“Tales from the Hood 2” Review – 0:58
“Invasion of the Body Snatchers” Review – 9:07
“Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji” Review – 17:12
“Strait-Jacket” Review – 24:41
“Berserk” Review – 30:28
The VHS Voyage “The Prey” Review – 34:16
“Frailty” Pick a movie Review – 40:20
Pick a movie drawing – 45:45
Question of the Week – 55:00
Severin Contest information and answers for the contest – 57:07
Contest Winner – 59:33
Update – 1:01:04
“Cannibal Holocaust” Extended Review with Keith Voigt Jr. – 1:04:13
“The Bad Man” Blu-Ray Preorder Link – https://scottschirmer.com/collections/complete-catalog/products/the-bad-man-blu-ray
Cinema Wasteland Convention – https://www.cinemawasteland.com/
Podcast Version –
"Tales from the Hood 2" Streaming Review (Netflix)
“Tales from the Hood 2” Netflix Streaming – https://www.netflix.com/title/81015317
"Invasion of the Body Snatchers" Blu-Ray Review (Olive Films)
Olive Films brings the science fiction staple “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” to Blu-ray in a special signature edition. The 1956 classic is loaded with features and looks great. Don Siegel's paranoia classic finally gets the treatment it deserves.
When Dr. Miles J. Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) returns home after an extended leave something is amiss; townsfolk are claiming that family members aren't who they appear to be. Miles, along with his love interest Becky Driscoll (Dana Wynter) and another couple, discovers a lifeless body that resembles someone of their party. The worried quartet decides to investigate, but it's already too late. To their horror they discover the town has been taken over by an out of this world foe that offers a scarier fate than death and, to make matters worse, the enemy attacks while you sleep.
Besides being a well-crafted and terrifying film “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” does something that many of its contemporaries don't, it provokes thought. At times “Invasion” has been used as an allegory to Communism or McCarthyism, but the film isn’t focused on the ideology. It’s focused on the idea of conformity against ones will. It’s truly a scary idea to go to sleep one night and lose one’s identity; not just for a period of time but for all eternity. The film casts a hopeless feeling, a nightmare in the truest sense. Your friends, your family; they aren’t who they appear. There is nowhere to go and the idea of being taken over in your most private and peaceful time is stomach churning. The waking nightmare the characters are forced to endure becomes even more twisted as their psyche slips and their will fades. The two leads are wonderful as a pair of interested parties with a history; both coming from broken marriages. Throughout the film Kevin McCarthy’s pleasant and charming demeanor is changed into a blubbering madman helping the terror set in for the audience. Dana Wynter isn’t just good looks, but a strong female force that runs and fights back when need be. The modest budget didn’t stop some top notch special effects from being created. The scene where the survivors come across the pods that are beginning to take their form still works to this day and has inspired dozens of films. ”Invasion of the Body Snatchers” nightmare state works due to the performances, setting, and story. It all comes together perfectly. The lack of sleeps helps the never ending paranoia of the characters and the only way out of the waking nightmare is, ironically, sleep which one will never wake from.
Olive Films has included a slew of features, porting over some old stuff from previous editions and creating a couple new ones for this release. The new inclusions are an interview with Don Siegel's son, a commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith, and a great interview with film directors Joe Dante and Larry Cohen. The old features include contributions from historians, cast, crew, and famous fans of the film, including directors John Landis and Stuart Gordon. The features dive into the production, the impact, and the key players involved, and paint an interesting story about the film including title changes and post versus pre-production. The film and features deliver the goods in this Olive Signature release.
“They’re already here! You’re next!” With these chilling words, Invasion of the Body Snatchers sounded a clarion call to the dangers of conformity, paranoia, and mass hysteria at the heart of 1950s American life. Considered one of the greatest science fiction films ever made, Invasion of the Body Snatchers stars Kevin McCarthy (Academy Award® nominee, Best Supporting Actor, Death of A Salesman – 1952) as Miles Bennell, a doctor in a small California town whose patients are becoming increasingly overwrought, accusing their loved ones of being emotionless imposters. They’re right! Plant-like aliens have invaded Earth, taking possession of humans as they sleep and replicating them in giant seed pods. Convinced that a catastrophic epidemic is imminent, Bennell, in a terrifying race for his life, must warn the world of this deadly invasion of the pod people before it’s too late.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers, directed by the accomplished Don Siegel (Dirty Harry, The Shootist) and co-starring Dana Wynter (Airport), Carolyn Jones (A Hole in the Head), Larry Gates (The Sand Pebbles) and King Donovan (The Enforcer), was photographed by Academy Award nominee Ellsworth Fredericks (Best Cinematography, Sayonara – 1958) with production design by Academy Award winner Ted Haworth (Best Art Direction, Sayonara – 1958).
