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Reply #735 on: August 17, 2017, 05:29:34 PM
October 9, 2017

The Aki Kaurismäki Blu-ray Collection from Artificial Eye (UK). The box set will also contain a 100-page book.


OO AINA IHMINEN (short film)




THESE BOOTS (short film)
THOSE WERE THE DAYS (short film)
THRU THE WIRE (short film)
ROCKY IV (short film)
RICH LITTLE BITCH (short film)
DOGS HAVE NO HELL (short film)





Aki Kaurismäki Blu-ray Collection - Amazon UK


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Reply #736 on: August 25, 2017, 05:24:36 PM
2017 TBD

Dario Argento's Suspiria (1977) on blu-ray from Synapse, from a new 4K restoration

Currently up for pre-order at Synapse Films


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Reply #737 on: August 26, 2017, 12:08:55 AM
October 23, 2017

Buñuel: The Essential Blu-ray Collection from StudioCanal (UK)

Diary of a Chambermaid (1964)

The second screen version of Octave Mirbeau's novel (originally filmed in 1946 by Jean Renoir) 'The Diary of a Chambermaid' is another of Bunuel's biting and brilliant attacks on the bourgeoisie. Written by Bunuel and his regular writing partner Jean-Claude Cariere, the film charts the ambitions of Celestine (Jeanne Moreau, 'Jules et Jim'), a woman who comes to work in the Normandy estate occupied by Monsieur Rabour (Jean Ozenne), his daughter (Francoise Lugagne) and the daughter's husband, the right wing Monsaiur Montiel (Michel Piccoli, 'Milou en mai'). Celestine quickly learns that M. Rabour is a more or less harmless boot fetishist, his daughter a frigid woman more concerned with the family furnishings than in returning the affections of her husband, who in turn, can't keep his hands off the servants. Celestine picks her way through this minefield carefully, spurning the advances of all of the men until it's convenient for her.

Charting the rise of 30s Fascisim, Bunuel's film also intelligently considers political, social and sexual positions in relation to the perversity of human desires. Moreau excels as the sharp-witted servant, one of the most fascinating of all Bunuel's proto-feminist heroines.

Belle de Jour (1967)

Synopsis: Undoubtedly Luis Buñuel's most accessible film, Belle de Jour is an elegant and erotic masterpiece that maintains as hypnotic a grip on modern audiences today as it did on its debut over 50 years ago.

Severine is a beautiful young woman married to a doctor. She loves her husband dearly, but cannot bring herself to be physically intimate with him. She indulges instead in vivid, kinky, erotic fantasies to entertain her sexual desires. Eventually she becomes a prostitute, working in a brothel in the afternoons while remaining chaste in her marriage. Stars the incomparable Catherine Deneuve in a career defining role as Severine, the eponymous heroine of the film.

The Milky Way (1969)

In his autobiography "The Last Sigh", Bunuel suggsests that The Milky Way, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeosis and The Phantom of Liberty form a kind of trilogy, or rather a triptych. All three have te same themes, sometimes even thesame grammar, and all evoke the search for truth, aswlee as the necessity of abandoning it as soon as you've found it. Religious pilgrims Pierre (Paul Frnkeur) and Jean (Laurent Terzieff) journey to a shrine in the north of Spain. Their faith is severely tested by some of the irreverent characters they confront in the course of their pilgrimage. Even chance meetings with Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary and the Devil are not quite what Pierre and Jean have been prepared for in their religious training.

One of the most challenging and irreverent of the director's later works The Milky Way also continues Bunuel's ongoing disdain of Roman Catholicism. Funnt, intelligent and sardonic, it's availability will be justly celebrated by Bunuel enthusiasts.

Tristana (1970)

Synopsis: Tristana (Catherine Deneuve) is a young devout woman who goes to live with her male guardian after her mother's death. His intentions towards her are clearly more than fatherly, leading to an enforced marriage, but Tristana flees to Madrid when she falls in love with a young artist. Years later, she is afflicted with a life-threatening illness, which, however, does not stop her plotting revenge against the man who had stripped her of her innocence.

