Tuesday, February 20, 2018

New DVD Release

Freispruch für Old Shatterhand

Director: Hans Heinrich
Starring: Friedrich G. Beckhaus, Guenter Hanke, Toni Herbert, Gerhard Schinschke, Walter Janssen

Country: Germany
Label: Pidax film media Ltd. (Alive AG)
Discs: 1
Format: Dolby, PAL
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
Language: Dolby Digital 2.0 German
Running time: 63 minutes
Released: February 16, 2018

For those not familiar with the title it is a semi-documentary about a trial in 1910 Berlin when Karl May sued his adversary Rudolf Lebius for libel. Lebius had called him a born criminal. Lebius brings evidence for May's criminal record during the trial. In flashbacks, May remembers his time in the labor camp and penitentiary and the various crimes with his sidekick Priegel. May's attorney and May himself try to show the "other side"; to clarify the causes and psychological reasons that made him a criminal. And they prove that May is purified. Mays fantasies in the form of film excerpts from the Karl May films with Lex Barker and Pierre Brice are included .

Who Are Those Guys? ~ Antonio Casale

Antonio Casale was born in Italy on May 17, 1932. Casale was an Italian film actor of the 1960s and 1970s who appeared in mostly Spaghetti Westerns between 1965 and 1976. Sometimes credited as Nino Casale and Anthony Vernon he was also spent time behind the camera as a director and assistant director.

Although his later roles were more prominent, Casale is probably most known worldwide for his brief appearance as the dying Bill Carson in Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966), a film that has consistently been voted one of the greatest of all time. After the western craze was finished Casale could be seen in several crime films during the 1970s.

CASALE, Antonio (aka Nino Casale, Nino Cassale, Anthony Vernon, Antony Vernon) [5/17/1932, Italy – 2/4/2017, Italy] – director, assistant director, film actor.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – 1966 (Jackson/Bill Carson)
Ramon the Mexican – 1966 [assistant director]
Born to Kill - 1967 [assistant director]
Buckaroo – 1967 [assistant director]
Son of Django – 1967 [assistant director]
Revenge for Revenge - 1968
Duck You Sucker – 1971 (Notary on Stagecoach) [as Anthony Vernon]
The Grand Duel – 1972 (Hoak) [as Antony Vernon]
A Man Called Blade - 1977 (Dahlman) [as Nino Casale]

Monday, February 19, 2018

RIP Bill Blunden

Award winning British film editor Bill Blunden died on January 3, 2018 in Malmesbury, Wilshire, England. He was 83. Bill was born Thomas William Blunden in Pancas, London, England in 1935. He is the father of film editor Chris Blunden and grandfather of film editor William Blunden. Blunden won an Emmy Award for his work on ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ (1979). He was also nominated for an Emmy in 1993 for ‘To Dance with the White Dog’. Blunden was the film editor of 1968’s “Shalako” starring Sean Connery and Brigitte Bardot.

Presidents' Day 2018

European Western Comic Books ~ I Banditi del West

This comic book was published in 12 series. Each series featured the adventures of a different set of characters. The entire series was published on September 7th 1946 and ended October 1, 1956. It was published in Mila, Italy by Leonello Maritini and G. Caregaro for editor ALP.

Series II: RAZZO (ROCK) BILL (8 pages). The character covered in series 2 was RAZZO BILL, a mysteriously disguised knight of the plains who closes the cycle of his face-off adventures. The appendix features "L'uomo del film" by Cesare Solini and Enzo Magni, "Bill Ciak, Cameraman" by Gino Cossio and "The Island of the Lost Seas" by Pini Segna.

RAZZO BILL by Leonello Martini, Nino Catania, was issued from 1946 – 1948.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Who Are Those Composers? Ubaldo Continiello

Continiello started his career as a composer of pop songs, for, among others, Tony Del Monaco and Bobby Solo. He then worked extensively in movie soundtracks of genre 'Italian comedy'. Ubaldo began his film career in 1973 with “Il Gatto di Brooklyn, Aspirante Detective” with Franco Franchi for whom he would make seven films. In 1977 he made his most important achievement with “Ultimo Mondo Cannibale” by Ruggero Deodato, and the same for “Cannibal Holocaust”. In 1980 “Macabro” for Lamberto Bava and “Thrauma”. He wrote over 400 songs, including “Il Giocattolo” sung by Gianni Morandi.

CONTINIELLO, Ubaldo [1941 Monteverde, Avellino Italy 1/21/2014, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 1/21/2014, Rome, Lazio, Italy (heart attack)] – composer, conductor, songwriter.
Black Tigress - 1967
The Grandson of Zorro – 1975