Magazine article American Cinematographer

VideoGram

Magazine article American Cinematographer

VideoGram

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There is one kind of commercial that is usually welcome on video, the theatrical trailer. Trailers are often included on laser disc releases of classic films from MCA and The Voyager Company. VCR owners can indulge their appetites for tasty time capsules with two video cassette releases from Amvest Video, Grampa's Monster Movies and Grampa's Sci-Fi Hits.

Al Lewis, best known for the role of Grampa on The Munsters TV show, hosts these compendiums of genre interest with tongue firmly in cheek. Quality of the trailers in Grampa's Monster Movies is superior to the Lewis repartee. Colors tend to smear in Grampa's Sci-Fi Hits, but Lewis gets more laughs with the out of this world theme.

Grampa's monster cassette features many Universal films available from MCA Home Video. Among the more atmospheric horrors worth digging up are Frankenstein, photographed by Arthur Edeson, ASC and Bride of Frankenstein, photographed by John J. Mescall, ASC. The laser disc versions of both of these are extremely crisp, offering connoisseurs of James Whale's oeuvre an excellent opportunity to enjoy his style and wit.

Chaplin Lost and Found: Mutual Volume 1

Directed by Charles Chaplin.

Photographed by R H. Totheroh and W. C. Foster

(Media Home Entertainment/Image Entertainment)

Chaplin did some of his finest short films at Mutual Studio between 1916 and 1917. Included here are four titles from 1917, The Immigrant, The Adventurer, The Cure, and Easy Street.

The Immigrant contains some of Chaplin's most sensitive and perceptive scenes. It is a collection of comic routines that transcends the two reeler form thanks to Chaplin's choice of backdrops. Slapstick and human drama combine to create the style that would later become Chaplin's trademark.

Print quality is excellent showing off the fine work of R. H. Totheroh and W. C. Foster, the team that shot all of Chaplin's shorts at Mutual.

Return to Snowy Hiver

Produced and directed by Geoff Burrowes.

Photographed by Keith Wagstaff

(Walt Disney Home Video)

Tom Burlinson and Sigrid Thornton continue the story that began in The Man From Snowy River Beautiful landscapes, romantic encounters, and daring horsemanship are symphonically set to Bruce Rowland's dramatic score.

Keith Wagstaff's visuals are even more exacting than his work in the previous outing, awesome even on the small screen. Geoff Burrowes manages to make all the cliches of the American Western work anew in the Australian horse opera arena.

The Man Who Fell to Earth

Produced by Michael Deeley and Barry Spikings.

Directed by Nicholas Roeg.

Photographed by Anthony Richmond, BSC. …

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