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Tommy review – Ken Russell's mad rock opera pinballs back into cinemas

Russell’s adaptation of the Who’s concept album about a blind pinball wizard is a fascinating time capsule featuring Oliver Reed, Elton John, Jack Nicholson, Tina Turner and Eric Clapton

Ken Russell’s bizarre and ineffably seedy and fetishistic rock opera Tommy, based on the Who’s 1969 concept album, is now on rerelease. It is 44 years since it arrived in cinemas, and we were all shocked at that extraordinarily horrible scene with the paedophile babysitter Uncle Ernie, played by Keith Moon. This is a character even Roald Dahl would have flinched from imagining: cracking an egg into his glass of 70s warm beer and then proceeding to “fiddle about” with the blind, deaf, dumb and Christ-like young Tommy, played by Roger Daltrey. (Dennis Potter’s BBC TV play Brimstone and Treacle was banned for something comparable.) Tommy has lost his senses due to a trauma relating to sex and violence as a child,
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Werewolf in a Girls’ Dormitory

Italian horror from the early 1960s covers a wide range of quality, from eerie hauntings to tacky vampire romps. For one of his first major credits, ace giallo scribe Ernesto Gastaldi cooks up Lycanthropus, a murder mystery in which the savage slashing is committed by a drooling maniac with a hairy face, wild eyes and saber-toothed fangs. You saw the poster out front, kid — do you think it might be … a werewolf? Director Paolo Heusch’s thriller is no classic, but neither is it stupid — and the original Italian language option on this disc reveals good work by a spirited cast. Dreamy Polish starlet Barbara Lass is a much more assertive, independent female than what we expect from conventional Italo horror fare.

Werewolf in a Girls’ Dormitory



Severin Films

1961 / B&w / 1:66 widescreen / 85 min. / Street Date November 12, 2019 / 34.98

Starring: Barbara Lass (Kwiatkowska), Carl Schell, Curt Lowens, Maurice Marsac, Luciano Pigozzi,
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Paul Walker’s Brian O’Connor Confirmed To Return In Fast & Furious 9

Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham may be sitting out Fast & Furious 9 after Hobbs & Shaw, but the announced cast won’t be lacking star power. Vin Diesel will be leading the film, with the usual suspects being joined by high profile newcomers like John Cena and Michael Rooker. But now we have confirmation that another much-loved actor will be back for one more go-around: Paul Walker, who’ll be reprising his role as Brian O’Connor. That’s despite Walker’s tragic death in a car crash in 2013.

Furious 7 featured an extremely impressive CGI recreation of the actor done by Weta Digital. This post-mortem performance was achieved with the involvement of Walker’s family, using his two brothers Caleb and Cody as on-set stand-ins for him. The process combined digital recreations of his face and footage from previous movies to produce an uncannily realistic resurrection. It was generally judged a success,
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Hammer Horror 8 Film Collection

Have the classic films of Hammer been subjected to more reissues than The Beatles? Not by a long shot but it can feel that way to dedicated Hammer-heads. The relentless tide of upgrades and re-packagings both foreign and domestic, each with their own pleasures and pitfalls, could inspire loyal fans to lobby for their own version of the Consumer Protection Agency – Home Video Division. Here’s a look at what should have been the definitive collection – from 2016, Universal’s Hammer Horror 8 Film Collection.

Hammer Horror 8 Film Collection

Blu ray


1960-1964/ 2:1 – 2:35.1 / 686 min.

Starring Peter Cushing, Oliver Reed, Herbert Lom

Directed by Terence Fisher, Freddie Francis, Don Sharp

When production began on the inevitable sequel to Hammer’s Horror of Dracula, Peter Cushing returned as Van Helsing but Christopher Lee’s Count was missing in action – fortunately Cushing was presented with an equally intimidating antagonist in Martita Hunt as the implacable Baroness Meinster.
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Review: "Dr. Heckyl And Mr. Hype" (1980) Starring Oliver Reed; Scorpion Blu-ray Release

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By Hank Reineke

There’s a long-standing Hollywood tradition of blending filmdom’s most bankable but seemingly disparate genres – horror and comedy – but a successful marriage of the two is a tricky business at best. The gold standard films of these hybrid would be, generationally, Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948), Young Frankenstein (1974) or, I suppose, Ghostbusters (1984) should one choose to go “modern-contemporary.” Parodies of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde would serve as a virtual cottage industry of horror-comedy fusion, these pastiches encompassing the silent era, animated shorts, features, and even pornographic films. Having already challenged the Frankenstein monster, Abbott and Costello would eventually take on other classic movie monsters, including Boris Karloff’s Mr. Hyde in an entertaining 1953 Universal Studios production. I like that one a lot.

