#115
January 2005
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THE DVD VOYAGE OF RAY HARRYHAUSEN

With Columbia TriStar and Warner Home Video's releases of Ray Harryhausen's feature catalog now complete, it's time for VW to pay the master stop-motion animator some long overdue, extravagant hommage! Charlie Largent gladly obliges with a 14-title overview of a career that... well, moves us!

Included: THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS, IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA, EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS, 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH, THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD, THE 3 WORLDS OF GULLIVER, MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, H.G. WELLS' FIRST MEN IN THE MOON, ONE MILLION YEARS B.C., THE VALLEY OF GWANGI, THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD, SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER and CLASH OF THE TITANS!


DVD Spotlight: STAR TREK GENERATIONS

Michael Lennick returns to our pages with a lavish review of Paramount Home Entertainment'ss new deluxe double-disc of the movie in which Captain Picard meets Captain Kirk, and Kirk... well, that would be telling!


Dog Bytes (Capsule Reviews)

Two giant serpents get into a hissing match in BOA VS PYTHON... Michelle Yeoh and Tony Leung spark some steel in BUTTERFLY SWORD... Lawrence Tierney co-stars with his brother Edward in the hard-hitting crime drama THE HOODLUM... Aerial pulp thrills predominate in PILOT X: MURDER IN THE SKY... Rex Harrison and John Saxon go Bollywood in RAIDERS OF THE SACRED STONE... FANGORIA's Michael Gingold heads the cast of the DTV compendium THE TENEMENT... the J-Horror trilogy TOMIE, TOMIE RE-BIRTH and TOMIE REPLAY... and somehow they made a movie about an UNDISCOVERED TOMB!

Joe Dante's Fleapit Flashbacks

George Lucas has his first blockbuster success with AMERICAN GRAFFITI... Sean Connery returns to challenge Blofeld once again in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER... Angel Tompkins plays moll to a gang of bankrobbing midgets in LITTLE CIGARS... Francis Coppola embarks on a new road of independent filmmaking in THE RAIN PEOPLE... Pam Grier growls at a different kind of Bat Man in TWILIGHT PEOPLE... and Joe Don Baker swings a different kind of bat in WALKING TALL!

DVD Reviews

William Marshall finds belated stardom in BLACULA and SCREAM BLACULA SCREAM... Elvis joins forces with JFK (?) to combat a soul-suckin' mummy in BUBBA HO-TEP... scads of James Bonds scurry across the screen in the monumentally excessive CASINO ROYALE... Jean-Pierre Melville and Alain Delon join forces once again for the classic heist film LE CERCLE ROUGE... Paul Naschy makes his American horror film debut in COUNTESS DRACULA'S ORGY OF BLOOD and returns to the screen as Waldemar Danisky in TOMB OF THE WEREWOLF... Larry Cohen writes and directs a couple of offbeat pictures called PERFECT STRANGERS and SPECIAL EFFECTS... Anton LaVey is the subject of the exploitative documentary SATANIS THE DEVIL'S MASS, while Ray Dennis Steckler offers the chaotic co-feature SINTHIA, THE DEVIL'S DOLL... Japanese animation gets jumper-cabled in SPEED RACER COLLECTOR'S EDITION... and Christina Lindberg takes aim at the people who took her eye and ruined her life in THRILLER—A CRUEL PICTURE (aka THEY CALL HER ONE-EYE)!

PLUS! Import DVD reviews of a new German anamorphic release of Hammer's PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES and Tsui Hark's cannibal frenzy WE'RE GOING TO EAT YOU!


Biblio Watchdog

Reviews of NIGHTMARES IN RED, WHITE AND BLUE by Joseph Maddrey and CULT MOVIES IN SIXTY SECONDS: THE BEST FILMS IN THE WORLD IN LESS THAN A MINUTE by Soren McCarthy!


Audio Watchdog

Douglas E. Winter takes a privileged listen to a promotional-only issue of Tyler Bates' soundtrack to the DAWN OF THE DEAD remake, as well as a two-disc bootleg... and offers additional reviews of Jeff Danna's RESIDENT EVIL: APOCALYPSE and the various artist compilation MUSIC FROM & INSPIRED BY RESIDENT EVIL: APOCALYPSE... Dan Mudford and Pete Woodhead's SHAUN OF THE DEAD... and Hideakuri Sakurai & Kunihiko Murai's THE BEST OF LONE WOLF AND CUB!


All this plus THE RETURN OF DONNIE DUNAGAN and much, much more!


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