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Reply #780 on: December 17, 2017, 11:42:20 PM
Julio Medem is one of my favorite directors.  One of my favorite critics has always had such good things to say about him, but it's been so hard to get my hands on these films, so this is exciting news!


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Reply #781 on: December 20, 2017, 03:51:59 PM
March 5, 2018

Andre DeToth’s western-noir hybrid Ramrod (1947) on blu-ray from Arrow UK, also available from Olive in the US



One of the classic Westerns of its era, Ramrod stars Veronica Lake as Connie Dickson, a headstrong cowgirl who’s plans to marry a sheep rancher are thwarted when a powerful local cattle baron, Frank Ivey (Preston Foster), and her own father (Charles Ruggles), force her fiancé to flee town. Refusing to kowtow to these powerful men, Connie inherits her ex-fiancés land and determines to run the ranch with the help of her new ramrod, reformed alcoholic Dave Nash (Joel McCrea). But Dave’s diplomatic attempts to resolve the dispute fall upon deaf ears and a bloody turf war on the open range ensues. With Ramrod, Andre DeToth (a Hungarian-American director who has earned praise from Tarantino and Scorsese) skilfully creates a dangerous world of greed, lies and murder whilst garnering superb performances from McCrea and Lake, two of the biggest Hollywood stars of the 1940s.

Ramrod (1947) - Amazon UK

See also, David Meuel’s book The Noir Western: Darkness on the Range 1943-1962


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Reply #782 on: December 20, 2017, 11:20:23 PM
March 19/20, 2018

Robert Altman's Images (1972) on blu-ray from Arrow UK & Arrow US, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative



Originally conceived in the mid-sixties, Images concerns a pregnant children’s author (Susannah York, who won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival) whose husband (Rene Auberjonois) may or may not be having an affair. While holidaying in Ireland, her mental state becomes increasingly unstable resulting in paranoia, hallucinations and visions of a doppelgänger.

Scored by an Oscar-nominated John Williams, with “sounds” by Stomu Yamash'ta (The Man Who Fell to Earth), Images also boasts the remarkable cinematography of Vilmos Zsigmond (Close Encounters of the Third Kind).


Images (1972) - Amazon





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Reply #784 on: December 23, 2017, 06:51:35 PM
i still have my The Old Dark House dvd, but everything i hear sure makes it sound like i need that blu-ray. glad to see Lucas also mentioned The Lost World. Fritz Lang's silent were on five lists. Beggars of Life and Varieté were represented. J’accuse and Feuillade. Buster Keaton: Sherlock, Jr., The General, Steamboat Bill, Jr. okay okay i need to watch The Marseille Trilogy. Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology. Napoleon. The Last Laugh. The Four Marx Brothers at Paramount 1929–1933.

the jenkins list sounds like a jenkins list, except i think Housekeeping is okay. i clearly need to see The Fabulous Baron Munchausen.



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Reply #785 on: December 24, 2017, 06:35:01 PM
what is this??


Marjoe's acting career is on blu-ray(!)



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Reply #786 on: January 02, 2018, 06:26:02 PM
February 6, 2018

Lois Weber’s Shoes (1916) on blu-ray from Milestone



A young working girl must suport her family on only five dollars a week. The strain of trying to feed, house and clothe her mother, her father and three brothers finally gets to be too much, and she winds up selling her body for a pair of shoes.









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Eva Meyer is poor shop girl working at a five-and-dime. She is the sole wage earner for three younger sisters, a mother who struggles to hold everything together, and a father who prefers beer and penny dreadfuls to work. Each week, Eva returns to her cold-water flat and dutifully hands over her meager earnings to her mother. But her wages barely cover the grocer's bill and cannot provide for decent clothing. With only cardboard to patch the holes in the soles of her shoes, Eva's life becomes harder with each rainy day and every splinter. In constant pain and with no solution in sight, the disheartened girl considers the uninvited advances of Charlie, a cad with clearly dishonorable intentions.

So begins Lois Weber's Shoes, perhaps her finest masterpiece and one of the great feminist films in the history of cinema.

Whenever the press reports on the current dearth of women directors, there is mention made of Lois Weber, the most successful female filmmaker of her time and a major influence on silent cinema. She directed and wrote many groundbreaking films — dramas that combined social and political critiques with moving personal narratives — but because her finest films have long been unavailable and others have been poorly presented, Weber's reputation has always quickly retreated back into the dustbin of history.

Together, with the recent publication of Shelley Stamp's Lois Weber in Early Hollywood (University of California Press), Milestone is working to reinstall Weber into the pantheon of great filmmakers. Thanks to the incredible restoration work of the EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, Milestone celebrates the film's 100th anniversary with a release that will be an important addition to every women's studies and every film history course.

