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An AV Maniacs Exclusive Interview With Sharon Kelly!

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Call her Sharon Kelly, call her Colleen Brennan, either way there’s no disputing the impact this redheaded pistol had on the drive-in and sexploitation movies of the seventies and the adult films of the eighties. Ms. Kelly was kind enough to spend some time talking about both aspects of her career, some of her co-workers, and her life in general with Ian Jane and you can read all about it by clicking here! Please note, some of the images contained in this interview are not safe for work if you should be so bold as to be browsing from there, but so much the better!

More Roger Corman’s Cult Classics Releases Coming Soon From Shout! Factory On DVD

Saturday, November 20th, 2010


Three Films Directed and Produced by Legendary Roger Corman featuring all new film transfers from the negatives and widescreen presentation of Attack of the crab monsters and not of this earth


UP FROM THE DEPTHS/ DEMON OF PARADISE DOUBLE-FEATURE COLLECTOR’S EDITION DVD presented in anamorphic widescreen for the first time.



Roger Corman’s cult classics: sci-fi classics triple-feature collector’s edition  2-dvd set

In ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS, a group of scientists become marooned on an island while investigating the disappearance of researchers who were looking into atomic activity in the Pacific. They quickly fall prey to giant, mutant crustaceans that have the ability to absorb the minds of their prey. Starring Russell Johnson (Gilligan’s Island), Richard Garland and Mel Welles (Little Shop Of Horrors).  ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS is a Roger Corman Production. Produced and directed by Roger Corman; screenplay by Charles B. Griffith. (Allied Artists Picture) 

An alien (Birch) comes to Earth, masquerading as a human, to scout our planet for a new blood source in NOT OF THIS EARTH (1957). He needs the blood of humans to take back to his planet of Davana for his dying race. Starring Paul Birch, Beverly Garland (It Conquered The World), Morgan Jones (McMillan & Wife) and Jonathan Haze (Little Shop Of Horrors).  NOT OF THIS EARTH (1957) is a Roger Corman Production. Produced and directed by Roger Corman; screenplay by Charles B. Griffith. (Allied Artists Picture) 

In WAR OF THE SATELLITES, an “unknown force” declares war against planet Earth when the United Nations disobeys warnings to cease and desist in its attempts at assembling the first satellite in the atmosphere. Starring Dick Miller (Bucket Of Blood), Richard Devon (Blood Of Dracula), Susan Cabot (The Wasp Woman) and a cameo by Roger Corman.  WAR OF THE SATELLITES is a Roger Corman Production. Produced and directed by Roger Corman; screenplay by Lawrence Louis Goldman; co-producers, Jack Rabin and Irving Block. (Allied Artists Release)

ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS: 1957 /Black & White/62 minutes/ Widescreen

NOT OF THIS EARTH: 1957/ 67 minutes/Widescreen

WAR OF THE SATELLITES: 1958/ 65 minutes/ Full Frame


A SALUTE TO ROGER CORMAN – featuring new interviews with Roger Corman, Peter Fonda, Peter Bogdanovich, Joe Dante and many more.
Audio Commentaries on ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS and NOT OF THIS EARTH (1957) with Tom Weaver, John Brunas and Mike Brunas, authors of Universal Horrors
THE ROGER CORMAN TRAILER COLLECTION features over 25 trailers produced and directed by Roger Corman
All-new interview with Roger Corman looking back at all three films.
Roger Corman’s cult classics: Up From The Depths/Demon of Paradise double-feature collector’s edition dvd

In UP FROM THE DEPTHS, staff and vacationers at a first-class resort on the island of Maui are beginning to mysteriously disappear. A biologist believes that an underwater earthquake has caused a giant, and very hungry dormant prehistoric fish to be released from his slumber. Voraciously, the fish helps himself to a tourist buffet. Now it’s open season for the local fishermen to find the creature and kill it! Starring Sam Bottoms (Apocalypse Now, The Outlaw Josey Wales), Virgil Frye (The Hot Spot) and Kedric Wolfe (Mr. Boogedy); written by Anne Dyer; produced by Cirio Santiago; directed by Charles Griffith.

The hunters become the prey when illegal dynamite-fishing prematurely ends the hibernation of a mythological carnivorous lizard-man in DEMON OF PARADISE. The owner of the local resort, whose patrons have become the appetizers on this predator’s menu, and a herpetologist join forces with the sheriff to save the tourists from succumbing to the feasting of the beast. Starring Kathryn Witt (Cocaine Wars, Star 80) and directed by cult filmmaker Cirio H. Santiago.

UP FROM THE DEPTHS/ DEMON OF PARAISE Double-Feature Collector’s Edition DVD

Special Features:
New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.78:1)
TV and Radio Spots
Theatrical Trailer

New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.78:1)
Theatrical Trailer

Shout! Factory will continue to present Roger Corman’s Cult Classics home entertainment releases in 2011. Upcoming highlights include Georgia Peaches, Smokey Bites The Dust, Black Oak Conspiracy, Great Texas Dynamite, Jackson County Jail, Caged Heat, and many others.

