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« Reply #675 on: March 24, 2017, 02:21:58 AM »
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April 18, 2017

Woody Allen's Another Woman (1988) on blu-ray from Twilight Time, pre-order from Screen Archives on April 5, 2017



When philosophy professor Marion Post (Gena Rowlands) rents an apartment to work on her new book, she soon realizes that she can hear into the next room, which houses a psychiatrist's office. Marion becomes captivated by the sessions of a patient named Hope (Mia Farrow). As Hope talks about her emotional issues, Marion begins to reevaluate her life. She comes to realize that her coldness has shut her off from friends and family, and she has missed a chance for true love.





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« Reply #676 on: March 27, 2017, 05:10:24 PM »
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May 23, 2017

The Jacques Rivette Collection (1976-1981) on limited edition blu-ray from Arrow US



Contains:

-Duelle (1976)
-Merry-Go-Round (1981)
-Noroît (1976)

The more expensive Arrow UK edition also contains Out 1 (which is available from Carlotta in the US).

The Jacques Rivette Collection - Amazon








2017 TBD

It’s the Old Army Game (1926), starring W.C. Fields, on blu-ray from Kino from a new 2K master



Elmer Prettywillie, the village druggist, is awakened by a woman who needs a 2-cent stamp in the middle of the night. Seeking again a state of somnolence, Prettywillie must contend with the clamorous collectors of garbage, and with those of his own castle who have caught forty winks and then some. The letter-carrying lady, in trying to post her missive, manages to summon the city's fire department to the pharmacy where, unable to find a fire, they sit and sip sodas while Prettywillie panders to their every want. When they leave, a bit of a blaze does erupt, but Prettywillie is forced to his own resources. Meanwhile, George Parker is smitten with Elmer's buxom assistant and uses the storefront to promote a bogus land deal. The Prettywillie fortune is thus inflated, enabling the purchase of a flivver, but Elmer ends up wrecking a Florida estate and finally the flivver, foiling the schemers and delighting the denizens of the town, whose jubilation Elmer takes for an acute case of distemper. He jails himself for safekeeping.



Running Wild (1927), starring W.C. Fields, on blu-ray from Kino from a new 2K master



Cowardly Elmer Finch is browbeaten by his wife, daughter, fat son and the family dog. After hypnosis he is domineering. He enters a contract with a fifteen-thousand dollar payoff, so his courage can last beyond the hypnosis.

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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #677 on: March 29, 2017, 07:13:07 PM »
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Summer 2017 TBD

William Dieterle’s Portrait of Jennie (1948) on blu-ray from Kino



One of the most unusual romances ever filmed, Portrait Of Jennie is the picture of sumptuous perfection. Starring Joseph Cotten (Citizen Kane) and Oscar winner Jennifer Jones (A Farewell To Arms). When struggling artist Eben Adams (Cotten) meets the beautiful and mysterious Jennie (Jones), he is instantly captivated. Before long, Jennie has become his great muse and he is enjoying success and bliss beyond his dreams. But there is a price to pay for such elation, and soon Eben must face the truth about who Jennie really is.   



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« Reply #678 on: March 30, 2017, 04:57:07 PM »
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June 19, 2016

Luis Bunuel’s Death in the Garden (1956) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK)



Amid a revolution in a South American mining outpost, a band of fugitives-a roguish adventurer (Georges Marchal), a local hooker (Simone Signoret), a priest (Michel Piccoli), an aging diamond miner (Charles Vanel) and his def-mute daughter-are to flee for their lives into the jungle. Starving, exhausted and stripped of their old identities, they wander desperately lured by one deceptive promise of salvation after another.

Shot in brilliant Eastmancolor and featuring a star-studded cast, Death in the Garden is a pulsating adventure film, alive with Surrealist gestures, making it classic Luis Bunuel.


Death in the Garden (1956) - Amazon UK









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« Reply #679 on: April 01, 2017, 02:31:31 AM »
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RealorFake4K.com - Database of UHD titles, discerns between titles from 4K or equivalent sources ("real" 4K") and titles originated from lesser sources (i.e. shot/mastered in 2K, upscaled to 4K - "fake 4K"), where not much difference will be seen compared to a 1080p blu-ray

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« Reply #680 on: April 10, 2017, 05:37:09 PM »
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Summer 2017 TBD

Henry King's Duel in the Sun (1946) on blu-ray from Kino. This movie has several other uncredited directors, including Josef von Sternberg, who was apparently hired as a visual consultant (for a film in technicolor!).



When her father is hanged for shooting his wife and her lover, half-breed Pearl Chavez goes to live with distant relatives in Texas. Welcomed by Laura Belle and her elder lawyer son Jesse, she meets with hostility from the ranch-owner himself, wheelchair-bound Senator Jackson McCanles, and with lustful interest from womanizing, unruly younger son Lewt.








2017 TBD

James Ivory's Maurice (1987) on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group, from a new 4K restoration



Set against the stifling conformity of pre-World War I English society, E.M. Forster's Maurice is a story of coming to terms with one's sexuality and identity in the face of disapproval and misunderstanding.

