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News and Theory / Re: All things Cult Cinema
« Last post by wilder on Yesterday at 10:32:09 PM »
there was a story about Michelangelo Antonioni being old and not wanting to do anything except when he heard about Masumura movies playing

lol

This is the complete listing for Fantoma's DVD catalog. Looks like 90% of it has been migrated to blu-ray by other companies at this point. Pretty sure Criterion has the rights to the Fassbinders.

On the Masumura front I've only seen the exceptionally gorgeous Blue Sky Maiden (1957), and bits and pieces of Giants and Toys (1958) and The Hot Little Girl (1970). Would love to see more of his work recognized and restored.



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DVD Talk / Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Last post by jenkins on Yesterday at 10:31:54 PM »
you really brought it with that reply. i think Madame Satan could warm me up for Cleopatra
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DVD Talk / Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Last post by wilder on Yesterday at 10:21:10 PM »
Must admit I haven’t gone too deep into DeMille, I’m only sure I saw The Ten Commandments at some point, but see the visual connection you’re making to von Sternberg. Claudette Colbert even sort of looks like Marlene Dietrich, to me.

Cleopatra (1934) is one I really want to see. Interested in his films for their elaborate production design and deliberate artifice.

I'd never really been into that, before, but Anna Biller's twitter posts turned me on to the style. She's a fan of DeMille's Madame Satan (1930), as well as stuff I think of being in a similar vein like Robert Siodmak's Cobra Woman (1944), which also has theatrical styling and production design.

Speaking of Dietrich/Colbert, Karina Longworth did an episode on their supposed ties for her Hollywood history podcast 'You Must Remember This', which can be listened to here.
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News and Theory / Re: All things Cult Cinema
« Last post by jenkins on Yesterday at 10:09:31 PM »
i still own my Black Test Car, which was last seen this way (the one i own)



i used to think Coppola operated Fantoma but thankfully i checked the wiki page to find out he didn't. it was based out of San Fran is the only immediately noticeable connection. anyway Fantoma was dope and they got really into Masumura, so i got really into Masumura too



that's mother fucking Yukio Mishima in a yakuza movie right there

there was a story about Michelangelo Antonioni being old and not wanting to do anything except when he heard about Masumura movies playing
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DVD Talk / Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Last post by jenkins on Yesterday at 10:03:17 PM »
William Wyler’s The Shakedown (1929) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration
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Dave Roberts (James Murray) is a professional boxer better at losing in fixed matches than in knocking out his opponents. He turns up in towns and is part of a group who sets up corrupt boxing matches. Dave's life on the margins changes after he meets a mother and son. As he begins to care for them, he ultimately has to decide whether to continue in his low-life ways or turn the tables on those who have been forcing him to participate in them.

because i immediately want to see it i realize i have a thing for boxing melodramas. my generation both missed out on that and actually had De Palma's Snake Eyes, which is you know a thriller melodrama

wilder have you gotten into Cecil B. DeMille? i confess i'm afraid of him because i don't think i'll like him. although he made expensive movies i worry he's a poorman's von Sternberg

Diva for sure yeah, criterion put out Betty Blue it's true. i've been kind of waning on wonderful movies with beautiful people in my recent years
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News and Theory / Re: All things Cult Cinema
« Last post by wilder on Yesterday at 09:56:17 PM »
August 25, 2020

Richard Driscoll's The Comic (1985) on blu-ray from Arrow US & Arrow UK, from a 2K restoration of the original camera negative





Stand-up comedy can be a cut-throat business, but in Sam Coex's world, it's downright murder… From the annals of bizarre cinema comes perhaps the most bizarre one of them all – 1985's The Comic! In a dystopian police state reality of indeterminate time and place, orange bouffant-haired comedian Sam Coex is eager for his big break. Realizing that desperate times call for even more desperate measures, he slits the throat of his rival Joey Myers, leaving the way clear for him to carve his own niche on the comedy circuit. But success can be a fickle and fleeting mistress, and Sam soon finds his career on a downward turn when he falls foul of the powers that be.

