NEWS AND UPDATES





NOVEMBER 22, 2008

NEW DOMAIN AND MINIMAL UPDATES: After eleven years on the Internet, The Man with the Hypnotic Eye: A Tribute to Donald Pleasence finally has its own domain name. You can now find the source for all things Donald Pleasence at http://www.pleasence.com/. However, the old GeoCities links still work.

Unfortunately, I have minimal updates to report. Graduate school (currently in my fourth year of a Ph.D. program in English / Film Studies) does not leave much extra time for working on the web site. I have corrected a few broken links and added a link to a video clip of Donald Pleasence and Alan Bates from the 1964 film of The Caretaker.


JULY 14, 2003

LONG LIVE BIG BROTHER!: I am happy to report that a new section has been added for Donald's superb 1954 live teleplay Nineteen Eighty-Four, which was highly controversial when originally aired on the BBC and still remains one of the greatest pieces of British television ever produced. The cast included Donald (in one of his earliest roles), Yvonne Mitchell, André Morrell, and the legendary Peter Cushing as George Orwell's protagonist Winston Smith in what is, arguably, his greatest performance. The section includes several screen captures, related links, and an excellent review by Paul Hayes who graciously wrote and submitted it to this web site. Thank you for all of your hard work, Paul!

The section for the 1956 theatrical film version of 1984, which also starred Pleasence, has also been redesigned and updated with new links.


MAY 17, 2003

WEDDING IN WHITE: Hello again, Pleasence fans! I have just redesigned the section for Donald's excellent 1972 drama Wedding in White and added a few new screen captures and links. Until recently, the film (which won the 1972 Etrog for "Best Film" at the Canadian Film Awards) was out-of-print and difficult to locate, but last year Somerville House Releasing / Ventura Distribution, fortunately, made the film available again to its many admirers by releasing it on both VHS and Region 1 DVD. For those Pleasence fans who have not seen the film, I wholeheartedly recommend it, because Donald gives one of his greatest performances as a cold-hearted father who tries to find a husband for his teenage daughter (Carol Kane) after she is raped and impregnated.


JANUARY 3, 2003

HAPPY NEW YEAR!: A very Happy New Year to everyone! I hope all of the Pleasence fans out there had a safe and pleasant holiday season. This month's sound file has been added and it is from Donald's 1984 collaboration with Italian horror maestro Dario Argento: Phenomana. The film co-starred Daria Nicolodi, Dalila Di Lazzaro, Patrick Bauchau, and a young Jennifer Connelly. The quote (which features Donald sporting a Scottish accent) is in MP3 format and is 303KB. You can find it in the Table of Contents. The sound file was submitted once again by our good pal Janne Danielsson. Thanks Janne!


SEPTEMBER 19, 2002

THE CARETAKER RETURNS: The wait is finally over! After years of unavailability, the 1964 British film version of Harold Pinter's groundbreaking play The Caretaker is finally coming to video and DVD in the United Kingdom. On October 21st, the British Film Institute is releasing a digitally remastered print of the film on PAL VHS (retail price £15.99) and Region 2 DVD (retail price £16.99) with 26-minutes of extras that include an introduction by critic/Pinter biographer Michael Billington, a 1962 on-location featurette, and a retrospective featurette From Play Into Film: Michael Billington on the making of 'The Caretaker', which, from what I have heard, features newly filmed interviews with Alan Bates and director Clive Donner.

CARETAKER DVD artwork


Donald considered the film to be the best piece of work he ever did for the screen, so I wholeheartedly recommend that you pick up a copy of the film. Both editions can be pre-ordered online from Blackstar Video at £3.00 off the retail price. PLEASE NOTE: PAL videos and Region 2 DVDs are not compatible on VHS and DVD players in the United States. If you live in the United States, you must have either a multi-system VCR or a region-free DVD player, respectively, to watch the film. Special thanks to my good friend Karen Rappaport for notifying me of the film's pre-order status!


SEPTEMBER 14, 2002

FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE: My sincerest apologies for not updating the web site for several months. I recently returned to college to work towards my master's degree in English, so my free time has been extremely limited. While I cannot promise that I will be able to update the web site on a regular basis from now on, I will try to add new information and photos when time allows.

If there are any talented writers out there interested in writing reviews of Donald Pleasence films for this web site, please let me know. I would love to post your work on this site! While there is no payment for submissions, it does give you an avenue to have your work read by Pleasence fans all over the world. E-mail me if you are interested.


SEPTEMBER QUOTE OF THE MONTH: This month's quote is from Donald's 1988 horror favorite Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, which co-starred Ellie Cornell, Danielle Harris, George P. Wilbur, and Michael Pataki. The quote, which was suggested by Pleasence fan Alex Hamil, is in MP3 format and is 128KB. You can find it in the Table of Contents. As always, the sound file was made by my good friend and Sweden's #1 Pleasence enthusiast Janne Danielsson. Thanks Janne!







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