This Week in ATLRetro – Home Edition #42 – Jan. 25-31, 2021

Posted on: Jan 24th, 2021 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

We at ATLRetro care about your health and well-being, so This Week we are bringing you our next installment of our Home-Edition, a week’s worth of hootenannies and shenanigans you can experience straight from your couch and safely socially distanced!

Manic Monday, January 25

Get folk-rocked as Athens, GA’s Adam Klein releases new EP LITTLE TIGER! The legendary Tom Jones recently shared his cover of Todd Snider’s “Talking Reality Television Blues” which you can listen to here.  A.A. Williams shares cover of The Pixies “Where Is My Mind? and her SONGS FROM ISOLATION covers album is due out Feb. 12 on Bella Union! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Rock out and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm, every Monday! 

Timeless Tuesday, January 26

Get bewitched and catch Witch Hunting Old & New with Professor Ronald Hutton online at 3pm! The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera bring you their virtual concert Dvorak & Ravel at 7pm! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Help support the Atlanta Film Festival via their Kickstarter to ensure 2021’s festival is a success! Boogie down with BE Creative Arts Center’s virtual dance session, Soul Line Dance Tuesday at 8pm! 

 

Way Back Wednesday, January 27

Get really retro and catch Profs & Pints Online: Colonial Philly’s Organized Chaos at 7pm!  B-Movie Bonfire Jr. presents a free online screening of Dave Fleischer’s GULLIVER’S TRAVELS (1939) at 6pm! Get your Swing fix in the comfort of your own home every Wednesday, with WE Swing Dance’s Online Dance at 7pm! Or swing on down to 57th Fighter Group Restaurant for West Coast Swing Wednesdays at 6:30pm! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Get merry with midtown’s favorite Ice Queen, Aspen York, during Park Tavern’s Wednesday’s Are A “Drag” at 8pm, every Wednesday through today! Get jazzy and live stream the Gordon Vernick Quartet hosted by the Red Light Café at 9pm! Catch Robyn Hitchcock every Wednesday at 9pm (details here), broadcasting from his kitchen all over the world! 

Throwback Thursday, January 28

Catch the Sundance Film Festival at The Plaza Theatre , Atlanta’s Satellite Screen (indoors, Plaza Drive-In and Dad’s Garage Drive-In), through Feb. 3! Legendary rock singer and songwriter Ann Wilson has announced the premiere of her new single. “Tender Heart” available now at all DSPs and streaming services. Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Make your way to Smith’s Olde Bar for their retrotastic Thursday Throwdown

Freaky Friday, January 29

Get the blues with The Robert Cray Band at the Variety Playhouse! Rev it up with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt acoustic-style at Wild Wing Cafe in Dunwoody! Goth it up with Athens GA’s Entertainment’s new single, “Voyeur” on their upcoming EP HORROR PT. 1! Make your way to Athens for Sandy Creek Nature Center’s Owl Prowl at 7pm! Catch A Rufus Retro Wainwright-Spective 2021 online concert at 2pm! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! The Earl Smith Strand Theatre is providing virtual classic double features every Friday night via Twitch TV here

Swell Saturday, January 30

Catch A Conversation with Joy Harjo online, hosted by the Broward County Library at 11am! Get artsy and check out a Virtual Guided Tour of Barcelona’s Picasso Museum and the Guadi at 6pm! Make your way to the Fernbank Museum for their Museum Chills & Science Thrills event from 6pm – 9pm! Get your ‘80s fix with The Breakfast Club Trivia online at 7pm! Or make your way to the Dixie Tavern for a night with Guardians of the Jukebox! Get spooked and join Chattanooga’s Paranormal Research Ghost Investigation’s Online Investigation of the Lotz House at 10pm! Get bluesy and catch Chris Cain online at 10pm! Frenchy & The Punk’s solo project, Guitarmy of One releases new single “I Spy the Prisoner” out now! Check out Drive-By Truckers’ lyric video for “Tough to Let Go.”Rock on down to the Star Bar for Punk Rock Night! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31!

Science ‘n’ more Sunday, January 31

Get monsterific and catch The Rosenbach Museum’s Sundays with Frankenstein at 2pm through May 2, an online event exploring Mary Shelley’s masterpiece! Get really retro and catch the Egypt Virtual Tour of Karnak Temples at 5pm! Catch the Jung Society of Atlanta’s Towards A Visionary Science: Introducing Jung’s Black Books at 2pm! Hey Pink Ladies and T-Birds, why not check out Grease (1978) Trivia Live-Stream at 6:30pm! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through today! 

 

Help support our local businesses and artists (A-Z Listing)

 *A Cappella Books Join their VIP discount and membership club for discounts and more (A Cappella Choir). Members who would like to purchase anything online can do so by sending them your list via email or by phone order at (404) 681-5128. All choir members are eligible for free home delivery! Find out more and join here.
*Get monsterific and check out Monsterama’s Kool Kat Anthony Taylor’s Etsy page, Pop Kulture Vulture!
*Browse and purchase your favorite books and more at Atlanta Vintage Books!
*Why not check out our Kool Kat Derek Yaniger’s art and creator of our ATLRetro logo!
*Dirk Hays, purveyor of all that is monstrous and weird, makes art, so why not check out Art by Dirk!
*Geek it up and check out Dr. No’s Comics & Games Superstore (online store here) in Marietta offering gift certificates which can be purchased over the phone for later use and curbside pick-up!
*Jonathan Chaffin’s Horror in Clay, offers tiki mugs filling your every monster madness need!
*Check out Jeanne the Maskmaker’s Etsy page here!
*Get your vintage jewelry fix with Jezebel Blue and your retro style fix with 2the9s Retro!
*Kyle Yaklin gets creaturific with his creature masks and more!
*The Plaza Theatre Support by either purchasing vouchers for future events here, or by supporting their Go Fund Me here, or you can donate or become a member of The Plaza Theatre Foundation. Check out their online store here!
*Kool Kat Shane Morton,  and Silver Scream FX Lab offers one hellacious merch store with monster masks, art and more!

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This Week in ATLRetro – Home Edition #41 – Jan. 18-24, 2021

Posted on: Jan 18th, 2021 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

We at ATLRetro care about your health and well-being, so This Week we are bringing you our next installment of our Home-Edition, a week’s worth of hootenannies and shenanigans you can experience straight from the comfort of your own home and safely socially distanced!

Manic Monday, January 18

Join the Atlanta History Center’s virtual event, Stephen Kendrick and Paul Kendrick in Conversation with Charles Black and Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. at 4pm! Get your 80s fix at Diesel Tap House during their 80s Sitcoms Trivia at 7pm! Or get your broadway musical fix with Rent Trivia Live-Stream at 8:30pm! Make your way to Atlantic Station for their safe, drive-through Atlanta Festival of Lights, through today! Boogie down during the online Wilkerson Blues Practice 2021 at 8pm! A.A. Williams shares cover of The Pixies “Where Is My Mind? and her SONGS FROM ISOLATION covers album is due out Feb. 12 on Bella Union! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Rock out and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm, every Monday!

Timeless Tuesday, January 19

In celebration of Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday, spook it up as The Raven Society presents their online event, Perceptions of Poe, Pictures of Horror at 6:3opm! Join the Atlanta Film Society during their online Eat, Drink & B-Indie: Sundance Film Festival in Atlanta, as they discuss this year’s programming and The Plaza Theatre being an official Satellite Screen for the festival, at 7:30pm! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Help support the Atlanta Film Festival via their Kickstarter to ensure 2021’s festival is a success! Kino Now presents Ric Burns’ documentary, OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE (2019), available to buy and rent digitally. Boogie down with BE Creative Arts Center’s virtual dance session, Soul Line Dance Tuesday at 8pm! 

Way Back Wednesday, January 20

Get bard-y and catch Seven Minute Shakespeare Rolecall Theatre at Ponce City Market! Get your Swing fix in the comfort of your own home every Wednesday, with WE Swing Dance’s Online Dance at 7pm! Or swing on down to 57th Fighter Group Restaurant for West Coast Swing Wednesdays at 6:30pm! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Get merry with midtown’s favorite Ice Queen, Aspen York, during Park Tavern’s Wednesday’s Are A “Drag” at 8pm, every Wednesday through Jan. 27! Get jazzy and live stream the Gordon Vernick Quartet hosted by the Red Light Café at 9pm! Catch Robyn Hitchcock every Wednesday at 9pm (details here), broadcasting from his kitchen all over the world! 

