February 26, 2021
GIANTS AND TOYS
February 19, 2021
MATT HELM BLU
New release: British distributer Mediumrare Entertainment is scheduled to release a blu-ray edition of the Matt Helm movies on April 5th! It appears they will be porting over the design and titling from the Sony DVD box set (I can't believe that was released over 10 years ago!). "Matt Helm Lounge" compiles the four spy spoof adventures starring that charming star of stage, screen, and radio, Dean Martin, in one of his coolest (and Loungiest!) roles. Titles include The Silencers (1966), Murderer's Row (1966), The Ambushers (1967), and The Wrecking Crew (1968). I believe the blu-ray set will be Region B and Spy Vibers in the States will require an all-region player. The DVD set fetches crazy prices these days, so folks might want to pick up this hi-def collection. More info at Blu-ray. Movie descriptions from Amazon:
"Dean Martin stars as the original swinger agent, Matt Helm, in this four-disc set including: THE SILENCERS, MURDERERS ROW, THE WRECKING CREW, and THE AMBUSHERS.
"THE SILENCERS: The first of the series of Matt Helm films, the big cheese of Big O, an organization that wants to sabotage the American atomic missile system. It's up to secret agent Helm to save the day.
"MURDERER'S ROW: The handsome top agent Matt dies a tragic death in his bathtub - the women mourn about the loss. However it's just faked for his latest top-secret mission: He shall find Dr. Solaris, inventor of the Helium laser beam, powerful enough to destroy a whole continent. It seems Dr. Solaris has been kidnapped by a criminal organization. The trace leads to the Cote D'Azur.
"THE AMBUSHERS: A government space saucer is hijacked mid-flight by a powerful laser beam under the control of Jose Ortega, who then proceeds to rape the female pilot, Sheila Sommars. ICE sends agent Matt Helm to Acapulco with Sheila to recover the saucer, under the guise of Matt taking fashion photographs of beautiful models. Matt is temporarily sidetracked, falling prey to the seductive charms of enemy agent Franceca Madeiros.
"THE WRECKING CREW: The count has stolen enough gold to cause a financial crisis in the world markets so I.C.E. sends in ace spy Matt Helm to stop him. As Matt works alone, the British send in Freya to aid Matt, but it seems that Freya causes more problems than she solves."
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