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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
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Son of Kong / Mighty Joe Young / The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms / Them! Warner Bros. | 1933-1954 | 4 Movies | 337 min | Not rated | Oct 27, 2015


I was rooting for the monster....



Oh boy do I love The work of Ray Harryhausen When it comes to motion picture special effects comprised of stop-motion. A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and, ultimately, New York City. Lovable "B" sci-fi film that overcomes its slight story with wonderful stop-motion special effects . This film is definitively a classic. I was rooting for the monster.




This movie actually was one of the main inspirations for Godzilla, along with King Kong both have a giant dinosaur awoken by nuclear testing that attacks a major city and can only be defeated by some scientific solution. The movie begins in the arctic circle where nuclear bomb tests are being performed. These tests backfire however as it awakens the Rhedosaurus, the monster of the movie. It attacks various locations near the U.S but doesn't surface until it reaches Manhattan. The military takes action, and they are able to force the Rhedosaurus to retreat for now. But the monster is just as dangerous when it's not here. It's blood actually contains a deadly germ that spreads everywhere which kills a bunch of people. The military conclude they cannot try and blow up the monster or it will spread and kill some more people. It is decided to use a radioactive isotope and fire it into the monster's open wound. Which works, killing the Rhedosaurus once and for all. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms was a great movie. If you are a kaiju fan and haven't seen this yet, you need to. the stop-motion effects were great, Ray Harryhausen did a fantastic job. One of Ray Harryhausens best. 8.5/10
 

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Raw Deal (1948)
Beautifully restored
exclusively for this Special Edition Blu-ray.
Hard Boiled ................. gritty Noir
Joe Sullivan is itching to get out of prison. He's taken the rap for Rick, who owes him $50,000. Rick sets up an escape for Joe, knowing that Joe will be caught escaping and be shot or locked away forever. But with the help of his love-struck girl Pat and his sympathetic legal caseworker Ann, Joe gets further than he's supposed to, and we are posed with two very important questions: Is Joe really the cold and heartless criminal he appears to be, or is there a heart of gold under that gritty exterior? And does Joe belong with the tough, street-wise Pat, or with the prim, moralizing Ann?

Pat (Claire Trevor) narrates the story of her involvement with boyfriend Joe (Dennis O'Keefe) from the night that he escapes from prison until she is arrested. The story follows them on the run with Ann (Marsha Hunt).
Raw Deal presents the movie-making team of director Anthony Mann and cinematographer John Alton at the peak of their success (fresh off their box office smash T-Men), offering dark, moody atmosphere filled with fog-shrouded landscapes and characters who are no strangers to the “left-handed endeavor” of crime. Scenarist John C. Higgins (He Walked by Night) and co-writer Leopold Atlas offer a taut, suspenseful tale of one man’s desperate bid for freedom and the two women who love him.

Dennis O’Keefe, star of the earlier T-Men, contributes a first-rate performance as the determined Joe, with Marsha Hunt (Pride and Prejudice) as Ann and Oscar® winning actress Claire Trevor (Key Largo) as the fiercely loyal Pat. Raw Deal also features a suitably slimy Raymond Burr as Rick, John Ireland as Burr’s sadistic henchman Fantail, and noir standbys Regis Toomey and Whit Bissell.

The film is well paced, directed, acted and comes with a great script, narration and something always going on. Raw Deal is film noir at its finest! 8/10



BONUS FEATURES:

  • Feature length audio commentary by author and film historian Jeremy Arnold
  • Deadly is the Male: The Making of Raw Deal - A Featurette with writer and film historian Julie Kirgo, film historian & director Courtney Joyner and biographer & producer Alan K. Rode
  • Dennis O’Keefe: An Extraordinary Ordinary Guy - A featurette with Jim O’Keefe (son of Dennis O’Keefe) and biographer & producer Alan K. Rode & film historian & director Courtney Joyner
  • An image gallery with rare stills, posters and other promotional material
  • Restoration Comparison
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: A 24 page booklet with an essay by author Max Alvarez (The Crime Films of Anthony Mann) featuring stills, posters and other production material

 

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"Satan was an acidhead"
RABID, DRUG-INFESTED HIPPIES
ON A BLOOD-CRAZED KILLING SPREE!

