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Hell in the Pacific

Class-act director John Boorman continues to mix genre grit with European-flavored art cinema, and the result is another winner. Toshiro Mifune and Lee Marvin fight a miniature two-man war when they’re marooned together on the same tiny island. Boorman’s strong direction and Conrad Hall’s knockout cinematography insure a maximum visual impact; it’s great filmmaking all around.

Hell in the Pacific

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Kl Studio Classics

1968 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 103 min. / Street Date June 27, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Lee Marvin, Toshiro Mifune

Cinematography: Conrad Hall

Art Direction: Anthony Pratt, Masao Yamazaki

Film Editor: Thomas Stanford

Original Music: Lalo Schifrin

Written by Alexander Jacobs, Eric Bercovici story by Reuben Bercovitch

Produced by Reuben Bercovitch, Henry G. Saperstein, Selig J. Seligman

Directed by John Boorman

Former TV director and producer John Boorman barely survived a first feature with the Dave Clark Five, imitating Richard Lester’s success with the Beatles.
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Coolest of Crime Cinema: Essential Blaxploitation

After all the debates, controversies, and stereotype accusations have cleared, looking back on Blaxploitation cinema today it’s easy to see healthy portions of the crime and action genres. Using these genres and the struggles of the black community, these films were created for those that wanted to see African American characters on the big screen not taking shit from the man, “getting over”, and–above all else—being the heroes in movies. In the documentary Baad Asssss Cinema, Samuel L. Jackson gives his take on the heroes of Blaxploitation: “We were tired of seeing the righteous black man. And all of a sudden we had guys who were…us. Or guys who did the things we wanted those guys to do.”

The unsung supporting players in these films that backed Fred Williamson and Pam Grier and many other stars were people acting and making a living off of it.
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John Rhys-Davies Interview For War Of Resistance!

For those of you who don’t know him (and if you don’t, shame on you!), John Rhys-Davies has appeared in some of the most popular franchises of all time. He is probably best known for his portrayal of the dwarf Gimli in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy and as Sallah in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (and criminally not brought back for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) but has also turned up in the James Bond saga (The Living Daylights), the Star Trek series (he played Leonardo Da Vinci in Voyager!) and Batman (voiced a character in the Animated Series).

And who can forget his Prof. Maximilian Arturo in the awesome sci-fi show Sliders!

He’s got a full and fantastic career behind him and this
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