Charles B. Griffith’s Dr. Heckyl & Mr. Hype is one of the odder entries. It’s difficult to exactly pinpoint this production’s various misfires,
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‘Treasure Island’: Dean DeBlois Set To Direct Take On Classic Novel For Universal & Mandeville Films

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‘Treasure Island’: Dean DeBlois Set To Direct Take On Classic Novel For Universal & Mandeville Films
Exclusive: Deadline has learned that Universal Pictures and Mandeville Films are bringing a new feature adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1883 novel Treasure Island to the big screen with two-time Oscar nominated How to Train Your Dragon filmmaker Dean DeBlois directing.

Beauty and the Beast scribe Evan Spiliotopoulos will write the script, collaborating with DeBlois on the story. Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman of Mandeville Films will produce via their Universal deal alongside DeBlois. It was recently announced that Paramount/Hasbro’s Micronauts would rep DeBlois’ first live-action feature directorial. With that pic dated for June 4, 2021, the thinking is that Micronauts will likely go first given that Treasure Island is in early development.

Treasure Island tells the story of young Jim Hawkins who is torn between his loyalty to his benefactors and his affection for Pirate Captain Long John Silver as they seek a buried pirate treasure. The three notable
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The System (The Girl-Getters)

England’s swingin’ ’60s were more than A Hard Day’s Night, the Mersey Beat and slapstick in the street with Rita Tushingham. Michael Winner got the scene off to an early start with this beach-set tale of ‘clever lads’ that cooperate to score with vacationing girls. Oliver Reed gives a sterling performance as Tinker, a photo-snapper who takes on a tall target — an independent, posh model with her own amorous agenda. The romance proceeds in a positive direction… or is Tinker fooling himself?

The System (The Girl-Getters)


Powerhouse Indicator

1964 / B&w / 1:85 / 90 min. / / Street Date September 23, 2019 / available from Powerhouse Films UK / £15.99

Starring: Oliver Reed, Jane Merrow, Barbara Ferris, Julia Foster, Harry Andrews, Ann Lynn, Guy Doleman, David Hemmings.

Cinematography: Nicholas Roeg

Film Editor: Fred Burnley

Original Music: Stanley Black

Songs: The Searchers, The Marauders, The Rocking Berries

Written by Peter Draper

Produced by Kenneth Shipman

Directed by Michael
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Cinema St. Louis’ Golden Anniversaries: Films of 1969 Series Concludes With Ken Russell’s Women In Love This Sunday September 15th at 1:30pm

“Try to love me a little more and want me a little less. “

Golden Anniversaries: Films of 1969 features 6 classic films celebrating their 50th anniversaries. This second edition focuses on 1969 and features a half-dozen films, all screening for free at the St. Louis Public Library (1301 Olive Street St. Louis) over 3 weekends in late summer. (This series kicked off August 31st at 1:30pm with Midnight Cowboy). On Sunday September 15th at 1:30pm the final ’69 film will be Women In Love directed by Ken Russell and starring Glenda Jackson, Oliver Reed, and Alan Bates. There will be an intro and post-film Q&a with Vincent Casaregola, professor of English and head of Film Studies at Saint Louis University. Admission is Free. A Facebook invite can be found Here

The battle of the sexes and relationships among the elite of Britain’s industrial Midlands in the 1920s. Gerald Crich and Rupert Berkin
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Spasms (1983)

As a child, I first saw a snake with my own two eyes when one of the garter variety slithered through our front lawn and my mom, with a deep abiding fear, called my dad home from the office to slay the beast. (Or shoo it away. Probably that.) I maintain a healthy relationship with snakes: leave me alone and I’ll leave you alone. (I promise I’ll always leave you alone.) Of course, I love to see them in horror movies; the safety of the screen provides nothing but thrills when I know it won’t be coming for me. This brings us to Spasms (1983), a disjointed yet fun film in which a big snake in a big Canadian city wreaks big havoc.

With a troubled production as serpentine as its subject, Spasms saw little theatrical love (or release for that matter) but nested comfortably on video for
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These Are the Damned

“Kinder der Eisigen Dunkelheit!” If those words don’t give you a chill, you may be one of ‘The Damned.’ Joseph Losey’s fascinatingly morbid reflection on atomic terror was too much for England in 1961, wasn’t released in the U.S. for four full years, and then only after being shorn of nine minutes of footage. An ‘impossible’ Cold War scenario puts military authority on the same moral plane as delinquent street thugs. Losey transplants his subversive sensibility to England, and the result is one of the top political sci-fi tales of all time.

