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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #510 on: February 10, 2016, 10:21:52 PM »
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Created a blu-ray.com collection with all the titles in this thread, divided into the following categories (distribution territories):

-USA
-USA - Noir
-USA - Foreign
-USA - Horror / Exploitation / Trash
-UK
-UK - Foreign
-France
-Germany
-Other

DVD titles are omitted. The first post of this thread has the link.

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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #511 on: February 11, 2016, 11:28:02 PM »
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April 5, 2016

Kathleen Collins' Losing Ground (1982) from Milestone



A philosophy professor (Seret Scott) prides herself on being liberal but is jealous of her artist husband's (Bill Gunn) gorgeous model (Maritza Rivera).

Losing Ground (1982) - Amazon





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I really liked this film, and its depiction of how people can use their "artistic soul" as an excuse to be just as self-serving as they want to be... The existential crisis as an excuse to be selfish is so spot on.

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Losing Ground (1982) is one of the few independent films made in the 1980's by a Black woman director. Kathleen Collins was a brilliant, highly talented professor of film. Unfortunately, she directed only this one commercial film, and tragically, she died when she was just 46 years old.

The movie itself was largely ignored, and would have been truly lost except for a fortunate event. Collins' daughter found the negatives, and Milestone has remastered the film for theatrical release.

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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #512 on: February 15, 2016, 05:29:12 PM »
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New Restoration of Fritz Lang's Destiny Acquired for North American Distribution   
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Kino Lorber have acquired the North American distribution rights to director Fritz Lang's film Destiny (1921), starring Lil Dagover, Walter Janssen, and Bernhard Goetzke.

The film, which was recently restored and screened at this year's edition of Berlinale Classics, will have a limited theatrical release in late spring. A home video release is expected at a later time.

Synopsis: When a woman's fiancé disappears, Death gives her three chances to save him from his fate.

Restoration information courtesy of Berlinale Classics:

"The digital restoration of Der müde Tod (Destiny) by the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation was made possible with the support of Bertelsmann, and with funds from the digitisation initiative by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, and through the support of the development association "Freunde und Förderer des deutschen Filmerbes e.V." (Friends and Associates of German Film Heritage). The material basis used for the digital restoration of the film is a 35mm black-and-white duplicate negative from the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Individual shots were taken from a black-and-white copy from the Cinémathèque de Toulouse. The intertitles are reconstructions from the Munich Film Museum, using "blitz titles" from a copy in the Gosfilmofond of Russia in Moscow as the foundation. Missing titles were reconstructed and supplemented with the help of material from the Národní filmový archive, Prague and the Cinémathèque Royale, Brussels. The lost film tints of individual scenes were simulated using contemporary distribution copies from other Decla productions from the same period. The scan and digital image reconstruction in 2K resolution were completed by L'Immagine Ritrovata, Bologna."

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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #513 on: February 16, 2016, 01:09:12 AM »
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April 12, 2016

Too Late for Tears (1949) on blu-ray from Flicker Alley



Through a fluke circumstance a ruthless woman stumbles across a suitcase filled with $60,000, and she is determined to hold onto it even it if means murder.

Too Late for Tears (1949) - Flicker Alley






Woman on the Run (1950) on blu-ray from Flicker Alley



Frank Johnson flees police after becoming an eyewitness to murder. He is pursued around scenic San Francisco by his wife, a reporter, the police, and... the real murderer.

Woman on the Run (1950) - Flicker Alley

A couple of interviews with film noir historian/preservationist Eddie Muller of The Film Noir Foundation in San Francisco, who helped rescue these films.

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P.S. pretty much everything put out by Eddie Muller on noir is worth reading/watching/listening to. He's a very laid back, casually conversational guy - easy to learn from and entertaining. Lots of interviews and film introductions by him are up on youtube. Most recently he recorded a short video essay on Gilda for the Criterion edition, and he's recorded many commentary tracks for other films.

P.P.S. The Film Noir Foundation also puts out an in-depth quarterly magazine / e-mag called Noir City - extremely worth reading (the last issue was 112 pages and featured an editorial on Dorothy B. Hughes, author of the novels Ride the Pink Horse and In A Lonely Place were based on) - which can be subscribed to via a $20 donation to the foundation by Paypal.

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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #514 on: February 16, 2016, 03:18:10 AM »
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P.S. pretty much everything put out by Eddie Muller on noir is worth reading/watching/listening to. He's a very laid back, casually conversational guy - easy to learn from and entertaining. Lots of interviews and film introductions by him are up on youtube. Most recently he recorded a short video essay on Gilda for the Criterion edition, and he's recorded many commentary tracks for other films.

P.P.S. The Film Noir Foundation also puts out an in-depth quarterly magazine / e-mag called Noir City - extremely worth reading (the last issue was 112 pages and featured an editorial on Dorothy B. Hughes, author of the novels Ride the Pink Horse and In A Lonely Place were based on) - which can be subscribed to via a $20 donation to the foundation by Paypal.

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maybe i just like how you said Ride the Pink Horse. that's currently a seduction code for my movie tastes.
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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #515 on: February 17, 2016, 03:56:31 AM »
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March 14, 2016

Philip Ridley’s The Reflecting Skin (1990) on blu-ray from Soda Pictures



A young boy tries to cope with rural life circa 1950s and his fantasies become a way to interpret events. After his father tells him stories of vampires, he becomes convinced that the widow up the road is a vampire, and tries to find ways of discouraging his brother from seeing her. He must deal with an abusive mother, a father with a charge of molestation, a band of youths creating havoc, and an unforgiving environment in general.

