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March 10, 2018

Alfred Sole's Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) on blu-ray from 88 Films (UK), from a 2K restoration from positive elements. Region free.



When ten-year-old Karen (Brooke Shields – in her first screen appearance) is killed in church on the occasion of her first communion, her seemingly innocent older sister Alice (Paula Sheppard) becomes the prime suspect. Matters become complicated as more of Alice's family members are attacked, along with residents of her apartment building. Can a twelve-year-old girl be capable of such mayhem, or is someone else with a vicious plan destroying her family?



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March 5, 2018

Anthony Minghella’s Truly, Madly, Deeply (1990) on blu-ray from BBC/2 Entertain Video (UK)



Juliet Stevenson stars in a role especially written for her. Nina (Stevenson) misses her dead lover so much that he returns to her from the Other Side. But when a new relationship starts to blossom, will she betray the ghost she is still Truly, Madly and Deeply in love with? Oscar winning Anthony Minghella's debut film has become a classic love story of British cinema.

Truly, Madly, Deeply (1990) - Amazon UK






March 13, 2018

Fritz Lang’s While the City Sleeps (1956) on blu-ray from Warner Archive



”Ask mother," says the message scrawled in lipstick at a murder scene, written by an unidentified serial killer who preys on women. It's a sensational story — if it bleeds, it leads — and a news conglomerate offers a big promotion to any high-level company exec who solves the case. So begins the wheeling, dealing and backstabbing of the competing media hotshots as they vie to unmask the so-called Lipstick Killer. Fritz Lang (The Big Heat), whose early career expressionist works would strongly influence the film-noir genre, directs this stylistically understated noir that features an abundance of starpower rare for the genre: Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, George Sanders, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price, Ida Lupino and other notables.

While the City Sleeps (1956) - Amazon



March 13, 2018

Fritz Lang’s Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) on blu-ray from Warner Archive



After director Fritz Lang vaulted to prominence with such masterpieces of German cinema as Metropolis and M, he brought his art to Hollywood films, including Fury, Ministry of Fear, The Woman in the Window and more trenchant tales of innocents caught in a web of seeming guilt. His last U.S. movie is this intriguing film noir about a novelist (Dana Andrews) out to expose the injustices of capital punishment. Working with his fiancée's (Joan Fontaine) father, a newspaper publisher (Sidney Blackmer), he frames himself for murder, intending to produce exonerating evidence at the last moment.

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) - Amazon



March 20, 2018

Roy Ward Bakers’ Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) on blu-ray from Twilight Time



After being dumped by his girlfriend, an airline pilot pursues a babysitter in his hotel and gradually realizes she's dangerous.



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« Reply #812 on: February 25, 2018, 06:58:23 AM »
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Available Now (but not for long!)

Joseph V. Mascelli’s The Atomic Brain (1963) on limited edition blu-ray from Moth Inc, which was recently Kickstarted into existence. This film has a fascinating backstory (see Kickstarter campaign video).



A rich but unscrupulous old woman plots with a scientist to have her brain implanted in the skull of a sexy young woman.

The Atomic Brain aka Monstrosity (1963) - Amazon (less than 150 copies available)








Quote from: Kickstarter
My name is Benjamin Solovey, and thanks to the support of Kickstarter backers like yourself, I had the pleasure of restoring Manos: The Hands of Fate from the surviving 16mm elements. It's now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

With your help, I'll next be overseeing a full 4K restoration of the classic B-Movie ”The Atomic Brain“, also known as "Monstrosity”, from the original 35mm camera negative.

In the process, we'll compile supplemental material about the circumstances of the film's creation, and create a documentary about its director, Joseph V. Mascelli, ASC, one of the most influential yet unknown cinematographers in film history.


About The Director:

A highly active member of the American Society of Cinematographers in his day, Mascelli learned his craft at a time when camera crew from the silent era were not only still alive, but still working: his collaborator on the second edition ASC Manual had shot 1914's The Perils of Pauline.

Mascelli himself began as a cinematographer in the Armed Forces, and would shoot countless miles of newsreel and training footage before moving into TV and Film. Due to the ephemeral and anonymous nature of much of his work, a true survey of his credits has never been made.

He would become best known for condensing the collective knowledge of his field into one concise, informative book, 1965's The 5 C's of Cinematography, that is still used to teach students the visual vocabulary of film. Mascelli's book makes the case for the democratization of film teaching, urges readers to push the boundaries of the rules (the sixth "C", he writes, is "Cheating") and fosters the easy discussion of what was once very specialized, even unspoken knowledge. It's still in print today, and could be considered his most enduring contribution to filmmaking.

Our documentary will help paint a picture of Mascelli and the era in which he was working, an uneasy time when Corman and Cleopatra coexisted, a transitional decade that would give way to the "New Hollywood" of the 1970's. As one of the old guard looking to teach the new, how did Mascelli's educational work persist through the decades? In looking to the past, we might even find some good advice for the future.