Filled with more dry ice and lighting gels than an '80s stadium rock concert, The Comic is a barmy, baffling and beguiling cinematic oddity shot on 35mm film in an alternate dimension. If you ever wanted to know the answer to the eternal conundrum "How does Pinocchio make love?" then this is the one for you






August 18, 2020

Mike Hodges' Flash Gordon on 4K UHD blu-ray and standard blu-ray from Arrow, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative



Super producer Dino De Laurentiis (Dune, Barbarella) brought Alex Raymond's beloved cartoon strip and the long running movie serial to the big screen with celebrated director Mike Hodges (Get Carter, Black Rainbow) at the helm, in a delirious space opera, where Flash is King of the Impossible!

Merciless Emperor Ming (Max von Sydow) decides to wreak havoc on Earth in a moment of cruel boredom. Boarding a rocket as a means of escape, star quarterback Flash Gordon (Sam J. Jones), Dale Arden (Melody Anderson) and Dr. Hans Zarkov (Topol) find themselves on Mongo. Taken prisoner Flash must save Dale from becoming Ming's concubine, avoid the amorous intentions of Ming's wicked daughter Aura (Ornella Muti) and unite the warring Kingdoms of Mongo.




August 24/25, 2020

Yasuzo Masumura's Black Test Car (1962) & The Black Report (1963) on blu-ray from Arrow US & Arrow UK



Japanese maverick director Yasuzo Masumura (Blind Beast) helms a bitingly satirical espionage thriller set in the heart of the Japanese auto industry in his 1962 landmark Black Test Car, which launched a series of similarly themed "Black" films.

In a bitter, take-no-prisoners corporate war between the Tiger Motorcar Company and their competitors, the Yamato Company, undercover spies have infiltrated both sides. As Tiger prepares to launch its newest "Pioneer" car and a prototype bursts into flames, Toru (Hideo Takamatsu, The Last Emperor) heads a secretive task force to root out Yamato's spy, and find out what they can about the competitor's familiar-looking new model. Making its worldwide Blu-ray debut, Black Test Car is paired here with the English-language video premiere of its follow-up The Black Report, also directed by Masumura.




October 26, 2020

George Romero's Dawn of the Dead (1978) on 4K UHD blu-ray from Second Sight (UK), from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative supervised and approved by DP Michael Gornick. Includes the theatrical, extended, and Argento cuts.



In 1968, director George A. Romero brought us Night of the Living Dead. It became the definitive horror film of its time. Eleven years later, he would unleash the most shocking motion picture experience for all times. As modern society is consumed by zombie carnage, four desperate survivors barricade themselves inside a shopping mall to battle the flesh-eating hordes of the undead. This is the ferocious horror classic, featuring landmark gore effects by Tom Savini, that remains one of the most important - and most controversial - horror films in history. When there's no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the earth: The original Dawn of the Dead is back!

More details here



June 2020 TBD

Michel Lemoine's Seven Women for Satan (1973) on blu-ray from Mondo Macabro



This rarely seen Euro shocker is a sexy version of the story of Count Zaroff, the man whose favorite past time was hunting humans on his private island. By day a mild mannered businessman, in his dreams, Boris Karloff chases naked females on his country estate; just like his notorious father. One weekend, two visitors arrive at Boris's castle. the young girl is fascinated byt the tales of the wicked Zaroffs and asks if she can see their famous torture chamber. Maybe now the Zaroff dreams can becomne reality once more? A stylish and erotic horror film that was actually banned in France in the 1970's. A stylish and erotic horror film that was banned in France in the 1970s.

Mondo Macabro was the first company to resurrect this film in 2003 with their DVD release of the theatrical version. Now finally on Blu-ray, and in collaboration with France's Le Chat qui fume video label, it's possible finally to see this rare Gallic horror film in something like its intended form. Alongside the theatrical release the disc includes over 30 minutes of trailers and alternate and deleted scenes, including the mythical "seventh victim" sequence. Most of this footage has not been seen for 45 years and is quite a revelation.



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DVD Talk / Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Last post by wilder on Yesterday at 09:53:37 PM »
August 25, 2020

Douglas Sirk’s There’s Always Tomorrow (1955) on blu-ray from Kino



When a toy manufacturer feels ignored and unappreciated by by his wife and children, he begins to rekindle a past love when a former employee comes back into his life.