Throwback Thursday, January 21

Charis Books and the Auburn Avenue Research Library bring you their virtual Infinitum: An Afrofuturist Tale – Tim Fielder in Conversation with Edward Hall and Victor LaValle at 7:30pm! Catch a screening of Wong Kar-wai’s THE MOOD FOR LOVE (2000) at The Plaza Theatre indoors at 8:30pm! Boogie down virtually during the DJ deadParrot Live Stream, dishing out dark 80s and more at 10pm! Rev it up with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt acoustic-style at Smokin’ Cues! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Make your way to Smith’s Olde Bar for their retrotastic Thursday Throwdown

Freaky Friday, January 22

Get your 80s MTV-era fix with Electric Avenue’s live stream, hosted by Madlife Stage & Studios at 7pm! The Plaza Theatre gets criminal and kicks off the weekend with screenings of Robert RodriguezEL MARIACHI (1992), Tom Tykwer’s RUN LOLA RUN (1998) and the Coen BrothersBLOOD SIMPLE (1984)! Catch A Rufus Retro Wainwright-Spective 2021 online concert at 2pm! Get southern rocked with AFTM at City Winery! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Daniel Vernon’s documentary THE CHANGIN’ TIMES OF IKE WHITE (2019) opens via The Plaza Theatre’s Virtual Cinema here, hosted by Kino Lorber Marquee! The Earl Smith Strand Theatre is providing virtual classic double features every Friday night via Twitch TV here

Swell Saturday, January 23

Post-punk it up with Bush Tetras Live from New York City online at 9pm! Or have a bloody good time virtually during The Evil Dead with Live Commentary by Bruce Campbell at 9pm! Check out the Zuckerman Museum of Art’s Spring 2021 Opening Day event from 10am – 5pm, which includes a new comic exhibit, “The 9th Art: Frames and Thought Bubbles!” Sail the open seas and make your way to Fernbank’s Pirate Day at 10am! Get jazzy with an online concert featuring the Larry Fuller Trio w/ Special Guest Peter Bernstein at 9pm! Frenchy & The Punk’s solo project, Guitarmy of One releases new single “I Spy the Prisoner” out today! Check out Drive-By Truckers’ lyric video for “Tough to Let Go.”Rock on down to the Star Bar for Punk Rock Night! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31!

Science ‘n’ more Sunday, January 24

Get monsterific and catch The Rosenbach Museum’s Sundays with Frankenstein at 2pm through May 2, an online event exploring Mary Shelley’s masterpiece! Get really retro and catch the Egypt Virtual Tour of Karnak Temples at 10am! Dominique Fils-Aimé debuts gets soulful with “While We Wait.” Film noir it up and celebrate 80 years of John Huston’s THE MALTESE FALCON (1941) at theatres across Atlanta! Check out Profs & Pints Online: The History of Tibetan Buddhism at 7pm! B-Movie Bonfire presents a free online screening of Ed Wood’s GLEN OR GLENDA (1953) at 9:30pm! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! 

 

Help support our local businesses and artists (A-Z Listing)

 *A Cappella Books Join their VIP discount and membership club for discounts and more (A Cappella Choir). Members who would like to purchase anything online can do so by sending them your list via email or by phone order at (404) 681-5128. All choir members are eligible for free home delivery! Find out more and join here.
*Get monsterific and check out Monsterama’s Kool Kat Anthony Taylor’s Etsy page, Pop Kulture Vulture!
*Browse and purchase your favorite books and more at Atlanta Vintage Books!
*Why not check out our Kool Kat Derek Yaniger’s art and creator of our ATLRetro logo!
*Dirk Hays, purveyor of all that is monstrous and weird, makes art, so why not check out Art by Dirk!
*Geek it up and check out Dr. No’s Comics & Games Superstore (online store here) in Marietta offering gift certificates which can be purchased over the phone for later use and curbside pick-up!
*Jonathan Chaffin’s Horror in Clay, offers tiki mugs filling your every monster madness need!
*Check out Jeanne the Maskmaker’s Etsy page here!
*Get your vintage jewelry fix with Jezebel Blue and your retro style fix with 2the9s Retro!
*Kyle Yaklin gets creaturific with his creature masks and more!
*The Plaza Theatre Support by either purchasing vouchers for future events here, or by supporting their Go Fund Me here, or you can donate or become a member of The Plaza Theatre Foundation. Check out their online store here!
*Kool Kat Shane Morton,  and Silver Scream FX Lab offers one hellacious merch store with monster masks, art and more!

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This Week in ATLRetro – Home Edition #40 – Jan. 11-17, 2021

Posted on: Jan 10th, 2021 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

We at ATLRetro care about your health and well-being, so This Week we are bringing you our next installment of our Home-Edition, a week’s worth of hootenannies and shenanigans you can experience straight from your couch and safely socially distanced!

Manic Monday, January 11

Make your way to Atlantic Station for their safe, drive-through Atlanta Festival of Lights, through Jan 18! Spend your Holidays on the Roof at Ponce City Roof! Catch Profs & Pints: Encountering the Enslaved online at 7pm! Skate into the holidays at Park Tavern’s Miracle on 10th Street/The Rink through Jan. 17! A.A. Williams shares cover of The Pixies “Where Is My Mind? and her SONGS FROM ISOLATION covers album is due out Feb. 12 on Bella Union! You won’t want to miss Piano Sonata by Philip Glass at 6pm, running through Jan. 12! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Rock out and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm, every Monday!

Timeless Tuesday, January 12

Check out a Virtual Tour of “Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism Costume Design” hosted by SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion and Film at 12pm! Or check out the Fulton County Museum’s online event, Downtown Then & Now: Gloversville at 6pm! Check out Profs & Pints: Debunking Human Sexuality Myths online at 7pm! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! You won’t want to miss Piano Sonata by Philip Glass at 6pm, running through today! Help support the Atlanta Film Festival via their Kickstarter to ensure 2021’s festival is a success! Kino Now presents Ric Burns’ documentary, OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE (2019), available to buy and rent digitally. Boogie down with BE Creative Arts Center’s virtual dance session, Soul Line Dance Tuesday at 8pm! 

Way Back Wednesday, January 13

Get bewitched and catch An Evening with Marilynne Roach: 1692 Salem Witchcraft Trials online at 7pm! Get bard-y and catch Seven Minute Shakespeare Rolecall Theatre at Ponce City Market! Get your Swing fix in the comfort of your own home every Wednesday, with WE Swing Dance’s Online Dance at 7pm! Or swing on down to 57th Fighter Group Restaurant for West Coast Swing Wednesdays at 6:30pm! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Get merry with midtown’s favorite Ice Queen, Aspen York, during Park Tavern’s Wednesday’s Are A “Drag” at 8pm, every Wednesday through Jan. 27! Get jazzy and live stream the Gordon Vernick Quartet hosted by the Red Light Café at 9pm! Catch Robyn Hitchcock every Wednesday at 9pm (details here), broadcasting from his kitchen all over the world! 

Throwback Thursday, January 14

Jam out with Frankly Scarlet as they pay tribute to The Grateful Dead at Madlife Stage & Studios! Rev it up with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt acoustic-style at Hawg & Ale Smokehouse in Marietta! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Make your way to Smith’s Olde Bar for their retrotastic Thursday Throwdown

 

Freaky Friday, January 15

Get the blues with Keb’ Mo’ at City Winery! Get immersed in art and jazz during the High Museum’s January Friday Jazz event at 6pm! All Fired Up pays tribute to Benatar online, hosted by Madlife Stage & Studios at 7:3opm, followed by NEVERMIND paying tribute to Nirvana! Get your ‘90s fix and catch Friends Trivia on Instagram LIVE at 7:30pm! Mask up and catch Charlie Starr (Blackberry Smoke) featuring Benji Shanks at the Coca-Cola Roxy! Get rocked as Nick & The Knacks pay tribute to the 80s, 90s and more at the Dixie Tavern! Or catch Thin Ice dishing out 70s, 80s and 90s classic rock at 37 Main in Buford! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Daniel Vernon’s documentary THE CHANGIN’ TIMES OF IKE WHITE (2019) opens via The Plaza Theatre’s Virtual Cinema here, hosted by Kino Lorber Marquee! The Earl Smith Strand Theatre is providing virtual classic double features every Friday night via Twitch TV here

Scintillating Saturday, January 16

Spend the night with Ol’ Blue Eyes and catch Richard Shelton in Sinatra: RAW online at 11pm! Folk rock it up with Korby Lenker during his Red Boots Roots concert from home at 7pm! Piano Man – The Duo pays tribute to Billy Joel at 37 Main in Avondale! Flannel Nation pays tribute to 90s rock at Dixie Tavern! Get the blues with Skyler Saufley at Northside Tavern! Get the blues with Keb’ Mo’ at City Winery! Bad Co. Experience pays tribute to Bad Company online, hosted by Madlife Stage & Studios at 7pm! Rev it up with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & the Psycho Devilles at Guston’s in Woodstock! Rock on down to the Star Bar for Punk Rock Night! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31!

Science ‘n’ more Sunday, January 17

Get down with Oleta Adams with two shows online! Geek it up at Battle & Brew’s Family Board Game Day! Catch a screening of Randal Kleiser’s GREASE (1978) at Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta at 1pm! Folk it up with Arcadian Wild at Eddie’s Attic! Check out Profs & Pints Online: Folklore Strikes Back at 7pm! B-Movie Bonfire presents a free online screening of Christy Cabanne’s CONSPIRACY (1930) at 8:30pm! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! 


