Patreon Prize– 0:18
Corrections – 1:08
“Frank Capra Goes to War” Review – 1:37
“Orgies of Edo” Review – 8:13
“Trauma” Review – 12:45
The VHS Voyage “Death Weekend” Review – 20:00
“Paperhouse” Pick a movie Review – 25:25
Pick a movie drawing – 30:08
Q&A – 30:42
Question of the Week Answers– 33:10
Question of the Week – Which celebrities do you want to see duke it out? – 35:52
Update – 36:52
Readin'...Writin'... and Radiation! “Unforgiven” – 39:40
Patreon Shout Outs! – 49:43
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"Mr. Capra Goes to War: Frank Capra's World War II Documentaries" Blu-Ray Review (Olive Films)
Director Frank Capra, known to millions as the man behind the beloved classics It’s a Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and Meet John Doe, also used his talents in support of the war effort by directing, producing and acting as an advisor on a series of World War II propaganda films. Depicting the ravages of combat, the lives of soldiers engaged in battle, as well as those left behind on the home front, five of the films that Capra was involved in bringing to the screen are represented in this special edition presented in cooperation with the National Archives.
Tunisian Victory takes us behind Allied troop lines and documents American and British forces working together to free North Africa from the grip of the Nazi stranglehold. Capra was assisted by film editor Hugh Stewart (49th Parallel) and directors Roy Boulting (The Outsider) and John Huston (The Maltese Falcon, Let There Be Light), in this film that features the voice talents of Burgess Meredith (Story of G.I. Joe, Rocky), Bernard Miles (In Which We Serve) and Leo Genn (Moby Dick), and a powerful film score attributed to Dimitri Tiomkin (High Noon) and William Alwyn (The Fallen Idol).
Prelude to War, the first in Capra’s Why We Fight series of propaganda films, is a rallying cry for patriots to join the fight against the Axis powers and the tyranny of Nazism. A host of musical talent contributed to the score, including Alfred Newman (How the West Was Won), winner of nine Academy Awards®, and David Raksin (Laura).
The Battle of Russia, another of Capra’s Why We Fight films, is the longest and most ambitious of the series. Presented in two parts, the film focuses on the Nazi conquest of the Balkans in an attempt to capture Russia. Capra would share directing credit with Russian-born Anatole Litvak (Sorry, Wrong Number) in a film which is aided immeasurably by Walter Huston’s (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre) narration.
The Negro Soldier, produced by Capra and directed by Stuart Heisler (The Glass Key), was used as an enlistment tool to encourage African-American men and women to join the armed forces. The film incorporates footage of Olympic athlete Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Games, highlighting and contrasting the freedom-loving citizens of the United States with Germany’s oppressive and ever-growing Nazi party.
Your Job in Germany, directed by Capra and written by Theodor S. Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss), is a short form film shown to soldiers who would be serving “occupation duty” in Germany in 1945.
“Frank Capra: Why We Fight,” an analysis of Frank Capra’s war documentaries by Joseph McBride, film historian and author of the biography “Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success”
Introductions to each of the five Capra war documentaries by Joseph McBride
Olive Films – https://olivefilms.com/
“Frank Capra Goes to War” Blu-Ray – https://olivefilms.com/product/mr-capra-goes-to-war-frank-capras-world-war-ii-documentaries/
"Orgies of Edo" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
Legendary Toei director Teruo Ishii tells three stories of moral sickness set during Japan's prosperous Genroku era in this bloody follow-up to his sexploitation classic Shogun's Joy of Torture, and the fourth entry in Toei's 'abnormal love' film series. Ishii's politically incorrect moral lessons paint a trio of tales of tragic heroines caught up in violence, sadomasochism, incest and torture. Told in anthology style by an impassive physician (Teruo Yoshida), the first story follows Oito (Masumi Tachibana), an innocent young girl deceived by a handsome yakuza and sold into prostitution who finds herself in a doomed love affair with the man who brought her to ruin. The tale of Ochise (Mitsuko Aoi) is about the daughter of a rich merchant whose insatiable appetite for filth and perversion draws her deeper into violence, darkness and betrayal. Finally, the story of Omitsu (Miki Obana) follows a sadistic lord (Asao Koike) whose eye is caught one day by a beautiful member of his harem who shares his strange taste for pain and blood, but who holds a secret of her own that will destroy his entire household. A stylistic about-face from the director's prior work for Toei on the successful Abashiri Prison action series starring Ken Takakura, Ishii's erotic films grew increasingly shocking, violent and strange, and Orgies of Edo finds him combining period film detail with carnivalesque grotesquerie to create his own particular vision of love and sex. This landmark 'ero-guro' film allowed Ishii to experiment with elements that would later show up in his masterpieces Horrors of Malformed Men and Blind Woman's Curse, including the participation of sideshow performers and butoh dancer Tatsumi Hijikata.
