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"The Last Movie" Blu-Ray Review (Arbelos Films)
Arbelos Films has released the film that the studios buried in 1971; the Dennis Hopper follow up to Easy Rider, the cult film The Last Movie. Restored impeccably, it’s amazing to see a film that was mostly hidden for so many years get such a beautiful treatment. The wonderful cinematography and locations finally make it to home video. Arbelos Films has done the Film Lord’s work and we should thank them for it.
The Last Movie tells the story of a horse trainer and stuntman who decides to stay behind on location in a small Peruvian village and get everything ready for Hollywood when they return for more films. That stuntman is Kansas, played by the film’s director Dennis Hopper. Kansas is a strange man haunted by the death of a stuntman on the previous film. Although Hollywood is gone from the location, the filmmaking hasn’t stopped. Many of the locals seem to have been engulfed in the process and that process has become a violent one. Kansas is soon pulled into making another film, this time with the villagers, but how far will they go and how real is it? This is just a couple of the questions that arise in The Last Movie.
After the success of Easy Rider, Dennis Hopper could have done any project that he wanted to do. What Hopper decided to do was a film about making a film in a small Mexican village starring Ben Johnson as a character named Tex. Things didn’t work out quite like that and instead we have Dennis Hopper in the lead role filming in an isolated village in Peru. It’s pretty impossible to see Ben Johnson doing what Hopper did in this film. After all, Ben Johnson is the same wonderful actor who asked Peter Bogdanovich to tone down the language and sex in the film that he won an Oscar for, The Last Picture Show. Can anyone really see Ben Johnson having a young woman spray breast milk across his face? I think the Wild Bunch alumni would have some objections. The Last Movie is an interesting film for sure, but the making of and the history of the film maybe even more intriguing. It’s said that Hopper came back with 40 hours of film and managed to cut it down to less than 2 hours. It’s impossible to not think what ended up on the cutting room floor; chunks of the wild shoot out? Scenes with the all-star cast that end up as essentially cameos? Including the likes of Sam Fuller, Dead Stockwell, Peter Fonda, and Kris Kristofferson!? It must have been a wild ride and film fans can only dream.
The Last Movie is way ahead of its time in a lot of ways. I can’t think of a movie turning meta before it; the ending where Hopper breaks the 4th wall and claims “my scar isn’t even on”, the missing reel scenes that occasionally come in, or the camera man’s reflection in the back of a pickup truck window. The film is too well shot to have left this mistake in by accident. It’s a film about making a film that breaks the 4th wall and lets us know it’s just a film as well. To make matters more confusing, it’s not told in order. We seem to have almost three storylines going on at any given time, the making of the film, the hunt for gold, and the villagers using Hopper as a stuntman that is forced to do everything for real. The storyline with the hunt for gold has Hopper paired up with actor Don Gordon where the two seem to be coming up with most of their lines on the fly. A huge chunk of this part deals with Hopper's relationship with women and sex. He beats his girlfriend, he is used by a rich woman to get something he wants, and he also hires prostitutes to entertain a party he is throwing. He mistreats women and is mistreated by them within a 10 minute span of film. Along with the heavy drinking in the film and the fear of failure, we are introduced to some of Hopper’s personal demons. The themes of the film are complicated and sure to stir controversy today, but they aren’t the only thing worth mentioning, the technical aspects are outstanding.
The film is photographed great, there are plenty of wonderful wide shots that show the landscape and locations. A film that takes place in a western setting should always be able to give the audience a glimpse as how wide everything can get. The acting is also top notch. Hopper portrays a range of emotions well; fear, anger, vulnerability, it’s all here and it’s a performance worth seeing. It was quite a shock to see Tomas Milian appear in the film as a preacher, as well. This was a change of pace for the Spaghetti Western gun slinger. His interactions with Hopper maybe some of the strangest in the film, at first he claims to want the violence in the village to stop, but soon enough he seems to be enthralled in it as well and is cackling while drinking with Kansas. The idea that a priest and an entire town can be corrupted by Hollywood may suggest what Hopper felt about the film industry, regardless it would lead to him not being able to direct another film for 9 years, in a way the 2nd time Dennis was black listed from Hollywood.
