Archive 4 - 2012

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Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein Double Feature

One Day Only Event, October 24

Frankenstein Fathom Events

Update Nov 2012: The prints looked really good, and nothing puts over Whale's films visuals like a large screen. Seeing the films together in a double bill demonstrates how much liberty (and superior artistic execution) was with Whale on Bride versus the original Frankenstein, which by comparison seems more a primitive film with a shorter run time that keeps the whole tale rather compact and completely linear. Not so with Bride, which branches out in several directions in the story, and (much discussed in the film history books) has layering throughout the story (and visuals) with double-meanings and more.

Print quality was excellent for a film of this age, with good clarity and detail. Not perfect, with some 'skips' and of course print grain (which some people dislike).

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Original Oct 2012 Notice: The remastered prints of Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein are being put out for exhibition for a one day event from Fathom, who also hosted the Birds one night show in September 2012.

Get info on showings at Fathom online here.


Vertigo moves up - unseats Citizen Kane

The UK Guardian reports that the general poll at the British Film Institute has bumped Citizen Kane for the first time for Hitchcock's 1958 Vertigo - Read about Vertigo here.

James Wong Howe Himself: Washington DC

Program in Washington DC featuring Stan Kang as famous Hollywood veteran cameraman James Wong Howe. Read more.

Review: Re-Release of Hitchcock's The Birds

Read a review of the newly remastered film The Birds.

Review: Raiders of the Lost Ark in Re-release

Riaders of the Lost Ark

Read a review of the IMAX remastered Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Universal Anniversary Box Set of 25 Movies

Box set contains books on Universal's History and remastered movies on Blu-ray disks. Read more to see film list.

Otto Preminger

The Otto Preminger Collection is coming to Blu-ray.

Hurry Sundown / Skidoo / Such Good Friends

Amazon has pre-order on the Preminger set for $48.97 (retail is $69)

Clark Gable Sandwich

Saw this as a restaurant in the Eureka Springs area in the Ozark mountains of Arkansas.

Clark Gable Sandwich

New Barbara Stanwyck Biography now out.

Review: Contraband (1940, aka 'Blackout')

Aug 26, 2011: Conrad Veidt in an infrequent hero role as a Danish sea captain thrown into a mess of Nazi spies in London while he pursues after a kidnapped passenger (Valerie Hobson) from his ship. Read more

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