It (Theater Review) - 0:20
The Fox with a Velvet Tail (Blu-Ray Review) - 7:50
The Big Knife (Blu-Ray Review) - 15:15
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Blu-Ray Review) - 20:44
The New Kids (Blu-Ray Review) - 27:01
The Unquenchable Thirst for Beau Nerjoose (Blu-Ray Review) - 31:00
Contest - 37:22
New Contest - 38:21
Shout Out- 39:13
Q&A - 40:07
Update - 49:55
The Fox with a Velvet Tail Blu-Ray Review (Mondo Macabro)
Ruth, a wealthy and beautiful woman, has recently started a relationship with a seemingly well natured playboy, Paul. Ruth’s husband claims that he is still madly in love with her despite Ruth wanting a divorce and the affair. Ruth’s husband and lover seem to get along at first but, in this world, looks and introductions can be misleading. Ruth soon suffers two near fatal accidents that put her in a paranoid state and it doesn’t take long for her to suspect foul play. As the paranoia builds, Ruth’s mental state begins to fade. When Ruth inevitability finds out the truth behind the accidents she seems to give up, but this is a Giallo after all, and in “The Fox with a Velvet Tail” looks can be deceiving.
“The Fox with a Velvet Tail” may be considered a tad talky and slow for typical Giallo fans, but Fox’s charm won’t go wasted on everyone due to its fairly subtle setups, payoffs, and eye candy. Fox is very good at setting up payoffs without hitting one over the head with them and delivering on those setups, the same. Some of the best setups come to fruition after the audience has forgotten about them. Whether it is Ruth’s pottery making abilities or a swan that was once a beautiful gift. The pottery paying off into the final twist with a simple note and whose hand writing is on it; the simple ingredients listed on the white paper double as a life sentence. The swan doubles as a great narrative reveal to take down the facade of a once thought to be good man. This character becomes malicious as he chases the terrified swan, a sadistic glee in his eyes, while his smile is appropriately hidden behind a mask he has chosen to wear for fun. When the mask comes down and he bares his teeth in a smile of delight at the torment of the swan, Ruth is not the only one who realizes there is more than one mask in the scene coming down. A particular tense scene is that of when the husband tests Paul by holding up a magazine for him to shoot at while he is target practicing. The husband hoping to reveal some bad intent holds the magazine close enough to his face for it to be alarming. When Paul aims the gun the film seems to stop as does the audience’s breath, everyone waits for Paul to take an opportunity at being the only man in Ruth’s life. Besides these well-crafted scenes, “The Fox with a Velvet Tail” manages to take advantage of a lovely location and good looking cast, showcasing both with nice camera work and shots. Setting the film in a sunny villa creates a nice offset against the characters' evil intentions and plot of murder. The opening of the film seems to have a romantic, dreamy quality as Paul and Ruth make out while Paul hangs from a tree, the sun setting in the background as their silhouettes intertwine. “The Fox with a Velvet Tail” isn’t anything groundbreaking but thanks to a sensual start with a great location, pretty people, and nice camera work this semi uneventful Giallo becomes a fairly solid entry in the genre. The mystery element and plot devices manage to intrigue the audience and keep the 1 hour and 40 minute runtime seem rather quick; some bare skin doesn’t hurt either.
Mondo Macabro brings us a 4K scan of “The Fox with a Velvet Tail”. The film is presented in English and Italian with English subtitles. Also included is a commentary with Giallo expert Troy Howarth and a documentary with interviews from leading ladies of the Giallo entitled “So Sweet”. “The Fox with a Velvet Tail” blu-ray is a nice release and a solid entry in the Giallo/ Italian thriller genre and is a welcome addition to any collection.
This 1971 Italian/Spanish giallo is a hugely enjoyable and very stylish murder mystery set on the luxurious Côte d'Azur. Spanish director José María Forqué - who later made the controversial Beyond Erotica - brings together a talented and good looking cast, one of the best cinematographers of the day (Alejandro Ulloa) and a fantastic, lounge style score from Maestro Piccioni to create a twisty, and twisted, tale of deception and revenge. The director's long career at the more prestigious end of Spanish cinema and the presence of award winning scripter Rafael Azcona - who worked with many top European film makers - give the film an edge of sophistication alongside its enjoyably devious narrative.
The film is like the smooth blue waters of the Mediterranean where it’s set. It looks inviting and seductive, the sun glistening off the gentle waves; but just beneath the surface, sharks are swimming, and they're hungry for prey...
- New 4k transfer from negative Fully restored Audio commentary by Troy Howarth So Sweet
- So Perverse - documentary
- Original Trailer
- Alternate scenes
- New artwork from Justin Coffee
- Newly created English subtitles
- English/Italian audio choice
- Mondo Macabro previews
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The Big Knife Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Academy)
Mere months after delivering one of the definitive examples of film noir with Kiss Me Deadly, Robert Aldrich brought a noir flavor to Hollywood with his classic adaptation of Clifford Odets' stage play, The Big Knife. Charles Castle, one of Hollywood's biggest stars, looks like he has it all. But his marriage is falling apart and his wife is threatening to leave him if he renews his contract. Studio boss Stanley Shriner Hoff isn't taking the news too well, and he'll do anything he can to get his man to sign on the dotted line - even if means exposing dark secrets... Winner of the Silver Lion at the 1955 Venice Film Festival, The Big Knife also boasts a remarkable cast list including Jack Palance (Shane) as Castle and Rod Steiger (On the Waterfront) as Hoff, plus Shelley Winters (The Night of the Hunter), Ida Lupino (On Dangerous Ground), Jean Hagen (Singin' in the Rain) and Everett Sloane (Citizen Kane).