OLIVE SIGNATURE FEATURES
New High-Definition digital restoration
Audio Commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith
Audio Commentary by actors Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter, and filmmaker Joe Dante
“The Stranger in Your Lover’s Eyes” – A two-part visual essay with actor and son of director Don Siegel, Kristoffer Tabori, reading from his father’s book A Siegel Film
“The Fear is Real” – Filmmakers Larry Cohen and Joe Dante on the film’s cultural significance
“I No Longer Belong: The Rise and Fall of Walter Wanger” – Film scholar and author Matthew Bernstein discusses the life and career of the film’s producer
“Sleep No More: Invasion of the Body Snatchers Revisited” – An appreciation of the film featuring actors Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter, along with comments from film directors and fans, John Landis, Mick Garris, and Stuart Gordon
“The Fear and the Fiction: The Body Snatchers Phenomenon” – Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter, along with film directors John Landis, Mick Garris and Stuart Gordon, discuss the making of the film, its place in history, and its meaning
1985 archival interview with Kevin McCarthy hosted by Tom Hatten
“Return to Santa Mira” – An exploration of the film’s locations
“What’s In a Name?” – On the film’s title
Gallery of rare documents detailing aspects of the film’s production including the never-produced opening narration to have been read by Orson Welles
Essay by author and film programmer Kier-La Janisse
Original theatrical trailer
Olive Films – https://olivefilms.com/
“Invasion of the Body Snatchers” Signature Edition Blu-Ray – https://olivefilms.com/product/invasion-of-the-body-snatchers-olive-signature-blu-ray/
"Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Academy)
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original uncompressed mono audio
Optional newly translated English subtitles
Brand-new audio commentary by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp, recorded exclusively for this release
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic and filmmaker James Oliver
Arrow Video – http://www.arrowvideo.com/
“Bloody Speak at Mount Fuji” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/bloody-spear-at-mount-fuji-blu-ray
Psycho-Biddy Double Feature "Strait-Jacket" and "Berserk"Blu-Ray Review (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Warning: Prepare to reach your Shock-Limit!
The original scream queen delivers in two classic campy thrillers from the '60s, STRAIT-JACKET and BERSERK.
Movie queen Joan Crawford (What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?) gives a terrific performance in this chiller from pioneer horror movie producer William Castle. Lucy Harbin (Crawford) goes berserk when she finds her husband in bed with another woman. Lucy axes the couple to death and spends twenty years in a mental institution for murder. After she is released, she moves in with family and hopes her nightmare is over... but a string of ax murders suddenly start occurring in the neighborhood and police think Lucy has reverted to her old ways.
Joan Crawford (Mildred Pierce) stars as Monica Rivers, the owner of a traveling circus plagued by a series of mysterious deaths. When a high-wire performer becomes the first victim, he is replaced by an even more daring aerialist who begins a romance with Monica. Their relationship draws envy from her business manager who is the brutal killer's next victim. As the police begin to investigate, bigger audiences flock to the show. The mystery swirls as a cast of suspects and motives rage with jealousy and revenge.
Mill Creek Entertainment – https://www.millcreekent.com/
Psych Biddy Double Feature Blu-Ray “Strait-Jacket” and “Berserk” – https://www.amazon.com/Strait-Jacket-Berserk-Double-Feature-Blu-ray/dp/B07CZFPYX9/
The VHS Voyage "The Prey" VHS Review (Thorn EMI Video)
Six campers jaunt off to North Point, where they're promptly stalked and killed by a ghoulish man who ultimately is just looking for a little love.
“The Prey” VHS – https://www.amazon.com/Prey-VHS-Steve-Bond/dp/6301934547/
Pick a Movie "Frailty" Blu-Ray Review
Audio Commentaries With Director Bill Paxton And Writer Brent Hanley
Production Commentary With Arnold Glassman, David Krischner And Brian Tyler
Anatomy Of A Scene Featurette
The Making Of
Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary
“Frailty” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Frailty-Blu-ray-Bill-Paxton/dp/B002NPY7F4
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"Cannibal Holocaust" An Extended Look: With Keith Voigt Jr.
Banned and heavily censored throughout the world, here is a film that surpasses its reputation as a shotgun blast to the senses.
CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST presents the ‘found footage’ of four documentary filmmakers who experience brutal death at the hands of a savage South American tribe of flesh-eaters. The footage is so intense so graphic and so unflinching in its realism that the director and producer of CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST were arrested on its original release and the film was seized.
Predating THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT in its use of ‘found footage’, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST also served as a key inspiration for Eli Roth’s THE GREEN INFERNO.
Grindhouse Releasing’s definitive version of Deodato’s masterwork is coming soon to Blu-ray with expanded bonus features. Not for the weak of stomach, the film’s horrifying power cannot be denied.
Be forewarned: This is the one that goes ALL THE WAY!
1. Killer’s Moon
2. The Asphyx
3. The Blind Beast Terror
4. The Diabolical Dr. Z
5. Bad Ronald
6. Revenge of the Cheerleaders
7. Murders in the Rue Morgue/ The Dunwich Horror
8. Phantom of the Opera 1989
9. The Barn
10. Bong of the Living Dead
Invasion of the Body Snatchers – 1956 – Don Siegel
Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji – 1955 – Tomu Uchida
Strait-Jacket – 1964 – William Castle
Berserk – 1967 – Jim O'Connolly
The Prey – 1984 – Edwin Brown
Frailty – 2001 – Bill Paxton
Cannibal Holocaust – 1980 – Ruggero Deodato