CineSavant Column

Tuesday September 7, 2021



I’ve never been tempted to sign on for Spotify, but Gary Teetzel forwarded this link to something special, The Complete Original Music Score to Marnie. The Bernard Herrman music is for me the element that makes Marnie watchable.

I understand the music is free with commercials; I guess I’m just reluctant to be out there with another marketing tag on my personal info and maybe another password to forget. Or maybe I’m just settling into good old superannuated curmudgeon status!



And we’re happy with the news that George Feltenstein is now reconnected with The Warner Archive Collection; may the restored and remastered Blu-rays continue to flow. The latest WAC release announcement is a Val Lewton Double Bill from Warner Archive that will be coming in October, a pairing of Bedlam with Boris Karloff and Anna Lee, and The Ghost Ship with Richard Dix. After those two the final Val Lewton horror pix wanting Blu-ray releases will be the all-time classics I Walked with a Zombie and The Seventh Victim.

Why Bedlam is considered 2nd-rank Lewton I’ll never understand. Yeah yeah, it’s more of a costume drama than out & out horror, but the script and acting are terrific and it can boast excellent chills, including what I think is the movies’ classiest Edgar Allan Poe horror moment. The Ghost Ship is also a winner, a moody psycho thriller that confronts us with an entirely modern irrational serial killer.

We’re told that also appearing in October from The Warner Archive Collection will be Night Shift and Tex Avery Volume 3.



Deadline has a nice interview that ties in with my review of Dune 4K just last week: Francesca Annis Lifts The Lid On Life Behind The Scenes Of David Lynch’s 1984 Epic. It reminds me why I questioned the delay of a new long-form interview documentary. No previous disc release for Dune ’84 has ever carried a commentary or an interview with any of the filmmakers; the only voice we’ve heard is the official story as related by the film’s producer.

Don’t expect any shocking revelations from Ms. Annis, but her vivid memories are very welcome, especially her positive remarks about director Lynch.

Thanks for reading! — Glenn Erickson