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VIDEO WATCHDOG NO. 147. February/March 2009.
OVERVIEW: MOTHER OF TEARS THE THIRD MOTHER, A Video Watchdog Round Table Discussion. Maitland McDonagh makes a long-overdue return to our pages to discuss, dissect and analyze Dario Argento’s latest release with Tim Lucas, Kim Newman, Richard Harland Smith and Brad Stevens. Is it an unworthy disaster, a surrealist masterpiece, or something in between?
DVD Spotlight. Three by Jean-Pierre Melville. Rebecca and Sam Umland review the best of Jean-Paul Belmondo and Lino Ventura in these essential new releases from the master of French crime cinema: LÉON MORIN, PRIEST, Le Doulos and Le Deuxième Souffle!
Plus Reviews of... The TV remake of THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN... Ed Woods bestiality romance THE BRIDE AND THE BEAST... William Cameron Menzies CHANDU THE MAGICIAN with Bela Lugosi... Wong Kar-weis captivating and imaginative romance CHUNGKING EXPRESS... the Ballardian and Australian CRASH TEST... the contemporary giallo DARKNESS SURROUNDS ROBERTA... J. Carrol Naish keeps DR. RENAULTS SECRET... we apply some critical soap to DRACULAS DIRTY DAUGHTER... Vincent Price presages his classic Poe performances in the 1940s melodrama DRAGONWYCK... Miles Davis scores Louis Malles directorial debut thriller ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS... Horst Tappert organizes THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY... Roddy McDowall reanimates a golem in IT!... Charlotte Gainsbourgs tense household is overtaken by a LEMMING... Anthony Hopkins and a scary ventriloquists dummy double talk their way through MAGIC... THE MICKEY MOUSE CLUB PRESENTS ANNETTE... Jacques Dutronc and Sophie Marceau make beautiful rhymes together in Andrzej Zulawskis MY NIGHTS ARE MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN YOUR DAYS... Gillian Hills stars in the surprisingly erotic Granada Television family entertainment THE OWL SERVICE... in the near future, rock music converts the masses to conformity in Peter Watkins PRIVILEGE... Kathryn Harrold tends to a psychic patient in THE SENDER... Oliver Reed pursues Carol Lynley into THE SHUTTERED ROOM... colors explode in the Wachovski Brothers SPEED RACER... Ken Foree and Lynn Lowry return to the screen in SPLATTER DISCO... David Carradine stars in SUNDOWN: THE VAMPIRE IN RETREAT... Fred Olen Ray taps into the erotic side of anime in SUPER NINJA DOLL... an undead Elvis impersonator plays house in TRAILER PARK OF TERROR... and a strange albino ape turns amorous in THE WHITE GORILLA! And... Ramsey Campbell on the bizarre Turkish comedy-adventure KORKUSUZ KAPTAN SWING! Books: Sam Umland reviews Taschens latest piano-sized book THE INGMAR BERGMAN ARCHIVES, and Tim Lucas reviews Carl Wilsons LETS TALK ABOUT LOVE: A JOURNEY TO THE END OF TASTE.
All this and much, much MORE! Other contributors featured in this issue: Michael Barrett, John Charles, Bill Cooke, Shane M. Dallmann, Sheldon Inkol, Eric Somer, and Douglas E. Winter.
2009 Video Watchdog magazine. New.