ASC Manual: Second Edition, 1966


About "The Atomic Brain”:

A year and change before The 5 C's of Cinematography was completed, Mascelli's name was conspicuously absent from the poster of Monstrosity. This B-Movie tells the story of Hetty March, a rich, somewhat vampiric old woman who conspires with a scientist to transfer her brain into a younger body through atomic fission. March employs three women in her mansion while she decides which one to kill and replace. Soon, a rejected candidate's brain is swapped with a cat's, causing her to eat a mouse and climb onto the roof.

Throughout, two other failed experiments, a zombie woman and a Moreau-esque dog man, loom nearby as if refugees from another movie. The situation deteriorates until the mansion, as well as March's plans, are obliterated in a bright atomic blast.

Monstrosity, in fact, had been directed by Mascelli in 1958 until funding abruptly fell through. Hastily finished by its producers in 1963, sleazily advertised (see above), re-titled The Atomic Brain on dreary-looking 16mm prints, rarely presented in its intended widescreen aspect ratio, destined to land on Mystery Science Theater 3000, the film was never given much attention. Yet, despite all obstacles, Mascelli's original footage is directed and shot with a professionalism and a keen visual sense that stands out from the reshoots. Even in his one foiled attempt at directing a feature film, he proved that the principles he'd write about in "The 5 C's" did not discriminate based on budget.

Monstrosity, AKA The Atomic Brain would be Mascelli's only directorial credit, and an incomplete one at that. But now, the original 35mm camera negative has been recovered, and with it comes a razor-sharp black and white image for both cult movie fans and students of cinematography to enjoy for the first time.



Public Domain Version



4K Sample Scan, Full Aperature


The film's public domain status has long made it a staple of bargain bin DVDs, sourced from muddy VHS transfers that drop many low-key scenes into total darkness. It also has discouraged major distributors, who would never be able to fully own the results, from investing in a proper video transfer for the film. We, the public that own it, now have an opportunity to restore The Atomic Brain in full 4K resolution, and make this once-obscure "Monstrosity" available in a condition far better than it's ever been seen.

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May 15, 2018

Andrei Tarkovsky's The Sacrifice (1986) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new 4K restoration



As a wealthy Swedish family celebrates the birthday of their patriarch Alexander (Erland Josephson, Cries and Whispers), news of the outbreak of World War III reaches their remote Baltic island — and the happy mood turns to horror. The family descends into a state of psychological devastation, brilliantly evoked by Tarkovsky's arresting palette of luminous greys washing over the bleak landscape around their home. (The film's masterful cinematography is by Sven Nykvist, Ingmar Bergman's longtime collaborator).

For Alexander, a philosopher troubled about man's lack of spirituality, the prospect of certain extinction compels the ultimate sacrifice, and he enters into a Faustian bargain with God to save his loved ones from the fear which grips them. The director's last film, made as he was dying of cancer, The Sacrifice is Tarkovsky's personal statement, a profoundly moving, redemptive tragedy steeped in unforgettable imagery and heart-wrenching emotion.





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May 8, 2018

Christopher Miles’ The Maids (1975) on blu-ray from Kino. This looks and sounds batshit insane.



Two maids, Solange and Claire, hate their employers and, while they are out, take turns at dressing up as Madame and insulting her.

Jean Genet receives an unbridled, expertly cinematic rendering of his long unseen film based on his perverse play. THE MAIDS' volatile mixture of class confrontation, Freudian passion and criminal mischief frames an acid-etched portrait of two sisters whose hatred and desire twist their tortured lives together into a relentless downward spiral of guilt, degradation and freedom at any cost. Glenda Jackson and Susannah York play Solange and Claire, Paris maids who tend to cruel socialite Madame's (Vivien Merchant) unending domestic needs. Whenever Madame is away, the sisters obsessively act out a complex role-playing psychodrama of domination and control that feeds their powerful lust for revenge upon the haughty, disdainful mistress they serve. But after falsely denouncing Madame's lover to the police, Solange and Clarie's shared terror of arrest and the unchecked aggression with which they increasingly infuse their "ceremony" threaten to destroy them even as they perch on the threshold of ecstatic release.




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May 21, 2018

Five Tall Tales: Budd Boetticher & Randolph Scott at Columbia, 1957-1960 from Indicator (UK), in a limited edition of 6,000 box sets. Region free.



Five classic, iconic and slyly subversive westerns collected on Blu-ray for the very first time. Containing a selection of new and archival extras – including interviews with director Budd Boetticher and an appreciation by film critic Kim Newman – this collectable five-disc box set also contains an 80-page book with newly commissioned essays and archival interviews.

