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Reply #855 on: February 08, 2019, 08:30:51 PM
May 28, 2019

Joseph Losey’s Boom! (1968) on blu-ray from Shout Factory



The wealthy, self-absorbed eccentric Sissy Goforth has taken up residence on a secluded Mediterranean island where she dictates her memoirs, flies into rages and screams insults at her servants. Her health now failing, she drinks, takes pills and has a doctor give her injections to ease the pain. Into her reclusive life comes a stranger who manages to climb to her villa and survive a guard dog attack before introducing himself as a poet. Though attracted by the visitor she soon discovers he has a reputation for appearing when wealthy women are about to meet their demise and is known locally as the Angel of Death.) Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton light up the screen in what acclaimed playwright Tennessee Williams (A Streetcar Named Desire) described as the best film adaptation of his work he'd ever seen.

A notorious bomb on its initial release, Boom! has since built up a cult following for its one-of-a-kind mixture of camp, lyricism, and the highly combustible chemistry of its two leads. More than fifty years after Boom!'s debut, Shout! Factory invites you to light the fuse on a re-examination of this highly unusual drama.




May 27, 2019

Olivier Assayas’ Demonlover (2002) on blu-ray from Arrow UK



Twenty years after David Cronenberg prophesised the dark side of the Internet age in Videodrome, acclaimed French filmmaker Olivier Assayas (Irma Vep) updated it for the New Millennium in his startlingly prescient Demonlover, a chilling exploration of the nexus between sex and violence available at the click of a button.

Up-and-coming executive Diane (Connie Nielsen, One Hour Photo) lets nothing stand in her way when it comes to landing the lucrative Tokyo Anime contract for the Volf Corporation, guaranteeing worldwide exclusive rights to the latest in cutting-edge hentai. Despised by her assistant (Chloe Sevigny, American Psycho) and engaged in a risky game of corporate espionage, her ruthless ambition meets its match in Elaine (Gina Gershon, Bound), the charismatic representative of an American Internet porn company called Demonlover. However, the company is only the front for an online portal to the Hellfire Club, which gives its users control over the next big thing in interactive extreme pornography: real women, tortured according to subscribers’ whims, in real time. Diane wants a piece of the action, and will stop at nothing to get it; but as she delves deeper into the twisted world of the Hellfire Club, reality slips away and the stakes of the game are raised to the point of no return.

Armed with an iconic score by art-rock pioneers Sonic Youth, Assayas’ neo-noir/cyberhorror masterpiece is finally unleashed for the first time on Blu-Ray, with revealing extras and a new director-approved restoration.


Demonlover (2002) - Arrow Films






April 8, 2019

Henry King’s The Song of Bernadette (1943) on blu-ray from Eureka (UK)



One of the rare Hollywood studio films to address spiritual belief and religious conviction in a serious and complex fashion, the beloved classic THE SONG OF BERNADETTE made a star of its leading lady Jennifer Jones, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress, in addition to taking home a Golden Globe during those awards' very first ceremony (the film also won Globes for Best Dramatic Film and Best Director). A moving portrait of faith, the film is one of the crowning achievements of director Henry King.

Based on the best-selling historical novel by Franz Werfel, the film chronicles the life of 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous, who began seeing visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lourdes, France in 1858. When news of Bernadette's vision first spreads through the town, there are those who decry her as mentally unsound, while others wholeheartedly believe –particularly when the spring that erupts near the grotto that housed the visitations contains water that seems to have miraculous healing properties.


The Song of Bernadette (1943) - Amazon UK






April 22, 2019

Max Ophuls’ The Reckless Moment (1949) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



Joan Bennett (Scarlet Street, Suspiria) stars as a suburban housewife who covers up a murder to protect her teenage daughter, only to find herself blackmailed by an immoral small-time crook, played by James Mason (North by Northwest, The Deadly Affair).

The Reckless Moment (1949) - Powerhouse Films



April 22, 2019

Robert Rossen’s Lilith (1964) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



The final film by the great, yet underrated Robert Rossen (All the King's Men, The Hustler) is a compelling tale of love, madness, and forbidden desire. Warren Beatty (Mickey One, The Fortune) stars as a young war veteran who takes a job as on orderly in a local asylum and falls under the spell of beautiful schizophrenic, Lilith (Jean Seberg – A Bout de souffle, Bonjour Tristesse).

Boasting a superb supporting cast that includes Peter Fonda, Jessica Walter, Gene Hackman and Kim Hunter, Rossen's delicate and powerful film is one of the most under-appreciated American films of the 1960s.


Lilith (1964) - Powerhouse Films



April 22, 2019

Anatole Litvak’s The Snake Pit (1948) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK), from a 4K remaster struck from the original camera negative



Shocking and highly controversial at the time of release, The Snake Pit broke new ground in Hollywood cinema for its depiction of mental illness and its treatment. Olivia de Havilland (Gone with the Wind, The Heiress), delivers an astounding performance as a young bride who suffers a breakdown and finds herself committed to an asylum.

Director Anatole Litvak (Sorry, Wrong Number, Anastasia) had to fight to persuade producer Darryl Zanuck to back the film, but the result remains one of the most potent and powerful films to tackle the subject and was an influence on later works such as Sam Fuller's Shock Corridor (1963), Robert Rossen's Lilith (1964) and Miloš Forman's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975).


