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The Mercenary

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on November 6, 2015 by dcairns


Since there’s a new edition of John Frankenheimer’s SECONDS hitting stores in the UK, to which I have contributed a text piece, I thought I’d see if I could list the DVDs and Blu-rays available in the UK to which I have contributed. The idea being that you can click through to the links on Amazon, the evil tax-avoiding conglomerate, buy a few, and I will get a tiny percentage of the sale. But only if you use these links.

From Arrow Video, I have contributed text pieces to —

Rififi [Blu-ray]
Invasion of the Body Snatchers [Blu-ray]

And video essays to these —

The Comedy of Terrors [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD]
Fall of the House of Usher [Blu-ray]

For Eureka! Masters of Cinema, I’ve written pieces on these —
Seconds (1966) [Masters of Cinema] Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD)
MADAME DUBARRY [Masters of Cinema] (1919) [Blu-ray]
The Complete Fritz Lang Mabuse Box Set [DVD] [1922]
LUBITSCH IN BERLIN Six films by Ernst Lubitsch, 1918-1921 [Masters Of Cinema] (DVD)
The Lost Weekend [Masters of Cinema] (Blu-ray) [1945]
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? [Masters of Cinema] (Dual Format Edition) [Blu-ray] [1957]
The Gang’s All Here (1943) [Masters of Cinema] [Blu-ray]
A Letter to Three Wives (1949) [Masters of Cinema] Dual Format (DVD & Blu-ray)
If…. (Masters of Cinema) [Blu-ray] [1968]

The last-named also features my interview with living legend Brian Pettifer. The best of these, for me, are ROCK HUNTER and GANG’S — if anything I ever wrote was worth the purchase price, it would be these.

I did video introductions to these —

Harold And Maude (Masters of Cinema) (Blu-ray) [1971]
Too Late Blues (Masters of Cinema) (Dual Format Edition) [Blu-ray + DVD] [1961]

Lately I’ve been doing video essays —

Diary of a Lost Girl [Masters of Cinema] Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD)
Dragon Inn (1967) [Masters of Cinema] Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD)
Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari (Masters of Cinema) (DUAL FORMAT Edition) [Blu-ray]

The video essay I did for Criterion’s A HARD DAY’S NIGHT was ported over for the UK release ~

A Hard Day’s Night: 50th Anniversary Restoration [Blu-ray]

I have two more in the works! Watch this space.

Meanwhile, over at Limerwrecks, I contribute a rhyme on Rondo Hatton, and one on cheapskate JUNGLE WOMAN, a movie that successfully erases the distinction between sequel and action replay.

Arrows of Desire

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on February 9, 2015 by dcairns


Finally got copies of THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER and THE COMEDY OF TERRORS, from Arrow Video. Both feature video essays written by me and edited by Timo Langer and are available from all good UK outlets, plus Amazon.

Fall of the House of Usher [Blu-ray]

The Comedy of Terrors [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD]

COMEDY OF TERRORS is dual-format. To spare you the usual sight of our chipped floorboards, I performed a Cocteauesque trick and taped the movies to the living room wall for the above photo. So now you can enjoy our filthy, greasy wall.

USHER was an interesting one — my first video essay, Through the Pale Door. Since so much of the film is prowling around empty corridors, we created a totally uninhabited version of the movie, and also joined together all the matte paintings to tell the story in exteriors alone. And also cut together all the shots of paintings of Usher’s depraved ancestors. I like these little experiments and hope to do more like that when I can find a suitable project.

COMEDY OF TERRORS has more faces and talk, so for Whispering in Distant Chambers we did a lot of cutting in lines of dialogue to point up or undercut what the voice-over is saying. And I got Fiona to narrate this one as she has a better voice. It’s also a whistle-stop tour of Jacques Tourneur’s entire life and career, in parallel with his dad’s. Sadly, my plan to rope in Tourneur experts Chris Fujiwara, Christine Leteux and Geoffrey O’Brien came to naught, due to time constraints, but the film yielded some surprisingly cool stuff, despite its well-documented weaknesses, and Tourneur is always great to explore. Arrow allowed me to include clips from his earlier work via “fair use” so buyers can catch a glimpse of his first, super-rare movie, TOTO (from Pathe-Natan) and follow his style from CAT PEOPLE to WARLORDS OF THE DEEP.


Posted in FILM with tags , , , on April 19, 2014 by dcairns


Jack Hill’s corruscating PIT STOP reviewed by moi over at Electric Sheep. Confession: I have never seen Hill’s vaunted blaxploitation films. What’s the best?


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