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Jack Garfein, Broadway and Movie Director and Acclaimed Acting Teacher, Dies at 89

Jack Garfein, who directed Broadway plays and Hollywood films and taught acting to the likes of James Dean, Ben Gazzara and Bruce Dern, died Monday of complications from leukemia, Playbill reported. He was 89.

The first director hired by The Actors Studio, Garfein collaborated with filmmakers including Elia Kazan, John Ford and George Stevens and guided Uta Hagen, Herbert Berghof, Shelley Winters, Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Ralph Meeker and Elaine Stritch on stage and/or screen.

According to the biography on his website, Garfein also discovered Dern, Gazzara, Dean, Steve McQueen, George Peppard, Doris Roberts, Jean Stapleton, Pat Hingle, Albert Salmi, Paul Richards and ...
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‘The Manitou’ and ‘Superstition’ Blu-rays Coming from Scream Factory

Scream Factory has lined up another couple cult horror classics for Blu-ray. On April 16th, you'll be able to pop The Manitou (1978) and Superstition (1985) into your Blu-ray player.

The Manitou features a new 4K scan from the original film elements and DTS-hd Master Audio Mono. It is written and produced by William Girdler and based on the best-selling novel by Graham Masterton. Starring are Tony Curtis, Michael Ansara, Susan Strasberg, Stella Stevens, Burgess Meredith, Jon Cedar and Ann Sothern.

Pre-order The Manitou on Blu-ray for a discounted price at Amazon.

Superstition has a new 2K scan, DTS-hd Master Audio Mono, and comes from director James Roberson. It stars James Houghton, Albert Salmi, Lynn Carlin and Larry Pennell.

Pre-order Superstition on Blu-ray for a discounted price at Amazon.

Here's a rundown of the bonus features by movie:

The Manitou

New 4K scan of the original film elements

New Restored Stereo Soundtrack
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Scream Factory Details The Manitou and Superstition Blu-ray Releases

April 16th will see the release of both The Manitou and Superstition on Blu-ray and we have new details on both titles straight from Scream Factory:

"Horror enthusiasts and classic movie collectors rejoice! On April 16, Scream Factory™ is proud to present the 1978 supernatural cult classic The Manitou Blu-ray and horror classic Superstition Blu-ray. Produced and directed by William Girdler and based on the best-selling novel by Graham Masterton, The Manitou stars Tony Curtis (Spartacus), Michael Ansara (I Dream of Jeannie), Susan Strasberg (Scream of Fear), Stella Stevens (The Silencers), Burgess Meredith (Rocky), Jon Cedar (Death Hunt), and Ann Sothern (The Whale of August). Directed by James Roberson (The Giant of Thunder Mountain) and produced by Ed Carlin (Battle Beyond the Stars), Superstition stars James Houghton (The Colbys), Albert Salmi (Caddyshack), Lynn Carlin (Faces), and Larry Pennell (Bubba Ho-Tep).

A must-have for collectors, The Manitou Blu-ray boasts new 4K scan from
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Scream Factory to Release Superstition on Blu-ray This April

A town's witchcraft past comes back to haunt it in violent fashion in Superstition (aka The Witch), and to follow up on their Blu-ray announcement of The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires, Scream Factory has now revealed that they'll also bring Superstition to Blu-ray this April.

From Scream Factory: "We’re feeling lucky this spring as we unleash the 80s supernatural gory horror film Superstition (also known as The Witch in some circles) on Blu-ray for the first time! Street date is planned for April 16th.

Something horrible is happening at the old house on Mill Road. A series of ghastly accidents has occurred near the site where a witch drowned centuries earlier. But when an alcoholic minister and his family move into the cursed residence, an idealistic young priest (James Houghton) and a cynical police detective (Albert Salmi) start their own investigation into the unexplained violence. Has the
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The Bravados

Gregory Peck slips into vengeance mode full-tilt, riding down a quartet of blackhearted knaves: rapist Stephen Boyd, ambusher Albert Salmi, sneaky Lee Van Cleef and inscrutable Henry Silva. The action direction and scenery in this late ‘fifties Big Sky western are excellent; Joan Collins and Kathleen Gallant put in good performances as well.

The Bravados

Blu-ray

Twilight Time

1958 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 97 min. / Street Date September 18, 2018 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95

Starring: Gregory Peck, Joan Collins, Stephen Boyd, Albert Salmi, Henry Silva, Kathleen Gallant, Barry Coe, George Voskovec, Herbert Rudley, Lee Van Cleef, Joe DeRita, Andrew Duggan, Ken Scott, Gene Evans, Beulah Archuletta, Robert Adler.

Cinematography: Leon Shamroy

Film Editor: William Mace

Original Music: Lionel Newman

Written by Philip Yordan from a novel by Frank O’Rourke

Produced by Herbert B. Swope Jr.

