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so a couple weeks ago i was stuck at a hotel and i caught SW Episode 2 on some channel, FX or Spike or maybe even HBO, i can't remember. nothing else was on so i left it. sitting through it became an exercise in endurance. i've become so acclimated to watching various fanedits that the studio release has become completely foreign to me. i realized just how bad all the parts are that everyone removes and how well the movie still works without them. it was a unique experience for me.

A live-action stop-motion short? I've now truly seen it all, maybe.

Universal are apparently preparing 4K restorations of all their Marx Brothers catalogue for release in mid 2016. Finally, it's about bloody time! :-) The restored 'Horse Feathers' is going to get a theatrical re-release in April/May. I hope this brings in a new wave of fans of all ages.

Now if only Warner Brothers can do the same with their half of the fiilmography. Come on Warner Brothers, it's just over 100 years since they formed. It'd be nice to re-watch these movies in the same quality as they were released back then.

Paramount's 'Love Happy' has already sneaked on Blu-Ray last year but as it's waaay below the quality of the other movies and my DVD transfer looks great already, I won't be rushing out for that one.
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild Untold Story Of Cannon Films (currently on Netflix Instant)

Absurdly entertaining doc that zooms through its story at breakneck speed; a ridiculously zippy 107 minutes. The Cannon Group's Golan and Globus did not provide interviews, instead producing a rival doc of their own, but enough primary source footage of them is included that their absence isn't missed. Lots of entertaining schlock flick clips throughout, including a bus worth's full of eye-popping nude "actresses", including Ms. Marina "Deanna Troi" Sirtis herself (who is interviewed).

Much is made of the cousins' lack of concern for quality control, but all in a "those goofy bastards!" tone; there is no real reflection on the fact that they peddled all sorts of crap to foreign investors/distributors. They had no shame, but then, they may not have had the depth of character to know any better. Nor does anyone point out that, among their innovations, their business model was pretty much the same as that of the housing market that caused the Great Recession (though, to be fair, fraudulent accounting was invented a lot earlier than the 80s).

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Molly Ringwald - this woman ought to be in pictures!

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Typical Cannon "actress" Laura Harring, Miss USA

So, zero-calorie entertainment, but man, is it entertaining. (And so many spectacular nudes; did I mention that?)

Gaith Wrote:... including a bus worth's full of eye-popping nude "actresses"... (And so many spectacular nudes; did I mention that?)
sooooo basically, try to avoid watching this at work. got it.
Gaith Wrote:A live-action stop-motion short? I've now truly seen it all, maybe.

that was neat to watch. made me think of Alice for some reason. well, obvious reason.
I always do a little mental cartwheel when somebody from 'The Wire' shows up in a movie... that cast was just soooo good. I wonder what movie has the most Wire appearances? 'Creed' had at least 3 that I noticed. '12 Monkeys' has a few.
I watched Cooties last night. Man did it suck. Such potential, but all the pitfalls of most shitty horror films. There is probably some fanedit material here, but I just don't care enough to spend the time.
Man these two forthcoming Ken Russell Blu-Ray collections from the BFI sound amazing...

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Three films by Ken Russell

A Dual Format Edition collection bringing together the career defining work of Ken Russell at the BBC. Russell's work during the sixties for award-winning arts documentary series Monitor and Omnibus were critically-acclaimed and often seen as a high point in his filmmaking.

The first of the three films, Elgar (1962), portrays in vigorous style the life of the English composer Sir Edward Elgar, with Huw Wheldon narrating his life story over beautiful mountain scenery. The Debussy Film (1965), Russell's penultimate film for Monitor was an ambitious work about the composer s life, written by Melvyn Bragg and starring Oliver Reed as Claude Debussy. Delius: Song of Summer (1968) is generally regarded (not least by its director) as Russell's best television film with many critics citing it as his finest work in any medium. The story traces Eric Fenby and is based on his memoirs of trying to help the blind and paralysed composer Frederick Delius.

The films in this collection have been remastered to High Definition, and are presented on Blu-ray for the very first time

Special features:
Elgar commentary by Michael Kennedy and Ken Russell
Delius: Song of Summer commentary by Ken Russell
Other extras TBC
Illustrated booklet with essays and full credits

1962-1968 | black & white | 210 minutes | 2 X DVD9 | 1 X BD50 | Other details TBC

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Four films by Ken Russell

The second of BFI's Ken Russell releases is another two disc collection bringing together four films from 1965-1967.

The collection opens with Always on Sunday a dramatized examination of the painter Henri Rousseau. The combination of Russell reuniting with Melvyn Bragg and Oliver Reed and Russell's infectious love of the film's subject results in a film which is illuminating in every frame. Isadora: The Biggest Dancer in the World (1966), a study of the outrageous American dancer, Isadora Duncan, starring Vivian Pickles as the dancer whose obsession with the importance of art and complete disdain for decorum chimes perfectly with Russell's own sensibility. Last of the TV dramas is Dante's Inferno (1967) which tells of the complex relationship between the 19th century artist and poet, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and his model Elizabeth Siddal.

The films in this collection have been remastered to High Definition, and are presented on Blu-ray for the very first time.

Special features:
Late Night Line-up: Ken Russell at Work (1966): documentary showing Russell at work on various BBC TV documentaries, discussing his methods and filmmaking philosophy
Interview with editor Michael Bradsell (2015): the editor discusses his work with Ken Russell
Illustrated booklet with essays and full credits

1965-1967 | 202 minutes | 2 x DVD9 | 1 x BD50 | Other details TBC

...they're out a month before my birthday, how thoughtful of the BFI!
The chances are pretty damn slim... but does anybody own this exact R1-DVD?

I just bought the R2-DVD from Amazon and it looks like sh*t, so I was considering ordering this other version. I was really looking foward to rewatching this superb version of Frankenstein. I had it taped from TV onto VHS back in the day but no doubt due to the oddities of memory, I remember that looking better than the DVD I just bought :-D.

If the shots on this page are from the R1 DVD, then it looks a billion times better than the R2 DVD.