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I didn't get past the first one

Me neither, but I reverse Fraser otherwise. He had some good screenplays, notably The Three Musketeers and The Four Musketeers of the 1970s.

His Quartered Safe Out Here is a classic soldier's memoir of WW2 in Burma. And The Hollywood History of the World is (a) educational, and (b) a hoot.

The Pyrates (unrelated to any screenplay by that name) is a hilarious fantasy set in a 1930s movie universe. It has cues for music (Korngold) and casting (Errol Flynn, Olivia DeHavilland, etc).

Finally, his Black Ajax would make a fine screenplay, but might be hard to produce. The amount of blood produced in Regency bare-knuckles boxing was truly astounding. The race angle would be controversial. True story: Tom Molineaux was an American ex-slave who battered opponents for years, was cheated of the British championship, "dated" Englishwomen rather freely, but was finally brought low by lack of self-discipline.

Sorry for long off-topic excursion.

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Submitted for your consideration: 1982's 'swords and sandals' epic The Sword and the Sorcerer:


The star is Lee Horseley, who made a living as Tom Selleck "Lite", including the TV role as P.I. "Matt Houston", he wields a wicked looking triple bladed sword. Later on he gets crucified on screen with nails through the hands, and meanwhile he saves the princess, an amazingly top-heavy and porcelain-skinned Kathleen Beller.



I don't know why, but I like this cheese-fest.

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Which reminds me of the other Sorcerer (1977), a remake of the classic French B&W film The Wages of Fear (1953). I like the remake better:

This really excellent film received critical acclaim, but flopped at the box office, and then acquired cult status on cable.

But it has another chance, the restored Blu-Ray came out on April 14:


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Tremendous restoration on Sorcerer. Bare bones disc otherwise: just subtitles. Rumors of a commentary track: didn't happen.

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Tremendous restoration on Sorcerer. Bare bones disc otherwise: just subtitles. Rumors of a commentary track: didn't happen.

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Cool I have to get that!
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Some minor alterations to the audio mix though apparently, which is a bit disappointing. I'm thinking of getting this and the Criterion BR of WOF and making it a double feature.
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Some minor alterations to the audio mix though apparently, which is a bit disappointing. I'm thinking of getting this and the Criterion BR of WOF and making it a double feature.
Mine arrived today but no time to view.
Did not know it was a remake of The Wages of Fear....
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