Lamb of God kicked off the weekend by debuting a new music video.
The band debuted the video for its single ‘Ghost Shaped People‘ Friday. The song is featured in the forthcoming re-issue of the band’s 2020 self-titled album, which is scheduled for release March 26 through Epic Records.
The video for LOG’s new single is a full black and white presentation. It features a large screen set atop a large mound that is set against what looks like a post-apocalyptic setting. According to information provided about the video, the additional imagery used in the video is meant to tell the story of a man’s journey into the afterlife.
‘Ghost Shaped People’ is available to stream through a variety of outlets. The song’s musical arrangement is a blistering, guitar-driven track that will appeal to longtime Lamb of God fans while its companion lyrical content comes across as a statement about human nature. Front man Randy Blythe even asks in the song’s chorus, “How far are you willing to go/What is the cost of victory.”
The expanded packaging for LOG’s self-titled re-issue will feature the band’s original album along with two additional discs, one of which will feature the full audio of the band’s first livestream of 2020. That performance featured Lamb of God performing its latest album in whole along with four encores, ‘Ruin,’ ‘Contractor,’ ‘512’ and its brand new song ‘The Death of Us.’ The song in question was crafted for the soundtrack to the movie Bill & Ted Face the Music.
The second bonus disc featured in the forthcoming re-issue is a DVD that contains the full audio-visual presentation of the band’s noted livestream concert. It should be noted that the DVD will only be available with the re-issue’s physical releases and not digital. A trailer for the DVD and overall re-issue is streaming here.
‘Ghost Shaped People’ is just one of the bonus tracks featured in the new re-issue of Lamb of God. Along with that song, the re-issue also features the bonus track ‘Hyperthermic/Accelerate.’
Pre-orders for Lamb of God’s forthcoming re-issue are open. The record’s track listing for each of its platforms is noted below.
The complete track listing for Lamb Of God Deluxe Edition is:
Lamb Of God Original Album + 2 Bonus Tracks
1. Memento Mori
4. Reality Bath
5. New Colossal Hate
6. Resurrection Man
7. Poison Dream feat. Jamey Jasta
8. Routes feat. Chuck Billy
9. Bloodshot Eyes
10. On The Hook
11. Ghost Shaped People
Lamb Of God – Live From Richmond, VA
1. Memento Mori (Live)
2. Checkmate (Live)
3. Gears (Live)
4. Reality Bath (Live)
5. New Colossal Hate (Live)
6. Resurrection Man (Live)
7. Poison Dream (Live)
8. Routes (Live)
9. Bloodshot Eyes (Live)
10. On The Hook (Live)
11. Contractor (Live)
12. Ruin (Live)
13. The Death of Us (Live)
Lamb Of God – Live From Richmond, VA DVD
1. Memento Mori
4. Reality Bath
5. New Colossal Hate
6. Resurrection Man
7. Poison Dream1.
9. Bloodshot Eyes
10. On The Hook
13. The Death of Us
Digital copies will contain only Disc 1 and Disc 2.
Lamb Of God – Live From Richmond, VA vinyl track listing:
1. Memento Mori
4. Reality Bath
5. New Colossal Hate
1. Resurrection Man
2. Poison Dream
4. Bloodshot Eyes
5. On The Hook
In related news, Lamb of God’s tour with Megadeth is scheduled to launch in July following delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Trivium and In Flames are scheduled to provide support throughout the tour. The UK leg of Lamb of God’s tour with Kreator will tentatively follow in November and December. Tickets for each tour are available here.
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Independent movie studio Corinth Films will bring a new story from WWII to American audiences next month.
The studio is scheduled to release its new movie The Interrogation on DVD on March 23. The story featured in the movie centers on the autobiography of the infamous Auschwitz camp commandant Rudolf Hoss. It follows his interrogation by Albert Piotrowski prior to his hanging for the heinous acts that he oversaw at Auschwitz.
