Friday, March 27, 2015

New DVD Releases

Für ein paar Leichen mehr – Sonora

Director: Alfonso Balcazar
Starring: George Martin, Jack Elam, Gilbert Roland

Country: Germany
Label: Wild Coyote
Region: 2 PAL
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
Language: Dolby Digital 2.0 German, English
Subtitles: German, English
Running time: 92 min
Extras: Interview, gallery, trailer
Available: March 27, 2015

Adios Sabata

Director: Frank Kramer
Starring: Yul Brynner, Dean Reed, Gerhard Herter

Country: Germany
Label: Explosive Media
Region: B - March 20, 2015
Aspect ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
Audio: PCM 5.1 German, Italian, English
Subtitles: German, English
Running time: 104 minutes
Extras: Booklet, featurette, gallery, trailer
Available: March 27, 2015

Sabata kehrt zurück
(Return of Sabata)

Country: Germany
Label: Explosive Media
Region: B
Aspect ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
Languages: PCM5.1 German, Italian, English
Subtitles: German, English
Running time: 105 min
Extras: Booklet, gallery, trailer
Available: March 27, 2015

Bootle Saddles (TV)

Bootle Saddles – English title

A 1984 British TV production [BBC (London)]
Producer: David Askey
Director: David Askey
Teleplay: Ray Mansell (1936-2014), Paul Benn
Photography: [color]
Music: ?
Song: “?” sung by ?
Running time: 6 episodes x 30 minutes

Percy James – Kenneth Cope
Isabel James – Anne Carroll
Betty James – Debbie Arnold (Jeanette Arnold)
Tom Henderson – John Normington
Rita Henderson – Shirely Stelfox
‘The Kid’ – Gordon Rawlings (Gordon Rollings)
Cyril – Robert Owen
Bert – Mike Walling
Salesman – William Ilkley
With: Joe Gladwin, Jack Russell

'Bootle Saddles', was a television series that poked gentle fun at British Wild West enthusiasts. Men from all walks of life - bank managers, salesmen, doctors - who choose to spend their weekends dressed as cowboys, pretending to shoot one another with toy Colt 45's.

“Set in 'Apache Wells', a Wild West theme park run by northerner Percy "Call me Jesse!" James, his wife and sexy daughter Betty, it featured a motley group of characters learning the ways of the Old West. The quality of the writing and acting was extremely good. Gordon Rollings made one of his final appearances as 'The Kid', an elderly man dressed in black who never spoke and walked around with a gun in one hand and ear trumpet in the other. A one-joke show perhaps, but a very funny one. The B.B.C. didn't seem to know what to do with it, and put it out on B.B.C.-2 where it was unjustly ignored. It deserved a far better reception” – Shade Grenade  from Ambrosia

Episodes Season 1: 1) Apache, 2) Of Mayors and Horses, 3) Beseiged, Bothered and Bewildered, 4) Wagons Ha!, 5) Only the Stars and the Wind, 6) Here’s Looking at You Kid

Birthdays Then and Now

Manfred Freyberger (actor) 1930 – 9/16/1980

Peter Schamoni (director) 1930 – 6/14/2011

Victor Auz (screenwriter) 1935 -

María José Alfonso (actress) 1940 -

Andrea Girolami (aka Chip Corman) (actor) 1946 –

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Who Are Those Guys? - Ernest Borgnine

Ermes Effron Borgnino was born in Hamden, Connecticut on January 24m 1917. The Academy Award winning actor began his acting career after his 10 year service as a Gunner's Mate 1st Class aboard the USS Lamberton during World War II. Ernest Borgnine's first stage performance was in 1947 in the production of "State of the Union", leading to his next role in "The Glass Menagerie" and finally on Broadway in 1949 in "Harvey". Ernie's big film break came in 1953 in "From Here to Eternity" where he commanded much admiration and further roles in films that lasted 60 years. In 1955 Ernie won the Academy Award for "Marty" winning against Frank Sinatra, Spencer Tracy and James Cagney. On television Ernest made his debut on ‘Captain Video and His Video Rangers’ series. He appeared in over 100 television programs over the years and gained much success on TV’s ‘McHale's Navy’ which ran from 1962-1966. Receiving an EMMY nomination for his role, “Airwolf” (1984) and he was nominated several more times throughout the years with his last nomination in 2009 for the finale of ‘ER’.

Some of Borgnine’s best remembered films were “Johnny Guitar” and “192.Demetrius and the Gladiators”, “Vera Cruz” (all 1954), “The Badlanders” and “Torpedo Run” (both 1958), “The Dirty Dozen” (1967), “Ice Station Zebra” (1968) “The Wild Bunch” (1969), “The Poseidon Adventure” (1972), “Escape from New York” (1981).

When his career started to stagger in the late-1960s he went to Italy and appeared in Euro-westerns including memorable performances in “A Bullet For Sandoval” (1969) and “Hannie Caulder” (1970).

Borgnine continued to work the rest of his life making TV appearances and films until his death from kidney failure on July 28, 2012 at the age of 95.

BORGNINE, Ernest (Ermes Effron Borgnino) [1/24/1917, Hamden, Connecticut, U.S.A. – 7/8/2012, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (kidney failure)] - producer, TV actor, married to Rhoda Kemins (1949-1958), father of producer Nancee Borgnine [1952-    ], married to actress Katy Jurado [1924-2002] (1959-1963), married to singer, actress Ethel Merman [1908-1984] (1964-1965), Donna Rancourt [1933-    ] (1965-1972), father of Sharon Borgnine [1965-    ], Christopher Borgnine [1969-    ], Diana Borgnine [1970-    ], married to Tova Traesnaes [1941-    ] (1973-2012), awarded Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award [2011].
A Bullet for Sandoval - 1969 (Don Pedro Sandoval)
Guns of the Revolution - 1969 (‘The General’)
Hannie Caulder - 1970 (Emmett Clemens)
Manhunt – 1984 (Ben Robeson)
Renegade – 2002 (Rolling Star)