Help support our local businesses and artists (A-Z Listing)

 *A Cappella Books Join their VIP discount and membership club for discounts and more (A Cappella Choir). Members who would like to purchase anything online can do so by sending them your list via email or by phone order at (404) 681-5128. All choir members are eligible for free home delivery! Find out more and join here.
*Get monsterific and check out Monsterama’s Kool Kat Anthony Taylor’s Etsy page, Pop Kulture Vulture!
*Browse and purchase your favorite books and more at Atlanta Vintage Books!
*Why not check out our Kool Kat Derek Yaniger’s art and creator of our ATLRetro logo!
*Dirk Hays, purveyor of all that is monstrous and weird, makes art, so why not check out Art by Dirk!
*Geek it up and check out Dr. No’s Comics & Games Superstore (online store here) in Marietta offering gift certificates which can be purchased over the phone for later use and curbside pick-up!
*Jonathan Chaffin’s Horror in Clay, offers tiki mugs filling your every monster madness need!
*Check out Jeanne the Maskmaker’s Etsy page here!
*Get your vintage jewelry fix with Jezebel Blue and your retro style fix with 2the9s Retro!
*Kyle Yaklin gets creaturific with his creature masks and more!
*The Plaza Theatre Support by either purchasing vouchers for future events here, or by supporting their Go Fund Me here, or you can donate or become a member of The Plaza Theatre Foundation. Check out their online store here!
*Kool Kat Shane Morton,  and Silver Scream FX Lab offers one hellacious merch store with monster masks, art and more!

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APES ON FILM: Frankenstein -vs- Jimmy Stewart!

Posted on: Jan 4th, 2021 By:

by Anthony Taylor
Contributing Writer

 Welcome to Apes on Film! This column exists to scratch your retro-film-in-high-definition itch. We’ll be reviewing new releases of vintage cinema and television on disc of all genres, finding gems and letting you know the skinny on what to avoid. Here at Apes on Film, our aim is to uncover the best in retro film. As we dig for artifacts, we’ll do our best not to bury our reputation. What will we find out here? Our destiny.

 

 

 

THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (2 Disc SE)- 1957
4.5 out of 5 Bananas
Starring: Peter Cushing , Hazel Court, Robert Urquhart , Christopher Lee
Director: Terence Fisher
Rated: Unrated
Studio: Warner Archive Collection
Region: A
BRD Release Date: December 15, 2020
Audio Formats: English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)
Video Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: New 2020 1080p HD Restoration Masters from 4K Scans of Preservation Separation Elements
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1, 1.67:1, 1.85:1
Run Time: 83 minutes
CLICK HERE TO ORDER

It’s the holiday season, and a great time to make a gift of your current disc copy of Hammer FilmsTHE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN. Not to a friend, but to an interested acquaintance or an amiable stranger – share the gift of a wonderful classic film in an adequate digital presentation and give yourself (and a friend) a gift by ordering the new, restored version of the film from the Warner Archive Collection. After viewing this presentation of the film, you’ll never be able to go back to the current disc in your collection, whether DVD or Blu-ray. For a taste of what I mean, click the title link above to see a comparison video of the restored vs. unrestored version.

Warner Archive’s new two-disc special edition lovingly gives this film the attention it deserves, including not one, not TWO… but THREE different prints in varying aspect ratios as released in theaters. It also includes a great slate of supplemental features produced by Constantine Nasr, a man who knows his mid-century British horror movies. He’s assembled a set of in-depth featurettes that include context, history, and opinions from the likes of Dick Klemensen, publisher of Hammer-centric fanzine Little Shoppe of Horrors, Sir Christopher Frayling, who provides an excellent history of gothic literature and how Hammer’s films were affected by it as well as how they affected it, David J. Miller, who contextualizes fellow director of photography Jack Asher’s work on the film and his subsequent work at Hammer, and composer Christopher Drake on the film’s score and it’s composer, James Bernard. Nasr and historian Jack Haberman also provide a new audio commentary. The film’s original trailer has also been restored and is included.

As for the film itself, it looks and sounds better than it ever has. One of the cornerstones of Hammer’s success, THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN was very much a gamble when the company undertook it’s production. Horror movies were at a low ebb in the mid-1950s, and the company was under scrutiny not only by the British Board of Film Classification but by Universal Studios, who wanted to make sure they weren’t appropriating any copyrighted material or designs from the 1930s films. Writer Jimmy Sangster created a totally new take on the story, focusing on the evil Baron Frankenstein rather than the monster, and injected a bit of Jane Eyre to play up the gothic aspect. Add blood, cleavage, and one-strip Eastmancolor film stock and you have a perfect storm which kicked off a decade’s worth of profitable releases for Hammer and their competitors.

If you’ve never seen it and aren’t a big fan of this type of movie, you might want to hold off on buying this set – an acquaintance or amiable stranger may be giving you an earlier disc release of it in the near future. If you are a fan, order now – this is essential viewing, and should be in any horror fan’s library.

 

THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER – 1940
4 out of 5 Bananas
Starring: Margaret Sullavan , James Stewart , Frank Morgan , Joseph Schildkraut
Directed By: Ernst Lubitsch
Studio: Warner Archive Collection
BRD Release Date: December 22, 2020
Region: A
Audio Formats: English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)
Video Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Run Time: 99 minutes
CLICK HERE TO ORDER

What would the holidays be without an annual viewing of that timeless Jimmy Stewart classic? You may think I mean IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, but I’m talking about THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER, a deeper dive and totally worth adding to your Christmas movie viewing list. Remade in 1998 as YOU’VE GOT MAIL starring Tom Hanks  (well, who else could carry Stewart’s mantle?) and  Meg Ryan , with the original outshining the remake on all counts. The cast is perfect; Stewart, Sullavan, and Morgan essay their characters well, dodging and parrying each other with jabs and lunges of Runyun-esque dialog provided by writer Samson Raphaelson. Lubitsch’s direction brings it all in dramatically as well as comedically, making for a tender and frustrating love story between two headstrong people trying to define themselves through the eyes of others. We know in the end they’ll come together, but the journey is the satisfying part of this film, not the destination.

Warner Archive’s presentation seems sourced from a new 2K scan of the original interpositive materials and is a marked improvement from past releases. The picture is sharp and gray tones and blacks are well defined throughout. Audio is also improved, especially in regard to dialog, which is tossed about like hand grenades by the cast – fast, furious, and much more in evidence than musical cues. Supplemental materials include a vintage MGM promotional film, THE MIRACLE OF SOUND, a Screen Guild Theater radio broadcast (Sept. 29, 1940) with Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart and Frank Morgan, as well as the Lux Radio Theater broadcast (June 23, 1941) with Claudette Colbert and Don Ameche, and the remastered original theatrical trailer for the film.

Don’t look for a plot-heavy story here–this is all holiday fantasy, and the focus is on the characters. If that appeals to you, then make sure you get this disc and keep it handy every year around this time. It’s worth the watch.

 

Anthony Taylor is not only the Minister of Science, but also Defender of the Faith. His reviews and articles have appeared in magazines such as Screem, Fangoria, Famous Monsters of Filmland, SFX, Video*WatcHDog, and more.

 *Art Credit: Anthony Taylor as Dr. Zaius caricature by Richard Smith

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This Week in ATLRetro – Home Edition #39 – Jan. 4-10, 2021

Posted on: Jan 4th, 2021 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Welcome to 2021! We at ATLRetro care about your health and well-being, so This Week we are bringing you our next installment of our Home-Edition, a week’s worth of hootenannies and shenanigans you can experience straight from your couch and safely socially distanced!

Manic Monday, January 4

Make your way to Atlantic Station for their safe, drive-through Atlanta Festival of Lights, through Jan 18! Spend your Holidays on the Roof at Ponce City Roof! Skate into the holidays at Park Tavern’s Miracle on 10th Street/The Rink through Jan. 17! A.A. Williams shares cover of The Pixies “Where Is My Mind? and her SONGS FROM ISOLATION covers album is due out Feb. 12 on Bella Union! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Rock out and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm, every Monday!

Timeless Tuesday, January 5

Get your 80s fix and check out Ferris Bueller’s Day off Trivia online at 8:30pm! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Help support the Atlanta Film Festival via their Kickstarter to ensure 2021’s festival is a success! The Strand brings you their A Christmas Tradition: Revisited, a 48-hour video on demand rental here! Kino Now presents Ric Burns’ documentary, OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE (2019), available to buy and rent digitally. Boogie down with BE Creative Arts Center’s virtual dance session, Soul Line Dance Tuesday at 8pm! 

Way Back Wednesday, January 6

Get sleuthy and catch Profs & Pints Online: Investigating Sherlock Holmes at 7pm! Catch a screening of Wong Kar-Wai’s FALLEN ANGELS (1995) indoors at The Plaza Theatre at 8:30pm! Get your Swing fix in the comfort of your own home every Wednesday, with WE Swing Dance’s Online Dance at 7pm! Or swing on down to 57th Fighter Group Restaurant for West Coast Swing Wednesdays at 6:30pm! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Get merry with midtown’s favorite Ice Queen, Aspen York, during Park Tavern’s Wednesday’s Are A “Drag” at 8pm, every Wednesday through Jan. 27! Get jazzy and live stream the Gordon Vernick Quartet hosted by the Red Light Café at 9pm! Catch Robyn Hitchcock every Wednesday at 9pm (details here), broadcasting from his kitchen all over the world! 

