“Orchestra Rehearsal” Review – 1:07
“Scalpel” Review – 6:55
“Cries of Ecstasy/Invasion of the Love Drones” Review – 12:19
“South Mill District” Review – 16:55
“Carnage Park” Pick a movie (Adam Weber) Review – 20:24
Pick a Movie Winner Drawning– 26:41
Q&A – 27:22
Update – 30:42
Blu-Ray Room Tour – 35:39
"Orchestra Rehearsal" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Academy)
Made in 1978 for Italian television, Orchestra Rehearsal is possibly Fellini's most satirical and overtly political film.
An allegorical pseudo-documentary, the film depicts an Italian television crew's visit to a dilapidated auditorium (a converted 13th-century church) to meet an orchestra assembling to rehearse under the instruction of a tyrannical conductor. The TV crew interviews the various musicians who each speak lovingly about their chosen instruments. However, as petty squabbles break out amid the different factions of the ensemble, and the conductor berates his musicians, the meeting descends into anarchy and vandalism. A destructive crescendo ensues before the musicians regroup and play together once more in perfect harmony.
Abounding with its director's trademark rich imagery and expressive style, Orchestra Rehearsal marks the last collaboration between Fellini and the legendary composer Nino Rota (due to the latter's death in 1979) who provides one of his most beautiful themes in the film's conclusion.
* Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release
* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
* Original 1.0 mono sound
* Optional English subtitles
* Richard Dyer on Nino Rota and Orchestra Rehearsal, the film scholar talks about the great composer and his last collaboration with Fellini
* Orchestrating Discord, a visual essay on the film by Fellini biographer John Baxter
* Gallery featuring rare poster and press material on the film from the Felliniana collection of Don Young
* Reversible sleeve featuring two original artwork options
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Adrian Martin
* Production Year: 1978
* Running Time: 80
* Number of Discs: 1
* Language: Italian
* Subtitles: English
* Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Arrow Video Website – https://arrowfilms.com/
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"Scalpel" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
HE LOST THE FACE OF THE WOMAN HE LOVED... SO HE GAVE IT TO SOMEONE ELSE.
US television staple Robert Lansing (Star Trek, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Twilight Zone) stars as a deranged surgeon in this twisty-turny psychological thriller from Blood Rage director John Grissmer.
In Scalpel, Lansing plays Dr. Phillip Reynolds, a man whose daughter Heather (Judith Chapman, As the World Turns, General Hospital) has run away from home a year prior following the suspicious death of her boyfriend. When he happens across a young woman one night, her face beaten beyond recognition, the unhinged Reynolds sees his an opportunity to put his trusty scalpel to use - hatching a plan to “reconstruct” her face in the image of his missing daughter, and so claim her sizeable inheritance.
Photographed by celebrated cinematographer Edward Lachman, who would go on to serve as DP on the likes of Erin Brockovich and The Virgin Suicides, Scalpel is an exemplary slice of Southern-fried gothic, finally rescued from VHS obscurity in this revelatory new Blu-ray edition from Arrow Video.
• Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• Original Uncompressed Mono Audio Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Brand new audio commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith
• Brand new crew interviews
• Original Theatrical Trailer
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet with new writing on the film by Bill Ackerman
• Production Year: 1977
• Running Time: 95
• Number of Discs: 1
• Language: English
• Subtitles: English
• Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Buy “Scalpel” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/scalpel-blu-ray
"Cries of Ecstasy/Invasion of the Love Drones" Blu-Ray/DVD Combo (Pop Cinema)
Volume 1 in the Racy Reels from the Something Weird Vaults Series
"A pioneering slice of post-apocalypse cinema"* only begins to describe the soft-core doomsday fever-dream that is Cries of Ecstasy, Blows of Death (1973), head-lining this fantasy - sci-fi double-feature Blu-Ray / DVD combo from Pop Cinema and Something Weird. Before Mad Max, humans struggle to survive a barren planet populated by roving bands of biker gangs, armed with only some killer kung-fu moves and a willingness to get down with just about anyone. Starring Sandi Cary, Kim Lu and the ubiquitous Uschi Digard, Cries of Ecstasy, Blows of Death is a dystopian action film tailor-made for lovers of 70s exploitation cinema. "Welcome to...The Erogenous Zone" intones a Rod Sterling-esque voice as we dive into 1977's Invasion of the Love Drones, an absurd, ambitious and ultra-stylish sci-fi romp in which Eric Edwards is enlisted by aliens to deflect a nuclear-tipped rocket from their mother ship...by causing a planetary orgasm, of course. Featuring Bree Anthony, Jennifer Jordan, with an appearance by Jamie Gillis. Remastered from the original film elements and featuring a new essay by film critic Jeremy Richey.
Booklet with essay by film critic Jeremy Richey
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"South Mill District" DVD Review
Ten years have passed since the alien war, and now the line between human and alien is blurred. The film follows two vagrants who were once subjects of a dangerous experiment involving the assimilation of alien and human DNA.
Starring: Joe Meredith. Cidney Meredith, and Toby Johansen
Written and Directed By Joe Meredith
Special Effects By James Bell, Joe Meredith, Toby Johansen and Cidney Meredith
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Pick a Movie "Carnage Park" Streaming Review (Netflix)
Picked by Adam Weber
It’s 1978 and a bank robbery gone wrong forces two criminals to take a hostage, the young-but-resilient Vivian (The Last Exorcism’s Ashley Bell), as they go on the run. But things go from bad to off-the-rails berserk when Vivian and her captors wind up in the crosshairs of a deranged ex-military sniper (Pat Healy, Cheap Thrills, Starry Eyes), who ensnares them in his deadly game of cat and mouse. Rising horror auteur Mickey Keating (Pod, Darling) directs this gritty, grisly homage to the glory days of grindhouse cinema.
Buy “Carnage Park” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Carnage-Park-Blu-ray-Ashley-Bell/dp/B01JPN6N6M/
Watch “Carnage Park” Netflix – https://www.netflix.com/title/80098487
To Enter Pick a movie contest leave a comment below saying you want to be entered. Winner of this week is Nick Mua.
Please leave a question below to have it answered on the next show!
1. Dark City
2. Wolf Guy
3. Tough Guys
4. Star Crystal (been awhile)
5. Weekend Murders
6. The Strangeness (been awhile)
7. A Shock to the System
8. The Naked Cage
9. The Evictors (worth a look)
10. Contamination 7
11. What’s the Matter with Helen?
12. Night of the Sorcerers/ The Loreley's Grasp
13. Big Bad Mama/Big Bad Mama 2
14. Streets/ Angel In Red
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Orchestra Rehearsal – 1978 – Federico Fellini
Scalpel – 1977 –John Grissmer
Cries of Ecstasy, Blows of Death– 1973 – Antony Weber
Invasion of the Love Drones – 1977 – Jerome Hamlin
Double D Experiment – 197? -
South Mill District – 2018 – Joe Meredith
Carnage Park – 2016 – Mickey Keating