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DVD Talk / Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Last post by wilder on Today at 07:20:49 PM »
August 20, 2018

Jackie Chan’s Police Story (1985) and Police Story 2 (1988) on limited edition blu-ray from Eureka (UK), from new 4K restorations



Police Story (1985) – Considered by Jackie Chan himself to be his best film in terms of pure action, Police Story stars Chan as "super cop" Chan Ka-Kui, who goes up against a notorious crime lord in a series of escalating set-pieces that resulted in many of Jackie's stunt team being hospitalised.

Police Story 2 (1988) – Demoted to traffic cop after the events of the first film, Chan Ka-Kui is reinstated to the detective unit when a deadly gang of explosive experts blow up a building and threaten to blow up more if their demands are not met. Featuring yet more bravura stunt work, and even more injuries to its cast and crew, Police Story 2 is to this day considered one of the best action films ever made.


Police Story 1 & 2 (1985-88) - Amazon UK






October 23, 2018

Terence Davies’ Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) on blu-ray from Arrow, from a new 4K restoration



Loosely based on the director's own family and upbringing, Distant Voices, Still Lives presents an evocative account of working-class life in Liverpool, England during the 1940s and 50s. Births, marriages and deaths – and an expressive use of music – provide the underpinning for a film that is beautiful, heartbreaking, resonant but never sentimental.

Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) - Amazon






September 10, 2018

Michael Lehmann’s Heathers (1988) on blu-ray from Arrow (UK), from an Arrow-exclusive 4K restoration from the original camera negative



At Westburg High, you're either a Heather or a nobody. And while Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder) might not be named Heather, she's a hands-down Heather in spirit, waging battles in the school's full-scale popularity war … but it's all getting to be a bit too much. Enter mysterious newcomer Jason (Christian Slater), who offers her the perfect -- albeit deadly -- solution to end the Heathers's social tyranny.

Heathers (1988) - Amazon UK






2018 TBD

Marijan Vajda's Bloodlust (1977) on blu-ray from Mondo Macabro



A deaf and dumb accountant suffers from a psychic trauma in his childhood. He is collecting puppets and mutilates female bodies in the mortuary. After his secret love died by an accident he starts to kill.






October 22, 2018

James Justice & Umberto Lenzi’s Nightmare Beach (1989) on blu-ray from 88 Films (UK)



Diablo is a biker gang leader executed for the murder of a young woman. A year after his death, it's time for Spring Break. Football players Skip and Ronnie head to the beach, where Skip meets Gail, the sister of the woman who was murdered a year ago. All the fun and glory of Spring Break, however, is about to turn into a living nightmare when a mysterious person in a biker outfit begins to kill people by electrocution. Could it be that Diablo has returned from the dead?

Nightmare Beach (1989) - Amazon UK






July 17, 2018

John Huston’s The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) on blu-ray from Warner Archive



A no account outlaw establishes his own particular brand of law and order and builds a town on the edges of civilization in this farcical western. With the aid of an old law text and unpredictable notions Roy Bean distinguishes between lawbreakers and lawgivers by way of his pistols.

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) - Amazon






September 25, 2018

Felix E. Feist’s The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950) on blu-ay from Flicker Alley, from a new 4K restoration



A veteran homicide detective who has witnessed his socialite girlfriend kill her husband sees his inexperienced brother assigned to the case.

In the hard-boiled film noir tradition, reminiscent of the work of James L. Cain, greed, unstoppable sexual attraction, and betrayal set off a doomed course in which a femme fatale leads a once upstanding citizen down a dark path. The first independent production of Phoenix Films, the company run by Jack M. Warner, son of Warner Bros. Studios mogul Jack L., and a highlight in the lengthy career of director Felix E. Feist (Deluge), The Man Who Cheated Himself does not cheat on thrills.


The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950) - Amazon



November 13, 2018

James Bridges’ Bright Lights, Big City (1988) on blu-ray from MVD Visual. Shot by Gordon Willis.



A disillusioned young writer living in New York City turns to drugs and drinking to block out the memories of his dead mother and estranged wife.

Bright Lights, Big City (1988) - Amazon



2018 TBD

Jean Cocteau’s Les Parents Terribles aka The Storm Within (1948) on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group, from a new 2K restoration



In this heartbreaking drama based on Cocteau's highly successful stage play, a mother (Josette Day) smothers her grown son with boyish love. When the son (played by Cocteau regular Jean Marais) meets a girl and leaves the family circle, the mother flies into a rage. But when the boy tells his father, it sets off another drama - she is none other than the girl the father has been secretly seeing. Tragedy strikes in this time-honored tale of fledglings leaving the family nest.






2018 TBD

Kevin Rafferty’s The Atomic Cafe on blu-ray from Kino, from a new 4K restoration



Armageddon has never been so darkly funny as in The Atomic Cafe. This 1982 cult classic juxtaposes Cold War history, propaganda, music and culture, seamlessly crafted from government-produced educational and training films, newsreels and advertisements. Taken together, these sources cheerily instruct the public on how to live in the Atomic Age, how to survive a nuclear attack (!) ... and how to fight and win a nuclear war. As a U.S. Army training film advises, "Viewed from a safe distance, the atomic bomb is one of the most beautiful sights ever seen by man.

On its 20-year anniversary, and not a moment too soon, THE ATOMIC CAFE is back to provide us with a much-needed release of comic energy. A dark comedy in the truest sense, this timeless classic took the nation by storm when it first debuted in 1982. Atomic Cafe is a brilliant compilation of archival film clips beginning with the first atomic bomb detonation in the New Mexico desert. The footage, much of it produced as government propaganda, follows the story of the bomb through the two atomic attacks on Japan that ended World War II to the bomb's central role in the cold war. Shown along with the famous "duck and cover" Civil Defense films are lesser-known clips, many of which possess a bizarre black humor when seen today, and it's easy to see why this film, which was produced in the early 1980s, became a cult classic.







