Special Cop in Action – Dorado Films ‘Screeners Project’

The film is finished, the dead weight lies trampled on the editing room floor… all that is left is the Screener. The producers anxiously await the response of the audience. Success or failure relies on the last year and a half of work. Obscurity or success is discovered only in this one moment.

Today, films with character and charm are vanishing. Quirky films are being forgotten. Some films never even had a chance to vanish, they just never arrived. How can we save these precious, ocassionaly unpolished or rough, gems from being ignored?

Welcome to the Dorado Films Screeners project. We have access to hundreds of such films. We do not have the funding to release all of these great films in the pristine, original quality they deserve (if even available). These are our marketting test. These Screeners help us put the funding toward the right films, films that will be appreciated by the largest amount of fans. These Screeners are what we can give back to the fans of these rare films without spending money that will not be recovered. We can experiment, be different, throw these films into the spotlight one more time and see if they can live up to the success the producers, directors, actors, and crew once thought was possible.

What can you do to help?

Watch the films. If you like it keep watching it.

Comment on actors. Comment on the plot. Comment on locations. Comment on film techniques. Comment on what you disliked about the film. COMMENT. Your comments will shape which films we try next. Help us by offering your opinion. You have an opinion. We need to hear it.

Tell others. If you really like a movie, talk about it to your friends. If you think a scene is particularly fantastic, get a link to it (How To) and send it to others. If you love a film, share the love. The more response you get for a film, the more likely you will see something more done with it.

A word about quality

Many of these films are going to be transfered from 1″ broadcast tapes. The quality will not be great, but it was once deemed worthy enough to be shown on television. Other than meeting the format requirement for YouTube, these tapes are shown as is with no altering or primping. This is the quickest, cheapest, simplest way for us to deliver these films to you. We are striving for quantity not quality with these screeners. This is a test after all. Commenting on quality of the transfer is not constructive. To protect our film from piracy, we have added a slight watermark.

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For more details plus a list of other films in the ‘Screeners’ project head on over to Dorado’s website at THIS LINK

Check out the Special Cop in Action aka Italia a mano armata ‘Screener’ in its entirety below…

Cine-Excess Final Surprise Screenings Announced

Midnight Extreme: The Freakmaker (AKA The Mutations, 1974)
Friday 25th May – Midnight (The Italian Cultural Institute)  Click HERE for details and booking info

Robert Weinbach has personally chosen this screening to accompany his visit to Cine-Excess VI, and we are delighted that he will be introducing the film on Friday 25th May at 12 midnight, followed by an exclusive screening of this cult rarity.

The Director Approved Screening of The Bronx Warriors (1982)
Saturday 26th May – 4pm (Following Enzo G. Castellari Interview, Odeon Covent Garden) Click HERE for details and booking info

Enzo G. Castellari has personally chosen this screening to accompany his visit to Cine-Excess VI, and we are delighted that he will be introducing the film on Saturday 26th May at 4pm following his on-stage interview and career retrospective at the Odeon Covent Garden.

BFI – BBC’s Classic Ghost Stories Available Finally on DVD


Posted on the BFI website on April 25th…

The BFI is to make the complete series of the BBC’s classic Ghost Stories finally available on DVD this year.


These much-loved tales terrified BBC TV audiences at Christmas throughout the 1970s. Most of the instalments were directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark and based on M.R. James’s celebrated supernatural stories.

With only three of the twelve BBC Ghost Stories previously released on DVD (by the BFI in 2002), the films in this brilliant series have been high on many film and TV fans’ ‘most wanted’ DVD lists.

The films are a key influence on recent British ghost and horror films, including The Woman in Black, and have inspired many screenwriters and filmmakers including Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen, Sherlock).

The first two volumes will be released in August 2012 in celebration of the 150th anniversary of M.R. James’s birth. Two more volumes will follow in September, while the fifth and final volume, as well as a complete Ghost Stories for Christmas box set, will follow in October.

Volume One includes two versions of the chilling Whistle And I’ll Come To You: Jonathan Miller’s 1968 adaptation, starring Michael Hordern, and the 2010 re-imagining, starring John Hurt.

