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Thursday, January 30, 2003 is back up after a brief DNS transfer, and there are lots of exciting things in store. First, check back next week for an exclusive interview with Len Talan, one of the creators of the original Cannon Movie Tales series. Also, in February we'll have a report from the Apple screening that is taking place on Valentine's Day at the Nuart in West L.A.

[link]    Posted 2:00 AM by Patrick.

Friday, January 10, 2003
The news yesterday about the MGM DVDs was tempered by another find I made today: "Unfortunately, not all will receive new anamorphic widescreen transfers - Lambada, Salsa, Breakin' 2 and Rappin' are full screen only." So, it seems like Cannon films aren't getting the treatment we all know they deserve!

[link]    Posted 8:54 PM by Patrick.

Wednesday, January 08, 2003
A flurry of Cannon DVD activity will happen early this year. First, on February 4, 2003, MGM is putting out almost the whole lot of Cannon Bronson thrillers, including Assassination, Murphy's Law, Messenger of Death, and my personal favorites, 10 to Midnight and Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects. According to all indications, these will be new, widescreen transfers (unlike some of the Chuck Norris DVDs), and are all cause for excitement. Sadly, Death Wish II, Death Wish 3, and Death Wish 4: The Crackdown are all missing in action. Here's to hope that they will all be forthcoming. You can order the box set of four Bronson DVDs (all of the new DVDs except for Assassination) from Amazon! They are also all available separately.

And if that weren't enough, MGM has also announced what is another dream come true for all Cannon-hounds: DVDs of Rappin', Salsa, Lambada, and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo will appear later this year. Breakin' is notably absent, probably because of music licensing issues, but we'll hope it isn't too far behind. We'll be providing more info on these exciting DVDs as it becomes available.

To all of you who have written emails recently, we'll be trying to respond to them over the next couple weeks. Many people are looking for copies of the Cannon Movie Tales series, and there's no indication that the Movie Tales will ever see the light of day on DVD. However, we may be able to help you find videos. Please email me if there's a particular Cannon title you're looking for.

Also, we'll be doing a bit of tweaking/adding to this site in the coming weeks. I'll be refining the Cannon-ography with the help of a few friends, and we'll be debuting a new page devoted to a thorough listing of Cannon films available on DVD. Be sure to stop back soon!

Don't forget that the Nuart in West Los Angeles is playing Menahem Golan's The Apple at midnight on Valentine's Day (Friday, Feb. 14). This will be its first theatrical exhibition--as far as anyone knows--since its original, brief run in 1980. Don't miss it.

[link]    Posted 7:46 PM by Patrick.

Friday, January 03, 2003
As a special New Year's treat for all you loyal Cannon-hounds out there, here is a very special, rarely seen bit of Cannon Video. It's Michael Dudikoff's hilarious and seemingly drugged 1989 introduction to Cannon's "Action-Adventure Theater," a theoretical line of crappy direct-to-video exploitation movies that, as far as we know, lasted four titles: The Bronx Executioner, Bridge to Hell, Urban Warriors, and Cross Mission. Much like the non-Cannon "Ninja Theater" videos with Sho Kosugi, Dudikoff does not appear in the movies, which are all Italian pick-ups. (Thanks to attentive reader 'Greywizard' for pointing out that Bridge to Hell and Urban Warriors are parts of this series.)

As the IMDB correctly explains, The Bronx Executioner is actually a re-edited and partially re-shot version of an earlier Italian post-apocalyptic movie, The Final Executioner, which (no surprise here) had already been released by Cannon in 1983! The re-editing doesn't help: Both movies are truly horrendous, and give a bad name to Italian post-apocalyptic movies, some of which are great. The video is a 750k Windows Media file; you'll need Windows Media Player to play it, and those with slow connections can download the file by right-clicking on the above link and selecting "save target as..."

Happy New Year, and we'll expect to see all California Cannon fans at the Feb. 14th midnight screening of The Apple at the Nuart in West Los Angeles!

[link]    Posted 12:09 PM by Patrick.