These are the Damned


Explosive Media GmbH

1961 / B&w / 2:35 widescreen / 95 min. / Street Date June 13, 2019 /Sie Sind Verdammt / Available from Amazon.de

Starring: Macdonald Carey, Shirley Anne Field, Viveca Lindfors, Alexander Knox, Oliver Reed, Walter Gotell, James Villiers, Tom Kempinski, Kenneth Cope, Brian Oulton, Rachel Clay, Caroline Sheldon, Rebecca Dignam, Siobhan Taylor, Nicholas Clay.

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Gladiator 2 Is Still Happening, Top Gun 2 Writer Takes on Script

Gladiator 2 Is Still Happening, Top Gun 2 Writer Takes on Script
It's been a few months since we've heard any further whispers about the possible Gladiator sequel that has been in the works since, well, you know, since the first movie hits theaters way back in 2000. And today seems to be no different as this morning we have word via the producers of the planned Gladiator 2, Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, that they are still working with director Ridley Scott and Peter Craig on the film and the story will pick up 25-30 years later, which makes sense.

The producing pair were out and about promoting their newest installment in the Men in Black series. During the recent and ongoing press tour for Mib 4, Parkes and MacDonald dropped this new info on Gladiator 2 with MacDonald saying this.

"We're working with Ridley Scott, that's one we wouldn't touch unless we felt in a way to do it was legitimate.
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‘Gladiator 2’ producers confirm timeline on Ridley Scott’s sequel

The producers behind Ridley Scott’s ‘Gladiator’ follow-up, Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have confirmed that the sequel will be set 25 years after the original.

During the press tour for ‘Men in Black: International’ HeyUGuys’ own Stefan Pape asked the pair whether the film was still happening to which they confirmed it was.

MacDonald said “We’re working with Ridley, that’s one we wouldn’t touch unless we felt in a way to do it was legitimate. We’re working with an amazing writer as well, Peter Craig.

Parkes added “It picks up the story 30 years later… 25 years later”.

’12 Strong’ scribe, Peter Craig has come on board to write a script for the follow-up. Rumours have it that the plot of the movie will follow the now grown up Lucius, son of Lucilla (Connie Nielsen) and nephew of Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix). This would make some sense as Crowe
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Cinema Retro Issue #44 Now Shipping Worldwide!

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Cinema Retro issue #44 is now shipping to subscribers worldwide.

We present out first regular edition with a consistent theme throughout: "Girl Power!", as we celebrate female stars and films of the 1960s.

Diane A. Rodgers examines two of the first female action heroes of the big screen: Monica Vitti as Modesty Blaise  and Raquel Welch as super spy Fathom.

Mike Siegel provides a rare interview with Marianne Koch, who recalls filming A Fistful of Dollars with Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood.

Lee Pfeiffer presents an exclusive interview with Stefanie Powers about starring in The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.

Dawn Dabell explores the exotic world of the Emmanuelle films, the first attempt to present erotica from a female perspective.

Actress Pamela Green talks to Tim Greaves about the challenge of appearing in Michael Powell's notorious Peeping Tom.

Lee Pfeiffer analyzes the British comedy/drama Take a Girl Like You
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Fright-Rags Celebrates the Iconic Characters of Hammer Horror Films with New Apparel Collection

From Peter Cushing to Christopher Lee to Oliver Reed, the Hammer horror films have been home to countless iconic performances over the years, and Fright-Rags celebrates some of the most memorable ones with a new apparel collection featuring Dracula, Victor Frankenstein's Creature, and more!

You can view Fright-Rags' new Hammer Films collection below, and visit their website for more information.

From Fright Rags: "Now Available! Officially Licensed Hammer Films Tee Collection! New Hammer Horror designs showcasing the more terrifying monsters: Dracula, Frankenstein and More! Plus distressed red Official Hammer logos on both soft black T-Shirts and red & black Baseball Tees! Grab 'em Now!

Shop: https://bit.ly/2QfDrXW

Artwork by Abrar Ajmal, Mr. Black, and Coki Greenway."

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The Triple Echo

This obscure 1972 thriller features excellent performances by Glenda Jackson and Oliver Reed, and marks the feature debut of the great director Michael Apted. The wartime home front drama takes a surprisingly precocious and sensitive view of a bizarre incident that probably happened in real life: to escape his military service, a reluctant soldier cross-dresses as a woman.

The Triple Echo

Region B Blu-ray

Powerhouse Indicator

1972 / Color / 1:85 / 94 min. / Soldier in Skirts / Street Date March 25, 2019 / available from Powerhouse Films UK / £18.36

Starring: Glenda Jackson, Oliver Reed, Brian Deacon, Anthony May, Gavin Richards, Jenny Lee Wright.

