CineSavant Column

Tuesday August 11, 2020


The fun link today comes from long-time DVD Savant/CineSavant correspondent Malcolm. He says it’s a Spaghetti Western gag from a 1980s Australian variety show: ‘The Best of Paul Hogan.’ It’s corny, but with a violent edge: A Fistful of Ravioli. As a spoof it’s not bad, and much funnier than we expect after being told that it stars ‘Clunk Eastwood as Dirty Giuseppe.’ Julie Andrews has a guest role, as illustrated (cough).

Kino Lorber has announced their September Blu-ray disc offerings — another big haul of interesting titles. The list begins with three Agatha Christie items, Death on the Nile, Evil Under the Sun and The Mirror Crack’d. Then there’s Bryan Forbes’ The Raging Moon, a Region ‘A’ release for Lindsay Anderson’s Britannia Hospital, John Cleese in Clockwise, Richard Farnsworth in The Grey Fox, and the BBC juvenile spinoffs Dr. Who and the Daleks ( ) and Dr. Who – Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D..

The month continues with a 3-disc Cary Grant Collection, the Bob Hope spookathon comedies The Cat and The Canary (1939) and The Ghost Breakers, Dorothy Lamour in Spawn of the North and Disputed Passage, James Cagney in the semi-musical Never Steal Anything Small, James Garner and Dick Van Dyke in Norman Jewison’s The Art of Love, Tuesday Weld in George Axelrod’s weird Lord Love a Duck, Rouben Mamoulian’s stone classic musical Love Me Tonight, Billy Wilder’s superb thriller Five Graves to Cairo ( ) and Robert Redford in Sydney Pollack’s Havana.

Thanks for reading! — Glenn Erickson