CineSavant Column

Tuesday December 8, 2020



If you’re still interested in The Wonders of Aladdin with Donald O’Connor, a helpful page called Peplum TV documents six minutes of scenes cut from the movie, with images. For a kiddie picture, it’s rather adult. You’ll have to scroll down a ways to the November 26 entry.



So, looking at what’s coming up at CineSavant through the holidays… already in my fat widdle hands are the following, in alphabetical order:

Attack (KL Studio Classics),
Buffalo Bill and the Indians (Powerhouse Indicator),
Crash (The Criterion Collection),
Devil in a Blue Dress (Powerhouse Indicator),
Diary of a Mad Housewife (KL Studio Classics),
Essential Film Noir (Viavision [Imprint]),
Go West and College, The Buster Keaton Collection Volume 4 (Cohen),
Hard Eight (Viavision [Imprint]),
The Harvey Girls (Warner Archive),
Holiday Affair (Warner Archive),
The Kiss Before the Mirror (KL Studio Classics),
The Lost Weekend (KL Studio Classics),
Mister Roberts (Warner Archive),
Moonstruck (The Criterion Collection),
Mouchette (The Criterion Collection),
Plague Town (Severin),
Tales of the Uncanny (Severin), and
A Town Like Alice (Umbrella, DVD).

As for discs promised but not quite received I’m told that the following are on the way — and let it be proclaimed far and wide that we have FAITH in the good old U.S. Mail:

Giant from the Unknown (The Film Detective), the Astor Pictures epic about a hybernating Spanish Conquistador …

… a new edition of the murderous noir Sudden Fear (Cohen), with Joan Crawford, Jack Palance and Gloria Grahame,

… and a special UK edition of The Masque of the Red Death (Studiocanal), another opportunity, with different extras, to see the new full restoration of the Roger Corman / Vincent Price favorite.

And finally, Viavision [Imprint]’s February titles have been announced. I’m especially looking forward to a trio of very special movies:

John Frankenheimer’s Black Sunday, with a commentary by Stephen Prince.

Mark Robson’s The Bridges at Toko-Ri will carry a commentary by Alan K. Rode, which ought to be a treat

And Arch Oboler’s atom apocalypse classic Five will have a commentary with myself and Oboler biographer Matt Rovner, plus a video analysis with Kim Newman.


Thanks for reading! — Glenn Erickson