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Reply #855 on: May 07, 2019, 06:32:33 PM
2019 TBD

Nina Menkes' Queen of Diamonds (1991) on blu-ray from Arbelos, from a 4K remaster

Anna Biller interviewed Menkes recently for the Talkhouse. There's also an extended interview with Menkes over at Film Comment.

Menkes' Queen of Diamonds (Sundance '91) is the second title in a quartet of films (alongside The Great Sadness of Zohara (1983), Magdalena Viraga (1986), and The Bloody Child (1996)), that Menkes produced, wrote, directed, and shot, all of which star her sister, Tinka Menkes.

Queen of Diamonds follows the alienated life of Firdaus (Tinka Menkes), a Blackjack dealer in a Las Vegas landscape juxtaposed between glittering casino lights and the deteriorating desert oasis. Negotiating a missing husband and neighboring domestic violence, Firdaus' world unfolds as a fragmented but hypnotic interplay between repetition and repressed anger. Shot with a beautiful compositional rigor echoing Chantal Akerman's Jeanne Dielman,Queen of Diamonds is a remarkable and demanding masterpiece of American independent filmmaking. Heralded as one of the most challenging and subversive filmmakers working today, the re-release of Queen of Diamonds marks the start of a new critical recognition for Menkes' groundbreaking body of work.

New restoration by The Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation. The film will be co-presented with Eos World Fund. Arbelos will release the film theatrically in spring of 2019, with VOD and Blu-ray to follow.

August 27, 2019

Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) on 4K Blu-ray, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative for the very first time.

Will include the recent Tribeca Q&A between Coppola and Steven Soderbergh.

In Vietnam in 1970, Captain Willard takes a perilous and increasingly hallucinatory journey upriver to find and terminate Colonel Kurtz, a once-promising officer who has reportedly gone completely mad. In the company of a Navy patrol boat filled with street-smart kids, a surfing-obsessed Air Cavalry officer, and a crazed freelance photographer, Willard travels further and further into the heart of darkness.

July 30, 2019

Fridrikh Ermler's Fragments of an Empire (1929) on blu-ray from Flicker Alley

"If influence is the criterion for determining the significance of a film director," writes Russian film scholar Denise J. Youngblood, "then Fridrikh Ermler is perhaps the most important director in Soviet film history." Why he does not join the ranks of Eisenstein, Kuleshov, and Vertov as one of the great masters of Soviet filmmaking is unknown. Yet his legacy as an intricate craftsman of deceptively simple stories layered with psychological depth and technical proficiency lives on in his work.

Fragment of an Empire was Ermler's last silent feature and last of four productively contentious collaborations with the method actor Fiodor Nikitin. To prepare for his part as Filimonov - a soldier suffering from total amnesia due to shell shock from the Great War - Nikitin apparently disguised himself as a doctor's assistant in the Forel Psychiatric Clinic, where he studied actual amnesia patients. Ermler, meanwhile, may have drew upon his own first-hand knowledge of war as a former spy of the tsarist army to create a profoundly realistic and moving portrait of man whose memories begin to awaken in concert with the radical transformation of the Bolshevik Revolution of October 1917.

September 17, 2019

Sidney Lumet's Find Me Guilty (2006) on blu-ray from MVD Visual

Based on the true story of Jack DiNorscio, a mobster who defended himself in court for what would be the longest mafia trial in U.S. history.

July 22, 2019

Bloody Terror - The Shocking Cinema of Norman J Warren (1976-1987) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

One of British genre cinema’s most important and distinctive independent filmmakers, Norman J Warren made a series of horror films which were at the forefront of a new wave in British horror during the 1970s. Reflecting a period of permissiveness and fearlessness, Warren’s distinctive stylings are far removed from the Gothic conventions of Hammer Films, deliberately upped the ante in terms of sex, violence and gore to create a new breed of horror that was designed to shock for shock’s sake.

Five of Norman J Warren’s horrifying chillers are presented here in new restorations and on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including new appreciations by contemporary British filmmakers, new cast and crew interviews, audio commentaries on all five films, rare short films, outtakes and alternative scenes, and making-of documentaries – this stunning Limited Edition box set is strictly limited to 6,000 units.

June 18, 2019

H. Bruce Humberstone's Pin Up Girl (1944) on blu-ray from Twilight Time

Beautiful U.S.O. singer and compulsive liar Lorry Jones (Betty Grable) and her best friend leave Montana for war jobs in Washington, D.C. Stopping in New York City along the way, Lorry spins a web of lies, turning herself into a Broadway star to gain the company of handsome war hero Tommy Dooley (John Harvey). Jealous club singer Molly McKay (Martha Raye) suspects Lorry's claims are false and hopes to expose her. The situation worsens when Tommy ends up in Washington at Lorry's new office.

August 27, 2019

Philippe Mora's documentary Brother Can You Spare a Dime? (1975) on blu-ray from VCI

Brother Can You Spare a Dime? is the chronicle of an unforgettable piece of American history - twelve crazy, painful seesaw years, from the Wall Street crash to Pearl Harbor.

By juxtaposing contemporary news and documentary footage with extracts from Hollywood classics such as Golddiggers, Lady Killer and Wild Boys of the Road, director Philippe Mora offers us an immediate, intricate and evocative scrapbook of the 1930's. Somehow there are uncanny echoes of some of our current preoccupations: strikers at Ford's, mass unemployment, breadlines, vigilante gangs and failing fortunes...

Two heroes emerge: James Cagney, the rough diamond, hood-with-a-heart-of-gold star of the Movies, the little man who won't be beaten, and Franklin D. Roosevelt himself: tough yet benign, stepping into the breach with confidence and determination, yet imperceptibly crumpling under the weight of responsibility as he leads America through her most difficult years until the final humiliation of Pearl Harbor.

Songs and images stick in the mind: fortunes dwindle, the small man's savings disappear, even the banks go bust; men lose their jobs and join the breadlines to the haunting title song of Brother, can you spare a dime?; hobos and okies take to the road while Bessie Smith sings Nobody loves you when you're down and out; a ragged child huddles against the bleak landscape as Woody Guthrie sings the Dust Bowl Blues; an abandoned cat shivers on the ledge of a flooded home... Only Hollywood offers an escape from reality for these are the Golden Years of Bogart, Cooper and Dietrich. We glimpse Gable and Vivien Leigh at the screen test of Gone with the Wind; George Raft dances a languorous tango with Carole Lombard; Shirley Temple dimples and Chaplin jokes while Busby Berkeley fills the screen with his lavish extravaganzas...and the marathon dancers stumble on... As Ginger Rogers says: It's the depression, dearie...

July 2, 2019

Jean-Pierre Melville's Bob le flambeur (1956) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

In Paris, Bob Montagne (Roger Duchesne) is practically synonymous with gambling -- and winning. He is kind, classy and well-liked by virtually everyone in town, including police inspector Ledru (Guy Decomble). However, when Bob's luck turns sour, he begins to lose friends and makes the most desperate gamble of his life: to rob the Deauville casino during Grand Prix weekend, when the vaults are full. Unfortunately, Bob soon learns that the game is rigged and the cops are on to him.

July 2, 2019

Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Doulos (1962) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

Burglar Maurice Faugel (Serge Reggiani) has just finished his prison sentence. He murders Gilbert Vanovre (René Lefèvre), a receiver, and steals the loot from another robbery. As Maurice prepares for another burglary, his friend Silien (Jean-Paul Belmondo) brings him all the necessary equipment. But Maurice doesn't know that Silien is a police informant.

July 2, 2019

Jean-Pierre Melville's Leon Morin, Priest (1961) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

As the Germans take over France during World War II, widowed mother Barny becomes increasingly anxious about her half-Jewish daughter. She decides to hide the girl on a nearby farm and have her baptized as a cover. The ceremony reminds Barny of the absurdity of religion, and inspires her to pick a fight with parish priest Léon. She's surprised to learn that he shares a great many of her views, and the two begin a chaste yet deep relationship.

July 2, 2019

Georges Lautner's Le Professionnel (1981) on blu-ray from Kino

French secret agent Joss Baumont is sent to one of the African countries to kill their president Njala. However, at the last moment the political situation changes and the French secret service turns him in to the African authorities, and he is sentenced to a long-term imprisonment. After the daring escape he returns to France and deliberately informs his former chiefs of his presence promising them to kill Njala who has just arrived to the country with the official visit.

July 2, 2019

Jacques Deray's The Outsider aka Le Marginal (1983) on blu-ray from Kino

The story is about Commissioner Jordan who arrives in Marseille to combat drug trafficking activities in his own unique way.

July 9, 2019

Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville (1965) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

A US secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler.