Volume Two includes The Stalls of Barchester (1971), starring Robin Hardy, and A Warning to the Curious (1972), starring Peter Vaughan, as well as Christopher Lee’s Ghost Stories for Christmas: The Stalls of Barchester (2000)

More from that news article at this link

Order the box-set now at THIS LINK

Fernando Di Leo Italian Crime Collection vol.2 from Raro Video USA

Raro Video USA announced on their Facebook page details of part 2 of their Fernando Di Leo Italian Crime Collection…

“Great News!
We are pleased to confirm the acquisition of a worldwide exclusive Fernando Di Leo title:
“Shoot First Die Later” ( Il Polizziotto e’ Marcio).
This film will part of “ Fernando Di Leo Italian Crime Collection vol.2 , due next December.
We are now working on a brand new HD transfer from original 35mm Negative print.
This very rare film will finally be presented in its original splendor…

…“Fernando Di Leo Italian Crime Collection vol.2” will contain 3 titles:
“Shoot First Die Later” (new HD transfer)
“Killer VS Killer( restored version)
“Kidnap Syndicate”(new HD Transfer)”

Fernando Di Leo Italian Crime Collection vol.2 is due for release in December 2012

More Pasolini coming to UK Blu-ray from Eureka!

Eureka Entertainment has announced four more classic films directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini for release as Blu-ray+DVD combos as part of its Master of Cinema series.

HAWKS AND SPARROWS and PIGSTY are to be released on 23rd July and they are followed by the portmanteau film (co-directed by Pasolini,  Roberto Rossellini, Jean-Luc Godard, and Ugo Gregoretti) Ro.Go.Pa.G. on the 27th August. Finally OEDIPUS REX concludes this set of releases on 24th September. This marks the first time that any of the titles has been released on Blu-ray in the UK.

Eureka will also release the Giorgio Moroder version of Fritz Lang’s classic silent sci-fi film METROPOLIS as a limited edition Steelbook on 23rd July. The Italian-born synth king’s version of the film was constructed in the 1980s and its use of contemporary music (the likes of Queen and Kate Bush) was seen as controversial at the time but has endured to become a cult favourite.

Source: Blu-ray.com

Twins of Evil coming to Blu-ray from Synapse Films in July

Synapse films will unleash classic Hammer horror TWINS OF EVIL in the US as a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack on 10th July.

Made in 1971 and directed by John Hough (THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE, THE WATCHER IN THE WOODS), former Playmates Madeleine and Mary Collinson star as the titular wrong-doers who are pitted against their righteous uncle Gustav (Peter Cushing) in this minor classic of British horror cinema.

The special features for the upcoming release are up on Blu-ray.com:


  • THE FLESH AND THE FURY: X-POSING TWINS OF EVIL (84 mins.) – An all-new, feature-length documentary exploring Hammer’s infamous ‘Karnstein’ trilogy from the origin of Carmilla, to the making of TWINS OF EVIL! Featuring exclusive interviews with director John Hough, star Damien Thomas, ­cult film director Joe Dante, Video Watchdog editor Tim Lucas, and more!
  • Motion Still Gallery (Blu-ray Exclusive)
  • Deleted Scene (Blu-ray Exclusive)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer & TV Spots (Blu-ray Exclusive)
  • Isolated Music & E‑ffects Track (Blu-ray Exclusive)

Cine-Excess VI – Full Schedule

Cine-Excess VI  – Transglobal Excess: The Art and Atrocity of Cult Adaptation

24 to 26 May 2012 – Odeon Covent Garden & The Italian Cultural Institute, London


Final Programme

Thursday 24th May 2012 (ODEON COVENT GARDEN)

Conference Registration 11.30 -1pm
1pm-1.15pm Conference Welcome/Conference Opening
1.15pm-2.45pm Panel 1 The American Nightmare: Visions of Adaptation and Excess
Chair: Kate Eagan
1. Laura Mee, (De Montfort University) “Think you can bring the dead back to life?”: Platinum Dunes and the Horror Franchise Reboot.
2. Wickham Clayton (Roehampton University) “Unnatural, unnatural, unnatural, unnatural, unnatural!”… but real?: The Toolbox Murders as a True Story Adaptation, or Not
3. Aaron McMullan (King’s College, London) “Blowback Horror: Adaptation, Interrogation and Revelation in Post-9/11 American Horror Cinema.
3pm-3.30pm Coffee
3.30pm-5pm Panel 2 Transnational Excess: Cross-Cultural Studies in Adaptation
Chair: Leon Hunt
1. Ben Halligan (Salford University) Factory as Laboratory: Vinyl – Andy Warhol’s A Clockwork Orange.
2. Alex Marlow-Mann (St Andrews University) Feeling across Borders: Transcultural Appropriation and Sensorial Embodiment in Cattet and Forzani’s Amer (2009).
3. Adrian Horrocks (Anglia Ruskin University) Modern French Horror: Foreign Genre Cinema as Site of Adaptation and Allegory.
6.30pm-7.30pm Script to Scream: The Time Out Magazine and Cine-Excess Discussion – The Art of Cult Adaptation
8pm-9.30pm Cine-Excess UK Theatrical Premiere 1: Closed Circuit Extreme (Giorgio Amato, 2011)
10pm -11.30pm Cine-Excess UK Theatrical Premiere 2: Shiver (Julian Richards, 2011)


