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Reply #795 on: January 08, 2018, 06:12:56 PM
March 5, 2018

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

Fairly certain this is also coming from Criterion, soon. 

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

La Prisonnière (1968) - Amazon UK

March 5, 2018

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

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

Le Corbeau (1943) - Amazon UK

March 5, 2018

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

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

Quai Des Orfèvres - Amazon UK


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Reply #796 on: January 13, 2018, 05:26:56 AM
March 19, 2018

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

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

March 11, 2018

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

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

March 19, 2018

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

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

April 23/24, 2018

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

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

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

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


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Reply #797 on: January 24, 2018, 07:06:12 PM
April 17, 2018

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

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

April 17, 2018

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

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

April 10, 2018

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

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

April 10, 2018

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

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


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Reply #798 on: January 26, 2018, 05:19:24 PM
Bunch of standard editions of previously limited releases coming out

April 24, 2018

Standard edition of Liquid Sky (1982) from Vinegar Syndrome

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

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

March 13, 2018

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

April 10, 2018

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


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Reply #799 on: January 29, 2018, 03:50:45 AM
February 20, 2018

Larry Peerce’s The Incident (1967) on blu-ray from Twilight Time, from a new 4K transfer

Late one night, two young toughs hold hostage the passengers in one car of a New York subway train.

February 20, 2018

Paul Newman’s The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972) on blu-ray from Twilight Time, from a new 4K transfer

From the Pullizer Prize winning play by Paul Zindel, this is the story of Beatrice Hunsdorfer and her daughters, Ruth and Matilda. A middle-aged widowed eccentric, Beatrice is looking for her life in the classified ads while all about her is the rubble of an unkempt house. All she needs is the right opportunity, she says puffing on a cigarette. Poorly equipped to survive the vagaries of modern life, she has nonetheless always managed to muddle through. Ruth, epileptic and making her way through the rebellious phase of adolescence, seems doomed to make the same mistakes as her mother. Quiet Matilda, on the other hand, seeks refuge in her animals and her schoolwork. "Jesus, don't you hate the world, Matilda?" Beatrice asks her youngest daughter. The title of the film is also the subject of Matilda's science project at school and serves as a metaphor for the way life affects each of us differently -- how some are able to find opportunity in adversity and thrive and how some succumb when the burden becomes too heavy. This is the story of slowly drowning and grasping desperately for a lifeline only to find that there's none there and you must save yourself. "No, Mama," Matilda says, "I don't hate the world.”


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Reply #800 on: January 30, 2018, 09:19:21 PM
May 22, 2018

David Lynch’s Wild at Heart (1990) on blu-ray from Shout Factory

Adapted from the novel by Barry Gifford, Wild At Heart stars Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas, Adaptation) and Laura Dern (Inland Empire, Jurassic Park) as Sailor and Lula, a pair of young lovers on the run from Lula's mother Marietta (Dern's real-life mother Diane Ladd, in an Academy Award®-nominated role). Sailor and Lula's journey takes them into the dark heart of America, where dangers and temptations lurk ... and where only their love can truly protect them. But even their all-consuming passion may not withstand the sinister presence of Bobby Peru (Willem Dafoe in an unforgettable performance).

2018 TBD

Giulio Questi's Death Laid an Egg aka La morte ha fatto l'uovo (1968) on blu-ray from Nucleus Films (UK). This release dramatically improves on the lackluster transfer on the American blu-ray from Cult Epics

A woman (Ewa Aulin) plans to kill both her lover (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and his wife (Gina Lollobrigida) but conspires with each one to get the job done.


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Reply #801 on: February 02, 2018, 07:20:30 PM
Summer 2018 TBD

Paul Verhoeven’s Spetters (1980) on blu-ray from Kino, sourced from a brand new remaster

Rien, Eef and Hans are three young working-class guys stuck in an industrial town on the outskirts of Rotterdam. They couldn't be more different except for one thing: their shared passion for motorcycle racing, which each sees as his ticket to a better life. But a deeper passion will soon rule each of their lives, when a sexy, ambitious blonde comes between them and provokes unforeseen events that will rock their worlds.

