Born Roger Pettito in a small city in West Virginia, Tony Anthony would eventually move to Italy and become of the country’s most unlikely Western stars. Lacking the commanding bravado of an Eastwood, Nero, or Hill, Anthony’s ‘the Stranger,’ his own version of the ‘Man with No Name,’ became increasingly humorous over time, reaching its limit in Anthony’s second team up with veteran Italian director Ferdinando Baldi, Get Mean. Get Mean was, in Anthony’s words, an attempt to shake the genre up by adding foreign elements to it. By the film’s release, there had been hundreds of Spaghetti Westerns, so Get Mean had to do something different if it had any chance at succeeding. The logic for the pairing’s subsequent project, then, was even more aggressive. If Baldi and Anthony were going to, once again, shoot a Western, what could they do to really make it unique? They found their answer in a technique that, by the film’s release in 1981, was all but dead: 3D.
“It was thirty years ago, on a night just like tonight…silliest, funniest movie I ever seen…” People go on and on about Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, how they watched it every Saturday morning when they were kids, how they would scream at their poor parents if they happened to utter the “secret word,” or weep violently when […]
THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT and THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE Coming From Kino and Scorpion
Kino Lorber and Scorpion Releasing are teaming up for a couple of upcoming Blu-ray releases, and details regarding both films have been revealed. First up is THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT, the sequel to the 1975 fantasy adventure, THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT. Both films were based on novels by Tarzan creator, Edgar Rice Burroughs, […]
Mondo Macabro, the folks behind the recent hi-def release of Lucio Fulci’s A LIZARD IN A WOMAN’S SKIN, have announced they will be bringing Miklos Jancso’s 1976 film PRIVATE VICES, PUBLIC VIRTUES to Blu-ray in its original, uncut version sometime in 2016. The label issued the following press release: Miklos Jancso (1921-2014) was one of […]
The amount of Frankenstein films that have been made since the original 1931 classic has been staggering. These films range from pretty damn good (THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN) to god awful (FRANKENSTEIN ISLAND) with a healthy range of films in-between. In fact, recently we’ve seen studios trying to resurrect the Frankenstein mythos with films like I, FRANKENSTEIN and VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN but have failed miserably at capturing Mary Shelly’s original vision. (I still haven’t seen the 2015 modern re-telling starring Carrie-Anne Moss)