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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #570 on: June 16, 2016, 02:58:32 AM »
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what've been the impressive and recent r1 releases? in terms of newly discoverable movies, not counting criterion. i'm currently so outside movies that i was looking at the IV blu-ray, i couldn't find The Witch, and i didn't know what else to do! surely i've missed a movie or two
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« Reply #571 on: June 16, 2016, 04:16:33 AM »
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In terms of newly discoverable, I'm not sure, you're probably aware of most of these. Here are a few recommendations:


-Symptoms (1974) from Mondo Macabro

-Kamikaze '89 (1982), starring Rainer Werner Fassbinder, should be coming to blu-ray from Film Movement by the end of the year. The trailer is awesome:





-Cohen Media Group just released The Films of Maurice Pialat Vol. 1, which includes Loulou (1980), The Mouth Agape (1974), Graduate First (1979), and a feature-length documentary on Pialat from 2007 called ‘Love Exists’. The first set is all four of those films for 30 bucks. Under the Sun of Satan (1987) is also out, and Van Gogh (1991) will be released in July.

-Cohen also just released Fellini’s City of Women (1980)

-Flicker Alley put out Too Late for Tears (1949), a great underseen noir.

-Polanski’s What? (1972) is now out on blu-ray from Severin

-Synapse released a 3-disc limited edition of Dario Argento’s Tenebrae (1982) on blu-ray

And speaking of IV, Candy (1968) is a real trip, and I’m pretty sure PT mentioned it as an influence on Inherent Vice at some point, which makes sense. The sense of humor is equally/similarly insane. Come to think of it the blonde girl in Dr. Blatnoyd's office also looks just like Ewa Aulin.







Oh and I haven't seen it, but Belladonna of Sadness (1973) is coming to blu-ray in July from Cinelicious and seems like something you might like:


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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #572 on: June 16, 2016, 12:38:43 PM »
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you ~complete me xx.

once got a long e-mail from Cinefamily's head person about Belladonna of Sadness, saying its rerelease was his idea and this is the best thing he's done all year. it played there for longer than a week and was a huge hit with certain people i know, haven't seen it yet, also looking forward to it.
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« Reply #573 on: June 17, 2016, 11:44:43 PM »
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Q1 2017 TBD

Lamberto Bava's Delirium (1987) on blu-ray from 88 Films (UK), also coming to blu-ray from Code Red in the US (eventually)



This spaghetti horror's storyline revolves around a former hooker (Grandi) running a successful men's magazine. An obsessed admirer systematically slaughters her models (occasionally increasing the magazine's output) and supplies the mistress with pictures of their disfigured corpses taken in front of her semi-nude posters visible in the background. Is she going to be the psycho's next victim?


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« Reply #574 on: June 20, 2016, 02:52:02 PM »
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December 8, 2016

Bernardo Bertolucci's La Luna (1979) on blu-ray from Kino



While touring in Italy, a recently-widowed American opera singer has an incestuous relationship with her 15-year-old son to help him overcome his heroin addiction. Shot by Vittorio Storaro.
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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #575 on: June 20, 2016, 06:33:41 PM »
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May 23, 2016

Dissent & Disruption: The Complete Alan Clarke at the BBC on blu-ray from BFI (13 discs)



Includes all surviving BBC TV productions directed by Alan Clarke, extensive extra features, a comprehensive book with new essays and full credits, and an exclusive bonus DVD containing the seven surviving Half Hour Story episodes directed by Clarke: Shelter (1967), The Gentleman Caller (1967, previously considered lost), George's Room (1967, previously considered partially lost); Goodnight Albert (1968), Stella (1968), The Fifty Seventh Saturday (1968) and Thief (1968, previously considered lost).

Dissent & Disruption: The Complete Alan Clarke at the BBC - Amazon UK




Read more about Clarke's work in this thread at Criterion Forum

Harmony Korine on Alan Clarke, posted by Criterion Forum member Antarctica

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Harmony Korine has cited Alan Clarke as a major influence.