Includes:

-THE TALL T (1957)
-DECISION AT SUNDOWN (1957)
-BUCHANAN RIDES ALONE (1958)
-RIDE LONESOME (1959)
-COMANCHE STATION (1960)

Five Tall Tales: Budd Boetticher & Randolph Scott at Columbia, 1957-1960 - Powerhouse Films










June 12, 2018

Val Lewton’s The Curse of the Cat People (1944) on blu-ray from Shout Factory



Filled with "wonderful atmosphere [and] fine, moody fantasy" (Leonard Maltin), this continuation of 1942's Cat People follows Oliver Reed (Kent Smith), now remarried, living in idyllic Tarrytown, New York, and the father of six-year-old Amy. When Amy becomes withdrawn and speaks of consorting with a new "friend," Oliver worries that she may be under the influence of the spirit of his first wife. Is it just Amy's imagination that has manifested the enigmatic Irena (Simone Simon), who long believed herself to be descended from a race of Cat People?  Directors Gunther V. Fritsch and Robert Wise (making his directorial debut), co-helmed a gothic-laced mix of fantasy and fright so astute it was used in college psychology classes. And producer Val Lewton, given small budgets and lurid, pre-tested film titles by RKO, worked with rising filmmakers to emphasize the fear of the unseen, and turn meager resources into momentous works of psychological terror.






April 24, 2018

Leni Reifenstahl’s The Holy Mountain (1926) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 2K restoration of the 35mm elements



A strange and beguiling romance that launched the career of actress/filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, The Holy Mountain is the greatest of Arnold Fanck's legendary "mountain films," in which dramatic intrigues are played out against the breathtaking backdrop of the German Alps.

Enthralled by the scenic majesty and heaving power of nature, an alluring dancer (Riefenstahl) seeks the man of her dreams in a small mountain village. There she encounters a reclusive climber (Louis Trenker) and a young skier (Ernst Petersen), who are each pursuing their own elusive ideals amid the intoxicating beauty and treacherous dangers of the Alps. Riefenstahl, who would later direct the controversial Triumph of the Will and Olympia, no doubt acquired her fascination with the bermensch while working on this lofty mortality tale, and developed an eye for the striking compositions for which she would later become famous.


The Hoy Mountain (1926) - Amazon






2018 TBD

Carol Reed’s Trapeze (1956) on blu-ray from Kino



Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis and Gina Lollobrigida star as a triangle of lovers in this powerful drama set against the magnificent background of a European circus. Filmed on location in Paris, Trapeze has been acclaimed as one of the most spectacular and authentic circus movies ever made. Cinematography by Robert Krasker (The Third Man, Brief Encounter).

Trapeze (1956) - Amazon






April 3, 2018

James Ivory’s Shakespeare Wallah (1965) on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group, from a new 2K restoration



Elegiac and atmospheric, Shakespeare Wallah was the feature film that put Merchant Ivory Productions on the international movie map, winning them great critical acclaim, and is now recognized as a classic.

Starring Shashi Kapoor, Madhur Jaffrey, and a young Felicity Kendal, the film's inspiration lies in the real-life adventures of Ms. Kendal's family as a traveling theater group in India during the final days of English colonial rule. They try to uphold British tradition by staging Shakespearean plays but are unable to compete with the wildly popular Bollywood film industry. The film also traces the developing relationship between the acting troupe's young ingénue, Lizzie (Kendal), and Sanju (Kapoor), a wealthy Indian playboy. But their romance is beset by hindrances, not the least being the machinations of Manjula (Jaffrey), a fiery Indian film star who is also in love with Sanju.


Shakespeare Wallah (1965) - Amazon






April 24, 2018

Arnold Laven’s Down 3 Dark Streets (1954) on blu-ray from ClassicFlix



When federal agent Zack Stewart turns up dead, his partner, agent John Ripley, vows to find the murderer and takes control of all of the cases that Stewart was on when he was killed. One investigation involves a ring of thugs who hijack cars, another deals with a mobster on the lam, and the third revolves around blackmail and kidnapping. Unfortunately for Ripley, each case is so dangerous that he may not live long enough to find the man who killed Stewart.

Down 3 Dark Streets (1954) - Amazon



June 11, 2018

Abraham Polonsky’s Force of Evil (1948) on blu-ray from Arrow (UK)



A crooked lawyer tries to protect his numbers running brother from a ruthless crime boss.

Force of Evil (1948) - Amazon UK



June 25, 2018

Joseph H. Lewis’ The Big Combo (1955) on blu-ray from Arrow (UK)



Far ahead of its time, The Big Combo takes a dark, disturbing look at the battle between Police Lieutenant Diamond (Cornel Wilde), a good and honest cop, Mr. Brown (Richard Conte), a sadistic crime boss and Susan Lowell (Jean Wallace), a cool and beautiful blonde who gets caught in the middle. With the help of the gangster's ex-girlfriend, Diamond is determined to bring down the cunning gangland kingpin. But the gangster and his henchmen are ruthless. They savagely pummel Diamond and conduct gut-wrenchingly brutal acts of torture that were unusual on screen at the time of the film's release.

