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The one to watch  
on May 31, 2007 - 10:50 AM PDT
  of The War Tapes (Special Edition) (2006)
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful

I've seen more than my share of these movies, Gunner's Palace, Occupation: Dreamland, Why We Fight, Battleground, but somehow this is the one that really brings it home, probably because it doesn't set out with the express intent of being an indictment of Bush and the war.
Name that location  
on September 15, 2006 - 12:25 PM PDT
  of Killer Elite (1975)
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful

The movie was entertaining enough, but a lot more fun was trying to identify all the locations. From Marin, to SF, to the mothball fleet off the Benicia bridge, this movie just showcases in the bay area. Of course, there's the obligatory 'teleportation' continuity issues, where a turn in Pacific Heights leads to the 18th St. 280 overpass in Potrero Hill, but that's easy enough to overlook.
for franco fans  
on February 23, 2006 - 2:48 PM PST
  of Jack the Ripper (1979)
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful

For a genre movie, it's not bad story-wise. Quality-wise, for a genre movie, it's excellent. Great transfer, good restoration of the original negative. One user commented about the dubbing -- the movie was shot without sound (that's how the production company was churning out a film a month). The dialog was written after photography finished, and the spoken dialog does not match the temporary dialog used during shooting. Based on what the producer had to say about it, Kinski's dialogue is used on both the German and the English tracks. Interstingly, this entry (and all others) in "The Jess Franco Collection" is put out by a man who hasn't spoken with Franco in many years (but who owns the right to the films). The commentary is pretty funny -- the producer tries to disavow other directors' complaints about Kinski, saying he was a delight to work with, and not difficult at all. Later, he talks about how the female lead was subjected to Kinski's "violent outbursts" during their scenes together, and had the bruises to show for it.

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