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Discussion in 'General' started by zbinks, Oct 3, 2014.
This is the one I’m most interested in. Is it any good? I always thought Martin Kove was a hunk.
Decided to dip my toe in a bunch of unseen films in Arrow's sale. The only ones I've seen from this haul are Oldboy and Cat O' Nine Tails. Here's what I grabbed:
The Red Queen Kill Seven Times
Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia
The Fifth Cord
The Case Of The Scorpions Tail
Cat O' Nine Tails
Death Smiles On A Murderer
I've always liked it a lot, unfortunately it's always kinda been a "public domain" movie (budget $1 VHS/DVD's, etc. - probably illegally) — so the transfers have pretty much all been of really fuzzy/blurry crappy VHS quality before now.
It's shot around the Greek islands and Mediterranean, so the cinematography should look beautiful in restored widescreen. Plus, it has Deborah Shelton in it!
I haven't seen most of the titles you haven't, but some of the others are favorites at some level. The Red Queen Kills Seven Times is quite a stylish giallo, and a lot of fun. If you dig it, be sure to check out Miraglia's other giallo, The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave. I like that one equally as much.
If you like Peckinpah, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia will be a special treat. It's definitely his most personal film, and a bigger window into his psyche than the rest of his films combined. As a bonus, you get the great Warren Oates essentially DOING A PECKINPAH IMITATION. All of the subtext is fascinating, and it's a disturbing, ugly, one-of-a-kind trip to hell. Anyone who doubted that Peckinpah was thoroughly disillusioned with Hollywood clearly didn't see BMtHoAG. EXTRA bonus...if you ever have company that won't leave, put this on. It's about as far from multiplex fodder as anything that ever came out of Hollywood. Most people seem to hate it from the first frame.
After you watch it, read Roger Ebert's GREAT MOVIES review (lots of spoilers, so don't read it ahead of time). Ebert was one of the few mainstream critics who championed it. He called it ''some kind of bizarre masterpiece." He wasn't wrong.
It's funny you mention The Night Evelen Came Out Of Her Grave also being good because in my quick research it seemed people found that one much worse. I'll keep it on my radar then.
I've actually never heard of Peckinpah till looking up Bring Me The Head. I just heard a lot of good things about the movie. One person even said the film felt like Tarantino before there was one which made me even more curious. I loved the look of the theatrical poster for this one too; very cool.
Never heard of Peckinpah? Straw Dogs? The Wild Bunch?
To further the Tarantino connection, in From Dusk Till Dawn, Seth Gecko warns the convenience store clerk "I will turn this place into the Wild Bunch if I think you are fucking with me"
Seen Straw Dogs but not The Wild Bunch. Still didn't know they were Peckinpah films or who he even was lol.
Straw Dogs was good though. Maybe a little too slow burn for me, and Dustin Hoffman's character was extremely frustrating to both me and my wife lol. We were like "Listen to your damn woman dude!". Very effective tension building.
Oates is fantastic in GARCIA, a terrific performance by one of cinemas most underrated actors. By the way, he's wearing Peckinpah's glasses in the movie. I think GARCIA is one of Peckinpah's best films. It's kind of like Welles' TOUCH OF EVIL, not as well known as KANE but darker and more edgy. It's BLEAK.
Bring me the head of Alfredo garcia is peckinpahs best imo.
Could have posted this almost anywhere, but a local used record store just posted a collection they bought, a ton of Arrow horror Blus (but also many Kino, Blue Underground, Criterion, and Vinegar Syndrome titles too). Hope they're still there by the weekend, when I get a chance to visit the store. Their prices are good, but they're not stupid; they know how much these discs are worth, and will price them accordingly (probably in the $10-15 range).
Bullmoose has Elvira for $23.97 for preorder. Not the best price ever, but lowest I've seen so far.
Mondo-Digital reviews The Passion of Darkly Noon: http://mondo-digital.com/darkly.html
First review for Arrow's release of Beyond The Door:
Blu-ray.com reviews Beyond the Door: https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Beyond-the-Door-Blu-ray/259390/#Review
For folks in the US: MVD has a killer sale going on right now... https://mvdshop.com/collections/all/arrow-video
There's even more at this link. I'm really bummed I paid $25 for Flowers in the Attic last month and it's $9.99 in this sale.
They don't ship outside the US do they? Would have picked up at least Alice Sweet Alice if they did.