July 23, 2019

Luis Bunuel's Death in the Garden (1956) on blu-ray from Kino

Amid a revolution in a South American mining outpost, a band of fugitives—a roguish adventurer (Georges Marchal), a local hooker (Simone Signoret), a priest (Michel Piccoli), an aging diamond miner (Charles Vanel), and the miner's deaf-mute daughter (Michèle Girardon)—are forced to flee for their lives into the jungle. Starving, exhausted, and stripped of their old identities, they wander desperately lured by one deceptive promise of salvation after another. Shot in vibrant Eastmancolor and featuring a star-studded cast, Death in the Garden is an adventure film with Surrealist gestures and symbolism.

July 23, 2019

Luis Bunuel's The Milky Way (1969) on blu-ray from Kino

Jean (Laurent Terzieff) and Pierre (Paul Frankeur) are drifters who travel from Paris to Spain on the Way of St. James pilgrimage route. On the journey, the two men encounter many strangers who debate aspects of Catholic faith as well as heresies that have been rejected by the religion. Their trek defies time as they meet historical figures such as Jesus and the Marquis de Sade. At the end of their trip, Jean and Pierre are left with more questions than answers.

July 23, 2019

Mitchell Leisen's Death Takes a Holiday (1934) on blu-ray from Kino

Death (Fredric March) is unable to relate to humans, so he takes the form of Prince Sirki, and tries life as a person. Many women are instantly attracted to Prince Sirki, but once they really get to know him, they become frightened. It isn't until he meets the beautiful Grazia (Evelyn Venable) that Death finally learns what it is to love. But when Grazia's father (Guy Standing) learns of Prince Sirki's real identity, he tries to break up the relationship.

July 23, 2019

Mitchell Leisen's Easy Living (1937) on blu-ray from Kino

Jean Arthur and Ray Milland shine in this screwball comedy written by Academy Award winner Preston Sturges. Mary Smith (Arthur) is a poor working girl who literally has a fortune dropped in her lap when a wealthy financier (Edward Arnold) tosses a sable coat out a window and it lands on her. Everyone automatically assumes she's his mistress, and soon her fairytale-like rags-to-riches lifestyle threatens a very real romance with an inept writer (Milland). It's a "delightful comedy" (Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide) full of misunderstandings that showcases high-society slapstick at its best!

July 23, 2019

Kathryn Bigelow & Monty Montgomery's The Loveless (1982) on blu-ray from Arrow, from a 2K restoration of the original camera negative

Raw, angry and honest, The Loveless evokes, with unflinching clarity, both an attitude and a bygone era, exploring the tensions between two very different Americas.

June 6, 2019

Roman Polanski's Death and the Maiden (1994) on blu-ray from Arthaus (Germany)

A political activist is convinced that her guest is a man who once tortured her for the government.

September 2019 TBD

Noir Archive Volume 3: (1956-1960) on blu-ray from Kit Parker Films

-The Crimson Kimono
-The Lineup
-The Shadow in the Window
-The Long Haul
-Pickup Alley
-The Tijuana Story
-She Played with Fire
-The Case Against
-Brooklyn, Man on a String

July 15, 2019

Hal Ashby's Coming Home (1978) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK)

A woman, whose husband is fighting in Vietnam, falls in love with another man who suffered a paralyzing combat injury there.

July 22, 2019

Robert Altman's Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK)

The Disciples of James Dean meet up on the anniversary of his death and mull over their lives in the present and in flashback, revealing the truth behind their complicated lives. Who is the mysterious Joanne and what's the real story behind Mona's son, James Dean Junior ?

July 22, 2019

Elia Kazan's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK)

In the early 1900s, the Nolans, a poor Brooklyn tenement family, strive not only to survive, but also to improve their existence. The studious Francie worships her father, waiter and aspiring singer Johnny, despite his alcoholism and pie-in-the-sky pipe dreams. With her stony resolve, mother Katie holds the family together, including a flirtatious and impetuous aunt.


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Reply #856 on: May 18, 2019, 07:02:23 PM
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Reply #857 on: May 30, 2019, 07:51:25 PM
October 1, 2019

Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980) on 4K blu-ray from Warner Bros., from a 4K scan of the original camera negative

A caretaker of an isolated resort, has a complete mental breakdown, terrorizing his young son and wife.

June 24, 2019

Robert Downey Sr.'s Putney Swope (1969) on blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome, from a 4K restoration

Dark satire in which the token black man on the executive board of an advertising firm is accidentally put in charge. Renaming the business "Truth and Soul, Inc.", he replaces the tight regime of monied white ad men with his militant brothers. Soon afterwards, however, the power that comes with its position takes its toll on Putney...

June 25, 2019

George Cukor's Gaslight (1944) on blu-ray from Warner Archive, from a 4K restoration

Lights flicker and dim. Footsteps sound from a sealed-off attic. Mysterious events only vulnerable young Paula sees and hears make her fear she's losing her mind — exactly what treacherous spouse Gregory hopes. Directed by George Cukor, Gaslight shines as a superb exercise in suspense. Ingrid Bergman won her first Academy Award® as Paula, doubting her sanity while clinging to it. Fellow Oscar nominee Charles Boyer skillfully plays against type as smoothly evil Gregory. Joseph Cotten, Dame May Whitty and an 18-year-old Angela Lansbury in her movie debut (also capturing an Oscar nomination) help make the Victorian era vividly realized through production design that earned an Academy Award

July 22, 2019

Alan Parker's Birdy (1984) on blu-ray from Sony. Also forthcoming from Indicator (UK)

Birdy (Matthew Modine) returns from the Vietnam War scarred from the horrific experiences of battle. He is so damaged by what he saw that he has shut himself off from reality completely, imaging that he is actually a bird. Birdy is confined to a mental hospital, where the doctors are at a loss as to how to treat him. In an attempt to help, Al (Nicolas Cage), his best friend from high school -- and who was also in Vietnam -- visits him every day to try and get through to him.

June 1, 2019

Konstantin Ershov and Georgiy Kropachyov's Viy - Spirit of Evil (1967) on limited edition blu-ray from Severin. Standard edition to be released later this year.

A young priest is ordered to preside over the wake of a notorious witch in a small old wooden church of a remote village. This means spending three nights alone with a corpse, with only his faith to protect him. *Viy was the first horror fantasy film to be made in the former Soviet Union.

Summer 2019 TBD

J. Lee Thompson's Return from the Ashes (1965) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 2K  remaster

An expert chess player, Stanislaus Pilgrin (Maximilian Schell) is also an unrepentant cad and schemer. Looking for a way to inherit a fortune, Stanislaus marries Dr. Michele Wolf (Ingrid Thulin), a rich Jewish widow. Later, however, he becomes involved with his wife's stepdaughter, Fabienne (Samantha Eggar), resulting in a complicated web of seduction and deception that ends in murder. Will the duplicitous Stanislaus succeed in getting Michele's money?

Quote from: Criterion Forum user DRW.move
Fans of Petzold’s PHOENIX; Return from the Ashes is based on the same source novel, but continues the story through two more acts. Its a superbly Hitchcockian thriller that's been unavailable for far too long.

August 20, 2019

Mark Robson & Val Lewton's Isle of the Dead (1945) on blu-ray from Scream Factory

A small island off the coast of Greece holds a secret so dreadful, that once you step on its shore, you must remain there forever. General Nikolas Pherides (Karloff) is such a visitor. He came to honor the grave of his wife, and discovers that the entire island has been overrun with a plague - a sickness that drives the victims insane. Soon, Pherides succumbs to the illness. When insanity runs rampant, grave robbery, premature burial and vampires are the unspeakable horrors that await those on the Isle of the Dead.

August 6, 2019

Billy Wilder's The Front Page (1974) on blu-ray from Kino

Successful Chicago newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson (Jack Lemmon) is hanging up his journalist's hat to marry Peggy Grant (Susan Sarandon). When his editor, the arrogant, self-important Walter Burns (Walter Matthau), learns of Hildy's plans, he goes to great lengths to keep his star writer. They learn that the notorious (but possibly wrongfully accused) criminal, Earl Williams (Austin Pendleton), has escaped on the eve of his execution, and Hildy can't resist this one last sensational story.

August 6, 2019

Billy Wilder's A Foreign Affair (1948) on blu-ray from Kino

In occupied Berlin, an army captain is torn between an ex-Nazi café singer and the U.S. congresswoman investigating her.

August 13, 2019

Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail (1929) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new restoration

A shopkeeper''s daughter fights off blackmail after she kills a young artist who had tried to rape her.

August 13, 2019

Alfred Hitchcock's Murder! (1930) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new restoration

A juror in a murder trial, after voting to convict, has second thoughts and begins to investigate on his own before the execution.

June 25, 2019

Joseph Losey's Galileo (1975) on blu-ray from  Kino

Challenged by a new student, tutor and theorist Galileo co-opts emerging telescope technology and discovers irrefutable proof of the heretical notion that the earth is not the center of the universe. But in a rigid society ruled by an uneasy alliance of aristocracy and clergy already undermined by the Plague and the Reformation, science is a threat and enlightenment is a luxury. Faced with either death at the hands of the Inquisition or recantation to a hypocritical but all-powerful Papacy, Galileo must choose between his own life and the restless scientific curiosity that he has spurned family, friends, and wealth to pursue.

