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Reply #675 on: April 18, 2017, 04:56:44 PM
Summer 2017 TBD

John Frankenheimer's Seven Days in May (1964) from Warner Archive



United States military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack. A classic of suspense directed by John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate, Ronin) and written for the screen by Rod Serling (”The Twilight Zone”).




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Reply #676 on: April 18, 2017, 06:43:10 PM
August 22, 2017

Dusty Nelson's Effects (1980) on blu-ray from AGFA and Something Weird Video, restored in 4K from the only 35mm print in existence by The American Genre Film Archive (AGFA)



Cobbled together with loose change by George Romero's friends, Effects is a mesmerizing D.I.Y. frightmare that no one talks about, but everyone should. A group of coked-up filmmakers -- including Tom Dawn of the Dead Savini, Joe Day of the Dead Pilato, and John Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Harrison -- gather in Pittsburgh to make a slasher. As filming begins and accidents happen, it's clear that something isn't right. And no one can be trusted. Landing somewhere between Snuff and a student film by John Carpenter, Effects is a meta-enhanced takedown on the philosophy of horror that doubles as a sleazy and terrifying movie on its own.

Effects (1980) - Amazon







May 2017 TBD

Tony Richardson's The Loved One (1965) from Warner Archive



The funeral business gets a giant raspberry in this wickedly wacky, resplendently ridiculous farce based on Evelyn Waugh’s macabre comic masterpiece and directed with inspired verve by Tony Richardson (Tom Jones). But the American way of death isn’t the film’s only target: sex, greed, religion and mother love are also in the crosshairs of its satirical shots. Robert Morse plays a bemused would-be poet who gets entangled with an unctuous cemetery entrepreneur (Jonathan Winters), a mom-obsessed mortician (Rod Steiger) and other bizarre characters played by such adept farceurs as John Gielgud, Robert Morley, Tab Hunter, Milton Berle, James Coburn and Liberace.





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This is one of those Rosetta Stone films you see and it suddenly explains a lot of things and puts them in their proper context. Particularly, in this case, John Waters. Hilarious, bizarre, and impeccably shot by Haskell Wexler (this looks like "Last Year at Marienbad," and he clearly nicked some shots from Godard's "Contempt")


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Reply #677 on: April 19, 2017, 01:57:29 AM
The Loved One is a chiller. i think perhaps John Waters mentions it now and then? though if anything it explains Phantom of the Paradise, and it's worth seeing for general good humor and Paul Williams like this



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Reply #678 on: April 24, 2017, 04:26:40 AM
October 21, 2014

Bruno Dumont's entire filmography up through Camille Claudel on blu-ray from Blaq Out



Bruno Dumont : 1997 - 2014 - Amazon France


Apparently this contains English subs. Oh baby.

Maybe. Twentynine Palms and Flandres do. Twentynine Palms isn't listed as having English subs on Blaq Out's website but they've been confirmed by someone who purchased the set, and Amazon France lists the box as having them. For the other titles it's unclear. Whatever, the pictures stay.













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Reply #679 on: April 25, 2017, 05:08:47 AM
August 28, 2017

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day (1972-1973) on limited edition blu-ray from Arrow UK. Also contains the new documentary Fassbinder (2015).



Rainer Werner Fassbinder had been making feature films for three years – and already amassed a filmography that would satisfy most careers – when he decided to take on a bigger challenge. Teaming up with West German television channel WDR, he conceived of Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day, a series that would extend to five feature-length episodes to be broadcast at monthly intervals.

Centring on the Krüger family, as well as their lovers, in-laws, friends and co-workers, the series takes a sometimes comic, sometimes dramatic look at domestic relationships and labour relationships, with particular focus on skilled worker Jochen (Gottfried John, Berlin Alexanderplatz, Goldeneye) and his new girlfriend, Marion (Hanna Schygulla, The Marriage of Maria Braun).

Reminiscent of working-class soap operas such as Coronation Street and the family-based sitcoms of Carla Lane, Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day has been a one of the more difficult to find entries of Fassbinder’s extraordinarily prolific output, but is now presented here in full and newly restored by the Fassbinder Foundation.