Independent filmmaker-producer Roger Corman’s illustrious career ranks as one of Hollywood’s most amazing and legendary success stories. Having produced more than 350 films and directed 50 others, his influence on American film goes far beyond his own energetic, creative low-budget movies. He is arguably one of Hollywood’s most gifted and masterful filmmakers, and he chronicled his incredible true-life story in the best-selling, award-winning autobiography How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never Lost a Dime, written with Jim Jerome in 1998. In 2009 he was the recipient of an honorary Academy Award®  for his contribution to the medium of film.

Noted for his keen ability to spot young talent, Corman’s most lasting legacy will undoubtedly be

The legion of producers, directors, writers and actors he has fostered, among them: Jack Nicholson, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Ron Howard, Peter Fonda, Jonathan Demme, Robert Towne, Gale Anne Hurd, Diane Ladd, Tommy Lee Jones, Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Talia Shire, Charles Bronson, Joe Dante, Peter Bogdanovich, Dennis Hopper, Bill Paxton, Monte Hellman, Carl Franklin and Sally Kirkland.

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Chaplin’s First Films Released On DVD By The BFI

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Chaplin at Keystone

A 4-disc DVD box set

This stunning collection of the 34 surviving Chaplin Keystone films is the result of an 8 year international restoration project to restore Chaplin’s earliest films to as near to their original release versions as possible.

After being seen in Fred Karno’s touring vaudeville troupe, Charlie Chaplin joined Mack Sennett’s Keystone Film Company in late 1913. After a few initial uneasy steps, his rise was meteoric – making 35 films in a single year, directing more than half of them.

Reconstructed from the best surviving 35mm fragments from all over the world, the Chaplin Keystone films are a revelation, showing how Chaplin learned to apply his talent to film, how he developed the much loved ‘Tramp’ character and why he shot to stardom. A host of extras include the recent rediscovery of Chaplin’s very first appearance on film in A Thief Catcher (1914).

This project is a partnership between the BFI National Archive, Cineteca Bologna/ L’Immagine Ritrovata and Lobster Films, with the cooperation of UCLA Film and Television Archive, Library of Congress, and the support of Association Chaplin.

The films in this collection are presented with new musical accompaniments by international musicians including BFI Southbank regulars Neil Brand and Stephen Horne.

BFI National Archive curator and Chaplin expert Bryony Dixon, who was the BFI project leader and co-producer on this project, is available for interview.

Special features
-58-page illustrated booklet written by the American film historian Jeffrey Vance which includes the essay ‘Chaplin at Keystone: The Tramp is Born’ and notes on every film
-A Thief Catcher (1914, 7 mins, extracts): a film recently rediscovered by Paul E Gierucki, with Chaplin as a Keystone Cop
-Charlie’s White Elephant (1916, 6 mins): an animation by John Colman Terry and Hugh Shields featuring Chaplin
-Inside the Keystone Project (2010, 10 mins): a short documentary about international restoration efforts behind the films
-Silent Traces (2010, 12 mins): historian John Bengston on several of the Keystone locations
-Stills gallery

Release date: 6 December 2010
RRP: £29.99 / cat. no. BFIVD826 / cert U
USA / 1914 / black & white / silent with music / 561 mins / DVD9 x 4 /
Original aspect ratio 1.33:1
BFI DVDs are available from all good DVD retailers; by mail order from the BFI Filmstore Tel: 020 7815 1350 or online at www.bfi.org.uk/filmstore


FATES WARNING, CYNIC, WATCHTOWER Members React to ‘Mean Deviation’ Prog Metal History Book

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

React to ‘Mean Deviation’ Prog Metal History Book
Visionaries Praise Author Jeff Wagner’s Debut
Due for release on Dec. 1, former Metal Maniacs editor Jeff Wagner’s highly anticipated ‘MEAN DEVIATION: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal’ (Bazillion Points Books) has already garnered  staggering advance praise from some of the most respected figures in the progressive metal sphere.

Among the first responders:

Steven Wilson (PORCUPINE TREE): “We now have a definitive book on the relationship between metal and progressive music.”

Jim Matheos (FATES WARNING): “Looks cool! I’m looking forward to digging in.”

Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER): “The book is awesome! Damn, talk about work!”

Paul Masvidal (CYNIC): “The book looks and feels fabulous. I can’t wait to dig into this thing. Thank you, Jeff Wagner, for this massive information highway for all things progressive metal”

Kurt Bachman (BELIEVER): “Wow! I can’t wait to read it.”

Glenn Harveston (ProgPower USA Festival): “The book is awesome. I read it in 2 days.”

Albert Mudrian (Decibel Magazine): “I’ve only read through chapter one, and I’m already hooked.”

Weighing in at 400 pages, the heavily-illustrated ‘Mean Deviation’ offers original artwork throughout by Michel “Away” Langevin of VOIVOD, and a foreword by Steven Wilson of PORCUPINE TREE. The package includes a 16-page color photo insert, a constellation of appendixes, and an exhaustive index mapping the story of heady metal with exacting precision.

For more information, and to order immediately, visit: http://www.mean-deviation.com
America’s “smallest but heaviest publisher,” Bazillion Points presents authors of a submerged reputation to a rabid and otherwise overlooked readership over a bazillion points of interest.