Leone's Railroaded Masterpiece
Steven Lloyd, a first-generation
fan of ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, charts the
five different versions of the film which have played
theatrically in the United States since 1969-and explains
why Paramount's DVD, billed and widely acclaimed as the
"original uncut masterpiece," is neither uncut... nor the
KILL BILL, VOL. 1
Who better to review Quentin
Tarantino's maximum blood-shed revenge opus for VW than
Bill himself? Bill Cooke delivers a perfectly
honed, steel-edged appraisal of Miramax's domestic DVD
release, as well as the more gruesome Japanese and Korean
Fred Olen Ray offers a new remastering
of his early opus THE ALIEN DEAD... Patrick Bergin
suffers more than monthly in DRACULA'S CURSE...
jailhouse erotica meets ferocious feminism in the Japanese
FEMALE CONVICT #701 SCORPION... the raucous
misbehavior, '70s drive-in style, of THE GIRLS FROM
THUNDER STRIP... the wholesome spooky shenanigans of
I DOWNLOADED A GHOST... Andzrej Vajda's Polish
cinema classics KANAL and ASHES AND DIAMONDS...
Herschell Gordon Lewis taps into the "Laugh-In" craze with
the very nude MISS NYMPHET'S ZAP-IN... Heather
O'Rourke is back in POLTERGEIST II and
POLTERGEIST III... and the first four adventures of
Japan's famous blind samurai/masseur in ZATOICHI 1: THE
TALE OF ZATOICHI, ZATOICHI 2: THE TALE OF ZATOICHI
CONTINUES, ZATOICHI 3: NEW TALE OF ZATOICHI and
ZATOICHI 4: THE FUGITIVE!
Dante's Fleapit Flashbacks
Joe pops up a buttery assortment of titles worthy
of VW's "Special Revenge Issue": Lewis Gilbert's overblown
epic of Harold Robbins' trashy novel THE ADVENTURERS...
Russ Meyer's cotton-pickin', bra-stuffin look at the Old
South, BLACKSNAKE!... Sam Fuller's DEAD PIGEON
ON BEETHOVEN STREET, scored by the great German rock
group Can... LADY KUNG FU... the Brother Man goes
to the Mother Land in SHAFT IN AFRICA... and
Barbara Leigh signs up for showers and mistreatment on
Two different approaches to Patricia Highsmith's
"Ripley" character in THE AMERICAN FRIEND and
RIPLEY'S GAME... the first Argentinian vampire movie,
BLOOD OF THE VIRGINS... an H. G. Clouzot double
feature of art and suspense in LE CORBEAU and
THE MYSTERY OF PICASSO... Takashi Miike's urban
crime/science fiction DEAD OR ALIVE TRILOGY (DEAD
OR ALIVE, DEAD OR ALIVE 2 and DEAD OR ALIVE
FINAL)... believe it or not, a Tai Chi variation on
DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE, produced by Francis Ford
Coppola... it comes from the commode in GHOULIES
and GHOULIES II... LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH
auteur John D. Hancock returns to suspense with
SUSPENDED ANIMATION... Larry, Moe and Curly Joe
introduce Martians to pie-fighting in THE THREE STOOGES
IN ORBIT... Walt Disney's "Rondo Award"-winning live
action fantasy masterwork 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA...
and Seijun Suzuki's highly decorative yakuza dramas
UNDERWORLD BEAUTY and KANTO WANDERER!
Rutger Hauer's brain is squirmin' like a toad in
the deluxe British/German import, THE HITCHER...
weird monsters arise from the ancient past in MORTUARY
BLUES... and reality TV gets out of hand in MY
Douglas E. Winter reviews Vic Mizzy's
THE GHOST AND MR. CHICKEN, Capitol's new domestic
remaster of Ennio Morricone's THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE
UGLY... and Tangerine Dream's BOOTLEG BOX SET and
BOOTMOON SERIES releases!
Other contributors to this issue: Anthony
Ambrogio, John Charles, Shane M. Dallmann,
Charlie Largent, Tim Lucas, Kim Newman,
Richard Harland Smith, Brett Taylor and
Sam & Rebecca Umland.