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

Synopsis: Luis Buñuel's surrealist satire takes on targets as diverse as South American politics, the upper class and religion. Well-to-do couple the Thévenots (Paul Frankeur and Delphine Seyrig), accompany M. Thévenot's colleague Rafael Acosta (Fernando Rey) and Mme. Thévenot's sister Florence (Bulle Ogier), to the house of Henri and Alice Sénéchal (Jean-Pierre Cassel and Stéphane Audran), who are hosting a dinner party. On arrival, however, Alice explains that she expected them the following evening and has no dinner prepared. Inviting Alice to join them for dinner at a local inn, the party quickly leave when they discover that the manager died a few hours earlier and his former employees are holding a vigil over his corpse, awaiting the coroner. So begins a series of increasingly bizarre episodes and surreal dream sequences as the diners, over the course of the following days, find themselves repeatedly frustrated in their attempts at eating out.

The Phantom of Liberty (1974)

Synopsis: Satirical comedy drama from the master of surrealistic cinema, Luis Buñuel. Variously described as surreal, comic and outrageously ironic, all of which are true, it's main theme is that the bourgeoisie is a dying class, and through their indolence and decadence they are actually destroying themselves, a theme Buñuel focussed on a number of times during his career. Amongst the large cast are a host of familiar names, including; Michel Piccoli (Belle de Jour; We Have a Pope); Monica Vitti (The Red Desert; Modesty Blaise); Jean Rochefort (The Hairdresser's Husband) & Michael Lonsdale (Day of the Jackal).

That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)

Synopsis: Adapted from Pierre Louÿs' 1898 novel 'Le Femme et le Pantin', That Obscure Object of Desire marked Bunuel's final film. Recounted in flashback to a group of railway travellers, the story wryly details the romantic perils of Mathieu (Bunuel favourite Fernando Rey), a wealthy middle-aged French sophisticate who falls desperately in love with his 19-year-old former chambermaid Conchita (Carole Bouquet).

Thus begins a surreal game of sexual cat-and-mouse, with Mathieu obsessively attempting to win the girl's affections as she manipulates his carnal desires, each vying to gain absolute control of the other. Brimming with the subversive wit which characterises Bunuel's finest work, That Obscure Object of Desire takes satiric aim at a decadent, decaying society riddled with political unrest and moral bankruptcy.

Buñuel: The Essential Blu-ray Collection - Amazon UK

December 4, 2017

Melville: The Essential Blu-ray Collection from StudioCanal (UK)

Bob Le Flambeur (1956)

Synopsis: Jean-Pierre Melville directs this pre-New Wave classic, chronicling a raid on a Parisian casino. Bob the Gambler (Roger Duchesne) reverts to his old trade as a bank robber after several bad rolls of the dice. However, his plans to rip off a casino are thrown into chaos by an unforeseen murder and the duplicitous scheming of his criminal colleagues.

Léon Morin, Pretre (1961)

Synopsis: The most commercially successful film from Jean-Pierre Melville. Starring Emmanuele Riva and Jean-Paul Belmondo, it is the story of an unfulfilled love affair set against the troubled backdrop of the Occupation.

Le Doulos (1962)

Synopsis: Jean-Pierre Melville writes and directs this French crime thriller starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Serge Reggiani. After serial burglar Maurice Faugel (Reggiani) is released from his latest stint behind bars, he quickly returns to his criminal ways and plans a robbery with Silien (Belmondo) and Rémy (Philippe Nahon). After murdering an old associate in retaliation for the killing of his former girlfriend, Maurice becomes racked with suspicion and distrust of everyone around him amid rumours that Silien has become a police informant. When Maurice and Rémy carry out a robbery of their own, the police quickly close in on them and Maurice begins to unravel the deadly web of deceit that has formed around him.