Following the fall of the Nazi empire in 1945, Allied forces hunted down members of the party and convicted them before executing them for their crimes. Hoss was discovered by British troops, hiding out in Gottrupel, Germany, disguised as a gardener. His location was revealed by his own wife, who said she turned him in over concern over the safety of the couple’s son.
The Interrogation originally premiered in 2016 in its home nation of Israel. It was helmed by Israel-born director Erez Pery. The movie’s trailer is streaming here.
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Motorhead fans will get a new archived live concert from the band this spring.
The band is scheduled to release its new live recording, Louder Than Noise…Live in Berlin April 23 through Silver Lining Music. The concert featured in the recording was originally captured Dec. 5, 2012 at the Berlin Velodrom. Approximately 12,000 people attended that concert.
The forthcoming recording will release on CD/DVD combo pack, 2LP, digital, and deluxe box set. The box set contains the recording on each noted platform and a bonus “Motorhead branded passport cover.”
In anticipation of the recording’s release, Silver Linings Music has released a live clip of the band performing the song ‘Over The Top.’
‘Over The Top’ is just one of the songs featured in the forthcoming live recording. The set list runs 15-songs deep and also features Motorhead hits, such as ‘Doctor Rock,’ Damage Case, and ‘Ace of Spades.’ The recording’s full set list is noted below.
I Know How to Die – Live in Berlin 2012
Damage Case – Live in Berlin 2012
Stay Clean – Live in Berlin 2012
Metropolis – Live in Berlin 2012
Over the Top – Live in Berlin 2012
Doctor Rock – Live in Berlin 2012
String Theory – Live in Berlin 2012
The Chase Is Better Than the Catch – Live in Berlin 2012
Rock It – Live in Berlin 2012
You Better Run – Live in Berlin 2012
The One to Sing the Blues – Live in Berlin 2012
Going to Brazil – Live in Berlin 2012
Killed by Death – Live in Berlin 2012
Ace of Spades – Live in Berlin 2012
Overkill – Live in Berlin 2012
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News from independent record label Record Kicks is renewing interest in a little known Italian movie.
The label announced Tuesday through a press release, it will release the soundtrack to the movie The Black Stone Affair April 9. The movie was written and directed by then up-and-coming writer/director Stefano Paradisi. Had the movie ever seen the light of day, it would have made Paradisi as popular and respected as his more well-known Italian counterparts, Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni, according to those who worked on the film.
Although the movie likely will never see light of day, the discovery of the master reels for the movie’s soundtrack, and their restoration has led to its forthcoming release. The soundtrack was crafted by the independent music collective known as Whatitdo Archive Group.
In anticipation of the soundtrack’s pending release, Record Kicks will release the soundtrack’s lead single, ‘The Return of Beaumont Jenkins ft. Alessandro Alessandroni Jr.’ March 5. Its release will come in a limited run of 45s. Alessandroni is the son of Alessandro Alessandroni Sr., who worked with the likes of Ennio Morricone on a variety of soundtracks, including those from movies helmed by Sergio Leone.
According to information provided about ‘The Return of Beaumont Jenkins’ by Record Kicks, the song was intended for the final scene of The Black Stone Affair. A statement which addresses the song and scene was featured in the news release about the soundtrack and song. It states, “every hero needs a victory theme and ours, Beaumont Jenkins, finally receives his. After a bitter bullet-fueled showdown against Blood Chief, maestro Alessandro Alessandroni Jr’s iconic whistle can be heard across the expansive desert backdrop. Led by driving tremolo guitars and a pizzicato string ensemble, the music dramatically explodes into a victorious piano solo that carries our wounded hero away into the sunset, the elusive black stone in hand”.
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ESPN will celebrate the life and legacy of a racing legend Sunday ahead of the Daytona 500.
The network will air its new E60 presentation Intimidator: The Lasting Legacy of Dale Earnhardt at noon ET. The program examines Earnhardt’s legacy, as the title suggests, including the impact that his death at the 2001 Daytona 500 had one safety innovations in NASCAR’s vehicles.