August 25, 2020

Douglas Sirk’s All I Desire (1953) on blu-ray from Kino



Actress Naomi Murdoch returns home to the husband and children she abandoned ten years before. She was invited by her daughter Lily to see her in the Riverdale high school play. Her arrival wakes up old conflicts and sets off new emotional storms.



August 18, 2020

Budd Boetticher’s The Red Ball Express (1952) on blu-ray from Kino



Tense World War II tale based on the true story of a special truck convoy created to transport urgent supplies to General Patton's army situated inside German-occupied France. Charles Drake (No Name on the Bullet) and screen great Sidney Poitier (Lilies of the Field). During the height of the war, General Patton's Third Army is in desperate need of supplies after a successful invasion of Paris. An elite military truck force is established to deliver goods to the soldiers. Members of this platoon must not only withstand minefields and Nazi resistance, they must also learn to overcome their personal and racial prejudices towards one another. Red Ball Express is a gripping, powerful action-thriller based on true events. Hugh O'Brian (Ambush Bay) and Jack Kelly (Young Billy Young) lead the strong supporting cast. 



Juy 28, 2020

William Wyler’s The Shakedown (1929) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration



Dave Roberts (James Murray) is a professional boxer better at losing in fixed matches than in knocking out his opponents. He turns up in towns and is part of a group who sets up corrupt boxing matches. Dave's life on the margins changes after he meets a mother and son. As he begins to care for them, he ultimately has to decide whether to continue in his low-life ways or turn the tables on those who have been forcing him to participate in them.



August 25, 2020

Cecil B. DeMille’s Sign of the Cross (1932) on blu-ray from Kino



Claudette Colbert (Bluebeard's Eighth Wife) and Charles Laughton (Witness for the Prosecution). Ancient Rome comes to life on a grand scale in the epic spectacular The Sign of the Cross. In the year 64 A.D., the corrupt and maniacal Emperor Nero Claudius Caesar (Laughton) torches the city so he can blame the ensuing destruction on the unsuspecting Christians. Meanwhile, Roman Prefect Marcus Superbus (March) falls for an innocent and beautiful Christian maiden, Mercia (Elissa Landi, The Count of Monte Cristo). When the seductive and wicked Empress Poppaea (Colbert) learns that she has a romantic rival for Marcus's attentions, she conspires with Nero to send all Christians to a chilling death. Filled with some of the most outrageous and breathtaking scenes ever filmed, including the infamous "milk bath," this pre-Code classic is a dynamic testament to DeMille's visionary style. The great Karl Struss (Sunrise) received an Oscar nomination for his stunning cinematography.







August 11, 2020

Jean-Jacques Beineix's Diva (1981) on blu-ray from Kino



A young mail carrier, Jules (Frederic Andrei), becomes entranced with the voice of American diva Cynthia Hawkins (Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez). She doesn't believe in being recorded, but Jules secretly records her singing on a tape. His recording gets mixed up with another tape that incriminates a police chief, who is working with the mob. Jules quickly becomes the target of mob gangsters, and he must find a way to get himself out of the situation alive.



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June 30, 2020

David S. Ward's Cannery Row (1982) on blu-ray from Warner Archive, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative



The canneries stand empty now that the sardines have abandoned the waters, but life continues on the Row. Here, you'll find Doc (Nick Nolte), a marine biologist and community mentor; Suzy (Debra Winger), a good-hearted newcomer gone astray; and Mack, Hazel and all the boys working hard at not working. Here, you'll also find the love of a man for a woman, of a writer for a place and of life for more life. Based on works by John Steinbeck and written for the screen and directed by The Sting's David S. Ward, Cannery Row – from its lyrical John Huston narration and saggy blues to its top-drawer performances, waterfront sets and whimsical charm – is an atmospheric gem, one that has its world "spinning in greased grooves.”



July 28, 2020

Jack Hazan’s A Bigger Splash (1973) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration



An intimate and innovative film about English-born painter of Southern California, artist David Hockney, during the multi-year creation of one of his towering achievements, "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)". Hazan creates an improvisatory narrative-nonfiction hybrid featuring Hockney, as well as his circle of friends, capturing the agonized end of the lingering affair between Hockney and his muse, Peter Schlesinger.





