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— DG PICK OF THE WEEK–
I wouldn’t go so far as to say the 1956 remake is vastly superior, but it’s a more interesting film than the 1934 version. Though critics dismissed the remake at the time, it’s now considered superior to the original. Great direction, great performances, and some really well staged chases. The 1934 version is still worth grabbing for the great Peter Lorre alone.
Here’s what you get:
New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
New audio commentary featuring film historian Philip Kemp
New interview with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro
The Illustrated Hitchcock, an extensive interview with director Alfred Hitchcock from 1972, conducted by journalist Pia Lindstrom and film historian William Everson
Audio excerpts from filmmaker François Truffaut’s legendary 1962 interviews with Hitchcock
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK…
Jackie Chan’s catalog has become polluted with loads of shitty films, but there was a time when he was dependable. This set from Shout Factory gives a taste of each. CRIME STORY is a tough as nails flick that reminds you how good Chan could be both as an dramatic actor and as an action star. The stunts in this don’t really fit the tone of the overall movie but that’s a minor complaint. Then you have THE PROTECTOR which is a shit-box. This film is sloppy, formulaic, and boring. James Glickenhaus was a better producer than he was a director (I say “was” because he hasn’t done either in over 12 years). Though he had a minor success with SHAKEDOWN (which has HUGE re-watch thanks to the odd pairing of Sam Elliot and Peter Weller), more times than not it was shit like this that just didn’t work. And yes I count THE EXTERMINATOR in that batch.
Die-hard fans won’t find a lot of new material here outside of some cool home videos of the icon and this is far from a documentary (more of a promo video really), but if you’re getting your first real look at Lee as a person instead of the icon then this is a pretty good place to start.
Miles Monroe: I haven’t seen my analyst in 200 years. He was a strict Freudian. If I’d been going all this time, I’d probably almost be cured by now.
This flick moves like a Swiss watch; every second is flawless. Comedic perfection.
Now what kind of terrible things would you think about DG if we DIDN’T put this good shit on the site. I wasn’t around for the original run but I caught it on the re-broadcast in the mid-80s. It very well may be terrible, guess we’ll find out.
Didn’t see it and can’t say that I have the urge to. I dug the first film but this sequel just feels more than a little unnecessary and I have a pile of bad movies to get to.
I didn’t catch this one either but word on the street is that it ain’t half bad.
That’s it for this week, Bastards. We’ll be back next week with: END OF WATCH, UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING, TRANCERS, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, and more.
HERE’S TO GOOD WATCHING THIS WEEK, SALUTE!
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