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  1. haineshisway

    A PEEK AT THE COURT JESTER

    So, Amazon, with no warning whatsoever, has put up on Prime (free for Prime members) a new 1080p transfer of The Court Jester, one of my all-time favorite movies. I wasn't so thrilled with the old DVD release, although the color was basically fine on that, but it was clearly not taken from the...
  2. haineshisway

    A PEEK AT THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS

    I never saw The Fearless Vampire Killers when it came out, because I heard it had been mangled by the idiot running MGM back then, who mangled any number of films. I think the first time I saw it was in 16mm somewhere and while I enjoyed it, it wasn't a favorite Polanski of mine. I admired the...
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    A PEEK AT THE MIND BENDERS

    My history with The Mind Benders: I saw the film at the Lido Theater here in LA as a sneak preview a month or two before its release. I absolutely was riveted by it - loved the photography, the music, and especially the acting, and I kind of crushed on Mary Ure in a major way. I saw the film...
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    THE CREATURE WASN'T NICE - Original Director's Cut finally coming to DVD!

    Hi all. Don't know if this will be of any interest, but back in 1981 I wrote and directed a movie called The Creature Wasn't Nice, which featured Cindy Williams, Leslie Nielsen, Gerrit Graham, Patrick Macnee, and - me. :) The film only played three previews under that title - it was then taken...
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    A PEEK AT THE CHAIRMAN, TEN NORTH FREDERICK AND BEHOLD A PALE HORSE

    I just saw Mr. Harris beat me to Behold a Pale Horse so I'll just say a tiny bit. Yes, it's Zinneman, there are some really good scenes, some terrific acting, but it just doesn't work at all. It's weirdly structured and I'm not sure how true it is to Emeric Pressburger's novel. But in the end...
  6. haineshisway

    A PEEK AT FLOWER DRUM SONG

    Don't get too excited. Someone pointed me to Vudu where you can watch Flower Drum Song in what I believe is a brand new high definition transfer. Interestingly, the Universal logo is gone and replaced with a Samuel Goldwyn logo - perhaps they have streaming rights? I'd just watched a bit of...
  7. haineshisway

    A PEEK AT KLUTE

    I saw Klute on its opening day and was crazy about it and went back about six times during the run. The style of it, the direction, photography, music - was completely unique. And the performances were absolutely incredible. I've seen it a few times over the years and it's always riveting...
  8. haineshisway

    A SNEAK PEEK AT MELVIN AND HOWARD, STAGECOACH, etc.

    Haven’t done one of these since March, so I’ll keep it brief – I’m finally catching up on Twilght Time stuff since Nick’s passing. THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN Early Cinemascope (or Cinnamonscope as my daughter used to call it), corny soap opera, but very appealing performances, a great title...
  9. haineshisway

    A PEEK AT PSYCHO UNCUT, THE THIRD SECRET, ETC.

    Haven't done one of these in a while, so here goes. THE PSYCHO LEGACY BOX SET (from Germany) Okay color me dopey, but I bought this, knowing that it wasn't a new transfer for the original Psycho or the other films in the set. They are all older transfers, with the only difference being the...
  10. haineshisway

    A PEEK AT CINDERLLA LIBERTY

    I was a little late to the party in terms of peeks at the latest Twilight Time releases, which have A Few Words About and reviews, but this one seems to have not been talked about at all. So, I'm talkin' here, I'm talkin'. First of all, the movie is wonderful. There are only two "reviews" of...
  11. haineshisway

    A PEEK AT THE COLOSSUS OF RHODES

    I got the new Warner Archive and have watched the first half. It's the American cut, so 128 minutes, as opposed to the European cut which runs around 144 minutes. This was Leone's first solo directing effort and it shows absolutely zero of the style he'd present to the world with Fistful of...
  12. haineshisway

    A PEEK AT JACK THE RIPPER

    Several months ago, Severin announced a Black Friday release of the 1959 Jack the Ripper, a film I saw on its original release here in LA at the Wiltern Theater - opening day to be exact, and then several other days during its run. I really enjoyed it (I was eleven at the time) and especially...
  13. haineshisway

    A PEEK AT MIDNIGHT COWBOY

    I am so irritated right now. SO irritated. For WEEKS the other board has been having conniption fits over this transfer, despite it not being released until today. In other words, yes, the dreaded and terrible screen caps, which would lead you to believe that this was a horrible green mess -...
  14. haineshisway

    A PEEK AT THE L-SHAPED ROOM AND OTHERS

    I come to write a gushing, goopy love letter to the film, The L-Shaped Room. If you don't like such things, I return you now to any of the 2001 threads. I have other things to gush about, too, and believe me I will. I first saw The L-Shaped Room on an import DVD over a decade ago. How I...
  15. haineshisway

    A PEEK AT TOM JONES

    Very surprised to see no chatter about this release at all here, and very few reviews of it elsewhere. I ordered from the Criterion sale but their page was so confusing I accidentally got the DVD by mistake - so back that went and they sent me the Blu-ray. I had the MGM/UA DVD release and some...
  16. haineshisway

