Issue #106
April 2004


It presents eight distinct cuts of four films on nine discs! This 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment release truly raises the bar for what is possible within the home video format! Bill Cooke signs up for the long haul with the sort of definitive, fully illustrated, feature-length review that only VW can deliver!


Dog Bytes

Capsule reviews of Joseph Losey's British underworld drama THE CRIMINAL... Republic's Sax Rohmer serial DRUMS OF FU MANCHU... Neil Jordan's Bob le Flambeur remake THE GOOD THIEF... Klaus Kinski meets Edward G. Robinson in the Italian heist caper GRAND SLAM... Daphne Zuniga stars in the Texas-made slasher pic THE INITIATION... Metrov's fascinating DVD-R sleeper LITTLE EDEN... Jean-Pierre Denis' MURDEROUS MAIDS, about a 1933 double-homicide that rocked France... Demi Moore and Cherie Currie meet PARASITE... Oliver Reed locks and loads for Sergio Sollima's REVOLVER... Mexico's famed masked wrestler meets the monsters in Santo en Atacan las Brujas ("Santo in Attack of the Witches"), Santo en La Venganza de la Momia ("Santo in The Mummy's Revenge") and Santo y Mantequilla Napoles en La Venganza de la Llorona ("Santo & Mantequilla Napoles in The Vengeance of The Crying Woman")... Sergio Martino and Ernesto Gastaldi give crime thrillers a spin in THE VIOLENT PROFESSIONALS... and Henry Fonda and Sylvia Sidney are on the lam in Fritz Lang's existential classic YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE!

Joe Dante's Fleapit Flashbacks

This month, we tear your tickets for vintage reviews of Alex de Renzy's CENSORSHIP IN DENMARK—A NEW APPROACH... Luchino Visconti's DEATH IN VENICE... John Boorman's DELIVERANCE... Donovan in Jacques Demy's fable THE PIED PIPER... and Entertainment Ventures' smut exposé RED WHITE AND BLUE!


Oliver Reed and Bette Davis star in Dan Curtis' BURNT OFFERINGS... More chests are bursting with alien thingies in Luigi Cozzi's CONTAMINATION... Fredric March and Spencer Tracy interpret two of the great roles in fantastic literature in the 1932 and 1941 versions of DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (the topic of next month's Round Table Discussion at!)... Billionaire J.K. Rowling's brainchild is back in HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS... Robert Wise delivers one of the screen's great ghost stories in THE HAUNTING... Lonelyhearts Shirley Stoler and Tony Lo Bianco are THE HONEYMOON KILLERS... Suzannah York is a schizophrenic losing touch with reality in Robert Altman's frighteningly fragmented IMAGES... PASSION OF THE CHRIST effects man Les Bernstien's turns director with the contemporary noir NIGHT TRAIN... A top-to-bottom examination of all three movies in the SLEEPAWAY CAMP SURVIVAL KIT... and James Arness is the mind-boggling intellectual carrot that is THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD!


A look at Peter Watkins' pioneering docudramas CULLODEN and THE WAR GAME... Jess Franco's KILLER BARBYS VS. DRACULA... the elaborate Thai mermaid fantasy Phra-Apai-Mani... and John Mills portrays Nigel Kneale's classic sci-fi hero in Thames Television's four-part miniseries QUATERMASS and its feature-length condensation, THE QUATERMASS CONCLUSION!

Audio Watchdog

Douglas E. Winter is first on the scene with a review of Claudio Simonetti's score for Dario Argento's latest, Il cartaio ("The Card Player") and CD reissues of his scores for DEMONS and OPERA... as well as Lalo Schifrin's THE HELLSTROM CHRONICLE, Danny Zeitlin's INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, and the latest from Film Score Monthly: Ron Goodwin's WHERE EAGLES DARE/OPERATION CROSSBOW, Elmer Bernstein's McQ and Miklós Rózsa's MOONFLEET!

Biblio Watchdog

Richard Harland Smith reviews a new McFarland and Company title, SERIAL KILLER CINEMA: AN ANALYTICAL FILMOGRAPHY by Robert Cettl!

...and in THE LETTERBOX...

Would you believe a letter from Bonnie Bedelia?

All this and much more in the next issue of the award-winning, award-nominated VIDEO WATCHDOG—bursting out of chests everywhere on March 29!

Other contributors appearing in this issue: John Charles, Shane M. Dallmann, Charlie Largent, Tim Lucas, Kim Newman and Brad Stevens!