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January 9, 2018

The Witches aka La Streghe (1967) on blu-ray from Arrow US, from a 2K restoration of the original film elements



In the mid-sixties, famed producer Dino De Laurentiis brought together the talents of five celebrated Italian directors for an anthology film. Their brief was simple: to direct an episode in which Silvana Mangano (Bitter Rice, Ludwig) plays a witch. Luchino Visconti (Ossessione, Death in Venice) and screenwriter Cesare Zavattini (Bicycle Thieves) open the film with The Witch Burned Alive, about a famous actress and a drunken evening that leads to unpleasant revelations. Civic Sense is a lightly comic interlude from Mauro Bolognini (The Lady of the Camelias) with a dark conclusion, and The Earth as Seen from the Moon sees Italian comedy legend Totò team up with Pier Paolo Pasolini (Theorem) for the first time for a tale of matrimony and a red-headed father and son. Franco Rosso (The Woman in the Painting) concocts a story of revenge in The Sicilian's Wife, while Vittorio De Sica (Shoeshine) casts Clint Eastwood as Mangano's estranged husband in An Evening Like the Others, concluding The Witches with a stunning homage to Italian comic books.

The Witches (1967) - Amazon



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February 27, 2018 TBD

Howard Hughes’ The Outlaw (1943) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new 2K restoration



The life of legendary outlaw Billy the Kid, including his partnership with Doc Holliday and his clashes with lawman Pat Garrett. The film was notorious in its day because of producer/director Howard Hughes' concentration on newcomer Jane Russell's cleavage, and national release in America was delayed by some years.

The Outlaw (1943) - Amazon






February 13, 2018

Curtis Harrington’s Games (1967) on blu-ray from Scream Factory



A wealthy socialite couple find themselves in over their heads in the psychological thriller GAMES. After inviting a mysterious woman into their home, the couple discovers her psychic abilities and asks her to arrange some "mind games" for their amusement. The fun soon turns dangerous when one of the games goes horribly wrong in this edge-of-your-seat mystery that will leave you guessing until the very end.






February 20, 2018

William Castle’s The Night Walker (1964) on blu-ray from Scream Factory



Another frightening film from the mind of Robert Bloch, author of Psycho. Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Taylor, reteaming for their first film following their divorce, star in this intense thriller about a wealthy widow who is haunted by her husband and seduced by a handsome stranger – all in her dreams.

Following the death of her millionaire husband, Howard (Hayden Rorke), Irene Trent (Stanwyck) endures dreams so real and terrifying, that she finds herself trapped in an eerie world existing between fact and fantasy. Isolated from the world by her husband's possessive nature, Irene feels there is no one she can turn to except for his personal attorney (Taylor), the only visitor Howard ever allowed to the house. But even as her dreams begin to take vivid shape, Irene begins to walk into a very real nightmare of deception, murder and betrayal.







January 22, 2018

Henri-Georges Clouzot’s The Mystery of Picasso (1956) on blu-ray from Arrow UK



Henri-Georges Clouzot, best known for his classic French thriller Les Diaboliques, took on a different mystery in 1956: the creative process and the essence of an artist, namely Pablo Picasso.

Utilising transparent canvases so the camera of Claude Renoir could directly capture an artwork's creation, Picasso created 20 artworks for the film. At first, these are simple sketches in marker, but each grows in complexity until the final reel, when The Mystery of Picasso switches to a CinemaScope ratio and bursts into color.

One of the greatest documentary portraits of an artist of work, this release is accompanied by two other films of Picasso: Paul Haesaerts' BAFTA-winning A Visit to Picasso from 1949 and a charming 'home movie' by fellow artist Man Ray.




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February 6, 2018

Jess Franco’s The Diabolical Dr. Z (1966) on blu-ray from Kino/Redemption



Dr. Zimmer invents a mind control machine, and then dies from a heart attack after being insulted at a medical conference. His beautiful but deadly daughter, Irma, seeks revenge on the officials who stressed him out. At a club she sees the act of "Miss Death", a beautiful woman in a sheer body stocking whose act consists of seducing a mannequin in the center of a spider web. Inspired, Irma fakes her own death, performs plastic surgery on herself, kidnaps Miss Death, controls her mind via her father's machine, and then sends her out to seduce and slash her enemies with poison fingernails. Miss Death's boyfriend Phillip and a sleepy police inspector try to find her before she kills again... 





