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The War of the Worlds 4K Blu-ray on the Way

The War of the Worlds 4K Blu-ray on the Way
Madman Entertainment in Australia is going to be releasing The War of the Worlds (1953) on Blu-ray on 5/27. The 4K restoration was available on itunes for a time, but this marks the film's first physical release in 4k.

The limited edition (just 1500 units) is mastered from the new 4K restoration of the original camera negative and will include exclusive audio commentary by film critics Barry Forshaw & Kim Newman, audio commentary by actor Gene Barry and actress Ann Robinson, audio commentary by Joe Dante, Bob Burns, and Bill Warren.

Additional features include "The Sky is Falling: Making The War of the Worlds documentary", the "H.G. Wells: The Father of Science Fiction" featurette, The Mercury Theatre on the Air Presents: The War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast from 1938, and t
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Soldier of Fortune

Two-fisted Hong Kong racketeer Clark Gable goes out on a limb to recover Susan Hayward’s husband, held prisoner in Red China. In a literal pirate vessel armed with a stolen cannon, Gable literally goes to war, risking his smuggling empire by half-kidnapping Michael Rennie’s Hong Kong cop. This lush CinemaScope action-travelogue-romance now comes off as comfort food movie viewing: familiar stars doing what they do best. It’s a German import from a Hollywood Studio whose library titles may no longer be licensed to hard media home video.

Soldier of Fortune

Region-Free Blu-ray

Explosive Media GmbH

1955 / Color / 2:55 widescreen / 96 min. / Street Date September 26, 2019 / Treffpunkt Hongkong / Available at

15.99 Euros Starring: Clark Gable, Susan Hayward, Michael Rennie, Gene Barry, Alexander D’Arcy, Tom Tully, Anna Sten, Russell Collins, Richard Loo, Frank Tang, Jack Kruschen, Leo Gordon, Mel Welles, Robert Quarry.

Cinematography: Leo Tover

Film Editor: Dorothy Spencer

Original Music:
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Forty Guns

Cult favorite Samuel Fuller explodes the mid-range Hollywood oater with elements we can all appreciate: a ritualistic fetishizing of the gunslinger ethos, and a reliance on kinky role reversals and provocative tease dialogue. It’s as radical as a western can be without becoming a satire. Playing it all perfectly crooked-straight is the still formidable Barbara Stanwyck. Her black-clad ‘woman with a whip’ keeps a full forty gunmen to enforce her will on a one-lady town.

Forty Guns


The Criterion Collection 954

1957 / B&W / 2:35 widescreen / 80 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date December 11, 2018 / 39.95

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, Dean Jagger, John Ericson, Gene Barry, Eve Brent, Robert Dix, Jidge Carroll, Paul Dubov, Gerald Milton, Ziva Rodann, Hank Worden, Neyle Morrow, Chuck Roberson, Chuck Hayward.

Cinematography: Joseph F. Biroc

Film Editor: Gene Fowler Jr.

Original Music: Harry Sukman

Produced, Written and Directed by Samuel Fuller

Was there ever a
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Charlton Heston's Wife, Actress Lydia Clarke Heston, Dies at 95

Charlton Heston's Wife, Actress Lydia Clarke Heston, Dies at 95
Actress Lydia Clarke Heston, who was married to late Oscar winner Charlton Heston for 64 years, died Monday. She was 95.

Clarke Heston was known for her roles in Sidney Kingsley’s Detective Story on Broadway, which opened in 1949; her first feature, Atomic City, opposite Gene Barry; and The Greatest Show on Earth, which premiered in 1952 and also starred her husband.

Hailing from Wisconsin, Clarke Heston met Charlton in an acting class at Northwestern University. They married in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1944, before he went overseas to serve in World War II.

In the mid-50s, the mother of two left acting
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Those Redheads from Seattle 3-D

Another 3-D breakthrough, this time for a Paramount musical rescued from oblivion and remastered by the 3-D Archive. Rhonda Fleming and Gene Barry star in a blend of songs and Alaskan adventure filmed in downtown Hollywood. The depth effects are great, but the big surprise is Teresa Brewer, the radio star turned one-shot movie musical wonder. Her voice resurrects memories of pop vocals just prior to the arrival of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Those Redheads from Seattle

3-D Blu-ray

Kl Studio Classics

1953 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 90 min. / Street Date May 23, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 34.95

Starring: Rhonda Fleming, Gene Barry, Agnes Moorehead, Teresa Brewer, The Bell Sisters, Guy Mitchell, Jean Parker, Roscoe Ates, John Kellogg, Sheila James Kuehl, Dub Taylor, Max Wagner.

