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New on DVD: The Manitou, Dracula…

There’s no question that this week’s highlight is The Manitou, director William Girdler‘s magnum opus and cinematic swan song (he died in a helicopter accident before the film opened) starring Tony Curtis, Michael Ansara, Susan Strasberg and an ancient Indian devil fetus.  This was a staple in the early days of cable TV and now it finally makes its DVD debut from Anchor Bay Entertainment in all of its widescreen glory.  It’s a bare-bones DVD with only a trailer and a TV spot, but when you’ve got a movie like The Manitou as your main feature you don’t really need anything else.  Just watch this one and thank us later.

Another favorite now making its DVD debut (in a similar movie-only edition) is Night Of The Comet, director Thom Eberhart’s 1984 "Valley Girls vs. Zombies" hit starring Catherine Mary Stuart, Robert Beltran and Mary Warnov.  This was never one of our favorites, but plenty of other people love it, so you don’t have to always listen to us.  Also new is the latest incarnation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, this time from none other than the folks at Masterpiece Theater, which means that this version is fancier and classier than most of the others; Marc Warren takes the title role and PBS regular David Schuet plays Van Helsing.  And speaking of classy, Kane Hodder takes off his Jason mask and puts on a mask of human skin as Ed Gein: The Butcher Of Plainfield, based on the real-life midwest serial killer who later inspired Psycho and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

And don’t forget, folks – everything has a manitou!

Next Week – Re-Animator returns!

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