CineSavant Column

Tuesday January 7, 2020


Now that I can link to older CineSavant Columns, let me direct your attention to the Column of December 10, 2019 where I was excited to report that Scream Factory would be releasing a Blu-ray of Roger Corman’s Day the World Ended on March 10. The very next day, Scream said, yes, the disc was coming, but not in March. Now Gary Teetzel passes on a another semi-substantiated rumor that Day will now be coming out in May, likely with another A.I.P. horror item, How to Make a Monster. Both titles are from the group of A.I.P. features now held by the Sam Arkoff contingent. That’ll be good news, if the films are remastered for HD. We welcome any development that helps break the logjam that prevents more MIA favorites from reaching the fans that so strongly covet them.

New discs in the review hopper are Jack Clayton’s Room at the Top (Kino), George Cukor’s Holiday (Criterion), Curtis Harrington’s Night Tide (Powerhouse Indicator) and Charles Crichton’s The Titfield Thunderbolt (Film Movement Classics). I’m keeping the mailbox monitored for some hot titles expected soon: Arthur Hiller’s Penelope, John Sturges’ Underwater! ( ↑ ) and William Conrad’s Two on a Guillotine; Preston Sturges’ The Great McGinty, William Wyler’s The Good Fairy, Michael Ritchie’s Semi-Tough, Robert Aldrich’s Ulzana’s Raid and Franklin J. Schaffner’s The War Lord. Criterion has Sidney Lumet’s Fail-Safe on the way, along with Pedro Almodóvar’s All About My Mother, Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Teorema, and way at the end of February, Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman. Kino just announced a long list of desirable and rare titles for February; I’ll talk about those on Saturday.

And we’ve got a really good reason to visit Trailers From Hell’s podcast The Movies That Made Me this week — to launch the third year of the podcast feature, Josh Olson and Joe Dante welcome producers Julie and Roger Corman for a long discussion of everything cinema. And I wish to express my appreciation and thanks to Trailers from Hell as well: CineSavant is well into its fourth year being hosted at TFH, which in my estimation is the classiest movie-mad showcase on the web.

Thanks for reading! — Glenn Erickson