Cinematography: Lionel Lindon

Film Editor: Archie Marshek

Original Music: Sidney Cutner, Leo Shuken

Written by Lewis R. Foster, Geoffrey Holmes (Daniel Mainwearing) and George Worthing Yates

Produced by William H. Pine,
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The Truth About Zardoz, Plus Nine Other Things I Learned At Tcmff 2017

Just back from the 2017 TCM Classic Movie Festival with a few thoughts and thoughts about thoughts. I certainly held my reservations about this year’s edition, and though I ultimately ended up tiring early of flitting about from theater to theater like a mouse in a movie maze (it happens to even the most fanatically devoted of us on occasion, or so I’m told), there were, as always, several things I learned by attending Tcmff 2017 as well.

1) TCM Staffers Are Unfailingly Polite And Helpful

Thankfully I wasn’t witness, as I have been in past years, to any pass holders acting like spoiled children because they had to wait in a long queue or, heaven forbid, because they somehow didn’t get in to one of their preferred screenings. Part of what makes the Tcmff experience as pleasant as it often is can be credited to the tireless work
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Review: "Arrival" (2016) Starring Amy Adams And Jeremy Renner; Special Edition Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Format

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By Lee Pfeiffer

When it comes to sci-fi films I will admit that I'm generally turned off by plots that involve peace-loving aliens who come to earth to help us lead better lives. I'd much rather have some insidious creatures with ray guns who are seemingly invulnerable as they try to pulverize mankind. Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "E.T." were certainly landmark films with much to admire about them, but I'm generally more in the mood to watch his terrific remake of "War of the Worlds" in which we learned that if demonic aliens are to take on humanity, they apparently are going to start the attack in Bayonne, New Jersey.  Director Denis Villeneuve's acclaimed Oscar-nominated film "Arrival" manages to convey enough ambiguity about the motives of visiting aliens to build genuine suspense. The film is the latest in a long line that refreshingly
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MTV bringing The War of the Worlds to the small screen

MTV has tapped Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis and writer Andrew Cochran for a TV adaptation of H.G. Wells’ sci-fi classic The War of the Worlds, THR is reporting.

Published in 1897, the book is one of the earliest to explore the conflict between humans and extraterrestrials, as Earth is invaded by Martians. It has been adapted numerous times, perhaps most notably by Orson Welles with his infamous 1938 radio broadcast, and most recently by Steven Spielberg, with the 2005 feature film starring Tom Cruise.

The TV series is being produced by The Firm’s Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry, whose grandfather Gene Barry happened to star in the first feature film adaptation of the book in 1953.

The War of the Worlds marks the second post-Teen Wolf project for Davis, who is also developing an adaptation of the Swedish vampire novel Let the Right One In for TNT.
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‘War of the Worlds’ TV Series in Development at MTV

‘War of the Worlds’ TV Series in Development at MTV
H. G. Wells’ 1898 novel “The War of the Worlds” has been a source of inspiration for many in Hollywood. The sci-fi book has been adapted multiple times on radio, film and television, and is now returning to the small screen once again.

Per Deadline, “Teen Wolf” creator Jeff Davis and writer Andrew Cochran, along with The Firm’s Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry, will adapt “War of the Worlds” as a TV series for MTV. While no additional details were revealed, the show is a passion project for Barry whose grandfather, Gene Barry, was the star of the 1953 film adaptation.

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War of the Worlds” is one of the earliest stories that details a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race. Among the most famous adaptations is the 1938 radio broadcast that was narrated and directed by Orson Welles. The
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War Of The Worlds: MTV announces its own TV take

Joseph Baxter Oct 14, 2016

Not to be confused with Peter Harness' in-development British series, MTV is cooking up its own War Of The Worlds show...