Arbelos Films has included a slew of special features on the release. The documentary Scene Missing is a great addition directed by Alex Cox that is filled with interviews from cast, crew, and friends of Hopper. This doc helps one understand the history and making of The Last Movie and should help appreciation toward it. Another doc, Some Kind of Genius (1987) is also included on the disc; it’s essentially an interview with Hopper. This was a great insight on how much a fan of film Hopper is and how knowledgeable the man was about the subject. To finish up the disc are a few more features including the new Postcard from Peru featuring interviews with crew from the country, The Dick Cavett Show 1971 interview with Hopper, and a 2007 video introduction by Dennis Hopper. A great release of an under seen movie with a lot of features to help one garner the impact this movie could have had if it were shown more and widely available when it should have been.
Dennis Hopper’s radical, much-mythologized lost masterpiece – widely unseen for nearly 50 years until now!
Consciously self-reflexive and co-written by Hopper and Rebel Without A Cause screenwriter Stewart Stern, The Last Movie follows a Hollywood movie crew in the midst of making a western in a remote Peruvian village. When production wraps, Hopper, as the baleful stuntman Kansas, remains, attempting to find redemption in the isolation of Peru and the arms of a former prostitute. Meanwhile, the local Indians have taken over the abandoned set and begun to stage a ritualistic re-enactment of the production – with Kansas as their sacrificial lamb.
Among the most storied productions of the New Hollywoood Era, Hopper was given carte blanche by Universal for his next directorial feature after the tremendous commercial success of Easy Rider, and writer-director-star took the money and ran – literally – staging The Last Movie in Peru at farthest remove from the Hollywood machine, with an on-screen entourage in tow that included Kris Kristofferson, Julie Adams, Stella Garcia, Peter Fonda, Dean Stockwell, Toni Basil, Russ Tamblyn, Michelle Phillips and director Samuel Fuller.
Although it won a special award at the Venice Film Festival, The Last Movie would effectively end Hopper’s career for many years – the Hollywood establishment gleefully writing him off as a self-indulgent madman. Yet the movie remains thrillingly innovative and remarkably contemporary – influenced greatly by the work of Bruce Conner and the French New Wave, as well as the Pop and Abstract artists Hopper revered.
New 4K restoration from the original camera negative
Scene Missing (2018), a sixty-minute documentary directed by Alex Cox on the making of The Last Movie
Some Kind of Genius (1987), a thirty-minute documentary portrait of Dennis Hopper directed by Paul Joyce
Postcard from Peru (2018), a new series of video interviews with members of the Peruvian crew filmed by Daniel García and Aurelio Medina
The Dick Cavett Show 1971 interview with Hopper
2007 video introduction by Dennis Hopper
2018 U.S. Theatrical Trailer
1971 Theatrical Trailer
1971 Product Reel
New essays by Julie Adams, Jessica Hundley and Mike Plante plus a 1971 Evergreen Review report from the set of the film by L.M. Kit Carson.
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"The American Dreamer" Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Review (Etiquette Pictures)
Etiquette Pictures, in partnership with the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, brings this forgotten masterpiece to home video for the very first time in a new, Director approved 2k restoration, painstakingly reconstructed from four 16mm prints housed in the Walker Art Center’s Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection. Major support to preserve, digitize, and present this film and the entire Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection is generously provided by the Bentson Foundation.
Special Features (on both DVD & Blu):
“Fighting Against the Wind” – 30min making-of featurette
“A Long Way Home” – 7min preservation featurette
Extensive photograph gallery
16pg booklet w/ essay by Chris Poggiali
English SDH subtitles
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"The Inheritors" Blu-Ray Review (Mondo Macabro)
Mondo Macabro releases the relatively unknown coming of age Nazi drama film “The Inheritors” on Blu-ray for the first time. “The Inheritors” manages to still be relevant today with the current violent political landscape and the heavy subject of youth being recruited for extremist groups.
