Sunday, 2 December 2012
BEASTS OF THE EAST (PH, 1953), OUTRAGES OF THE ORIENT (Ph, 1953) & ATROCITIES OF THE ORIENT (PH/USA, 1959)
Now, this is a little out of the ordinary on this site; here's a couple of war movies alright ... and they ARE from the Philippines ... but they're not like the trashy Vietnam War films from the 1980s and '90s that we usually deal with here. They're from 1953 and are set in the Second World War. Oh, and one more thing: I don't actually own these films!!
I stumbled over them on SOMETHING WEIRD VIDEO's site. Although the headline promises THREE movies we're actually really only talking TWO original movies here. BEASTS OF THE EAST and OUTRAGES OF THE ORIENT were both filmed in the Philippines in 1953. Then in 1959 the Americans apparently wanted to release ONE movie but instead of just choosing one of the two they took them both, spliced them together and probably threw a lot of footage away. The result is what Something Weird Video's reviewer describes as "one glorious (and barely comprehensible) anti-Japanese epic". Haha. And needless to say it would probably be easy to think all three titles are alternative titles for the same film. Well, they're not and if you need proof I urge you to get hold of the SWV DVD; both of the original films are included.
The "DVD" is a DVD-R and it's only available thru SWV's site. Go here. If you're outside the USA you'll need to order thru email and yes they do take PayPal. The DVD is $10 + postage. Here's a trailer I ripped from their site; The quality sucks (they REALLY don't want you to copy their trailers!! And I'm scratching my head here: Why the hell not!!?? Trailers are adverts for films. It's not like a reviewer posts the FULL movie for free when he posts a trailer. If anything, people get to get a glimpse of what they'll get if they buy the DVD. Very strange attitude).
I would assume some kind of DVD of the edited version is available, maybe as a boot or PD (same thing really) in the US. Screen grabs and a brief reference to a DVD is mentioned on Andrew Leavold's site.