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    Have the films of Michael Reeves ever been packaged together as a 'collection' for DVD release?



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    Apparently not. Two of his four movies are available at PlayDotCom though.

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    I have Witchfinder General/Sorcerers/She-Beast it's Crypt of Horror I was looking for, it seems to have vanished off the planet. Also, my She-Beast is not the best print in the world (I got it from Alpha Video at oldies.com) but it seems to be the only one available. Thanks for looking.



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    I've only ever seen 'Witchfinder General' I'm afraid.



    I've got a creature feature called 'She Creature' that I am rather fond of, but that isn't anything to do with Michael Reeves... but I like it... ever seen it? Its about a mermaid who eats people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaryk Noctivagus
    I've only ever seen 'Witchfinder General' I'm afraid.



    I've got a creature feature called 'She Creature' that I am rather fond of, but that isn't anything to do with Michael Reeves... but I like it... ever seen it? Its about a mermaid who eats people.
    I haven't seen that one .... better not tell my son about it .... he's never watch The Little Mermaid ever again !!!!!



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    I have Castle of the Living Dead, which Reeves MAY have directed little bits of. Agree that the only circulating copy of SHE BEAST is pretty poor picture quality. I also have a very rare short made by Reeves at school but the sound is missing.

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    There's an excellent book on Michael Reeves which came out about five years ago. It's called "The Remarkable Michael Reeves: his short and tragic life" by John B Murray. It's well worth tracking down.

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    There's an excellent featurette on Reeves (The Blood Beast) made by Pete Tombs and Andy Starke for the Channel 4 EUROTIKA TV series which was screened back in 1999.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wee Sonny MacGregor
    There's an excellent book on Michael Reeves which came out about five years ago. It's called "The Remarkable Michael Reeves: his short and tragic life" by John B Murray. It's well worth tracking down.
    I just looked that one up on Amazon and found another one in the British Film Directors Series. Author is Benjamin Halligan.



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    The Halligan is the one I recommend. A very full life story, and disproves the ofte-repeated "suicide" lie that was put about by Vincent Price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D Cairns
    The Halligan is the one I recommend. A very full life story, and disproves the ofte-repeated "suicide" lie that was put about by Vincent Price.
    Cheers D Cairns .... I will probably not be able to make up my mind and will get both!



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    Lovers of Michael Reeves's films - the last being the classic Witchfinder General - and admirers and friends of the man welcome the publication of a new memoir, investigating the circumstances of his death and recounting the intimate story of his relationship with his last girlfriend. At Last Michael Reeves reveals the true Michael and finally lays the rumours to rest.



    Get your copy now!



    AT LAST MICHAEL REEVES

    An investigative memoir of the acclaimed filmmaker

    by

    Ingrid Cranfield

    A memoir, by his last girlfriend, of the filmmaker Michael Reeves (1943-1969), an account of their lives, separately and together, in his last months and an investigation into the causes of his death



    By the time Michael Reeves died of an accidental drugs overdose in 1969, aged 25, he had already made four films and been acclaimed as the most promising young British director of his time. In the years since, he has become a cult figure and the subject of two recent biographies by British authors. MGM and Fox released a remastered DVD of his last film, Witchfinder General, in September 2007.



    Michael Reeves has long been rumoured to have committed suicide. In this intensely personal, funny, sad, hard-hitting and painfully honest memoir, Ingrid Cranfield proves who really killed him.



    On At Last Michael Reeves:

    ‘Wonderful ... remarkable ... it knocked me out.’

    - Philip Waddilove, producer of Witchfinder General’

    ‘Very honest, heartfelt and telling – to say the least.’