Army of Shadows (1969)

Synopsis: French war drama directed by Jean-Pierre Melville and based on the novel by Joseph Kessel. Drawing on the director's own experiences in World War II, the film follows a band of resistance fighters in German-controlled France. As the war continues, the grip of the occupying force tightens, and friendships, loyalty and trust give way to suspicion, secrecy and loss.

Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

Synopsis: A gangster film from Jean-Pierre Melville. Starring Alain Delon as a master thief, Yves Montand as an alcoholic ex-cop and Italian star Gian-Maria Volonté as an escaped criminal, the trio plot a daring heist of an upmarket Parisian jewellery story against impossible odds.

Un Flic (1972)

Synopsis: Jean-Pierre Melville's last film stars Alain Delon as Police Commissioner Coleman who finds himself playing a game of cat and mouse with a gang of thieves after a bank robbery in a small Riviera town goes wrong. The gang is led by Coleman's friend, Simon (Richard Crenna), a night-club owner and whose girlfriend (Catherine Deneuve) is also having an affair with Coleman. The two men find the rivalry between them increasing as the net begins to surround Simon. A stylish European take on the Hollywood storylines of the Seventies.   

Melville: The Essential Blu-ray Collection - Amazon UK


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Reply #738 on: August 26, 2017, 05:41:06 PM
2017 TBD

Fritz Lang’s The Woman in the Window (1944) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new restoration

Richard Wanley (Edward G. Robinson) is no criminal... at least, he wasn't until he met "the woman in the window." With his wife and kids out of town, the chaste professor engages in an innocent flirtation with a chance acquaintance (Joan Bennett)... and inadvertently commits a shocking and unspeakable crime! But that's just the beginning of his problems, for as the cunning D.A. (Raymond Massey) - one of Wanley's dearest friends - gets closer and closer to identifying the killer, Wanley finds he's more and more willing to resort to desperate measures to avoid being caught. The Woman In The Window is "a thriller with the logic and plausibility of a nightmare" (Pauline Kael).


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Reply #739 on: August 31, 2017, 07:59:36 PM
October 11, 2017

Jean-Pierre Melville’s Quand tu liras cette lettre aka When You Read This Letter (1953) from Gaumont (France), with English subtitles

Therese is a nun-in-training who returns to "civilian" life to care for her young sister Denise.

When You Read This Letter (1953) - Amazon France

October 23, 2017

Sidney Lumet’s Murder on the Orient Express (1974) from StudioCanal (UK)

Famous detective Hercule Poirot is on the Orient Express, but the train is caught in the snow. When one of the passengers is discovered murdered, Poirot immediately starts investigating.


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Reply #741 on: September 07, 2017, 06:20:57 PM
October 24, 2017

James Whale's The Old Dark House (1932) on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group, from a new 4K restoration

From the director of Frankenstein, a group of stranded travelers stumble upon a strange old house, and find themselves at the mercy of the highly eccentric, and potentially dangerous, Femm family. This well-performed, atmospheric thriller features the first starring horror role for Boris Karloff, as the hulking, disfigured butler. Based on the novel Benighted (1927) by J. B. Priestley.

The Old Dark House (1932) - Amazon


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Reply #742 on: September 08, 2017, 05:36:59 PM
Incredible news...

New Label Arbelos to Bring 4K Restoration of Dennis Hopper's The Last Movie to Blu-ray
via blu-ray.com

Newly founded boutique label Arbelos has announced that it is set to reveal a brand new 4K restoration of Dennis Hopper's directorial follow-up to Easy Rider, The Last Movie (1971). The label will also release the 4K restoration on Blu-ray in early 2018.

The official press release that announced the arrival of Arbelos also describes the label's future goals:

”Blending both new independent features with 4K restorations of classic and cult films, Arbelos will champion bold and innovative voices, cutting across all genres and eras. The four company founders had previously collaborated at arthouse distributor Cinelicious Pics where they had released new films like Anurag Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur and Tim Sutton's Dark Knight along with 4K restorations of Japanese underground anime Belladonna of Sadness, the lost Warren Oates film Private Property and (most recently) Toshio Matsumoto's transgender masterpiece Funeral Parade of Roses."