The Snake Pit (1948) - Powerhouse Films



April 22, 2019

Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Dragonwyck (1946) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



The directorial debut of the great Joseph L Mankiewicz (All About Eve, Suddenly, Last Summer), Dragonwyck is a glorious melding of Gothic chills and baroque melodrama. A beautiful Connecticut farm girl (Gene Tierney) finds herself embroiled in a conspiracy of madness, murder and intrigue after she agrees to become governess and nurse to the family of her distant cousin (Vincent Price).

Echoing Hitchcock's Rebecca (1940), and reuniting stars Tierney and Price for the third time in as many years (having previously starred together in Otto Preminger's Laura, 1944, and John M Stahl's Leave Her to Heaven, 1945), Dragonwyck is a magnificently creepy chiller with a career-defining performance by Price, luminous cinematography by the legendary Arthur C Miller, and a wonderful Alfred Newman score.


Dragonwyck (1946) - Powerhouse Films



April 2, 2019

RKO Classic Romances Collection on blu-ray from Kino



-Millie (1931) Dir: John Francis Dillon | Helen Twelvetrees, Lilyan Tashman & Joan Blondell
-Kept Husbands (1931) Dir: Lloyd Bacon | Clara Kimball Young, Joel McCrea & Ned Sparks
-The Lady Refuses (1931) Dir: George Archainbaud | Betty Compson & John Darrow
-The Woman Between (1931) Dir: Victor Schertziner | Lili Damita & Lester Vail
-Sin Takes a Holiday (1930) Dir: Paul L. Stein | Constance Bennett, Basil Rathbone & Zasu Pitts



April 2, 2019

RKO Classic Adventures Collection on blu-ray from Kino



-The Painted Desert (1931) Dir: Howard Higgin | William Boyd, Helen Twelvetrees & Clark Gable
-The Pay-Off (1930) Dir: Lowell Sherman | Lowell Sherman, Marian Nixon & Hugh Trevor
-The Silver Horde (1930) Dir: George Archainbaud | Evelyn Brent, Joel McCrea & Jean Arthur



Q1 2019 TBD

James Ivory’s The Bostonians (1984) on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group, from a 4K restoration



In 19th-century Boston, charismatic Southern lawyer Basil Ransom and his cousin, devoted suffragette Olive Chancellor, contend for the future and the soul of the gregarious and youthful Verena Tannant. Basil is simply infatuated with her as a potential lover and wife. Olive, on the other hand, hopes to shape her political and social views and use her to forward the women's-rights movement.In 19th-century Boston, charismatic Southern lawyer Basil Ransom and his cousin, devoted suffragette Olive Chancellor, contend for the future and the soul of the gregarious and youthful Verena Tannant. Basil is simply infatuated with her as a potential lover and wife. Olive, on the other hand, hopes to shape her political and social views and use her to forward the women's-rights movement.






April 15, 2019

Billy Wilder’s One, Two, Three (1961) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK)



One of director Billy Wilder's most frenetic comedies, the madcap Cold War and corporate politics satire ONE, TWO, THREE has to be one of the only films almost capable of making its Wilder predecessors Some Like It Hot and The Apartment seem sedately paced in comparison. Featuring a hilarious lead performance by James Cagney (apparently so exhausted by the rapid-fire pace that he then retired for twenty years!), ONE, TWO, THREE hasn't always been as famous as Wilder's other comedies, but it's among his best.

Cagney is C.R. "Mac" MacNamara, a top Coca-Cola executive shipped off to (then West) Berlin and told to keep an eye on his boss' 17-year-old Atlanta socialite daughter Scarlett (Pamela Tiffin) while she visits Germany. Scarlett's tour seems endless, and Mac discovers she's fallen for a (then East) Berlin communist agitator and the young couple are bound for Moscow! Mac has to bust up the burgeoning romance before his boss learns the truth, all the while dealing with his wife Phyllis (Arlene Francis) and her own impatience with German living.


One, Two, Three (1961) - Amazon UK



March 26, 2019

Blood Hunger: The Films of José Larraz on limited edition blu-ray from Arrow US & Arrow UK

*Arrow also has a second Larraz box set in the works that will contain Edge of the Axe (1988), Black Candles (1982), and Deadly Manor (1990)

There was a great discussion about his work on the Daughters of Darkness podcast a couple years ago.







February 4/5, 2019

Luigi Bazzoni’s The Possessed (1965) on blu-ray from Arrow US and Arrow UK, from a 2K restoration from the original camera negative



The Possessed is a wonderfully atmospheric proto-giallo based on one of Italy's most notorious crimes, The Alleghe killings, and adapted from the book on that case by acclaimed literary figure Giovanni Comisso.

Peter Baldwin (The Ghost, The Weekend Murders) stars as Bernard, a depressed novelist who sets off in search of his old flame Tilde (Virna Lisi, La Reine Margot), a beautiful maid who works at a remote lakeside hotel. Bernard is warmly greeted by the hotel owner Enrico (Salvo Randone, Fellini's Satyricon) and his daughter Irma (Valentina Cortese, Thieves Highway, The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire), but Tilde has disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Bernard undertakes an investigation and is soon plunged into a disturbing drama of familial secrets, perversion, madness and murder...

Co-written by Giulio Questi (Death Laid an Egg, Arcana) and co-directed by Luigi Bazzoni (The Fifth Cord, Footprints on the Moon), The Possessed masterfully combines film noir, mystery and giallo tropes, whilst also drawing on the formal innovations of 1960s art cinema (particularly the films of Michelangelo Antonioni). A uniquely dreamlike take on true crime, The Possessed is presented here in a stunning new restoration.