September 18, 2018

Graham Baker’s Impulse (1984) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K remaster



When Jennifer (Tilly) and her boyfriend Stuart (Matheson) return to her idyllic hometown, they discover that all boundaries of civility seem to have eroded. Mystified by the actions of normally kind townspeople who are suddenly driven to extremes of irrational-and violent-behavior, Jennifer and Stuart attempt to get to the bottom of the increasingly life-threatening chaos...before it destroys them!


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This Year In Film / Re: Sorry To Bother You
« Last post by WorldForgot on Today at 06:36:30 PM »
This movie was bonkers. Tune-Yards fans should seek it out for the music, especially!

My audience was audibly "what?"-ing from the first few minutes, as soon as they saw the in-universe TV programs. Without saying too much, I think the first act introduces enough elements of elevated-satire to ease you into its anything-goes mindset. The photograph + elevator in particular. Cash howls at the world and it responds in kind. It doesn't quite know exactly how to carry its own momentum, pacing is for sure all over the place, as if Robert Downey Sr. had smoked out Lindsay Anderson, but much clumsier than either of their films, in a way I found endearing.
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The Small Screen / Re: Who Is America?
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on Today at 03:36:41 PM »



He's still got it.
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News and Theory / Re: Film Restoration and Preservation
« Last post by wilberfan on Today at 03:01:00 PM »
Arbelos Films' 4K restoration trailer for Dennis Hooper's The Last Movie (1971)

The film, written by Rebel Without A Cause screenwriter Stewart Stern, stars Hopper as a stuntman on a movie crew making a Western in a remote Peruvian village. He meets a woman and after the movie wraps and he decides to stay with her, and is soon enlisted by the locals to make their own movie minus the understanding that the action isn’t real.

Opens at the Metrograph in NY August 3rd, also scheduled to play at Los Angeles' American Cinematheque at a later date.



Ah, this film.  I came of age in the 70s, devouring almost everything that came along in those halcyon days.  Even I skipped this one.  Has anyone here ever actually seen it? Is it as bad as legend has it? 
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This Year In Film / Re: Sorry To Bother You
« Last post by wilberfan on Today at 02:52:12 PM »
I was quite un-fond of it as well.  Whatever benefit-of-the-doubt I might have been extending them in the first third of the film (tenuous at best) was withdrawn at the terrible syncing of the 'white voices'.  That's the central conceit of the film, and you can't get it dubbed any better than that?  And the last act?  Jesus. 
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Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: Buke and Gase
« Last post by eward on Yesterday at 09:19:46 PM »
I fucking love these guys. Riposte is a regular spin for me.
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This Year In Film / Re: Sorry To Bother You
« Last post by samsong on Yesterday at 08:17:48 PM »
Pacing is also horrible.

mind numbingly so.  i left the theater surprised it wasn't an hour later than it actually was.

The film suffers from first-time-director-syndrome in a less than charming way, and eventually collapses under the weight of its own bullshit.

agreed.  it's Great Value michel gondry (to whom there's even a silly nod to).
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Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: Buke and Gase
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on Yesterday at 06:50:52 PM »



I wish the sound quality were better on this video, but dear lord, I don't think I'm ready for whatever this is.

Following a reinvention, the band promises to release a "flood of material" this year.

Actually, I think I love the song at 37:20.


https://bukeandgase.bandcamp.com/album/arone-vs-aron

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Arone vs Arone contains three songs you didn't know Buke & Gase made! Now you do! Released on the occasion of a SOLD OUT tour opening for The National across Europe, it is a brief sampling drawn from 5 years of woodshedding— a band reinvention that has, for the most part, taken place far from the eyes of an audience & the internet.

This is music they made on their way to making the music they’re now making. The release is a preparation for the flood of material Buke and Gase hope to release in 2018 — not just an album, albums plural.

How do you get good enough to play Carnegie Hall? As the saying goes: practice practice practice? This EP is a portrait of a band committing their 10,000 hours.
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This Year In Film / Re: Sorry To Bother You
« Last post by samsong on Yesterday at 06:39:07 PM »
anyone else see this?

very much wanted this to be good, but i did not like this.  at all, almost.  broad, tepid "satire" that's haphazardly put together.  a few strongish moments strewn throughout what feels like an eternity of been there, done that.  suffers from the overreaching with and overstuffing of ideas that comes with most first films.  lakeith stanfield can do no wrong, armie hammer continues his streak of perfectly solid performances that will mostly go unappreciated, and that's about all i got for positives.
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News and Theory / Re: Film Restoration and Preservation
« Last post by wilder on Yesterday at 06:37:28 PM »
Arbelos Films' 4K restoration trailer for Dennis Hooper's The Last Movie (1971)

The film, written by Rebel Without A Cause screenwriter Stewart Stern, stars Hopper as a stuntman on a movie crew making a Western in a remote Peruvian village. He meets a woman and after the movie wraps and he decides to stay with her, and is soon enlisted by the locals to make their own movie minus the understanding that the action isn’t real.

Opens at the Metrograph in NY August 3rd, also scheduled to play at Los Angeles' American Cinematheque at a later date.

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The plan is for Los Angeles-based Arbelos to mine the Cinelicious library it now reps to release both older and newer films. Also on its upcoming slate and Béla Tarr’s 1994 film Sátántangó.
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