Forty four years on and THE DAY OF THE JACKAL is still as taut, tense and terrific as it was when released in cinemas in 1973.
Helmed by master craftsman Fred Zinnemann this original adaptation of Frederick Forsyth’s best selling book is 143 minutes of precise methodical planning, suspenseful in a cool, measured way that reflects the cold calculating calm of the assassin code named The Jackal.
In a precision piece of police procedural, the movie painstakingly maps the trajectory of the hiring of the hitman to the cat and mouse chase and capture.
LA VIE D’ADELE- BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR – ( DVD BLU-RAY)
Consumer Advice – High impact sex scenes
Duration 173 minutes
Director ABDELLATIF KECHICHE
Producer BRAHIM CHIOUA / ABDELLATIF KECHICHE / VINCENT MARAVAL
Production Company NOT SHOWN
Country of Origin FRANCE
Applicant TRANSMISSION FILMS
File Number T13/3750
Classification Number 260379
This Blu-Ray 180 minute version of BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR has been on retailers’ shelves since 18th June 2014, without a classification rating issued by the Federal Government (OFLC) having been purchased for this 180 minute version.
Paramount Home Entertainment (Australasia) Pty Limited is the distributor of the blu-ray 180 minute version of BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR. The blu-ray movie version was purchased and screened length was 179:38 minutes, compared to the 172:27 minutes approved for sale in Australia by OFLC.
“Refused Classification (RC) is a classification category. Material that is Refused Classification is commonly referred to as being ‘banned’. Films, computer games and publications that are classified RC cannot be sold, hired, advertised or legally imported in Australia.“
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) comes out on both DVD and Blu-ray later this month, and if too many monkeys are never enough, 20th Century Fox are also releasing a new box-set entitled (for no entirely clear reason) Caesar’s Warrior Collection, featuring all eight films in the series – Planet Of The Apes (1968), Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1970), Escape From The Planet Of The Apes (1971), Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes (1972), Battle For The Planet Of The Apes (1973), Planet Of The Apes (2001), Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011) and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) – all in High Definition and specially packaged in a Caesar bust sporting his penetrating simian stare.
With the planet flambéed at the end of Beneath The Planet Of The Apes, it was time to go into the past, bringing the franchise to a budget-friendly modern-day Earth. This was hardly an innovative idea – the 1967 television show It’s About Time, about two astronauts who find themselves trapped amongst neanderthals in the prehistoric past, resolved their budgetary problems by simply moving the astronauts and their neanderthal companions to contemporary USA in their second season. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) would do the same thing, halving their budget by setting it mostly in modern-day San Francisco.
But I digress. Escape From The Planet Of The Apes begins with three of the apes arriving in present-day America having escaped the holocaust by traveling back in time, via the same time warp, in the astronaut’s salvaged spaceship. The three intelligent apes, Zira (Kim Hunter), Cornelius (Roddy McDowall, returning after his noticeable absence in part two) and Milo (Sal Mineo in his final film role) are at first celebrated by society and treated like visiting royalty, but when it is learned that Zira is pregnant, they come to be regarded as a possible threat, and these fears are exploited by an ambitious Presidential candidate played by Eric Braeden, last seen in Colossus The Forbin Project (1970). After Milo is accidentally killed, Zira and Cornelius decide to hide out from the authorities and are given refuge by a kindly circus owner (Ricardo Montalban). Zira gives birth to a son, but she and Cornelius are later tracked down and shot to death by the authorities.
However, their offspring is rescued by the circus owner and the film ends with the infant ape saying ‘Mama, mama,’ mimicking the human talking doll found near the end of the first film. While this film isn’t as satisfying as the original, it does have its charms, mostly by showing us more of the relationship shared by Kira and Cornelius, and the film is carried well by both Hunter and McDowall. Highlights include testifying to the governmental investigation committee, and Zirahumouring the mild-mannered scientists on their rudimentary
intelligence tests and, when they wonder why she won’t claim her prize, she exclaims that she loathes bananas. Not exactly “Get your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!” but an amusing alternative nonetheless. Another delight is Montalban’s appearance near the end of the film as the circus owner Armando, but unfortunately is not given much to do.
As it is, Escape From Planet Of The Apes is enjoyable fare and provides a few light moments, but don’t expect any deep thinking, there are no shattering new insights. This second sequel is little more than a lightweight diversion in the Planet Of The Apes story arc, with a memorable and poignant ending. Contrary to popular belief, Escape From The Planet Of The Apes is the only one of the original five films that was deliberately written open-ended for a sequel: Beneath The Planet Of The Apes was written as the final entry; Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes (1972) original ending was supposed to lead to man’s downfall without mercy; Battle For The Planet Of The Apes (1973) was deliberately planned as the last. Oops, I’m getting a little ahead of myself there – at this point I’ll ask you to please join me next week when I have the opportunity to expose the very tenderest parts of your body to another jaw-dropping journey through those damnable dank dells of Horrorwoodland for…The Sydney Arts Guide! Toodles!
By the early nineties Steven Spielberg had established his position as the preeminent Hollywood director, but his films over the previous decade had largely decayed into cloying cuteness and overblown sentimentality.
So the buzz that Spielberg had secured the rights to Michael Crichton’s exciting novel JURASSIC PARK (published 1990) did not settle well with fans (cuddly dinosaurs speaking in childlike voices?) but anyone emerging from a cinema after the two-hour screening must have felt that dinosaurs were truly walking the earth. Spielberg was back in form – Jurassic Park (1993) wasn’t just good, it was Jaws (1975) good!
JURASSIC PARK tells of one man’s dream to create a unique game preserve on a remote jungle island near Costa Rica. Billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) has amassed a core group of experts who have discovered how to genetically engineer live dinosaurs from their fossilised DNA remains found in the blood of prehistoric mosquitos encased in amber, and has populated his scientific Disneyland with long-extinct breeds of dangerous carnivores. Continue reading Spielberg Collection: Jurassic Park (1993)→
Eight memorable films from one of the most acclaimed directors in cinema history come together for the first time ever in the Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection Blu-ray box set to be released on the 24th October by Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
The package includes a treasure trove of extras like a 58-page book on the visionary director’s career, featuring rare photos, archival materials, hours of bonus features with making-of documentaries, behind the scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, archival footage and interviews with Spielberg himself.
Since beginning his long and distinguished career on the Universal backlot more than forty years ago, Spielberg has gone on to direct an unprecedented number of some of the biggest box office hits and critically-acclaimed films in cinematic history. Continue reading Steven Spielberg: Director’s Collection→