This week’s slate of horror, fantasy, and science fiction releases is lead by the home video debut of THE GREEN HORNET, the comedic riff on the old masked crime-fighter tale. Lawrence French, Dan Persons, and Steve Biodrowski provide news, insights and reviews of this and other titles now available on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD, including old-style horror from Britain, such as FROM DUSK TILL DAWN and a double bill Blu-ray release of THE SKULL and THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH. Also, Dan Persons weighs in on the latest incarnation of DOCTOR WHO, episodes of which recently began reaching our (U.S.) shores.
Up to now, Legend films is best known for the excellent colorized versions of Ray Harryhausen’s Columbia films. They have also worked with Harryhausen on colorizing SHE and THINGS TO COME. Recently, they licensed a package of films from Paramount including some horror and fantasy titles that they are bringing to DVD for the first time. Unlike their colorized catalogue, the Paramount releases are bare bones with static menus and no extras apart from theatrical trailers. Their initial Paramount releases include THE SKULL; George Pal’s production of HOUDINI; and THE POSSESSION OF JOEL DELANEY.
THE SKULL is an early Amicus effort based on Robert Bloch’s short story “The Skull of the Marquis de Sade”. Amicus always aimed to be another Hammer Studios, but most of their productions come off as pallid imitations. THE SKULL is a prime example. Read More