Reporter Ryan McGee — who cohosts Marty and McGeee with Marty Smith — will present the story. Over the course of the story, McGee interviewed figures, such as Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, and Steve Phelps among others for the presentation. Excerpts from the program will air on ESPN throughout the week on SportsCenter.
Additionally, McGree will make a special appearance on the ESPN Daily Podcast Friday. The special presentation will air subsequently on ESPN’s networks multiple times after its initial airing, for those who might not be able to catch the documentary Sunday.
Intimidator: The Lasting Legacy was co-produced by Scott Cikowski, Jason Kostura, and John Minton.
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Independent film studio Film Movement will resurrect a classic big screen British comedy on Blu-ray this month.
The company is scheduled to re-issue The Belles of St. Trinians Feb. 23 in partnership with Studiocanal. Starring Alastair Sim (A Christmas Carol, School for Scoundrels, — which itself was the inspiration behind the comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels — An Inspector Calls), the movie follows Sim as Clarence Fritton. Fritton becomes Millicent Fritton, headmistress of the movie’s title school for girls as he tries to evade police searching for the bookie.
Fritton is trying to evade them as he tries to keep track of a horse named Arab Boy, which is scheduled to appear in an upcoming race in the Gold Cup. The horse just happens to be owned by one of the school’s students, Princess Fatima of Makyad (Lorna Henderson — The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Kipps, The Vise), who is herself the target of a kidnapping plot thought up by Fritton’s daughter Arabella (Vivienne Martin — Two Way Stretch, As Time Goes By, Pride and Prejudice). Making things even more interesting is that police, in their search for the elder Fritton, have placed one of their own P.W. Sgt. Ruby Gates (Joyce Grenfell — Stage Fright, The Happiest Days of Your Life, The Americanization of Emily) to track down Fritton.
Adding to the enjoyment for audiences will be bonus interviews with various figures, such as Sim’s daughter Merlith McKendrick, film historian Geoff Brown, and Dr. Melanie Williams, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, UEA. The full list of interviewees is noted below.
“The Girls of St. Trinian’s featurette
Interview with film historian Geoff Brown
Interview with Dr. Melanie Williams, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, UEA
Interview with Alastair Sim’s daughter, Merlith McKendrick
Interview with Steve Chibnall, Professor of British Cinema, De Montfort University
The Belles of St.Trinian’s runs 91 minute. The movie was co-written by Frank Launder Sidney Gilliat, and Val Valentine, and directed by Launder. A trailer for the movie is streaming here
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The Go-Gos’ 2001 album God Bless The Go-Gos is getting its own re-issue.
The album, which was at the time its first together since 1984’s Talk Show, is scheduled for release May 14 on vinyl. The re-issue celebrates the 20th anniversary of that album’s release and on deluxe CD and digital platforms. The re-issue will feature new cover art, shown here, and the bonus tracks ‘I Think I Need Sleep’ and ‘King of Confusion.’ Pre-orders are open.
The re-issue’s track listing is noted below.
VINYL TRACK LISTING:
SIDE 1 1. La La Land 2. Unforgiven 3. Apology 4. Stuck In My Car 5. Vision Of Nowness 6. Here You Are 7. Automatic Rainy Day
SIDE 2 1. Kissing Asphalt 2. Insincere 3. Sonic Superslide 4. Throw Me A Curve 5. Talking Myself Down 6. Daisy Chain
CD/DIGITAL TRACK LISTING 1. La La Land 2. Unforgiven 3 .Apology 4. Stuck In My Car 5. Vision Of Nowness 6. Here You Are 7. Automatic Rainy Day 8. Kissing Asphalt 9. Insincere 10. Sonic Superslide 11. Throw Me A Curve 12. Talking Myself Down 13. Daisy Chain 14. I Think I Need Sleep 15. King Of Confusion
God Bless The Go-Gos reached #57 on the Billboard Top 200 and has since reached #17 on the Top Internet Albums Chart. Paul Kolderie and Sean Slade (Radiohead, Hole) co-produced the album.
Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong made a guest appearance on the album’s track, ‘Unforgiven.’ Ram Jaffee (The Wallflowers, Foo Fighters) lent his talents to another of the album’s tracks, ‘Here You Are.’ ‘Daisy Chain’ featured a guest appearance by Roger Manning (Jellyfish, Imperial Drag, The Moog Cookbook).
In other news, The Go-Gos’ documentary — simply titled The Go-Gos — was released through digital and rental services Friday through Eagle Vision and Mercury Studios. Its physical release is scheduled for Feb. 26 through Polygram/UMe on DVD/Blu-ray combo pack.
The documentary, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, presents the history of the all-female band from its roots in the Los Angeles punk scene to its meteoric rise to fame. The story features interviews with subjects, such as Belinda Carlisle, Kathy Valentine, and Gina Schock to add to its depth.
As an added bonus, the documentary follows the band as it writes its female empowerment anthem ‘Club Zero,’ its first new song in almost 20 years. The song hit the Top 10 on Billboard’s Rock Digital Sales Chart.
In more news, The Go-Gos are scheduled to launch a series of live dates starting June 18 in San Francisco, CA, conditions pending due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tour is scheduled to run just under a month long, ending on July 11 in Asbury Park, NJ. The tour’s tentative schedule is noted below.
Summer 2021 North American tour dates: Jun 18 The Masonic San Francisco, CA + Jun 23 Humphreys San Diego, CA + Jun 24 Humphreys San Diego, CA + Jun 27 Pechanga Resort Casino Temecula, CA + Jun 29 Orpheum Theater Los Angeles, CA + Jun 30 Orpheum Theater Los Angeles, CA + Jul 7 Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY Jul 8 Parx Casino Bensalem, PA Jul 10 Foxwoods Resort Casino Mashantucket, CT Jul 11 Stone Pony Asbury Park, NJ +
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Film Movement is bringing the Israeli drama God of the Piano to American audiences.
Originally released in 2019, the movie is scheduled for domestic release Feb. 16 through Film Movement on DVD. The family drama centers on the relationship between a mother and her deaf son, and how her relationship with her own father played into her relationship with her son.
Anat (Naama Preis — The Grave, Tel Aviv, Azimuth) is a woman whose life is music. It is all that she has. She has tried to live up to her father’s own musical legacy, but has never reached his level. As a result, when Anat has her own child, she pushes the boy to become a musical prodigy, essentially trying to force him to be what she wants him to be. This leads her to confront her own dysfunctional relationship with her own musician parent.
The trailer for God of the Piano is streaming here.
As an added bonus, the movie features the short film The Audition as extra content. Directed by Guy Lichtenstein, the story centers on a young woman named Sarah. Sarah has an unexpected run-in with someone from her past while performing at a wedding. the short runs approximately 22 minutes.
God of the Piano was nominated for the Big Screen Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and for the “Best Israeli Feature” at the Jerusalem Film Festival. Preis received the award for “Best Actress” for her role in the film at the festival.
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It goes without saying that Hollywood has fallen far from its former greatness over the course of the past 30 years or so. The last time that Hollywood’s “Big Six” created anything truly worth watching on the big screen (and small) was the late 1990s. Ever since then, Hollywood’s cinematic output has consisted primarily of prequels, sequels, reboots, and overly embellished movies based on actual events. It has made independent studios increasingly important outlets for those looking for alternative outlets for audiences looking for their cinematic entertainment. Cohen Media Group has succeeded in that avenue quite well over the course of the past two years through its re-issues of physical comedian Buster Keaton’s classic silent films. The latest of those re-issues came early last month in the form of the company’s fourth collection of Keaton classics, The Buster Keaton Collection: Volume 4. As with its predecessors, which were released between May 2019 and August 2019, this fourth volume offers plenty for audiences to enjoy, beginning with its featured stories. Those stories will be discussed shortly. The look and sound of the restored films adds its own appeal for audiences and will be discussed a little later. The bonus content that accompanies the stories puts the finishing touch to the collection’s presentation. It will also be discussed later. Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the set’s presentation. All things considered, they make The Buster Keaton Collection: Volume 4 one more important presentation for any classic cinephile and Buster Keaton fan.