May 14, 2018

Harry Hurwitz’s Fairy Tales (1978) on blu-ray from 88 Films (UK), from a new restoration of the original camera negative

Little Bo Peep, Old King Cole, Little Tommy Tucker, Snow White, and many others, have all grown up and are ready for action! These enchanting characters from beloved nursery rhymes sing, dance, lust, and romance their way through this hilarious, naughty, and twisted tale where music, mirth, and merriment are the rule of the day. In a clothing optional land of make believe where everything is possible. See "Scream Queen" Linnea Quigley star in her first feature role in this erotic musical funfest!!

Fairy Tales (1978) - Amazon UK



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Reply #802 on: February 05, 2018, 05:52:09 PM
Available Now (released in October '17 )

“The Prisoner” (1967-1968) TV Series on blu-ray from Network (UK). All other releases are currently out of print.

After resigning, a secret agent is abducted and taken to what looks like an idyllic village, but is really a bizarre prison. His warders demand information. He gives them nothing, but only tries to escape.

The Prisoner - Series Only - Amazon UK

In My Mind - Amazon UK

The Prisoner - Limited Deluxe Edition - Network (includes illustrated book + OST CD set, and “In My Mind”, a new feature-length documentary)

The Prisoner - Illustrated book only - Network

The Prisoner - OST CD Set only - Network

In My Mind - Network


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Reply #803 on: February 08, 2018, 09:03:30 PM
April 23, 2018

Ingmar Bergman’s The Touch (1971) on blu-ray from BFI (UK)

Unavailable for decades, the BFI are proud to present Ingmar Bergman's The Touch for the first time on Blu-ray worldwide.

Karin (Bibi Andersson), a happily married mother of two, surprises herself by responding in-kind to an unforeseen profession of love from David (Elliott Gould), an archaeologist visiting Sweden, whom her doctor husband (Max von Sydow) has befriended. But love, however toxically exhilarating, is seldom simple, and deceit and David's volatile temperament take their toll. The Touch marked the first time Bergman worked with an established Hollywood star (Gould).

Originally released in a fully English language version, this presentation of The Touch is a new 2K restoration by the Swedish Film Institute from the original negatives of Bergman's preferred Swedish/English cut.

The Touch (1971) - Amazon UK

April 23, 2018

Ingmar Bergman’s The Magic Flute (1975) on blu-ray from BFI (UK)

Ingmar Bergman puts his indelible stamp on Mozart's exquisite opera in this sublime rendering of one of the composer's best-loved works: a celebration of love, forgiveness, and the brotherhood of man. The Magic Flute (Trollflöjten) stars Josef Köstlinger as Tamino, the young man determined to rescue a beautiful princess from the clutches of parental evil. Available for the first time on Blu-ray the BFI are proud to present this film from one of the world's most acclaimed directors.

The Magic Flute (1975) - Amazon UK

June 18, 2018

Derek Jarman’s Jubilee (1978) on blu-ray from BFI (UK), from a new 2K remaster of the original camea negative

The mythological past and bleak future converge on the sparse, grey streets of London in this cult classic of the punk era.Queen Elizabeth 1 and her occult aide Dr John Dee (brilliantly played by Jenny Runacre and Richard O'Brien, respectively) travel into the future, encountering the megalomania of big business as well as gangs of violent, marauding killers.

Jubilee (1978) - Amazon UK

March 26, 2018

Derek Jarman Volume One: 1972 -1986 (5-disc Limited Edition Blu-ray box set) on blu-ray from BFI (UK)

24 years have gone by since his death at just 52, but the legacy of the iconoclastic filmmaker Derek Jarman (1942-1994) lives on, and his ground-breaking and highly influential work has lost none of its relevance or impact.

The first of two deluxe Limited Edition box sets brings together a selection of his feature films on Blu-ray for the first time. Jarman Volume One: 1972-1986 contains In the Shadow of the Sun, Sebastiane, Jubilee, The Tempest, The Angelic Conversation and Caravaggio and is packed with an incredible 30 extras and accompanied by an 80-page book.

