“The Alamo” (1960) Never Looked Better

John Wayne’s 1960 film The Alamo has been marred in the home viewing market for years. The director’s cut or “roadshow edition” was badly damaged over the years in storage and was never even released on DVD because of such poor quality amongst the cut and later restored scenes. The standard, shorter version of the…

“The Exorcist III” and “Legion” Marks the End of an Era

The rumors may have begun as early as 1990 when The Exorcist III immediately struggled at the box office and with critics. There was a superior cut called Legion somewhere out there, writer-director William Peter Blatty’s ultimate vision. As the years turned to more than two decades, fans anxiously waited. All they had were some…

HALLOWEEN 2K16: “The Exorcist III” Director’s Cut Blu Ray Is Out

I blogged about this in January when Morgan Creek had sent a series of cryptic tweets regarding the possibility of a long-awaited director’s cut of The Exorcist III. I followed the story for a few more months and then it appeared that all was for nothing. You could imagine my surprise this morning when I saw…

More on “The Exorcist III” and Possible Director’s Cut

The Exorcist III plays in the background as I type this. I had to just give it another watch to get me in the mood in case a director’s cut is actually coming sometime this year. I also wanted to post a follow-up to yesterday’s article about the possibility. It was pretty well-read, so I…

“The Wild Bunch” and My Dream Movie Prop

I have seen nearly a thousand movies in my life, each unique in its own right, and coming with a slew of potential props that we might love to get our hands on if the opportunity arose. I actually own two movie props, both from the 2004 film The Alamo, which starred Billy Bob Thornton…

The Worst Alamo Movie Ever Made Now Preserved Forever on DVD

Before a bloating Alec Baldwin was causing trouble with his bicycle in New York, he was starring as the dashing commander of the Alamo garrison in the Texas War for Independence, Colonel William Barret Travis, in the 1987 television mini-series The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory. However, his performance is far from perfect, even though…

Can There be Such a Thing as a “Family” Civil War Movie?

Can you believe that there are actually people out there in this world who watch movies together as a family, and then sit and discuss them? I personally know of a few who do, and some who don’t, but probably would if there was something worth discussing. Just last spring, when I was teaching a…

“The Alamo” Getting Blu-Ray Release, But Which Version will it Be?

It’s not often that I report on something without having exact information surrounding it, but I have stumbled upon something that could be very exciting for fans of historical film epics. When the 150th anniversary of the Civil War came around, a director’s cut of Gods and Generals was finally released after such a long…

Popular Quebec Actor Francois Arnaud Lands Role in “Copperhead”

Thanks to a reader who just sent me this article from a French-Canadian news outlet, it appears that the very popular actor Francois Arnaud from Quebec has also landed a role in Copperhead. The complete cast list has not yet been furnished, as work on their IMDB page is still ongoing, so you can expect…