The Big Combo (1955) - Amazon UK








June 25, 2018

Fritz Lang’s Secret Beyond the Door (1947) on blu-ray from Arrow (UK)



In this Freudian version of the Bluebeard tale, a young, trust-funded New Yorker goes to Mexico on vacation before marrying an old friend whom she considers a safe choice for a husband. However, there she finds her dream man -- a handsome, mysterious stranger who spots her in a crowd. In a matter of days they marry, honeymoon and move to his mansion, to which he has added a wing full of rooms where famous murders took place. She discovers many secrets about the house and her husband, but what she really wants to know is what is in the room her husband always keeps locked. ...Secret Beyond the Door/

Secret Beyond the Door (1947) - Amazon UK



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May 29, 2018

J. Lee Thompson’s The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1975) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new 4K restoration. Thompson's direction of the original Cape Fear is astounding.



Professor Peter Proud (Michael Sarrazin) keeps having a nightmare in which he watches a mysterious woman in a rowboat commit murder. He tries his college's dream lab for help, but the real breakthrough comes when he recognizes locations from his dream in a documentary about Massachusetts. He travels there and meets Marcia (Margot Kidder), the woman from his dream, and her daughter, Ann (Jennifer O'Neill), with whom he falls in love. Could he be the reincarnation of Marcia's dead husband?






October 29, 2018

Edmund Goulding’s Nightmare Alley (1947) on limited edition blu-ray from Signal One Entertainment (UK)



Tyrone Power, cast against type -- at his own insistence -- gives the performance of his lifetime as handsome scumbag / carnival barker / con-man Stanton Carlisle. He seduces fellow sideshow performer Mademoiselle Zeena (Joan Blondell) to learn the secret of her once lucrative mind-reading act with her alcoholic husband (Ian Keith). Carlisle, a "born mentalist", secures the secret method and sets off with his new carnie wife, Molly (Coleen Grey) to milk the bigtime as a spiritualist in Chicago. As Carlisle's success grows, it's only a matter of time before his greed — and twisted involvement with femme fatale psychoanalyst Lilith Ritter (Helen Walker) — bring Stanton's world crashing down around him.

Nightmare Alley (1947) - Amazon UK




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April 24, 2018

John G. Avlidesen’s Joe (1970) on blu-ray from Olive Films



Peter Boyle stars as Joe Curran, the titular everyman and unabashed hippie-hater. Joe, who equates hippies with everything un-American, finds a kindred spirit in Bill Compton (Dennis Patrick, Chances Are), an advertising executive who makes Joe's acquaintance at a neighborhood bar, boasting that he killed a drug-dealing hippie (Patrick McDermott, The French Connection). Bill, pressed for facts by the intrigued Joe, recants saying that he was merely joking. But when a news report confirms the incident, vigilante justice akin to Taxi Driver is set in motion.

Joe (1970) - Amazon






Summer 2018 TBD

Byron Haskin's I Walk Alone (1948) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new 4K remaster



Bootleggers on the lamb Frankie (Burt Lancaster) and Noll (Kirk Douglas) split up to evade capture by the police. Frankie is caught and jailed, but Noll manages to escape and open a posh New York City nightclub. Years later Frankie is released from the clink and visits Noll with the intention of collecting his half of the nightclub's profits. But Noll, who has no intention of being so equitable, uses his ex-girlfriend Kay (Lizabeth Scott) to divert Frankie from his intended goal.






Spring 2018 TBD

George Cukor's Les Girls (1957) on blu-ray from Warner Archive



Gene Kelly plays Nichols, and Mitzi Gaynor, Golden Globe® Best Actress winner Kay Kendall and Taina Elg are the femmes in this George Cukor-directed romp that won a Best Costume Design Oscar® and another Golden Globe® for Best Comedy/Musical. Among the highlights: a ribald "Ladies in Waiting" and a hepcat parody of The Wild One called "Why Am I So Gone About That Gal?" You'll be so gone about Les Girls.






May 29, 2018

Claude Berry's The Two of Us (1967) on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group



A comically bittersweet coming of age story, Claude Berry's The Two of Us is also a poignant drama of identity and heritage. When an 8-year-old Jewish boy (Alain Cohen) living in Nazi-occupied France is sent by his parents to live in the country with the Catholic parents of their friends, he is faced with a culture clash both religious and generational. As the grandfatherly Pepe, beloved character actor Michel Simon infuses the role with a gruff tenderness, his growing relationship with the boy a touching portrayal of connection in a broken world. Cohen Film Collection is proud to present a gorgeous new 4K restoration of this world cinema classic.