Jarman's multi-faceted work is inspirational in its fearlessness, yet remains touchingly personal. The dynamism of these features evokes comparison with the bold romanticism of directors like Ken Russell (an early champion) and Michael Powell, as well as artists Paul Nash and John Piper. But Jarman was also a subversive force in film. Beginning with his psychedelic debut feature, In the Shadow of the Sun (1972-1974), then came the provocative Jubilee (1978), the evocative Shakespeare adaptation The Tempest (1979) and The Angelic Conversation (1985), in which he invoked Elizabethan occultist Dr John Dee and explored alchemical imagery, a subject in which he was well versed. In Sebastiane (1976) and Caravaggio (1986) he revived key gay and homo-erotic figures from the past – with edgy and unmistakable style.

Derek Jarman's first six feature films have all been newly scanned at 2K from original film elements and are presented in this lavish box set alongside an exciting array of new and archival extras drawn from Jarman's archive of workbooks and papers held in BFI Special Collections. Newly interviewed exclusively for this box set are some of the people who worked on these films; punk legend Jordan, producer and filmmaker Don Boyd, production designer Christopher Hobbs and artist filmmaker John Scarlett-Davis.

Derek Jarman Vol. 1 - Amazon UK

April 23. 2018

Woodfall: A Revolution in British Cinema 1959-1965 on blu-ray from BFI (UK)

-Look Back in Anger (Tony Richardson, 1959)
-The Entertainer (Tony Richardson, 1960)
-Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Karel Reisz, 1960)
-A Taste of Honey (Tony Richardson, 1961)
-The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Tony Richardson, 1962)
-Tom Jones (Tony Richardson, 1963) (New 4K digital restorations of the original theatrical version of the film and the 1989 director's cut)
-Girl with Green Eyes (Desmond Davis, 1964)
-The Knack...and how to get it (Richard Lester, 1965)

A new 8-disc set celebrating the 60th anniversary of Woodfall Films. Includes eight iconic films (many newly restored and available on Blu-ray for the first time) that revolutionised British cinema and launched the careers of the likes of Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Rita Tushingham.

Woodfall: A Revolution in British Cinema 1959-1965 - Amazon UK

April 23, 2018

Paul Newman's The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972) from Indicator (UK), from a new 4K restoration of the original camera negative. Also coming from Twilight Time in the US.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Paul Zindel, Paul Newman’s second film as director stars his wife Joanne Woodward (Three Faces of Eve, Sybil) as an abusive, over-bearing mother raising her two daughters (Nell Potts and Roberta Wallach) in an atmosphere of bitterness and hatred. The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds is a powerful, searingly unsentimental and ultimately transformative drama, with a trio of towering performances from the three female leads at its core.

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972) - Powerhouse Films

April 23, 2018

Joseph L Mankiewicz's Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK), from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative. Also available from Twilight Time in the US.

Directed by Joseph L Mankiewicz (Dragonwyck, All About Eve, Cleopatra) from the play by Tennessee Williams (A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) and brilliantly adapted for the screen by Gore Vidal (Ben-Hur, Myra Breckinridge), Suddenly, Last Summer casts three of Hollywood’s most iconic talents (Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift) in a daring and often delirious mix of lurid drama and Gothic horror. Sensational and wildly controversial at the time of its release, Suddenly, Last Summer now stands as a classic – and stills packs a provocative punch.

Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) - Powerhouse Films

April 23, 2018

Alan Arkin's Little Murders (1971) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

Adapted from the controversial stage play by Jules Feiffer (Carnal Knowledge), this savage, nihilistic black comedy was the startling directorial debut of actor Alan Arkin. When a severely depressed fashion photographer (Elliott Gould – M*A*S*H, The Long Goodbye, California Split) meets an optimistic young woman (Marcia Rodd – Citizens Band, Last Embrace), she is determined to save him amidst the series of random muggings, sniper shootings, garbage strikes and total blackouts that are ravaging the city of New York.

Little Murders (1971) - Powerhouse Films

Spring 2018 TBD

Alfred Hitchcock's Under Capricorn (1949) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new 4K restoration

Ingrid Bergman and Joseph Cotten star is this lush melodrama directed by Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock. Cotten plays Sam Flusky, a native Briton banished to Australia for murder. Bergman is his wife, Henrietta, the disturbed sister of the man Flusky was convicted of killing. When a new governor arrives, he brings with him his cousin, Adare, an old friend of Henrietta's, who sets out to help her conquer her demons and return her life to normal. But there are complications: Is Henrietta going insane, or is someone trying to poison her?


