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GringoTex
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Monte Hellman

#1 Post by GringoTex » Wed Dec 12, 2007 1:08 pm

Monte Hellman (1932 - )

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Filmography

Trapped Ashes (2006)

Stanley's Girlfriend (2006)

Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out! (1989)

Iguana (1988) Anchor Bay

Inside the Coppola Personality (1981)

Amore, piombo e furore (1978)

Cockfighter (1974) Anchor Bay

Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) Criterion

The Shooting (1965) VCI

Ride in the Whirlwind (1965) VCI

Back Door to Hell (1964) Fox

Flight to Fury (1964)

Beast from Haunted Cave (1959) Synapse Video / Alpha Video


Selected Web Resources

Cars and Speed and Flight (interview)

Cashiers du Cinemart (interview)

The Independent Review (interview)

Images (Hellman's westerns)

Monte Hellman: His Life and Films(book review)

I'll tell you one thing. There's nothing like building up an old automobile from scratch and wiping out one of these Detroit machines. That'll give you a set of emotions that'll stay with you. Know what I mean? Those satisfactions are permanent. ~ G.T.O., Two Lane Blacktop

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Matt
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Re: Monte Hellman

#2 Post by Matt » Thu Oct 07, 2010 4:57 pm

Of the available R1 DVDs of The Shooting and Ride in the Whirlwind, which are recommended? The VCI discs are OOP and way too pricey.

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zedz
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Re: Monte Hellman

#3 Post by zedz » Thu Oct 07, 2010 5:09 pm

Don't know what's happened in the last few years (or the ins and outs of different R1 releases), but both of these films have long been only available in butchered pan and scan versions. It's the only way I've ever seen them, and they're a couple of my favourite westerns anyway.

There were a variety of French releases in 2006 - looks like you can get them in a straight double feature or in a choice of triples, with Two Lane Blacktop or Cockfighter - but I don't know if these releases remedied the AR butchery. I've been holding out for the rumoured Criterion editions but currently have an Australian P&S double feature which was dirt cheap.

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Matt
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Re: Monte Hellman

#4 Post by Matt » Thu Oct 07, 2010 5:55 pm

The problem is I'm buying them on behalf of someone who can't wait for Criterion. It seems non-R1 would be fine, too, but I just can't find any information on which of the many available versions is preferable.

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Murdoch
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Re: Monte Hellman

#5 Post by Murdoch » Thu Oct 07, 2010 6:21 pm

According to this imdb poster the Carlotta is the best available with removable subs and he says it's in OAR. I had the Passion release, which is awful so stay away from that one.

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Matt
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Re: Monte Hellman

#6 Post by Matt » Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:12 pm

Thanks very much.

BillWatkins
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Re: Monte Hellman

#7 Post by BillWatkins » Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:37 am

The Shooting and Ride in the Whirlwind are being released as a double feature blu-ray on August 21st. I wonder if this means that Criterion scrapped their plans to release them?

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Re: Monte Hellman

#8 Post by bainbridgezu » Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:09 am

BillWatkins wrote:The Shooting and Ride in the Whirlwind are being released as a double feature blu-ray on August 21st. I wonder if this means that Criterion scrapped their plans to release them?
God, I hope not. Thankfully, the company behind this release (Intergroove) seem to be no more than bootleggers with a measly half-dozen titles to their credit. Some damning reviews for their "blu-ray" of Brando's One-Eyed Jacks, which suggest that the disc wouldn't even pass muster as a (very poor) DVD.

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Re: Monte Hellman

#9 Post by rockysds » Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:07 am

From Monte Hellman's twitter:
Bootleg of DVDs. Wait for authentic Bluray scans from negative THE SHOOTING & RIDE IN THE WHIRLWIND next year.

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zedz
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Re: Monte Hellman

#10 Post by zedz » Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:26 pm

Fantastic news - at last these films will be done right.

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Forrest Taft
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Re: Monte Hellman

#11 Post by Forrest Taft » Sun Oct 21, 2012 4:00 pm

Cultcine is selling an uncut, anamorphic widescreen version of China 9, Liberty 37! I'll finally get to see this. According to a poster on the avmaniacs forum, Warner actually owns the rights to this, and a planned Archive release was postponed due to quality issues. Those of you more patient than me can wait for that one I suppose, but I'm checking out the cultcine version. The only Hellman I haven't seen...can't wait \:D/

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Forrest Taft
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Re: Monte Hellman

#12 Post by Forrest Taft » Tue Nov 13, 2012 5:36 pm

Happy with the Cultcine release of China 9, Liberty 37. It runs for 98 minutes. According to imdb, the original running time is 102 minutes, so I guess the DVD comes from a PAL source. Posted some caps here.

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Re: Monte Hellman

#13 Post by Calvin » Sat Jul 06, 2013 4:19 pm

Cockfighter is being released on Blu-Ray in Japan on October 9th.

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Re: Monte Hellman

#14 Post by criterion10 » Sat Aug 15, 2015 6:57 pm

Recently made my way through Criterion's Hellman releases. Planning to check out both Cockfighter and China 9, Liberty 37 now. Any other recommendations? Hellman's filmography as a whole seems pretty inconsistent and uneven, so I'm just trying gauge what to expect from films released before or after these.

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Roger Ryan
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Re: Monte Hellman

#15 Post by Roger Ryan » Mon Aug 17, 2015 8:47 am

criterion10 wrote:Recently made my way through Criterion's Hellman releases. Planning to check out both Cockfighter and China 9, Liberty 37 now. Any other recommendations? Hellman's filmography as a whole seems pretty inconsistent and uneven, so I'm just trying gauge what to expect from films released before or after these.
Hellman's consistency is the largely unpredictable nature of his films which is why I generally find them more interesting than the usual formulaic genre B-movies released in the 60s/70s. That said, I think THE SHOOTING and TWO-LANE BLACKTOP are his best. COCKFIGHTER is still quite strong as is CHINA 9, LIBERTY 37; the presence of Warren Oats elevates these films significantly, so I would rank them as on-par with RIDE IN THE WHIRLWIND (which I would place just a notch below SHOOTING and BLACKTOP). After these films, things get sketchier. The appeal of IGUANA is how bonkers it is; the unpredictability somewhat offsets the film's weaknesses. His TRAPPED ASHES segment, STANLEY'S GIRLFRIEND, has fun putting the character of a young Stanley Kubrick into a ghost story even though the results are unremarkable. Hellman's most recent effort, ROAD TO NOWHERE, feels like a David Lynch exercise by way of Richard Linklater. The film is willfully vague and seeks to set a new bar for "slow cinema" - it's audacious, but tough to sit through.

BACK DOOR TO HELL benefits from being shot on location in the Philippines, but is not particularly riveting. I've not seen its companion film FLIGHT TO FURY (or, at least, I can't remember if I did!) nor have I seen the SILENT NIGHT sequel.

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Re: Monte Hellman

#16 Post by Numero Trois » Tue Aug 18, 2015 1:58 pm

Roger Ryan wrote:Hellman's most recent effort, ROAD TO NOWHERE, feels like a David Lynch exercise by way of Richard Linklater. The film is willfully vague and seeks to set a new bar for "slow cinema" - it's audacious, but tough to sit through.
As always it's subjective. I saw it at least two or three times and had quite the opposite reaction. Rather than Lynch I thought there was more of an oblique European influence. It seemed to me more smoothly pleasurable than overtly challenging to sit through. Well worth the time.

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