    A PEEK AT CAT O NINE TAILS, HAMMER, TAKE THE MONEY AND MORE

    Yes, I've been catching up on movie watching, and surprisingly, I've seen not much written about a few of the things below. Cat O Nine Tails - finally got the Arrow Blu-ray after the second Amazon cock-up (first was The Apartment) - I had to cancel, since the date kept getting pushed, so I...
  17. haineshisway

    A PEEK AT 78/52, HARPER, AND FAREWELL, MY LOVELY/THE BIG SLEEP

    Watched all these over the last few days. My thoughts: 78/52 - I was really looking forward to seeing this based on what I'd read and the good reactions at festivals. I should know better than to take any of that seriously. For me, this is a severe disappointment, and there is no bigger...
  18. haineshisway

    A PEEK AT THE 1000 EYES OF DR. MABUSE

    So, I was thrilled to see this being released in France, so thrilled that my brain must have shut down, as I could have sworn I saw that it was in English or at least had English subtitles. It is in German and French with only French subtitles and therefore, for me, a complete waste of time and...
  19. haineshisway

    A PEEK AT NIGHT OF THE FOLLOWING DAY AND MORE

    Thanks to being alerted in another thread, I bought the Night of the Following Day Blu-ray from France. I saw the film the day it opened in 1969 - I was living in NY that year. It was a seriously strange movie but there was something hypnotic and mesmerizing about it and I went back several...
  20. haineshisway

    A PEEK AT SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER, LOVE WITH THE PROPER STRANGER, AND MORE

    What an absolutely amazing time it is for Blu-ray collectors right now, and we should revel in it and enjoy it for all it's worth - so many releases of so many interesting films in transfers ranging from stunning to, well, less than stunning. Here's what I've been watching for the past two...
  21. haineshisway

    A PEEK AT DOCTOR DOLITTLE

    Had the opportunity to check out the new transfer of Doctor Dolittle, coming in November from Twilight Time. I know the film has a devoted following, usually people who saw it at a tender age. I attended the premiere at the Paramount Theater in Hollywood, and I have never seen so many people...
  22. haineshisway

    A PEEK AT MICKEY ONE, VALACHI, AND MORE

    Let's start with the new Indicator release of Mickey One from the UK (but all region). Mickey One has always seemed to me a film that luxuriates in its own weirdness. I vividly remember seeing the preview of coming attractions and knowing I had to see it, because the coming attraction reminded...
  23. haineshisway

    A PEEK AT THE CRIMSON KIMONO AND LOTS MORE

    Finally been going through three batches of Twilight Time releases - not much being said about any of these, frankly, so I thought I'd make one of these posts :) The Crimson Kimono - a Sam Fuller film from start to finish and one of my favorites from this period. Wonderful location photography...
  24. haineshisway

    A PEEK AT THE ANGRY RED PLANET

    For anyone who had the pretty awful DVD in the wrong ratio, you are in for a big ol' treat. I thought I'd just be happy to have it in 1.85 no matter what, but this new transfer is something else again. I really doubt this looked this good back in 1959 when I saw it on my twelfth birthday. The...
  25. haineshisway

    A PEEK AT LA STRADA

    From Studio Canal in the UK. I couldn't wait to get this. Perhaps I should have. I watched the first twenty minutes and if the rest is like that, well... I never cry DNR - those initials really irritate me because frequently they are bandied about arbitrarily and many times when it simply...
  26. haineshisway

    A PEEK AT THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST AND THE LOVED ONE

    Didn't see any threads or reviews for these two, so here it goes: I've always loved The Accidental Tourist, from the writing, to the simple direction, to the superb acting from everyone involved, but especially Geena Davis. Seeing it again all these years later, it's still just as wonderful...
  27. haineshisway

    A PEEK AT PEYTON PLACE AND MORE

    Just a few peeks at the new Twilight Time batch. I began with Peyton Place. They don't make 'em like that anymore and it's too bad. First off, for me John Michael Hayes is one of the great screenwriters ever. Mark Robson was a wonderful director. And what a cast. And what a score by...
  28. haineshisway

    A PEEK AT DEMON SEED

    No one's been talking about this, so I may as well. I saw Demon Seed back when it came out and for its time it was pretty forward thinking. Now of course it seems a bit dated but only in its technology - its themes are still relevant, very much so. I've only seen it once since, on DVD some...
  29. haineshisway

    A PEEK AT TWO WOMEN

    I know there's a thread about wanting this film on Blu-ray, in which no one seemed to have known it IS on Blu-ray from the UK, and it's all-region. Even though this film had a very long run at a movie theater five blocks from where I lived as a kid, the Lido, I never saw it back then. I was...
  30. haineshisway

    A PEEK AT THE YAKUZA

    Rather surprised not to see anything about this film other than the release announcement. So, let me be the first. a) a real, honest-to-goodness 70s movie, the kind they would not know how to make today. While I'm not in the masterpiece camp, it's a really good movie with great performances...