It's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD meets Charlie Manson in this gore-drenched 1971 drive-in classic. After consuming rabies-infected meat pies, an LSD-addicted hippie cult goes on a vicious murdering rampage! Heavily censored since its original release, this infamous landmark of cinematic brutality is being presented in all its blood-splattered glory.

Special Features:

  • Spectacular new HD restoration of the original UNCENSORED DIRECTOR'S CUT
  • 4 controversial deleted scenes including the original blood-drenched ending deemed too disturbing for '70s audiences!
  • Provocative audio commentary by director David Durston and star Bhaskar
  • Newly recorded audio commentary by stars Jack Damon and Tyde Kierney
  • Revealing on-camera interviews with stars Lynn Lowry, Tyde Kierney and Jack Damon
  • New in-depth interview with director David Durston
  • The original theatrical trailer and radio spots
  • Extensive gallery of stills and poster art
  • Rare and shocking film of Bhaskar performing THE EVIL KING COBRA DANCE
  • TWO BONUS CO-FEATURES
  • - I EAT YOUR SKIN (1964) - presented for the very first time in HD + exclusive interview with 2nd unit director William Grefe
  • - BLUE SEXTET (1969) - David Durston's long-lost uncensored psychedelic shocker presented for the very first time on home video!
  • Liner notes by renowned horror journalist David Szulkin (THE MAKING OF WES CRAVEN'S LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT)
  • PLUS OTHER SURPRISES!

 

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Stranded in a small California town after experiencing car trouble, vacationing John Emmett is spared the tedium of bus travel when he has a chance meeting with Ann Nicholson—who offers him a lift if he'll agree to split the driving duties to Santa Fe. He soon learns that Ann is actually a patient recovering from a nervous breakdown, however, and a simple little road trip blossoms into a Cold War nightmare as the couple are ensnared in a web of mystery involving vital national security secrets!
Ruth Roman
THE WINDOW (‘49)
Based on Donald Hamilton's "The Steel Mirror" (serialized in The Saturday Evening Post in 1948), 5 Steps to Danger stars film noir icon Sterling Hayden (The Asphalt Jungle) as a Hitchcockian hero innocently up to his neck in intrigue and danger. Ruth Roman, no stranger to noir films herself (The Window), is Hayden's love interest: a woman whose suspicious background makes her someone difficult to trust.
Directed by Henry Kessler, Danger also features several familiar classic TV faces among its supporting cast: Werner Klemperer, a two-time Emmy winner as Colonel Klink on Hogan's Heroes, portrays a psychiatrist, and daytime drama doyenne Jeanne Cooper (The Young and the Restless) is Roman's concerned nurse. Stir in uncredited contributions from Sidney Clute (Cagney & Lacey) and Ken Curtis (Gunsmoke), and you have in 5 Steps to Danger a crackling good suspense thriller that will keep you guessing to the very end!

 

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Sabrina (1954)
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Director:Billy Wilder
Writers:Billy Wilder (written for the screen by), Samuel A. Taylor (written for the screen by) (as Samuel Taylor)
Stars:Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden

Linus and David Larrabee are the two sons of a very wealthy family. Linus is all work -- busily running the family corporate empire with no time for a wife and family. David is all play -- technically employed in the family business but never showing up for work, spending all his time entertaining, and having been married and divorced three times. Sabrina Fairchild is the young, shy, and awkward daughter of the household chauffeur, who has been infatuated with David all her life, but whom David hardly notices till she goes away to Paris for two years and returns an elegant, sophisticated, beautiful woman. Suddenly, she finds she's captured David's attention, but just as she does so, she finds herself also falling in love with Linus, and she finds that Linus is also falling in love with her.
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden . Ignore the critics who say this is one of Billy Wilder's minor works. It is a major movie, a masterpiece of romantic comedy, and it still looks as fresh as a daisy. A charming reworking of the classic Cinderella story. Sabrina featurs a terrific cast, headed by William Holden, Humphrey Bogart (in a comedy role!), and best of all Audrey Hepburn. With its humorous script and its stars' immense charm, Sabrina remains a resonant romantic gem.