Cohen Media Group’s latest Buster Keaton cinematic collection, is yet another enjoyable alternative to the endless stream of prequels, sequels, reboots, and movies based on actual events that Hollywood’s “Big Six” continue to churn out annually. It is a presentation that will appeal equally to fans of Keaton’s work and to classic cinephiles. That is proven in large part through its featured stories. Featured this time are the 1925 movie Go West and its 1927 follow-up College. Go West is not as well-known as some of Keaton’s other silent offerings, but offers audiences plenty of entertainment. It stars Keaton as a down-on-his-luck man who ends up becoming a ranch hand in his search for work. In the process, Keaton’s unnamed character ends up befriending a cow when he is sent to help round up a herd of cattle that will soon thereafter be carried via train to stockyards in Los Angeles. That friendship that Keaton’s character develops with the wayward soon after becomes the central point of the story because he starts out the story being friendless and basically penniless. Audiences will note that throughout the course of Go West’s one hour, nine minute run time, the pratfalls and other physical comedy for which Keaton had come to be known over his career were less prominent here. It was one of those rare moments in which Keaton relied more on his pure acting skills to tell a story than his physical comedy. It makes the movie somewhat less memorable than many of his other movies, but no less entertaining. It really shows another side of Keaton that audiences are sure to enjoy.
College by comparison is among the most well-known of Keaton’s silent film career. This movie’s story finds Keaton’s character Ronald trying to win the heart of a young woman following graduation from their high school. He tries to win her over by showing he can be athletic as well as smart as a member of one of Clayton College’s sports teams. Audiences cannot help but root for him as he tries his hand – unsuccessfully – at baseball and a variety of track and field events. Alas Ronald struggles through it all, but unknown to him, the young woman whose heart he wants to win is watching, and she eventually does develop a soft spot for him. When he is appointed coxswain of the college’s rowing team, it leads to a happy ending between the pair. How the ending happens will be left for audiences to discover for themselves. It should be noted here that for all of the enjoyment the story brings, there is one scene in which Ronald dons black face in order to get himself a job. Ronald’s intent was good at heart, being that he was just trying to get a job. At the same time though, the scene in itself played zero part in the overall story. To that end, it is clear that the story’s creative heads put that scene in for no reason other than racist tendencies. Keeping that in mind, that scene really should have been omitted from the movie. Such portrayal was wrong then and is wrong now. Keaton does so well in his underdog performance this time out. That is due in part to Keaton breaking some from his typical stone face demeanor and actually emoting some. The physical comedy that he utilizes –especially in the track and field moments and during the big rowing race – adds even more enjoyment for audiences. Viewers will laugh riotously at the result of Ronald trying his hand at the high jump and hammer thrown, and even what he does to try and keep his rowing team’s boat straight in the big finale race. Between the familiar physical comedy, Keaton’s general performance and the story itself here, audiences have so much to appreciate in this classic movie. Together with the touching and entertaining story of friendship in Go West, the two movies are themselves more than enough reason for audiences to add this collection to their movie libraries. Building on the appeal of the movies is their production values.
The production values of the movies featured in Cohen Media Group’s first three volumes of Buster Keaton movies played a big part into their presentations. The painstaking efforts that were made in order to restore the nearly century-old footage, both in terms of its visual and audio quality paid off in each presentation. The same applies to this pair of movies. The grainy look of the original presentation was kept. At the same time, it is clear that those responsible for the touch up went to great lengths to retain the original look of the film. Even the original edits are there and have been touched up just enough to keep them from being distracting. The result of the intensive work put in to restore the footage clearly paid off, with the result being a presentation that creates such a positive aesthetic sense. In the same breath, the re-worked musical track adds its own touch to the overall presentation. The whole of the re-mastered audio and video makes watching these latest re-issues just as enjoyable for their production values as for their stories and for Keaton’s acting. These elements are just a portion of what makes the collection so enjoyable. The bonus content that accompanies the set’s primary content rounds out its most important elements.
