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"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Apr 092019
 

FRANKENSTEIN 1970 (1958) New 2019 1080p HD Master  

Inspired by a notorious radio marketing stunt, the intrepid genre team of producer Aubrey Schenck (Robinson Crusoe on Mars) and director Howard Koch (Born Reckless) hit upon an inspired conceit that was meta before meta was a thing. Desperate for money, the disfigured descendant of the original Victor Frankenstein (Boris Karloff) rents Castle Frankenstein to a film crew to shoot a horror film about the legendary monster that shares his name. The victim of Nazi torture, this Frankenstein pursues his ancestor’s legacy with this injection of fresh capital in order to build a nuclear reactor that creates an atom-powered monster. And with a whole film crew around, there’s no shortage of spare body parts! Boris Karloff is the feather in the crown of this metafictional monster show as the lead, linking the immortal icon back to his most iconic part, refracted through the lens of modern, self-aware cinema. Frankenstein 1970s glorious Black and White CinemaScope cinematography shines on the small screen thanks to this brand new, state of 2019 High Definition transfer on 1080p Blu-ray Disc. Special Features: Commentary by Historians Charlotte Austin, Bob Burns, and Tom Weaver; Theatrical Trailer. 16×9 Letterbox

 

MGM Magic

THE MIGHTY MCGURK (1947) Now on DVD

Former heavyweight champion Roy “Slag” McGurk prides himself the king of the Bowery in early 20th Century New York by waving at the tourists, keeping order, and impressing local and yokel alike. In reality, he is the bouncer and enforcer for local saloon keeper Mike Glenson (Edward Arnold), kept afloat thanks to the generosity of local pawnshop proprietress (and sometime girlfriend) Mamie Steeple (Aline MacMahon). A pair of sucker punches are headed Slag’s way in the form of former-boxing protégé-turned-street-salvationist Johnny Burden (a baby-faced Cameron Mitchell) and orphaned English lad Nipper (Dean Stockwell). While Slag tries to help Johnny with his romance with Glenson’s daughter Caroline (Dorothy Patrick), Johnny, in turn, appeals to Slag’s better nature. It’s an appeal that Slag needs to heed when Child Services threatens to separate him from the Nipper. But Slag’s only ever lost one fight!

NOTE: These DVDs are Manufactured on Demand (MOD); to order, fans must visit The Warner Archive Collection, WB Shop.com, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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