CineSavant Column

Saturday March 28, 2020

Hello to all, and God bless my bunker hideout happy home. Back off mail carrier, that’s closer than six feet–

We still concentrate on the day-to-day essentials here at CineSavant. Eating, breathing, worrying about loved ones takes precedence on our scale of concern too. Please don’t think me callous if CineSavant continues with the decadent fantasy that disc collecting is serious business…

What with the general disruption, so many companies working from home and the mail slightly slowed down, I wonder if we’ll see delays in disc street dates?  (Boy, this does read as frivolous. Onward, just the same.)

We still have April 19 listed for Scream Factory’s upcoming Danger: Diabolik disc. Gary Teetzel forwarded a list of extras and features announced for the disc. The stats don’t mention a new transfer… this may be the same very good transfer from the old DVD. I thought the old Paramount DVD got pretty much everything right on this difficult title, except that their composite mix dropped the relative volume of the music track. I’ve seen Diabolik projected multiple times, and Ennio Morricone’s cues slam in loud and stay loud throughout the show. We were hoping for an original Italian version as an extra, but we’ll of course be happy for what we get with this Mario Bava gem. The one new extra will be a commentary with Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson.


Gary T. has become a regular Sidney Falco for the CineSavant Column, but with a nicer personality. This ‘item’ is indeed a treat, even if I’m not a fan of some of the songs that have been assigned new lyrics. The performer nail tunes from Les Miserables, The Lion King etc.. Pretty cute stuff — Zach Timson Broadway Virus Parodies is clever and funny in addition to being a great showcase for Timson’s talent.


And finally, Gary points me to a thoughtful, timely set of Public Service links: as explained at Deadline.Com the cast of Contagion have created several bold and solidarity-building PSA messages about the Health Crisis that’s transformed all our lives.

Thanks for reading! — Glenn Erickson