August 26, 2019

André De Toth's Day of the Outlaw (1959) on blu-ray from Kino. Also available from Masters of Cinema (UK)

Cowboys and ranchers have to put their differences aside when a gang of outlaws, led by army captain Jack Bruhn, decide to spend the night in a little Western town.

August 13, 2019

Marcel Carné's Port of Shadows (1938) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

A military deserter finds love and trouble (and a small dog) in a smoky French port city.

August 13, 2019

Jacques Becker's Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

An aging, world-weary gangster is double-crossed and forced out of retirement when his best friend is kidnapped and their stash of eight stolen gold bars is demanded as ransom.

August 13, 2019

Henri Decoin's Razzia sur la chnouf (1955) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

International drug baron Henri Ferré, nicknamed ’Le Nantais’, is tasked with restructuring a narcotics ring operating in Paris. The gangster head Paul Liski provides him with a cover, a bar named Le Troquet, not realising that Ferré is in fact working for the police. Far from supporting the drugs racket, Ferré’s mission is to break it once and for all…

August 20, 2019

Perry Hanzell's The Harder They Come (1972) on blu-ray from Shout Factory, from a new transfer of the original 16mm negative

Also included is the first-ever home entertainment release of Perry Henzell's long lost follow up feature, No Place Like Home, which had gone unfinished and was thought to have been lost. The film follows Susan, a producer from New York, visiting Jamaica to shoot a shampoo commercial. When the commercial's actress disappears, Susan finds herself venturing further into the island, and drifting further from her real life. Also includes Perry Henzell: A Filmmaker's Odyssey, a new documentary about its genesis and restoration.

Wishing to become a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers.

July 9, 2019

The Buster Keaton Collection: Volume 2 on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group

Sherlock Jr (1924)

Buster plays a movie projectionist who daydreams himself into the movies he is showing and merges with the figures and the backgrounds on the screen. While dreaming he is Conan Doyle's master detective, he snoops out brilliant discoveries.

The Navigator (1924)

Rollo (Buster Keaton) decides to marry his sweetheart Betsy and sail to Honolulu. When she rejects him he decides to go alone but boards the wrong ship, the "Navigator" owned by Betsy's father. Unaware of this, Betsy boards the ship to look for her father. whom spies capture before cutting the ship loose. It drifts out to sea with the two socialites each unaware of there being anyone else on board.


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Reply #858 on: June 06, 2019, 05:40:20 PM
August 19, 2019

Marlene Dietrich & Josef von Sternberg at Paramount (1930-1935) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

This is the equivalent of Criterion's box set in terms of film contents, but includes many different extras. A detailed post on Criterion Forum breaks down the similarities and differences between them.

-Morocco (1930)
-Dishonored (1931)
-Shanghai Express (1932)
-Blonde Venus (1932)
-The Scarlet Empress (1934)
-The Devil is a Woman (1935)

The collaboration between filmmaker Josef von Sternberg and actress Marlene Dietrich is one of the most enduring in all Hollywood cinema. Tasked by Paramount bosses to find ‘the next big thing’, director von Sternberg lighted upon German silent star Dietrich and brought her to Hollywood. Successfully transitioning from the silent to the sound era, together they crafted a series of remarkable features that expressed a previously hitherto unbridled ecstasy in the process of filmmaking itself. Marked by striking cinematography, beautiful design and elaborate camerawork these vibrantly sensuous films redefined cinema of the time, while Dietrich’s sexually ambiguous on-screen personas caused a sensation and turned her from actor to superstar and icon. Lavish, lascivious and wildly eccentric, the films Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich made for Paramount Pictures in the 1930s provide a unique testimony to Hollywood’s Golden Age.

The six films that von Sternberg made with Dietrich in Hollywood are presented here in new restorations on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including new appreciations, interviews, audio commentaries, rare films, outtakes and deleted audio, documentaries… and more! This stunning box set is strictly limited to 6,000 units.

August 19/20, 2019

William Friedkin's Cruising (1980) on blu-ray from Arrow US & Arrow UK, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative supervised by William Friedkin

New York is caught in the grip of a sadistic serial killer who is preying on the patrons of the city's underground bars. Captain Edelson tasks young rookie Steve Burns with infiltrating the S&M subculture to try and lure the killer out of the shadows. As he immerses himself deeper and deeper into the underworld, Steve risks losing his own identity in the process.

August 6, 2019

Alfred Sole's Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) on blu-ray from Arrow, from a 2K restoration of the original camera negative

A young Brooke Shields meets an untimely end in this religious-themed proto slasher par excellence from director Alfred Sole.On the day of her first communion, young Karen is savagely murdered by an unknown assailant in a yellow rain mac and creepy translucent mask. But the nightmare is far from over – as the knife-wielding maniac strikes again and again, Karen's bereaved parents are forced to confront the possibility that Karen's wayward sister Alice might be the one behind the mask.

Bearing influences from the likes of Hitchcock, the then-booming Italian giallo film and more specifically, Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now, Alice, Sweet Alice is an absolutely essential – if often overlooked – entry in the canon of 1970s American horror.

2019 TBD

Robert Altman's Beyond Therapy (1987) on blu-ray from Scorpion Releasing

Neurotic New Yorker Bruce (Jeff Goldblum) is a manic bisexual who enjoys a good cry. Equally insecure Prudence (Julie Hagerty) is the uptight writer he meets through the personal ads. Bob Christopher (Christopher Guest) is Bruce's roommate and former lover who is insanely jealous of Prudence. Prudence is also sleeping with her lecherous therapist Stuart (Tom Conti) while Bruce's therapist Charlotte (Glenda Jackson) may be crazier than any of her patients. Add an extremely overprotective mother and a very odd French restaurant, and you have a one-of-a-kind comedy about life, love and the happy endings that lay BEYOND THERAPY. Genevieve Page co-stars in this dysfunctional romantic comedy directed by seven-time Oscar-nominee Robert Altman and co-written by Christopher Durang, based on his smash Broadway play.   

2019 TBD

Serge Gainsbourg's Je t'aime moi non plus (1976) on blu-ray from Kino

Cult icon Serge Gainsbourg wrote, directed, and scored this tale of doomed love between a lonely truck stop waitress (Jane Birkin) and a hunky garbage truck driver (Joe Dallesandro), whose boyfriend (Hugues Quester) becomes increasingly jealous of the two.

July 30, 2019

Marcel L'Herbier's L'Argent (1928) on blu-ray from Flicker Alley, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative

Adapted from Émile Zola's novel of the same name, L'Argent is an all-too-timely work of filmmaking loosely based off of the 1882 collapse of Union Générale bank, which subsequently crashed the stock market and plunged France into a decade-long recession. Helmed by Marcel L'Herbier, one of the original members of French cinema's avant-garde, the film uses Zola's tale of mid-1800s stock market speculation to comment on the 1920s greed-fueled fascination with global economies. The story centers on the unscrupulous Nicolas Saccard, played by Pierre Alcover, who makes a bad bet, loses his societal standing and his mistress, and tries to recoup it all by backing an aviator with a daredevil plan to cross the Atlantic to exploit raw materials in the New World.

L'Argent is L'Herbier's silent-era swan song. Known for his ability to translate artistic and innovative sensibilities into commercial fare, L'Herbier designed the film to compete with the super-productions coming out of France, United States, and Germany at the time. It is thus bursting with state-of-the-art techniques, a big-name international cast, 1500 extras, and was shot by France's highest paid cameraman at the time, Jules Krüger. L'Herbier made use of a dozen cameramen flying on pulleys and dollies, as well as an unmanned camera that descended and revolved to capture the stock exchange in full frenzy. Even as the pilot embarks on his trans-Atlantic flight, action on the stock market floor intensifies in a montage of Eisensteinian proportions.

L'Argent was forgotten by many until it was reconstructed in the 1970s, and did not receive a proper preservation until the 1990s. Now, thanks to Lobster Films—with the support of Marie-Ange L'Herbier (the director's daughter), the French CNC and SACEM, the original camera negative of this silent classic has been rescanned at a pristine 4K resolution. Flicker Alley's publication of L'Argent features a new score from Olivier Massot, preformed by the National Orchestra of Lyon under the direction of Timothy Brock, and an earlier orchestral adaptation from Rodney Sauer, preformed by the Mont Alto Orchestra. Also included in this deluxe edition is The Making of L'Argent, one of the first-ever behind-the-scenes documentaries of a feature film. This bonus featurette, complete with a new 4K restoration from the original 35mm elements, and two new musical compositions, including a fascinating score by Tempsion, is a masterpiece in itself.


