Savant Column

Saturday October 7, 2017

More 3-D news and rumors: Bob Furmanek has announced that Paramount’s 3-D Sangaree will definitely be coming in 2018, and a poster at the HTF has dropped hints that future 3-D Film Archive restorations will include the first Mike Hammer thriller I, The Jury, and a double feature of The Bellboy and the Playgirls and Adam and Six Eves.

It’ll be a solid weekend of writing — just in to the CineSavant review bin is a bounty of delights: a restored Superman: The Movie (two versions), Kinji Fukasaku’s The Green Slime, the miracle-restoration of the classic The Sea Wolf (all Warner), a new restoration of Frank Capra’s Lost Horizon (Sony-Columbia), City of Industry and Sam Peckinpah’s Junior Bonner (Kino), Cary Grant in Topper (VCI) and a much touted new encoding of Anthony Mann’s T-Men (ClassicFlix). Plus I won’t let Othello or Porky Pig 101 slip by. And I’ve just gotten a UK Region B of Colossus, The Forbin Project that I have a desire to write up.

About ten years back I could often be caught loitering on a web page called The Friends of Marty Melville, a film-friendly blog that, instead of the usual movie ephemera, obsessed over the film advertising found in the movie section of the daily newspaper. When I got desperate for interesting graphics, I’d thoughtlessly steal usually find something appropriate on the page — many of the ad mats chosen for the page are miniature works of art. Melville left the premises for a while but now he’s back, pulled into the growing stack of attractive features at Trailers From Hell, still in search of the perfect double feature. You get extra points if you know who Marty Melville is, without conducting a web search.

Thanks for reading! — Glenn Erickson