Friday 25th May 2012 (ODEON COVENT GARDEN)

Registration/Coffee 9.30am-10am
10am-11.45am Panel 3 Literature, Lust and Laughs: Cult Adaptations of the Erotic
Chair: Mark Goodall
1. Clarissa Smith (Sunderland University) A Mother’s Love Cannot be Denied: Ma Mere.
2. Sarah Harman (Brunel University) Returning to Roissy: Just Jaeckin and Kink.com’s adaptations of the Story of O.
3. Tamao Nakahara (Independent Scholar) New Hats and Shoes: Cross-Dressing in 1970s Italian Sex Comedies.
11.45am-12.00pm Coffee
12.00pm-1pm Keynote 1 Professor Steffen Hantke (Sogang University) ‘West German Cult TV: Re-Packaging Subcultural Capital.’
1pm-2pm Lunch
2pm-3.30pm Panel 4 Maniacs, Myths and Monstrous Movies 1: Adapting Themes and Figures of Evil
Chair: Filippo Del Lucchese
1. Daniel O’Brien (Southampton University) Blue Collar Mephistopheles: Videodrome and the Subversive Sidekick.
2. Elisabetta Di Minico (University of Barcelona) Horror and the dystopia.
3. Finn J. Ballard (Warwick University) Uwe Boll’s Auschwitz as Holocaust ‘Torture Porn‘.
3.30pm-4pm Coffee
4.00-5.30 Panel 5 Maniacs, Myths and Monstrous Movies 2: Cult Adaptations of the Manson Family
Chair: Charlie Blake
1. Mark Goodall (Bradford University) Helter Skelter: Charles Manson goes to the Movies.
2. Nicolò Gallio (University of Bologna) Surfing with Charlie.
3. Ian Cooper (Independent Scholar) Family Values and Creepy Crawlies: Manson and the Horror Film.
7.30pm-9pm: The Year’s With(out) Lead: Bodies, Bullets, and the 1970s Italian Extreme: A Special Panel Discussion between Enzo G. Castellari, Sergio Martino and Professor Mary P. Wood (Birkbeck College, London).

9pm- 10.30pm The Italian Cultural Institute- Cine-Excess Screening 3: Keoma (Enzo G. Castellari, 1976)
10.30 pm-12.00am The Italian Cultural Institute Cine-Excess Screening 4: Your Vice is a Locked Door and Only I have the Key (Sergio Martino, 1972)
12.00am The Italian Cultural Institute Cine-Excess Midnight Movie Excess (Screening TBA)


Saturday 26th May, 2012 (ODEON COVENT GARDEN)

Registration/Coffee 9.30am-9.45am
9.45am-11am Panel 7 Comics, Posters and Pop: Adaptations of Cult Iconography Across Mixed Media
Chair: Julian Savage
1. Neil Jackson (Lincoln University) Stained with the Blood of the Marketing Department: Discourses of Violence in 1970s Film Posters.
2. Leon Hunt Brunel (University) Danger: Diabolik – The Italian Comic-book Anti-Hero as Superhero.
3. Rachel Mizsei Ward (University of East Anglia) Criminal Lifestyles, Sexuality and the Martial Arts: Appropriating Blaxploitation in Hip-Hop Music Videos.
11am-11.30am Coffee
11.30pm-1.30pm Panel 8 Europa Excess: The Italian Trans-Cult(ural) Image
Chair: Xavier Mendik
1. Stefano Ciammaroni (Manchester Metropolitan University) In Too Deep (Red): The Politics and Historiography of Violence and Death in Luchino Visconti’s Ossessione and Dario Argento’s Profondo rosso.
2. Anthony Page (Hertfordshire University) ‘High” and ‘Low’ Art Nazis: Cavani’s The Night Porter and Canevari’s The Gestapo’s Last Orgy.
3. Karen Oughton (Regent’s College) “Who Do You Think You Are Kidding, Mr Fulci? The Role of Metanarrative in Cat in the Brain”.
4. Kate Egan (Aberystwyth University)The Women in White: Aesthetic and Thematic Uses of Costume in Argento’s Films.
1.30pm-2.30pm Lunch
2.30pm -4pm Panel 9 Agonised Bodies, Adaptive Performance: Sexuality, Ethnicity and Excess
Chair: Leon Hunt
1. Darren Elliot-Smith (University of Hertfordshire) ‘Queer Poe-nography’: Gay Shame and Gothic Layering in David DeCoteau’s Edgar Allen Poe Cycle.
2. Adam Locks (University of Chichester) Chicks with guns: The cult of female bodybuilding.
3. Grisel Y. Acosta (Queensborough Community College, NY) “‘Spork’ Mixer: Tough, Twisted Girls in Borderless, Multicultural Oz”.
4. Iain Robert Smith (Roehampton University) It’s a Bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Shaktimaan! : The Bollywood Superhero from Mr India (1987) to Krrish (2006).