The bonus content that is featured in CMG’s latest Buster Keaton collection adds its own touch to the set’s presentation because it is so much unlike that of the previous collections. The bonus content that is featured with the first three collections is just a series of discussions lifted from CMG’s 2019 Keaton documentary The Great Buster. That trend was not repeated here. Instead, audiences get a full hour-length audio recording of Keaton pitching a TV show script and an original Western short also titled Go West. The audio recording of Keaton’s script pitch is interesting, though somewhat difficult to hear. Viewers have to turn the volume very high in order to be able to really hear it. It leaves one wondering if any work was done to restore that audio. On the other hand, the short Go West makes for some wonderful entertainment. The silent short tells the story of a young man who ends up moving to the Wild West after being kicked out of his home by his own father. The story is enacted by a group of trained Capuchin Monkeys. The monkeys’ acting, the model train and old west town that are presented here give the story such a great look and feel while the story itself is just as entertaining and engaging for audiences. The outcome will be left for audiences themselves to discover. Though, it should be noted that as entertaining and engaging as it all is, there are mentions of alcohol in this story so parents who watch the otherwise family friendly story with their children might have to figure out a way to explain that aspect to their kids. That aside, the story still makes for a great accent to everything else featured in this latest collection. When it is considered along with the collection’s primary content and its related production values, the whole becomes a presentation that Keaton’s most devoted fans will enjoy just as much as any true cinephiles. It leaves audiences hoping that as with the first three collections, this one will not be the last since there are still some classic Buster Keaton flicks that have yet to be released to the masses.
Cohen Media Group’s fourth installment of Buster Keaton movies is another presentation that cinephiles and Keaton fans will find equally interesting. That is due in part to the stories that are featured in this collection’s pairing of movies. Each story puts Keaton into his familiar lovable underdog role and does so in its own unique fashion. The work put in to restore the footage in each movie paid off, adding even more appeal to the overall presentation. That includes the re-mastering of the footage and the newly recorded score for each film. The bonus short that accompanies the set’s primary content rounds out its most important elements. Each element noted here is important in its own right to the whole of the collection. All things considered, they make The Buster Keaton Collection: Volume 4 another overall presentation that will appeal equally to Keaton’s most devoted fans and cinephiles alike. The Buster Keaton Collection: Volume 4 is available now.
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Cohen Media Group this week, re-issued Joseph Kaufman Productions’ 1951 noir thriller Sudden Fear on on DVD. It marks the second time in less than four years that the independent studio has re-issued the movie, having re-issued it on Blu-ray in December 2016. The movie, an adaptation of author Edna Sherry’s book by the same name, is a surprisingly enjoyable cinematic work just as much here in its latest re-issue as its previous Blu-ray re-issue. That is due in part to its story. This will be discussed shortly. The work of the movie’s main stars—Joan Crawford, Jack Palance and Gloria Grahame—is just as important to note as the movie’s story to the overall presentation of the movie’s upcoming re-issue. The bonus commentary included with the movie’s upcoming re-issue rounds out its most important elements. Each element is important in its own way to the presentation of the movie’s upcoming re-issue. All things considered, Cohen Media Group’s re-issue of Sudden Fear proves to be one of 2016’s top new re-issues.
