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« Reply #780 on: December 04, 2017, 05:03:58 PM »
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February 20, 2018

Emir Kusturica’s Underground (1995) on blu-ray from Kino



Follows an underground weapons manufacturer in Belgrade during WWII and evolves into fairly surreal situations. A black marketeer who smuggles the weapons to partisans doesn't mention to the workers that the war is over, and they keep producing. Years later, they break out of their underground "shelter" --- only to convince themselves that the war is still going on.






March 13, 2018

The Orchard End Murder (1980) on blu-ray from Kino/Redemption, also available from BFI in the UK



Set in an idyllic Kent village one balmy summer during the 1960s, The Orchard End Murder, an obscure British oddity from 1981, is a macabre tale of murder and mischief.

A young woman from the suburbs (Tracy Hyde, Melody), bored by a countryside tryst, wanders off to explore her surroundings. When she meets a gnome-like stationmaster and his towering, half-witted railway-worker friend (played by Casualty’s Clive Mantle), an initially strange encounter turns sinister among the trees of a nearby orchard.

Written and directed by Christian Marnham and shot by Pete Walker’s regular cameraman Peter Jessop, The Orchard End Murder is a violent, darkly humorous thriller, unseen since it originally shocked UK cinemas audiences as the supporting feature to Gary Sherman’s Dead and Buried.



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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #781 on: December 14, 2017, 01:56:59 AM »
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it's arriving straight to discs in the states? i'm reading it as disc news, dvd and blu-ray, January 23.

Donnie Yen has a fucking mustache. oh i can't wait!


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February 27, 2018

Stuart Rosenberg's The Drowning Pool (1975) on blu-ray from Warner Archive. Shot by Gordon Willis.



Private detective Lew Harper (Paul Newman) of Los Angeles investigates a threat in Louisiana bayou country against an old flame of his, Iris Devereaux (Joanne Woodward). Iris is worried that her ex-chauffeur will tell her husband that she has been cheating on him. The story also involves Iris' daughter Schuyler (Melanie Griffith) and Iris' mother-in-law Olivia in several interesting sub-plots.

Harper is caught up in a power struggle between Olivia, the owner of the valuable, oil-rich Devereux estate, and oil tycoon Jay Hue Kilbourne (Murray Hamilton), while local police authority Broussard (Anthony Franciosa) has a personal interest in the family and wants the private eye gone.







February 27, 2018

Harper (1966) on blu-ray from Warner Archive



Paul Newman memorably plays the title role in this box-office hit based on Ross MacDonald's The Moving Target. The first detective film in Newman's then 23-film career, Harper revitalized the genre. Newman's sleuth chews gum fast... and slips out of jams ever faster as he unravels a twisted case of kidnapping and murder. William Goldman's clever script throws quips and a parade of LA-LA-Land characters Harper's way. There's a woman of means (Lauren Bacall), a gun-toting attorney (Arthur Hill), a poolside gigolo (Robert Wagner), a boozy ex-starlet (Shelley Winters), a jazz junkie (Julie Harris), Harper's estranged wife (Janet Leigh) and the unholy order of the Temple of the Clouds (led by Strother Martin). Each may possess a clue. Or a bullet for Harper.



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« Reply #783 on: December 14, 2017, 04:47:39 PM »
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January 30, 2018

Mick Jackson's Threads (1984) on blu-ray from Severin, from a new 2K remaster, in both standard and limited editions



In September 1984, Threads was aired on the BBC and shocked tens of millions of UK viewers. Four months later, it was broadcast in America and became the most watched basic cable program in history. After more than three decades, it remains one of the most acclaimed and shattering made–for–television movies of all time.

Reece Dinsdale (Coronation Street):, David Brierly (Doctor Who) and Karen Meagher, in a stunning debut performance star in this "graphic and haunting" (People Magazine) docudrama about the effects of a nuclear attack on the working –class city of Sheffield, England as the fabric of society unravels. Directed by Mick Jackson (The Bodyguard, Tuesdays with Moorie) from a screenplay by novelist/playwright Barry Hines (Ken Loach's Kes) and nominated for seven BAFTA Awards.


Threads (1984) - Limited Edition - Amazon

Threads (1984) - Standard Edition - Amazon



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« Reply #784 on: December 16, 2017, 12:06:55 AM »
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January 23, 2018

Henry Koster's My Cousin Rachel (1952) on blu-ray from Twilight Time, based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier (Rebecca)



A young man plots revenge against the woman he believes murdered his cousin, but his plans are shaken when he comes face to face with the enigmatic beauty.






