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« 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…


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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.

Pre-order from Screen Archives on August 2nd








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.

Pre-order from Screen Archives on August 2nd






September 5, 2017

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.
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« Reply #696 on: May 30, 2017, 05:02:35 PM »
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August 21, 2017

Sidney Lumet's The Deadly Affair (1966) on blu-ray from Powerhouse Films/Indicator (UK)



Director Sidney Lumet tackles this cold war spy thriller based on a novel by master of the genre, John Le Carre. James Mason plays British secret agent Charles Dobbs, who's puzzled by the sudden suicide of a man he's recently investigated. The suicide seems contrary to his own findings, and Dobbs questions the recent widow (Simone Signoret) in an effort to understand the man's state of mind. When the Foreign Office tells Dobbs to drop the inquiry, he persists, even enlisting a retired investigator when he turns up further disturbing evidence. All of this takes place while Dobbs is dealing with the news that his frequently unfaithful wife (Harriet Andersson) has been carrying on an affair with his friend and protege (Maximilian Schell).

The Deadly Affair (1966) - Amazon UK






2017 TBD

Woodey Allen's Take the Money and Run (1969) on blu-ray from Kino



Virgil Starkwell (Allen), having no talent for his beloved cello, turns to larceny as a career. Unfailingly optimistic, he is nevertheless a complete criminal failure - although his prison breakouts are often successful. And with the support of his loving wife Louise (Janet Margolin), he may yet pull off a successful bank heist...if he can just manage to write out a legible stickup note!


   

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« Reply #697 on: June 01, 2017, 11:15:11 PM »
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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

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« Reply #698 on: June 04, 2017, 08:42:07 PM »
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June 22, 2017

Larry Cohen’s The Ambulance (1990) on blu-ray from Koch Media (Germany)



Josh meets a young woman who shortly afterwards collapses and is rushed to hospital in an ambulance. He follows after her only to find that there is no record her being admitted, and he soon learns that her room mate also vanished after being picked up by the same ambulance. Convinced of a conspiracy, Josh proceeds to investigate, despite the discouragement of the police.
      
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« Reply #699 on: June 05, 2017, 03:24:37 AM »
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August 10, 2017

Sydney Pollack's The Electric Horseman (1979) on blu-ray from Koch Media (Germany).

Shot by Owen Roizman (Network, Straight Time, The Exorcist, The Stepford Wives, The French Connection)



A former champion rodeo rider is reduced to using his saddle skills to promote a breakfast cereal in a gaudy Las Vegas show. When he's asked to perform with a $12 million horse that he discovers is being doped to remain docile, he flees into the desert astride the beast in an act of defiance. A story-hungry female reporter gives chase.

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June 13, 2017

James Landis’ Rat Fink (1965) on blu-ray from Retromedia, from a new 2K restoration, limited to 1,000 copies



One of the most exciting cinematic finds of the year was the discovery of a 35mm print of Rat Rink. Considered lost for over 50 years, its original elements destroyed in a fire, a print was recently located in an old warehouse. The film, severely damaged by crippling arc burns, was successfully restored to its present condition by Retromedia and represents the final "missing link" in the stellar career of Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond (McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Heaven's Gate).

Cult director, James Landis (The Sadist), skillfully employs Zsigmond's brilliant black and white imagery to bring RAT FINK's story of betrayal and murder to vivd life. The bizarre story of the film's history continues with its star, Schuyler Hayden, an enigmatic personality who mounted the production in an effort to achieve stardom after only appearing a spattering of small, inconsequential roles on TV. His performance here is outstanding, generating solid reviews from Variety and other showbiz journals. He was at one point compared to a young Warren Beatty.


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« Reply #701 on: June 06, 2017, 04:17:20 PM »
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Fall 2017 TBD

The Outer Limits: The Complete Original Series (1963-1965) on blu-ray from Kino

Season 1 (32 Episodes - 8 Discs) is expected to arrive on the market in later this year, and Season 2 (17 Episodes - 5 Discs) is planned for early 2018





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« Reply #702 on: June 09, 2017, 04:22:00 PM »
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August 22, 2017

William A. Wellman’s Beggars of Life (1928) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new 2K restoration



After killing her treacherous step-father, Nancy tries to escape the country with Jim, a young vagabond. She dresses as a boy, they hop freight trains, quarrel with a group of hobos, and steal a car in their attempt to escape the police, and reach Canada.

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« Reply #703 on: June 09, 2017, 04:37:23 PM »
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i want it
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August 15, 2017

Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new 4K transfer



By far the most ambitious, unflinchingly graphic and stylistically influential western ever mounted, The Good The Bad And The Ugly is an engrossing action shot through with a volatile mix of myth and realism. Clint Eastwood returns as the "Man With No Name," this time teaming with two gunslingers to pursue a cache of $20,000-and letting no one, not even warring factions in a civil war, stand in their way.

From sun-drenched panoramas to bold hard close-ups, exceptional camera work captures the beauty and cruelty of the barren landscape and the hardened characters who stride unwaveringly through it. Forging a vibrant and yet detached style of action that had not been seen before, and has never been matched since, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly shatters the western mold in true Eastwood style.


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