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‘MST3K’ unleashes a Gamera-only set.

All together now: “Gamera is really sweet! He is filled with turtle meat!”

Confused? You won’t be come Tuesday, when Shout! Factory releases “Mystery Science Theater 3000, Vol. XXI: MST3K vs. Gamera.” The five-DVD set of Japanese giant-turtle madness comes housed in a limited-edition tin, with five mini-posters. Fans who order direct from Shout! Factory will receive a free Gamera postcard pack and “MST3K” stress ball, so click to squeeze.

Look for the Oklahoma Gazette review soon. Until then, enjoy the official trailer and these choice six clips! —Rod Lott

by Rod Lott 07.28.2011 2 years ago
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Conan the Adventurer: Season One

By Crom, it’s cheese with muscles!


Television series

Rod Lott
The Conan on display in the children’s cartoon of the early ’90s isn’t the Conan I know from the Arnold Schwarzenegger movies of the early ’80s or the Robert E. Howard stories of the early ’30s.
 
Friday, August 5, 2011
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Bar none

The ‘Cages’ collection busts onto Blu-ray!

One month ago, I reviewed six films that fall into the grindhouse genre known simply as “women in prison.” Three flicks apiece were part of two new DVD collections: Shout! Factory's "Women in Cages Collection" and Synapse's "Women in Prison Triple Feature.” At the time, picking which was better was like picking your favorite child.

But now I’m going with the former because on Aug. 23, Shout! Factory will release the same set on the glorious, ever-so-pristine format of Blu-ray. This means that Pam Grier’s br -- well, you get where I’m going with that. It must be what God intended when he created high-definition.

For those not attuned to the saucy, sassy style of producer Roger Corman’s wildly successful WIP efforts, Shout! Factory gives you these three safe-for-work clips. Watch. Then buy. —Rod Lott

“The Big Doll House” (1971)



“Women in Cages” (1972)



“The Big Bird Cage” (1972)

by Rod Lott 08.17.2011 2 years ago
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Ready for inspection!

A Kaye classic gets remastered.

Classic film fans, prepare to have the hap-hap-happiest September since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny effing Kaye!

That’s because Kaye’s arguably most-beloved film that doesn’t involve a white Christmas, “The Inspector General,” earns a collector’s edition from Shout! Factory, due Sept. 20. In the 1949 musical comedy, Kaye plays an illiterate doofus mistaken for the title person by a town’s corrupt officials. They try to kill them. Yes, that’s right: assassination attempts mixed with musical comedy.

Shout!’s disc features a newly remastered print of the film, 17 minutes of color home movies taken on the set, and the 1938 comedy short “Money on Your Life,” in which Kaye also is chased by people who want to kill him. I’m sensing a pattern. —Rod Lott
 
by Rod Lott 08.25.2011 2 years ago
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Sword and Sorcery Collection

Four ’80s flicks for your pecs-and-sex viewing pleasure.


Action

Rod Lott
I wasn’t sure Shout! Factory was going to be able to top this summer’s release of “The Women in Cages Collection” in its line of “Roger Corman’s Cult Classics.” But it’s done just that with “Sword and Sorcery Collection,” rounding up four flicks for your pecs-and-sex viewing pleasure.
 
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Bad Dreams / Visiting Hours

Mental hospitals, regular hospitals — is no place safe?


Horror

Rod Lott
Earlier this summer, I read a book about the history of slasher movies, and kept a list as I went along of movies I've somehow managed not to see. As if by sheer coincidence, Shout! Factory plops two of them together in one "Killer Double Feature": 1988's "Bad Dreams" and 1982's "Visiting Hours," each on their own disc.
 
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Police Story: Season One

The arresting ’70s crime classic was worth the wait.


Television series

Rod Lott
Far too young to catch it when it debuted in 1973, I’ve literally waited decades to set my eyes on “Police Story,” the NBC anthology series that broke the mold for cops on the tube by adding realism. Reading creator Joseph Wambaugh’s recent episodic novels about Hollywood cops only strengthened my thirst.
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
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’Tin man

A classic cartoon character, without the creepy-eyed look of motion-capture technology.

Because Steven Spielberg’s first animated film as director, “The Adventures of Tintin,” doesn’t open until Dec. 21, you still have ample chance to arm yourself with answers to the sure-to-be-asked question of, “What the hell is a Tintin?”

Huge in Europe (like, 350 million copies huge), Tintin is a classic comic-book character, created by Belgian artist Georges Rémi in 1929, and reprints are readily available for purchase. Movies and cartoons have been made before of the young investigative reporter, too, but American audiences will find them tough to locate.  

Except for the “The Adventures Of Tintin”  animated series of the 1990s, come Nov. 22. On that day, Shout! Factory will release the show’s first season on a double-disc DVD.

Until then, enjoy this colorful, advance look of Conan O’Brien, Boy Detective — er, Tintin. I meant Tintin. —Rod Lott

by Rod Lott 11.11.2011 2 years ago
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Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXII

It’s ‘Time’ for another eight hours of deep-hurting hilarity.


Television series

Rod Lott
Another quarter, another “Mystery Science Theater 3000” release from Shout! Factory. While hell on the wallet, fervent fans of the series know each set is worth every penny and then some.
 
Friday, December 9, 2011

Captain America / Captain America II: Death Too Soon

‘America,’ eff yeah!


Action

Rod Lott
When “Captain America: The First Avenger” burst onto blockbustin’ movie screens this summer, someone over at MGM’s video division took notice and finally put the abortion that was 1993’s “Captain America”.
 
Friday, December 16, 2011
 
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