    - Tarik Polansky, director and screenwriter

    ‘The book does work beautifully. [The author’s] history and personality enrich the glimpses we get of the real Michael … excruciatingly honest … moving’

    - John B. Murray, author of The Remarkable Michael Reeves

    ‘What beautiful writing … a very moving portrait’

    - Helena Cornelius, psychologist, mediator and author of Everyone Can Win and The Gentle Revolution



    Published by Lulu, price �6.91 paperback, �2.50 download. Available now from Lulu.com - Self Publishing - Free, by Christmas 2007 also from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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    Hi,



    Will definitely be picking up a copy of your(?) book. In my own view, Michael Reeves was one of British cinema's most promising talents - and the films he left behind still have enormous power after all these years. I recall back in the 70's there was quite a lengthy clip on a 'Film' programme (possibly hosted by Phillip Jenkinson or Michael Parkinson) on Michael's first, short experimental 'movie' (b&w) (also featuring Ian Ogilvy perhaps?), which is briefly referenced in an extra on one of the Michael Reeves documentaries that you can find on DVDs - and even that very early effort (maniac attacks girl in her home while boyfriend speeds to the rescue?) had an energy and anxiety-provoking power. Is that short film available anywhere I wonder?



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    I hope you - and others - enjoy my memoir. I knew Michael Reeves for a short, yet extremely intense time. Being no film buff, I've no knowledge about any remnants of film that may still exist. My interest was and is in the man, his psyche and the so-called treatment that he (and I too) received at the hands of medical and psychiatric practitioners, and in placing the responsibility for his tragic death where it belongs.



    Perhaps the BFI knows something about the films you mention? They have his scrapbook in their archive.



    Best regards,



    Ingrid Cranfield

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    It certainly brings a very interesting angle on a fascinating story- but why so long to reveal truth?

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    Hi

    Why so long to reveal the truth? Because until three years ago, I had no idea that Mike Reeves had become such a cult figure and of such interest to thousands. I remembered him, but I didn't know that anyone else did ...

    Cheers

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    Hi everybody who's interested in Michael and his films,



    I have just published a memoir about Michael, as follows:



    AT LAST MICHAEL REEVES

    An investigative memoir of the acclaimed filmmaker:

    by

    Ingrid Cranfield

    A memoir, by his last girlfriend, of the filmmaker Michael Reeves (1943-1969), an account of their lives, separately and together, in his last months and an investigation into the causes of his death



    By the time Michael Reeves died of an accidental drugs overdose in 1969, aged 25, he had already made four films and been acclaimed as the most promising young British director of his time. In the years since, he has become a cult figure and the subject of two recent biographies by British authors. MGM and Fox released a remastered DVD of his last film, Witchfinder General, in September 2007.



    Michael Reeves has long been rumoured to have committed suicide. In this intensely personal, funny, sad, hard-hitting and painfully honest memoir, Ingrid Cranfield proves who really killed him.



    On At Last Michael Reeves:

    �Wonderful ... remarkable ... it knocked me out.�

    - Philip Waddilove, producer of Witchfinder General�

    �Very honest, heartfelt and telling � to say the least.�

    - Tarik Polansky, director and screenwriter

    �The book does work beautifully. [The author�s] history and personality enrich the glimpses we get of the real Michael � excruciatingly honest � moving�

    - John B. Murray, author of The Remarkable Michael Reeves

    �What beautiful writing � a very moving portrait�

    - Helena Cornelius, psychologist, mediator and author of Everyone Can Win and The Gentle Revolution



    Published by Lulu, price �6.91 paperback, �2.50 download. Available now from Lulu.com - Self Publishing - Free, later also from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    See reviews at At Last Michael Reeves: An Investigative Memoir of the Acclaimed Filmmaker by Ingrid Cranfield (Book) in Biographies & Memoirs.



    Best regards,



    Ingrid C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingrid C
    I hope you - and others - enjoy my memoir. I knew Michael Reeves for a short, yet extremely intense time. Being no film buff, I've no knowledge about any remnants of film that may still exist. My interest was and is in the man, his psyche and the so-called treatment that he (and I too) received at the hands of medical and psychiatric practitioners, and in placing the responsibility for his tragic death where it belongs.



    Perhaps the BFI knows something about the films you mention? They have his scrapbook in their archive.



    Best regards,



    Ingrid Cranfield
    Hi Ingrid, I look forward to reading book, all the best

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