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Six Action-Packed Box-Sets For Dads To Binge On This Father’s Day

Father’s Day is incoming! This Sunday, dads all over the country will be doted on by their little ones with mountains of food, and lots of booze. I say that as a new father in the hope that at least one of those no doubt far-off dream comes true. If anyone out there is struggling for ideas for the important dad in their life, here are six newly packaged box-sets perfect for bringing this weekend. Time to let dad hold the remote for a change!

Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray

It might seem like these are always playing on TV but the Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray set is absolutely packed with bonus material. We add that this box-set contains Just the first six movies in the series (sans The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi), but with the new movie due in cinemas this December, it
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William Creber, Production Designer on ‘Planet of the Apes’ and ‘The Poseidon Adventure,’ Dies at 87

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William Creber, Production Designer on ‘Planet of the Apes’ and ‘The Poseidon Adventure,’ Dies at 87
William “Bill” Creber, a three-time Oscar-nominated Production Designer and Art Director known for his work on “Planet of the Apes” (1967) and “The Poseidon Adventure” (1972) died in Los Angeles on March 7 of complications from pneumonia after a prolonged illness. He was 87.

Creber’s Oscar nominations came for his work as a production designer on “The Greatest Story Ever Told” (1964), “The Poseidon Adventure” and “The Towering Inferno” (1975) for which he also received a BAFTA nomination. Creber was nominated for a Primetime Emmy in 1964 for “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” and was honored with an Art Directors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

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“This was the man who designed and then flipped cruise ships, burned skyscrapers, and created an entire ape culture,” said Nelson Coates, president of the Art Directors Guild in a statement to TheWrap. “Though his last feature was 21 years ago, Bill Creber
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Bill Creber Dies: ‘Planet Of The Apes’ Art Director And Oscar-Nominated Production Designer Was 87

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Bill Creber Dies: ‘Planet Of The Apes’ Art Director And Oscar-Nominated Production Designer Was 87
Oscar-nominated art director and production designer Bill Creber died in Los Angeles March 7 of complications from pneumonia after a prolonged illness, Deadline has learned. He was 87.

A Los Angeles native, William “Bill” Creber is best known for his work with the original Planet of the Apes franchise including the original 1968 film starring Charlton Heston as well as Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) and Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971).

He received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Art Direction for the 1965 film The Greatest Story Ever Told. This was followed by two more Oscar nods for his work on two iconic Hollywood films: The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and The Towering Inferno (1974). He also received a BAFTA nomination for the latter action pic which starred Steve McQueen and was directed by John Guillermin.

He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy in 1964 for Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
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Post Rings Twice with Devious The Baby (1973) | Blu-ray Review

A prolific television director throughout the 1950s and 60s (the 1955 series “Waterfront” would land him a Primetime Emmy nod), Ted Post benefitted from the burgeoning New Hollywood movement of the 1970s which saw him direct a handful of titles which would be the most lucrative of his five-decade career. While he broke into franchise with 1970’s Beneath the Planet of the Apes, he’s perhaps best remembered for a pair of Clint Eastwood titles, 1968’s Hang ‘Em High and 1973’s Magnum Force. But between all of these, Post would deliver one of the decade’s strangest cult classics with The Baby (1973), a wacky melodrama which unfortunately languished in obscurity over the past several decades.…
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September 25th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include John Carpenter’s Halloween, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, The [Rec] Collection

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While October is officially just days away now, we have another batch of excellent genre home media releases in the meantime to help get us ready for the best month of the year. Scream Factory has put together an incredible box set for the [Rec] series that fans will definitely want to add to their personal collections, and for those who have made the upgrade, John Carpenter’s original Halloween makes its debut in 4K this week.

Arrow Video has put together a Special Edition release for The Baby, and for those of you who may have missed it earlier this year, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich heads to multiple formats on Tuesday. Both The Swarm (1978) and The Cyclops (1957) head to HD for the first time ever courtesy of the Warner Archive Collection, and there’s a bevy of cult classics headed to both Blu-ray and DVD from the likes
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The Baby Available on Blu-ray From Arrow Video September 25th

“Maybe you think too much. When it comes to Baby, I do all the thinking.”