Hubert de Givenchy, designer of Audrey Hepburn's most iconic looks
Givenchy first met Hepburn in 1953, a year after he founded the celebrated Givenchy couture house, the brand confirmed. They formed a close bond, and he went on to design several of her most memorable movie outfits .

Givenchy designed this strapless, floral gown in 1954’s “Sabrina."


Audrey Hepburn wearing Givenchy outfits

 

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How to Steal a Million (1966)
Celebrating a different star every day during the month of August.
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Nicole's father, a legendary art collector, lends his prized Cellini Venus to a prestigious Paris museum. Unfortunately, the Venus was not sculpted by Cellini but by Nicole's grandfather. (Her father is a forger as well, but his specialty is paintings.) Before tests can be done which would prove the Venus a fake, Nicole enlists the services of "society burglar" Simon Demott to steal the million dollar statue.

Audrey Hepburn Wearing A Givenchy Helmet Hat
After Nicole dresses up as a cleaning lady, Simon Dermott says, "That does it. For one thing, it gives Givenchy a night off." Hubert de Givenchy was Audrey Hepburn's costume designer.



Hepburn's character driving a red Autobianchi Bianchina cabriolet.

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Peter O'Toole Driving a Jaguar E-type




There's no denying that How to Steal a Million is more entertaining than one might suspect, surprisingly so.
It doesn't hurt that there's a palpable sense of chemistry between O'Toole and Hepburn.
Hepburn's legendary effervescence is difficult to resist - particularly when combined with O'Toole's seemingly effortless charisma.


Hilarious moments in script that Hepburn and O'Toole play off one another brilliantly !! If you would like your humor dry this romantic comedy has it in spades. Hilarious !!

Hepburn along with O'Toole's delightful performances , elevates the film to warrant a solid recommendation ; particularly for fans of the two stars. 7.5/10



 

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Bullet Train (2022)
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Five assassins aboard a fast moving bullet train find out their missions have something in common.


Bullet Train is an extremely bloody, violent action thriller starring Brad Pitt about criminals and murderers who are trying to kill each other and stay alive on a high-speed Japanese train. It's weightless but well made and a fun ride, if you're up for the gore-fest content. Violence is almost comically intense, with guns and shooting, heavy blood sprays, knives, swords, and punching. Characters die ! Gratuitous and over-the-top! The film is shot wonderfully and is entertainingly stylish!
Japan's New Bullet Train Can Hit 224 MPH :oops:

Bucket List !!!

Brad Pitt is the secret weapon. With gleefully excessive violence and little depth, this oversized action thriller executes its many moving parts with skill, but it's Pitt's dopey, laid-back performance that keeps the balance.

Ladybug (Brad Pitt) is an unlucky assassin determined to do his job peacefully after one too many gigs gone off the rails. Fate, however, may have other plans, as Ladybug's latest mission puts him on a collision course with lethal adversaries from around the globe-all with connected, yet conflicting, objectives-on the world's fastest train. The end of the line is just the beginning in this non-stop thrill-ride through modern-day Japan.

The movie delights in pitting its many trained fighters and killers against as many obstacles as possible. Thunderous, nonstop movies filled with constant fighting can get exhausting.... but director Leitch, a former stunt performer and coordinator who turned to filmmaking with John Wick, has a good sense of rhythm. His stops and starts, flashbacks and reveals all effectively build a rhythm that flows and doesn't feel repetitive . Bullet Train , is an extremely fun ride while it lasts.
 
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