Directed by Henry King

The Bravados is just the kind of western America liked in the late 1950s,
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Superstition (1982)

Shelf sitters aren’t always bad news in my eyes; take for instance Superstition (1982). This Canadian curiosity was filmed in ’81, released abroad in ’82, and finally washed ashore in North America in early ’85; it is by turns goofy, gory, dumb, and creative in its kills, and is a great addition to a sub-genre I’m just going to call Italiadjacent, where films from this side of the pond look to that side for aesthetical inspiration and end up with nonsensical storylines. And while Superstition tries to keep it together, it can’t help but let loose and summon up its inner Argento from time to time.

Also known as The Witch, Superstition was part of the U.K.’s notorious early ‘80s Video Nasties scene, but landed on the non-prosecutable Section 3 list, which I guess were films still really bad for you, but not “go to jail” bad for renting or selling them.
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Hour of the Gun

It’s the one saga of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral that puts Western legend into proper perspective as to the nature of money, power and the law: Edward Anhalt’s vision is of a gangland turf war with sagebrush and whiskey bottles. James Garner is a humorless Wyatt Earp, matched by Jason Robards’ excellent Doc Holliday. It’s one of John Sturges’ best movies.

Hour of the Gun

Blu-ray

Twilight Time

1967 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 101 min. / Street Date September 19, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: James Garner, Jason Robards, Robert Ryan, Albert Salmi, Charles Aidman, Steve Ihnat, Michael Tolan, William Windom, Lonny Chapman, Larry Gates, William Schallert, Jon Voight.

Cinematography: Lucien Ballard

Art Direction: Alfred C. Ybarra

Film Editor: Ferris Webster

Original Music: Jerry Goldsmith

Written by Edward Anhalt

Produced and Directed by John Sturges

Producer-director John SturgesHour of the Gun was a dismal non-performer in
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Comic-Con 2015: Interviews with the Cast of Lost In Space

The legendary Lost in Space turns 50 years old this year and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will celebrate the occasion this September by releasing the complete series on Blu-ray, with over six hours of bonus features included.

At Comic-Con, Daily Dead was honored to take part in roundtable interviews with Lost in Space cast members Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Angela Cartwright, and Bill Mumy, who reflected on their favorite Lost in Space memories, the show's legacy, the upcoming Blu-ray, and much more.

The cast reflects on their favorite memories of working on Lost in Space from 1965–1968:

Mark Goddard: My moments are always the fun that I had with Bill [Mumy] on the show. I'm a prankster, and Billy came along with me during my pranks because I had to have him with me because I might get in trouble. If I had Billy with me, I wouldn't get in
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Oscar Winner Went All the Way from Wyler to Coppola in Film Career Spanning Half a Century

Teresa Wright and Matt Damon in 'The Rainmaker' Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.") "I'd rather have luck than brains!" Teresa Wright was quoted as saying in the early 1950s. That's understandable, considering her post-Samuel Goldwyn choice of movie roles, some of which may have seemed promising on paper.[1] Wright was Marlon Brando's first Hollywood leading lady, but that didn't help her to bounce back following the very public spat with her former boss. After all, The Men was released before Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire turned Brando into a major international star. Chances are that good film offers were scarce. After Wright's brief 1950 comeback, for the third time in less than a decade she would be gone from the big screen for more than a year.
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Gentle Ben: Season Two DVD Arrives February 18th

Gentle Ben: Season Two DVD Arrives February 18th
Starring acclaimed television and film actors Clint Howard and Dennis Weaver, relive the final season of the classic, family-friendly series when Gentle Ben: Season Two arrives on DVD February 18. Gentle Ben centers on the inspirational relationship between a boy (Howard) and his 650 lb best friend Ben.

Based on the children's novel of the same name, Gentle Ben follows the adventures in the Florida Everglades of a game warden, Tom Wedloe (Weaver), his wife Ellen (Beth Brickell), their son Mark (Howard), and Mark's tame bear Ben. Gentle Ben: Season Two also includes guest appearances from Ron Howard, Rance Howard, NFL football legend Bart Starr and Albert Salmi.

DVD Basics:

Street Date: February 18, 2014

Price: $36.00

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 11 hours, 52 minutes
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"Something Big" Lives Up To Its Self-Consciously Phallic Title

After four years in Obama's America, with its knee-jerk political correctness and diversity initiatives, it's downright refreshing to see a film with a jovial, good-natured attitude towards sexual slavery, being raped at gunpoint, and what can only be construed as Stockholm Syndrome. All of those things are present in Something Big, a genial western comedy starring Dean Martin and Brian Keith, and all are treated with the same gravity as Martin's easy-going antics. It's an otherwise insignificant film made horrifying by its comedic detours.

All his life, Joe Baker (Martin) has wanted to do 'something big' (a phrase repeated no less than 12,000 times over the course of this movie). He's decided that this big thing involves a gatling gun (still a rare commodity in the west), but the only way to get one is to buy it from Jonny Cobb (Albert Salmi), and the only payment he'll accept is a
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