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« Reply #768 on: November 02, 2017, 02:11:10 PM »
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January 22, 2018

Paul Schrader’s Blue Collar (1978) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



After writing Taxi Driver for Martin Scorsese, Paul Schrader made his directorial debut with this profane and profound drama about life on the factory floor of a Detroit car manufacturing plant. With explosive performances from the great Richard Pryor (Silver Streak, Stir Crazy), Harvey Keitel (The Border, Pulp Fiction) and Yaphet Kotto (Live and Let Die, Alien), Blue Collar presents one of the most authentic portraits of working-class life in all American cinema, and is one of the finest films of the 1970s.






January 22, 2018

Tony Richardson’s The Border (1982) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



Jack Nicholson (The Last Detail, Wolf) gives one of his finest and most subtle performances as a hard-working but deeply disillusioned Mexican border-guard in this tough thriller from renowned British filmmaker Tony Richardson (Look Back in Anger, A Taste of Honey).






January 22, 2018

Don Siegel’s Charley Varrick (1973) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



Charley Varrick (Walter Matthau) is a former stunt-pilot who makes his living robbing small banks in the American Southwest. His latest heist sees him unwittingly steal from the local mafia, setting a psychotic hit-man on his trail and unleashing a maelstrom of violence and destruction. Directed by the great Don Siegel (Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Dirty Harry), Charley Varrick is one of the best thrillers of the 70s: action-packed, memorably lurid and gleefully unsentimental.






January 22, 2018

Mike Nichols' The Fortune (1975) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



This high-concept, big-budget screwball comedy directed by Mike Nichols (The Graduate, Wolf) stars Warren Beatty (Mickey One, Bonnie and Clyde) as a slick con man and Jack Nicholson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Border) as his dim-witted sidekick trying to get their hands on the fortune of a hapless young heiress played by Stockard Channing (Grease, The West Wing). A commercial failure on its initial release, this buoyant and beautifully staged madcap comedy is ripe for rediscovery and reappraisal.



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« Reply #769 on: November 03, 2017, 03:06:36 PM »
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December 11, 2017

Juaraz Herz's The Cremator (1968) on blu-ray from Second Run (UK). Currently playing on Filmstruck.



The Cremator has been described in many ways – as surrealist-inspired horror film, as an expressionistic political allegory, a pitch-black comic satire and as a dark and disturbing tale of terror. This brilliantly chilling film, a unique mix of Psycho, Dr Strangelove and Repulsion, is set in Prague during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. It tells the story of one Karl Kopfrkingl (Rudolf Hrušínský), a professional cremator, for whom the political climate allows free rein to his increasingly perverse and deranged impulses for the 'salvation of the world'.

"In addition to the astonishing visual inventiveness there is also a ferocious sense of humour in the details... Disorientating, disquieting and darkly humorous, The Cremator remains one of the most richly resonant celluloid nightmares" Virginie Sélavy, Electric Sheep.

"The Cremator is one of the most memorable films of the 1960s Czechoslovak New Wave, though its macabre humour and lacquer-black sensibility have tended to set it apart from the movement's gentler films" Sight & Sound.


The Cremator (1968) - Amazon UK






February 20, 2018

Dick Richards' Farewell, My Lovely (1975) and Michael Winner's The Big Sleep (1978) on blu-ray from Shout Factory



Philip Marlowe (Robert Mitchum) is involved in a case of deception, double-cross and murder in Farewell, My Lovely. When Moose Malloy (Jack O'Halloran), a giant ex-con fresh from prison, asks Marlowe to find his missing sweetheart, Marlowe winds up lying unconscious on the floor with a dead man next to him. In his search for answers, Marlowe encounters a seedy collector, a seductive femme fatale and a former gangster. The case could very well cost Marlowe his life. Charlotte Rampling, Sylvia Miles, John Ireland, Harry Dean Stanton and Sylvester Stallone also star.

Philip Marlowe (Robert Mitchum), is caught in a deadly case of blackmail in The Big Sleep. General Sternwood (James Stewart), an aged and wealthy American, is being blackmailed over the antics of his two daughters, Charlotte (Sarah Miles) and Camilla (Candy Clark). Marlowe travels into the seedy underworld of crime beneath old London, through a dangerous web of murder and suicide and straight into the sinister world of gangster Eddie Mars (Oliver Reed). Joan Collins, Edward Fox and John Mills also star.






