“Mr. Blatty made his movie, and we’re not happy with it”
This May, Kino Lorber will be releasing a 4K restoration Blu-ray of Legend Of The Mountain, a 1979 wuxia thriller directed by King Hu (Come Drink With Me, A Touch of Zen).
The 1968 revisionist Spaghetti Western, The Great Silence, directed and co-written by Sergio Corbucci is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a brand new Blu-ray release of sourced from a recent 2K restoration from U.S. label Film Movement.
Ever watch a movie and see the name Alan Smithee pop-up as the director, or maybe the writer in the credits? Wonder how this one person could possibly write and/or direct so many varied films, and they all…well, happen to not be very good? You may find my questions coy as most of you already know that Alan Smithee is an alias usually regulated to a filmmaker who wishes to have their name removed from a project. This name-change is usually the result of a long, strenuous battle between filmmaker and studio, or when cuts and edits are made to a director’s film against their wishes. Whatever the case, here at Grizzly Bomb it got our gears moving on a new list, this one focusing on the many films in which a director disowned their own film, sometimes using the Smithee alias, storming off set, or staying silent about the film altogether. Some even had the clout (either at the time or later on) to lock the film up away from the public altogether.
Ahead of its long overdue home entertainment release this month, Warner Bros. has dropped a wide array of remastered clips from Batman: The Complete Television Series, as well as a split-screen sample which shows just how much of an improvement has been made on the original transfers. This is going to be one helluva Blu-Ray Collector’s set.