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Reply #859 on: July 10, 2019, 11:59:41 PM
August 28, 2019

Roman Polanski's The Tenant (1976) on blu-ray from Shock (Australia)

A bureaucrat rents a Paris apartment where he finds himself drawn into a rabbit hole of dangerous paranoia.

September 24, 2019

Ida Lupino: Filmmaker Collection on blu-ray from Kino

Never Fear (1950) - from a new 2K restoration

Carol Williams (Sally Forrest, Not Wanted) is a beautiful young dancer whose body, and promising career, is suddenly crippled by polio. Carol's dance partner and fiancé, Guy Richards (Keefe Brasselle, A Place in the Sun), wants to see her through her illness, but the angry, self-pitying Carol prefers to go it alone. Her father (Herb Butterfield, Shield for Murder) takes her to the Kabat-Kaiser Institute for rehabilitation, where she meets fellow patients like Len Randall (Hugh O'Brian, Ambush Bay) on her tough road to recovery. The second feature directed by Ida Lupino (The Hitch-Hiker), who herself had been stricken with polio as an adolescent, Never Fear is a psychologically probing look at coping with chronic illness. Co-written and co-produced by Lupino and her partner Collier Young (The Bigamist) and wonderfully shot in black-and-white by Archie Stout (Fort Apache).

The Bigamist (1953) - from a new 4K restoration from the original camera negative

The Bigamist is an amazingly sympathetic portrait of a figure historically given very short shrift: the title character is not only a two-timer—he's a traveling salesman as well. But, as embodied by that perpetually pressured everyman of the 1950s, Edmond O'Brien, the bigamist comes across as a victim of his own sensitivity. Caught between two complementary spouses, O'Brien's dazed indecisiveness dominates the narrative. As always in Ida Lupino's directorial efforts, a strong social consciousness informs all choices: Joan Fontaine is an upper-crust "lady," reverently attached to her dying father, while Lupino herself plays a tough-talking working woman, waitressing in a cheap Chinese restaurant. But no on-screen triangle could beat the one behind the camera—The Bigamist was produced and written by Collier Young, Lupino's longtime collaborator and recently divorced husband, whose new wife was none other than Joan Fontaine. The wonderful cast includes Edmund Gwenn, Kenneth Tobey and Jane Darwell.

The Hitch-Hiker (1953) - from a new 2K restoration

Beyond its cultural significance as the only classic film noir directed by a woman (screen legend Ida Lupino), The Hitch-Hiker is perhaps better remembered as simply one of the most nightmarish motion pictures of the 1950s. Inspired by the true-life murder spree of Billy Cook, The Hitch-Hiker is the tension-laden saga of two men (Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy) on a camping trip who are held captive by a homicidal drifter (the great William Talman). He forces them, at gunpoint, to embark on a grim joyride across the Mexican desert. Renegade filmmaking at its finest, The Hitch-Hiker was independently produced, which allowed Lupino and ex-husband/producer Collier Young to work from a treatment by blacklisted writer Daniel Mainwaring, and tackle an incident that was too brutal for the major studios to even consider.

Not Wanted (1940) - from a new 4K restoration

In Ida Lupino's directorial debut Not Wanted, young and naive "unwed mother" Sally Forrest's life spirals out of control after her musician beau (Leo Penn) ditches her for an out-of-town gig, despite the presence of another man (Keefe Brasselle) determined to win her heart. After leaving Warner Brothers, legendary screen actress Ida Lupino co-founded The Filmakers, an independent production company conceived as an alternative to the dominant aesthetics of Hollywood. With the low-key, intimate Not Wanted, Lupino tackled the "taboo" topic of out-of-wedlock pregnancy, immediately venturing into terrain where big-budget mainstream fantasy-spinners feared to tread. In many ways this extraordinary first directorial effort, while uncredited, already bears the stamp of Lupino's unique vision: the remarkable empathy felt for the lead character (Sally Forrest as the dazed, traumatized young waitress thrust into the world of unwed motherhood), the hallucinatory moments (note the amazing subjective camerawork of the childbirth sequence), and the deft location shooting (as Forrest wanders through the bus stations and boarding houses of small-town America

September 23, 2019

Michael Winner's The Girl-Getters aka The System (1964) on blu-ray from Indictor (UK). Region-free. Also coming from Kino.

The first of six collaborations between two of British cinemas most infamous figures – Oliver Reed (The Damned, The Triple Echo) and Michael Winner (Death Wish) – The System finds both at their creative peak. Reed is leader of a gang of youths, who spend a hot summer season in Devon in pursuit of women – including Jane Merrow (The Appointment) and Barbara Ferris (A Nice Girl Like You). Filmed on location, and shot by the great Nicolas Roeg before he turned his attentions to directing, The System boasts a fine supporting cast, including Julia Foster (Alfie), Harry Andrews (The Deadly Affair), and David Hemmings (Fragment of Fear).

September 23, 2019

Alberto Cavalcanti's They Made Me a Fugitive (1947) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK). Region-free

They Made Me a Fugitive is a prime example of British film noir. Trevor Howard plays Clem Morgan, an RAF officer during the war, now unemployed since demobilisation. Turning to the black market, he finds himself embroiled in a life of crime that will lead to prison, a daring escape, and a deadly manhunt. Boasting striking cinematography by Otto Heller, whose later credits would include Michael Powell's Peeping Tom and classic Cold War thriller The Ipcress File, this UK Blu-ray premiere of They Made Me a Fugitive is accompanied by two rare short films, made during Howard's own time in the RAF during WWII, featuring his earliest known on-screen appearances.

September 23, 2019

Jirí Weiss' 90° in the Shade (1965) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK). Region-free

A rare Anglo-Czech co-production, 90° in the Shade is a fascinating, little-seen drama directed by Jiří Weiss (Romeo, Juliet and Darkness) and co-written by David Mercer (Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment). Set at the height of summer, the film concerns shop assistant Anne Heywood (The Fox), and two men who will affect her life: James Booth (The Man Who Had Power Over Women), the married man with whom she is having affair, and Rudolf Hrusínský (The Cremator), an auditor who has family problems of his own. Filmed simultaneously in English and Czech versions, Indicator is proud to present both cuts on Blu-ray for the first time ever.

2019 TBD

William Asher's Johnny Cool (1963) on blu-ray from Scorpion Releasing

A rich divorcee joins a Sicilian hit man sent to Los Angeles by a deported mobster.

Fall 2019 TBD

Frank Perry's Ladybug, Ladybug (1963) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new 2K remaster

The teachers and students of a countryside elementary school are thrown into a panic when an air raid siren goes off, warning them of a imminent nuclear attack. They are unaware that it has gone off by mistake, and separate the children into groups -- one of which is headed by the anxious Mrs. Andrews (Nancy Marchand) -- to take them home. Harriet (Alice Playten) invites her classmates into her family's bomb shelter, but tragedy strikes when she won't allow one of her classmates to enter.

2020 TBD

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.

October 1, 2019

Barry Sonnefeld's Addams Family Values (1993) on blu-ray from Paramount

A comical Gothic horror-movie-type family tries to rescue their beloved uncle from his gold-digging new love.

2019 TBD

Stuart McGowan's The Ice House aka The Passion Pit (1969) on blu-ray from Grindhouse Releasing

A serial killer who works in an ice house murders women, then brings their bodies back to the ice house and stores them there. He also murders his identical twin brother, who is a policeman, and takes his place in the investigation.

October 29, 2019

Chuck Russell's The Blob (1988) on blu-ray from Shout Factory

Remake of the 1958 horror sci-fi about a deadly blob which is the spawn of a secret government germ warfare project which consumes everyone in its path. Teenagers try in vain to warn the townsfolk, who refuse to take them seriously, while government agents try to cover up the evidence and confine the creature...

August 12, 2019

Powell & Pressburger’s Oh…Rosalinda!! (1956) on blu-ray from Network (UK), restored from the original camera negative

The reappearance of any lost movie is (usually) cause for celebration: but when the movie in question is a ‘lost’ production from the revered partnership of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, it’s time to break open the champagne!

It flows freely enough in this spirited mid-50s musical comedy, which imports the Johann Strauss operetta Die Fledermaus to contemporary Cold War Berlin, under occupation of the four Allied powers. With music from the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and a stellar cast including Michael Redgrave, Anton Walbrook and Anthony Quayle, this sumptuous Cinemascope/Technicolor production might have been expected to repeat the towering success of The Archers’ 1951 hit The Red Shoes. Yet Oh... Rosalinda!! proved a box office disappointment, and would be the last of Powell and Pressburger’s extravagant musical productions. The partnership came to an amicable end two years later with Ill Met by Moonlight, while Oh... Rosalinda!! quickly disappeared into obscurity and has been seldom seen since its original theatrical exhibition in the autumn of 1955.
Oh... Rosalinda!! continued Powell and Pressburger’s run of ballet-inspired movies, arising from Powell’s interest in what he referred to as ‘composed film’. Beginning with the finale of Black Narcissus, the idea was developed further in The Red Shoes and saw its ultimate expression in 1951’s The Tales of Hoffman. Shot entirely on soundstages at Elstree, Oh... Rosalinda!!’s stylised, trompe l’oeil sets suggest an opulent theatrical production and lend the movie a dreamlike, other-worldly atmosphere. With its fruity performances, playful dance numbers and occasionally avant garde cinematography, Oh... Rosalinda!! is an undeniably eccentric piece of work – but its sheer unbridled enthusiasm is hard to resist.

