Saturday, November 16, 2013

Post-Halloween update (Part 3)

Last one, I promise.

So, after part 2, I got my second wind, and finished off some ones I almost did, but didn't.
My reasoning is in the individual reviews.

Vincent Price (again).

Witchfinder General (1968)

Aaaalmost threw it on the list, but didn't.
It was an instant mental coin flip.
"Witchfinder", lost.

But THEEEN, I got looking on Amazon, and there's a set I totally intend on getting, that has "The Abominable Dr. Phibes", "Dr. Phibes Rises Again", "Theater Of Blood", "Madhouse", "Tales Of Terror", "Twice-Told Tales", and "Witchfinder General".

Holy shit!!!!
That's mine!!!!
(Daffy Duck)
Down, down, down!!! Mine, mine, mine!!

So, I had to check this out to see if it was good.
Tch, it's Price, of course it's good. the movie "Sea Of Dust", wishes it were.
With a touch of "The Devils".

About the witch burning shit that crept up during the English Civil War.
Great performances all around, lush scenery, beautiful photography, and Price plays a great weasel scumbag.
Highly recommended.

Director's cut restores a lot of teensy little second to half-minute long trims the censor assholes made, but the film stock on that footage is fuzzy as hell, so the fluctuation in quality can be irritating at times.
Fucking censors!

Alfred Hitchcock (again).

The Trouble With Harry (1955)

Could SWEAR I've seen it, but it's one of those ones I don't remember, but remember remembering, so only the feeling of having seen it is I needed the memory refresh.

Buuuut, I didn't put it on the list, because I was soooo fried, and soooo wanted the project over with, so I put it in my mental "some other time", basket.
Well, "some other time", was today.

Anyway, the film is excellent.
I was laughing out loud within the first few minutes.
But, hey, Hitchcock, of course it's good.

Now, this is a real bitch, I got looking on Amazon for a nice collector's set, and, I can't get everything I want in one fell swoop.

There's a blu-ray that has absolutely everything from "Rope", to "Family Plot", including stuff I left out of the main review, but it's hella expensive.

There's a cheaper 60-buck version of the same set on regular DVD...but for some reason, it leaves out "North By Northwest".

Then, there's a super-cheapo set that leaves in "North By Northwest", that I could fill in the gaps with, but you have to eat doubles of "Psycho", "The Birds", "Rear Window", and "Vertigo".

Dammit, they never make it easy.....

Might go for the 60 buck one, and get "North By Northwest", individually.
Buut...the blu-ray is perfect...
I've got a lot of pacing back and forth and mumbling ahead of me.


It Came From Outer Space (1953)

This was on TCM, but I faded out halfway through, and didn't wake up again until the credits, and was really bummed, then I forgot during this whole Halloween thing, then, when my slate was clear, the memory came flashing back, and I was like "oh, shit! I gotta see the rest of that!", so, Dailymotion had it, and bam.

Yeah, it's really cool.
It has the Professor from "Gilligan's Island", and it's written by Ray Bradbury.

About one-eyed jelly blob saucer men who crash land, shapeshift into human copies, and try to fix their ship whilst avoiding paranoid townies.

Not bad at all, I dug it.
Neat little flick.

Now, for the larger overarching reason I did these three.
I couldn't stand going out on "Devil's Backbone".
Man, did I hate that one
I feel much better now. :-)

Tomorrow, some crossover updates, then, I finally get back to Jade-Shade.

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