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Reply #735 on: August 26, 2017, 05:41:06 PM
2017 TBD

Fritz Lang’s The Woman in the Window (1944) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new restoration



Richard Wanley (Edward G. Robinson) is no criminal... at least, he wasn't until he met "the woman in the window." With his wife and kids out of town, the chaste professor engages in an innocent flirtation with a chance acquaintance (Joan Bennett)... and inadvertently commits a shocking and unspeakable crime! But that's just the beginning of his problems, for as the cunning D.A. (Raymond Massey) - one of Wanley's dearest friends - gets closer and closer to identifying the killer, Wanley finds he's more and more willing to resort to desperate measures to avoid being caught. The Woman In The Window is "a thriller with the logic and plausibility of a nightmare" (Pauline Kael).


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Reply #736 on: August 31, 2017, 07:59:36 PM
October 11, 2017

Jean-Pierre Melville’s Quand tu liras cette lettre aka When You Read This Letter (1953) from Gaumont (France), with English subtitles



Therese is a nun-in-training who returns to "civilian" life to care for her young sister Denise.

When You Read This Letter (1953) - Amazon France



October 23, 2017

Sidney Lumet’s Murder on the Orient Express (1974) from StudioCanal (UK)



Famous detective Hercule Poirot is on the Orient Express, but the train is caught in the snow. When one of the passengers is discovered murdered, Poirot immediately starts investigating.






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Reply #738 on: September 07, 2017, 06:20:57 PM
October 24, 2017

James Whale's The Old Dark House (1932) on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group, from a new 4K restoration



From the director of Frankenstein, a group of stranded travelers stumble upon a strange old house, and find themselves at the mercy of the highly eccentric, and potentially dangerous, Femm family. This well-performed, atmospheric thriller features the first starring horror role for Boris Karloff, as the hulking, disfigured butler. Based on the novel Benighted (1927) by J. B. Priestley.

The Old Dark House (1932) - Amazon






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Reply #739 on: September 08, 2017, 05:36:59 PM
Incredible news...

New Label Arbelos to Bring 4K Restoration of Dennis Hopper's The Last Movie to Blu-ray
via blu-ray.com



Newly founded boutique label Arbelos has announced that it is set to reveal a brand new 4K restoration of Dennis Hopper's directorial follow-up to Easy Rider, The Last Movie (1971). The label will also release the 4K restoration on Blu-ray in early 2018.

The official press release that announced the arrival of Arbelos also describes the label's future goals:

”Blending both new independent features with 4K restorations of classic and cult films, Arbelos will champion bold and innovative voices, cutting across all genres and eras. The four company founders had previously collaborated at arthouse distributor Cinelicious Pics where they had released new films like Anurag Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur and Tim Sutton's Dark Knight along with 4K restorations of Japanese underground anime Belladonna of Sadness, the lost Warren Oates film Private Property and (most recently) Toshio Matsumoto's transgender masterpiece Funeral Parade of Roses."

In addition to new projects, Alrbelos will handle the entire Cinelicious Pics film library of 14 feature films, which included the recent, critically acclaimed, 4K restoration of the late Toshio Matsumoto's Funeral Parade of Roses.

Arbelos was founded by David Marriott, Dennis Bartok, Craig Rogers and Ei Toshinari and Chief Business Development Officer Jonathan Marlow.

Bartok, Marriott and Toshinari left Cinelicious Pics several months ago and began to collaborate with restoration expert Rogers (who worked for parent company Cinelicious Inc.) and Marlow, who acquired a number of Cinelicious Pics releases for the SVOD streaming service Fandor.






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November 20, 2017

Jacques Rivette's Celine And Julie Go Boating (1974) on blu-ray from BFI (UK)



Rivette's rarely seen yet biggest commercial hit, is an exhilarating combination of the themes of theatricality, paranoia and la vie parisienne, all wrapped up in an extended and entrancing examination of the nature of filmmaking, and film-watching.

