Movie Fan Man: Cinema Connoisseur

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Year in Review/HAPPY NEW YEAR

by Tony Nash

Hello to my followers, those I’m following, and any visitors who come to visit.

Besides moving from Philadelphia PA to Ocean City NJ, quite a bit in life and the Blu Ray/DVD and Film world has been interesting. Getting back into this Blog has been very fun as I’ve graduated Community College with my Associates degree in Liberal Arts a little over a year ago (Still up in the air of what to do next, but what I’ll be discussing will give you an idea.) While I haven’t been seriously unhealthy, my health in the last year has really been improving for the better, and I’ve never been happier. I’ve recently started a collaborative effort with The Spaghetti Western Database (SWDb) and the Grindhouse Cinema Database (GCDb) for original pieces, and links to my Blog for the film write-ups on some of the films that have listed in their pages, which I hope will help my blog and writing career.

Speaking of my writing career, a YouTube channel I like, which has gotten some mention here on WordPress, HorrorBabble, which specializes in Classic and Contemporary Horror and Weird Fiction readings will be having an open submission period in February for up-in-coming authors which I”ll be taking part in, keep fingers crossed I get lucky. I’ll admit Horror isn’t in my top 5 of genre’s, but I have gained an appreciation for the brooding suspense style of 60’s and early 70’s.

Having a Region Free Blu Ray player has really opened many doors for me in regards to purchases of Blu Rays and DVDs. An item I’m really looking forward to is the German company FilmArt recently announced release of Confessione di un Commissario di Polizia al Procuratore della Repubblica (Confessions of a Police Captain) starring Franco Nero and Martin Basalm. Having gotten fair in the understanding of Italian from watching over 60 Italian films, I can watch German Blu Rays of Italian Westerns and Giallos without English subtitles. Other releases I’m looking forward to getting can be seen in Stuff I’m looking forward to. Criterion Collection, Arrow Video, Arrow Academy, Eureka! and its Masters of Cinema and Classics labels, 88 Films, Shameless Screen Entertainment, Koch Media, FilmArt, and XR Video are some of my favorite companies to buy from and will continue to support.

Here’a little summary of some of the exciting buys and watches from the year

Best deals: The Complete Sartana Box-Set (1968-71) (Arrow Video) Gift Card

Jackie Chan’s Police Story and Police Story 2 Box-Set (198 (Eureka! Classics) $33

Django/Texas Adios Steelbook (Arrow Video) (I pre-ordered this item and got it before the rights snafu) $31

The Specialist Limited Edition with Comic book (1969) (TFI Studio) $22-24

Most surprising release: A Matter of Life and Death (1946) (The Criterion Collection) &

Le Verite (1961) (Criterion Collection)

Most enjoyably surprising watch: The Specialist (1969)

Most Thoroughly Impressed: I Am Sartana, Your Angel of Death (1969) and Have a Good Funeral My Friend, Sartana Will Pay (1970)

Favorite Film Company (tie): Arrow Video, Criterion Collection, Eureka!

Best Underdog Watch: Ursula Andress in The (Sensuous) Nurse (1975)

Best Upgrade Releases: Witness for the Prosecution (1957) (from Eureka! Masters of Cinema) and Some Like it Hot (1959) (from the Criterion Collection)

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Boxing Day, Kwanzaa, and all the other Holidays celebrated this month. 2019 is shaping up for many good things on this blog.



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