January 23, 2018

Woody Allen’s Husbands & Wives (1992) on blu-ray from Twilight Time



Gabe (Woody Allen) and his wife, Judy (Mia Farrow), are shocked to discover that their best friends, Sally (Judy Davis) and Jack (Sydney Pollack), are splitting up. Not only did they not see the breakup coming, but it makes them start to question their own relationship. While Gabe flirts with the idea of dating one of his college students (Juliette Lewis), Sally and Jack discover that being single again isn't all its cracked up to be and contemplate getting back together.






January 23, 2018

Paul Mazursky’s Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) on blu-ray from Twilight Time



After returning to Los Angeles from a group therapy session, documentary filmmaker Bob Sanders (Robert Culp) and his wife, Carol (Natalie Wood), find themselves becoming vigilante couples counselors, offering unsolicited advice to their best friends, Ted (Elliott Gould) and Alice Henderson (Dyan Cannon). Not wanting to be rude, the Hendersons play along, but some latent sexual tension among the four soon comes bubbling to the surface, and long-buried desires don't stay buried for long.






January 23, 2018

Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Dragonwyck (1946) on blu-ray from Twilight Time



For Miranda Wells (Gene Tierney), moving to New York to live in Dragonwyck Manor with her rich cousin, Nicholas (Vincent Price), seems like a dream. However, the situation gradually becomes nightmarish. She observes Nicholas' troubled relationship with his tenant farmers, as well as with his daughter (Connie Marshall), to whom Miranda serves as governess. Her relationship with Nicholas intensifies after his wife dies, but his mental imbalance threatens any hope of happiness.

All to be up for pre-order on Screen Archives on January 10, 2018

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« Reply #785 on: December 17, 2017, 11:24:50 PM »
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Omg...the reason I started this thread. These releases from Tanelorn never happened, but here we are 6 years later and they're finally coming from Olive Films.

Couple of real odd announcements came about today. I'm starting a thread to keep track of these. Never thought these would come about...

Early Julio Medem Films Heading to Blu-ray
Independent distributors Tanelorn Films have revealed that they are planning to begin releasing on Blu-ray in Q4. The distributors will release three early films by acclaimed Spanish director Julio Medem (Lovers of the Arctic Circle, Chaotic Ana): Vacas (1992), La ardilla roja a.k.a The Red Squirrel (1993), and Tierra a.k.a Earth (1996). Preliminary release dates are yet to be revealed.

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January 30, 2018

Julio Medem's The Red Squirrel (1993) on blu-ray from Olive Films



Lisa suffers a motorcycle accident and loses her memory. Jota is a musician, desperate after separating from his girlfriend. When he meets Lisa he takes advantage of the situation and reinvents her life according to his desires.

The Red Squirrel (1993) - Amazon






January 30, 2018

Julio Medem's Vacas (1992) on blu-ray from Olive Films



Set in the Basque region, a story of the rivalry of two families, period 1870-1935

Vacas (1992) - Amazon






January 30, 2018

Julio Medem's Tierra (1996) on blu-ray from Olive Films



Angel, an exterminator recently released from a mental hospital, comes to rid a small Spanish town of tiny grubs in the soil. The local wine-making industry has found these pests responsible for giving their product an "earthy" taste that has divided local opinion. While in town, Angel becomes involved with two beautiful and very different women, and impacts their lives on a grand scale. Can either of these women accept the fact that Angel travels with a "ghost" of himself, or that he routinely speaks with the deseased townspeople?






January 30, 2018

Big Lunas’ Jamón Jamón (1992)  on blu-ray from Olive Films



Jose Luis is an executive at his parents underwear factory where his girlfriend Sylvia works on the shop floor. When Sylvia falls pregnant, Jose Luis promises her that he will marry her, most likely against the wishes of his parents. Jose Luis' mother is determined to break her son's engagement to a girl from a lower-class family, and hires Raul, a potential underwear model and would-be bullfighter to seduce Sylvia.

Jamón Jamón (1992) - Amazon


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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #786 on: December 17, 2017, 11:42:20 PM »
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Julio Medem is one of my favorite directors.  One of my favorite critics has always had such good things to say about him, but it's been so hard to get my hands on these films, so this is exciting news!