The long-running trope that the “Music Television” nomenclature of MTV is meaningless since the channel rarely plays music videos certainly remains relevant. However, as of late, the “television” portion has been fulfilled with an expansion from their notorious reality programs towards quality scripted television like the sprawling series The Shannara Chronicles. Now, an upcoming project will showcase their contemporary take on the Victorian-era prototype of the original alien invasion story.

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According to Deadline, MTV are developing a television series for War Of The Worlds, a property that first came into being with H.G. Wells
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War Of The Worlds TV Series Gets Go-Ahead At MTV

Teen Wolf is drawing to a close over at MTV after six seasons, and the network is keen to fill the void by teeing up a new collaboration with series creator Jeff Davis and writer Andrew Cochran.

It involves repackaging another established property, according to Deadline, now that David and Cochran are on board to reboot War of the Worlds as a live-action TV series. First adapted for the screen in 1953 by director Byron Haskin, before Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise – hot off their work on Minority Report – engineered a modern redo some five decades later, it’s understood this fresh take will circle back to H.G. Wells’ indelible sci-fi novel.

One of the frontrunners of the alien invasion sub-genre, Wells’ classic imagines a scenario in which extra-terrestrials seek to seize control of Earth, first burying massive war machines deep beneath the planet only to activate them generations later by
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‘War Of the Worlds’ Series In Works At MTV From ‘Teen Wolf’ Duo & The Firm

Exclusive: MTV is developing War of the Worlds, a contemporary drama series based on H. G. Wells’ classic alien invasion novel. The adaptation will be written by former Teen Wolf writer Andrew Cochran and executive produced by the hit MTV series’ creator/executive producer Jeff Davis as well as The Firm’s Josh Barry and Jeff Kwatinetz. Mounting a new series take on Wells’ 1898 book has been a passion project for The Firm partner Barry whose grandfather, Gene Barry, was…
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Alien Invasion Movies To See Before Independence Day: Resurgence

Opening on June 24th is director Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day: Resurgence.

We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

The film stars Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, and Sela Ward.

Looking for some otherworldly films to check out before you head out to the cinemas on Friday? Have a look at Wamg’s list for Alien Invasion Movies To See Before Independence Day: Resurgence!

Earth Vs
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David Lynch Plans Memoir, Details in PTA’s Films, Steven Spielberg’s Shift, and More

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

David Lynch will co-write a memoir, due to be published in 2017, The Guardian reports:

“There’s a lot of bullshit out there about me, in books and all over the Internet,” Lynch said in a statement from Canongate, which has acquired rights to publish Life and Work in the UK. “I want to get all the right information in one place, so if someone wants to know something, they can find it here. And I wouldn’t do it with anyone other than Kristine; she and I go way back, and she gets it right.”

BFI have announced the 2015 London Film Festival winners, including Chevalier, The Witch, and more.
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Examining Steven Spielberg’s Fascinating Shift From Popcorn Movies to Politicized Ones

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Examining Steven Spielberg’s Fascinating Shift From Popcorn Movies to Politicized Ones
The most overtly political film Steven Spielberg has ever made was his very first feature assignment. In 1971’s L.A. 2017, a 75-minute-long episode of the TV series Name of the Game, a media mogul (Gene Barry) falls asleep in his car and wakes up in the year 2017. The surface of the Earth has become toxic, and what’s left of humanity now dwells in underground cities. Governments have collapsed, and the U.S. is run as a “shareholders’ democracy” called America, Inc., with a new Corporate Constitution. While the rich and powerful hoard resources and live in relative luxury, normal citizens are closely monitored; rumors abound that laborers are being sent to the poisoned surface to work in industries that support the privileged class. Though it has elements that would one day return in his 2002 Philip K. Dick adaptation Minority Report, L.A. 2017 is not a very Spielbergian film. It
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Mitchum Stars in TCM Movie Premiere Set Among Japanese Gangsters Directed by Future Oscar Winner

