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Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea (Special Edition) (Blu-ray)
by Ian Jane

The Movie:

Based on the novel by Yukio Mishima, 1976's The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea introduces us to a widow named Anne Osborne (Sarah Miles), who makes her living running a small antique store. She lives in the English countryside, by the Atlantic shore, with her pubescent son, Jonathan (Jonathan Kahn). They get by alright, but it's clear that they both still miss David, Anne's late husband and Jonathan's father. Their lives are changed when Jim Cameron (Kris Kristofferson), an American sailor, meets Anne when his ship docks in the harbor. The two fall into a sexually charged romantic relationship, which causes Jim to reevaluate his station in life.

Jonathan, however, has been sneaking out of the house very early in the morning. His mother realizes this but, at first at least, isn't necessarily aware of why he's doing this. It turns out that Jonathan, how ha...Read the entire review »


They Came from Beyond Space (Blu-ray)
by Stuart Galbraith IV

Generally poor but undeniably entertaining, They Came from Beyond Space (1967) is a cheap sci-fi thriller whose screenplay, by co-producer Milton Subotsky, from Joseph Millard's 1941 novel The Gods Hate Kansas, cobbles together ideas done much better in earlier movies. Subotsky and Max Rosenberg's company, Amicus Productions, had apparently promised to deliver a sci-fi double-bill for distributor Embassy Pictures, only to blow their budget on the first one shot, the equally poor The Terrornauts, leaving director Freddie Francis to reuse props and set elements left over from other pictures.

They Came from Beyond Space starts out as a not-bad if blatant imitation "Quatermass" story, then borrows ideas from the 3-D classic It Came from Outer Space (1953) for its middle-third, then moves into loopy 30s- 40s serial territory, all far beyond the limitations of its tiny ...Read the entire review »

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