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Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
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Snappy Video Presents "Explorers of the World" (1931). A fascinating compilation feature film comprised of footage from six major expeditions  from the late 20s and early 30s. This almost never seen documentary is Some of the first (and only) footage of various regions and tribes- and gives a real sense of what explorations in the 20s and 30s were like. Included are the Stoll-McCracken Siberian Arctic expedition, Borneo and Bali expeditions by Gene Lamb, African expedition by James L. Clark,  the Imperial-Trans-Atlantic Expedition under the guidance of Lieutenant Commander J. R. Stenhouse, the Byrd Antartic Expedition, shot by Dr. Laurence E. Gould, and the Tarlano Ethnological Expedition of the Amazon River by Harold Noice. The film is hosted by these various explorers, as noted filmed in "The jungle of skyscrapers that is New York City." It's understandable why this film was (and is) rarely seen, considering the nature of some of the footage, including Whaling, capturing a leopard (with ropes), killing a walrus, man-driven Elephant fights (with fighters on back) as well as various remarks on natives of various countries.  New digital HD scan restored from a rare film element; presented in its original aspect ratio and available for the first time on Blu-ray (or perhaps any home format). BDR disc.

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December 5, 2017

Max Ophuls' Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948) on blu-ray from Olive Films in a Signature Edition, from a new 4K restoration



From Max Ophüls, the legendary director of such film classics as The Earrings of Madame de… and Lola Montès, comes a timeless tale of love and obsession. In Vienna during the early 20th century, Stefan Brand (Louis Jourdan, Gigi), a concert pianist whose amorous ways have eclipsed his musical talent, is preparing to flee the city on the eve of a duel to be fought over a recent dalliance when he receives a Letter from an Unknown Woman. Moved by its contents, he'll come to realize that the author is not a stranger, but Lisa Berndle (Joan Fontaine, Rebecca), a woman he's known since her youth and discarded as he has so many others before her. But this time, Stefan's cavalier behavior will have tragic repercussions.

Featuring the master filmmaker's trademark gliding camera, baroque imagery and lush atmospherics (courtesy of cinematographer Franz Planer, The Big Country; art director Alexander Golitzen, Phantom of the Opera; set decorators Russell A. Gaussman, The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry and Ruby R. Levitt, Chinatown), Max Ophüls' Letter from an Unknown Woman, based on Stefan Zweig's novella of the same name, is written for the screen by Howard Koch (Casablanca) and produced by John Houseman (They Live by Night).




December 5, 2017

Elaine May's A New Leaf (1971) on blu-ray from Olive Films in a Signature Edition, from a new 4K restoration



A New Leaf, the deliciously dark and deadpan comedy from writer-director-comedian Elaine May (The Heartbreak Kid), stars Walter Matthau (The Odd Couple) as Henry Graham, who, due to his extravagant lifestyle, has run through his inheritance. After pleading with his incredulous Uncle Harry (played with lip-smacking glee by James Coco, Such Good Friends) for a loan, Henry convinces Uncle Harry to give him the money with the proviso that the loan must be repaid within six weeks or Henry will forfeit all of his property used as collateral. With the aid of his gentleman's gentleman, Harold (a scene-stealing George Rose, The Pirates of Penzance), Henry decides to marry into wealth, and once the vows have been taken he'll decide how to handle getting out of the marriage. Enter wealthy heiress Henrietta Lowell (May), a klutzy botanist and the woman of Henry's get-rich-quick-scheme dreams. But as best laid plans often go, Henry must weather the obstacles placed in his path not only by his Uncle Harry, but by Andy McPherson (Jack Weston, Wait Until Dark), Henrietta's jealous and unscrupulous lawyer. Adding to the amusement are William Redfield (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) as Beckett, Henry's bemused, put-upon lawyer and Doris Roberts (TV's Everybody Loves Raymond) as Mrs. Traggert, Henrietta's pilfering housekeeper.



January 2, 2018

Umberto Lenzi's Seven Blood Stained Orchids (1972) on blu-ray from Code Red



A woman, a survivor of a failed murder attempt by a person dubbed "The Half-Moon Killer" by the police, and her husband must find the connecting thread between herself, six other women, and the killer before the killer strikes at her again.