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June 25, 2018

Abel Ferrara’s The Addiction (1995) on blu-ray from Arrow US and Arrow UK, from a 4K scan of the original camera negative by Arrow Films, approved by director Abel Ferrara and director of photography Ken Kelsch



Philosophy student Kathleen (Lili Taylor, The Conjuring) is dragged into an alleyway on her way home from class by Casanova (Annabella Sciorra, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle) and bitten on the neck. She quickly falls ill but realises this isn't any ordinary disease when she develops an aversion to daylight and a thirst for human blood…

Having made a big-budget foray into science fiction two years earlier with Body Snatchers, Ferrara's approach to the vampire movie is in a lower key. Shot on the streets of New York, like so many of his major works – including The Driller Killer, Ms. 45 and Bad Lieutenant - and beautifully filmed in black and white, The Addiction sees the filmmaker on his own terms and at his very best: raw, shocking, intense, intelligent, masterful.


The Addiction (1995) - Amazon

The Addiction (1995) - Amazon UK






April 30, 2018

Ivan Passer's Intimate Lighting (1965) on blu-ray from Second Run (UK), from a new remaster completed by the Czech National Film Archive. Region free.

This was one of Krzysztof Kieslowski's 10 favorite films.



This wonderfully subtle comedy of provincial life is the debut film of a great director and one of the signature works of the Czech New Wave. Ivan Passer s film concerns the dreams of two musician friends, one of whom, having left their small hometown to become successful, returns to visit the other who stayed behind to become a local music teacher.

Focussing on the humour of the ordinary and routine and stunningly shot by Miroslav Ondrícek (Loves of a Blonde, Amadeus), the film shows true affection and understanding for all its characters to become that very rare thing in comedy a work of great originality and universal acceptance. One of the most important films of the Czech New Wave, and ranked among the top ten domestic films of all time, Intimate Lighting is a beautifully observed drama of the everyday.


Intimate Lighting (1965) - Amazon UK






June 25, 2018

Peter Medak's The Changeling (1980) on limited edition blu-ray from Second Sight (UK), from a brand new restoration. Also coming from Severin in the US.



Following the tragic death of his wife and daughter in a car crash, composer John Russell leaves the city and retires to an old mansion in the hope of rebuilding his life. The peace and quiet he craves is soon disturbed however. Unexplained noises are just the beginning. Convinced there is a supernatural presence in the house he enlists the help a local historian. What they uncover is more shocking than he could ever have imagined.

The Changeling (1980) - Amazon UK

The Changeling (1980) - Amazon


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hey internet it's los angeles again.

i watched this movie 1-2 month(s) ago and just remembered. i was amazed by remembering and decided to share about it.

first i'll summarize: child Jodie Foster and Martin Sheen. Martin Sheen is post-Badlands and The California Kid, pre-Apocalypse Now. Jodie Foster began professionally acting at 7 btw. she, Jodie Foster, was indeed on a Disney show as a child. this is post-Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and the same year as Taxi Driver. this came out after Taxi Driver. then she was in Freaky Friday for example, all leading up to Contact in 1990. she even, okay i'm mentioning this:



she played the daughter in the Paper Moon tv series, inspired by the movie Paper Moon yes. the father is Christopher Connelly, who is apparently, via imdb, best remembered for Manhattan Baby



so the thing about Jodie Foster is she as a child began to understand how to control a room. she figured out the process of acting. and in this movie as a child she teaches me how to become an adult. she teaches me how to make wise decisions and remain calm. this is while she's being such a gas, living without her father for some reason i can't remember and might be central to the entire movie, plus either Martin Sheen's mother or some shared neighborhood i forget who was in a cellar under a rug, and there's a side-romance with this loser guy who's a magician.

i've talked about this movie what i consider an appropriate amount. thanks internet

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June 18, 2018

Samuel Fuller at Columbia, 1937-1961 on limited edition blu-ray from Indicator (UK)




Contains:

-It Happened in Hollywood
-Adventure in Sahara
-Power of the Press
-Shockproof
(Sam Fuller’s collaboration with Douglas Sirk)
-Scandal Sheet
-The Crimson Kimono
-Underworld U.S.A.


Samuel Fuller at Columbia - Amazon UK







December 11, 2018

William A. Wellman’s You Never Know Women (1926) on blu-ray from Kino



A wealthy broker and a magician vie for a beautiful Russian vaudeville performer.



June 19, 2018

Lewis Milestone’s The Garden of Eden (1928) on MOD blu-ray from Flicker Alley



The Garden of Eden is a thoroughly entertaining romantic comedy from 1928 and was an important film for both its beguiling star, Corrine Griffith, and talented director, Lewis Milestone. The film was scripted by Hans Kraley, a scenarist of four 1920s Ernst Lubitsch comedies and contains gorgeous production design by William Cameron Menzies. This upcoming release of the film is mastered from what is considered to be the best surviving elements with a new musical score arranged and performed by Robert Israel.