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Who the what now?!? Powell and Pressburger have always veered towards the cartooned eccentric, but this...this sets world records in drunken craziness. Imagine, if you will, that the dance sequence from The Red Shoes had a car crash with Jacques Tati's Playtime, with Gigi in the front seat and Phantom of the Paradise in the back. And then the AAA driver is Frank Tashlin.

Yadda yadda yadda fantasy becomes reality, yadda yadda yadda artifice artifice. None of those pretty words accurately capture my elated confusion at this thing called a musical.

Vienna here is depicted as a flat comic book—Expressionist libraries, punchy Americans, vodka-slugging Russians, fat German blobs called "a man" multiplied by two in drunken Anton Walbrook stupors, and va-va-voom vamps galore. P&P's soundscape (a mushy, contrived mix of English opera and trick stereo) punches the sides of my head with its strung-out surrealism—did I dream this? Did this really happen? What vicious colors, too; aggressive pinks, mad mauves, nothing is ever allowed to be "kind of expressive" in Oh... Rosalinda!!

August 20, 2019

The Buster Keaton Collection: Volume 3 on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group, from 4K restorations

Seven Chances (1925)

Buster gets word that if he can be married by seven o'clock that evening he will inherit $7,000,000. When his sweetheart refuses, he proposes to everyone in skirts, including a Scotsman. Hopeful still, he advertises for a bride and is horrified to discover 500 would-be=brides hot on his trail in a hilarious chase to the finish.

Battling Butler (1926)

Based on the popular stage musical, Battling Butler stars Keaton as a pampered socialite who pretends to be a famed prizefighter in order to impress his girlfriend's bullying brothers.

2020 TBD

Douglas Sirk's Taza, Son of Cochise (1954) on blu-ray from Kino

The two sons of Apache leader Cochise (Jeff Chandler) have conflicting views of the white men who trepass on their land; Taza (Rock Hudson) argues for peaceful co-existence but his younger brother Naiche (Bart Roberts) joins Geronimo on the warpath. One of the few Westerns made in the 1950s that attempted to present a positive view of Native Americans, Taza, Son of Cochise was the second of eight movies that Rock Hudson made with director Douglas Sirk. Filmed on location in Utah, the natural setting of the desert is one of the movie's many assets which is vividly captured by the glorious Technicolor cinematography.

Fall 2019 TBD

Michael Winner's The Girl-Getters aka The System (1964) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 2K remaster. Also coming from Indicator (UK)

In a picturesque village on the sea, resident Tinker (Oliver Reed) has developed a foolproof plan to seduce -- and then ditch -- wealthy ladies. Thanks to his work photographing tourists on summer vacation, he retains the names and addresses of his female clients, which get put in a pool. He and his hoodlum friends then make their selections and go out on the prowl. But the jaded Tinker finds his callous worldview shaken when he becomes smitten with an on-the-ball model (Jane Merrow). Directed by Michael Winner.

September 23/24, 2019

Billy Wilder's The Major and the Minor (1942) on blu-ray from Arrow US & Arrow UK

Legendary actress and dancer Ginger Rogers (Monkey Business) stars as Susan Applegate, a struggling young woman who pretends to be an 11-year old girl in order to buy a half-price train ticket. Fleeing the conductors, she hides in the compartment of Major Philip Kirby (Ray Milland, The Big Clock, The Pyjama Girl Case). The Major believes Susan is a child and takes her under his wing, but when they arrive at the military academy where Kirby teaches, his fiancée (Rita Johnson) grows suspicious of Susan's ruse...

Co-written by Wilder and Charles Brackett (Hold Back the Dawn), The Major and the Minor assumes the guise of a light romance narrative in order to cleverly explore themes of identity and deception. Wilder's American debut is presented here for the first time in stunning High Definition, with a selection of illuminating extras.

September 2, 2019

William Dieterle's Dark City (1950) on blu-ray from Arrow UK

Originally developed as a star vehicle for Burt Lancaster, the lead role in the gripping revenge noir Dark City ultimately became the Hollywood debut of 26-year-old Charlton Heston, already confidently wielding the intense, rugged charisma that would define his career.

Once a decorated war hero, Danny Haley (played by Heston) now leads a group of small-time card sharks who know a sucker when they see one. They cheat their latest mark, Arthur (Don DeFore, Ramrod) out of $5000 at the poker table; but when Arthur hangs himself in despair, his unstable, hulking older brother (Mike Mazurki, Night and the City) seeks violent revenge on the grifters responsible. As the bodies pile up, Danny and his lover, nightclub singer Fran (Lizabeth Scott, Too Late For Tears), flee to Las Vegas… but Danny is about to learn he can't hide from the consequences of his actions.

August 20, 2019

Otto Preminger's Whirlpool (1949) on blu-ray from Twilight Time

A woman secretly suffering from kleptomania is hypnotized in an effort to cure her condition. Soon afterwards, she is found at the scene of a murder with no memory of how she got there and seemingly no way to prove her innocence.

July 2019 TBD

Busby Berkeley's Footlight Parade (1933) on blu-ray from Warner Archive, from a new remaster

Chester Kent struggles against time, romance, and a rival's spy to produce spectacular live "prologues" for movie houses.

Fall 2019 TBD

René Clair's The Flame of New Orleans (1942) on blu-ray from Kino

Countess Claire Ledoux has only one thing on her mind – to marry a man of means. Ledoux's engagement to Charles Giraud appears to be smooth seas ahead… until Captain Robert Latour storms into town and takes the wind out of her sails. Though it takes fainting spells and double identities to delay and disguise the truth, the Countess discovers that the greatest treasure of all – a heart of gold – is worth more than a pot of it.

July 29, 2019

Milos Forman's Loves of a Blonde (1965) on blu-ray from Second Run (UK), from a 4K restoration. Region free.

A subtle and beautifully observed social satire which maintains a remarkable balance between despair and hope, this bittersweet romance from Milo Forman, the multiple Oscar-winning director of Black Peter, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Amadeus, unfolds as a sweetly seductive film but also provides a wry critique of life under totalitarianism. Forman is able to distill universal truths from the simplest of situations and present them with a sharp yet compassionate eye.

August 20, 2019

Alain Resnais' Last Year at Marienbad (1961) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

In this unconventional French drama, a group of unnamed aristocrats interact at a palatial château, resulting in an enigmatic tale told partially in flashback. X (Giorgio Albertazzi) is convinced that he has met the beautiful A (Delphine Seyrig) before in the Czech resort town of Marienbad, and implies they had a romantic relationship. M (Sacha Pitoeff), who may be A's husband or boyfriend, confronts her mysterious suitor, leading to conflict and questions about the truth behind his story.

September 16, 2019

Fred Zinnemann's High Noon (1952) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK), from a 4K restoration

While the film has become a favourite of U.S. presidents from Eisenhower and Reagan to Clinton, its release was controversial: John Wayne (who had turned down the role) and Howard Hawks hated it, precisely because it was viewed as a thinly veiled allegory for the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings investigating communism at the time. Its politics make it even more intriguing now, but regardless, High Noon is one of the most important — and gripping films — of the 1950s


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December 10, 2019

Jacques Rivette’s Joan the Maid (1994) on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group, from a 4K restoration

For the first installment of his ambitious yet restrained two-part study, director and co-screenwriter Jacques Rivette surveys the revelatory period where Joan met with royalty, joined the army, and led the French into battle against the English. As Joan, Sandrine Bonnaire gets at the reality behind the legend, showing the matter-of-fact courage of a teenage girl. For both films, costume designer Christine Laurent was additionally co-screenwriter.

The second part of Rivette’s diptych, brought leading lady Sandrine Bonnaire a César Award nomination for her powerful performance. Joined in this installment by other excellent French actresses, including Edith Scob, Hélène de Fougerolles, and Nathalie Richard, Bonnaire taps into her character’s vulnerability as she plays out windows in the final two years of Joan’s life, from the battlefield victory to prison life to the stake.

June 21, 2019

Juraz Herz’s Morgiana (1972) on blu-ray from Studio Hamburg Enterprises (Germany). No subtitles. Also available in a box set along with Herz’s films Ferat Vampire and Beauty and the Beast

Klara and Viktoria are sisters. Their father dies, leaving most of his property to Klara. When Klara becomes involved with a man that her sister loves, Viktoria begins to plot her murder.

