Macbeth is Welles most faithful Shakespeare adaption. Re the severed head, the version of that movie everyone watches now is not the one that played in the U.S. at the time, so maybe that one didn't have the severed head. I think they're both available on the best home video release, but I'm not sure. The one time I saw it it was the "restored" version. I liked it but it's been a long time.
I was okay with the '47 Nightmare Alley (I rarely dislike any classic noir), but it has nothing on the book and the parts that I remember best are the worst moments: the scene where they blow it with the rich guy they're conning, and the horrible added on ending.
Re Tyrone Powers' swashbucklers, I really love The Mark of Zorro. Powers and Basil Rathbone have one of the genre's great sword fights in that one, and Rathbone said that Powers was a much better fencer than Errol Flynn.
>so that there are now five gruesome deaths in it that weren't in the original,
well that doesn't make me want to see it.
December's Children doesn't have strong deep cuts but the singles are great as always. Get Off My Cloud is my favorite of their early rockers.
Of course I like Eliminator, but they have a couple earlier albums that I like more.
>a)the synthesizers are not really as prevalent as the hits or the album's legacy would lead one to believe,
That's more true of the follow-up album, Afterburner.