Stylish and sophisticated, the film follows vocalist Toni LeBrun (Corinne Griffith), who leaves her family's bakery for Budapest to become an "opera singer," unaware that she has contracted to perform as a chorus dancer at the Palais de Paris, a cabaret run by the decadent and delightfully menacing Madame Bauer (Maude George). Toni soon escapes to Monte Carlo with the cabaret's seamstress, Rosa (Louise Dresser), after warding off the wily cabaret patron, Baron Henri D'Avril (Lowell Sherman). At the deluxe Hotel Eden, Toni attracts the attention of potential suitor Richard Dupont (Charles Ray), but she's in danger of being exposed before he asks for her hand. Dueling attention from Richard's uncle, Colonel Dupont (Edward Martindel), and a surprise guest create further romantic adventures for the couple.


The Garden of Eden (1928) - Amazon



July 10, 2018

Luchino Visconti’s Rocco and His Brothers (1960) on blu-ray from Milestone, from a new 4K restoration



Having recently been uprooted to Milan, Rocco and his four brothers each look for a new way in life when a prostitute comes between Rocco and his brother Simone.

Rocco and His Brothers (1960) - Amazon




James Gray loved this movie so much he made it into The Yards.



July 10, 2018

Hirkazu Koreeda's Mabarosi (1995) on blu-ray from Milestone. The region-free, English-subtitled Japanese blu-ray available from YesAsia has a superior transfer (see DVDBeaver's comparison)





A young woman's husband apparently commits suicide without warning or reason, leaving behind his wife and infant. Yumiko remarries and moves from Osaka to a small fishing village, yet continues to search for meaning in a lonely world.

Mabarosi (1995) - Amazon

Maborosi (1995) - Japanese release - YesAsia






May 29, 2108

Norman Lear’s Cold Turkey (1971) on blu-ray from Olive Films



Hoping for positive publicity, a tobacco company offers $25 million to any American town that quits smoking for 30 days. Amidst a media frenzy, Eagle Rock, Iowa accepts the challenge while the company's PR man tries to sabotage the effort.

Cold Turkey (1971) - Amazon



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May 29, 2018

Harold French’s The Paris Express aka The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (1952) on blu-ray from ClassicFlix



Mild-mannered bookkeeper Kees Popinga lives a mundane life and dreams about the places he can go on the trains that travel through his hometown of Groningen, Holland. But when a French police detective shows up at his firm to inspect the books, Popinga's unremarkable existence is instantly altered, and he soon finds himself on the way to Paris with a suitcase of cash, on the run from the law and entranced by a strange and beautiful woman.

Based on the 1938 novel by Georges Simenon—the author who created fictional sleuth Jules Maigret, and whose books like The Man on the Eiffel Tower and The Brothers Rico were also adapted for the big screen—The Man Who Watched Trains Go By casts beloved Warner Bros. character actor Claude Rains (Mr. Skeffington) as the meek Popinga. The supporting cast includes Herbert Lom, Marta Toren and Anouk Aimee… with appearances by such solid British veterans as Felix Aylmer, Marius Goring, Lucie Mannheim and Ferdy Mayne.


The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (1952) - Amazon



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Peter Solan’s The Boxer and Death (1963) on blu-ray from Bildstoerung (Germany)



The Boxer and Death (1963) - Amazon Germany

Concentration camp commander Kraft finds out that prisoner Kominek is a former professional boxer. Overnight, the prisoner is made Kraft’s exercise partner and unwillingly rises to a privileged position at the camp. His anger over the death of his friend and co-prisoner leads to open revolt. The film brings a new view of human degradation during fascism by a tragic story of one man whose only chance for survival is to accept the rules of an unequal game.



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August 28, 2018

Alex Cox’s Straight to Hell (1987) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new 2K remaster



Four hapless bank robbers bury their loot and attempt to hide out in a deserted desert town, but very soon find out that the town is not really deserted. Norwood (Sy Richardson), Simms (Joe Strummer) and Willy (Dick Rude) are three black-suited killers-for-hire. After missing their intended target and trying to escape the wrath of their employer (Jim Jarmusch), they head for the desert and rob a bank en-route. As their car dies in a ravine, the trio bury their money and head for a lonely town to hide out till the heat blows over. The insane cast includes Courtney Love, The Pogues, Grace Jones, Dennis Hopper, Elvis Costello, Kathy Burke and Xander Berkeley.






June 29, 2018

Albert Brooks’ Modern Romance (1981) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



A successful film editor with far too many issues that affects the relationship between him and his remarkably patient girlfriend.

Modern Romance (1981) - Amazon UK






August 20, 2018

David Mamet’s Oleanna (1994) on blu-ray Indicator (UK)



Flustered college student Carol (Debra Eisenstadt) visits John (William H. Macy), one of her professors, and asks how she can pass his class. The narcissistic instructor barely seems to notice her presence, and goes off on tangents relating to his own personal philosophies and problems while failing to answer the pupil. Later, a more assured Carol returns and accuses John of sexual harassment. The professor is baffled, but Carol remains steadfast in her claim, and their feud escalates nastily.

