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  • Arrow Academy January 2018 Titles

    Arrow Academy, the “art house” label of Arrow films posted their January 2018 Blu-ray announcements this morning, including a very interesting sounding Italian supernatural anthology film, starring the radiantly beautiful Silvana Mangano (Bitter Rice). Please note: Not all of the titles below will be released in the U.S., and those...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Don’t Torture a Duckling (Non si sevizia un paperino, 1972)

    Don’t Torture a Duckling is a grubby, nasty, unpleasant little thriller… and I look forward to watching it again.  While technically a giallo, it is one of the most unusual films in the genre, as it avoids many of the calling cards of gialli — black gloves, knives, an...
  • Web of the Spider (1971) Blu-ray Coming 10/24

    I know absolutely nothing about this upcoming release, but it sure sounds fun! Here are the full specs from Garagehouse Pictures:   Within this web lies the ultimate horror. An intrepid reporter by the name of Alan Foster (Anthony Franciosa, TENEBRE) accepts a wager from Edgar Allan Poe (Klaus...
  • Swept Away (Travolti da un insolito destino nell’azzurro mare d’agosto, 1974)

    Forget Christian Grey and his fifty shades, if you want to watch a sadomasochistic love story that really cooks, look no further than Lina Wertmüller’s Swept Away (1974, not to be confused with the 2002 remake of the same name).  Not only is the film better written, better acted,...
  • Roy Colt and Winchester Jack on Blu-ray 10/10

    Kino Lorber has dated and detailed their Blu-ray release of the Mario Bava-directed Euro-Western Roy Colt and Winchester Jack (1970).  While this is considered a minor movie in Bava’s filmography, any Bava film and any Spaghetti Western will be a welcome addition to my video collection.  The disc is scheduled...
  • Stendhal Syndrome (1996) Blu-ray Trailer

    Blue Underground has posted a trailer and the full specs for their July 25th Blu-ray release of the brand new 2K restoration of Dario Argento’s The Stendhal Syndrome (1996). Please note, if you are interested in receiving the limited-edition slipcover, it will only be available by ordering through Diabolik...
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