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Q1 2018 TBD

Billy Wilder's Irma La Douce (1963) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new 4K restoration



In Paris, an ex-cop falls in love with a prostitute, and tries to get her out of that life by paying for all of her time.








December 4, 2017

Carlos Saura's Cria Cuervos (1976) on blu-ray from BFI (UK)



In Madrid, the orphan sisters Irene, Ana and Maite are raised by their austere aunt Paulina together with their mute and crippled grandmother after the death of their mother and their military father Anselmo.

Cria Cuervos (1976) - Amazon UK



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November 21, 2017

William Morgan's The Violent Years (1956) on blu-ray from the The American Genre Film Archive and Something Weird Video, from a new 4K restoration.



Paula Parkins is the teenage daughter of wealthy parents whom don't seem to make time for her, so she looks for thrills as the leader of her all-girl gang who steal, rob, and rape young men. Screenplay by Ed Wood. (The label has also confirmed that the film will be paired with Boris Petroff's crime thriller Anatomy of a Psycho).

The Violent Years (1956) - Amazon





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March 20, 2018

Michele Soavi's The Church (1989) on blu-ray from Scorpion Releasing



A church is built during medieval times on top of a pile of dead bodies that were considered possessed. Hundreds of years later a young librarian unleashes the evil within, by removing a rock in the catacombs. Series of events occur meanwhile, everybody just does not seem to be the same. Father Gus is the only one not possessed, he must save the city from becoming a pandemonium, he must find the ancient secret of the church so it can crumble to pieces...

The Church (1989) - Amazon




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February 27, 2018

Michele Soavi's The Sect (1991) on blu-ray from Scorpion Releasing



A spree of grisly murders is perpetrated in Frankfurt by a group of Satan worshippers. A school teacher almost runs over an old man with a box and takes him in. It's no accident that the old man has come into her life, and it quickly becomes apparent that he has plans for her, plans that involve a permanent future with the Satanic cult.




The Sect (1991) - Amazon

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November 27, 2017

Jacques Becker's Montparnasse 19 (1958) on blu-ray from Arrow (UK)



Biographic movie about the last year of the famous Italian painter Modigliani. Modigliani, a poor painter in Paris of 1919, falls in love with a daughter from a wealthy family. Her parents are against their relation and stop financial help.

Montparnasse 19 (1958) - Amazon UK



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January 30, 2017

Ken Russell’s Gothic (1986) on blu-ray from Lionsgate/Vestron Video



Five famous friends spend a hallucinogenic evening confronting their fears in a frenzy of shocking lunacy and horrifying visions in this fictional tale, which tells the story of Mary Shelley's conception of Frankenstein on one debauched night in Lord Byron's home.








December 12, 2017

Anthony Mann's Raw Deal (1948) on blu-ray from ClassicFlix



An escaped convict (Dennis O'Keefe) flees with his moll (Claire Trevor) and a social worker (Marsha Hunt) he loves.

Raw Deal (1948) - Amazon



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November 29, 2017

Jacques Doillon's La Drôlesse aka The Hussy (1979) on blu-ray from Gaumont (France), with English subtitles



Misfit François kidnaps young Mado and takes her to live with him in the attic of his parents' home. A strange relationship evolves till the police comes upon them.

La Drôlesse (1979) - Amazon France





Hoping La Pirate (1984) and Ponette (1996) will follow




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Q1 2018 TBD

Jacques Rivette's La Belle Noiseuse (1991) on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group, from a new 4K restoration



Frenhofer, a once-famous artist hasn't painted in ten years. His last work, possibly his masterpiece, La Belle Noiseuse (the beautiful annoyance) remains unfinished. When another artist and his girlfriend Marianne visit, the beautiful and fiercely intelligent young woman inspires Frenhofer, and she reluctantly agrees to be his new model. Twisting Marianne's gloriously undressed body into torturous positions, the posing begins in wary hostility and escalates into a battle of the wills. Yet gradually, their efforts become a sincere collaboration, driving both to dangerous limits. One of the New Wave's greatest directors, Rivette creates a powerful, passionate film about an artist seeking truth, regardless of the cost.