The Baby (1973) will be available on Blu-ray from Arrow Video September 25th

Still traumatized by the loss of her husband, well-meaning social worker Ann Gentry throws herself into her latest assignment: the case of Baby , a 21-year-old man with the mind of an infant who crawls, cries and has yet to make it out of nappies. But Baby s family the tyrannical Mama Wadsworth and her two demented daughters aren’t the only ones with a warped conception of familial relations, and the full horror only begins when Ann sets her sights on liberating the drooling man-child… and in so doing unleashes the wrath of the Wadsworth women.

45 years after its original release, this film remains one of the most bizarre horror movies ever committed to celluloid. Directed by Ted Post and co-starring Marianna Hill,
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Vintage '70 - Marinate in it!

The Supporting Actress Smackdown 1970 Edition arrives in three weeks (we've moved the date to May 13th) so as we approach and you vote (hint hint), let's talk context in movies and entertainment... 

Great Big Box Office Hits: When it comes to box office, there are a lot of competing sources about what films were massive hits prior to the internet era when tracking success became such a cultural activity. But all sources basically agree that there were five true behemoths at the movies in 1970. The top four were the tearjerker Love Story, the all-star disaster flick Airport, the Altman comedy Mash, and the war drama Patton (remarkably they made up 80% of the Best Picture list... though prior to the 1980s it's always worth reiterating that the public had much more Oscary taste in their movies -- it was public taste that changed, not really the Oscar aesthetic... contrary to much
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Blu-ray Review – The Cat O’Nine Tails (1971)

The Cat O’Nine Tails, 1971.

Directed by Dario Argento.

Starring James Franciscus, Karl Malden, Catherine Spaak, Horst Frank, Pier Paolo Capponi, and Cinzia De Carolis.

Synopsis:

A blind man and an investigative reporter team up to get to the bottom of a murder mystery connected to a pharmaceutical company.

Continuing their trawl through their catalogue of Dario Argento titles to give the 4K restoration treatment to, Arrow Video have turned their attention to the Italian director’s second film, 1971’s The Cat O’Nine Tails, which carries on from the giallo stylings of his debut The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, points the way forward to where he would go with Four Flies On Grey Velvet and Deep Red and yet doesn’t quite pull off anything as inspiring or as satisfying as any of those other movies.

Of Argento’s gialli movies The Cat O’Nine Tails is probably
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Cinema Retro Celebrates The Age Of Movie Tie-in Paperbacks

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It started with a rather innocuous post on the Cinema Retro Facebook page of the paperback movie tie-in novel for "Beneath the Planet of the Apes" along with a notation that we missed the era in which so many new films spawned the release of these editions. Before you could say "Dr. Zaius", readers from around the globe chimed in with their own memories of reading and collecting these books. Best of all, many of them took us up on the challenge to post any photos they might have from their own personal collections. Before long, there was a plethora of great images posted, bringing back memories of paperbacks based on "Dirty Harry", "Taxi Driver", "Star Wars", "The Mechanic" and so many others. Click here to join the fun and feel free to add your own observations and photos. (Note: to view all the entries, go to the end of
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Arrow Video’s January Blu-ray Releases Include The Cat O’ Nine Tails, Re-animator, The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

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The holidays may be over by the time January rolls around, but Arrow Video will still have gifts in store for horror fans with Blu-ray releases that include Dario Argento's The Cat O' Nine Tails, Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator, and Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes.

We have release details and images of Arrow Video's January Blu-ray releases below. The Cat O' Nine Tails is a limited edition item, and while Re-Animator and The Hills Have Eyes were previously released as limited editions by Arrow Video, they will be hitting shelves as re-releases in January (with slightly less goodies, but still plenty of bonus features and eye-popping 4K restorations to enjoy).

