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 61 
 on: 04 Sep 2020 - 16:07 
Started by MarcMorris - Last post by Funktion
Mondo Macabro just announced a Blu-Ray release of the film, with pre-orders starting next month.


 62 
 on: 31 Aug 2020 - 10:12 
Started by Inspector Tanzi - Last post by Funktion
Unfortunately, the movie on our side is lost. Yugoslav Film Archive has only a theatrical copy in condition 5+ (5 is the worst condition).
:o

Here's hoping a better print is around somewhere, maybe in a private collection.
After what happened with Fritz Lang's Metropolis, I'll keep hoping for the best.  :P

 63 
 on: 31 Aug 2020 - 08:37 
Started by Inspector Tanzi - Last post by djvaso
Unfortunately, the movie on our side is lost. Yugoslav Film Archive has only a theatrical copy in condition 5+ (5 is the worst condition).

 64 
 on: 30 Aug 2020 - 10:59 
Started by Cinephagous - Last post by Cinephagous


Mafia Films: A Guide

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0892B4CG4/

"Gangster films are an extremely complete genre, containing elements of drama, tragedy, suspense, action...

Since the gangster genre (from classic film noir to current movies on organized crime) is so broad, in this book we will focus mainly on films specifically about the Italian and Italian-American Mafia (La Cosa Nostra).

This book offers reviews, comments and analysis of several films about the Mafia. Of course it includes "The Godfather" trilogy. It is a well-known fact that real-life mobsters were influenced by the image given of them in Coppola's famous masterpiece, copying and adapting for their daily lives the clichés and mannerisms seen in the movies.

In addition to the plots, and to the data on the feature films, the casts and the film crew, this book provides information on the history and context of the protagonists (when the movies are based on real events, as is the case with "Donnie Brasco", for example). Thus, Mafia movie lovers will have a compilation of critics and reviews of the most representative films of their favorite genre."

(Book description)

 65 
 on: 30 Aug 2020 - 10:54 
Started by Cinephagous - Last post by Cinephagous
Thanks for the recommendations, Cinephagous.  ;)

I haven't picked up a lot of books recently (except a couple of books in the "Sex and Horror" series, compiling paintings and book covers by artists Emanuele Taglietti, and Fernando Carcupino; there's a third one by Alessandro Biffignandi, but I couldn't find it anywhere).

But, I recently did get the book Stories From The Trenches: Adventures In Making High Octane Hollywood Movies With Cannon Veteran Sam Firstenberg, as a crowdfunding reward.
It's this book:
https://www.amazon.com/Stories-Trenches-Adventures-Hollywood-Firstenberg/dp/3960346697

If anyone enjoyed the "b-movie" action flicks from Cannon, this mammoth of a book (700+ pages) is worth a look. It's filled with behind the scenes photos, interviews, and lots of info and recollections from Sam Firstenberg, the director behind films such as American Ninja, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, Delta Force 3, and more.

Wow! This book looks very interesting and complete!  ::)

I have to admit that I am no expert in action films, but I remember having seen a movie by Italian cult director Joe D´Amato, named "Tough to kill", which is from 1979, i.e. two years before the first Rambo came out (normally the Italians made rip-offs of popular Hollywood movies, but in this case they made it before)

 66 
 on: 30 Aug 2020 - 01:35 
Started by Cinephagous - Last post by Funktion
Thanks for the recommendations, Cinephagous.  ;)

I haven't picked up a lot of books recently (except a couple of books in the "Sex and Horror" series, compiling paintings and book covers by artists Emanuele Taglietti, and Fernando Carcupino; there's a third one by Alessandro Biffignandi, but I couldn't find it anywhere).

But, I recently did get the book Stories From The Trenches: Adventures In Making High Octane Hollywood Movies With Cannon Veteran Sam Firstenberg, as a crowdfunding reward.
It's this book:
https://www.amazon.com/Stories-Trenches-Adventures-Hollywood-Firstenberg/dp/3960346697

If anyone enjoyed the "b-movie" action flicks from Cannon, this mammoth of a book (700+ pages) is worth a look. It's filled with behind the scenes photos, interviews, and lots of info and recollections from Sam Firstenberg, the director behind films such as American Ninja, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, Delta Force 3, and more.

 67 
 on: 29 Aug 2020 - 15:23 
Started by Jonny - Last post by Jonny
WowHD currently have the limited edition Severin 2 disc Blu-ray for under £15...

https://www.wowhd.co.uk/strange-vice-of-mrs-wardh-the-strange-vice-of-mrs-wardh-aka-blade-of-the-ripper/663390003213

 68 
 on: 28 Aug 2020 - 16:50 
Started by Paul - Last post by Cinephagous
Deep Red (Dario Argento)
Suspiria (Dario Argento)
The third eye (Mino Guerrini)
La Residencia a.k.a. "The house that screamed" (Narciso Ibáñez Serrador) - It´s not Italian but from Spain; can be considered a giallo anyway
The short night of the glass dolls (Aldo Lado)
The house with laughing windows (Pupi Avati)
Tenebrae (Dario Argento)
The New York ripper (Lucio Fulci)


 69 
 on: 28 Aug 2020 - 16:40 
Started by Cinephagous - Last post by Cinephagous


“Lone Wolf and Cub”: ...and other samurai stories from cinema and TV

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084QKYQJQ/

"This book contains reviews and commentaries on the six films in the "Lone wolf and cub" saga, the "Oshi samurai" television series and the "Hanzo the Razor" trilogy.

The six films in the "Lone Wolf and Cub" saga tell the story of a disgraced ronin who becomes a fugitive and travels around Japan with his little son on a cart.

The series "Oshi samurai" has as main character a mute bounty hunter looking for revenge.

And Hanzo's trilogy narrates the adventures of an incorruptible shogunate police officer, using expeditious and very unorthodox methods.

The "Lone Wolf" and the "Mute Samurai" are embodied by Tomisaburo Wakayama (1929-1992), one of the most representative and charismatic actors of the chambara. Hanzo is played by Shintaro Katsu (1931-1997), famous above all for giving life to the blind swordsman "Zatoichi" in an extensive saga of 26 films. "Hanzo" and "Zatoichi", despite being played by the same actor, could not be more different characters. The only thing they have in common is their skill with the katana; but their personalities are completely opposite.

As we did in the book dedicated to Zatoichi, the purpose of this volume is to serve as a guide for fans of chambara, honouring those three masterpieces of the genre."

(Book description)

 70 
 on: 28 Aug 2020 - 08:10 
Started by Cinephagous - Last post by Cinephagous


Hammer Films: An Exhaustive Filmography

https://www.amazon.com/Hammer-Films-Filmography-Tom-Johnson-ebook/dp/B00GU1G1X8/

"Though best known for its horror films, Hammer produced a wide variety of movies in many genres. The British studio was famous for its exciting stories and expert action--all on very small budgets and short shooting schedules.
From The Public Life of Henry the Ninth (1935) to The Lady Vanishes (1978), this is the definitive work on Hammer's 165 films. Complete filmographic data are provided for each film, including release dates in both the United Kingdom and the United States, running time, length, distributor, complete cast and production credits, and alternate titles. These data are followed by an extensive plot synopsis, including contemporary critical commentary and behind-the-scenes information from many of the players and crew members."

(Book description)

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