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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #690 on: May 11, 2017, 06:28:20 PM »
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Another unbelievable, was-never-going-to-happen announcement. Everything is on the table, now. I love the cinematography in this film.

Fall 2016 TBD

Francis Delia's Freeway (1988) on blu-ray from Kino



There are 600 miles of freeway in Los Angeles. Every night, millions of angry motorists speed through its asphalt maze. Some of them have guns. One of them enjoys killing people. Now a traumatized ER nurse (Darlanne Fluegel of Crime Story), an acerbic talk-radio host (Richard Belzer of Homicide and Law & Order: SVU) and a stranger with a dark secret (James Russo of Donnie Brasco) must join to stop the bible-quoting madman (Billy Drago of The Untouchables) who has promised the panicked city one final fast lane massacre. Michael Callan, Kenneth Tobey and Clint Howard co-star in this suspense thriller directed by Francis Delia that shocked audiences at the height of LA's real-life freeway shooting sprees.




New release date: July 18, 2017

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« Reply #691 on: May 12, 2017, 06:12:26 PM »
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August 29, 2017

Robert Aldrich’s The Big Knife (1955) on blu-ray from Arrow Academy, from a new 2K restoration from original film elements produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release



Mere months after delivering one of the definitive examples of film noir with Kiss Me Deadly, Robert Aldrich brought a noir flavour to Hollywood with his classic adaptation of Clifford Odets stage play, The Big Knife.

Charles Castle, one of Hollywood s biggest stars, looks like he has it all. But his marriage is falling apart and his wife is threatening to leave him if he renews his contract. Studio boss Stanley Shriner Hoff isn't taking the news too well, and he'll do anything he can to get his man to sign on the dotted line even if means exposing dark secrets…


The Big Knife (1955) - Amazon



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« Reply #692 on: May 13, 2017, 05:53:34 AM »
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August 15, 2017

Martin Ritt’s The Long, Hot Summer (1958) on blu-ray from Twilight Time



Accused barn burner and con man Ben Quick arrives in a small Mississippi town and quickly ingratiates himself with its richest family, the Varners.








August 15, 2017

Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) on blu-ray from Twilight Time



The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth.






2017 TBD

William Friedkin’s adaptation of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party (1968) on blu-ray from Kino



The down-at-heel lodger in a seaside boarding house is menaced by two mysterious strangers, who eventually take him away.

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« Reply #693 on: May 16, 2017, 09:30:05 PM »
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2017 TBD

Sidney Lumet’s Running on Empty (1988) from Warner Archive



After antiwar activists Annie and Arthur Pope (Christine Lahti and Judd Hirsch) blew up a napalm lab in 1971, they became lifelong fugitives. They and their children have stayed just one step ahead of the law, running from state to state, job to job, identity to identity. But now elder son Danny (River Phoenix) wants to stop running from a past not his. And to do so, he might never see his on-the-lam family again.



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« Reply #694 on: May 17, 2017, 09:33:31 PM »
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2017 TBD

Douglas Sirk's La Habanera (1937) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new restoration



Trapped in Puerto Rico, a beautiful young Swede is torn between her passionate, but mildly abusive South American oligarch husband and her longing for her European homeland.

Legendary director Douglas Sirk's (Written on the Wind, Imitation of Life) La Habanera is a lushly poetic and boldly modern musical drama decades ahead of its time. Working at Germany's famed UFA Studios (Metropolis), under the very noses of the Nazi authorities that would later him into Hollywood exile and eminence, Sirk transformed a glossy musical vehicle for UFA's "new Garbo" Zarah Leander into a dark an intimate anti-colonial melodrama.

Desperate to escape the "cold Swedish minds" of her homeland, beautiful Astree (Leander) falls under the enchanting spell of the Caribbean love serenade La Habanera and into the arms of Puerto Rican land baron Don Pedro de Avila (Ferdinand Marian). But ten years later, when Astree's old flame Dr. Sven Nagel (Karl Martell) arrives in Puerto Rico on an errand of mercy, all is far from heavenly. Astree is trapped in a loveless marriage to Don Pedro and the island wind that once conveyed the music of romance now carries death in the form of an outbreak of airborne tropical fever. While racing to find a cure for Astree's fever stricken son, Dr. Nagel most elude both the island authorities that would have him jailed for revealing their fatal cover-up and a psychotically jealous Don Pedro who would rather see Astree dead than reunited with her last love.

Douglas Sirk gilds La Habanera with all the dazzling compositions, swooping camera work and ravishing but doomed characters that distinguish his revered 50's Universal melodramas. Cooly precise yet extravagantly emotional, La Habanera is the work of an assured cinematic poet and compelling tragedian already at the peak of his skill.




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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Reply #695 on: May 21, 2017, 11:28:28 AM »
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has anyone seen this movie? i bought it before canceling the order because i realized i needed to buy Out 1, i just needed to do that, but now i'm stalled on this

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While travelling the countryside to locate his nephew, a small town doctor finds himself interacting with people from his past and future.



i mean some of those places feel straight lifted from Zhangke's Unknown Pleasures

it was warmly but moderately received by critics. Film Comment placed it 15th on its 2016 list. i liked reading internet people feeling pissed about this movie being underappreciated.
"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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