Eight Hours Don’t Make A Day - Arrow UK










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Reply #680 on: May 03, 2017, 05:54:32 PM
2017 TBD

Vasili Mass' Spider (1991) on blu-ay from Mondo Macabro



A young model's life spins out of control after she visits the studio of an eccentric artist and poses for a painting of Virgin Mary.





Mondo Macabro's restored trailer - Vimeo (NSFW)

Up for pre-order in June


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Reply #681 on: May 03, 2017, 06:00:44 PM
That is definitely something...
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Reply #682 on: May 05, 2017, 05:46:51 PM
September 5, 2017

Sydney Pollack's They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) on blu-ray from Kino



In Depression-era America, desperation spawned a bizarre fad: the dance marathon. Couples competed to stay on their feet for thousands of hours, and audiences flocked to watch. But Gloria (Fonda) doesn't think of herself as a spectacle. She is a fierce, unforgiving contestant in a battle she's determined to win. At stake is much more than the $1.500 prize. The marathon is her only hope for dignity, accomplishment...and salvation.   






July 24, 2017

Arthur Penn's Mickey One (1965) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



Influenced by the French New Wave, director Arthur Penn's ground-breaking and wildly inventive Mickey One is a tale of a man on the run - his first teaming with Warren Beatty, two years before Bonnie and Clyde. The film also boasts a classic jazz score by Eddie Sauter and Stan Getz. World premiere Blu-ray.

Mickey One (1965) - Amazon UK






July 24, 2017

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



Produced by Stanley Kramer and based on an original screenplay by Dr. Seuss, Roy Rowland's pioneering wild fantasy adventure is visually stunning and remains one of American cinema's most beloved – and bizarre – children's films.

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953) - Amazon UK



July 24, 2017

G.W. Pabst's Westfront 1918 and Kameradschafton (1930-1931) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK)



Georg Wilhelm Pabst (Pandora's Box, Diary of a Lost Girl) made a flawless transition from silent to sound filmmaking with, Westfront 1918 and Kameradschaft, a pair of strongly anti-war titles (Pabst himself was a prisoner of war for the duration of WWI) that combined elements of Expressionism and New Objectivity to stunning effect.

In Westfront 1918, four infantrymen on the Western Front suffer the everyday hardships and insanity of trench warfare, and in Kameradschaft, a team of German miners risk their lives to rescue a team of French miners left trapped after an underground explosion.

Sharing many thematic elements, as well as key cast and crew (most notably cinematographer Fritz Arno Wagner, M, Nosferatu, Der müde Tod), Westfront 1918 and Kameradschaft represents a master director at the height of his powers, and The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present both these titles for the first time ever on Blu-ray in a special Dual Format edition.


Westfront 1918 & Kameradschafton (Two films by G.W Pabst) - Amazon UK
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Reply #683 on: May 05, 2017, 07:12:37 PM
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Daryl Duke's The Silent Partner (1978) on blu-ray from TC Entertainment (Japan)



A timid bank teller anticipates a bank robbery and steals the money himself before the crook arrives. When the sadistic crook realizes he's been fooled, he tracks down the teller and engages him in a cat-and-mouse chase for the cash.

The Silent Partner (1978) - YesAsia

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Reply #684 on: May 11, 2017, 06:28:20 PM
Another unbelievable, was-never-going-to-happen announcement. Everything is on the table, now. I love the cinematography in this film.

Fall 2016 TBD

Francis Delia's Freeway (1988) on blu-ray from Kino



There are 600 miles of freeway in Los Angeles. Every night, millions of angry motorists speed through its asphalt maze. Some of them have guns. One of them enjoys killing people. Now a traumatized ER nurse (Darlanne Fluegel of Crime Story), an acerbic talk-radio host (Richard Belzer of Homicide and Law & Order: SVU) and a stranger with a dark secret (James Russo of Donnie Brasco) must join to stop the bible-quoting madman (Billy Drago of The Untouchables) who has promised the panicked city one final fast lane massacre. Michael Callan, Kenneth Tobey and Clint Howard co-star in this suspense thriller directed by Francis Delia that shocked audiences at the height of LA's real-life freeway shooting sprees.




