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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:40 pm 
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A bit late to the game, but DVDBeaver reviews the set.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:07 pm 
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All Night Long is getting a blu-ray release in UK from Network on July 4th.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 5:41 pm 
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I'll be watching these films soon (but through British blus and DVDs), and taking the opportunity to get an introduction to Dearden's work in general. Aside from The Captive Heart (out on blu), what are his other films that come recommended from folks here that are familiar with them?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:53 pm 
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His additions to Dead of Night, the framing device if I remember correctly, and The Mind Benders, an oddball sci-fi, are quite good and worth checking out.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 11:32 pm 
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knives wrote:
His additions to Dead of Night, the framing device if I remember correctly, and The Mind Benders, an oddball sci-fi, are quite good and worth checking out.
Thanks for that. I'll definitely have a look at The Mind Benders. As for Dead of Night, I'm not that crazy about anthology films, even supernatural ones. I usually find myself disappointed by them. Bava's Black Sabbath is OK, but the ones that come to mind - Corman's Tales of Terror, Duvivier's Flesh and Fantasy - didn't do much for me. Creepshow and Twilight Zone the Movie I haven't seen since they were first released (!), so I don't know how they hold up! If you tell me that you consider Dead of Night superior to those, I'll be tempted to watch it. (Same with, by the way - on the topic of other directors -, Malle, Vadim and Fellini's Spirits of the Dead.)

Back to Dearden: his Ealing comedy My Learned Friend seems to get high ratings, and the Bond-ish Connery Woman of Straw, out on blu, sounds appealing. Gary Tooze says it picks up in the second half. Anyone seen that one?

His 50s and early-to-mid 60s output seem most attractive, especially his crime drama and thrillers.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 11:36 pm 
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Spirits of the Dead is definitely essential viewing for Fellini's segment at least. Most of Dead of Night is quite good. Crichton's segment is a dead in the water comedy, but otherwise the segments are very on ball and good (though I'll admit it doesn't hold as strongly for me as it does some).


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 11:49 pm 
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I'm basically with knives, it's one of the better horror anthologies.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 3:57 am 
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It's been a long time, but I remember liking My Learned Friend a lot and finding Woman Of Straw a bit silly. I would recommend The Blue Lamp, the archetypal British Bobby film and inspiration for long running TV series Dixon Of Dock Green, and also Pool Of London, a wonderful London slice of life film that looks forward to the social issue films later in his career.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 12:54 pm 
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Dr Amicus wrote:
I would recommend The Blue Lamp, the archetypal British Bobby film and inspiration for long running TV series Dixon Of Dock Green, and also Pool Of London, a wonderful London slice of life film that looks forward to the social issue films later in his career.
Thanks a lot! I looked into the customer reviews for these and both sound great.


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