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Reply #804 on: February 14, 2018, 03:58:41 AM
UK label Indicator is making the jump to US releases, with the first batch coming March 30th, 2018

-Michelangelo Antonioni’s The Passenger (1975) - Amazon
-Paul Schrader’s Hardcore (1979) - Amazon
-Richard Fleischer’s The New Centurions (1972) - Amazon
-Stephen Frears’ Gumshoe (1971) - Amazon
-Dick Clement’s Otley (1969) Amazon
-John Guillermin’s Town on Trial (1957) Amazon


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Reply #805 on: February 15, 2018, 07:03:03 AM
Just released

Bryan Forbes’ Deadfall (1968) on blu-ray from Signal One Entertainment (UK). Blu-ray screencaps here.

From blu-ray.com:

"Elegant, a bit subversive, and unceremoniously refusing to play by the rules that other similarly themed films from the '60s followed. Years ago a lot of critics argued that it was a dud, but I think that it is amongst the best of its kind.

Professional burglar Henry Clarke (Michael Caine) is in an upscale sanatorium where he is trying to repair the damage that years of alcohol abuse has caused to his body. Here he is approached by the elegant Fe (Giovanna Ralli) who invites him to meet her husband, Moreau (Eric Portman), because he has a business proposition that may be of interest to him. Henry is immediately intrigued because he has been getting treatment in the sanatorium under a false name. Soon after, Henry meets Moreau in his chic home and he reveals to him that he is planning to steal a very expensive jewelry collection that belongs to a prominent statesman named Salinas (David Buck) and that he wants him to break into his lavish mansion so that he can crack his safe. The loot, Moreau explains, will allow them to leave the business for good and start enjoying their lives."

Deadfall (1968) - Amazon UK

Most reviews I’ve read are downright negative, but I’m seeing great things in this trailer. It looks gorgeous & strange

This one other review is on board:

Quote from: HEFILM
Bryan Forbes is an underrated director, almost forgotten today for a string of well reviewed films that ended with this one. The good reviews did that is. Perhaps at the time the direction seemed "overboard" but by today's standards of course it is merely stylish. It features lots of interesting camera angles, almost like a Joseph Losey film at times visually, and a lot of well written dialog.

Caine is very good. He played a series of almost expressionless villains and near-villains in the late 1960's. This role is one of those, crook who falls for the wrong woman, deals but he totally sells it. Even the tone of his voice is different than you'd expect. He also gets to display both surprise and rage towards the end which gives the character more of a place to go than in the more highly regarded say Harry Palmer films and the soon to be made and good but over rated GET CARTER. He really makes the film work.

The odd character relationships also help a great deal as does John Barry's music. Fans of his probably know the main robbery scene is inter cut with a specially composed piece of pseudo classical music he wrote and which the scene was edited to later. It's a fascinating sequence and not like anything else Barry ever composed and worth watching for any fan of film music, meaning music in a film connected and interacting with it, not just as a CD to buy and enjoy. The whole score has a touch of the Spanish setting the film lushly invokes. You do have to ignore the lyrics and slightly heard it before nature of the Title song.

This is not an action crime film, more of a corrupted souls and the crimes they commit type of approach with an interesting Spanish setting. It's disguised film noir with realistic occasionally funny dialog and cool oddball sinister angles and editing choices that maybe play better today than at the time. Well worth watching, but good luck finding it.

As obscure as it seems to be (nary 600 votes on IMDB) I’m betting my luck it hasn’t found the right audience. Ordered it blind.


