, an organization of spies dedicated to the overthro ... oops, wrong organization. The OFCS is a clearing house for film reviews by member reviewers, which ranks Savant joined on April 25th, 2001.

There's always room for Dick Dinman's DVD Classics Corner Radio Archive, a repository of radio shows about vintage movies, built around special guests. Just pick "DVD Classics Corner" out of the list... (2/14/04)

Kevin Pyrtle's WTF-Film.com Is an interesting review site by a monster fan who's been working on assembling various versions of Abel Gance's La fin du monde, and thus is a resource treasure in his own right.

Bond 007 fans will go for the articles and reviews at Her Majesty's Secret Servant, some by Savant correspondent Paul Baack. (11/07/08)

The much-missed The DVD Journal 'dimmed the lights' in August 2007, after seven years as Savant's favorite general nooze and gozzip DVD site. The excellent reviews are still up (as of March of 2008), and the site is well worth a visit. Do yourself a favor and sample the fine writing of my much-missed friend, Mark Bourne.

A particularly good read is Steve Eifert's Noir of the Week Page. It's a good resource to many reviews and all things Noir. Sometimes Steve reprints my noir reviews Steve's taste in collaborators is impeccable.

Guido Bibra's Film Format Guide has good, concise explanations and data for all the old film formats. The link given takes one to the German original page, but a "English Version" link is near the top.

I've been enjoying a literary site called The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies run by Elizabeth McCarthy and Bernice Murphy; it has articles on famous authors as well as reviews of stories and movies, too. Recommended.

Nostalghia.com is a thorough resource on the popular Russian director, Andrei Tarkovsky with many exclusive texts translated into English. Very professional, very defnitive. Webmasters Jan Bielawski and Trond S. Trondsen.

Hey! Who can live without The Race for the SuperBomb? It's a site that allows you to superimpose authentic nuclear blast predictions on any address in the United States! Educational! Morbid! Fun!

The veddy proper British Board of Film Classification gives you direct access to the censor fates of your fave pix in the United Kingdom. Unless you're rabid over Video Nasties, the British censors are not all that bad . . . at least they aren't hypocritical and inconsistent.

The Letterbox Widescreen Advocacy page also has some nice features, including a very clear explanation of DVD for Newbies.

There are a lot of OZ fans who might not know about The Wonderful World of Oz List of Frequently Asked Questions, several of which Savant receives every week.

Brad Lang's Classic Movies Home Page is an excellent way to find new movie sites. There's always new stuff to check out and Monsieur Lang is a pleasant host.

The Diabolik Official Home Page is now in both Italian and English too. Read up on a cool comic character of which Americans are completely unaware.

One of the older Movie fan sites, Joe Versus the Volcano has some hilarious and insightful essays about the film, which Savant is proud to say is one of the best of the decade, no matter what it's general rep may be. It's the Duck! The key is the Duck! Priceless.

There are several METROPOLIS sites with new info on variant and longer cuts. The Metropolis Walkthrough by Jim McCann has some unique visual goodies.

Archie Harris' superior Until the End of the World website (Welcome to...) counterpoints the Savant articles on that film. Wake up Arch, you haven't updated since the millennium.

The Tokusatsu Movie Poster Gallery has the best collection of posters for Japanese Kaiju Eiga and Toho science fiction Savant's seen yet. Very colorful and cool. There's even a poster for Atragon under the variant spelling Ataragon. For a long time, Savant thought Ataragon was a typo.

Kind of a grab bag, Dr. Daniel's Movie Emergency is simply a horde of links, for when you get really desperate for something new to surf. I always find something there.

For self-aggrandizement, Savant includes two articles written for Gary Johnson's IMAGES webzine, The Kiss Me Mangled Mystery: Refurbishing a Film Noir, and The Horrible Dr. Hichcock: Women on the Verge of a Gothic Breakdown. One's about Savant's restoration find, the other a high-falutin' take on an Italo horror classic (Babs! Babs!).

And finally, this is Glenn Erickson's professional resume, writing and editing credits combined.





StrangloScope image from
THE STRANGLERS OF BOMBAY.
-- finally released and
reviewed at Savant, here!


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