Throwback Thursday, January 7

Spend the night at one of the most famous museums in the world with A Virtual Guided Tour of Louvre at 7pm! Get countrified with Ray Scott at Eddie’s Attic! Catch a screening of Wong Kar-Wai’s FALLEN ANGELS (1995) at The Plaza Theatre’s Dad’s Garage Drive-In at 7:15pm! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Make your way to Smith’s Olde Bar for their retrotastic Thursday Throwdown

Freaky Friday, January 8

Catch A Rufus Retro Wainwright-Spective 2021 online concert at 2pm! Catch a screening of Wong Kar-Wai’s HAPPY TOGETHER (1997) indoors at The Plaza Theatre! Funk it up safely in the comfort of your own home during the Atlanta Brazilian Corona Carnival at 4pm! Elton Live pays tribute to Elton John at 37 Main Avondale Estates! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Daniel Vernon’s documentary THE CHANGIN’ TIMES OF IKE WHITE (2019) opens via The Plaza Theatre’s Virtual Cinema here, hosted by Kino Lorber Marquee! The Earl Smith Strand Theatre is providing virtual classic double features every Friday night via Twitch TV here

Scintillating Saturday, January 9

Get monsterific during the virtual Creature Features 50th Anniversary Celebration at 7pm! The New Bedford Whaling Museum presents the 25th Anniversary of their readathon of Herman Melville’s MOBY DICK online during their 2021 Moby Dick Marathon at 11:30am! Make your way to EAV and support local artists at Market in the Garden at 2pm! Check out Atlanta’s Jim Stacy’s Hustle Kitchen Drive Up-Drive Off Pop Up Tamalcalypse 2021 at the Star Bar from 3pm-6pm! Rev it up with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & the Psycho Devilles at Motorheads! Mock of Ages pays tribute to Def Leppard at the Dixie Tavern! Catch a screening of Wong Kar-Wai’s HAPPY TOGETHER (1997) indoors at The Plaza Theatre at 8:30pm! Rock on down to the Star Bar for Punk Rock Night! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31!

Science ‘n’ more Sunday, January 10

Sci-fi it up with An Afternoon of Asimov at 3pm! Take a live virtual tour of Vincent van Gogh’s life and artistic career via the Vincent van Gogh Art Tour at 2pm! You won’t want to miss Piano Sonata by Philip Glass at 6pm, running through Jan. 12! B-Movie Bonfire presents a free online screening of Robert N. Bradbury’s BLUE STEEL (1934) at 9:30pm! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! 

 

Help support our local businesses and artists (A-Z Listing)

 *A Cappella Books Join their VIP discount and membership club for discounts and more (A Cappella Choir). Members who would like to purchase anything online can do so by sending them your list via email or by phone order at (404) 681-5128. All choir members are eligible for free home delivery! Find out more and join here.
*Get monsterific and check out Monsterama’s Kool Kat Anthony Taylor’s Etsy page, Pop Kulture Vulture!
*Browse and purchase your favorite books and more at Atlanta Vintage Books!
*Why not check out our Kool Kat Derek Yaniger’s art and creator of our ATLRetro logo!
*Dirk Hays, purveyor of all that is monstrous and weird, makes art, so why not check out Art by Dirk!
*Geek it up and check out Dr. No’s Comics & Games Superstore (online store here) in Marietta offering gift certificates which can be purchased over the phone for later use and curbside pick-up!
*Jonathan Chaffin’s Horror in Clay, offers tiki mugs filling your every monster madness need!
*Check out Jeanne the Maskmaker’s Etsy page here!
*Get your vintage jewelry fix with Jezebel Blue and your retro style fix with 2the9s Retro!
*Kyle Yaklin gets creaturific with his creature masks and more!
*The Plaza Theatre Support by either purchasing vouchers for future events here, or by supporting their Go Fund Me here, or you can donate or become a member of The Plaza Theatre Foundation. Check out their online store here!
*Kool Kat Shane Morton,  and Silver Scream FX Lab offers one hellacious merch store with monster masks, art and more!

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ATLRetro’s Throw Back to the 20th Century New Year’s Eve Guide – Our Top Ten Vitally Vintage Eras for Toasting 2021

Posted on: Dec 21st, 2020 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Get to roarin’ and ring in a much-needed vintage New Year with ATLRetro! Help us safely welcome with open arms 2021 while kicking 2020 to the curb! Start the New Year off with a bang with all the hoppin’ virtual and socially distanced shindigs we’ve dug up just for you!

1. PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ & ALL THAT JAZZ. Celebrate the New Year in style! Flap on over to Red Phone Booth’s annual Roaring 20s NYE Party featuring a full band with Yacht Rock Schooner and more! Gatsby it up at Ventanas during their Gatsby Penthouse NYE Party at 8:30pm! Jazz it up during Pink Martini’s NYE Good Riddance 2020! online concert at 3pm! Get jazzy and live stream the Gordon Vernick Quartet hosted by the Red Light Café at 9pm (12/30)!

2. BLUES, SOUL & FUNK, OH MY. Funk it up this NYE! Head on down to the bayou for a virtual Mudcat New Year’s Eve at 11:30pm! Get down and funk it up with Lola at the Northside Tavern’s NYE Party)! Raise a Ruckus with Eddie 9V & His Big Band at Blind Willie’s this NYE! $40/Doors at 7pm. Get some soul with Davis & The Love at Park Tavern’s Goodbye 2020 NYE Party! Funk it up with The Orange Constant at Best End Brewing Co.!

3. HEY! HO! LET’S GO! Hey all you miscreants, why not rock into the New Year! Brotherhood pays tribute to The Doobie Brothers livestreaming this NYE hosted by Eddie Owens Presents – Red Clay Theatre! Nightrain rocks out and pays tribute to Guns ‘n’ Roses at 37 Main Avondale Estates at 9pm!

4. I PUT A SPELL ON YOU: MONSTERS, MADNESS & WITCHY FUN. Battle & Brew gets mad during their Mad Hatter’s NYE Tea Party featuring free console gaming all night, photo booth, complimentary champagne at midnight and more! $30/Doors at 7pm!

5. RAISE A ROCKABILLY/FOLKSY/ROOTSY RUCKUS. Raise a ruckus and have a helluva NYE with Kool Kat Hot Rod Waltand the Psycho-DeVillesat The Social Goat Tavern in Covington! Folk rock it up with The Avett Brothers during their Virtual NYE Concert at 8pm! For a New Year’s Eve filled with foot stompin’ Americana, blues and rock ‘n’ roll, make your way to Eddie’s Attic for two hoppin’ helpings of the sultry Michelle Malone Band and her 23rd annual New Year’s Eve Bash!

6. SMOOTH OPERATOR.  Get your soft rock fix at MadLife Stage & Studios as On the Border pays tribute to The Eagles with two NYE shows (8pm and 10:30pm)!

7. LIFE’S A BEACH. Hula on down and spend the holidays at The S.O.S. Tiki Bar in Decatur during their NYE Celebration beginning at 5pm (reservations required)!

8. THE CURE FOR BANANARAMA. Electric Avenuerings in the New Year with a night of MTV-era rockin’ online here at 10pm and can be viewed through Jan. 3! Eighties it up with Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finchwith Denim Arcade at Del Rio Mexican Grill in Dacula at 9:30pm!

9. MASQUERADES AND GALAS GALORE. Get dressed to the nines and make your way to Dancing Skulls for their NYE Masquerade Party! $75 entry fee includes preset menu, a cocktail, and a champagne toast at midnight! Doors at 7:30pm! Hey all you lovers of glitz and glam! Shimmy on down to the NYE: Pink Elephant Cabaret virtual party at 1:30am!

10. SCI-FI IT UP & More. 
Jumanji it up at My Sister’s Room during their socially distanced New Year’s Eve Party! Doors at 7:30pm! Spend NYE at Atlanta Botanical Gardens set against the glimmering backdrop of Garden Lights at 9:30pm! Get really retro during Shakespeare’s New Year’s Shakin’ Eve online at 9:30pm!

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This Week in ATLRetro – Home Edition #38 – Dec. 21-27, 2020

Posted on: Dec 21st, 2020 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

We at ATLRetro care about your health and well-being, so This Week we are bringing you our next installment of our Home-Edition, a week’s worth of holiday hootenannies and shenanigans you can experience straight from your couch and safely socially distanced!

Manic Monday, December 21

Get retro Vegas-style! Check out Home for the Holidays – Tributes LIVE from Las Vegas online at 5pm! Or get cozy online during Warm Wishes: A Holiday Celebration with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at 8pm! Get down as Chi-Town Transit Authority pays tribute to Chicago at MadLife Stage & Studios! Twinkle it up with Six Flags as they present Candy Rush, the world’s largest drive-through animated holiday light show, through Jan. 3! Make your way to Atlantic Station for their safe, drive-through Atlanta Festival of Lights, through Jan 18! Spend your Holidays on the Roof at Ponce City Roof! Check out the Rowswell Winter Puppet Series: Trouble in Toy Land at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center! The Diesel Tap House brings you Christmas Movie Trivia at 7pm! Skate into the holidays at Park Tavern’s Miracle on 10th Street/The Rink through Jan. 17! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Check out a virtual 70s & 80s Trivia Night at 8:45pm! Rock out and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm, every Monday!