July 21, 2020

Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus (1960) on 4K UHD blu-ray from Universal



A slave leads a violent revolt against the Imperial Rome at its glorious height. Filmed in Technirama.



October 13, 2020

Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream (2000) on 4K UHD blu-ray from Lionsgate



Twin stories about different kinds of addiction: A young man (Jared Leto) who along with his best friend (Marlon Wayans) and girlfriend is addicted to heroin, dreams of transcending his life of hustling and owning a store in New York City, while his mother (Ellen Burstyn), depressed and obsessed by television and diet pills envisions her chance to shine again on a game show.



August 25, 2020

Lucio Fulci’s The New York Ripper (1982) on 4K UHD blu-ray from Blue Underground



A blade-wielding psychopath is on the loose, turning The Big Apple bright red with the blood of beautiful young women. As NYPD detectives follow the trail of butchery from the decks of the Staten Island Ferry to the sex shows of Times Square, each brutal murder becomes a sadistic taunt. In the city that never sleeps, he's the killer that can't be stopped! 

Quote from: blu-ray.com
The boutique label [Blue Underground] has also confirmed that it is finalizing five brand new 4K restorations of genre films, and that going forward select new releases will debut as 4K Blu-ray/Blu-ray combos.



June 29, 2020

Shivendra Singh Dungarpur’s  CzechMate: In Search of Jirí Menzel (2018) on blu-ray from Second Sight (UK)



Jiří Menzel's debut film Closely Observed Trains (Ostře sledované vlaky, 1966) made a profound impression on young film student Shivendra Singh Dungarpur. Years later, he invited Menzel to meet him in a Prague café - and so began a conversation and a friendship that has culminated in this epic, seven-and -a-half-hour film that not only explores the deceptively whimsical comic films of Jiří Menzel, but all of the artists who strove to make films that whispered subversion and rebellion often at the risk of their livelihood, or even their lives.

Expansive, affectionate and deeply passionate, CzechMate – In Search of Jiří Menzel is an extraordinary documentary film, a labour of love by archivist and filmmaker Dungarpur. Its depth and scale are unparalleled in the study of the Czechoslovak cinema.

Filmed over a period of seven years, Dungarpur and his team interviewed filmmakers, actors, crew members, writers, historians and critics who had been touched by the New Wave - including Věra Chytilová, Miloš Forman, Vojtěch Jasný, Ivan Passer, Ken Loach, Juraj Jakubisko, Jaromír Šofr, Andrzej Wajda, Dušan Hanák, Štefan Uher, Jan Němec, and Miroslav Ondříček among them.




May 27, 2020

Antole Litvak’s Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) on blu-ray from Imprint / Via Vision (Australia)



Whilst on the telephone, an invalid woman overhears what she thinks is a plot to murder her.



August 26, 2020

Sidney Lumet’s Night Falls on Manhattan (1996) on blu-ray from Imprint / Via Vision (Australia)




A newly elected District attorney finds himself in the middle of a police corruption investigation that may involve his father and his partner.



August 26, 2020

George Stevens’ A Place in the Sun (1951) on blu-ray from Imprint / Via Vision (Australia)




George Eastman is a poor young man determined to win a place in respectable society and the heart of a beautiful socialite. But a factory girl with a dark secret threatens Eastman's professional and romantic prospects. Consumed with fear and desire, Eastman is ultimately driven to a desperate act of passion that unravels his world forever.
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News and Theory / Re: What Films Are We Watching?
« Last post by Something Spanish on Yesterday at 08:37:02 PM »
For the record, I care too.
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Thanks Jeremy! I didn't know those guys beforehand but they were really great. We have some good stuff coming up this month too.
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DVD Talk / Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Last post by wilder on June 02, 2020, 05:08:59 PM »
June 30, 2020

Wild Palms (1993) on blu-ray from Kino. Written by Bruce Wagner



A dark, sexy, noir Los Angeles of the future is the backdrop for Oliver Stone's haunting, sci-fi saga of greed, treason and virtual reality. Harry Wyckoff (James Belushi) is about to become a player in a dark and terrifying battle where everything is at stake and no one is who they seem. Featuring an all-star cast, this story about a cult, a corporation, and a conspiracy to rule the country, is one of the most original movie events in recent history.


Resized caps from the forthcoming blu-ray. DVDBeaver review here.