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Which directors are most represented in your collection?
I thought listing a collection according to decade was an interesting idea. I have done the same by director listing only those directors with 5 or more films in my collection (mostly on DVD, but there are some VHS)
Brian De Palma..........9
Roy Ward Baker..........7
Francis Ford Coppola....7
Pier Paolo Pasolini.....5
I will continue to by Hitchcock's American films as they are released and will probably add a few more of his better British titles. The Bava titles include some of those which he purportedly co-directed (HERCULES, I VAMPIRI, etc.) as well as different versions of the same film (LISA AND THE DEVIL / HOUSE OF EXORCISM). Unfortunately, the Bava collection is reaching completion. Jess Franco could be the king-of-the-collection, but much of his stuff is garbage. I have very little interest in most of his work after Soledad died although I intend to purchase a few of his later films (FACELESS is a must!). I eagerly await the upcoming Franco titles from the 60s and early 70s though. Many of my Fisher titles need to be upgraded to DVDs. I can't wait to see decent versions of THE GORGON, FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED, and FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL. Also, I have never seen THE STRANGLERS OF BOMBAY, THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH, TWO FACES OF DR. JEKYLL, ISLAND OF TERROR, and NIGHT OF THE BIG HEAT. Kurosawa is one director who I will collect to completion. I expect that we will see a few more of his films this year on DVD. Hopefully, Criterion will do most of these because, in this case, I don't mind the high price tag. I want to get all of Argento's films and hope that FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET will soon get a definitive release. I even want TRAUMA even though it was very disappointing. I will collect more of Fulci's films but only from the pre-ZOMBI 2 days. For Cronenberg, a R1 release of THE BROOD would be great news. As for Kubrick, I really only need LOLITA and PATHS OF GLORY which I will get around to one of these days.
I feel that Orson Welles, Roman Polanski, and Fritz Lang are under-represented considering their output. The main problem is that their films are only being slowly released on quality R1 DVDs. There should be 4 new Polanski discs in the near future: THE PIANIST, THE TENANT, DEATH AND THE MAIDEN, and BITTER MOON. I wish that Criterion would get their act in gear and release KNIFE IN THE WATER, REPULSION, and CUL-DE-SAC. As for Welles, CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT would probably be my most wanted title at present (unless they ever locate the lost footage from THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS). I'm not a big fan of silent films, but I will definately buy METROPOLIS and DR. MABUSE, THE GAMBLER one day. Also looking forward to more of Lang's Hollywood films.
There are a few directors who will soon make the 5 film cut-off. I have the Claude Chabrol collection on order as well as Truffaut's Antoine Doinel. I'm particularly interested in seeing some Chabrol as I've never had the opportunity before. I soon hope to acquire more films from the following directors who I particularly like: Greenaway, Lynch, Masumura, Sollima, and Suzuki. Also, I suspect that Scorcese, Fellini, and Godard will be here one day as well.
The one director on my list who may be unfamiliar to many is Nobuo Nakagawa. He is a wonderful Japanese director prolific during the 50s and 60s who specialized in horror films. All of the titles I have are on DVD-R (the Japanese discs are prohibitively expensive). I have watched MANSION OF THE GHOST CAT, GHOSTS OF YOTSUYA, and JIGOKU. All are fantastic stories revolving around the idea of karma. The visuals in his films are outstanding and his use of color, Bavaesque (but he pre-dates Bava!). Highly recommended to fans of Japanese cinema, and probably a good starting point for those who love horror but are unfamiliar with the films of this country. Still need to watch THE GHOSTS OF KASANE SWAMP, VAMPIRE MAN, and DEATH ROW WOMAN.
There are three directors on the list who I really don't consider favorites: Roy Ward Baker, William Castle, and Blake Edwards. Baker is there because he is such a prolific director of British horror films. I really only like his QUATERMASS AND THE PIT, DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE, and LEGEND OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN VAMPIRES. I would like to see A NIGHT TO REMEMBER, however. I really don't care for Castle's stuff too much and will probably sell them one of these days, but I will keep HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, THE TINGLER, and MR. SARDONICUS. Blake Edwards is there only because of the Pink Panther films, obviously.
Last edited by Br. Antonin; 04-11-2003 at 02:52 AM.