Weber adapted her script for Shoes closely from a short story by Stella Wynne Herron published in the January 1, 1916 issue of Collier's. Herron's inspiration for her story came from social reformer Jane Addams's 1912 book on prostitution A New Conscience and an Ancient Evil, which Herron quoted in her epigraph: "When the shoes became too worn to endure a third soling and she possessed but 90 cents toward a new pair, she gave up the struggle; to use her own contemptuous phrase, she 'sold out for a new pair of shoes.'"

Weber weaves a beautifully simple story with a technique much celebrated in post-WWII Italy as neorealism. Shooting exteriors around Los Angeles — including a remarkable scene in Pershing Square and the actual front of Woolworth's on Broadway — and meticulously recreating a Five and Dime Store interior, Weber created a documentary feel of a young woman's life unmatched by any film of the era. The director's brand-new discovery, sixteen-year-old Mary MacLaren (resembling a young Jennifer Lawrence) is the embodiment of youthful innocence and too-early world-weariness. Much like the 1912 English play "Hindle Wakes," Shoes is a plea for women's equality (women's suffrage was still a hard-fought political goal in both countries), but where one celebrated a woman's right to sexual freedom, Weber's film portrays the reality and tragedy of a shop girl in modern society.

The Shoes restoration by the Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam combined a Dutch nitrate print and a 1930s American "comedic" reissue of the film called Unshod Maiden found at the Library of Congress. Thanks to the 2016 discovery of the original script and intertitles in the 16mm microfilm files at NBC/Universal, the Milestone edition more closely reflects the original film. Prominent musicians and composers Donald Sosin and Mimi Rabson have created a mesmerizing and incredibly moving score to accompany Shoes.


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Reply #787 on: January 03, 2018, 05:40:28 PM
January 9, 2018

Richard Boleslawski’s Garden of Allah (1936) on blu-ray from Kino



After the death of her father, convent-educated Domini Enfilden heads for the desert seeking peace. But instead of tranquility, the sultry beauty finds passion in the arms of Boris Androvsky — secretly a Trappist monk who has broken his vows and lost his faith. Will Domini discover Boris' secret, and will his hidden past destroy their future happiness?

Garden of Allah (1936) - Amazon

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March 27, 2018

Victor Fleming's Joan of Arc (1948) on blu-ray from Kino



This classic epic was directed by the brilliant Victor Fleming (Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz) and starred the radiant Ingrid Bergman (Casablanca) in one of her most stunning performances. Bergman is spellbinding as the 15th century French peasant girl who rouses a nation and inspires the world with her faith and bravery. Fiercely believing that she's directed by God, Joan triumphantly leads an army into battle against the British, who are driven from France. Yet as Joan's influence grows, the king (José Ferrer, Moulin Rouge) becomes increasingly wary of her power and ultimately betrays her to her death and martyrdom. A lavish award-winning epic film, Joan of Arc is a powerful story of one of history's most fascinating heroines. The stellar cast also includes Ward Bond (The Searchers), J. Carrol Naish (Clash by Night) and Gene Lockhart (Miracle on 34th Street).




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Reply #788 on: January 03, 2018, 07:18:48 PM
February 6, 2018

Lois Weber’s Shoes (1916) on blu-ray from Milestone



it's just me and you interested in this anyway, but did you already read her imdb? i'm excited!

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Lois Weber, who had been a street-corner evangelist before entering motion pictures in 1905, became the first American woman movie director of note, and a major one at that. Herbert Blaché, the husband of Frenchwoman Alice Guy, the first woman to direct a motion picture (and arguably, the first director of either gender to helm a fictional narrative film), cast her in the lead of "Hypocrites" (1908). Weber first got behind the camera on A Heroine of '76 (1911), a silent that was co-directed by pioneering American director Edwin S. Porter and actor Phillips Smalley, who played George Washington. She also starred in the picture.

In 1914, a year in which she helmed 27 movies, Weber co-directed William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (1914) with Smalley, who also played Shylock, making her the first woman to direct a feature-length film in the US. (Jeanie Macpherson, who would play a major role in cinema as Cecil B. DeMille's favorite screenwriter, also acted in the film).

In the spirit of her evangelism, she began directing, writing and then producing films of social import, dealing with such themes as abortion, alcoholism, birth control, drug addiction and prostitution. By 1916 she had established herself as the top director at Universal Film Manufacturing (now Universal Studios), the top studio in America at the time, making her the highest-paid director in the world. The following year she formed Lois Weber Productions.

She directed over 100 films, but her production company went bankrupt in the 1920s as her career faltered. She did not make the transition to sound, although she did make one talkie, White Heat (1934), in 1934.