Oleanna (1994) - Amazon UK






August 20, 2018

Costa-Gavras’ Missing (1982) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



In 1973, U.S. businessman Ed Horman (Jack Lemmon) arrives in Chile to look for his son, Charles (John Shea), a politically left-leaning journalist who disappeared during a military coup. Charles' wife, Beth (Sissy Spacek), has been looking for some time, but her requests for help from the U.S. consulate have thus far produced few results. As Ed and Beth try to figure out what really happened to Charles, Ed realizes that the American officials may know more than they're telling.

Missing (1982) - Amazon UK






August 7, 2018

Nicholas Meyers’ The Day After (1983) on blu-ray from Kino, starring Jason Robards



The countdown has begun! Against the real-life backdrop of the US deployment of WMDs in Europe during the escalating cold war,this dramatically involving and agonizingly graphic film about nuclear holocaust detonated a direct hit into the heartland of America. Starring Jason Robards, JoBeth Williams, Steve Guttenberg, John Cullum and John Lithgow, this controversial, potent drama remains one of the most talked-about programs in television history. When cold-war tensions reach the ultimate boiling point, the inhabitants of a small town in Kansas learn — along with the rest of America — that they have less than 30 minutes before 300 Soviet warheads begin to appear overhead! Can anyone survive this ultimate nightmare...or the nuclear winter that is sure to follow?






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Abdellatif Kechiche's Black Venus (2010) on blu-ray from Arrow US & Arrow UK



The story of Saartjes Baartman, a Black domestic who, in 1808, left Southern Africa, then ruled by Dutch settlers, for Europe, following her boss Hendrick Caesar , hoping to find fame and fortune there. Once in London her master turned manager does nothing but exhibit her as a freak in a phony and humiliating carnival show. After a series of troubles caused by their act, Caesar, Saartje and their new friend, bear-tamer Réaux, head for Paris where once again, and against her will, she has to mimic savagery and expose her body, first in carnivals, then in the aristocratic salons of Paris, later on among the libertines and finally in brothels where she ends up being a prostitute. In the meantime, French anatomists will have taken an interest in her unusual anatomy (enormous buttocks and labia) only to declare her the missing link from ape to man. In 1815, aged only 27, she dies alone, of a combination of pneumonia and venereal disease.

Black Venus (2010) - Amazon

Black Venus (2010) - Amazon UK






August 21, 2018

John Cassavetes’ Gloria (1980) on blu-ray from Twilight Time



When a young boy's family is killed by the mob, their tough neighbor Gloria becomes his reluctant guardian. In possession of a book that the gangsters want, the pair go on the run in New York.








August 14, 2018

Terry Gilliam’s Tideland (2005) on blu-ray from Arrow US & Arrow UK



Pre-teen Jeliza-Rose's parents are hopeless drug addicts. Left alone on a decrepit country estate, the girl survives as she mentally transfers into a bizzare, hallucinatory world, created by her own mind.

Tideland (2005) - Amazon

Tideland (2005) - Amazon UK






August 13, 2018

Percy Adlon’s  Bagdad Cafe (1987) on blu-ray from StudioCanal UK, from a new 4K restoration



A lonely German woman ends up in the most desolate motel on Earth and decides to make it brighter.

Bagdad Cafe (1987) - Amazon UK



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August 20, 2018

Jackie Chan’s Police Story (1985) and Police Story 2 (1988) on limited edition blu-ray from Eureka (UK), from new 4K restorations



Police Story (1985) – Considered by Jackie Chan himself to be his best film in terms of pure action, Police Story stars Chan as "super cop" Chan Ka-Kui, who goes up against a notorious crime lord in a series of escalating set-pieces that resulted in many of Jackie's stunt team being hospitalised.

Police Story 2 (1988) – Demoted to traffic cop after the events of the first film, Chan Ka-Kui is reinstated to the detective unit when a deadly gang of explosive experts blow up a building and threaten to blow up more if their demands are not met. Featuring yet more bravura stunt work, and even more injuries to its cast and crew, Police Story 2 is to this day considered one of the best action films ever made.


Police Story 1 & 2 (1985-88) - Amazon UK






October 23, 2018

Terence Davies’ Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) on blu-ray from Arrow, from a new 4K restoration



Loosely based on the director's own family and upbringing, Distant Voices, Still Lives presents an evocative account of working-class life in Liverpool, England during the 1940s and 50s. Births, marriages and deaths – and an expressive use of music – provide the underpinning for a film that is beautiful, heartbreaking, resonant but never sentimental.

Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) - Amazon






September 10, 2018

Michael Lehmann’s Heathers (1988) on blu-ray from Arrow (UK), from an Arrow-exclusive 4K restoration from the original camera negative



At Westburg High, you're either a Heather or a nobody. And while Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder) might not be named Heather, she's a hands-down Heather in spirit, waging battles in the school's full-scale popularity war … but it's all getting to be a bit too much. Enter mysterious newcomer Jason (Christian Slater), who offers her the perfect -- albeit deadly -- solution to end the Heathers's social tyranny.

Heathers (1988) - Amazon UK






July 27, 2018

Marijan Vajda's Bloodlust (1977) on limited edition blu-ray from Mondo Macabro. Non-limited edition coming in the fall of 2018.



A deaf and dumb accountant suffers from a psychic trauma in his childhood. He is collecting puppets and mutilates female bodies in the mortuary. After his secret love died by an accident he starts to kill.






October 22, 2018

James Justice & Umberto Lenzi’s Nightmare Beach (1989) on blu-ray from 88 Films (UK)



Diablo is a biker gang leader executed for the murder of a young woman. A year after his death, it's time for Spring Break. Football players Skip and Ronnie head to the beach, where Skip meets Gail, the sister of the woman who was murdered a year ago. All the fun and glory of Spring Break, however, is about to turn into a living nightmare when a mysterious person in a biker outfit begins to kill people by electrocution. Could it be that Diablo has returned from the dead?

Nightmare Beach (1989) - Amazon UK






July 17, 2018

John Huston’s The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) on blu-ray from Warner Archive



A no account outlaw establishes his own particular brand of law and order and builds a town on the edges of civilization in this farcical western. With the aid of an old law text and unpredictable notions Roy Bean distinguishes between lawbreakers and lawgivers by way of his pistols.

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) - Amazon






September 25, 2018

Felix E. Feist’s The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950) on blu-ray from Flicker Alley, from a new 4K restoration



A veteran homicide detective who has witnessed his socialite girlfriend kill her husband sees his inexperienced brother assigned to the case.

In the hard-boiled film noir tradition, reminiscent of the work of James L. Cain, greed, unstoppable sexual attraction, and betrayal set off a doomed course in which a femme fatale leads a once upstanding citizen down a dark path. The first independent production of Phoenix Films, the company run by Jack M. Warner, son of Warner Bros. Studios mogul Jack L., and a highlight in the lengthy career of director Felix E. Feist (Deluge), The Man Who Cheated Himself does not cheat on thrills.


The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950) - Amazon



November 13, 2018

James Bridges’ Bright Lights, Big City (1988) on blu-ray from MVD Visual. Shot by Gordon Willis.



A disillusioned young writer living in New York City turns to drugs and drinking to block out the memories of his dead mother and estranged wife.

Bright Lights, Big City (1988) - Amazon



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Jean Cocteau’s Les Parents Terribles aka The Storm Within (1948) on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group, from a new 2K restoration



In this heartbreaking drama based on Cocteau's highly successful stage play, a mother (Josette Day) smothers her grown son with boyish love. When the son (played by Cocteau regular Jean Marais) meets a girl and leaves the family circle, the mother flies into a rage. But when the boy tells his father, it sets off another drama - she is none other than the girl the father has been secretly seeing. Tragedy strikes in this time-honored tale of fledglings leaving the family nest.






2018 TBD

Kevin Rafferty’s The Atomic Cafe on blu-ray from Kino, from a new 4K restoration



Armageddon has never been so darkly funny as in The Atomic Cafe. This 1982 cult classic juxtaposes Cold War history, propaganda, music and culture, seamlessly crafted from government-produced educational and training films, newsreels and advertisements. Taken together, these sources cheerily instruct the public on how to live in the Atomic Age, how to survive a nuclear attack (!) ... and how to fight and win a nuclear war. As a U.S. Army training film advises, "Viewed from a safe distance, the atomic bomb is one of the most beautiful sights ever seen by man.

On its 20-year anniversary, and not a moment too soon, THE ATOMIC CAFE is back to provide us with a much-needed release of comic energy. A dark comedy in the truest sense, this timeless classic took the nation by storm when it first debuted in 1982. Atomic Cafe is a brilliant compilation of archival film clips beginning with the first atomic bomb detonation in the New Mexico desert. The footage, much of it produced as government propaganda, follows the story of the bomb through the two atomic attacks on Japan that ended World War II to the bomb's central role in the cold war. Shown along with the famous "duck and cover" Civil Defense films are lesser-known clips, many of which possess a bizarre black humor when seen today, and it's easy to see why this film, which was produced in the early 1980s, became a cult classic.







September 18, 2018

Graham Baker’s Impulse (1984) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K remaster



When Jennifer (Tilly) and her boyfriend Stuart (Matheson) return to her idyllic hometown, they discover that all boundaries of civility seem to have eroded. Mystified by the actions of normally kind townspeople who are suddenly driven to extremes of irrational-and violent-behavior, Jennifer and Stuart attempt to get to the bottom of the increasingly life-threatening chaos...before it destroys them!



 

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