August 26, 2019

Karel Kachyna’s Ucho aka The Ear (1970) on blu-ray from Second Run (UK), from a new remaster of the original materials. Region free.

In Karel Kachyna's darkly satirical political-noir, a high-ranking Communist official and his wife begin to suspect that their home has been put under surveillance by the Party. Over one night, the growing tension exposes a bitter fault-line in their relationship, feeding an intense atmosphere of paranoia and dread.  Daring to address the taboos of the Stalinist era, The Ear was banned soon after completion, and remained unseen until the fall of Communism twenty years later. Combining a not-so-private portrait of a disintegrating marriage with a searing blackly-comic critique of totalitarianism, this landmark film is an extraordinary indictment of life under an oppressive system.

2020 TBD

Basil Dearden’s The Mind Benders (1963) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 2K restoration

Following the death of a fellow scientist accused of being a communist spy, Dr. Henry Longman (Dirk Bogarde) works to prove that his colleague had been brainwashed. To do so, Longman subjects himself to experiments in a sensory deprivation tank. This starts to take a heavy toll on his mental health; in particular, it alienates him from his wife. Additionally, his scientific credibility suffers and with it the chances for discovering the truth about his colleague.

August 20, 2019

Nicolas Roeg’s The Witches (1990) on blu-ray from Warner Archive

While holidaying at a seaside resort a young boy stumbles upon a witch convention. Based on the book by Roald Dahl.

August 27, 2019

Muscha’s Decoder (1984) on blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome

FM (FM Einheit of Einstürzende Neubauten) has discovered something incredible in the monotonous 'muzak' played through the fast food restaurant H Burger's speaker system: the tracks are laced with subliminal messages designed to ensure complacency and consumerism. Experimenting with his discovery, FM soon realizes that by changing the type of music played, he can manifest a whole range of emotional responses and stir up the populace from their consumerist subordination. But as the diners are emotionally awakened, they become more and more prone to rioting and general social unrest, which puts FM in an increasingly dangerous position, especially when the sinister and mysterious organization behind the the plot to keep the public complacent takes an interest in finding and stopping him…

An underground hit from Germany's punk and new wave infused youth culture of the early 80s, director Muscha's DECODER blends arresting visuals, urban industrial aesthetics, science fiction, and moments of shocking violence, along side searing commentary on late 20th century consumerist culture. Co-starring punk icon Christiane Felscherinow and William S. Burroughs in a supporting role and featuring music by Soft Cell, The The and industrial pioneers Einstürzende Neubauten, Vinegar Syndrome is proud to bring this criminally under-seen masterpiece of German weirdness to Blu-ray, in a brand new 2k restoration of its original 16mm camera negative.

September 17, 2019

Harold Pinter and Peter Hall’s The Homecoming (1973) on blu-ray from Kino

In North London, an all-male beehive of inactivity is ruled with a foul mouth and an iron hand by the abusive Max (Paul Rogers) and his brother, the priggish palace eunuch Sam (Cyril Cusack). Rounding out the precision vulgarity of The Homecoming's "situation tragedy" are the sons, punch-drunk demolition man Joey (Terence Rigby) and the magnificient Ian Holm (Lord of the Rings, The Sweet Hereafter) as pimp-smart Lenny. When, under cover of darkness, the prodigal son Teddy (Michael Jayston) brings his wife Ruth (Vivien Merchant) home to meet his family for the first time, he gets far more and less than he bargained for. To Teddy's rueful discomfort, Ruth's Mona Lisa smile forms the gateway to a labyrinth of Freudian dread, venal family values, and naked neediness that could only come from the mind of Harold Pinter.

Director Sir Peter hall re-renders his original Royal Shakespeare Company London stage triumph as a bleached, claustrophobic delirium that exploits the jagged tempos and seductive tensions of Pinter's best play as no theater staging could. The New York Times declared the American Film Theatre's production of The Homecoming, "a movie of astonishing dynamism." Indeed, director Atom Agoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) went so far as to say, "I often find myself seeking solace from this film. Its poetry and twisted sense of compassion and humor have assuaged many moments of despair and confusion. Other people have religion, I have my copy of The Homecoming."

October 28/29, 2019

John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London (1981) on blu-ray from Arrow US & Arrow UK, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative supervised by John Landis

American tourists David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) are savaged by an unidentified vicious animal whilst hiking on the Yorkshire Moors. David awakes in a London hospital to find his friend dead and his life in disarray. Retiring to the home of a beautiful nurse (Jenny Agutter, Walkabout) to recuperate, he soon experiences disturbing changes to his mind and body, undergoing a full-moon transformation that will unleash terror on the streets of the capital...

October 29, 2019

Joseph Pevney’s Man of a Thousand Faces (1957) on blu-ray from Arrow

James Cagney plays Lon Chaney in this glossy Hollywood biography, a reverent, melodramatic tribute that focuses on his turbulent private life and rise from vaudeville clown to hard-working Hollywood extra to movie star. Cagney brings to the role passion and compassion that burn through the indifferent direction and show-biz clichés to create a vivid, energetic portrait of the enigmatic cult star who rarely let audiences see his true face.

August 27, 2019

William Wyler’s Jezebel (1938) on blu-ray from Warner Archive

A tempestuous Southern belle's willfulness threatens to destroy all who care for her.

October 15, 2019

Thorold Dickinson’s Queen of Spades (1949) on blu-ray from Kino

Anton Walbrook stars as Russian army captain Herman Suvorin, who secretly covets the wealth and position of his fellow officers and becomes obsessed with learning the secrets of the card game Faro. When he hears that the elderly Countess Ranevskaya (Edith Evans) has struck a bargain with the devil to gain the very knowledge he so desires, he worms his way into her household and does all he can to wrestle the knowledge from her - but the price turns out to be higher than he could ever have imagined.

September 10, 2019

Martin Scorsese’s Casino (1995) on 4K blu-ray from Universal

A tale of greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia enforcer and a casino executive, compete against each other over a gambling empire, and over a fast living and fast loving socialite.

October 29, 2019

Martin Scorsese’s Kundun (1997) on blu-ray from Kino

The incredible true story of one of the world's most fascinating leaders - Tibet's Dalai Lama - and his daring struggle to rule a nation at one of the most challenging times in its history.

October 29, 2019

Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Woody Allen’s New York Stories (1989) on blu-ray from Kino

A middle-aged artist obsessed with his pretty young assistant, a precocious 12 year old living in a hotel, and a neurotic lawyer with a possessive mother make up three stories.


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October 28, 2019

Alan Parker's Birdy (1984) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

Based on the acclaimed, 'unfilmable' novel by William Wharton, about a boy who dreams of flying, Alan Parker's elliptical, ethereal film is just as vividly poetic as its source.

Birdy is story of two unlikely boyhood friends, the confident and popular Al (Nicolas Cage – Wild at Heart, Leaving Las Vegas) and Birdy (Matthew Modine – Full Metal Jacket, Stranger Things), awkward, withdrawn, and obsessed with birds. The advent of the war in Vietnam shatters their youth, and they both return irrevocably changed – one physically traumatised, the other emotionally fractured.

This unique and affecting film from director Alan Parker (Midnight Express, Angel Heart), features skilful, highly committed central performances from young stars Modine and Cage (who allegedly had teeth removed for his gruelling role), and a wonderful score by Peter Gabriel. Birdy is a great unsung gem of 1980s cinema, and is presented here in a brand-new, director-approved 2K restoration.

October 28, 2019

Joseph Losey's Time Without Pity (1957) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

Following his blacklisting in the McCarthy HUAC hearings, director Joseph Losey (Eva, The Damned, Secret Ceremony) moved to the England in the 1950s. The gritty British suspense thriller, Time Without Pity was the first film he made in the UK under his own name.

In a BAFTA-nominated performance, the great Michael Redgrave (Goodbye Gemini, Connecting Rooms, Dead of Night) stars as an anguished father whose son is convicted of murder and languishing on death row. In a desperate race-against-time, he attempts to prove his son's innocence whilst bringing the real murderer to justice.

With photography by Freddie Francis (The Elephant Man), and a superb supporting cast including Ann Todd (Taste of Fear), Leo McKern (X the Unknown), and Peter Cushing (Corruption, The Beast Must Die), Time Without Pity is brilliantly accomplished slice of Brit-noir, and a potent cry against capital punishment.

October 28, 2019

Howard W. Koch's Badge 373 (1973) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

Inspired by the real-life exploits of New York cop Eddie Egan (who was also the basis for Gene Hackman's 'Popeye' Doyle character in The French Connection), Badge 373 is a tough detective thriller, comparable to William Friedkin's more celebrated feature. Duvall (The Godfather, Breakout) delivers a powerfully authentic performance as a brutal New York detective, ruthlessly hunting for the killer of his partner against a backdrop of social upheaval and violent gang wars.

