CineSavant Column

Saturday April 14, 2018


Kino Lorber Studio Classics has announced Alfred Hitchcock’s Under Capricorn for June 19, reportedly a new 4k scan. The BFI did the video work, so there’s a chance for game-changing quality leap in this show. Not one of Hitchcock’s more popular pictures, Capricorn has Ingrid Bergman, Technicolor by Jack Cardiff, and long takes with camera moves that outshine those in Rope.

At the April 9 entry for Joe Baltake’s The Passionate Moviegoer features a nice look at the career of Richard Quine, with some thoughtful opinions. Quine’s musical remake of My Sister Eileen is coming soon from Twilight Time.

Now Scream Factory will be licensing horror titles from Columbia Films as well. They’ve already talked about releasing The Tingler and Strait-Jacket, so purchasers are wondering about a promised William Castle disc set from UK’s Powerhouse / Indicator company. Will the UK Columbia discs continue to be all-region? What if we want both licensors’ sets of extras?

As for The Tingler, I hope they interview Tim Lucas, for a more detailed run-down on his Video Watchdog theory about a script re-write and sequence-shuffle that radically altered the ending. The same goes for Lucas’s fascinating theory/revelation about the original scene order for Robert Florey’s Murders in the Rue Morgue.

And finally, Powerhouse indicator stealth-announced today that they’ll be releasing Joseph Losey’s Hammer sci-fi classic These Are the Damned later this year. That’s something to look forward to, ‘when the time comes.’

Thanks for reading! — Glenn Erickson