In addition to new projects, Alrbelos will handle the entire Cinelicious Pics film library of 14 feature films, which included the recent, critically acclaimed, 4K restoration of the late Toshio Matsumoto's Funeral Parade of Roses.

Arbelos was founded by David Marriott, Dennis Bartok, Craig Rogers and Ei Toshinari and Chief Business Development Officer Jonathan Marlow.

Bartok, Marriott and Toshinari left Cinelicious Pics several months ago and began to collaborate with restoration expert Rogers (who worked for parent company Cinelicious Inc.) and Marlow, who acquired a number of Cinelicious Pics releases for the SVOD streaming service Fandor.


November 20, 2017

Jacques Rivette's Celine And Julie Go Boating (1974) on blu-ray from BFI (UK)

Rivette's rarely seen yet biggest commercial hit, is an exhilarating combination of the themes of theatricality, paranoia and la vie parisienne, all wrapped up in an extended and entrancing examination of the nature of filmmaking, and film-watching.

Celine (Juliet Berto), a magician, and Julie (Dominique Labourier), a librarian, meet in Montmartre and wind up sharing the same flat, bed, fiance, clothes, identity and imagination. Soon, thanks to a magic sweet, they find themselves spectators, then participants, in a Henry James-inspired 'film-within-the film', a melodrama unfolding in a mysterious suburban house with the 'Phantom Ladies Over Paris' (Bulle Ogier and Marie-France Pisier), a sinister man (Barbet Shroeder) and his child. The atmosphere, however, is more Lewis Carroll, with Juliet Berto and Dominique Labourier as twin Alices. The four main actresses improvised their own dialogue in collaboration with Rivette and scriptwriter Eduardo de Gregorio.

Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974) - Amazon UK


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Reply #743 on: September 08, 2017, 07:36:58 PM
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).

yeah sorry this just landed on my radar. because it's playing at Cinefamily the end of this month

Blu-ray on November 14th


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Reply #744 on: September 16, 2017, 06:39:53 PM
December 8, 2017

Lech Kowalski’s D.O.A.: A Right of Passage (1980) on blu-ray from High Times Productions

Documentary chronicaling the rise and fall of the punk movement with rare interview footage of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. Also concert and news footage.

D.O.A.: A Right of Passage (1980) - Amazon

November 14, 2017

F.W. Murnau’s The Last Laugh (1924) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new 2K restoration

One of the crowning achievements of the German expressionist movement, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau's The Last Laugh stars Emil Jannings as an aging doorman whose happiness crumbles when he is relieved of the duties and uniform which had for years been the foundation of his happiness and pride. Through Janning's colossal performance, The Last Laugh becomes more than the plight of a single doorman, but a mournful dramatization of the frustration and anguish of the universal working class.

November 21, 2017

12-Disc Fritz Lang Collection on blu-ray from Kino


THE SPIDERS (Die Spinnen)
1919-1920 Germany 173 Min. Color Tinted
Part One: THE GOLDEN SEA 69 Min.
Part Two: THE DIAMOND SHIP 104 Min.
Music composed and performed by Ben Model


1919 Germany 87 Min. Color Tinted
Music by Aljoscha Zimmermann

1920 Germany 67 Min. Color Tinted
Music by Aljoscha Zimmermann
Note: Both films are sourced from standard definition masters that have been up-converted for Blu-ray release.