Thomas is an adolescent male from an upper middle class family. He has everything he needs in terms of materialistic items, but lacks the emotional qualities he needs from his parents. While Thomas is discovering his sexual awakening he is also being introduced to a neo-Nazi party. Our lead already seems to have an anti-authority view point due to his overbearing, verbally abusive mother. This and the lack of fitting in leads Thomas down a bad road. Soon our awkward teen embraces the lifestyle of the neo-Nazi party and his average demeanor turns into a violent and aggressive nature that seems to have been building for years. As he descends deeper into the gang, his school and family life begin to crumble.
“The Inheritors” sets itself up in a way that something awful is going to inevitably happen; the entire film suggests a turning point where Thomas can no longer return to a decent life. He isn’t a likeable character. When he gets revenge on his mother, it seems too cruel and tasteless to ever make him sympathetic.
A very interesting aspect to the film is that it manages to mix this violent political ideology that Thomas is discovering with his sexual discoveries. Thomas has a fairly normal sexual encounter early on and is later rejected by this partner. The rejection seems to make his sexual passes on other women more aggressive and repulsive. This behavior is not only due to the rejection but to the influence that the gang has on him.
The film makes a statement about the elimination of classes when it comes to gang recruiting. The character of Charly, another member of the gang and Thomas’s closest friend, comes from a poor family with a drunkard father. The parallels and differences between these two characters are intriguing. Thomas and Charly both want to belong, both come from abusive families, but their social standings are completely different; the brainwashing of youths doesn’t stop at the social barriers that institutions may.
The film’s abrupt ending leaves the audience wondering if it really is that, earlier the tension is built as you think that any moment something could ignite the complete end of innocence for Thomas. On the other hand when the pair steal a couple pistols and begin to practice shooting in glee and Thomas turns the gun on Charly in sheer joy we wonder if there was any innocence to have been lost in the first place.
Mondo Macabro has done a good job restoring “The Inheritors” it sounds and looks good. Including on the disc are English and German versions. I would suggest watching the film in its native language of German for the full impact.
On his way home from school, 16 year old Thomas helps Charly, an unemployed teenager, escape from the police. Despite their differing backgrounds the boys become good friends and Charly persuades Thomas to join a neo-Nazi youth group. Intrigued and confused by his new friends Thomas, who is experiencing trouble at home and school, is drawn deeper into a web of sex and violence that leads to a tragic end.
In 1979, Austrian film director Walter Bannert was among a group of Vienna cafe patrons beaten up by a gang of young neo-Nazis who wrecked the place. Researching the burgeoning movement in West Germany and Austria for 3 years, Bannert infiltrated their private meetings by convincing party leaders that he wanted to make an objective documentary. His film The Inheritors is the result, a disturbing and timely fictional drama based entirely on real characters, events and conversations that Bannert came across in the neo-Nazi camps. The film was highly controversial on its original release and theatres screening it were threatened with violent action by neo-Nazi sympathizers. Although it is now over thirty years old, the film remains incredibly relevant as we witness, across the world, the rebirth of right wing extremism using exactly the same lies and tactics exposed so powerfully in this film.
The Inheritors was not screened in its native country for many years until it was rediscovered at the 2015 Viennale Exhibition where it was praised as a rare and powerful example of Austrian genre cinema with a strong political message.
The film was selected at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival for the prestigious Directors Fortnight section, in the same year it won a jury prize at the Montreal World Film Festival.