From Arrow Video: "New UK/Us Title: The Cat o’ Nine Tails (Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD) Limited Edition

Pre-order The Cat O’ Nine Tails in the UK: http://bit.ly/2i9y0cp

Pre-order The Cat
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Humanity meets its match with Planet of the Apes: Ursus

Boom! Studios and Twentieth Century Consumer Products have announced the upcoming launch of Planet of the Apes: Ursus, a new series from writer David F. Walker (Power Man & Iron Fist, War for the Planet of the Apes) and artist Christopher Mooneyham (Five Ghosts), which follows the rise through the ranks of the ape who has hated (and feared) mankind the most, including what first brought him to the Forbidden Zone.

“I’m a lifelong Planet of the Apes fan, and when I was a kid, General Ursus terrified me,” says Walker of the character who first debuted in 1970’s Beneath the Planet of the Apes. “He came right out and said, ‘The only good human is a dead human,’ and that gave me nightmares. At the same time, I always wanted to know more about him, and as a writer, few things are more interesting than exploring what makes a villain tick.
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The unmade Planet Of The Apes movies of the 1990s

Mark Harrison Aug 17, 2017

Anyone for monkey baseball? We examine the weird and wonderful unmade scripts of the Planet Of The Apes series

In 2006, screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver were inspired by footage of domesticated chimpanzees who were unable to adjust to our lifestyles to write a sci-fi horror spec script that they called Genesis. Apparently, it was a while before the two of them realised that they were writing a Planet Of The Apes movie.

Their resultant pitch to 20th Century Fox led to 2011's Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, the excellent, emotional prequel/reboot of the franchise that led to 2014's Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and recent trilogy topper, War For The Planet Of The Apes. Together, the three films take Caesar from domestication to domination and have been huge critical and financial hits for the studio.

The development hell that plagued Fox's
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How ‘Planet of the Apes’ Started Hollywood’s Franchise Obsession

How ‘Planet of the Apes’ Started Hollywood’s Franchise Obsession
If Matt Reeves’ much-anticipated “War on the Planet of the Apes” (20th Century Fox) opens Friday to an expected $70 million or more, that would put it ahead (in domestic returns at least) of such recent high altitude-franchise stumbles as “Alien: Covenant,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Transformers.”

Several factors contribute to the elevated respect for the series, going back almost half a century to when the first film, never intended as anything other than a standalone, became a surprise success in 1968.

Let’s track some curious highlights on the unusual trajectory that brings us to the ninth entry in the longest running English-language film series other than James Bond:

The Genesis Was a Stand-Alone Novel

Pierre Boule was well-known for the World War II novel “The Bridge on the River Kwai” which became a David Lean Best Picture winner and massive worldwide hit in the late 1950s.
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The Beautiful and the Damned Dirty Apes: A History of The Planet of The Apes

Author: Cai Ross

The original Planet of The Apes movies occupied a curious netherworld of critical opinion. With each film, the budget was sawn in half, leading to a successive pattern of diminishing returns that led to a cheapening of its esteem. The spin-off TV show was quickly cancelled, further dulling the lustre and few people even remember the animated series that finally put the Apes to bed until a rude awakening in 2001.

However, for all their child-pleasing capers (the family-friendly G rating was a mandatory stipulation from the studios), the Apes movies deftly juggled important themes and arguments about slavery, free-will, nuclear war, vivisection, racism and oppression, and man’s innate capacity for cruelty. In pure storytelling terms, the circuitous plot links the first five movies (and the new post-Rise cycle) into a pleasing, if relentlessly pessimistic, self-perpetuating full-circle.

Enormous box office successes in their early stages, they spawned
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Alien: Covenant Review - Ridley Scott Delivers The Scares, But Falters Elsewhere

Alien: Covenant is a strange hybrid of Prometheus and the original Alien. If you thought adding "Alien" to the title was a sign that director Ridley Scott was in some way erasing Prometheus or righting the ship after fan response to that film, you're dead wrong. Prometheus is essential viewing before seeing Alien: Covenant. Though the film steps into far too familiar territory with the return of eggs, facehuggers, and the Xenomorph -- all seen in the trailer -- it is still Prometheus 2; not so much a prequel to Alien as continuation of the last film and a set-up for whatever comes next. It delivers plenty of blood, gore, and fantastic scares, but falls short in terms of characterization, narrative, and pacing.