September 16, 2019

Joseph Losey's The Criminal (1960) on blu-ray from Studio Canal (UK)

Ex-con Johnny (Stanley Baker) used his time in prison wisely – to plan the biggest robbery of his career. The robbery goes smoothly and Johnny goes to bury the money in a field until the heat is off, as agreed with friend and racketeer Mike Carter (Sam Wanamaker) and the rest of the gang.

In a moment of weakness, Johnny pockets five hundred odd pounds from the haul. Coupled with a tip-off from his ex-girlfriend (Jill Bennett) this proves to be his undoing and Johnny is soon back in prison. The rest of the gang try in vain to get the location of the money out of him without success until Mike hits upon the idea of a break-out using Johnny's new love Suzanne (Margit Saad) as bait.

September 16, 2019

Joseph Losey's The Go-Between (1970) on blu-ray from Studio Canal (UK)

Based on the novel by L.P Hartley and adapted by Harold Pinter, The Go-Between stars Julie Christie as Marian, about to be engaged to Hugh (Edward Fox), a well-bred viscount and her perfect match. Over the course of a sweltering Norfolk summer in 1900, young Leo (Dominic Guard), becomes besotted with the vivacious Marian whilst staying at their house. Innocent of romantic and sexual matters, he unwittingly becomes a pawn in the forbidden romance between her and eminently unsuitable local farmer Ted Burgess (Alan Bates).

As the oppressive heat intensifies so too does Leon's burgeoning adolescent questioning of love, attraction and the rules of the upper class that he doesn't really belong to. Both a beautifully subtle critique of the English class system and a visual masterpiece that perfectly captures the timeless beauty of an English Edwardian summer, The Go-Between won director Joseph Losey the Grand Prix (now the Palme D'Or) at Cannes Film Festival in 1971.

October 28, 2019

Fuller at Fox: Five Films 1951-1957 on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK), limited to 2,000 units

A towering figure of American cinema, Samuel Fuller was a master of the B-movie, a pulp maestro whose iconoclastic vision elevated the American genre film to new heights. After the major success of THE STEEL HELMET, Fuller was put under contract by Twentieth Century Fox after being impressed by Darryl F. Zanuck's direct sales pitch (other studios offered Fuller money and tax shelters; Zanuck simply told him, "We make better movies.").

Over a six-year period, Fuller would produce some of the best work of his career, (and therefore, some of the best films in American cinema), an uncompromising series of masterpieces spanning multiple genres (the Western, the War film, film noir, the Crime-Thriller) that would establish the director as a true auteur, whose influence continues to be felt today.

Collected here are five films from this fruitful period, all presented from stunning restorations. The impossibly tense Korean-War drama FIXED BAYONETS! (1951); the outrageous and confrontational spy-thriller PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET (1953); the Cold War submarine-actioner HELL AND HIGH WATER (1954); the lushly photographed, cold-as-ice film noir HOUSE OF BAMBOO (1955); and the audacious Western with a feminist twist, FORTY GUNS (1957).

November 19, 2019

Jean-Pierre Meville's Un Flic aka Dirty Money (1972) on blu-ray from Kino

Coleman (Alain Delon) is a burned-out detective who has seen too much pain. His friend Simon (Richard Crenna) is a brilliant thief who fears no law. Between them is the beautiful woman (Catherine Deneuve) they both love. But when Simon plans the ultimate heist of a train full of mob money, the two men find themselves hurtling towards a final showdown of fate, friendship and betrayal.

September 24, 2019

James Ivory's Quartet (1981) on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group

A twisted relationship between a wealthy English couple and a young woman they take in, plays out against a stunning recreation of the Golden Age of 1920s Paris. In adapting Jean Rhys's 1928 autobiographical novel, Merchant Ivory achieved an artistic breakthrough that remains one of the team's finest works. In one of her greatest performances, Isabelle Adjani plays the vulnerable but complicated West-Indian Marya, who, after her shady husband Stefan (Anthony Higgins) is imprisoned, finds shelter in the home of a manipulative and lecherous English art patron (Alan Bates) and his painter wife (Maggie Smith). The dynamic between this trio is set against Hemingway's "moveable feast" of café culture and extravagant nightlife, glitter and literati, beneath which lie traces of something sinister.

October 29, 2019

Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life (1946) on 4K blu-ray from Paramount, restored from the original nitrate negative

George Bailey is a small-town man whose life seems so desperate he contemplates suicide. He had always wanted to leave Bedford Falls to see the world, but circumstances and his own good heart have led him to stay. He sacrficed his education for his brother's, kept the family-run savings and loan afloat, protected the town from the avarice of the greedy banker Mr. Potter, and married his childhood sweetheart. As he prepares to jump from a bridge, his guardian angel intercedes, showing him what life would have become for the residents of Bedford Falls if he had never lived.

September 24, 2019

Roger Corman's A Bucket of Blood (1959) on blu-ray from Olive Signature, from a new 4K remaster

In honor of its 60th anniversary, this Olive Signature edition of A Bucket of Blood celebrates the film's enduring legacy. Shot in five days on a shoestring budget of $50,000, A Bucket of Blood remains one of the most iconic collaborations between Roger Corman and Dick Miller, and has rightfully earned its "cult classic" status.

With A Bucket of Blood, the multi-talented Roger Corman singlehandedly created his own genre hyphenate: the black-comedy-beatnik-culture-horror film. Dick Miller (Gremlins, The Trip) stars as Walter, a busboy at the hep-cat hangout the Yellow Door Café who dreams of artistic greatness. Inspired by the scribes and artists who surround him, Walter is introduced to the world of sculpture quite literally by accident – thanks to thin walls and a sharp steak knife. From his very first piece – the aptly titled "Dead Cat" – Walter is hailed a genius by the art snob set, a wunderkind who, unbeknownst to his doting devotees, has raised murder to the level of high art. But when the tortured artist turns his creativity towards the human form, he's sure to make their blood run cold.

November 4, 2019

John Gilling's Pickup Alley (1957) on blu-ray from Arrow (UK)

Spurred on by the murder of his drug-addicted sister by ruthless crime boss Frank McNally (Trevor Howard, Brief Encounter), US agent Charles Sturgis (Victor Mature, Cry of the City) launches a transnational woman-hunt for McNally's shapely associate, Gina Broger (Anita Ekberg, Killer Nun, La dolce vita). His investigation takes him on a thrill-ride from New York to London, Lisbon, Rome, Naples and finally Athens... A globe-trotting adventure boasting a top-tier international cast, Pickup Alley affords the viewer shockingly frank portrayals of drug addiction; a glamourous travelogue of exotic locations, and intriguing depictions of sleazy villains.

October 15, 2019

Julian Rothman's The Bloody Brood (1959) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new remaster of the original 35mm elements

Two years before directing the 3-D cult favorite The Mask (1961), Julian Roffman made his feature directorial debut with this early canuxploitation film, The Bloody Brood (1959). When his brother turns up dead after eating a hamburger laced with ground glass, Cliff (Jack Betts) sets out to investigate the murder, venturing into the underground world of beatnik culture and its sinister underbelly of drugs and vice. Peter Falk (TV's Columbo) makes his feature debut as Nico, sinister mentor and drug-dealer to the tuned-in kids of the beat generation.

September 2019 TBD

William Wyler's The Letter (1940) on blu-ray from Warner Archive

Six years after exploding to stardom in Of Human Bondage, Bette Davis equaled that excitement with another W. Somerset Maugham role as an adulteress using her sexual wiles to escape a murder conviction in The Letter. The film throbs with sultry tension thanks to Davis, an impeccable supporting cast, atmospheric cinematography and the artistry of three-time Academy Award® winner* William Wyler, Davis' director on Jezebel and The Little Foxes. Nominated for seven Oscars®, including Best Picture, Actress, Director and Supporting Actor, The Letter remains one of Hollywood's most special deliveries, a peerless example of melodrama as movie art.

September 2019 TBD

Robert Wise's The Set-Up (1949) on blu-ray from Warner Archive

Over-the-hill boxer Stoker Thompson thinks he can still win a bout despite doubts from his wife and his manager. He goes into his next fight determined to beat his opponent, not realizing his manager has taken money from a tough gambler to have Stoker take a dive.

August 19/20, 2019

William Friedkin's Cruising (1980) on blu-ray from Arrow US & Arrow UK, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative supervised by William Friedkin

New York is caught in the grip of a sadistic serial killer who is preying on the patrons of the city's underground bars. Captain Edelson tasks young rookie Steve Burns with infiltrating the S&M subculture to try and lure the killer out of the shadows. As he immerses himself deeper and deeper into the underworld, Steve risks losing his own identity in the process.


