""Everything in Salem's Lot is connected to that house. You can see it from every part of the town. It's like a beacon throwing off an energy force."" - Ben Mears (David Soul) At last! Salem's Lot the 1979 horror mini-series from 1979 gets the much-desired DVD treatment. Based on Stephen King's terrifying vampire novel Tobe Hooper's cult movie is a supernatural journey into the strange world of the titular town and its oddball inhabitants. Ben Mears (Soul) returns to
Gigolo con-man Latigo Smith needs to get something off his chest - the tattooed name of his most recent ex-fiance. But while he is waiting for the local doctor to sober up and perform the operatio Smith overhears that local mining baron Taylor Barton is looking to shut down his mining competition by hiring the notorious gunman Swifty Morgan. Seizing the opportunity for an easy con Smith passes off a reprobate cow-hand as the dreaded Swifty and pockets the cash. Bank roll in hand
When conman and former soldier Freddy Benson arrives in the south of France he clashes with fellow conman Lawrence Jameson. To determine who will leave they arrange a wager to see who can con $25 000 from next woman they see.
John Breen (John Wayne) is a a Kentucky soldier in the early 1800s who pauses on his way home from the Battle of New Orleans to battle land-claim jumpers and woo the daughter of a French general. Oliver Hardy (of Laurel and Hardy fame) does a solo comedic turn as Breen's sidekick.
Meet Frankenstein: The world of freight handlers Wilbur Grey and Chick Young is turned upside down when the remains of Frankenstein's monster and Dracula arrive from Europe to be used in a house of horrors. Dracula awakens and escapes with the weakened monster who he plans to re-energize with a new brain. Larry Talbot (the Wolfman) arrives from London in an attempt to thwart Dracula. Dracula's reluctant aide is the beautiful Dr. Sandra Mornay. Her reluctance is dispatched by Dracula's bite. Dracula and Sandra abduct Wilbur for his brain and recharge the monster in preparation for the operation. Chick and Talbot attempt to find and free Wilbur but when the full moon rises all hell breaks loose with the Wolfman Dracula and Frankenstein all running rampant. Meet The Mummy: In Egypt Peter and Freddie find the archaeologist Dr. Zoomer murdered before they can return to America. A medallion leads them to a crypt where a revived mummy provides the terror.
In this classic Film Noir, an ambitious but unscrupulous lawyer (John Garfield, The Postman Always Rings Twice) works for the mob, and scents the prospect of a personal fortune when he helps concoct a plan that will merge all of New York City's numbers rackets into a single powerful and unbreakable operation. But one of them is run by his own brother (Thomas Gomez, Key Largo), who is much happier as an independent, mainly because it allows him to apply his own ethical standards to prevent innocent people from being corrupted by his shady activities. And it's the Cain-and-Abel clash between them that gives the film its tragic dimension. After a brilliant writing career (Body and Soul), Abraham Polonsky was given a shot at directing, and he turned out one of the most original thrillers of its era, combining poetic dialogue worthy of Clifford Odets (Sweet Smell of Success) with a forensically Marxist critique of the capitalist system (the force of evil that underpins everything in American society). Martin Scorsese frequently cited it as one of the most influential films in his life, and it's easy to see why. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation transferred from original film elements Uncompressed mono 1.0 PCM audio soundtrack Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing Introduction by Martin Scorsese Commentary by critics Glenn Kenny and Farran Smith Nehme An Autopsy on Capitalism, a visual essay on the production and reception of Force of Evil by Frank Krutnik, author of In a Lonely Street: Film noir, genre, masculinity Commentary on selected themes by Krutnik Two radio plays: Hollywood Fights Back (1947), 35 Hollywood stars protest the blacklist and Body and Soul (1948), a radio version of Abraham Polonsky's breakthrough script starring John Garfield International poster gallery Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Scott Saslow
Among Stanley Kubrick's early film output The Killing stands out as the most lastingly influential: Quentin Tarantino credits the film as a huge inspiration for Reservoir Dogs and just about any movie or TV show that plays around with its own internal chronology owes the same debt. This sort of convoluted crime caper had really kicked off with John Huston's The Asphalt Jungle in 1950. From then on, nouveau noir scripts kept trying to find new ways of telling very similar stories. Here the novel Clean Break is adapted for the screen in a jigsaw-puzzle structure that caught Kubrick's eye. With a dry narration we're introduced to the key players in a racetrack heist as it's being planned, but the story bounces back and forth between what happens to each of them during and before the big event. All of this keeps the audience guessing as to exactly how it will go wrong, while the downbeat telling, the unsympathetic characters and the excessively dramatic score clearly foretell that it will go wrong from the start. The denouement is comically daft no matter how many times you see it. On the DVD: The Killing is a no-frills DVD transfer, in 4:3 ratio and with its original mono soundtrack. Criminally, just one trailer is all that's been dug up as an extra. --Paul Tonks
Lawman J.D. Cahill can stand alone against an army of bad guys. But as a widower father he's on insecure footing raising two sons; particularly when he suspects his boys have stepped outside the law...