New release date: July 18, 2017


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Reply #685 on: May 12, 2017, 06:12:26 PM
August 29, 2017

Robert Aldrich’s The Big Knife (1955) on blu-ray from Arrow Academy, from a new 2K restoration from original film elements produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release



Mere months after delivering one of the definitive examples of film noir with Kiss Me Deadly, Robert Aldrich brought a noir flavour to Hollywood with his classic adaptation of Clifford Odets stage play, The Big Knife.

Charles Castle, one of Hollywood s biggest stars, looks like he has it all. But his marriage is falling apart and his wife is threatening to leave him if he renews his contract. Studio boss Stanley Shriner Hoff isn't taking the news too well, and he'll do anything he can to get his man to sign on the dotted line even if means exposing dark secrets…


The Big Knife (1955) - Amazon




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Reply #686 on: May 13, 2017, 05:53:34 AM
August 15, 2017

Martin Ritt’s The Long, Hot Summer (1958) on blu-ray from Twilight Time



Accused barn burner and con man Ben Quick arrives in a small Mississippi town and quickly ingratiates himself with its richest family, the Varners.

Pre-order from Screen Archives on August 2nd








August 15, 2017

Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) on blu-ray from Twilight Time



The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth.

Pre-order from Screen Archives on August 2nd






September 5, 2017

William Friedkin’s adaptation of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party (1968) on blu-ray from Kino



The down-at-heel lodger in a seaside boarding house is menaced by two mysterious strangers, who eventually take him away.
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Reply #687 on: May 16, 2017, 09:30:05 PM
2017 TBD

Sidney Lumet’s Running on Empty (1988) from Warner Archive



After antiwar activists Annie and Arthur Pope (Christine Lahti and Judd Hirsch) blew up a napalm lab in 1971, they became lifelong fugitives. They and their children have stayed just one step ahead of the law, running from state to state, job to job, identity to identity. But now elder son Danny (River Phoenix) wants to stop running from a past not his. And to do so, he might never see his on-the-lam family again.




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Reply #688 on: May 17, 2017, 09:33:31 PM
2017 TBD

Douglas Sirk's La Habanera (1937) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new restoration



Trapped in Puerto Rico, a beautiful young Swede is torn between her passionate, but mildly abusive South American oligarch husband and her longing for her European homeland.

Legendary director Douglas Sirk's (Written on the Wind, Imitation of Life) La Habanera is a lushly poetic and boldly modern musical drama decades ahead of its time. Working at Germany's famed UFA Studios (Metropolis), under the very noses of the Nazi authorities that would later him into Hollywood exile and eminence, Sirk transformed a glossy musical vehicle for UFA's "new Garbo" Zarah Leander into a dark an intimate anti-colonial melodrama.

Desperate to escape the "cold Swedish minds" of her homeland, beautiful Astree (Leander) falls under the enchanting spell of the Caribbean love serenade La Habanera and into the arms of Puerto Rican land baron Don Pedro de Avila (Ferdinand Marian). But ten years later, when Astree's old flame Dr. Sven Nagel (Karl Martell) arrives in Puerto Rico on an errand of mercy, all is far from heavenly. Astree is trapped in a loveless marriage to Don Pedro and the island wind that once conveyed the music of romance now carries death in the form of an outbreak of airborne tropical fever. While racing to find a cure for Astree's fever stricken son, Dr. Nagel most elude both the island authorities that would have him jailed for revealing their fatal cover-up and a psychotically jealous Don Pedro who would rather see Astree dead than reunited with her last love.

Douglas Sirk gilds La Habanera with all the dazzling compositions, swooping camera work and ravishing but doomed characters that distinguish his revered 50's Universal melodramas. Cooly precise yet extravagantly emotional, La Habanera is the work of an assured cinematic poet and compelling tragedian already at the peak of his skill.





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Reply #689 on: May 21, 2017, 11:28:28 AM
has anyone seen this movie? i bought it before canceling the order because i realized i needed to buy Out 1, i just needed to do that, but now i'm stalled on this

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While travelling the countryside to locate his nephew, a small town doctor finds himself interacting with people from his past and future.



i mean some of those places feel straight lifted from Zhangke's Unknown Pleasures

it was warmly but moderately received by critics. Film Comment placed it 15th on its 2016 list. i liked reading internet people feeling pissed about this movie being underappreciated.