The title refers to the colony ship, Covenant, just as Prometheus was named after the featured spacecraft in that film. The Covenant is unlike the ships we've
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Ranked: Every Planet of the Apes Film

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This summer, the latest Planet of the Apes film hits theaters. Join us as we take a look at this decade-spanning science fiction franchise and rank its films from worst to best.

The Planet of the Apes franchise started as a movie adaptation of the 1963 French novel entitled La Planète des Singes. That original 1968 film was a hit in theaters, and spawned 4 direct sequels. After many attempts to bring another Planet of the Apes film to theaters, Tim Burton finally put the pieces together with his 2001 “re-imagining” of the original film. In 2011, a new Planet of the Apes franchise started with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which told a new story with similar themes and ideas. War of the Planet of the Apes is the latest film of the series, and will be released in theaters on July 14th of this year. War will be the 9th film
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It Came From The Tube: Night Slaves (1970)

The Twilight Zone series stands as the benchmark for weird, wonderful, and creepy TV viewing. Many shows and movies have tried to duplicate its moralistic mysteries with varying results. Night Slaves is a charmingly odd TV movie not only cut from the same cloth, but with ties to it as well.

Originally airing as an ABC Movie of the Week on Tuesday, September 29th, Night Slaves duked it out with Hee Haw/To Rome with Love on CBS and the NBC Tuesday Night at the Movies and had no issues with either; the telefilm, while heading down that sci-fi road, managed to lacquer a few coats of soapy romance on as well, hitting all of the prime time sweet spots.

Let’s peruse our TV Guide and see what’s going on:

Night Slaves (Tuesday, 8:30pm, ABC)

A man recovering from a near fatal car accident ends up with
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War for the Planet of the Apes Brings Back This Classic Character

War for the Planet of the Apes Brings Back This Classic Character
The new iteration of Planet of the Apes has been a big hit with fans of the original 60s franchise, and it's those same fans who will be excited to learn that a key character from the Charles Heston classic is set to return in the latest sequel. War for the Planet of the Apes is the third chapter in the reboot saga, and it's clear that this series is diving deep back into its original roots. Which should please those hoping the old and new worlds can meet, with a planet Earth that is completely populated by sentient Apes.

Entertainment Weekly has the first look at this returning character, though you may not recognize her right away. This painting shows a blonde girl standing to face a massive gorilla on horseback. The beast reaches out to the young beauty with a purple and yellow flower. It is a rare
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War For The Planet Of The Apes Will Feature a Character From the Original 1968 Film

A character from the original 1968 Planet of the Apes film has been confirmed to play a role in director Matt Reeves' upcoming movie, War For The Planet of The Apes. The news comes from EW, along with the concept art above. If you don't want to know who the little girl in the art is, then I suggest you stop reading now.

The report explains that Caesar and his companions come across this young girl during their journey. She is mute, and her name is Nova, who is played by Amiah Miller. If you're familiar with the original film, then this should ring a bell. This is the character played by Linda Harrison opposite Charlton Heston in both Planet of the Apes and Beneath the Planet of the Apes. When talking about Nova and her purpose in the story, Reeves explains:

“The battle is not just between the humans and the apes,
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War for the Planet of the Apes bringing back a character from the 1968 film

It looks like the latest instalment of 20th Century Fox’s rebooted Planet of the Apes series is set to introduce a character who will be familiar to fans of the original 1968 movie, with Entertainment Weekly unveiling a piece of concept art for War for the Planet of the Apes featuring Nova, played by Amiah Miller. Check it out here…

Nova is of course the mute woman who featured opposite Charlton Heston’s Taylor in the original Planet of the Apes and its sequel Beneath the Planet of the Apes, where she was portrayed by Linda Harrison.

Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his ape companions will encounter Nova during their mission to find and kill The Colonel (Woody Harrelson), with director Matt Reeves stating that: ““The battle is not just between the humans and the apes, but in Caesar’s soul. The girl is his pull back to his empathy and
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