‘Eating Raoul’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

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Stars: Paul Bartel, Mary Woronov, Robert Beltran, Susan Saiger, Richard Paul | Written by Paul Bartel, Richard Blackburn | Directed by Paul Bartel

Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov play David and Sarah Bland, a stuffy married couple who are politely angry at the world for not allowing them to open their restaurant. Money is tight, and to make matters worse, next door is having a swingers party. When one of the partygoers gets the wrong idea and attacks Mary, the Blands kill him. And, wouldn’t you know it, he has a wad of cash on him.

The Blands concoct a plan: They will attract punters to the house with Mary’s charms, and then Paul will kill them. Here’s where Raoul (Robert Beltran) enters stage left. An apparently friendly handyman, he agrees not to blab as long as he can take the bodies (and the cars the grubby victims don
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Georgetown’

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Georgetown’
What must it be like to play poker with Christoph Waltz? For all the actor’s charms, subtlety doesn’t seem to come naturally to him. Granted, Waltz was a revelation as the unnervingly appealing Nazi colonel in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds,” but in most of the roles that have followed, he’s tipped his hand with each exaggerated expression, working his elastic face like some kind of live-action cartoon character.

That’s an especially odd approach to take in playing a con artist, as he does in “Georgetown,” since no one in the real world would believe a man who telegraphs his true intentions quite so transparently. But seeing as this is also Waltz’s directorial debut, signed under the name “C. Waltz,” he can surround himself with similarly vaudevillian performances from otherwise excellent actors — including Vanessa Redgrave and Annette Bening — whose natural tendency has been to underplay their characters’ emotions.
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Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things

Hey, let's dig up a rotting corpse, just for fun! A group of crazy Florida theater students plays a group of crazy Florida theater students in Bob Clark's no-budget, spirited attempt to ride in the wake of Night of the Living Dead. An hour of bad jokes is capped by a satisfying zombie onslaught that got the film a major release and launched a career. That's how a score of good directors got started in the 1970s. Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things Blu-ray Vci Entertainment 1972 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 76 min. / Street Date February 23, 2016 / 24.99 Starring Alan Ormsby, Valerie Mamches, Jeffrey Gillen, Anya Ormsby, Paul Cronin. Cinematography Jack McGowan Film Editor Gary Goch Art Direction Forest Carpenter Original Music Carl Zittrer Special Makeup Creator Alan Ormsby Written by Bob Clark, Alan Ormsby Produced by Gary Goch Directed by Bob Clark credited as Benjamin Clark

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

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Digital Fury: DVD Essentials for September (Part 2)

Black Sunday: Remastered Edition (1960) Lorber Films Blu-ray and DVD Available Now

One of director Mario Bava’s most acclaimed works, Black Sunday is a strikingly photographed “old dark castle” thriller revolving around witchcraft and possession. Barbara Steele (Piranha) gives a hypnotic performance as Katia, the unfortunate look-alike descendent of a witch who intends to possess her. This highly influential film, also shot by Bava, was the precursor to countless American and European gothic horrors. This is the uncut European print with a few extra minutes of footage, a different English track and Robert Nicolosi’s haunting original score. After years of ugly public domain releases, Black Sunday is finally being presented in its original aspect ratio with a high definition transfer struck from a pristine 35Mm archival print.

Special Features:

• Audio commentary by Tim Lucas (author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark).

• Original Bava theatrical trailers.
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Eating Raoul

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 25, 2012

Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95

Studio: Criterion

Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov work their way up to Eating Raoul.

A sleeper hit independent comedy film of the early 1980s that has since gone on to become a cult favorite, Eating Raoul (1982) is a bawdy, gleefully amoral tale of conspicuous consumption.

Warhol superstar Mary Woronov (Rock’n'Roll High School) and co-writer/director Paul Bartel (The Usual Suspects) star as a prudish married couple who feel put upon by the swingers who live in their apartment building. One night, by accident, they discover a way to simultaneously realize their dream of ridding themselves of the “perverts” down the hall and opening a little restaurant with a very unique menu.

Also starring Robert Beltran (Repo Chick) in the role of the ultimately consumable title character, Eating Raoul is a mix of anything-goes slapstick and clever satire on me-generation self-indulgence

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