Video Event of the Week: Might we be talking about Fox's DVD of Predators, the pretentious and dopey 2010 update of the 1987 Schwartzenegger sci-fi vehicle? (Seems unlikely.) Could Lionsgate's respective disc versions of Agora, with Rachel Weisz as a scientist fighting to preserve the ancient wisdom of Alexandria against the repressive forces of 5th-century Christianity, by any chance be what we're talking about? (I don't think so.) Or is it conceivable that the Criterion Collection's deluxe Blu-ray update of Akira Kurosawa's brilliant 1954 Eastern Seven Samurai by any chance be the one? (Could be, could be.)

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The forever pneumatically remarkable Cassandra Peterson, now hosting the best bad movies show on television, responds to a certain bats**t nuts Republican senatorial candidate from Delaware.

The new season of Elvira's Movie Macabre™ premiered in syndication in September; episodes air on Saturday nights, so check your local listings for time and channel. If you miss 'em, apparently they go up on Hulu as well.

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My, my. Fabulous news now comes to us via the good folks at Turner Classic Movies and I swear to god this is the last time I'll hock you guys about it. But remember that restoration of Fritz Lang's groundbreaking (but mostly butchered since its original 1927 release) science fiction masterpiece Metropolis I've been carrying on about here since what seems like forever?

Well, it's coming to your orthicon tube, and rather soon. From the official website:

This November, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will present a groundbreaking achievement in filmmaking and film restoration with the world television premiere of the newly restored version of Fritz Lang’s 1927 science-fiction masterpiece Metropolis.

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Well, I just got finished watching Shout! Factory's latest Roger Corman exhumation -- specifically, their new DVD version of Not of This Earth, the low budget 1988 remake of Corman's equally low budget 1957 Beverly Garland vehicle, with delightful ex-porn star Traci Lords attempting to fill Ms. Garland's low-slung pumps, as it were. I missed this when it first aired on cable back in in the day, for no particular reason, but given that I'm a big fan of the original, and given that the new one features the aforementioned just-such-a-scamp Ms. Lords -- I'm a devoted fan of, in Woody Allen's apt phrase, her early funny work -- I figured I might as well give it the old once-over.

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Image of the Day: Mother and Child Reunion

5 comments on October 18, 2010 by Steve Simels

Conceptual designer/actress Millicent Patrick, in the Universal Studios workshop in 1954, strikes a tender pose with her own creation  -- The Creature From the Black Lagoon.

Patrick -- who was an animator at Disney when she wasn't looking decorative in B-pictures and television during the 50s and early 60s -- was totally responsible for the design of the iconic creature. But for a variety of reasons (including, one presumes, sexism) her role was deliberately downplayed by chief Universal makeup artist Bud Westmore, who for half a century received sole credit for the Gill-Man's conception.

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Video Event of the Week: Might the Criterion Collection's Blu-ray version of a new high-def transfer of Wes Anderson's thoroughly charming sort of road movie The Darjeeling Limited be what we're talking about? Could Magnolia's DVD of I am Love, the homage to 50s melodramas starring Tilda Swinton as an industrialist's adulterous wife, by any chance make the grade? Or, and I suppose this is at least theoretically possible, is there actually a chance that Dream Works' various 2D disc editions of How to Train Your Dragon, the better animated than the plot required 3D kid flick, by any chance be The One(s)?

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Thursday Urban Legend: Hare's Hoping...

89 comments on October 14, 2010 by Steve Simels

Well, I'm afraid I've got bad news for fellow trash aesthetes/afficionados of sleaze. Yes, despite what I had long (heh -- I said "long") heard -- and, if truth be told, what I actually thought I'd seen -- the wacky artists at Warner Brothers' celebrated Termite Terrace cartoon factory did NOT, in fact, slip a brief frame of Bugs Bunny's, uh, personality into a classic Looney Tune.

Okay, here's the cartoon in question -- the 1942 The Wabbit Who Came to Supper, featuring an earlier, plumper incarnation of Elmer Fudd. Supposedly, Bugs' big reveal comes during the shower scene at approximately 2:55 minutes in. Take a look for yourself.

Think you see it? Sorry, fellow pervs, but you don't.

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