From an interview Korine did with Mike Kelley in 1997

"Korine: You know who I love and who no one really knows about? Alan Clarke, the British director. He’s a real influence. He did Scum, Made in Britain, and this film Christine about a girl growing up in council flats with size 14 feet. She walks around with a cookie tin under her arm and hooks her friends up with dope. She’ll go into houses and kids will be there with a box of Ritz crackers on the television. You’d have these really long tracking shots of her walking. The film was just sort of about what her days were like. And he used real people or people who seemed right. He did this other film I like, Elephant, which is just 16 separate executions, one after the other. There are all these steadicam shots. You see a hit man walking through a gymnasium, walking up stairs and corridors –

Kelley: Are these first-person POV shots?

Korine: Exactly. And then [the hit man] would shoot the janitor, and he’d fall on a pile of jockstraps. But the intention wasn’t comedy. After he died in 1988 of cancer, there was a retrospective of Clarke’s work at MOMA. There were only about ten people in the audience. I was watching Elephant, and in the beginning it was a little disturbing. And then I started to find humor in the repetition – watching some Indian carwasher get his hand blown out on a squeegee. I start cracking up, and this British bastard in front of me turns and says, “Don’t you know what this represents? This is the IRA, you son of a bitch!” He wanted to kill me. I liked that idea. He thought it was about the IRA, and I thought it was about Ritz crackers."


From Dazed & Confused, 1998

Dazed: How did you come across Alan Clarke, because he’s quite obscure in America?

Korine: If someone said to me who is the greatest director or my favorite, I would say Alan Clarke without hesitation. His stories, without ever being derivative, and without ever having a simple ABC narrative are totally organic, precious and amazing. It was nothing but him. In a strange way I don’t even like talking about him in the press or to people because he is the last filmmaker or artist that is really sacred. But especially in America no one knows who he is, even in England there is very little attention.


From Sight & Sound Magazine, April 1998 (Posted on Nick Wringly's site)

By the way, Nick, I'm looking forward to exploring your work about Alan Clarke on that site. I just saw Contact the other night and now consider it one of my favorite films. I love how he boiled everything down. The lack of music is powerful. Thanks for this great resource on an amazing director.





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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #576 on: June 21, 2016, 04:09:32 PM »
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November 14, 2016

David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers (1988) on blu-ray from Scream Factory



Claire Niveau (Geneviève Bujold) is in love with handsome Beverly. Or does she love Elliot? It's uncertain because brothers Beverly and Elliot Mantle are identical twins sharing the same medical practice, apartment and women – including unsuspecting Claire.

In portrayals that won the New York Film Critics Circle Best Actor Award, Jeremy Irons plays twin gynecologists whose emotional dependency collapses into mind games, madness and murder. David Cronenberg (The Fly) won the Los Angeles Film Critics Awards Best Director honors for melding split-screen techniques, body doubles and Iron's uncanny acting into an eerie, fact-based tale.


Dead Ringers (1988) - Amazon

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« Reply #577 on: June 23, 2016, 04:16:07 PM »
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July 19, 2016

Howard Hawks' To Have and Have Not (1944) from Warner Archive



Help the Free French? Not world-weary gunrunner Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart). But he changes his mind when a sultry siren-in-distress named Marie asks, "Anybody got a match?" That red-hot match is Bogart and 19-year-old first-time film actress Lauren Bacall. Full of intrigue and racy banter (including Bacall's legendary whistling instructions), this thriller excites further interest for what it has and has not. Cannily directed by Howard Hawks and smartly written by William Faulkner and Jules Furthman, it doesn't have much similarity to the Ernest Hemingway novel that inspired it. And it strongly resembles Casablanca: French resistance fighters, a piano-playing bluesman (Hoagy Carmichael) and a Martinique bar much like Rick's Cafe Americaine. But first and foremost, it showcases Bogart and Bacall, carrying on with a passion that smolders from the tips of their cigarettes clear through to their souls.






September 5, 2016

Woody Allen: Six Films (1971-1978) on blu-ray from Arrow UK



-Bananas (1971)
-Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex *But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)
-Sleeper (1973)
-Love and Death (1975)
-Annie Hall (1977)
-Interiors (1978)
-Exclusive to this collection: Annie Hall and a 100-page hardback book featuring new and archive writing on all the films by Woody Allen, Michael Brooke, Johnny Mains, Kat Ellinger, John Leman Riley, Hannah Hamad and Brad Stevens.

