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Thursday, September 30, 2004
I got a chance to watch Menahem Golan's Death Game on budget DVD the other day. Ostensibly set in Pittsburgh but filmed in eastern Europe somewhere, this auteurish thriller pits a young basketball star and his wholesome coach (Joe Lara) against a rich businessman (Billy Drago) and a corrupt cop (Richard Lynch).

Much like Armstrong, Breaking the Silence, and The Versace Murder, this movie is clearly not intended for U.S. audiences, and that's where the humor comes from. I highly recommend it for general shoddiness, technical incompetence, and the bizarre otherworldliness of having "Pittsburgh" filled with Trabants, Iron Curtain gangster types, and Soviet-era housing projects looming the backdrops. Also, the theme song, written by longtime Cannon collaborator Robert O. Ragland and appropriately titled "Death Game," must be heard to be believed.

And you can't miss the "New Cannon" logo before this movie, which nearly brought a tear to my eye for what might have been.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2004
So I finally picked up a copy of The Apple on DVD. I'm a little bit underwhelmed by the transfer that MGM did, I recall the print that Marc showed at the Nuart in L.A. being quite a bit crisper. But having the movie on DVD is well, well worth the low price. The sound is great, though, the extraordinary song score packs quite a punch on home theater systems.

Also, I've been trying to find more info on the German DVD set of the Lemon Popsicle films that is supposedly forthcoming ...

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