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  1. Clara Bow! Surely there are enough of her available films ready for viewing by her many fans. "Children of divorce" from 1926 has just been restored in a blu-ray version that also stars hat ""a very young Gary Cooper. MANHANDLED is also in a great shape to be seen. TCM has played "IT "several times but there are other Bow gems available. In addition to Bow, wish TCM would have a special night, or week of just "Flapper" movies from the 1920s. These adorable, beautiful young actresses like Colleen Moore, Clara Bow, Joan Crawford and others embodied the wild, fast-living life-style of the Ro
  2. I just watched my gloriously restored blu-ray version of the 1933 Michael Curtiz horror classic, MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM. i've watched it countless times as a plain DVD, a second feature on the disc containing its remake HOUSE OF WAX. The blu-ray disc comes with several juicy extras, like the history of cleaning up this sensational, pre-code classic, how it was discovered after being considered a lost film for decades. I'm just starting to enjoy the two commentaries about the making of this landmark classic from Warner Brothers. This heady broth of forbidden topics like drug addiction, ****
  3. I've seen only a few colorized black and white movies but one that I thought really stunning was the colorized KING KONG from 1933. The hues and tones and shadows were breath-taking. This version also had a golden tint to it throughout. There were stunning reds and emerald and blues throughout. Of course it can't replace the original black and white but it would make a nice double-feature for a movie party and let the guests voice their opinion.
  4. Steve was a true movie phenomenon. He made his astonishing torso his ticket to stardom and it paid off handsomely. Although "Hercules" is a true classic, I think his ultimate movie was the fabulous GIANT OF MARATHON. This was no cheap b-movie. You can see the luxurious production values on the screen. Outstanding interiors, locales, wardrobe, a rousing musical score and an astonishing underground battle directed by famed Italian director, Mario Bava. Outstanding cast, script, dubbing and Steve has never looked more like a movie god. His costumes were deigned to show off that jaw-dropping torso
  5. hiyi folks. have been away for several years. am sure my question has been discussed or resolved but last discussion re "beyond the forest", 1949, and Bette Davis last movie under her WB contract was that rights to the author's estate was preventing this movie from coming out on DVD. I have the excellent VHS tape that came out during the 90s. There were no special features. Surely, one would think the rights issue would have been resolved by this time. I've tried reaching WB Video on several occasions but there is never any response. Any answers? This would make a dynamite DVD/blu-ray release
  6. Mary Astor wrote one of the best all-time memoirs of her long career, A LIFE ON FILM, and my paperback copy has countless stills from most of her movies. It's wonderful the way she evokes how it was to make silent, then talkies. She describes the changes in make-up, hair styles, her wardrobe (her favorite designer was Irene at MGM). She's also very candid about some of her co-stars, especially Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean. Astor describes how trapped she felt after signing her MGM contract and all she played were 'Mother" roles--with the exception of Fred Zinneman's dark film noir, Act of V
  7. This totally unnecessary remake of a real American classic is worthless. Everyone is miscast, including the actresses who portray Carrie White and Margaret White the mother. The original 1976 masterpiece exuded vigor, excitement, intensity, extraordinary energy throughout. The brilliant color scheme, the marvelous musical soundtrack, and of course the outstanding cast made Carrie a landmark in movie history. The new Carrie is filmed in a faded, dull hue throughout. You feel nothing as our heroine discovers her hidden powers. This is another example of: Don't Go Fxxxxking with a Legend when
  8. Wow. what a fabulous shocker! All the buzz was on target. Great cast, production, script, direction--and usually I can always figure out what happens next, but not in this one. It had me sitting on the edge of my seat throughout--with one stunning surprise after another. When I saw this in a crowded theater today, we watched the nearly last scene and we saw someone starting to do something they shouldn't and people were screaming: "Don't do it! Watch out!" This is my kind of movie that comes along so rarely. I'm buying this one for my movie collection. The heroine by the way was dynamite
  9. "The Conjuring" proved that for a mere $19 million, a great cast, sharp story, editing, sound and script, you can create a fun, outstanding exercise in horror that rarely dissapoints.I feel like such a jaded veteran of horror films that I went in to sit patiently in the theater and expected to be dissapointed. The movie's modest budget, though, called for small sets (basically one house), its rooms where the action takes place. That this story was based on a documented true case of possession added to its backstory.It was with wicked satisfaction that while The Conjuring cost only $19 million,
  10. After nearly a year of bad internet buzz about how World War Z would be the biggest movie bomb of the decades, i'm glad to say it's a hell of a lot more enjoyable than the over-long, over-loud, over-repeitious pretentiousness of MAN OF STEEL and all the other big tent extravaganzas that have opened since May.The movie gets off to a terrific shock sequence--of ordinary people in a crowded metropolitan area suddenly turning into hideous undead. These zombies move with terrifying swiftness and the scene of tens of thousands of them roaring up the wall of a fortress and then devouring the quiverin
  11. My head began to pound fifteen minutes into the movie. The relentless battles between Superman and villians became a hideous blur that I thought would never end. To me, it was made from the same ingredients that all the other Action Hero movies have become. Non-stop noise, fights, CGI tricks, etc. And that ear-splitting soundtrack!I'll take the beautiful black and white smoothness of George Reeves in his Superman TV series anyday over this way over-the-top extravaganza of mayhem.
  12. Am eagerly awaiting to see this sci-fi classic for its 8 p.m. Friday showing.(May 3)I remember well when it appeared in l953 and everybody in the big theater wore 3-D glasses--and we all ducked and gasped as the exploding rocks and boulders came racing out of the screen and right at our heads!The story is good and creepy, too, and I remember how sinister the wind blew dust across the road when Richard Carlson was racing into town. Carlson was a fabulous sci-fi hero. He looked so cerebral but he was also so sexy--especially when he wore just a bathing suit in "Creature From the Black Lagoon." T
  13. What a surprise!I actually liked this "reboot" of one of my favorite cult horror flicks from the l980s.This version never stops moving, has a great cast of mostly unknowns, wonderful musical scoring and sound effects and enough grisly shocks and blood spurtings to keep your attention riveted on this beautifully photographed shocker.I'm so relieved this wasn't another tepid, botched remake of a beloved classic. Also, this one had the blessings and participation of the original creator, Sam Raimi, and its cult star, Bruce Campbell. Perhaps they were responsible for this redo from being a disaste
  14. princessananka


    What a dreary, useless waste of film!Besides the really stupid script, this movie was filmed in such dark light it was almost impossible to see what was happening much of the time. Ethan Hawke roams this house with a tiny little flashlight and never once flicks on the light switch.A family was murdered in this house and of course we see the corpses--of of whom look like badly made up mummies. there are no scares and that old trick of a door slamming and the hero jumping into the air from horror has been done umpteenth times.Also, as usual, you have to wonder why people continue to live in a ho
  15. I was so excited about this series but have lost interest in it.Like all spin-offs, sequels, retreads, etc. of great masterpieces it doesn't work for me in its modernized setting.The black and white original created its own universe and set pieces that have become iconic.We remember the beautiful black, white and silver images in its l960 universe: the clothes, hair-styles, cars, etc.When I try to enjoy this updated series it just becomes another series about a killer teenage kid and smothering mother.That's why nearly all these remakes of legendary fright films never come close to the power o
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