Cohen Media Group’s upcoming re-issue of Joseph Kaufman Productions’ 1952 hit noir thriller Sudden Fear is one of this year’s top new DVD/BD re-issues. This is proven in part through the movie’s story. Sudden Fear’s story was adapted from a page turner by the same name written by author Edna Sherry. It follows lead character Myra Hudson (Crawford) as she meets and falls in love with actor Lester Blaine (Palance). As the story progresses, Myra marries Lester Blaine, but finds out later he hadn’t married her for love at all, but rather for money. As she discovers by chance, he is plotting with another woman to murder her and take her money. There’s a certain irony to the plot that audiences will appreciate in hindsight. As it turns out because of his greed and short sightedness, he didn’t even know he could have had even more money. It serves to show the old adage that crime never pays is very true, and is a great addition to the story, especially in its subtlety. What’s even more interesting in dissecting the story is that being made in 1952, the story seemed pretty much run-of-the-mill back then. But now in the 21st century, one need just watch an episode of 48 Hours, Dateline or 20/20 to see just how realistic such a story can be and is. Add in relatively stable pacing over the course of the story’s near two-hour run time (the movie runs 110 minutes, just shy of the two-hour mark) and audiences get a story that forms a solid foundation for the movie’s presentation and that of its upcoming re-issue. It is just one part of what makes the movie’s upcoming re-issue so enjoyable. The work of the movie’s cast is just as important to note here as the movie’s story.
The story at Sudden Fear’s base is a hugely important part of the movie’s presentation. On one level, it does make some changes from author Edna Sherry’s original novel on which it is based. But it still strives to stay at least somewhat true to its source material. On another level, it is a simple story that audiences will have no trouble following, yet is still so gripping. On its last level, its pacing makes its 110-minute run time pass by with relative ease, even in its somewhat slower moments. Keeping that in mind, the movie’s story, again, forms a solid foundation for its presentation. While it is clearly an important piece of the movie’s presentation, it is just one of the movie’s key elements. The work of the movie’s cast is just as important to note here as that of its writers—Lenore J. Coffee, Robert Smith and Joan Crawford herself (this will be discussed later). Crawford, as audiences will learn through the bonus commentary included in the movie’s upcoming re-issue, was hardly a rookie actor when she took on the role of Myra Hudson in this movie. In fact, Turner Classic Movies writer and author Jeremy Arnold reveals that Crawford had starred in more than 70 (yes, 70 plus movies) at the time that she starred in Sudden Fear. Her years of experience showed clearly in her performance here as she progressed from strong, confident, self-assured playwright to standard female romantic lead back to that strong, confident, self-assured figure in the end. There were so many moments throughout where Crawford easily could have chewed some scenery such as when Myra first discovers by chance that Lester had only married her for her money or in the story’s final chase scene. But she didn’t allow herself to do that, instead exhibiting clearly those years of experience. That control made her acting so enjoyable to take in. Her talent will make audiences across the board cheer her on as she defies Lester and makes her own plan to stop him. Hers is just one example of what makes the cast’s wok so notable in this movie. Palance is just as impressive in his portrayal of the evil, scheming Lester.
Joan Crawford’s portrayal of Myra in this movie is spot on from beginning to end. Audiences will find themselves riveted by her performance as she journeys from a strong, confident woman to the standard female lead back to her strong, confident self. Crawford’s years of experience help her shine throughout her performance here, as she remains the consummate professional even in scenes where it would have been so easy for her to ham it up and really chew the scenery so to speak. This professionalism makes her portrayal of Myra completely believable. Hers isn’t the only work that should be noted here. Co-star Jack Palance’s work as Lester Blaine is just as notable. Palance is likely known to most audiences as the hardened cowboy Curly from City Slickers (1991). So his portrayal as the greedy Lester Blaine here is a surprising and entertaining change of pace. He makes audiences love to hate Lester as Lester and Irene plot to kill Myra. That’s not just because of his plotting but because of the personality that he gives Lester in his portrayal. Audiences will note that as confident as Lester proves to be, he is also quite lacking in confidence and somewhat maniacal. That is exhibited in the story’s final act as Lester and Irene’s plan (or technically Myra’s plan, not to give away too much) begins to unravel. Lester’s reaction (including his emoting) as he chases Myra is the clearest example of that lack of confidence and maniacal nature. Audiences will be enthralled as they watch Lester so determinedly chase her, to the point that he makes one fatal mistake (which won’t be given away here), leading up to the story’s finale. Between his work on camera and that of Crawford, the pair shows with full clarity the importance of the cast’s work to the movie’s presentation. The moments displayed here are just some of the moments in which their work shines. Audiences will find plenty of other moments in which their work proves so important to the movie’s presentation when they purchase or order the movie’s re-issue for themselves. Even when all of those moments are combined with the work of the movie’s writing team, they show themselves to be only two of the movie’s key elements. The bonus commentary that is included in the movie’s upcoming re-issue rounds out the movie’s most important elements.