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« Reply #787 on: December 20, 2017, 03:51:59 PM »
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March 5, 2018

Andre DeToth’s western-noir hybrid Ramrod (1947) on blu-ray from Arrow UK, also available from Olive in the US



One of the classic Westerns of its era, Ramrod stars Veronica Lake as Connie Dickson, a headstrong cowgirl who’s plans to marry a sheep rancher are thwarted when a powerful local cattle baron, Frank Ivey (Preston Foster), and her own father (Charles Ruggles), force her fiancé to flee town. Refusing to kowtow to these powerful men, Connie inherits her ex-fiancés land and determines to run the ranch with the help of her new ramrod, reformed alcoholic Dave Nash (Joel McCrea). But Dave’s diplomatic attempts to resolve the dispute fall upon deaf ears and a bloody turf war on the open range ensues. With Ramrod, Andre DeToth (a Hungarian-American director who has earned praise from Tarantino and Scorsese) skilfully creates a dangerous world of greed, lies and murder whilst garnering superb performances from McCrea and Lake, two of the biggest Hollywood stars of the 1940s.

Ramrod (1947) - Amazon UK

See also, David Meuel’s book The Noir Western: Darkness on the Range 1943-1962

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« Reply #788 on: December 20, 2017, 11:20:23 PM »
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March 19/20, 2018

Robert Altman's Images (1972) on blu-ray from Arrow UK & Arrow US, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative



Originally conceived in the mid-sixties, Images concerns a pregnant children’s author (Susannah York, who won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival) whose husband (Rene Auberjonois) may or may not be having an affair. While holidaying in Ireland, her mental state becomes increasingly unstable resulting in paranoia, hallucinations and visions of a doppelgänger.

Scored by an Oscar-nominated John Williams, with “sounds” by Stomu Yamash'ta (The Man Who Fell to Earth), Images also boasts the remarkable cinematography of Vilmos Zsigmond (Close Encounters of the Third Kind).


Images (1972) - Amazon



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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #790 on: December 23, 2017, 06:51:35 PM »
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i still have my The Old Dark House dvd, but everything i hear sure makes it sound like i need that blu-ray. glad to see Lucas also mentioned The Lost World. Fritz Lang's silent were on five lists. Beggars of Life and Varieté were represented. J’accuse and Feuillade. Buster Keaton: Sherlock, Jr., The General, Steamboat Bill, Jr. okay okay i need to watch The Marseille Trilogy. Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology. Napoleon. The Last Laugh. The Four Marx Brothers at Paramount 1929–1933.

the jenkins list sounds like a jenkins list, except i think Housekeeping is okay. i clearly need to see The Fabulous Baron Munchausen.


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« Reply #791 on: December 24, 2017, 06:35:01 PM »
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what is this??


Marjoe's acting career is on blu-ray(!)


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February 6, 2018

Lois Weber’s Shoes (1916) on blu-ray from Milestone



A young working girl must suport her family on only five dollars a week. The strain of trying to feed, house and clothe her mother, her father and three brothers finally gets to be too much, and she winds up selling her body for a pair of shoes.









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Eva Meyer is poor shop girl working at a five-and-dime. She is the sole wage earner for three younger sisters, a mother who struggles to hold everything together, and a father who prefers beer and penny dreadfuls to work. Each week, Eva returns to her cold-water flat and dutifully hands over her meager earnings to her mother. But her wages barely cover the grocer's bill and cannot provide for decent clothing. With only cardboard to patch the holes in the soles of her shoes, Eva's life becomes harder with each rainy day and every splinter. In constant pain and with no solution in sight, the disheartened girl considers the uninvited advances of Charlie, a cad with clearly dishonorable intentions.

So begins Lois Weber's Shoes, perhaps her finest masterpiece and one of the great feminist films in the history of cinema.

Whenever the press reports on the current dearth of women directors, there is mention made of Lois Weber, the most successful female filmmaker of her time and a major influence on silent cinema. She directed and wrote many groundbreaking films — dramas that combined social and political critiques with moving personal narratives — but because her finest films have long been unavailable and others have been poorly presented, Weber's reputation has always quickly retreated back into the dustbin of history.

Together, with the recent publication of Shelley Stamp's Lois Weber in Early Hollywood (University of California Press), Milestone is working to reinstall Weber into the pantheon of great filmmakers. Thanks to the incredible restoration work of the EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, Milestone celebrates the film's 100th anniversary with a release that will be an important addition to every women's studies and every film history course.

Weber adapted her script for Shoes closely from a short story by Stella Wynne Herron published in the January 1, 1916 issue of Collier's. Herron's inspiration for her story came from social reformer Jane Addams's 1912 book on prostitution A New Conscience and an Ancient Evil, which Herron quoted in her epigraph: "When the shoes became too worn to endure a third soling and she possessed but 90 cents toward a new pair, she gave up the struggle; to use her own contemptuous phrase, she 'sold out for a new pair of shoes.'"