Brand-new 2K restoration from original film elements produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition presentations
Original English mono audio (uncompressed LPCM on the Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Commentary by film critics Glenn Kenny and Nick Pinkerton, recorded exclusively for this release
Bass on Titles - Saul Bass, responsible for The Big Knife's credit sequence, discusses some of his classic work in this self-directed documentary from 1972
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Nathalie Morris
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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia Blu-Ray Review (Arrow UK)
NOBODY LOSES ALL THE TIME
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia concluded a remarkable period for filmmaker Sam Peckinpah. It brought to an end a seven-year and seven-film run of masterpieces that included the taboo-breaking ultra-violence of The Wild Bunch and Straw Dogs, and the more elegiac tones of The Ballad of Cable Hogue and Junior Bonner. A love story that plays out in a brutal environment, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia sits somewhere between these moods and may just be Bloody Sam s greatest work, as well as his most autobiographical.
Warren Oates plays Bennie, a piano player in a Mexican bar who gets himself involved in the manhunt for Alfredo Garcia, a man with a million-dollar price-tag on his head having impregnated the daughter of crime boss El Jefe (Emilio Fernández). Sensing an easy pay day, Bennie takes his girlfriend, Elita (Isela Vega) on a trip that ll prove fatalistic for many of those involved.
During a career that was blighted by studio interference, Peckinpah would later say that Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia was the only which ended up exactly as he wanted: I did it exactly the way I wanted to. Good or bad, like it or not, that was my film. And it was. This is as close to Pure Peckinpah as it gets beautiful, violent, troubling, heartbreaking, astonishing.
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release
Original 1.0 mono audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary by Stephen Prince, author of Savage Cinema: Sam Peckinpah and the Rise of Ultraviolent Movies, recorded exclusively for this release
Audio commentary by Sam Peckinpah scholars Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons and David Weddle, moderated by Nick Redman
Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron, Paul Joyce s feature-length 1993 documentary featuring interviews with James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Monte Hellman, Ali MacGraw, James Robards and others, available on home video in the UK for the first time ever
The John Player Lecture: Sam Peckinpah, audio recording of the director s on-stage appearance at the National Film Theatre
Four songs by Kris Kristofferson, filmed during the making of Man of Iron
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain
Extensive collector s booklet containing new writing by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and numerous reprints including interviews and more [Limited Edition exclusive]
LIMITED-EDITION BONUS BLU-RAY
Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron The Director s Cut
A brand-new, extended version of Paul Joyce s documentary, containing more than TEN HOURS of previously unseen interview footage, featuring actors RG Armstrong, James Coburn, LQ Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw and Jason Robards, director Monte Hellman, producers Michael Deeley and Daniel Melnick, writers Alan Sharp and Jim Silke, writer-producer Gordon Dawson, assistant Katherine Haber, editor Garth Craven, satirist Mort Sahl, property master Bob Visciglia, bar owner Tom Runyon and cousin Bob Peckinpah, plus newly-shot interviews with Joyce, Haber and actor David Warner.
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The New Kids Blu-Ray Review (Spanish Import)
Abby McWilliams and her brother Loren are particularly normal teenagers. Their parents Mac and Mary Beth are killed in an accident. It's decided that Abby and Loren live in Glenby, Florida with their Aunt Fay and Uncle Charlie who own a gas station and an amusement park. Loren and Abby don't have much trouble making friends at their new high school. Loren starts dating Karen, the local sheriff's daughter while Abby starts dating Mark. Loren feels uncomfortable when he sees a blond-haired guy harassing Abby in the lunchroom. Mark tells Loren and Abby that the blond-haired guy is Eddie Dutra, a teenage drug addict who is the leader of a gang of redneck thugs. Loren helps Abby keep Dutra at a distance. Dutra's retaliations keep getting more vicious until Dutra forces a showdown at the amusement park by kidnapping Abby.
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The Unquenchable Thirst for Beau Nerjoose Blu-Ray Review
This absurd tale follows an apathetic man-child, Ron, on a journey to restore the spirit of his catatonic mother. Meeting friends along the way, this ridiculous, drug-filled musical expedition uncovers not only the secrets behind his mother’s current state, but a mystery surrounding the purpose of the Universe. That’s when things really get insane. Between encounters with booty-worms, tittle-maggots, and a flying penis-helicopter, Ron must not only save his mother, but also help his new space-nun friends and defeat the ultimate cause of his consternation: Dr. Beau Nerjoose.
Behind the Boners (The Making of Beau Nerjoose)
Bloopers (Mostly Farts)
Turdin' it up with the Fart Knocker Boner Squad
Audition Mashup with Jeffrey and Brittney
Build your own goddamn jib!
Pool of Blood Trailer
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'80s All Over Podcast
Scott Weinberg and Drew McWeeny have set out to review every major film of the '80s, month by month, on a new bi-weekly podcast that aims to erase the nostalgia that so often clouds any real conversation about the decade's movies.
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3. Killer Cop
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