CineSavant Column

Tuesday September 11, 2018


My 3-D setup is getting a bit of a workout this week, what with viewing and re-viewing the Creature Legacy Collection. I took Universal up on their offer to replace the disc, which should arrive in a month or so. But the Legacy Collection is still being sold on Amazon, with delivery promised all but instantaneously. So I’m not sure what’s going on — a replacement, but no recall?

But an early check disc of the 3-D, Technicolor Sangaree is in hand, a Paramount feature starring Fernando Lamas and Arlene Dahl. A very early release in the 3-D boom, this one is a costume picture set in the Carolinas just after the Revolutionary War. The 3-D Film Archive had to do a lot of work to revive the faded film elements, especially the color. I hope to be reviewing it for this Saturday, the 15th.

Joe Dante’s ultra-long The Film Orgy is still circulating, and apparently on tour?  It just showed in Glasgow, Scotland, as reported by the engaging (and highly contagious) critic David Cairns. There has never been a theatrical experience comparable to The Movie Orgy’s huge conglomeration of excruciatingly funny clips from the cultural Quisinart of TV spots, TV shows and crazy feature films, collected by Dante and Jon Davison ‘back in the day’ and originally shown on college campuses. A YouTube excerpt from 2011 serves as a sampler. And here’s my review from ten years ago when it screened at The New Beverly. I think I captured the crazy mood well. As they once said of rampaging movie monsters, there’s no telling where this thing will turn up next.

Thanks for reading! — Glenn Erickson