High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
Original uncompressed mono PCM audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
The Orgies of Ishii – an exclusive, newly filmed interview with author Patrick Maccias
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by author Tom Mes
Arrow Video – http://www.arrowvideo.com/
“Orgies of Edo” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/orgies-of-edo-blu-ray
"Trauma" Blu-Ray Review (Artsploitation Films)
A group of woman are terrorized by a deranged man and his idiot son.
A shocking, brutal tale that blends the dark history of Chile's recent past (the violent, repressive military dictatorship of Pinochet) with the seemingly modern and progressive Chile of today. The two worlds clash when a group of women venture to the idyllic countryside for a weekend of fun. But their outing soon turns nightmarish a man, himself a victim of torture in the hands of the government, unleashes his pent-up rage on them. The women must fight for their very lives in this film of violence, sexual assault and redemption. Never gratuitous, director Rojas exposes the horrors of politics with evil that can lie within the soul of ordinary men.
Artsploitation Films – http://www.artsploitationfilms.com/
“Trauma” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/trauma-blu-ray
The VHS Voyage "Death Weekend" VHS Review (Vestron Video)
THEY WERE GOING TO RAPE HER ONE BY ONE. SHE WAS GOING TO KILL THEM....ONE BY ONE.
Harry is a rich dentist who often brings women up to his rural lakehouse. One weekend, he invites Diane, a former fashion model. On their way to the house, Diane runs a gang of thugs off the road. Humiliated, the thugs track down the couple for revenge.
“Death Weekend” VHS – https://www.amazon.com/Death-Weekend-VHS-Brenda-Vaccaro/dp/6302037840/
Pick a Movie "Paperhouse" DVD Review
Anna is becoming lost in the loneliness of her own world when she discovers she can visit another, a house she has drawn herself and occupied by a young disabled boy. But as she discovers more of the links between her fantasy world and the mundane present, she is drawn only deeper into a dream turning into a nightmare.
“Paperhouse” VUDU – https://www.vudu.com/content/movies/details/Paperhouse/90910
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Celebrity Death Match. Which celebrities do you want to see duke it out?
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7. When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth
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Readin'...Writin'... and Radiation! "Unforgiven"
The first of a new series. Thank you Skip Barbour for your donation.
Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman and Richard Harris star in his unsparing Western saga of a man who cannot escape his violent destiny. Heroes and legends rise and fall on the harsh American frontier in Unforgiven. Eleven years have passed since Billy Munny (Eastwood) laid down his weapons, dedicating himself to his young children and struggling farm. But when a huge bounty lures Munny back into action with his loyal partner, Ned Logan (Freeman), the tortured former gunslinger faces vicious sheriff Little Bill Daggett (Bill Hackman) and the lethally elegant mercenary English Bob (Harris). Even more terrifying, Munny finds himself regressing into the cold-blooded killer he once was.
“Unforgiven” 4K – https://www.amazon.com/Unforgiven-4K-Ultra-HD-Blu-ray/dp/B01LTHO3QE/
Patreon Shout Outs!
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Why We Fight: Prelude to War – 1942 – Frank Capra/Anatole Litvak
Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia – 1943 – Frank Capra/Anatole Litvak
The Negro Soldier – 1944 – Stuart Heisler
Tunisian Victory – 1944 – Frank Capra/Hugh Stewart/John Huston
Your Job in Germany – 1945 – Frank Capra/Anatole Litvak
Orgies of Edo – 1969 – Teruo Ishii
Trauma – 2017 – Lucio A. Rojas
Death Weekend – 1976 – William Fruet
Paperhouse – 1988 – Bernard Rose
Unforgiven – 1992 – Clint Eastwood