#114
December 2004
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"UNGAWA!"

TARZAN, LORD OF THE DVDs!

Bill Cooke outdoes himself with a heroic swing through Warner Home Video's THE TARZAN COLLECTION, with in-depth reviews and appreciations of MGM's TARZAN THE APE MAN (1932), TARZAN AND HIS MATE (1934), TARZAN ESCAPES (1936), TARZAN FINDS A SON! (1939), TARZAN'S SECRET TREASURE (1941) and TARZAN'S NEW YORK ADVENTURE (1942)! Including rare images of the Eck Bird and scenes cut from the banned original version of TARZAN ESCAPES!

But that's not all! Elsewhere in this issue, Bill continues his expedition through more than a half-dozen other adaptations of Edgar Rice Burroughs' character currently on DVD, including TARZAN OF THE APES (1918) with Elmo Lincoln, TARZAN THE FEARLESS (1933) with Buster Crabbe, TARZAN AND THE GREEN GODDESS (1938) with Herman Brix, TARZAN'S REVENGE (1938) with Glenn Morris, TARZAN AND THE TRAPPERS (1958) with Gordon Scott, TARZAN THE APE MAN (1981) with Miles O'Keefe and Bo Derek, and GREYSTOKE: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, LORD OF THE APES (1984) with Christopher Lambert!

DVD Spotlight

Kim Newman on Warner Home Video's recent DVD issues of Hammer's DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE, FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED and TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA!

Dog Bytes (Capsule Reviews)

Don Dohler returns with ALIEN FACTOR 2: ALIEN RAMPAGE, which isn't a sequel but a remake of another Dohler movie that was a remake of ALIEN FACTOR (got that?)... A killer in an Elvis mask gets a music video crew all shook up in THE BACKLOT MURDERS... David Carradine meets a carload of director cameos in Paul Bartel's CANNONBALL... Edward Arnold meets Mantan Moreland in EYES IN THE NIGHT... a woman finds her suburban life beset by THE GHOSTS OF EDENDALE... Strother Martin plus King Cobras equals SSSSSSS... Jamie Lee Curtis meets magician David Copperfield on TERROR TRAIN... and the latest batch of movies about master samurai Ichi the Blind: ZATOICHI 10: ZATOICHI'S REVENGE, ZATOICHI 11: ZATOICHI AND THE DOOMED MAN and ZATOICHI 12: ZATOICHI AND THE CHESS EXPERT!

Joe Dante's Fleapit Flashbacks

Angela Mao kicks back (but winsomely) in DEADLY CHINA DOLL... Woody Strode unholsters his authority in THE ITALIAN CONNECTION... Catherine Spaak takes a horsey ride on Jean-Louis Trintignant in THE LIBERTINE... Cornel Wilde offers the apocalyptic ecological nightmare of NO BLADE OF GRASS... Adam Roarke commandeers millionaire Jay Robinson's jet in THIS IS A HIJACK... NO BLADE OF GRASS star Lynne Frederick returns to meet the undead in Hammer's VAMPIRE CIRCUS... and Dean Stockwell attacks the President of the United States when a full moon turns him into THE WEREWOLF OF WASHINGTON!

DVD Reviews

Martin Scorsese returns to his independent film roots with the quirky black comedy AFTER HOURS... Retromedia Entertainment recreates the 1960s double bill of Alfred Vohrer's DEAD EYES OF LONDON and Riccardo Freda's THE GHOST... John Marley and Lynn Carlin are the parents tortured by the return of a son from a war he did not survive in DEATHDREAM... a young animated woman takes unusual roads in search of an orgasm in the anime F3 MENAGE A TROIS... the Devil gets the Amazing Kreskin's goat in HORROR... a child's hopes are raised by his discovery of a unicorn in Carol Reed's A KID FOR TWO FARTHINGS... plus IMPORT reviews of Piers Haggard's "witchfinder" classic THE BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW... THE EYE's Angelica Lee Sinjie runs afoul of a kidney thief in Law Chi-leung's KOMA... and Roger Corman anticipates the Viking craze of the early 1960s with the marquee-challenging THE SAGA OF THE VIKING WOMEN AND THEIR VOYAGE INTO WATERS OF THE GREAT SEA SERPENT!


Plus!

Biblio Watchdog reviews Peter Hutchings' THE HORROR FILM and Chas Balun's BEYOND HORROR HOLOCAUST... Douglas E. Winter's Audio Watchdog reviews the soundtracks of HELLBOY, COLLATERAL and the latest releases from Film Score Monthly!


Also contributing to this issue: John Charles, Shane M. Dallmann, Tim Lucas, Richard Harland Smith and Brett Taylor.


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