Timeless Tuesday, December 22

Have a big band holiday during Joe Gransden’s Holiday Special with Robin Lattimore at Eddie’s Attic at 7pm and 9:30pm! Get magical and stream The Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker at 2pm! Piano Man pays tribute to Billy Joel at MadLife Stage & Studios! Check out Brad Palermo & The Shadow Queens’s new holiday single, “Satan Won the War on Christmas!” New Found Glory kicks off the holiday season with new track “December’s Here!” Check out the Rowswell Winter Puppet Series: Trouble in Toy Land at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center! Help support the Atlanta Film Festival via their Kickstarter to ensure 2021’s festival is a success! The Strand brings you their A Christmas Tradition: Revisited, a 48-hour video on demand rental here! Kino Now presents Ric Burns’ documentary, OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE (2019), available to buy and rent digitally. Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Boogie down with BE Creative Arts Center’s virtual dance session, Soul Line Dance Tuesday at 8pm! 

Way Back Wednesday, December 23

Make your way to the Star Bar’s killer Bizarre Bazaar for your last minute holiday shopping needs with local artists at 2pm! Swing on down to 57th Fighter Group Restaurant for West Coast Swing Wednesdays at 6:30pm! Have a big band holiday during Joe Gransden’s Holiday Special with Robin Lattimore at Eddie’s Attic at 7pm! Gather all ye misfits and catch a free online Christmas Roast of Rudolph at 8pm! GPB presents Happy Holidays with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at 8pm! Spend the holidays at the Center for Puppetry Arts as they present a special exhibit, Very Merry Puppetry: Puppets of Holidays Past, Present and Future through the month of December! Hula on down and spend the holidays at The S.O.S. Tiki Bar in Decatur during their Mele Kalikimaka events through Dec.  31! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Get merry with midtown’s favorite Ice Queen, Aspen York, during Park Tavern’s Wednesday’s Are A “Drag” at 8pm, every Wednesday through Jan. 27! Get jazzy and live stream the Gordon Vernick Quartet hosted by the Red Light Café at 9pm! Catch Robyn Hitchcock every Wednesday at 9pm (details here), broadcasting from his kitchen all over the world! 

Throwback Thursday, December 24

Keisha and Kourtney, aka Ladies of Soul get down with the classics from the ‘60s and ‘70s online at 9pm, hosted by Yacht Rock Revue! The Aurora Theatre presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Live on the Mainstage, through Dec. 23! The Plaza Theatre is where it’s at this holiday season! Make your way to the Plaza Drive-In for a killer screening of Bob Clark’s BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974) at 7:30pm, or head indoors for a screening of Frank Capra’s IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) at 8:30pm (also screening at Dad’s Garage Drive-In at 7:15pm) and Wong Kar-Wai’s DAYS OF BEING WILD (1990) at 4:30pm! Get spooky with author Daniel Braum during Night Six of the New York Ghost Story Festival at 7pm! Catch the premiere online screening of Cinderella for free and enjoy an online community theatre pantomime story of Cinderella with 350 Performers from 6 countries across 4 continents, the only pantomime of its kind in the world at 1pm! Spend Xmas Eve with Tyler Neal at From the Earth Brewing Company! Get down at the Rusty Barrel Blues Jam every Thursday in Marietta! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Make your way to Smith’s Olde Bar for their retrotastic Thursday Throwdown! Hammonds House Museum presents new free virtual program: Conversations about Jazz with Carl Anthony, every other Thursday at 7:30pm. To RSVP, click here! 

Freaky Friday, December 25

We hope you have a rockin’ retro Christmas this year! For those of you wondering, ATLRetro is hopping this holiday, so come on out and see what the jolly old fella has up his big red sleeve! Make your way to Art House for their End of Year Art Show & Holiday Kick Back with art, vendors and special treats at 8pm! Check out Julien Magic’s X-Mas Magic Show online at 2pm! Or why not leave the kiddie stuff behind and make your way to Diesel Tap House for a few hot toddies and their Adult Trivia at 9pm! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Daniel Vernon’s documentary THE CHANGIN’ TIMES OF IKE WHITE (2019) opens via The Plaza Theatre’s Virtual Cinema here, hosted by Kino Lorber Marquee! Get in the holiday spirit at Miracle at the Fox Marquee Club through Jan. 1! The Earl Smith Strand Theatre is providing virtual classic double features every Friday night via Twitch TV here! The holidays are upon us, so why not make your way to Stone Mountain Christmas, running through Jan. 3! 

Scintillating Saturday, December 26

Get retro and artsy during the Van Gogh Museum – Amsterdam: Livestream Art Tour at 12pm! Rock out with Kool Kat Sen Artie Mondello online with his 20th Anniversary Fistmas 2020 at 9pm! Get your Americana fix with Fire & the Knife at Center Street Tavern in Acworth! Departure pays tribute to Journey at MadLife Stage & Studios! The Jeff Mosier Trio get down at From the Earth Brewing Company! Catch a screening of Wong Kar-Wai’s CHUNGKING EXPRESS (1994) indoors at The Plaza Theatre at 8:30pm! Spend the night with Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch and Denim Arcade at The Wing Cafe in Marietta! Get spirited away during Holiday Rocking Dueling Pianos at Park Bench at 7pm! Get pop-py with Reindeer & Ruckus at The Basement! Or get your ‘80s fix with Slippery When Wet paying tribute to Bon Jovi at Dixie Tavern! Check out Juneteenth Family Day’s Kwanzaa Juneteenth Festival online through Jan. 1! Netherworld spooks up the holidays with a haunted twist with its Lights On Tours beginning today, through Jan. 3! The Trolley Barn presents their outdoor Holiday Cabaret, every weekend through December! Rock on down to the Star Bar for Punk Rock Night! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Or get your holiday fix at Fernbank’s Holiday Hangouts, featuring access to their Winter Wonderland exhibit, oversized snow globes, a sock skating rink and more! Get down to Beverly Atlanta for the I Still Love the 90s Brunch Party at 11am, every Saturday through Dec. 26!

Science ‘n’ more Sunday, December 27

Support local artists and catch the End of Year Sunday Funday Market at 1pm! Rock out with The Wildflowers paying tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers at MadLife Stage & Studios! The Trolley Barn presents their outdoor Holiday Cabaret, every weekend through December! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Check out the Sunday Funday Pop Up Market at Lee+White at 1pm, every Sunday through Dec. 27! 

 

Help support our local businesses and artists (A-Z Listing)

 *A Cappella Books Join their VIP discount and membership club for discounts and more (A Cappella Choir). Members who would like to purchase anything online can do so by sending them your list via email or by phone order at (404) 681-5128. All choir members are eligible for free home delivery! Find out more and join here.
*Get monsterific and check out Monsterama’s Kool Kat Anthony Taylor’s Etsy page, Pop Kulture Vulture!
*Browse and purchase your favorite books and more at Atlanta Vintage Books!
*Why not check out our Kool Kat Derek Yaniger’s art and creator of our ATLRetro logo!
*Dirk Hays, purveyor of all that is monstrous and weird, makes art, so why not check out Art by Dirk!
*Geek it up and check out Dr. No’s Comics & Games Superstore (online store here) in Marietta offering gift certificates which can be purchased over the phone for later use and curbside pick-up!
*Jonathan Chaffin’s Horror in Clay, offers tiki mugs filling your every monster madness need!
*Check out Jeanne the Maskmaker’s Etsy page here!
*Get your vintage jewelry fix with Jezebel Blue and your retro style fix with 2the9s Retro!
*Kyle Yaklin gets creaturific with his creature masks and more!
*The Plaza Theatre Support by either purchasing vouchers for future events here, or by supporting their Go Fund Me here, or you can donate or become a member of The Plaza Theatre Foundation. Check out their online store here!
*Kool Kat Shane Morton,  and Silver Scream FX Lab offers one hellacious merch store with monster masks, art and more!

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This Week in ATLRetro – Home Edition #37 – Dec. 14-20, 2020

Posted on: Dec 14th, 2020 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

We at ATLRetro care about your health and well-being, so This Week we are bringing you our next installment of our Home-Edition, a week’s worth of holiday hootenannies and shenanigans you can experience straight from your couch and safely socially distanced!

Manic Monday, December 14

Twinkle it up with Six Flags as they present Candy Rush, the world’s largest drive-through animated holiday light show, through Jan. 3! Make your way to Atlantic Station for their safe, drive-through Atlanta Festival of Lights, through Jan 18! Spend your Holidays on the Roof at Ponce City Roof! Skate into the holidays at Park Tavern’s Miracle on 10th Street/The Rink through Jan. 17! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Get spooky with author Daniel Braum during Night Three of the New York Ghost Story Festival at 7pm! Rock out and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm, every Monday!

