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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #795 on: January 05, 2018, 06:40:06 PM »
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March 12, 2018

Raoul Walsh’s The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (1958), starring Jayne Mansfield, on blu-ray from Plan B (UK)



Jonathan Tibbs (Kenneth More) reckons that a good way to improve the fortunes of his uncle's London gun company is to sell their products in the Wild West, so he sets off for Fractured Jaw. Once there, a series of misunderstandings give him the completely false reputation of being a smooth-talking, fast-on-the-draw gunman, and he is inveigled into becoming sheriff. With the two trigger-happy local ranches squaring up against each other, it's as well he is getting advice from sassy and sweet-on-him Kate (Jayne Mansfield).

The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (1958) - Amazon UK



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« Reply #796 on: January 06, 2018, 07:54:46 PM »
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February 27, 2018

David Cronenberg’s The Dead Zone (1983) on blu-ray from Koch Media (Germany)



A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability.

The Dead Zone (1983) - Amazon Germany



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« Reply #797 on: January 08, 2018, 06:12:56 PM »
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March 5, 2018

Henri-Georges Clouzot’s La Prisonnière aka Woman in Chains (1968) on blu-ray from Studio Canal (UK). Many of the visual techniques pioneered for Clouzot’s unfinished Inferno are present here.

Fairly certain this is also coming from Criterion, soon. 



A marriage that has fallen on hard times is further tested by the couple's implication in a murder. Jenny Lamour (Suzy Delair) is a music hall chanteuse married to her pianist husband Maurice (Bernard Blier). Keen to get ahead, Jenny leaps at the chance when an ageing wealthy businessman (Charles Dullin) offers her the chance of some gigs. However, when she agrees to a meeting at his home and he is found dead later in the evening - Maurice's untamed jealousy is in the frame. A Maigret-esque detective, Antoine, played by Louis Jouvet leaves no stone unturned in his exceedingly private investigations of the down-at-heel showbiz couple's sad, tempestuous life.

La Prisonnière (1968) - Amazon UK






March 5, 2018

Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Le Corbeau (1943) on blu-ray from Studio Canal (UK)



Henri-George Clouzot's dark and subversive study of human nature stars Pierre Fresnay and Ginette Leclerc. A wave of hysteria sweeps the small provincial town of St Robin when a series of poison-pen letters signed 'Le Corbeau' (The Raven) appear denouncing several prominent members of society. Starting with the village doctor, the slow sinister trickle of letters soon becomes a flood and no one is safe from the malicious accusations, which include abortion and drug addiction. Beneath the town's respectful and calm surface lurks a darker side in which everyone is a suspect. With the townspeople afraid to accuse each other for fear of being accused, suspicion and hatred reach epidemic levels.

Le Corbeau (1943) - Amazon UK








March 5, 2018

Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Quai Des Orfèvres on blu-ray from Studio Canal (UK)



A marriage that has fallen on hard times is further tested by the couple's implication in a murder. Jenny Lamour (Suzy Delair) is a music hall chanteuse married to her pianist husband Maurice (Bernard Blier). Keen to get ahead, Jenny leaps at the chance when an ageing wealthy businessman (Charles Dullin) offers her the chance of some gigs. However, when she agrees to a meeting at his home and he is found dead later in the evening - Maurice's untamed jealousy is in the frame. A Maigret-esque detective, Antoine, played by Louis Jouvet leaves no stone unturned in his exceedingly private investigations of the down-at-heel showbiz couple's sad, tempestuous life.

Quai Des Orfèvres - Amazon UK



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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #798 on: January 13, 2018, 05:26:56 AM »
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March 19, 2018

Michelangelo Antonioni’s The Passenger (1975) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



In one of the most acclaimed films of all time, Michelangelo Antonioni (Blow-up, Zabriskie Point) directed international star Jack Nicholson (The Last Detail, The Border, Wolf) and Maria Schneider (Last Tango in Paris) in an elliptical and fascinating thriller about alienation and lost identities. Now finally making its Blu-ray debut in the UK, this essential work from one of cinema's most renowned and celebrated film artists is accompanied by an array of fascinating and insightful extra features.






March 11, 2018

Stephen Frears’ Gumshoe (1971) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



This brilliant feature debut from director Stephen Frears (My Beautiful Laundrette, Dangerous Liaisons, The Grifters) is an affectionate – and uniquely British – tribute to the Hollywood detective movies of the 1940s. Starring the great Albert Finney (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Murder on the Orient Express, Skyfall) as a Liverpool bingo caller who dreams of being a private eye and then finds himself suddenly contacted for what appears to be an actual piece of detective work.






March 19, 2018

The Town on Trial (1957) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



Investigating a murder in a small English town, a brusque Police Inspector (John Mills – Hobson's Choice, Ice Cold in Alex, Young Winston) discovers that virtually everyone he encounters has something to hide. Setting the template for British crime thrillers for decades to come (including recent TV hit Broadchurch), director John Guillermin's audacious, often salacious, drama is untypical of mainstream British cinema of its time. An intelligent and gripping police-procedural thriller and macabre melodrama, Town on Trial is a rare treat which is ripe for rediscovery.



April 23/24, 2018

G.W. Pabsts' L'Atlantide (1932) on blu-ray from Arrow UK and Arrow US



L'Atlantide marked a change of direction for German filmmaker G.W. Pabst. Following a string of features on which he'd made his reputation – the masterpiece Pandora's Box, the classic World War I picture Westfront 1918, the Brecht adaptation The Threepenny Opera and the mining disaster movie Kameradschaft – Pabst ventured into fresh territory with an adaptation of Pierre Benoît's fantasy-adventure novel.

Set in 1896, L'Atlantide concerns the exploits of two French officers searching for missing comrades in the desert. During their rescue mission, the pair are kidnapped and taken to the subterranean lair of the goddess Antinéa (played by Metropolis's Brigitte Helm) in the ruins of the city of Atlantis – the infamous realm had not sunk beneath the sea but instead been buried under the sands of the Sahara.

Shot on location in the Sahara and at Berlin's Efa Studios, L'Atlantide presents a wonderful fantasy world. Originally filmed by Jacques Feyder in 1920, and later the inspiration for a camp Maria Montez classic, an Italian Hercules picture and a Totò parody among many others, Pabst's vision of Benoît's novel remains one of cinema's best.





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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #799 on: January 16, 2018, 04:29:47 PM »
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February 6, 2018

Ilppo Pohjola's Daddy and the Muscle Academy (1991) on blu-ray from Zeitgeist, restored from the original camera negative



Tom of Finland is one of the major icons of the gay world. His provocative erotic drawings have had an enormous influence on gay identity, attitude and self-understanding. This ground-breaking work combines interviews with Tom (prior to his death in 1992) and his leather men acolytes with hundreds of his original drawings and steamy fantasy scenes inspired by his work.

Daddy and the Muscle Academy (1991) - Amazon

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