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Dec 052018
 

THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951) New 2018 1080p HD Master

Howard Hawks’ production of The Thing From Another World, adapted from the classic story “Who Goes There?” by Science Fiction Grandmaster John W. Campbell, is a pitch perfect example of genre filmmaking at its finest and, much like his entire oeuvre – from screwball comedy to melodrama to hardboiled detective to western – a treasure that makes movie magic. Under Christian Nyby’s lean direction, Charles Lederer’s rapid-fire dialogue and a cast of fine journeymen performers, this tale of scientists and servicemen confronting the unknown above the Arctic Circle shines with crisp atomic-age radiation in this scintillating HD presentation in all its glorious Black and White wonder. Currently available at Amazon ►

LINK: https://www.amazon.com/Thing-Another-World-Blu-ray-Kenneth/dp/B07JJPY23S/

 
HORROR OF DRACULA (1958) New 2018 1080p presentation sourced from the Hammer/BFI Restoration Master

Fresh off The Curse of Frankenstein, Christopher Lee began his iconic run as the Prince of Darkness alongside fellow Hammer Horror-mate Peter Cushing in this scarlet and ebon tinged full color adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Cushing plays the valiant Dr. Van Helsing who sets off on a vampire hunt after Dracula turns his friend into a bloodsucker leading to a climax that is as electrifying as it is horrific. Terence Fisher directs a chilling Lee, setting a blueprint for New Cinema horror that would last well into the swinging seventies. And the blood runs redder than ever before thanks to this brand-new presentation, sourced from the British Film Institute/Hammer Film restoration master, which bears the UK release title of “Dracula” in the opening credits. Also newly remastered on DVD! 16×9 Widescreen

 
THE SEA HAWK (1940) New 2018 1080p HD Master

For their tenth team-up, director Michael Curtiz and action star Errol Flynn served up a rapier sharp take on the pirate movie by flavoring it with a much-needed soupçon of war-time patriotism during the dark days of Britain under the blitz, creating the standard for sea-faring cinema for decades to come. Despite borrowing the title from Rafael Sabatini, The Sea Hawk’s scribes Howard Koch and Seton I. Miller came up with an original story inspired by the life and exploits of Sir Francis Drake. Geoffrey Thorpe (Flynn), a privateering “Sea Hawk,” plunders the enemies of England while being publicly scolded by the Queen. Betrayed by Spanish collaborators in the court, Thorpe and his crew must escape captivity and warn the queen of the coming Spanish Armada. The Sea Hawk’s stirring spectacle soars higher thanks to its crackerjack Curtizian ensemble of co-stars including Claude Rains, Alan Hale, Donald Crisp, Henry Daniell, Gilbert Roland, Brenda Marshall and Una O’Connor with composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold creating one of his most sumptuous and inspiring scores. Special Features: Leonard Maltin hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1940 (SD) with Newsreel, Alice in Movieland theatrical short, Porky’s Poor Fish cartoon and Theatrical Trailers; Featurette (SD) “The Sea Hawk: Flynn in Action”; Sea Hawk Theatrical Trailer (HD).

 
DARK OF THE SUN (1968) New 2018 1080p HD Master

Rod Taylor stars in this action classic, playing the leader of a band of mercenaries attempting to smuggle diamonds and refugees out of Congo via steam train at the height of the ’60s Congo Crisis. Directed by master cinematographer Jack Cardiff (Red Shoes, African Queen), Dark of the Sun shocked contemporary audiences with its stark and unflinching scenes of violent brutality. Jim Brown and Yvette Mimieux join Taylor for the hi-octane, high tension action. Overlooked in its initial run, Dark of the Sun is a justly revered classic of the genre, now seen as a seminal entry in the genre. And now it’s more explosive than ever on this stunning, new HD presentation. And did we mention there is a chainsaw fight scene? Special Features: Theatrical Trailer (HD); New Commentary by Trailers From Hell’s Larry Karaszewski and Josh Olson with Brian Saur and Elric D. Kane (“Just the Discs” podcast). 16×9 Letterbox

 

FIRST TIME IN WIDESCREEN

THE DOG OF FLANDERS (1999) – First Time in Widescreen on DVD

Jon Voight, Jack Warden and Cheryl Ladd are among the veteran stars of this adaptation of the 1872 family classic novel. In Antwerp during the Renaissance, Young Nello (Jeremy James Kissner) delivers milk alongside his grandfather (Warden). Impoverished but with ambitions of being a fine artist, Nello takes a badly beaten Bouvier dog into his care. The simple act of saving – and caring – for this dog transforms Nello’s life. This eye-filling film, shot on location, arrives at last with the scope it was meant to be witnessed in. 16×9 Widescreen

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