The life of Christ got an excessively long treatment (260 minutes, later trimmed to 195) in this 1965 film directed by George Stevens (The Diary of Anne Frank). Max von Sydow does beautiful work as Jesus--his spontaneous mourning at discovering his friend Lazarus has died is not like anything in other New Testament epics--and Stevens renders the familiar tale with a handsome authenticity. But the project is nearly undone by an unwise gimmick in which seemingly half of Hollywood's living stars at the time make brief cameo appearances, some of which are ridiculous (who can forget the sight of John Wayne as a Roman Centurion solemnly intoning, "Truly he was the son of Gaaad"?). But there is a lot to like in the film, and Von Sydow's sensitive nobility sticks in the memory. --Tom Keogh
Blackly comic psychodrama from director Robert Altman starring screen legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Jane Hudson (Davis) found fame as child star 'Baby Jane', only to be eclipsed by her sister Blanche (Crawford) when the latter became a Hollywood glamour girl in the 1930s. Blanche's career was brought to an abrupt end by an accident for which Jane was seemingly responsible. Now the two ageing sisters live together in their Hollywood mansion, attended by their maid, Elvira (Maidie Norm...
This stunning box set features 3 of the finest movies to feature the 'First Lady of Film' Bette Davis. All About Eve (1950): It's all about women.... and their men! From the moment she glimpses her idol at the stage door Eve Horrington (Anne Baxter) moves relentlessly towards her goal: taking the reins of power from the great actress Margo Channing (Bette Davies). The cunning Eve manoeuvres her way into Margo's Broadway role becomes a sensation and even causes turmoil in
The bizarre world you met in 'Planet of the Apes' was only the beginning... What lies beneath may be the end! The second installment in the Planet Of The Apes series. Here an earthling sent to find the astronauts of the original film discovers not only a world of intelligent talking apes but an underground cult of grotesque ""humans"" who are the survivors of a nuclear blast years ago. Unfortunately these mutants worship a nuclear bomb a weapon which not only is the
Charlotte Hollis (Bette Davis) has been closeted in her mansion a deteriorating Southern plantation since the grisly murder of her married lover many years earlier. When the country wants to tear down the house to build a highway the spinster's relatives and friends appear to rally behind her but each slowly preys on her mind until the gruesome rumorus of the last forty years appear to be coming true... On hand are cousin Miriam (Olivia de Havilland) Dr. Drew Bayliss (Joseph Cott
Cat Stevens and Hutch Bessy are back for one last round of blazing Western action. This time the pair find themselves riding across the plains and encountering gunfighters (who they try to avoid) and easy frontier women (who they don't).
Apart from its obvious Sweeney Todd influence this Italian production released by Harry Novak (which is also known as The Stranger Of Vienna and Meat Is Meat) exudes a strong Grand Guignol flavour thanks mainly to its ghoulish subject matter and the use of cheap bargain basement theatrical sets.
There's schlock-horror movie-making par excellence from producer Dick Randall in this Something Weird Collection 1 twofer. Meat Is Meat (1971) finds mad butcher Otto Lehman back in the Viennese community doing what he does best. With its Sweeney Todd overtones this is not for the faint of stomach, but those who enjoy seeing nagging wives and creepy sidekicks transformed into sausages will lap up accordingly. Victor Buono is perfect casting as Lehman, with Brad Harris stylish as the bored American journalist who rumbles his activities and Karen Field looking good as the housekeeper next door. Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks (1973) is less OTT than the title suggests. Rossano Brazzi (earlier of South Pacific!) is a thoughtful Count Frankenstein, while Michael Dunn is seriously unlikable as necrophile dwarf Genz. As anthropologist-cum-sex kitten Krista, Christiane Royce brings a welcome sophistication to this gloss on the hoary Karloff classic, whose opening "location" sequence and standard of dubbing has to be seen to be believed. On the DVD: The Something Weird Collection 1 DVD presentation is of the no-frills variety usual with Siren releases. With decent remastering at 1.33:1 aspect ratio the lurid colour of both films comes through unadulterated. An added attraction is the poster gallery of low-budget shockers with mildly psychedelic soundtrack to boot. It's good, if not so clean fun for all the family. --Richard Whitehouse
Freelance pilot Harry Black (Vic Morrow) finds both the Monte Carlo police and the underworld hot on his trail when he becomes caught up in the plans of one of his passengers - to break the Bank of England using forged currency. The tension mounts as Harry struggles to find the plates used to forge the notes and thus prove his innocence....
Sister sister oh so fair why is there blood all over your hair? The film that paired two of the greatest screen-actresses not only lived up to its promise but provided years of Hollywood gossip at the expense of the two warring stars! Baby Jane (Davis) was a child star. When she grows up she is forgotten by the public. Instead her sister Blanche (Crawford) becomes famous as a Hollywood actress overshadowing her sister who is increasingly bitter. After a mysterious car ac
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