Brand new 2k scan from film negative
8 page booklet with essays by Michael Gingold and film maker Paul Poet
Original theatrical trailer
English/German audio choice
Newly created subtitles
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"Take It Out In Trade" Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Review (AGFA Films)
Ed Wood was the filmmaker behind PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, the author of hundreds of adult novels, and a pall-bearer at Bela Lugosi's funeral. Wood fought in the Pacific Ocean theater during World War II while wearing a bra and panties under his uniform. Basically, there will never be another hero like Ed Wood. And there will never be another movie like TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE. Unseen for almost fifty years, this is a surreal sexploitation detective comedy that would feel right at home on a triple-bill with John Waters's MULTIPLE MANIACS and Russ Meyer's THE IMMORAL MR. TEAS. With delirious narration by Wood himself, positive depictions of LGBTQ relationships, and a miraculous role by Ed Wood in drag as "Alecia," TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE is a joyous swan song from one of the most seminal exploitation filmmakers of all time.
New 2K preservation from the only 16mm theatrical print in existence!
Commentary track with filmmaker Frank Henenlotter (BASKET CASE), Ed Wood biographer Rudolph Grey, and AGFA’s Joseph A. Ziemba!
TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE: THE OUTTAKES, 70 minutes of unseen footage scanned in 2K!
Exclusive liner notes by Ed Wood biographer Rudolph Grey!
Bonus movie: THE LOVE FEAST (1969) starring Ed Wood, scanned in 2K from an original 35mm theatrical print!
Reversible cover art!
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"The Wizard of Gore" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original Uncompressed PCM Mono Audio
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Bonus Feature! 1968’s How to Make a Doll
Feature-length audio commentary with Herschell Gordon Lewis and Mike Vraney
Montag Speaks – an interview with Wizard of Gore actor Ray Sager
Stephen Thrower on The Wizard of Gore
The Gore the Merrier – An interview with Jeremy Kasten, director of the 2007 Wizard of Gore remake
The Incredibly Strange Film Show – an episode of the cult documentary series focusing on the films of Herschell Gordon Lewis
Original theatrical trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Twins of Evil
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"The Sideling Hill" Director's Cut DVD Review (Hardcore Gore Productions)
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"Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff" Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Review (Vinegar Syndrome)
Based on a novel by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright William Inge (Picnic, Splendor in the Grass), Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff is a haunting story of ill-fated lust and sexual repression set against a backdrop of American racism.
Directed by Marvin Chomsky (Roots, Holocaust), written by Academy Award nominee Polly Platt (Targets, Pretty Baby), with a score by Oscar winning composer Ernest Gold (Exodus), and featuring Dorothy Malone. Ronee Blakley, Carolyn Jones and the feature film debut of John Lafayette, Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff is being presented uncut for the first time on home video.
Re-Issue Cut: The Sin
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The VHS Voyage "Demonwarp" VHS Review (Vidmark Entertainment)
A man and his daughter are attacked in the woods by what they believe is a Bigfoot-type creature. However, they soon begin to suspect that they may have stumbled onto a nest of aliens in a hidden spacecraft.
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Pick a Movie "The Interview (1998)" DVD Review
In the early hours of the morning, Eddie is abruptly grabbed by the police as the prime suspect of an unsolved crime. Scared and confused, Eddie firmly defends his innocence despite the unrelenting, strong-armed tactics of his interrogator, Detective Steele.
In the tradition of crime dramas such as The Usual Suspects, Homicide and NYPD Blue, The Interview takes you on a relentless, suspense-filled cat and mouse chase. Is Eddie the victim of Detective Steele's obsession to discover the truth, or is he a clever killer?
Cast Interviews & Bios
Alternative Ending & Deleted Scenes with Optional Director's Commentary
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The American Dreamer – 1971 – L.M. Kit Carson/Lawrence Schiller
The Inheritors – 1983 – Walter Bannert
Take It Out in Trade – 1970 – Edward D. Wood Jr.
Love Feast – 1969 – Joseph F. Robertson
The Wizard of Gore – 1970 – H.G. Lewis
How to Make a Doll – 1968 – H.G. Lewis
The Sideling Hill – 2018 – Nathan Hine
Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff – 1979 – Marvin J. Chomsky
Demonwarp – 1988 – Emmett Alston
The Interview – 1998 – Craig Monahan