The Reflecting Skin (1990) - Amazon UK



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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #516 on: February 17, 2016, 12:06:45 PM »
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FUCK YEAH finally

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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #517 on: February 17, 2016, 03:07:26 PM »
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2016 TBD

The Claude Chabrol Collection on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group

-Betty (1992)



Alone and drunk, Betty, is led to a Paris restaurant by a stranger. Here, she meets an older woman, Laure, with whom she strikes up an instant rapport. The two women seem to have suffered the same lot in their lives. Laure takes Betty back to her hotel and helps to cure the young woman of her depression and alcoholism. Little by little, Betty pieces together her recent history and realizes that perhaps her life is not worth living. The she meets Mario, Laure's lover... Starring Stephane Audran, Jean-Francoise Garreaud and Marie Trintignant. 2K RESTORATION.

-L'Enfer (1994)



Paul (François Cluzet) has just bought a charming waterfront hotel in the heart of France. In debt for the next ten years, he sets to work with his beautiful new wife, Nelly (Emmanuelle Béart). The life of the young couple resembles a dream come true until Paul's suspicions and jealousy get the best of him. His increasing obsession turns into madness that ends in a tragedy. Starring Emmanuelle Béart and Francois Cluzet. 2K RESTORATION.

-The Swindle (1997)



Betty and Victor tour quietly around France in their motor home living safely on part-time swindles…until they become involved in a scam with high stakes and international implications. Chabrol's 50th film is a deft and entertaining thriller. Starring François Cluzet, Isabelle Huppert and Michel Serrault. 2K RESTORATION.









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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #518 on: February 22, 2016, 04:08:30 PM »
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April 19, 2016

Frank Tashlin's Susan Slept Here (1954) from Warner Archive



Susan Slept Here (1954) - Amazon

Screenwriter Mark Christopher gets a Christmas present that isn't on his Santa list: a 17-year-old delinquent named Susan, deposited in his bachelor pad by a cop pal who doesn't want to see the kid spend Christmas behind bars. Touched by Susan's plight, Mark decides there's only one way to keep her out of juvie: marry her in name only and get an annulment when she comes of age. But after a Vegas elopement, Susan isn't so sure she wants to be the ex-Mrs. Christopher. Dick Powell (in his last film role before devoting himself to a hugely successful TV career) and Debbie Reynolds play the (maybe) mismatched couple in a big-hearted romantic comedy from animator-turned-director Frank Tashlin that makes merry use of its Yuletide setting.   

The blog Tish Tash contains a 12-part biography of Frank Tashlin, spanning his origins as an animator to his turn as a live-action feature director

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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #519 on: February 23, 2016, 03:57:08 AM »
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May 31, 2016

Federico Fellini's City of Women (1980) on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group



City of Women (1980) - Amazon



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« Reply #520 on: February 29, 2016, 08:13:04 PM »
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2016 TBD

Michele Soavi's The Sect (1991) aka The Devil's Daughter aka Demons 4 on blu-ray from Shameless (UK) - also coming from Code Red (US) later in the year



Following a 1970s-set prologue, the film takes place in present day Frankfurt, Germany. Miriam Kreisl (Kelly Curtis) is a young schoolteacher who narrowly misses running down with her car an old man carrying a box. Reluctantly, she takes in Moebius Kelly (Herbert Lom), the mysterious old man. What she doesn't know is that their meeting is no accident. Moebius is the elder of a Satanic sect and she has been chosen to give birth to the son of Satan.







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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #521 on: March 01, 2016, 06:30:47 PM »
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i forgot about this film. it's very very good.

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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #522 on: March 03, 2016, 03:17:58 PM »
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May 16, 2016

Josef von Sternberg's The Last Command (1928) from Masters of Cinema



The Last Command (1928) - Amazon UK

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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #523 on: March 04, 2016, 04:03:42 PM »
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May 24, 2016

Buster Keaton: The Shorts Collection (1917-1923) from Kino



Buster Keaton: The Shorts Collection - Amazon



June 20, 2016

Suture (1993) on blu-ray from Arrow UK / June 21, 2016 from Arrow US



Inspired by the paranoid visions of John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate and Seconds, the desert noir of Detour and the black and white widescreen beauty of Hiroshi Teshigahara's The Face of Another and Woman of the Dunes, Suture is one of great feature debuts – by writer-directors David Siegel and Scott McGehee – and a truly unique piece of cinema.

The wealthy and self-assured Vincent (Michael Harris) meets his blue collar half-brother Clay (Dennis Haysbert) at their father's funeral and is struck by their similarity. He decides to murder Clay and take his identity, only Clay survives the assassination attempt with no memory and is mistaken for Vincent. The fact that Harris is white and Haysbert is black only complicates a film that probes into the nature of identity.

After viewing an early rough cut, Steven Soderbergh came on board as executive producer and enthusiastic patron. Suture went on to become a hit on the festival circuit, including Sundance where it won the award for Best Cinematography




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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #524 on: March 04, 2016, 06:27:39 PM »
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May 3, 2016

A Kiss Before Dying (1956) from Kino



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