Celine (Juliet Berto), a magician, and Julie (Dominique Labourier), a librarian, meet in Montmartre and wind up sharing the same flat, bed, fiance, clothes, identity and imagination. Soon, thanks to a magic sweet, they find themselves spectators, then participants, in a Henry James-inspired 'film-within-the film', a melodrama unfolding in a mysterious suburban house with the 'Phantom Ladies Over Paris' (Bulle Ogier and Marie-France Pisier), a sinister man (Barbet Shroeder) and his child. The atmosphere, however, is more Lewis Carroll, with Juliet Berto and Dominique Labourier as twin Alices. The four main actresses improvised their own dialogue in collaboration with Rivette and scriptwriter Eduardo de Gregorio.


Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974) - Amazon UK


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Reply #740 on: September 08, 2017, 07:36:58 PM
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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




Blu-ray on November 14th


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Reply #741 on: September 16, 2017, 06:39:53 PM
December 8, 2017

Lech Kowalski’s D.O.A.: A Right of Passage (1980) on blu-ray from High Times Productions



Documentary chronicaling the rise and fall of the punk movement with rare interview footage of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. Also concert and news footage.

D.O.A.: A Right of Passage (1980) - Amazon






November 14, 2017

F.W. Murnau’s The Last Laugh (1924) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new 2K restoration



One of the crowning achievements of the German expressionist movement, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau's The Last Laugh stars Emil Jannings as an aging doorman whose happiness crumbles when he is relieved of the duties and uniform which had for years been the foundation of his happiness and pride. Through Janning's colossal performance, The Last Laugh becomes more than the plight of a single doorman, but a mournful dramatization of the frustration and anguish of the universal working class.


November 21, 2017

12-Disc Fritz Lang Collection on blu-ray from Kino




DISC ONE

THE SPIDERS (Die Spinnen)
1919-1920 Germany 173 Min. Color Tinted
Part One: THE GOLDEN SEA 69 Min.
Part Two: THE DIAMOND SHIP 104 Min.
Music composed and performed by Ben Model


DISC TWO

HARAKIRI
1919 Germany 87 Min. Color Tinted
Music by Aljoscha Zimmermann

THE WANDERING SHADOW (Das Wandernde Bild)
1920 Germany 67 Min. Color Tinted
Music by Aljoscha Zimmermann
Note: Both films are sourced from standard definition masters that have been up-converted for Blu-ray release.


DISC THREE

FOUR AROUND THE WOMAN (Kämpfende Herzen / Hearts in Struggle / Vier um die Frau)
1921 Germany 84 Min. Color Tinted
Music by Aljoscha Zimmermann


DISC FOUR

DESTINY (Der müde Tod)
1921 Germany 98 Min. Color Tinted
Music composed by Cornelius Schwehr, performed by the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB)

SPECIAL FEATURES
   •   Audio commentary by film historian Tim Lucas
   •   Restoration demonstration footage
   •   2016 Re-release trailer


DISCS FIVE AND SIX

DR. MABUSE, THE GAMBLER (Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler)
1922 Germany 270 Min. B&W
Music (2001) by Aljoscha Zimmermann

SPECIAL FEATURES:
   •   "The Story Behind Dr. Mabuse," (52 Min.), a three-part documentary exploring the musical score by Aljoscha Zimmermann, the career of novelist Norbert Jacques, and an analysis of the film


DISCS SEVEN AND EIGHT

DIE NIBELUNGEN
1924-1925 Germany Color Tinted


DISC SEVEN: SIEGFRIED 149 Min.


DISC EIGHT: KRIEMHILD'S REVENGE 131 Min.
Original score by Gottfried Huppertz
Performed by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra

SPECIAL FEATURES:
   •   "The Legacy of the Nibelungen," a 68-minute documentary on the making and restoration of the film, by Guido Altendorf and Anke Wilkening
   •   Newsreel footage taken on the set


DISC NINE

METROPOLIS
UFA 1927 Germany 148 Min. B&W
Original Score: Gottfried Huppertz
Performed by the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB)

