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The Deadly Companions, a review by Rogmeister




The Deadly Companions (1961)  Color   90 minutes

Directed by Sam Peckinpah
Cast: Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Steve Cochran, Chill Wills, Strother Martin, Jim O'Hara

In this western from 1961, which was the first feature film directed by Sam Peckinpah (later to direct such western classics as Ride The High Country and The Wild Bunch), Brian Keith (a man bent on both revenge and bank robbery) is wounded during a gun battle on the street and due to that accidentally shoots and kills the son of Kit (Maureen O'Hara), a saloon girl.  Kit decides to go deep into a territory where the dangerous Apaches have infiltrated so that she can bury her son alongside his father, her late husband.

This movie is one of many westerns that seem to have fallen into public domain so many companies have released DVDs of this film.  Many of these copies don't have particularly good picture or sound (the reputation that PD films tend to get).  My copy is from Platinum, a company I've seen both good and bad product from...in this case, the picture quality is pretty decent and I enjoyed the film for the most part.  Peckinpah's film debut was decent but he was still inexperienced as a director (he had previously directed some TV western episodes) so some scenes could have been a bit more polished but overall I'd call it a good film, if not a great one.  He is certainly helped by a good cast including Maureen O'Hara, one of my favorite leading ladies.  Miss O'Hara also gets to sing a song over the opening credits and she is quite a good singer (I actually own one of her albums, recorded back in the 50's).  The film was shot on location in Arizona and the film does have good photography, shot by William Clothier who shot many of John Wayne's films of the 60's and 70's.  Unfortunately, this is a full frame release (AKA: pan and scan).  I guess if I was rating this on a scale of 1-5, I'd give it around a 3.5 or so...okay, maybe a 4.

(From DCO third annual November Alphabet Marathon - discussion/review/banter thread on November 11th, 2009)

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Grease 2, a review by addicted2dvd


     Grease 2 (1982/United States)
IMDb |Wikipedia |Trailer |
Paramount Home Entertainment (United States)
Director:Patricia Birch
Writing:Ken Finkleman (Writer), Jim Jacobs (Original Characters By), Warren Casey (Original Characters By)
Length:114 min.
Video:Widescreen 2.30:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, English: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, French: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround
Subtitles:English

Stars:
Maxwell Caulfield as Michael
Michelle Pfeiffer as Stephanie
Lorna Luft as Paulette
Maureen Teefy as Sharon
Alison Price as Rhonda

Plot:Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Closed Captioned


My Thoughts:

No, this one is not as good as the first one. But like the first one this one holds a bit of a special place in my hert. Plus I like this one for the fact that it has motorcycles instead of cars. I have always liked motorcycles. So while I don't know that I would recommend this one to others....I enjoy getting to see this one every now and then.

Rating:


(From July Movie Marathon: Musicals (Yes... You read right!) on July 26th, 2016)

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Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom


     Murphy Brown: Season One (1988/United States)
IMDb | Wikipedia

Warner Home Video (United States)
Length:533 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Commentary: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles:English, French, Spanish


Plot:
Here to cheer are all 22 hilarious Season One episodes (plus bonus features) of the groundbreaking series that won 18 Emmy Awards - including two for Best Comedy Series - during it's outstanding 10-season run. Candice Bergen portrays Murphy Brown, star reporter for Washington DC-based news magazine 'FYI', delivering a performance so funny and dynamic that she earned five of those Emmys as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (including one for this debut season). The colorful 'FYI' crew backs her up, giving everything from romance to friendship, national politics to office politics a zingy comeuppance.


Murphy Brown
1.01 Respect
Writer: Diane English (Writer)
Director: Barnet Kellman
Cast: Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown), Pat Corley (Phil), Faith Ford (Corky Sherwood), Charles Kimbrough (Jim Dial), Robert Pastorelli (Eldin Bernecky), Joe Regalbuto (Frank Fontana), Grant Shaud (Miles Silverberg), Tony Goldwyn (Bobby Powell), Mary Cadorette (Sherry), Kathleen Freeman (Mrs. Caldwell), Charley Lang (Robert), Mark Lonow (Jerry Weiss), John Achorn (Stage Manager)

I only know the first season from this series. None of the others were ever released on DVD. I enjoyed this first episode. Though it is a little dated.
I believe the bar Murphy Brown went to is a redressed Cheers set.

Rating:

(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on June 10th, 2012)