Maurice Hall (James Wilby) and Clive Durham (Hugh Grant) find themselves falling in love at Cambridge. In a time when homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment, the two must keep their feelings for one another a complete secret. After a friend is arrested and disgraced for "the unspeakable vice of the Greeks," Clive abandons his forbidden love and marries a young woman. Maurice, however, struggles with his identity and self-confidence, seeking the help of a hypnotist to rid himself of his undeniable urges. But while staying with Clive and his shallow wife, Anne, Maurice is seduced by the affectionate and yearning servant Alec Scudder (Rupert Graves), an event that brings about profound changes in Maurice's life and outlook.
   



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« Reply #681 on: April 18, 2017, 04:56:44 PM »
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Summer 2017 TBD

John Frankenheimer's Seven Days in May (1964) from Warner Archive



United States military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack. A classic of suspense directed by John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate, Ronin) and written for the screen by Rod Serling (”The Twilight Zone”).



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« Reply #682 on: April 18, 2017, 06:43:10 PM »
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August 22, 2017

Dusty Nelson's Effects (1980) on blu-ray from AGFA and Something Weird Video, restored in 4K from the only 35mm print in existence by The American Genre Film Archive (AGFA)



Cobbled together with loose change by George Romero's friends, Effects is a mesmerizing D.I.Y. frightmare that no one talks about, but everyone should. A group of coked-up filmmakers -- including Tom Dawn of the Dead Savini, Joe Day of the Dead Pilato, and John Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Harrison -- gather in Pittsburgh to make a slasher. As filming begins and accidents happen, it's clear that something isn't right. And no one can be trusted. Landing somewhere between Snuff and a student film by John Carpenter, Effects is a meta-enhanced takedown on the philosophy of horror that doubles as a sleazy and terrifying movie on its own.

Effects (1980) - Amazon







May 2017 TBD

Tony Richardson's The Loved One (1965) from Warner Archive



The funeral business gets a giant raspberry in this wickedly wacky, resplendently ridiculous farce based on Evelyn Waugh’s macabre comic masterpiece and directed with inspired verve by Tony Richardson (Tom Jones). But the American way of death isn’t the film’s only target: sex, greed, religion and mother love are also in the crosshairs of its satirical shots. Robert Morse plays a bemused would-be poet who gets entangled with an unctuous cemetery entrepreneur (Jonathan Winters), a mom-obsessed mortician (Rod Steiger) and other bizarre characters played by such adept farceurs as John Gielgud, Robert Morley, Tab Hunter, Milton Berle, James Coburn and Liberace.





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This is one of those Rosetta Stone films you see and it suddenly explains a lot of things and puts them in their proper context. Particularly, in this case, John Waters. Hilarious, bizarre, and impeccably shot by Haskell Wexler (this looks like "Last Year at Marienbad," and he clearly nicked some shots from Godard's "Contempt")

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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #683 on: April 19, 2017, 01:57:29 AM »
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The Loved One is a chiller. i think perhaps John Waters mentions it now and then? though if anything it explains Phantom of the Paradise, and it's worth seeing for general good humor and Paul Williams like this

"I must whisper it to you—not because Im ashamed but because it is so Dear to me that I must keep it close to me by whispering—"

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« Reply #684 on: April 24, 2017, 04:26:40 AM »
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October 21, 2014

Bruno Dumont's entire filmography up through Camille Claudel on blu-ray from Blaq Out



Bruno Dumont : 1997 - 2014 - Amazon France


Apparently this contains English subs. Oh baby.

Maybe. Twentynine Palms and Flandres do. Twentynine Palms isn't listed as having English subs on Blaq Out's website but they've been confirmed by someone who purchased the set, and Amazon France lists the box as having them. For the other titles it's unclear. Whatever, the pictures stay.












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« Reply #685 on: April 25, 2017, 05:08:47 AM »
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July 24, 2017

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day (1972-1973) on limited edition blu-ray from Arrow UK. Also contains the new documentary Fassbinder (2015).



Rainer Werner Fassbinder had been making feature films for three years – and already amassed a filmography that would satisfy most careers – when he decided to take on a bigger challenge. Teaming up with West German television channel WDR, he conceived of Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day, a series that would extend to five feature-length episodes to be broadcast at monthly intervals.

Centring on the Krüger family, as well as their lovers, in-laws, friends and co-workers, the series takes a sometimes comic, sometimes dramatic look at domestic relationships and labour relationships, with particular focus on skilled worker Jochen (Gottfried John, Berlin Alexanderplatz, Goldeneye) and his new girlfriend, Marion (Hanna Schygulla, The Marriage of Maria Braun).

Reminiscent of working-class soap operas such as Coronation Street and the family-based sitcoms of Carla Lane, Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day has been a one of the more difficult to find entries of Fassbinder’s extraordinarily prolific output, but is now presented here in full and newly restored by the Fassbinder Foundation.


Eight Hours Don’t Make A Day - Arrow UK











 

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