Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Marvelous MGM DVDs announced...

Fans feared the acquistion of MGM by Sony would slow down the release of MGM's junk movie DVDs, but so far there's no sign of that. Of course, it could be these were just in the pipe before the buyout, but hopefully Sony's is giving the DVD department its head.

October 18th sees the wonky Sabata Trilogy of Spaghetti Westerns released in a box set. (The third film, starring Yul Brynner in the place of Lee Van Cleef, actually isn't a Sabata film, but was dubbed that way when it came to the States.) The second film, Return of Sabata, was included in the Medved's seminal 50 Worst Films of All Time, and earned the distinction. It also has one of the great bad theme songs in movie history. Really, it's spectacular.

Also out that day is Batman: The 1943 Serial. I never really thought this one would see the light of day, since the villain is J. Carrol "Dracula vs. Frankenstein" Naish playing a "Jap." I mean, you know...1943. I wonder if this will actually reach market, or at least be edited for political correctness before doing so.


At 8:08 AM, Blogger Marty McKee said...

I taped the BATMAN serial about ten years ago when American Movie Classics aired it in its entirety. All the racial slurs were intact, although I understand some previous home video releases were censored. While I obviously don't condone prejudice, I think it's important that these older films remain intact. The language seems appropriate, or at least understandable, given the period.

At 8:17 AM, Blogger Ken Begg said...

I agree. Whitewashing the past--hmm, that doesn't sound right in context--keeps us from acknowledging or even being aware of the ways the world was different in the past. We now live in a country in which it was "controversal" for 24, a show about terrorists, to feature Muslim terrorists in its *fourth* season. In order to accurately judge how far we've come on racial matters and the like, we have to be able to look to the past with clear eyes.

At 8:51 AM, Anonymous KurtVon said...

I realize that stuff like this can be uncomfortable to the modern viewer, but I just never understood how someone can feel it is correct to eliminate it. It's almost as though people want to pretend that this it never went on, which denies the progress that has been made.

And it does seem strange that most of the complaints about racism in Huckleberry Finn focus on the historically accurate languge while completely ignoring the heavy handed anti-racism plot of the actual story.


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