Woody Allen: Six Films (1971-1978) - Amazon UK

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« Reply #578 on: June 23, 2016, 04:43:55 PM »
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August 12, 2016

Dean Stockwell and Neil Young's Human Highway (1982) on blu-ray from Reprise



The new owner of a roadside diner stuck in a town built around an always leaking nuclear power plant plans to torch the place to collect insurance. However, an assortment of bizare characters and weird events (such as spaceships flying around) gets in his way. Dean Stockwell, Dennis Hopper, Sally Kirkland, Russ Tamblyn, Charlotte Stewart and the members of Devo turned an almost non-existent script and behind-the-scenes drug shenanigans into a surreal slice of unforgettable oddness.

Human Highway (1982) - Amazon





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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #579 on: June 28, 2016, 05:06:27 PM »
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A lengthy article on Alan Clarke over at Film Comment, Tough Love: Alan Clarke

Quote from: Graham Fuller
Roughly from 1964 to 1990, the BBC’s drama department poured out a wealth of studio-recorded dramas and, increasingly, 16mm films that challenged the sociopolitical status quo.

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One of the fruits of this initiative was the visceral, anti-establishment filmmaking of Alan Clarke (1935-1990), who arrived at the corporation when he was 33 and directed 29 dramas there.

[…]

Loach, Clarke, and colleagues like Mike Leigh, Stephen Frears, Roland Joffé, Michael Apted, and Richard Eyre were not passive interpreters of other people’s scripts—Leigh, in any case, wrote his own domestic tragicomedies. Loach shaped works he developed with such writers as Nell Dunn, Jeremy Sandford, and Jim Allen into a singularly humanistic socialist realist vision. Attentive to class divisions, manners, and behavioral nuances, Frears’s films of plays by Peter Prince, David Cook, David Hare, Stephen Poliakoff, and especially Alan Bennett were characterized by a visual economy and drollness, though Frears regards himself an auteur or stylist no more than do his champions.

What about Clarke? Sympathetic to social misfits and family casualties (as is Loach), youths especially, and antagonistic to patriarchal institutions (the Church, governments, the courts, prisons, schools, hospitals, multinationals), he was the telly auteur as roving anarchist—not an ideologue, however, but a director who approached the cinematic space representing Britain as a hectic ontological battleground.

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« Reply #580 on: June 29, 2016, 04:39:33 AM »
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July 12, 2016

Busby Berkeley’s The Gang’s All Here (1943) from Twilight Time, also available from Masters of Cinema (UK)



A soldier falls for a chorus girl and then experiences trouble when he is posted to the Pacific.

The Gang’s All Here (1943) - Screen Archives







Woody Allen’s Zelig (1983) from Twilight Time



"Documentary" about a man who can look and act like whoever he's around, and meets various famous people.

Zelig (1983) - Screen Archives


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August 9, 2016

Richard Brooks' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) from Warner Archive



Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) - Amazon





October 11, 2016

Brian De Palma's Carrie (1976) from Shout Factory, from a new 4K restoration




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« Reply #582 on: June 29, 2016, 07:34:52 PM »
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September 13, 2016

Standard edition of Dario Argento's Tenebrae (1982) from Synapse



Tenebrae (1982) - Amazon



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« Reply #583 on: June 30, 2016, 04:14:59 PM »
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FUCK. YES.

October 4, 2016

"Miami Vice" (1984-1990) from Mill Creek



Miami Vice - The Complete Series - Amazon





Watch Matt Zoller Sietz’s video essay on “Miami Vice”, the first part of his 5-part video essay ‘Zen Pulp’ on Michael Mann, here

(parts 2 through 5 are linked in the sidebar)

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2017 TBD

Toshio Matsumoto’s Funeral Parade of Roses (1969) on blu-ray from Cinelicious Pics



A loose adaptation of Oedipus Rex set in the underground gay counterculture of 1960s Tokyo. Cross-dressing club-kid Eddie (played by real-life transvestite entertainer extraordinaire Peter, famed for his role as Kyoami the Fool in Akira Kurosawa's Ran) vies with a rival drag-queen for the favours of drug-dealing cabaret-manager Gonda. Passions escalate and blood begins to flow — before all tensions are released in a jolting climax that prefigures by nearly thirty years Tsai Ming-liang's similarly scandalous The River.

An important work of the Japanese New Wave, Funeral Parade of Roses combines elements of arthouse, documentary and experimental cinema. The film was a major influence on Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971).




 

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