Robert Mitchum ca. late 1940s. Robert Mitchum movies 'The Yakuza,' 'Ryan's Daughter' on TCM Today, Aug. 12, '15, Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” series is highlighting the career of Robert Mitchum. Two of the films being shown this evening are The Yakuza and Ryan's Daughter. The former is one of the disappointingly few TCM premieres this month. (See TCM's Robert Mitchum movie schedule further below.) Despite his film noir background, Robert Mitchum was a somewhat unusual choice to star in The Yakuza (1975), a crime thriller set in the Japanese underworld. Ryan's Daughter or no, Mitchum hadn't been a box office draw in quite some time; in the mid-'70s, one would have expected a Warner Bros. release directed by Sydney Pollack – who had recently handled the likes of Jane Fonda, Barbra Streisand, and Robert Redford – to star someone like Jack Nicholson or Al Pacino or Dustin Hoffman.
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Scott Reviews Samuel Fuller’s Forty Guns [Masters of Cinema Blu-ray Review]

Well, I’m glad I’m not the only one who didn’t quite follow this one. In his 1957 review of the film for Cahiers du cinema (reprinted in the booklet accompanying this release), Jean-Luc Godard wrote that Forty Guns “is so rich in invention – despite an incomprehensible plot – and so bursting with daring conceptions that it reminds one of the extravagances of Abel Gance and Stroheim, or purely and simply of Murnau.” For a movie featuring a half-dozen standoffs, at least as many deaths, two musical numbers, and an honest-to-God tornado, nothing much seems to happen in Forty Guns. The tone and tenor of the thing feels as relaxed as Rio Bravo. I’ve seen it twice now, and viewed a few scenes here and there beyond that, and I still can’t quite reconcile the whole. But Godard’s right – it’s a hell of a thing to see.
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Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Samuel Fuller's Forty Guns

Known primarily for his war films and crime dramas, American director Samuel Fuller also directed a quartet of westerns, the last of which being 1957's Forty Guns. The film was part of a deal struck with 20th Century Fox after the success of Fuller's breakout film, about the Korean War, The Steel Helmet. Wooed by the studio's dedication to making "better movies" rather than lining their own pockets, Fuller signed a seven-picture deal. Forty Guns is loosely based on Wyatt Earp and the iconic "gunfight at the O.K. Corral", which went down in Tombstone, Arizona in October 1881. Here, the Earp surrogate is Griff Bonnell (Barry Sullivan), who rides into town with his two younger brothers, Wes (Gene Barry) and Chico (Robert Dix), with a warrant...

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Oscar-Nominated Actor Biggest Professional Regret: Turning Down 'Doctor Who'

Ron Moody in Mel Brooks' 'The Twelve Chairs.' The 'Doctor Who' that never was. Ron Moody: 'Doctor Who' was biggest professional regret (See previous post: "Ron Moody: From Charles Dickens to Walt Disney – But No Harry Potter.") Ron Moody was featured in about 50 television productions, both in the U.K. and the U.S., from the late 1950s to 2012. These included guest roles in the series The Avengers, Gunsmoke, Starsky and Hutch, Hart to Hart, and Murder She Wrote, in addition to leads in the short-lived U.S. sitcom Nobody's Perfect (1980), starring Moody as a Scotland Yard detective transferred to the San Francisco Police Department, and in the British fantasy Into the Labyrinth (1981), with Moody as the noble sorcerer Rothgo. Throughout the decades, he could also be spotted in several TV movies, among them:[1] David Copperfield (1969). As Uriah Heep in this disappointing all-star showcase distributed theatrically in some countries.
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Watch: 70-Minute Episode Of '70s Show 'The Name Of The Game' Directed By Steven Spielberg

Although it’s well known that Steven Spielberg worked in TV before taking on the big screen, very few people have actually seen any of the work he did before TV movie “Duel.” Thankfully, a kind soul has posted the last TV episode Spielberg directed before breaking out of the small screen ghetto with the 1971 automotive thriller. Originally aired on January 15th, 1971 (roughly ten months before “Duel” opened), the 16th episode of the third season of “The Name of the Game” pulled a very peculiar trick by suddenly injecting some sci-fi into a show that dealt exclusively with the inner workings of a magazine publishing company, The episode, titled “L.A. 2017,” centers on Gene Barry as publisher Glenn Howard, who has an accident and wakes up 46 years in the future. We don’t want to spoil the 70-minute episode, so we’ll just say that fans of dystopian futures may
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