Weber weaves a beautifully simple story with a technique much celebrated in post-WWII Italy as neorealism. Shooting exteriors around Los Angeles — including a remarkable scene in Pershing Square and the actual front of Woolworth's on Broadway — and meticulously recreating a Five and Dime Store interior, Weber created a documentary feel of a young woman's life unmatched by any film of the era. The director's brand-new discovery, sixteen-year-old Mary MacLaren (resembling a young Jennifer Lawrence) is the embodiment of youthful innocence and too-early world-weariness. Much like the 1912 English play "Hindle Wakes," Shoes is a plea for women's equality (women's suffrage was still a hard-fought political goal in both countries), but where one celebrated a woman's right to sexual freedom, Weber's film portrays the reality and tragedy of a shop girl in modern society.

The Shoes restoration by the Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam combined a Dutch nitrate print and a 1930s American "comedic" reissue of the film called Unshod Maiden found at the Library of Congress. Thanks to the 2016 discovery of the original script and intertitles in the 16mm microfilm files at NBC/Universal, the Milestone edition more closely reflects the original film. Prominent musicians and composers Donald Sosin and Mimi Rabson have created a mesmerizing and incredibly moving score to accompany Shoes.

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January 9, 2018

Richard Boleslawski’s Garden of Allah (1936) on blu-ray from Kino



After the death of her father, convent-educated Domini Enfilden heads for the desert seeking peace. But instead of tranquility, the sultry beauty finds passion in the arms of Boris Androvsky — secretly a Trappist monk who has broken his vows and lost his faith. Will Domini discover Boris' secret, and will his hidden past destroy their future happiness?

Garden of Allah (1936) - Amazon

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March 27, 2018

Victor Fleming's Joan of Arc (1948) on blu-ray from Kino



This classic epic was directed by the brilliant Victor Fleming (Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz) and starred the radiant Ingrid Bergman (Casablanca) in one of her most stunning performances. Bergman is spellbinding as the 15th century French peasant girl who rouses a nation and inspires the world with her faith and bravery. Fiercely believing that she's directed by God, Joan triumphantly leads an army into battle against the British, who are driven from France. Yet as Joan's influence grows, the king (José Ferrer, Moulin Rouge) becomes increasingly wary of her power and ultimately betrays her to her death and martyrdom. A lavish award-winning epic film, Joan of Arc is a powerful story of one of history's most fascinating heroines. The stellar cast also includes Ward Bond (The Searchers), J. Carrol Naish (Clash by Night) and Gene Lockhart (Miracle on 34th Street).



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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #794 on: January 03, 2018, 07:18:48 PM »
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February 6, 2018

Lois Weber’s Shoes (1916) on blu-ray from Milestone



it's just me and you interested in this anyway, but did you already read her imdb? i'm excited!

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Lois Weber, who had been a street-corner evangelist before entering motion pictures in 1905, became the first American woman movie director of note, and a major one at that. Herbert Blaché, the husband of Frenchwoman Alice Guy, the first woman to direct a motion picture (and arguably, the first director of either gender to helm a fictional narrative film), cast her in the lead of "Hypocrites" (1908). Weber first got behind the camera on A Heroine of '76 (1911), a silent that was co-directed by pioneering American director Edwin S. Porter and actor Phillips Smalley, who played George Washington. She also starred in the picture.

In 1914, a year in which she helmed 27 movies, Weber co-directed William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (1914) with Smalley, who also played Shylock, making her the first woman to direct a feature-length film in the US. (Jeanie Macpherson, who would play a major role in cinema as Cecil B. DeMille's favorite screenwriter, also acted in the film).

In the spirit of her evangelism, she began directing, writing and then producing films of social import, dealing with such themes as abortion, alcoholism, birth control, drug addiction and prostitution. By 1916 she had established herself as the top director at Universal Film Manufacturing (now Universal Studios), the top studio in America at the time, making her the highest-paid director in the world. The following year she formed Lois Weber Productions.

She directed over 100 films, but her production company went bankrupt in the 1920s as her career faltered. She did not make the transition to sound, although she did make one talkie, White Heat (1934), in 1934.

Dorothy Arzner's films are currently playing at LACMA. i went to the first (Working Girls) and there was some mad shittalking from cinephiles. basically no one appreciates Arzner. all they wanted to mention was how just-okay her films are and how before sound came into film there were lots of female writers and directors making movies. so Lois Weber fits in that conversation.

 

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