Timeless Tuesday, December 15

Have some safe Muppet-y holiday cheer with The Muppet Christmas Carol Trivia on Instagram Live at 7:30pm! Check out Brad Palermo & The Shadow Queens’s new holiday single, “Satan Won the War on Christmas!” New Found Glory kicks off the holiday season with new track “December’s Here!” NOVA REX bassist Kenny Wilkerson releases charity cookbook “Rockin Recipes for Autism” featuring 57 world-famous rockers contributing recipes to raise awareness for Autism! Help support the Atlanta Film Festival via their Kickstarter to ensure 2021’s festival is a success! The Strand brings you their A Christmas Tradition: Revisited, a 48-hour video on demand rental here! Kino Now presents Ric Burns’ documentary, OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE (2019), available to buy and rent digitally. Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! The Atlanta School of Photography invites you to the Atlanta Botanical Garden Lights Photo Stroll at 6:45pm! Boogie down with BE Creative Arts Center’s virtual dance session, Soul Line Dance Tuesday at 8pm! We know you need your swingin’ Joe Gransden fix, so why not visit his site and catch a video or two of his, including him and his band swingin’ it up at Café 290, here

Way Back Wednesday, December 16

GPB and Science ATL bring you a look at historical female pioneers in STEM fields with their virtual Unladylike 2020: Pioneers in STEM event at 7pm! A Cappella Books proudly presents an exclusive virtual event with John Densmore (The Doors), who will join Atlanta music journalist and Smithsonian Folkways editor Chad Radford for a Zoom discussion of “The Seekers: Meetings With Remarkable Musicians (and Other Artists)” via Zoom at 7pm! Spend the holidays at the Center for Puppetry Arts as they present a special exhibit, Very Merry Puppetry: Puppets of Holidays Past, Present and Future through the month of December! Deck the halls at the virtual 94th Annual Spelman-Morehouse Christmas Carol Concert beginning at 6pm! Get your Elf Trivia fix at Guac y Margys at 7pm! Spend the night with Frankly Scarlet (Grateful Dead tribute) and others during the online Friendship Music Festival at 8pm! Get jazzy as Alice Phoebe Lou announces new album, GLOW and shares first single, “Dusk“! Hula on down and spend the holidays at The S.O.S. Tiki Bar in Decatur during their Mele Kalikimaka events through Dec.  31! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Get groovy at the annual Rock the Bells Holiday Jam at Rock Steady Atlanta! Get merry with midtown’s favorite Ice Queen, Aspen York, during Park Tavern’s Wednesday’s Are A “Drag” at 8pm, every Wednesday through Jan. 27! Boogie down with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during his DREAMS Music Video Live Stream at 9pm! Get jazzy and live stream the Gordon Vernick Quartet hosted by the Red Light Café at 9pm! Catch Robyn Hitchcock every Wednesday at 9pm (details here), broadcasting from his kitchen all over the world! 

Throwback Thursday, December 17

The Aurora Theatre presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Live on the Mainstage, through Dec. 23! The Plaza Theatre is where it’s at this holiday season! Make your way indoors for a 35mm screening of Shane Black’s KISS KISS BANG BANG (2005) in 35mm at 8:30pm, and catch a Plaza Drive-In screening of John Landis’s TRADING PLACES (1983) at 7:30pm! Get your Americana fix with Carolina Story at Eddie’s Attic! Interstellar Echos pays tribute to Pink Floyd acoustically with Pigs on a String at From the Earth Brewing Company! Catch A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Broadcast online at 3pm! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Make your way to Smith’s Olde Bar for their retrotastic Thursday Throwdown! Hammonds House Museum presents new free virtual program: Conversations about Jazz with Carl Anthony, every other Thursday at 7:30pm, beginning July 9, through December 24. To RSVP, click here! 

Freaky Friday, December 18 

Have a Southern Fried Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas with ELZIG, Captain & Maybelle and more at Dixie Tavern! The Plaza Theatre screens Tim Burton’s EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990) at the Plaza Drive-In at 7:30pm, and screens Chris Columbus’s HOME ALONE (1990) indoors at 8:30pm! Heck.house delivers their Last Minute Krampus holiday market at 4pm! Spook it up this holiday season with EAV’s Nightmare Before Christmas Marketplace at Metropolitan Studios at 5pm! Mock of Ages pays tribute to Def Leppard at 37 Main Avondale Estates! Goth it up with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during his GOTH Music Videos: Classics to Current at 9pm! Rumours pays tribute to Fleetwood Mac at Napoleon’s! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Get some soul with TRUETT at the Northside TavernDaniel Vernon’s documentary THE CHANGIN’ TIMES OF IKE WHITE (2019) opens via The Plaza Theatre’s Virtual Cinema here, hosted by Kino Lorber Marquee! Catch the Alliance Theatre’s drive-in production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE LIVE RADIO PLAY, through Dec. 23! Get in the holiday spirit at Miracle at the Fox Marquee Club through Jan. 1! The Earl Smith Strand Theatre is providing virtual classic double features every Friday night via Twitch TV here! The holidays are upon us, so why not make your way to Stone Mountain Christmas, running through Jan. 3! 

Scintillating Saturday, December 19

Yuletide it up virtually with Kool Kat Chad Shivers & the Frigidaires (formerly the Silent Knights) as they celebrate 10 years of performing the Beach Boys’ and Ventures’ Christmas albums in their entirety along with other holiday classics, hosted by The Earl! They’ll be joined by Kool Kat Jeffrey Bützer and TT Mahoney with their fabulous Charlie Brown Christmas tribute, an Atlanta institution at 7pm! Or skank it up during The Slackers Holiday Online concert at 7:45pm! You won’t want to miss The Queers “Save the World” Record Release Show streaming online at 8pm! The Plaza Theatre screens Chris Columbus’s HOME ALONE 2 (1992) at 4pm and Wong Kar-Wai’s DAYS OF BEING WILD (1990) at 8:30pm (both indoors), and catch a screening of Richard Curtis’s LOVE ACTUALLY (2003) at Dad’s Garage Drive-In at 7:15pm! screens Chris Columbus’s HOME ALONE (1990) indoors at 8:30pm! The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre provides a virtual screening of Jeremiah S. Chechik’s CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989) here at 8pm! Support local artists and get your holiday shopping fix at the Holiday Bizarre Bazaar at The Imperial from 12pm – 5pm! Take a virtual tour of The Wren’s Nest during their Virtual Holiday Birthday Experience at 2pm! Get merry with Kool Kat Chris Hamer during the Art Market at Allied Ink Tattoo in Marietta at 3pm! R&B it up with Howard Hewett for two shows at City Winery! Jazz it up this holiday season during A Very Jazz Christmas Virtual Concert at 7pm! Boogie down with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during his NEW WAVE 80s Music Videos: Obscure to Obvious online at 9pm! Get rocked with Mike Cooley (Drive-By Truckers) at Eddie’s Attic! Get down with St. Nick at a historic mansion during Santa at Rhodes Hall! Get spooky with author Daniel Braum during Night Four of the New York Ghost Story Festival at 7pm! Heck.house delivers their Last Minute Krampus holiday market! The Trolley Barn presents their outdoor Holiday Cabaret, every weekend through December! Rock on down to the Star Bar for Punk Rock Night! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Westside Provisions District presents their Tinsel & Twine Holiday Market! Or get your holiday fix at Fernbank’s Holiday Hangouts, featuring access to their Winter Wonderland exhibit, oversized snow globes, a sock skating rink and more! Get down to Beverly Atlanta for the I Still Love the 90s Brunch Party at 11am, every Saturday through Dec. 26!

Science ‘n’ more Sunday, December 20

Boogie down with Michelle Malone & The Hot Toddies during their Holiday Show at Napoleon’s! Get your ‘80s synth-pop fix during Electric Avenue’s “Alive in 85” Online Holiday Special at 9pm! The Trolley Barn presents their outdoor Holiday Cabaret, every weekend through December! Check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Trails, through Jan. 31! Heck.house delivers their Last Minute Krampus holiday market! Get merry with A Festival of Nine Christmas Lessons & Carols virtually, hosted by The Cathedral of St. Philip at 4pm! Get spooky with author Daniel Braum during Night Five of the New York Ghost Story Festival at 4pm! Check out the Sunday Funday Pop Up Market at Lee+White at 1pm, every Sunday through Dec. 27! 