Cinematography: John Coquillon

Film Editor: Barrie Vince

Original Music: Mark Wilkinson

Written by Robin Chapman, from the story by H.E. Bates

Produced by Graham Cottle

Directed by Michael Apted

Billy Wilder would have given the makers of The Triple Echo cautioning advice about putting male actors in drag and passing them off as women: it’s a
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5-time Oscar nominee Albert Finney, a larger-than-life actor yet down-to-earth star who put his work first

5-time Oscar nominee Albert Finney, a larger-than-life actor yet down-to-earth star who put his work first
“To be a character who feels a deep emotion, one must go into the memory’s vault and mix in a sad memory from one’s own life” – Albert Finney, 1936-2019.

Finney was part of a post-war wave of English performers, including Tom Courtenay, Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, Alan Bates and Oliver Reed, who made a quite a splash on the big screen in the early ‘60s. The much-admired actor, who was nominated for five Oscars spanning four different decades yet never won one, died at age 82 on Thursday.

Finney first earned awards attention as a hard-drinking, philandering and disgruntled member of the working class in the 1960 British release “Saturday Night and Sunday Morning,” which was emblematic of a genre called the “kitchen sink drama.” But it was his charming rogue who proved irresistible to women in 1963’s “Tom Jones,” a bawdy, boisterous picaresque that blew the dust off of period pieces,
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Ten Great Movie Music Moments by Michel Legrand

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Ten Great Movie Music Moments by Michel Legrand
Michel Legrand, who died in Paris Saturday at the age of 86, was among the most renowned film composers and songwriters of our time. He won three Oscars and five Grammys, and many of his songs have entered the pantheon as among the greatest of the 20th century. Here are 10 great film music moments from the career of this French genius:

1. “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” (1964). The close collaboration of Legrand and filmmaker Jacques Demy produced this stunning, all-sung romantic drama about a star-crossed couple. It won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and ultimately earned five Oscar nominations (three of them for the score). “I Will Wait for You” was the biggest song hit that emerged and quickly became a standard:

2. “The Young Girls of Rochefort” (1967). Legrand and Demy reunited for this splashy, colorful musical that added Americans Gene Kelly and George Chakiris to the usual French cast. The tuneful score
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Two Faces Of Dr. Jekyll (1960)

It’s Hammer Time again, folks! I’ve covered witches and vampires and demons (insert your Oz joke here), but now we’re going to look within the inner recesses of the soul, where the wicked resides in each of us. Some need a little pick-me-up to bring out that worst however, and The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960) finds evil not only in the lab but around every shadowed corner.

Released by Columbia Pictures in the U.K. in late October, with an A.I.P. rollout stateside the following spring, The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll was not a moneymaker for Hammer and the reviews were mixed at best; no doubt in response (at least on the part of audiences) to the more muted approach to the material, and quite removed from the ribald textures that usually came from the Hammer stable at the time. Regardless, it remains
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New trailer for BBC adaptation ‘Les Misérables’ takes us amongst civil unrest

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The BBC has debuted the first trailer for the Victor Hugo adaptation ‘Les Misérables’ with a few familiar faces.

The six-part television adaptation of Hugo’s classic novel will delve deep into the many layers of Hugo’s story, reveling in Jean Valjean and Javert’s cat-and-mouse relationship, against the epic backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest. With striking intensity and a contemporary resonance, Hugo’s novel explores the struggles and triumphs of the underclass and the quest for a better life.

The cast includes some of the best British talents you could hope for with Dominic West (who has a striking resemblance to the Oliver Reed) will play Jean Valjean, David Oyelowo will play Javert, Lily Collins takes on Fantine, Olivia Colman plays Madame Thénardier, Adeel Akhtar is Monsieur Thénardier, Josh O’Connor is Marius and Ellie Bamber will play Cosette.

Tom Shankland takes the helm
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Sword of Sherwood Forest

Sword of Sherwood Forest

Blu ray

Twilight Time

1960 / 2.35:1 /80 Min. / Street Date October 16, 2018

Starring Richard Greene, Peter Cushing, Richard Pasco, Nigel Green

Cinematography by Ken Hodges

Directed by Terence Fisher

The prime architect for the gothic horror revival of the 50’s, Hammer Studios began the next decade with a revival of the less-than-fashionable swashbuckler genre by setting their sights on the legend of Robin Hood – but even with an audience-friendly runtime of 80 minutes, the lackadaisical Sword of Sherwood Forest may have the most ardent Hammer fan checking their watch.

Fortunately the action, what there is of it, plays out amid the ultra-green backcountry of Ireland’s County Wicklow and there are some very good bad guys lurking there – in particular Peter Cushing as the slippery Sheriff of Nottingham and Oliver Reed as a surly henchman who merely glowers from the sidelines but electrifies every frame he’s in.

Directed by
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