Headsup: Mr. Selfridge: The Complete Series on DVD

Mr Selfridge DVD

Right now it's Halloween season—-but what do we all know happens on November 1?  Christmas shopping season!  And what better way to celebrate Harry Gordon Selfridge, the man who started the modern department store, than to check out Mr. Selfridge--the beloved ITV/Masterpiece series out now in a DVD box set.

Starring Golden Globe and Emmy-award-winning actor Jeremy Piven (of Entourage fame) and based on the biography of Harry Gordon Selfridge by Lindy Woodhead (Shopping, Seduction & Mr. Selfridge), the series covers Selfridge's rise from being some crazy unknown American to becoming one of the most respected and influential businessmen in England (today Selfridge's flagship store on Oxford Street in London is the next-to-largest shop in the entire United Kingdom, second only to Harrod's).

The DVD set includes all forty episodes plus two hours of bonus content including deleted scenes and interviews with the cast and crew (especially fun are those that explore the show's excellent visuals in costume/set design and execution—-the series has been praised by many for having an almost obsessive attention to detail).  Another nice touch is that the behind-the-scenes features are specific to each season rather than just over-arching commentary on the series as a whole: the show covers the years 1908-1929, arguably the most transformative period of the 20th century for Great Britain, and portraying the characters and their environments during WWI is obviously very different than during the turn of the century or the Roaring 20s.

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By |October 31st, 2016|Headsup|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 31: Mr. Sardonicus

Mr. Sardonicus

Ah, the glorious gimmickry of William Castle. Don't know what I mean? Before we get to tonight's film, which has a "Punishment Poll," here's the man himself to explain some of the shenanigans his productions would get up to. Castle was one of the pioneers of audience participation, so to speak.

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By |October 30th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 30: The Return of Dracula!

Return of Dracula

Okay, normally I don't mention the feature film until after whatever short subject we're doing--but--the Count really is fascinated by that woman's ass, isn't he?

Ahem. We open with the surreal and disturbing world of William S. "Uncle Bill" Burroughs. This is an animated short based on his readings from the album Dead City Radio...and I could have sworn we posted this before. But apparently not. It's "Ah Pook is Here" and it's marvelous.

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By |October 29th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 29: Mission Mars!

Mission Mars (1968)

Well, if we're going for sci-fi tonight (and we are) and specifically Mars (yes, that too), I think there's an obvious choice for what we open with. And we've made it.

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By |October 28th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 28: Masque of the Red Death (1964)

Masque of the Red Death (1964)

Kids today...I don't think they appreciate how far we've come with Halloween costume technology. As you will see in what we have below, a Woolworth's commercial from 1977, you weren't so much going as the thing you wanted to go as...but more the idea of it. And in some cases, you weren't even really going as it...notice the Superman costume has a cheap red mask involved. The Toys R Us commercial from 1985 isn't much improvement.

So all you kids with your tiny muscle outfits and your molded plastic (that doesn't slice your eyeballs) and such, watch these and appreciate living in the future.

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By |October 27th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 27: I Married a Monster From Outer Space!

I Married a Monster From Outer Space

To begin tonight's festivities, we go to a very disturbed thing: a selection from Silence! The Musical, which we've praised before. The brainchild of Jon and Al Kaplan, it's exactly what you think it is: a parody of Silence of the Lambs. From the original cast recording, please enjoy this NSFW selection, "Put the Fucking Lotion in the Basket."

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By |October 26th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 26: Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell!

Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell

To kick tonight off, let's go to a story from your friend and mine, Boris Karloff. It's from his series Tales of the Frightened. This is "The Deadly Dress."

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By |October 25th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Headsup: Horror!

Girl In Woods DVD

Out today on DVD from Candy Factory Films are two contenders for your Halloween watch list (that is if you have any room left after the gems of 32 Days of Halloween).  Both films focus on young women haunted with questions surrounding the unnatural death of a parent and the dark places they go (literally and figuratively) as the mystery envelops them.

The Midnight Swim is a POV/documentary style chiller which follows the story of three girls whose mother previously disappeared into Spirit Lake (a body of water of immense and indeterminate depth).  In the classic tradition of people in a horror films making less-than-wise choices, they decide the only logical thing to do is go into the lake themselves to try to find out what happened to her.

Sarah Adina Smith wrote and made her directorial debut with this film (she has since worked as a director on the 2016 films Holidays and Buster's Mal Heart).  It debuted in 2014 at Canada's Fantasia Film Festival and had a limited release in the US in 2015, winning awards at multiple film festivals from 2014-2016 (including AFI Fest and the Nashville, Denver International, Starz Denver, and Sun Valley festivals.

The movie is available to rent for $3.99 (or buy for $6.99) on Amazon Video or to purchase on DVD for $13.99.

In Girl in Woods, Grace and Jim's romantic getaway into the Smoky Mountains is cut short when [...]

By |October 25th, 2016|Headsup|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 25: The Unknown (1927)

Lon Chaney in The Unknown (1927)

Vincent Price was a true renaissance man. In addition to acting, he was a connoisseur of art and also of food. I believe we've discussed before the series of albums he released going over various world cuisines and providing recipes. Here, however, is a completely different sort of recipe: for a nice dish called "The Hand of Glory."

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By |October 24th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 24: The Walking Dead (1936)

The Walking Dead (1936)

Tonight is the Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead. It is going to be rough, as somebody is going to be Lucilled, presumably out of the starting gate. If you're not up for that level of violence, may we humbly recommend watching this instead: the 1936 The Walking Dead, starring Boris Karloff as a convict brought back to life in order to seek out those who framed him. This is barbed-wire-laced-baseball-bat free. Enjoy.

By |October 23rd, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments