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BR: Scent of Mystery / Holiday in Spain (1960 / 1962)

BR: Scent of Mystery / Holiday in Spain (1960 / 1962)

December 15, 2014 | By

Holiday in Spain / Scent of Mystery was initially planned as an alternative evolution of film exhibition by its original benefactor, Mike Todd, one of the partners in the 3-panel, super-widescreen format Cinerama in the early fifties. Widescreen films had existed as early as the twenties and early thirties…

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Holiday in Spain: Interviews with producer Brian Jamieson and Cinerama preservationist & historian David Strohmaier

Holiday in Spain: Interviews with producer Brian Jamieson and Cinerama preservationist & historian David Strohmaier

December 15, 2014 | By

Interview with home video producer Brian Jamieson and esteemed Cinerama preservationist Dave Strohmaier on the reconstruction, restoration, and home video release of Holiday in Spain (1962), the ‘deodorized’ version of the world’s first and last Smell-O-Vision film, Scent of Mystery (1960).

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CD: Scent of Mystery (1960)

CD: Scent of Mystery (1960)

December 15, 2014 | By

Long a top collectible LP, Kritzerland’s limited CD rescues a very rare Mario Nascimbene score from oblivion, as well as providing some details on an even more rare film – the first and only movie presented in the branded Smell-O-Vision process…

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BR: Che! (1969)

BR: Che! (1969)

December 15, 2014 | By

Produced two years after the death of Argentine-born rebel Che Guevara, Richard Fleischer’s film is infamous for being a grand piece of cinematic kitsch, starring Omar Sharif as the eponymous anti-hero whose face became a brand on T-shirts, sheets, posters, and buttons for decades, and Jack Palance as a cigar-chomping Fidel Castro who led his band of rag-tag rebels into Havana after 2 years of guerilla warfare in the rural areas of Cuba…

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CD: Che! (1969)

CD: Che! (1969)

December 15, 2014 | By

Even though Fox’s Che! was a cash-in biopic – the film was released roughly two years after Che Guevara’s death – Lalo Schifrin approached the project as a golden opportunity to apply his musicological interests to the rhythms of Latin America…

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DVD: Jazz Casual – Count Basie / Dizzy Gillespie / John Coltrane (1961-1968)

DVD: Jazz Casual – Count Basie / Dizzy Gillespie / John Coltrane (1961-1968)

December 15, 2014 | By

Between roughly 1961-1968, syndicated jazz columnist Ralph Gleason hosted a half-hour show on San Francisco’s KQED, part of NET, where various jazz notables from the past, present, and emerging powerhouses would perform and chat (if they desired) with Gleason about their art form…

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DVD: Movie Music Man – A Portrait of Lalo Schifrin (1993)

DVD: Movie Music Man – A Portrait of Lalo Schifrin (1993)

December 15, 2014 | By

This TV production from France’s Channel 4 manages to integrate selections from a live concert in Canne with the Orchestre National de Lyon in which Lalo Schifrin performs material from his own repertoire and select classical pieces, and is caught in a series of brief interviews reflecting on his career, some of his best-known themes, and how the latter reflect his approach to scoring movies and TV…

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BR: Baby, The (1973)

BR: Baby, The (1973)

December 13, 2014 | By

Anjanette Comer (The Appaloosa, The Underneath) plays social worker Ann Gentry, a woman with a secret life who gets too close to her client (only named Baby, and nothing else), and ultimately seeks to liberate him from his oppressive family, headed by Mrs. Wadsworth (Strangers on a Train’s Ruth Roman, a friend of Post, sporting a giant balloon of hair)…

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VHS: Sonny Boy (1989)

VHS: Sonny Boy (1989)

December 13, 2014 | By

There are certain films in the annals of home video which continue to maintain an aura of supreme weirdness, and among American productions, this oddity stands out for being criticized as tasteless, depraved, cruel, and patently wrong, but it’s also one of those films where the legend may have exaggerated the actual work…

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Digital: Out of Print (2014)

Digital: Out of Print (2014)

December 12, 2014 | By

Just as video stores are becoming a rarity in towns and cities, so are repertory cinemas, the independently owned theatres were in the pre-home video era one could catch films they’d missed at the major chains, or more importantly, see double-bills of classic, rare and foreign films available nowhere else…

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