 

 Help support our local businesses and artists (A-Z Listing)

 *A Cappella Books Join their VIP discount and membership club for discounts and more (A Cappella Choir). Members who would like to purchase anything online can do so by sending them your list via email or by phone order at (404) 681-5128. All choir members are eligible for free home delivery! Find out more and join here.
*Get monsterific and check out Monsterama’s Kool Kat Anthony Taylor’s Etsy page, Pop Kulture Vulture!
*Browse and purchase your favorite books and more at Atlanta Vintage Books!
*Why not check out our Kool Kat Derek Yaniger’s art and creator of our ATLRetro logo!
*Dirk Hays, purveyor of all that is monstrous and weird, makes art, so why not check out Art by Dirk!
*Geek it up and check out Dr. No’s Comics & Games Superstore (online store here) in Marietta offering gift certificates which can be purchased over the phone for later use and curbside pick-up!
*Jonathan Chaffin’s Horror in Clay, offers tiki mugs filling your every monster madness need!
*Check out Jeanne the Maskmaker’s Etsy page here!
*Get your vintage jewelry fix with Jezebel Blue and your retro style fix with 2the9s Retro!
*Kyle Yaklin gets creaturific with his creature masks and more!
*The Plaza Theatre Support by either purchasing vouchers for future events here, or by supporting their Go Fund Me here, or you can donate or become a member of The Plaza Theatre Foundation. Check out their online store here!
*Kool Kat Shane Morton,  and Silver Scream FX Lab offers one hellacious merch store with monster masks, art and more!

 

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This Week in ATLRetro – Home Edition #36 – Dec. 7-13, 2020

Posted on: Dec 7th, 2020 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

We at ATLRetro care about your health and well-being, so This Week we are bringing you our next installment of our Home-Edition, a week’s worth of holiday hootenannies and shenanigans you can experience straight from your couch and safely socially distanced!

Manic Monday, December 7

Twinkle it up with Six Flags as they present Candy Rush, the world’s largest drive-through animated holiday light show, through Jan. 3! Make your way to Atlantic Station for their safe, drive-through Atlanta Festival of Lights, through Jan 18! Spend your Holidays on the Roof at Ponce City Roof! Skate into the holidays at Park Tavern’s Miracle on 10th Street/The Rink through Jan. 17! Get intergalactic and check out Profesor Galactico’s new video for “Alien”! A. A. Williams shares cover of The Cure’s “Lovesong” and announces cover album, SONGS FROM ISOLATION out Feb. 12! Rock out and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm, every Monday!

Timeless Tuesday, December 8

Check out the Dekalb History Center’s online Lunch & Learn: Athos Menaboni presented by Russell Clayton at 12pm! Red City Radio releases punk-infused full-length album PARADISE available now via Pure Noise Records! Check out Brad Palermo & The Shadow Queens’s new holiday single, “Satan Won the War on Christmas!” New Found Glory kicks off the holiday season with new track “December’s Here!” Stream art house cinema at home on Cohen Media Channel, with a special 50% off promo code provided by Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema (“Landmark”), available through Dec. 15! NOVA REX bassist Kenny Wilkerson releases charity cookbook “Rockin Recipes for Autism” featuring 57 world-famous rockers contributing recipes to raise awareness for Autism! Help support the Atlanta Film Festival via their Kickstarter to ensure 2021’s festival is a success! The Strand brings you their A Christmas Tradition: Revisited, a 48-hour video on demand rental here! Kino Now presents Ric Burns’ documentary, OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE (2019), available to buy and rent digitally. Boogie down with BE Creative Arts Center’s virtual dance session, Soul Line Dance Tuesday at 8pm! We know you need your swingin’ Joe Gransden fix, so why not visit his site and catch a video or two of his, including him and his band swingin’ it up at Café 290, here

Way Back Wednesday, December 9

Spend the holidays at the Center for Puppetry Arts as they present a special exhibit, Very Merry Puppetry: Puppets of Holidays Past, Present and Future through the month of December! Bring your furry friends and get down with St. Nick at a historic mansion during Santa at Rhodes Hall: Pet Night! Spend the night with Frankly Scarlet (Grateful Dead tribute) and others during the online Friendship Music Festival at 8pm! Get jazzy as Alice Phoebe Lou announces new album, GLOW and shares first single, “Dusk“! Hula on down and spend the holidays at The S.O.S. Tiki Bar in Decatur during their Mele Kalikimaka events through Dec.  31! Get the delta blues with Mudcat during Mudcat’s Livestream Wednesdays at 7pm! Boogie down with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during his DREAMS Music Video Live Stream at 9pm! Get jazzy and live stream the Gordon Vernick Quartet hosted by the Red Light Café at 9pm! Catch Robyn Hitchcock every Wednesday at 9pm (details here), broadcasting from his kitchen all over the world! 

Throwback Thursday, December 10

Plazadrome (Videodrome and The Plaza Theatre), along with Kool Kat Daniel Griffith of Ballyhoo Motion Pictures, gets weird presents a Plaza Drive-In screening of William Grefe’s WHISKEY MOUNTAIN (1977), along with an excerpt of Griffith’s “They Came from the Swamp: The Films of William Grefe” (2016) at 7:30pm! Get spooky with author Daniel Braum and night one of the New York Ghost Story Festival at 7pm! Or check out The Plaza’s other screenings, James Erskin’s 2019 documentary, BILLIE indoors at 4:30pm, Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING (1980) at Dad’s Garage Drive-In at 7:30pm, and Jeremiah Chechik’s CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989) in 35mm indoors at 8:30pm! Make your way to Smith’s Olde Bar for their retrotastic Thursday Throwdown! Hammonds House Museum presents new free virtual program: Conversations about Jazz with Carl Anthony, every other Thursday at 7:30pm, beginning July 9, through December 24. To RSVP, click here! 

Freaky Friday, December 11

Alamo on Demand gets festive ‘n’ strange and presents their online Found Footage Festival Holiday Party at 9pm! The Plaza Theatre is where it’s at this holiday season! Make your way indoors for a 35mm screening of Shane Black’s KISS KISS BANG BANG (2005) in 35mm at 8:30pm, a Plaza Drive-In screening of Tim Burton’s THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993) at 7:30pm, and a Dad’s Garage Drive-In screening of John Landis’s TRADING PLACES (1983) at 7:30pm! Make your way to FAB Friday Pop-Up in Decatur at Charis Books, from 4-9pm, and go online for their Lillian Smith: Breaking the Silence encore event featuring a screening of Hal and Henry Jacobs’s 2019 documentary and more at 7pm! Back in Black pays tribute to AC/DC at 37 Main Avondale Estates! Or check out Fernbank After Dark: Holiday Spirits at 7pm! The Neva Lomason Memorial Library (Carrollton) presents their outdoor Movie Night featuring Brian Henson’s THE MUPPETS CHRISTMAS CAROL (1992) at 5:30pm! TUSK pays tribute to Fleetwood Mac at Madlife Stage & Studios! Get southern rocked virtually with Jobe Fortner at Eddie’s Attic! Get rootsy with Fire & The Knife at Tucker Brewing Company! Interstellar Echos pays tribute to Pink Floyd acoustically with Pigs on a String at Napoleon’s! Daniel Vernon’s documentary THE CHANGIN’ TIMES OF IKE WHITE (2019) opens via The Plaza Theatre’s Virtual Cinema here, hosted by Kino Lorber Marquee! Catch the Alliance Theatre’s drive-in production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE LIVE RADIO PLAY, through Dec. 23! Get in the holiday spirit at Miracle at the Fox Marquee Club through Jan. 1! The Earl Smith Strand Theatre is providing virtual classic double features every Friday night via Twitch TV here! The holidays are upon us, so why not make your way to Stone Mountain Christmas, running through Jan. 3! 

Scintillating Saturday, December 12

Hey all you naughty boys and girls! You won’t want to miss Battle & Brew’s Krampusnacht Holiday Market from 1-5pm! Get your Americana fix with Tyler Key & The Strangers at Waller’s Coffee Shop’s Outer Space concert event! Boogie down outside at the Tin Roof Cantina with The Rainmen! Or make your way to the EAV Holiday Gift Market! Spend the night with KT Tunstall at City Winery (2 shows)! The Trolley Barn presents their outdoor Holiday Cabaret, every weekend through December! Check out Dave Koz & Friends – The Greatest Hits of Christmas 2020 online at 8pm! Rock on down to the Star Bar for Punk Rock Night! Spook it up this holiday season with a monster matinee of Tim Burton’s THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993) at The Plaza Theatre at 1:30pm! Get spooky with author Daniel Braum and the New York Ghost Story Festival at 7pm! Make your way to The Cathedral of St. Philip for their Holiday Artist Market, hosted by Peachtree Road Farmers Market! Or check out Brookhaven Farmers Market’s Season Finale artists market! Westside Provisions District presents their Tinsel & Twine Holiday Market, every weekend through Dec. 19! Get saxxy with Quincy Chapman at Tucker Brewing Company! Get down with Becky Shaw (Just Roxie) at her Red Boots Roots online show at 7pm! Get down with St. Nick at a historic mansion during Santa at Rhodes Hall every weekend through Dec. 19! Or get your holiday fix at Fernbank’s Holiday Hangouts, featuring access to their Winter Wonderland exhibit, oversized snow globes, a sock skating rink and more! Get down to Beverly Atlanta for the I Still Love the 90s Brunch Party at 11am, every Saturday through Dec. 26!

Science ‘n’ more Sunday, December 13

Get wild and check out the Fernbank Forest Walk at 9:30am! The Trolley Barn presents their outdoor Holiday Cabaret, every weekend through December! Head into Waller’s Coffee Shop’s Outer Space for W8ing4UFOs’ Record Release Show! Get down with St. Nick at a historic mansion during Santa at Rhodes Hall every weekend through Dec. 19! Check out the Sunday Funday Pop Up Market at Lee+White at 1pm, every Sunday through Dec. 27! 

