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THE GREEN SLIME

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Sep 27, 2020

 In the mid 1960s, a quartet of Italian science-fiction films were made concerning the adventures of a futuristic space station called Gamma One. The films were directed by the legendary Antonio Margheriti (aka Anthony M. Dawson). The Gamma One movies are colorful, wild sci-fi adventures, with read more

THE COSMIC MONSTER

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Sep 26, 2020

 American character actor Forrest Tucker starred in three different science-fiction movies made in England that were released in 1957-58. The U.S. titles of the films are THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN OF THE HIMALAYAS, THE CRAWLING EYE, and THE COSMIC MONSTER. Out of the three, THE COSMIC MONSTER is t read more

Book Review--RUNGS ON A LADDER: HAMMER FILMS SEEN THROUGH A SOFT GAUZE

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Sep 25, 2020

 One of my latest discount book purchases is RUNGS ON A LADDER: HAMMER FILMS SEEN THROUGH A SOFT GAUZE. This is a short memoir on what it was like to work behind the camera for Hammer Films from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s. The author of this volume is Christopher Neame--but this is N read more

The Dr. Who Films On Blu-ray From Kino

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Sep 24, 2020

 The two Dr. (not Doctor) Who films produced by Amicus in the mid-1960s have now been released on Region A Blu-ray by Kino. DR. WHO AND THE DALEKS and DALEKS: INVASION EARTH 2150 A.D. are available separately. I've already covered these films in a post I wrote back in August 2017 for a Bri read more

THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Sep 20, 2020

 I received as an early birthday present from my good friend Tim Durbin a Kino Blu-ray of the 1957 sci-fi monster movie THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD. Believe it or not, I had never actually seen this film. An earthquake strikes the area around the Salton Sea in southern California read more

GAMERA: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION On Blu-ray From Arrow Video

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Sep 15, 2020

There are box sets, and then there are ultra-special box sets. And then.....there is the Gamera Blu-ray box set from Arrow Video. Calling it gigantic doesn't even cover the scope of this collection...it is as mammoth as the Titanic Terrapin himself. Before I continue with this post, I have to admit read more

ROUGH RIDERS

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Sep 12, 2020

My latest cheap home video acquisition ($5 at Walmart) is a DVD of the 1997 2-part cable TV movie ROUGH RIDERS, co-written and directed by John Milius. The movie dramatizes the events surrounding Theodore Roosevelt's military adventures in the Spanish-American War. The idea for ROUGH RIDERS came fr read more

More Of My Favorite Movie Cast Ensembles

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Sep 6, 2020

The other day I was going through some of my older blog posts, which shows how exciting my life is. Anyway, a couple years ago I wrote a post called "My Favorite Movie Cast Ensembles", and I noticed there were plenty of movie cast lists I should have included on it, but didn't. That always happens w read more

NUMBER ONE

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Sep 5, 2020

It's football season....well, it's supposed to be football season, but, I'm not going to get into that. But I will get into a 1969 film about a fictional football player--NUMBER ONE, starring Charlton Heston. Heston is Ron "Cat" Catlan", quarterback for the NFL's New Orleans Saints. As the story be read more

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1916) On Blu-ray From Kino

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Aug 28, 2020

Kino Lorber continues its acclaimed history of releasing silent films on home video with the 1916 adaptation of Jules Verne's 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. This was the first full-length cinematic adaptation of the Verne novel, produced by Universal Pictures. The film also includes much material fr read more

FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL On Blu-ray From Shout Factory

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Aug 27, 2020

Another Region A Hammer Blu-ray from Shout Factory--this time it is FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL. Made in 1972 but not released until 1974, this was the last Frankenstein film made by Hammer, the last time Peter Cushing played the role of Baron Frankenstein, and the very last film ever dir read more

NO MAN OF HER OWN

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Aug 23, 2020

The final film in the three-disc Kino Carole Lombard Blu-ray set I am reviewing is NO MAN OF HER OWN, a 1932 Paramount production. This movie is famous for being the only onscreen pairing between Lombard and Clark Gable, long before they became an item in real life. Gable plays Jerry "Babe" Stewart read more

MAN OF THE WORLD

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Aug 15, 2020

Kino's "Carole Lombard Collection I" Blu-ray set includes MAN OF THE WORLD, a 1931 Paramount film that is known for the first onscreen pairing of William Powell and Carole Lombard. MAN OF THE WORLD concerns one Michael Trevor (Powell), an American living in self-imposed exile in Paris. Trevor makes read more

FAST AND LOOSE

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Aug 14, 2020

Kino has recently released a "Carole Lombard Collection I" Blu-ray box set, featuring three of the actress' early films, when she was under contract to Paramount. Two of the movies included, MAN OF THE WORLD and NO MAN OF HER OWN, had already been available on DVD, but the one I am covering today, F read more

WHITE WOMAN

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Aug 10, 2020

The title for this one doesn't lie. There is a white woman, in the luxurious form of Carole Lombard. WHITE WOMAN is a 1933 potboiler produced by Paramount and set in Malaya, although the shooting locations are strictly indoor studio jungles. In Larry Swindell's excellent biography of Lombard, SCREW read more

RINGO FROM NEBRASKA (AKA SAVAGE GRINGO)

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Aug 4, 2020

RINGO FROM NEBRASKA (also known as SAVAGE GRINGO, NEBRASKA JIM, RINGO DEL NEBRASKA, and a few other titles) is a 1966 Italian-Spanish Western. The movie's direction is credited to Antonio Roman, but according to Troy Howarth's book THE HAUNTED WORLD OF MARIO BAVA, Roman was removed from the producti read more

WICHITA

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Aug 2, 2020

Director Jacques Tourneur is best known for making film noirish black & white thrillers such as CAT PEOPLE and NIGHT OF THE DEMON, but he also worked on a number of colorful Westerns. Tourneur directed genre star Joel McCrea multiple times, and one of their collaborations was WICHITA, a 1955 pro read more

KISS OF EVIL--The American TV Version Of THE KISS OF THE VAMPIRE

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jul 26, 2020

In my post on the new Shout Factory Blu-ray of THE KISS OF THE VAMPIRE, I mentioned that the disc includes a version of the film prepared by Universal for American network television. This TV version not only has added scenes (to lengthen the film to fit into a two-hour time slot with commercials), read more

THE KISS OF THE VAMPIRE On Blu-ray From Shout Factory

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jul 25, 2020

The latest Hammer film to be released by Shout Factory on Region A Blu-ray is THE KISS OF THE VAMPIRE. This 1963 color Gothic is one of Hammer's best productions. THE KISS OF THE VAMPIRE was not directed by Terence Fisher, and it does not star either Peter Cushing or Christopher Lee. Nevertheless, read more

THE FLESH AND THE FIENDS On Blu-ray From Kino

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jul 19, 2020

There have been many filmed adaptations of the historical events concerning the notorious murderers Burke & Hare, but the best by far is the 1959 British film THE FLESH AND THE FIENDS. The movie was produced by Robert Baker and Monty Berman (who also did the cinematography), and co-written and d read more
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