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Reply #806 on: February 15, 2018, 11:15:48 AM
well yeah cool report back please


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Reply #807 on: February 15, 2018, 07:51:21 PM
May 2018 TBD

Robert Downey Sr.’s Greaser’s Palace (1972) on blu-ray from Scorpion Releasing, from a new remaster struck from the original camera negative

In a film that must be seen to be believed, the story of Christ's sufferings is set in the Old West. A zoot-suited drifter performs miracles and attracts a large following. But what he really wants to do is sing and dance! He finally gets to play The Palace, a saloon run by the ruthless Seaweedhead Greaser, and he's a big hit. But he's got more miracles to do...like restoring life to Greaser's son, killed by his father, and contending with Greaser's envious daughter Cholera.

PT & Jonathan Demme discuss the movie extensively here

Summer 2018 TBD

Ida Lupino's The Bigamist (1953) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new 4K remaster

San Francisco businessman Harry Graham (Edmond O'Brien) and his wife and business partner, Eve (Joan Fontaine), are in the process of adopting a child. When private investigator Jordan (Edmund Gwenn) uncovers the fact that Graham has another wife, Phyllis (Ida Lupino), and a small child in Los Angeles, he confesses everything. In flashback, Graham tells of the strains in his marriage with Eve and how he found himself falling for the kind-hearted waitress Phyllis while on a business trip.   

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Reply #808 on: February 18, 2018, 08:59:33 PM
May 29, 2018

Roger Donaldson’s Smash Palace (1981) on blu-ray from Arrow

Premiering at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival, Smash Palace was the second feature of Roger Donaldson following the success of Sleeping Dogs, a film which had heralded the arrival of the New Zealand New Wave.

Smash Palace concerns itself with the marriage of former racing driver Al (Bruno Lawrence, The Quiet Earth) and French-born Jacqui (Anna Jemison, Nomads). The pair had met when she nursed him back to health following a career-ending injury. They married, returned to Al’s native New Zealand to take over his late father’s wrecking yard business – the Smash Palace of the title – and had a child. But over time stagnation has set in, Jacqui’s resentment of Al has grown, and things are threatening to spill over…

Playing out as a darker, more haunting New Zealand variation on such US separation movies as Kramer vs. Kramer or Shoot the Moon, Smash Palace offers a brilliant, vivid messy portrait of masculinity in crisis, driven by Lawrence’s immense central performance – once again confirming his status as one of New Zealand’s finest actors.

Smash Palace (1981) - Amazon


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Reply #809 on: February 19, 2018, 08:29:06 PM

May 9, 2017

Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology

More women worked in film during its first two decades than at any time since. Unfortunately, many early women filmmakers have been largely written out of film history, their contributions undervalued. This necessary and timely collection highlights the work of 14 of early cinema’s most innovative and influential women directors, re-writing and celebrating their rightful place in film history.

International in scope, this groundbreaking collection features over 10 hours of material, comprised of 25 films spanning 1902-1943, including many rare titles not widely available until now, from shorts to feature films, live-action to animation, commercial narratives to experimental works. Directors include Alice Guy Blaché, Lois Weber, Mabel Normand, Madeline Brandeis, Germaine Dulac, Olga Preobrazhenskaia, Marie-Louise Iribe, Lotte Reiniger, Claire Parker, Mrs. Wallace Reid (Dorothy Davenport), Leni Riefenstahl, Mary Ellen Bute, Dorothy Arzner, and Maya Deren.

These women were technically and stylistically innovative, pushing the boundaries of narrative, aesthetics, and genre. Going back to the beginning of cinema, this collection makes visible the tremendous directorial contributions women made all around the world. Beautifully restored in high definition, Early Women Filmmakers features new scores by Sergei Dreznin, Frederick Hodges, Tamar Muskal, Judith Rosenberg, and Rodney Sauer and the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.

This anthology is dedicated to the memory of David Shepard (1940-2017), without whom these films – along with countless others – would simply not have been made available in such beautifully-restored editions. The collection represents one of David’s final produced works, completed in collaboration with several film archives, including the French National Center for Cinematography and the Moving Image (CNC), the Film Studies Center at the University of Chicago, and the Library of Congress.

Bonus Materials Include:

Booklet Essay: By film scholar and Women Film Pioneers Project Manager Kate Saccone.
Audio Commentary: For Lois Weber’s The Blot by author, professor, and expert on women and early film culture Shelley Stamp, courtesy of Milestone Film and Video.

Complete list of films