SPECIAL FEATURES:
   •   "Voyage to Metropolis," a 50-minute documentary on the making and restoration of the film
   •   Interview with Paula Felix-Didier, curator of the Museo del Cine, Buenos Aires, where previously missing footage was discovered


DISC TEN

SPIES (Spione)
1928 Germany 150 Min. B&W
Piano score (2005) by Neil Brand

SPECIAL FEATURES:
   •   "Spies: A Small Film With Lots of Action" (2006, 72 Min.) a documentary by Guido Altendorf and Anke Wilkening
   •   Original German theatrical trailer (5 min.) courtesy of the Austrian Film Museum, Vienna


DISC ELEVEN

WOMAN IN THE MOON (Frau im Mond)
1929 Germany 169 Min. B&W
Piano score (2005) by Javier Pérez de Azpeitia.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
   •   "Woman in the Moon: The First Scientific Science Fiction Film," a documentary on the making of the film (14 Min.)


DISC TWELVE - BONUS DISC

THE PLAGUE OF FLORENCE (Pest in Florenz)
1919 Germany 102 Min. B&W
Directed by Otto Rippert - Screenplay by Fritz Lang
Based on "The Masque of the Red Death" by Edgar Allan Poe
Music (2014): Uwe Dierksen.


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Reply #742 on: September 17, 2017, 12:34:53 AM
December 19, 2017

Paddy Chayefsky's The Hospital (1971) on blu-ray from Twilight Time



An over-burdened doctor struggles to find meaning in his life while a murderer stalks the halls of his hospital.






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Reply #743 on: September 18, 2017, 04:25:39 PM
October 31, 2017

Jerry Schatzberg's Scarecrow (1973) on blu-ray from Warner Archive



Just out of jail after serving time on an assault rap, Max (Gene Hackman) is headed for Pittsburgh to open a deluxe car wash. Back from five years at sea, Lion (Al Pacino) wants to hit Detroit and visit the child he's never seen. The dreams may not be glorious but you'll want Max and Lion to fulfill them, because Scarecrow, cowinner of the 1973 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize, has a heart as big as its cross-country journey. Its hard-luck drifters drift permanently into our souls. This is due to teamwork of a high order: The moving performances of Hackman and Pacino, the sensitive direction of Jerry Schatzberg and the glowing landscape cinematography of Vilmos Zsigmond.

Scarecrow (1973) - Amazon




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Reply #744 on: September 20, 2017, 11:08:44 PM
November 14, 2017

Arturo Ripstein’s Time to Die (1966) on blu-ray from Film Movement, from a new 2K restoration



This classic Mexican neo-western was the first realized screenplay of Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez and legendary Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes. Under the direction of Mexican auteur Arturo Ripstein, Time to Die tells the story of a former gunman who returns to his town after serving time in prison. He plans to live a quiet life, but the sons of the man he killed have other plans.

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Reply #745 on: September 21, 2017, 10:43:15 AM
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Reply #746 on: September 22, 2017, 11:05:25 PM
September 25/26, 2017

Ermanno Olmi’s The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988) on blu-ray from Arrow US & Arrow UK



The story of a drunken homeless man in Paris, who is lent 200 francs by a stranger as long as he promises to repay it to a local church when he can afford to; the film depicts the man's constant frustrations as he attempts to do so.

The Legend of the Holy Drinker - Amazon

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Reply #747 on: September 26, 2017, 02:14:13 PM
November 24, 2017

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.)

Available to pre-order for 24 hours on September 28th, starting at noon







December 12/11, 2017

Billy Wilder’s The Apartment (1960) from Arrow US & Arrow UK, from a new 4K restoration



Bud Baxter is a struggling clerk in a huge New York insurance company. He's discovered a quick way to climb the corporate ladder - by lending out his apartment to the executives as a place to take their mistresses. He often has to deal with the aftermath of their visits and one night he's left with a major problem to solve.

