Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Saga Continues

Late today I was sent an official press release on the Anchor Bay MARIO BAVA COLLECTION, VOLUME 1 that basically reiterated where I've told you everything stands. Then, almost immediately, I got another e-mail from the publicist saying, "Please hold off on posting the press release. Apparently, there’s a new wrinkle."

What could it be?

Stay tuned.

PS: Joe Dante is back from Berlin, and it seems the TIME OUT report of the Corman biopic going into production was a bit premature. Nevertheless, the meetings he took in Berlin were heartening and things do seem to be looking up.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

And Now the Bad News

I've just been notified by Ed Peters, the publicist for Anchor Bay Entertainment's MARIO BAVA COLLECTION VOLUME 1, that "the specs [for the set] have changed."

There's no nice way to break the news, so I'll just come out with it: I am now told that the English versions of BLACK SUNDAY, BLACK SABBATH and EVIL EYE will not be included in the set, after all. I'm not privy to the behind-the-scenes story, so don't ask; I've just been asked to make the announcement. I'm as surprised and disappointed as you must be. All I can say is that I hope my audio commentaries for the three films (and the attendant release of RABID DOGS/KIDNAPPED) will be added incentive enough for Bava fans to support the release of the new ABE transfers.

No Confirmation Yet, But

... the online edition of the British magazine TIME OUT is carrying a news story dated the 12th -- two days ago, two days into the Berlinale Co-Production Market -- that puts a very welcome Valentine's Day twinkle into my bloodstream. Charlie and I haven't been told anything yet, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's false or true. I'm guessing that Joe is probably up in the air right now, on the flight back from Germany, so I hope to have more information to share with you once he's back and rested.

Also: Enthusiastic online reviews of Dark Sky's forthcoming KILL BABY KILL (and my audio commentary) from DVD Savant Glenn Erickson and DVD Talk's Ian Jane.

Monday, February 12, 2007

I'm Still Here

... just too overworked at present to give much time or attention to this blog. I wrote the first draft of a book in January, and now I'm editing material -- over 150 single-spaced pages of reviews! -- for the next couple of issues of VIDEO WATCHDOG (which should be ready for print by this time next week), my next SIGHT & SOUND column is due tomorrow, and I spent the early part of this afternoon responding to an interview questionaire from the San Francisco-based magazine THE BELIEVER. The day after tomorrow, I'm expecting to receive my first HD player: the LG BH100, the first hybrid HD unit capable of playing both HD DVD and Blu-Ray discs. So I also have wrestling with wires to look forward to... but the unit will probably have to sit in the box a few days before it gets hooked up, as I see my way clear of creating the next issue or two. As always, enjoy the backlog of material in the meantime.

Also happening right now: Joe Dante is in Berlin, Germany, where he's representing THE MAN WITH KALEIDOSCOPE EYES (the Roger Corman biopic comedy script I wrote with Charlie Largent, about the making of THE TRIP) at the Berlinale Co-Production Market. This event is open to investor-seeking film projects that have already accounted for 30% of their total budget, and TMWKE (which got a headline mention in a recent VARIETY story about the Berlin market) is one of only three American properties represented among this year's Official Selections. I know that you all want to see this movie happen -- almost as much as Charlie and I do -- so join us in holding good thoughts for Joe through the days ahead.