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Q1 2018 TBD

King Vidor's Ruby Gentry (1952) on blu-ray from Kino



Carolina is the setting for this family drama which has a young tomboy (Jennifer Jones) falling for a local gentleman (Charlton Heston). Their relationship is as tempestuous as her lifestyle, which eventually takes her off to the seas as the captain of a ship.   






February 19, 2018

Frank Borzage's Magnificent Doll (1946) on blu-ray from Arrow UK



Dolly Payne is adored by two leaders of the fledgling American government, James Madison and Aaron Burr. She plays each against the other, not only for romantic reasons, but also to influence the shaping of the young country. By manipulating Burr's affections, she helps Thomas Jefferson win the presidency, and eventually she becomes First Lady of the land herself.

Magnificent Doll (1946) - Amazon UK






February 12/3, 2018

Federico Fellini's Orchestral Rehearsal (1978) on blu-ray from Arrow UK and Arrow US



Made in 1978 for Italian television, Orchestra Rehearsal is possibly Fellini's most satirical and overtly political film.

An allegorical pseudo-documentary, the film depicts an Italian television crew's visit to a dilapidated auditorium (a converted 13th-century church) to meet an orchestra assembling to rehearse under the instruction of a tyrannical conductor. The TV crew interviews the various musicians who each speak lovingly about their chosen instruments. However, as petty squabbles break out amid the different factions of the ensemble, and the conductor berates his musicians, the meeting descends into anarchy and vandalism. A destructive crescendo ensues before the musicians regroup and play together once more in perfect harmony.

Abounding with its director's trademark rich imagery and expressive style, Orchestra Rehearsal marks the last collaboration between Fellini and the legendary composer Nino Rota (due to the latter s death in 1979) who provides one of his most beautiful themes in the film s conclusion.


Orchestral Rehearsal (1978) - Amazon UK



Q1 2018 TBD

Henry S. Kesler's Cold War noir 5 Steps to Danger (1957) on blu-ray from ClassicFlix, from a new 4K restoration



Hitchhiking on a deserted New Mexico road after his car breaks down, John Emmett (Sterling Hayden) gets picked up by Ann Nicholson (Ruth Roman), who is in a rush to reach Santa Fe, N.M. The distraught Ann is being pursued by psychiatrist Frederick Simmons (Werner Klemperer), who has been treating her in Los Angeles since she had a nervous breakdown, but she tells John that she is in possession of nuclear secrets that she must deliver to Dr. Reinhart Kissel (Karl Lindt) at a Santa Fe university.


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February 12, 2018

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Michael (1924) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK), from a new 2K restoration



Based on Herman Bang's 1902 novel of the same name, Dreyer's film is a fascinating fin-de-siècle study of a "decadent" elderly artist (Benjamin Christensen) driven to despair by his relationship with his young protégé and former model, Michael (Walter Slezak). 

Michael (1924) - Amazon UK






March 12, 2018

The Barefoot Contessa (1954) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK)



A high point in the already success-laden career of writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and one of the most glamorous and extravagant films from Hollywood's Golden Age, The Barefoot Contessa is a tragic drama about the tumultuous rise and fall of fictional Hollywood actress Maria Vargas. Also featuring Edmund O'Brien in an Oscar winning role as a duplicitous publicist, and featuring cinematography from the legendary Jack Cardiff

The Barefoot Contessa (1954) - Amazon UK



February 19, 2018

Stanley Kramer’s Ship of Fools (1965) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



Stanley Kramer's star-studded, Oscar®-winning adaptation of Katherine Anne Porter's novel about passengers aboard an ocean liner bound to Germany from Mexico in 1933 forms a potent allegory of a world drifting inexorably towards war. With its incredible cast – including Vivien Leigh (in her last screen role), Simone Signoret, Lee Marvin, George Segal, Oskar Werner and Jose Ferrer – Ship of Fools is a powerful drama and a compelling viewing experience. It remains one of the finest ensemble pieces of the period.








February 13, 2018

Martn Rosen’s The Plague Dogs (1982) on blu-ray from Shout Factory. From the director of Watership Down.



Two dogs escape the research facility where they've been subjected to cruel experiments, and are subsequently hunted by the government because they may carry the plague.



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U.S. label Shout Factory confirmed via social media today that it will work with director Martin Rosen to deliver an extended cut of The Plague Dogs. As a result, the label has postponed the previously announced street date of its upcoming Blu-ray release, which was February 13.

 

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