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November 18, 2019

Joseph Losey’s Secret Ceremony (1968) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

Joseph Losey's lurid and often misunderstood drama stars the great Elizabeth Taylor (Suddenly, Last Summer) as an ageing London prostitute who befriends a young woman (Mia Farrow, See No Evil) that reminds her of her long-dead daughter. As the bizarre relationship between the two evolves, the appearance of Robert Mitchum (Cape Fear), as Farrow's abusive stepfather, ignites deep emotions and dark passions.

November 18, 2019

Paul Wegener and Carl Boese's Der Golem (1920) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema, from a 4K restoration of the original film negative

An iconic early horror masterpiece, Der Golem was Paul Wegener s third attempt at adapting the Golem character for the big screen. Starring and co-directing with Carl Boese, Wegener crafted one of silent cinema s most enduring masterpieces.

In the Jewish ghetto in 16th century Prague, Rabbi Low (Albert Streinruck, Asphalt) creates a forbidding clay Golem (played by director Paul Wegener) to protect his people from the tyrannical Emperor Luhois (Otto Gebuhr). Brought to life with a demon spirit and an amulet placed in the centre of the creature s chest, the Golem is a seemingly indestructible juggernaut, performing acts of great heroism. But when the Rabbi s assistant attempts to control the Golem for selfish gain, it becomes a terrifying force of destruction, rampaging through the ghetto leaving fire and death in its wake.

A landmark film in the horror canon, influencing most notably James Whale s 1931 adaptation of Frankenstein, Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam is also a pre-eminent example of German Expressionism, and an important contribution to the golden age of Weimar Cinema.

October 15, 2019

Roman Polanksi's The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) on blu-ray from Warner Archive, from a new remaster

A noted professor and his dim-witted apprentice fall prey to their inquiring vampires, while on the trail of the ominous damsel in distress.

October 29, 2019

Blake Edwards' Days of Wine and Roses (1962) on blu-ray from Warner Archive, from a 4K remaster of the original camera negative

A San Francisco public-relations hotshot is a "social" drinker...who never stops socializing. His vivacious wife starts drinking to keep him company. They live for good times. But eventually good times turn bad.

November 5, 2019

Hitchcock: British International Pictures Collection (1927-1931) on blu-ray from Kino

2020 TBD

Vittorio De Sica's Indiscretion of an American Housewife (1953) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

While on vacation in Rome, married American Mary Forbes (Jennifer Jones) becomes entangled in an affair with an Italian man, Giovanni Doria (Montgomery Clift). As she prepares to leave Italy, Giovanni confesses his love for her; he doesn't want her to go. Together they wander the railroad station where Mary is to take the train to Paris, then ultimately reunite with her husband and daughter in Philadelphia. Will she throw away her old life for this passionate new romance?

2020 TBD

Preston Sturges' The Great McGinty (1940) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

In a dive south of the border, bartender Dan McGinty (Brian Donlevy) stops a young man from committing suicide after a moment of dishonesty, and relates how a moment of honesty brought him down in a flashback. As a young man, McGinty joins a crooked political boss and rises from extortionist to alderman. Urged by the boss to marry his secretary to give respectability to his run for mayor, McGinty agrees -- only to fall in love with his wife and decide to do an honest thing for once in his life.

December 10, 2019

Paul Schrader's Blue Collar (1978) on blu-ray from Kino.

Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Kotto star in this powerful, critically acclaimed drama about three auto assembly line workers who hatch a plan to rob a safe at union headquarters.

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Douglas Sirk's There's Always Tomorrow (1955) on blu-ray from Elephant Films (France). DVDBeaver review here

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.

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Robert Altman's Kansas City (1996) on blu-ray from Koch Media (Germany). DVDBeaver review here

A pair of kidnappings expose the complex power dynamics within the corrupt and unpredictable workings of 1930s Kansas City.

November 12, 2019

Bertrand Blier's Buffet Froid (1979) on blu-ray from Kino

Buffet Froid has logic that is both twisted and stark: a husband befriends his wife's murderer, a high-ranking official plans his own assassination, a lost knife is found in the belly of a subway passenger. Together with the Chief of Police and a murderer who is afraid of the dark, Gerard Depardieu is drawn into an inescapable complicity of murder, treachery and paranoia which draws him closer to a fateful end.

November 19, 2019

Dario Argento's Suspiria (1977) on 4K blu-ray from Synapse

An American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy gradually realizes that something very sinister is going on at the school.

November 26, 2019

Paul Verhoeven's Robocop (1987) on blu-ray from Arrow, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative

In the not-too-distant future, a newly transfered Detroit police officer is remade into an indestructible cybernetic cop after being dismembered by a gang of thugs in an abandoned warehouse. Reborn as RoboCop he is programmed to serve and protect the citizens of Detroit and eliminate the rampant crime in the city streets so that a massive city-wide reconstruction project can get under way. But once he has completed his task, he sets his sights on the corruption inside Security Concepts - the corporation that created him.

December 10, 2019

The Anne Bancroft Collection o blu-ray from Shout Factory

Don't Bother to Knock (1952)

Pilot Jed Towers (Richard Widmark) encounters the beautiful Nell Forbes (Marilyn Monroe) while staying at a hotel in New York City. Jed pursues Nell, initially thinking she's a woman of means, but comes to learn that she is actually a babysitter when her child charge, Bunny Jones (Donna Corcoran), interrupts a conversation between the two. Soon Jed becomes worried about Nell's mental stability when it appears the woman is physically threatening Bunny.

The Miracle Worker (1962)

Blind and deaf after suffering a terrible fever as a baby, young Helen Keller (Patty Duke) has spent years unable to communicate, leaving her frustrated and occasionally violent. As a last chance before she is institutionalized, her parents (Inga Swenson, Andrew Prine) contact a school for the blind, which sends half-blind Annie Sullivan (Anne Bancroft) to teach Helen. Helen is initially resistant, but Annie gradually forms a bond with her and shows Helen ways of reaching others.

The Pumpkin Eater (1964)

Harold Pinter pens this 'portrait of a bad marriage' drama based on the novel by Penelope Mortimer. Despite her unwillingness to stop having children, Jo Armitage (Anne Bancroft), a thrice-married mother of several children by different fathers, is not exactly cut out for motherhood. Inflicting her existing brood on her third husband, screenwriter Jake (Peter Finch), does little to cement their marriage, and Jake's serial infidelities eventually lead a depressed and isolated Jo to a complete breakdown.

The Graduate (1967)

Shy Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) returns home from college with an uncertain future. Then the wife of his father's business partner, the sexy Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), seduces him, and the affair only deepens his confusion. That is, until he meets the girl of his dreams (Katherine Ross). But there's one problem: She's Mrs. Robinson's daughter!

Fatso (1980)

This boisterous, heartwarming comedy about a man caught between his health, his self-esteem and his appetite, highlights DeLuise's genius for blending pathos and comedy. Bancroft's deft direction brings to uproarious life the joys and struggles of our relationship with food.

All his life, Dominic DiNapoli (DeLuise) has found comfort in food. But when his sister Antoinette (Bancroft) implores him to stop eating himself into an early grave, Dominic begins bouncing from crash diets to the support group "Chubby Checkers" to all manner of binges in between. In the end, Dominic discovers that what he needs most is a steady diet of love — from his family, from a new and lovely neighborhood acquaintance … and most importantly, from himself.

To Be or Not to Be (1983)

Frederick Bronski (Mel Brooks) and his adulterous wife, Anna (Anne Bancroft), are a pair of hammy actors running a low-rent theater in Warsaw, Poland. When the Nazis invade, the Bronskis find their theater becoming a makeshift refuge for local Jews and a gateway to the Polish underground. Using their limited acting skills, the members of the theater troupe attempt to deceive the Nazis and lead an escape. Meanwhile, a Polish pilot (Tim Matheson) thinks he has found a spy in England.

Agnes of God (1985)

Dr. Martha Livingston (Jane Fonda) is a court-appointed psychiatrist sent to evaluate Sister Agnes (Meg Tilly), a young nun whose infant has been found strangled. With Agnes claiming a virgin conception and having no memory of giving birth, Livingston must distinguish between the lies and the nun's perception-altering faith. Complicating her investigation, Livingston continually clashes with the overbearing Mother Miriam Ruth (Anne Bancroft), who insists that Livingston leave Agnes alone.

84 Charing Cross Road (1987)

New York City bibliophile Helene Hanff (Anne Bancroft) writes to the London bookshop Marks & Co in search of some titles she has not been able to turn up locally. Store manager Frank Doel (Anthony Hopkins) responds politely to her chatty letter, and over the course of two decades, a deep, long-distance friendship evolves. Based on Hanff's epistolary memoir and its later two-person stage adaptation, the film version incorporates new characters, including Doel's wife, Nora (Judi Dench).


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September 24, 2019

Ida Lupino: Filmmaker Collection on blu-ray from Kino


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Reply #864 on: October 15, 2019, 11:22:13 PM
wilder i just learned about Grapevine and i don't know what to do about it yet, haven't sampled them thus far. basically they release nonremastered silents on bluray