The work of Sudden Fear’s writers and cast members are both important in their own way to the movie’s presentation. The writers’ work is so important because of the way in which they adapted author Edna Sherry’s novel for the big screen. It changes some of the material in Sherry’s story, but still ends up presenting a gripping story that will keep viewers on the edge of their collective seats. Lead stars Joan Crawford and Jack Palance are impressive, too as the movie’s leads. Their cast mates as entertaining in their own right, too. While the work of the movie’s cast and writers proves to be in key to the movie’s presentation in the end, they are only a couple of the elements that make the movie such a surprisingly entertaining work. The bonus commentary that is included in the movie’s upcoming re-issue rounds out its most important elements. Turner Classic Movies writer and author Jeremy Arnold provides the commentary for the movie in its upcoming re-issue. It isn’t the first time that he has provided commentary for one of CMG’s classics re-issues. He also provided commentary for the recent re-issues of Lured and A Scandal in Paris by CMG. He offers plenty of important information in his commentary here, just as in the company’s previous re-issues. Some of that important information includes the revelation that the idea to adapt Sherry’s novel to the big screen originally came from Crawford. The problem with adapting it was that it couldn’t be done until Crawford could get out of her contract with Warner Brothers. Arnold also reveals through his commentary the decision on the movie’s director even came from Crawford and that Sherry’s novel actually took place entirely in New York. He explains Sherry’s story never involved San Francisco, a train ride or certain other elements incorporated into the story’s big screen adaptation. He even gives viewers a little bit of a history lesson on Crawford’s early career in his commentary, revealing Crawford’s birth name and how she gained her screen name of Crawford. That story in itself will give viewers a little bit of a laugh. Between these revelations and so many others, Arnold provides viewers with lots of invaluable information throughout the movie. That mass of material is one more example of the importance of audio commentary in any movie’s home release. It can take a bad movie and potentially make it worth a second watch, or it can take a good movie (such as this work) and make it great. Considering that along with the writing team’s adaptation of Sherry’s story and the cast’s work, the movie proves in whole to be a work that movie lovers and classic film buffs alike will enjoy. It combines to make Sudden Fear one of this year’s top new re-issues.
Cohen Media Group’s upcoming re-issue of Joseph Kaufman Productions’ Sudden Fear is one of this year’s top new DVD/BD re-issues. That is evidenced in its story, adapted from Edna Sherry’s original novel. While the story presents a number of differences from Sherry’s literary work, it is still an entertaining work in its own right. There are a lot of moviemakers out there today who could take a lesson from the writing team’s approach to this story considering that. The work of the movie’s cast on camera is just as important to note here, especially that of lead stars Joan Crawford and Jack Palance. Their work will keep viewers just as engaged and entertained as the story itself. The bonus commentary included in the movie’s upcoming re-issue rounds out the most important of its elements. Jeremy Arnold once again offers a great depth of knowledge about and appreciation for the movie, even as robotic as his delivery seems at times. Each element is important in its own right to the movie’s presentation here. All things considered, CMG’s upcoming re-issue of Sudden Fear proves itself to be one of this year’s top new DVD/BD re-issues. It will be available Tuesday, December 13. More information on this and other titles from Cohen Media Group is available online now at: