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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.

Closed Captioned for the Hard of Thinking

Posted in FILM with tags , , on October 26, 2015 by dcairns






Tell me more…





Can you be more specific?







Well, OK, that sounds pretty interesting.






Meanwhile, over at Limerwrecks, I contribute this on PHANTOM OF THE RUE MORGUE and this on BRIDE OF THE GORILLA. You can find full write-ups on both films elsewhere on Shadowplay.

Human Limerwreckage

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


Hilary Barta’s Limerwrecks site, quiescent these past few trices, is back for the run-up to Halloween!

As usual, I have contributed some dodgy doggerel, which you can click through to here and here. The subject is MAD LOVE (the best kind. Be sure to check out the other authors’ shapely lims.

There once was a limerick writer

Whose second line needed to get a bit tighter

His third was short

And his fourth didn’t rhyme

But his last one couldn’t be any shiter more perfect.


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