Savant Column

Tuesday October 31, 2017

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We start out this Halloween coverage with seven minutes of genuine historical horror. Joe Dante asks, is this the scariest movie of 1939? Check out the link: the answer is yes, because we’re living in the far-too-similar year of 2017!

Meanwhile, Dick Dinman’s latest web podcast show has arrived, Dick Dinman and George Feltenstein Salute the Restored and Uncut The Sea Wolf.” Warner Home Video executive Feltenstein regales producer/host Dick Dinman with the arduous challenges inherent in bringing the Michael Curtiz classic The Sea Wolf to its full uncut glory for the first time in more than sixty years. Also covered are the Warner Archive Collection’s new discs of the lyrically romantic Gene Kelly/Cyd Charisse/Vincente Minnelli classic Brigadoon as well as the Robert Taylor / Richard Widmark western The Law and Jake Wade, and Hell on Frisco Bay with Alan Ladd and Edward G. Robinson. They also take time out to talk about Criterion’s new disc of The Philadelphia Story.

I was about to review a foreign, Region B Blu-ray of Joseph Sargent’s Colossus: The Forbin Project, but Gary Teetzel tipped me off that Shout! Factory has announced a Region A release for February. The news also includes a Blu-ray for William Castle’s The Night Walker and Curtis Harrington’s Games — two more desired titles.

Thanks for reading! — Glenn Erickson