September 10, 2016

BLU MODESTY & FATHOM

New releases: A Blu-ray edition of Modesty Blaise (1966) was released on August 23rd. Though many Spy Vibers have noted the film is a bit of a mess and didn't quite live up to the original comic strip, its appeal comes from its trussing visuals and occasional use of inspired fashion and set design. Definitely an interesting time capsule of the period. From the press release: "Her entire appearance changes in a finger snap. She thrashes villains without missing a spiked-heeled step. Welcome to the mad, mod world of sexy, stylish British super agent Modesty Blaise (Monica Vitti, L Avventura, L Eclisse). Hired by the government to prevent a diamond heist, Modesty recruits her wily sidekick Willie Garvin (Terence Stamp, The Limey) to help her battle crafty, colorful foes on the secluded island of a suave mastermind thief Gabriel (Dirk Bogarde, Death in Venice) and conniving partner Mrs. Fothergill (Rosella Falk, 8½). Grooving with mile-high hairdos and swinging, psychedelic wall patterns, Modesty Blaise is campy entertainment at its best. The great Joseph Losey (Eva, The Servant) directed this outrageous spy spoof featuring a stellar cast that includes Harry Andrews (Moby Dick), Clive Revill (Fathom) and Alexander Knox (The Vikings). Bonus Features: Interview with First Assistant Director Gavrik Losey, Interviews with Screenwriter Evan Jones and Assistant Art Director Norman Dorme, Audio Commentary by Film Historian David Del Valle and Filmmaker Armand Mastroianni, Trailer Gallery." More info at Amazon. Fathom Blu-ray info below.


Fathom (1967) will also make its debut on Blu-ray later this fall on October 25th. "From running of the bulls or skydiving from 10,000 feet, there isn't much Fathom Harvill (Raquel Welch, One Million Years B.C.) can't handle in this wildly entertaining espionage spoof from veteran television director Leslie H. Martinson (Batman: The Movie). Sexy and voluptuous dental hygienist-turned-skydiver Fathom (Welch) is recruited by a top-secret government agency to parachute into Spain in search of an elusive war defector (Tony Franciosa, Across 110th Street) and a missing H-bomb detonator he is believed to possess. But the super sexy spy may expose more than she bargained for as she unravels the truth behind her employer's motives with hilarious results. Co-starring the wonderful Clive Revill (Modesty Blaise) as the villainous Serapkin." Bonus Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historians David Del Valle and Steven Peros, Trailers. More info at Amazon


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