CineSavant Column

Tuesday May 28, 2019


Just a bit of fun stuff today. With Godzilla King of the Monsters opening soon, friend-of-all-things Gojira Gary Teetzel rustled up some soundtrack previews, thoughtfully arranged by Kaiju character. And a couple use ‘traditional’ Toho music by Akira Ikufube and Yûji Koseki: Mothra’s Song and themes for Rodan, and Ghidorah. Plus a full cue called Old Rivals. Wait — don’t start these audio cues before you get your toys out!

We may still try to see the new feature in the bewildering promising ‘Screen X’ format, at a local Korean Theater … and Gary found a website that offers a tease of how it will look!

And if Godzilla isn’t enough fine cinematic achievement for you, Kino Lorber has announced some very agreeable extras for two of their Early Alfred Hitchcock releases. His first full-length talkie Blackmail comes with a Tim Lucas commentary, a screen test for the star Anny Ondra, and the entire silent version of the film as well, with a Mont Alto score. Murder! carries a commentary by Nick Pinkerton, a long-form docu on Hitchcock’s early pictures, an alternate ending, and an encoding of the film’s German version, with a different cast. These hits from 1929 and 1930 arrive on August 13.

Thanks for reading! — Glenn Erickson