In an earlier blog post I said the 1926 movie, The Magician, was a lost film. I was wrong. I’m not the only one who thought so. On the Movie Magg blog, Mark Gabrish Conlan says, “Our ‘feature’ last night was a movie I was startled to see on TCM’s schedule last Sunday because I’d thought (based on Carlos Clarens’ 1967 book on horror films) that it was lost: The Magician, second of Rex Ingram’s three independent productions for MGM in the mid-1920’s. “
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When I was a kid, back in the early 60’s, this movie scared me half to death. I recently saw it again and realized how silly it was, but I can’t come close to describing it as well as this review from Atomic Monsters!
“Just when it seems the crew is powerless to stop this rampaging alien, they discover a large wooden crate filled with hand grenades! What luck to have those on a space mission! . . . So, while hurtling through space, they decide to detonate more than a dozen grenades. That shouldn’t damage a fragile space vessel! Oh, that’s right — this is the 1950s. The rocket is probably made of concrete, I-beams and coated with pink, lead base paint!”
Read the entire review here, it’s great.
From DVD Talk, a reviewer known as DVD Savant (apparently a modest and unassuming guy named Glenn Erickson , as he rarely seems to write under his own name), has written a very enjoyable two-part review on Invaders From Mars (1953). Part One describes how the film is often derided as a low-budget kid’s movie. In Part Two (my favorite), Mr. Erikson explains why he calls the film “a Sci Fi classic that should be showing in the Louvre.”
“…of all 50s sci fi I think it is the most visually sophisticated, perhaps the most cinematic and a work worthy of the term ‘great art.’ If you hate writers who jam sub-Freudian meanings into movies, have no fear. My argument is based on the movie we all can see, and doesn’t try to conform the film to some graduate-student agenda. On the other hand, this article probably is more for confirmed Sci Fi aficionados than the general DVD Savant reader. I thank both for their patience.”
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Elsewhere on DVD Talk, the Savant reviews the DVD released by Image Entertainment of the 50th Anniversary Special Edition of Invaders From Mars (2002).