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Some of the best DVD releases are coming from niche market companies that lack the financial resources to give them extensive marketing. Companies like Severin Films, Blue Underground and Scorpion Releasing have put a good amount of resources into releasing outstanding DVD editions of titles many readers may not even know are available. Thus, Cinema Retro will try to increase our coverage of these worthy titles and companies in the weeks and months to come. First up is Scorpion Releasing's deluxe edition of The Internecine Project, a 1974 London-based thriller directed by Ken Hughes and starring James Coburn in a bravura performance as a charismatic villain. Coburn plays an internationally respected economics expert who finds himself being tapped to be an adviser to the President of the United States. However, he must first ensure that his sordid sideline of running a small London crime ring is swept under the rug. To do so, he devises a complex scheme to convince each member of his team to murder another. The film, written by Barry Levinson and Jonathan Lynn, bristles with tension and leads to a wonderful and satisfying conclusion. Aside from Coburn's outstanding performance, you can relish yeoman work from Lee Grant, Harry Andrews and Ian Hendry- all set to Roy Budd's atmospheric score.
Scorpion has produced an excellent special DVD edition that includes a fascinating chat with screenwriter Jonathan Lynn, who would go on to be best known for writing famous British comedy TV series. On most special editions produced by major studios, the interviews are chopped into brief soundbites. Refreshingly, Scorpion allows Lynn to talk for almost 30 minutes- and he goes beyond discussing The Internecine Project to detailing working with John Landis on Clue. There are also some brief comments by Lee Grant and a very nice audio review of the film by Lisa Coburn, daughter of James Coburn, who provides interesting insights into her father's personal life. He worked so much that he had few long-time friends, with the exception of Robert Vaughn, Steve McQueen and Bruce Lee. She tells a wonderful anecdote about watching Lee and her dad perform martial arts together when she was a young girl. The DVD also contains the original trailer as well as a gallery of other trailers from Scorpion Releasing. Put this shamefully neglected film on your "must watch" list.
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Gone are the days when Eddie Murphy would top the list of box-office favorites with films like Beverly Hills Cop. Today, he's the Meryl Streep of The Razzies, scoring a nomination for virtually every performance.
The annual Razzie Awards for worst achievement in filmmaking have been announced, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is shaping up to be the Ben-Hur of bad movies with nominations in all the key categories. Running close is the failed Will Ferrell comedy Land of the Lost and G.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra distinguishing itself as well. Don't worry- perennial nominee Eddie Murphy is still on the Dishonor Role, thanks to his performance in Imagine That. If only the networks would telecast this ceremony! For full nominations click here