FOUR AROUND THE WOMAN (Kämpfende Herzen / Hearts in Struggle / Vier um die Frau)
1921 Germany 84 Min. Color Tinted
Music by Aljoscha Zimmermann


DESTINY (Der müde Tod)
1921 Germany 98 Min. Color Tinted
Music composed by Cornelius Schwehr, performed by the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB)

   •   Audio commentary by film historian Tim Lucas
   •   Restoration demonstration footage
   •   2016 Re-release trailer


DR. MABUSE, THE GAMBLER (Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler)
1922 Germany 270 Min. B&W
Music (2001) by Aljoscha Zimmermann

   •   "The Story Behind Dr. Mabuse," (52 Min.), a three-part documentary exploring the musical score by Aljoscha Zimmermann, the career of novelist Norbert Jacques, and an analysis of the film


1924-1925 Germany Color Tinted


Original score by Gottfried Huppertz
Performed by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra

   •   "The Legacy of the Nibelungen," a 68-minute documentary on the making and restoration of the film, by Guido Altendorf and Anke Wilkening
   •   Newsreel footage taken on the set


UFA 1927 Germany 148 Min. B&W
Original Score: Gottfried Huppertz
Performed by the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB)

   •   "Voyage to Metropolis," a 50-minute documentary on the making and restoration of the film
   •   Interview with Paula Felix-Didier, curator of the Museo del Cine, Buenos Aires, where previously missing footage was discovered


SPIES (Spione)
1928 Germany 150 Min. B&W
Piano score (2005) by Neil Brand

   •   "Spies: A Small Film With Lots of Action" (2006, 72 Min.) a documentary by Guido Altendorf and Anke Wilkening
   •   Original German theatrical trailer (5 min.) courtesy of the Austrian Film Museum, Vienna


WOMAN IN THE MOON (Frau im Mond)
1929 Germany 169 Min. B&W
Piano score (2005) by Javier Pérez de Azpeitia.

   •   "Woman in the Moon: The First Scientific Science Fiction Film," a documentary on the making of the film (14 Min.)


1919 Germany 102 Min. B&W
Directed by Otto Rippert - Screenplay by Fritz Lang
Based on "The Masque of the Red Death" by Edgar Allan Poe
Music (2014): Uwe Dierksen.


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Reply #745 on: September 17, 2017, 12:34:53 AM
December 19, 2017

Paddy Chayefsky's The Hospital (1971) on blu-ray from Twilight Time

An over-burdened doctor struggles to find meaning in his life while a murderer stalks the halls of his hospital.


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Reply #746 on: September 18, 2017, 04:25:39 PM
October 31, 2017

Jerry Schatzberg's Scarecrow (1973) on blu-ray from Warner Archive

Just out of jail after serving time on an assault rap, Max (Gene Hackman) is headed for Pittsburgh to open a deluxe car wash. Back from five years at sea, Lion (Al Pacino) wants to hit Detroit and visit the child he's never seen. The dreams may not be glorious but you'll want Max and Lion to fulfill them, because Scarecrow, cowinner of the 1973 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize, has a heart as big as its cross-country journey. Its hard-luck drifters drift permanently into our souls. This is due to teamwork of a high order: The moving performances of Hackman and Pacino, the sensitive direction of Jerry Schatzberg and the glowing landscape cinematography of Vilmos Zsigmond.

Scarecrow (1973) - Amazon


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Reply #747 on: September 20, 2017, 11:08:44 PM
November 14, 2017

Arturo Ripstein’s Time to Die (1966) on blu-ray from Film Movement, from a new 2K restoration

This classic Mexican neo-western was the first realized screenplay of Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez and legendary Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes. Under the direction of Mexican auteur Arturo Ripstein, Time to Die tells the story of a former gunman who returns to his town after serving time in prison. He plans to live a quiet life, but the sons of the man he killed have other plans.

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Reply #748 on: September 21, 2017, 10:43:15 AM
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Reply #749 on: September 22, 2017, 11:05:25 PM
September 25/26, 2017

Ermanno Olmi’s The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988) on blu-ray from Arrow US & Arrow UK

The story of a drunken homeless man in Paris, who is lent 200 francs by a stranger as long as he promises to repay it to a local church when he can afford to; the film depicts the man's constant frustrations as he attempts to do so.

The Legend of the Holy Drinker - Amazon

The Legend of the Holy Drinker - Amazon UK