Awful Dr. Orloff
Sadistic Baron Von Klaus
Dr. Orloff's Monster
Two Undercover Angels
Kiss Me Monster
Eugenie...The Story Of Her
Eugenie De Sade
A Virgin Among the Living Dead (X-Rated)
A Virgin Among the Living Dead (X-Rated, producer's cut)
Lorna The Exorcist
Ilsa: The Wicked Warden
Jack the Ripper
Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun
Barbed Wire Dolls
Revenge in the House of Usher
Oasis of the Zombies
Oasis of the Living Dead
Lust for Frankenstein
Mari Cookie and the Killer Tarantula
Dr. Wong's Virtual Hell
Diabolical Dr. Z
Dracula, Prisoner of Frankenstein
Castle of FuManchu
Blood of FuManchu
Eugenie De Sade (r2)
Faceless (Shriek Show)
White Cannibal Queen
Nightmares Come at Midnight
Sadomania (Blue Underground)
The Sadist of Notre Dame
Girl From Rio
Vampyros Lesbos (import)
Vampyros Lesbos (Spanish version)
She Killed in Ecstasy
Plus DIVISA is releasing around 10 more this year.
I have THE DIABOLICAL DR. Z on order as well. I currently have the SC DVD-R, but I like the film so much that I had to upgrade. I'm looking forward to the BU releases, but I will skip SADOMANIA. I'd like to get DRACULA PRISONER OF FRANKENSTEIN and THE EROTIC RITES OF FRANKENSTEIN when they get a R1 release. Anything with Franco and Vernon is worth watching at least once. Watched REVENGE IN THE HOUSE OF USHER the other night, and while I can't say that it is even close to a good film, it is a definate must for Franco fans because of the numerous references to his previous work. Had a few wonderful shots, but was totally ruined by a rambling plot, too many flashbacks, and the performance of that awful male servant. Vernon, on the other hand, was a lot of fun to watch and hear. My only keeper from 80s and on Franco so far.
I thought REVENGE IN THE HOUSE OF USHER was one of his better, more mature films. It's also shocking seeing Lina Romay not taking her cloths off. I'm going to collect ALL his films so I've got around 170 more to go.
If we count shorts then I own around 35 D.W. Griffith films. I own all of the Kubrick stuff except for THE KILLING and KILLER'S KISS, which I should get soon. I own 10 Woody Allen titles with around 10 more to come.
Regarding Franco, I look forward to hearing your views on all of his films. He's definately one fascinating dude that has made some very cool films. I was surprised that the Synapse release VAMPYROS LESBOS was not on your list. This is one of my favorite Franco's--Soledad looks great, and the music is cool. As for Kubrick, KILLER'S KISS had its moments, but THE KILLING was great! Gotta love Sterling Haydn in any film, and this was a strong film. I'm ashamed to say that I have 0 Woody Allen films. I really should get SLEEPER (which I enjoyed) and PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO (which sounds cool).
I agree that VAMPYROS LESBOS is great but I traded my copy to replace it with a R2 disc, which is supposed to be a little better, although I'm not sure if there's any subtitles. LOS VAMPYROS is a Spanish version that is being released later in the year. Apparently the nudity is cut out but there's more "talk" added to the film.
I am afraid that the Spanish Divisa DVds have no English subtitles Michael.
Swedish Joe hasbeen
Dario Argento with 10
Akira Kurosawa, John Woo, Lucio Fulci and Ringo Lam with 9 apiece.
Terry Gilliam ,Peter Jackson, John Carpenter, Jackie Chan (!), Mario Bava, Alfred Hitchcock with 7 each.
Werner Herzog, Roger Corman, Jess Franco, Antonio Margheriti, Tsui Hark, John Boorman, Sergio Corbucci 6 a pop.
Brian de Palma
William Castle, Roger Corman
Good, a couple new names here. I recently bought and watched AUDITION and thought that is was fantastic! I will definately be buying more Miike films in the future. Also, recently bought FIREWORKS but have not yet watched it.
Originally posted by Jubei
Directors I heavily have in my collection(DVD, LD, & VHS):
William Witney(mainly Republic cliffhangers, but also some Roy Rogers westerns & the film "Master of the Earth")
My most represented include:
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