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 *A Cappella Books Join their VIP discount and membership club for discounts and more (A Cappella Choir). Members who would like to purchase anything online can do so by sending them your list via email or by phone order at (404) 681-5128. All choir members are eligible for free home delivery! Find out more and join here.
*Get monsterific and check out Monsterama’s Kool Kat Anthony Taylor’s Etsy page, Pop Kulture Vulture!
*Browse and purchase your favorite books and more at Atlanta Vintage Books!
*Why not check out our Kool Kat Derek Yaniger’s art and creator of our ATLRetro logo!
*Dirk Hays, purveyor of all that is monstrous and weird, makes art, so why not check out Art by Dirk!
*Geek it up and check out Dr. No’s Comics & Games Superstore (online store here) in Marietta offering gift certificates which can be purchased over the phone for later use and curbside pick-up!
*Jonathan Chaffin’s Horror in Clay, offers tiki mugs filling your every monster madness need!
*Check out Jeanne the Maskmaker’s Etsy page here!
*Get your vintage jewelry fix with Jezebel Blue and your retro style fix with 2the9s Retro!
*Kyle Yaklin gets creaturific with his creature masks and more!
*The Plaza Theatre Support by either purchasing vouchers for future events here, or by supporting their Go Fund Me here, or you can donate or become a member of The Plaza Theatre Foundation. Check out their online store here!
*Kool Kat Shane Morton,  and Silver Scream FX Lab offers one hellacious merch store with monster masks, art and more!

 

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APES ON FILM: Death Scrambles Some Eggs; Plus – MOTHRA!

Posted on: Nov 30th, 2020 By:

by Anthony Taylor
Contributing Writer

 Welcome to Apes on Film! This column exists to scratch your retro-film-in-high-definition itch. We’ll be reviewing new releases of vintage cinema and television on disc of all genres, finding gems and letting you know the skinny on what to avoid. Here at Apes on Film, our aim is to uncover the best in retro film. As we dig for artifacts, we’ll do our best not to bury our reputation. What will we find out here? Our destiny.

 

 

 

DEATH LAID AN EGG (SPECIAL EDITION) – 1968
3 out of 5 Bananas
Starring: Gina Lollobrigida ,Jean-Louis Trintignant, Ewa Aulin
Director: Giulio Questi
Rated: Unrated
Studio: Cult Epics Press
Region: Region Free
BRD Release Date: November 10, 2020
Audio Formats: LPCM 2.0 Mono / English & Italian Language with optional English Subtitles
Video Codec: Fully Restored 2K HD Transfer, MPEG-4 AVC, 1080p
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:00
Run Time: 105 minutes (Director’s Cut)
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DEATH LAID AN EGG is aptly titled. Translated from the original Italian, of course, but right on target for a film that never makes up its mind about what it is; Giallo? Sex Melodrama? Science Fiction? Murder Mystery? Psychodrama? Parody of all of these? All of these genres are present and as a result the film squeaks past as viewable for its cast, some interesting attempts at breaking stereotypes, and for being the only movie I can recall seeing that was so damned concerned with the politics of chicken farming.

Yes, chicken farming. The radiant Gina Lollobrigida and Jean-Louis Trintignant own a high-tech poultry ranch, where cousin Ewa Aulin comes to stay, creating sexual tension for all three. Gina admires her body, Jean-Louis falls in love, and Ewa has an affair with Trintignant intending to alienate the couple, then murder her cousin and frame her wayward husband for the crime with the help of interloper Jean Sobieski who knows Trintignant’s dirty secrets. Or does he?

The movie suffers from an utterly awful musical score. Composer Bruno Moderna attacks a piano like a two-year-old with a broken hand trying to make the viewer feel uneasy. This works for the first few seconds but ultimately becomes annoying. Few interludes of actual music occur, and I ended up thankful for the silence most of the time. The brightest light that shines is the gorgeous Ewa Aulin, who should have been a bigger star in the US. Can she act? Who knows? She’s not given much of a chance here, but she’s ultra-appealing.

Cult Epics’ presentation is beautiful to look at and is packaged nicely. The director’s cut has been edited from several element sources and switches back and forth between the English dub and Italian with English subtitles, which can be jarring. I thought I had received a flawed copy until I did a bit of research and got the whole story. Supplemental materials are plentiful and quite good, including a Director’s Cut audio commentary by Troy Howarth (Author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films vol. 1, 2, 3) and Nathaniel Thompson (Author of DVD Delirium and founder of Mondo Digital), a review by Italian critic Antonio Bruschini, Giulio Questi: The Outsider – the last video interview in HD (2010) (13 mins), “Doctor Schizo and Mister Phrenic” (2002) a short film by Giulio Questi (15 mins), English & Italian language Trailers in HD, and more. The packaging includes a reversible sleeve with original Italian poster art and slipcase printed with fluorescent inks, both limited to first 2000 copies.

If nothing else, DEATH LAID AN EGG is a unique viewing experience, and one you’ll likely never forget. Recommended for Giallo lovers and chicken farmers of all ages.

 

MOTHRA (Limited Edition Box Set) – 1961
4 out of 5 Bananas
Starring: Furankî Sakai , Hiroshi Koizumi , Jerry Itô
Director: Ishirô Honda
Studio: Eureka Video (UK)
BRD Release Date: November 16, 2020
Region: B
Audio Formats: LPCM Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)
Video Resolution/Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Run Time: 191 minutes, 90 Minutes
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All kaiju movies owe a debt to the American films that inspired them (such as Ray Harryhausen’s THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS), but none more than MOTHRA, which was heavily influenced by KING KONG. Both films involve expeditions to a mysterious island, which result in a smarmy capitalist kidnapping fantastic beings in order to exploit them for entertainment purposes back in civilization; in KONG it’s the giant ape, in MOTHRA, it’s a pair of diminutive fairies who turn out to be high priestesses of a giant monster goddess who comes to rescue them from captivity. In her nascent form, Mothra even attempts to climb Tokyo Tower, Empire State Building style.

The film does fall back on some classic kaiju tropes – the ship in distress in a typhoon, a giant monster wreaking destruction on the city (Tokyo and New Kirk City in this case, in the fictional nation of Rolisica, the filmmakers’ combination of Russia and America), scientists of all stripes expounding theories – but deviates from the formula set by earlier Toho offerings by delving into questions of religion, humanity, and offering a decidedly feminine point of view not only via the fairies – adorably portrayed by the Peanuts, a popular singing duo at the time in Japan – but also via supporting characters, and even Mothra herself. Not affected by the radioactive fallout from atomic testing that everyone keeps talking about in the first half of the film, Mothra is actually a goddess that’s been around for thousands of years; a departure from the Toho kaiju norm. The overall tone of the movie is lighter than its predecessors as well, making for a fresh viewing experience.

Unconventional leading man Furanki Sakai (also a standout as Lord Yabu in the SHOGUN television miniseries from 1980) shines as Fukuda, a journalist set on getting to the bottom of the island’s mysteries, as does Jerri Ito in an over-the-top performance as the villain Nelson, so set on capturing the fairy twins that he’s willing to gun down an entire village of innocent islanders (played by Japanese actors in dark body paint, which would certainly be frowned upon in modern times) in the film’s darkest moment. Hiroshi Koizumi plays the stoic leading man, Dr. Chujo with the same look of knitted-brow concern throughout the film.

MOTHRA features some great special effects work by Eiji Tsubaraya and his team as well, including a large amount of optical effects combining miniature work with real crowds and other live action footage. These effects help convey to the viewer that the wholesale carnage happening onscreen is affecting real people and are used well to this end. Fukuda’s rescue of a baby in peril is especially effective.

The giant moth became so popular that she appeared in many of Toho’s other kaiju eiga, and even got her own trilogy of films in the 1990s. She proved to be a highlight of the American GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS as well.

Eureka has gone all out for this limited edition which comes in a hardbound slipcase with reversible art featuring the original Japanese poster art, the American art, as well as the original Japanese version of the film which runs 101 minutes and the 90 minute U.S. cut. Also included is a brand-new commentary with writer David Kalat, and a commentary with authors Steve Ryfle and Ed Godzizewsky, which has appeared on earlier releases. Anno Dracula author Kim Newman weighs in on the history and legacy of MOTHRA as well, and the first 3000 copies include a 60-page collector’s booklet. The package is Region B encoded, so make sure you have a region free player or live in the UK.

All in all, a very robust package and worth the price of admission. MOTHRA is a wonderful film and always worth a watch…or a re-watch.

 

 

Anthony Taylor is not only the Minister of Science, but also Defender of the Faith. His reviews and articles have appeared in magazines such as Screem, Fangoria, Famous Monsters of Filmland, SFX, Video*WatcHDog, and more.

*Excerpts from the MOTHRA review first appeared in Screem Magazine #38.

*Art Credit: Anthony Taylor as Dr. Zaius caricature by Richard Smith

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