Dorothy Arzner's films are currently playing at LACMA. i went to the first (Working Girls) and there was some mad shittalking from cinephiles. basically no one appreciates Arzner. all they wanted to mention was how just-okay her films are and how before sound came into film there were lots of female writers and directors making movies. so Lois Weber fits in that conversation.


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Reply #789 on: January 05, 2018, 06:40:06 PM
March 12, 2018

Raoul Walsh’s The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (1958), starring Jayne Mansfield, on blu-ray from Plan B (UK)



Jonathan Tibbs (Kenneth More) reckons that a good way to improve the fortunes of his uncle's London gun company is to sell their products in the Wild West, so he sets off for Fractured Jaw. Once there, a series of misunderstandings give him the completely false reputation of being a smooth-talking, fast-on-the-draw gunman, and he is inveigled into becoming sheriff. With the two trigger-happy local ranches squaring up against each other, it's as well he is getting advice from sassy and sweet-on-him Kate (Jayne Mansfield).

The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (1958) - Amazon UK




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Reply #790 on: January 06, 2018, 07:54:46 PM
February 27, 2018

David Cronenberg’s The Dead Zone (1983) on blu-ray from Koch Media (Germany)



A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability.

The Dead Zone (1983) - Amazon Germany




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Reply #791 on: January 08, 2018, 06:12:56 PM
March 5, 2018

Henri-Georges Clouzot’s La Prisonnière aka Woman in Chains (1968) on blu-ray from Studio Canal (UK). Many of the visual techniques pioneered for Clouzot’s unfinished Inferno are present here.

Fairly certain this is also coming from Criterion, soon. 



A marriage that has fallen on hard times is further tested by the couple's implication in a murder. Jenny Lamour (Suzy Delair) is a music hall chanteuse married to her pianist husband Maurice (Bernard Blier). Keen to get ahead, Jenny leaps at the chance when an ageing wealthy businessman (Charles Dullin) offers her the chance of some gigs. However, when she agrees to a meeting at his home and he is found dead later in the evening - Maurice's untamed jealousy is in the frame. A Maigret-esque detective, Antoine, played by Louis Jouvet leaves no stone unturned in his exceedingly private investigations of the down-at-heel showbiz couple's sad, tempestuous life.

La Prisonnière (1968) - Amazon UK






March 5, 2018

Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Le Corbeau (1943) on blu-ray from Studio Canal (UK)



Henri-George Clouzot's dark and subversive study of human nature stars Pierre Fresnay and Ginette Leclerc. A wave of hysteria sweeps the small provincial town of St Robin when a series of poison-pen letters signed 'Le Corbeau' (The Raven) appear denouncing several prominent members of society. Starting with the village doctor, the slow sinister trickle of letters soon becomes a flood and no one is safe from the malicious accusations, which include abortion and drug addiction. Beneath the town's respectful and calm surface lurks a darker side in which everyone is a suspect. With the townspeople afraid to accuse each other for fear of being accused, suspicion and hatred reach epidemic levels.

Le Corbeau (1943) - Amazon UK








March 5, 2018

Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Quai Des Orfèvres on blu-ray from Studio Canal (UK)



A marriage that has fallen on hard times is further tested by the couple's implication in a murder. Jenny Lamour (Suzy Delair) is a music hall chanteuse married to her pianist husband Maurice (Bernard Blier). Keen to get ahead, Jenny leaps at the chance when an ageing wealthy businessman (Charles Dullin) offers her the chance of some gigs. However, when she agrees to a meeting at his home and he is found dead later in the evening - Maurice's untamed jealousy is in the frame. A Maigret-esque detective, Antoine, played by Louis Jouvet leaves no stone unturned in his exceedingly private investigations of the down-at-heel showbiz couple's sad, tempestuous life.

Quai Des Orfèvres - Amazon UK




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Reply #792 on: January 13, 2018, 05:26:56 AM
March 19, 2018

Michelangelo Antonioni’s The Passenger (1975) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



In one of the most acclaimed films of all time, Michelangelo Antonioni (Blow-up, Zabriskie Point) directed international star Jack Nicholson (The Last Detail, The Border, Wolf) and Maria Schneider (Last Tango in Paris) in an elliptical and fascinating thriller about alienation and lost identities. Now finally making its Blu-ray debut in the UK, this essential work from one of cinema's most renowned and celebrated film artists is accompanied by an array of fascinating and insightful extra features.






March 11, 2018

Stephen Frears’ Gumshoe (1971) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



This brilliant feature debut from director Stephen Frears (My Beautiful Laundrette, Dangerous Liaisons, The Grifters) is an affectionate – and uniquely British – tribute to the Hollywood detective movies of the 1940s. Starring the great Albert Finney (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Murder on the Orient Express, Skyfall) as a Liverpool bingo caller who dreams of being a private eye and then finds himself suddenly contacted for what appears to be an actual piece of detective work.