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Remastered, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Dance hall gal Lil (Marie Windsor) is a very versatile woman - she can sing, she can ride, she plays cards and she knows how to forge - all of which make her attractive to several gentlemen, including secret service agent Tom Horn (George Montgomery). Horn's been sent West to round up a gang of counterfeiters. He starts by gaining the confidence of one of the ringleaders, Lil, and she leads him to Logan (Rod Cameron), the brains behind the operation. When Lil finds out that Horn is a Fed, she's tempted to fill him full of holes. The only problem is, he's taken her heart. ...Dakota Lil
After 15 years of hit movies, Abbott and Costello departed from Universal studios in the twilight of their partnership with 1955's Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy, the last of their monster comedies. Decked out in desert safari gear, the boys go looking for a job with an Egyptologist and wind up in the middle of a conspiracy concerning the murdered professor, an ancient mummy, and a magical medallion that, true to form, bumbling Costello manages to eat for dinner. Marie Windsor, the boss lady of a gang of treasure-hunting crooks, dresses in a harem outfit to vamp for our chubby little hero, and the eternally stiff Richard Deacon hilariously plays the leader of an Egyptian mummy cult like a high school principal decked out for Halloween. Directed by longtime collaborator Charles Lamont, it's a typical Abbott and Costello farce with disappearing corpses, mistaken identities and wacky word plays ("Take your pick" riffs on "Who's on first" with garden tools). While not as clever or spirited as their original monster mash Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, the vaudeville veterans are still masters of the double-take and fast-talk patter, and the picture climaxes with a screwball chase that involves not one, not two, but three mummies skittering through the phoniest looking pyramid this side of community theatre. You were expecting realism? The boys appeared together once more on film, in Dance with Me, Henry, and then split up. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com
Get on board for one of the very best hard-boiled thrillers ever to hurtle out of Hollywood. Charles McGraw (His Kind Of Woman) stars as Detective Walter Brown a cop with a simple mission - get mobster's wife Frankie Neale (Marie Windsor Force of Evil) on the train and take her to the grand jury in Los Angeles where she's going to testify against her late husband's colleagues. But the mob don't want her to spill the beans and they'll stop at nothing to stop her taking the stand; Brown realises they've planted assassins on the train with them and it's up to him to keep her safe. It's going to be one hell of a journey...
Captain Paul Gerard of the Foreign Legion is assigned to escort Cara an emir's daughter to her father's mountain citadel and find out what he can about the Emir's activities.
Joe Morse (Garfield) has never had it so good. The smart young Wall Street lawyer joins a get-rich-quick scheme of a mob boss who plans on bankrupting the city's small-time numbers racketeers and consolidating their businesses . However when Morse discovers he must choose between his loyalty to the ruthless racket kingpin or his family the true force of evil is revealed... Based on the novel by Ira Wolfert.
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