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  • Take a Good Look (1959-1961)

    It’s only October, but I can already name the best video release of the year.  That honor goes to Shout! Factory’s Ernie Kovacs: Take A Good Look: The Definitive Collection, which contains every surviving episode of a short-lived game show hosted by avant-garde television comedian Ernie Kovacs. Kovacs has...
  • Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2015)

    If you’re a fan of documentaries or of movies in general, you won’t want to miss Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story.  This delightful film documents the ups and downs in the careers and marriage of two of the unsung heroes of American cinema, Harold and Lillian Michelson....
  • Summer Night (Notte d’estate con profilo greco, occhi a mandorla e odore di basilico, 1986)

    When an artist makes a masterpiece, it can be difficult to accept a work from that same artist that is merely good, well made, or fun.  Lina Wertmüller encountered this type of prejudice towards the films she wrote and directed in the late Seventies and beyond.  No matter how good...
  • The Suspicious Death of a Minor (Morte sospetta di una minorenne, 1975)

    To understand and appreciate Sergio Martino’s The Suspicious Death of a Minor, a.k.a. Too Young to Die, a little history of Italian film, specifically the genre known as “giallo“ and the subgenre “poliziotteschi,” is needed. Giallo was a 20th Century Italian film genre that was part mystery, part slasher film,...
  • A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

    A Fish Called Wanda is a more popular, better-known title than I usually review in the Bottom Shelf, but for much of the general public, films more than 20 years old are not even on their radar.  Consequently, I felt that Arrow Video’s 4K restoration and Blu-ray release would...
  • Children of the Corn (1984)

    The 1980s were banner years for the horror genre. Jason Vorhees was slaying counselors at Camp Crystal Lake, a.k.a. Camp BLOOD, in the Friday the 13th series. Freddy Krueger helped many teenagers to their permanent rest in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. Michael Myers, though he started in the late...
  • The Love God? (1969)

    The late Sixties was a time when cinema pushed the boundaries of what was considered acceptable film fare.  Movies such as Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and The Wild Bunch (1969) went further than ever before in depicting screen violence.  Titles such as The Pawnbroker (1964), Blow-up (1966), and Midnight Cowboy (1969) broke...
  • Seven Beauties (Pasqualino Settebellezze, 1975)

    The movies are an entertainment medium, but they are also an art form.  Consequently, there is a huge variance in quality, even amongst well-made films.  There are good films.  There are great films.  There are four-star films.  Then, there are those very rare films that transcend the medium and...
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula (TV Movie, 1973)

    Dracula — Ever since Bram Stoker wrote the novel in 1897, we have been fascinated with vampires, and none more so than Vlad Tepes, a.k.a Vlad The Impaler, a.k.a. Dracula. Twenty-two actors (and counting) have portrayed the undead “Prince of Darkness” on film, including: Bela Lugosi — Dracula Prime...
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