4pm-6pm Inglorious Icon: Enzo G. Castellari On-Stage includes Cine-Excess Screening 6: (To Be Announced)
6pm Odeon Close
8pm-9pm The Italian Cultural Institute: Sergio Martino Onstage at Cine-Excess VI
9.30pm-10.30pm Cine-Excess Screening 7: All the Colours of the Dark (Sergio Martino, 1972)
10.30pm -12.00 Cine-Excess Screening 8: Fair Game (Mario Andreacchio, 1986)


For booking and ticket prices head on over to the Cine Excess site for full details…


Who Dares Wins – Arrow Video Blu-ray

From our exclusive feed with Cult Labs

Who Dares Wins (Arrow Video)


Paranoia, black ops and espionage combine in Who Dares Wins, a violent and edgy anti-terror classic starring Lewis Collins (The Professionals) and Edward Woodward (The Equalizer).

The anti-nuclear movement is plotting a bloody outrage on British soil and, having already fatally lost their undercover operative at a violent protest, the secret services call on the aid of the SAS. Captain Peter Skellen (Collins) risks his career, his family and his life to infiltrate the terrorist group before they can unleash an attack that will devastate the country.

Relive a classic cold war thrill ride which remains relevant to this day… Who Dares Wins, a violent lesson in how to deal with the enemy within.

Special Features:

– High Definition Presentation of the main feature

– Audio commentary with producer Euan Lloyd and director Ian Sharp

– The Last of the Gentleman Producers: A Documentary on the life of the legendary producer Euan Lloyd, featuring Sir Roger Moore, Ingrid Pitt, Kenneth Griffith and more!

– Two Original Trailers

– Bonus Feature Film: THE COMMANDER, another Lewis Collins action spectacular co-starring Lee Van Cleef and Donald Pleasance, directed by Antonio Margheriti aka Anthony M. Dawson!

– Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork

– Collector’s booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by Ali Catterall, co-author of Your Face Here: British Cult Movies Since the Sixties plus press book extracts and writing by Euan Lloyd!

Blu-ray only

Region B

Release date: 02/07/2012

The Wild Geese – Arrow Video Blu-ray

From our exclusive feed with Cult Labs

The Wild Geese (Arrow Video)

One Last Pay Day… One More Chance To Die!

Legendary hell-raisers Richard Burton and Richard Harris, along with a coolly detached Roger Moore are aging mercenaries with a taste for fine liquor, drawn together for a late but extremely lucrative pay day in The Wild Geese, an African adventure soaked in booze, gunfire and bloodshed.

Colonel Allen Faulkner (Burton) is secretly back in London to accept the task of reinstating an African leader deposed in a violent military coup, but without the combat skills of his two old friends, there isn’t going to be a mission. With his two reliable loose cannons in place, Faulkner and the team enact a text book rescue operation but disaster is close at hand when the cynical multinational who set up the whole deal turns the tables, striking a new deal with the local despot which sees The Wild Geese trying to escape with their lives intact.

The Wild Geese are ready for one last mission so finish your drinks and relive this classic old school British action adventure today.

Special Features:

– High Definition Presentation of the main feature

– Audio commentary with Roger Moore, producer Euan Lloyd and second unit director John Glen

– World Premiere Newsreel Footage

– Original Trailer

– Bonus Feature Film: CODE NAME: WILD GEESE, starring Lewis Collins, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine and Klaus Kinski, directed by Antonio Margheriti aka Anthony M. Dawson

– Reversible sleeve with original poster and newly commissioned artwork cover

– Collector’s booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by Ali Catterall, co-author of Your Face Here: British Cult Movies Since the Sixties and a biography of Euan Lloyd

Blu-ray only

Region B

Release date: 02/07/2012