March 19, 2018

The Town on Trial (1957) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



Investigating a murder in a small English town, a brusque Police Inspector (John Mills – Hobson's Choice, Ice Cold in Alex, Young Winston) discovers that virtually everyone he encounters has something to hide. Setting the template for British crime thrillers for decades to come (including recent TV hit Broadchurch), director John Guillermin's audacious, often salacious, drama is untypical of mainstream British cinema of its time. An intelligent and gripping police-procedural thriller and macabre melodrama, Town on Trial is a rare treat which is ripe for rediscovery.



April 23/24, 2018

G.W. Pabsts' L'Atlantide (1932) on blu-ray from Arrow UK and Arrow US



L'Atlantide marked a change of direction for German filmmaker G.W. Pabst. Following a string of features on which he'd made his reputation – the masterpiece Pandora's Box, the classic World War I picture Westfront 1918, the Brecht adaptation The Threepenny Opera and the mining disaster movie Kameradschaft – Pabst ventured into fresh territory with an adaptation of Pierre Benoît's fantasy-adventure novel.

Set in 1896, L'Atlantide concerns the exploits of two French officers searching for missing comrades in the desert. During their rescue mission, the pair are kidnapped and taken to the subterranean lair of the goddess Antinéa (played by Metropolis's Brigitte Helm) in the ruins of the city of Atlantis – the infamous realm had not sunk beneath the sea but instead been buried under the sands of the Sahara.

Shot on location in the Sahara and at Berlin's Efa Studios, L'Atlantide presents a wonderful fantasy world. Originally filmed by Jacques Feyder in 1920, and later the inspiration for a camp Maria Montez classic, an Italian Hercules picture and a Totò parody among many others, Pabst's vision of Benoît's novel remains one of cinema's best.






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Reply #793 on: January 24, 2018, 07:06:12 PM
April 17, 2018

Paul Schrader's Auto Focus (2002) on blu-ray from Twilight Time



The story of actor Bob Crane, an affable radio show host and amateur drummer who found success on Hogan's Heroes, a popular television sitcom, and his dramatic descent into the underbelly of Hollywood after the series was cancelled, and after forming a friendship with John Henry Carpenter.






April 17, 2018

Jacques Demy's Model Shop (1969) on blu-ray from Twilight Time



George Matthews is a young man who is having a bittersweet affair with a French divorcée in Los Angeles. Waiting to be drafted, he is unable to commit himself to anything or anybody, including his girlfriend Gloria. While trying to raise money to prevent his car from being repossessed, George is attracted to Lola, a Frenchwoman who works in a "model shop" (an establishment which rents out beautiful pin-up models to photographers). George spends his last twelve dollars to photograph her, and discovers that she is as unhappy as he. Although Lola is unwilling to respond to George, their brief night of lovemaking gives both the will to deal with their respective problems.








April 10, 2018

Allan Dwan's Manhandled (1924) on blu-ray from Kino



Tessy McGuire (Gloria Swanson) is a shop girl at a department store who lives in the same building as her boyfriend Tom Moore, a mechanic with big ideas. One day, she is invited by the store owner (Arthur Housman) to a party along with a friend. Tessy impersonates a girl doing a jazz dance and later a Russian Countess. The owner of a ritzy store (Frank Morgan) offers her a job as a fake Countess to lure customers. Tessy also gets a job posing as a model, but keeps getting "manhandled."



April 10, 2018

Allan Dwan's Stage Struck (1925) on blu-ray from Kino



Jennie Hagen dreams of becoming a great actress. When her boyfriend Orme starts to flirt with an actual actress, Jennie becomes jealous and decides to fight with her rival.


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Reply #794 on: January 26, 2018, 05:19:24 PM
Bunch of standard editions of previously limited releases coming out


April 24, 2018

Standard edition of Liquid Sky (1982) from Vinegar Syndrome









Slava Tsukerman’s Liquid Sky (1982) on limited edition blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative

Invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New York apartment inhabited by a drug dealer and her female, androgynous, bisexual nymphomaniac lover, a fashion model. The aliens soon find the human pheromones created in the brain during orgasm preferable to heroin, and the model's casual sex partners begin to disappear. This increasingly bizarre scenario is observed by a lonely woman in the building across the street, a German scientist who is following the aliens, and an equally androgynous, drug-addicted male model. (Both models are played by Anne Carlisle, in a dual role.)





March 13, 2018

Standard 2-disc edition of Dario Argento's Suspiria (1977) from Synapse, from the new 4K restoration. A 1-disc version will also be available.








April 10, 2018

US release of the standard edition of Dario Argento’s Deep Red (1975) from Arrow