The Apartment (1960) - Amazon

The Apartment (1960) - Amazon UK


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Reply #748 on: October 07, 2017, 03:29:26 AM
October 30, 2017

Otakar Vávra's Witchhammer (1970) on blu-ray from Second Run (UK)



Otakar Vávra's Witchhammer, co-written by Ester Krumbachová (Daisies, Fruit of Paradise) from Václav Kaplický s 1963 novel, chronicles the series of notorious 17th Century Czech witch trials, undertaken using the infamous Malleus Maleficarum (the Witchhammer of the title), the Catholic treatise on witchcraft which endorses the extermination of witches and developed a detailed legal and theological theory for this purpose. Using genuine court transcripts from the forced confessions of those accused of sorcery and collusion with the Devil, it is a powerful and often shocking allegory of life under totalitarian rule.

With echoes of Bergman and Franti ek Vlá il, and with literary antecedents in Arthur Miller's The Crucible and Aldous Huxley's The Devils of Loudon, it is a disturbing political fable; and like Ken Russell's controversial, expressionistic adaptation of Huxley s text, The Devils (1971) and other films of the period such as Michael Reeves' Witchfinder General (1968) and Michael Armstrong's Mark of the Devil (1970), it serves as both grim genre film and compelling historical drama.


Witchhammer (1970) - Amazon UK






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Reply #749 on: October 13, 2017, 06:01:10 PM
December 5, 2017

Jack Clayton’s The Pumpkin Eater (1964) on limited edition blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



Anne Bancroft delivers a towering performance as a deeply troubled and tormented wife in this sharply observed portrait of a woman – and a marriage – in crisis. Directed by Jack Clayton (Room at the Top, The Innocents), with a screenplay by Harold Pinter (The Birthday Party) based on the acclaimed novel by Penelope Mortimer, this spellbinding film boasts sublime cinematography by the great Oswald Morris (Look Back in Anger, Fragment of Fear), a wonderful score by Georges Delerue (Le Mépris) and outstanding supporting performances from James Mason (The Deadly Affair), Maggie Smith (California Suite) and Yootha Joyce (Fanatic, Fragment of Fear)

The Pumpkin Eater (1964) - Amazon UK








February 23, 2018

Joe Sarno’s Deep Throat Part II / Pandora and the Magic Box / A Touch of Genie (1965-1974) on blu-ray from Film Media, restored in 2K from original 35mm film elements (Volume 3 in the Joseph W. Sarno Retrospect series)











Quote from: blu-ray.com
Film Media has also confirmed that restoration is under way on the films that will make up Volumes 4-11 of the series:

Sarno 04 - Sin in the Suburbs / Confessions of a Young American Housewife

Sarno 05 - Moonlighting Wives / Naked Fog

Sarno 06 - Abigail Lesley is Back in Town / Laura's Toys

Sarno 07 - Daddy Darling / The Indelicate Balance

Sarno 08- Inga / Seduction of Inga

Sarno 09 - Odd Triangle / Desire Under the Palms

Sarno 10 - Swedish Wildcats / Siv and Anne and Sven

Sarno 11 - Butterflies / Bib



December 12, 2017

Stanley Kramer’s Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) on blu-ray from Kino. Previously available from Twilight Time.



In 1947, four German judges who served on the bench during the Nazi regime face a military tribunal to answer charges of crimes against humanity. Chief Justice Haywood (Spencer Tracy) hears evidence and testimony not only from lead defendant Ernst Janning (Burt Lancaster) and his defense attorney Hans Rolfe (Maximilian Schell), but also from the widow of a Nazi general (Marlene Dietrich), an idealistic U.S. Army captain (William Shatner) and reluctant witness Irene Wallner (Judy Garland).



December 12, 2017

Stanley Kramer’s Inherit the Wind (1960) on blu-ray from Kino. Previously available from Twilight Time.



In the 1920s, Tennessee schoolteacher Bertram Cates (Dick York) is put on trial for violating the Butler Act, a state law that prohibits public school teachers from teaching evolution instead of creationism. Drawing intense national attention in the media with writer E. K. Hornbeck (Gene Kelly) reporting, two of the nation's leading lawyers go head to head: Matthew Harrison Brady (Fredric March) for the prosecution, and Henry Drummond (Spencer Tracy) for the defense.