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The Anne Bancroft Collection (Blu-ray)
by DVD Savant

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Back in the heyday of DVD it must have been simple for Warner Home Video to assemble boxes of Bette Davis and Errol Flynn movies, as almost all of those actors' older films were made by the same studio and controlled by the same rights-holders. That doesn't work when an actors' career is spread out over the map. And that's what makes this new The Anne Bancroft Collection such a nice surprise: Shout Select has found eight full Bancroft features spanning 35 years, and licensed them from multiple rights-holders. It's like different kinds of birds flocking together -- there's even a Criterion disc in the mix, with all of its extras intact.

Ms. Bancroft began as a Fox 'starlet.' She certainly did better than most at that studio, although this collection spares us from things like Gorilla at Large, which is great fun but h...Read the entire review »

The Magic Sword (Blu-ray)
by Stuart Galbraith IV

Though it's setting the bar awfully low, The Magic Sword (1962) is probably the best movie ever made by director-special effects designer Bert I. Gordon. Best remembered for cheap sci-fi thrillers like The Amazing Colossal Man (1957), Earth vs. the Spider (1958), and Empire of the Ants (1977), Gordon managed a remarkably long career (and life, he being 97 years old as I write this), despite an oeuvre of mostly terrible movies.

The Magic Sword was an anomaly, however, partially a response to stop-motion master Ray Harryhausen's success with fantasy films beginning with The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), but also the general vogue for such pictures in the early 1960s, including all those sword-and-sandal imports from Italy, as well as oddball (but sometimes endearing) productions such as The Wonders of Aladdin (1961), Captain Sindbad (1963), and Ir...Read the entire review »

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